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We Are All ‘In Our Feelings’ for AEC Jr. Beginner Novice Rider 14 & Under Dressage

Move over, Advanced, with your fancy dressage tailcoats and show-boaty jumps. For one glorious week each year, we shove the Big Name Riders out of the limelight and focus instead on the cutthroat ranks of … Jr. Beginner Novice 14 & Under.

This year 38 of the country’s most formidable junior riders are facing off over the toughest yellow numbered jumps in the land right here at the Kentucky Horse Park  for the 2019 American Eventing Championships. The field is wide open but this much is certain: The competition is fierce.

Maren Hanson and In My Feelings. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Maren Hanson and In My Feelings are our dressage leaders heading into cross country tomorrow on a score of 28.3. You might recognize “Mighty Maren” from EN’s 2028 Olympic Talent Watch series — we featured her back in 2017. Now at the ripe old age of 12, Maren and “Drake” — who at 24 is twice her age, although you wouldn’t know it from watching him strut his stuff in the sandbox — are making their debut on the national stage, well, in eventing at least! The pair is coming off a big 6th place overall finish at the U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions last weekend at Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, Illinois, which coincidentally hosted the AEC from 2007 to 2009.

Today’s result was an emotional one for Maren, who rode with the late, great Ann Haller. Her mother, Christie, got a little teary-eyed when recalling, “I told her before her test to ride her best for Ann.” We think Ann would be proud, Maren.

Indeed, there were a lot of feels out there today. One of my favorite tests belonged to Connor Stegeman and Zip’s Bangee which, while it may not have topped the leaderboard board, was one that Connor will remember forever. It was their final dressage test together, as Connor has outgrown her 21-year-old Appaloosa Pony of Americas and will be moving on to a bigger horse after the AEC. Overwhelmed by love and appreciation for her beloved pony, Connor burst into tears after the final salute.

Connor Stegeman and Zip’s Bangee. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Bonus: braid check! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Every combination in this division — in every division, really — has their own unique story they carry with them up the centerline. For instance: Riley Jones‘ pony Señor Santana was a rescue from a farm seizure situation wherein several horses of the 30 horses Santana lived with were already deceased. He’d been restarted as a western pony when Riley brought him into her life about five years ago, and she’s since shown him the ropes of eventing.

Riley Jones and Señor Santana. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Can we get a closer look at those sparkly blue braids? And we hear that there is much more where those came from on cross country … he even sports a unicorn horn! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Riley kindly took the time to tell us about their test and their partnership.

For these young riders, their horses and ponies are much more than competition partners — they’re friends. Kloie Hicks describes her pony Sugar Rush as “fun, loving and caring.”

Kloie Hicks and Sugar Rush. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

It’s neat to see mounts of all shapes, sizes and colors out there — truly, any horse can Go Eventing! Among the less orthodox breeds represented: a Norwegian Fjord, an Andalusian/Appendix Quarter Horse cross, Haflinger, Nokota, Morgan, and a Canadian Sport Horse.

Isabella Craft and Marcato, a Leopard Appaloosa Hungarian Warmblood (Double Helix by Bold Pizazz) gelding. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Nothing wrong with a good-looking classic bay, though:

With the top 13 competitors in the division separated by less than a rail, the jumping phases are bound to be nail-biters. A few cross country machines and show jumping powerhouses to keep an eye out for:

Macie Sykes and Delilah’s Boy, her own Connemara gelding, have gone clear in both jumping phases in their past five events. They sit 7th after dressage, not quite replicating the winning score of 19.5 they posted at Pony Club Championships earlier this summer but certainly still in the mix! Love that smile, Macie.

Macie Sykes and Delilah’s Boy. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

More pairs with super jumping records to keep your eye on:

Marin Swyers and Bibbidy Bobbidy Boo. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Sierra Thomas and Chambery. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

A job well done to all these young riders!

Sydney Langley & Pocket Change. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Make no mistake — these kids are coming for us all, and we can’t wait to follow all the dramatic twists and turns of this year’s Jr. Beginner Novice 14 & Under showdown. And here’s some great news from the USEA!

Great to see our lower levels getting the royal treatment — they deserve it! Much more to come. Go Eventing.

#AEC2019: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageUSEA’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Junior Beginner Novice 14 & Under top 10 after dressage (view complete leaderboard here):

Friday Video from SmartPak: If Horses Were People – Fly Season, Part 2

SmartPak’s “If Horses Were People” series is back and more painfully true-to-life — and hysterically funny — than ever. The latest series imagines what it would be like if horses were people during fly season, with Sara and Sarah acting out all the summer dramz that are basically your life right now: ripped fly sheets, MIA fly masks, fly spray sagas … the dreaded SWATTING HORSE TAIL TO THE EYEBALL. And if you loved Part 1, strap in because this hot-off-the-presses part 2 is even more hilarious.

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Be sure to subscribe to SmartPak’s YouTube channel for all the latest videos. Go Eventing!



Thursday #AEC2019 Quotes From the Top: All We Do Is Win, Win, Win No Matter What

Julia Spatt & 5o1 Macintosh, winner of the Bates Preliminary Rider division. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

The first batch of 2019 American Eventing Championship crowns have been distributed! Thursday saw the coronation of Intermediate and Preliminary divisions, as well as cross country for Training and dressage for Novice and Advanced. I’d say it’s a three-ring circus around here at the Kentucky Horse Park, but in fact many more rings than that are in action.

Once again we have the hardworking USEA press team to thank for chasing down the winners and leaders of each #AEC2019 division at day’s end to collect ride reflections and thoughts going forward. Scroll down to catch up with the final top three riders from …

… as well as the cross-country leaders from …

… and top-5 dressage leaderboards from …

… with six divisions of Beginner Novice still to kick off tomorrow!

#AEC2019: WebsiteScheduleRide TimesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageUSEA’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Boyd Martin and Long Island T, leader of the Advanced Final. Photo by Leslie Wylie.


🏆1st: Boyd Martin & Long Island T

On their dressage test: “‘Ludwig’ was brilliant today in the dressage. He’s such a fantastic mover, and he’s always full of expression and he’s very well trained and experienced at this level now so he’s quite fun to ride. And he’s sort of got that mixture of good energy without getting too explosive. He’s very good, a couple little things we can always improve on, but overall it’s lovely to have a horse with this phenomenal talent for the dressage because you just have to sit there and everyone thinks you’re a good rider.”

On the cross country course: “I think unfortunately Derek di Grazia is practicing for building Burghley. He’s coming out here and he’s gotten all excited because he’s got the Burghley job — it looks huge to me. If you break it down and you really look at it, it’s a great course — great footing, obviously it’s a nice open galloping course. So my plan, I mean obviously there’s a bit of prize money on the line so I’d love to have a bit of a crack, but this is also Ludwig’s first Advanced in a while so I’ve just got to ride a little bit smart and make sure I don’t go wild and crazy and go for broke too much. He can get quite strong and hard to turn especially towards the end of the course so my plan would be to keep him open and fast but keep him settled and keep his mind the whole way around.”

On putting the AEC on his schedule: “Kentucky is obviously one of the greatest equestrian venues in the world. It’s a huge honor and thrill to ride here in April, and I jumped at the opportunity to bring horses here for the AEC. It’s just a great event. I think the biggest thing is the cross country course design at all levels is big, bold and flowing with every question that needs to be asked for every horse. It’s a really good education for every horse at every level. And to do dressage and show jumping in this stadium is a great opportunity to get mileage on these horses that are coming through.”

🏅2nd: Mara Depuy & Congo Brazzaville C

On their dressage test: “Congo is getting better and better. I’m thrilled with the fact that he was rideable, which he has not been in atmosphere this spring. [They did the test ride at GMI in preparation for the AEC, to practice in a bigger atmosphere without the pressure.]”

Looking ahead to cross country: “I think the course looks great. I think it looks like the reason we all came here: for fantastic footing and a great, challenging course. I’m excited about it. I think it will suit Congo — the bigger the better — I just have to ride it well and stay sharp.”

🏅3rd: Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore

On their dressage test: “Parts of it were good. The flying changes were still not great, but he’s such a quality horse that the judges want to score him because he looks the part. He’s coming along.”

Looking ahead to cross country: “It’s a strong course. It starts right from the beginning, there’s a lot to do. It’s as strong as you’d see at a four-star.”

Top 3 after dressage (view full scoreboard here): 


🏆1st: Tamie Smith & En Vogue

On their show jumping round: “I got on her [this morning] and I went so fast yesterday that I wasn’t certain how she’d feel fitness-wise, but she was shaking her head and almost gave me a little buck so I knew she was feeling really good. She really rose to the occasion. She’s taken some time to trust me and I feel like today the rail I had was my rail, which I’m really happy about, because she has been tricky in the show jumping. The rail I had was more because of how she’s been in the past and I rode her instead of the way she feels now. I’m ecstatic.

“I just feel now that this weekend we really are on the same page. I wasn’t sure what she’d feel like in the show jumping, that would probably be the biggest track that she’s done and she’s really spooky … that’s part of why I had the rail, because I rode too forward in and I almost should have put five in the first line instead of six. That’s what I love about mares – as soon as they start to trust you then they give you 110 percent. I feel like she’s really doing that.”

🏅2nd: Tamie Smith & Danito

On their partnership: “He and I have been together longer and you can see that we have a good partnership now. He really trusts me now and he was really relaxed. I love that horse, he’s so my ride and he’s little but really mighty and strong.”

On their show jumping round: “He tried super hard. He’s a funny horse because when he’s bored he doesn’t try quite as hard. At the last event he jumped clean but it was a little by braille so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the jumps are impressive here so he actually gave it some effort and jumped really beautiful.”

On the AEC atmosphere: “I think the best top horses rise to the occasion for something like this. They might not to the normal horse trials, but you want a horse that when it gets in this kind of atmosphere, because this is a championship atmosphere like the Olympics Games or WEG or the Pan Ams, you want them to rise to the occasion. You learn whether your horse can do this and it was really helpful because I know those two both can.”

🏅3rd: Hallie Coon & Cooley Sos

On her mount: “He’s quite a small horse but with a gigantic ego. It gets to be a struggle sometime in the dressage – he thinks he’s a little bit too important to be doing what he’s doing. But he has the most incredible stride and jump on the cross-country and in the show jumping, he just eats it up. I mean, [he has] twice the stride of any of my other horses and he’s by far the smallest. So that can be challenging in itself, knowing where I am, but he tried his heart out yesterday.”

On recovering from cross country: “He did get quite tired out on course yesterday because I pushed him quite a bit – he left strides out everywhere, as he always does – so I was curious to see how he was this morning. But, usually after a big effort like that he comes out and he jumps even better than usual and he stayed true today. I’m really thrilled with him.”

The take-away: “I didn’t come here to be competitive, honestly. I came here to test the waters and I think he told me that he’s ready.”

Final top 5 (view complete results here): 


🏆1st: Bobby Meyerhoff & Lumumba

On their show jumping round: “She was great. She came out a little fresh, and I worked her quite a bit on the flat, getting her nice and loose and she started right off the bat jumping super. [After putting the pedal to the metal yesterday] it was interesting to me to see how she’d be and she came out the best she’s ever come out. It was really cool.”

What’s next: “She’s ready to step up to the next level, so thinking about going to Plantation and doing the three-star short, and we’ll go from there. The last two shows now I’ve really put the pressure on her to win, so I’d like to go cruise around.”

Her pre-AEC preparation: “The coolest thing about her is that I know she’ll go to places like this with all this atmosphere and she’ll perform, and I can tell she wants it. So I don’t have to do a ton of outside preparation other than working at home and keeping her fit. And with her blood she gets pretty fit pretty fast, so I don’t overdue it because it comes pretty natural to her.”

On her Arabian blood: “It’s nice that she has that and she has the endurance and then at the same time she has the mind to contain it in the cool personality of being calm and being able to take the pressure. A lot of times it looks like she’s being really nice and calm and presentable but I can feel the tension and the anxiety a little, but she hides it really well so that works to her advantage.”

The value of the AEC experience: “My goal is to jump around a five-star here with her, so to able to jump in the stadium with her here and to go around the cross country as many times between now and then, it’s going to make her feel at home. So the first time they come here isn’t in the five-star and it’s all that pressure. It’s nice to be able to come here and do that in this type of competition in preparation for the big five-star.”

🏅2nd: Kyle Carter and Galliard’s Lancer

On riding ‘the best horse I’ve ever sat on’: “He made the time well, and he’s been nothing but fantastic in show jumping for me. This horse has just been Mr. Reliability in there — you can be a bit wrong and he finds his way out of it. This horse in the Prelim is the best horse I’ve ever sat on in my life. Maybe not all my horses were the top horses in the world, but I’ve had enough good ones, and this one in all three phases is close to the top in all of them but he shows nothing but what you need for that level. When he finished cross country, he blew out immediately; this morning I got on him and he was full of himself and fresh.

