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Meet Bluegrass Land Conservancy, Official Charity of the 2019 Kentucky Three-Day Event

Courtesy of Bluegrass Land Conservancy.

In addition to showcasing top international eventing talent, the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day event is committed to showing love to charities that support equine organizations and serve the local community. The event names a different official charity to benefit each year, and Bluegrass Land Conservancy has been named the official charity of the 2019 event.

Bluegrass Land Conservancy’s mission is to protect land in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region through permanent conservation easements.

“We are thrilled to be chosen as this year’s charity for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event!” says Helen Alexander, Bluegrass Land Conservancy Board Chair. “This kind of recognition is so important to the work we do, and we hope that those coming in for the event will have an opportunity to get to know our organization better. The Bluegrass region of Kentucky is unique and special and spreading the word about what we do is so vital to our mission. A big thank you for this wonderful honor!”

Since 1998, Bluegrass Land Conservancy has protected 95 miles of rivers and streams, 21,600 acres of prime farmland soils and soils of statewide importance, 63 farms that contain historic sites, 10.29 miles of scenic byway frontage and over 27,000 acres of 131 farms in 24 counties across the Greater Bluegrass Region.

Learn more about the Conservancy’s work via this video:

“The mission of the Bluegrass Land Conservancy fits seamlessly into the what EEI looks for in an annual charity for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event,” says Stewart Perry, president of Equestrian Events, Inc., organizer of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. “This organization’s work is making an impact now and will continue to do so in the future by maintaining much of what makes our Bluegrass state a beautiful place to live as well as visit.”

The main fundraiser for the Bluegrass Land Conservancy during the event is a farm-to-table dinner with equine-themed silent and live auctions, to include tickets to the 2020 Kentucky Derby, on Thursday, April 25, after the day’s competition. The dinner will be held at Mount Brilliant Farm, the final home of legendary racehorse Man o’ War. Tickets to the dinner are $80 per person and availability is limited. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Additionally, $1 from each $5 stadium seat ticket to the $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix, which will run Saturday afternoon after cross country, will go to the 2019 Official Charity.

“Bluegrass Land Conservancy is dedicated to permanently protecting and stewarding lands critical to agricultural viability and community character in the Bluegrass Region. Our work ensures the equine farms of Kentucky will be around for future generations of equine enthusiasts and we are excited to share our message at this world-class event,” says Jessie Wilder, executive director of Bluegrass Land Conservancy.

The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI5*-L returns to the Kentucky Horse Park April 25-28, 2019. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets, and we hope to see you there!

Go Eventing.

 

 

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Your Chariot Awaits

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

Your chariot awaits! Get where you need to go in style, comfort and safety. These three horse trailers, all listed on Sport Horse Nation, are in excellent condition and feature luxury amenities.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Professional’s dream living quarter trailer!

5 Star brand for the highest quality. 5-horse straight load, converts to 2+1 or 3+1 if preferred. Full living quarters with all the amenities. An eventer’s dream! Fully custom. Lightly used and ready to go.

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Lakota 2016 Charger LQ trailer. Lovely interior! New tires!

Lakota – 2016 Charger C39 Horse Trailer

Aluminum | With Living Quarters | 3 Horses | Gooseneck Hitch | 6′ 9″ Wide | 22′ 9″ Long | 7′ 6″ Tall | 9′ Shortwall

Beautiful living quarters with all amenities! Trailer is easy to haul and has five brand new top of the line PROVIDER trailer tires with a speed rating of 81 mph. Amazing trailer for both horses and humans!

Living Quarter:

Sleeper sofa with table
Recessed Stove
Microwave
3 Cu Ft Fridge
Hickory
A/C w/Wall Thermostat
Gas Furnace
6 Gallon Auto Ignite Water Heater
TV w/Antenna
Stereo w/DVD Player
Inside& Outside Speakers
Pleated Blinds
Mattress w/Cover
Pocket Door
Vanity
Porcelain Toilet
Shower w/Glass Door
Sky Light
Power Vent w/Rain Sensor
Walk Thru Door
3 Way Switch

Horse Area:

Drop Down Windows Head Side
Sliding Windows Rump Side
Escape Door w/RV Latch & Step
Stud Divider
Padded Aluminum Dividers
Insulated & Lined Ceiling
Roof Vents
LED Dome Lights
Folding Rear Tack w/Removable Post
Adjustable Saddle Boss Tiers
Bridle Hooks
Blanket Bar

Exterior Equipment:

Hydraulic Jack
Dual Propane Tanks & Batteries
Outside Faucet & Outlet
Awning
Tie Loops
Side Lights
Load Lights
Locking Latches

GVWR 12635#

Trailer Weight 7310#

Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

2018 Adams 3 horse slant trailer

NEW 2018 ADAMS 3-HORSE SLANT BUMPER-PULL

-Used only a handful of times. Warmblood fit. Just installed padding on panels. Massive tack room with three saddle racks and bridle hooks. Screen door with outer door. Modern window on side. Excellent condition.

