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Archie Rocks, Rebel Soul Top USEF Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse Awards

Buck Davidson and Archie Rocks in the 2018 Fair Hill CCI3*, where they finished 3rd . Photo by Shelby Allen.

High-achieving Thoroughbreds in the sport horse world were honored during USEF Horse of the Year Awards, which took place on Jan. 12 at the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Rood & Riddle Sport Horse Awards are given each year to Thoroughbreds participating in their second careers as performance horses in jumper, hunter, eventing and dressage competitions.

Competitors earn points toward the awards at USEF-sanctioned events during the show season, and the open divisional awards go to the highest point earners. There are two awards per discipline, open and rookie. A Horse of the Year is chosen among the open winners by a panel of celebrities, to be presented at the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association awards banquet held in September.

The 2018 Eventing Open Division trophy was awarded to Archie Rocks, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred developed by through the three-star level by Maya Simmons, campaigned in 2018 by Buck Davidson, and recently sold to Felix Vogg. Bred in Michigan by Sharon Smith, he won $32,176 in 30 starts, racing under the Jockey Club name Smittys Messiah (Le Monde x Unbridled Diva, by Unbridled Jet).

He found his calling as an event horse and has had a phenomenal past year with Buck, finishing 8th in the Jersey Fresh CCI3*, winning the Plantation Field CIC3*, and finishing 3rd in the Fair Hill CCI3*. We wish this special OTTB continued success in 2019 with Felix in the irons! EN recently caught up with Felix for an interview and we’ll be bringing that to you very soon.

2018 Eventing Rookie Division winner Rebel Soul, who was the 2nd highest placed OTTB in the 70-horse CCI1* field at Ocala Jockey Club. Photo courtesy of Isabel Holden.

The Eventing Rookie Division trophy was awarded to Rebel Soul, an 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding owned by Isabel Holden who made his FEI debut in late 2018. The pair finished 22nd in the Ocala Jockey Club CCI1* and had several top 10 finishes at Prelim horse trials throughout the year. Bred in Kentucky by Samuel Bayard, Rebel Soul (Bernstein x Bronze Abe, by Two Punch) earned $21,198 in 14 starts on the track before embarking upon his eventing career.

Isabel bought Rebel directly off the track in Minnesota from Cyndi Loomis four years ago, when he was a 4-year-old. “He had been spotted by trusted advisors while still racing as a great eventing prospect, and so of course I jumped on the chance when he was ready for his next career,” Isabel says.

“He spent his first year off the track mostly relaxing, and then started his training,” she says. “I am fortunate enough to work at Law Eventing, so Rebel and I as a pair have had coaching from two of the greats in our industry over the past three years.”

From 2015 through 2018 Rebel went from his first show to the one star level. Their plan for the winter is to put in a good season at the Prelim/1* level, with a move-up to Intermediate in the summer if all goes as planned.

Isabel Holden and Rebel Soul. Photo by Lee Ann Zobbe.

“So far he’s showing no signs of having reached his limit,” Isabel says. “He’s great in all three phases, extremely easy to handle, and has an excellent worth ethic. Rebel is competitive against the warmbloods and all other breeds. Thoroughbreds have amazing athleticism and heart. I have a young off the track mare that I will be starting to bring along in 2019 as well. I feel very fortunate to ride Rebel, and thankful to those that have mentored us.”

Many thanks to Rood & Riddle, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and the USEF for their support of Thoroughbreds in second careers.

“Rood and Riddle is pleased to join with TOBA and the USEF to sponsor awards that highlight the usefulness of Thoroughbreds as sport horses in the hunter, jumper, dressage and three day event disciplines,” said Dr. Tom Riddle, co-founder of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. “We congratulate all the winners and thank them for choosing a Thoroughbred to ride.”

Additional 2018 Rookie Winners:
Hunter Division: Unbridled Logic (Jockey Club Name: Unbridled Logic), by Lion Heart, out of Aheadnotatail. Owned by Oliver Brown of VA.
Jumper Division: Double Clear’s Flat Sexy (Jockey Club Name: End Zone), by Wild Zone, out of Colonial Sue. Owned by Anne Ayers Warner of NE.
Dressage Division: Rare Air (Jockey Club Name: Osceola Gal), by Tenpins out of Keen Scent. Owned by Katie Malensek of FL.

Additional 2018 Open Winners:
Hunter Division: Irascibull (Jockey Club Name: Irascibull), by Holly Bull out of Aerobatics. Owned by Susan Semen McDaniel and Frank Semen of OH.
Jumper Division: Jet (Jockey Club Name: Reckless Cat), by Cat’s at Home out of Love Whisper. Owned by Lila Sessums of MS.
Dressage Division: Raphael (Jockey Club Name: Red Phase), by Monreal Red out of Joyful Pat. Owned by Rebecca Sturdy of IL.

#EventerFailFriday: Yeah … Nope

You hear nice-to-a-fault people all the time bemoaning “I can’t say no!” As a species, we’ve perfected the old nod-and-smile: “Of course I’m excited about wearing this bridesmaid dress that makes me look like a pregnant manatee!” or “Of course I’d be happy to cover your shift so you can get a head start on your amazing beach vacation!”

Horses don’t have this problem. They have no qualms about saying “no,” “hell no,” “this activity is stupid,” “you are stupid,” “everything is stupid,” and/or “I quit, bye-bye.” You never have to wonder where a horse stands on an issue, because they’ll straight-up let you know.

Let it be a lesson to us all. Some inspiration:

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NOPE! not today! #failfriday #eventerfailfriday

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#tbt … but also still now 😂🚀 #spicynoodles

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Passend zum #failfriday heute mal ein Bild von letztem Jahr, ich war über Weihnachten in Rostock und hatte Villy und Pancake mitgenommen um ein bisschen am Strand zu reiten… Leider hatte ich die Besucher Massen über die Feiertage nicht mit einkalkuliert und so wurde aus den schönen Strandritten nix. Für schöne Fotos posieren fand Pancake auch zu langweilig, Spaß hatten wir trotzdem. Failfriday and a nice #tb to last year… I spent Xmas in Rostock and took Pancake and Villy with me for some nice hacks at the beach, but unfortunately I didn't factor in the amount of tourists during the holidays. It ended up being way to crowded for anything except posing for pictures but clearly that was not what Pancake had in mind! #princesspancake #eventing #eventerfailfriday #happy #funface #letmego #thisisboring #equestrian #warnemünde #beach #lastchristmas #vielseitigkeit #ichwillrennen #spaß #strand #letztesjahr #pferd #vielseitigkeitspferd

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Go Eventing.

Thursday Video from SmartPak: A Pony Powerhouse Named Prince

After watching this helmet cam on Horse Nation of a snow white, 14.2-hand Connemara named Prince gamely tackling cross country, I had to know more: WHO IS THIS PONY?!?!

A little research turned up that he belongs to a British young rider named Gracie, who events him at the BE105 level. “He really is the sweetest, and loveliest pint I’ve ever met and I’m so proud of how far we have come as a partnership this year,” she writes of her 2018 recap video. “We ended on a high yesterday as well completed our first ever 110/115cm — I am so excited to see what happens next year!”

Watch this vlog of them cross country schooling earlier this week. That fence is as big as you are, Prince!

Best of luck, Gracie and Prince. You can find more footage of Prince and his fellow Connemara buddy Dan on the Pony Nuts YouTube channel, and on Instagram.

What’s Happening This Winter? [Updated 1/17]

‘Tis the season for self-improvement! And wearing ALL the clothes. Sinead Halpin braved 20-something temps to teach a clinic at Road Less Traveled Eventing earlier this year. Photo by Katherine McDonough.

What’s Happening is EN’s guide to lessons, clinics, schooling shows and other riding and educational opportunities during the winter. It’s free to post a listing. Just email the date, location, contact information and any other details to [email protected]. (Note: This is a list generated solely from submissions. If no one sends us the details of your event, it won’t be included.)

Location Quick Links: Area I | Area II | Area III | Area IV | Area V | Area VIArea VII | Area VIII | Area IX | Canada

Area I

Area II

Jan. 19 & 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16 & 23, March 2: Winter Gymnastics Clinic Series with Martin Douzant (Upperville, VA)
Eventers, young horses and hunter/jumpers of all levels are all welcome for this eight-week winter gymnastic clinic series at Deerfield Stables! Gymnastic and adjustability exercises will build on the prior week’s lesson so riders of all levels can perfect their basics and prepare for their 2019 goals, whatever they may be. Dates include Jan. 1219 & 26Feb. 2916 & 23March 2.

