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Who Jumped It Best? Galway Downs International Open Prelim Edition

Galway Downs International took place last weekend, March 28-31, in Temecula, California, and press officer/all-round superwoman Kim Miller was out on course photographing the action. She kindly sent us these photos of Open Prelim pairs tackling some waterfowl, and by now you know the drill: Take a look at the photos and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which horse and rider you think present the best overall picture over the jump!

The picturesque venue heats up again in May with the Galway Downs Spring H.T. (May 10-12), featuring a Preliminary Challenge Preview with $2,500 in prize money for both the Training and Preliminary divisions, as well as a Sunday finale round and brunch honoring Mother’s Day. Entries for that event are open now with a closing date of April 23.

Two weekends later at northern California’s Woodside Horse Park, The Spring Event at Woodside (May 24-26) will be headlined by The Preliminary Challenge, offering $15,000 in prize money in both the horse and rider divisions with final show jumping rounds to be contested in reverse order of go in front of a packed house of Saturday Evening Gala guests. Entries open tomorrow, April 9, and close May 7.

Lots to get excited about! In the meantime, who jumped it best? Click here to view final scores from Galway, and here for EN’s coverage of the event. Go Eventing.

Lauren LoPiccolo & Diego. Photo by Kim Miller.

Helen Bouscaren & Paper Jam. Photo by Kim Miller.

Jess Hargrave & Regenmann. Photo by Kim Miller.

Lauren Burnell & Counterpoint. Photo by Kim Miller.

Rebecca Braitling & Dassett Richochet. Photo by Kim Miller.

Darcie Kerkhoven & Vive. Photo by Kim Miller.

Maddy Temkin & E’Zar. Photo by Kim Miller.

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Tim Lips and Bayro, winner of Poland’s Strzegom Spring Open CCI4*-S. Photo by Leszek Wójcik courtesy of Strzegom Horse Trials.

The U.S. double-header of The Fork at Tryon and Chattahoochee Hills weren’t the only CCI4*-Ss taking place this weekend. New Zealand had its Kihikihi International CCI4*-S; Australia hosted the Quirindi Eventing CCI4*-S; and Poland featured the Strzegom Spring Open CCI4*-S.

American entry Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack had a lot of fans cheering them on from afar in the Strzegom CCI4*-S, where they finished in 23rd place in a field full of heavy-hitters — they were next out of the start box after Germany’s Andreas Dibowski and his longtime FRH Butts Avedon, speaking of hard acts to follow. (They pulled it off, jumping cross country clear with time — well-played, Woodge!)

National Holiday: National Empanada Day

Weekend Results:

The Fork at Tryon CCI-S & HT [Results]

Chattahoochee Hills CCI-S & HT [Results]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Results]

CDCTA Spring H.T. [Results]

Spring Bay H.T. [Results]

Your Monday News & Notes:

You just never know where life with horses is going to take you. The USEA catches up with Mexican eventer Daniela Moguel, who packed up shop and moved to the Carolinas after contesting the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon last year. [A Fork in the Road: Mexico’s Daniela Moguel Reflects on Tryon 2018, The Fork, and her Future Goals]

The FEI World Cup Final is underway in Gothenburg, Sweden. In the dressage, Germany’s Isabell Werth earned her fifth World Cup title, narrowing edging out second-placed American pair Laura Graves and Verdades. Catch up on all of the Chronicle‘s great World Cup Final dressage and show jumping coverage here. [Werth Wins Another World Cup, But Three U.S. Riders Finish In Top Seven]

Burghley Horse Trials accommodations can be hard to come by. Last year a neighboring estate, about a two minute drive to the nearest Burghley entrance, offered people space to pitch tents and park their horse boxes. They’ll be doing the same for 2019, for a fee of £20/night for small tents and £30/night for large tents and horse boxes/caravans. For a small fee they’ll also shuttle people to the venue. For more information contact Archie Dennis at [email protected]gmail.com or telephone 07799662756.

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Just in on Jumper Nation: Life After WEF: How to Survive the Post-Florida Horse Show Hangover, Presented by Draper Therapies

Featured video: Watch winner Tim Lips and Bayro jump around CCI4*-S show jumping at the Strzegom Spring Open.

 

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Chestnut Mare, Beware! Clark Montgomery & Caribbean Soul Win The Fork at Tryon Advanced

Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography courtesy of TIEC.

Never turn your back on a chestnut mare. Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul snuck up from behind to take the win in The Fork at Tryon’s Adequan Advanced division, moving from 10th after dressage to 6th after show jumping then landing the top spot today.

Clark and the 12-year-old Thoroughbred mare (Cimarron Secret x Ogygian’s Dasire, by Ogygian) are plenty competitive in a class field — they finished 4th in the Red Hills CCI3*-S in March. This weekend, however, they started out … not on the wrong foot, but perhaps without their best foot forward, having left some points on the table in their dressage test.

“To be fair to her, I was packing to go home to Kentucky like crazy just a couple days before we got here, and didn’t get to do my normal preparation for the dressage, so that was probably my fault,” Clark says of their 36.6 score. “She wasn’t misbehaved at all, she just didn’t have a very clean test, with a couple little mistakes. So we didn’t score as low as we’ve been scoring, but like I said I was still really happy with her because she didn’t misbehave.”

Onward and upward to the jumping phases. They turned in a fault-free round in the big TIEC stadium, then posted the fastest cross country time in their division, collecting just 1.6 time penalties. “In cross country she was absolutely phenomenal,” Clark says. “I couldn’t ask for her to be better. I mean, her gallop is just the coolest thing I’ve ever felt, for sure. It’s just so easy. And honestly, I wasn’t going to go quick on her today — she just loves it. It’s just the speed she operates out of, and so I just let her kind of cruise around, and she came in that fast. It was wonderful.”

The Advanced cross country course employed time as its sorting hat, thoroughly reshuffling the leaderboard, and asked plenty of compelling questions.

“I thought the course was super,” Clark says. “I thought it was definitely tough enough and big enough and I thought it was going to be the biggest track she had jumped to date, so I was excited to see how she handled it. I like Mark’s courses a lot. They remind me a lot of the tracks you jump in England, with the bolder, forward distances and bigger fences. And the setting down there on the old golf course is just absolutely beautiful around the lake, so I thought it was great!”

As for the mare’s future, Clark says he really wants to keep her in the barn and is trying his best to syndicate. Bromont is on the horizon: “I absolutely love Bromont, and always have good luck there.”

Clark had a great weekend at The Fork, also winning the Open Intermediate division with Theodoor.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography courtesy of TIEC.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T  bounced from 1st to 4th to 2nd over the course of the weekend. The 2006 Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding (Ludwig Von Bayern x Heraldik XX), owned by The Long Island T Syndicate, is one of three horses Boyd has entered in Kentucky.

“He’s a strong, feisty, wild man,” Boyd says. “He still jumped really well, but he’s definitely a little bit too keen. He gave me a good ride. I think he’ll be better suited for Kentucky because it’s a longer and more flowing course where you can get him to fall asleep a little bit more between fences. He’s very strong in the dressage and show jumping, and he’s very game on cross country, just gets really strong and a little bit out of control. He’s a hard horse to ride fast. You get baited into wrestling with him and have to steady him up. It could go either way come Kentucky, but you’ve got to be in it to win it.”

Felix Vogg and Archie Rocks. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography courtesy of TIEC.

Rounding out the top three was Felix Vogg with Archie Rocks. Felix purchased the 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Le Monde x Unbridled Diva, by Unbridled Jet) from Maya Studenmund early this year, and he says their partnership is still developing but progressing well.

Felix says that while Archie is slower than his CCI4*-S mount Colero, he is also “more used to cross country, I think, from racing in his career before.”

“There is still a lot of work to do because we don’t know each other that well and it was our second cross country run, but for that he did it pretty well,” Felix says. “Both my horses did well today.”

Boyd also finished 4th with Contestor, a 12-year-old Dutch gelding (Contango x Jer’s Princess, by Killer Jer) owned by Denise Lahey. Ariel Grald came 5th with Leamore Master Plan, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Master Imp x Aredragh Bash, by Cavalier Royale) owned by Anne Eldridge.

Many thanks to Sarah Madden for assistance with quotes for this story.

[Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg Sail to Redemption with CCI 4*-S Win at The Fork at TIEC presented by Lucky Clays Farm]

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Final Score Is ‘Boyd: 1, Boat: 0’ for The Fork at Tryon CCI4*-S Winners Martin & Tsetserleg

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography courtesy of TIEC.

Poor Boyd Martin has endured a lot of good-natured ribbing this weekend about the infamous boat that gave he and Tsetserleg grief during the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The jump resurfaced like a bad penny on CCI4*-S cross country track this weekend here at The Fork at Tryon, presented by Lucky Clays Farm, but this go-round he and “Thomas” got the last laugh.

“Everyone’s having a chuckle and making a big deal out of it,” Boyd said. “At the WEG I got the wrong ride in, plus there was a lot of other stuff around it to distract the horse and that wasn’t there today. So it was a little bit easier to get him over [the boat] today, but still it was a good feeling getting over it and I got a big, big cheer from the crowd.”

Boyd says he could distinctively hear Thomas’ owner, Christine Turner, cheering as they cleared the jump, and admits that it felt good to earn themselves some redemption.

He says the 12-year-old Trakehner gelding (Windfall x Thabana, by Buddenbrock) has gained a lot of ground in the past year as well. “To be honest the horse, Thomas, is a little bit more seasoned now and a little further on and probably learned a little bit more in the last 12 months, so he feels a lot more seasoned now, so he’s a lot easier to ride,” Boyd says. “He’s not so distracted and I’ve learned how to ride him a bit differently and a bit better, too.”

The pair sat 3rd after show jumping to Liz Halliday-Sharp‘s two rides, Fernhill By Night and Deniro Z. Both her horses picked up enough time faults cross country, 11.2 and 11.6 penalties respectively, to drop to 3rd and 4th, leaving the door open for Boyd and Thomas to commandeer the win. They posted the fastest time in the CCI4*-S division, picking up just 4.8 faults.