Price reflects urgency of sell.

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

#EventerProblems Vol. 168, Presented by Haygain: Muddy Buddy

We’re in the dark night of the soul, folks. Mud, snow, frigid temps … this time of the year, the #EventerProblems struggle is as real as it gets.

Wish we could say something like “this is the homestretch!” or “spring is just around the corner!” but that would be a sweet, powdered sugar coated lie. Winter has got just got to run its course and all we can do is bundle up and hang in there a little longer. Laughing helps, too. Here’s some #EventerProblems humor to help you through!

Go Eventing.

Haygain is a science driven company with the horse’s health as the primary focus.

We are committed to improving equine health through scientific research, product innovation and consumer education in respiratory and digestive health. Developed by riders, for riders, we understand the importance of clean forage and a healthy stable environment in maintaining the overall well-being of the horse.

Our Haygain hay steamers are recommended by the world’s leading riders, trainers and equine vets and ComfortStall® Sealed Orthopedic Flooring System is used and recommended by leading Veterinary Hospitals, including Cornell University.

Weekend Winners: Rocking Horse, Full Gallop, Fresno County

Horses and riders from coast to coast knocked off winter cobwebs over the weekend at horse trials in Florida and South Carolina and a combined test in California.

The lowest finishing score in the country of the weekend was earned by Buck Davidson and Victor B Z, who won their division of Open Preliminary at Rocking Horse on a score of 18.9. Well-done, Buck! Check out our Rocking Horse roundup and video recap from yesterday here.

Here are your weekend winners:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Results]
Intermediate Rider: Nita Sanfilippo & Alarmabull (31.6)
Open Intermediate-A: Emily Beshear & Silver Night Lady (30.0)
Open Intermediate-B: Emily Beshear & Olney Uncle Sam (28.6)
Open Intermediate Friday – 1 Day: Anna Loschiavo & Prince Renan (31.9)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Jessica Phoenix & Bentley’s Best (32.2)
Open Preliminary-A: Andrea Davidson & Escariz Du Rona (27.4)
Open Preliminary-B: Alexandra Knowles Sound Prospect (30.6)
Open Preliminary Friday A-1 Day: Lauren Kieffer & Landmark’s Apollo (23.3)
Open Preliminary Friday B-1 Day: Lauren Kieffer & Landmark’s Monte Carlo (20.2)
Open Preliminary Friday C-1 Day: Buck Davidson Jr. & Victor B Z (18.9)
Preliminary Horse: Joe Meyer & Fernhill Freestyle (33.3)
Preliminary/Training: Kristen Bond & Bea Ready (30.4)
Preliminary Rider-A: Erin Johnson & FE Sparkling Diamond (34.4)
Preliminary Rider-B: Maxine Preston & Shannondale Magnum (34.9)
Open Training-A: Kimmy Cecere & Bishop de Selah (23.6)
Open Training-B: Andrea Davidson & Mr. Poppers (28.6)
Training Horse-A: Aki Joy Maruyama & Balou Moon (29.1)
Training Horse-B: Bruce Davidson Sr. & Chesterland’s Jelly (29.3)
Training Rider-A: Morgyn Johnson & Coroniro (28.3)
Training Rider-B: Elizabeth Posillico & Hill Dancer (35.4)
Novice Horse-A: Tik Maynard & Galileo (26.0)
Novice Horse-B: Haley Carspecken & Get Out (26.7)
Novice Rider-A: Erin Walker & Cinerescent (32.9)
Novice Rider-B: Rachael Whiteley & Avogadro (24.1)
Open Novice-A: Dominic Schramm & Casalto (25.7)
Open Novice-B: Jackie Ericksen & Veloché (21.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Susan Martin & Alice Alice (29.7)
Open Beginner Novice-A: Mia Farley & Bruce Wayne (29.7)
Open Beginner Novice-B: Michael Nolan & Annagh Hill (28.1)

It really is *just* a ribbon and we really did just have a fabulous weekend for US 😊 Finishing on our 21.9 Dressage…

Posted by Jackie Ericksen on Sunday, January 27, 2019

Morgyn Johnson was able to snag a basket full of prizes from Jump 4 Joy, including a $300 gift certificate for winning the Training Rider B division. Congrats Morgyn!

