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Watch & Interact with the Tom Bass Equestrian Diversity Seminar LIVE Via Zoom From Tryon

Running alongside Tryon International 3-Day Event this weekend is the 2nd annual Tom Bass Seminar, featuring a four-hour series of panels exploring issues of race in equestrian sport. The year’s seminar, hosted by Tryon International Equestrian Center, will be presented virtually due to Covid-19 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. — click here to view the schedule of panels. ET.

3:35 p.m. Panel One: Domestic

4:35 p.m.: Panel Two: Youth

5:20 p.m. Panel Three: Media

6:05 p.m. Panel Four: International

The four sessions will conclude with a Q&A session at 6:45 p.m. EST and a closure at 7:15 p.m. EST. Will you be following? Please register here. After registering you will receive a link via email to join the meeting. Be sure to use the chat and Q&A functions to interact with the panelists.

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Coverage of Tryon International this weekend is brought to you by Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE). Diversity and inclusion in all equestrian sports are important, and we’ll be bringing you tidbits on what this new organization hopes to accomplish.

Instagram Roundup: Cloudy With a Chance of Fog-Bows at Tryon International


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Tryon International 3-Day Event slogged through a soggy first horse inspection to emerge cloudy, then partly cloudy, then sunny, for the big event — and weekend forecasts are only looking brighter. Tryon International Equestrian Center is super at rolling with the punches and graciously accommodating anything that Mother Nature has to offer.

Folks have been ‘Gramming some gorgeous misty morning photos from the venue — it must be like riding inside a cloud!



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Best of luck to all today! We’ll be bringing you live cross country updates so keep it locked here!

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Coverage of Tryon International this weekend is brought to you by Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE). Diversity and inclusion in all equestrian sports are important, and we’ll be bringing you tidbits on what this new organization hopes to accomplish.

Schedule & Panelists Announced for Tom Bass Seminar at Tryon International

We love this mask that CCI4*-L competitor Fylicia Barr wore to the first horse inspection at Tryon International. Fylica is among a generation of rising-star eventers who embrace equality and humanity. Best of luck to her and Galloway Sunrise! Photo via Fylicia Barr’s Facebook page.

Running alongside Tryon International 3-Day Event this weekend is the 2nd annual Tom Bass Seminar, featuring a four-hour series of panels exploring issues of race in equestrian sport. The year’s seminar, hosted by Tryon International Equestrian Center, will be presented virtually due to Covid-19 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET and will be live streamed here on EN as well as via TIECHorsesDailyThe African Connections Research and Education Fund, Inc.SportsQuest International, LLC and on YouTube. Registration for the seminar is now open here.

Panelists, most of whom will participate remotely, will discuss issues relating to diversity in domestic and international arenas. Four panels will be presented: Domestic, Youth, Media and International.

The program will begin with a welcome from Seminar organizer and moderator Melvin Cox of SportsQuest International at 3:30 p.m. EST before launching into the first session.

3:35 p.m. — Panel One: Domestic

Discussion leader: Melvin Cox (SportsQuest International)
Panelists: Amy Beisel (International Museum of the Horse)
Donna Marie Cheek (1st African American Member of US Equestrian Team)
Michael Stone (Pres., Equestrian Sports ProductionsFEI Sec. Gen. 2006-2007)
Ashley Swift (United States Equestrian Federation)
Mia Rodier-Dawallo (Para-Dressage Competitor USA)
Hillary Tucker (Alltech)

Presentations: “USEF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan” and “The Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry”

4:35 p.m.: Panel Two: Youth

Discussion leader: Melvin Cox (SportsQuest International)
Panelists: Emily & Sarah Harris (Sisters Horsing Around)
Abriana Johnson & Caitlin Gooch (Young Black Equestrians)
Mimi & Sophie Gochman (Baxter Hill, LLC)

5:20 p.m. Panel Three: Media

Discussion leader: Leslie Wylie (Nation Media – Eventing Nation, Horse Nation, Jumper Nation)
Panlists: Martha Drum (Writer)
Elizabeth Kaye McCall (Author, Journalist & Media Consultant)
Tori Repole (The Chronicle of the Horse)
Julian Seaman (Former Press Officer, Badminton Horse Trials)
Sally Spickard (Eventing Nation & Strides for Equality Equestrians)

6:05 p.m. Panel Four: International

Discussion Leader: Julian Seaman (Former Press Officer, Badminton Horse Trials)
Panelists: Marvin Brangman (International Endurance Rider – Bermuda)
Jean-Philippe Camboulives (FEI)
Julian Hyde (Equestrian Federation of Jamaica)
Brigitte ‘Gigi’ Mathias (Namibian Equestrian Federation)
Sandra Murphy (EquiDiet (UK) Ltd)
Michael Stone (Pres., Equestrian Sports Productions / former FEI Sec.Gen.)

The four sessions will conclude with a Q&A session at 6:45 p.m. EST and a closure at 7:15 p.m. EST. Will you be following? Please register here.

Coverage of Tryon International this weekend is brought to you by Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE). Diversity and inclusion in all equestrian sports are important, and we’ll be bringing you tidbits on what this new organization hopes to accomplish.

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Instagram Roundup: A Soggy Start to Tryon International

Coverage of Tryon International this weekend is brought to you by Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE). Diversity and inclusion in all equestrian sports are important, and we’ll be bringing you tidbits on what this new organization hopes to accomplish.

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Tryon International Equestrian Center has a history of striking out when it comes to weather for its eventing jogs. Remember those gale force winds at the 2018 WEG Tryon Test Event? And then, for WEG proper, the aftermath of an actual hurricane blew through in time for the final horse inspection — I’ll never forget Leslie Threlkeld valliantly captaining her trusty truck-turned-sea-vessel through flooded backroads to get us to the venue for that. Cut TIEC a break already, weather gods!

This week’s Tryon International 3-Day Event got off to a soggy start but things are looking up from here, with unseasonably warm temps in the mid-60s through upper 70s from Friday through the weekend. First, though, let’s take a look back through dressage day’s rainy prelude:


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Updates from Tryon… it’s rained… a LOT.

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Duffs favorite day of the week so far! Life with Duff! ❤️

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Not rain, per say, but a little water fall!


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Update: The heavy rain has prompted the organizing team at Tryon to push all cross country scheduled for Friday to Saturday. Under the new scheduling, cross country will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET with the CCI2*L. The Buckeye Nutrition CCI4*L will start cross country at 10:10 a.m.. There is some additional rain on the forecast for tonight, but tomorrow is forecasted to be clearer which should, with any luck, dry out the cross country course a little in time for Saturday. View the updated schedule here.

MARS Tryon International: WebsiteEntry StatusScheduleOrder of GoRide TimesLive ScoresLive StreamCoverage

Coverage of Tryon International this weekend is brought to you by Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE). Diversity and inclusion in all equestrian sports are important, and we’ll be bringing you tidbits on what this new organization hopes to accomplish.

Product Review: Piper 3-in-1 Riding Jacket by SmartPak

Style, warmth and practicality. What more could you want in chilly-weather gear? SmartPak has an incredible variety of new layering apparel that is perfect as temperatures drop. We’ve already reviewed the Piper Down Vest and Piper Sherpa 1/4 Zip Pullover (catch up on our test-drives here and here, respectively). To round things out, we checked out the new Piper 3-in-1 Riding Jacket. You can view the complete line of Piper outerwear, which also includes a down coat, a barn coat, a full-length trainer’s coat, a packable raincoat and more here.

Piper 3-in-1 Riding Jacket by SmartPak. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

SmartPak’s Piper brand has been reinventing the equestrian apparel game. At the barn where I board, on any given day about three out of every four breech-wearing butts are repping the SP logo. The folks at SP are riders themselves, so they know exactly what riders want and need and have created a clothing line that delivers it at a budget-friendly price point (as their tagline goes: “SmartPak gets us because they are us.”) And, this time of the year, they know what we want/need most: outerwear.

