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#EventerProblems Vol. 271: Super Special Tokyo Olympic Edition

#EventerProblems don’t go on hiatus during Olympic week — they just get more … team-spirited. Here are our top nine for Tokyo.

#9. Trying to make sense of the new Olympic format (here’s a cheat sheet)

#8. Trying to forget that 208 nations have gathered together during a global pandemic

#7. Getting up in the middle of the night to watch the livestream …

#6. … and then going to work

#5. When non-horsey people remember once every four years that there’s a sport called eventing …

#4. … and then immediately forget again as soon as the Olympics are over

#3. When the EN server crashes in the middle of cross country live updates

 

#2. When suddenly out of nowhere you start feeling super aggressively patriotic …

#1. … yet no matter who ends up on the podium, you know you’re going to need a box of tissues.

Go Eventing.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: WebsiteEN’s Ultimate Guide to Tokyo 2020Latest NewsDressage Order of GoTeam Start OrderEN Olympic Digest Newsletter SignupLive Stream GuideEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Watch The Event at Rebecca Farm Live Stream

Thank you, Ride on Video!

In an ideal world we’d all be in Kalispell, Montana this week, watching eventers do their thing beneath bright blue skies that seem to go on forever. A warm breeze fluttering our hair, lavender-hued mountains towering in the distance, maybe looking forward to a little dip in the lake at the end of the day … Sadly, Montana is, like, REALLY far away for most of us. Thankfully event organizers in cooperation with Ride on Video have gone above and beyond to provide extensive live stream coverage so that all of us stuck at home can follow along.

Here is the schedule (add +2 hours to convert Mountain Time to Eastern Standard Time):

The Event at Rebecca Farm Live Stream

Riders, be sure to support our sport’s hardworking videographers and photographers by purchasing your official Rebecca Farm videos (Ride on Video) and photos (Shannon Brinkman Photo). Please visit The Event at Rebecca Farm Facebook Event for more information.

The Event at Rebecca Farm: WebsiteRide TimesLive ScoresVolunteerHalt Cancer at XLive StreamShow PhotographerEN’s Coverage

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

Shout-out to the United States Pony Club! Speaking for myself (graduate H-A TVPC, where my peeps!?!) it was truly where it all began. A great way to support these young riders is to volunteer, whether at Festival, a regional rally or your local pony club event or activity. If you aren’t already hooked in, just reach out! I promise they’ll be appreciative of the offer and will more than likely find a way to put you to work! To connect with your local club, visit the USPC national website here.

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

Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials II (July 21st, 2021 to July 25th, 2021)

Hunt Club Farms USEA Recognized Horse Trials (July 22nd, 2021 to July 31st, 20210)

Other Events

USPC Festival Championships (July 19th, 2021 to July 24th, 2021)

Fair Hill International Derby Cross (July 22nd, 2021 to July 24th, 2021)

Stone Gate Farm July Mini Trials (July 24th, 2021 to July 25th, 2021)

July POP (July 25th, 2021)

Go Eventing Volunteers!

#RoadToTokyo: Settling In, Sunshine and Sushi!

First off, a big birthday shout-out to Team USA alternate Tamie Smith! She’s having a memorable one, no doubt. We hear it’s also Evie Dutton’s birthday as well — happy birthday and safe travels to Tokyo, Evie!

It looks like the squad is settling in well, stretching their horses’ legs and enjoying the amenities. Glad also to see that they’ve wasted no time in getting familiar with the sushi capitol of the world.

One also imagines Boyd sneaking out to visit one of Tokyo’s world-famous cat cafés (if quarantine restrictions allow). There are over 50 of them in the city, and yes, they’re exactly what you imagine: cafés where you can sip coffee or tea while surrounded by cats. Photos or it didn’t happen, Boyd!

Here are a few more snaps from other equestrian teams:

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: WebsiteLatest NewsEN Olympic Digest Newsletter SignupEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

Thursday Video: Piggy French Reflects on a Missed Tokyo

As we reported earlier this week, Piggy March and Brookfield Inocent, who had been tapped as traveling reserve pair for the British squad, will now be replaced by 2018 World Equestrian Games champion Ros Canter and her longtime partner Allstar B. Always graceful, Piggy reflects on the change and how she’ll be kicking on with her summer, and wishes the team good luck.

