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Join Us for a Live Q&A with World Equestrian Brands Rider Buck Davidson

Buck Davidson and Copper Beach. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

World Equestrian Brands’ live Q&A series continues today with five-star eventer and Team USA stalwart Buck Davidson — we sure miss seeing you in the sandbox today, Buck. Buck has galloped around the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event more times than just about anybody; maybe they’ll put a statue of him jumping into the Head of the Lake up someday, too! His top 10 finishes include a 10th with Copper Beach in 2018, 9th with Petite Flower in 2016, 3rd with Ballynoe Castle RM in 2014, and 3rd with My Boy Bobby in 2009.

Tune in at 4 p.m. for a Q&A session moderated by Sally Spickard. WEB is giving away an Amerigo leather care package to one viewer everyday, so submit a question for Sharon for a chance to win!

Q&A with World Equestrian Brands Rider Buck Davidson

Join us live on air with Buck Davidson Eventing!

Posted by Eventing Nation on Friday, April 24, 2020

While you’re at it, be sure to check out World Equestrian Brands’ Virtual Kentucky Store for some amazing discounts on products from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci!

Go Shopping. Go Eventing.

Editor’s Choice: My Top 5 Virtual Vendor Village Deals for Friday

Each day we’ll be bringing you new deals from over 30 companies via EN’s inaugural Virtual Vendor Village (shop Friday’s deals here), and each day I’ll be sharing my top five favorite deals of the day. Here we go for Friday!

P.S. You can check out Jumper Nation editor Lynn Mueller’s top 5 picks here, and Horse Nation editor DeAnn Long Sloan’s top 5 picks here.

Ride Heels Down: “X < Halt < Salute < Breathe” … um do they make this shirt in “size 14-hand pony”? Princess’ centerline mantra is more like “X < Halt-ish < Pitch a Fit < Pray Judge Has a Sense of Humor,” and she could use some zen in there.

Ride Heels Down founder Ainsley Jacobs is one of EN’s favorite bloggers — we’ve loved following her adventures (and misadventures) with JJ Spot, with whom she finished 7th at the USEA American Eventing Championships last year. We also love her cheeky tee-shirt designs, which have been on sale this week. You can check out the complete RHD collection here (there’s even a limited edition coronavirus line, love it). Here deal for today is for the above tee for 20% off; be sure to check back each day for new deals! We heart you Ainsley and look forward to seeing you and JJ back in the startbox soon.

Banixx:  On his annual Kentucky cross country course walks Jimmy Wofford is fond of referencing one of his many Jimmy-isms: “Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.” I’d say something similar about equine skin infection products — you don’t need them until you NEED them, and by then it’s too late. The wise horse owner keeps skin infection products on hand, so that the moment your horse starts cooking some crud you can jump right on treating it immediately.

I’ve had fantastic experience with Banixx products, and in particular the Banixx Pet Care Bacterial & Fungal Infection Spray. I’ve kept it in my grooming kit, ready to go, this spring, so at the slightest hint of rain rot I was able to treat it from the get-go with a highly effective product.

Banixx products, which also include an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial shampoo and a wound care cream, are on sale this week via Valley Vet Supply — 10% off + free shipping at Valley Vet, and they’ll ship immediately! Click here.

For more information on Banixx Horse & Pet Care visit the website here. And be sure to check out their sponsored column right here on EN, written by the one and only Shellie Sommerson, each Thursday! We thank Jane and her team at Banixx for their continued support of EN.

Equine Therapy International: Event horses log hundreds of hours of conditioning work over the course of their careers. We set our watches and go pounding around the field, cranking out a carefully programmed agenda of trot and gallop sets. But the high level of fitness that is required for eventing also comes at the cost of extra wear and tear on our horses’ limbs.

With an underwater treadmill, there is a certain amount of weight reduction so you’re not having the concussive forces on the limbs. You get a longevity of the joint because you don’t have to work them as hard on dry land. Also, working in the water you can really get an exaggerated flexion so if you have stiff joints it helps with joint mobility. Not to mention the water resistance does amazing things for muscling as well as cardiovascular fitness.

I’ve seen tremendous benefits from using the treadmills with my own horses. Here’s some more #instaponyspam.

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This week Equine Therapy International is offering a 15% off special promotion on their Activo-Med products, which include equine therapy pulsed electromagnetic and massage blanket, boots, pads and combined light therapy. Today’s featured Activo-Med product is its Equine Water Treadmill, which at 15% off equals a deep discount on an incredible tool that will take your horses’ fitness to the next level and prolong the duration of their careers.

FLAIR Strips: I know we’re not competing now, but we’ll be back out there again someday soon-ish. Why not use the down time to restock your show trunk with all the stuff you KNOW you’re gonna need on down the road, especially if you can get a good deal on it now? FLAIR Strips are an eventing essential for respiratory performance; it’s increasingly rare to see an upper-level event horse running without one.

Gonna spam y’all again with another pic (I must be extra missing the barn today).

I went through a phase a few years ago where I thought it would look tough to match my horse’s FLAIR Strips with matching football eye black stickers.

This week FLAIR Strips are offering a discount at checkout with promo code LRK3DE. Thank you for the hookup and for your continued support of EN, FLAIR!

Tapestry Equine Products: The girth revolution is here and your horse wants you to get on board with it. The innovative, patented design of Tapestry Comfort Girths is the only girth on the market that “breathes” with your horse, improving comfort, performance, and competitiveness. The elastic is situated where the horse needs it, from the sternum up the ribcage offering expansion and comfort.

Linda Hauck, owner and innovator of Tapestry Equine Products, also innovated Spursuader Spurs. “The reason I developed this spur was in large part my experience riding sensitive horses, particularly Thoroughbreds,” she explains. “How they overreacted to a traditional spur, how some would get tense right away when they knew you were wearing a spur or watching a horse get inadvertently ‘spurred.’ That got me thinking that there must be another way to get our point across to the horse without offending or creating tension in that horse.”