The Piper 3-in-1 Riding Jacket includes a wind- and water-resistant softshell jack and a zip-in fleece interior jacket, so there are three ways to wear it: both layers together for a warm, dry combo, or each layer separately. This versatile 3-in-1 design is perfect for us equestrians — you can start with both then peel the softshell off mid-lesson, or vice versa when the sun starts going down and the temperature drops.

Detachable fleece interior jacket — super snuggly and a contour fit. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

It’s a jacket that ticks all the boxes. For my working mother-of-a-toddler adult amateur self, this one garment really streamlines the process of getting out the door and to the barn. No need to check your weather app and do a bunch of meteorological calculations in your head (“Well, it’s raining now but looks like just a 25% chance of drizzle during the hour of my lesson, and while it’s presently 50 degrees it might drop into the upper 30s by the time I leave the barn….”) Just grab the 3-in-1 and GET THYSELF TO THE BARN, GIRL!

And feel free to stop by the grocery store or a dinner date on the way home, too, as the jacket pairs perfectly well with non-horse world attire. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

SmartPak understands the importance of detail and this coat is just another example of that ethos at play. A few of the “little things” that are actually really big things about this jacket that I really appreciate:

  • Pocket power: Both layers have zip pockets. Because A) the last thing you need cantering around a jump course is a phone falling out of your pocket, and 2) my ponie needs them treats!

Interior AND exterior pockets!, wha?!?! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

  • Fit: Piper has performed yet another miracle in creating a garment that is not only workmanlike, but also flattering. The soft jacket hugs your curves and follows your movement in a way that is completely nonrestrictive (go ahead, throw your hands up that horse’s neck! your trainer might yell at you, but this jacket won’t judge) yet nips in just right so you don’t feel like Spongebob Squarepants riding around out there.
  • Size: The jacket is available in XS through XXL sizes and there’s a size chart on the site for reference. I’m a 5’2″ Shetland pony of a human and the size small jacket length hits me just below the butt, so it would hit closer to the hip for taller ladies. Which is the perfect length for a riding jacket, IMO; for me, I zip up from the bottom to create a “V” while I’m in the saddle.  I’m athletic build and have breast-feeding boobs (TMI?) and the Small had plenty enough breathing room that I felt like I could still layer it over a sweater if needed. If you’re a real petite lady, like Jumper Nation editor Lynn, consider sizing down to XS — Lynn, who is 5’2″ and 110, and tried a Small in the Sherpa Fleece had the same observation. One bonus of the jacket is that it has adjustable velcro wristbands, so even if it’s a little long in the sleeves you can cinch it up.

Photo against our newly painted house — seriously, it’s the same! Also love the neckline of this jacket, which is snuggly and keeps out the elements but never feels like it is choking you. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

  • Zippers: Life is too short for broken and stuck zippers (why cannot tall boots get this right?!). SP’s zippers are heavy duty and easy to tug up and down even with gloves. In addition there are multiple points of connection between the softshell layer and the fleece layer so it feels like one united jacket instead of a jacket-within-a-jacket.
  • Color: I am big-timing hearting this Glacier color that SmartPak has introduced! (Literally, we just re-painted our house almost this color exactly.) It’s bright but also sort of wintry cool. If you’re into the matchy-matchy, you can pair the jacket with breeches (more styles available), SP saddle pad (also available in dressage and with piping), face maskturnout sheet and polo wraps. Just do a search for “Glacier” on the site and go wild.

Glacier Blue! Photos courtesy of SmartPak.

All things considered, I give this jacket five out of five stars. The jacket retails for a very reasonable $129.95 here. As an FYI SP’s 12 Days of Deals is happening NOW so go check it out!





Tryon International 3-Day Event Needs Volunteers!

USEA CEO Rob Burk, a frequent eventing volunteer himself, stops to thank jump judges at the 2017 American Eventing Championships at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

This week’s highly anticipated Tryon International 3-Day Event is closed to spectators but there’s still a way to glimpse the action: volunteer! Or, if you’re competing, now’s a great time to do your part to lend a helping hand on whichever day you aren’t doing dressage. (Once more, and louder, for the folks in the back — riders, do your part!)

We hear that they are desperate for some help, particularly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Here are the positions still needing to be filled:

Thursday — dressage scribes, score runners, in-gate and warm-up stewards and hospitality helpers

Friday — all of the above plus cross country finish timers, crossing guards, jump judges (there are 24 spots left to be filled!), videographers, starter scribes, warm-up stewards and vet box assistance.

Saturday — cross country crossing guards, jump judges, videographer, warm-up stewards and hospitality helpers.

Morning, afternoon and all-day shifts are available. You can sign up for the position and time slot of your choice at EventingVolunteers.com,

Remember to log those volunteer hours with the USEA Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP), as there are plenty of perks and awards up for grabs at the end of each season. You can check out the Volunteer leaderboard here and find more volunteering opportunities on EventingVolunteers.com.

Tryon International 3-Day Event, host of the sole East Coast CCI4*-L of the year and 2020 USEF National Four-Star Championship, takes place Nov. 12-16 at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Creek, North Carolina. Keep it locked here as we’ll be bringing you all the latest!

2020 Tom Bass Diversity Seminar to Be Held at Tryon International Three-Day

Donna Marie Cheek, who in 1981 became the first black member of the U.S. Equestrian Team, is among the 2020 Tom Bass Seminar panelists. Image courtesy of Donna Marie Cheek.

The 2nd annual Tom Bass Seminar on Diversity in Equestrian Sports will be held on on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, following cross country at Tryon International Three-Day Event. Eventing Nation is proud to once again partner with this important event, whose inaugural edition last fall at TIEC foreshadowed this year’s ongoing reckoning with issues of race in equestrian sport.

The year’s seminar will be presented virtually due to Covid-19 from 3:30 p.m. ET and will be live streamed on the main arena Jumbotron. Those following from afar can tune in here on EN, TIECHorsesDaily or via presenters The African Connections Research and Education Fund, Inc. and SportsQuest International, LLC.

Panelists, most of whom will participate remotely, will discuss issues relating to diversity in domestic and international arenas. This year’s roster includes returning panelists, including Leslie Wylie of EN, as well as some very exciting new voices — we’ll be introducing you to them in the coming week. The event will be moderated by Melvin Cox, Managing Director of SportsQuest International, LLC and a Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Registration for the seminar is now open here.

The seminar’s namesake is an homage to legendary American Saddlebred trainer Tom Bass (1859 – 1934), who was born a slave in Missouri. After the Civil War he found work as a stable boy and eventually became a world champion competitor, esteemed trainer and founder of the American Royal Horse Show in Kansas City. For many years he was the only African-American permitted to compete at the American Royal. He invented the Tom Bass bit, a benchmark for humane bitting that is still in use today, and performed for five different U.S. presidents. His clients included President Roosevelt, Buffalo Bill Cody, Anheuser-Busch executives Adolphus and August Busch, and Will Rogers.

Tom Bass riding his famous Saddlebred mare Belle Beach. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Topics to be explored by panelists include:

  • Demystifying horse sport – not for rich kids only!
  • Developing broad-based community support for equestrian activities at all levels
  • Leveraging new and traditional media in horse focused education and promotion
  • Making horses ‘legit’ again in lower and middle income communities
  • Identifying and promoting heirs to the popular equine icons of yesteryear
  • Incorporating the rich equestrian heritages of non-white, non-European communities into our shared equestrian narrative

We are grateful to Tryon International Equestrian Center for supporting the Seminar again this year. The Mill Spring, NC, venue is hosting the USEF National Four-Star Championship, as well as Prelim through Intermediate horse trials and FEI CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L and CCI4*-S divisions, Nov. 11-14.