 

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Meet the USA Dressage Team

Eventing is our jam, of course, but it’s fun to cheer on our other two Team USA equestrian squads as well. A new series from US Equestrian is helping us get to know the athletes better, starting with our dressage team:

  • Adrienne Lyle (Wellington, Florida) and Salvino, a 14-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Juliano LLC
  • Steffen Peters (San Diego, California) and Suppenkasper, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki
  • Sabine Schut-Kery (Napa, California) and Sanceo, a 15-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Alice Womble

Traveling reserve: 

  • Nick Wagman (San Diego, California) and Don John, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Beverly Gepfer

Best of luck to them all in Tokyo!

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Rebecca Farm Instagram Roundup: We’re Here!

Yesterday we featured a roundup of Team USA touching down in Tokyo; today we celebrate another long-distance arrival, to The Event at Rebecca Farm! Welcome, all. Since the beginning of the week horses and riders have been settling in at this gorgeous Kalispell, Montana venue and taking in the sights. For many competitors, it’s quite a long haul, and to those still en route we wish you safe and swift travels.

Keep it locked here this week for all the latest action from Rebecca Farm, as Erin Tomson makes her reporting debut for the EN team! The event kicks off with jogs for the FEI and three-day divisions later today.

The Event at Rebecca Farm: Website, Entry Status/Ride Times, Schedule, Stabling Assignments

Friday Video from SmartPak: World Champion & Champion Mum, Ros Canter

Ros Canter and Allstar B. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

In 2017 Great Britain’s Rosalind “Ros” Canter and Allstar B checked the first box of what would become a world domination tour, winning team gold and finishing fifth individually at the 2017 European Eventing Championships in Strzegom. The following year, at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, Ros and Allstar crowned themselves world champion by winning the individual as well as the team gold. Earlier this week, the FEI shared this video:

And then there were her top finishes at Pau with Zenshara, and then … two years and one week ago, Ros and her partner Chris McAleese welcomed their little Ziggy into the world — and we’ve been ooh-ing and ah-ing at this sweet family in all their horsey and beyond adventures ever since.

As for Ros and Allstar, they’ve still got it!

Most recently, they placed their in the Bicton CCI4*-S earlier this month, alongside Ros’ win in the CCI4*-L with Lordship’s Graffalo — who might just be Ros’ next world beater! Watch out, world, this momma (and perhaps her little girl, too!) is coming for us all.

#RoadToTokyo: Four Days ‘Til Liftoff!

First things first, happy birthday Emma Ford!

Following a Team USA gymnastic jumping school yesterday with Peter Wylde ….

… it was back to the dressage ring today for another round of feedback from eventing judge Martin Plewa.

Looking good! A couple of our guys have made the local and national news:

And … few snaps from our North American friends:

Team USA will remain in pre-export quarantine before catching one last flight from Aachen to Tokyo on July 20. Looks like the U.S. Dressage Team has just touched down in Tokyo.

We’ll continue to round up social media posts and other perspectives from the road to Tokyo, so stay tuned right here on EN for all things Olympics.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics: WebsiteLatest NewsEN Olympic Digest Newsletter SignupEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

#WeRideTogether PSA Campaign Aims to Counter Sexual Abuse in Horse Sport

Sexual misconduct and abuse have long been an issue in equestrian sport, and is often ignored, minimized, or wrongly blamed on the victim. The equestrian community is no longer sitting idly by. Today, leading digital media platform Horse Network, in collaboration with Wrigley Media Group and the Kehring family, has launched #WeRideTogether, a powerful new series of educational and eye-opening digital PSAs and an in-depth microsite designed to empower, inform, and unite the equestrian community.

#WeRideTogether gives a voice to survivor stories, provides resources to report abuse and get help, and offers educational information for athletes, coaches, and families. The microsite will be updated on an ongoing basis to provide a safe place for survivors to share their experiences.

“#WeRideTogether was developed as a multifaceted campaign to promote transparent and safe dialogue within the industry, help shift the imbalance of power between coach and athlete, and raise awareness for the many forms grooming and abuse can take,” said Lauren Kay, #WeRideTogether spokesperson. “Sadly, sexual abuse of minors is common in all sports. We are proud that the equestrian community has taken a bold step forward to be the leader in true change that all coaches and competitors can understand and embrace.”

Central to the campaign is the four-part #WeRideTogether PSA series, produced by Wrigley Media Group and distributed through Horse Network’s diverse digital platform and social media channels. The series features expert commentary from youth protection advocate and expert, Les Nichols, powerful first-person interviews from sexual abuse survivors, and more.

