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Unresolved Questions and Post-Boekelo Reflections

The Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team from left to right: Matt Flynn, Tamie Smith, Jennie Brannigan, Liz Halliday-Sharp and Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

We’re already less than a year out from the 2020 Olympics, and for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team all efforts are squarely centered on producing a podium result in Tokyo and beyond. In that sense, our representation at last week’s Military Boekelo CCIO4*-L and FEI Eventing Nations Cup Final felt more significant than usual. Additionally, Boekelo served as the final event to test the new Olympic format of teams of three plus one reserve before the Games.

If you followed EN’s coverage you already know how things shook out for Team USA, comprised of Tamie Smith, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Jennie Brannigan and reserve Matt Flynn — we finished eighth out of 12 total teams. (View complete team results here, and individual results here.) A few questions you might still be scratching your head about, though, despite Tilly’s valiant effort to guide us through the format changes:

“Wait, why did Jennie show jump after being eliminated cross country?”

True, Jennie was unfortunately eliminated on cross country after a rider fall from Stella Artois at fence 15 halfway around the course. Under the new Olympic format, the fall added 200 penalties to her score but allowed her to continue on to show jumping. The pair went on to deliver the only clear show jumping round for the team on Sunday.

“Did team reserve Matt’s scores end up counting toward the team total?”

Nope. Our total team score of 305.3 was the combination of Tamie, Liz and Jennie’s combined dressage penalty scores (89.7) + cross country penalties (203.2) + show jumping penalties (12.4). Matt could have only been subbed in (with 20 penalties added) if another horse had to be withdrawn for a medical reason, i.e. couldn’t trot up on Sunday or was spun on Sunday, but Jennie’s 200 cross country penalties would still be non-refundable.

“What the heck was up with that show jumping order of go?”

If it looked a bit jumbled, it’s because individual competitors jumped before teams. Via Olympic format, at Tokyo there’ll be a team jumping round and an individual one for those who qualify for it, which will be much easier to follow.

Clear as mud? If you have any other questions, please post them in the comments section and we’ll try to give you the straightest line to an answer as possible.

Let’s hear what the team had to say about the competition, the new format and the team experience.

Erik Duvander, Chef d’Equipe: “The purpose for this year’s Boekelo team was to give these riders the opportunity to be tested under pressure in a team environment while traveling abroad. We held a four-day training camp prior to the competition where it was made clear to the riders that they were being tested on their ability to work together as a team. The riders had to put forward their performance expectations and identify what they wanted to get out of the trip. This will all be reviewed through a questionnaire and post-competition interview with each rider.

“The four days spent at training camp were useful in that the riders had time to get comfortable with me, and I had time to get to know the combinations better, as the majority of these horses were not on the High Performance training lists. The idea was to get away from their busy day-to-day environments and then narrow down their focus for this event. All of the riders stepped up and put a focus and emphasis on being good team members while maintaining a competitive edge.

“This team was about investing into combinations that could be competitive in three years’ time at the 2022 World Games. I am very positive about the possibilities around this group of riders and the quality of the horses. I was also delighted to see more than 50 owners and supporters who made the effort to come out to the Netherlands and support our team. I hope it was a joyful experience for them and an opportunity to connect more with what we are aiming to achieve in the High Performance program. I wish in the future to regularly replicate this experience for our supporters at Boekelo.”

Jenni Autry, Managing Director of Eventing: “The positive environment and strong camaraderie within the team and amongst our supporters as a whole set the tone for the trip. We are incredibly grateful for the enormous effort made by all who traveled to Boekelo.”

Tamie Smith: “Having the opportunity to compete at Boekelo this year was invaluable. At this level, it is about how to shave every tenth of a point off your score. Observing and competing with the best in the world is something the U.S. riders must continue to do in order to rise to be the best. Having that experience has been instrumental in developing me. I’m grateful to have had this practice to ride on a team and strategize how to produce our best result. My lessons learned with each trip abroad have catapulted my results at future competitions. I would not have been able to gain this exposure without the continued support of USEF’s sponsors and USET Foundation donors who are helping the team become the best.”

Liz Halliday-Sharp: “It’s always an honor to be part of a team and to get the experience that comes with it. This week in Boekelo was particularly useful, as it was not only a chance for me to be in a team scenario with a young, up-and-coming horse, but it also gave us the chance to test out the Olympic format. The whole team worked well together, and we all did our very best to deliver good performances in each phase. I think both horses and people have learned a lot this week, and we will all come away knowing what we need to work on to continue improving our competitive performances.”

Jennie Brannigan: “Being able to work as a good team member, even when it didn’t go my way – and then jumping around clear on Sunday after feeling very disappointed about letting the team down – was a huge learning takeaway from the experience. I believe in the U.S. and Erik as a coach and was honored to be selected to [the team].”

Matt Flynn: “Our team effort was epic. Jennie stood by in my warmup after her fall. Liz was right there overseeing Wizzerd in cool out. Tamie met me in the stables before my round and at the finish. Frankie (Theriot-Stutes, who was originally named to the team but withdrew prior to the competition) came halfway across the world to have our backs every inch of the journey. I learned more than I can express.”

Before we move on from the Netherlands to our next stop in beautiful Fair Hill, Maryland, let’s take one last look at the Boekelo that was via another beautiful photo gallery by Sherry Stewart. We love this one especially, because from grooms and owners to supporters and friends, it really shows the sort of broader effort that goes into a successful team.

Go Team USA. Go Eventing!

[Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team Tests New Olympic Format at FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ The Netherlands]


2020 Kentucky Three-Day Event Tickets Go on Sale Today!

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class, winners of the 2019 Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Christmas seems to come a little bit earlier every year, amiright? I am talking, of course, about tickets to the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (April 23-26, 2020) and Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix (April 25, after cross country), which officially go on sale today at 9 a.m. EST.

Ticket options include single-day, three-day (Fri-Sat-Sun) and four-day general admissions, as well as group sales, hospitality packages, cross country tailgating packages, and glamping. You can also go ahead and reserve your headsets as well as purchase programs and preferred parking. Fans will get the best seats at the best prices if they order early.

EN #ProTip: Be like Susan!

“Now is the time to make plans to be part of the country’s premier equestrian event,” said Mike Cooper, president of the board of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), producer of both events. “Interest is sure to be at an all-time high in this Olympic year and I urge everyone to buy their tickets as soon as they go on sale!”

All grounds admission tickets include general parking and admission to the Kentucky Horse Park and International Trade Fair, but do not include access to the competition in the Rolex Stadium. Reserved grandstand seating is sold separately from grounds admission.

Sure, we still have a few months of pesky winter to suffer through, but in our hearts it’s already springtime in Kentucky and the birds are singing and the four-star horses are galloping past. For eventers who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, nine out of 10 doctors surveyed recommend purchasing Kentucky tickets in advance to hang on your fridge as a reminder that April is just around the corner.

Order your tickets today at www.KentuckyThreeDayEvent.com/tickets.

A First Glance at the Fair Hill International CCI4*-L Entry List

Jennie Brannigan, one of three repeat FHI winners in this year’s field, shown here with Cambalda at FHI 2014. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Happy Fair Hill week! Now in its 31st year, the 2019 Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International is again hosting the U.S. Equestrian CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L Fall Eventing Championships along with the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry of Ireland. A world-class field of some 40-odd horse-rider combinations are entered in the CCI4*-L.