[Plans Announced for 2020 Tom Bass Seminar on Diversity in Equestrian Sports]


Galway Downs CCI4*-L XC Live Updates: Boyd Martin Has the Dancefloor

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A strong CCI4*-L field of 11 horses will head out to cross country beginning at 11:21 a.m. PT / 2:21 p.m. EST. The top three after dressage are Boyd Martin with Luke 140, Phillip Dutton with Fernhill Singapore and Tamie Smith with Passepartout. Everyone expects a very exciting cross country day — be sure to tune into the USEF Network broadcasted and Ride On Video produced livestream here! Be sure to check out Maggie Deatrick’s cross country “By the Numbers” analysis here.

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2:21 EST: Our first pair, Boyd Martin with Long Island T, is heading out on course to viral K-pop sensation “Gangnam Style“.  They pull a flag at the C element of #8 but it looks pretty clean from the video.

2:26 EST: Next out on course is Tamie Smith and No App For That, chasing Boyd who is right on the clock at this point. Tamie had a cracking cross country round earlier this morning with Elliot-V in the CCI3*-L and lead heading into show jumping tomorrow. Now spinning: Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.

2:31 EST: Rebecca Brown and Fernhill Fortitude are on course. Provisional score of no jumping and 1.2 time for Boyd. We’ll see how attainable the time will prove in this division — we saw four clear rounds inside the time in the CCI3*-L.

2:34 EST: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore now on course, clear through #5A and B. They take out a flag at #6 that will warrant review. Justin Bieber “What Do You Mean?” in the house.

2:37 EST: Tamie and No App For That have a right-hand runout at #6B, the “Which Way Brush” that follows a ditch at A, and a flag. They’ll finish with 35 jumping and 19.2 time. Rebecca and Fernhill Fortitude have been accessed 30 penalties which means two flags — we saw one at  #10C, not sure about the other — plus 0.4 time. Phillip and Fernhill Singapore are assessed 15 points for a flag plus 0.4 time which will drop them down the standings a ways. Samantha Jade “What You’ve Done to Me” up.

2:44 EST: Hawley Bennett-Awad and Jollybo running strong. If this was an all-request show I’d call in and request some Beyoncé “Run the World (Girls)” for them. Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve look great out there, a really exciting partnership. Drippin’ in finesse, as co-commentators Bruno Mars and Cardi B put it. Provisional score of no jump penalties and 1.6 time.

2:49 EST: Some question about whether Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver are inside the flag at the corner out of the water at #10 (update: they come home the flag and 8.4 time). Jonas Brothers “Sucker” up next on the Ride On Video Top 40 playlist. Hawley is home with 6.8 time.

2:55 EST: Emilee Libby and Jakobi have a runout at #16B coming out of the Galway Yacht Club at the brush corner, clear on second attempt, and 4.8 time. We’re up in the club with a double-header of Maroon Five now.

2:58 EST: Boyd Martin on course now with dressage leader Luke 140 and you know they’re going to be stepping on the gas.

3:01 EST: Tamie Smith back out on her second ride, Passepartout, looking speedy on their way to the only clear round inside the time we’ll see in this division. Our dressage leader Boyd and Lukewell 140 stop the clock to the tune of 0.4 time penalty which will keep them at the top of the leaderboard.

3:04 EST: Our final pair, Rebecca Brown and Dassett Choice, head out on course, and it’s going to be The Black Eyed Peas’ 2009 party anthem “I Gotta Feeling” to close out our CCI4*-L playlist. Another white flag down on that pesky C element but scoreboard says it’s all good.

3:11 EST: Rebecca through the Wine Bar Water and I spoke too soon, we’re getting an encore of one of the finest pop songs of all time, Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” and I am HERE for it. Bring it home, Rebecca and Katy! And they do, with a clear round and 2.8 time.

Final scores:

4:19 EST: Editor’s note — There’s been quite a bit of scoreboard penalty adjusting since the first edition of provisional scores was published and we’re making updates as they surface. Which is to say, if you refresh the page and things look a bit different from before, it’s not you, it’s the scoring. There were lots of flags down that are likely being reviewed, so keep in mind that we may see more changes still to come and will let you know when results are final. You can view the latest provisional scores here.

9:58 EST: 99% sure the scores are finally final, phew! Goodnight, stay tuned for a full report soon from Kim Miller, and best of luck to all tomorrow!

Thursday Video from FLAIR: #oneminutewithcathy

Possibly the only good thing that has come out of the year 2020 has been Cathy Weischoff’s YouTube channel, between her nightly “Quarantunes” drum sessions (which have been going strong for well over 180 days now) and her #OneMinuteWithCathy series. The latter is a series of brief tutorials addressing a revolving door of topics, ranging from riding and horsemanship to random horse show life hacks — today, for instance, she shared how she secures the awning of her trailer at horse shows.

The woman is a genius and we should put her in charge of everything, is my opinion.

Watch the Galway Downs International Live Stream

The 2020 Galway Downs International is underway in Temecula, California, and thanks to a live stream presented by USEF Network and produced by our friends at Ride On Video we can all follow the action as it unfolds! Watch the live stream via the embed above or click here.

Times shown in Pacific Time. 

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Mike E-S Looks Ahead to Luhmühlen 2021

What is Mike Etherington-Smith doing wandering around a field at Luhmühlen this week? Looking ahead to 2021, of course! (And aren’t we all….)

There is some new acreage at the event’s disposal, which Mike says will expand the scope of what can be done with cross country at the venue. The additional fields are “flat as a pancake” now, but Mike says the terrain will be made more dynamic in the years to come and allow the course to stretch beyond its usual twisty, turny inclinations. “It’s very much looking at the future and then working backwards,” explains the veteran course designer, who took over the helm of Luhmühlen from Captain Mark Phillips in 2017, in this interview with Juliane Barth.

“You want horses to grow as they go around,” Mike says. “There’s a story to a course — it’s not just randoming dumping a load of jump in places. It’s how to tie this in to everything else we’ve got … it’s how to bring this addition into play so that it adds value to the course.”

“There’s a story to it. It has to benefit the horses, it has to benefit the riders. There’s a beginning, middle and an end and that always takes a little bit of time to get the balance right.”


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A Sneak Peek at Tryon International Three-Day Event’s 81-Entry CCI4*-L Field

Sydney Conley Elliott and QC Diamantaire, shown here at Fair Hill 2019 where they finished 4th, are the top-placed finishers from last year’s USEF Four-Star National Championships returning to contest the title this year. Photo by Abby Powell.

When Ocala Jockey Club, woulda-been new host of the 2020 USEF CCI4*-L Eventing National Championships, was canceled due to Covid-19, Tryon International Equestrian Center picked up the reins. To be held Nov. 11-15 in Mill Creek, North Carolina, the Tryon International Three-Day Event will host CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-S and CCI4*-L FEI divisions as well as Prelim and Intermediate horse trials.

Hot off the presses, the entry list has been posted here. There are a whopping 81 entries in the CCI4*-L, nearly double that of the 40-odd entered at Fair Hill last year. Which makes sense: however improvised and unexpected, Tryon International now finds itself in the position of being the headline event of a year marked by plot twists and turns that, even nine months ago, none of us could have expected. It will be the only CCI4*-L competition on the East Coast for the 2020 season and it marks the highest level of eventing competition hosted at the venue since the 2018 WEG. Combinations that would have taken a crack at a fall five-star here or abroad have rerouted to Tryon instead, manifesting a uniquely large and competitive field.

Let’s take a look.


Phillip Dutton has claimed the USEF National Four-Star Championship 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. He finished fifth last year with Fernhill Singapore and seventh with Z, who’ll return this year to have a crack at the title along with Sea of Clouds.

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, has two entries this year: Harbour Pilot — how sweet would a second win be for this longtime partnership? — and Lukeswell. Boyd has three entries in Tsetserleg, On Cue and Blackfoot Mystery. At Chattahoochee Hills last weekend, which wound up being a combined test due to the weather, Tsetserleg finished second to Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous, who won Fair Hill in 2016 and will be looking for a repeat performance next month.