“Everything about him screams that he could be here and pull this off in a much bigger environment. His trot is really really good, he’s a very good canter, but he has the best canter and as you know the higher you go the canter becomes more of a priority so I expect him to be able to tip into the under-25 marks.”

🏅3rd: Boyd Martin and Fernhill Prezley

On his mount: “Heidi White produced the horse and has done an amazing job. He’s a spectacular animal. I took over the ride a couple months ago and was very impressed with him. He did very well at Bromont and now here, and I think he’s a horse for the future. He’s a proper jumper. He’s French bred, even though he has an Irish prefix, and he’s just a big, scopey, careful jumper.

“He has a bit of a long canter so I’ve been working hard to try to keep him together and balanced, and I was very pleased that he came out and jumped well today. Same in the cross country, he’s a big galloper and a bit hard to adjust, and same with the dressage, he has great big paces so it’s harder with the collection work. But we’re still getting to know each other and he’ll be ready to move up to Intermediate soon.”

Final top 5 (view complete results here): 


🏆1st: Arden Wildasin & Watch Out

Two in the top three: “Both horses went in there and did fantastic. It was a partnership that we were building throughout the summer and we were able to perform it today. It was great going in knowing that I’m first and second – you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

On her mount: “The Watch Out horse, I’ve had him for almost 10 years and he only goes Preliminary. Preliminary is his height. He’s been one of my kids – I can’t sell him. He’s been with me since everything and each time I sit on him I continue to learn even though I’ve had him for so long. Yes we’ve had that partnership, but it’s continuing to develop it.”

🏅2nd: Arden Wildasin & Southern Sun

On her second mount: “The Southern Sun horse, he’s a little bit spooky and he did kind of spook at the coin jump, but he jumped it awesome and we’ve had the nemesis of the liverpool – never had anything bad – but he jumped that the best in there which made me really happy.”

A good day at the office: “It’s pretty surreal – it’s unbelievable. I’m pretty proud of those two for always showing up and doing their best and thankfully I was able to participate in doing my best too.”

🏅3rd: Maggie Fearon & Brando

A well-rounded weekend: “He was really good on the flat for him, and was really just relaxed out there which I was happy about – it’s a big atmosphere out there. Cross-country he was absolutely perfect he in the past has been a little sticky and yesterday he was just all out and really good so I was very proud of that. Today he came in and jumped his socks off and was really good so I was very proud of him for his weekend.”

 On their partnership: “I got him when he was four from a hunter jumper trainer and I’ve been bringing him up myself. He is really careful so we’ve taken it pretty slow with him. He’s eight now and he’s coming along really well so I’m excited.”

Final top 5 (view complete results here):


🏆1st: Julia Spatt & 501 Macintosh

On their show jumping round: “He was a little keen in warmup, I think he was a little excited after going fast yesterday so I kind of had to work on toning him down, keeping the rideability and getting him to listen, but once we got in the ring he really stayed with me, he was really listening and its one of our best show jumping rounds together to date so I’m just thrilled.”

A deserving win: “We got very lucky last year it just kind of happened and wasn’t expected. This year I thought my preparation was a lot better and the hope was a top five finished so I’m just beyond thrilled he made such improvements in all three phases. I’m just blown away by the horse, he deserves the win more than anything.”

On their partnership: “It’s one of the longest partnerships I’ve had with a horse so it’s been really cool to produce him through the levels and I just know him like the back of my hand and he knows me so well so it’s cool looking at the course to see how challenging they are and know that I’m sitting on the horse I want to be on to tackle these challenges and that I can trust him to stay with me pretty much no matter what.”

🏅2nd: Megan Edwards & Loughnatousa Reiner

On their partnership: “I feel very blessed to have the ride. I wasn’t expecting it and I’ve just formed a partnership with him this year and the owner have let me really do a good job of sticking to a plan and every show it’s showing. I had the unfortunate rail but he was such a good boy. He tries really hard – he’s a good Irish horse with a good heart.”

🏅3rd: Carolyn Wehle & Edelmann

On their show jumping round: “My ride was good, he obviously could have been better, he had two rails, it’s not really typical of him. I don’t know if he was just distracted by the atmosphere. He finished really well, he was great yesterday, he ran his little heart out, had one time penalty yesterday, his dressage was phenomenal for him it was probably his best test to date in eventing. He’s pretty green at this level and he jumped around like a rockstar yesterday and I really have no complaints. He was great.”

Final top 5 (view complete results here):


 🏆1st, Savannah Blackstock & Garryndruig Albie

On show jumping: “That horse is incredible. Show jumping is not my favorite part of this sport but I came in there and he’s such a good boy – he always knows when he’s competing and he just went in there and ate it up. He was so good. It was such a fun ride.”

On their partnership: I love the horse. He’s awesome. He knows his job, he loves his job, he goes in there and does what he supposed to. He’s just incredible. I couldn’t ask for a better partnership.

On training with Kyle Carter: “I fell in love with the program and the horses … it has been the most amazing journey. I have learned so much being with Kyle.”

🏅2nd, Isabel Finemore & Rutherglen

When your horse is your best teacher: “Riding Rutherglen is such an experience because he’s done so much and to have Andrew Hoy allow me to ride him is just the most incredible thing ever. He’s so good at teaching me what I have to learn but he’s so good at allowing me to learn and not just doing everything. It’s so unbelievable, from Young Riders in July to this, I’m just shocked.”

🏅3rd: Paige Drury & Shanagore Jenga 

On their show jumping round: “She absolutely loves to jump and so in warmup she was a little more forward than I wanted her in show jumping, but she went in there and just listened so well every time I told her to come back. She’s just been awesome all weekend.”

On their partnership: “She took me to my first Training and we did three Trainings, a Modified, and then moved up to Preliminary. She’s been amazing.”

Final top 5 (view complete results here):


🏆1st: Kendyl Tracy & Bobbie Burns

On her mount: “Bobby was good boy today. He’s a 6-year-old Oldenburg born in Louisiana. I have had him since he was 4 years old, and I am the only one who has evented him, bringing him up through the levels.

“This is his first ever away show and I wanted to bring him to some atmosphere in order to give him more experience for the future. It has been a really special week because his owner, Po Tatham, traveled with us and has been helping every step of the way. She has been so supportive throughout his entire development, and I am so thankful for her.”

 How the course rode: “I thought Derek was very clever in asking tough questions that were very fair for the horses. If you rode positively and showed them where they needed to be it rode very smoothly. I am glad that the course was at a championship level so it will prepare him for the next level.

“I think he learned a lot on the course, but he actually came out of the start box the most focused he has ever been before which is pretty exciting because he has grown up so much recently despite only being 6.”

 A horse with character: “He is an in-your-pocket personality. He is always looking for cookies and he is very sweet. He has a very big personality — you can always tell what he is thinking just by the expression on his face.”

Looking ahead to show jumping: “For tomorrow we are going to just do the best we can. He is a very good jumper if I ride to plan, he should jump well, but it is more about the experience than the placing at the end of the day.”

Top 5 after cross country (view complete leaderboard here):


🏆1st-T: Jackson Dillard

On cross country: “She is so game on the cross country course, she really just stepped out of the box and went for it, it was great.”

On their partnership: “Layla was my high school project. I got her as I started my freshman year of high school, before she really knew a whole lot. She’s really been the horse that’s allowed me to grow and do so much. I’m so glad I can have a horse that’s so game and willing for me. I just gradated high school and I’m actually taking a gap year, so my four-year project just turned into my four-year-plus-one project. I’m going to be a working student for Patrick McGaughan. I’m looking forward to a great year. She’s going to make the move to Prelim after this and we’re going to see where that takes us.”

Looking ahead to show jumping: “It’s a big atmosphere out there but she can really be great. I’m looking forward to it. It’s such an honor to ride in the ring and be here and do all that so I think whatever happens it’s going to be great.”

🏆1st-T: Steph Kohr & Irisina

About her horse: “She’s young – she’s just six – and she moved up to Training earlier this year and it was probably her most confident round yet. I was thrilled with her. There was a lot to do but it was all really inviting – she handled it great and she felt awesome.

“She’s a six year old Dutch horse that I got about a year and a half ago. She didn’t really event last year but she was qualified for the 5-year-old championships but had an abscess so wasn’t able to go. Bad timing. She started eventing this spring down in Florida and has been great.”

On where she calls home: “Waredaca is a big event barn in Area II. We have a lesson program, a Pony Club program, and then I run more of the event training program there. [We have] a lot of students who event but not necessarily all of them. All sorts of levels, everything from starter up through Preliminary, is about where my students are. Most of them are adult amateurs, they do it for fun, I have four of them down here with me this weekend.”

Looking ahead to show jumping: “She’s good, she wants to be pretty careful. Show jumping is probably my weakest phase so we’ll see but she’s a very good jumper. She’s certainly never seen anything like this so we’ll just have to see how she handles it.”

On what’s next: “[She moved up to Training] at the end of March, beginning of April. I want to try to do a Modified with her – after today she certainly felt like she’s ready to move up, we both felt like we were ready move up after today. So, a Modified or maybe a Preliminary at the end of the year and then Prelim in the winter.”

Top 5 after cross country (view full leaderboard here): 


🏆1st: Madeline Backus and Reflektion’s Rio

On their cross country round: “He was great, he loves cross-country – it’s his favorite out of all three phases. I thought it was a really good championship course. There were some good questions out there. I was able to watch some of the cross-country this morning and it was a little looky, some of the horses were a bit sticky coming into that first water, so I rode a bit aggressively but he took right to it. He was brilliant. We had a lot of fun out there.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow: “[Show jumping] is his hardest phase. He’s not always super careful but it’s just a matter of having fun with him and keeping him happy – that’s our most important thing with him. We’re just looking for a fun weekend.”

On his owner: “Her name is Lynn Roberts, she’s actually a vet. She has been riding him, she does dressage on him. Eventually she’ll ride him more when he’s done with his eventing career but for now she helps keep him happy and healthy. She’s such a great owner – she just wants him to be happy. We get to come out and have fun.”

On their relationship: “I did his first elementary on him. He’s had a couple other riders take him to some events. Now that I’m back home more permanently I’ve been able to ride him consistently.”

Top 5 after cross country (view complete leaderboard here): 


🏆1st: Kiersten Miller & Mama Mia

On her mount: “She was absolutely amazing, each time I get out there with her I think it’s not going to get any better but it does, every single time. She runs better and better and she’s easier to maintain out there and listens so well. She was all game on from start to finish.”

Getting past nerves: “I was definitely nervous this morning because I was taking a look at the scores and seeing that it was definitely causing some trouble so I talked to my coach and he said, ‘You know, you just need to worry about yourself. Go out there and do what you know how to do,’ And then I did the first few fences and realized we were oaky. I thought it was amazing, everything rode great.”

Looking ahead to show jumping: “She’s a really good show jumper but I always struggle with show jumping mentally but she’s absolutely amazing. Once I’m riding her well and balancing her and not taking long distances and really keeping her compact and under herself she jumps amazing. She jumps her heart out over the fences. I’m looking forward to it but the format of these types of events where you have the show jumping last always makes me the most nervous because that for some reason has always been my most nerve-wracking phase.  I think I’m just going to go out there and execute the plan, have fun and relax and enjoy the moment in the Rolex Stadium.”

Top 5 after cross country (view complete leaderboard here): 


Top 5 after dressage (view complete leaderboards here):

Go Eventing!

Wednesday #AEC2019 Quotes from the Top: Intermediate and Prelim XC, Training Dressage

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A new day, and a new list of current leaders 🔝⁣ ⁣ Open Intermediate Championship: Tamra Smith & En Vogue ⁣ Preliminary Amateur Championship: Arden Wildasin & Watch Out⁣ Preliminary Horse Championship: Robert Meyerhoff & Lumumba⁣ Preliminary Junior/Young Rider Championship: Leila Saxe & Quasar⁣ Preliminary Rider Championship: Julia Spatt & 5o1 Macintosh⁣ Open Modified/Training: Katie Malensek & Landjaeger⁣ Training Amateur Championship: Eleanor Leonard & Alvescot Moneymaker⁣ Training Horse Championship: Madeline Backus & Reflektion's Rio⁣ Training Junior Championship: Kiersten Miller & Mama Mia⁣ Training Rider Championship: Elizabeth Sauter & Giana⁣ ⁣ Good luck tomorrow, everyone! 🥇🎉#AEC2019 #USEventing #BetterTogether 📸: @shannonbrinkman / @useventing

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Talk about an event firing on all cylinders … it’s Wednesday and we’re already two days deep into AEC action! One Intermediate and four Prelim divisions hit the Kentucky Horse Park’s storied cross country course today; meanwhile, five Training divisions took to the sandbox.