This week you can take 10% off + free shipping with code LR2020 on all products from Tapestry Equine Products!

Go Shopping. Go (Virtual) Eventing!


What’s Still Standing on the May USEA Event Calendar?

Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. is still on the calendar for May 8-9. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

With the USEF and USEA’s suspension of events expiring on May 3 (unless they opt to extend it), and some parts of the country making plans to lift restrictions and reopen their economies, a few cautiously optimistic USEA horse trials remain on the May calendar. All of these but one, Texas Rose Horse Park H.T., are scheduled for the last weekend of the month.

The closing date for Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. was Tuesday and the event is scheduled to take place in two weeks from now: May 8-9. The state of Texas has been on a stay-at-home order since April 2, with the order scheduled to expire on April 30 unless the governor elects to extend it. If gathering restrictions are put in place, that could prove a stumbling block for the event.

Here are updates for each USEA area:

Area I

Area II

Area III

Area IV

Area V

Area VI

Area VII

Area VIII

Area IX

Area X

You can view an updated list of all U.S. and major international canceled and postponed events here.

Go Eventing (Someday!)

Win This Four-Book Bundle from Horse and Rider Books (a $140 Value!)

Come and get ’em! Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Our show season may have ground to a halt but that doesn’t mean we have to stop learning and improving ourselves as riders and horsemen. This four-book bundle from our good friends at Horse and Rider Books gives you some homework to do while you’re homebound.

The set includes:

That’s a $140 value! Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below by visiting Horse and Rider Books on Facebook (a “likes” are appreciated but not required) or following them on Twitter. The giveaway is open through Sunday, April 26 at midnight EST. We’ll select a winner at random!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 While you’re at it, keep an eye on EN’s Virtual Vendor Village for a new book deal each day. Friday’s spotlight is on “Two Brains, One Aim: A Riding Coach’s Key Concepts for Bringing Horse and Rider Together (and Ending in Success!)” by four-time Olympic eventer Eric Smiley with Ellie Hughes. Get 20% off + free shipping with code KYBK20.

Go Shopping. Go Virtual Eventing!

Thursday Video from FLAIR: Quarantine Races – Boys vs. Chatwin

We’d love nothing more to see Frankie Thieriot Stutes and Chatwin cantering up the centerline at Kentucky this week. Or at the just canceled Luhmühlen, where they finished 4th last year. Or anywhere, really. Heck. Alas, it isn’t meant to be … but this video is a delightful consolation prize.

Frankie pitted son Drake and nephew Beaux against Chatwin for an impromptu race and … well, we think Chatwin, a legitimate five-star horse who has averaged 2.2 cross country time faults per event across his FEI career, probably could have tried harder.

“Go Chatwin, get ’em!”

“He’s gonna get you. He’s coming … he’s going to eat your burrito … here he comes … you better run … he’s coming!”

“Chatwin! You lost!”

Enjoy.

USEF Network Kentucky Dressage Watch Party: Best Test of All Time?

Photos via the EN archives.

Is there a hole in your heart today where the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event sandbox should be? Same.

Lucky for the Swiss cheese-hearted, throughout this week USEF Network is allowing us to take a road trip down memory lane, rebroadcasting footage of legend Kentucky performances from the past decades.

If you’re not already a USEF Member, you can use a special promo code for EN readers — ENLRK3DE — to watch all the videos for free!

Let’s start with dressage — and let’s start it with a poll. Of the following tests from 2011 to 2019, which do you think was the best?

Guess what? ALL of those tests, along with many more, are available on the USEF Network website. Click on any image below to be taken to the video of that test, or just head on over to USEF Network and go exploring yourself. You can even take a deep dive into ride reviews, favorite memories, interviews and other special features. Thank you for keeping the Kentucky spirit alive, USEF Network!

2011: Tiana Coudray and Ringwood Magister. Photo by Jenni Autry.

2012: Allison Springer and Arthur. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2013: Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM. Photo by Jenni Autry.

2013: William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning. Photo by Jenni Autry.

2014: Allison Springer and Arthur. Photo by Jenni Autry.

2015: Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Jenni Autry.

2015: Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW. Photo by Jenni Autry.

2016: Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2016: Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

2017: Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2017: Phillip Dutton and Mr. Medicott. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2017: Tim Price and Wesko. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

2017: Clark Montgomery and Loughan Glen. Photo by Jenni Autry.

2018: Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

2018:Marilyn Little and RF Scandalous. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

 

2019: Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Go (Virtual) Eventing!

A Farewell to Fernhill Flutter

Kevin Keane and Fernhill Flutter at Kentucky in 2014. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Our sincere condolences to Fernhill Flutter‘s connections, who lost the 18-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding yesterday unexpectedly due to colic. Every effort was made to save his life, but during surgery it was found that the damage was too severe to fix.

“Butterfly” rose to the five-star level with owner Kevin Keane in the irons, completing Kentucky in 2014 — a memorably happy finish for Kevin’s many friends and supporters. They had several top finishes at the four-star level, cracking the top 10 at Bromont and Fair Hill. He went on to compete with Morgan McCue as well as Natasha Erschen, who has owned him since 2017 and competed him through the Intermediate level. Most recently he was being leased to a young rider, Nell Nicastro, and reportedly had a blast around Pine Top this spring at Training level.

Sara Kozumplik Murphy, who trained Natasha, recalls having Butterfly in the barn and says that “he was beautifully taken care of and loved deeply” by her.

“As many of you know Butterfly was a character,” Sara says. “He liked to pretend to be grumpy but was really quite a softy when you laughed at and appreciated him. He taught hard lessons, but he also made dreams come true, had a huge heart, and kept riders safe. Watching him and Kevin jump beautifully around Kentucky in 2014 was an inspiration to riders all over the world, especially those with a full time job. I’ll simply say that we are all heartbroken to lose this absolute legend of a horse and leave Tasha and Kevin who loved him the most take it from here.”