Having broken his collarbone at the beginning of February, Boyd got a late start to his season. With Kentucky just around the corner, Boyd wanted to give Thomas a chance to grease his higher gears. “I missed a bunch of events, so I haven’t really had a chance to blow [Thomas] out,” Boyd says. “I didn’t go flat out to be honest, but I thought to myself he needs a good run and a bit of a fitness run, but not to go so fast that you risk an injury or anything like that, and he felt very, very strong around the whole track and was quite fit.”

“He jumped really well and I think we’re in good shape, and I think hopefully he comes through this alright and then we start perfecting his dressage test and still keep an eye on his show jumping, and I’m pretty confident in his cross country. In Kentucky anything can go wrong, it’s a big long track and even a very, very good horse and rider can still have a slip up, so we’ve still got a mission ahead of us.”

Boyd Martin in his award presentation ceremony alongside Jim Cogdell, Founder of The Fork; Sharon Decker, Chief Operating Officer of TIEC; and Rhyne Cannon, Chief Operating Officer of Lucky Clays Farm. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography courtesy of TIEC.

Even with that bigger-picture goal in the crosshairs, walking away with The Fork’s top honor was a nice bonus. “It was good to have a win because we had a bit of an awkward start to the year just sort of bouncing around, a bit injured here and there and missing a few shows,” Boyd says. “It was good to win one, but also good to always remember that some of the best horses here chose to run a bit slow to prepare for Kentucky, so we’ve still got work ahead of us, but he was good and strong in all three phases.”

Boyd had four rides this weekend — two in the Advanced (Long Island T and Contestor, who finished 2nd and 4th respectively) and two in the CCI4*-S (Tsetserleg and On Cue, who finished 15th). Long Island T is also entered at Kentucky, as is Ray Price, who stayed home after winning the Open Intermediate horse trials at Morven Park last weekend.

EN’s CCI4*-S cross country course preview noted that Captain Mark Phillips’ track evoked a distinct sense of déjà vu from the 2018 FEI WEG. The Fork course featured many exact replicas or near copies of combinations from the Games, sans the much-discussed long uphill pull at the end.

“It’s a really, really good track,” Boyd says, who is full of praise for Phillips and his designs. “It’s not as easy to ride as you think just because it’s an old golf course, so there are all these little humps and lumps and the ground is not quite flat, so sometimes it’s a bit deceiving. Especially the galloping jumps — you think you see a good shored-up line and then it changes just a little bit just because the undulation of the ground.

“Being here in September (for WEG) I walked that path of that track so many times, and honestly I reckon I could have walked the course once this weekend and been fine around it. But it was good coming here just with a handful of horses for a few days just to concentrate and zero in on them. I think it’s a great show and a great preparation for Kentucky and a really good show for the young horses to get them ready.”

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography courtesy of TIEC.

Second-placed CCI4*-S finisher Felix Vogg also headed into the start box today on a WEG redemption mission. He and Colero, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding (Captain Fire x Bonita, by Bormio xx) owned by Vogg Jürgen, also had a run-out at the boat in the WEG water complex. This time around, Felix says, he gave the horse a better preparation, which led to a much happier result.

Felix and Colero are also entered at Kentucky and feeling pretty well ready. “I think we always have to complain about something, it’s never perfect, but I’m pretty sure he’s more ready for Kentucky this year than last year maybe for WEG. WEG was maybe a little bit early, and I think that the course down here is pretty difficult because it’s so quick and so many things after each other, so I think Kentucky is easier for the horses to do the cross country.”

After Kentucky, Felix will head back to Europe for an event in Poland with Archie Rocks and Cayenne. Archie Rocks also contested The Fork, finishing 3rd in the Advanced division, while Cayenne’s spring calendar included Red Hills and Carolina International.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography courtesy of TIEC.

Liz Halliday-Sharp finished 3rd and 4th with Fernhill By Night and Deniro Z, respectively.

“‘Blackie’ was really, really good,” Liz says of her first horse out, Fernhill By Night, a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Radolin x Argentina XII, by Argentinus) owned by Deborah Halliday. “He got a little bit sort of tired towards the end, but it would be quite an intense course for him. He hasn’t probably done a course that intense for a while, but I was really pleased with him.”

Liz says he was super all the way through the early parts, then got a bit bogged down around the squirrel combination at #22AB, and she chose the easier route through the water because it felt like he was running out of push. “He really tried and he’s not a racing snake, so he did the best he could and the horse really fought for me, so I’m pleased with where we ended up. We did the best we could today,” Liz says.

Liz had specific cross country goals in mind for Deniro Z, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Zapatero VDL X Zonne-Trend, by French Buffet xx) owned by The Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties, as they prepare for Kentucky later this month.

“He was just so fast at Carolina and a little bit wild, and the plan today was to really put the pieces in place with Kentucky in mind 100%,” Liz says. “I actually heard them announce Boyd’s time when I was at fence seven and I thought ‘I don’t think I’m going to be going quite that fast today.’ But it’s fine. I sort of went out with a plan and I think executed the plan exactly, and I had a super round and he was really ridable and he made it feel easy. I was really thrilled and he finished fresh and never really got out of fourth gear, so it was great.”

Liz says highlights of the cross country course were the water and boat, which she says rode really well, and the table-to-corner combination that she thought was a really great question. “It was a good, strong course, intense and basically what we needed before a 5*, so I thought it was perfect. It was a lot stronger than in previous years and I thought that was necessary,” she says.

The two horses’ finishing times were nearly identical — Blackie had 11.2 time faults and Deniro had 11.6 — despite them giving her their own unique feelings on course. “I was kinda kicking Blackie at the end a bit more whereas Deniro just kind of cruised at that time because he’s so fit and Blackie wouldn’t be 5* fit right now obviously,” she says. “I noticed that and was sort of laughing at myself about how different the rides were — I had to really work on Blackie towards the end and Deniro was just like ‘ya, cool,’ just kinda cruise along, not working too hard, which is nice. That’s how you want them to feel when you’re coming up to a really big event.”

Liz says she thinks Deniro is exactly where she wants him in advance of Kentucky with regard to both fitness and finesse. Between now and then, they’ll do their gallops, practice their 5* test at next weekend’s Ocala International, and then tune their dressage up with Robert Dover the week after.

CCI3*-S competition saw Doug Payne and Starr Witness claim first-place honors on a final score of 33.2. Second went to Will Faudree and Caeleste (38.0); third was awarded to Katie Lichten and RF Luminati (41.1).

In the CCI2*-S, Ryan Wood and Ruby placed first on a score of 37.0, followed by Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way in second (37.7) and Ryan Wood with Chusinmyconfession in third (39.0).

Relive the CCI4*-S cross country action via EN’s live updates here. Eventing.

Many thanks to Sarah Madden for assistance with quotes for this story.

[Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg Sail to Redemption with CCI 4*-S Win at The Fork at TIEC presented by Lucky Clays Farm]

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Jacob Fletcher and Van Gough Go for Broke to Win Chattahoochee Hills CCI4*-S

Jacob Fletcher and Van Gough. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Chattahoochee Hills CCI4*-S cross country was a race against the clock, and the only pair to come out in front of the buzzer was defending champion Jacob Fletcher with Van Gough.

Jacob and Van Gough, an 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Wivollet Vanbeek x Woodland’s Flight, by Laughton’s Flight) owned by Fletcher Farms, stormed around the cross country track to complete their rise up the leaderboard from 12th after dressage to 6th after show jumping, finally landing in the top spot after cross country on Saturday.

Jacob knows how to ride fast — in last month’s Red Hills International CCI4*-S, he and Atlantic Domino sat in second place after cross country as one of only two pairs to make the optimum time, and just the eighth pair to make the time in Red Hills CCI4*-S history. (Jacob withdrew the horse before the final horse inspection as he tweaked his fetlock.) With Van Gough, although their past cross country record has been checkered with time faults, lately something has clicked.

“Even the times I’ve tried to go fast he’s gone slow, but he goes quite fast now,” Jacob says. In their last international outing in the CCI4*-S at Red Hills, they moved all the way up from 19th after dressage to 5th overall after collecting just a handful of time faults.

Watch an excerpt from Jacob and Van Gough’s forward, efficient cross country round courtesy of The Horse Pester David Frechette:

Jacob won the division last year with Atlantic Domino, a 14-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Dunlough Striker X Atlantic Amanda, by Glidawn Diamond) he co-owns with Frank Fletcher and Fletcher Farms. In 2018 they were the only pair to finish on their dressage score; this year, Jacob and Van Gough accrued only a 0.4 time fault in show jumping over the course of the event.

They earned a mark of 34.4 in the dressage. “I’ve been working a lot with Peter Gray,” Jacob says. “It was probably the best test I’ve had with him.”

He reflects that he was happy with the trot work, but the canter suffered from a few bobbles, from which the horse fortunately rallied: “He can get sensory overload very easily and spooked at some random spectators in the canter, so we lost some points there.”

They were able to jump their way on up the scoreboard: “He’s very good at the show jumping, and jumped very well cross country.” The three phases added up to a win when all the top five combinations in front of him came off cross country with time faults.

In addition to his win with Van Gough, Jacob also finished 3rd in the CCI3*-S with 5o1 Mischief Managed and 2nd in the CCI2*-S with 5o1 Wyly Girl. Next up for his crew is Jersey Fresh in May.

Jacob had been aiming Atlantic Domino at Kentucky until his injury at Red Hills. “I’ve been deflated since that happened,” Jacob admits. But he’s redirected his energy, and it seems to be paying off: “Without Domino I’ve been putting the pressure on the others to step up to the plate, and they have.”

Jacob’s only real miss of the weekend came during the awards ceremony, when the top three were given bottles of bubbly. He was surprised when he popped his bottle open with little fanfare — wasn’t it supposed to come fizzing out? “I thought geez, they gave me a dud,” Jacob says, not realizing that you had to shake the bottle before opening to make it spray. The runners-up were quick to douse the defenseless winner with entirety of their own bottles. Better luck next year, Jacob!

Buck Davidson and Park Trader. Photo by Amy Griffith for Liz Crawley Photography.

Show jumping leaders Buck Davidson and Park Trader, a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Master Imp x Ballyhast Polly, by Highland King) owed by Carl and Cassie Segal, picked up 7.6 time to finished in 2nd place.