Many thanks to Jessica Duffy from the USEA, who from what I can tell is leashed to a desk in the media center transcribing rider interviews all day. You’re a hero, girl. On that note, thanks to all of the USEA staff for their hard work in producing such an incredible showcase of the true heart and soul of American eventing.

Let’s catch up with our Wednesday leaders!

Intermediate: Tamie Smith & En Vogue

On their cross country round: “I couldn’t have asked her to be better. I expected her to be a bit backed off because she hasn’t run, but she knows her job and you have to trust that if you prepare them properly and get them ready that they don’t have to run a ton. I wasn’t certain how she was going to feel and she felt amazing, I was super happy.

“I knew that, if I was going to make the time, I needed to be on my first minute. Both of those horses are horses you can go out of the box quick on – some horses you can’t, you have to settle into it – but I knew I could come out of the box strong. The first combination walks in a seven and I got it in seven on Danito and with Evie I knew I could get six so I got six in there and I was on my first minute and stayed on it the whole time. They’re both really fast horses and have a ton of blood in them. You basically had to land and sprint to the next combination and try not to have to bring them back too soon. They’re both so rideable – the both go in snaffles – it’s easy when you can go really fast because then they just come right back when you bring your shoulders up and they’re right there and paying attention.

“Evie was a little more green than Danito – he was kind of sleeping out there a bit, it was just super easy for him – but he just ran a few weeks ago so I think that probably helped and the course is quite stiff for a horse that hasn’t run since Twin in April. She wasn’t as bold through the coffin and then the last water she overjumped the brush and I added a stride in there, but she was super. She was just looking for the flags and wants to do it and is just a fun horse to ride.”

Looking ahead to show jumping: “We’re working on that, it’s a work in progress. She needs quite a technical ride and I just hope I ride her the best I can and that she tries to jump the jumps as clean as possible. I do have rails on her in the past but she is capable of jumping clean, as long as she stays rideable. I’ve been working with Erik Duvander – he’s helped me a ton with her, working on her shape, and she’s getting better and starting to do that and I felt that out on the cross-country. I hope it transfers over to tomorrow!”

Top 5 after cross country (view full leaderboard here):

Preliminary Rider: Julia Spatt & 5o1 Macintosh

On their cross country round: “He was wonderful, he was really on. I was definitely feeling a little bit nervous in the warmup hearing about some of the trouble on course and I knew that the time was going to be really hard to make, but he was really on. He was listening the whole way around and he was actually really good to me in two of the combinations where I wasn’t exactly right and he gave me a really great feeling all the way around. I had to really keep kicking to make the time though, we just kept going and he was right there with me, I’m really pleased.”

On their partnership: “I’ve had him since he was a 5-year-old – I bought him from Jacob Fletcher who I was working for at the time. Jacob did his first two Novices but I’ve done everything since then, so his first Training, his first Preliminary, his first FEI, and he actually ran his first Intermediate this summer. He’s a really exciting horse and I’ve had him for four years so we’ve had a really long partnership and we know each other really well. It’s cool to still be together and he seems like he gets better every year.”

On winning the Prelim Amateur division at last year’s AEC: “I can no longer declare as an amateur because I work for a college as a coach but we managed to win last year, which was a little surprising and unexpected and really exciting. And we were planning to come and try to be competitive this year so it’s exciting that it’s worked out so far.”

Looking ahead to show jumping: “He’s really very good in show jumping. I tend to get a little nervous and can ride a little backwards sometimes but if I give him a good ride he’s great. He’s careful, he’s listening, sometimes he just gets a little bold and will get a little strong but if I can keep him rideable he’s a wonderful jumper.”

Top 5 after cross country (view full leaderboard here):

Junior/Young Rider Preliminary: Leila Saxe and Quasar

On their journey to the AEC: “Kyle Carter and Jen Carter are my trainers. [The drive] was good, but it was very long. We left at 4 a.m. It was 12 hours.”

On their cross country round: “Quasar was super. He jumped around like a star. He was five seconds under time and he was just perfect. He’s very solid and he jumps pretty much everything.”

On their partnership: “I’ve had him for almost two years in October. I got him from Buck Davidson, he had run an old three-star but he needs to be a lower level horse so I did an Intermediate on him and it went really well so we just moved down to Prelim for the AEC and then after we’re going to do the three-star at Stable View.”

Looking ahead to show jumping: “He’s very perfect, he listens to everything. He’s a little bit nervous sometimes but he’s perfect. He’s not a very careful jumper, I’m just praying that tomorrow goes well because he does not jump clean but I’m just going to pray and hopefully he picks up his feet.”

Top 5 after cross country (view full leaderboard here):

Preliminary Amateur: Arden Wildasin & Watch Out

On her cross country rounds: “My horses were very happy with cross-country. They loved today and I loved today, it was fantastic. Walter, who is sitting in first right now, I’ve had him for almost ten years, so he’s one of my fun Preliminary kids. He won’t go above that, but we just have so much fun together doing that. With Sunny, this is his second year at this level. He was out there answering all of the questions that were being asked. They didn’t do anything wrong. I might’ve done something, but they were there to save me.”

Of the track: “The course was fantastic. It’s awesome galloping across Kentucky ground. I’ve come here before, but coming [to the AEC], this event has a bit of a different feel. It’s a great track, asked tough questions — my favorite being the bank bounce with the log on top. That was fun!”

Top 5 after cross country (view full leaderboard here):

Modified: Katie Malensek & Landjaeger

On their test strategy: “He’s generally a pretty cool-minded horse so I tried to just not expel too much energy in the warmup and he ended up going in and he was a solid citizen who just put in a good test. I’m really proud of him.”


On their partnership: “I keep my horses at home so my horses are my babies, we spend a lot of time together. He’s a sweet horse, he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body and he’s just a little pushy but easy to get along with. He loves his food and his treats. He’s just a really sweet horse and he’s been an easy horse to bring along.”

On the Modified level: “Both of my horses are young and they’d had a good winter season around the Training level and I just wasn’t thinking they were quite ready as 5-year-olds to go up to Preliminary so I started looking for some alternatives. Thankfully, Area III has a ton of Modifieds and I’d never done them before so I just thought let’s just give it a whirl. It’s the perfect in-between level for them. A little more challenging than Training and not so hard on them as youngsters as Preliminary. Coming here, I thought I want do a little harder dressage test and a little harder show jumping – I was hoping the cross-country would be Modified but that’s alright, we’ll have some fun around the Training level.”

Looking ahead to cross country: “[The course] looks fantastic. We’re from Florida where everything’s flat – this horse has hardly ever left the flat sand so he’ll have some fun on the hills I’m sure. It’ll be a little different for him, that’s for sure. I love him, he’s a good boy.”

Top 5 after dressage (view full leaderboard here):

Training Rider: Elizabeth Sauter and Giana 

On their dressage test: “It went really well today, I was super happy with her. We’ve had kind of an up and down season, but she just went in there today feeling very relaxed and was with me the entire way.”

On their partnership: “I’ve been lucky enough to ride her for her whole career, I backed her when she was three. I’m very lucky, my coach owns her and allows me to rider her, and she is an incredible horse. She’s so fun, very honest, and loves her job. She’s a pleasure to work with every day.”

Looking ahead to cross country: “The course looks great. It looks really fun, and there’s certainly a lot to do. The terrain is great and it’s all beautifully presented. I think it’s certainly within her capabilities if I do my job and allow her to do hers.”

Top 5 after dressage (view full leaderboard here):

Training Amateur: Eleanor Leonard & Alvescot Moneymaker

On her horse: “Her name is Maisie, she’s a 9-year-old Anglo European Sport Horse. We imported her from England from Susie Pragnell three years ago and we’ve just been kind of getting to know each other. She’s really great. I took Maisie Preliminary around a year ago and she’s really forgiving horse but she can be challenging, too. So I think right now right now it’s us finding our own confidence and we’re just kind of getting to a really good spot where everything’s clicking.”

On their test: “It was really good. It felt like one of our stronger tests so I was really excited that we were able to go in and be bolder and more confident than we have before. She was really good though, she was more expressive than she’s been in the past.”

On the AEC: “I’ve wanted to come to the AEC for a few years but it’s never really been the right timing. I just had a gap year in Virginia working for Chris Talley and Hannah Salazar so I was coming this way anyway and I thought it would be a good pit stop on the way home to California. I’ve always wanted to come to AEC because it looks like a really special experience, and having it in Kentucky at the Horse Park was really exciting so I wanted to be here.”

On moving east: “I think that moving the East Coast was really beneficial in gaining some independence. Chris was really helpful with the cross country and just being able to show so much more and go schooling, because it’s kind of hard on the west coast sometimes and it’s been really helpful.”

Top 5 after dressage (view full leaderboard here):

 Training Horse: Madeline Backus & Reflektion’s Rio

On their test: “It went really well. He is a pure dressage horse so we’ve done up through third level. He’s really good at dressage but he prefers the jumping – we event to keep him happy and he loves it. I was really pleased with his test today. He stayed focused, which doesn’t always happen, and he was just really rideable. He put in a really nice test I couldn’t be more happy.”

On their best phase: “He’s lovely cross country, it’s his favorite. He used to do dressage with other people and he wasn’t happy and then he got to do cross country and that was it, he loves that so much. Show jumping is probably his weakest phase – sometimes the rails come down and we just accept that. As long as he’s happy we’re all happy.”

On their partnership: “He’s owned by a woman named Lynn Roberts, she’s a client of my mom’s at Pendragon Stud Equestrian Center. I‘ve been competing him for about four years now – it’s been a while. I’ve been riding him on and off because I’ve traveled overseas and competed my upper level horse for a while so my mom’s done a lot of the training on him as well. The last two years we’ve been doing really well and moving up the levels and taking our time and keeping him happy.”

Looking ahead to cross country: “It’s a great championship course I’m really excited to get out there. There’s a lot of good questions but at the same time it’s super fair. It’s just a really good course.”

Top 5 after dressage (view full leaderboard here):

Junior Training: Kiersten Miller & Mama Mia

On their test: “She was amazing. I knew that if I kept my head on straight and went in did what I know how to do it would be fine. I definitely felt more nervous than usual so I was kind of worried about that because she can tend to feed off that because she’s quite electric in these environments. It all ended up going well though.”

On their partnership: “We just recently started our partnership back in June – I got her back in April. I got a few rides in here and there but she was in a different state than me so I wasn’t able to rider her very much for the first two months. Then in June she came home to Michigan with me and we kind of hit the ground running and we got a few events in and are building a partnership as we go and getting better and better at each event.”

On heading south: “We decided to keep her down there for a little bit longer because she’s not really used to Michigan and Michigan gets warmer a lot later so we were afraid she wouldn’t do well in that environment so we kept her down [in Ocala] with one of my trainers for two months and I was able to fly down on the weekends so I wouldn’t miss school. I got about eight rides in with her during that time. It was two rides here, three rides there, but it wasn’t very consistent. It was difficult to start learning about each other but I did my best to spend some time on the ground with her and just get to know her in that way.”

On their favorite phase: “She’s actually quite new to cross-country – she just started eventing this winter but she loves it. I remember for my first event with her back in June I was nervous, I had no clue how she was really going to react because obviously we haven’t done much together. She just ate it up – every fence I was just smiling. She loves cross-country – that’s definitely her favorite part. It’s fun out there with her.

Looking ahead to cross country: “[The course] is absolutely amazing. I think it’s cool how in the beginning he kind of lets you feel your horse out before he gives you anything too technical and then he slowly amps it up, especially at the head of the lake – I really like the questions there. I’m pretty excited.”

Top 5 after dressage (view full leaderboard here):

Much more to come. Go Eventing!

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Medals on Their Minds: Chef d’Equipes Weigh in on European Championship Team Selection

Chris Bartle and Major Richard Waygood MBE. Photo by Thomas Ix. Chris Bartle and Major Richard Waygood MBE. Photo by Thomas Ix.

The philosophy behind team selection is fascinating. Whom do you name to the squad, and why, and how do those individuals meld into a singular team unit?

For perspective, there’s value in looking to the leaders of other successful eventing teams in our sport. Here, the Chef d’Equipes of three nations currently dominating our sport at the championship level …

  • Germany, the second winningest nation in European Championships history
  • Great Britain, the reigning European and World champions
  • France, the reigning Olympic team gold medalist

… share their team selection philosophies For the 2019 Longines FEI Eventing European Championships underway this week in Luhmühlen. Sweden and Italy, both of whom have been heavily targeting the Nations Cup series as a path to Olympic qualification this year, also weigh in.

In case you missed it, here are links to Tilly Berendt’s very informative analyses of the teams who will be contesting Championships: AustriaBelgium, DenmarkFinlandFranceGermany, Great Britain, Hungary, IrelandItaly, PolandSpainSweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands.