Posted by Rocking Horse Stables on Sunday, January 27, 2019

So pleased to make the most of our (almost) week in Florida! Both horses lead from start to finish in their Intermediate…

Posted by Emily Beshear on Saturday, January 26, 2019

Full Gallop Farm January H.T. [Website] [Results]
Advanced Intermediate: Erin Pullen & Tag (58.1)
Preliminary: Rachel Land & Eisenheim (43.9)
Preliminary/Training: Lauren Lindsay & FGF Flannery (50.8)
Training-A: Waylon Roberts & Fortunate Rebel (26.2)
Training-B: Kaitlin Hartford & FGF Struck By Luck (34.1)
Training/Novice: Jack Weathersby & FGF Dan’s Dan (49.0)
Novice-A: Jessica Schultz & FGF Peri Whan (29.5)
Novice-B: Alex Conrad & Lexington II (26.0)
Beginner Novice: Booli Selmayr & EEF Sampson (29.7)
Starter (Tadpole): Melissa Tatge & Lil Ms Perfect (37.1)

Nope, no fun at all!!!

Everyone did such a great job at Full Gallop this weekend!! Melissa Tatge came home with a big…

Posted by Daryl Kinney Eventing on Sunday, January 27, 2019

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Results]
Advanced: Amber Levine & Carry On (37.6)
Advanced Dressage: Mallory Hogan & Clarissa Purisima (35.0)
Intermediate Dressage: Charlotte Babbitt & 2 A.M. (29.3)
Open Intermediate: Amber Levine & Cinzano (27.1)
Open Preliminary: Kate Helffrich & Coquette (30.6)
Preliminary Test B: Sarah Ertl & Global Showtime (28.5)
Open Training A: Alexis Helffrich & Graceland’s Lanai (23.6)
Open Training B: Olivia Harmon & Concer (35.2)
Open Training C: Shannon Lilley & Vive Le Balladeer (21.2)
Open Novice A: Maya Pessin & This Bird (26.9)
Open Novice B: Meghan Dayka & Fianna (31.2)
Open Novice C: Nikki Ayers & Lordanna (33.6)
Open Beg. Novice A: Meghan Lewis & Ringmaster (29.7)
Open Beg. Novice B: Jadyn Gooch & Marmaduke (29.2)
Open Beg. Novice C: Joseph McKinley & In The Know (29.2)
Introductory: Kari Lyman & Swagger Jagger (29.2)

Congrats to all! Go Eventing.

Thursday Videos from SmartPak: Blanketing Smart Tips

If your teeth are chattering like mine, you’re likely experience blanket season wherever you are in the world. To layer or not to layer? How do you attach leg straps? What about proper blanket washing and storage? SmartPak answers all of these questions and more in this video series on blanketing.

Bundle up, and Go Eventing!

5 Fun Activities for Your (and/or Your Horse’s) Day Off in Ocala

All work and no play makes Ocala a pretty dull place to be. Taking a personal day every now and again can keep you fresh and on your A-game in the tack. Here are five ideas, some horsey and some not, for fun ways to spend your day off.

Julie Pate and Jet at Amelia Island. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Hit the Beach

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

Amelia Island is about two-and-a-half hours northeast of Ocala, close-ish to Jacksonville, and it’s horse (and dog!) friendly. There’s beachside trailer parking at Peter’s Point Park (600 Peters Point Road / Fernandina BeachFL 32034), and this time of the year you’ll have the place pretty much to yourself. With 13 miles of sandy seashore to explore, this is a true bucket-list experience.

Call the Little Talbot Island ranger station at (904) 251-2320 prior to visiting for more information.

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Spend an Afternoon at HITS

There were several eventers in the crowd at last Sunday’s $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, and the exciting turn-and-burn jump-off had us all on the edges of our seats. There’s plenty to learn from our show jumping brethren.

In its 38th year running, HITS Ocala is a prime winter destination for hunter-jumper snowbirds, with 10 weeks of National and Premier-rated hunters, 5* and 6* jumpers and two USHJA International Hunter Derbies. The circuit culminates each March with the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix.

