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Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Daryl Kinney & Cabin Society at Hitching Post Farm H.T.

Daryl Kinney and Cabin Society topped the Open Prelim division at Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, VT) over the weekend. The pair led from start to finish, storming the early lead on a dressage score of 22.7.

“Jumbie,” an Irish Sport Horse mare by Jumbo, is owned by Denny Emerson.

Congrats, Daryl and Jumbie! Here’s video of all three phases of their ride, courtesy of The Horse Pesterer.

View full results here.

Go Eventing.

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#DogsOfEN: Canine Show-and-Tell

Where there are horse people, there are dogs — and we love showing them off. Here’s your latest batch of canine Instagram pics — plus, as always, a non-dog honorable mention!

Be sure to tag your ‘Grams with #DogsOfEN for inclusion in a future edition!

Aksel, one year later! No longer high centered! #threedayeventing #eventerproblems

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I caughts this bone – so the ribbon is for me, right? #barnpuppy #usea #useventing

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Judge at “C”. #eventing #dressage #dog #corgisofinstagram #corgi #corgination #dogsofinsta #dogsofen

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When you’ve got the Mondays real bad #monday #barndog #dogsofen #cute #ilikedogs #hesfluffy #derp #todaysfriday

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Already learning how to be a horse show dog #dogsofen #goeventing

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Being counter productive by tearing down my flowers #dogsofen

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The best supervisor. #weldon #dogsofen #barndog

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He’s always got my back

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#dogsofEN #muttskickbutt #muttsofinstagram #blackdog #hairydog #pennsylvania #poop#eaters

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Oswin approves of the jumps 😁 #horseshowdog #dogsofEN

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Supervisor extraordinaire ❤🐶 #teamfollyfarm #dogsofen #ottb #thoroughbred

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The happiest little girl helping me hand graze the herd. #dogsofen #barndog

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When in Rome….😅#dogsofen

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And … this barn cat gone rogue:

Go Eventing.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Great Greys

Every time we do a “greys only” edition of OTTB Wishlist it feels like Best Buy on Black Friday up in here.

Well, here’s your latest batch. Come and get ’em, Eventing Nation!

Photo via CANTER Colorado.

Ispep (Dunkirk – Goldeni, by Gone West): 2014 16-hand Kentucky bred gelding

Hubba Hubba! Here is a striking young gelding that oozes class.

Meet Ispep (or “Pepsi” spelled backwards as the owner pointed out to us”! This leggy 3-year-old is 16 hands and still has plenty of growing to do.

This guy is athletic with clean tight legs. He has only had four career starts. When CANTER asked the trainer why he was for sale, the trainer said, “He’s a really cool horse but he’s just slow!” Ispep has been with the trainer/owner since the horse was a yearling.

Ispep is great under saddle with nice ground manners and a laid-back personality. The trainer said he is a good boy and also a “goober”. Ispep loves to find ways to entertain himself or get attention. He has no vices — just a fun personality.

Ispep has great breeding as well. He is sired by Dunkirk by Unbridled Song out of Goldeni sired by Gone West. A couple generations back we see A.P Indy (known for having great brains) and Mr. Prospector. We predict that with the right training, this horse will go on to be very successful in a sporthorse career.

This horse will sell quickly so don’t delay. Bring him home today! He is currently located at the track in Colorado.

View Ispep on CANTER Colorado.

Photo via CANTER Colorado.

Your Last Warning (Exchange Rate – Whiplash Warning, by Pioneering): 2012 16-hand Minnesota bred mare

Yes, please! Check out this stunning girl! Your Last Warning is a gorgeous 5-year-old gray mare that currently stands 16 hands. She is very eye catching especially with her unique gray and white spotted coloring.

She has only had 10 career racing starts and in a barn with 100 other horses this season, she’s just not making the cut as a prospective racehorse. She is sound and has never come back from racing or workouts with heat or lameness.

Your Last Warning is a little nervous at the track environment. She is very kind and sweet. Due to her nerves at the track she weaves a little in her stall. The trainer had her at Turf’s Paradise in a paddock and she was more comfortable.

The trainer told CANTER she is great under saddle, and her connections think she will make a great sporthorse prospect especially after she can gets some turnout off the track. This girl is phenomenal and will sell very quickly so don’t delay!

View Your Last Warning on CANTER Colorado.

Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Doctor Ralph (Alphabet Soup – Dr F Laparco, by With It): 2014 15.3+ hand New York bred mare

This beautiful, solid-bodied and well balanced homebred young daughter of Alphabet Soup, after only five starts, is letting her owner/breeder/trainer know that racing is just not her best game. But with her excellent conformation, very nice movement, good temperament, and great sport horse bloodlines, we think she can excel in many other disciplines.