The Nations Cup podium at Houghton International 2019: Germany take the win, USA finish in second place, and Ireland scoop third. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Germany: Prof. Dr. Jens Adolphsen

“I think we made the most of our opportunity to nominate some young riders as well as the established ones. Our experienced riders are doing such a terrific job that it was hard for the next generation to gain championship experience. That’s why it’s brilliant to be able to involve so many young talented riders now. From my point of view, in a good team the individual results add up to an excellent one. The atmosphere within the team membership plays an important, inspiring role too. We have tried to nominate in such a way that winning the Championship is possible.”

Chris Bartle and Major Richard Waygood MBE. Photo by Thomas Ix.

Great Britain: Major Richard Waygood MBE

“We are very excited about our squad for the Championships. This year we have a range of experienced and not so experienced horses who all have great potential to excel at this Championships and future Championships. Our riders who partner these horses all have Championships credentials and understand about working in a Team environment as ‘One Team.’ Each rider and member of staff are there to support each other through thick and thin. Our aspirations are of course to win Team Gold and all the individual medals. There is no point in coming otherwise.”

Team gold goes to France at 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. From left: Karim Florent Laghouag, Mathieu Lemoine, Astier Nicolas and Thibaut Vallette. Photo by Jenni Autry.

France: Thierry Touzaint

“The French eventing team is getting ready for the championship. As always, we organized a final training that takes place in Normandy. They can ride on the beach every day and let their horses walk in the sea water. To me this time we spend gathered together is very important for both horses and riders. I think that we have a good team, some horses are quite young but the riders are very experienced. We will do our best to bring home a team medal. I don’t know its color yet, but I definitely think that we can get one with this team.”

Fredrik Bergendorff. Photo by Thomas Ix.

Sweden: Fredrik Bergendorff

“The Swedish team is put together with experience and consistent results in mind. Our number 1 goal is to get Olympic qualification, having said that if we perform to the level we can it would be great to bring back a medal. We have championship experience in our team mixed in with two riders who get the chance to ride in a senior championship for the first time. I think it’s a good mix of getting the result we like and still developing for the future. We are all looking forward to a week of good sport.”

2018 Strzegom Nations Cup Top Three: France, Italy and Poland. Photo by Leszek Wójcik/LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials.

Italy: Giacomo Della Chiesa

“The European Championships are always beautiful competitions – because we have sport on the highest level with brilliant horses and riders taking part. This year is very important for us because of the chance qualify our team for Tokyo 2020. I think it’s a great team because we have some experienced riders who have already done World Championships and Olympic Games and some younger riders, who are very competitive. Two of them are based in Great Britain, one is based in France, one in Belgium, and the rest are based in Italy. We competed in all the Nations Cups 2019 and the horses look really fit. We will all try our best!”

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Tuesday #AEC2019 Quotes from the Top: Trailblazers Up the Centerline

Intermediate and Prelim competitors have been our trailblazers here at the 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships, knocking out dressage on Tuesday and heading out on cross country today — best of luck to all!

Here’s what the dressage leaders had to say after their tests:

Open Intermediate: Tamie Smith & En Vogue ⁣⁣

Tamie leads the division with En Vogue, a 14-year-old Hanoverian mare (Earl x Laurena) owned by Ruth Bley, on a 26.0. Tamie is also third with Danito, a 10-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Dancier x Wie Musik) also owned by Ruth.

On their test: “She actually was quite good. I had a few bobbles in the test, but she’s such an incredible mover and correct, that a couple of fours aren’t going to do too much when you are also getting eights. I was really happy with her.”

Looking ahead to cross country: “The course looks beautiful. Obviously, it’s great to be on the Lexington track and on the turf, with the rolling hills, it’s beautiful. The designer has done a phenomenal job, it’s a championship course. The questions are difficult but readable and it’ll really test the horses, which is what you want.

“She’s a really great cross-country horse, and she’s fun to ride on the flat. It’s big and technical out there. She can be a bit of a spooky horse, and it’s probably the biggest track that will have seen, she’s a green horse, but I feel like she’s ready to move up from Intermediate to Advanced now, but this will be a true test.”

On riding two horses for the same owner: “Ruth is amazing. She trusts me 100% and I feel like I can really put a plan together for the horses and she’s supportive. They’re both such quality horses that even with mistakes they’re scoring well. Their movement and rideability is so good.”

Boyd Martin is second with Luke 140 (Landos x Omega VI), an 8-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by The Luke 140 Syndicate, on 27.4.

Bates Prelim Amateur: Katherine Nolan & Prince of Power⁣⁣

Katherine Nolan and her own Prince of Power, a 9-year-old OTTB (Prince Joseph x Lady Power), took the dressage lead in the Bates Preliminary Amateur division on a score of 28.2.

On their test: “It was great. He was fabulous – he stayed really focused and supple and soft. We had a plan and we went into the warm-up and we stuck to our plan, which sometimes we don’t do, and he was really good. I was a little worried about the atmosphere and him leaving all the horses and going down the ramp but he was just like, ‘sure, whatever,’ he’s really matured a lot since he was a baby – we’ve come a long way since he was six and bucking in the dressage ring. He’s grown up and it’s been really fun to see it happen.”

On their partnership: “I got him when he just turned four and he’s nine now – I got him off the track. I got him to go two-star, but he didn’t steer or canter so I was like, ‘maybe we’ll do Novice,’ and he just kept going. He only raced twice too – he was so slow, he was last both time. But his race trainers were so great, they brought him back to the barn and put him out in a field with some mares in foal and sold him, they’re really great. It’s nice, I still stay in touch with them.”

Looking ahead to cross country: “I’ve walked the course twice. It’s beautiful, they’ve done a really lovely job. I’m looking forward to running it. We’ll see, there’s a lot to do and it’s big so hopefully he’s ready to go and on his game and ready to gallop. I’m excited because there’s lots of galloping, lots of room, and the footing looks great. We’ve come a long way so hopefully that thoroughbred will kick in tomorrow and we’ll make time.”

Bates Prelim Horse: Bobby Meyerhof & Lumumba⁣⁣

Bobby Meyerhoff and his own and The Donavan Group’s Lumumba,an 8-year-old Mecklenburg mare (Levisonn x Lamara), took the early lead on a score of 26.9.

On coming back after a break: “She’s coming off a win at Bromont in the 2* long, and I gave her a nice break and brought her back to work; this is her first show back. Her test today was good. I’ve been working on some different things, and pushing her a little bit, and it’s really coming together. Her body came back very strong after the break which I was really happy about, and I think just her overall strength is coming along. We’re making it nice and easy for her.”

On their partnership: “I found her in the middle of nowhere in Germany. I brought her over as a seven year old, she’d never evented before, she’d done some small jumper shows. It took the first year to teach her about eventing and get her through the lower levels, and then she started Preliminary and has been successful.

“I’m just producing her very slowly. I think she’s going to move up the levels pretty quickly, because of all of the work she’s doing. I did one Intermediate with her at Virginia Horse Center before Bromont, and she had a great run there. It was great preparation. I felt after jumping that, that she was ready.”

Looking ahead to cross country: “I just finished walking the course. It looks great, with little twists and turns which is good- it’ll slow people down. It’s a big open field so there are lots of opportunities to gallop. There are some technical questions so you’ve got to balance and make sure that your horse is listening. Where she’s at, I think it’s just right for her and I can’t wait to run her on it. She’s a great jumper. Her personality is one where she just wants to attack it, she’s a bit overzealous, but I’m going to need that when we get to the bigger jumps.”

Bates Prelim Junior/ Young Rider: Elizabeth Henry & Charlotte La Bouff

Elizabeth Henry and Charlotte La Bouff, her own 11-year-old Oldenburg mare, scored a 24.6 to take the early lead.

On their test: “It was awesome. She went in there so happy and so willing to work with me. It was a beautiful test. She’s been so happy [since she got back] – she got two week’s break and went right back into work and she felt like she was the queen of the world when she got back.”

On their partnership: “I got her about 2.5 years and she was my move up to Training horse. She had done a few Preliminaries, but not very successfully so she just needed another year at Training and I was moving up so it was the perfect mesh. We just bonded right when I started riding her and I just love her to death. We have a great bond – I trust her, she trusts me, she puts her best foot forward, I do my best – it’s a great partnership we have.”

What’s next: “She’s going to get a little break and then we’re probably going to do some I/Ps and hopefully move up to Intermediate this winter down in Ocala. I’m super excited about it.”

Looking ahead to cross country: “It looks like so much fun, I can’t wait. I feel like Rebecca was more decorated and dressed up, but the questions and the rideability here is a lot tougher. It’s going to be a lot of fun. She loves it – it’s probably her best phase, honestly. She loves it and I love it so it’s perfect.”

Bates Prelim Rider: Isabel Holden & Rebel Soul ⁣

Isabel Holden and Rebel Soul, her 8-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Rebel Soul (Bernstein x Bronze Abe), have the lead on a score of 26.1.

On their partnership: “He is an off the track Thoroughbred. I got him as a 4-year-old and he had only raced up until that point. We gave him a different career and he has excelled in that. He likes to please and he is very workmanlike.”

On their test: “Our ride went really well. I was glad that I did the pre-ride. He was a bit tense yesterday going into the big ring for the first time ever. He is nice and relaxed and did his job for me. It was pretty surreal riding in there. I was here a couple of months ago with Leslie Law and his horse splash and I got them all dolled up and sent down the shoot so to be riding myself is fancy.”

Looking ahead to cross country: “It looks really fun. Knock on wood he has been a machine these last few shows. Fingers crossed everything goes really well. It looks like a Championship course. There are some parts when I walked with Leslie [Law, her coach] he was even like, ‘oh that was nice of Derek or oh that was brave of Derek.’ The rider has to take a lot of responsibility at certain points so I am excited to see how it goes.”

Much more to come! The EN crew (one reporter + one baby + one stuffed animal) is en route to Lexington and will be bringing you all the latest for the rest of the week. Be sure also to keep an eye on the USEA website for even more comprehensive coverage. Go Eventing.

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Ann’s Tuesday News & Notes from Legends Horse Feeds

We finished up an ok Great Meadows. The horses were great in the upper levels although I went quietly as the horses are…

Posted by Buck Davidson Eventing on Monday, August 26, 2019

In solidarity with the EN family, I still am in shock that Ann is no longer with us. Gone to a better place and reunited with Roger, certainly, but what a loss, and all of us whose lives she touched are still reeling and will be for some time. I first met Ann as a teenager coming up through Pony Club in the ’90s, and the impressions she left on me — of the value of hard work, positivity, and unwavering horsemanship — have stayed closely with me in the years to come.

Many years later, as an eventing writer more than a rider, she always was the first one I wanted to give a big hug to in the media center. I was so looking forward to seeing her at the AEC and introducing her to my 4-month-old baby, Thomas. “That Ann was one rad lady,” I told him on Sunday, upon learning of her passing. “I wish you’d been lucky enough, as were we, to cross paths with her extraordinary life.”

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Events Opening Today: Hitching Post Farm Horse TrialsMDHT at Loch Moy Farm Classic BN3 Day Event and H.T.Radnor Hunt H.T.Paradise Farm H.T.Ocala Fall HTFleur de Leap H.T.Las Cruces H.T.

Events Closing Today: GMHA September Horse TrialsBlue Ridge Mountain Horse Trials at TIECFlora Lea Fall H.T.USEA MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH QualifierCDCTA Fall H.T.Poplar Place Farm September H.T.Otter Creek Fall H.T.Stone Gate Farm H.T.Flying Cross Farm H.T.The Event at Skyline

Tuesday News: 

EN is going to do the best that we can do at the American Eventing Championships, but you’re going to want to keep a close eye on the USEA website for the most comprehensive source of AEC news and updates (other than coverage of the Junior Beginner Novice 14 & Under division — we have that on LOCK). Some no-miss headlines from yesterday: [Attend the USEA Event College at #AEC2019 Presented by LandSafe] [Six #AEC2019 Souvenirs You Don’t Want to Go Home Without] [How to Watch the AEC Live!] [Fast Facts: 2019 USEA American Eventing Championships] [Preview the #AEC2019 Cross-Country Courses with CrossCountryApp]

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The were be no change to the rules barring 10-year-old legally blind eventer Kyra Barrett from participating in a Chiliwack event this weekend. In yesterday’s News & Notes, we shared the plight of Kyra Barrett, of British Columbia, who participates in the sport with the aid of her coach on a guide horse and verbal commands. Earlier this year, Equestrian Canada approved the use of a guide horse and certified her for para-equestrian classification, but recently reversed the decision, clarifying in a statement yesterday: “Our key concern as a sport governing body is the safety of athletes that compete in events. And having a lead horse that is leading the way for a horse and rider that has impaired vision is at a risk level that our rules don’t allow for at this time.” [Equestrian Canada Upholds Rule Barring Legally Blind 10-year-old From Competing]

Is the home team the one to beat at the FEI Eventing European Championship? The scene is set for a titanic battle, held for the fifth time at the German venue of Luhmühlen from Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The German team is notoriously hard to beat on home ground — they dominated the medals here in 2011, as well as at Malmö (SWE) in 2013 and Blair Castle (GBR) in 2015 — but surrendered their crown in 2017 at Strzegom (POL) to Great Britain, the record-breaking winners of 22 team titles since the championship began in 1953. [Klimke Spearheads Awesome German Team Set to Regain European Team Gold]

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MARS Great Meadow International Sunday Recap

It’s been a tough day at MARS Great Meadow International, but a great one as well, and we’d be remiss not to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of the event’s human and equine athletes. We thank our good friends at USEA for sharing the following recaps of Sunday’s cross country action, which saw the conclusion of the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S divisions:

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection, winners of the MARS Great Meadow International CCI4*-S. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Wire-to-Wire CCI4*-S Win for Symansky and Under Suspection at MARS Great Meadow International

After a spring of bad luck and poor timing, Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection (Contender x Naomagic I) took home the win today in the CCI4*-S at the MARS Great Meadow International in The Plains, Virginia on a score of 27.0. A girth irritation necessitated Mary Ann Ghadban’s 15-year-old Holsteiner mare’s late withdrawal from the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in April, but this weekend the pair was back on top. Read more …

Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Lauren Kieffer and D.A. Duras finished third in the division. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker finished 6th in the division. Photo by Shelby Allen.

