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Thursday Video: The Jon and Rick Show Featuring Guests Peter Gray & Ariel Grald

For their first episode of 2022, The Jon and Rick Show sat down in the Horse Trailer Pros studio with a couple special guests: Peter Gray and Ariel Grald.

Peter has a big new commitment on his 2022 calendar — he was recently called up for the ground jury for the 2022 World Championships for Eventing in Pratoni, Italy in September. Ariel had a bang-up 2021, finishing third at Luhmühlen with Leamore Master Plan, so it’s exciting to catch up with her as well.

Be sure to subscribe to The Jon and Rick show on YouTube to be the first to know about future episodes.


Volunteer Nation: Carolina Horse Park Cleanup Day!

The Carolina Horse Park needs help getting winter-ready … can you help? This Saturday, Jan. 8 is Cleanup Day at the Park — shifts are available from 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 3, and full-day. You can sign up here.

The Park appreciates its volunteers and shows its love with plenty of perks. On the day of, hospitality will include drinks throughout the day, a light breakfast and lunch. You can also earn “Park Points” for discounts on any CHP organized event or program — a 30-point voucher (full day volunteering) = $30 discount, and a 15 points voucher (1/2 day volunteering) = $15 discount. You can also redeem points via the Volunteer Merchandise Catalog.

Another way volunteers are honored is through CHP’s Volunteer Excellence Awards. Based on hours worked, the top 10 volunteers, top Jr. volunteer, top newcomer volunteer and top dressage/XC/SJ volunteers will be honored at the November War Horse Competitor Luncheon. These Volunteer Award winners will be formally recognized and receive their awards at the Southern Pines Equine Associates Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Party (date TBD), reflecting the degree of dedication and volunteerism of CHP’s entire volunteer corps.

Let’s hear it for CHP’s 2021 Volunteer Award Winners!

2021 Top 10 Volunteers
1 Joan Hilsman     182.04 Awards, Event Prep
2 Tiffany Teeter   128.57 XC Jump Judge, SJ In Gate
3 Denise Jones     110.55 SJ Warm Up
4 Janeen Roehr    103.59 XC Jump Judge
5 Laurie Rose       103.43 XC Jump Judge
6 Nancy Rose       95.20 XC Jump Judge
7 Bill Watson        91.25 XC Starter
8 Betsy Rainoff     82.09 XC Jump Judge
9 Sarah Russell     81.37 XC Jump Judge
10 Lei Ryan           81.18 Event Prep

2021 Top Junior Volunteers
1 Angelo Lobsinger     107.30 Dressage Steward
2 Danielle Douglas       57.40  Dressage Score Runner
3 Reagan Roy                43.13  XC Jump Judge
4 Kennedy Darling         19.45 XC Jump Judge, Event Prep
5 Nielly Quinones          18.38 XC Jump Judge
6 Maddy Stancil             18.05 XC Jump Judge
7 Isabell Douglas           14.30 Hospitality
8 Parker Foley                14.00 XC Jump Judge

2021 USEA Bronze Medal Recipient
Joan Harper (over 500 volunteer hours at USEA recognized events)

2021 Volunteer Hall of Fame (New this year) 2021 Inductees
-Joan Harper
-Vicki Reynolds
-Ellen Chaney
-Betsy Rainoff
-Bill Watson

2021 Newcomer Award: Emily Logan
2021 Top Dressage Volunteer: Danielle Douglas
2021 Top Show Jumping Volunteer: Denise Jones
2021 Top Cross Country: Janeen Roehr

For more information on volunteering at CHP, visit the Volunteer portal on the website here. You can also contact CHP’s Volunteer Coordinator Maggie Cline at [email protected] or 724-816-6131.

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

EN Sponsor Zoetis Honors & Renews Commitment to Sustainability

EN mascot Chinch and Zoe the Zoetis Pony share a moment (leading to romance?) at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

EN takes a lot of pride in our sponsorship partners. We only partner with products we believe in, and companies whose missions and ethics align with our own.

That’s why we are honored to enjoy a synergistic relationship with Zoetis, the world’s leading animal health company, who are on the side of horses and their caregivers every day. Zoetis’ products, among them …

  • Core EQ Innovator®
  • Dormosedan®
  • Excede®
  • Fluvac Innovator®
  • Ketofen® Sterile Solution
  • Quest®/Quest® Plus Gel
  • Solitude® IGR
  • Strongid® C 2X
  • Strongid® Paste
  • Torbugesic
  • West Nile-Innovator®
  • Stablelab®
  • Pro-Stride® APS

… are in our own barns and veterinary clinics. And they will be for years to come, as Zoetis continues advancing the frontline of equine wellbeing.

