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Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

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Y’all remember the morning of last year’s Kentucky first horse inspection? I do! Stumbling out of the EN RV at 5:30 a.m. to check on our propane tank (which had, of course, gone out in the night) into a surprise blanket of snow … it was one of the more bizarro moments of an already weird edition of LRK3DE. Without spectators, the 2021 event was a ghost-town relative to most years — not counting 2020, when the event was cancelled outright. The crowd at the Wednesday jog, normally standing room only, was sparse. Rolex Stadium, usually packed, was empty save a few rows of fan stand-in cardboard cutouts.

For the 2022 LRK3DE, things are already looking up — and I’m not just talking about the five-day forecast. (Which, yeah, there’s probably going to be rain, but there will be some sun too. That’s just LRK3DE tradition!) During the pandemic, I swore I’d never take “normalcy” — if such a concept ever returned — for granted again. Whether you are watching this year’s event ringside or from afar, let’s all take a moment on the front end to feel gratitude. We, all of us, have been through it these past couple years. We’ve weathered storms, and there are storms still to come; there always will be. But we sure can enjoy a break in the clouds.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (KY): WebsiteCCI5* EntriesCCI4*-S EntriesLive ScoringLive Stream (North America)Live Stream (Outside of North America) TicketsEN’s CoverageEN’s Ultimate GuideEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Ram Tap H.T. (CA): Website, Scoring

Stable View Spring H.T. (SC): WebsiteScoring

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. (NH): Website

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. (VA): WebsiteScoring

Horse Park of New Jersey Spring H.T. (NJ): Website

News & Notes: 

Want to stay in the know for all things revolving around the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and Badminton Horse Trials? We’ll be sending out our Daily Digest email now through Tuesday, May 3 for Badminton. It’s the best place to keep up with our coverage and all of the latest news from the big spring 5* events — and, it’s free! We’ll also be giving out prizes (think exclusive EN merch and sponsor goodies!) throughout each event, so you definitely don’t want to miss out. Sign up here.

Meet California-based adult amateur hunter/jumper rider Lyssette Williams.“It’s my personal belief that we shouldn’t just sit around complaining about the problems that we see, that we should get involved.” [Lyssette Williams Advocates For Equity, Inclusion In Horse World]

Pippa Funnell has come to Kentucky with a very special stuffy in tow. “Tigga is here, Tigga has come to every event since 1995 given to me by long-standing owner Sarah Jewson. He has travelled the world with me, I wouldn’t be brave enough to leave him at home.” [We’re Going to Need To See Your Passport, Sir]

Best of the Blogs: “So who will get this year’s viral shot at Land Rover Kentucky? It won’t be me and if it’s you, remember that an otherwise simple jumpshot can be an extraordinarily epic moment, if only you see it in perspective.”  [Perspective is Everything by photographer Erin Gilmore]

Listen: Well hey there, Samantha! We love you! [WUKY: Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event revs up this week]

Fun fact: Neat breeding connection!

Watch: Watching the 2022 #LRK3DE from afar? Here’s your live stream hookup. Here’s a #WaybackWednesday (well, OK 2021 wasn’t THAT far back) video to get you hyped.

Social Media Recap: Twas the Night Before Kentucky …

… when all through the Park, not a creature was stirring, not even Landmark’s

Monte Carlo, who was blanketed with great care

 to avoid poo stains, as jog day would soon be there …

You know I could go on, but I shall spare you. This time.

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially if we’re talking about Instagram pics vs. ripped-off Christmas poem lyrics in April. Here are a few snaps from Tuesday at the Kentucky Horse Park! The real action begins on the runway on Wednesday at 3 p.m. when 46 5* starters present at the First Horse Inspection. Keep it locked here for all the latest.

#LRK3DE Links: WebsiteCCI5* EntriesCCI4*-S EntriesLive ScoringLive Stream (North America)Live Stream (Outside of North America) TicketsEN’s CoverageEN’s Ultimate GuideEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

 

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LRK3DE Social Media Recap: The Final Countdown

We’ve been obsessively stalking closely monitoring the social media feeds of 2022 #LRK3DE riders, grooms and other Kentucky-bound individuals while awaiting the start of the big event. Here are a few posts that caught our eye!

 

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Weekend Winners: River Glen, Sporting Days, Unionville

Three USEA Events — River Glen H.T. in New Market, TN; Sporting Days H.T. in Aiken, SC; and Unionville H.T. in Unionville, PA — took place over the weekend and were well-contested by all. Let’s give a round of applause to the winners, with extra recognition to the lowest scoring pair in the country: Phillip Dutton and Vitalis, who won their Open Preliminary division at Unionville H.T. on a finishing score of 20.5.

Your weekend winners!