The venue, Post Time Farm (13710 US Highway 27 / Ocala, FL 34482), has some of the prettiest arenas in the country, shaded by live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Peruse the tack vendors, admire the swanky stall setups, and on your way out be sure to stop by infamous watering hole The Beach for a cold one.

For more information and a calendar of upcoming Grand Prix classes, visit the HITS Ocala website here.

Other equestrian events to check out: combined driving at Live Oak International on March 7-10 (there’s a $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Qualifier Grand Prix on Sunday as well) and an Ocala Breeders’ Sale (the next one runs Jan. 29 – 30).

Speaking of racing, there are more than 600 Thoroughbred farms in the Ocala/Marion County area, and several offer tours — click here for a directory.

Three Sisters Springs in the Crystal River. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Swim with Manatees

Ocala isn’t just a winter destination for eventers! More than 400 manatees migrate to nearby Crystal River, about an hour from Ocala, during the winter months to escape the cold waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

A number of Crystal River outfitters offer visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle creatures, as this is one of the only places in Florida where you’re legally permitted to swim with manatees in their natural habitat. Many will rent you a kayak, wet suit and snorkel/mask, give you a map, and send you on your way to explore the area’s turquoise blue water for a few hours, or you can opt for a guided tour.

Keep your eyes peeled for manatees, particularly near designated protected springs, and feel free to hop on in as the springs flow at a constant 72 degrees year-round. The area is also great for birdwatching, and when we went last week we even had a close encounter with a dolphin!

“Looks like I’m smiling with joy but really you can’t do anything else with your face when you’re falling at 120 mph.” Photo by Tyfani Detky.

Go Skydiving

You’re clearly predisposed to seeking out adrenaline rushes, so skydiving should be right up your alley. Several eventers, including EN’s own Jenni Autry (see photo above), have taken the leap at Skydive DeLand and returned with rave reviews.

Located about an hour and 15 minutes from Ocala, Skydive DeLand (1600 Flightline Boulevard / DeLand, FL 32724) is a full-service drop zone open every day of the year and offers personalized experiences for jumpers of all skill levels. Novices are in good hands going tandem, and training programs are offered if you get the itch to take it to the next level. I mean, don’t you need another expensive sport in your life?

Visit the website here.

Mary Ellen Sanger and Tupelo. Photo by Leslie Wylie. 

Unwind on the Trail

A long, slow trail ride is a great way to unwind, and fortunately for equestrians Ocala is laced with bridle paths. Ocala National Forest has an impressive trail system, including the LAM (Lake/Alachua/Marion) Trail which stretches for 34 miles and is marked with yellow blazes. The Swim Pond horse trailer parking area serves as the main trailhead for all equestrian trails in the Forest. It is between Moss Bluff and Umatilla, just east of Doe Lake — see directions here.

You’ve noticed that land bridge running across I-75 on your way to the Florida Horse Park? That’s part of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, a 110-mile nature park that crosses central Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. John’s River, a destination for trail riders. Park at the Land Bridge Trailhead (11100 SW 16th Avenue / Ocala, FL 34476), which has paved parking for horse trailers, restroom facilities, a picnic area and water. Florida Horse Park also adjoins the Greenway.

Over the weekend we took the horses out for a long stroll in Goethe State Forest, which features 126 miles of multi-use trails. There are several different trailer friendly trailheads to access the Forest — find a map here.

Have an Ocala day-off suggestion? Share in the comments! 

Go Eventing.

Wednesday Video from Kentucky Performance Products: Bowling for Show Jumps

Bowling is the New Showjumping

#WowJumping | PegaseBuzz

Trouvez-moi un cheval qui fait ça aussi bien que lui et on en reparle, ok ?

via Tobias Hanke

Posted by PegaseBuzz on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

You’ve heard the expression “bowling for show jumps,” but this horse takes it to the next level. STRIKE!

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The horse that matters to you matters to us®. Not sure which horse supplement best meets your horse’s needs? We are here to help. Contact Kentucky Performance Products, LLC at 859-873-2974 or visit our website at KPPusa.com.

USEA Announces Charles Owen Technical Merit Award Host Events for 2019

Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Heads up (and heels down) Training level competitors! The Charles Owen Technical Merit Award is back for a 10th year. This prize recognizes juniors and amateurs who demonstrate appropriate and safe cross country riding at designated events around the country, while educating riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe cross country riding.