EN stats guru Maggie Deatrick will be along after the first horse inspection with her “By the Numbers” breakdown and winner prediction, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, let’s sneak a peek!


Phillip Dutton has topped the podium more times than any other rider in this year’s field — in fact, the only rider who has  won the event more times than him is five-time winner David O’Connor (1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002). Phillip has won the event four times: 2007 and 2004 with The Foreman, 2000 with Drizzle, and 1996 with Sky’s Prospect. This year he has entered two horses, Fernhill Singapore and Z. Four titles is impressive, but it’s been a while … can he pull another one out this year?

Four riders in history have won the event twice — Boyd Martin (2011 and 2009), Hannah Sue Burnett (2012 and 2010), Karen O’Connor (2003 and 1989), and Mark Weissbecker (1994 and 1998). Hannah Sue, who took the title in 2012 with Harbour Pilot and in 2010 with St. Barths, will be on the hunt for a hat trick this year with the inexperienced Lukeswell. Boyd was originally entered but withdrew his horses after breaking his pelvis at Plantation Field — take it easy and get well soon, Boyd!

We have one more former Fair Hill champion in this year’s field in Jennie Brannigan, who won in 2014 with Cambalda. She has entered Twilightslastgleam and will also compete FE Celestino and Joie de Vivre in the 5 Year-Old division and both Keepsake and Kismet in the 4 Year-Old division.


In addition to past Fair Hill winners, the entry roster is a who’s-who of other Team USA veterans. Team stalwart Buck Davidson has a Fair Hill win in his DNA, so to speak. Bruce Davidson Sr. won Fair Hill in 1992 with Eagle Lion, but FHI is a title that has eluded his son thus far. He came close last year, finishing third with Archie Rocks; this year he has entered Erroll GobeyCopper Beach, and Jak My Style in the CCI4*-L, as well as Cerafino D in the 5 Year-Old class.

Pan Am Games team gold medalists Lynn Symansky, who also won the individual silver, and Doug Payne, who finished just outside the individual medals in fourth place, are entered. Lynn, who has twice represented the U.S. at WEG, is taking aim at this year’s FHI with Under Suspection. Doug will have a busy week, competing Vandiver in the CCI4*-L, Cascor in the CCI3*-L, Camarillo in the 5 Year-Old Young Event Horse division, and three horses in the 4 year-old Young Event Horse division, including Quiberon, Red Right Return, and Hannah Moor.

Joining them are U.S. Olympic veterans Lauren Kieffer and Clark Montgomery, teammates at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Lauren, who is also a Pan Am Games team gold medalist, has entered D.A. Duras, while Clark will be riding Caribbean Soul. Other team riders include Will Coleman, a veteran of the 2012 London Olympics and 2018 WEG, who has entered Don Dante.

Two-time Olympic and four-time WEG veteran Jessica Phoenix of Canada two horses entered in the CCI4*-L: Bogue Sound and Watson GS. She also will be competing Humble GS in the CCI3-L*. Two-time Olympic Silver medalist and WEG medalist Clayton Fredericks of Australia will be competing FE Stormtrooper and FE Always In Time.


Of course, the field is wide open and there are plenty of pairs to keep your eye on. Some pairs, like Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights who just won Plantation Field International CCI4*-S in September, are on a hot streak. There are Fair Hill veterans who are in the hunt for a personal best finish this year, and rookies with the potential to surprise and impress.

Who has the most shots per capita of winning this year? Beyond those already mentioned, Nilson Moreira da Silva and Allison Springer both have two horses entered apiece.

Historically speaking, west coast riders have done well for themselves when they come east for Fair Hill — quite the haul. Frankie Theriot-Stutes and Chatwin won in 2018, Tamie Smith and Mai Baum won in 2015, Amy Tryon and Coal Creek won in 2008, and Gina Miles and McKinlaigh won in 2006. This year’s west coast contingent is represented by Mallory Hogan with Clarissa Purisima, Lauren Billys with Castle Larchfield Purdy, and Liza Horan with Lafite.

“We are delighted to have so many top names in the sport returning to our world-class three-day event,” said Trish Gilbert, President of Fair Hill International. “With such a high-caliber list of entries, all of the divisions are guaranteed to be thrilling to say the least!”

Best of luck to all, Abby Powell will be bringing us all the latest all week, so keep it locked here!

#DuttaFHI: Website, Entries, Order of Draw, Schedule


What’s Happening This Fall? Your Weekly Guide to Clinics, Schooling Shows & More [Updated 10/15]

WEEKEND CLINIC SPOTLIGHT: Debbie Rosen is one of the most inspiring eventers of the past decade. A breast cancer survivor, Debbie completed the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Four-Star Three Day Event just seven weeks after completing chemotherapy. Later that year, the USEA honored her with the Iron Master Award. Since then, she’s been successfully developing horses and students from her home base in California as well as maintaining a rigorous competition and clinic schedule. This weekend Austin Eventing is hosting a two-day clinic with Debbie at Pegasus Event Center in Grantsville, UT. Click here for details. Debbie Rosen and The Alchemyst at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Jenni Autry.

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

Want your activity listed in What’s Happening? Register it with EventClinics.com, a mobile friendly, user-controlled services platform that connects organizers with riders. It’s easy and free to post your listing — click here to get started.

Here is what’s happening in your USEA Area this fall!

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

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Go Eventing.

Watch Military Boekelo Show Jumping Live

Military Boekelo show jumping is well underway! Tune into the FEI live stream right here or on the FEI’s YouTube Channel.

See the show jumping order of go here — if it looks a bit wonky, it’s because individuals are jumping before teams. To recall, the event is running via Olympic format; at Tokyo, there’ll be a team jumping round and an individual one for those who qualify for it, which will be easier to follow. Best of luck to our U.S. team riders!

Military Boekelo: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Friday Video from SmartPak: Rewatch Boekelo Dressage + XC Live Stream

That’s a wrap for two days of Boekelo dressage! Get caught up on what went down via Tilly’s dressage reports — click here for Thursday and here for Friday. FEI TV streamed all the dressage action live (see videos below); tomorrow’s FEI cross country live stream is by subscription only so you’ll need to cough up twenty bucks if you want to tune in to that. #Protip: We do live stream watch parties at our barn for the big events … if everyone chips in you can watch for less than the cost of a swanky cup of coffee. Alternately, you can tune into the RTV Oost Dutch live stream via the Boekelo website here (I’ve also embedded the video player below, and it should kick into action bright and early tomorrow morning).

Speaking of bright and early, the first horse leaves the box at 9.30 a.m. local time/8.30 a.m. BST/3.30 a.m. EST. The order-of-go is the same as for dressage, which means that all of the team combinations will run first, followed by the individuals. You can see the full list of starting times here – but if you’re tuning in to cheer on the U.S. team, who sit second after the first phase, here’s when to tune in (subject, of course, to holds and delays):

  • Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois (=32nd): 10.18 a.m. local time/5.18 a.m. EST
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver (=40th): 11.06 a.m. local/6.06 a.m. EST
  • Tamie Smith and Mai Baum (8th): 11.54 a.m. local/6.54 a.m. EST
  • Matt Flynn and Wizzerd (=53rd): 13.42 p.m. local/8.42 a.m. EST

Get some good sleep tonight, Team USA!