River Glen Spring H.T.: [Website] [Results]

Open Intermediate: Matthew Ulmer & Wellview Mister Lux (48.2)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Jesslyn Woodall & The Luckdragon (39.6)
Open Preliminary: Laura Crowl & Dinner at Malones (36.4)
Preliminary/Training: Lauren Nunn & HSH First Impression (53.6)
Open Training: Chelsey Sawtell & Toto’s Weather Tamer (33.2)
Training Rider: Lydia Eifler & Hans Christian (32.5)
Training/Novice: Samantha McLean & Reputation (35.9)
Novice Rider: Stephanie Letarte & GarryNdruig Albie (24.4)
Open Novice Final Scores Tate Northrop Bourbon Boy 28.9
Beginner Novice Rider Jr: Marin Swyers & Harrison (21.1)
Beginner Novice Rider Sr: Heather Norman & Faldeus (38.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Caroline Johnson & Wembley (36.7)
Starter Test – Junior: Lizzie Brennan & Make Me (40.7)
Starter Test – Senior: Ben Douglas & Magnolia (27.3)

 

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Sporting Days H.T.: [Website] [Results]

Open Preliminary: Kristi Foresman & RevitaVet Perkunos (32.9)
Preliminary Horse: Julia Fanello & FE Prince of Darkness (41.4)
Preliminary Rider: Julia Khan & Yet To Be (29.5)
Open Training: Alexander Conrad & Ricky (22.6)
Preliminary/Training: Nilson Moreira Da Silva & Elmo (33.4)
Training Horse: Eliza Quigley & Kwibus (30.6)
Training Rider: Katelyn Ross & Midnight Krogh (35.3)
Novice Rider: Eloise Plante & Mr. Lickety (28.9)
Open Novice: Alexander Conrad & Classic Chrome PCH (21.7)
Beginner Novice Horse: Jessica Schultz & FGF Personal Time (27.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Heidi Gyselinck & Bricktop JHF (32.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Katelyn Smith & Lisbane Spartacus (35.8)
Starter A: Emma Bozeman & Manorvens Master Adanac (29.3)
Starter B: Victoria McMillen & Jackson Blues (33.3)

 

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Unionville Spring H.T.: [Website] [Results]
Open Intermediate: Boyd Martin & Monbeg Medlar (45.0)
Open Preliminary: Phillip Dutton & Vitalis (20.5)
Preliminary Rider: Molly Koch & Lowhill Toome Diamond (48.4)
Open Training A: Lillian Heard & Bellines Quality Lady (26.1)
Open Training B: Lillian Heard & Fernhill Mac an Bata (28.3)
Training Rider: Julia Marrinan & Snownado (32.8)
Junior Open Novice: Carly Stiller & PLS Beroko (25.3)
Novice Rider A: Jessica Gehman & Ray Price (26.7)
Novice Rider B: Meg Colaianni & Old Army (32.8)
Open Novice A: Ashley Adams & Global Halcyon (25.6)
Open Novice B: Ryan Wood & Ben Lomond (29.6)
Beginner Novice Rider: Ty Burke & Carmella (29.4)
Junior Open Beginner Novice: Emma Whitaker & Delilah’s Boy (30.9)
Open Beginner Novice: Maya Chinana & Popstar (23.8)

Volunteer Nation: 5 Events That Could Use a Hand This Weekend

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It’s springtime and that means the weather could be … anything. When volunteering, it’s smart to pack as if it could be 80 degrees and sunny and/or raining cats and dogs (aside: I’ve never really understood that expression, but it makes me giggle). That means everything from rainboots and umbrellas to sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats. You just never know, so better to be prepared!

Here are five events that could use a helping hand this weekend. As always, you can earn merit points when you donate your time through the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. Registering to volunteer through EventingVolunteers.com makes it easy and seamless to both find a job and shift as well as learn what your role will entail.

USEA Events

Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials III

April 22nd, 2022 to April 23rd, 2022

Other Events

2022 Spokane Sport Horse One Day Spring

April 21st, 2022 to April 23rd, 2022

2022 USDF Loch Moy Spring Flings I & II

April 22nd, 2022 to April 24th, 2022

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Four Prelim+ Horses Who Are Ready to Go

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

Ready to tackle the green numbers on a horse with experience at the level? The four eventers we’re featuring this week are all solid at the Prelim level, some with potential for even more.

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Talented 2* With Upper-level Potential!

Stunning 16.2 hh 7 yr. ISH mare (Future Trend x Cavalier Royale). Careful, scopey jump, and lovely correct gaits make for a super horse for the “Future”. “Bridgitte” has the type of temperament eventers dream of – smart and very trainable, super confident in her own ability, and sweet and quiet with that kind of upper level blood. This horse could be a YR’s dream come true to bring along, a professional’s addition to a very competitive string, or an amateur’s Prelim packer.

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Perfect for Amateur eventer

‘Rush Himalaya’ (Maya) is an eye catching, 16.1, 8 year old imported Argentinian sport horse. Competed at Preliminary and the 1.10 jumpers in Argentina. Maya is smooth, uncomplicated and comfortable to ride, scoring mid-twenties in dressage. This sweet mare is the perfect horse for an amateur looking to get on and have fun. Maya is great around the barn and at shows, an easy keeper and loves to trail ride.