Jan. 19-20, Feb 23-24: Andrea Davidson Clinics at Pinnacle Farm (Califon, NJ) 
Join us for winter clinics with Andrea Leatherman Davidson at Pinnacle Farm! The winter series clinics are designed to be two-day experiences (but entries for one day are also accepted!) that continue to progressively build skills through the winter season. The first day uses gymnastic exercises to sharpen and balance the horse and rider, and the second day puts new skills to practice over full jump courses. FB group with info on how to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/371789876908990/?active_tab=about

Jan. 19, Feb. 16 & 23: Kelley Williams Clinics (locations vary)
Join Advanced-level eventer and popular instructor Kelley Williams for her annual Winter Clinic Series! Known for her absolute dedication to her horses, her students, and her wonderful supportive family, Kelley has developed A Bit Better Farm from a small family barn to a leading event facility. Possessing an enviable amount of patience, she is a naturally gifted trainer and instructor who always seems to know what her pupils need, whether they be human or equine. Kelley draws great gratification in her teaching and coaching, and firmly believes that she learns as much from her students as they learn from her. Dates include Dec. 29 at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, MD), Jan. 5 Winter Clinic Series #1 at A Bit Better Farm (Brookeville, MD), Jan. 19 Winter Clinic Series #2 at A Bit Better FarmFeb. 16 Winter Clinic Series #3 at A Bit Better FarmFeb. 16 Winter Clinic Series #4 at A Bit Better Farm.

Jan. 19 & 20: Sally Cousins Clinics (locations vary)
Train with four-star eventer Sally Cousins! Dates include Jan. 19 – Kealani Farm (West Grove, PA), Jan. 20 – Bit O Woods Farm (Hainesport, NJ). Contact Sally at (610)324-6628 or [email protected].

Jan. 19-20: Equine Management Training Center Winter Horse Care Clinic Series #2 – “No Hoof, No Horse; Hoof Care for Dummies with David Tuggle” (Axton, VA)
Day 1: Basic anatomy and function, injuries and problems, proper way to pick up a hoof. Day 2: How to properly pull a shoe, basic trimming and shoeing, corrective trimming and shoeing, alternative shoeing. Clinics held at Sandy River Equestrian Center. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include lunch at noon in the bunk house. The cost is $175 for each clinic, or $750 for all five clinics when you pre-register and pay in advance. To register please contact Sam Henley, [email protected] or (549)488-5416; or Vicky Williams, [email protected] or (434)489-6414. More info at www.EQMTC.com.

Jan. 21-22: LandSafe Clinic at Grand Oaks (Weirsdale, FL)

This clinic will take place the Monday and Tuesday after the Grand Oaks Horse Trials. LandSafe is a two-day clinic (four hours per day) which implements specific exercises to help develop the muscle memory to give participants the tools to reduce their rider risk in a fall scenario. Participants will spend time on the gym mats and simulator each day to practice a variety of fall scenarios. For more information about LandSafe please visit www.landsafeequestrian.com

LandSafe received a grant from the USEA and still has funding available for each Area. Until the grant money is depleted, any current member taking the LandSafe clinic can receive a $50 rebate and if you are a USEA Young Rider you will receive an additional $50 rebate. The grant money is available on a first come first serve basis, so sign up early to receive the discounted price before funds run out.

To sign up please visit https://landsafeequestrian.com/product/january-21-22-2018-grand-oaks-resort-weirsdale-florida/. Please contact Keli Warrington if you have any questions about clinics: [email protected]  or 484-459-4974.

Jan. 26: Equine Management Training Center Winter Horse Care Clinic Series #3 – “Is My Horse Hangry? Equine Nutrition with Dr. Marty Adams”
Day 1: Feeds and feeding, interpreting a feed label, digestive anatomy, developing feed programs, supplements, ration wizard, thank you to lunch sponsor Cargill. Clinics held at Sandy River Equestrian Center. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include lunch at noon in the bunk house. The cost is $175 for each clinic, or $750 for all five clinics when you pre-register and pay in advance. To register please contact Sam Henley, [email protected] or (549)488-5416; or Vicky Williams, [email protected] or (434)489-6414. More info at www.EQMTC.com.

Feb. 2, March 9-10: MDHT Winter Cross Derby (Adamstown, MD)
The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm will be hosting a Winter Cross Derby Series in 2019. The cross derby incorporates cross country and stadium jumps across eight acres of all-weather footing. Obstacles will include ditches, banks, water, and various portable fences. The goal is to provide an opportunity for riders to keep horses fit and competing over the winter on safe footing, in a low-pressure environment. The levels range from Poles/Crossrails through Modified. A brief schooling period is offered prior to every division. Ribbons are given through 8th place. Each cross derby is a registered USEA Educational Activity. Competitors may enter electronically via evententries.com or eventclinics.com. More information at www.themarylandhorsetrials.com.

Feb. 3, March 3: Cavaletti Clinics with Meghan Truppner (Mt. Airy, MD)
Join USDF Silver Medalist Meghan Truppner at her Karmic Run Stables for a day full of cavaletti! All levels welcome from walk-trot beginners through more advanced pairs. Groups are limited to 3-4 riders to guarantee personalized attention. Looking for something interesting and beneficial to add to your horse’s exercise program this winter? Cavaletti work may be the answer! There are many variations you can use to benefit yourself and your horse. Cavaletti work encourages your horse to become more rhythmic and balanced, while adding a little interest to your flatwork. Dates include Jan. 5-6Feb. 3 and March 3.

Feb. 4: Equine Management Training Center Winter Horse Care Clinic Series #4 – “Let’s Get to the Body of It: Equine Anatomy and Lameness with Dr. Mark Wallace”
Equine anatomy and physiology, identifying lameness, identifying and palpating soft tissue, lameness evaluation, soft tissue injuries. Clinics held at Sandy River Equestrian Center. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include lunch at noon in the bunk house. The cost is $175 for each clinic, or $750 for all five clinics when you pre-register and pay in advance. To register please contact Sam Henley, [email protected] or (549)488-5416; or Vicky Williams, [email protected] or (434)489-6414. More info at www.EQMTC.com.

Feb. 23-24: Equine Management Training Center Winter Horse Care Clinic Series #5 – “Beyond the Braids with Sam Henley”
Everything you need to know about show turnout, packing for you and your horse, managing your horse at a competition, stall set up, aftercare and more. Clinics held at Sandy River Equestrian Center. They will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and include lunch at noon in the bunk house. The cost is $175 for each clinic, or $750 for all five clinics when you pre-register and pay in advance. To register please contact Sam Henley, [email protected] or (549)488-5416; or Vicky Williams, [email protected] or (434)489-6414.

Through March 8: Cross Country Schooling on All-Weather Footing at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, MD)
School cross country obstacles on eight acres of all-weather footing. Ditches, banks, water, and portable fences from Intro height (18″) through Preliminary. By appointment only. The cost is $50 per horse/rider combination and includes use of the regular schooling course and trails. A ground person is required and safety vests must be worn. Call ahead and jumps can be customized to what you’re working on. Derby course is closed for schooling during competition days, but the schooling course remains available. Call or text Carolyn at 301-514-0111 or email us at [email protected] to schedule an appointment. More information and download the waiver and rules at https://themarylandhorsetrials.com/schooling-opportunities/cross-country-schooling.

Area III

Jan. 22-23: Padraig McCarthy Clinic at Paradise Farm (Aiken, SC) 
Novice through Intermediate levels offered, with one Prelim and one Intermediate spot still available. Lunch is served both days; stabling is available. For more information contact Jane McDonald at (803-617-8045) or [email protected].

Feb. 6: Wednesday Jumpers at Stable View (Aiken, SC)
Polish your show jumping skills — 2’3″ – 3’9″ jumper classes available. Show begins at 10 a.m. Entry form here. Visit www.stableviewfarm.com.

Feb. 11-14: Kai Steffen Meier Clinic at Kilowatt Stables (Ocala, FL)
Kai Steffen Meier is returning to Ocala to teach an exclusive four day clinic! Catering to your schedule and training needs, Kai offers intense, individualized lessons in private and semi-private format to maximize results.  All three disciplines offered — whether it’s besting your dressage score, shaving valuable seconds off your cross country time or consistently show jumping double clear, you choose what you need most! Kai is world renowned for producing young horses and European team riders from Pony Championships to senior team European Championships and WEG. Come and learn from the 2018 USEA ICP clinician and one of the most sought after European coaches!  Stabling and lodging can be arranged for those traveling from out of town. Please contact Kimberly Kojima at 802.238.2360 or [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Feb. 18-21: USEA Educational Symposium (Weirsdale, FL)
The 2019 USEA Educational Symposium will take place February 18-21 at The Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. The ICP symposium will be February 18-19 and you can register here. The YEH/FEH will be February 20-21 and you can register here.