Zoetis’ best practices don’t stop there, though. We were excited to receive the following recent update from the company regarding its sustainability mission and game plan:

“Recently, Zoetis refreshed its ‘Driven to Care’ sustainability aspirations for mitigating the company’s climate impact and environmental effects on the planet. Focusing first on its own operations, Zoetis is striving to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. This includes accelerating the company’s commitment to Renewable Energy 100 (RE100) to use 100% renewable energy in its operations. The company’s updated commitments are underscored by investments in technology and a strong governance structure.

“‘Our vision is to be the most sustainable animal health company in the world, and we are proud to be the first stand-alone animal health company to commit to carbon neutrality by 2030,’ said Jeannette Ferran Astorga, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Communications and Sustainability at Zoetis. ‘Launching our expanded climate strategy reflects an evolution of our journey. As we live our purpose to nurture the world and humankind by advancing care for animals, we are focused on stewarding resources responsibly and minimizing our own operations’ impact on the environment to help protect our planet.’

“Advancing the company’s accelerated goal to use 100% renewable energy in its operations by 2030, Zoetis has initiated a formal approach to procuring renewable energy through power purchase agreements, including a new 15-year virtual power purchase agreement with Vesper Energy, which will generate more than 40 megawatts of renewable energy to power approximately 33% of Zoetis’ North American operations’ projected energy needs. These efforts are focused in North America because it represents approximately 75% of the company’s global electricity consumption.

“As another step in its sustainability journey, the company’s diagnostics site in San Diego is operating on 100% renewable electricity, which means 9 of the company’s 28 manufacturing sites, along with the company’s three PHARMAQ sites in Norway, are operating on 100% renewable energy now. Additionally, Zoetis’ offices in Zaventem, Belgium, and Dublin, Ireland – the company’s largest offices outside of the United States – are now being powered by 100% renewable electricity.

“Key energy efficiency projects have included ongoing optimization of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment as well as a continuous program to improve lighting efficiency with LED bulbs. Zoetis also continues to invest in updated technology to be more energy efficient at its manufacturing sites; one recent example is retrofitting a spray dryer at the company’s Chicago Heights, Illinois, manufacturing site, resulting in a 10% reduction in energy consumption. The company also has progressed energy efficiency at its research and development locations. A program at its global research and development headquarters in Kalamazoo, Michigan, delivered 8,000 gigajoules of savings in 2021, and an ongoing project to deploy photovoltaic solar panels at its Thane site in India will deliver up to 5% of site electricity requirements.

“To further manage and achieve its carbon neutrality targets, Zoetis is focused on procurement activities to electrify more of its fleet of vehicles, improve on its energy efficiency annually, offset the final share of Scope 1 and 2 emissions, and create greater transparency into Scope 3 emissions.

“In recognition of its progress on sustainability, Zoetis was named one of Newsweek’s Most Responsible Companies for 2022 and was included in Investor’s Business Daily’s 100 Best ESG Companies. In 2021, the company announced its Driven to Care long-term sustainability strategy and goals followed by its first Sustainability Report. Zoetis will continue to share updates on its sustainability activities, including progress against its Driven to Care goals, and report annually.”

We at EN thank Zoetis for its commitment not only to the health of our horses, but to a long-term sustainability that supports our planet at large.

Register for the USEF Eventing 2023 Calendar Webinar

The US Equestrian eventing calendar, and the process by which it is determined, is constantly shape-shifting. The 2022 calendar has been been inked (view the 2022 U.S. FEI Eventing Calendar Policies and Procedures here), not without controversy, and the 2023 calendering process is underway.

We appreciate all efforts toward transparency on behalf of the USEF, and invitations to understand and collaborate. A webinar to be held Jan. 19, 2022 at 4 p.m. EST will focus on the 2023 Eventing Calendar process and current competition schedule for the upcoming year. Committee Chairs Jonathan Elliott, Lynn Symansky and Jonathan Holling (brave souls, all of them!) will discuss the calendering process used for 2023 and the feedback received to date.

You can register here.

Tuesday Video: Cross Country Fun With Fast Forward Eventing


The next best thing to being out there living the British cross country dream yourself is living it vicariously through a helmet cam. Josey Gleeson of Fast Forward Eventing is one of my favorite helmet cam-happy YouTube channels to keep an eye on, as her videos range from foxhunting and team chase content to vlogs about her eventing adventures.

A couple of her most recent videos really triggered my Anglophile tendencies. First, this team chase video which, unlike some much faster and more harrowing team chase videos I’ve seen, just feels like a good fun time over reasonable-sized fences with friends. Although, for the record, they did win so they were certainly going at a good clip!