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DSL Tarquin

Quin is a solid prelim horse that has run intermediate successfully as well. Super fun and reliable guy. He is a 2012 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Puissance out is a 3* mare Aquila. 168 cm

This gelding is incredible brave and smart on his feet, with a great natural gallop and powerful jump. He would be ideal for a young rider coming up the ranks, or an older adult looking for a 100% reliable and safe partner. With an ambitious rider he is totally game to step up to intermediate as well.

Located in Co. Kildare Ireland, I am proud to be his representative in North America. I can help with all aspects of the purchase and import process. We are also happy to host you at the yard in Ireland if you wish.

2021 x rays on file for serious buyers.

Reach out today to learn more about this truly special horse!

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9 y/o 2* Event Mare For Sale

Mystic Hazzard
2013 17.2hh thoroughbred mare for sale.

Affectionately known as Haz in the barn, this mare is full of class and talent.
Haz has experience through the 2*/preliminary level, with a young rider, and shows the drive to continue progressing up the levels.
Flashy gaits, a floaty jump, and a feeling on cross country like no other; she quite literally hunts the flags out on course.

Haz is an athletic, young and eager mare and this is prevalent in her daily rides. While being the sweetest horse in the barn, she can be quite sensitive under-saddle and therefore is not well suited for a timid or amateur rider. Haz is a confident young professional’s dream!

Haz is extremely well loved, and will only be placed in the best new home.

Priced in the high 5 figures to match the caliber of this horse. Will consider reasonable offers to find the best new home for my special girl!
Sale is only due to the fact that I will be attending school in the near future and she’s too special to let sit on the back burner!
Text 443-878-3405 or pm for more info/loads of pictures or videos of this black beauty!
Currently located in Aiken, SC.

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

Thursday Video: Galway Downs Lower-Level Winner Spotlight

Galway Downs International H.T. took place earlier this month in Temecula, California, featuring divisions from Beginner Novice all the way up to CCI4*-S. While FEI divisions are captivating and watching professional riders can be a master class, we always love to give the lower levels plenty of love as well — especially the Rider and Amateur divisions. Oftentimes these competitors are juggling school, careers, family and much more, and that they’ve made space in their lives for the all-consuming sport that is eventing is inspiring.

Here are three winners — Raney Wolfers, Anastasia Keyser and Georgia Gobos — from Galway who we thought looked especially fantastic out there. Many thanks to Ride On Video for sharing! You can view complete Galway results here.

Training Rider: Raney Wolfers and Annabell (36.2)

Novice Amateur: Anastasia Keyser and Bellatrix (27.2)

Beginner Novice Rider: Georgia Gobos and Black Gold (30.0)

Go Eventing!

Volunteer Nation: 5 USEA Events That Could Use a Hand This Weekend

 

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Calling all volunteers (and their pups)! There’s a lot going on this weekend out there in the great sovereign state of Eventing Nation, and that means we need all hands on deck to help.

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

USEA Events

2022 Spring Bay HT

April 4th, 2022 to April 17th, 2022

Twin Rivers Spring International

April 14th, 2022 to April 17th, 2022

Longleaf Pine Horse Trial

April 13th, 2022 to April 19th, 2022

Ocala International Festival of Eventing

April 11th, 2022 to April 19th, 2022

Tuesday Video: Worcestershire Team Chase Helmet Cam

“Keith, you’re probably going to need to give me a lead because I haven’t got a clue where the course goes, really.”

“This is gonna be a nightmare.”

“We really need a leader.”

“Can you lead? Alice, CAN YOU LEAD?!?”

“Oh brilliant, yay, we’ve got a leader. Woo-hoo!”

“Okay, I’ve never been in water before.”

“There’s one over there.”

“Good, mates, really quick! Good feet. Good boy. Good fella.”

“We’ve lost Alice.”

“We’ve got a big hedge coming up now. Oh holy … off we go!”

“Mate, really?!”

Between Roddy Stanning’s hilarious commentary and the seat-of-the-pants cross country action, you’ll want to grab mane for this helmet cam from the recent Worcestershire Team Chase!

Go Team Chasing.

Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

A little “what am I even looking at?” abstract art to go with your morning coffee. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

I know things can get intense when you’re in the thick of competition season, but a friendly reminder that it’s OK — healthy, even! — to just go for a meandering stroll some days. Take a deep breath and hit the trail, where you both can allow your bodies to relax and your minds to wander. I’ve been working part-time as a horseback trail guide for the past year or so, and spending so much time in the woods has really re-anchored me to what drew me to horses in the first place. It’s helped me be more present both in and out of the saddle.

