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Nupafeed Weekend Winners: Twin Rivers, Equestrians’ Institute & More!

It’s the first day of fall, which means those early horse show mornings are more likely to be chilly and your horse is more likely to attempt to buck you off in warm-up. Hang on tight, here are your winners from the weekend around Eventing Nation!

A shout-out is in order for this weekend’s lowest finishing score, David Adamo and Solaguayre California, who finished their weekend in the Twin Rivers Open Training on a score of 21.4.

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

CCI4*-S: Tamie Smith and Mai Baum (28.4)
CCI3*-S: James Atkinson and Fleur de Lis (37.3)
CCI2*-S: Holly Jones and Speed Bonnie Boat (38.1)
Advanced: Ryleigh Leavitt and MoonLight Crush (58.7)
Open Intermediate: James Alliston and Lilly (30.1)
Open Preliminary: Lauren Burnell and Freedom Hill (28.3)
Preliminary Rider: Sarah Ertl and Global Showtime (37.6)
Jr. Training Rider: Pip Hayes and Peridot (28.0)
Open Training: David Adamo and Solaguayre California (21.4)
Sr. Training Rider: Allyson Hartenburg and Mucho Me Gusto (28.2)
Jr. Novice Rider A: Anya Mason and Mairin (31.9)
Jr. Novice Rider B: Grace Campion and Fire and Rain (32.6)
Novice Horse: Lisa Sabo and Infinity (26.4)
Open Novice: Kristen Merala and Sportsfield Neverland (27.4)
Sr. Novice Rider: Meghan Lewis and Rayastrada (30.5)
Jr. Beginner Novice A: Sarah Bonfield and Indigo (27.8)
Jr. Beginner Novice B: Sloan Bryson and Petite Pavarotti (29.5)
Open Beginner Novice: Ludger Thole and Rudy (22.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Meghan Dayka and Fianna (28.0)
Introductory A: Anna Olsen and My Zippers Undone (34.2)
Introductory B: Bunnie Sexton and Mister (26.7)
Future Event Horse Four Year Old: Jill Jamison and Tiny Dancer (75.1)
Future Event Horse Two Year Old: Jillian Terzian and NSF R-Twain Star (77.7)
Future Event Horse Yearling: Jennifer McFall and Power Play DF (76.2)
West Coast Future Event Horse Championship Four Year Old: Chloe Smyth and Nite Life (156.0)
West Coast Future Event Horse Championship Three Year Old: Earl McFall and Iluminada (148.2)
West Coast Future Event Horse Championship Two Year Old: Jillian Terzian and Nsf Bye The Way (76.5)
West Coast Future Event Horse Championship Yearling: Max Gerdes and Ferao DFEN (78.1)
Young Event Horse Four Year Old: Amber Levine and Keep Calm (82.1)
Young Event Horse Five Year Old: Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Quinn (84.2)

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Open Intermediate: Karen O’Neal and Ebenholtz (31.0)
Open Preliminary: Alina Patterson and Flashback (28.8)
Junior Training: Avery Jacob and Little Miss Sunshine (28.9)
Open Training A: Rosie Lutz and Believe It Or Not (34.3)
Open Training B: Karen O’Neal and Clooney 14 (28.0)
Jr/YR Novice: Madelyn Floyd and Arms War (27.1)
Junior Novice: Sylvia Bran and Northern Expectation (29.3)
Open Novice A: Sandy Flowers and Reno’s Lad (28.8)
Open Novice B: Jordan Linstedt and Cafe Noir (24.1)
Junior Beginner Novice: Harper Padgett and Jess Because (30.5)
Open Beginner Novice A: Renee Wang and Partly Cloudy (23.5)
Open Beginner Novice B: Whitney Spicher and Sagewind Alexa (32.5)

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

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So unbelievably proud of #teambascule and the #glittersquad today!! All three of my girls rode to the absolute best of their abilities and gave their three #unicorns phenomenal goes!! Maya and Ribbons took a commanding lead in the dressage (by nearly 5pts!!) and held it with a #doubleclear XC and SJ, winning her division!! Isabel and Rascal had a solid score after dressage and moved up to third place after another double clear go round!! Sophie and Luna had their most consistent event yet, finishing with a hard fought for seventh place!! All three girls rode the hair off their ponies and were like #littleprofessionals going around, makes my heart happy!!! #atgeventing #RRA #rhythm #relaxation #accuracy #yourshouldersdonthaveeyes #alldisconopanic #rockstarstatus #soproud #forward #intocontact #uphill #lovethesekids #beststudentsever