“Our mission at Horse Network is to grow horse sport. When we protect young athletes, we protect the future of the sport—it’s as simple as that,” said Carley Sparks, Editor-in-Chief, Horse Network. “We’re incredibly proud to be part of the amazing team working to shed light on this important topic and grateful to the brave survivors who have entrusted us with their stories.”

“I have devoted the better part of my life to equestrian sport—it’s part of my DNA” says Misdee Wrigley Miller, CEO, Wrigley Media Group. “Wrigley Media Group is committed to do doing our part in giving victims a voice and helping to raise awareness to an issue that has been avoided far too long.  In order for this sport to continue to thrive, it is up to us, who are immersed in its community, to facilitate change. We intend to do just that.”

 #WeRideTogether is a true movement and cultural shift that demands increased accountability from trainers and coaches, gives survivors a safe platform for their voice, and helps diminish the stigma and fear of coming forward.

Watch the first PSA, “Empty Chair” here and visit WeRideTogether.Today to learn more.

Volunteer Nation: Two Events That Could Use Your Help This Weekend

It truly takes a village to put on an event. Want to play a role? Here are two events that could use a helping hand this weekend. #Protip: Between Champagne Run H.T. this week and USPC Festival the next (see the latter’s Eventing Volunteers listing here), the Kentucky Horse Park will definitely be looking for a few good volunteers!

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.

Click on the links below to sign up.

USEA Events

Champagne Run at the Park (July 16th, 2021 to July 18th, 2021)

#RoadToTokyo: A Little Dance, A Little Jump

This morning, the U.S. team and support staff have been posting in memory of Annie Goodwin, who died yesterday after a cross country schooling accident. It’s a somber mood on the heels of this news, and we wanted to take a moment to share the sentiments of the team. Annie, you will never be forgotten and our hearts are very heavy.

Team USA rehearsed their Olympic tests yesterday to get feedback from eventing judge Martin Plewa, then took on their own interpretation of gymnastics today under the watchful eye of Peter Wylde.

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On Cue and Tsetserleg took to the stadium for gymnastics with Peter Wylde today. The horses are jumping in top form and the team is lucky to have his guidance as we prepare for Tokyo.

Posted by Boyd Martin on Thursday, July 15, 2021

And a couple snaps from Team Canada:

Other teams seem to be settling into quarantine quite happily as their digs in Tokyo get set up:

Well …. MOSTLY happily.

We’ll continue to round up social media posts and other perspectives from the road to Tokyo, so stay tuned right here on EN for all things Olympics.

A Message From Annie: ‘You Gotta Push On’

Everyone who swings their leg over the back of a horse is aware of risk. We do the best we can to stay safe while understanding that there are variables beyond our control. But as much as we owe ourselves safety, it can be argued, we also owe ourselves happiness.

In 2016 Taggert Vin Zant made this video featuring Annie Goodwin as a promo to invite sponsors to join her team. Upon Annie’s passing yesterday resulting from a cross country schooling accident, her words feel chillingly poignant:

“There are instances where bad things happen. And it can happen to anyone. But that’s not really a way to live your life. You gotta push on … It’s a healthy fear that we have, and it drives us to be better every single day.”

Rest in peace, Annie.

What’s Happening? Your Guide to Clinics, Schooling Shows & More [Updated 7/14]

Featured Activity: Marilyn Little is teaching in Maryland for a weekend July 24-25; day 1 is show jumping at Loch Moy and day 2 is dressage at Bennett’s Creek Farm. Click here for more info. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

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

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Go Eventing.

Olympic Eventing History in Review: Stockholm 1912

Olympic eventing has shape-shifted quite dramatically over the years, with early editions being nearly unrecognizable side-by-side with the modern sport. As we approach this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, which is adopting yet another format, we’ll be taking a look back at its evolution over the past century.

We’ll start with the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games, the first year an eventing-type competition was first introduced. Imagine completing three days of jumping competition spanning 35+ miles BEFORE you did your dressage test … it would take the edge off, at least!

Stockholm’s Field Riding Club, which hosted the 1916 Olympic equestrian events. Photo: Public Domain/IOC.