From the USEA:

The COTM Award will be presented at one event in each of the 10 USEA Areas at the Training level to one junior and one adult amateur rider who have not competed at the Intermediate level or above. Every eligible rider at the Training level is automatically judged during their cross country round on the five criteria listed below and receives a scoresheet with written comments, providing valuable feedback on their cross country riding technique.

Read more about the five criteria here.

Each Award winner will receive a Charles Owen body protector and helmet bag, and the overall highest scoring junior and adult amateur rider from all 10 events will receive a voucher for a Charles Owen helmet. The USEA will provide ribbons through third place for each junior and adult amateur at every host COTM event.

The tentative 2019 COTM calendar:

Pine Top Advanced H.T. | February 23-24, 2019 | Thomson, GA (Area III)

Golden Spike H.T. | June 15-16, 2019 | Ogden, UT (Area IX)

Coconino Summer I H.T. | July 5-7, 2019 | Flagstaff, AZ (Area X)

The Event At Rebecca Farm | July 24-28, 2019 | Kalispell, MT (Area VII)

Cobblestone Farms H.T. | August 2-4, 2019 | Dexter, MI (Area VIII)

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. | August 17-18, 2019 | Geneseo, NY (Area I)

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II | August 24-26, 2019 | Santa Ynez, CA (Area VI)

Otter Creek Fall H.T. | September 13-15, 2019 | Wheeler, WI (Area IV)

Texas Rose Horse Park | November 9-10, 2019 | Tyler, TX (Area V)

Full Moon Farm H.T. | November 10, 2019 | Finksburg, MD (Area II)

Go Eventing.

[Charles Owen Technical Merit Will Reward Safe Cross-Country Riding in 2019]

 

#EventerProblems Vol. 168, Presented by Haygain: Snow Daze

Snow, snow, go away, come again another … year.

Oh, if only bossing the weather around was so easy. As a consolation prize, here are a few of your #EventerProblems postcards from the frozen tundra! Takes more than a little snow to keep us eventers down.

Go Eventing!

Haygain is a science driven company with the horse’s health as the primary focus.

We are committed to improving equine health through scientific research, product innovation and consumer education in respiratory and digestive health. Developed by riders, for riders, we understand the importance of clean forage and a healthy stable environment in maintaining the overall well-being of the horse.

Our Haygain hay steamers are recommended by the world’s leading riders, trainers and equine vets and ComfortStall® Sealed Orthopedic Flooring System is used and recommended by leading Veterinary Hospitals, including Cornell University.

Weekend Winners: Grand Oaks H.T.

Grand Oaks Horse Trials in Weirsdale, Florida, had the monopoly on eventing action this weekend. The event took place Friday through Sunday and featured Beginner Novice through Prelim divisions, all set against a dreamy backdrop of sunshine and Spanish moss.

An extra special congrats to Lily Barlow and Big Bear’s Cepheus, who posted the lowest finishing score in the country this weekend! The pair earned a 20.3 to win their Open Beginner Novice division.

View full results here. Check out our video roundup from the event here, courtesy of David Frechette a la The Horsepesterer. Here are your weekend winners!

Open Preliminary: Lauren Kieffer & Landmark’s Mochachino (29.4)

Starting the season with a win in the Open Prelim for Ms Mars’ Lndmk’s Mochachino🎨 on his dressage score!🥇 The Grand Oaks Resort
Looking forward to the novice & training ponies tomorrow!

Posted by Lauren Kieffer Eventing on Friday, January 18, 2019

Junior Young Riders Open Preliminary: Megan Loughnane & Linford (32.2.)

Preliminary Horse: Maya Black & Miks Master C (29.6)

Preliminary Rider: Carole Schaff & Company Spending (46.2)

Penny was great this weekend, she pulled off a blue ribbon in spite of my riding mistakes! She always gives her all anytime we show. Love this horse ❤️

Posted by Carole Schaff on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Modified: Mike Huber & Deauville Beekhoeve (31.1)

Open Training: Lauren Kieffer & Hindine (22.1)

Another win today from start to finish for Ms Mars’ Hindine “Heidi🌶” in the Open Training on a dressage score of 22.1🥇!…

Posted by Lauren Kieffer Eventing on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Training Horse: Ariel Grald & Caballé (24.1)

Training Rider: Samantha Tinney & Glenbrook Cooley (30.7)