She is clean legged, described as sound, and she was perfectly behaved for her photo session. Jogged by one of FLF’s volunteers, she displayed very nice balanced movement with excellent behavior. They pegged her height as 15.3+ / 16 hands. and she is likely to grow some more, likely topping out at over 16 hands. And with her solid body and strong shoulder, she will surely take up the leg of a taller rider.

She was turned out all winter at her owner/trainer’s farm, and he said she is very relaxed in that environment and turns out well with other horses. He says she gets more nervous in the racetrack environment, although FLF did not see that in her demeanor as she posed and jogged for them politely.

Her sire, Breeder’s Cup winner Alphabet Soup, is from the Cozzene/Caro sire line, much coveted in the sport horse world, and he is known for siring later maturing horses who are durable and good jumpers. Her dam is from the Buckpasser line, which is also known for durable, good brained sport horses.

Young, sound, grays are very popular, so we recommend calling fast if you are seriously interested.

View Doctor Ralph on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds. 

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Let’s Please Interview More Eventers’ Kids

Nothing thrills me like a top athlete dragging their kid out in front of the press. At the very least it makes the proceedings more adorable, and at best the kid ends up upstaging their parent altogether. A la:

Polish eventer Paweł Spisak, who represented his country in the past four Olympic Games, finished third in the CCI2* at Strzegom over the weekend. Both times the event interviewed him, he was accompanied by son Wiktor, and while my Polish is a little rusty it is still pretty stinking cute. I’ve queued the interviews up to the Wiktor bits:

Go kids. Go Eventing!

Meet the Rising Stars in Tiana Coudray’s Yard

UK-based U.S. eventer Tiana Coudray recently had a huge weekend at Badminton — not over four-star fences, but in the 4- and 5-year-old Dubarry Young Horse Qualifiers hosted earlier in the week.

Her first win was with Donna Sion, by Don Diarado, in the 4-year-old class, followed by a claiming of the top spot in the 5-year-old class with Royaldik son Hullabaloo.

Tiana has a gift for identifying and producing young talent. In 2015 she won the 5-Year-Old Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse final with Cavalier Crystal.

As for this year, she is off and running, In addition to her stellar Badminton results with the youngsters, she is aiming the talented 6-year-old G and 7-year-old Cancaras Girl at the FEI World Breeding Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers in France in October. Tiana extends her gratitude to the horses’ owners, whose support is so critical to the development of these rising stars.

She recently took the time to introduce us to the brightest up-and-comers in her yard. Here are five to keep your eye on in 2017 and beyond!

Tiana Coudray and Cancaras Girl. Photo courtesy of Golden Eye Photography.

Donna Sion

“DD is a beautiful 4-year-old by Don Diarado who was bought from the Brightwells sale last December by Lucinda Campbell. We got her going for a few weeks under saddle and then turned her away in the field to be a baby for a while longer.

“Since coming back into work she has proved to be incredibly brave and level headed making her such an easy baby to work with. She is so balanced and developed for a 4-year-old that she finds the work easy and has been a real star in every way. She will do a few events and the 4-year-old championships later this year but otherwise have a fairly easy year.

“Since she finds it all so easy and has a ‘been there, seen that’ attitude, the temptation would be to do lots with her. As much as youngsters need to get out and see lots of things for their education, I believe it’s really important with the ones that are ‘ahead of the class’ that you don’t take it for granted and keep going for more and more. Although they are keen to work and excelling at every turn, they are still growing and mentally they need to be allowed to be babies some of the time. Once she has done a bit, she will go back out on holiday for a few weeks or a month and carry on like that until next year.”

Tiana Coudray and Hullaballoo. Photo by Top Shots Photography.

Hullabaloo 

“Baloo is a 5-year-old gelding by Royaldik out of a Burgraff mare owned by Nicola Burton who owns Wrestow Stud. He is a really handsome, big horse who attracts attention everywhere he goes. He has the breeding and the looks of a proper event horse. Nicola has sent him to us to give him a solid foundation for her son to take over the ride down the road.” 

Tiana Coudray and Happenstance. Photo by Golden Eye Photography.

Happenstance 

“‘The Prawn’ is a 5-year-old mare by Quality Time and owned by Annabelle James. She is a scrappy little whippersnapper who thinks she runs the show and knows it all! Annabelle bought her sight unseen last year in memory of her good friend Karen Hughes who sadly lost her battle with cancer. Annabelle decided that life is short and she wanted to take a chance and enjoy it.