Always one of the busiest riders at Kentucky, Buck has four horses entered in the CCI5*-L later this month: CarlevoCopper BeachJak My Style and Park Trader, all four of whom enjoyed a final run at Chatt Hills. Copper Beach finished 8th in the CCI4*-S; Jak My Style won the Advanced, and Carlevo finished 4th.

Watch Buck’s winning Advanced ride with Jak My Style:

Rounding out the CCI4*-S top three is another veteran Kentucky bound pair, Ellen Doughty-Hume with Sir Oberon, a 17-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred gelding (HQ Outrigger x Cher) owned by the rider and Alistair Hume. Like Jacob and Van Gough, they also made a big jump up the scoreboard, starting in 19th after dressage and finishing 3rd.

Ellen Doughty-Hume with Sir Oberon. Photo by Amy Griffith for Liz Crawley Photography.

Pillar-to-Post Victories for CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S Winners

Justine Dutton and MGH Heartbeat, her own 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Womanizer x Douglas Darco, by Ard VDL Douglas), took the CCI3*-S dressage lead on a 28.1 and held fast to it throughout the event. No CCI3*-S pairs made the cross country time, and Justine squeaked in for the win with 10.8 time faults.

Justine Dutton and MGH Heartbeat. Photo by Taylor Crawley for Liz Crawley Photography.

Clara Cargile and BT Jump the Gun, her own 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Copper Field x Fida Kahlo, by Cricket Ball), were tied for 1st after CCI2*-S dressage and sealed the deal with double-clear jumping rounds.

Clara Cargile and BT Jump the Gun. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Go Eventing!

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Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection Overtake Advanced Lead at The Fork

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection won one of two Advanced divisions at The Fork at Tryon in 2018, and a year later they’re poised to defend their title — although Lynn is more interested in giving “Pippy” a good pre-Kentucky run than she is in a blue ribbon.

Lynn and the 15-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x Naomagic I, by Exorbitant xx) owned by Mary Ann Ghadban sat 2nd after dressage to Boyd Martin and Long Island T. When that pair dropped two rails, the door swung open for Lynn and Pippy to overtake the lead, which they did despite 4 jumping and 0.4 time faults.

Note: Will Faudree and Pfun, a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Tadmus x Celerina, by Cento) owned by Jennifer Mosing and Sterling Silver Stables, posted a double-clear and would have moved into the lead from 4th, but withdrew after show jumping as per their own Kentucky gameplan.

“She was good,” Lynn says of Pippy’s round. “I ended up changing the bit from last time I went in the ring, and she was a bit sassy. I totally take credit for the rail we had down – she jumped really well, I just didn’t ride across the back rail of that oxer.”

Tryon International Equestrian Center’s busy main arena is good prep for being on stage at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“It was good to get in a little bit more atmosphere, because she’s been to places that were a little bit quieter, so it was good to get in here and practice in a venue that really prepares you for Kentucky,” Lynn says.

As for her plan heading into cross country, Lynn says, “The placing wasn’t really in my mind, but it’s nice to be sitting well going into cross country, absolutely,” she says. “The plan tomorrow would be to have a good run that prepares her for Kentucky. I don’t really have the clock in mind – the chips kind of fall where they do. No one really remembers in the end who won the Advanced A Division of The Fork a few years down the road, so it’s more just preparing her for the ride she needs in the long run.”

 Check out EN’s preview of Capt. Mark Phillips’ CCI4*-S cross country course here.

“I’m excited to ride around the track tomorrow,” Lynn says. “I rode it on a horse I knew very well last year, and this is one I’ve had the ride on for about a year now. The venue looks great – the ground is great and the courses look awesome.

“It’s too bad there aren’t more entries here because it’s crazy, because this place prepares you so much,” she says. “Especially for young horses to come see this kind of venue, and the courses and the footing are really good, with jumper classes going on at the same time so you could even bring young horses or students, too. It’s too bad that more people didn’t take advantage of this because it really is a fantastic venue for all levels and experience.”

Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

In 2nd place overnight is Ariel Grald with Leamore Master Plan, a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Master Imp x Aredragh Bash, by Cavalier Royale) owned by Anne Eldridge. The pair jumped a clear, quick round to move up from 6th place after dressage.

“My horse jumps super,” Ariel says. “He’s very careful. He gets a little strong, but I’m lucky that he really tries over the fences. There’s a lot of atmosphere in that arena, but I thought it was a great course that challenged accuracy. I didn’t give him the best ride going into the final line but he took care of himself and dealt with the mistakes. He jumped really well.”

Ariel is getting her first crack at Kentucky later this month. As for cross country tomorrow, she says, “I’m looking forward to going out and getting galloping. There are a lot of big jumps out there that are going to be fun, and there are some good accuracy questions, too. I think it’s going to be a great set up for future spring events. He’s really good at cross country. He loves to gallop and he’s brave. It’s both of our favorite phase.”

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo courtesy of Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Boyd Martin holds down the 3rd and 4th places with Long Island T and Contestor respectively.

“Long Island T, I actually was really, really happy with the way he jumped,” Boyd says. “I felt like he was making a really good show, he was trying. He had two back rails down. The first one I set up a bit too early and the second one he just toed the line, so be honest he had eight jumping penalties, but I was very, very pleased with the way he jumped and he’s in good shape, so it doesn’t look that good on the score board, but he gave me a good feel.”

Boyd is headed to Kentucky with Long Island T, a 2006 Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding (Ludwig Von Bayern x Heraldik XX) owned by The Long Island T Syndicate.

Contestor, a 12-year-old Dutch gelding (Contango x Jer’s Princess, by Killer Jer) owned by Denise Lahey, is much greener but a rising star, having won his last two international outings. The horse put in a huge effort to jump clear today, Boyd says. “He’s been a hit-and-miss of a horse. He can put in some great rounds and he can put in some sharpers, and today he jumped as good as any of them.”

Much more to come. Go Eventing!

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Liz Halliday-Sharp Is Still 1-2 After The Fork at Tryon CCI4*-S Show Jumping

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

The Fork at Tryon CCI4*-S dressage leader Liz Halliday-Sharp headed into show jumping with a rail in hand and ended up cashing it in on the final fence. No mind, though — she still lays claim to the top two spots in the division (and the no. 5 spot to boot), and says she couldn’t have been happier with her horses’ performance.

“All my horses jumped incredible today,” Liz says of her first-placed ride, Fernhill By Night. “Blackie jumped out of his skin, and I thought I had it in the bag — he was my first ride of the group.”

Liz says she rolled down to the last fence with a little bit of a turn on him still, and he twisted the tiniest bit into his left shoulder in the air — a rare hiccup for the 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Radolin x Argentina XII, by Argentinus) owned by Deborah Halliday.

“It was probably my fault, maybe I was a little too casual about it because I thought I had it done and I know better, but the horse jumped amazing, they all did, so it’s not his fault,” Liz says.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Liz and Deniro Z, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Zapatero VDL X Zonne-Trend, by French Buffet xx) owned by The Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties, jumped a clear, quick round to stay put in second place.

Liz’s third horse in the division, Cooley Quicksilver, also had a fault-free performance, boosting him from 8th after dressage to 5th. Liz has since withdrawn him from cross country, per her plan to give the horse a shot at defending his CCI3*-L title at Ocala International next weekend. The event is also a selection trial for the Pan American Games.

“He is incredible in cross country, he’s a wicked cool horse, but I’m gonna go ahead and do the selection trial for the Pan Ams because that would be my goal for him,” Liz says. After Ocala the 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal, by Creggan Diamond), owned by The Monster Partnership, will enjoy a little holiday then do a CCI4*-S in Germany and, should he be selected for the Pan Ams team, represent the U.S. in Lima, Peru.

Liz says she was thrilled with his performance at The Fork and is excited for his future. “He’s such a cool horse. He’s a total freak. He’s not normal and I think he kicked out behind over every single warm up fence, he always does, he probably did it over a few in the ring because he just loves it and he comes out and he’s like ‘Yeah! Come on, give me something harder!’”

“He is a cheeky monkey, he’s really naughty,” she says. “I love him, he’s so flexible and now he’s figured it out and he just thinks it so easy. It’s so fun to ride him. He’s one of my favorite horses to jump because we know each other really well, and he’s just an incredible athlete.”

Looking ahead to cross country tomorrow, Liz has a custom plan in place for both Blackie and Deniro.

“They are both slightly in a different place because Deniro really needs a good prep run for Kentucky,” Liz says. “I don’t plan to run him slow because I don’t think that would suit him. I need to get him a little bit more with me — he was a bit of an animal at Carolina. He’s like an airplane now, he’s so strong and has so much power, and I just need to make sure he’s sort of listening to me and that I can put him in the same place looking ahead to Kentucky, so that will be my goal with him.”

She aims to let Blackie have a run at the blue ribbon. “I’m gonna have a damn good crack and try and make the time and try and take him to the win,” she says.

Check out EN’s preview of Capt. Mark Phillips’ CCI4*-S cross country course here.

“I think it’s a stronger track than Carolina, in my opinion,” Liz says. “I think there’s a lot more to do than there was at Carolina, so it will take some riding for sure, especially if you’re going fast. So I’m just going to go out and try to give them a really great run and lots of confidence and kick on.”

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg, a 12-year-old Trakehner gelding (Windfall x Thabana, by Buddenbrock) owned by Christine Turner, came into show jumping in equal third place with Felix Vogg and Volero. The tie was broken when the latter pair picked up two time penalties.

Boyd had four rides today — two in the Advanced (Contestor and Long Island T, who sit 5th and 4th respectively) and two in the CCI4*-S (Tsetserleg, 3rd, and On Cue, who is 25th).

“I had an up and down day,” Boyd says. “The two horses I was worried about having tough rounds on jumped like bunny rabbits. Contestor and Tsetserleg, they were fantastic. My two reliable jumping horses were a little bit spooky.” (Long Island T had two rails; On Cue had three.)

Boyd was pleased with Tsetserleg’s fault-free round. Because “Thomas” can be tricky sometimes in combinations, Boyd schooled him early this morning over a couple small combinations over and over again, which he says got the horse thinking, waiting and slow. The preparation paid off, as he was foot-perfect through the combinations in the ring.