Novice Horse: Ashley Adams & Charly (27.1)

 

Congratulations to our coach, Ashley Adams and her young Horse Charly on winning his Novice debut today at Grand Oaks HT! #yjsflysouth #ocala19 🐝🐝

Posted by Randolph-Macon College Eventing Team on Sunday, January 20, 2019

Novice Rider: Erin Walker & Cinerescent (29.3)

“Layla rocked it today!!! I am so blessed to start the season out this way!! Today was our best show to date, Layla was relaxed and happy in dressage, I got it together for the jumping and did not embarrass us, and the xc was soooo much fun!!! I am one lucky girl to be surrounded by amazing horses and people!!” – Erin Walker via Facebook

Open Novice: Erin Kowalewski & Furst Marcko (26.2)

Beginner Novice Rider: Tessa Geven & Tullymor’s Houdini (30.3)

“Tessa & Samson enjoying Grand Oaks!” Marjolein Geven via Facebook

Open Beginner Novice: Lily Barlow & Big Bear’s Cepheus (20.3)

Super proud of these two! Lily & Peter rocked their 3rd Horse Trials from beginning to end! Peter tried his heart out and Lily showed us her awesome riding skills!

Posted by Geven Eventing on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo via “If the Bonnet Fits – Custom Fly Bonnets” Facebook page.

“Sit back or die” … those are some eventing words to live by. Ear bonnets are clearly the next frontier of equestrian embroidery/subliminal messaging. What reminder would you benefit from having in front of your face constantly while you ride?

National Holiday: Squirrel Appreciation Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Results]

Your News & Notes:

US Equestrian (USEF) has updated the USEF Rules for Eventing with the extraordinary rule changes passed at their Annual Meeting last week. These rule changes are effective as of January 1, 2019. Changes include: the whip rules in EV111 Abuse of Horses; rules about bits, ear hoods, and stirrups in EV115 Saddlery; clarification of circles in EV142 Cross-Country; and the switch from 1 penalty to 0.4 penalty per second over time in show jumping in EV153 Faults. There were also several clarifications made to the FEI star change. The USEA kindly outlined those changes for us. [USEF Updates Rulebook with Extraordinary Rule Changes]

Owners and riders are being asked to contribute to a study on risk factors for injuries and illnesses in eventing horses in Britain. Information on horses competing at all levels of British Eventing competition is being sought by The Animal Health Trust, which is working with British Eventing, the British Equestrian Federation and World Horse Welfare. Results from previous studies led by the AHT have been used to advise trainers, riders and owners about how to prevent injury in dressage and show jumping horses. Those taking part can also enter into a prize draw to win products and services valued at more than £1000. [Take the Survey]

Hot on Horse Nation: Happy, Healthy, & Horsey — Contemplating the ‘F’ Word

Just In on Jumper Nation: Lauren Hough & Valinski S Victorious in $36K Equinimity WEF Challenge Cup CSI 2* at WEF

Featured Video: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#EventerFailFriday: Yeah … Nope

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

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

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

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NOPE! not today! #failfriday #eventerfailfriday

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finals. • #eventerfailfriday

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

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Thursday Video from SmartPak: A Pony Powerhouse Named Prince

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“You become literally and figuratively elevated.”

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

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

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

Learn more about Desert Flight by visiting the website here.

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

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

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

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

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

And your first batch of 2019 weekend winners are …

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

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

Congrats to all. Let the insanity begin.

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Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

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

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

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

National Holiday: National Dress Up Your Pet Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

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

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

Your Monday News & Notes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Featured Video:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Equestrian Members are Making it Happen

US Equestrian Senior Staff Details Progress and Goals Moving Into 2019

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

Building a Successful Equestrian Business: Four Common Themes

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

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

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

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

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

Image via US Equestrian.

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

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

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

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


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

Go Eventing.

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

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

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

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

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Squee!

Then came learning “up downs” at 20 months …

 

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

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

 

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

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… and here’s Kizzy flying solo …

… and then it’s off to the hunt!

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

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

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The ultimate happy horse kid:

Go Kizzy and Ettie. Go Eventing!

Latest Craze: An EN ‘OTTB Wishlist’ Success Story

Callia Englund and Latest Craze. Photo by Lexie Priest.

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

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

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

Callia Englund and Latest Craze. Photo by Lexie Priest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Callia Englund and Latest Craze. Photo by Lexie Priest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are links to the full countdown:

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

Go Eventing.

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