“She arrived a completely feral, scrawny little thing and hence we started calling her Scrawny-Prawny, which eventually became The Prawn. We backed her last autumn and she was turned away in the winter. She has been quietly coming on this spring and just did her first event last weekend, scoring a 29 double-clear to win so we’re excited for her season ahead.”

Tiana Coudray and G. Photo courtesy of Tiana Coudray.

G

“Rupert we bought together with Diana Chappell as a raw 3-year-old as a project to get going under saddle and then sell. As it turned out he took a long time to back and have riding away reliably and in that time we became quite enamored with him and so he still hasn’t been sold!”

“He’s made child’s play of everything so far and in only six runs last year had already gotten to Novice (Preliminary in America) scoring a 21 double-clear! That was in July and I said, that’s it, he’s going on holiday as he was still only a 5-year-old and he didn’t need to do anything more for his age! He has continued to excel this season at Novice and will hopefully do a 1* this summer with the 6-year-old World Championships at le Lion in mind for this October.”

Tiana Coudray and Cancaras Girl. Photo courtesy of Tiana Coudray.

Cancara’s Girl

“Cara is a 7-year-old mare that I saw advertised on Facebook having done a little bit of show jumping. I wasn’t at all in a position to buy a horse but something about her just struck a cord and I was on a plane to Aberdeen the next day. With the help of Diana Chappell we bought her that week.”

“A week after that, and with Cara having no clue what dressage was or why you would ever be ridden on grass in an open field, I took her to her first event which she jumped around like a legend! She has taken everything we’ve thrown at her like a champ and is proving me right for thinking she was something special. While she is very green in some ways and still catching up on parts of her education, she’s proving to be a very good horse, and a natural at cross country. She will go Intermediate at her next event and aim for a 2* later this summer. If she continues to succeed we will aim her also for le Lion in October.”

Go Eventing.

Weekend Instagram Roundup: All Around the Eventing Nation

There was plenty enough going on out there in the great sovereign state of EN this weekend. Here are a few citizen snapshots from Kent School Spring H.T., Fair Hill May H.T., Chattahoochee Hills H.T. and Otter Creek Spring H.T.

Don’t forget to tag your event photos on Instagram and follow EN!

Ooooh, pretty ribbons! Good luck to all our competitors!

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Go Eventing.

#EventerProblems Vol. 117: When Nature Calls

In the immortal words of Outkast’s André 3000: “You can paint a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather.”

Or stop your horse from rolling in the mud. Or keep birds from giving birth inside your helmet. But you CAN take photos of it and post it to Instagram.

Behold:

Look what happened while I was at Rolex! 😅😅😍😍🐣🐣🐣 #rk3de #eventerproblems

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Flooded not sure what's worse how much water that's outside the barn or in #eventerproblems #flooded #fml

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She's always gotta pick the grossest spots to roll #ottbsofinstagram #eventersofinstagram #eventerproblems

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Yayyy my horse is clean!! Wait… Nope. #filthyanimal #ottbsofinstagram #eventerproblems

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just a little bit of a difference… now just the rest of the pile left to do… #eventerproblems

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Go Eventing.

#EventerSolutions: Hey Guys, I Have an Idea …

Where there are #EventerProblems there are #EventerSolutions, as we horsefolks tend to be a pretty crafty, resourceful and frugal (read: broke) bunch.

In this spinoff series we spotlight some of your most inventive problem-solving masterpieces and determined DIY efforts. Be sure to tag your photos with the hashtag #EventerSolutions on social for inclusion in future editions!

Forelimb inflammation? Cold therapy in the creek ❄️ #eventerproblems

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When your tail is too thick to tie in a knot… #eventersolutions #peestain #thickhairdontcare

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And, of course, horses can be problem-solvers, too!

Go Eventing.

10 More Random Things Eventers Would Jump

Eventers see the world differently than normal people. We have a sixth sense for seeing jump potential where it does not actually exist.

Here are 10 examples:

When you clean the craft store out of plastic brush for your jumps. #diycrosscountryjumps #eventerproblems #ocala2017

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When you don’t own cavalettis, you just set your jumps on the lowest hole. #eventerproblems

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When you get your deck redone and you see new jumps. #eventerproblems #en

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Unfortunate wind damage, or new cross country jump? #eventerproblems

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Go Eventing.

#TBT: 10 Chinchilla & Furry Rodent GIFs That Perfectly Articulate How You Feel

Each Thursday we take a trip down memory lane to a favorite EN post from over the years. It doesn't get much more old-school than this hilariously accurate chinch GIF collection, narrated by Wylie and originally published on Sep 16, 2013. Enjoy!

… When your horse is bouncing off the walls in the dressage

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and then you walk back to the barn and everyone asks how your test went.