Kevin Keane on Fernhill Flutter jumping into the Head of the Lake at Kentucky. Photo by Cindy Lawler.

The story of Kevin and Butterfly is a sweet one. In 2010 Kevin came home from Rolex with a dream that has motivated so many riders to want to ride at the Advanced level … he wanted to jump around Kentucky himself! His coach, Phillip Dutton, found a horse in Europe through Carol Gee and in no time he was in England to try him out. Unfortunately he didn’t like him ONE BIT so of course in true Irish fashion, others were brought out of the stable for him to sit on. One of them was Butterfly.

“I got on him and only jumped four jumps, and the next day I got to go watch him compete in a small local horse trial,” Kevin says. “He had a very good professional on him but didn’t go clear on the cross country! However when I saw his gallop I bought him nonetheless, and the rest is pretty much history. He had his own peculiarities in that he would only jump from one type of ride, which was going forward to a deep distance. I learned accuracy from him or else I would have a 20 on my score card!”

“He had a beautiful mouth and a tremendous gallop that came from the mostly thoroughbred blood pumping through his veins. I learned a tremendous amount from him and was lucky enough to finish third in two four stars, and to finish in the top half at Kentucky, a week I will never forget. He ended up with Natasha, and she was so kind to him. She truly loved him.”

Fernhill Flutter and Natasha Erschen. Photo by Allison Green for Shannon Brinkman Photo.

Natasha shares her memory of this special horse, who touched so many lives: “Butterfly was a very special horse to many people and I was lucky enough to share a part of his life. He was a member of the family, my best friend and the best teacher I could of had. He taught me through the highs and lows of this sport. He took me to my first intermediate, my first three-star, and gave me my first FEI win, but he also showed me when I was wrong, which ended up teaching me the most.”

“He was also quite the character in the barn, whether he was licking my hand while pinning his ears back at the same time or walking himself in from his pasture to his stall in the morning, because he couldn’t wait to eat his breakfast,” she says. “He was addicted to Mrs. Pastures cookies and would get into the treat bucket almost everyday. I had many great memories during my riding career with him, but my favorite memories were simply being in his presence. I wished for many more years with him, but I will cherish every memory I was fortunate enough to have with him. He was loved by many and will always be remembered.”

Rest in peace, Butterfly.

Join Us for a Live Q&A with World Equestrian Brands Rider Sharon White

Sharon White and Cooley On Show. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

World Equestrian Brands’ live Q&A series continues today with five-star eventer Sharon White — we sure miss seeing you in the sandbox today, Sharon! Sharon and her brilliant Cooley On Show finished 8th at Kentucky in 2018,

Tune in at 4 p.m. for a Q&A session moderated by Sally Spickard. WEB is giving away an Amerigo leather care package to one viewer everyday, so submit a question for Sharon for a chance to win!

While you’re at it, be sure to check out World Equestrian Brands’ Virtual Kentucky Store for some amazing discounts on products from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci!

Go Shopping. Go Eventing.

 

Editor’s Choice: My Top 5 Virtual Vendor Village Deals for Thursday

Each day we’ll be bringing you new deals from over 30 companies via EN’s inaugural Virtual Vendor Village (shop Thursday’s deals here), and each day I’ll be sharing my top five favorite deals of the day. Here we go for Thursday!

P.S. You can check out Jumper Nation editor Lynn Mueller’s top 5 picks here, and Horse Nation editor DeAnn Long Sloan’s top 5 picks here.

Horse & Rider Books: I have a soft spot for the naughty ones. I once paid 10 grand for a talented and gorgeous but borderline homicidal Swedish Warmblood who wouldn’t trot in a straight line; who not only had never jumped before but refused to walk past a flower pot in its own stable yard; who attempted to push the eject button on me repeatedly during our trial ride. I loved it. I couldn’t get enough. And you know what? Not only did that brat go on to win blue ribbons at Prelim and compete through Intermediate, he eventually became my best bud. The naughty ones are often worth “repairing,” but it takes some grit, some patience and some guidance. Enter Doug Payne’s book, The Riding Horse Repair Manual, available from Horse & Rider Books. 10/10 recommend! And you can get it for 20% off today and free shipping with code KYBK20. Stay tuned for details about a Horse & Rider Books giveaway this afternoon!

 

Fleeceworks: Judy, I’ll so miss seeing your face at Kentucky this year! One of my favorite ladies and one of my favorite booths — and one of EN’s longest running sponsors! Lucky for us, Fleeceworks is offering 10% off all orders all week with code LRK3D10; Free Easy Care Bamboo Slippers with orders over $100; 15% off Therawool Quilted Dressage Pad with code LRK3D4; and additional deals here. Plus! By subscribing to the Fleeceworks email list you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of two $50 gift certificates. My wonderpony Princess goes in a Fleeceworks Perfect Balance Half Pad, which comes with a variety of shims so you can get the fit and balance juuuuust right.

Martin Collins: What’s more zen than a freshly groomed arena? In a world of chaos and uncertainty, there’s something deliciously therapeutic about pulling the drag round and round, vanishing the spatter of haphazard hoofprints and replacing them with uniform lines that spiral out like a Japanese rock garden. It makes me feel like I’m in control of my life. It’s good for mental health, and the health of your arena surfaces. Win win! Martin Collins, top-shelf equestrian surface manufacturer and installer, is offering 5% off both sizes of its Arena Master Maintenance Machine through July with promo code KY2020. 