Dressage Day 1 | FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 | Boekelo (NED)

🐴 Welcome to another leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™! 📺 Enjoy Day 1 of Dressage 🔴LIVE from Boekelo 🇳🇱!

Posted by FEI Eventing on Thursday, October 10, 2019

Dressage Day 1 Part 2 | FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 | Boekelo (NED)

🐴🎩 Day 1 of Dressage continues 🔴LIVE from Boekelo 🇳🇱! Enjoy the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™!

Posted by FEI Eventing on Thursday, October 10, 2019


Dressage Day 2 (1/2) | FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 | Boekelo (NED)

🐎🐎🐎 We’re back from with Day 2 of Dressage 🔴LIVE from the FEI EVenting Nations Cup™ in Boekelo (NED)!

Posted by FEI Eventing on Friday, October 11, 2019

Dressage Day 2 (2/2) | FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2019 | Boekelo (NED)

🐴🎩 Day 2 of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ continues with Part 2 of Dressage 🔴LIVE from Boekelo 🇳🇱!

Posted by FEI Eventing on Friday, October 11, 2019


Military Boekelo: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

E.A. Mattes Fab Freebie Finalists: Who Has the Best Cross Country Style?

Last week we asked you to show us your cross country style for a chance to win a custom ear bonnet and saddle pad set from our friends at E.A. Mattes and World Equestrian Brands, and you delivered! We received nearly 700 entries, and oh to be a fly on the wall when EN’s committee of chinchillas narrowed it down to their top 15. Let’s just say, things got heated!

The winner will receive a Couture Ear Bonnet and Platinum Collection Quilt Only Pad in Jump Eurofit or All-Purpose SquarePhoto courtesy of E.A. Mattes / World Equestrian Brands.

Now it’s time to put the top 15 to a vote! Check out these photos and cast your vote in the poll below. Many thanks to everyone who submitted an entry — we loved seeing ALL your fabulous styles!

Laureen Barnard: “Couldn’t decide and definitely like some variety in life so a set that goes with anything was a must lol. Could swap out hot pink pad and bonnet set for any one of teal, red, royal, orange, green, purple, white or black … if we had them lol.”

Katie Reynolds 父 Wentz: “Blue Stars and because Mum (me) is British, the obligatory Pom on the silk. #powerofthepom!”

Laura Post: “Yellow grey and white.”

Tilly McCarroll: “Would love to win this!! My saddle pad is getting a little old so in need of a new one!!!”

Sonja Piana: “This is our shout-out for breast cancer awareness! Go EN! Go eventing! Stop breast cancer!”

Jess Somerfield: “Turquoise & royal blue 😍😍😍. Would love to add a bonnet and matching mattes pad to the collection before we head to the Australian 3 day in the 3*** 😍😍😍🦄🦄🦄”

Megan Reed: “Our colors are orange and green!!”

Bobbie Jones: “Red, White and blue for me and my OTTB Proud Royal! We were given a pair of his old racing silks to compete it (shown above) and it goes perfectly with our theme! Would LOVE to a saddlepad and bonnet to match!”

Julie Walden Howard: “I’m 57 and I wear what I want! Lol. Photo by the incomparable Joan Davis!”

Natalie Bradt: “We go full green.”

Dawn Morley: “Green with gold stars goes best with my chestnut girl.😊💚”

Jessica Malcolm: “We do love a bit of matchy matchy! 💜💙”

Rachel Lawson: ‘Black, white and turquoise for the cross country colors of Rachel Lawson Eventing!”

Honor Eteen-Bliss: “Red white and blue with #mrolivertwist”

And one more, just because it made us laugh:

Marie Schofield: “Black & blue…my barn colors. 😄”

Many thanks to our good friends at E.A. Mattes for sponsoring this fun contest! Shop the World Equestrian Brands website for more top quality equestrian performance products. Go Eventing.

Boekelo Thursday Dressage: Team USA Photo Gallery + Video Replay

Unless you were up and plugged into the internet by 4:47 a.m. this morning, you probably missed watching Team USA’s Boekelo dressage tests live. Good news — between Tilly’s supersized dressage report, the FEI live stream and another gorgeous photo gallery from Sherry Stewart, you’ve come to the right place for a play-by-play of all the action.

The FEI has posted a replay of part 1 of the live stream, which has two out of three American pairs — Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois’s test starts at 1:20:28; Liz Halliday-Sharp with Cooley Quicksilver are at 2:57:21. A replay of part 2, which has Tamie’s test, isn’t posted yet, but we’ll keep an eye out and update this post when it does.

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then we’ve got a 50,000 word tome coming your way thanks to Sherry. Enjoy!

Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois led off for Team USA with a test that scored 31.3, putting them in 19th place overnight.

Next up was Liz Halliday-Sharp with Cooley Quicksilver, who scored a 31.7 for 23rd place.

Rounding out the squad was Tamie Smith and Mai Baum, who scored a 26.7 for 6th place just behind a double-dose of Michael Jung who claimed 5th and 4th.

Team reserve Matt Flynn and Wizzerd compete tomorrow.

Much, much more to come. Go Eventing!

Military Boekelo: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Ready, Set, Boekelo: Wednesday Team USA Photo Gallery

Team USA is out in force in Boekelo. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Team USA looked ready to open a can of whoop-a$$ on the international eventing stage yesterday as they took to the catwalk for the first horse inspection and rehearsed their dressage moves.

CCIO4*-L dressage gets underway Thursday morning at 9.30 a.m. local time/8.30 a.m. BST/3.30 a.m. EST. Want to keep an eye on Team USA as they tackle the finale of the 2019 FEI Nations Cup series? Their times are as follows:

  • Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois: 10.47 a.m. local/9.47 a.m. BST/4.47 a.m. EST (Thursday)
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver: 12.26 p.m. local/11.26 a.m. BST/6.26 a.m. EST (Thursday)
  • Tamie Smith and Mai Baum: 15.02 p.m. local/14.o2 p.m. BST/9.02 a.m. EST (Thursday)
  • Matt Flynn and Wizzerd: 10.54 a.m. local/9.54 a.m. BST/4.54 a.m. EST (Friday)

EN’s great friend Sherry Stewart was ringside snapping photos and kindly sent us a gorgeous gallery to share. Best of luck this week to…

🇺🇸Tamie Smith and Mai Baum🇺🇸

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

🇺🇸Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois🇺🇸

Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Jennie Brannigan and Stella Artois. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

🇺🇸Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver🇺🇸

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

🇺🇸Team reserve Matt Flynn and Wizzerd🇺🇸

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Matt Flynn and Wizzerd. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

All systems are go for an action-packed week of international eventing and (judging from the minor-planet sized disco ball in the social pavilion) raucous partying, and EN is on the scene bringing it to you live. Go Eventing!

Military Boekelo: WebsiteEntriesRide TimesLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Fab Freebie: Custom Ear Bonnet & Saddle Pad Set from E.A. Mattes

Photo courtesy of E.A. Mattes / World Equestrian Brands.

