Best of April Fool’s Day 2016: Insanity in the Middle Edition

April Fool’s Day is the happiest time of the year at EN Headquarters. Last year a number of excited readers believed that Ballynoe Castle RM had undescended testicles and would be able to father offspring, and that all of the Aussie event riders living in the U.S. were teaming up to film a Real World spin off. We still get emails asking when the show will air …

This year, with eventing fans around the world already questioning whether the FEI’s radical proposed changes to the sport’s format were in fact an April Fool’s joke long before the actual day, we couldn’t resist spoofing the concept by adding a few more suggested rule changes and new names of our own. Click here if you missed our post from yesterday

Here’s a look at EN’s April Fool’s posts through the years:

2015: You Won’t Believe the Secret Ballynoe Castle RM Has Been Keeping Inside for 14 Years
2014: EN Publisher Announces Launch of Equestrian Media Empire
2013: FEI Officially Recognizes Gay Horses
2012: Silva Martin to Take Over Ride on Neville Bardos
2011: Snapping Turtle Causes Concern in Badminton Lake Complex
2010: Chattahoochee Hills to Host World’s First CCI5*

The rest of the internet celebrated April Fool’s Day with equal enthusiasm. Here’s a look at some of our favorite pranks with an equine theme around the web.

Breaking #eventing news: Andrew Nicholson to ride for Australia

Posted by An Eventful Life on Thursday, March 31, 2016

BREAKING: the beloved Budwesier Clydesdale hitch has gone missing in Kansas en route to an event. Horsemen in the…

Posted by Horse Nation on Friday, April 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting horse recording applications for unicorns!! To record your unicorn please visit

Posted by United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) on Friday, April 1, 2016

Exciting news! AQHA is partnering with Uber for an unforgettable transportation experience. Could be coming soon to your town!

Posted by American Quarter Horse Association on Friday, April 1, 2016

“We are proud of our American brand of Eventing and we think that it could really catch on in Europe. We are currently…

Posted by United States Eventing Association, Inc. (USEA) on Friday, April 1, 2016