Equestrian events were first held at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games and included four contests: polo, grand prix jumping, high jump and long jump. Equestrian was cut in 1904, and in 1908 only polo was held. But for 1912 the IOC approved the inclusion of the three equestrian disciplines that have been held at every summer games since: eventing, show jumping and dressage … or at least some vaguely related ancestor of their modern versions.

There were still only a handful of Olympic sports at that point, including a few like tug-of-war and lawn tennis that are now retired. Eventing was called “Military” and, as advertised, was open only to servicemen and army horses. Twenty-seven riders representing seven countries took part in the event: Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France, Belgium, Great Britain and the U.S., with all the countries except Denmark fielding a full team of four riders.

Photo: Public Domain/IOC

Photo: Public Domain/IOC.

All the components of modern three-day eventing — dressage, cross-country and show jumping — were intact. The order was just a little… different.

Day 1: the Endurance Test, consisting of a 50 km (31 mile) long-distance road ride at a speed of 230 meters per minute  immediately followed by a 5 km  (3 mile) cross-country course at a speed of 333 meters per minute.

The course was marked by red flags but — not surprisingly, considering the map below — three riders were eliminated for going off course. Only one rider exceeded the time limit (4 hours for endurance and 15 minutes for cross-country) on account of his watch being slow.

The cross-country obstacles were described as not difficult, consisting chiefly of fences, with or without ditches, and streams. Points were subtracted for refusals and falls of horse and/or rider.

The ground was hard and the weather was less than ideal, according to the IOC report: “The heat was oppressive and most of the competitors lost weight during the ride, some as much as 4 1/2 lbs., or more, while the saddles grew considerably heavier, by absorption of sweat from the horses.”

To mimic the weight of military field accouterments, the horses were required to carry a minimum of 80 kg (176 lbs.) during the jumping phases. A double bridle was required in all phases except steeplechase.

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Cross-country course maps have come a long way since 1912. Image: Public Domain/IOC.

Day 2: Rest Day!

Day 3: Speed Test, held over a 3.5 km (2 mile) steeplechase course with 10 plain obstacles at a speed of 600 meters per minute.

There were 22 starters/Endurance Day survivors, most of whom made it around alright. According to the IOC report: “Of these, two rode the wrong way and retired, one of them, Lieutenant Lawrence (Great Britain) falling at a grass-covered ditch outside the course, the accident causing a slight concussion of the brain, from which the rider soon recovered, however.”

Day 4: the Jumping Test (“Prize Jumping”), which included 15 obstacles set to a maximum height of 1.3 meters (4’2″) and width of 3 meters (9’8″) wide.

Only two of the 19 starters had jumping penalties and 12 had time faults.

Day 5: the Dressage Test (“Prize Riding”).

From the IOC report: “With respect to the order in which the various tests should be executed, it was thought best to place the prize riding last, as the clearest obedience-test could thereby be obtained. A well-trained horse that has been severely taxed should, even after taking part in the previous tests, be able to do itself justice in the final one too.”

Photo: Public Domain/IOC

Photo: Public Domain/IOC

Riders were required to enter the ring at a gallop, halt/salute, and then use the next 10 minutes to demonstrate figures at the walk, trot and gallop at both “collected” and “fast” speeds. Extra points were awarded for various exhibitions of showboatery, such as riding with both reins in one hand. I can’t tell from the IOC report if it was for eventing as well or just straight dressage, but early tests included jumping obstacles and an “obedience test,” which “consisted of the rolling towards the horse of a wooden cylinder, 80 cm. diameter and c:a 1,50 meters long, and painted with stripes in 3 colours.” Can’t imagine too many modern sport horses would be too keen on that!

 

Image: Public Domain/Official IOC Report

Image: Public Domain/IOC

In the end Sweden took Team Gold, led by Individual Gold Medalist Lieutenant Axel Nordlander. Germany followed in Silver position and the U.S. claimed Bronze.

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Photo: Public Domain/IOC

Check out the full 1912 IOC report here, and stay tuned for our next edition of “Olympic Eventing History in Review” in which the organizers decide to get rid of dressage completely! If only that one had stuck….

Go Eventing.

 

#EventerProblems Vol. 70 from Ecovet: Hump Day Jump Day

Hump day? More like, jump day! Here’s hoping the trajectory of your week is resembling the bascule of the horse in this first #EventerProblems photo — you put a lot of effort (maybe too much?) into the takeoff (Monday – Tuesday) and by Wednesday you’re just catching air, floating in the breeze. Now you’ve just gotta stick the landing. You can do it, we believe in you!