Does your cross country style turn heads in awe and admiration? Show us your color coordinated run-and-jump fashion for a chance to win a matching ear bonnet and saddle pad set from our friends at E.A. Mattes and their distributor World Equestrian Brands.

The set includes:

Couture Ear Bonnet: Hand crocheted from the finest Egyptian cotton and defined by comfort, quality and excellent fit, Mattes bonnets are the perfect complement to your matchy-matchy gear. Retail value: $108$126.

Platinum Collection Quilt Only Pad in Jump Eurofit or All-Purpose Square: E.A. Mattes Quilt Only pads have the same anatomically correct topline of the sheepskin pads that follows the contours of the horse’s back and allows for a perfect fit under the saddle. The pads are quilted with a layer of POLY-FLEX® that absorbs energy and eliminates bounce. Retail value: $90-$138.

How to enter:

Post a pic of your cross country style in the Facebook comments of this post or email it to [email protected] Entries are due by midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 8. We’ll put our top 10 favorites to a reader vote!

Many thanks to our good friends at E.A. Mattes for sponsoring this fun contest! Shop the World Equestrian Brands website for more top quality equestrian performance products. Go Eventing.

Woodside CCI4*-S Dressage Report + Show Jumping Live Stream

Amber Levine and Carry On. Photo by Kim Miller.

It’s a big weekend for eventers in California as The Event at Woodside is hosting three international divisions — a CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S — alongside Beginner Novice through Intermediate horse trials divisions. Lucky for us, Ride On Video is on site to bring us all the action live.

CCI4*-S show jumping begins at 3 p.m. local time/6 p.m. ET, so be sure to tune in here (scroll down for live stream) or at the Ride On Video website. Here’s a quick recap of the dressage action!

Under spotless blue skies, a small but fierce CCI4* field completed their dressage tests before judges Richard Baldwin and Gretchen Butts this morning. Chocolate Horse Farm’s Amber Levine leads with Carry On on 30.8 and is 3rd with Cinzano on 36.4. Helen Bouscaren and Ebay are 2nd on 31.70.

Helen Bouscaren and Ebay. Photo by Kim Miller.

Amber Levine and Cinzano. Photo by Kim Miller.

Richard Baldwin and Gretchen Butts. Photo by Kim Miller.

In the CCI3*-S, Asia Vedder and Isi lead dressageon 24.3, followed by Helen Bouscaren with Paper Jam on 30.8 in 2nd and Erin Kellerhouse with Woodford Reserve on 31.9 in 3rd.

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

Woodside International Event Live Stream



Rosie Napravnik & Sanimo Finish 1st in Thoroughbred Makeover Eventing Preliminary Competition

Eventing preliminary competition leader Rosie Napravnik and Sanimo. Photo by CanterClix.

Preliminary competition is now complete for all 10 disciplines at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, taking place Oct. 2-5 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Each competitor received a preliminary round score with the top five in each discipline advancing to the Finale on Saturday. It will be broadcast via live stream, so be sure to watch!

Let’s see how things shook out in our favorite discipline, Eventing, which saw a field of 67 horse/rider combinations. Eventing Makeover horses performed USEF 2018 Novice Test B in a small arena, followed by a show jumping course set at the trainer’s choice of USEA Beginner Novice, Novice or Training dimensions and a short cross country course with a choice of fence height options.

The following combinations will advance to the Finale (Rider & Horse – Dressage/Show Jumping/Cross Country Scores – Total Score):

1. Rosie Napravnik (Pro) & Sanimo – 71.667/70.50/113.00 – 255.17
2. Elisa Wallace (Pro) & Crafty Charger – 71.429/61.00/115.00 – 247.43
3. Josephine Irish (Jr) & Right Ben – 70.000/61.50/113.00 – 244.50
4. Caroline Holmes (Jr) & Kitten’s Beauty – 65.238/63.50/113.50 – 242.24
5. Eleanor Godson (Pro) & Boggie – 65.000/64.00/112.50 – 241.50

Makeover veteran, former jockey and OTTB advocate Rosie Napravnik raced to the Eventing lead with Sanimo. 2019 marks Rosie’s fourth Makeover since she transitioned careers from professional jockey to professional trainer of off-track Thoroughbreds. She and Sanimo completed three Beginner Novice horse trials this summer before making the move to Novice at Flying Cross Farm H.T. last month.

“This horse peaked today,” Rosie said. “He had by far his best dressage, his show jumping was very good, and by the time we got to cross country I was just so excited to ride! Cross country is his best phase.”

Sanimo is a 2015 gelding (Smart Strike x Sanima, by Galileoa). He was bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm and consigned to the September sale at Keeneland as a yearling, but did not sell. Dell Ridge Farm raced the horse, trained by Geoff Mulcahy, for four starts and earnings of $1,861. Sanimo is currently offered for sale via the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace.

Reigning America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred trainer Elisa Wallace finished second with Crafty Charger, a 2013 gelding (By Bye Bye Crafty x Lisa’s Crusade, by Crusader Sword) owned by Donna Biggs. Bred in Indiana by Rita Hughes, he earned $1,355 in 11 starts at the track but seems to be quite excelling at his new career! He’s completed one Beginner Novice and two Novice USEA events, most recently turning in double-clear jumping rounds at Stable View Oktoberfest H.T. last weekend.

Junior riders claimed third and fourth place. Josie Irish rounds out the top three with Right Ben, a 2014 gelding (Here Comes Ben x Time Saver, by Mazel Trick) bred in New York by McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. “Bennie” earned $40,215 in 26 starts at the track before advancing to his new career with Josie. This year the pair sailed around eight USEA events at the Beginner Novice and Novice level, including placing 7th in the Area III Championships and turning in a double-clear performance at the American Eventing Championships. The pair also finished in 7th place out of 117 competitors in the Makeover Dressage competition. He is offered for sale through the Makeover Marketplace.

Josie Irish and Right Ben. Photo courtesy of Jackie Irish.

In 4th is Caroline Holmes and Kitten’s Beauty, a 2014 gelding (Kitten’s Joy x Atlantic Beauty, by Stormy Atlantic) bred in Kentucky by Dr. Tom Castoldi — he earned $14,675 in 10 starts on the track. The pair also finished 5th in the Show Hunter competition, so will make a double appearance at the Makeover on Saturday.

In 5th is Eleanor Godson and Boggie, a 2012 mare (War Cry x That’s Just Wrong, by Bold Executive) bred in Ontario by Margaret Spencer — she earned $43,896 in 20 starts on the track. The pair also finished 11th in the Field Hunter competition.

Being jacks-of-all-trades, many eventers cross entered other disciplines as well — and a couple are in the lead!

Dressage preliminary competition leader Alison O’Dwyer and Fifth Ace. Photo by CanterClix.

Alison O’Dwyer (ne Wilaby — congrats on your marriage, Alison!) and Fifth Ace took over the Dressage lead today. Alison describes herself as “an eventer who loves dressage” and is no stranger to the Makeover stage, having finished as reserve champion in Eventing in both 2017 and 2018.

“In the arena, I was smiling ear-to-ear with every movement,” she said. “It was a great feeling to come out of the Rolex Arena knowing that we could not possibly have done better than we had. We did our very best.”