A couple more former Fair Hill champions in this year’s field: Jennie Brannigan, who won in 2014 with Cambalda, has three horses entered in Stella Artois, FE Lifestyle and Twilightslastgleam. Tamie Smith, who won in 2015 with Mai Baum, is coming east with her formidable string of Fleeceworks RoyalDanito and En Vogue. Historically speaking, west coast riders have done well for themselves when they come east for Fair Hill — if you’re going to haul across the country you know it’s serious! In addition to Tamie’s 2015 victory, Frankie Theriot-Stutes and Chatwin won in 2018, Amy Tryon and Coal Creek won in 2008, and Gina Miles and McKinlaigh won in 2006.

We’re missing last year’s top four National Championship finishers, but a few top 10 2019 combinations are back for a rematch: fourth-placed Sydney Conley Elliott with QC Diamantaire; sixth-placed Meghan O’Donoghue with Palm Crescent; seventh-placed Phillip Dutton with Z; eighth-placed Waylon Roberts with Lancaster; ninth-placed Allison Springer with Business Ben; and 10th-placed Doug Payne with Vandiver. 


In addition to past Fair Hill winners noted above, 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 in 2018, finishing third with the late Archie Rocks; this year he has entered Erroll Gobey, Carlevo and Jak My Style.

Pan Am Games team gold medalists Doug Payne comes forward with Quantum Leap, Starr Witness and Vandiver, who was 10th at Fair Hill last year. Another Pan Am Games team gold medalist and Olympian Lauren Nicholson has two horses entered in Landmark’s Monte Carlo and Paramount Importance. Lauren’s 2018 WEG teammate and 2012 Olympian Will Coleman returns with TKS Cooley and Don Dante. Will Faudree, who won team gold at the 2003 Pan Ams, is entered with Mama’s Magic Way and FRH Ramona. Nations Cup rider and Team USA reserve Liz Halliday-Sharp has been on the hottest of winning streaks this fall and will be one to beat with Deniro Z. Another Nations Cup rider, Caroline Martin, will be one to watch with Danger Mouse and Islandwood Captain Jack.

Two-time Olympic and four-time WEG veteran Jessica Phoenix of Canada is entered with Jessica Wabbit. Two-time Olympic Silver medalist and WEG medalist Clayton Fredericks of Australia will be competing FE Stormtrooper and FE Always In Time. British gold medalist Leslie Law is entered with Voltaire De Tre and First Class. Daniela Moguel comes forward with Cecelia with whom she represented Mexico at the 2015 Pan Am Games and 2018 WEG.


It occurred to me a few paragraphs ago that I’d bitten off a bit more than I can chew with this preview, the FEI database is smoking right now, but suffice it to say there are plenty of pairs to keep your eye on! With a new venue comes the potential for new surprises, and we’ll look forward to a few of those from rookies who have plenty of potential to surprise and impress.

Here’s the CCI4*-L entry list (view complete entry list here). Who will you be cheering on this year?

Arielle Aharoni & Dutch Times
Fylicia Barr & Galloway Sunrise
Alexandra Baugh & Mr Candyman
Woods Baughman & C’est La Vie 135
Andrea Baxter & Indy 500
Maya Black & Miks Master C
Tim Bourke & Quality Time
Zach Brandt & Direct Advance
Jennie Brannigan & Stella Artois / FE Lifestyle / Twilightslastgleam
Mia Braundel & Cashmere
Kate Brown & Victor Z
Hannah Sue Burnett & Harbour Pilot / Lukeswell
Daniel Clasing & MW Gangster’s Game
Will Coleman & TKS Cooley / Don Dante
Sydney Conley Elliott & QC Diamantaire
Nilson Da Silva & Rock Phantom / Magnum’s Martini
Buck Davidson & Jak My Style / Carlevo / Erroll Gobey
Cornelia Dorr & Daytona Beach 8
Phillip Dutton & Sea of Clouds / Z
Lucienne Elms & Mistralou
Jules Ennis & Cooley O
Will Faudree & Mama’s Magic Way / FRH Ramona
Jacob Fletcher & 5o1 Mischief Managed
Matt Flynn & Wizzerd
Clayton Fredericks & FE Stormtrooper / FE Always In Time
Victoria Garland & FE Capricino
Ariel Grald & Leamore Master Plan
Alex Green Kerby & Fernhill Limited Edition
Liz Halliday-Sharp & Deniro Z
Emily Hamel & Corvett
Mallory Hogan & Clarissa Purisima
Holly Jacks Smither & More Inspiration / Candy King
Jennie Jarnstrom-Dennis & Calicia Z
Sara Kozumplik Murphy & Rubens D’ysieux
Lauren Lambert & Fantastique
Leslie Law & Voltaire De Tre / First Class
Marilyn Little & RF Scandalous
Emma Lomangino & Master Frisky
Caroline Martin & Danger Mouse / Islandwood Captain Jack
Boyd Martin & Tsetserleg / On Cue / Blackfoot Mystery
Ashlynn Meuchel & Emporium
Joe Meyer & Johnny Royale
Bobby Meyerhoff & Fortuna
Missy Miller & Quinn
Sara Mittleider & La Paz
Daniela Moguel & Cecelia
Lauren Nicholson & Landmark’s Monte Carlo / Paramount Importance
Meghan O’Donoghue & Palm Crescent
Doug Payne & Quantum Leap / Starr Witness / Vandiver
Michael Pendleton & Steady Eddie
Jessica Phoenix & Jessica Wabbit
Waylon Roberts & Lancaster
Gabrielle Ruane & Lismakeera Brewski
Madeleine Scott & Crosby’s Gold
Booli Selmayr & Millfield Lancando
Tamie Smith & Fleeceworks Royal / Danito / En Vogue
Sydney Solomon & Early Review
Kaelen Speck & Sweet Rebellion
Allison Springer & Business Ben
Megan Sykes & Classic’s Mojah
Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride & Favian

Attendance onsite for TIEC competitions is limited to competitors and their family, barn staff, and essential personnel only and spectators are not permitted. Keep in mind that volunteering is a great workaround. Check the website for details!

Tryon International Three-Day Event: Website, Calendar Listing, Entry Status, Ride Times (available after first horse inspection), Live Scoring

Monday News & Notes

What a weekend it was at Pau, and we hope our Tilly Berendt is getting some rest today after two weeks of nonstop French eventing action between the five-star and Le Lion d’Angers before it. Stateside our high-performance weekend didn’t go quite to plan, as heavy rain and flooding turned the Advanced at Chattahoochee Hills into a combined test — a bummer for those counting on it for a last run before the Tryon CCI4*-L in mid-November. Coming up this week we’ve got some big competitions on the table:

  • Virginia Horse Trials International & H.T. (Lexington, VA) features CCI1*L, CCI2*S, CCI2*L, CCI3*S, CCI3*L divisions and will host the USEF Two-Star Eventing National Championships and the FEH/YEH East Coast Championships.  Omnibus Listing
  • Galway Downs International (Temecula, CA) features CCI2*L, CCI3*L, CCI4*L and will host of the the USEF Three-Star Eventing National Championships. Omnibus Listing

We’ll be bringing you coverage from both coasts, so keep it locked here!