ICE HORSE: Remember back in the dark ages when we had to make our long-suffering event horses stand still in a muck bucket full of ice water after cross country? I feel like ICE HORSE was maybe the first company to come along and say, “This is ridiculous, you guys. We can do better than this.” I won a set of their wraps at the 2008 American Eventing Championships (thank you, ICE HORSE!) and have been using them ever since. This week, you can score a free HoofWraps Soaker with purchase with code HWS. Also! Tune in to top Kentucky finisher Lauren Nicholson né Kieffer’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. EST as she reviews post-ride icing procedures, presented by ICE HORSE.

Nutrena: Save HOW big, you ask? Not to ruin the surprise, but Nutrena is offering a $10 off coupon for use on one bag of SafeChoice Perform Horse Feed. SafeChoice Perform is a controlled starch, high fat formula that supports the caloric needs of hard workers and hard-keepers. (Sorry, Princess, I don’t think you qualify. Although she did work really hard at getting her grazing muzzle off this morning.)

So close, Princess! Photo by Kerri Benjamin.

Go Shopping. Go Eventing!

Waredaca Is Open; Enter But DON’T Include Payment at This Time

So much is up in the air right now, and Waredaca Horse Trials (May 30-31 in Gaithersburg, Maryland) has issued the following statement about their upcoming event:

“Our event opened this week and quite honestly, we at Waredaca are as unclear as the rest of the population as to what is likely to occur next, as we all work together to conquer this virus and find out how our ‘normal’ is to be defined.

“We are looking forward to the next time we can host our event, especially with so many changes to share—Jeff Kibbie as our course designer, new logistics, improved warm up areas and the inclusion of our new DRESSAGE TEST OF CHOICE!! Now, have the opportunity to ‘practice’ a test before doing your competition ride! Further details in our Omnibus listing.

“Trying to remain optimistic and positive, we are accepting entries but DO NOT INCLUDE PAYMENT at this time. We have a great group of people at Waredaca, who could pull off running a proper event if we have 2 weeks of prep time. Our decision to run or cancel will depend on the directives of the USEA, USEF and our Governor, since Maryland is still under a State of Emergency, and what we feel is the ‘right’’ decision for everyone.

“To us, it seems that there still is much that remains unsettled and uncertain. While wanting to offer you the opportunity to compete, the safety and health of our personnel and everyone else remains foremost. We will not put you or our people at risk.

“Realistically, it feels that end of May is too soon. But expect a decision from us no later than May 15. And if we do not see you the end of May, we look forward to hopefully seeing everyone in Mid-August!

“Gretchen, Steph, Robert and the Waredaca staff”

View a rolling list of events canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic here. Go Eventing (Someday!)

Sara Gumbiner and Her Five Star Mount #larrythetiger Is EVERYTHING

We’re all just so grateful for a little glimmer of light, a little glimmer of HOPE, a little giggle if we’re lucky, this week. And alas, all of the above has arrived in these photos from Sara Gumbiner.

Sara and her five-star mount Polaris are our sport personified — “Larry” isn’t the keenest pupil on the subject of dressage, but he’ll do what he gotta do to get to that cross country start box. They’re perennial fan favorites at Kentucky, finishing the event on a clear with time cross country score in 2018 and 2019. No doubt they would have rocked it in 2020.

From Polaris’ team:

“To honor what would have been LK3DE Jog day and to bring a smile to those with the quarantine blues, we would like to share Sara Gumbiner’s visit with Carole Baskin and her five star mount #larrythetiger with Joe Exotic as a spectator showing off there would be jog outfit!”

Love it. Go Eventing (Someday!)

Join Robin Moore of World Equestrian Brands & Kim Severson on FB LIVE at 1:30 EST!

Join Robin Moore of World Equestrian Brands and three-time Kentucky champion Kim Severson at 1:30 p.m. EST for a Facebook live on saddle fitting. While you’re at it, be sure to check out World Equestrian Brands’ Virtual Kentucky Store for some amazing discounts on products from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci! Tune into EN’s Facebook page at 1:30 here.

Saddle Fitting Q&A with World Equestrian Brands and Kim Severson

Join us for a Q&A all about saddle fit and why it’s so important to do regular checks on your equipment, featuring Kim Severson Eventing and @World Equestrian Brands owner Robin Moore.

LEATHER CARE PACKAGE GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away a Leather Care Package (https://worldequestrianbrands.com/product/amerigo-mini-care-set/) from World Equestrian Brands to a lucky viewer of this video!
To enter, comment your answers to the following questions:
1) What year(s) did Kim Severson and Winsome Adante win Rolex Kentucky?
2) What 4 brands does World Equestrian currently carry?
Winner will be tagged tomorrow!

Don’t forget to shop World Equestrian Brand’s Virtual Kentucky Store and save 30% all week! Shop here: https://worldequestrianbrands.com/kentucky/?coupon-code=30KY2020

Posted by Eventing Nation on Wednesday, April 22, 2020

While you’re at it, be sure to check out World Equestrian Brands’ Virtual Kentucky Store for some amazing discounts on products from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci! Tune into EN’s Facebook page at 1:30 here.

Go Shopping. Go Eventing!

Editor’s Choice: My Top 5 Virtual Vendor Village Deals for Wednesday

Each day we’ll be bringing you new deals from over 30 companies via EN’s inaugural Virtual Vendor Village (shop Wednesday’s deals here), and each day I’ll be sharing my top five favorite deals of the day. Here we go, for Wednesday!

P.S. You can check out Jumper Nation editor Lynn Mueller’s top 5 picks here, and Horse Nation editor DeAnn Long Sloan’s top 5 picks here.