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Open Preliminary: Charlotte Stillfried and Palma D (29.4)
Preliminary Horse: Jackson Dillard and Layla Q (27.4)
Open Training: Greer Melville and V S McCuan Civil Liberty (31.7)
Training Rider: Holly Covey and Tully Cross Hamish (34.8)
Junior Novice: Lucy Nelson and Second Chance (32.1)
Novice Horse: Stephanie Sills and Salt (24.3)
Novice Rider: McKenna Martinez and Commitment (24.1)
Open Novice: Danielle Beaver and Take A Chance (29.1)
Beginner Novice Rider: Mary Perry and Cozmos (27.0)
Junior Beginner Novice: Maya Kozauer and Rhapsody In Red (27.4)
Open Beginner Novice: Courtney Cooper and Excel Star Tick Tock (28.3)
Starter: Alise Shotwell and FMF SOL (36.7)

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Please note: scores from Feather Creek were unavailable online at the time of publication. We’ll update this post once we can get ahold of the final scores!

Apple Knoll Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Training A: Amanda Gardiner and Finn McCool (33.4)
Training B: Rachel Laliberte and Mr Rockin West (31.6)
Novice A: Jennifer Eddy and Poker Run (26.9)
Novice B: Savnnah Audet and Sweet Secret (31.9)
Novice C: Polly White and Ready or Not (33.8)
Beginner Novice A: Corrinne Lauze and Anam Cara (30.0)
Beginner Novice B: Carol Geremia and Mattie (32.3)

Cedar Ridge H.T. [Final Scores]

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me and vincent are OFFICIALLY a novice pair, completing our first recognized novice event (and second novice in general)! with a fantastic test to show off his foundation we’ve been building over the past couple weeks, we sat in second. through xc we only suffered very minimal time faults due to my own over-preparation of the scary bank (which he barely looked at) and the soul-sucking ditch (which he also was quite unbothered by) and had a double clear round in stadium. very pleased with our accomplishments this season overall and can’t wait to keep venturing further in our journey together ❤️ #novice #eventing #moveup #crosscountry #stadium #dressage #bigboypants #allgrownup

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Training Open: Isabella Novak and Dreamliner (44.9)
Novice Open: Brooklynn Lyos and Valiant Sir Vincent (35.8)
Beginner Novice Open: Jordan Riske and Match Play Jojo (31.0)
Starter Open: Corrinne Pepper and Speight The Devil (28.6)

Tamie Smith Takes the Podium in Twin Rivers CCI4*-S

Tamie Smith and Mai Baum. Photo courtesy of Marcus Greene Photography/Athletux Press Release.

Massive amounts of work are involved in putting on any event, and pulling off an event with the magnitude that is fall Twin Rivers certainly deserves an award of its own. The Paso Robles, Ca. facility hosts several events throughout the year, and their fall finale is one of their biggest with divisions ranging from the West Coast Future Event Horse Championships, to Intro level all the way up to CCI4*-S. Many props and thanks are in order to all involved with ensuring one of the marquee events on the West coast calendar runs without a hitch!

Twin Rivers also welcomed Hugh Lochore for the first time as course designer — look for more changes to the track as time goes on. “I have really enjoyed being here for the first time,” Hugh said in a press release. “After getting to know the terrain and team behind the event a bit better, I very much look forward to putting forth a plan for the future.”

It was a banner weekend for Tamie Smith, who finished off her final prep for the Boekelo CCIO4*-L next month with a handy win in the CCI4*-S with the Alex Ahearn’s Mai Baum. Finishing on a final score of 28.4, “Lexus” was once again in prime form and looks to be raring to go with a busy fall season coming down the pipe.

“We’ve been doing quite a bit of homework since the Pan American Games and I was thrilled with the result this weekend,” Tamie said in a press release. “We were fortunate to have training sessions earlier this week here at Twin Rivers with US Team Coach Erik Duvander and he was able to help me polish some final details before we head abroad again to contest Boekelo at the Nation’s Cup in just a few weeks.”

Not to be outdone, however, Tamie also went on to collect the other two podium spots in the CCI4*-S, finishing second and third respectively with Ruth Bley’s En Vogue  and Danito. You may recall this dynamic duo who finished first and second in the Intermediate division at AEC! This was a move up for these two budding stars, and Tamie is thrilled to have added to her Advanced string with this solid start.

Marc Grandia collected another solid 2019 placing in the CCI4*-S with Team Rebecca LLC’s Campari FFF, finishing fourth on a final score of 42.0. Gina Economou rounds out the top five in the CCI4*-S aboard her own Exclusive, an exciting younger horse who just stepped up to the level this year and earned a finishing score of 51.2.