National Holiday: National Mule Day

Major International Event Results:

Les 5 Etoiles de Pau CCI5*: Website, Live StreamResultsEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Nations Cup Eventing at Montelibretti: WebsiteLive StreamResults

U.S. Weekend Results:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T.: [Website] [Results]

FEH & YEH Last Chance Qualifier and West Coast Championship: [Website] [Results]

Grand Oaks H.T.: [Website] [Results]

Holly Hill H.T.: [Website] [Results]

Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event & H.T.: [Website] [Results]

Windermere Run H.T.: [Website] [Results]

News & Notes:

Four Champions Crowned on Day Two of the USEA YEH/FEH West Coast Championships

Save the Date for the 2020 USEA Virtual Annual Meeting & Convention

My Top 5 Photos: Shannon Brinkman

Your chance to star in the pages of Horse & Hound

Coolmore America announces fees as American Pharoah and Justify prices reduce

Listen: USEA Podcast #269: Galway Downs Preview Show

Watch: East Austin trail riders, facing gentrification, ‘aren’t going anywhere’

Saturday Video from SmartPak: Watch the Montelibretti Nations Cup Finale Live

Italy’s Montelibretti is the third and final round of this year’s abridged FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ series, with legs having also taken place at Poland’s Strzegom and France’s Le Pin au Haras. This week 30 competitors are taking part in the CCIO4*-S including teams from Italy, Austria, Poland and Switzerland.

Heading into Saturday’s show jumping finale, Italian riders have the top four spots: Evelina Bertoli is first with Seashore Spring, Giulio Guliemi is second with Uhlan de L’Epine, Susanna Bordone is third with Imperial Van de Holtakkers, and Arianna Schivo with Quefira de L’ormeau is fourth. Polish rider Malgorzata Cybulska rounds out the top five with Chenero 2. View the leaderboard here.

The show jumping live stream begins at 8:25 a.m. EST. Watch it below or via the FEI YouTube channel or Facebook page — we’ve also included replays of dressage and cross country.

Go Eventing.

Riding High After a Stroke: Leslie Moïse Climbs Back in the Saddle

Photo by Nancy Moïse Haws.

Leslie Moïse of Louisville, Kentucky, was an early adopter of eventing in her area back in the 1970s. An experienced teacher and horsewoman, she was certified by the British Horse Society and Sally Swift’s program. She has also been an English professor, author and poet; an equestrian tie-in, one of Leslie’s first published poems was for The Chronicle of the Horse. Among the publications she edited and wrote was the first newsletter for the MSCTDA (now MSETA). The then-USCTA lacked grassroots momentum in the Area VIII, and editing meant literally cutting copy, pasting with rubber cement glue, and taking the master to a commercial printer.

Leslie had just turned in a manuscript to her publisher the week before when, at age 52 in 2012, she had a catastrophic stroke that would change everything. It’s been a long road since. “Leslie worked hard to recover from her stroke, made possible in no small part, by going over the galleys of her book, her own words,” says her younger sister Nancy Moïse Haws, also an avid equestrian who credits Leslie as her first riding instructor.

This past week, we are happy to share, Leslie made it back into the saddle for the first time since her stroke. Her teammates: a 15.1-hand, sweet natured horse named “Goldie” and her sister Nancy. Leslie handed Nancy her cane and embarked on the task of leading Goldie to the arena, a daunting task in and of itself.

Photo by Nancy Moïse Haws.

“The barn has this amazingly tall mounting block at the arena so Leslie was able, with my help, to mount up,” Nancy says. “The moments for the picture at the halt, was the most she was able to do on her own, so I lead she and Goldie around the riding ring. She BEAMED. We were both filled with unbridled joy.”

Photo by Nancy Moïse Haws.

Photo by Nancy Moïse Haws.

Goldie was good therapy, and Leslie was over the moon. “I rode,” she shared on Facebook. ” I got on a horse for the first time in nearly a decade. I had difficulty mounting and dismounting, and I felt the rigidities in my body. But I got to ride. OK, at a walk, but it’s more than I ever thought I’d do again. Thank you my much loved sister, Nancy Moïse Haws.”

There are several stroker survivors in our Eventing Nation community and they have our full support. On a personal note, I’d like to recognize Mary Sue Younger, a lifelong foxhunter and eventer based at Penrose Farm in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mary Sue’s positive spirit and exemplar horsemanship has inspired me since I first got to know her as a junior member of Tennessee Valley Hunt in the early ’90s. Her toughness and strength has only shown through brighter since she had a stroke, and she remains involved with the eventing community as an owner and active supporter.

Mary Sue Younger and husband Jim Schmidhammer. Photo by Gretchen Pelham.

Photo courtesy of Mary Sue Younger.

“Everyone deserves the restorative relationship with horses,” says Nancy.

You can learn more about Leslie’s continued journey as an author by visiting her Facebook author page here. Learn more about strokes, finding support networks and help, and ways to get involved at the American Stroke Organization.



Monday News & Notes

“The Quarantunies” team at Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge. Photos by Tom Kimmel.

Five-star eventer, respected trainer, “R” course designer and bada$$ drummer Cathy Weishchoff has been keeping our spirits lifted this year with her nightly “Quarantunes” live stream performances, which have been going strong for over 180 days now. Each morning Cathy posts the day’s playlist to her Facebook page and Instagram page, and then friends can tune into FB live at 8 p.m. ET to hear the set. (She’s also been doing a #oneminutewithcathy video tip tutorial series that is well worth the watch — you can watch those on YouTube here.)

This weekend the team of Margaret Kimmel (watch their cross country helmet cam here!), Micki McDaniel and Gail Jackson honored Cathy at the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge, riding in green as The Quarantunies. Rock on, Cathy!

National Holiday: National Kentucky Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge: [Website] [Results]

Hunt Club Farms H.T.: [Website] [Results]

Pine Hill Fall H.T.: [Website] [Results]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” H.T.: [Website] [Results]

News & Notes: 

Week 2 of SmartPak’s Ultimate Blanketing & Clipping Giveaways is on! This week you can enter to win an Andis Pulse ZRII Cordless Clipper. Use the link below to enter, but don’t wait! This giveaway ends Saturday, Oct. 24. [Enter]

The 2nd annual Tom Bass Seminar on Diversity in Equestrian Sports will be held on on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, following cross country at Tryon International 3-Day Event. EN is proud to once again partner with this important event, whose inaugural edition last fall at TIEC foreshadowed this year’s ongoing reckoning with issues of race in equestrian sport. The year’s seminar will be presented virtually due to Covid-19 from 3:30 p.m. ET and will be live streamed on the main arena Jumbotron as well as on EN as well as via presenters The African Connections Research and Education Fund, Inc. and SportsQuest International, LLC, and HorsesDaily and TIEC. More details to come!

Australian Olympic team medallists Shane Rose and Stuart Tinney took the top three spots in the CCI4*-S at Equestriad in Camden, NSW on Sunday. The first 4* class to be run in Australia since Tonimbuk International in March saw Shane Rose riding Virgil defend his 2019 title to take the class, just ahead of Stuart Tinney’s Celebration. [An Eventful Life]

Top female jockey Hollie Doyle has broken the British record she set in 2019 in a “tremendous feat.” The 23-year-old has set a new record for wins achieved by a woman during a calendar year after riding her 117th victory in 2020 with State Occasion at Kempton Park on Oct. 14. [Horse & Hound]

Hot on Horse Nation: Every week HN teams up with Ovation Riding to recognize those doing good in the horse world. This week’s standing ovation goes to the MARS Equestrian™ Fellowship, which supports Amanda Adams’s work to improve not only how the industry cares for senior horses but also how veterinarians can better diagnose the conditions and diseases that affect them. [HN]  

Just in on Jumper Nation: Founded during the last crisis in 2008 by father/daughter team, Mark and Paige Bellissimo, the Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® (GCC) came forward as a way to increase funding to local non-profit organizations. With the U.S. facing another crisis 12 years later, this year the organization awarded $1.3 million to 49 local Palm Beach County organizations at the onset of the pandemic, enabling them to quickly react and meet the needs of the area’s most vulnerable residents. [JN]

Video: In case you missed it, the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill staged a “virtual event” from Thursday through Sunday featuring an eclectic mix of Fair Hill reviews, previews, interviews and more. One of my favorite “more” elements was a mixology lesson with Ezra Allen and Aaron Joseph of Cane Collective, who’ve got at least two signature cocktails lined up for the inaugural event on Oct. 14-17, 2021.