Omega Alpha: It wouldn’t be Kentucky Week without our annual “Pick ‘Em Contest, Presented by Omega Alpha” — this is its 8th year running! Usually we have readers share their picks to win the event, using predicted finishing scores as a tie-breaker, but this year we’re just going to have to use our imaginations a little. We’re asking readers who they think WOULD have won Kentucky, and their answer enters them into a raffle for a “Guts to Win” prize pack valued at $300. (I couldn’t resist peeking in on the entries thus far, and whodathunkit, Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg are running away with the lead. No write-in votes for me and Princess? Maybe next year. *sigh* ) While you’re at it, visit Omega Alpha and use the promo code EN10 to get 10% off all orders over $40 + free shipping in North America. And be sure to tune in to EN’s Facebook page on Saturday at 11 a.m. for a Omega Alpha sponsored “virtual autograph signing” with Canadian five-star superstar Selena O’Hanlon

Hylofit: Speaking of our virtual Kentucky frontrunner, how do you think Boyd keeps his horses so fit? “For me fitness is one of the most important things … To be one of the best in the world, it’s the attention to detail. It’s not just riding well, it’s this feeling of being exact in your training. Linking up with products like Hylofit is trying to hone in and make everything more exact, more polished, more streamlined. It’s a wonderful instrument to really let me know exactly how hard to push them in their fitness work, and then I’ve got a clear understanding of how fit they are.”

This week, Hylofit is offering 20% off its heart monitors with code HYLOEN. Go get yours now, and maybe give that guy a run for his money next year!

C4 Belts: A wise man once said …

I think this is pretty solid advice for the COVID-19 pandemic, too. Today, you can get 15-23% off sock bundles from C4 Belts, which I didn’t even know had a mind-blowing sock department as well! This Pony Ninja Sock & Belt Combo is mine all mine. Or do I want the one with the unicorns, or the sushi … Y U MAKE ME MAKE HARD CHOICES LIKE THIS C4?!?!

ENO: I don’t mean to get all apocalypse-y on you guys, and I’m not, like, a prepper or anything, but since all this craziness has been going down my husband and I decided that we’d just feel better if we had a “bug-out bag” ready — in the event that society collapses completely and we have to head for the hills (AKA the back pasture of my pony’s boarding barn). And in that bag is my ENO hammock, which has seen me through much happier times like my annual trek to Bonnaroo and countless backyard naps. You can string it up anywhere and, boom. I’ve even seen people string them up inside their horse trailers at events! I’ve taken mine around the world, literally …

Here I am at the 2018 American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park. I was two months pregnant and soooooo morning sick, so whenever I got a moment I’d sneak off to my little ENO hammock in the woods for a nap.

Still morning sick, but at least not working this time! This is from a vacation at Hunting Island in South Carolina that same fall.

And I’m sure my trusty hammock will see me through the end times, too. No pesky virus-apocalypse-scenario gonna get between me and a good nap! And this week you can get 20% off online orders using promo code FEST2020. (Bummer of a code, ENO! I was sooooo stoked about seeing Lizzo at Bonnaroo this year….)

Sport Horse Nation: One more amazing deal for you fine folks! Not to toot our own horn or anything, but bear with me here for a moment as we toot our own horn.

Sport Horse Nation, EN’s classified site, is offering 50% off new ads this week. I might be biased, but I think SHN is the best eventing matchmaker service in the biz. After all, it’s how I found my pony soulmate Princess.

OK, toot toot! Gotta run. Facebook LIVE with Robin Moore of World Equestrian Brands and three-time Kentucky champion Kim Severson ’bout to start at 1:30 p.m. EST. Last plug: While you’re at it, be sure to check out World Equestrian Brands’ Virtual Kentucky Store for some amazing discounts on products from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci! Tune into EN’s Facebook page at 1:30 here!

Go Shopping. Go Eventing!

 

EN’s 8th Annual Kentucky Pick ‘Em Contest, Presented by Omega Alpha

Take your best guess!

It wouldn’t be Kentucky Week without our annual Pick ‘Em Contest brought to you by Omega Alpha. This year is a little different, being as there IS no Kentucky, so we’re going to have to use our imaginations!

So … who do you think WOULD have won the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event? Get your calculators, Excel spreadsheets, FEI rider rankings, Magic-8 Ball, lucky T-shirt, maybe say some “Hail Mary Kings” and attempt your best prediction. At stake: a Guts to Win Prize Pack from Omega Alpha valued at $300. 

Here’s how you play: Share the name of the horse/rider combination you think would have won in the Rafflecopter widget below. We’ll select a winner at random! The contest is open through midnight on Sunday, April 26. Submit a new entry each day!

While you’re at it, visit Omega Alpha and use the promo code EN10 to get 10% off all orders over $40 + free shipping in North America.

 

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Win a $500 Gift Card from SmartPak!

What would YOU do with a $500 gift card from SmartPak? That may be my new all-time favorite philosophical question. But that gift card could be yours, literally, just for answering a quick few questions on the SmartPak website. The contest is open through Sunday, April 26, and the winner will be announced via social media on May 6.

Ahhhhhhhhhh dang … this makes me miss the big SmartPak tent at Kentucky! All those sales, all those discounts to splurge on. No kidding dispatch from #work-from-home-life: when I’ve run out of clean(ish) pajama pants I’ve pulled on some Piper tights and that’s my quarantine athleisure go-to. It’s basically Lululemon for horse people. Be active in them or just lie on the couch watching Netflix in them, #YOLO!

Nation Media hearts SmartPak — these guys have been with us from the get-go and we consider them our #1 supporters. This company has REVOLUTIONIZED the equestrian retail market and now, with their live retail presence curtailed, it’s time for us to show them OUR support in turn. Enter this $500 giveaway, yes, but also just go to the SmartPak site and place an order.

Go Shopping. And Go Eventing (Someday!)

 

 

 

Editor’s Choice: My Top 5 Virtual Vendor Village Deals for Tuesday

Each day we’ll be bringing you new deals from over 30 companies via EN’s inaugural Virtual Vendor Village (shop Tuesday’s deals here), and each day I’ll be sharing my top five favorite deals of the day. Here we go, for Tuesday!

(To my event pony Princess: I’m sorry in advance for roasting you. Will make it up to you in baby carrots and HandsOn Gloves.)