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…When you’re getting counted down in the start box

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and then your horse jumps the course like a total boss.

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…When you get to the competitor’s party and see all the friends you haven’t seen in forever and there’s free wine

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and then your friends are gone and the wine is empty and you still need to walk your horse but you can’t remember which barn he’s in

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When they decide to drag the stadium warmup right before your division starts…

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and then people keep cutting you off to the jumps.

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…When you get home late from the event and have to go to work the next day

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but you secretly can’t wait to do it all over again.

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Go Eventing.

#EventerProblems Vol. 116: United We Stand, Together We Fail

The whole #EventerProblems social experiment has been pretty interesting. As of this moment a total of 6,681 photos have been uploaded to Instagram with the #EP hashtag, and I’ve looked and laughed at every last one of them. And I can tell you this: No matter how bizarre you think your own eventer problems are, I promise you someone else out there in some corner of the eventing world is experiencing the same thing.

Think you’re the only one who sees cryptic messages embedded in fortune cookies?

Think again!

Clearly whoever wrote this fortune has never tried to do dressage with an OTTB on a windy day…. #eventerproblems

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Believe you’re the only person who is stealing food intended for human consumption for their horse?

Newp.

Ever feel like you’re the only eventer in the world who has to coax themselves out of bed in the morning via unorthodox methods?

It’s eventing time baby!!! #britisheventing #whoneedssleep #teamsprout #eventerproblems #richmondhorsetrials

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It’s a parallel universe, my friend.

My point is: You’re not alone! Everybody’s crazy here. So go forth and conquer!

In other news, I’m still 9 years old. #breyerhorses #eventerproblems

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Tough day in the office #ottb #eventerproblems

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Monster. Franzia. NSAIDs. Ice packs. #teambadidea membership renewal completed. #eventerproblems

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Pigs on the loose! Pc: @debc91 #eventerproblems

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t=”_blank”>This is what happens when you leave little girls with the intermediate level horse #ottbofinstagram #ottb #horses #horsesofinstagram #eventhorse #eventer #eventerproblems #unicorn

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Go Eventing.

#DogsOfEN: Rolex Edition

Dog watching at Rolex is ALMOST as fun as horse watching! You guys were out and about with your pups in full force. Here are a few of your canine postcards from Lexington, Kentucky!

Cooper is getting #rolexready #rk3de #rolex #dogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #dogsofen

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#jesseman #toocoolforschool #theoneandonly #dogsofinstagram #dogsofEN #pegasuseventing

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Glamping Status Achieved @the900facebookpony #rk3de2017 #rolexkentucky #glamping #yeticoolers @yeti #dogsofen

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“Hey girl, you ready for XC?” #aussie #dogsofinstgram #dogsofen #rk3de #rk3de2017 #rolexkentucky #heygirl #ricosuave

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I never want to leave. #rk3de2017 #bestweekendallyear #teamfollyfarm #dogsofen

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Spotted this #gooddog on #crosscountry day at #rk3de. #dogsofrolex #dogsofinstagram

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Aggie enjoy Rolex! #fromNatsdashboard #AsgoodAsitsgointoget

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And … one to grow on!

Go Eventing.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: Blazes of Glory

A big, splashy blaze is the ultimate equine statement accessory. Here are three OTTBs with serious chrome that are in the market for a new career!

Photo via CANTER PA/Rough Coat Photography.

Photo via CANTER PA/Rough Coat Photography.

Pom Pom Pistol (Pomeroy – Central Moves, by Pico Central (BRZ)): 2012 15.1-hand Kentucky bred mare

This one has some smokin’ guns! CANTER found this girl to be a fun type; she was bright and playful for her listing, yet sweet and interested in being messed with. We’re told she was awesome to handle and ride at the track, and it’s clear that this one really loves having something to do. A solid runner, this girl is athletic, a pretty mover and so light on her feet her connections describe her as “catlike.”

A nice choice for jumpers, polo, gaming, etc. but also so fancy we could see riders from any sport take note. No known issues, this girl is on the farm beginning to be turned out and is ready to start a new lease on life. Ridiculously cute!

View Pom Pom Pistol on CANTER PA.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Tomthebomb (Courageous Cat – Island Beat, by Pleasantly Perfect): 2014 16.2-hand New York bred gelding

This adorable young guy has had a few workouts on the track but has shown no aptitude and was never raced. He is not tattooed. Tom is currently at the track, but has been wintered at the farm where he enjoys turnout with friends. Tom is described as a stall “runner” and would likely benefit from turnout time to help relax this behavior. A new home with ample turnout with a buddy would be a must for Tom.

