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Monday Video from CLM DWN: Tamie Smith Talks Fresno County Horse Park and Tokyo Dreams

Future Olympic Hopeful at Fresno County Horse Park

Tamra Smith hopes to ride on the U.S. Olympic 3 Day Eventing team in Tokyo this summer. Watch her interview at Fresno County Horse Park

Posted by Fresno County Horse Park on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Fresh off her performance in the Nations Cup at Military Boekelo in the Netherlands, Tamie Smith was back on home turf a week later at the Fresno County Horse Park. Despite having seven horses to compete that weekend, Tamie still found time to talk to an anchor from the local CBS news station for this interview which was aired locally last fall.

The Fresno County Horse Park holds a special place in Tamie’s heart, since she rode her first event there at the age of eight. In addition to discussing her Fresno roots in this interview, Tamie talks about her first year representing the Team USA, what she loves most about this sport, and her Olympic hopes.

Fresno County Horse Park has another busy schedule in store for 2020 chock full of clinics, combined tests, and horse trials with both national and international levels.

Feels Like Home: All About the Hospitality for the Aiken Horse Park Foundation

Fence 19/20 – Bruce’s Offset Logs. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Bruce Duchossois loved to make his peers feel at home. Fond of the horse show scene of his youth, peppered with hospitality and a family feel at each competition, Bruce wanted every equestrian to experience the “feels like home” sentiment that he loved so much.

Since Bruce’s passing in July of 2014, the Aiken Horse Park Foundation has carried on in his honor, elevating the bar for hospitality on the horse show circuit and always making it a point to make his presence felt in every small detail.

“Bruce had so much love for Aiken,” the Aiken Horse Park Foundation’s marketing and communications director Kate Boggan said. “He stepped in and bought the property when it was in danger of being sold to developers. There is so much equestrian history at this venue, and he had this vision of creating that old-fashioned, spectator-centric horse show feel that he grew up around.”

Photo of Bruce Duchossois courtesy of Aiken Horse Park Foundation.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Aiken Horse Park Foundation is dedicated to giving back to and promoting growth within the community. For that reason, one of the biggest draws on the show calendar each year is the Aiken Charity Horse Show, a hunter/jumper show that donates much of its proceeds to a local charity. This show, Kate says, is the ultimate dedication to Bruce’s legacy.

“That show is sort of the heart and soul of the Foundation,” she said. “It’s a dedicated homage to Bruce and we try to leave no stone unturned when it comes to hospitality and ensuring the exhibitors have all they need.”

Often, shows at Aiken Horse Park are referred to as “boutique” feeling because of their hospitality. And the addition of a charitable beneficiary only makes that feeling stronger. “To date we’ve done over $110,000 in charitable donations,” Kate explained. “We feel that it’s important to do as much as we can for our local community, and it was always really important to Bruce to have that real family feel.”

The sunset after the first show held at Bruce’s Field in September. Photo courtesy of Aiken Horse Park Foundation.

Kate tells stories of opening the park for free admission to the public on show weekends; a bus brings over senior citizens from the local retirement home for a day of equestrian sport in shady tents, catered cocktail hours are ordinary occurrences, and the spectator count was more than twice the projected number for the inaugural Aiken Eventing Showcase in 2019. Indeed, the Aiken Horse Park Foundation has made good on its promise to honor Bruce in all its efforts — and the local community takes notice.

Bruce Duchossois left a lasting legacy on equestrian sports, and that legacy is honored each day at the Aiken Horse Park, where hospitality is the priority and feeling like family is the goal. It’s no wonder that riders of all disciplines look forward to their outings at Bruce’s Field. Undoubtedly, each hoofprint on the grassy infield that Bruce had such big dreams for is a little token of thanks, a symbol of the equestrian community that calls this venue home — all thanks to Bruce.

You can experience Bruce’s Field for yourself! Tickets for the $50,000 Liftmaster Grand Prix Eventing Showcase at the Aiken Horse Park are available now. The event will be held February 28-29, 2020. To learn more about the Aiken Horse Park Foundation and Bruce’s Field, click here. You can also listen to a special interview with Kate Boggan on the latest episode of the Major League Eventing podcast here.

Riders Band Together for Australia Day Bushfire Benefits

In commemoration of Australia Day and to raise funds and awareness for those affected by raging bushfires in Australia, eventers banded together for an Australia Day Lecture Demo Event yesterday at Lowlands Equestrian Centre in Warwick, Warwickshire. A rocking list of celebrity riders including Alex Bragg, Bill Levett, Tim Price, Chris Burton, Piggy French, and more joined the cast for a day of learning and fun. Beneficiaries of ticket sales from this event include the Equestrian Fire Relief AustraliaBlazeAid and the Buy A Bale charities.

We’ve got a look at the action from the Lecture Demo Event, curated from social media. Much fun was had, lessons were learned, and most importantly the community came together in a collective effort to do good for others.