SmartPak: This company/equestrian shopping wonderland has been a stalwart cheerleader of Nation Media for so long, we had a feeling that they’d come up with something next-level for our Virtual Vendor Village — and they delivered! What would YOU do with a $500 gift card from SmartPak? Me, I’d “invest it” in about 20 grazing muzzles, which is about how many my Prelim event pony Princess runs through each spring. I don’t know if she is burying them in the woods or sinking them to the bottom of the pond or burning them sacrificially beneath full moons or what.

Look how hangry she is! You’re so cute when you’re mad, Princess. Photo by Mary Hollis Baird.

Anyway, choose your own adventure with regard to SmartPak Supermarket Shopping Spree fantasizing. Enter here today (or anytime between now and midnight Sunday)!

Kentucky Performance Products: Wish your horse was calmer? UM YES! ME! RIGHT HERE!!! Muzzle be darned, that sugary spring grass is going STRAIGHT to Princess’ head and I’m over here just hanging on for dear life. Trouble Free is scientifically formulated to support proper nervous system function and help your horse maintain a more confident, focused, and relaxed disposition. It contains alpha-lactalbumin, a unique ingredient that directly supports normal nerve function, along with supplemental thiamine (B1), taurine, inositol and magnesium. You can try it with this offer for 20% off PLUS free shipping.

Nupafeed: I feel like if you’re going to fat-shame your pony, you just have to go all in. I mean, bless her — it’s not her fault she is a five-star horse trapped in the body of a chubby 14-hand pony. I don’t identify as a 5’1″, naturally prone-to-pudge person either, Princess! Metabolism can be a bummer, but after she tied up post-cross country at our first event together I went deep down the rabbit hole to figure out how to prevent that scary situation from EVER happening again. The solution, in part, came in the form of Nupafeed products. Magnesium and L-Carnitine are both major players in muscle health, and since I started bolstering Princess’ diet with them before events she hasn’t tied up at a competition since. You can get 15% off your entire Nupafeed order today with code LR2020. Also, you can chat with Allison Springer LIVE at 4 p.m. EST today via Nupafeed’s Instagram page!

Hats By Katie: The only person probably sadder than me that the Kentucky Derby got postponed this year is Katie à la Hats by Katie, a Paris, KY boutique that exhibits at Kentucky Three-Day every year. Katie is my style hero (see my interview with her from 2012 here), a driving champion and the maker of gorgeously vogue hats. So, my son Thomas was born on Kentucky cross country day last year, and for his first birthday this year we were going to have a Derby Day party, replete with fancy hats (I was going to get mine from Katie’s booth at Kentucky), mint juleps, derby pie and — wait for it — a heavily sedated Princess dressed as a racehorse giving pony rides in the backyard. Sorry again, Princess! But alas, enter coronavirus, ruining everything as always. The consolation prize is this deal for free shipping from Hats by Katie, using promo code LRK3DE. Derby 2nd birthday party in 2021 … it’s on!

HandsOn Gloves: I feel bad now for spending my other four “picks of the day” sort of picking on my pony, so I’m dedicating this last spot to a product she would truly appreciate: HandsOn Gloves. The only thing Princess loves more than a snack is a good curry — she’s nearly fallen over in the crossties leaning into my hand on several occasions. That’s a testament to HandsOn Gloves, which I first encountered (and snatched up) in the SmartPak tent at the 2018 WEG in Tryon. They are a revolutionary concept for grooming — it’s like, put yourself in your horse’s shoes: would you rather be massaged with a traditional, hard, stiff curry comb or a dexterous, nubby mitt? Mitt: 1, Curry Comb: 0. With HandsOn Gloves, I can use the tiny nubs on the fingers to gently curry out the nooks and crannies of my pony’s lower legs and use the larger dimples on the palm to massage into her haunches. Get yours for 20% off with Code KY20 today!

Go Shopping. Go Eventing!

Monday Watch Party: Mark Todd’s 1990 Burghley Win at 8 PM EST

Sir Mark Todd and McClaren (NZL). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Hat trick? Nah. Too basic. When it comes to winning Burghley Horse Trials, Mark Todd can one-up, er two-up, that jazz: his titles include 1987 on Wilton Fair, 1990 on Face the Music, 1991 on Welton Greylag, 1997 on Broadcast News (European Open), and 1999 on Diamond Hall Red. And he sure was in the hunt for a sixth win with Leonidas II in 2017, when the pair led the dressage on a score of 36.7. LEGEND.

“[All my victories here] have been so different,” he told Horse & Hound upon his retirement in 2019, fittingly at Burghley. “When I won on Face The Music it was a year when nobody made the time. He was well down after the dressage and he was an incredibly fast horse, so he pulled up the leaderboard and we ended up winning it.”

For today’s Watch Party, we’re going back in time to the 1990 Burghley Horse Trials where Sir Mark Todd claimed his second Burghley title with Face the Music. Watch the replay FREE on Horse & Country TV at 8 p.m. EST here.

This evening at 2100 BST Horse & Country are showing the 1990 Burghley Horse Trials on their free linear channel…

Posted by The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Official Page on Monday, April 20, 2020

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Editor’s Choice: My Top 5 Virtual Vendor Village Deals for Monday

Ahhhh you guys, it’s happening! No secret that vendor shopping is one of my favorite eventing pastimes, and we’re so very happy here at EN to connect our favorite companies with other like-minded shoppers. Plus, what a great way to support equestrian businesses, many of which are facing lost revenue from lack of presence at live horse shows.

Each day we’ll be bringing you new deals from over 30 companies via EN’s inaugural Virtual Vendor Village (check out Monday’s deals here), and each day I’ll be sharing my top five favorite deals of the day. Here we go, for Monday!