Your News & Notes:

Volunteers make the eventing world go ’round. The third installment of LRK3DE’s volunteer spotlight series celebrates Sheila Woerth, Course Decoration Chief Steward; Debbie Hinkle, XC Hospitality co-Chief Steward; Thomas Gable, Chief Farrier; and Carolyn A. Borgert – Chief of Fence Judges, Communicators, Stopping stewards & Interior Crossing Guards. [Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Volunteers – Part 3]

Eventers will sleep pretty much anywhere to avoid the expense of a hotel, with our horse trailers often being the most convenient option. Maybe it’s time to level up! Adding living quarters to your bumper pull trailer takes careful planning but can be a gratifying DIY project. [Convert Your Bumper Pull Horse Trailer Tack Room into DIY Living Quarters]

Meet eventer/mom of a 1-year-old/businesswoman Morgan Batton, who won The Fork at TIEC CCI3*-S last weekend with I’m Sew Ready. Top quote: “No one else is going to chase your dreams for you. It’s up to you.” [Winner Of The Week: Batton Balances Motherhood And Business On Her Way To A Win At The Fork]

Best of the Blogs:Why is Everything With Horses So Hard?” by Anna Blake

Podcast: The latest Noëlle Floyd interview roundtable — “What Does ‘Doing Better’ Mean? Reflections on Horse Training Following the Mark Todd Video (with Anne Kursinski, Matt Brown & Jeremy Steinberg)

Video: From Pippa Funnell, “A massive thank you to all the volunteers in our sport. Helping out at South of England Horse Trials.”

 

A massive thank you to all the volunteers in our sport. Helping out at South of England Horse Trials.

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Zoetis ‘Horse of a Different Color’ Spotlight: Draft-Cross Eventers!

Caden Barrera: “Shire X Haflinger X QH!”

We all love a “horse of a different color”, especially a horse that makes our eventing dreams come true! We’re kicking off an updated Horse of a Different Color series by featuring different breeds and crosses who have found success in eventing and we’re starting off with the almighty draft cross.

We recently sent out a call for your draft-cross photos and you delivered. Check out the reader submitted photo gallery below.

Brought to you in partnership with Zoetis Equine.

Keep an eye out for future “Horse of a Different Color” prompts on EN’s social channels!

Volunteer Nation: 9 Competitions That Could Use a Helping Hand This Weekend

Every day is “Bring Your Dog to Work Day” when it comes to horse show volunteering! (Just keep ’em on a leash, of course.) What a fun way to spend the day with your favorite pup.

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

Here are nine competitions that could us a helping hand this weekend

USEA Events

Pine Hill USEA Spring Horse Trials

April 8th, 2022 to April 9th, 2022

The Fork at TIEC

April 6th, 2022 to April 10th, 2022

CDCTA Spring Horse Trials

April 9th, 2022 to April 10th, 2022

2022 Spring Bay HT

April 4th, 2022 to April 17th, 2022

Other Events

Majestic Oaks Schooling

April 9th, 2022

2022 MDHT April Starter Horse Trial

April 8th, 2022 to April 10th, 2022

Southern Pines CDE

April 8th, 2022 to April 10th, 2022

USEF/USDF “Spring Fever” Dressage

April 9th, 2022 to April 10th, 2022

Essex Horse Trials Announces New Location, Format for 2022

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Essex Horse Trials, the iconic New Jersey event that was reborn in 2017 after a near two-decade hiatus, continues evolving to best suit the needs of the modern eventing community.

It offered Beginner Novice through Preliminary divisions for its first two years of reincarnation, sampled an Advanced division in 2019, was canceled like many events due to Covid in 2020, and rebounded with its original divisions in 2021. For 2022, it will continue with these held at two locations: on Friday, July 1, dressage and show jumping will be held at Hamilton Farm, home of the USET Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone. The next day, July 2, cross-country phase returns to the familiar surroundings of historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills.

 

The two-day festival will also include family-friendly activities, a car show and fun demonstrations to kick off Fourth of July activities. The shift in the schedule will give more time for everyone to enjoy the long holiday weekend, which was important to event co-organizer Ralph Jones.

“The Essex Horse Trials is such a great way for families to enjoy a weekend in the country. We believe that the changes we made will benefit not only the competitors, but the spectators as well,” said Jones, who is President of the Essex Horse Trials. “Historic Hamilton Farm will provide a beautiful venue for dressage and show jumping while Moorland Farm offers a spectacular setting for the exciting cross country course.”

More than 150 entries are expected to compete at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary divisions. Co-organizer Morgan Rowsell is also looking forward to the new format.

“The welfare of the horse is always of paramount importance for us. The two locations provide ideal conditions for the weekend,” said Rowsell. “Gladstone will have all-weather footing for dressage and show jumping while Far Hills will give the horses and riders of all levels a first-rate cross-country course.”

On Saturday, the Essex H.T. will feature the Peter Chesson Memorial Classic Car Show for horsepower enthusiasts outside the equestrian arena. Nearly 100 cars will be showcased representing more than a century of motorized technology.

General admission is $10 per car. Tailgating spots will be available for the best viewing of the exciting cross-country course at Moorland Farm. Packages range in cost from $50-$300 depending on location. For more info on tailgate packages and ringside sponsorships, please call 908-581-0514 or email [email protected]

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Newark LifeCamp in nearby Pottersville, a day camp for inner-city youth.

For more information, visit www.essexhorsetrials.org.

 

Thursday Video: Texas Rose Lower-Level Spotlight

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. took place over the weekend in Tyler, Texas, featuring Tadpole through Advanced/Intermediate Divisions. As much as we love watching upper-level horses soar to great heights, it’s just as much if not even more rewarding to see determined, confident rides around the pre-Novice levels — like these!