Maryland 5 Star Cold Pumpkin Chai Toddy
3 oz Chai Tea
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 1/2 oz Cane Collective Pumpkin Syrup
1 1/2 ox Old Line Single Malt Whiskey
Garnish with Lemon & Candied Ginger

Maryland 5 Star Fizz
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
2 oz Cane Collective Pear Cider
1 1/2 ox Sagamore Rye Whiskey
2 oz Club Soda
Garnish with Fresh Red Pears

You can shop Cane Collective’s signature mixers here, and you can follow them on Instagram @cane_collective. I queued the video right up to their bit for you below. Check out the Opening Ceremonies, Dressage Day, Cross Country and Show Jumping Days all on the Maryland 5 Star Youtube Channel, and be sure to follow the event’s website and Facebook for all the latest.

Go forth and conquer this week, EN. Go Eventing!

Teams Bring the Heat (& the Puns) in Hagyard Midsouth Team Challenge

The Devil Went Down to Hagyard finished third in Training. Photo via the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge Facebook page.

Sure, we have to throw the FEI divisions a bone, but let’s not kid ourselves: the MOST important, prestigious and heated competition of the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge is … the Team Challenge.

Shout-out to this year’s winners:

Beginner Novice: Sparkle Squad (Kelly Ransom/Mint Julep, Michele Sult/Country Risk, Lisa Boncosky/Tensas Carlos, Amanda Gantz/Major Achievement)

Novice: Hindsight Is 2020 (Jane Musselman/Engapore, Amanda Smith/Tug Of War, Megan Edwards/Rock Hard Attitude, Kelly Brophey/Collaborator)

Training: Ditch, Please (Jane Papke/Robinstown Ballivor, Todd Wulf/Kando, Clare Vanderwoude/Star Power, Julie Bryer/Fernhill Dynamic)

Prelim: Fire-Breathing Hamsters (Andrew McConnon/D’Luxe Steel, Tim Bourke/Flying Quality, Kelsie Haverlock/Echo, Rachel Miles/Zane)

Photo via the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge Facebook page.


Not unlike trivia night at your local pub, at Hagyard Midsouth the calculated ingenuity and/or random non-sequitorness of your team name is equally if not more important than where you end up on the scoreboard. An honorable mention to the following teams who really brought the heat this year:

Most Random

Slow Motion Pillow Fight

Team Death Pasta

Best Use of Self-Deprecation:

Run Like the Winded

The Wrong Diagonals

Plan B Is Our Plan A

Fingers Crossed

Sh’aint Right

Most Shameless Alcohol Reference: 

Brownsboro’s Boozy Babes

Make Mine a Double Clear

Serendipity Pony Club Win or Wine

Best Covid-19 Reference: 

The Quarantunies

The QuaranTeam

Area IV YR Pandemic Pals


Wisconsin Cheeseheads

The Miracle Whips

Skittles Squad

The Best of the Rest:

Something Punny

Area IV YR’s Bling It On

Notorious P.O.N.Y

#tutucool4u, #kissmytutu & #tutulegit2quit


Kudos to all! You can view complete team results here. Go Eventing.

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge: KY Events Website | USEA Prize List | Entry Status | Ride Times | Live Scores | Volunteer | Course Maps

Liz Halliday-Sharp & Cooley Stormwater Win Hagyard Midsouth CCI3*-L

The international divisions concluded on Saturday at Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge, as well as Training through Intermediate horse trials. Let’s see how they finished out!

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Stormwater. Photo by Samantha Clark.


Liz Halliday-Sharp and Buck Davidson played hot potato with the CCI3*-L lead throughout the competition, with Liz out front by 0.1 point after dressage, handing it off to Buck after picking up another few fractions of a time penalty in cross country, then taking it back again when Buck had 1.4 time in show jumping. Liz’s partner: Cooley Stormwater, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Camillo VDL x Thornfield Calypso) owned by the Stormwater Group. Congrats on a first international win for this horse!

“He truly fought for me from start to finish and I am so very proud of how far he has come!,” Liz shared on social media. “This is so exciting for his owners, Debby Palmer and Pru Dawes-Rowland, and all of us who have know this horse from the green 4-year-old that Cooley Farm and I found in Ireland three years ago — to say I am proud is an understatement.”

Liz also finished seventh with Ocala Horse Properties, LLC’s Cooley Be Cool. It’s been funny to not have Liz to cheer on at the Young Horse World Championships at Le Lion d’Anger this year, which is wrapping up today in France — you can catch up on Tilly’s live coverage here. Liz has had her youngsters on stage there the past three years, most recently finishing a remarkable second with Cooley Moonshine and 13th with Flash Cooley in 2019, and a third and a seventh respectively the year before that. But it’s been a treat to follow Liz and her talented string stateside, too, and in her own backyard here in Lexington.

Buck was second with Victor B Z, a 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Victor E x Kanridge, by Kannan) owned by Carl Segal and the rider. He also finished fifth with Sorocaima, a 9-year-old Thoroughbred he indicated on Facebook is now owned by one Aubrey Davidson. We’ll be on the lookout for a rainbow-dyed forelock and detachable unicorn horn at future events! Sydney Hagaman and her own Charmeur, a 7-year-old German Sport Horse gelding (Cezaro x Glenn Szerin III, by Glenn Alme), rounded out the top three. It was the debut long format three-star for both horse and rider and, having added just 0.8 time in each jumping phase, they are surely over the moon with this result.


Old married couple Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus, Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ 13-year-old Anglo Arab gelding (Sazeram x Wake Me Gently), took the early CCI3*-S lead and never looked back. They added nothing to their dressage score of 27.0 to win the division. Lauren and Landmark’s Monte Carlo, a 14-year-old Irish/Thoroughbred cross (Formula One x Glamour) also owned by Ms. Mars, finished third having also posted double-clear jumping rounds.

Lillian Heard and Charmking, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cassito x O-Heraldika, by Heraldik xx) owned by Charmking LLC, stalked their way up the scoreboard from fourth after dressage to third after cross country, eventually landing in second thanks to double-clear jumping rounds, a feat managed only by the top three in this division.

Liz Halliday-Sharp was fourth with The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Quicksilver, and also seventh with Flash Cooley. We’ve also just received word that the USET Foundation has awarded the Jacqueline B. Mars National Competition & Training Grant to Liz and Cooley Quicksilver. As the recipient of the grant, Liz will receive $10,000 to support her trip from Lexington, to Temecula, California, to compete in the CCI4*-L at the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event on Oct. 28-31.

“It’s very, very exciting, and it makes a big difference to the owners as well—we’ve got to support the good owners in the sport as much as we can,” Liz said of receiving the grant. “We’re very grateful to the [USET] Foundation. It’s an expensive sport, and you don’t get a lot of prize money. [This] really makes it all possible.

“I think next year, we’ll start to think about five-star competition for [Cooley Quicksilver],” she said. “I very much hope he’ll be considered for the Olympic Games, and that’s part of our reasoning for going to Galway.”

Rounding out the top five, Kevin Keane was fifth with his own Sportsfield Candy.


Cross country leaders Will Coleman and Unlimited had a rail down, as did second-placed Liz Halliday-Sharp with Maryville Sir Henry. That left the door wide open for Karl Slezak with his own Hot Bobo to take the lead, and they happily obliged! This 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare looked full of jump on the cross country yesterday.

Will and Unlimited, a 6-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Uriko x Viona III, by Colman) owned by Team Rebecca LLC, ended up second. Buck Davidson moved into third with Sami Crandell’s DHI Showman. Lillian Heard moved into fourth with Jessica Ebzery’s Absolut Cooley Quality, and Liz was fifth with Maryville Sir Henry.