Stable View: Stable View Farm has had a rough go of 2020 so far. First there was that EF-1 tornado that ripped through the property on Feb. 6, causing many thousands of dollars worth of damage to the farm’s temporary stalls and parts of the cross country course. Despite the damage, Stable View pressed on and held their first dressage show of the season which was scheduled for that weekend. Now, their season has been ground to a halt due to the coronavirus — but Stable View has once again demonstrated its resilience and ability to adapt, launching an innovative Virtual Dressage Show Series for April. Live competition at Stable View will resume eventually, though, and with this 50% off stabling discount voucher you’ll save $$$. Your future self thanks you! Call 484-356-3173 and mention “EN Virtual Vendor Village” for the voucher. Check back daily for new deals. We wish to thank Stable View’s Barry Olliff and wife Cyndy for their continued support of EN and our sport — now is a great time to show them OUR support in kind.

Hound & Hare: I (along with 10/10 of the EN team) am OBSESSED with EVERYTHING at Hound & Hare, a Kentucky company whose booth I haunt annually at Kentucky. Their modus operandi is “British Luxury. Southern Charm.” and I always wander in all googly-eyed and wander out with a loaded shopping bag thinking “Could I be the American version of Kate Middleton? Should I take up clay pigeon shooting? I really ought to foxhunt more.” Today’s Hound & Hare deal is 30% off Guinea London down puffer jackets and vests — that detachable fur collar … are we going tailgating at Badminton next year or what? I totally bought the jacket in navy. Thank you, stimulus check! Seriously, go find your fall three-day jog outfit here rn. Did I mention they are a U.S. retailer of Fairfax & Favor? Many thanks to Hound & Hare Founder, Eric Nicholas, for supporting all of our inner anglophiles. Check back daily for new deals.

I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique: I have a weird spot on my shoulder that I need to have a dermatologist take a glance at, that I’m PRETTY SURE is a no-bueno pre-cancerous something or another. If I could turn back time to my reckless, wanton, sunburnt 20s, I would have spent more time in sun shirts than tank tops — except that sun shirts didn’t exist back then when I was doing horses full-time and out in the sun every day. The future is now; save yourself! With this deal, you can get up to 30% off select styles of Kastel Denmark sun shirts. PLUS, the first six customers to order will receive a Kastel baseball cap signed by Buck Davidson! I Love My Horse Eventing Boutique is an Ocala based mobile tack shop — you’ve likely visited their vendor at events — so with the show season halted let’s all band together to show owner Penny Welsch our support. The boutique doesn’t have an online shop, but visit @Ilovemyhorseeventing on Instagram, email [email protected] or text 727-871-5729 for details. Check back daily for new deals.

Ecovet: It’s starting to get buggy out there — are you stocked up on fly spray? Now’s your chance to stockpile the good stuff with this 30% off offer from Ecovet (use promo code Virtual30Welcome), the first fatty-acid fly repellent for horses. Tested and endorsed by veterinarians, Ecovet provides a legit alternative to toxic pesticides. We’ve all been burnt before by “all-natural fly sprays” that turn out to be useless garbage, but this one is different — IT REALLY WORKS. And! It stays put. Also, while Ecovet v1.0 was admittedly kinda stinky, they’ve since updated the formula with a much more palatable scent, so if you tried it back in the day and didn’t like the smell I’d encourage you to give it another go. Many thanks to Dr. John and his crew for their continued support of EN! 

Legends: Think you’re stressed? Life in the corona era giving you ulcers? Welcome to your horse’s world. Training, shipping, competing … it all takes a toll on your horse’s gastrointestinal system. This week you can save $5 on Legends GastroCare, the only supplement in the Legends® line specifically designed to support healthy digestive tract function in show and performance horses. Digestive health can make a massive difference in your horse’s health and well-being — I’ve had horses transform from stiff, grumpy hard-keepers into much better, happier, healthier versions of themselves just from getting to the bottom of GI issues and treating them. Legends GastroCare keeps it from getting to that point in the first place, and you can save big with this deal. Many thanks to Legends for their support of EN!

Go Shopping. Go Eventing (Someday!)

EN’s 9th Annual Top Dog ‘Barn Helper Edition’ Contest, Presented by World Equestrian Brands

Chewy, pictured above = not that helpful. 

It’s time for EN’s always popular Kentucky Top Dog Contest, presented by World Equestrian BrandsThis year the lucky winner will take home a set of Equilibrium Tri-Zone Impact XC Boots.

Most years, we ask readers to share photos of their dogs at Kentucky (see last year’s finalists here) — but this year is a LITTLE different. This year, we want you to show us what funny or helpful things people’s dogs are doing to “help” with barn chores. 

These boots (pictured here in Azure Blue, and also available in Black, White and Flame Red) a boot that checks all the boxes — they’re breathable and don’t hold water while remaining durable and providing protection.

The winner will receive a set of Equilibrium Tri-Zone Impact XC Boots in your choice of color. This fabulous prize is valued at $275 and made possible thanks to EN’s longtime partner World Equestrian Brands.

How to Enter:

Post your photos on in the Facebook comments of this post with the hashtag #ENTopDog. The photo with the most likes at 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 26, is the winner! 

AND be sure to visit World Equestrian Brands Virtual Kentucky Store for 30% off items from Amerigo, E.A. Mattes, Equilibrium and Vespucci

Event Cancellations: Seneca Valley PC, Riga Meadow CT, Apple Knoll Farm

The following events have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 10: Riga Meadow at Coole Park Combined Test – Canceled

May 10: Apple Knoll Farm Horse Trials – Canceled 

June 12-14: Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring Horse Trials – Canceled

“After extensive consideration of our options, the management and organizers of Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials are sad to announce that, because of COVID-19, the Spring Horse Trials scheduled for June 12-14, 2020, will be canceled. This was a very hard decision to make. We are not requesting a rescheduled date, but will instead put all of our efforts into preparing for our September event.