Alison intends to develop Fifth Ace, a 2015 gelding (Bernardini x Model, by Giant’s Causeway) bred in Kentucky by Abergwaun Farm, Inc., as a personal horse. He made three career starts with $1,365 in earnings. The pair also finished 21st in the Eventing competition.

Freestyle preliminary competition leader Amy Bowers and Grande Warrior. Photo by CanterClix.

Amy Bowers is quite at home on a cross country course, but this weekend she’s contesting the Freestyle and Show Hunter competitions. Her partner: Grande Warrior, a 2013 mare (Desert Warrior x Capuchina, by Capote) bred in Alabama by Randy Haffner — she earned a whopping $70 in one start on the track.

The pair’s winning Freestyle routine started right out with liberty work, including lateral movements; Bowers then rode the mare without a bridle through all of the compulsory movements and concluded with a gallop lap while waving a blue flag. “It takes a lot of bonding to stay connected in that atmosphere,” Bowers detailed.

Bowers and Grande Warrior crossed paths nearly by accident: “A friend of mine got the mare from Amy Paulus, then realized she really didn’t have time for her; I had expressed interest in participating in the Thoroughbred Makeover so she offered her to me!” It was a fortuitous moment for Bowers, a professional from Fort Collins, Colorado.

On Friday, education takes over at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium. The TERF Master Class takes place from 9 AM until noon, and a seminar series presented by Horse Media Group takes place all afternoon.

Best of luck to all of tomorrow’s finalists (ESPECIALLY the eventers)!

[Thoroughbred Makeover Preliminary Competition Day 1 Results, Thoroughbred Makeover Preliminary Competition Day 2 Results]

Thoroughbred Makeover links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesStall AssignmentsRide TimesMarketplaceSeminarsFinale Live StreamLive Scores

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Josephine Buller and Zanzibar. Photos courtesy of Chelsea Spear and Diana Rowland.

Last month I said goodbye to my first event horse, Mishka. Longtime readers may remember him from a story I wrote a few years back, “You Become Responsible, Forever, for What You Have Tamed.” He was a 15.1-hand grey Arabian, who came into my life when I was 12 and he was 3. We evented through Training and he went on to show several more young riders the joy of the sport. At age 29 he was still living his best life, tackling crossrails at a local horse show just two weeks before he passed, and I counted him as my oldest friend.

So it was a little like seeing a ghost when I was sent an email this week about four-star rider Fylicia Barr’s first horse, Zanzibar, another plucky grey Arab who took Fylicia through Training and is now showing the ropes to her student Josie. With “Z” as her partner, she won her very first Baby Beginner Novice trial over the weekend at Olney Farm in Maryland. By all accounts it was pretty special — Z kept an eye on Fylicia during their dressage test and was clearly happy to be out again, doing what he loves.

Who was the first horse with whom you left a cross country start box? Whether they’re still in your life or have crossed over the rainbow bridge, take a moment to feel gratitude — how generous these animals are to share with us their wings.

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U.S. Weekend Preview:

Kent School H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Morven Park CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Heritage Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Willow Draw Charity H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Spokane Sport Horse H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Jenna Jack and Katano have the overnight lead in the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover eventing division. She reflected on her day’s ride: “We were very relaxed in the Rolex Arena for dressage. He was a little ‘looky’ in the show jumping in the atmosphere there, but we worked through it … and cross country is his favorite, so that was a lot of fun.” Jenna, a professional from Canton, Georgia, acquired Katano in November last year. The horse that she calls “Otis” is a 2015 gelding (Justin Phillip x Shining Prospect, by Lycius) bred in Kentucky by Castleton Lyons and Kilboy Estate. He ran in Florida and at Arlington Park, earning $20,731 in 11 starts with two wins. The preliminary Makeover eventing competition continues today with about half the division still to compete.

Thoroughbred Makeover links: WebsiteScheduleEntriesStall AssignmentsRide TimesMarketplaceSeminarsFinale Live StreamLive Scores

Congrats to Jax Maxian, winner of the Area I leg of Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. The award is presented in each of the 10 USEA areas, recognizing junior and adult amateur riders for their safe and effective cross country riding technique. Jax was awarded the honor at the Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Horse Trials (GVRDC), August 17-18, 2019. [USEA: Maxian is Masterful in the Charles Owen Technical Merit at GVRDC]

Woodside International Horse Trials is welcoming 400-plus horses this weekend. This year’s CCI4*-S field includes some exciting match-ups: fan faves James Alliston and Pandora will go up against James’ business partner and fiancée, Helen Bouscaren with Ebay. Amber Levine will vie for the 4*-S title on two horses, Carry On and Cinzano, and Tamie Smith will bring a new star up to this division in En Vogue. Best of luck to all! [Woodside Eventing]

Amie Collins is the winner of our Fab Freebie for a Diamonds in the Dirt travel self-care collection! Shop the Diamonds In The Dirt product line here, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for all the latest! You can also shop the line via World Equestrian brands here. Keep an eye on EN for future weekly giveaways. [Fab Freebie]

Featured Video: This flashy pair went all out on the pink at Twin Rivers Ranch H.T. last weekend! Fiona VanBuhler and Confetti’s Cottontail placed 8th in the Jr. Novice A division. If your horse is pretty in pink too, check out these limited edition breast cancer awareness breeches and saddle pads from our friends at SmartPak.

Who Jumped It Best? Larkin Hill H.T. Intro Edition

Time for another edition of “Who Jumped It Best?” This week we head to Larkin Hill H.T. in North Chatham, New York, where 16 horse/rider combinations tackled the Introductory cross country course.

Good luck with this one, EN! IMO, they all “jumped it best” in their own unique ways: best smile (Stella), best game face (tie between Ellie and her horse), most grabbable mane (Charlotte’s Thales), best horse name based on tv/movie character (tie between Peewee Herman and Princess Fiona), highest jump (Julia’s Good Mark). Decide for yourself and vote in the poll below!

Many thanks to Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto for the pics!

Julia Slater and Good Mark. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Stella Morrison-Eaton and Qui C’est Moi. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Cassidy Howard and Pewee Herman. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Charlotte Clark and Thales. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Ellie Blass and Cookies ‘n’ Cream. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Lucy Anstey-Pape and Princess Fiona. Photo by Joan Davis/Flatlandsfoto.

Morven Park, Twin Rivers to Host CCI4*-L Events in 2020 Pending FEI Approval

Morven Park will host a CCI4*-L in 2020 pending FEI approval. Photo by Valerie Durbon Photography.

Two U.S. events will host new CCI4*-L divisions in 2020 pending FEI approval: Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia (Oct. 1-4, 2020) and Twin Rivers in Paso Robles, California (April 9-12, 2020). The divisions were approved by the USEF Board of Directors on Sept. 16; now the 2020 FEI Calendar goes forward for the final round of approvals at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow on Nov. 16-19 with all new FEI levels/dates for 2020 to be made official at that time.

Morven Park CCI4*-L 

The addition of a CCI4*-L at Morven Park is a response to the loss of Fair Hill’s CCI4*-L, which will no longer run starting in 2020 due to the addition of the CCI5*-L. Fair Hill, which will be run under a new name, the Maryland Five-Star at Fair Hill (Oct. 15-18, 2020), will continue to host a CCI3*-L.