Here are some videos of winning Beginner Novice and Tadpole cross country rides from our friends at RNS Video Media.

View complete Texas Rose results here.

Jr. Beginner Novice Rider B: Carter Jackson and Catch Me K (29.1)

Open Beginner Novice: Kalie Beckers and Sweater Weather (27.1)

Sr. Beginner Novice Rider B: Susan Benator and Robby (35.3)

Tadpole: Olivia Miller and Marley (33.3)

Other pre-Novice level division winners include:
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider A: Allie Jones and Master Envoy (30.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Kalie Beckers and Sweater Weather (27.1)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider A: Kristi Boyd and Fenway (31.5)
New Event Horse: Katherine Hyndman and Hollymead Swan River (65.850)
FEH – 1 year old: Elizabeth Mulroney and Beatrice MRF (83.850)
FEH – 2 year old: Ann O’Donnell and TGS Alls Well Mister Perry (83.050)
FEH – 3 year old: Ann O’Donnell and TGS Lions Sunshine (79.750)
FEH – 4 year old: Miranda Ford and Flagmounts Scandal (81.800)
YEH – 4 year old: Janet Marden and Flagmount’s Reatta (76.500)
YEH – 5 year old: Kim Wendel and MBF Gambler (82.150)
Starter A: Hailey Brinson and Wyn In Dublin (31.3)
Starter B: Janet Marden and Flagmount’s Reatta (34.0)

Go Eventing!

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Four Handsome Hanoverians

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

Hanoverians are popular one among eventers and for good reason — they can win the dressage and have scope to spare. In 2021 the breed placed fourth in the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses/Rolex FEI Eventing Studbook Rankings, just behind #1 Studbook Selle Français, #2 Holsteiner, and #3 Irish Sport Horse. View the 2021 studbook rankings here.

Here are four that have recently come available and are listed on EN’s sister classifieds site, Sport Horse Nation.

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Training Packer, Prelim Miles

2011 17hh Hanoverian bay gelding

Finn has an extensive Eventing record at training level with his amateur owner. He has recently made a successful upgrade to preliminary with a professional. Finn is well schooled up to third level in dressage. Easy to handle with no vices. $85k. Call Waylon at 484 753 2664.

Located in Buckhead, GA.

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Valerrama~Quality 2018 Hanoverian Mare

2018 16h Bay Hanoverian Mare by Viva Voltaire.

Val is a fabulous prospect for an ambitious AA or Pro! She can go in virtually any direction: She is jumper bred, but has 3 terrific gaits and so is suitable for Dressage, Eventing and Show Hunters. She is very brave, quite self possessed, personable, and has just begun training under saddle. We have jumped her on the line and she shows super interest in jumping and has been light on her feet with tidy form from moment one.

Terrific one to catch early: Has “go”, but not hot. Loose mover, but medium length body: so neither weak, nor lacking step or scope.

She is a lovely type to make up in any direction!

Located in Aiken, SC.

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5-year-old Ready to Go Up the Levels

Looking for a special young horse to bring up the levels of eventing? Let’s Dance WBF is bred to be an eventer and has been thoughtfully developed with a strong base of education and is ready to compete this spring! She is by Highland Imperius (83% blood by Master Imp, out of a Cavalier Royale – Clover Hill mare) and out of Donna Negra (Hanoverian foal champion by De Noir out of a Heraldik mare). Harriet is lovely to have in the barn, very sensible for her age, hacks out, and has correct gaits. She has been out cross-country schooling and to schooling shows and is the same at home and away.

Located in Round Hill, VA.

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Honey mare 9-yold Hanoverian X thoroughbred!

9-year-old Hanoverian X Thoroughbred mare, by Rio’s Filius W
15.3 hands, build like a warmblood and easy keeper.
Bought from a professional rider in june 2019 and ridden since by a junior rider. She is currently showing in pre-training and will compete at Rocking Horse Winter III in Florida.
She is training to compete in training this show season. No tic or vice.
She is a stunning mare that love to work, easy to manipulate, brave and fair with jumps!

Located in Pittman, Florida until April 17th.

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Volunteer Nation: 3 USEA Events That Could Use a Hand This Weekend

 

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Go ahead and pick up that crack-of-dawn volunteer shift. Early birds get a free front-row seat to one of nature’s greatest performances.

Three USEA events — Rocking Horse in Altoona, FL; Stable View in Aiken, SC; and Morven Park in Leesburg, VA — are all still seeking a few good volunteers for their weekend events.

Besides natural splendor, volunteering comes with lots of perks. At Stable View, featured above, for instance, benefits of volunteering include: great snacks, best seats at the event, you can meet new friends and learn about the sport from the experts, and lunch will be served! Also, a free schooling pass that can be used on a future Event Academy Schooling (note 1 pass equals 1 discipline, ie: 1 pass = Dressage schooling, 1 pass= 1 Show Jumping schooling, 1 pass= 1 XC schooling).