Carvaggio II shows off his winnings. Photo via Bec Braitling on Facebook.

James Atkinson took home a win in the CCI3*-S aboard Fleur de Lis, a 14-year-old KWPN gelding formerly campaigned by Tamie Smith. This pair added just four time penalties on Hugh Lochore’s cross country course to finish on a score of 37.3. Hot on James’ heels was Bec Braitling aboard Arnell Sport Horses’ Caravaggio II. The 8-year-old British Sport Horse gelding most recently finished in the top five in the CCI2*-L at Rebecca Farm, and his step up to the CCI3* level resulted in a finishing score of 39.9. Rounding out the top three are another CCI3*-S debutante pair, Asia Vedder and her own Isi, who finished on a final score of 41.2.

The West coast also crowned the champions of the Future Event Horse divisions this weekend, and several young stars on the rise have put themselves firmly on the radar with great finishes from the weekend. You can read the full recap of these divisions thanks to the USEA here.

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Photo Gallery: Snapshots from Plantation Field with Amy Dragoo

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this post has a lengthy story to tell. Talented photographer Amy Dragoo and her top class team spent the weekend at Plantation Field following all the action. Take a look back at the weekend that was through this gorgeous collection of photos:

Plantation Field: WebsiteResultsEN’s By The NumbersEN’s Coverage

Piggy French Challenges for a Record at Blenheim

Piggy French and Brookfield Inocent scoop Piggy’s twelfth international win of the year. Photo by William Carey.

Piggy French sewed up yet another international victory – her twelfth of 2019 – in taking the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials with the ten-year-old Brookfield Inocent. But despite her enormously successful season, which now sees her close to rivalling Michael Jung for the most international victories in a single season, she didn’t go into the showjumping finale brimming with confidence – particularly as designer Di Boddie‘s jumping tracks are renowned for their tough turns, tight times, and need for precision. With Kazuma Tomoto and Brookpark Vikenti just two-tenths of a penalty behind her, she couldn’t afford so much as a time penalty.

“I was stewing a bit last night because I was like, ‘I can’t jump a clear round when it matters!’,” Piggy explains. “Everyone keeps on saying, ‘oh, but you’re having a great time’ – yes, but I keep trying to jump a clear round at the minute and it’s not happening. So you do start thinking, ‘I need to do something different,’ or ‘what’s going wrong’, but I just tried to stick to the system. If I got nervous I just tried to take a deep breath and remind myself that just to do it as quick as possible and stay in my bubble, rather than thinking about having to clear every fence by doing something differently. To be fair to them, they were both in amazing form today, and the time’s so tight, so you’ve got no time to think about softening the canter or getting things nice. You just have to ride pretty much as fast as you can go, and do turn-backs without killing the canter or doing something stupid.”

The ten-year-old gelding, who Piggy took over in the middle of last season, is known for being spooky and distractable – but Piggy, who had only competed in short-format competitions with the gelding, discovered the enormous benefit of showjumping him on the final day in what has been their first long-format together.

“He was totally on it – better, if I’m honest, than he’s probably ever been,” she says. “Maybe that’s going after cross-country; if you watched him closely yesterday he was darting across the track in quite a lot of places, at flags, and people, and dogs, and maybe having the edge off him focused him more today. That was the best he’s ever felt in the ring – and I don’t want to do it again! Usually when I finish a round on him I think, ‘I wish I could go straight back in and do it so much better.'”

Piggy French pilots third-placed Castletown Clover in the prizegiving. Photo by William Carey.

Just as special as taking the win was producing a top result on third-placed Castledown Clover. The fourteen-year-old gelding, who was originally bought for his owner, Susannah Paybody, to enjoy at the lower levels, and who began to compete with Piggy after Susannah won a lesson with her in a magazine competition, also finished on his dressage score.

“They were both so amazing; they’re such lovely horses,” she says. “The little old boy jumped his heart out in there today – it’s a fairytale finish for him. He felt unbelievable in there today and jumped a round as good as any horse that I’ve got can jump on the last day. I think we’ve got years left of enjoying him, and he’s an unbelievable jumper. I’m out of control coming into the combination, and not many horses would actually clear all three parts – I turned around thinking, ‘how on earth are they all still up?!'”

But despite his great result and obvious talent, he’s not a horse that Piggy will push for five-star.

“We want to enjoy him; he’s way exceeded our expectations,” she explains. “If he was a few years younger and he’d done the sport earlier I’d have loved to have done a five-star on him, because he reminds me very much of my little dun cob [Done to Order] that I had when I was starting – super technique, and he just loves it. But I think physically that’s the wrong thing for him to do. I think we can enjoy quite a lot more years with him without unnecessarily putting more wear and tear on him.”