In addition to the CCI4*-L, Morven Park will host CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, CCIYH3*-L (7-year-old) and CCIYH2*-L (6-year-old) competitions, as well as Beginner Novice through Advanced horse trials.

Twin Rivers CCI4*-L 

The West Coast will gain a much needed spring CCI4*-L by way of the addition of this competition to Twin Rivers. In addition to the CCI4*-L, Twin Rivers will host CCI4*-S, CCI3*-L, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S divisions as well as Future Event Horse/Young Event Horse classes and Beginner Novice through Advanced horse trials. (Note: the CCI4*-L is included in the FEI Calendar but not yet in the USEA Calendar).

The 2020 U.S eventing calendar will see a number of other updates, which the USEA has outlined here. Of particular note:

  • The following events will add CCI*-S divisions: Grand Oaks Horse Trials (January 17-19, 2020 and November 20-22, 2020), Stable View Spring Horse Trials (March 26-28, 2020), Virginia Horse Trials International (May 21-24, 2020) and Spokane Sport Horse Farm Sixth Annual Fall Horse Trials (October 1-4, 2020). Stable View will also offer CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S divisions. Spokane Sport Horse Farm will also offer CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S divisions.
  • Other calendar changes include Jersey Fresh adding a Prelim, Essex moving to mid-July, the Wellington Showcase is back, Stable View will hold a big CCI spring event the weekend after Carolina, and Ocala will run Advanced in October.

Links: USEA Calendar, FEI Calendar

German Depth on Display at Poland’s Baborówko Horse Sale Show

CCI4*-S winners Nadine Marzahl (GER) and Valentine 18. Photo by M&R Photo courtesy of Baborówko Horse Sale Show.

German riders accounted for eight of the top 10 CCI4*-S finishers at Poland’s Baborówko Horse Sale Show over the weekend, with Nadine Marzahl topping the leaderboard on Valentine 18.  Germany’s Leonie Kuhlmann and Hidalgo 179 led the CCI3*-S from start to finish, and Stephanie Böhe won the CCI2*-S with Ashanti de la Ribiere.

The CCI4*-S was a dynamic competition with lots of scoreboard movement from start to finish — for our international readers, here’s a summary of the action.

Yoshiaki Oiwa (JPN) with Bart L JRA. Photo by M&R Photo courtesy of Baborówko Horse Sale Show.

On Friday Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA claimed the dressage lead on a score of 24.5, followed by Nadine Marzahl with Vally K on 29.6 and Valentine 18 on 30.1 respectively.

Nadine Marzahl (GER) with Vally K. Photo by M&R Photo courtesy of Baborówko Horse Sale Show.

The tides turned on cross country day, across the course designed by Lars Christensson. Yoshiaki picked up 20 on course, dropping down to 24th position, leaving the door open for Nadine to take the lead, which she did with her third-placed horse Valentine 18 thanks to a double-clear cross country round, one of only four in the 31-strong division. Germany’s Sophie Leube with Jadore Moi had just 0.4 time to move from 6th into 2nd, and fellow countryman Dirk Schrade with Dajara 4 had 2.8 time to hop from 4th into 3rd.

Nadine Marzahl (GER) with Vally K. Photo by M&R Photo courtesy of Baborówko Horse Sale Show.

Nadine kept the lead through show jumping on Sunday, posting a clear round. Nadine had three horses in the class and finished 5th with Vally K and 18th with Victoria 108. Nadine and Valentine 18, a 12-year-old Hanoverian mare (Valentino x Vienna, by Varus) owned by Martina Paulus and Heike Kikuth, particularly, are a competitive pair who represented Germany as an individual at last month’s FEI European Eventing Championships at Luhmühlen — unfortunately, they missed a jump cross country and were thus eliminated, so their win at Baborówk was surely a welcome redemption.

Sophie retained second with Jadore Moi, and another German, Beeke Jankowski, finished third with Tiberius 20.

Visit the website here. View complete results here.

Photo by M&R Photo courtesy of Baborówko Horse Sale Show.

In addition to the competition, the fourth annual Baborówko Sport Horse Auction took place on Sunday. The catalogue included 19 horses from stables across Poland, 12 of which found new owners. The most expensive horse sold was Little Cartier, a Polish-bred gelding (Cartier II x Landwind II) who was purchased for 95.000 PLN (about 24,000 USD).

“Although we did not break the record this Saturday, we are very pleased with the auction results,” Henryk Święcicki Jr., the director of Baborówko Horse Sale Show, said. “Many horses found new homes in foreign stables. We also received a lot of positive feedback from
the buyers, and we see more and more interest in horses bred and trained in Poland.”

Final CCI4*-S Top 10: 

Final CCI3*-S Top 10: 

Final CCI2*-S Top 10: 

Fab Freebie: ‘Diamonds in the Dirt’ Travel Self-Care Collection

This week’s Fab Freebie: A Diamonds in the Dirt travel kit for riders on the go! Photo courtesy of Diamonds in the Dirt.

We eventers don’t pack lightly for our horses when we head to shows: two if not three entire sets of tack, a complete equine wardrobe, tack trunks full of every imaginable item for every imaginable scenario, all the trimmings to make a temporary stable into home for the weekend, plus hay, grain, and a 1,000+ pound animal loaded into a truck and trailer purchased exclusively for carting all this stuff around.

And yet, why can’t I remember to pack even the most basic of essentials for myself? At horse shows, my self-care goes down the drain: I end up washing my face with a bar of crappy hotel hand soap and, despite the fact that I own at least 20 lip balms, I can never find a single one. My horse looks and feels like a million bucks, yet I’m hobbling around a three-day old ponytail and dark circles under my eyes.

We can take better care of ourselves than this, eventer friends. Last week we introduced you to Diamonds in the Dirt — “small-batch, hand-crafted skin care with a focus on organic ingredients, simple formulas, and earth-friendly packaging.” Formulated with hardworking, hard-playing equestrians in mind, it’s a sent-from-above answer to our special skincare needs.

This week, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Diamonds in the Dirt and their distributor, World Equestrian Brands, to give away a collection of travel size items that are perfect to just throw in a bag and go. Hotel bar soap, never again!

Included in the travel kit:

Fresh Cucumber Facial Wash for gritty women
Abundant Facial Serum for generous women
Nourish Facial Creme for hardy women
Balance Eye Creme for centered women
Velvet Dry Body Oil for refined women
Savvy Muscle Creme for rusty equestrians
Nuzzle Lip Balm for weathered women
Total retail value: $144.00

Photo courtesy of Diamonds in the Dirt.

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, and then check back in next week’s Wednesday’s News & Notes to see who won! Shop the Diamonds In The Dirt product line here, and keep an eye on their Facebook page for all the latest! You can also shop the line via World Equestrian brands here.

Vote Ingrid Klimke for 2019 FEI Best Athlete!

Ingrid Klimke, double gold medallist at the 2019 FEI European Championships for Eventing and all-around cool lady. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The 2019 FEI Awards nominations have been posted, and we are excited to see a deserving eventer in the mix. Ingrid Klimke, whose double gold medals at the European Championships were the cherries on top of an already bang-up year, is up for the honor of Best Athlete.