Feb. 20 & 27: POP Winter Wednesdays (Ocala, FL)
Partners of the Park series at Florida Horse Park. Cross country schooling ($50/horse), jumper show (18″-4′), dressage clinic (clinician TBD). More info here.

Feb. 23-24: Stable View Eventing Schooling Day & Academy Schooling Show (Aiken, SC)
Open cross country schooling on Saturday; Academy Schooling Show on Sunday. Horse trials offered at Sprouts (<18”) through Prelim/Training levels; combined tests offered at Sprouts through Advanced level; dressage tests and show jumping rounds — choice of any USEF/ USEF/USDF/USEA test/jumping height. Closing date is Feb. 18. Cross country schooling info is here; schooling trials info is here. Visit www.stableviewfarm.com.

Feb. 23-24: Lellie Ward Clinic at Timber Acres (Buhl, AL)
The University of Alabama Eventing Team is hosting a Lellie Ward clinic on February 23-24 at Timber Acres in Buhl, Alabama. Dressage will be Saturday with individual lessons for 1 hour. On Sunday there will be group jump lessons. It is $150 for both days or $80 for one day only. Stabling will be $20 per night, and the haul in fee is $10 per day. The audit fee will be $25/day. Lellie Ward has gone to the Rolex Kentucky 3-day event a total of four times on three different horses. She has also competed in many other US and Canadian events such as Bromont, Jersey Fresh, Gladstone, and Buffalo Texas. She has a USEA level III teaching certificate as well as certificates from Germany and the UK. She has produced 10 unstarted horses to the advanced levels including Peter Pan and Next Dance. She has also trained horses through Grand Prix dressage and show jumping.  She can help any rider with any discipline. Please contact [email protected] to enter the clinic.

Feb. 24-26: Christoph Hess Clinic at Magnolia Farms (Live Oak, FL) 
Christoph Hess is an author, clinician and FEI “I” dressage and eventing judge. He is highly respected around the world as a teacher of riding and the development of the horse according to classical principles. He authored the book “Ride Better,” wherein he collects some of his very best riding and training tips along with well-honed insight related to the topics that he finds most often challenge equestrians and their equine partners. This clinic is hosted by Cathy Willson/Magnolia Farms and Andrea Haller. The clinic will be at Magnolia Farms, with Olympic-caliber covered arena, 16×16 stalls, LQ Trailer spaces, guest housing, and other amenities. Prices: Lesson $225, includes lunch and spectating. Spectating is $50 per day, includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Please contact Andrea for more info at [email protected] or (386)623-2292.

March 5-11, 15-19: Eric Smiley Clinics (Aiken, SC)
Please contact [email protected] for more information.

March 6: Wednesday Jumpers at Stable View (Aiken, SC)
Polish your show jumping skills — 2’3″ – 3’9″ jumper classes available. Show begins at 10 a.m. Entry form here. Visit www.stableviewfarm.com.

March 9-10: LandSafe Clinic at Big Time Eventing (Canton, GA)
March 25-26: LandSafe Clinic at JH Eventing (Aiken, SC)
LandSafe is a two-day clinic (four hours per day) which implements specific exercises to help develop the muscle memory to give participants the tools to reduce their rider risk in a fall scenario. Participants will spend time on the gym mats and simulator each day to practice a variety of fall scenarios. For more information about LandSafe please visit www.landsafeequestrian.com.
LandSafe received a grant from the USEA and still has funding available for each Area. Until the grant money is depleted, any current member taking the LandSafe clinic can receive a $50 rebate and if you are a USEA Young Rider you will receive an additional $50 rebate. The grant money is available on a first come first serve basis, so sign up early to receive the discounted price before funds run out.
To sign up please visit https://landsafeequestrian.com/product/march-9-10-2019-big-time-eventing-canton-ga/. Please contact Keli Warrington if you have any questions about clinics: [email protected] or 484-459-4974.

Area IV

Feb. 23: Eventing Clinic with EN’s Amy Nelson (Rochester, IL)
Jump start your 2019 show season with a one day eventing clinic with Amy Nelson at Hummingbird Stables! Get ready for your first event of the year with practice outside on our cross country course if weather allows – water, banks, ditches (BN-prelim), corner fences; or indoor eventing with palisades, faux weldon’s wall, faux ditch and more! Small groups of 3. $55 each horse/rider, second horse just $50. Auditing is FREE. Lesson horses/ponies available. Payment must be made out to Hummingbird Stables by Feb. 9, 2019. Email entry is fine: indicate Name, horse’s
name, level, and if a day stall is needed for $15. Levels: Green as Grass, Starter, BN, Novice, Training, T/P. RSVP on Facebook event page here.

Area V

Area VI

Jan. 19-20: Lauren Billys Clinic (Orangevale, CA)
$115 for group jump lessons. $150 for private jump or dressage lessons (very limited). Email [email protected]. Auditors are free! Location: Big Sky Equestrian Center, 7730 Cardwell Ave., Orangevale CA

Jan. 19-20: Insights & Inspirations Galore at Galway Downs (Temecula, CA)
The 21st Annual Eventing Fundraising Clinic invites riders and horses of all levels to leap into the New Year with new insights, ideas and inspirations. Set for Jan. 19-20 at Galway Downs in Temecula, the intense educational weekend is headlined by new USET High Performance director Erik Duvander and USET cross-country advisor and longtime Galway Downs coach and course designer Ian Stark. Along with these international superstars, 35 of the West Coast’s top professionals are donating their coaching skills. Veteran competitors tuning up for the show season, rally-prepping Pony Clubbers and hunter/jumper riders who recognize the trust- and boldness-building benefits of an expertly supervised introduction to cross-country are among those welcome to participate. Auditors are strongly encouraged! For the complete list of coaches available & to sign up, go to www.galwaydowns.net.

Jan. 27-28: Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test (Fresno, CA)
Offering combined tests at the Intro through Advanced levels. Entries open Dec. 12 and close Jan. 9. View Omnibus listing here.

March 2-3: Matt Brown Jumping Clinic
Semi-private jump lessons. Price TBD. Email [email protected]. Location: Big Sky Equestrian Center, 7730 Cardwell Ave., Orangevale CA

Area VII

Jan. 18-20: Oregon Horse Center Indoor Eventing (Eugene, OR)
More details https://www.oregonhorsecenter.com/

Jan. 20: Honey Do Farm Jumper Show @ Honey Do Farm (Carnation, WA)
For more details contact Bianca Linder. https://www.honeydofarm.com/  $75 for unlimited rounds.

Jan. 25-26: Tamie Smith Clinic @ Two Mountains Farm (Carnation, WA)
More details contact Maris Burns. http://www.twomountainsfarm.com/

Jan. 26-27: Hawley Bennett Clinic @ Patterson Creek Equestrian Center (Redmond, WA)
More Details contact Anna Stein. http://pcec-redmond.com/home.htm

Feb. 2-3: Leslie Law Clinic @ Aspen Farms (Yelm, WA)
More details contact Maggie Rikard with Area VII Adult Riders. http://www.areavii.org/adult-rider-home/

Feb. 2-3: Elena Flaharty Clinic @ Patterson Creek Equestrian Center (Redmond, WA)
More Details contact Leigh Mesher. http://pcec-redmond.com/home.htm

Feb. 9: Donida Farm Dressage Schooling Show (Auburn, WA)
More details http://www.donidafarm.com/

Feb. 16-17: Nick Cwick Clinic @ Patterson Creek Equestrian Center (Redmond, WA)
More Details contact Leigh Mesher. http://pcec-redmond.com/home.htm

Feb. 22-24: Tamie Smith Clinic @ Grand Farms (Vaughn, WA)
https://www.grandfarmseventing.com/

March 16: Donida Farm Dressage Schooling Show (Auburn, WA)
More details http://www.donidafarm.com/

March 16-17: Aspen Farms Event Derby (Yelm, WA)
More details http://aspenfarmseventing.com/

Area VIII

February 2-3, 2019: Olympian Bruce Mandeville Clinic (Medina, OH)
Olympian Bruce Mandeville is coming to Northeast Ohio for a 2-day clinic. Two semi-private (2-person) lessons, $250 clinic entry. Flexible ride schedule, you can do either two show jumping lessons or one dressage and one show jumping lesson. More information + Sign up at this link.

Feb. 23 – Feb. 24: Sharon White Clinic (Lexington, Kentucky)
Come join UK Eventing at the Sharon White Clinic. Two days of jumping at Clearview Equestrian Center. Sharon White is an international four-star event rider with over 20 years of competitive experience. Venue is Clear View Equestrian Center (3349 Elkchester Rd. / Lexington, Kentucky 40510). Click here for more information.

Area IX

Area X

Canada

Check back soon!