“Once the stay-at-home orders are lifted, we are hoping to open Bittersweet Field for cross-country schooling (following any government guidance limiting the number of people at gatherings) twice a week through June and July; details regarding this plans will be posted on our website (senecavalleyponyclub.org) and our Facebook page.”

You can view a complete list of canceled USEA events here.

Go Eventing (someday!)

Get Your Dressage Test (Virtually) Judged by Peter Gray

Every day we’re blown away by the innovation and positivity from all of you out there in the Eventing Nation during these difficult times. We’ve got another fun opportunity for you —- get your dressage test judged by Peter Gray! His Remote Centerline Workshop will give you scores and feedback from a FEI five-star judge. Here is a video of Jon Holling giving it a go.

This service is available for any test. Email [email protected] to sign up.

Go (Virtual) Eventing.

Rolling Updates: Equestrian Events Canceled Due to COVID-19 [Updated 4/29]

Photo via Creative Commons.

The following equestrian events have been canceled or modified due to coronavirus concerns. This page will be updated daily (last update: April 29, 5 p.m. EST).

Due to the sheer volume of events being canceled worldwide, we are now only listing canceled USEA/USEF North American events and major international CCI events.

🇺🇸United States🇺🇸

The USEA has suspended all recognized events through May 3. In accordance with the FEI, the USEF has issued a recommendation that all competitions be suspended through May 3

Eventing:

🇧🇪Belgium🇧🇪

🇨🇦Canada🇨🇦

All EC sanctioned competitions and activities are suspended until April 12, 2020.

🇨🇳China🇨🇳

🇫🇷France🇫🇷

France now restricting gatherings to 10 people, so all competitions are canceled. 

🇩🇪Germany 🇩🇪

🇮🇪Ireland🇮🇪

🇮🇹Italy🇮🇹

🇯🇵Japan🇯🇵

🇳🇿New Zealand🇳🇿

March 17: Equestrian Sports NZL Announces 3-Month Cancellation of All Events 

🇵🇱Poland🇵🇱

🇬🇧United Kingdom🇬🇧

As of 3/16, all British Eventing shows have been canceled with immediate effect.

Please send canceled/modified equestrian event listings to [email protected] We will keep you posted with further updates as they develop.

Shelby Allen and Sally Spickard contributed to this report.

 

$200K Raised for Frangible Fences, Thanks to YOU and Matching Funds from the Manton Foundation

Fundraising for frangible fence implementation in the U.S. took a massive step forward today. Between the USEA Foundation’s Frangible Fence Research initiative and a GoFundMe effort that raised over $87,000, eventing supporters have raised a little over $100,000. Now, the Manton Foundation has agreed to do matching funds for what you have raised up to $250,000.

The Manton Foundation was created in New York in 1991 by Jim and Gretchen Manton as a vehicle for their charitable giving. Today the foundation is managed by the Mantons’ descendants and functions as a family endeavor. Funded projects fall largely into a range of fields encompassing education, arts and culture, medical research, and community preservation.

“So we have around $200,000, just a little bit over, ready to go out to the events,” says Jon Holling, Chair of the USEA’s Cross Country Safety Committee, after a joint meeting today.

“In these tough times, it is nice to be able to share some good news with the eventing community,” said Diane Pitts, Chair of the USEA Foundation. “We are extremely grateful to the Manton Foundation and to the many, many people who have donated to the Frangible Technology Fund. Our commitment to safety and the mandate to make frangible technology more widely available will continue during this downtime as we provide grants to organizers through this fund.”

Another meeting will be held to finalize all of the details as to how that money is going out, and how/when events can apply to receive the funds. Jon says he expects to have those specifics with the next week to 10 days.

“It’ll be a bit of a phased-in program, so all the events will have access to it at the Preliminary level and above and then going forward the plan is that all of that money that we’ve raised will continue to go out to events into the future until the money’s gone,” Jon says. “There’ll be more fundraising efforts going forward.”

“Really excited about the Manton Foundation stepping on board … To every $50,000 that we raise, they will match that with another $50,000 dollars until we reach the total of $500,000, so right now we’re just really excited. I’m just really excited to come back to you with something concrete and let you know that things are happening behind the scenes so that when we’re ready to event and that first horse leaves in start box that we will have done something concrete to improve the safety in our sport.”

Jon reiterates that frangible fence implementation is just once piece of the eventing safety puzzle, but, “This is a huge piece, being able to have these frangible devices out on course, and this is a way that we’re going to get that done.”

“Thanks for sticking with us,” he says. “I know everybody’s really struggling right now with the virus and being stuck at home, and I’m just happy to be able to send out some good news to everybody and give us something to look forward to in the future.”

The USEA Foundation and the USEA would like to thank the GoFundMe initiative, led by Andy Bowles, Jon Holling, Emily Holmes, Doug Payne, Leslie Law, Kyle Carter, and Robert Kellerhouse for successfully kick-starting this latest effort.

“By working together and combining the money raised by both groups, it has given us this great opportunity to have the funds matched by the Manton Foundation,” said Andy Bowles, organizer of the GoFundMe initiative. “This is an amazing start to help provide the opportunity for organizers, cross-country course designers, and cross-country builders to use the technology available to make our sport safer.”

Grant and distribution information is currently being finalized with the assistance of a newly formed Frangible Technology Fund Review Committee consisting of Andy Bowles, Marc Grandia, Jon Holling, Emily Holmes, and Darrin Mollett.

GO EVENTING.

How to Donate

Donations to the USEA Foundation are fully tax-deductible. Donate today by going to https://useafoundation.org/donate and selecting “Frangible Technology Fund” from the dropdown menu.

All donations will help reach the matching of the Manton Foundation, help us reach our goal of $500,000, and raise the safety of eventing in the U.S.

[$250,000 Matching Grant Gives Frangible Technology Push Forward]

Learn more about the frangible technology fundraising efforts here.