Two other U.S. representatives made the ballot: The Wheatland Farm Equestrian Center in Virginia, a USEF/USPEA Center of Excellence for Paralympic Dressage, is up for the FEI Solidarity Award, and Para Dressage rider Marie Vonderheyden is nominated for the FEI Against All Odds category.

The winners will be decided through a system in which 50% of the public’s vote and 50% of the judges’ vote will be combined to give the final result. Voting is open today through Oct. 7, so go vote here today!

Twenty-two total nominees have been shortlisted across five awards categories — click here for their bios:

Peden Bloodstock FEI Best Athlete – paying tribute to the athlete who over the past year has demonstrated exceptional skill and taken the sport to a new level.

  • Steve Guerdat (SUI), Jumping
  • Martin Fuchs (SUI), Jumping
  • Ingrid Klimke (GER), Eventing
  • Bram Chardon (NED), Driving
  • Sanne Voets (NED), Para Dressage

Cavalor FEI Best Groom – for the behind-the-scenes hero who ensures the horses they look after are given the best possible care.

  • Tim Varlec (SLO), groom for Irish Para Dressage athlete Tamsin Addison
  • Madeleine Broek (NED), groom for Dutch Jumping star Marc Houtzager
  • Yann Devanne (FRA), groom for French Olympic Eventing team gold medallist Thibaut Vallette
  • Ann-Christin De Boer (GER), groom for Olympic Dressage golden girl Helen Langehanenberg

Longines FEI Rising Star – for the youth athlete aged 14 to 21 who demonstrates outstanding sporting talent and commitment.

  • Max Wachman (IRL), 16, Jumping
  • Juan Martin Clavijo (COL), 19, Vaulting
  • Semmieke Rothenberger (GER), 20, Dressage
  • Costanza Laliscia (ITA), 20, Endurance

FEI Against All Odds – for an inspiring individual who has pursued their equestrian ambitions and overcome challenges and obstacles along the way.

  • Marie Vonderheyden (USA), Para Dressage
  • Eric Lamaze (CAN), Jumping
  • Tobias Thorning Jørgensen (DEN), Para Dressage
  • Zhenqiang Li (CHN), Jumping

FEI Solidarity – for an FEI Solidarity or equestrian development project, an individual or organization that has used skill, dedication and energy to expand the sport.

  • DSA LEAD Programme (RSA)
  • Uno Yxklinten (SWE), farriery training programme in Zambia
  • The Wheatland Farm Equestrian Center, Virginia (USA)
  • The Jack Dodd Foundation (IRL)
  • The Urban Equestrian Academy (GBR)

The nine judges are as follows: Ingmar De Vos (BEL), FEI President; Matthieu Baumgartner (SUI), Longines Vice President of Marketing; Marina Sechina (RUS), President Russian Equestrian Federation and member FEI Solidarity Committee; Simone Blum (GER), Jumping athlete and winner of the FEI Best Athlete Award 2018; Peter Bollen (BEL), Founder and chief nutritionist of Cavalor; Martin Atock (IRL), Managing Director of Peden Bloodstock; Robin Parsky (USA), Vice Chairman of the Jumping Owners Club (JOC); Harald Link (THA), President Thailand Equestrian Federation; and Eve Van Den Bol (CAY), President Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) and member FEI Solidarity Committee.

The 2019 Awards winners will be celebrated at a star studded ceremony at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow (RUS) on Nov. 19.

Learn more at the website here.

[Sporting rivalries feature between FEI Awards 2019 nominees as public voting begins]

5 Reasons to Enter Maryland H.T. #3 & BN3DE at Loch Moy Farm TODAY!

Entries close today, Sept. 24, for the Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Oct. 11-13). Still on the fence about locking the dates down on your fall calendar? Here are five reasons to just to it!

  1. The event offers the only Beginner Novice Classic Three-Day Event on the East Coast. Contesting a three-day is a fun and rewarding experience, and you’re guaranteed to come away a more educated horseman in the process. Carol Kozlowski, a superstar in the heyday of upper-level three-day events with her Connemara stallion Hideaway’s Erin Go Bragh, is this year’s lead clinician. We hear that the BN3DE hasn’t received many entries to date, so let’s get out and support this special division so that it continues in the future.

The winners of the 2019 MDHT Beginner Novice Classic Three-Day Event, Ella Lucas and Truthful Saint. Photo courtesy of MDHT.

2. In addition to the BN3D3, there’s something for everyone. Divisions include the Area II Modified Championship, New Event Horse (NEH) Finale, and Beginner Novice through Intermediate divisions. The NEH Finale is open to any NEH competitors with a qualifying score of at least 72%.

The 2018 NEH Finale champions. Photo courtesy of MDHT.

3. Special recognition for off-track horses: Special awards for off-track horses, including The Jockey Club TIP High Point Thoroughbred Awards — submit TIP number with entry. Also back for 2019 is the Maryland Thoroughbred-Standardbred Eventing Series — visit the website for details.

4. The cross country course is prepped and ready to go. Maryland H.T. is known for its educational and confidence-building tracks, rolling terrain, and making footing is top priority even as much of the East Coast is in a drought: “We take our course safety and preparation seriously at Loch Moy Farm because we want you and your horse to have a great experience. Our aggravator and water wheels are keeping us ready to ride!”

Photo courtesy of MDHT.

5. It’s MDHT! The organization is great, the ambiance is friendly, and there’s a party each event day for volunteers and competitors. You can’t beat that.

Photo courtesy of MDHT.

View the USEA calendar listing here for more information. Enter via www.evententries.com. Go Eventing at MDHT!

Apple Knoll Farm H.T.’s Triumphant Return + Beginner Novice ‘Who Jumped It Best?’

Apple Knoll Farm H.T. MA Horse Jr. Horsemanship recipient Paige Leighton on FH Red Fern. Photo by Joseph Kelley.

After a 10-year hiatus, Apple Knoll Farm H.T. returned to running a USEA recognized event last weekend — welcome back, Apple Knoll! The Millis, Massachusetts, event was a success by all accounts — a great day of sport blessed by perfect weather, with 84 pairs ranging from Beginner Novice to Training.

View complete results here. Congratulations to the winners!

Training A: Amanda Gardiner and Finn McCool (33.4)
Training B: Rachel Laliberte and Mr Rockin West (31.6)
Novice A: Jennifer Eddy and Poker Run (26.9)
Novice B: Savnnah Audet and Sweet Secret (31.9)
Novice C: Polly White and Ready or Not (33.8)
Beginner Novice A: Corrinne Lauze and Anam Cara (30.0)
Beginner Novice B: Carol Geremia and Mattie (32.3)

Adrienne Iorio, owner and head trainer of Apple Knoll Farm, was quick to give credit to the horse trials team:

“Our show secretary, Maggie Hamilton, is a newcomer to running the office for a USEA Recognized event and did not disappoint with her efficiency and attention to detail. James Gornall was our TD and Alicia Mckersie the Safety Coordinator for the event and were fabulous resources for the endeavor and helped keep us safe and legal for the day. Dressage ran on time and was on sand footing. We had Ann Marie Gregoire and Carol Mayo as our judges for the day.