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#EventerProblems Vol. 167, Presented by Haygain: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Dar-ling / Because you break them / I had to take them away….

This week’s edition of #EventerProblems is brought to you by Haygain, Taylor Swift lyrics, horses everywhere who can’t keep their clothes on, and garden variety eventing insanity. Enjoy!

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Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Stream ‘Desert Flight’ on USEF Network

“There’s nothing like partnering with an animal that is used to describe every kind of power that travels.”

“When you’re flying around on the top of an animal, you can’t imagine doing anything else. You need it, you want it, you dream about it … it’s always on your mind.”

“You become literally and figuratively elevated.”

Desert Flight describes itself as “a love letter to the sport of show jumping,” but anyone with an unquenchable thirst for flight aboard the back of a horse will appreciate this documentary short film directed by Samia Staehle. Certainly eventers, with our passion for running and jumping, will find much here to which we can relate. What is it that drives us to hinge our lives upon this pursuit?

Set in Thermal, California, the 39-minute film is as vivid and powerful as its equine subjects. It has been well received at limited screenings, including the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon and the 2018 Equus Film Festival, where it was named “Best of Festival” as well as “Best Sports Documentary.” Most recently, it was screened to an appreciate audience at last week’s US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida.

For a limited time beginning at 5 p.m. EST today, you can stream the film in its entirety via USEF Network. Click here to watch! Free fan memberships are available using code “DesertFlight.”

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Weekend Winners: Majestic Oaks & Stable View H.T.

Who’s ready to win a face full of ribbons this year?

That’s the spirit! And (drumroll) the 2019 season is officially upon us. The action kicked off over the weekend at Majestic Oaks Horse Trials in Ocala, Florida, and Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. in Aiken, South Carolina.

An extra high-five to Deirdre Vaillancourt and Eluca, who have the honor of finishing on the lowest score of the weekend — let’s just own this, Deirdre, the lowest score of the year! The pair won the Beginner Novice Rider division at Stable View on their dressage score of 23.6.

Check out a Sights & Sounds gallery from Majestic Oaks, featuring photos by Lisa Madren, here.

And your first batch of 2019 weekend winners are …

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Results]
Intermediate/Prelim: Joe Meyer & Clip Clop (34.4)
Open Preliminary: Jennifer Brannigan & Woodstock’s Little Nev (27.1)
Preliminary Rider: Cierra Daratony & Rio De Janeiro (31.3)
Open Training-A: Tik Maynard & Classic (24.6)
Open Training-B: Beth Murphy & It’s Me (26.6)
Training Rider-A: Monique Archer & Camross Diamond (32.3)
Training Rider-B: Kristin Rubash & Capone (30.2)
Novice Rider-A: Lauren Akers & Takenoko (31.2)
Novice Rider-B: Hattie Clark & FGF Gray Cozzene (24.5)
Open Novice-A: Nicolette Merle-Smith & Cabin Society (25.5)
Open Novice-B: Jennifer Brannigan & Evelina (25.5)
Beginner Novice Rider: Catherine Frank & Only To You (33.0)
Open Beginner Novice: Kylie Clarkson & Savannah (27.3)

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. [Website] [Results]
Open Preliminary: Sarah Cousins & Stravinsky (43.4)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Makenna Rold & Excel Cool Quality (43.9)
Preliminary Rider: Grace Livingston & Shannondale Joss (44.2)
Open Training: Waylon Roberts & Fortunate Rebel (29.1)
Training Jr/Young Rider: Kaitlyn Brittendall & Blyth’s Madeline GS (36.7)
Training Rider: Johannah Crumpton & Have You Heard (37.1)
Novice JR/Young Rider: Kendall Eaves & Forrest Gump (31.9)
Novice Rider: Emily Cardin & Schwalbestrum (27.3)
Open Novice: Blake Fortson & Quiana AF (29.5)
Beginner Novice JR/Young Rider: Kailey Burack & Gimlet (28.3)
Beginner Novice Rider: Deirdre Vaillancourt & Eluca (23.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Darrell Vaughn & Zander (26.7)

Congrats to all. Let the insanity begin.

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Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

WEG celebrations got taken to a new level! It turns out 2018 gave us more than a gold medal… we are excited to be…

Posted by Ros Canter Eventing on Sunday, January 13, 2019

Eventing World Champion Ros Canter is in foal! What a year. And a happy belated birthday to her as well — Ros turned 33 yesterday. Join us in wishing her a happy, healthy journey into motherhood.

National Holiday: National Dress Up Your Pet Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. [Website] [Results]

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Results]

Your Monday News & Notes:

We are so very sorry to inform the eventing family that Shirley Carpenter, wife of Mary Coldren, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9. Shirley and Mary met 20 years ago at Fair Hill International, where Mary was an organizer and Shirley was a volunteer. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Plantation Field Equestrian Events or Fair Hill International to support a jump in her memory. [Obituary for Shirley M. Carpenter]

Erik Duvander and Ian Stark are headlining Galway Downs’ 21st Annual Fundraising Clinic this weekend. Set for Jan. 19-20 in Temecula, the intense educational weekend also features 35 of the West Coast’s top professionals who are donating their coaching skills. From veteran competitors to rally-prepping Pony Clubbers, riders of all levels are welcome to participate, and auditors are strongly encouraged. Be sure to check out EN’s complete “What’s Happening This Winter?” event calendar for more clinic and schooling show opportunities. [Galway Downs]

When Clare Reeves’ mare began insisting on nuzzling the same spot on her shoulder, she paid attention. After discovering a lump there, a doctor diagnosed her with breast cancer, which they addressed with surgery and chemotherapy. Throughout Clare’s recovery, she found strength through Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity, which granted her a wish of lessons with eventer James McIlough and culminated in her completion of a BE event. [‘My horse saved my life, the charity saved my sanity’: Inspirational rider achieves Wobbleberry dream]

Need some schooling inspiration? Try this “Grid Pro Quo” exercise from Ryan Wood, featured on the USEA website. “This exercise is all about rideability and adjustability, which are two key ingredients to riding a clear and safe jumping course,” he explains. [Grid Pro Quo with Ryan Wood]

All signs point to 2019 being the most active, exciting year yet for Intercollegiate Eventing. The fourth annual USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Championships moves to Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia, May 18-19, with 2019 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Team Challenges taking place around the country throughout the year. [Study Up on the 2019 Intercollegiate Team Challenge Calendar]

Hot on Horse Nation: This bill would require auctions and sales to keep records of transaction for at least five years, and network with national and local rescues to ensure that horses have not been reported missing or stolen. [Proposed South Carolina Bill Would Help Track Horse Sales]

Just in on Jumper Nation: Brush up on your show jumping with some HITS jumper classes this winter. [HITS Winter Circuit Prize Lists]

Featured Video:

Laura Graves Named 2018 Equestrian of the Year + USEF Annual Meeting Day 1-2 Roundup

Laura Graves and US Equestrian President Murray Kessler. Photo by Taylor Pence/US Equestrian.

The 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting is well underway in West Palm Beach, Florida, where it will continue throughout the weekend. While EN sadly stayed home this year, we’ve been following along via the USEF Network live stream and taking notes for you!

Laura Graves Named 2018 Equestrian of the Year at Pegasus Awards Presented by Adequan

Dressage star Laura Graves took the top honor at this year’s awards, having enjoyed a stellar year with her and Curt Maes’s 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Verdades (Florett AS x Liwilarda/Goya). The pair led the U.S. to team gold at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games and became the first American combination to earn an individual silver medal at a world championship. Their success at the WEG boosted Laura and Verdades to the no. 1 spot on the FEI Dressage World Ranking List in October, marking the first time a U.S. dressage combination has been ranked as world number one. Congrats, Laura! A number of honors were awarded at the banquet — see the complete report here.

Highlights from Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10

President’s Report from General Session at the 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting: Members Make It Happen

US Equestrian Members are Making it Happen

US Equestrian Senior Staff Details Progress and Goals Moving Into 2019

The Power of Media and Membership: US Equestrian Taps into its Base with Effective Marketing

Building a Successful Equestrian Business: Four Common Themes

2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting Moderated Forums and Workshops: SafeSport Panel – What You Need to Know

Major Rule Changes: News to Know Panel Reviews Proposed Rule Changes

Competition and Member Summit: Proposed Rule Changes for Competition Licensing Explained

US Equestrian Announces 2019 U.S. Saddle Seat Young Riders Coaching Team

2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting Links: WebsiteMeeting ScheduleBroadcast ScheduleLive Stream, Meeting App for iOS/AndroidTwitterFacebookInstagram

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#EventerProblems Vol. 166, Presented by Haygain: New Year, New Problems

Since we started this series, EN readers have posted — wait for it — 11,799 photos and videos with the hashtag #EventerProblems to Instagram. 11,799! And still going strong. Who knew there were that many #EventerProblems in the world?