He has a gorgeous, uphill build with a long reaching walk and demonstrated correct, sound movement when he could be coaxed into trotting. On a blustery spring day when most horses were quite “up,” Tom demonstrated a laid back, quiet, gentlemanly demeanor coming off the walker for his meet and greet. Adorable markings, a kind eye, and movement to boot? Don’t miss this one — he surely won’t last long!

View Tomthebomb on Finger Lakes Finest Thoroughbreds.

Photo via CANTER PA.

Photo via CANTER PA.

Dinny Dinosaur (Pico Central (BRZ) – Sainted Lady, by Saint Ballado): 2008 16.2-hand Florida bred gelding

“A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.” A local celebrity and exceptional racehorse, Dinny has meant so much to so many people that it is an honor to be part of his transition to his next career.

Earning over $400,000, Dinny is a multiple stakes placed horse who has dominated the local racetrack, winning hearts everywhere he goes. He retired due to a right hind ankle injury, which was surgically repaired and given the best of rehab for the last 18 months. Rather than returning to racing, his connections have decided he’s earned his retirement and wish to see him enjoy a second career.

He is currently being ridden by his owner’s family, with this video showing Dinny being ridden in an open field beside a busy highway. Great home a must and owners request the ability to stay in touch with his new family. X-rays are available for a serious buyer.

View Dinny Dinosaur on CANTER PA.

Wylie vs. the Mongol Derby: What If?

Yes, I am going to ride in the Mongol Derby.

Part of the fun of survivalist genre books and film is imagining yourself in the characters’ shoes. When life takes a turn toward do-or-die and it’s just you versus the world, how would you fare?

What if? 

Personally, I’ve always figured that I’d be the first to go: the Hunger Games tribute who gets wiped out in the opening scene, the first sucker to get eaten by zombies in the Walking Dead, the settler who dies of dysentery in Oregon Trail as soon as you press play. I have the basic survival skills of a 10-year-old Girl Scouts dropout, and yet here I find myself, a soon-to-be-competitor in a horse race wherein just making it out alive and more-or-less intact is an accomplishment in and of itself.

Taking place Aug. 6-19 on the Mongolian steppe, the Mongol Derby is inspired by Genghis Khan’s original “pony express” — there’s no trail or set route, just 25 GPS checkpoints/horse exchange stations spanning some 620-miles. The horses are semi-feral, riders are in the saddle 13 hours a day for 7-10 days straight, and nights are spent with nomadic herding families in yurts.

This is no holiday trail ride. Maybe half who start the race make it to the finish line each year. Last year a couple folks got airlifted to Hong Kong with serious injuries, and one co-winner doesn’t even remember a couple days of the race because she was concussed from being trampled. A couple years before that eight riders were held up by motorcycle bandits. Even the luckiest folks come home with accounts of being bucked off, chapped by the elements, plagued by hypothermia or food poisoning, and chased by dogs.

I’ve followed the Derby in previous years with a mix of horror and awe. Why would anyone in their right mind want to put themselves through that sort of thing? And yet another part of me craved the experience for myself. How would I fare out there?

What if?

One day, on a lark, I filled out an application for the 2017 race. It was a slow news day, I guess, and one does what one must to keep entertained. My own life at that moment, staring at a computer screen in suburban America, felt boring; racing ponies in the wilderness on a mission to stop deforestation, on the other hand — INFINITELY sexier and more noble.

What if?

The Derby selects about 40 riders from hundreds of applications each year, so I assumed that there was no way mine would get picked. But then, inexplicably, I got a phone interview. Which I assumed I failed miserably, having pondered aloud how a box of wine was going to fit into the 11 pounds of gear riders are permitted to carry. But then, even more inexplicably, I received an invitation email:

We’re very pleased to confirm that you’ve been offered a spot on the 2017 edition of the world’s longest and toughest horse race. Congratulations, you must be made of stern stuff. 

Am I? I guess we’re about to find out.

Keep up with my adventures in the lead-up to the 2017 Mongol Derby each week on Horse Nation, Eventing Nation and Jumper Nation, and tune into Horses in the Morning each Monday at 10 a.m. EST as I interview Derby crew and previous competitors. 

Each Derby competitor’s $12,995 entry helps benefit the Mongolian families whose generosity with their horses and their homes makes the race possible, as well as Cool Earth, a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.

Can you help? Please visit the Wylie vs. Mongol Derby GoFundMe page — all donations are greatly appreciated! Corporate sponsorships are also available and include ad space on EN, HN and JN, product reviews and usage during the Derby and much more. Email [email protected] for details.