“I was pleased that he jumped not only clear, but in good fashion,” Boyd says. “I think leading into Kentucky it’s not so much the result, but the feeling they’re giving you when you ride them.”

Boyd is heading into cross country tomorrow on a mission for redemption after he and Tsetserleg’s WEG blip at the water.

“It’s a very weird sport, this eventing, because one jump can just destroy emotion or feeling and everyone’s moral for months and months and months, so it’s good to be back here to be honest,” Boyd says. “And obviously, the boat in the water, I really want to give him a good ride there and I’ve probably gone over that jump [in my mind] more times, you know, what I did wrong or what could have happened differently than any other jump I’ve ever jumped. So I’m looking forward to going in there and riding that in a better way.”

The Fork is a final pre-Kentucky run for Tsetserleg and Long Island T. Boyd aims to give them a quick round, taking advantage of the good footing, without being reckless, so that they come off course with their composure intact. “Like sometimes if you them real fast, the next time you ride them they’re a bit out of control, so you try and give them a good blow out here, a good fitness run, but then also schooling them a little bit so that they’re waiting and thinking for you, so it’s a catch 22.”

Meanwhile in the CCI3*-S, Doug Payne remains in the lead with Starr Witness. The 8-year-old Dutch mare (Chello II x Carmen, by Veneur) owned by Laurie McRee will head into cross country on her dressage score of 27.6.

Courtney Cooper and Excel Star If Never, a 7-year-old warmblood cross (If Ever 111 x Wuberlina H, by Wuberlina H) owned by The Constellation Partners, are out front in the CCI2*-S on their dressage score of 36.3.

Much more to come. Go Eventing.

Many thanks to Sarah Madden for assistance with quotes for this story. 

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A Tale of Two CCIs: Snapshots From Chattahoochee Hills and The Fork at Tryon

It’s the blue moon of eventing: two big CCIs in one weekend. We’ve been following both Chattahoochee Hills and The Fork at Tryon with interest, both set against the backdrop of clock tower peaked Adirondack-style architecture. Uncanny, eh? Like the American version of all those fancy castles at British events.

Here are a few of your Instagram photos from these two picturesque venues! And all the links you need, all in one place. Keep it here for continuing coverage throughout the weekend!

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Watch Woodge Fulton Tackle Strzegom CCI4*-S Cross Country at 8:42 a.m.

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Lots of action this weekend! In addition to CCI4*-S events at The Fork at Tryon and Chattahoochee Hills, the Strzegom CCI4*-S is taking place in Poland, the Kihikihi International CCI4*-S is underway in New Zealand, and in Australia we’ve got the Quirindi Eventing CCI4*-S.

The U.S.’s own Woodge Fulton is at Strzegom with Captain Jack, the 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Numerous x Lady Malone) owned by the Full Moon Farm syndicate, is testing her mettle in a field full of European heavy hitters at Strzegom. The pair has been in training with Dirk Schrade in Germany since heading abroad early February.

Woodge and Captain currently sit 20th on a score of 42.2 after dressage; Tip Lips (NED) and Bayro are the leaders heading into cross country on a score of 24.4.

Woodge and Captain tackle cross country at 2:42 p.m. CEST (8:42 EST) — you can watch the live stream here.

Update: Woodge and Captain jumped clear with 24.0 time penalties and will head into show jumping in 27th place. 

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CCI4*-S Leaders Buck Davidson and Park Trader Look Kentucky-Ready at Chatt Hills

Buck Davidson and Park Trader, overnight leaders in the CCI4*-S. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

It’s a wild weekend for U.S. eventing, with the entry rosters at The Fork at TIEC and Chattahoochee Hills stacked to the rafters with Kentucky-bound horses greasing the wheels with one last prep run. Thirty horses are contesting the CCI4*-S at The Fork at TIEC, and another 30 are contesting the CCI4*-S at Chatt Hills, so we’re paying the events equal mind this weekend. (Catch up on our coverage of The Fork here).

Here’s a report from Friday, with beautiful photos from Liz Crawley Photography and video from The Horse Pester David Frechette.

Buck Davidson and Park Trader Jump Ahead of Dressage Leader Jessica Phoenix in CCI4*-S 

Jessica Phoenix handily snatched the CCI4*-S dressage lead with Pavarotti, her own 17-year-old Westphalian gelding (Pavarotti Van De Helle x Fidelia, by Foxiland xx), on a score of 28.2. The pair hasn’t collected more than 4 show jumping penalties at an international event since 2016, but their one-or-none record got varnished today when they had three uncharacteristic rails, dropping them from 1st to 20th position.

The top three following CCI4*-S dressage:

Dressage leaders Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti, who scored a 28.2. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Buck Davidson and Park Trader were 2nd in the dressage on a 28.3. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Maya Black and FE Black Ice scored a 30.3 for 3rd place. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

That left the door open for 2nd placed Buck Davidson and Park Trader to sweep into the top spot on a dressage score of 32.2 and a clear, fast show jumping round. Park Trader, a 17-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Master Imp x Ballyhast Polly, by Highland King) owed by Carl and Cassie Segal, will be our overnight leader heading into cross country on Sunday.

Always one of the busiest riders at Kentucky, Buck has four horses entered in the CCI5*-L later this month: Carlevo, Copper Beach, Jak My Style and Park Trader, all four of whom are enjoying a final run at Chatt Hills. Along with Park Trader, Copper Beach is contesting the CCI4*-S and sits in 19th place after show jumping. Carlevo and Jak My Style are in the Advanced division and sit 5th and 3rd respectively.

Fun fact: Buck was 1-2 in the CCI4*-S (former FEI CIC3*) in 2017 with Copper Beach and Carlevo, and finished 2nd in 2018 with Copper Beach. Maybe it’s Park Trader’s year to take a turn at the plate!

Rounding out the top three in the CCI4*-S are two more Kentucky-bound pairs. Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Eastern Echo x Miners Girl, by Miner’s Mark) owned by Sound Prospect LLC, are 2nd on their dressage score of 32.2.

Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia, a 12-year-old Zweibrucker gelding (Ocordo x Argentina) owned by Diana Crawford and Hugh Wrigley, are 3rd on their dressage score of 32.2.

Clayton Fredericks and FE Ophelia. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Dressage Leaders Sit Pretty Through Show Jumping in CCI3*-S and CCI2*S

Justine Dutton and MGH Heartbeat, her own 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Womanizer x Douglas Darco, by Ard VDL Douglas), took the CCI3*-S dressage lead on a 28.1 and held fast to it through show jumping.

CCI3*-S leaders Justine Dutton and MGH Heartbeat. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Ivie Cullen-Dean and Fernhill Full Throttle are 2nd on a 28.9; Allie Knowles and Business Class round out the top 3 on a 29.5.

CCI2*-S leaders Clara Cargile and BT Jump the Gun. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

Clara Cargile and BT Jump the Gun, her own 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Copper Field x Fida Kahlo, by Cricket Ball), were tied for 1st after CCI2*-S dressage and sealed the deal a clear, quick show jumping round. Jacob Fletcher moved from 4th after dressage to 2nd after show jumping with 5o1 Wyly Girl, on a score of 31.9. In 3rd is Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Devil Munchkin, on their dressage score of 33.5.

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Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night Continue Dressage Hot Streak at The Fork

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by RedBayStock.com.

In an extension of her dominance at Carolina International two weeks ago, Liz Halliday-Sharp owns the top two CCI4*-S spots after dressage day at The Fork at Tryon International Equestrian Center. Carolina winner Fernhill by Night is out front again by a healthy margin, having scored a 24.8 in what Liz called “the best test Blackie’s ever done in his whole life.”

“Blackie,” a 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Radolin x Argentina XII, by Argentinus) owned by Deborah Halliday, now has six career international victories to his name and has won his last two international starts. Could he go three for three this weekend? Certainly, he’s off to a roaring start.

“I was totally over the moon thrilled with him,” Liz says. “He didn’t drop me, like he usually does – he’s normally the world’s laziest horse. I think we’ve finally gotten our warm-up down this time, and I think he really enjoyed himself.”

Liz explains that Blackie is “not your normal event horse” and requires a unique preparation.

“Really with Blackie it’s just getting him as hot as you can possibly get him,” she says. “We keep everything down to a really small amount of work. Like yesterday, I rode him in the jump saddle and cantered him around the ring a bit in the morning, and that was it, and then I rode him for literally 10 minutes, I think, and just picked him up and got him really hot, doing some passage-piaffe steps and working on the pirouette canter so he can really, really sit. So then when he goes in the ring it’s easy, and you just open him up into something he finds easy.”

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night. Photo by
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Before today’s test they did a maximum of 15 minutes in the warm-up, Liz says. He got walked in the morning, breakfast aplenty, and some electrolyte paste which Liz thinks gave him a boost. The unorthodox routine clearly agreed with the horse and paid off in their performance.

“It was probably the first time that I haven’t had to work really hard in the canter,” Liz says. “I’ve been able to just sit there and feel like I have the hind legs and just enjoy it, and just put him through the movements he does so well. I think the score reflected that, and I was hoping when I came out of the ring that the score would be sub-25, and I don’t always think that. I really felt the horse couldn’t have given me more today, so I’m really pleased with him. He was a good boy.”

With a mere seven-tenths of a point separating the second through seventh places after dressage, it’s a tightly packed top of the leaderboard. But Liz and Blackie have 5.3 points in hand heading into the weekend’s jumping phases.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Liz sits second to herself with Deniro Z, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding (Zapatero VDL X Zonne- Trend, by French Buffet xx) owned by The Deniro Syndicate and Ocala Horse Properties. The pair scored a 30.1.

“I think Deniro did a lot of great work,” Liz said. “His first halt was off but the other two were very good, so that’s been an improvement from Carolina. The changes were a mess, but he’s just gotten himself in a little bit of a tizz with those on the serpentine, and that just is what it is. It’s a work in progress, like it always has been. So that was disappointing, because I think he easily would’ve been in the 20s without two very low marks.

“I actually sort of thought he would have been in the 20s anyway, because I thought the rest of his work was really, really nice, and had a lot of flow, and I actually thought it was a better test than at Carolina, but different judges see different things. It’ll be interesting to see what the marks are on paper, but obviously I’m pleased for him to be in second. I think he’s just going to keep getting better, and he’s still young,” she said.