Training through Intermediate horse trials divisions also finished up on Saturday. The winners:

Intermediate: Dan Kreitl & Carmango (27.4)

Open Prelim A: Tim Bourke & Quality Explosion (28.8)

Open Prelim B: Andrew McConnon & D’luxe Steel (28.5)

Open Training A: Hayley Barbato & Whiskey Road (33.3)

Open Training B: Jane Papke & Robinstown Ballivor (29.5)

Open Training C: Andrew McConnon & FE Caspian (27.1)

Open Training D: Megan Edwards & The Immigrant (28.3)

Beginner Novice and Novice divisions will wrap up today. Go Eventing.

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge: KY Events Website | USEA Prize List | Entry Status | Ride Times | Live Scores | Volunteer | Course Maps

Buck Davidson & Victor B Z Jump into Hagyard Midsouth CCI3*-L Lead

The Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge barreled on forward today, with the FEI divisions going cross country and Training through Intermediate horse trials divisions completing dressage and show jumping. Here’s a quick recap of the day!

Buck Davidson and Victor BZ. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Top Two Trade Places in CCI3*-L Cross Country

There was only a tenth of a point between dressage leader Liz Halliday-Sharp and second-place Buck Davidson after dressage, and another 0.1 still between Buck and third placed Boyd Martin — their scores were 31.7, 31.8 and 31.9 respectively, leaving none any room for error. Liz and Cooley Stormwater, a 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Camillo VDL x Thornfield Calypso) owned by the Stormwater Group, were just a blink slow on the clock, picking up 0.4 time penalties to slip into second behind Buck and Victor B Z. The 10-year-old Zangersheide gelding (Victor E x Kanridge, by Kannan), owned by Carl Segal and the rider, finished in the top 10 in the one-star here back in 2016. With a rail separating the top 10 of this competitive division, show jumping on Saturday should prove an exciting finale!

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All the horses were super today!! The Stormwater Group (@debbyp221)’s Cooley Stormwater (video) easily jumped around the CCI3*L track and added only 1 second of time to sit second overnight, The Monster Partnership (@robdesino, @lanerml, Deborah Halliday, and @chris_desino_)’s Cooley Be Cool sits right behind him in third with a double clear trip, and Maryville Sir Henry (video) remains in second in the CCI2*L after cross country! Also in the CCI3*S, @prudawes7’s Flash Cooley had a faultless round with just a few time faults as he was more here for a confidence building run and the Monster Partnership (@robdesino, @lanerml, Deborah Halliday, and @chris_desino_)’s Cooley Quicksilver is in 5th after cross country. Cooley HHS Calmaria (photos by Samantha Clark) did her dressage and show jumping in the preliminary today and sits in third heading into cross country. Looking forward to finishing the weekend with show jumping tomorrow for the FEI horses and cross country for Cooley HHS Calmaria. Another good day! @athletux @elizgill.eventing @karen.corp @gjelinaka 🌟@bimedaequineus @confidenceequs @equine_advantage_llc @veredususa @englishridingsupply @uvexequestrianusa @kanbodyprotector @ocalahorseproperties @guardianhorsebedding @kyequineresearch @flairstrips @romfhequestrianapparel @antaressellier @redingote_equestrian @equiderma @camboxhorsenorthamerica @fmbstherapysystems @frilly_fillies @nupafeedusa @bucas_ireland @toklatoriginals @freejump_america @jump4joyusa @haygainusa @fairfaxandfavor @claire.tisckos @ibsharp2 @laurenunn @amberwayequine @robertsquaredlv @legendshorsefeed

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Third-placed Boyd and Nancy Hathaway’s Fernhill Prezley picked up 20 at fence #17, a brush<ditch<corner combination, to drop down the leaderboard, leaving the door open for Liz to slide into third with Ocala Horse Properties LLC’s Cooley Be Cool. They posted one of 10 clear-with-no-time cross country rounds in the division, which will see 21 horses moving on to show jumping on Saturday. Alex O’Neal with Gayle Davis’ Pauldary’s Arctic Tiger and Sydney Hagaman with Sydney Hagaman’s Charmeur sit equal fourth, with Alex closer to optimum time should it come down to that. Can’t resisting leaving you with this pic of Alex and Ellie’s absolute doll-baby, Fiona!

Great start with Gayle Davis’s Arctic Tiger, 6th place after dressage with a beautiful xc track set for tomorrow..We are all loving the cooler fall weather😁🎃🍂🍂

Posted by Alexander O'Neal on Thursday, October 15, 2020

Lauren and Vermiculus Still on Top in CCI3*-S 

Vermiculus was probably wondering whether the jumps had gotten smaller of if he’d gotten bigger on cross country today. After three Kentucky five-star starts at the Kentucky Horse Park,  Lauren Nicholson and Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ 13-year-old Anglo Arab gelding (Sazeram x Wake Me Gently) are old pros and handily managed the CCI3*-S track clear and inside the time.

Mike Pendleton and Bonnie Stedt’s The Fonze Himself remain in second after cross country, one of six pairs in the 19-horse field to come home clear and inside the clock. Lillian Heard and Charmking LLC’s Charmking moved from fourth into third when previously third-placed Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver picked up just a smidge of time. Lillian also looked super in the CCI3*-L with her own Dassett Olympus and they’ll sit just outside the top 10 heading into the final phase.

Dassett Olympus in the 3L at Hagyard today. He was a 🌟🌟🌟.

Posted by Lillian Heard on Friday, October 16, 2020

Will and Unlimited Keep Lead in CCI2*-L 

The top five placings remain unchanged after CCI2*-L cross country, with Will Coleman and Unlimited, a 6-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Uriko x Viona III, by Colman) owned by Team Rebecca LLC, still on their dressage score. Liz Halliday-Sharp is second with her own Maryville Sir Henry on 28.4, and Karl Slezak is third with his own Hot Bobo on 29.3.

Horse Trials Divisions Are Underway

Training through Intermediate horse trials divisions knocked out dressage and show jumping today. Hats off to Intermediate leader Phillip Dutton, who had five (5!) horses in the division.

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I’m pleased with all my horses today. With that many one after the other you just have to do the best you can, and try to do the best job on each horse. I was trying not to overthink it! Carlchen was having his first run back for a long time and he’s such a sensible, good-natured horse that he just went in there and did his job as if he’s been doing it every week. Sea of Clouds has also come back from a little bit of time off and I was really pleased with him. His trot is getting better and he was really well-behaved. I think Quasi Cool is a very special horse: he’s got the movement and as his balance gets a little more uphill he’s going to really put in a cracking dressage test. MHS Fernhill Finale feels a little bit green at this level but I was pretty pleased with the way he was workmanlike about his test and just did the best he could. Beverly’s Clueso wins the Most Improved Award of the bunch! Each day he just gets a little bit better and I was really impressed with him. I thought they all jumped well. I just had the one fence down on arguably the best jumper, Quasi Cool, and that was my fault, I got him in a little bit close in the treble and then he had to stretch for the back rail for the next one but overall it was a good day. It was pretty quick and fast, we were done by lunchtime but I thought it was a good education for all the horses. Thank you to the organisers for accommodating all my horses in one division and running a smooth show all day. And thank you and all my admiration to our crew on the ground here who kept all the balls in the air, turning each horse out beautifully, on time and in the right place and are still smiling, we’re lucky to have such a wonderful team. One more thank you to our owners, it’s lovely to have Evie, Annie Jones and Caroline Moran here to watch in person but that doesn’t mean we’re any less grateful to those who are following along virtually. Cross country starts bright and early, and chilly (there’s a frost warning) Saturday morning, we’ll be aiming to get an early night and a good night’s sleep tonight.

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Great to see Olivia Dutton leading one of the Prelim divisions as well! We know that Iniesta really means a lot to her.

Andrew McConnon had an awesome day as well, leading Prelim B with D’luxe Steel and Training C with FE Caspian. He also jumped clear and inside the time on CCI3*-L cross country with Jeanne Shigo’s Ferrie’s Cello in the horse’s first outing at the level.