Here’s a fresh batch of strugglebus. Enjoy!

Go Eventing.

Volunteer Nation: Four Events That Need Your Help This Weekend

No need to be an artist to grab a paintbrush and help spruce up some jumps. Millbrook could use a hand getting theirs in ship shape for their upcoming horse trials on August 5 to 8. See details in the Instagram post above.

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.

Four events that need your help this weekend:

USEA Events

2021 USEA FEH/YEH Qualifier (July 9th, 2021)

2021 MDHT USEA Recognized Horse Trials #2 (July 7th, 2021 to July 11th, 2021)

Other Events

Stable View July Eventing Academy (July 5th, 2021 to July 11th, 2021)

July War Horse Event Series (July 7th, 2021 to July 12th, 2021)

Thursday Video: Watch Twin Rivers’ Lower-Level Winners in Action

It was a big weekend at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California. Competitors contested Intro through Advanced divisions, and toward we’re going to shine the spotlight on a few of the lower level winners! Ride On Video has begun posting footage from the weekend on YouTube (what quick turnaround!), and we spotted these division winners in the mix. We’ll update this post with more winner videos as they get uploaded, so check back!

Introductory: Sati Sowa & Chocolate Rocket Man (30.3)

Jr. Beg. Novice Rider: Katherine Jackman & Lookit Louie (30.7)

Jr. Novice Rider: Dana Carbajal & Maximus de la Tombe (29.1)

Sr. Novice Rider: Elena Chatcuff & Sumbody To Love

Sr. Training Rider: Camille Forstadt & Perfect Synchronicity

Congrats to all! Here’s a complete list of winners.

Tuesday Video: Kathleen Cuca & Jak My Style Take on Beginner Novice

We’re going to hold you to it, Kathleen! Kathleen and Roberto Cuca own Jak My Style, the 16-year-old Thoroughbred that sailed around the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event earlier this year with Buck Davidson finishing clear with a few time penalties.

Buck Davidson and Jak My Style. Photo by Shelby Allen.

We’ll be cheering this pair on at the Essex Horse Trials, which is fast approaching July 17-18 in Far Hills, New Jersey. You can visit the website here.

US Equestrian Announces Mid-Year Updates to USEF Eventing High Performance Training Lists

The United States Equestrian Federation has announced the mid-year updated high performance training lists for eventing. Reasons why athletes and horses may be added or removed from lists, according to the USEF:

The Performance Director may remove an athlete from the Elite and Pre-Elite programs in consultation with the Performance Advisory Team if the athlete fails to meet program criteria. Athletes/horses with a long-term injury will be removed from the Training List in consultation with the Performance Advisory Team, Team Veterinarian and/or Team Physician. Training opportunities may be limited for combinations with short-term injuries. Inclusion or exclusion on a Training List does not imply or preclude an athlete from selection for a Games and Championships. The lists will be reviewed in November 2021.

. The lists are virtually identical to those released in November 2020 with the following changes:

  • Boyd Martin and On Cue were added to the Pre-Elite list.
  • Tamie Smith and Mai Baum were added to the Pre-Elite list.
  • Erin Sylvester and Paddy The Caddy were removed from the Pre-Elite list.

The updated lists:

Elite Training List

The Elite Program supports athlete and horse combinations who demonstrate the ability to contribute to medal-winning potential at the world championship level, with targets measured against world-leading performances and aiming to compete at the next Olympics or world championship.

The following combinations have been named to the Elite Training List (in alphabetical order):

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, Pennsylvania) and Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide gelding owned by Ann Jones, Caroline Moran, Suzanne Lacy, Simon Roosevelt and Tom Tierney

Liz Halliday-Sharp (Lexington, Kentucky) and Deniro Z, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Ocala Horse Properties and The Deniro Syndicate

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pennsylvania) and Tsetserleg TSF, a 13-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Christine Turner

Doug Payne (Rougemont, North Carolina) and Vandiver, a 16-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Debi Crowley

2021 Pre-Elite Training List

The Pre-Elite Program aims to identify and support athlete and horse combinations with the perceived potential to meet Elite status within the next two to four years, with the target of competing on a championship team in the next four years.