As with Blackie, Liz is sensitive to the different needs of different horses in the warm-up. At Carolina, Liz says, she felt like she “overcooked” Deniro a bit, perhaps asking him for too much push from behind.

“This time we went for a little bit more relaxation and I think overall had a better test than at Carolina, minus the two very big wobbles,” she says. “I also rode him in the double today, which was good —  I haven’t ridden him in that for a while. I think he was just a little bit lighter and softer through everything.”

Liz has Deniro pointed at Kentucky, his second start at the level after finishing 8th at Luhmühlen last year. “I haven’t quite figured out what we’ll do for Kentucky yet but yeah, we’re getting there,” she says. “Just trying to keep him from getting himself wound up about the flying changes, because I think he overthinks it too, so we’ve just got to keep relaxing a bit.”

The CCI4*-S continues with show jumping on Saturday and cross country on Sunday. Liz describes the Captain Mark Phillips designed course as “proper” — look for a preview on EN first thing tomorrow.

“I think it’s up to height and substantial, and there are some big questions,” Liz says. “I think there’s a lot to jump, and I’m guessing the time will be tight enough, because there’s quite a few questions that need a little bit of respect, and it was pretty tight last year as well. Obviously, on the undulating ground it does make the time add up, but I think this rain today will make the ground pretty good and hopefully very good. It’s always a big atmosphere in this ring to show jump as well, so we’ll just go in and do our best, really.”

Like many of the riders contesting The Fork in preparation for Kentucky this weekend, Liz is viewing The Fork as a final prep — not a finish line. “Obviously, I want to jump clear both days!” she says. “But for Deniro my plan is very much focused on Kentucky now – I wouldn’t say I’m going to go out and be very slow, but I’m not going to go out and be like a mad person. Most importantly I want that rideability and take jumps out of stride that can come out of stride, and just kind of focus on that game plan looking ahead to Kentucky.”

Blackie, on the other hand, isn’t headed to Kentucky, so we’ll expect them to step on the gas. “Blackie goes to every event trying to win – that’s all we do with him now,” Liz says. “He’s 16 now and doesn’t run a lot, so we’ll give it my best shot. I think it’s a strong cross country, from what I’ve seen. I think he’s up to it, and feeling the best he’s ever felt in his life. So we will try and jump clear on both days and keep kicking.”

Felix Vogg and Colero. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography, courtesy of TIEC.

In equal 3rd place on a score of 30.2 is Felix Vogg and Colero, an 11-year-old Westphalian gelding (Captain Fire x Bonita, by Bormio xx) owned by Vogg Jürgen. The Swiss Olympian and two-time World Equestrian Games competitor also has big plans for the last weekend in April.

“I think he has good dressage form because he’s doing so much fitness work for Kentucky,” Felix says. “We have to get better in dressage, and ride a few different tests so he gets used to being in the ring and used to the tests. He’s good outside when it’s more relaxed.”

Looking ahead to cross country, Felix reiterates that his goal is to get Colero as prepared as possible for the horse’s CCI5*-L debut. “It is good to ride a course like this before Kentucky,” he says. “There are not as many turns, but there are a lot of questions, so you have to be quick in the head, and the horse has to be quick in the head, and you don’t get a long break in between so it’s good. I will ride to give him a good feel that it’s all getting done as it should be done.”

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography, courtesy of TIEC.

Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg, a 12-year-old Trakehner gelding (Windfall x Thabana, by Buddenbrock) owned by Christine Turner, share the no. 3 spot with Felix and Colero.

“The test was pretty good,” Boyd says. “It doesn’t suit my horse that much, but to be honest it’s great to be able to get in here in this stadium. Like I said yesterday, it’s a wonderful preparation for Kentucky because the horses do get nervous in a bit of atmosphere and practice going down the center line.”

Boyd also has Tsetserleg aimed at Kentucky, along with Long Island T (who is leading the Advanced division — see our recap of that division here) and Ray Price, who stayed home after winning the Open Intermediate horse trials at Morven Park last weekend.

“I think my guy’s in good shape,” Boyd says. “He’s working well, and there’s just a couple little technical things we messed up, which I’m not too worried about because I haven’t really been focusing on this test at all. I just learned it yesterday, but I think we’re in good shape to put in a smoking hot test come Kentucky.”

As for Boyd, who broke his collarbone on Feb. 2 while fox hunting, he reports that he’s feeling back to form as well. The injury abridged his season a bit, causing him to sit out Carolina.

“Yeah, it’s been a bit of an interesting winter for me,” Boyd says. “I broke my collarbone early and then to be honest at Red Hills I hurt my back and had to get that treated the weekend of Carolina, and so it’s been just bouncing around trying to get myself in good shape. Luckily now I feel pain-free and healthy probably for the first time this year, which is a relief. It’s a horrible experience riding horses every day when you’re in pain because you can’t really do a good job of it. So my collarbone is perfect and I’ve got my back fixed up and I’m fighting fit and feel good. I’ve come good at just the right time.”

Looking ahead to the Fork cross country on Sunday, Boyd says, “Everyone is having a laugh at me this weekend with Tsetserleg and saying, ‘How are you going to ride that water jump?’ And I simply say I’m going to completely do everything I didn’t do last time!

“In all seriousness, it’s a great track. When you ride in a championship or a big-time international event it’s so exact and precise on your lines. It’s a world championship fence [the WEG water jump] that caught some of the best in the world out, so it’s a great opportunity for these horses to ride around a true international track,” he says.

The Fork at TIEC continues Saturday with cross country for Modified, Novice, Training and Beginner Novice Divisions, as well as show jumping in the CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, Advanced, Intermediate and Preliminary divisions. Much, much more to come. Stay tuned!

Many thanks to Sarah Madden for assistance with quotes for this story. 

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Event Horse March Madness: Final 4!

Your Final 4! Choose wisely. Photos by EN.

Who is the fiercest event horse in the land? Our NCAA college basketball inspired March Madness showdown marches on today with the Final 4!

How it’s seeded: To avoid petty squabbling amidst our chinchilla selection committee, we have objectively seeded the bracket according to the final 2018 WBFSH Rankings. Included in the bracket are the highest ranked eight horses from each of four regions: North America, UK/Ireland, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. The higher the points earned in 2018, the higher the seed. The six winners of CCI4* events in 2018 as well as the 2018 World Champion received automatic top seed buy-in.

Determination of winner: Popular vote!
Round of 32, Part 1: Monday, March 18
Round of 32, Part 2: Wednesday, March 20
Sweet 16: Monday, March 25
Elite 8: Monday, April 1
Final 4: Friday, April 5
Championship: Monday, April 8

Today’s match-ups: Who came up with this ridiculous fantasy event horse league idea? (Oh me, I did.) Things just seem a little cruel and usual at this point: Foxwood High squaring off against fischerRocana FST … that one may keep you up at night. On the other side of the bracket, we’ve got the reigning world champion Allstar B against yet another five-star supermare Classic Moet. Cast your votes if you dare!

Final 4 voting is open through midnight on Sunday, April 7, with the Championship to be decided the following day. Go vote, and Go Eventing!

Boyd Martin Leads Advanced Dressage at The Fork, Is Eager to Get Revenge on a Certain Boat

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Boyd Martin’s last excursion to Tryon International Equestrian Center for the 2018 World Equestrian Games was a little bit of a bummer, but now he’s back and ready to make things right with a certain cross country obstacle: “There’s a boat — I’m going to be riding hard to that one, and I’m going to be clucking and flapping my elbows about five strides out of that one … you watch!”

If I was a boat, I sure wouldn’t want to meet that guy in a dark alley. On Thursday Boyd and Long Island T took command of the Advanced dressage division at The Fork at TIEC, presented by Lucky Clays Farm. The pair scored a 24.5 in the big atmosphere of Tryon Stadium to lead the 13-horse field.

“He went like a dream!” Boyd said of the 2006 Oldenburg/Thoroughbred gelding (Ludwig Von Bayern x Heraldik XX) owned by The Long Island T Syndicate. “He got in there and did a fantastic test. The event organizers were great at this event to let us school in the rings for both FEI and the horse trials, which promotes great tests.”

“He’s a pretty seasoned horse in the dressage now — it’s his second year at this level, so he’s starting to become very-well seasoned in all the movements. He’s great fun to ride on the flat because he’s got that natural extension the judges love.”

Looking forward to the rest of the Advanced competition, which features show jumping on Saturday and cross country on Sunday, Boyd said, “My strategy is to jump really well and then ride really well in the cross country. I think it’s a brilliant track and I couldn’t imagine a better place to prepare for a 5* event than this [TIEC]. It’s got magnificent stadiums, beautiful rings and then obviously a world championship cross country course. The horses should be well-prepared come Kentucky.”

Boyd has three horses entered in this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event: Long Island T, Tsetserleg and Ray Price. Tsetserleg is contesting the Fork’s CCI4*-S division, while Ray Price stayed home after winning the Open Intermediate horse trials at Morven Park last weekend.

All boat threats aside, Boyd has only sparkling comments for The Fork at TIEC and its venue. “To me, it’s just one of those brilliant events to come to with the restaurants and shops here and staying in the cabins on-site. Obviously, it’s just a world-class facility and great exposure for the horses. I think it’s going to help produce top performances in the future as well,” he said.

Boyd Martin and Long Island T. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

In second place after dressage is Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection on a score of 27.7. Lynn and “Pippy,” a 15-year-old Holsteiner mare (Contender x Naomagic I, by Exorbitant xx) owned by Mary Ann Ghadban, come in as defending champions, having won one of two Advanced divisions here at The Fork in 2018. Their test yesterday fell a couple points shy of the 25.7 they posted last year.

“Our test was alright,” Lynn said. “She [Under Suspection] left a lot of points on the board, but I’m preparing for Kentucky, so I used the test to play around with a few things. I’ve ridden the horse for a year now, so I know her a bit better. She was my backup horse for WEG last year.”

Like many of the combinations here, Kentucky is also the next stop on their calendar.