My deepest gratitude to the following  individuals who, immediately and unhesitatingly, pledged their support toward my journey: Tricia Bateman, Lorraine Jackson, Alex Green, Linda Cochran, Katie Kelly, Brad Sellers, Jon Wells, April Kmiec, Nicole Rettino-Lambert and a few anonymous donors as well. Your belief in me is my inspiration to believe in myself. 

Weekend Instagram Roundup: Keeping It Real Out There

For as serious and intense as this sport can sometimes seem, at the end of the day we all just want to have fun. And we can always count on you guys to bring the “insanity in the middle.”

Here are a few of our fave photos from weekend USEA horse trials from around the country!

Thank you Niner for always keeping me safe and for without a doubt being my best bud

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Carl loves his horse spanx #IrishNinja #NeedMoreSleep

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He doesn’t appear to be thrilled with his dressage score #texasrose #trhp #yikes #dontmesswithtexas

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Micaela had to take a quick nap on the front porch… #thisjumpmakesmefeellikeagiant

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The Hungarian power couple #woodland #hungarianwedding #savethedate

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Go Eventing.

What’s in Your Arena? Presented by Attwood: Intro to Corners

What’s in Your Arena? is an EN series sponsored by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces in which riders share their favorite jumping exercises. It’s easy to get stuck in a training rut, and we hope this will inspire you with fresh ideas that you can take home and incorporate into your own programs.

Watching horse and rider tackle a massive corner, like this three-star question on yesterday’s Jersey Fresh cross country course, is always impressive. Corners are the ultimate test of accuracy, straightness and honesty.

Jennie Brannigan and Cool As Ice. Photo by Shelby Allen.

But every journey begins with a single step, and every horse that has ever sailed over a three-star corner was likely introduced to them with an exercise like the one featured in this video from Bernie Traurig’s excellent online training site Equestrian Coach.

In it, California-based four-star rider Olivia Loiacono explains the importance of introducing young horses to this obstacle in the correct way. She goes on to demonstrate the skills required for the successful negotiation of a corner jump, which remain the same whether it’s two-feet tall or nearly taller than your head!

Do you have an exercise to share or is there an eventer you would like to nominate for the “What’s in Your Arena?” series? Email [email protected]

Go Eventing.

11 Questions with the ‘Other’ Ryan Wood

Ryan Wood and Ryan Wood. Photo by Kristina Wood.

Ryan Wood, the four-star rider, might be better known, but another “Woodsy” has been making her way up the ranks. We first introduced you to the 17-year-old Alabama eventer at the 2015 American Eventing Championships, where she and Galway Blazer finished 3rd in the Jr. Beginner Novice division. After the awards ceremony we surprised her with message from four-star Ryan Wood (see “Life Advice for Jr. Beginner Novice Ryan Wood from 4* Ryan Wood“).

Since then, she says, things have only gone uphill. Ryan and Galway are a freshly minted Prelim pair, with two double-clear (in both cross country and show jumping!) runs under their belt this spring. With a 3rd place finish at Rocking Horse H.T. and a 2nd at Ocala International, they are already qualified for this year’s AECs, which Ryan says she is looking forward to contesting.

Funny story about last year’s AECs: She found herself stabled across the aisle from four-star Ryan Wood, so the two finally got to meet.

“He was incredibly nice and found it funny that we had the same name,” Ryan says. “My mom and I may or may not have gone into their tack room after he had left and found that he had left some of his numbers and his schedule which we may or may not have taken as souvenirs. His entire team was extremely nice as well and thought it was hilarious that we had the same name.”

A while back we ran a piece called “11 Questions with Ryan Wood,” featuring four-star Ryan Wood, and we thought it would fun to turn the questions (mostly the same, with a few tweaked slightly) around on the “other” Ryan this time!

Ryan Wood and Galway Blazer. Photo by Mallory Briggs.

EN: Ryan isn’t just a boy’s name, obviously! What’s the story behind your naming?

Ryan: My parents had friends with a daughter named Ryan and found it adorable. My sisters, Taylor and Peyton, also have names that could be for a boy or a girl and also have the letter Y in them. Apparently this is a thing with my parents.

EN: Who is your riding idol(s)?

Ryan: Definitely Hilda Donahue. I bought Galway from her about five years ago and have been training with her ever since. Every time I see her ride she has a massive smile on her face no matter the situation. Through the years she has helped my confidence grow tremendously. I went from a young rider on a young horse who was scared to run cross country to only being slightly nervous for my first Prelim.

EN: If you could take a spin on any horse, past or present, who would it be?

Ryan: I have a horse for past and present. Past would definitely be Mrs. Hilda’s four star horse Extravagance. I have heard so many amazing stories and seen fabulous pictures of the gorgeous, massive chestnut. I just missed meeting him in person. I would love to take a cross country ride on him like the ones Mrs. Hilda has told me about.