Your Friday horse trial leaders:

Intermediate: Phillip Dutton & Carlchen (26.6)

Open Prelim A: Olivia Dutton & Iniesta (26.1)

Open Prelim B: Andrew McConnon & D’luxe Steel (28.5)

Open Prelim C: Lauren Nicholson & I’ll Have Another (28.5)

Open Training A: Claire Gamlin & Alohomora (30.7)

Open Training B: Jane Papke & Robinstown Ballivor (29.5)

Open Training C: Andrew McConnon & FE Caspian (27.1)

Open Training D: Megan Edwards & The Immigrant (28.3)

Here’s wishing everyone a safe, happy weekend! Go Eventing.

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Friday Video from SmartPak: Maryland 5 Star Virtual Event – Dressage Day

Photo courtesy of the Maryland 5-Star Event (and Virtual Event!)

We’d all love to be ringside today at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill this weekend, but it wasn’t meant to be. At least we’re getting a sneak peak of it anyway — virtually!  The Fair Hill Organizing Committee (FHOC), an affiliate of the Sport & Entertainment Corporation of Maryland, is hosting the Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill 2020 Virtual Event Oct.15-18 in place of the postponed event.

The virtual event, a part of Maryland Horse Month, features four days of exclusive content and footage from the new Fair Hill Special Event Zone. On Thursday we saw the “Opening Ceremony” (you can watch the replay here), and on Friday we got treated to a five-star dressage judging masterclass by two FEI “R” judges, Gretchen Butts (USA) and Helen Brittell (UK). Tamie Smith with Mai Baum and Laine Ashker with Atlas perform the FEI CCI5* dressage tests — you can watch their tests, download this dressage score card, and see how your scoring compares with Gretchen’s and Helen’s.

Be sure to tune into @Maryland5Star on Facebook and YouTube at 12 PM ET each day to join the fun! For more details and to sign up for notifications of all the latest updates visit Maryland5Star.us/VirtualEvent.

And please do mark your 2021 calendars for Oct. 14-17, when we’ll get to see the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in its real-deal glory! We can’t wait.

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day: Liz Halliday-Sharp & Cooley Stormwater Lead CCI3*-L

The Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event is off and running at the Kentucky Horse Park, and the backdrop couldn’t be more pleasant: robin-egg blue skies, brightly-lit foliage and sweater-optional temps. Have a blast out there, competitors!

The FEI divisions had their dressage on Thursday and will head out to cross country today. A quick recap of the first-phase action:

CCI3*-L: Liz in the Lead with Cooley Stormwater

Liz Halliday-Sharp leads the 22-horse field with Cooley Stormwater on a score of 31.7. This 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Camillo VDL x Thornfield Calypso) owned by the Stormwater Group has experience at the three-star level and we’re glad to see them off to a great start. Liz is also fifth with The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Be CoolBuck Davidson is second with Carl Segal’s Victor B Z on 31.8, and Boyd Martin is third with Nancy Hathaway’s Fernhill Prezley on 31.9.

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CCI3*-S: Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus Are Right at Home

Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus are no strangers to the Kentucky Horse Park and they are out for a lark in the CCI3*-S division where they lead dressage on a score of 27.0. Lauren and Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ 13-year-old Anglo Arab gelding (Sazeram x Wake Me Gently) have cantered up the centerline here thrice before, but this is their first non five-star start at the venue!

Mike Pendleton and Bonnie Stedt’s The Fonz Himself are second on 28.4; Liz Halliday-Sharp is third with The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Quicksilver on 28.4. A field of 30 horses will head out to cross country today.

CCI2*-L: Will Leads the Way with Unlimited

It’s a big startlist of 45 horses in the CCI2*-L and Will Coleman has the early lead on 25.8 with Unlimited, a 6-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Uriko x Viona III, by Colman) owned by Team Rebecca LLC. This is a neat young horse sourced by Clayton Fredericks — he was 12th at his first CCI2*-S at Great Meadow this summer.

Liz Halliday-Sharp is second with her own Maryville Sir Henry on 28.4, and Karl Slezak is third with Hot Bobo on 29.3. Canada, represent!

Roaming photog JJ Sillman snapped some gorgeous photos of the Wednesday jog:

My favorite thing to photograph I think because I can get grooms and riders. And I mean look at all those cute faces. I batch edited these so they could be rough in some places but I had to get these out!

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The international competition continues today with FEI cross country and horse trials dressage for Beginner Novice through Intermediate divisions. Bring it on, stunning fall weather, we’re never been more ready!

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We have arrived safely at the @kyhorsepark which is looking quite stunning decked out in it’s Fall colours. This weekend we have a bunch of Intermediate horses running in the National Division, and Olivia is riding Happy (Mighty Nice) and Indio (Iniesta) in the Prelim classes. We brought Sea of Clouds, Quasi Cool, Beverly’s Clueso and Carlchen down from Pennsylvania, and I’m catch-riding MHS Fernhill Finale for Altorac Farm’s Alex Baugh as she’s recuperating from an injury. Thanks to the team on the ground for getting the horses settled in, and the stabling situation organised; we’re looking forward to a busy, but productive weekend. Dressage and Show-jumping is Friday, Cross country on Saturday

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The season is a state of mind, I guess.

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Thursday Video from FLAIR: Carter, Age 4, Is Crushing It

Photo courtesy of Anni Grandia-Dodson.

Last Saturday we met Laila Alexander, age 4, who had just completed her first mini-trial — yay Laila! This week we’d like to introduce you to another 4-year-old rising superstar, Carter Grandia-Dodson.

Mom Anni shares, “His pony is Polka Dot and he loves to do what the big kids do. He loves to go cross country schooling and jump his pony. He did his first derby a few weeks ago and won his 5-and-under division. Carter has an uncle that events in area VII, I also event and run an event, grandma and his aunt do dressage. We’re producing the next generation here in area VII!”

Photo courtesy of Anni Grandia-Dodson.

Photo courtesy of Anni Grandia-Dodson.

Photo courtesy of Anni Grandia-Dodson.

We love to see it! Go get ’em, Carter!!!

Badminton Runner-Up Euthanized After Cross Country Schooling Accident

Oliver Townend and Cooley SRS. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We are sorry to hear that Cooley SRS, whom Oliver Townend rode to a second place result at Badminton 2018, was put down after a cross country schooling accident with Australian eventer Hazel Shannon on Tuesday. Hazel, a three-time winner of the Adelaide 5* and High Performance Eventing Green Squad rider, took over the ride on “Aero” in 2019. Renamed Willinga Park Cooley, the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding and Hazel were based with Heath Ryan in New South Wales.

Hazel is currently in the hospital with liver damage but expected to make a full recovery.

Heath Ryan shared on Facebook:

“Aero suffered a fractured femur on the left hind. Through the efforts of owners Terry and Ginette Snow and our two main vets Dr Peter Tabak and Dr Robin Bell from the Sydney university, we searched the world for viable surgery procedures that could have perhaps rescued the situation. This was not to be.

“Willinga Park Cooley (Cooley SRS)/ Aero, with Oliver Townend in the saddle in 2018 came second at Badminton horse trials in England. Aero was bought by Terry and Ginette Snow in 2018 for Australian Hazel Shannon to ride after she won her third Adelaide 5* on Willinga Park Clifford.

“Aero and Hazel were quietly working their way up to top competition level having competed at Canberra 4* CCN two weeks earlier where they placed 9th. Yesterday Tuesday 13th was the final cross country school before Camden 4* CCI this coming weekend. The partnership was showing great promise.

“We would like to say how sorry we are to Terry and Ginette Snow, to Oliver Townend, to everyone here at Ryan’s who were so excited about a new partnership flexing such talent on the Australian scene, to Hazel Shannon who is struggling with the difficult emotional repercussions and of course, to Aero, who was such a gentle and lovely character, who did nothing but try hard. We are all very sorry.”

Oliver Townend and Cooley SRS. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

EN extends our condolences to Aero, Hazel and their connections, and we wish Hazel a speedy recovery.