She continued, “She’s such a lovely horse — to get that score when it wasn’t the best you’ve ever done is great. I’m excited to go out on Saturday and ride her around the track I got to ride in September. She knows her job and she’s such a lovely mare. So I’ll use this as a final prep for Kentucky.

“I think she’s just a reliable horse all around. She can get a little hot in the ring — she’s a relaxed competitor, but she’s a fighter. She is such a beast cross country. She really would love to just go cross country and gallop forever.”

Swiss Olympian and two-time WEG contender Felix Vogg, who now resides in the U.S., sits third aboard Archie Rocks with a score of 29.50. Felix purchased the 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Le Monde x Unbridled Diva, by Unbridled Jet) from Maya Studenmund early this year, and he says their partnership is still developing but progressing well.

“The test was pretty OK,” Felix said. “I think he is not the most talented one in dressage, but he wants to do the test correctly and tries. Today, he was much more calm and focused.

“He like cross country and jumping. Cross country is nothing for him — he’s an old racehorse, so he’s used to it, but dressage is a new thing for him. I’ve only had him since January.”

Looking ahead to cross country, Felix said, “I make a plan when I get out of the start box and jump the first few jumps based on how he feels. I like that the course will have parts of the WEG course, and it is interesting to ride it once more, and maybe try to do it better than last time!”

For the CCI3*-S division, Doug Payne and Starr Witness advanced to first with a dressage score of 27.6, while Will Faudree and Caeleste sit in second on a 29.6. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Flash Cooley are in third on a score of 30.8. Meanwhile Hannah Sue Burnett and Carsonstown lead the CCI2*-S dressage on a score of 32.0.

The Fork at TIEC continues with CCI4*-S, Modified, Novice, Training, and Beginner Novice dressage phases, followed by show jumping and cross country for all phases Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be back later today with much more!

[Boyd Martin and Long Island T Lead The Fork at TIEC Presented by Lucky Clays Farm after Advanced Dressage]

The Fork at Tryon CCI-S & H.T.: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesLive Scores, EN’s Coverage, Instagram, Twitter

CCI3*-S Top 10 After Dressage:

CCI2*-S Top 10 After Dressage:

Advanced Top 10 After Dressage:

#ThrowbackThursday Video from Ecovet: Rewind to The Fork’s 2018 CIC3* Water

Phillip Dutton and Z, winners of The Fork at Tryon CIC3/WEG Test Event in 2018. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Remember last year’s edition of The Fork at Tryon CIC3*/World Equestrian Games Test Event? Back in the good ol’ days of CICs … seems like so long ago. As a reminder of how that story ended, Phillip Dutton won the headline division with Z, who of course went on to be the top U.S. finisher in the WEG.

The 2019 event is upon us, with CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S and a chunk of horse trial divisions completing their dressage today (we’ll have a report from that here in a bit), and the CCI4*-S kicking off tomorrow.

To get amped up for the imminent action, let’s rewind to last year with this video of riders navigating Captain Mark Phillips’ three-star water from RNS Video. After jumping a table at 6A, riders had an option at the B element to jump the slightly longer and easier route over the duck in the water on the left, or go more direct to the narrow brush on the right. Then it was on to an up bank at 6C, followed by a corner at fence 7.

We can’t wait to catch a glimpse of this year’s track. Keep it here for more from The Fork at Tryon throughout the week. Go Eventing!

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Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: The Great Grays of Rocking Horse

From silver dapples to coats the color of freshly fallen snow, the grays were out in force at Rocking Horse Spring H.T. over the weekend, dominating several of the upper-level leaderboards.

Many thanks to “The Horse Pesterer” David Frechette for the videos!

Allie Knowles and Casarino won the Open Intermediate-A division, adding just 1.6 cross country time penalty to their dressage score of 27.1. Allie and the 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Cassaro x Rosy M, by Cardino) have had a string of successful three-star (former FEI two-star level) outings, collecting a 2nd, two 3rds and a 4th in their last four international starts.

Alex Green and Fernhill Allure finished 2nd in the Open Prelim-A division on their dressage score of 30.2. The 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare (Chakoa x Molly’s Diamondstrike) belongs to Alex’s best friend Dani Busbee, who has had super results with her through the Intermediate level. Dani is getting ready to welcome a baby girl into the world in June — congrats, Dani and Timothy!!! — and gave Alex the ride while she’s sidelined.

Alex reports that the mare is good at everything she does. “Competitive dressage scores, clean show jumping rounds, not to mention she is one of the best cross country horses I have had the opportunity to sit on … don’t forget bath time, trailer loading, clipping and mane pulling … anything and everything she is about as perfect as they come. She has been beautifully produced by Dani and is a joy to ride everyday. Dani is currently expecting and therefore the mare is for sale but come August the story may very well change.”

As in, Alex might just not give the mare back? They do seem to be getting on quite well together!

Leslie Law and First Class, an 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Furstenball x Laguna, by Lortino), led the Open Intermediate-B dressage and show jumping, only to get jostled into 2nd by another grey, Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best, when they picked up 7.6 time penalties cross country.

Watch their test, which scored an impressive 26.6:

We’re always excited to cheer for Lila Gendal, who was a longtime blogger for EN. After scoring a 31.1 in dressage and turning in a clear show jumping round, she and Arctic Tiger headed into cross country in a three-way tie for first! None of the three had any penalties so the winner was decided by closest proximity to optimum time. Lila had the fastest time of the three, which meant it was the furthest under optimum time, so the pair finished 3rd. So close!

View complete scores from Rocking Horse here. Go Eventing!

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#EventerProblems Vol. 176, Presented by Haygain: You’ve Got Problems, We’ve Got Solutions

Or, at the very least, we have a harebrained idea and some duct tape. Nonetheless, you can always count on eventers to get the job done. In lieu of your regularly scheduled #EventerProblems programming, here are a few strokes of #EventerSolutions genius as ‘grammed by EN readers.

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Note from EN: Even better, always wear a properly fitting helmet!

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Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

 

Cooley Starstruck having sympathy for his fellow teammates after their big weekend @galwaydownsequestrian #tootiredtostand #horseshowhangover

Posted by Tamie Smith on Monday, April 1, 2019

I feel like it’s too early in the season to be experiencing this degree of horse show hangover, but here we are. Red Hills, Carolina, Galway … adrenal fatigue is real, and yet they just keep coming. Next up: The Fork at Tryon and Chattahoochee Hills this weekend, both of which are stocked ponds of Kentucky-bound entries on the hunt for a happy final warmup run. In Europe the big event is Poland’s Strzegom CCI4*-S, featuring its own roster of heavy-hitters, in New Zealand we’ve got the Kihikihi International CCI4*-S, and in Australia we’ve got the Quirindi Eventing CCI4*-S.

Hold onto your butts, EN. We’re in eventing high cotton!

National Holiday: National Tweed Day

Major Events This Week:

The Fork at Tryon CCI-S & HT [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills CCI-S & HT [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Events This Week:

Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

CDCTA Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Spring Bay H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Help Larkin Hill H.T. build a Prelim cross country course! The Area 1 event has the operational infrastructure to add the Preliminary level to their July 21 event this year, but they need a hand with funding. Their goal is to raise $50,000, not only to help make this Preliminary division a reality this year (which will be possible with a generous loan of portable jumps from Fitch’s Corner and Millbrook), but to help build their own own obstacles for the future. Your support is most welcome and greatly appreciated! Ways to donate:  [GoFund Me] [American Horse Trials Foundation] [Larkin Hill Sponsorship]

Headed to The Fork at Tryon? Don’t miss the USEF Eventing Open Forum for athletes, owners and eventing stakeholders on Friday, April 5 at 5:30 p.m. on the porch of the Legends Club. Open forum will be immediately following the FEI Rider Briefing on Friday. [USA Eventing]

The vets of tomorrow are learning today. The Equine Studies Department at Centenary University in Hackettstown, New Jersey has introduced two new tools to enhance hands-on learning opportunities for students: the latest digital radiography and ultrasound technology. These advances, which can pinpoint many maladies but are used primarily to view tendon and ligament injuries, promise to deepen students’ understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of injuries to horses. [Centenary University Equine Studies Department]

Have weekend plans? Consider volunteering at an event! In addition to being a valuable educational experience and great way to give back to the sport, each event offers perks ranging from entry/schooling fees to gear and more. Sign up to volunteer via EventingVolunteers.com. [Spring Bay H.T.] [Pine Hill Spring H.T.] [CDCTA Spring H.T.] [The Fork]

The USEA named Foxwood High as its April Horse of the Month. “Woody” and his co-pilot, Selena O’Hanlon, have been stalwarts for Team Canada in international competition and are off to a running start in 2019, winning last month’s Red Hills CCI4*-S. [USEA Horse of the Month: Foxwood High] He’s also made it to the Elite 8 of EN’s Event Horse March Madness bracket — the polls close Thursday at midnight so get those votes in today! [Event Horse March Madness: Elite 8!]

A table fence designed to collapse to prevent serious horse falls has been tested in the UK for the first time. The MIM clip table has been used in competitions abroad, but was jumped for the first time at a British event at Belton International last weekend. [Collapsible cross-country table trialled in UK for first time]

Hot on Horse Nation: Total Saddle Fit Tuesday Video — Being an Equestrian

Just in at Jumper Nation: How to Drive Your Trainer Absolutely Bonkers

Best of the Blogs: Olivia Alstad’s “Livin’ Eventing” blog is back with part 2 of her comprehensive series on what to expect as a working student. [Ultimate Working Pupil Startup Kit Pt.2]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: 

Tuesday Video from SpectraVet: Winners Emilee Libby & Jakobi in Action at Galway CCI4*-S

Emilee Libby and Jakobi. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

After finishing 2nd or 3rd on multiple occasions at international events, Emilee Libby and Jakobi enjoyed their first big win over the weekend at Galway Downs International — and at the CCI4*-S level nonetheless!

The pair moved from 2nd after dressage into the top spot and held fast to it throughout the weekend, adding less than two combined time penalties to their dressage score of 32.9 to win the division. See Kim Miller’s final recap of the CCI4*-S action, “Emilee Libby Is ‘Not the Bridesmaid’ at Galway CCI4*-S,” here.