I knew. You knew. We all knew. Because … horses.

Here’s your latest batch. Keep ’em coming! (We know you will.)


When you’re bored with winter chores and you need something to entertain you … shavings Jenga. (Insert eyeroll.) Submitted by Amy Wells.

Go Eventing.

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Thursday Video from SmartPak: These Fox Hunting Toddlers Know No Fear

EN reader Marjean McIntyre recently pointed me toward “Kizzy & Etties Pony Adventures” on Facebook and Instagram and now I am obsessed. The pages chronicle the horsey adventures of two British toddlers: Kizzy, who just turned 5, and younger sister Ettie, age 2.

As the children of avid fox hunters, Kizzy and Ettie got an early start in the saddle. Er, the basket …

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Trawling through photos for other posts has brought up some absolute gems… Kizzys first show aged 18 months & her first ever rosette 🏵 she was so pleased with it she literally rolled around in the grass cuddling it giggling and squeaking!! This little pony was called Rex, he was an absolute little cracker and a SUPER jumping pony (he’d jump five bar gates for fun!!) but was unfortunately WAY too fizzy out hunting for a baby Kizzy, which was a shame because she absolutely adored him!! I hunted him in an attempt to settle him and had some super days, but it did feel a little like trying to ride an angry hornet 🐝 as he was very busy!!! 😆 He’s now a brilliant jumping pony for his new little rider and I love hearing his updates 🥰

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Squee!

Then came learning “up downs” at 20 months …

 

Ettie at 20 months learning her ‘up downs!!’ #cutebaby #horseriding #pony #horserider #poniesofinstagram #equinesofinstagram #equestrian #equine #miniequestrian #tinyrider #babyrider #happybaby #smilingbaby #englishcountryside #winter #wrappedupwarm

Posted by Kizzy & Etties Pony Adventures on Saturday, November 24, 2018

… a few cross country schools (Ettie has a stuffed toy fox in one hand as she navigates this water complex and I can’t even deal) …

 

Water splash, toy cuddly fox 🦊 in one hand, holding on tight with the other!! #xc #crosscountry #eventing #eventer #minieventer #littlerider #minirider #tinyjockey #cutebaby #cute #cuddlytoy #baby #cutepony #pony #poniesofinsta #horsesofinsta #equine #equestrian #miniequestrian #summer #summerfun #waterjump #sunshine #summerride #summerrides #fluffypony #fluffytoy

Posted by Kizzy & Etties Pony Adventures on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

… and here’s Kizzy flying solo …

… and then it’s off to the hunt!

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Literally could not have been prouder of my little girl today… it was her 5th birthday and her first ever Boxing Day Hunt riding to hounds, it’s a big day, an electric atmosphere, a lot of horses and huge cheering crowds… both ponies were fizzitizzitastic and up on their toes but behaved beautifully (although as you can see Cinderella was literally FLYING ALONG as soon as we hit grass!!) we trot through the castle grounds where we meet and then out and over a big stone bridge which takes you up the narrow village high street – the same village we got married in and where Kizzy goes to school – crowds line the route and the noise from the cheers as we went through was utterly unbelievable, it completely blew me away and I’ll admit to having tears in my eyes as the whole village cheered us through, and cheered for my darling little girl on her amazing pony, who she rode through all by herself… it’s going to take a lot to better today!!! What a way to spend your 5th birthday!!!!!

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Oh my!!!!!!! I have no words!!!!

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She’s merrily chatting away whilst Cinders subtly speeds up as she locks on to the horses in front jumping a rail and I quietly panic that I need to gently intercept the errant pair before they follow gaily on over!!! 😆 QUESTION: Has anyone used a chest mounted or wrist mounted go pro to ride with?! I’d LOVE one for filming Kizzy so that when the above problem happens (fairly regularly, as you can imagine!!) I don’t have to hastily shove my phone back into my pocket before regaining control of the tiny tykes… however if I’m just going to get lots of shots of Buttercups mane and muffled conversations about whether Cinders is secretly a unicorn then it may not be worth it… unless I strap a go pro to the tiny tykes?!?!? @gopro #gopro #mumlife

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The ultimate happy horse kid:

Go Kizzy and Ettie. Go Eventing!

Latest Craze: An EN ‘OTTB Wishlist’ Success Story

Callia Englund and Latest Craze. Photo by Lexie Priest.

We like to think that what we’re doing here at EN is making a little bit of a difference in the world, both for horses and the humans who love them. Our “Weekly OTTB Wishlist” series, presented by Cosequin, has been running since 2014, and it’s one of our personal favorites. Each week we shine the spotlight on three available OTTBs who are in the market for a new job with fingers crossed that they might catch the eye of an eventer.

Every now and again we catch wind that our little matchmaking service has paid off. The latest success story comes from Callia Englund, a Young Rider from Enumclaw, Washington, who blogged about her journey to the 2018 North American Youth Championships for EN last year. Callia put in a lot of hard work to represent Area VII in the CCIJ1* with her horse, Xyder, and it paid off in a team silver medal.

Recently Callia shared an update not about Xyder, but about an off-track Thoroughbred who has since come into her life in a big way: Latest Craze.

Callia Englund and Latest Craze. Photo by Lexie Priest.

Callia’s interest in OTTBs goes back to when she was 14 and eventing at Training level with Xyder. Callia had a lot of faith in Xyder, a 15.1-hand Canadian-bred jumping machine, and he defied expectation to find success as her NAYC mount. But she already had feelers out for the future: “I wanted an OTTB because I thought it would be fun but also the bonus of potentially my next upper level horse.”

“My mother owned a big black OTTB mare, who was just a tad bit crazy (OK, maybe very crazy),” Callia recalls. “My old trainer used to train out of my small private boarding facility and she had a couple OTTBs come in from a Thoroughbred farm down that road, where my mom actually got her horse. I had been around them a lot and found them quite fascinating and really started to want one of my own. At the time my dream was to be able to compete two horses at events. So my mom decided if I started riding her horse and getting it ready for an event, I could compete her and then get one of my own.”

The pair took aim at Caber Farm H.T., and Callia spent the summer enjoying her rides on the mare. Meanwhile, she began combing the local track and Facebook pages for OTTB. On the way home from Rebecca Farm in July 2017, this CANTER listing in the latest edition of EN’s “Weekly OTTB Wishlist” caught Callia’s eye:

Latest Craze (Super Saver – Charity Girl, by Pulpit):  2013 16.1-hand Kentucky-bred gelding. Royally bred, he cost $260,000 as a yearling and was purchased by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Not a successful race horse, but maybe with his long smooth stride he can be a champion hunter/jumper or eventer. Was very well mannered on the ground and for his jog.” Photo via CANTER California.

“Most of the time all the horses on these were too far for us to really consider it,” Callia says. “But the first horse on that article immediately caught my attention and was located at Golden Gates Field in Northern California. I showed my mom and he sparked her interest as well. It was like it was meant be, as we both thought this could be the one.”

Callia’s mother gave her the go-ahead to message the owner, who responded that the horse’s sale was already pending but that he would let them know if anything changed. Callia recalls, “I was pretty sad after that cause I thought my dream Thoroughbred was gone. A few days after we got back him we got a text saying the sale fell through if we were still interested. We jumped on the opportunity right away. Unfortunately we were not able to go down and see him but we got a vet check on him and he passed with flying colors. All the stars were aligned and we had to get this guy.”

One late summer evening, Callia’s new horse arrived on the doorstep: “A big tall pretty bay with three white socks — I was so excited. He had some down time and then I finally got to start riding him.”

The first couple rides were rough, and in combination with some feet problems, Callia decided to give him some more time off. “When he got back into work he was much better behaved,” Callia says. “He jumped for the first time in the beginning of 2018.”

Although much improved, Callia still wondered if Latest Craze (dubbed “Craze” around the barn) was particularly special. “At the time I was leaning towards him maybe just being a resell,” she says.

Callia was heading to California for two months in mid-February and Craze was staying home. Her dressage trainer at the time put a couple rides on him to keep him moving, and when Callia returned home she put him back into consistent work — with much happier results!

Callia Englund and Latest Craze. Photo by Lexie Priest.

“It was like he was an entirely different horse,” Callia says. “He was showing tons of talent over jumps and was super confident, not stopping or running out at all. Showed that he has some nice moves for the dressage ring while keeping a level head. And at his first cross country school he was having the time of his life. He did his first event in June 2018 at the Novice level and did three others along with those throughout the season.”