The following combinations have been named to the Pre-Elite Training List (in alphabetical order):

Woods Baughman (Lexington, Kentucky) and his own C’est la Vie 135, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding

Jennie Brannigan (West Grove, Pennsylvania) and Stella Artois, a 12-year-old Holsteiner-Thoroughbred mare owned by the Stella Artois Syndicate, and FE Lifestyle, a 10-year-old warmblood gelding owned by Nina and Tim Gardner

Will Coleman (Gordonsville, Virginia) and Off The Record, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by the Off The Record Syndicate and Don Dante, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Team Rebecca, LLC

Sydney Elliott (Bossier City, Louisiana) and QC Diamantaire, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by Carol Stephens

Will Faudree (Southern Pines, North Carolina) and Mama’s Magic Way, a 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables

Ariel Grald (Southern Pines, North Carolina) and Leamore Master Plan, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Anne Eldridge

Boyd Martin (Cochranville, Pennsylvania) with Luke 140, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, and On Cue, a 15-year-old Anglo-European mare owned by Christine Turner, Boyd Martin, Thomas Turner and Tommie Turner

Doug Payne (Rougemont, North Carolina) and Quantum Leap, a 9-year-old RPSI gelding owned by Doug & Jessica Payne

Tamie Smith (Murrieta, California) and Mai Baum, a 15-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, Virginia) and RF Cool Play, a 12-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by The Donner Syndicate, LLC

2021 Development Training List

The Development Program, led by USEF Development and Emerging Athlete Coach Leslie Law, aims to support athletes with the perceived talent and ability to reach Elite status in the next four to eight years by focusing on developing the skills needed to progress on the pathway.

The following athletes have been named to the Development Training List (in alphabetical order):

Maya Black (Clinton, Washington)
Rebecca Brown (Seagoville, Texas)
Daniel Clasing (Lovettsville, Virginia)
Zoe Crawford (Boston, Florida)
Jacob Fletcher (North Little Rock, Arkansas)
Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Florida)
Andrew McConnon (Vass, North Carolina)
Sara Mittleider (Kuna, Idaho)
Mike Pendleton (Waynesboro, Virginia)
Caitlin Silliman (Cochranville, Pennsylvania)

 

The Netherlands Announces Its Two Individual Olympic Eventing Athletes

The Netherlands’ Janneke Boonzaiijer and ACSI Champ de Tailleur. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation has announced the two individual eventers who will represent the Netherlands at the Tokyo Olympic Games as well as its show jumping and dressage squads.

The eventers are:

  • Merel Blom and The Quizmaster, a 12-year-old Dutch gelding (Albaran XX x Zarah-Maro, by Casco) owned by Blom Sports Stables. This pair has competed through the CCI4*-L level; their 2021 results include an 8th place finish in the Luhmühlen CCI4*-S last month, and a win in the Strzegom CCI4*-S in April. They represented the Netherlands together in the Nations Cup competition at Boekelo in 2018. Merel is an experienced team competitor — she and Rumour Has It finished 19th in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 25th in the 2014 Normandy WEG.
  • Janneke Boonzaaijer and ACSI Champ de Tailleur, a 14-year-old Dutch gelding (Quidam De Revel x Vera, by Oberon du Moulin) owned by H J C Roozendaal and Lieke Van Der Werf. They too have competed through the CCI4*-L level; their 2021 results include a 34th-place finish in the Luhmühlen CCI4*-S last month, and a 7th-place finish in the Strzegom CCI4*-S in April. The pair has represented The Netherlands in multiple Nations Cup competitions, and this will be Janneke’s first Olympic Games.Olympic eventing will begin July 30 and continue through August 2, 2021, at the Equestrian Park and Sea Forest Cross-Country Course venues in Tokyo.

Weekend Winners: Larkin Hill, Maryland International, Chatt Hills, Twin Rivers, Cobblestone Farms

Another weekend, another edition of winner shout-outs! An extra congrats this week to the lowest scoring finishers in the country of the week, Caroline Martin and Galwaybay Redfield HSH Connor. They won the CCI1*-S at Maryland International on their dressage score of 23.2.