CCI4*-S Final Top 10:

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Pick Pocket, winners of the MARS Great Meadow International CCI3*-S. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Pick Pocket Take Home the CCI3*-S Win

Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Pick Pocket (Chacco Blue x Bracklin Mystique), Lee Lee Jones’s 8-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, maintained their lead in the CCI3*-S to take home the blue ribbon on a score of 30.2 after picking up a single time fault on David O’Connor’s cross-country track today. Read more

Buck Davidson and Electric Lux finished third in the division. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Valerie Vizcarrondo Pride and Favian finished 6th in the division. Photo by Shelby Allen.

CCI3*-S Final Top 10:

Read EN’s CCI2*-S report here.

Go Ann. Go Eventing.

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Caroline Martin and Will Faudree Find Top 5 Finishes in Millstreet CCI4*-L

Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack finished an impressive 3rd in the Millstreet CCI4*-L. Photo via Caroline’s Facebook page.

The U.S. had a very solid weekend abroad at Ireland’s Millstreet International Horse Trials. Of the six pairs contesting the four-star divisions, all six walked away with nary a jump fault deducted — well-played!


Yesterday we reported on the results of the CCI4*-S, which saw Liz Halliday-Sharp finish two horses in the top 10 — Cooley Quicksilver was 7th on a final score of 43.1, and Burghley-bound Deniro Z was 10th on 44.4 — and one more in the top 20, Carpe Diem IV, who was 2nd heading into cross country but picked up 24 time faults. The CCI4*-S was also contested by Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan, who finished 18th on a final score of 50.6. The pair scored a 34.6 in dressage, then turned in a clear show jumping round followed by a cross country performance with 16 time faults.

Today saw the conclusion of the Noel C. Duggan Engineering CCI4*-L, and heading into show jumping both Americans in the division were very much in the hunt. Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack, who added 0.4 cross country time faults to their dressage score of 37.5, were in 5th; Will Faudree and Pfun, who scored a 38.8 in dressage then posted a clear cross country round with no time, sat 7th. Both pairs jumped clear show jumping rounds inside the time to move up into 3rd and 5th final placements respectively.

Lawton Chloe, ridden by Australia’s Chris Burton, won the section after jumping an immaculate clear round. In 2nd was Ryuzo Kitajima of Japan and Cekatinka JRA, who finished 8th with Tim Price at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon.


What a weekend! A huge thank you to Liz Halliday for riding James since Aachen. I’m so lucky to be able to go away and not sit on him for a month and he feels better than I left! Couldn’t of done it without you❤️. Thanks Casey McKissock and Eric Duvander for all the coaching this weekend! Good boy James !!

Posted by Caroline Martin on Sunday, August 25, 2019

Will shared on Facebook: “What a week at Millstreet! Pfun was amazing all weekend. Finishing on his dressage score to sit 5th. A HUGE thank you to his amazing mom Jennifer Mosing for letting him come “home” to compete and show Ireland what a star he is. We could not do it without our entire team at home and on the road. Thank you all so much for believing in us. We will see you soon!”

CCI4*-L Final Top 10:


Meanwhile the final section of cross country for the Eventing Ireland CCI3*-S wrapped up, with Australia’s Kevin McNab and Fernhill Tabasco taking the win. A fast clear round saw him finish ahead of Great Britain’s Millie Dumas, and Daniel Brown was the top Irish rider in 3rd. Kevin also finished 4th for good measure; Kevin has won more vital points to maintain his position at the head of the leaderboard for the €10k Horse Sport Ireland Eventing Challenge 2019, with the final standings to be decided at Ballindenisk International Horse Trials in late September.

CCI3*-S Final Top 10:

Georgia Bartlett and Spano de Nazca. Photo courtesy of Millstreet International Horse Trials.


Georgia Bartlett and Spano De Nazca won the Horse Sport Ireland CCI3*-L after jumping a great clear round this morning in the Green Glens Arena.

Georgia, aged 19, got her week in Millstreet off to a winning start when she picked up one of the best turned out combination awards at the First Horse Inspection, sponsored by Connolly’s RED MILLS. Two-time Junior European Eventing medalist, she is based in Newbury, Berkshire.  The clear round over the James Tarrant designed showjumping track saw Georgia rise from 5th to the top of the podium.

Overnight leader Harry Meade (GBR) rolled two poles to finish 3rd. One fence down on his 2nd place horse was enough for him to maintain that position. Michael McNally finished best of the Irish challengers in 4th overall.

In Closing

As the last of over 300 horse boxes exited the Green Glens Arena on Sunday evening, Event Director Thomas Duggan was grateful to all those that pulled together to make the event happen:

“On Tuesday morning we asked for the co-operation and support of those coming to Millstreet and everybody delivered. Our crew on the ground, led by Mike Etherington-Smith pulled out all the stops to ensure that the event went ahead as planned and we have experienced world-class competition at every level.

“The Event Rider Masters brought a new dimension to eventing in Millstreet and engaged viewers and supporters of the sport around the world. We are extremely grateful to all the owners, riders, grooms, officials, volunteers and supporters that played their part during the past five days and are already looking forward to 2020 when hopefully we will enjoy more favorable weather conditions.”

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In Memory of Ann Haller

Ann Haller and Carol Kozlowski present the first Roger Haller Educational Fund scholarships for event officials during the 2016 USEA Convention. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The eventing community lost a national treasure today. We are devastated to share the news that Ann Haller, one of the most effervescent personalities and hardest working servants of our sport, died while in The Plains, Virginia, for Great Meadow International. As a friend, mentor and inspiration to so many, she will be terribly missed.

The USEA shared the following remembrance this evening:

The USEA is very sad to announce that Ann Rickard Haller died suddenly today with what appears to be complications related to an ongoing medical condition. Ann was working as the press officer and cross-country controller at Great Meadow International this weekend and passed away at a local hospital.

Ann was involved in so many aspects of eventing and was truly at the heart of the sport. She embodied the real spirit of an eventer with a “get it done” attitude pitching in to make sure whatever needed to get done was done.

Ann worked in the press office at many events around the country including the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, Fair Hill International, Rebecca Farm, NAYC, World Equestrian Games, and the USEA American Eventing Championships, just to name a few. She often multitasked as the cross-country controller or took on other roles as needed.

A self-declared “army brat,” Ann grew up all over. She was a graduate H-A pony clubber from Hood Pony Club (Texas) and was a member of more than half a dozen pony clubs. She continued to be involved in Pony Club for over 25 years as an instructor, clinician, coach, National Examiner, Chief Horse Management Judge, past member of the USPC national eventing and horse management committees, and past member of the USPC Board of Governors. She was a Level II USEA Certified Instructor as well as being a USPC Level IV National Examiner, and an FEI Steward. In 2006, she was inducted into the USPC Academy of Achievement.

Ann was predeceased by her husband, Roger Haller, who died in 2016. She leaves behind a multitude of friends, her horse Master of the House, and a huge hole in the eventing community.

Indeed. We are joined by the community in extending our deepest condolences to all of Ann’s family and connections.

[In Memoriam: Ann Haller]

Burghley Drawn Order Is Live With 12 American Pairs

Will Coleman and Tight Lines will the pathfinders of the U.S.’s 12-strong contingent at the 2019 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Sure, we’ve got a lot of ground to cover between now and Land Rover Burghley, taking place Sept. 5-8: the European Championships and the American Eventing Championships will be dueling headlines this upcoming week, and heck, between the finales of Great Meadow, Millstreet and Blair Castle today I’ll be breathing a sigh of relief if we make it to Monday morning. But ready or not, the Burghley drawn order has already posted which means it’s time to strap in.

A glance at the 80-strong entry list is enough to make your hair stand on end. It’s a who’s-who of British eventing, with some international guest appearances including the Price dream team, who look to be rolling up with their entire stable, as well the largest U.S. Burghley contingent in recent memory if not in history.

Repping for the stars and stripes (well, technically Dom is repping Australia but there are stars and stripes in that flag too and we’re claiming him anyway):

  • Andrea Baxter and Indy 500
  • Hannah Sue Burnett and Harbour Pilot
  • Will Coleman and Tight Lines
  • Buck Davidson and Jak My Style
  • Woodge Fulton and Captain Jack
  • Ariel Grald and Leamore Master Plan
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z
  • Lillian Heard and LCC Barnaby
  • Lauren Kieffer and Vermiculus
  • Doug Payne and Vandiver
  • Dom Schramm and Bolytair B
  • Chris Talley and Unmarked Bills

The running order (U.S. pairs in bold):