Piggy French and Castletown Clover take third place. Photo by William Carey.

As the Year of the Pig continues to gain momentum, Piggy acknowledges the potent power of confidence – but she’s been careful to keep her feet firmly on the ground with it, too.

“I think it probably does help [to have such a good year], although I don’t really think about it – today we’ll enjoy it, especially with the owners, but tomorrow’s a very different day,” she says. “Tomorrow there’ll be fifteen very fresh horses looking at me, ten fresh owners who haven’t seen me for a few weeks, and they all want the fun next weekend, so you get back on the hamster wheel and you go again. You’re only as good as the horses you’re sat on and the support of the people you’ve got around you, so I know I’m very lucky in that way at the minute and it’s all happening – but you know with horses that tomorrow, or next weekend, the wave can break at any time. You start having jumps down, you fall off at fence two, a horse goes lame – things go wrong, and I’ve been on the crest of a wave for a while, so I’ve got to enjoy it.”

She also hasn’t forgotten the crashing blows of 2012, when the carefully honed structure of her yard and competitive plans began to fall to pieces around her.

“I just hope it’s not a bad omen, because I had the best year of my life in 2011, and everything went so well – and then in the Olympic year it all went Pete Tong. So I’m hoping it’s not a similar pattern,” she says. But it’s easy to see the effect of all the positivity of 2019 on her mindset. “But you know what? What will be will be, and it’s just as special, if not more special, to have a fabulous result for new owners who have never had this sort of result. You can never take them for granted. I won in 2011 here, and I don’t think I’ve won that many four-stars. It’s a great event to win at, and I think they get more special the older you get – and I’m starting to get old!”

Kazuma Tomoto settles for second once again with Brookpark Vikenti. Photo by William Carey.

Kazuma Tomoto completed his goal of qualifying his fourth and final horse for Tokyo, and he did so in spectacular style, delivering one of the three FOD finishes of the competition to place second with Brookpark Vikenti. But the result is slightly bittersweet: in 2017, he and ‘Vince’ missed out on the win in the eight- and nine-year-old class by a tenth of a penalty, while this year – many miles more confident and established – there’s a margin of just two agonising tenths.

The former showjumper gave his horse a stylish and nuanced ride in the arena, judging his distances with almost mechanical precision so that when the gelding skimmed low over the fences, the rail taps could be just that.

“He was giving a good feeling in the warm-up arena, so I was expecting a clear round today. We touched and knocked, it was a bit dodgy, but he was great,” says Kazu with a laugh, scooping Piggy up in a hug.

With gold medals on his mind, Kazu won’t be feeling the sting of such a near-win for too long – now, with four fit, talented, and healthy horses ready to target Tokyo, he’s got some serious decision-making to get down to.

“That’s the main thing to me, so I’m very happy,” he says of the final qualification. “I have four horses, and all of them are good quality horses, so I can’t decide it!”

Sammi Birch and Direct Tullyoran Cruise. Photo by William Carey.

Tact has been the watchword this week for Australia’s Sammi Birch, who finished fourth with the former Izzy Taylor mount Direct Tullyoran Cruise.

“She’s a funny little mare, and I only took the ride on her six months ago,” says Sammi. “And actually, she’s been quite difficult this week, out of the competition. She had a little bit of a moment outside the dressage arena in the collecting ring, and she cleared it – she’s quite feisty and tricky, which is one of the reasons I have the ride on her. But she’s a proper competition mare and loves the job, but I think just finds it all a bit much sometimes. But funnily enough, as soon as she got in the competition arena she’s been incredible. She hasn’t put a foot wrong and she’s given me absolutely everything. I’m thrilled with her – I was thinking that if everything went right, we could be in the top ten in such a class field, so to be top four is pretty fantastic.”

Completing her first long-format with the mare has given Sammi some insight into how she has to manage that feistiness.

“Her weakness is probably a little bit her brain; she finds it all a little bit exciting,” she explains. “In the warm-up today I couldn’t turn left at all or she’d stand up, so I had to jump everything off the right rein. You just hope that when you get in there you can turn left! As long as you don’t let that get to you too much, it’s okay. This is our first long together, and I’ve learned a lot about her – I was hoping that if I made friends with her out in the collecting ring I’d be able to turn left in there, and next time, I’ll happily know that she’s going to behave herself [in the ring].”

Sammi, too, has Tokyo in the back of her mind – and now, with next year’s crucial format change, it means that the mare’s next season remains a big question mark for now.