Another one, posted just this week, features Josey and her now-19-year-old eventing partner Brett, a 14.2-hand Connie x Thoroughbred cross. It co-stars Apollo, her 8-month-old Border Collie. It’s a cold, rainy day that gets soggier the longer the ride goes on but nobody seems to mind, especially Josey’s pup whom she “wraps up like a little burrito” in a towel at the end.

And one more, a mish-mash of clips (including a beach gallop!) from 2021:

Subscribe to Fast Forward Eventing on YouTube here. Go Eventing.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Five Winning Machines

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

Are you playing to win? If so, you’re going to want to couple up with an equine partner who has the same attitude — and ability. The five horses we’re featuring this week all have wins on their records, from Novice on up to the three-star level. Could they be your next blue ribbon winner?

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2012 CCI3*L Gelding

2012 gelding for sale competed successfully at CCI3L. Very flashy mover with lots of wins on his record including the CCI2L at Twin Rivers in 2021 and 2nd in the CCI3L at Rebecca Farm. Amazing jumper and fast cross country but requires a confident ride. For sale to the perfect home only – price negotiable to that perfect home.

Located in San Ramon, CA.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

What Gives- CCI* Winner

What Gives, “Wes”, is a 2014 16.2 OTTB gelding that has evented very successfully through the CCI* level and is ready to move up to Prelim/CCI**. Wes is honest and brave to the jumps with a level-headed demeanor. He would make an excellent mount for a young rider looking to go to young rider championships, an amateur, or a professional.

Wes finished the 2021 season on the USEA national leaderboard, with an 8th place finish in the intercollegiate training, and double reserve championships in the modified in both the young adult and intercollegiate categories with not one but two fastest-in-field cross country rounds at CCI*. Notable finishes for 2021 include:

Sporting Days (Training Horse) 2nd
Southern Pines (Open Modified) 5th
Carolina International (Open Modified) 4th
The Fork (CCI*S) 1st
Loudoun Hunt (Prelim/Training) 5th
VA Horse Trials (CCI*L) 11th
Old Tavern (Open Training) 4th
Morven Park (Open Training) 6th
VA Horse Trials (CCI*L) 4th

In addition to eventing, Wes has fox hunting experience and has helped his young adult rider earn both his USPC C3-EV and B-EV. Wes is easy at the horse shows and goes in all three phases in a Micklem bridle with a double jointed snaffle. He hacks out quietly alone or in company, and has a wonderful personality, making him a barn favorite.

Upper 5 Figures. Additional photos and videos available upon request or at Austin Skeens Eventing on Facebook or Instagram. Serious inquiries please.

Located in Bluemont, VA.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Aura CF- winning training level horse competitive 1/2* for right rider

Aura CF is a 2010, 16 hand premium Oldenburg mare. Aura is phenomenally talented on the flat and a lovely jumper. She has many miles at training level including a win at the AECs. With the right rider she will be a winning 1/2* horse. She has not had any health or soundness issues and requires no special care. Not spooky, easy on the ground, beautiful to look at. Motivated seller as rider as stepped onto her big sisters horse.

Located in Citra, FL.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Winning novice packer

UPDATE: Mio competed in Novice at the November Full Gallop Horse Trial and won on a 29!!!

Mio has evented through novice recognized and schooled through prelim unrecognized. He’s steady in the bridle, rhythmical, and comfortable on the flat, and will jump anything you point him at, he loves xc and will always make time.

Mio is not a beginner horse he needs a intermediate to advanced rider, as he can be a spirited athlete, lunging before riding is helpful, and once you know him he’s very predictable.

He has been vetted before and you are welcome to vet him again.

Located in Salisbury, North Carolina can also be tried in Aiken, South Carolina

There is a video of Mio on youtube titled “Fernand Mio”. Please contact me for more information.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.


1Ballybolger Anchorman
Lovely JOEY 16.3HH DARK BROWN 8 year old homebred
gelding by Puissance hoping to find his forever home
He is a 90/100 winning machine having super form at this
level, he has completed 2 novices and is now ready to be a
Superstar grassroots winner.
His 100 results include:
1st lisgarvan 27.3
5th Frankfort 30
6th kilguilkey 27.3
3rd Blackstairs 31.5
1st Tattersalls 14.9
He has the sweetest temperament, easy to do in all ways lives in or out, hacks in company or on his own and doesn’t have to be ridden everyday. Super on the flat, moves really well and easy to ride , very unflappable jumping with plenty of scope. He is snaffle mouth and would suit a tall child coming off ponies or competitive amateur who wants to win.

He is 100 % to clip , shoe, load and travels well, incredibly chilled to deal with . Joey has had very easy to manage very mild sweet itch under his mane which we just shampoo regularly and keep a DustBuster / sweet itch hoody on during spring and summer. Never an issue or problem just a little TLC needed.