1. BANGO (NZL) – Tim Price – The Numero Uno Syndicate
2. ULISES – Oliver Townend – Mrs Diana Ridgeon & Mr Paul W Ridgeon
3. WALDO III – Emma Hyslop-Webb – Rider
4. BRADELEY LAW – Michael Owen – The Jenning’s Syndicate
5. STINGER (SWE) – Ludwig Svennerstal – Skanegardar AB
6. BILLY WALK ON – Pippa Funnell – Mrs Barbara Walkinshaw & Mr Nicholas Walkinshaw
7. MAJAS HOPE – Pippa Funnell – Mr Marek Sebestak & Rider
8. ARCTIC SOUL – Gemma Tattersall – The Soul Syndicate & Rider
9. PSH GAZELLE – Izzy Taylor – Mr Gary Power
10. TORONTO D AUROIS (FRA) – Arthur Duffort – Mr Paul Gatien & Miss Julie Gatien & Rider
11. HD BRONZE – Harry Mutch – Mrs Carole Mutch
12. COLLIEN P 2 – Will Furlong – The Acorn Syndicate & Rider
14. SIMPLY CLOVER – Hazel Towers – Rider
15. BILLY THE RED – Kristina Cook – Mrs Elisabeth Murdoch
16. TOUCH TOO MUCH – Caroline Clarke – Mrs Penny Clarke & Rider
17. CES BALLYCAR CHIP – Patricia Pytches – Rider
18. MGH BINGO BOY – Nicky Hill – Rider
19. TIGHT LINES (USA) – William Coleman – The Conair Syndicate
20. GOLDSMITHS IMBER (FRA) – Arthur Chabert – Rider
21. DHI BABETTE K – Becky Woolven – Mrs Julie Record
22. PRIORSPARK OPPOSITION FREE – Eliza Stoddart – Mrs Anne Staley & Mr Bruce Staley
23. INDY 500 (USA) – Andrea Baxter – Rider
24. CHARLES RR – Alicia Hawker – Mr Robert Hawker
25. WII LIMBO – Georgie Spence – Miss Lucy Fleming & Mrs Samantha Wilson & Mrs Suzanne Doggett & Mr Russell Spence
26. CONTINUITY – David Britnell – Rider
27. TEMPLAR JUSTICE – Katie Preston – Mrs Trish Preston & Mr Rick Preston & Rider
28. LEAMORE MASTER PLAN (USA) – Ariel Grald – Miss Annie Eldridge
29. REVE DU ROUET – Sarah Bullimore – Christopher & Susan Gillespie & Mr Brett Bullimore
30. HARELAW WIZARD – Ben Hobday – Mr Charles Robson
31. EVENTO – Francis Whittington – Ms Sarah Arrowsmith
32. BOLYTAIR B (AUS) – Dominic Schramm – Naked Horse Eventing Syndicate
33. ON THE BRASH (NZL) – Caroline Powell – Mrs Sarah Tobey & Mrs Sue Smiley
34. CREDO III – Richard Skelt – Mrs Una Roe & Mr Neil Todd
35. UNDALGO DE WINDSOR – Ginny Howe – Rider
36. SHANNONDALE QUEST – David Doel – Ms Gillian Jonas
37. VANDIVER (USA) – Doug Payne – Mrs Debi Crowley & Mrs Jessica Payne & Rider
38. FELDALE MOUSE (AUS) – Isabel English – Ms Sarah English
39. IVAR GOODEN – Imogen Murray – Mr Aivar Ward & M S Team
40. SARAH D’ARGOUGES (FRA) – Sebastien Cavaillon – Mr Michel Lancelot
41. CARRYON BOBBY BOY – Julia Norman – Mrs Diana Wethered
42. XAVIER FAER (NZL) – Tim Price – Mrs Trisha Rickards & Mrs Nigella Hall & Rider
43. COOLEY MASTER CLASS – Oliver Townend – Mrs Angela Hislop
44. GLENFLY (BRA) – Marcelo Tosi – Mr Marcelo Tosi
45. DENIRO Z (USA) – Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp – The Deniro Syndicate & Ocala Horse Properties
46. CHEQUERS PLAYBOY – Dee Kennedy – Rider
47. RICKER RIDGE RUI (NZL) – Samantha Lissington – Mrs Christine Quigley & Rider
48. DE BEERS DILLETANTE – Rebecca Gibbs – Miss Sarah Bliss
49. THE RUTMAN – Simon Grieve – Mrs Joanne Rutter
50. UNMARKED BILLS (USA) – Chris Talley – Unmarked Bill Syndicate
51. ABSOLUT OPPOSITION – Nana Dalton – Mileys Friends & Rider
52. HARBOUR PILOT (USA) Hannah-Sue Burnett – Mrs Jacqueline Mars
53. TALENT – James Sommerville – Mrs Jennifer Sommerville & Rider
54. STAR NOUVEAU (NZL) – Ginny Thompson – Mrs Elaine Butterworth & Mr Anthony Quirk & Rider
56. COSSAN LAD – Kirsty Short – Miss Amy Burbage & Rider
57. COOLYS LUXURY – Tom D Crisp – The Luxury Syndicate
58. EFRAIM – George Hilton-Jones – Mrs Isabelle Hilton-Jones
59. JAK MY STYLE (USA) – Bruce Davidson Jr – Mrs Kathleen Cuca & Mr Roberto Cuca
60. ALFIES CLOVER – Richard P Jones – Mrs Dinah Saunders & Mrs Sandra Martin & Rider
61. LCC BARNABY (USA) – Lillian Heard – Rider
62. THE LION – Matthew Heath – Mrs Emma Clarke & Mrs Clare Davis & Rider
63. VANIR KAMIRA – Piggy French – Mr Trevor Dickens
64. BLACKTHORN CRUISE (NZL) – Dan Jocelyn – Mrs Panda Christie & Rider
65. CAMEMBERT – Emily Philp – Mr Nigel Philp
66. CLASS AFFAIR – Zara Tindall – Gleadhill House Stud Ltd
67. MIND ME (SWE) – Johan Lundin – Mrs Lili Skarby
68. FAERIE DIANIMO (NZL) – Jonelle Price – Mrs Jacky Green & Mrs Trisha Rickards & Rider
69. WONT WAIT (FRA) – Clara Loiseau – Mrs Isabelle Peters
70. IRON IV – Selina Milnes – Mr William Rucker
71. CAPTAIN JACK (USA) – Savannah Fulton – Full Moon Farm Syndicate
72. VENDREDI BIATS – Kitty King – Mrs Sally Eyre & Mrs Samantha Wilson & Mrs Diana Bown & Mrs Sally Lloyd-Baker
73. VERMICULUS (USA) – Lauren Kieffer – Mrs Jacqueline Mars
74. PENNLANDS DOUGLAS – Emma Hyslop-Webb – Rider
75. JIMS PAL – Michael Owen – Miss Ashleigh Dean
76. BALHAM MIST (SWE) – Ludwig Svennerstal – Mr Andrew Ayres & Svennerstal Eventing
77. MGH GRAFTON STREET – Pippa Funnell – Jonathan and Jane Clarke
78. BILLY WALK ON – Pippa Funnell – Mrs Barbara Walkinshaw & Mr Nicholas Walkinshaw
79. SANTIAGO BAY – Gemma Tattersall – Ms Caroline Teltsch
80. SPRINGPOWER – Izzy Taylor – Jeremy and Andrea Brereton & Ms Linda Mars
81. BALLAGHMOR CLASS – Oliver Townend – Miss Karyn Shuter & Mrs Angela Hislop & Mrs Val Ryan
82. RINGWOOD SKY BOY (NZL) – Tim Price – Mrs Varenna Allen & Mr Robert Taylor & Rider

So five U.S. dressage rides on Thursday, seven on Friday … in our professional option, you’re probably just want to go ahead and take both days off work. Keep it here for plenty of pre-coverage as well as live coverage during the event from the one and only Tilly Berendt. Go Eventing!

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[Burghley Drawn Order]

Friday Video from SmartPak: Your Weekend Live Stream Hookup

We have the Millstreet ERM live stream above queued up to Liz Halliday-Sharp’s dressage test today with Fernhill By Night. The pair scored a 29.4 to sit in 13th place heading into show jumping tomorrow. Press play to watch! 

Happy almost-weekend! Time to fire up the laptop and settle in for some vicarious eventing action. Here’s what is on the lineup:

MARS Great Meadow International is streaming its CCI4*-S at EQSportsNet. It’s not free, but EQSportsNet and the USEA are offering a special 50% discount on EQSportsNet subscriptions by entering EQUSEA2019 in the redeem coupon section when signing up for a subscription. With this discount, subscribers will get a Silver Access subscription for $5 a month through the end of the year or a Gold Access subscription for $12.50 a month through the end of the year. Subscriptions can be cancelled at anytime.

Dressage wrapped up today — full report forthcoming! — and, #protip, TheHorsePesterer aka David Frechette has been busy videoing tests — check out his YouTube channel here. CCI4*-S show jumping takes place on Saturday from 3:26 to 5:26 p.m. Cross country follows on Sunday from 11:57 a.m. to 2:03 p.m.

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Millstreet International Horse Trials in Ireland is live streaming its non-ERM divisions on their Facebook page here. If you’re up early, you can catch our U.S. representatives’ cross country rounds: Will Faudree and Pfun, who are sitting in 20th position after dressage on a score of 38.8, go at 10:12 local time (5:12 A.M. E.S.T.); and then at 10:48 local time (5:48 E.S.T) Caroline Martin and Islandwood Captain Jack, 16th after dressage on 37.5, will go out on course.

You can watch the Event Rider Masters division for free at the website here. If you missed the dressage live stream, you can re-watch it: session 1session 2. See Liz Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night’s test up above! ERM show jumping takes place on Saturday from 9:05 – 10:27 a.m. local time (4:05 – 5:27 a.m. EST); ERM cross country — check out the course — follows on Sunday beginning at 11:15 a.m. local time (6:15 a.m. EST).

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Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials in Scotland is being broadcast on Horse & Country TV, which also requires a subscription. On Saturday, CCI2*-L cross country begins at 5 a.m. EST followed by CCI4*-L at 9 a.m. EST and CCI3*-L at 10:30 a.m. EST. On Sunday, CCI4*-S cross country begins at 5:30 a.m. EST and CCI4*-L show jumping begins at 10:15 a.m. EST.

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Go Eventing.

Dunnabeck, Five Points Cancel Horse Trial Divisions Due to Lack of Entries + Stone Gate Farm H.T. Update

Photo via the Dunnabeck H.T. Facebook page.

We are very sorry to share the news that two USEA horse trials, Dunnabeck Horse Trials and Five Points Horse Trials, have cancelled horse trial divisions at their upcoming events due to lack of entries.

On Tuesday Dunnabeck H.T. in Carbondale, Illinois, announced that its Sept. 7-8 horse trials would not run due to lack of entries. From the event’s website:

“We want to thank everyone for their support over the years. Dunnabeck is exploring new dates and new opportunities. We will be issuing FULL refunds to everyone who has submitted payment via check or Xentry this year.”

As an alternative the event announced that it would be hosting a mini trial and combined test on Saturday, Sept. 14. Divisions include Poles (6″), Green as Grass (18″), “Intro” Starter (2′), Starter (2′-2’3″), Beginner Novice (2’3″-2’7″), Novice (2’6″-2″11″) and Training (3’3″). Closing date is Sept. 9. View more information and access the entry form here, and keep an eye on Dunnabeck’s Facebook page for future announcements.

Yesterday Five Points H.T., held at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, North Carolina, announced the cancellation of the horse trial divisions for its Sept. 7-8 event. From the Carolina Horse Park Facebook page:

“Due to a severe drop in entries, the Five Points Horse Trials organizing committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the horse trial (A,I,P,M) classes of this competition. Full refunds will be made to current entries within the horse trial divisions.

“All Combined Tests, YEH and FEH divisions will run as scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, respectively. In addition, we are now offering a Derby Cross competition (I,P,M,T,N, BN) on Sunday, Sept. 8. The Derby Cross ($75 entry fee) will feature outstanding course design and décor with a mix of show jumps and cross country fences including combinations, water complexes, banks, ditches, grob and mounds all within the Montrose Pool Field.

“Please understand the Five Points Organizing Committee deeply regrets having to make this late decision, yet we are committed to offering a streamlined group of classes that will allow horses and riders to compete and experience an outstanding day of sport.

“It is best to contact Sarah Thomas by email at: [email protected] to discuss refunds as well as Combined Test, YH and Derby Cross entries.”

Photo courtesy of Stone Gate Farm.

These events aren’t the only horse trials that are struggling. Jackie Smith of Stone Gate Farm H.T, to be held Sept. 14-15 in Hanoverton, Ohio, reached out to EN for help draw attention to how fragile many of favorite events are — Stone Gate Farm included.

“Our fall horse trials has been struggling for entries the last few years, but compared to our spring event which was the biggest one ever, this is a little disconcerting,” she says.

Whether the reason has to do with back-to-school, competition from the American Eventing Championships (Aug. 27-Sept. 1 at the Kentucky Horse Park), or otherwise, Jackie says, “Whatever the reason, we’re way down on entries. The same thing happened last year so in order to save a little money we have made it a one-day. However, it’s as much work preparing the farm for 70 entries as a 170 entries.  You do the math. Like the others I should cancel, but I won’t but a few more entries would really help.”

Entries for Stone Gate Farm H.T. will be accepted through Sept. 3, with entries made after the Aug. 27 closing date to be made via Xentry including a $25 late fee. On-ground stalls are still available. Due to lack of entries, the YEH and NEH classes have been cancelled but the FEH (yearling through 4-year-old) classes will still run on Saturday, Sept. 14. Also on Saturday, show jumping schooling rounds begin at 3 p.m.; online signup is available via the SGF website. USEA Starter through Prelim horse trial divisions will take place on Sunday, Sept. 15 — view the Omnibus listing here.

Now more than ever, Go Eventing.

US Equestrian Names Nations Cup Team for Boekelo CCIO4*-L

Image via US Equestrian.

US Equestrian has just named the U.S. Nations Cup team for Boekelo CCIO4*-L, which takes place Oct. 10-13, in Enschede, the Netherlands. Erik Duvander will serve as the chef d’equipe.

The following athlete-and-horse combinations will compose the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team:

  • Jennie Brannigan (West Grove, Pa.) and Stella Artois, the Stella Artois Syndicate’s 11-year-old Holsteiner/Thoroughbred mare
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp (Ocala, Fla.) and Cooley Quicksilver, the Monster Partnership’s eight-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding
  • Frankie Thieriot Stutes (Occidental, Calif.) and Chatwin, the Chatwin Group’s 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding

The following combination has been named as the traveling reserve:

  • Tamie Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Mai Baum, Alexandra Ahearn, Ellen Ahearn, and Eric Markel’s 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding

The following combinations have been named as alternates:

  • Matt Flynn (Reddick, Fla.) and Wizzerd, A. Patrick Flynn, Kathleen Flynn, and Merry Go Round Farm’s 10-year-old KWPN gelding
  • Caroline Martin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and Danger Mouse, her and Sherrie Martin’s 11-year-old Warmblood gelding

Boekelo also serves as a test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The competition is testing the new Olympic team format, which means there are only three riders on the team and no drop score.

Under the new Olympic team format, the traveling reserve is still a very critical fourth member of the team. The way Boekelo is testing the format will differ from the Olympics, as the reserve for Tokyo will only step in should one of the three team horses be unable to continue on to the next phase (due to elimination, unsoundness, etc). For Boekelo, the traveling reserve will compete in all phases, and their score can be substituted in as a counting score should one of the three team members be unable to continue (due to elimination, unsoundness, etc.)

There are a number of rules that dictate how substitution will work at the actual Games. Full FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic Games are available here. Click here for a direct link to the Games rules. View more information about the FEI Eventing Nations Cup the Netherlands here.