And the blue ribbons go to…

Twin Rivers Summer H.T.: [Website] [Results]
Advanced: James Alliston & Paper Jam (45.6)
Open Intermediate: James Alliston & Nemesis (30.9)
Open Preliminary: Amber Birtcil & Keep Calm (32.3)
Preliminary Rider: Camille Brewer & Cooley Rock Star (32.0)
Jr. Training Rider: Elsa Warble & Enough Already (29.1)
Open Training: Tommy Greengard & Excellence (23.6)
Sr. Training Rider: Camille Forstadt & Perfect Synchronicity (30.5)
Jr. Novice Rider: Dana Carbajal & Maximus de la Tombe (29.1)
Open Novice: Tommy Greengard & Cappachina (32.3)
Sr. Novice Rider: Elena Chatcuff & Sumbody To Love (38.4)
Jr. Beg. Novice Rider: Katherine Jackman & Lookit Louie (30.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Laura Presmyk & Grace (31.3)
Sr. Beg. Novice Rider: Gina Coons & Lumiere de la Nuit (33.5)
Introductory: Sati Sowa & Chocolate Rocket Man (30.3)
Future Event Horse 2 Year Old: Charlee Swope & Mackadoo BDF (78.6)
Future Event Horse 3 Year Old: Caitlin Davison & R. Dream Girl (80.1)
Future Event Horse 4 Year Old: Kaylawna Smith-Cook & Quinn Hsr (80.6)
Future Event Horse Yearling: Megan Bittle & Charmander BDF (84.4)
Young Event Horse 4 Year Old: Jillian Terzian & NSF R-Twain Star (81.8)
Young Event Horse 5 Year Old: Tommy Greengard & Leonardo Diterma (84.1)

Larkin Hill H.T.: [Website] [Results]
Preliminary: Hannah Smith & Bittersweet’s Aurora (32.0)
Open Training A: Lisa Niccolai & KC’s Celtic Kharacter (31.2)
Open Training B: Eleanor Gray & Get Going (33.3)
Open Novice A: Laura Voorheis & Herbst Acapella (25.7)
Open Novice B: Emily Scott & Dolce & Gabbana (28.1)
Open Novice C: Meredith Scarlet & Quite Cooley (26.0)
Open Novice D: Heidi White & Anony (28.8)
Open Beginner Novice A: Constance Sharp & Hazel Rock Sun (28.8)
Open Beginner Novice B: Grace Conde & Avoca Bravado (28.5)
Open Beginner Novice C: Joanne Blackmore & Ballinamurra Destiny (28.3)
Open Beginner Novice D: Sharla Englerth & Holy Land (30.3)

The Maryland International + Horse Trials: [Website] [Results]
CCI3*-S: Maya Black & Miks Master C (28.2)
CCI2*-S: Shelby Brost & RHF Peterzano (29.4)
CCI1*-S: Caroline Martin & Galwaybay Redfield HSH Connor (23.2)
Open Intermediate: Arden Wildasin & Sunday Times (40.3)
Jr. YR Open Preliminary: Kiera Kenny & FE Chardonnay (30.7)
Open Preliminary: Caroline Martin & HSH Did It Anyway (34.4)
Preliminary Rider: Kelly Ransom & Heart of Hollywood (29.6)
Modified Rider: Lulu Malinoski & Coulson (42.5)
Open Modified A: Kimmy Cecere & Landmark’s Jungle’s Gold (32.2)
Open Modified B: Jan Byyny & Beautiful Storm (31.1)
Junior Open Training: Kate Thresher & Silver Bop (29.8)
Open Training A: Kelli Temple & Excel Star Royal Trend (31.9)
Open Training B: Mia Farley & BGS Calculated Chaos (27.6)
Training Rider A: Carroll Courtenay & Mr.Puff Higgens Jr. (29.3)
Training Rider B: Wendy Pickenpaugh & Padi’s Celtic Measure (30.5)
Junior Open Novice A: Kate Brown & LandLunar (26.2)
Junior Open Novice B: Ainsley Colgan & Ginobi (29.8)
Novice Rider A: Ashley Shaw & Bedazzled (27.6)
Novice Rider B: Maxwell Louis & Wicked Elegance (32.9)
Novice Rider C: Curran Simpson & RF Cosmos (28.8)
Open Novice A: Jamie Allison & Jedi (24.3)
Open Novice B: Emily Beshear & Card Shark (23.6)
Beginner Novice Rider: Madison Davis & King Congo (30.6)
Junior Open Beginner Novice: Alyssa Bortner & My Finer Thing (27.2)
Open Beginner Novice A: Emily Beshear & Waffle (25.3)
Open Beginner Novice B: Lisa Hannan & Lowenbrau (26.9)