“The biggest thing today is that she’s now qualified for Tokyo. After yesterday, I think I’d like to take her to Badminton, but it sort of depends on what the Aussies are thinking – it’s difficult now because there’ll only be three on the team, so we’ll decide over the winter. I definitely think five-star is on the cards.”

Poignantly, Sammi’s result comes exactly a year after she underwent a major invasive surgery to remove cancerous cells from her breast.

“It’s been twelve months today since my breast cancer operation – it was the 22nd of September, so we had a shitty finish to last year,” she says. “First, it was breast cancer, and then I was ready to go to WEG on my good horse, who broke, and then we came here and another one hurt itself, so we had a shocking year. So actually, to be standing here, fourth at Blenheim on another horse twelve months later, is pretty exciting.”

Her recovery has been a long and tough one, though it’s impossible to tell when watching her gutsy, strong riding in the ring or across the country.

“It was horrible – I got home from hospital and I couldn’t stand up, basically, for weeks. But I started riding again at six weeks, even though they didn’t want me to. It’s taken a long time for my core to get strong again, because they do a tummy tuck, basically, and take from there. I still feel like my body isn’t quite back to what it was, but it’s a work in progress.” Plus, she acknowledges, “having horses like these makes it worth it.”

Andrew Nicholson and As Is. Photo by William Carey.

Andrew Nicholson piloted As Is, owned by long-time patron Libby Sellar, to fifth place, notching up another impressive four-star completing for the young talent, who has evidently got the raw materials for the job despite some latent physical immaturity. After delivering a double-clear on Saturday’s cross-country course and adding just 0.8 time penalties in the showjumping finale, the pair were able to climb from 33rd after dressage.

“He’s only eight, and there are five-star horses against him in this class,” Andrew points out. “I would think that next year, he’ll fill into his frame and look quite different. To ride, he’s very adjustable with his stride, and very agile, and very cool in his head.”

After a successful season with the young horse, the writing is on the wall for Andrew where the gelding’s future is concerned.

“He’s done Bramham clear inside the time and clear showjumping, and that’s bigger than here – so he’s done the two biggest four-stars double-clear. For me, if they can jump four-star courses, they jump five-star courses – the jumps are no bigger,” he says, but: “He’ll probably do another four-star [next year], but probably rather than going off to Luhmühlen or something it’ll be better to go back to Bramham and then maybe think of Burghley or Pau after that.”

Andrew, who had roundly praised David Evans‘ braver course design decisions after Saturday’s competition, was equally full of praise for the dynamic Di Boddy, who delivered another typically tricky showjumping track.

“I thought the course was very difficult to ride; Di is the master of making the turn-backs for us eventers difficult,” says Andrew. “There’s a couple of fences where you wouldn’t sight them until late, so you needed to be able to ride the correct stride patterns and have rideable horses. It makes the competition exciting, doesn’t it?”

It certainly did. Just eight combinations of the 57 finished without adding penalties – time or jumping – in this phase. Katherine Coleman and Monte Classico, sixth after cross-country, dropped to 17th after pulling two rails and adding three seconds to the clock, while Buck Davidson and Carlevo climbed to 27th after tipping one and adding two. Cornelia Dorr and Sir Patico MH also climbed, finishing in 42nd place with 10 penalties in this phase, and Lexi Scovil and Chico’s Man VDF Z were 55th after adding 19.6 penalties in the horse’s first CCI4*-L.

We’ll be back soon with all the news from the eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S – until then, go Piggy, and Go Eventing!

Blenheim: Website, Ride Times, Live Scoring, Live StreamEN’s Coverage, EN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo via Caroline Martin.

It was a double dose of Martins at the local hospital yesterday as both Boyd Martin and Caroline Martin parted company from their horses in the CCI4*-S at Planation Field International, but we’re happy to see that both are on the mend! As Boyd says: some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug.

National Holiday: Autumnal Equinox

Major Weekend Results:

Plantation Field: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s Coverage

Blenheim: WebsiteFinal ScoresEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Results:

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Apple Knoll Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Cedar Ridge H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Monday News & Notes:

There’s still time to get your entries in for Surefire H.T., but you have to act fast! Entries for all divisions will be open until 3:00 p.m. today, Monday, September 23rd. You can enter through or email the event secretary, Mary Coldren, at col[email protected] The event takes place this coming weekend and offers Beginner Novice through Intermediate divisions running on Sept. 28th-29th, plus YEH on Friday the 27th. Because of the entry extension, ride times will not be available until Thursday.