[US Equestrian Announces Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team for FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ the Netherlands]


Mark Phillips to Pass Burghley Baton to Derek di Grazia in 2021

Captain Mark Philips and Event Director Elizabeth Inman. Photo courtesy of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

The 2020 edition of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will mark Captain Mark Philip’s final course after some 30 years at the helm of the event’s cross country design. For 2021 forward, the baton will be passed to Derek di Grazia.

“Whilst I am still enjoying every moment of work with Burghley’s fabulous team, I’m not getting any younger and want to retire while I still feel at the cutting edge and on top of my game,” he explains.

2019 marks Phillips’ 15th consecutive year working on the Burghley course, with stints prior to that as well from 1989-1996 and 1998-2000. Mark recalls his early years at Burghley, and then-Event Director Bill Henson telling him to “make Burghley, Burghley” — which he has certainly done, earning the event its reputation as the ultimate cross country test. “I am grateful to the Event Directors Bill and latterly Elizabeth Inman for all their support, which has helped me, to help them, make Burghley the event it is today,” he says.

Inman praises Phillips’ legacy of delivering creative, challenging and continuously evolving courses year after year. “Mark knows how we wonder every year at his ability to keep ‘pulling it out of the bag’ and next year (2020) will be particularly poignant as his swan song,” she says. “Undoubtedly our cross country track — acknowledged as probably the most technically challenging test of all the five-star events, both from a competitor’s and designer’s perspective — has benefitted hugely from the superlative all round experience and skill that Mark Phillips has brought to the event.

“So yes, difficult shoes to fill, but softened by the good news that we are appointing Derek di Grazia into the role of course designer in 2021.”

Di Grazia is recognized for safe, sensible, yet tough courses and has been one of the top cross country course designers in the U.S. for over 15 years. As the appointed course designer for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, he is at the top of his game on the international front as well.

Di Grazia says, “It is a great honor to be appointed course designer for this very special competition and I’m truly excited to have a chance to design the cross country phase within Burghley Park’s very unique landscape. It is a fantastic project to have in my sights following on from the 2020 Olympic Games.”

Inman concludes, “We look forward with enthusiasm and confidence to this next chapter in the history of the event and to Derek continuing to ‘make Burghley, Burghley.'”

The 2019 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials takes place Sept. 5-8 in Stamford, England. Check out our preview of this year’s course here.

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[Captain Mark Phillips to Pass on the Burghley Baton in 2021]

Ariel Grald, Ellie MacPhail O’Neal Awarded Jacqueline B. Mars Competition Grants

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

The USET Foundation has announced Ariel Grald as the 2019 recipient of the Jacqueline B. Mars International Grant and Ellie MacPhail O’Neal as the recipient of the Jacqueline B. Mars National Grant.

Ariel Grald of Vass, North Carolina, has had a super year with Anne Eldridge’s 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding Leamore Master Plan, finishing 12th in their five-star debut at Kentucky. The pair is contesting the Millstreet CCI4*-S this week in Ireland in preparation for Burghley in September.

“It is an immense honor to receive the Jacqueline B. Mars International Grant,” says Ariel. “I’ve dreamed of competing in Europe and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity from the USET Foundation and Jacqueline Mars to make this goal a reality. It means a lot to have their support and faith in me and my horse. This trip will help us gain valuable international experience as we build towards representing the USA in the future. Grants such as this are crucial for Americans to compete abroad and I’m very thankful for this exciting and educational opportunity.”

Ellie MacPhail O’Neal and Zick Zack. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Using the Jacqueline B. Mars National Grant, Ellie MacPhail O’Neal of Reddick, Florida, plans to compete in the Fair Hill International CCI4*-L with Zeta. Ellie and the 12-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Sally Cox finished 8th in the Bromont CCI4*-L in June.

“Receiving the Jacqueline B. Mars National Grant is such an honor,” says Ellie. “I am really excited to have the opportunity. It makes me so excited and appreciative that the USET Foundation provides funding for riders. I would also like to thank Sally Cox, who owns Zeta, and my mother for their support.”

Best of luck to these riders in their fall season pursuits! And a huge thank you to Jacqueline Mars and the USET Foundation for give deserving athletes a leg up.

[USET Foundation Announces Ariel Grald and Ellie MacPhail O’Neal for Jacqueline B. Mars International and National Competition Grants]

Nupafeed Weekend Winners: GVRDC, Waredaca, Full Gallop, Ocala, Huntington Farm

Huntington Porch, where riders have picked up their packets for decades. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

First things first, happy 50th anniversary, Huntington Farm H.T.! The South Strafford, Vermont, event has been a welcome presence in our sport since 1969. The 50th running took place over the weekend, carrying on in the event’s tradition of fine sport and fun.

Oh man, do we have a special edition of Nupafeed Weekend Winners to celebrate with you today. A couple of our favorite photographer friends, Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto and Lisa Madren down in Ocala, have graciously shared winner photos with us from Huntington Farm H.T. and Ocala Summer H.T. respectively. Enjoy, and thank you Joan and Lisa!

Let’s take a moment to recognize Kurt Martin and Don Chacco, who posted the lowest finishing score in the country this weekend. They took blue in the Training Horse division at Waradaca on a score of 23.9. Well done, you two, and best of luck to Kurt at Great Meadow International this weekend.

And now, let’s give a shout-out to all our weekend winners from USEA recognized events throughout the Eventing Nation:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Open Preliminary: Hannah Smith & Bittersweet Aurora (51.6)
Preliminary / Training: Ayden Schain & Pyxylated Magic (37.4)
Open Training: James Foley & The Black Watch (40.2)
Jr. Training-A: June Clark & Dealin’ Diamonds (34.2)
Jr. Training-B: Emily Higgins & Sir Harry Flashman (32.6)
Open Novice-A: Thomas Davis & Boston Bullet (35.6)
Open Novice-B: Danielle Downing & Shannonbay Coco (30.9)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Molly Czub & Penguin (37.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Lisa Niccolai & Celtic Kharacter (31.1)

Ocala Summer H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Advanced / Intermediate: Annie Goodwin & Fedarman B (35.5)

Open Intermediate: Leslie Law & First Class (31.9)

Open Preliminary-A: Leslie Law & Typically Fernhill (30.7)

Open Preliminary-B: Elisa Wallace & Munson Slew (30.0)

Preliminary Rider: Leila Saxe & Mr Bojangles (31.7)

Modified: Katie Malensek & Landjaeger (33.1)

Open Training-A: Jonathan Holling & Fizz (26.7)

Open Training-B: Sinead Halpin & VC Attila D’Alou (26.0)

Training Rider: Olivia Hahn & Fernhill Rodger That (31.2)

Novice Rider: Lydia Anderson & My Ballyanihan Boy (31.4)

Open Novice-A: Ashley Johnson & Decadence (27.1)

Open Novice-B: Autumn Schweiss & Bamford CF (34.0)

Beginner Novice Rider: Brenda Hutton & WYO Dun Maid (28.9)

Open Beginner Novice: Catherine Frank & Only To You (30.3)

Waredaca H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Intermediate: Madison Foote & Harthill Diamond (44.5)
Modified: Meghan O’Donoghue & Lazaretto (33.4)
Open Preliminary: Boyd Martin & Miss LuLu Herself (31.5)
Preliminary Rider: Laura Douglas & Sophia Fab (43.0)
Open Training: Kurt Martin & Glynnwood Mer Calido (34.3)
Training Horse: Kurt Martin & Don Chacco (23.9)
Training Rider-A: Greer Melville & VS McCuan Civil Liberty (35.2)
Training Rider-B: McKenna O’Neill & Kenneth Street (35.4)
Novice Horse: Laura Douglas & Flying Private (25.7)
Novice Rider-A: Sydney Schultz & Jacarda (28.6)
Novice Rider-B: Susan Watters & Pallhkari (33.1)
Open Novice: Kelli McMullen Temple & Casanova Paddy (32.4)
Beginner Novice Horse: Erin Murphy & Call Sign Charlie (29.0)
Beginner Novice Rider-A: Gretchen Creesy & Tigerlily (34.3)
Beginner Novice Rider-B: Jenna Levesque & Imagine That (29.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Jeslyn Vaughan & Cotes du Rhone (30.3)

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Open Preliminary: Corrinne Lauze & Caraway Gilly (44.4)
Open Modified: Laura Schumacher & Camelsoul (55.2)
Training: Jax Maxian & Brazen Sky (34.2)
Open Novice A: Lindsay Hafer & Rhetorical Question G (29.8)
Open Novice B: Troy Wing & Fire N Frost (30.2)
Jr/YR Beginner Novice: Lucie Swett & Ben Jammin (33.0)
Open Beginner Novice A: Courtney LaBarbera & Gatling (31.3)
Open Beginner Novice B: Heather Krysty & Renoir (26.5)
Introductory: Sophie Kretschmann & Hero (28.1)
Jr/YR Introductory: Sophie Gardner & Slane Iceman (43.6)
FEH-1: Janet Wilson & L’dor Acharon (76.2)

Full Gallop Farm August H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Preliminary-A: Lauren Turner & Fairway King (30.7)
Preliminary-B: Rebecca Hoos & Donnerstorm II (33.3)
Preliminary CT: Andrew McConnon & Harry (54.3)
Preliminary/Training: Ashley Goodroe & Chubba (40.3)
Training-A: Morgan Batton & Sommersby (26.8)
Training-B: Kerry Tracey & Excel Star Kate (30.2)
Training/ Novice: Hayden Jones & Reignman (31.1)
Novice-A: Susan Thomas & Bulletproof Titanium (26.4)
Novice-B: Mary Carol Harsch & Foster’s Bold Favorite (30.5)
Novice-C: Isabella Sparks & Full Gallop’s Struck By Luck (25.5)
Beginner Novice-A: Keileigh McMurray & Rapport (26.3)
Beginner Novice-B: Jessica Schultz & Hardwired (28.0)
Starter: Sophie Miller & FGF Free Banking (29.2)

Congrats to all. Go Eventing!

Pony Power! Double Gold for Great Britain at FEI European Championships for Ponies

Defending champion Team Great Britain took team and individual gold at the 2019 FEI European Championships for Ponies. The silver medal went to France, and bronze to Ireland. Photo by FEI/Łukasz Kowalski.

Prelude: Can we just pause here for a moment and do some math? Consider a 14.2-hand pony competing at the FEI the CCIP2* level, which allows for a maximum height of 1.05m (3’4″) for cross country fixed obstacles, 1.25m (4.1″) for brush. Show jumping height is 1.10m (3’6″).

Compare a 14.2-hand pony jumping a 3’6″ fence to a 16.0-hand horse jumping a 3’6″ fence. The horse has a good six inches on that pony, so let’s tack that on to the jump size. The pony equivalent of that 16.0-hand horse jumping 3’6″ is a pony jumping 4′ — nearly a four-star effort. In the straight show jumping championship, the height of obstacles in the jump-off can be up to 1.4m (4’6″) — a 5′ grand prix, basically, using our pony math — AND they’re being piloted by kids between the age of 12 and 16.

With that in mind, let’s give all these young riders and their superponies a standing ovation. What incredible athletes they all are.

The FEI European Championships for Ponies have concluded at Strzegom in Poland, and what an exciting week it has been with big shifts in the leaderboard throughout all three eventing phases. (Re-watch the live stream of each phase here.)

Daniel Haver (NED) and Zeb were 5th after dressage. Photo by Leszek Wójcik.

Eventing dressage, which took place Friday, was won by 15-year-old Sophia Rössel of Germany with Camillo WE, a 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding, on a score of 25.4. Of the seven teams competing, Great Britain took the early lead, with France in second and Germany in third.

Cross country leaders Daisy Bathe (GBR) and SF Detroit. Photo by Leszek Wójcik.

And then it was on to cross country, a test of 24 fences and 33 efforts over a distance of 2,990 meters. It was an influential day, handsomely rewarding the seven double-clear rounds out of 42 cross country starters. Great Britain’s Daisy Bathe, age 16, collected just two time penalties to move from third after dressage into first with SF Detroit, a 10-year-old Holsteiner stallion. Lisa Gualtieri (FRA) with O Ma Doue Kersidal posted a clear round with no time to sit second, and Camilla Luciani (ITA) moved into third with Camelot Damgaard. Dressage leader Sophia Rössel dropped to fifth. In team rankings, Great Britain retained the lead with France in second, but Ireland overtook Germany for the bronze medal spot.

Finn Healy (GBR) and Midnight Dancer. Photo by Leszek Wójcik.

The leaderboard was rearranged once again after today’s show jumping finale. Cross country leader Daisy Bathe had an unlucky round, pulling two rails to finished the championships in 7th. British teammates Finn Healy with Midnight Dancer, Ibble Watson with Bookhamlodge Pennylane, and Freya Partridge with Master Macky had better fortune, moving into 1st, 2nd and 4th places respectively. Collectively, the four riders’ combined score saw them to the top step of the medal podium.