“The show jumping was judged by president of the ground jury, Pam Wiedemann, and was run in our main outdoor arena on sand footing. It rode well and proved to be a challenging enough course to alter the standings going into cross country.  The North Bridge Challenge Series Jumper Shows run at Apple Knoll Farm all summer. It is a fun challenge to design within the separate set of perimeters set by the USEA for eventing.

“The cross country course builder and designer, Noll Smith, did a beautiful job building a fair but challenging course over varied terrain. Our fabulous volunteers did not disappoint with their fun and creative decorating on the cross country.”

A few photos of the course, courtesy of Adrienne and official event photographer Joan Davis of Flatlands Foto:

Iorio continues, “I need to send a giant thank you to all our volunteers. Jessica Iorio did a great job as our volunteer coordinator and there are too many of these amazing people to list by name. Area 1 really pulled together to help get us back on the USEA calendar and to make it a wonderful and well run day.

“One more well deserved thank you to our sponsors. Purina, Equinature, MA Horse, Incentive Advertising, Stubben, Heart of Dixie Blanket Wash, D.W. Equis, and North Bridge Equine who provided prizes which enabled us to give great prizes to 6th place and ribbons to 8th.”

Photo by Adrienne Iorio and Noll Smith.

Well done, all! Apple Knoll Farm is hoping to run a spring and fall date in 2020, with a tentative date of Sept. 19-20 in the fall. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for updates.

Let’s celebrate with a special edition of “Who Jumped It Best?” Here are six photos from the Beginner Novice divisions by Joan Davis of Flatlands Foto … decide which horse and rider present the best overall picture and cast your vote in the poll below!

Susan Perry and Bantry Bay’s Erin. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Brianna Touzjian and Merlin’s Magic. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Margo Rich and The Brave Little Toaster. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Megan Iverson and To Be Determined. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Carol Geremia and Mattie. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Arabella Dane and Tuck Everlasting. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Go Eventing.


Watch the Twin Rivers Fall International Event Live Stream, Courtesy of Ride On Video

Twin Rivers Ranch Live Stream

Twin Rivers Ranch Fall International Event is underway in Paso Robles, CA, and thanks to our friends at Ride On Video we can all follow the FEI level action as it unfolds! Watch via the embeds above or click here.

Live Stream Schedule:
All times PDT.

CCI2*S 8:20-10:05
CCI3*S 10:30-12:20
CCI4*S 1:15-2:20
Advanced 2:30-3:10
Show Jumping
CCI2*S 2:35-3:00
CCI3*S 3:30-3:50
CCI4*S 5:00-5:30

Cross Country
CCI2*S 10:25-11:05
CCI4*S/Advanced 11:20-1:05
CCI3*S 1:25-1:55

Go Eventing!

Twin Rivers CCI & H.T. [Website] [Schedule] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Thursday Video from Ecovet: Happy Retirement, Shannondale Titan!

Bill Levett and Shannondale Titan at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The partnership of Australian eventer Bill Levitt and Shannondale Titan is a pretty epic one, tracing all the way back to 2011. Since then they’ve ticked all the big “B” boxes together: Badminton, Belton, Bramham, Blenheim, Burnham Market, Blair Castle, Burnham Market, Barbury Castle … and a few nbd non-“B” events too, like the 2016 WEG in Normandy. (Seriously though … WHY SO MANY “B”s?!

I digress. In the past couple years, this old married couple has become a staple of the Event Rider Masters series — and by staple, I mean they’ve completed a whopping 11 ERM CCI4*-S events, finishing in the top 10 in half of them. Millstreet would prove the swan son for “Alfie,” unfortunately, as Bill announced the 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse’s retirement earlier this month.

It is with a heavy heart that we sadly have to announce the retirement of Alfie (Shannondale Titan) owned by the…

Posted by Bill Levett eventing on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A retirement well earned, sir. Cheers to you, Alfie! And thanks to ERM for sharing this tribute.

Go Eventing.

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Volunteer Nation: 4 Events That Need Your Help This Weekend

From the the Marlborough Horse Trials Facebook page: “Getting our volunteers started young! Big thanks to these pony clubbers (and more) for helping with jump painting today! We ❤️our volunteers!”

The bases are loaded for another big weekend of U.S. eventing, with horse trials taking place from coast to coast. And they need YOUR help!

We’re exited to team up with eventingvolunteers.com each week to spotlight volunteer opportunities still available (at time of publication) for the upcoming weekend. For more details, click on the event name to be taken to that event’s eventingvolunteers.com portal.

Here are four USEA events that need your help this weekend! Visit eventingvolunteers.com for more opportunities to lend a hand including schooling events.

Event: Twin Rivers Fall Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Thursday, Sept. 19-Sunday, Sept. 22
Address: 8715 N River Rd, Paso Robles, CA, 93446
Positions available: FEH Conformation In Gate Steward, YEH Score Runner, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Scribe, Dressage Steward, XC Jump Judge, XC Jump Videographer, SJ In Gate

Event: Marlborough Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Friday, Sept. 20-Sunday, Sept. 22
Address: Rosaryville State Park, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772
Positions available: Event Prep – XC, XC Crew, XC Jump Judge, XC Starter, XC Warm Up, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Steward, Hospitality Helper, Secretary – Awards, SJ Announcer, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Warm Up

Event: Equestrians Institute Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Thursday, Sept. 19-Sunday, Sept. 22
Address: 1202 Douglas Munro Blvd, Cle Elum, WA, 98922
Positions available: Event Prep – Dressage, Event Prep – General, Hospitality Helper, Parking Steward, Dressage Bit Check, Dressage Score Runner, Dressage Warm Up, Event Prep – XC, Event Takedown – Dressage, Hospitality Helper, Floater, Office Help, XC Crossing Guard, XC Finish Timer, XC Jump Judge, XC Score Runner, XC Starter, XC Warm Up, Event Prep – SJ

Event: Plantation Field International Horse Trials
Date(s) volunteers needed: Thursday, Sept. 19-Monday, Sept. 23
Address:387 Green Valley Road, Unionville, PA, 19375
Positions available:Event Prep – General, Stable Manager, Event Prep – SJ, Event Takedown – Dressage, XC Jump Judge, XC Crossing Guard, XC Starter, Office Help, SJ Jump Crew, SJ Steward, SJ Timer, Event Takedown – XC

About eventingvolunteers.com: 

It’s often said that volunteers are the backbone of our sport — because it’s true! Thanks to the USEA’s creation of eventingvolunteers.com, it’s easier than ever before to connect volunteers with organizers. A smartphone app, available for both iOS and Android devices, is available as well.

Prospective volunteers can use eventingvolunteers.com to sign up for open shifts and duties, check in with organizers and track their hours for the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP). After a simple sign-up process, volunteers can select a specific event and easily see which assignments and shifts are the most needed and which are already filled.

Organizers can use the website to track the status of filled or open volunteer positions with at-a-glance visualization of which assignments still need to be filled. They will be able to tell very quickly if they are short a dressage scribe for the day, or perhaps three more fence judges are needed. They can also more easily get in touch with a specific group of volunteers, rather than sorting through individual emails.

Go Eventing.