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

USEA Events

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. (APRIL 2022)

March 31st, 2022 to April 3rd, 2022

Morven Park Spring Horse Trials

April 2nd, 2022 to April 3rd, 2022

Spring FEI CCI-S 2/3/4* and USEF/USEA Horse Trials

March 28th, 2022 to April 3rd, 2022

#EventerProblems Vol. 282: Spring Has Sprung (a Shoe)

Ah, spring. The sun is shining, the birds are singing and you’ve got a whole new set of #EventerProblems on your hands. Including but not limited to …

 

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Don’t forget to tag ’em #EventerProblems on social media for inclusion in a future edition! Go Eventing.

Instagram Roundup: Sand Dancing at Carolina International

I know … dressage day photos and videos aren’t exactly clickbait, but we love some good sandbox action on social media. We especially love and appreciate snaps posted by riders with commentary and personal narratives of how their weekend unfolds — it makes the experience so much more accessible and interactive for the rest of us — so bring it on! And be sure to read EN’s full recap of Thursday dressage here.

 

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Carolina International CCI & H.T. (Raeford, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [Volunteer] [Official Photographer]

Go Eventing.

Carolina International CCI & H.T. (Raeford, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [Volunteer] [Official Photographer]

 

How to Watch the 2022 Carolina International Live Stream

David Vos competing at Carolina International. Photo by Brant Gamma photo.

The 2022 Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International runs today through Sunday, and Horse & Country TV+ members can watch all three phases live.

The live broadcast schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 24
Dressage: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EST

‼️ Alert: Dressage has been delayed by one hour due to lightning; the live stream will begin at 11 a.m. ET.

Friday, March 25
Show jumping: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. EST

Saturday, March 27
Cross Country: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST

Annual H&C+ Membership is $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year (a savings of 16%). Members can watch online or with H&C’s mobile apps, as well as on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Amazon Fire. Full details on how to join can be found at horseandcountry.tv. If you’re already a member, here’s a quick link to the Carolina International live stream.

Sign up now for an Annual H&C+ Membership in time to catch all the events streaming throughout the season. In addition to Carolina International, will provide exclusive live coverage from at least 11 major international events throughout the year including two of the world’s five-star events: Pau and Luhmühlen (both the four- and five-star divisions will be streamed at the latter). H&C+ Membership also includes access to a wealth of Training and Learning content for riders of all levels, Masterclasses from Will Faudree and Will Coleman, as well as episodes of H&C’s Barn Talk series featuring profiles of both Wills, Liz Halliday-Sharp and much more.

Members can watch online or with H&C’s mobile apps, as well as on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Amazon Fire. Full details on how to join can be found at horseandcountry.tv.

Carolina International CCI & H.T. (Raeford, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream] [Volunteer]

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Three 17+ Hand Stars for the Supermodel Set

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

Ooooh, can’t find a horse suitable for your oh-so-inconveniently mile-looooong supermodel legs? As a 5’1″ rider, I offer the following condolence straight from the bottom of my heart:

While you, tall sir or madam, may never know the thrill of eventing a pony as a full-grown adult (teaser: it’s like riding a jet ski), you have the ability to ride a regular-to-extra-large size horse without feeling like you are an actual literal toddler. In appreciation of such, I present to you three 17+ hand horses recently listed on Sport Horse Nation that will take up your lanky limbs.

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9 y/o 2* Event Mare For Sale

Mystic Hazzard
2013 17.2hh thoroughbred mare for sale.

Affectionately known as Haz in the barn, this mare is full of class and talent. Haz has experience through the 2*/preliminary level, with a young rider, and shows the drive to continue progressing up the levels. Flashy gaits, a floaty jump, and a feeling on cross country like no other; she quite literally hunts the flags out on course.

Haz is an athletic, young and eager mare and this is prevalent in her daily rides. While being the sweetest horse in the barn, she can be quite sensitive under-saddle and therefore is not well suited for a timid or amateur rider. Haz is a confident young professional’s dream!

Haz is extremely well loved, and will only be placed in the best new home. Priced in the high 5 figures to match the caliber of this horse. Will consider reasonable offers to find the best new home for my special girl! Sale is only due to the fact that I will be attending school in the near future and she’s too special to let sit on the back burner!

Text 443-878-3405 or pm for more info/loads of pictures or videos of this black beauty! Currently located in Aiken, SC.

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Gleann Rua Colin (Gideon)

2016, 17.1 hand, Irish Sport Horse Gelding

Sire is Colin Diamond (ISH) , Dam is Gleann Rua Times (ISH)

Gideon has competed in the jumpers at WEC with an amateur and just finished 3rd in his first Novice (1m) on his dressage score of 28.3. He is an exceptional young horse, modern type and ready to begin his show career. He is very brave, with a great brain and great breeding. He was imported mid 2021 and could go in any direction; however, he would make an excellent eventer. Currently in Ocala Florida, please contact for more video!

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2013 17.2hh Prelim winner available in Ocala

Ringwood Hustler – 2013 17.2hh chestnut ISH gelding. Winner of the Prelim at Bromont in 2021. Exceptionally well schooled on the flat, kind on the ground and under saddle with scope to spare. He is an easy and obliging ride making him suitable for junior or amateur riders.