An award has been set up to honor the memory of Samantha Calzone, who we are devastated to learn passed away due to a riding accident on Sept. 16th. Samantha was an avid hunter-jumper rider and former captain of the University of Connecticut equestrian team. Donations made to the EQUUS Foundation will support the horse/human bond in celebration of Samantha’s life.[Samantha Calzone Memorial Horse Whisperer Award Established by the EQUUS Foundation]

Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy can teach you a thing or two about creating a bold cross country horse. The former show jumper may have only started eventing in late 2013, but what time he’s lacked in the sport he’s made up for in top finishes. Here are a few tricks of the trade from the 2018 World Equestrian Games double silver medalist. [#SundaySchool: Padraig McCarthy — how to make your spooky horse bolder across country]

Monday video: Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights are your Plantation Field four-star winners! Here’s their cross country round.

Winning Ride: Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights take the 🔝 spot in the CCI4*-S after being one of only two combinations to jump double clear on cross- country at Plantation Field Horse Trials! #USAEventing

Posted by USEF Network on Sunday, September 22, 2019

Colleen Rutledge & Covert Rights Secure CCI4*-S Victory Plantation Field

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights. Photo by Amber Heintzberger.

Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights galloped around clear and in the time to claim victory at the Plantation Field International CCI4*-S today on a score of 30.30.
“He felt like a rockstar,” Rutledge said of the 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Clydesdale cross. “For a very long time he did the cross country because I asked him to, now he does it because he loves it. A trained monkey could have pulled his tail and he’d have gone around today! He’s one of my homebreds, he’s one of my children, so not just to have him back but going the direction I want him to go and feeling the way I want him to feel is indescribable. There aren’t words to describe how happy I am.”
Rutledge used Plantation Field as a fitness test before the Fair Hill International next month and he was one of only two horses to make the time around the four-star course. She said, “I slowed down at the end of the course because I didn’t want to make a cocky mistake; we came through the finish flags and he felt like he wanted to go again!”

Overnight leader Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy had a run-out on course, and added time faults to open the door for Rutledge to win. Sylvester was also held on course when Caroline Martin, who was placed second going into cross country, had a fall at fence 16, the double cabins. Boyd Martin and Bonito also parted company at the same fence.
Will Faudree, Southern Pines, NC moved up yesterday from 15th place after dressage, to 9th after show jumping, to a final second place overall with Michel 223, owned by Jennifer Mosing. Faudree and the 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding also blazed around the course clear and in the time for a final score of 33.40.
“I got him as a six-year-old,” said Faudree. “He won the Bundeschampionat in Germany as a five-year-old, was sold to England and didn’t do anything for a year – I don’t know what happened. He’s big and gangly, he’s like a ‘three men in a horse’ costume and they’re not always facing the same way! Bobby Costello and I have worked a lot on his show jumping; he’s like a big awkward kid, he’s really come together. He moved up to advanced this year and has been really good. He’s all the girls’ favorite in the barn, really sweet and personable, but he’s a little bit of an introvert and needs his quiet time. He’s a horse that you can never tell him what he’s doing wrong, only what he’s doing right, because he gets his feelings hurt quickly. There’s not a malice bone in his body. I also have his half-brother and he’s like a three-year-old boy on a sugar high in a toy store, and Mike is his opposite.”
“This weekend was his personal best in the dressage and there’s massive room for improvement, and he’s only going to get better. I’ve had clear rounds at this level before, but I’d say he jumped the best within himself this time. He’s a super jumper and has a great gallop; my plan today was to go out and see how he felt, and we went for it.”
Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise, an 11-year-old American Warmblood mare that her mother found for $500 on Craigslist, claimed third place on 37.7.  Barr, originally from Western New York State, has been based just down the road from Plantation Field for the past six years.
“My horse is awesome and put in her best test to date,” she said. “She’s experienced at the level now so I wasn’t overly worried about the questions on cross country, I was mostly concerned about giving her a nice clean, fast ride. We were a little off the pace but still pretty quick. She’s just a great horse, if she sees the question she tries to understand and do her best. It’s mostly me just trying to rein her in and not let her get over eager!”
The pair won the Jersey Fresh International in June. Barr trains with Sally Cousins for jumping and with Pierre St Jacques for dressage and said, “They’ve both really helped us get to the next level. We had an easy run at Millbrook and placed 9th at the AEC’s, all with the goal of getting ready for Kentucky in the spring – it will be our first run at the five-star level.”
Eight horses were withdrawn before cross country. Thirteen horses incurred jumping penalties on course, and Shannon Baker and Ballygowan Zeal retired on course. There were four falls on course today: Boyd Martin, Zoe Crawford, Caroline Martin and Shelby Brost. Caroline Martin and Boyd Martin were transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Caroline has suffered a broken collarbone. There are no horse injuries reported.
Canadian rider Colleen Loach won the CCI2*-S Division A riding FE Golden Eye on their dressage score of 21.50 followed by Lauren Kieffer and Get Gaudi (25.30) and Kurt Martin on 26.00.
In the CCI2*-S Division B, Michael Pendleton, who works as assistant rider to Boyd Martin at nearby Windurra USA claimed first through third places: Contaro, owned by Christine Haugh Turner (24.80); Miss Lulu Herself, owned by Bonnie Stedt (26.80); and Wabanaki, owned by The Dawnland Syndicate (31.0), respectively.
Go eventing.