Finn Healy, age 15, earned individual gold as well with his 9-year-old Connemara gelding on a final score of 31.7. The pair was 10th after dressage but jumped their way up the standings thanks to a clear round inside the time on cross country course and only one point for time in show jumping.

“It was a testing cross country track, very technical, it required some reactive riding, we all did that and got ourselves in the position to win,” Finn said. “It didn’t really sink in yet. It’s a dream come true!”

Silver went to his teammate Ibble Watson, and bronze to Camilla Luciani (ITA) with Camelot Damgaard.

FEI European Championships for Ponies: WebsiteIndividual Results, Team ResultsLive Stream

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Who Jumped It Best? GMHA Junior Beginner Novice Edition

If you know me, you know that Junior Beginner Novice is my favorite division of them all. The spunk, the smiles, and those first cross country colors … mine were turquoise and purple, and lemme tell you, I went ALL IN on that.

This week’s edition of Who Jumped It Best? takes us to GMHA H.T. in South Woodstock, Vermont. You know what to do, EN: Take a look at these photos of Junior Beginner Novice B competitors tackling the yellow house and vote in the poll at the bottom of the post for which pair you think presents the best overall picture over the jump.

Many thanks to Joan Davis of Flatlandsfoto for these photos and for showing up (almost every weekend, it seems!) with her camera and a smile. We sure do appreciate you, Joan.

Whitney Lewis and Guiness. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Madison Gargiulo and Adorion. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Sydney Gallien and Hot Trot’n Twister. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Kendall Turney and Take Another Road. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Georgia Quackenbos and Majestic B. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Eloise Plante and Wild Saint. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Lila McDougall and Juno. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Your FEI European Championships for Ponies Live Stream Hook Up

Rocket blasters: engaged! Derda Agata of Poland and Kosma compete in FEI European Championships for Ponies jumping. Photo by Leszek Wójcik / FEI.

It’s pocket rockets on parade at the FEI European Championships for Ponies, which is underway this week at Strzegom in Poland. These are SERIOUS ponies, y’all. If these young riders were old enough to drive cars, they’d have bumper stickers that say “My pony could beat up your horse.”

All three Olympic disciplines are represented. Denmark won gold in the dressage competition, with individual tests taking place through the weekend. Jumping is underway, with the team final taking place this morning and individual rounds continuing on Saturday and Sunday. You can find live streams of both dressage and jumping at the FEI European Championships for Ponies Youtube playlist here.

Eventing dressage, run as a CCI2*-L, has concluded, with 15-year-old Sophia Rössel of Germany and Camillo WE holding the overnight lead on a score of 25.4. Cross country takes place tomorrow beginning at 15:00 local time (9 a.m. EST) with show jumping to follow on Sunday at 10:00 local time (4 a.m. EST).

The FEI knows what we want — PONIES!!! — and when we want it — NOW!!! — and so they’re kindly live streaming all three eventing phases. Re-watch eventing dressage and set your alarms this weekend to watch these tiny titans of our sport do their thing.

FEI European Championships for Ponies: Website, Entries, Schedule, Cross Country Order of GoLive Scores, Team Results, Live Stream

In Memory of Jeffie Wilkins Chapin: 1987-2019

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at the GMHA Festival of Eventing. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

We continue to grieve the loss — and celebrate the life — of Jeffie Chapin, who suffered a fatal accident on Sunday at the Green Mountain Horse Association Festival of Eventing in South Woodstock, Vermont.

Jeffie’s passion and spirit are beautifully articulated in her obituary:

“What is most important to understand is that Jeffie lived her dream, a dream she had from her earliest days, to be surrounded by horses. She had her own horses, she lived on a beautiful horse farm in Wenham, MA, she worked hard every day for her horses, donkey, dogs, and cats, and she found a husband in Deacon who shared these loves with her. Few of us actually know our life dream. From her earliest days as a child, she actually knew precisely what her dream was, and she achieved it. On her last day, Jeffie was doing exactly what her life dream had in store: she was in an equestrian competition with her horses alongside of her husband and her dogs. Jeffie’s dream has now become eternal.

“Jeffie was a teacher. She possessed deep insights into her students in the classroom and in the riding ring. Her humility, kindness, tenacity, honesty, love, and intelligence caused her to be remarkably successful helping children. She taught at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA, Brookwood School in Manchester, MA, and Bentley Academy Charter School in Salem, MA. Additionally, she helped hundreds of young children acquire a love of horses and all the work and satisfaction that derives from helping animals.”

You can read the full obituary, as well as send flowers, sign her memory book and view memorial arrangements, here. Services will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at The Myopia Hunt Club at 435 Bay Road in South Hamilton, MA.

Jeffie’s family and close connections have responded to the tragedy of her passing with an enormous grace that is befitting of the Jeffie’s own nature. In a touching effort to continue Jeffie’s legacy, the Chapin and Wilkins families have established the Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation, which will award grants and stipends in support of deserving young riders in the Northeastern U.S. Tax-deductible charitable contributions in memory of Jeffie can be made by check and mailed to: Jennifer Wilkins Chapin Foundation / 110 Larch Row / Wenham, MA 01984.

On behalf of the eventing community, we extend our deepest condolences to Jeffie’s friends and family. And a thank-you to Jeffie for exemplifying what is special about our sport and our community — the expression on her face while tackling these jumps at GMHA says it all.

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at the GMHA Festival of Eventing. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at GMHA in 2018. Photo by Morgan Mindrebo / Flatlandsfoto.

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at GMHA in 2018. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Jeffie Chapin and Joinem at GMHA in June 2019. Photo by Joan Davis / Flatlandsfoto.

Go Jeffie. Go Eventing.

Previewing the Bromont CCI4*-S Entry List

Boyd Martin and Contestor, winners of the Bromont CCI4*-S last year. Photo by Cealy Tetley.

After Bromont CCI and Little Bromont in June, the final installation of Bromont’s summer event series — Bromont CCI-S — takes place this weekend, Aug. 16-19, in Bromont, Quebec. The event offers CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCIU253*-S, CCI2*-S, CCIU252*-S and Open Training divisions, as well as a new-for-2019 Open Preliminary division.

Bromont is a destination event — where would you rather spend the dog days of summer than a cool, charming mountain village in Canada? And of course the venue, with its great footing and inspired courses, is a draw in and of itself. Derek Di Grazia has been Bromont’s cross country course designer since 2009 and we can expect him to set a challenging track with the help of builder Jay Hambly and his team, utilizing the spectacular hills and natural water features Bromont has to offer. Sue Ockendon, the event organizer, spares nothing to bring in the best officiating from around the world. Prizes for a win at Bromont CCI-S include a free entry in any of the FEI divisions in 2020, including the Under 25 divisions.

Let’s have a look at this year’s CCI4*-S field, a mix of horses making their debut at the level as well as more seasoned combinations.

  • Matt Brown & Big Berry
  • Lillian Heard & LCC Barnaby
  • Holly Jacks-Smither & More Inspiration
  • Holly Jacks-Smither & Candy King
  • Brooke Massie & Serendipity
  • Michael Nolan & SBT Good Guy
  • Jessica Phoenix & Wabbit
  • Jessica Phoenix & Dr. Sheldon Cooper
  • Jessica Phoenix & Bogue Sound
  • Jessica Phoenix & Watson GS
  • Dom Schramm & Bolytair B
  • Ronald Zabala-Goetschel & Wundermaske
  • Ronald Zabala-Goetschel & Pats Jester
  • Ronald Zabala-Goetschel & The Apprentice

A few notes of interest:

The Apprentice — previously owned by Caroline Martin and campaigned through the five-star level by Buck Davidson — is a relatively new ride for Ronald Zabala, who purchased the horse this year. This is second international start together, the first being Jersey Fresh where they finished 9th in the CCI3*-S.

Matt Brown seems to have a good thing going with Big Berry, who will be making his four-star debut. The horse, formerly competed by Piggy French, was 11th in the Bromont CCI3*-S earlier this summer. Matt also has Super Socks BCF, who had an extended layup after finishing 6th at Kentucky in 2017, entered in the Open Prelim. It’s their second horse trial back — we’ve missed you, Super Socks!

Dom Schramm and Bolytair B are hitting up Bromont on the homestretch to Burghley, where they’ll be making their second five-star start.

Jessica Phoenix is the busiest rider of the division, with four horses entered, all of whom have experience at the four-star level. Her show jumping ride times: 9:30, 9:45, 9:59, 10:19 — boom, boom, boom, boom.

Dressage for all divisions takes place on Friday, with show jumping to follow on Saturday and cross country on Sunday.

Go Eventing.

Bromont CCI-S: Website, Entries, Ride Times, Live Scores

Andrew Hoy Brings the Cross Country Heat at Ready Steady Tokyo Test Event

Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Bloom Des Hauts Crets. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Australia’s Andrew Hoy brought the heat on a hot day of cross country at the Ready Steady Tokyo test event, which is underway one year in advance of the 2020 Olympic Games. The event’s second phase took place at Sea Forest, the venue hosting equestrian cross country as well as rowing and canoe sprint next year.

Temps were in the 90s with humidity — not pleasant, but potentially similar to conditions horses and riders may experience at next year’s Games. As such, the weather provided a perfect environment to test the cross country venue’s onsite cooling facilities for the equine and human athletes.

Andrew Hoy, who was second after dressage (see EN’s report here), stormed into the top spot with Bloom Des Hauts Crets, an 8-year-old Selle Français mare (Orlando x Naika de Kerser, by Oberon du Moulinnaika) owned by Odaria Finemore. They crossed the finish line with seven seconds to spare to take the lead on their dressage score of 27.7.

Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Bloom Des Hauts Crets. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

“It’s a very nice position to be in and if I win I’m very happy for this year, but it’s next year I want to win!,” Andrew said. “My horse galloped very well and her heart rate and temperature were very good when I arrived. The cooling facilities here at the venue were absolutely excellent. As an Olympic venue it’s ready one year before because the ground is excellent and the construction of the cross country fences is very good, but next year will be very different fences.”

For the test event, cross country course designer Derek Di Grazia built a special 3,025-meter track overlooking Tokyo Bay, incorporating 20 fences with 31 jumping efforts. It was intended to give athletes, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and National Federations (NFs) a chance to assess the undulations of the terrain without giving too much away about Derek’s vision for the Olympic course.

Germany’s Michael Jung and Fischerwild Wave. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Germany’s Michael Jung, another triple Olympic gold medalist, also came home clear and up on the clock to move into second on 28.0. His mount for the test event is Fischerwild Wave, a 7-year-old Holsteiner (Water Dance XX x Uquina), owned by Klaus and Sabine Fischer and the Jung family, who has competed through the CCI3*-S level. 

“It was hot but it wasn’t really a big problem,” Michael said afterwards. “The grooms and everyone took really good care of the horses and everyone tried to make the job for the horses and the riders as easy as possible. This is really fantastic here.”

Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto and Tacoma d’Horset. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Japan has claim on the next three leaderboard spots: Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors were almost bang on the optimum time of five minutes 30 seconds to move up from fourth after dressage to third. Dressage leaders Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA finished 14 seconds down on the clock to collect 5.6 time faults and drop to fourth. Another pair for the host nation, Kazuma Tomoto and Tacoma d’Horset, round out the top five.

Great Britain’s Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley. Photo by FEI/Yusuke Nakanishi.

Britain’s Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley are 6th, and heading into show jumping tomorrow there’s less than a fence between them and the leaders.

Seven of the 16 starters remain on their dressage marks, while eight others collected just time faults. The only combination to pick up jumping penalties were cross country pathfinders Kazuya Otomo and Condorcet, who had a runout at the second element of the angled rails double at fence 10 to drop one place to 16th.

“All the horses recovered really well after the cross country, despite the challenging conditions, and they are all now back home in their air conditioned stables at Baji Koen resting ready for tomorrow’s jumping,” FEI Veterinary Director Goran Akerström said.

Ready Steady Tokyo continues tomorrow at the dressage and show jumping venue, Baji Koen, which was the site of the Olympic equestrian events at the 1964 Tokyo Games and has been independently refurbished by the Japan Racing Association.

Ready Steady Tokyo test event top six placings after cross country:

  1. Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Bloom Des Hauts Crets (27.7)
  2. Germany’s Michael Jung and Fischerwild Wave (28.0)
  3. Japan’s Ryuzo Kitajima and Vick Du Gisors JRA (28.2)
  4. Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Bart L JRA (30.1)
  5. Japan’s Kazuma Tomoto and Tacoma d’Horset (30.4)
  6. Great Britain’s Georgie Spence and Halltown Harley (30.6)

[Triple Olympic gold medalist Hoy snatches lead with Bloom after cross country]