Now that their partnership is off and running, Callia says, “I have grown to really love this horse. Xyder and him act like brothers and are big idiots when they’re together. He was an exceptional addition to our family and I am so glad he was the OTTB I ended up without of all the ones out there.”

Best of luck to this up-and-coming team! We couldn’t be prouder to play matchmaker. Many thanks to our longtime sponsor Cosequin for making “OTTB Wishlist” possible, and thanks for the endorsement, Callia: “If you’re looking for your next event prospect, Eventing Nation would be the first place I would check.”

Do you have an “OTTB Wishlist,” presented by Cosequin, success story to share? Email us at [email protected] 

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Eventers of the FEI’s ‘Top Moments of 2018’ Countdown

The FEI has just today concluded its “Top Moments of 2018” countdown, and naturally eventers accounted for a few bright spots on the list!

No. 3 in the top 20 countdown went to Ros Canter’s breakthrough performance at the 2018 Tryon World Equestrian Games. The British eventer celebrated two pinnacle successes at the games, not only clinching eventing team gold but also the individual world title.

The No. 12 spot belonged to French wunderkind Victor Levecque, who put in a brilliant performance at the FEI European Championships for Children, Young Riders and Juniors, and was also named the Longines Rising Star of the Year at the FEI Awards Gala.

And no. 15 drew from the new FEI Eventing Nations Cup series, where the overall competition came down to the wire between the French and the British at the final in Boekelo, with a victory for the British in the end.

Here are links to the full countdown:

#1. Team USA Jumping wins gold on home soil at Tryon 2018
#2. The Dressage maestro of 2018: Isabell Werth
#3. Double-success for Ros Canter at Tryon 2018
#4. Beezie Madden wins her 2nd Jumping World Cup title
#5. Simone Blum claims gold and becomes Best Athlete 2018
#6 & #7. Unstoppable Boyd Exell & 1st Dutch title in Para-Dressage
#8. Bernard Fonck becomes 1st European Reining Champion at Tryon 2018
#9. Belgium wins the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup
#10. Giacomo Casadei Jumping success at the Youth Olympics
#11 & #12. Eventing’s Rising Star & 1st Vaulting gold for Italy
#13. Ladies rule the Para-Dressage at WEG 2018
#14 & 15. Vaulting Gold Medals & Eventing Show Down
#16 & 17. Mexico wins the Aga Khan Trophy & USA becomes Driving Champion
#18. Laura Graves breaks 80% mark in Paris
#19 & #20. Daniel Bachmann Andersen’s & Christian Ahlmann’s winning moments

Go Eventing.

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Let’s Discuss: What Does Your Trainer Yell at You So Often That You Hear It in Your Dreams?

 

Do we get the impression Ian wants Kate to use more inside leg? 🤣😫

Posted by Carol Gee on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Carol Gee of Fernhill Sport Horses posted this video of Ian Fearon pummeling a student repeatedly with directives to use her inside leg — “Inside leg! Inside leg! Inside leg!” — and it put a little smile on my face. What student of the sport HASN’T been there?

The most frequent broken record reminder I personally receive is a constant “Lean BA-ACK!” from my dressage trainer, as I seem to be eternally subconsciously poised to ditch my flatwork, pitch forward into jumping position and leap the rails toward a happier activity. I’ve heard this broken record so much, it’s now on repeat in my brain, no trainer needed — although I still struggle to obey.

What does YOUR trainer yell at you so often that you practically hear it in your dreams? Tell us in the comments!

 

2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting Kicks Off Today! Need-to-Know Guide + Live Stream

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The 2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting kicks off today in West Palm Beach, Florida, featuring a five-day lineup of informational and educational opportunities as well as the annual awards gala. The meeting takes place at Hilton West Palm Beach, and to accommodate those of us unable to attend in person many of the sessions will be live streamed via USEF Network.

Here’s everything you need to participate whether from near or afar!

2019 Annual Meeting highlights:

On Wednesday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8 p.m., join US Equestrian President Murray Kessler for the Welcome Reception sponsored by the Palm Beach Sports Commission for poolside cocktails and appetizers on the outdoor lawn.

On Thursday, Jan. 10, at 8 a.m., catch the centerpiece event, the General Session: “Members Make It Happen,” with Kessler and US Equestrian senior staff. Hear about the year’s key achievements, discover how US Equestrian is facing its challenges, learn how members can power action and change in horse sports, and look ahead to 2019. The General Session also will be streamed live and will be available afterwards for on-demand viewing.

Kick off the 2019 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 8 a.m., with a full slate of educational opportunities, including workshops and panels.

  • SafeSport: What You Need to Know
  • Competition and Member Summit, with panelists to include USEA CEO Rob Burk
  • Buying, Selling and Leasing Horses with Confidence
  • Building a Successful Equestrian Business
  • Growing the Grassroots
  • Major Rules Changes: News to Know
  • The Power of Media and Membership

SafeSport has been high on the US Equestrian agenda throughout the year and again takes precedence at the annual meeting. A SafeSport discussion featuring Olympic show jumper Anne Kursinski, HBO’s The Tale director Jennifer Fox, and U.S. Center for SafeSport investigator Scott Lewis, with moderator Sonja Keating, takes place on Wednesday at 8 a.m. and is accessible via live stream. Need to complete your SafeSport training? Free SafeSport training is being offered on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 9:30-11 a.m. Register now for a SafeSport training session.

2019 US Equestrian Annual Meeting: Website, Meeting Schedule, Broadcast Schedule, Live Stream, Meeting App for iOS/AndroidTwitter, Facebook, Instagram

Rescue Horses to Be Recognized by Performance Awards at USEA, USDF Competitions

Photo via Equis Save Foundation.

Comeback stories of rescue horses finding happy, healthy homes and success in new careers are among our favorites to follow. Now, a new incentive program has been announced to further celebrate these special equines: the Rescue Recognition Program (R.R.P.), presented by the Equis Save Foundation. The program awards high-point ribbons to rescue horses competing at sanctioned USEA and USDF shows, as well as year end awards.

Eventing awards will be provided for Intro through Preliminary levels. Dressage awards will consist of an award for the high point average in the categories of junior, adult amateur and professional. The awards are self-reported by the rescue horse’s owner or rider, based on competition participation.

Here are the details!

Performance award year: Jan. 1 – Dec. 31

Rescue horse eligibility: For the purpose of eligibility for R.R.P. awards, a “rescue” is defined as any horse that was slaughter bound, saved from a kill pen, adopted from a horse rescue or saved from severe neglect. Thoroughbreds adopted off the track are not considered rescues unless they meet the aforementioned criteria.

To participate in the R.R.P., owners/riders must obtain a R.R.P. number (register here). Registration is free and should be provided to participating horse shows as proof of eligibility. Awards are given by horse R.R.P. number. Multiple riders can compete the horse; however, the points are award to the Rescue Horse and will be reported under the horse’s number.

Shows included in the Performance Awards: Horses accumulate awards at all USEA and USEF sanctioned horse trials/shows. Horse shows/trials do not have to offer R.R.P. awards to be included in performance awards.

Award calculations: The Performance Awards recognize the Rescue Horse accumulating the most points in each of the award categories and divisions.

Verification of results: Results reported by owners and riders must be supported by horse show results and be verified by R.R.P. Only verified points will be counted towards the Performance Awards. It is the submitting owner/rider’s responsibility to provide verification, in the form of a permanent website link; hard copy of official results, placing and the number of horses; handwritten results with show secretary’s signature for verification; or copies of your bill showing class, placing and the number of horses. Keep records for the results throughout the year.

Submission: All forms and supporting documentation must by submitted/postmarked by Jan. 31 of the year following the competition year.

Equis Save Foundation is a non-profit horse rescue organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of horses. Learn more about the R.P.P. program here.

Might we see this little guy in the start box soon? Love it!

 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: 6 Fabulous 4-Year-Olds

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 each week. We include the ad copy provided; click the links for videos, pricing and contact information.

The age of 4 is pretty golden for event horses. By that time, they’re starting to get a hang of the basics and old enough to start exploring the sport with all the wonder of a preschool kid discovering the world around them.

Here are six fabulous 4-year-olds currently featured on Sport Horse Nation!

CeCe. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

UPPER LEVEL PROSPECT*

CeCe is a clever, willing, and incredibly talented 4 year old mare that demonstrates the intelligence and athleticism needed to bring along an upper level prospect. She completed her first Beginner Novice at Shepherd Ranch Horse Trials in August, along with several Novice one day derbies. She has schooled extensively throughout SoCal at facilities such as Twin Rivers, Galway Downs, Ironwood Ranch, and El Sueño Equestrian Center – she’s been exposed to water, coffins, ditches, up and down banks, and trail riding. It is easy to forget that CeCe is only 4. She’s a thinker, which makes her a quick learner, and she’s brave and honest without being careless. She aims to please, and quickly picks up on new experiences and skills, making the process of working with her very rewarding. Up to date on everything, currently only shod in front. No tattoo, great bloodlines and bred to race, but never made it to the track. In full training, price will continue to increase as her training progresses.