His sire, Tinarana Goldwave (Agrentinus – Accord II – Grannus) has some of the best German sport horse lines and show jumped himself internationally to the 1.40 level. Located in Ocala, Florida.

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

Buck Davidson & Carlevo Top Ocala Winter II Advanced

The big kids of eventing have begun stretching their legs over the big jumps this season, some of them warming up for even larger jumps to come. Ocala Winter II H.T.’s Advanced division, which wrapped up today, was headlined by some heavy hitters but it was Buck Davidson and Carlevo who came out on top.

The Thursday phases of dressage and show jumping were led by Hannah Sue Burnett and her old pal Harbour Pilot, who opted (as did a few others) to withdraw before cross country on their dressage score of 23.4 plus 0.4 time in jumping. Here’s that winning unofficial combined test — many thanks as always to The Man, The Myth, The Legend, The Horse Pesterer for bringing us all the ringside action!

Jacob Fletcher and Fabian lurked just a half point behind after dressage then withdrew, opting to end the weekend on their successful romp in the sandbox. Might’ve-been-winners Phillip Dutton and Z had a rail and 5.6 time cross country …

… keeping them in third (he also finished 6th on Sea of Clouds) and leaving the blue ribbon to Buck and Carlevo.

Buck had two more in the division — Erroll Gobey and Sorocaima — who were 7th and 17th respectively.

Devon Brown and HC Celtic Mark jumped double clear rounds to make a big hop up the scoreboard into 2nd.

A handful of other divisions are already done and dusted at Florida Horse Park: Jessica Phoenix and Tugce won Advanced/Intermediate, Lauren Nicholson and Landmark’s Jungle’s Gold won Prelim One-Day A, Caroline Martin and Galwaybay Redfield HSH Connor won Prelim One-Day B, Lindsey Lanier and DHI Kloosterboy won Modified One-Day B, Bruce Mandeville and Smile n Wave won Training One-Day A, Lauren Nicholson and Ziggy Stardust won Training One-Day B, Hannah Sue Burnett and Chakiris Star won Training One-Day C, Meghan O’Donoghue and Axl Rose won Novice Horse One-Day, and Olivia Dutton and JMF Master Cooley won Open Novice One-Day.

Fun fact: two of the winners — Axl Rose and Ziggy Stardust — were both sourced and imported by eventer-turned-jumper-of-very-very-large-show-jumps Justine Dutton. Good eye, Justine!

Advanced Final Top 10: 

Ocala Winter II H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Ukraine Relief Update: Four Ways to Support Ukraine Horses & Equestrians

Photo via the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation.

As the devastation unfolds from the war in Ukraine, many in the equestrian community have asked how they can help. According to the Ukraine Equestrian Federation, “There are more than 100 000 horses in Ukraine, many of the horses are caught up in the war, with no possibility to flee and seek safety, with no shelter and care. Horse owners, riding schools, athletes, breeders, and professionals are in desperate conditions without any resources of saving their horses. By making donation or offering help, you will provide the Ukrainian equestrian community a hope for a better future and save lives of the Ukrainians and their loved ones.”

Since our last update, more organizations have stepped forward in establishing pathways for donations and support. As always, please use your discretion and common sense when determining the avenue of assistance most suited to your capabilities. Here are four efforts that we’ve vetted to be legitimate donation collection efforts.

Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation

The Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation (registered in Belgium) with the assistance from the FEI is supporting the Ukrainian horse owners, riding schools, athletes, equestrian clubs, stables and professionals.

It provides counselling support and other kind of needs-based assistance on the ground, including mapping shelter options and assisting with relocation of horses, gathering offers for goods and organizing logistics to deliver goods to equestrians and their horses both in Ukraine and/or in their temporary locations in Europe.

Stables in the Lviv region were the first to receive humanitarian aid from the Foundation on March 16, providing shelter to horses evacuated from combat zones. Then the aid went further to the East to the Khmelnytsky region (Baykiv, Paradis, Dunaivtsi and Ternopil). On March 17 a truck arrived to Kyiv (Dynamo) to be distributed to those stables and clubs where help is most needed, and about three tons of feed went to Odessa region. “We are currently developing a full-scale logistics system in Ukraine, which will allow to transport much more goods by trucks and/or trains. This will allow us to get to those parts of the country, where it is extremely difficult to bring help, such as Kharkiv.”

Ask for help, donate and view updates on supply distribution here.

FEI

In addition to removing all competitions in Belarus and Russia from the 2022 calendar, the FEI has set aside CHF 1 Million in a Solidarity Relief Fund for the equestrian community in Ukraine, following the invasion of the country by Russian military forces.

The allocation was approved by the FEI Executive Board during a meeting convened on 28 February 2022, where members also unanimously condemned the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces and agreed to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus from the 2022 FEI calendar.

The FEI Solidarity Relief Fund will be further supplemented by 100% of funds raised through the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Ukraine Relief Fund to Support Ukraine horses and equestrians as announced on 15 March 2022.

“We are deeply concerned for the welfare of all Ukrainians and the entire equestrian community in Ukraine,” FEI President and Chair of the FEI Solidarity Committee Ingmar De Vos said.