Jakobi, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Ustinov x Expression, by Coriano) owned by the rider and Linda Libby, is quite the powerhouse jumper, and he and longtime partner Emilee clearly have a win-win agreement worked out. Glad to see it finally paying off in a big blue ribbon!

Watch their Galway show jumping and cross country rounds via these videos from Bill Olson:

See complete Galway Downs final scores here, and catch up on any EN coverage you missed here!

Go Eventing.

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Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

We’ve been through every up and down a friendship could have and at the end of the day I’m so glad we are friends (and…

Posted by Jennie Brannigan on Sunday, March 31, 2019

Full-time eventer/part-time face icer Allie Knowles commented in response to the post above, “This sport is tough, but we are tougher.” And they don’t come any tougher than Jennie Brannigan, who is recovering from a broken jaw a spill at Carolina International last weekend. But it takes a village and we’re fortunate to be part of a sport wherein, even when we’re competing as individuals, we’re supporting one another as a team. Despite being in pain, Jennie has been effusive with her gratitude toward well-wishers and fellow riders and supporters who have rallied around her over the past week.

Here’s to a swift recovery, Jennie. Thank you for inspiring us with your big heart and fighting spirit. We look forward to seeing you back out there soon.

A sneak preview of today’s EN content: Among the stories we have lined up is a blog post by Rachel Bisaillon called “#RideWithYourTribe: Community, Teamwork and the Importance of Positive Barn Culture.” We think it resonates. Who’s in your tribe? Let’s all give thanks today for the people who have our back.

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

Events Opening This Week: Chattahoochee Hills H.T.Fair Hill International May H.T.Hitching Post Farm H.T.Otter Creek Spring H.T.Spring Gulch H.T.

Events Closing This Week: Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCISLongleaf Pine H.T.Sporting Days Farm April H.T. IIIRiver Glen Spring H.T.Holly Hill Spring H.T.

Tuesday News:

The equestrian community has a grand tradition of raining down chaos on April Fools’ Day, and yesterday was no exception. On the eventing front, the USEA announced that Boyd Martin is regaining his Australian citizenship; British eventer Alex Whewall claimed that he had a virtual reality simulator developed for his horse (“Alex also found that it had a calming effect on his more excitable horses as they have ‘seen’ the course before they have to run it for real”); and Jon Holling resigned from all the U.S. and international safety committees he sits on to launch a new #useventingnonsafety campaign, which has already raised a whopping sum total of … $45. Very clever, you guys! Check out Horse & Hound‘s roundup. [The answer to the racing staff shortage— and 14 other brilliant April Fools’ Day pranks]

Have weekend plans? Consider volunteering at an event! In addition to being a valuable educational experience and great way to give back to the sport, each event offers perks ranging from entry/schooling fees to gear and more. Sign up to volunteer via EventingVolunteers.com. [Spring Bay H.T.] [Pine Hill Spring H.T.] [CDCTA Spring H.T.]

Hot on Horse Nation: New Product Alert: Saddle-Piddle Pal (April Fools! Although, we can actually see this coming in handy on the approach to some big, scary cross country jumps…)

Just in on Jumper NationKrispy Kreme to Sponsor New CSI5* Show Jumping Spectacular in Omaha, Nebraska in 2020 (Also, very sadly, not real.)

Tuesday Video: Go behind the scenes with LRK3DE cross country course builder Mick Costello in the latest edition of US Equestrian’s Learning Center series. [Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Cross-Country Course]

Also, this video slideshow from photographer Hope Carlin! “The countdown is on to Eventing Disneyland!,” she says. Are you going to Rebecca Farm (July 24-28) this year?

Weekend Winners: Galway, Morven Park, Rocking Horse, Full Gallop, Texas Rose

We are officially in the thick of it, with events around the country doing their part to keep horse show ribbon manufacturers in business! This weekend saw one international event at Galway Downs in Temecula, California, and four well-attended USEA horse trials in Texas, Florida, Virginia and South Carolina.

An extra congrats to our lowest scoring finishers in the country this weekend: Kendyl Tracy and Bobbie Burns, who posted a 18.6 to win the Training Horse-C division at Rocking Horse Spring H.T.

And now, your weekend winners!

Galway Downs International H.T. [Final Scores]
CCI4*-S: Emilee Libby & Jakobi (34.5)
CCI3*-S: Tamra Smith & Mai Baum (21.9)
CCI2*-S: Meg Pellegrini & RF Eloquence (26.8)
Advanced: Madison Temkin & Dr. Hart (49.8)
Open Intermediate: Sara Mittleider & La Paz (30.8)
Open Preliminary: Gina Economou & Cobra (24.1)
Preliminary Rider: Madison Langerak & Normandy’s Kivalo (35.9)
Jr. Training Rider: Alina Patterson & Flashback (29.1)
Open Training: Rebecca Braitling & Penhill Celtic (25.0)
Sr. Training Rider: Anne Thompson & Nugget (30.7)
Training Amateur: Tallis Dixon & Heritage Ailea (32.3)
Training Horse: Sara Mittleider & RHF Peterzano (24.8)
Jr. Novice Rider: Campbell Kadin & Deichkind 10 (31.0)
Novice Amateur: Kris Wood & Freetoagoodhome (29.1)
Open Novice: Amber Levine & Chicago (24.1)
Sr. Novice Rider: Miranda Olagaray & Tanqueray (28.6)
Beginner Novice Rider: Pryce Chrisman & Tahoe Blue (29.2)
Open Beginner Novice: Sabrina Glaser & Carmen (26.9)

Morven Park Spring H.T. [Final Scores]
Open Intermediate: Boyd Martin & Ray Price (30.2)
Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Austin Skeens & Rocmaster (33.3)
Open Preliminary-A: Alice Roosevelt & Get it Together (33.3)
Open Preliminary-B: Alyssa Peterson & R-Perfect Storm (36.6)
Preliminary Rider: Claudia Sarnoff & Callan Quinto (35.7)
Junior Training Rider: Rebecca Hagy & Lusi (31.8)
Open Training-A: Boyd Martin & Luke 140 (25.5)
Open Training-B: Darrah Alexander & Cooley President (28.4)
Training Horse: Jan Byyny & Kortina (28.0)
Training Rider: Charlotte Stillfried & Palma D (31.1)
Junior Novice Rider-A: Emma Wick & In Flight N’ Out Of Sight (35.5)
Junior Novice Rider-B: Grace Fiedler & Fanfare VT (32.9)
Novice Rider: Teagan Conwell & Wonderful Union (31.7)
Open Novice-A: Erika Nesler & Sky Balou MLF (32.4)
Open Novice-B: Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch & Abstract Cape (32.1)
Beginner Novice Rider: MacKenzie Krason & Won For Luck (33.9)
Junior Beginner Novice: Brooke Ballhaus & Beverly’s Get Even (36.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Martin Douzant & BSF Ducati 696 (27.8)

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Final Scores]
Intermediate Rider: Lacey Ogden & Cooley Ground Control (30.3)
Open Intermediate-A: Alexandra Knowles & Casarino (28.7)
Open Intermediate-B: Jessica Phoenix & Bentley’s Best (33.3)
Open Preliminary-A: Hillary Irwin & Harry Cotter (28.5)
Open Preliminary-B: Devon Brown & HC Celtic Mark (30.2)
Preliminary Horse-A: Leslie Law Bandit & Boy De Ligny (31.1)
Preliminary Horse-B: Leslie Law & Rock on Cooley (24.8)
Preliminary Rider-A: Claire Howard & Euro Star (28.6)
Preliminary Rider-B: Maggie Barnett & Interstellar (37.2)
Jr. Training Rider: Drew Cheek & Princeton Pride (28.3)
Open Training-A: Lisa Barry & The Natural E (19.6)
Open Training-B: Nicolette Merle-Smith & Cabin Society (27.5)
Sr. Training Rider-A: Audrie Stanka & Ardeo Roulette (27.6)
Sr. Training Rider-B: Anne Kearley & Carlingford’s SRS Imperial (29.8)
Training Horse-A: Kylie Lyman & Gran Corazon BF (25.9)
Training Horse-B: Curtis Barbour & Daisy Bell (28.0)
Training Horse-C: Kendyl Tracy & Bobbie Burns (18.6)
Jr. Novice Rider: Payton Robinson & Constant Leigh (35.0)
Novice Horse-A: Sinead Halpin & SW Lhittle Rascal (23.8)
Novice Horse-B: Sara Murphy & Otta B Quality (21.9)
Open Novice-A: Kendal Lehari & Mister Fancy Pants (34.8)
Open Novice-B: Marcea Funk & Odyssey B (25.2)
Sr. Novice Rider-A: Cheryl Benefiel & Treliver Drambuie (21.2)
Sr. Novice Rider-B: Erin Walker & MTH Shannondale Khaleesi (30.5)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Brianna Heath & Solidario (27.5)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Vicki Baker & Elite Beretta (25.4)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Victoria Garland & Ballenger (33.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Caroline Miller & Ixus (26.5)

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Big accomplishment for Stella and I today!! Finished 1st in Prelim today🎉 Stella and I were on point with each other and had a smooth and speedy round lol Very proud of my beasty and how we have come! Like to thank my aunt, Margaret Solaris for coaching me, and my parents for supporting me! And all my friends and family who cheer me on in the process! Special thanks to @gifthorse who was Stella’s first owner ever, and hasn’t seen her since we got Stella. She came down to watch my cross country and I really appreciate that, means a lot to me!❤️Hope you enjoyed the reunion! Extra thanks to @theridgestackshop for all you have done to keep Stella and I looking our best out there! Really appreciate it!☺️

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Full Gallop Farm March II H.T. [Final Scores]
Intermediate: Cierra Daratony & Rio De Janeiro (43.1)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Colleen Rutledge & C Me Fly (33.8)
Preliminary-A: Claire O’Connor & Connacht Dinin (38.1)
Preliminary-B: Colleen Rutledge & Matintrumps (37.7)
Preliminary/Training: Kristin Schmolze & Chubba (40.4)
Training-A: Paul Barr & Subtle Punch (38.8)
Training-B: Karli Wright & Sorocaima (38.3)
Training/Novice: Karen Dronzek & Sportsfield Jinx (32.6)
Novice-A: Tristen Wigg & Qricket (28.3)
Novice-B: Katerina Garcia-Chope & Samba Dromo (30.2)
Novice-C: Morgan Batton & Sommersby (23.6)
Beginner Novice-A: Kirsten Raab & Gypson Hills (30.8)
Beginner Novice-B: Marian Bickers & CSE Weymore (31.1)
Beginner Novice-C: Kim Small & Celtic Storm (35.3)
Starter: Genesis Decker & Visionario de Queso (45.0)
Young Event Horse 4 Year Old: Catherine Norman & Goers Grindstone
Young Event Horse 5 Year Old: Kate Brown & Guidson