Grove Hill Bob. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

4 YEAR OLD IMPORTED SPORT HORSE GELDING

Grove Hill Bob is a 4 year old, 16.3 hand gelding with great potential for the upper levels. He is by the Cruising sire Cougar and out of a Painter’s Row mare. He was imported in December and started under saddle and is currently competing novice (winning his last start and finishing top 3 nearly every outing). In addition to his ability and breeding for the upper levels he has a genuine attitude and temperament for all 3 phases!

Jake. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

FANCY 4-YO CRUISING ISH WITH SHOW MILES

Imported 16.2h, 4yo ISH/TB (Cruising & Clover Hill). “Jake” has all the right pieces to be a competitive upper level horse, yet easy and chill enough for a YR or Ammy to bring along. Brave, Scopey, and can take a serious joke. Good in the mouth and sound. Competing Novice level Eventing, has shown up to 1.0m jumpers. Nice enough to be an Eq horse. Comes with clean X-rays.

**Placed 3rd in a big Novice Horse group at VAHT November 3/4th finishing on his dressage score of 31.

Located in Ocala, FL.

Garbo STF. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

LOVELY 4 YEAR OLD WINNING BN HOLSTEINER/TB MARE READY FOR NOVICE, UPPER LEVEL POTENTIAL

***“Garbo STF” has been competing at BN this season and ready to move up to N. She has received dressage scores of 20 and 26, won 2 events and placed 3rd!

Ths is an exceptionally talented young horse that has been groomed for and is ready to show in the Dressage Young Horse classes or USEA Young Event Horse this year! She has the gaits to be an FEI dressage prospect and the talent for the 4* level in Eventing. Currently she stands 16.1+ and should finish at 16.2. She is a lighter more modern type horse. Her strong Holsteiner pedigree also contains 50% TB blood needed for the top levels in Eventing.

She naturally has an uphill way of going and prefers to carry herself in a higher level carriage. She has a phenomenal canter that is extremely adjustable and sits on her hind legs. Dressage horse trot that uses her hocks and can easily be taught piaffe and passage. Ground covering walk with over step. Forward thinking, light off the leg, and soft in the hand.

Joe Money. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

TALENTED, SANE, SAFE PROSPECT FOR YR OR AA

Joe Money is an exceptional 16.2 hh 4 year old with an unmatched temperament and quiet but eager nature. He has three beautiful gaits with an easy, fluid jump and is absolutely as brave as can be. Joe is a barn favorite with an in your pocket personality, great for the vet and farrier, clips, ties, bathes etc with a 10 for behavior in or out of the tack. Joe retired completely sound from his short racing career. He was given proper down time after the track and has had a correct, flawless introduction to Eventing taking everything in stride including competing. He’s been trained by a professional but ridden by multiple kids and adult amateurs including friends who have barely ridden. He hacks out alone or in groups. His easy going nature and lovely gaits makes him very trainable for all types of riders. Call Anna at 802-274-6289 for more info and videos. Relocated to Ocala, FL for the winter, price will increase with training and competitions. This horse is a MUST SEE in person, he’s too much of a gem to pass up.

Celtic Thunder. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

IMPORTED GREY IRISH SPORT HORSE GELDING LOADED WITH TALENT

Celtic Thunder, aka “Fergus”: 4 y/o 16 and ½” hh, strikingly handsome steel grey gelding with a compact frame. He is in the midst of a growth spurt and suspect he may mature to 16.2 hands. Fergus has had extensive experience foxhunting in Ireland and was recently taken to one horse trial, during which he came in fourth in good competition. Fergus has also done several hunter trials very well. This horse can be a speedy high jumping quick turning machine, and never touched a rail in the 2 days I jumped him in Ireland, despite jumping him higher than he had in an arena before. When I tried him, it was getting dark out and I could barely see, yet he most certainly locked on to every single jump! He has been trained for one year at a very prominent equestrian center which holds tons of shows and events, and therefore he has been consistently schooled over “the real deal” types of xc and stadium jumps. He has a workmanlike attitude and is very sure footed. This horse had a whistle clean PPE including x rays. The report and x rays are available for you to view. Fergus was trailered for 2.5 hours into the place I was staying at for his PPE, behaved like a gentleman during his PPE in a strange place in the dark, and seemed to not have a care in the world about being in a new place. He also jumped around a course of jumps in an indoor arena at said place as if he had lived there his whole life. He is naturally good at dressage, and as such, he was the easiest horse of all the horses I rode in Ireland over 4 days to lengthen or shorten with, and on the double, even when there were fences in front of him. He has unusually good balance and strength for his age, and handles horrible footing in tight turns at speed like it is million dollar footing! He is truly the best athlete and most versatile 4 y/o horse I have ever sat on. 4 year olds are not supposed to be able to do what he can do in the manner in which he does it. Period. He jumps any fence at any distance for any reason at any time and is as honest as the day is long. He is about ¾ Irish Draught and ¼ TB, but his body looks to be more like the 50-50 ID/TB or 25-75 ID/TB type as he is quite refined. He is well bred and is out of Clonregan Clover (out of the TB Freeway) and is by WRS Elvis. He has excellent feet as well. I can’t say enough about this horse and he carried my Adult Amateur self around first experiences for him like he was a 12 y/o horse being ridden by a pro. His former owners felt that he would succeed the best at hunting or eventing, but I actually think he is sooooo talented in show jumping, that he could do best at that.

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#ThrowbackThursday Video from Nupafeed: Eventers Escape to Amelia Island

From left to right: Elena Carmichael, Liz Lewis, Natalie Burkhart, Caroline Burkhart, Grace Netter and Lauren Romanelli. Photo by Claire Tyner.

Of all the winters to fly like a snowbird to Ocala, I probably could have rested my wings this year. I’m six months pregnant, my jump saddle is collecting dust, and there are no USEA events circled on my calendar. But I’m packing up the pony and going anyway, just to putz around in the sunshine and check one big item off my bucket list: beach ride!

Galloping along a sun-drenched beach with the sparkling surf lapping at your horse’s feet … that’s the stuff of equestrian fantasy, especially this time of the year.

Amelia Island is about two-and-a-half hours northeast of Ocala, close-ish to Jacksonville, and it’s horse friendly. The beach originally captured my imagination when eventer Grace Netter sent us this video a couple winters ago. Grace’s trainer Claire Tyner along with trainer Lauren Romanelli  took their four working students on a field trip to the beach at Amelia Island while stationed for the winter in Ocala.

“Originally out of Nashville, Tennessee, you can imagine that it’s not often we get to ride on the beach, so we took it by storm,” says Grace, who is mounted on Hannah Brandt’s Oliver. “This video has everything you can imagine from an eventer beach takeover! What more do eventers love to do than gallop?

“Me, Claire and Lauren separated from the group for a quick gallop down the open beach. You can hear my giddy laugh/giggle of pure joy as we gallop away, which is what makes me laugh about the video. It’s the pure love of what we do!”

Fun! Can’t wait.

Attention Amateurs! ERA of NA Launches New Awards Program

Adult Amateur Frankie Thieriot Stutes with Chatwin, 2018 USEF National 3* Champions. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Adult amateur eventers work their tails off, and we’re always glad to see all that effort being recognized. The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) recently announced the launch of its Adult Amateur Gem Award program, intended to recognize Adult Amateur members for their accomplishments at the Beginner Novice through Advanced levels.

“There are adult amateurs out there doing amazing things with astonishing commitment,” said Jen Azevedo, ERA of NA Board Member. “This program gives them a platform to be recognized and regarded for their accomplishments across all levels within the sport.”

After completing the predetermined number of Qualifying Rides, program participants will be eligible to receive a Gem Pin to be worn on their stock tie or lapel denoting their accomplishments and consistency at the level.

Program details:

  • Must be a current and active ERA Member Plus of ERA of NA
  • Must be a current member of USEA with Adult Amateur status
  • Scores may be earned on multiple horses over multiple years
  • Rider must provide proof of scores to be verified by ERA of NA
  • A QR (Qualifying Ride) consists of a dressage score of 50 or less, cross country with no jump penalties, and show jumping with no more than three rails. These scores can be achieved with multiple horses over multiple years.
  • Application fee of $25 per award
  • Award is a genuine Swarovski crystal pin .5 in diameter to be work on stock tie or coat

Levels:

  • Onyx – 2 QR at Beginner Novice
  • Citrine – 3 QR at Novice
  • Emerald – 4 QR at Training
  • Ruby – 4 QR at Preliminary
  • Sapphire – 4 QR at Intermediate
  • Diamond – 4 QR at Advanced

To learn more about the ERA of NA Adult Amateur Gem Award program and fill out an application click here.