“Their safety is very much our priority, and we are liaising closely with our key contacts in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to seek solutions to their most pressing needs.

“Sport is a network which relies and thrives on team spirit and camaraderie and it is through these important friendships that we can offer support and make a difference to the people of Ukraine in these challenging times.”

A dedicated email address [email protected]  has been set up for individuals to put forward their requests for financial and logistical aid. The distribution of the FEI Solidarity Relief funding is being managed internally by the FEI with allocations made on a case by case basis, and approved by the FEI Executive Board. The FEI will liaise closely with the Equestrian Federation of Ukraine and neighbouring countries in order to facilitate and coordinate all logistical support.

US Equestrian

US Equestrian will be joining the FEI in their recently announced efforts to provide support to the equestrian community of Ukraine by establishing the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund. One-hundred percent of funds collected will go to the FEI solidarity relief fund and directly to those in need of support. The FEI is liaising closely with the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation (UEF) and neighboring countries to facilitate support. The USEF Board of Directors has committed to allocating additional relief funding.

The UEF reports “Horse owners, riding schools, athletes, breeders, and professionals are in desperate conditions without any resources of saving their horses. By making a donation or offering help, you will provide the Ukrainian equestrian community a hope for a better future and save lives of the Ukrainians and their loved ones.”

USEF President Tom O’Mara reinforced the importance of the Ukraine relief effort, stating, “The U.S. equestrian community always comes together to help fellow equestrians and horses in need. The acts of war in the Ukraine require all of us to join in supporting human and horse welfare in the areas impacted however we can.  We will work closely with FEI to ensure all funds contributed are distributed to those who need it most.”

To make a tax deductible donation please visit the USEF Ukraine Relief Fund Donation and help horses page here or send a check to USEF Memo: USEF Ukraine Relief Fund.

The Foundation for the Horse

Through The Foundation for the Horse, the charitable arm of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), you can make a financial gift to those providing emergency relief and support, including veterinary organizations and the horses and animals they care for.

“Our hearts go out to the animals, their owners, and veterinarians impacted by the devastation in Ukraine,” said Dr. Emma Read, president of The Foundation for the Horse and the AAEP. “We are working with veterinary colleagues in Europe to identify trusted organizations who are providing rapid response for equine and animal care in the region.”

The images and reports from Ukraine as well as the border countries are heart-wrenching. While many residents fleeing Ukraine are trying to take their pets and animals with them, thousands of displaced horses, donkeys, burros and other animals remain behind and, like the people of Ukraine, need your help.

Visit The Foundation’s Disaster Relief page to donate and learn more about how they are connecting with veterinary groups and animal charities that are supporting those in need.

Video: Kiss Me, I’m Irish! The Top Stateside Irish Eventers of 2021

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Here at EN, no proper celebration of the holiday would be complete without a toast to the huge role that Irish Sport Horses play in eventing.

As athletic as they are tough, it’s no wonder the breed regularly dominates the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses/Rolex Eventing Studbook Rankings. The breed has come out on top in WBFSH/Rolex’s FEI point based ranking system 12 out of the last 17 years. Last year ISH Studbook was jostled into third by the narrowest of margins behind #1 Studbook Selle Français and #2 KWPN — it’s polite to let others have a turn on the throne every now and again, we suppose! View the 2021 studbook rankings here.

As for U.S. leaderboards, Irish Sport Horses claimed three of the top 10 spots on the 2021 USEA Standlee Premium Western Forage® Horse of the Year rankings. The tip of the top:

Will Coleman and Off The Record at CHIO Aachen. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

#6. Off The Record

Bio: 13-year-old ISH gelding (VDL Arkansas x Drumalogoland Bay, by Ard Ohio) bred by Peter G. Brady. Owned by the Off The Record Syndicate and ridden by Will Coleman.

Best 2021 finishes: 1st – CHIO Aachen CCIO4*-S, 1st – Carolina International CCI4*-S, 2nd – Great Plains CCI4*-S, 15th – Kentucky CCI5*-L

Video: Warming up for the 2022 season in Open Intermediate at Rocking Horse Winter 2 H.T.

Two more made the leaderboard. Let’s raise a pint to them as well, shall we?

Lillian Heard & Dassett Olympus. Photo by Abby Powell.

#8. Dassett Olympus

Bio: 9-year-old ISH gelding (Lancelot x Cushlamochree, by Cruising) bred by Andrew Kirwan. Owned and ridden by Lillian Heard.

Best 2021 finishes: 3rd – Morven Park CCI4*-S, 3rd – Jersey Fresh CCI4*-S, 6th – Tryon International CCI4*-L

Liz Halliday-Sharp’s Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

#9. Cooley Quicksilver

Bio: 11-year-old ISH gelding (Womanizer x Kylemore Crystal, by Creggan Diamond) bred by Alan O’Brien. Owned by The Monster Partnership and ridden by Liz Halliday-Sharp.

Best 2021 finishes: 1st – Chattahoochee Hills CCI4*-S, 2nd – Rebecca Farms CCI4*-S, 21st – Pau CCI5*-L

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Go Eventing.