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Texas Rose March H.T. [Final Scores]
Intermediate / Preliminary: Grace Peters & Whynot Glen (53.6)
Open Preliminary: Julie Norman & La Sonrisa (30.3)
Preliminary Rider: Kristen Turner & Merging (39.6)
Preliminary / Training: Erin Roof-Wages & Semisonic Rembrandt (31.3)
Jr. Training Rider: Hannah Page & WHF Wilhelmina (28.6)
Open Training: Nicole Hatley & Aspen (33.8)
Sr. Training Rider: Katie Grace Bond & High Class (35.0)
Jr. Novice Rider-A: Vienna Allport & Caramel Macchiato (36.2)
Jr. Novice Rider-B: Quidley Kellermann & Stillwater King (31.4)
Novice Horse: Laura McEvoy & Ratrod (30.5)
Open Novice: Rebecca Brown & FE Chiara Mia (28.8)
Sr. Novice Rider: Erin McLeod & My Maria (30.0)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider-A: Taylor Tiberg & Valedictorian (29.7)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider-B: Kenna Jensen & Gowiene (29.4)
Open Beginner Novice: Kalie Beckers & Madoc Mari (27.2)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Julie Brown & Deanfield Donovan Z (32.5)
Intro: Rachel Herod & Blond, James Blond (29.7)
Future Event Horse Yearling: Lauryn Tevebaugh & WHR Legend Has It
Future Event Horse 2 Year Old: Anna Pierce & AMP Chantilly Lace
Future Event Horse 3 Year Old: Fran Olsen Sharp & Margarita Rose
Young Event Horse 4 Year Old: Olivia Cliver & Tippee
Young Event Horse 4 Year Old: Ellen Doughty-Hume & Breakin’ All the Rules

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

Event Horse March Madness: Elite 8!

EN Event Horse March Madness: Elite 8! Who should advance to the Final 4 … you decide! Photos by EN.

Who is the fiercest event horse in the land? Our NCAA college basketball inspired March Madness showdown marches on today with the Elite 8!

How it’s seeded: To avoid petty squabbling amidst our chinchilla selection committee, we have objectively seeded the bracket according to the final 2018 WBFSH Rankings. Included in the bracket are the highest ranked eight horses from each of four regions: North America, UK/Ireland, Europe and Australia/New Zealand. The higher the points earned in 2018, the higher the seed. The six winners of CCI4* events in 2018 as well as the 2018 World Champion received automatic top seed buy-in.

Determination of winner: Popular vote!
Round of 32, Part 1: Monday, March 18
Round of 32, Part 2: Wednesday, March 20
Sweet 16: Monday, March 25
*Elite 8: Monday, April 1*
Final 4: Friday, April 5
Championship: Monday, April 8

Today’s match-ups: Whew, we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty! It’s a battle between Canada and the U.S. on the North American front, everyone’s favorite supermare is going head-t0-head against Ingrid’s top horse in the Europe bracket, last year’s WEG gold medalist is up against the reigning Kentucky champion in the UK/IRE, and it’s husband versus wife in  AUS/NZL bracket. Best of luck to all!

Elite 8 voting is open through midnight on Thursday, April 4, with the Final 4 to be announced the following day. Go vote, and Go Eventing!

Sunday Video: Multitasking Sir Mark Todd Returns to Racing

Sir Mark Todd is no stranger to the racing world. After “retiring” from eventing after the Sydney Olympics in 2000, he turned to training racehorses in New Zealand, earning Grade 1 wins including the New Zealand Oaks in 2003 and the Wellington Cup in 2007. Eventing eventually sank its claws into Sir Mark once again and he returned to eventing with great fanfare shortly after the Cup.

Lately he’s been back at it, training the first racehorse he’s had out in 10 years. He’s Eminent (Frankel x You’ll Be Mine, by Kingmambo) had a successful start to his career, but after losing form and subsequently being found to have a fibrillating heart, he was on his way to stud in New Zealand when he passed through Sir Mark’s Wiltshire yard. The horse’s owner, New Zealand Bloodstock principal Sir Peter Vela, has owned several eventing horses with Todd, and thought Eminent might enjoy one last crack at the starting gate. He asked Sir Mark if he’d like to be his trainer.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Sir Mark said yes. Away they went to Australia to take aim at two Grade 1 races in Sydney: the Ranvet Stakes on March 23 and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on April 13.

In the Ranvet, the horse finished an impressive second with jockey James McDonald after leading much of the race. He’s the #5 bay with a big blaze and blue silks in this replay video.

Many thanks to reader Annie for the tip. She remarks, “They call him SIR Mark Todd for a reason — because he can be in the money as a racehorse trainer for a group 1 race while doing that whole international eventing thing.”

What a testament to the extraordinary horsemanship of one of our sport’s greats. Go Sir Mark Todd. Go Eventing!

Emilee Libby and Jakobi Overtake CCI4*-S Show Jumping Lead at Galway

Galway Downs International CCI4*-S overnight leaders Emilee Libby and Jakobi. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Show jumping day at Galway Downs International saw some leaderboard shuffles, including a new leader in the CCI4*-S division. Here’s a recap of the day’s action with gorgeous photos from Sherry Stewart.

Emilee Libby and Jakobi Overtake CCI4*-S Lead

When dressage leaders Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin felled a couple mid-course rails, the door swung open for 2nd positioned Emilee Libby and Jakobi to overtake the lead. Emilee and the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Ustinov x Expression, by Coriano), owned by the rider and Linda Libby, jumped a clear round with 0.4 time penalties to slide into the top spot.

Emilee says she was happy to have contained Jakobi’s “electric and strong” attitude in the warm-up well enough to log a clear over Marc Donovan’s track. The pair has been honing their show jumping this winter, spending two weeks on the HITS Coachella hunter/jumper circuit earlier this year. Emilee bought Jakobi as a 5-year-old, off of a video sent by a friend of a friend. While powerful and athletic, Jakobi can also be tense and jumpy, Emilee says, but “he’s always been really tuned into what the rider wants him to do.”

Emilee is aiming to go clean and quick over Jay Hambly’s cross country course on Sunday. “He’s great on cross-country. With how he felt today, I’m a little worried about the power,” Emilee admitted. “Maybe I should do some push-ups tonight! Mostly, I’m excited to just gallop and open up his lungs, jump all the jumps and go between the flags.”

Emilee Libby and Jakobi. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie Smith and Wembley, a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Lester x E-VIP, by Cantus) owned by Kevin Baumgardner, turned in a clear round with 1.2 time to shift from 3rd into 2nd.

Tamie Smith and Wembley. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie Smith and Wembley. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

A clear, fast round also paid off for Kentucky-bound Andrea Baxter and Indy 500, her own 14-year-old Thoroughbred mare (Cromwell x Tens of Thousands, by Spend a Buck), who made a big jump from 6th into the top three, having produced the only double-clear round in the CCI4*-S division.

Andrea Baxter and Indy 500. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

CCI4*-S cross country begins at 9 a.m. PT Sunday.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum Are Smooth Sailing in CCI3*-S 

Tamie and Mai Baum, a 13-year-old German Sport Horse (Loredano x Ramira, by Rike) owned by Alexandra and Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell, remained uncatchable in CCI3*-S show jumping. The pair produced a clear, fast round to remain in the lead on their super dressage score of 21.9.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie kept control of 2nd as well with Danito, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Dancier x Wie Musik, by Wolkenstein II) owned by Ruth Bley, who also jumped clear with no time.

Tamie Smith and Danito. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie Smith and Danito. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve, her own 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Tinaranas Inspector x Laharns Laughton, by Laughton’s Flight), moved from 4th into 3rd.

Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve. Photo by Kim Miller.

Erin Kellerhouse and Woodford Reserve. Photo by Kim Miller.

Tamie and Fleeceworks Royal, a 10-year-old Holsteiner mare (Riverman-ISF x Marisol) owned by Judy McSwain, turned in a double-clear round to move from 5th to 4th.

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Lauren Billys and Castle Larchfield Purdy sit 5th with a clear stadium round for a 32.2 score. Shannon Lilley and Greenfort Carnival and Tamie and En Vogue share the six-spot with a 33. The large 3* division cross country begins at 10:20 a.m. PT Sunday.

Meg Pellegrini and RF Eloquence Keep Hold of CCI2*-S Lead

There would be no shaking Meg Pellegrini and RF Eloquence from their lead in the CCI2*-S. Meg and the 14-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Contender x D-Ginger, by Grundyman xx), owned by Margaret Pellegrini, kept up the rails to head into cross country on their dressage score of 26.8.

Meg Pellegrini & RF Eloquence. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Meg Pellegrini & RF Eloquence. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

James Alliston and Cassio’s Picasso collected just 0.4 time to move from 3rd into 2nd.

James Alliston and Cassio’s Picasso. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

James Alliston and Cassio’s Picasso. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Lilly Linder and Tucker Too had two rails but it only cost them one place, from 2nd to 3rd.

Lilly Linder and Tucker Too. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Lilly Linder and Tucker Too. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

And in 4th is Meg again with Ganymede, who pulled one rail.

Meg Pellegrini and Ganymede. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Madison Tempkin and Dr. Hart Out Front in Advanced

Madison Tempkin and Dr. Hart pulled one rail but maintained their dressage lead in the Advanced Horse Trials division. They’ll head to cross country on a score of 35.0.

Madison Tempkin and Dr. Hart. Photo by Sherry Stewart.

Much more to come tomorrow! International, Advanced and Open Intermediate cross country will all be live streamed by Ride On Video. Beginner Novice through Training divisions conclude with show jumping on Sunday.

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