For present I would have to say Lauren Kieffer’s Veronica. I have watched multiple videos of their events and just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ride her if I ever got it.

Ryan Wood and Galway Blazer. Photo by Mallory Briggs.

EN: What’s one of the best pieces of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Ryan: Most definitely (in a very serious voice) “just go double clear!” This came from one of my close friends that I met through eventing. I was nervous about a show jumping course and we were talking strategy when she looked at me with a dead serious look on her face and said that. Now it is a running joke that whenever one of us is nervous we tell each other that.

EN: Tell us about the most influential horse of your career to date.

Ryan: Most definitely Galway. Years from now even when I have (hopefully) had the opportunity to ride multiple horses, I believe this will still be my answer.

Galway has taught me the lesson of perseverance. About a year into owning him, we hit a wall. He was taking off and spooking at everything that moved. As a timid 12-year-old, I was scared to ride him. Despite this, we kept going and kept trying to figure it out. All of the sudden something changed. We started really clicking. I became more confident and so did he. And now, we have a bond that I wouldn’t trade the world for.

EN: If you weren’t an eventer, what would you be doing? Any other hobbies?

Ryan: I would probably be playing volleyball. As polar opposite as it is from eventing, I have always enjoyed the sport and would most likely play it.

EN: Was eventing always your sport of choice?

Ryan: I actually started by doing ballet, playing basketball and playing soccer, but riding was the first sport that I was truly passionate about.

Ryan Wood and Galway Blazer. Photo by Mallory Briggs.

EN: What has been your favorite event to compete at so far?

Ryan: I have to say it was AECs 2015. That show was our first event after his colic surgery on March 9, 2015. When he had surgery we were told there was no way he could make it back in time for AECs. But his recovery went extremely well and by August we were back in full work and got the all clear from the vets to compete. Yes I am happy that we finished well, but I was really happy about the fact that I had my horse there with me and that he was healthy. (Special thanks to Dr. Munsterman, Dr. Coleridge, and the Auburn Vet School.)

EN: What events are on your competition bucket list?

Ryan: I would love to one day compete at Rolex with the top level eventers. On the way to that goal I think it would be awesome to compete at Galway Downs because, well, my horse’s name is Galway.

EN: What is some good advice have you been given about making it in the horse world?

Ryan: Ryan Wood once told me to go and work for Michael Jung and said that his dad told him to be patient and work hard so I’ll go with that.

EN: What prompted your move up? How did it go?

Ryan: It has definitely always been a goal for me to move up the levels and our experience at Training was very positive so we decided that it was time to move up. I couldn’t have asked for a better first experience at Prelim! Galway was incredible, giving me an amazing effort in dressage and then jumping his heart out.

He really has changed from the little 3-year-old horse we bought and we have grown together. He felt at home on the course and was completely tuned in. I never imagined finishing in third at my first Prelim. It was surreal and I almost had to pinch myself. It’s an honor to be able to say that I own and ride this horse.

I would like to give a special thanks to my parents Rob and Kristina Wood for their unlimited support and love. They went from not knowing anything about horses to becoming the ultimate show parents. I would also like to thank my sisters Taylor and Peyton Wood who happily drive from their college to horse shows to watch us ride. They have also been extremely supportive and I cannot thank them enough.

Best of luck to both Ryan Woods! Go Eventing.

Tuesday Video from SpectraVET: Michael Jung’s Entire Rolex Dressage Warm-Up

Behind every beautiful dressage test is a smart, effective warm-up that prepares horse and rider to shine bright when they finally enter at A.

In the countdown to Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST’s much anticipated dressage test at Rolex, the best seat in the house may have been on the rail in the warm up, which was lined with students of the sport taking notes on his routine and technique. One astute spectator recorded the whole thing on film — watch and take notes! The mare looks cool as a cucumber, clearly benefitting from Michael’s emphasis on relaxation and true throughness.

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Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin: California Gurls

They’re unforgettable. Check out these three fine, fresh, fierce Cali-bred OTTB mares, all available from CANTER California.

Photo via CANTER N. California.

Silver Martini (Don’tsellmeshort – Improvisation, by Devil’s Bag): 2013 15.2-hand California bred mare

What a cute gray mare! Nice feet and bone, just too slow to race. This spicy mare could be great at anything and has a lot of presence and personality. A very powerful and confident way of going. Get a clean slate to work with!

View Silver Martini on California N. California.

Photo via CANTER California.