Learn more about the ERA of NA and sign up for membership here.

#EventerProblems Vol. 165, Presented by Haygain: Oh Hayyy

Chinchillin’ in a Haygain steamer at the 2018 Tryon World Equestrian Games. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Got problems? Of course you do! First things first, though, we’re exciting to announce that EN’s long-running, fan-favorite #EventerProblems series has a new sponsor: Haygain!

Haygain Hay Steamers are used by top eventers like Buck Davidson, Allison Springer, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Izzy Taylor, Camilla Kruger and many more to purify their horses’ hay. The steamer has been shown conclusively in scientific trials eliminate harmful mold, fungal spores, bacteria and dust mites found in hay, and remove the health threat from respirable dust, dramatically reducing the incidence of #EventerProblems like Inflammatory Airway Disease. The company also makes a Forager Slow Feeder, ComfortStall Flooring System, Flexneb Nebulizer and other products that are backed by science to maximize the health of equine athletes.

Welcome to the team, Haygain. In your honor, this week’s batch of #EventerProblems is hay themed! Enjoy.

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: USEF Best of 2018 – #LRK3DE

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event made US Equestrian’s Best of 2018 list, obviously! After all, it’s the #BestWeekendAllYear. Enjoy this highlight reel from last year’s event, and get pumped for the 2019 event — the first FEI five-star event in world! We know, that extra star is a tough one to wrap one’s mind around, but we’ll get the hang of it eventually. We always do. A Kentucky by any other name smells just as sweet.

The 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event takes place April 25-28. Order your tickets today at www.KentuckyThreeDayEvent.com/tickets.

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Let’s Discuss: What Are Your Goals for 2019?

Each week in “Let’s Discuss” we open a different topic up for discussion. Have a discussion starter? Email it to tip[email protected]

Research has shown that writing down your goals substantially increases your chances of achieving them — check out this goals research study by Dr. Gail Matthews of California’s Dominican University. We all know that horses have a knack for crashing even the most well-laid plans, but fear of failure shouldn’t stop us from trying (unless, perhaps, you’re considering a front flip off your horse).

The beginning of a New Year always feels like a fresh opportunity to identify our goals and create a path for achieving them. So what are yours, and how are you going to get there? Share in the comments section below! In writing them please know that you are supported by the EN community — this is a safe space for dreams!

4 Eventers We Were Inspired By in 2018

Every year the EN team looks back on the last 12 months and tries to narrow down the many remarkable stories of hardworking, determined, passionate eventers to include in the annual list of eventers who inspired us. If it were possible to fit into one post, we’d put every single one of you on our list. You are an incredible bunch and we are so honored to follow along as you chase your dreams.

Here are the stories of four eventers who inspired the EN team this year. Go Eventing.

Jessica Thoma and Sugar at Dressage By The River, held at River Glen Equestrian Center. Photo courtesy of Jessica Thoma.

Jessica Thoma, AKA #TripleAmputeeEventer:

We were all deeply moved by the heart-wrenching yet inspirational story of Jessica Thoma, the 26-year-old Tennessee eventer whose legs and left arm were amputated in January 2018. For all her losses, Jessica’s determination to return to the saddle was unwavering, and horses have been her rock through both her illness and recovery.

“I have some really big dreams and plans and I have a HUGE support team cheering me on!,” she told EN. “I will do eventing again soon! Hopefully next year! #TripleAmputeeEventer isn’t just a tag I put on my photos — it is my dream.”

Jessica was back on the lunge line by late spring, and in August she returned to competition at a dressage show at USEA event venue River Glen Equestrian Park, scoring an incredible 8.5 on rider position in the collective marks of her Intro test. She continues to progress and we know she’ll seal the deal on her dream soon.

“It’s hard to believe that in just a few days it will be a year since my amputations,” Jessica wrote on Facebook over the weekend. “I’ve already ridden five different horses, shown Sugar in a dressage show, done three clinics, learned to walk on prosthetics, and got my job back at Tractor Supply Co. Thank you all for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself.”

Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin at Fair Hill 2018. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Frankie Thieriot-Stutes and Chatwin, 2018 USEF National CCI3* Champions: 

As an amateur upper-level eventer, mother of two toddlers and owner of two businesses, Frankie Thieriot-Stutes has a lot on her plate. But her hard work and focus paid off this year, when The Chatwin Group’s Chatwin became the only horse in the country to have won two CCI3* events during the 2018 season, taking top honors at both Rebecca Farm and Fair Hill.

“What an incredible year this was for me for sure,” Frankie told EN at Fair Hill. Ever humble, the Californian is always quick to credit her family and her support team for her and Chatwin’s success. “This week I was thinking how grateful I am for the people who get you where you’re going.”

If anything, having a well-rounded life has served to enrich Frankie’s involvement in horse sport — and inspire everything watching to keep the big picture in mind.

“I think when you become a mom, it puts things in perspective, good and bad,” she reflected at Rebecca Farm. “You can have the greatest day ever, but it’s even better to have your kids in the [vet] box, and they can see how excited you are and see you’re safe. It’s put a lot into perspective for me. If it goes great that’s awesome, and if it doesn’t, there are things that matter a lot more than one ride. I’ve been trying to take in the moments this week and have a great time.”

From “#MeToo: A Letter to Myself as a Young Rider,” shared on EN in December 2017.

The Silence Breakers of the Equestrian #MeToo Movement:

Last year, with the Larry Nassar case underway and the #MeToo movement dominating the news cycle, we here at Nation Media wondered why nobody in the equestrian world was speaking up about our own sport’s secrets. On Dec. 15, 2017 we shared the silence-breaking “#MeToo: A Letter to Myself as a Young Rider,” a personal account of the grooming and sexual abuse of a minor, followed by a call to action.

The Chronicle of The Horse’s April 4, 2018 issue (see “#MeToo: The Story of a Trainer, a Trophy and an All-Too-Common Betrayal” and “From Survivor To Chef d’Equipe: My Story“) was a game changer — proof that our sport’s culture of silence was changing, and affirmation that no one is above the law. It spurred a lengthy article in today’s New York Times, “The Equestrian Coach Who Minted Olympians, and Left a Trail of Child Molestation, among revelations in other media outlets and the airing of The Tale, an HBO true-story biopic starring Laura Dern that depicted sexual abuse of a minor by a riding instructor.

This mainstream attention opened the floodgates for public discourse, and for other victims to come forward or at least feel less alone. It also spotlighted the need for systemic reform. The USEF responded with a rollout of SafeSport policy and programming reform, including a new mandate effective 2019 that all USEF members must complete SafeSport training to be eligible to compete.

Correspondingly, Senate Bill 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, was signed into law, imposing a duty on amateur sports organizations, including US Equestrian and its members, to report suspected sex-abuse to local or federal law enforcement or to a child-welfare agency within 24 hours. Failure to report is now subject to criminal penalties.

We applaud the USEF’s proactive approach and commitment to protecting our sports athletes, particularly those who are young and especially vulnerable to abuse. And even more so, we salute the brave silence breakers of the equestrian world, who raised their hands and said “me too.” We heard you, loud and clear. Time is up for abuse in our sport.

Jonty Evans and Cooley Rorkes Drift go into second after their dressage test at Badminton 2018. Photo by Nico Morgan Media.

Jonty Evans, traumatic brain injury survivor:

The Irish eventer continues to make steady progress in his recovery from a traumatic brain injury sustained in a fall from Cooley Rorkes Drift at Tattersalls International Horse Trials on June 3, 2018. After spending six weeks in a coma, Jonty awoke to overwhelming support from the eventing family.

He spoke candidly about his recovery in this recent video interview: “The challenges you face when you are getting better are normal. As each hurdle is overcome, you doubt yourself, and it sounds odds. Physically you’re getting closer, but mentally you feel further away because you realize exactly how much there is to do, and that can be really tough.

“When I came out of the coma, some time later my mother and sister tried to express how much support there had been. I didn’t believe them. When you come out of the coma and into the real world, it’s very difficult to comprehend that level of exposure or support.”

The eventing world rallied behind Jonty after his fall, wearing green in his honor at events around the world.

Whether Jonty will return to riding and competing remains a question, but Jonty said he wants to be the one who ultimately makes that decision: “I would like above everything most of all for me to make the choice. That’s important to me — that I decide if I event again, I decide which tracks I do, I make the choice. At the moment, it’s one day at a time.”

We support you, Jonty.

Who inspired YOU in 2018? Let us know in the comments!