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Now Hiring!

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

Looking for a horse-related job or a working student position? You’ve come to the right place. Take a look at the open positions currently advertised on Sport Horse Nation:

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Working Student at Stephen Bradley Eventing

With the move to the new farm, we have an opening for a working student to join the team immediately. Working students are immersed in the sport of eventing and can expect to travel to shows, assist in riding at the farm, and will be expected to help complete the day-to-day duties of an active training facility.

Knowledge of eventing would be helpful, but is not required. 6 months to a 1 year commitment would be preferred, although short-term positions are available on a limited basis.

Located at Hickory House in The Plains, Virginia. Housing, lessons with both Stephen and Melissa, and board for 1 horse are included.

If an opportunity like this appeals to you, please send a riding video and resume to [email protected]

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Ocala Working Student Position Available!!!!

5o1 Sport Horses is a fun, cheery, upbeat group and we would love for you to join our team! We are looking for a motivated individual who is interested in being a working student for our Ocala location for the winter season. Most of our horses will be moving to Ocala at the end of October, and if available this position can start then. We have over 20 horses in work/competition ranging from 4 year olds to 4* horses, so this individual will have the opportunity to learn how to work with all types of horses. Our working students will also get to work on improving their riding and horsemanship skills under the watchful eye of a 4* level event rider, Jacob Fletcher.

Duties include: barn chores, facility maintenance, grooming, tacking up, and working at competitions. Riding opportunities may be available depending on riding level.

We will cover housing, utilities, board for one horse, weekly lessons, transportation to shows and one day off per week.
A personal vehicle and previous horse experience is a must. Please send resumes along with references to [email protected]

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Full Time Groom

Full time position open for a motivated, hardworking, and forward thinking individual.

Come and join our busy friendly environment at Cairn O’Mount Stables in Malvern, PA. The job involves all aspects of horse care, mucking, feeding, grooming, traveling to competitions and caring for upper level event horses. The individual must be knowledgeable in bandaging, clipping, braiding and grooming a horse for an international competition. Opportunity are available to bring and receive training on your own horse. Pay level depending on experience and housing/boarding of horse. Applicant must have a drivers license and have the flexibility to travel to Aiken,SC in the winter months with the team.

Please email your Resume and References to [email protected]

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Join our team! Working student position available

Advanced level event rider Caitlin Romeo is looking for a working student to join our small tight knit team at Woodlawn Farm in Southern Pines, NC, beginning in October 2019. Bring your horse, ride and compete, if you don’t have a horse take lessons on ours. Daily lessons, stall board for your horse, just provide your feed if you bring one, experience riding multiple horses, housing, and shipping to competitions, value of over $2500 per month. In return for barn work and horse care. You will be part of a small, fun and energetic team, while learning the ins and outs of running a business. Plenty of riding opportunities and daily instruction. Check out our Web site: We are looking for a dedicated student who can commit to at least six months, we are located in the heart of Southern Pines with many learning opportunities. Contact Caitlin at [email protected] or (802)558-3863

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Conner Combined Training, a family oriented eventing barn located in central Texas, is looking for a paid working student. The position includes a bi-weekly salary, a new on-site RV trailer to live in that is in excellent condition, free satellite television and movies, all utilities, and two riding lessons per week. (Total compensation value is approximately $37,000 per year, including living quarters and lessons.) There are also opportunities for the right person to earn extra income including riding/training client horses, grooming, etc. Riders with all levels of riding experience and from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, but we only focus on dressage and eventing. We are not a hunter barn.