Love The Kids (Marino Marini – So Happy Together, by Corslew): 2012 16.1-hand California bred mare

Love The Kids is a beautiful filly with a big presence about her. She was impressively quiet for her photos and seems to have a very sensible head on her shoulders. Athletic with legs for days, this girl was built to be a sport horse.

View Love The Kids on CANTER California.

Photo via CANTER Southern CA.

Blue Dasher (Distorted Reality – Pagan Baby, by Atticus): 2014 16-hand California-bred mare

Unplaced in three starts and recently restarted off the track, “Annie” is looking for her new person and new career. Extremely fancy mover with the looks the match. Currently in retraining doing walk/trot/canter and going over poles and small fences. Has been free jumped.

Annie shows the natural ability to be a sporthorse with some upper level potential. Very smooth gaits, knows where her feet are and has a very soft mouth. Recently vetted clean with no history of soundness issues. Needs a confident experienced rider and/or a professional to take her in the right direction.

View Blue Dasher on CANTER Southern CA.

 

Watch the Replay of All Three Phases of Badminton for Free

Rolex is over, Badminton is over, season seven of Game of Thrones doesn’t start until mid-July … honestly, what are we supposed to do with ourselves between now and then?

If, like me, you are experiencing feelings of disorientation after two consecutive weeks of live streamed four-star coverage has come to a screeching halt, we offer this as a balm: replays of all three Badminton phases, plus horse inspections and end-of-day press conferences, available for free viewing on YouTube.

Click here to access the full playlist.

Quick link to what we know you’re all wanting to watch:

Click the drop-down menu in the top left corner of this video to access the video playlist:

#MMBHT Links: Website, Final Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Save $10 on Any Professional’s Choice Girth!

Kate Samuels’ Advanced event horse Nyls suited up in his the brown VenTECH Leather Monoflap Girth.

We’re big fans of Professional’s Choice around here at EN, and their girths in particular. I use a VenTECH English girth on my own pony, which I love for its comfort, breathability and stay put-edness; Kate Samuels had rave reviews about the leather edition; and I know Colleen Peachey thinks very highly of the SMx VenTECH Combo English Girth. Of course Professional’s Choice offers a great many products besides girths — check out a other reviews we have done here.

If you can’t quite decide which girth is right for your horse, we recommend checking out the “All Things English” playlist on Professional’s Choice’s YouTube channel, which has videos demonstrating the differences between various girths as well as tutorials on how to clean your girth (hint: it’s ridiculously easy).

Once you’ve made a decision, pro tip: From April 1 through June 30, Professional’s Choice offering $10 off any girth — so order yours today!

Go Professional’s Choice. Go Eventing!

Chinch hanging out in the Professional’s Choice Instagram photo at Rolex 2017! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

 

Weekend Instagram Roundup: Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event

Red on the right, white on the left, insanity in the middle. #so8ths #hotc2017 event staff @goeventing

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Four-star events may have been hogging the limelight of late, but we’d be remiss not to send out some love for another very special three-day event that just wrapped up. The Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Event offers traditional long-format eventing competition for lower level divisions, including the only Beginner Novice level three-day event in the country. Novice and Training level three-day events are also offered, with Modified and Prelim Three-Days in the works for next year, as well as horse trials and Future Event Horse/Young Event Horse divisions.

This week’s event, held May 3-7 at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, South Carolina, was a success by all accounts. Beautiful weather, happy horses and riders, and educational opportunities for all — you can still rewatch this live stream from last year of Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day Ground Jury members Wayne Quarles and Peter Gray discussing what the judges are looking for during a dressage test.

Big congrats to Beginner Novice Three-Day winners Holly Breaux and Wapz Hot Dan (31.1), Novice Three-Day winners Lawlor Brown and Ulysses (24.7) and Training Three-Day winners Huxley Greer and Marked Ruler (30.9). For more information on the event, visit the Southern 8ths website here, and see full results here.

We had fun following the event via Instagram (hotc3day) — here are a few highlights!

It’s a beautiful day at Southern 8ths! #So8ths #hotc3day #classicseries #longformat #threedaysthreeways #hotc2017

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A Randy Boni carving creation on the Novice course #chainsawart #So8ths #threedayeventing #hotc3day #hotc2017

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The Southern 8ths Flyer #almosthome #threedaysthreeways #longformat #classicseries #phaseD #So8ths #hotc3day #hotc2017

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Do your volunteers sky dive? Kicking off endurance day with with the All Veterans Group! #HOTC2017 #hotc3day #So8ths

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It’s a group effort here at #HOTC2017 – check out this sweet setup for our last rider on course today 😍😍

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Getting into the Derby spirit at the competitor’s party! #kentuckyderby #hotc2017 #hotc3day #so8ths

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Go Eventing.