Chattahoochee Hills H.T.: [Website] [Results]
Open Intermediate: Karl Slezak & Fernhill Wishes (35.9)
Open Preliminary: Emilie Mudd & Quite Nice 11 (26.7)
Prelim Rider: Vienna Allport & DHI Zatopek B (32.0)
Modified: Lesley Grant-Law & Jajadiva (32.2)
Open Training: Sinead Maynard & Oldcourt Grafen Dance (26.2)
Training Rider: Brooke Harris & Light the Way (28.1)
Novice Rider A: Molly McLaughlin & Fernhill Sinatra (26.7)
Novice Rider B: Elle Snyder & Fernhill Bijzonder (31.2)
Open Novice A: Cornelia Dorr & DHI Qyaracolle Z (30.5)
Open Novice B: Chelsey Sawtell & Toto’s Weather Tamer (29.1)
Beginner Novice Rider: Olivia Pratt & Marley (28.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Erin Flynn Mobley & Fate’s Fine Magic (25.8)

Cobblestone Farms H.T. I: [Website] [Results]
Preliminary: Emily Tincher & Bluegrass Baron (34.0)
Modified: Michael Nolan & Carrabeg Hulla Balou (31.0)
Training Open: Jordan Riske & Redemption Song (31.0)
Training Rider: Gail Jackson & Gudrun (30.2)
Novice Open 1: Michael Nolan & McGregor (25.7)
Novice Open 2: Kelly Lawrence & Renos Nevada (31.9)
Novice Rider: Ava Friese & CMF Diamond Promise (26.4)
Beginner Novice Open 1: Nancy Koch & Quality Rox (29.4)
Beginner Novice Open 2: Corinna Garcia & Lyric (24.7)
Beginner Novice Rider: Jessica Lebert & No Nottingu2019s Nest (32.2)
Starter: Halley Widlak & Starscream (23.9)

Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

What an epic journey it has been to the Tokyo Olympics, and we aren’t even factoring in the long flight over. The whole thing still seems like a vaguely terrible idea, what with tens of thousands of visitors coming to a country that is only 13.8% fully vaccinated and is experiencing a sharp uptick in its caseload. A member of the Ugandan team tested positive for the highly contagious delta variant upon arrival, and we’re just getting started — the opening ceremony is still over two weeks away, on July 23.

Nonetheless, the show shall go on, and it sounds like there is good protocol in place to keep everybody safe. We’re certainly looking forward to cheering on Team USA, in eventing and beyond. The Olympics are such an incredible showcase of indomitable human spirit and the far reaches of physical ability. Did any of you catch Simone Biles in the gymnastic selection trials? Just wow.

Sally Spickard will be reporting live from Tokyo for EN, so you’ll want to keep it locked here throughout the month. Be sure to get on the mailing list for our Olympic Digest, sent Mondays starting this then daily starting July 28 — you can sign up here.

Holiday: National Fried Chicken Day

Events Opening Today: Genessee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T., Huntington Farm H.T., Great Meadow International, Full Gallop Farm August H.T., Ocala Summer II H.T., Caber Farm H.T., Metamora Hunt II Pony Club H.T., The Event at Archer

Events Closing Today: Course Brook Farm H.T., Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. II, Silverwood Farm Summer H.T., Event at Rebecca Farm

 

News & Notes From Around the World: 

See the British Olympic eventing team horses enjoying their final outing before Tokyo. All four horses ran in the open Intermediate class at Kesoe and jumped double clears, while they took it slow cross country. After this last run on British soil, they’ll quarantine before boarding the plane to Tokyo. [Horse & Hound]

Hope is fading in the fight for the Irish dressage team’s place at the Tokyo Olympics. A further appeal was dismissed against Horse Sport Ireland (HSI), whose decision to not to take up the place was met with great backlash. [Horse & Hound]

The world’s tallest horse has died in Wisconsin. The 20-year-old Belgian named “Big Jake” is recorded as measuring 210.2 cm — think about 20 and a half hands or 6′ 10 3/4″ at the withers — and weighed 2,600 pounds. After Sampson, who towered at over 21 hands, he is the second-tallest horse on record. [Associated Press]

For IEL Team Wilmerding Equestrian, it’s all about the journey — and celebrating success along the way. Learn more about this USEA Interscholastic Eventing League team based at Wilmerding Equestrian in Gladstone, NJ and Ocala, FL. [USEA]

Listen: USEA Podcast #287 – “Running Away to the Circus”

Watch: Never underestimate the power of a chinchilla.