CCT’s working student is responsible for the following:
–General care of 22 horses, including feeding and stall cleaning
–Scheduling and holding horses for the vet and farrier
–Wrapping and dispensing medication to injured or sick horses
–Cleaning tack
–Helping younger riders and head trainer tack horses
–Organizing and keeping clean the barns, tacking areas, wash rack, & arena
–Blanketing and general horse care
–Keeping buckets and water troughs clean
–Unloading feed & hay
–Grooming and show prep
–Dragging the arena and other tractor work, such as putting out round bale hay (will train!)
–Misc barn chores

All CCT horses are out in paddocks 24/7, weather permitting. Stall cleaning is only required when horses must stay in due to weather/injury/illness. When horses are in, stalls are cleaned twice a day. Working students are expected to work Monday-Friday and are off on weekends. The normal work day for our working student is is from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. An hour-long lunch break is provided each day. Paid sick leave and one week of paid vacation is provided.

The position also includes opportunities to school cross country and compete, for the right person. Bring your dog! No problem!

Vanessa Conner is a USEA ICP Certified trainer with 30 years of teaching and training experience. She has worked with riders up to the 1* FEI level and mainly focuses on teaching children and teens. CCT is a fun, positive working environment. We are located in Liberty Hill, Texas, 30 minutes north of Austin. We are only 20 minutes from major shopping, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. Applicants will be required to provide references.

Contact Vanessa Conner at [email protected] or text 512-797-3421
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#EventerProblems Vol. 196, Presented by Haygain: ‘Dance, Prance, Win’

Eventing is pretty straightforward. It’s basically three phases that look like this:

“Dressage: dance, prance, win

“Show Jumping: trot, trot, jump things… job done!

“Cross Country: A simple hack in the wilderness wearing a big watch and trying not to get lost.”

What’s so hard about that? Plenty 😉, according to this latest roundup of #EventerProblems on Twitter.

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Field Thins at Blenheim Final Horse Inspection


Overnight leaders Piggy French and Brookfield Inocent. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

59 combinations came forward for the final horse inspection of the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials after the overnight withdrawal of five horses: Emily King‘s DargunMatt Heath‘s Thornton JonesSamantha Hobbs‘ Cloonbarry RobinGeorgie Spence‘s Wii Limbo, and Georgia Bale‘s Wonham What Next. After a tense morning in the sumptuous grounds of Winston Churchill’s childhood home – and in front of ground jury members PollyAnn Huntington (AUS), Andrew Bennie (NZL), and Jane Holderness-Roddam (GBR) – the field has been thinned to 57.

Jessica McKie and Ask The Boss. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Five horses were sent to the holding box throughout the course of the morning. While three of them – Hannah Bate‘s Riverside VisionPippa Funnell‘s Billy The Biz, and Josephine Schnaufer‘s Pasadena 217 – were subsequently accepted upon re-presentation, two didn’t fare so well. Sofia Sjoborg opted to withdraw DHI Mighty Dwight from the holding box, while Jessica McKie‘s Ask The Boss was unfortunately spun.

The conclusion of the horse inspection led directly into the start of the showjumping, which is running in reverse order of merit. The final session, featuring the top twenty competitors, will commence at 3.15 p.m. BST/10.15 a.m. EST. Meanwhile, the CCI4*-S competitors will head to the cross-country track – stay tuned for a full report on the finale of both classes.

Blenheim: Website, Ride Times, Live Scoring, Live StreamEN’s Coverage, EN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Sunday Links from One K Helmets

Sunrise at Plantation Field. Photo by Charlie Mann.

Welcome to the final day of competition at Plantation Field! This is one special event — a hometown show for many, including Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin and Erin Sylvester. But my favorite part is just how much you can see. If you perch on the top of the hill, you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of almost every element. It makes for a very spectator friendly day.

National Holiday: National Care Free Day

Major Weekend Events:

Plantation Field: WebsiteScheduleEntriesTimesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Blenheim: WebsiteRide TimesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores] [Live Stream]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Apple Knoll Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Cedar Ridge H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Sunday Links: 

Sylvester Snags The Lead At Plantation Field International CCI4*-S

Pick Your Favorite Plantation Field International CCI2*-S Pair

Erin Sylvester and Paddy the Caddy Take the Lead at Plantation Field International

The Volunteers of Plantation Field International

Former winners set for gripping showdown in Blenheim young horse CCI4*-S class

‘He’s a class act — I’m so lucky’: all-change after Blenheim CCI4*-L cross-country

Sunday Video: 

Blenheim CCI 4*L – Piggy French and Brookfield Inocent

Today at Blenheim; overnight leaders Piggy French and Brookfield Inocent at the @Horse Trials Support Group fence and at the river crossing#videoingperfectionSsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials#SYblenheim

Posted by Harveywetdog on Saturday, September 21, 2019