Plenty of videos on request. Special home wanted for this lovely boy. Based co Carlow. Ireland. 00353872211041

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


Trainer Applications Now Open for 2022 Thoroughbred Makeover

Thinking about throwing your hat in the ring of this year’s Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover? Do it! The trainer application process opened yesterday, Jan. 3, 2022, and will remain open for submission through close of business day on Jan. 21. Trainer approvals will be announced no later than Feb. 15.

For roundabout the cost of a regular horse trial, you could not only jump-start the career of an off-track horse but also be part of the biggest OTTB lovefest of the year. The eighth running of the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium takes place October 12-15 at the Kentucky Horse Park and will feature competition in 10 disciplines ranging from eventing to barrel racing and polo.

Horses and their trainers will compete for $100,000 in prize money and the title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred. The event includes seminars, demonstrations, a sponsor fair, and a livestreamed finale featuring the top five horses in each discipline. Many of the horses are offered for sale, so it’s one-stop Thoroughbred shopping at its finest.

The Thoroughbred Makeover is open to professionals, amateurs, juniors (ages 12 and over), and teams. Applicants are required to provide information about their riding and competition background as well as references, including one from a veterinarian, and video that showcases their riding ability. Competitors do not need to have acquired their horse at the time of application, though they must register their horse no later than July 29, 2022.

Accepted trainers may acquire eligible Thoroughbreds through whatever source they choose, or can ride under contract from an owner. Eligible horses must have raced or had a published work on or after July 1, 2020 and must not have started retraining for a second career prior to December 1, 2021 other than a maximum of 15 allowable rides, intended to allow for trial rides.

Detailed information is available at the RRP website’s 2022 Thoroughbred Makeover page. The 2022 Thoroughbred Makeover Rulebook outlines all rules and information relevant to the competition, with changes for 2022 marked in red and clarifying information marked in blue. Interested applicants can start the process now by clicking on the Trainer Portal at tbmakeover.org.

Thursday Video: FEI’s Best Moments of 2021 – European Championships

The FEI continues its “Best of 2021” video series with a recap of the FEI European Eventing Championships in Avenches, an event that had it all: cross country action, dressage poetry and show jumping thrills. See once again Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin jumping to Individual Gold and Team Great Britain winning the gold medals as well.

Best of 2021 Video Countdown: #2 – Snoop Dogg & Kevin Hart Commentate on Olympic Dressage

Each day between now and the New Year we’re counting down the top 20 most popular videos shared on EN in 2021. The #2 spot goes to this video, which garnered 12,292 views when it was originally posted on Aug. 3, 2021.


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Once every four years, the un-horsey masses are reminded that there exists a sport called dressage — or, as Stephen Colbert put it during his relentless roast of it during last Olympic cycle, “competitive horse prancing.”

One man’s Very Serious Sport is another man’s comedy gold, I guess. This go-round, Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart got hold of some dressage footage and went to town with it. This clip has probably already been forwarded to you by 10 of your closest un-horsey friends who are trying their best to relate to your obscure pastime, but if it hasn’t (maybe or maybe not because you don’t actually have any un-horsey friends) here it is. Enjoy!

Volunteer Nation: A Heartfelt Cheers to the Volunteers of 2021

We’re very nearly to the finish line of 2021, and we owe each and everyone who contributed a volunteer hour over the past 12 months a huge thank-you. Collectively, a whopping grand total of 64,528 hours were logged on Eventing Volunteers. 64,528! That’s equal to 2,688 days, which is equal to over seven years.

Cheers to you all! We’d like to take this edition of Volunteer Nation to recognize the top five volunteers from each USEA area, with links to the complete scoreboard for each. Additional scoreboards can be viewed here.

Did you know that over 1,000 lifetime volunteer hours earns you a silver medal from the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program? Two people earned this prestigious honor this year.

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

Until next year …

Area I Recognized Events: 857 Hours – 69 Volunteers – 7 Events

Area II Recognized Events23,236 Hours – 1,299 Volunteers – 52 Events

Area III Recognized Events10,298 Hours – 509 Volunteers – 50 Events

Area IV Recognized Events1,319 Hours – 124 Volunteers – 6 Events

Area V Recognized Events: 888 Hours – 128 Volunteers – 8 Events

Area VI Recognized Events: 4,508 Hours – 303 Volunteers – 21 Events

Area VII Recognized Events: 4,224 Hours – 247 Volunteers – 8 Events

Area VIII Recognized Events18,221 Hours – 1,042 Volunteers – 14 Events

Area X Recognized Events: 977 Hours – 71 Volunteers – 2 Events