We promised some fun and fun we certainly had…She may have had the shorter legs but M.S.Team Eventing with Imogen Murray certainly showed her competitive edge! There were a few faults for Team Price and Chris Burton but oh so much fun…Tapner Eventing Team Team Bragg Eventing

Posted by Eventing Riders Association of Great Britain – ERA of GB on Sunday, January 26, 2020

Thank you to each and everyone who supported the fundraising efforts at The RDA National Training Centre on the 26th of…

Posted by Bill Levett eventing on Sunday, January 26, 2020

Crazy foot race time @AustrailiaDayEvent. The swarm of Kids were mental 🤣😂🤣

Posted by Team Bragg Eventing on Monday, January 27, 2020

We were very proud parents yesterday watching Ellouise take part in the ‘Australia Day Event’ She did amazing under the…

Posted by Team Bragg Eventing on Monday, January 27, 2020

He’s wondering about putting it on! #ausraliaday #pulltogether #helpaustralia #artisawesome

Posted by Jonty Evans on Monday, January 27, 2020

Morning from Tring Gallops, what a wonderful day yesterday at the Equestrian Fire Relief Australia charity event run by the Event Riders Association at Lowlands RDA where I was in my professional volunteer role of car park attendant. What the fun and games on the Horse & Country TV channel and please do support this cause and help to rebuild Australia 🏇👏👍

Posted by David Britnell Eventing on Monday, January 27, 2020

Thanks to the generosity of Horse & Country TV, the entire event was streamed for free — you can bookmark this link to keep an eye out for the on-demand video that is soon to follow. Want to join in and help? There are several ways to do so. You can visit the ERA of Great Britain online auction here or visit the Riders for Australia main page here.

Want to support Australian relief efforts here in the U.S.? You’re in luck! The “Kick On for Koalas” clinic is set for February 25 at Barnstaple South in Ocala, Florida. Check out the details of this massive effort from the North American contingent here.

Weekend Winners: Rocking Horse, Full Gallop, Fresno

Perhaps one of my personal favorite winter time activities is perusing entry lists and scores for the latest changes in the eventing world. Who’s got a new campaigner this year? Which pro seems to have the deepest string? Who’s moving and shaking up the levels? I love following the progression of horses and riders, so just know that you’ve all got a fan in me and that we here at EN love doing these weekly winners’ wrap-ups! Keep on kicking!

This weekend’s lowest score contest was a tough contest, but it was Jennie Brannigan and FE Connory who will take home the very official unofficial Weekend Winners shout-out after earning a finishing score of 21.5 in the Open Preliminary A division at Rocking Horse.

Rocking Horse Winter I Horse Trials:  [Website] [Final Scores]

Check out our Intermediate report from Rocking Horse here.

Intermediate Rider: Katherine DeLaney and Canto Royale (37.5)
Open Intermediate A: Leslie Law and First Class (26.2)
Open Intermediate B: Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley (32.1)
Open Intermediate 1 Day A: Maya Black and Miks Master C (29.7)
Open Intermediate 1 Day B: Buck Davidson and Carlevo (29.1)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Sydney Elliott and Commando D’Osthuy (33.9)
Open Preliminary A: Jennie Brannigan and FE Connory (21.5)
Open Preliminary B: Jacob Fletcher and 5o1 Mischief Managed (25.7)
Open Preliminary 1 Day A: Jessie Phoenix and Bentley’s Best (28.1)
Open Preliminary 1 Day B: Jan Byyny and Unbridled Numbers (31.4)
Preliminary Horse: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Be Cool (25.9)
Preliminary Rider: Lauren Chumley and Atlanta B (28.7)
Open Training A: Caroline Martin and Redfield Sergio Grasso (28.3)
Open Training B: Ronald Zabala-Goestschel and Dukes Sunny Boy (28.6)
Open Training C: Cornelia Dorr and Brush Dance (27.4)
Preliminary/Training: Anna Kjellstrom and Kazoo (28.9)
Training Horse A: Mireille Bilodeau and Make My Day (24.1)
Training Horse B: Ariel Grald and Isla de Coco (26.9)
Training Rider A: Lauren Yeagy and Bacardi III (28.8)
Training Rider B: Brooke Hollis and Kelecyn Cognac (30.7)
Novice Horse A: Angela Gottler and Caan’s Man In Black (30.5)
Novice Horse B: Cornelia Dorr and Lucky King Louis (26.9)
Novice Rider A: McKenna Martinez and Commitment (21.9)
Novice Rider B: Meghan McDonough and Domingo en Fuego (25.7)
Open Novice A: Sophia Middlebrook and Coolrock Wacko Jacko (24.8)
Open Novice B: Beth Murphy and Jimba (22.4)
Beginner Novice Rider A: Emma Lynn Potts and Boomtown II (26.1)
Beginner Novice Rider B: Kathleen Cuca and Chequer (30.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Jacob Fletcher and Wt Caden (25.6)

So fun to begin competing this past wkend at Rocking Horse Stables event. The courses were great thank you to the staff …

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Wow what a weekend! Mouse conquered both her and my first intermediate, starting out in first place just losing the lead with a few time penalties to end third. Pretty hard to believe a year ago this week we were running around my first prelim. She put in just a beautiful dressage test, and jumped her best show jump round to date; and then went on to jump around the red numbers like she’s done it hundreds of times. I’m so so proud of her and how much she has grown in a year! Emmett was also phenomenal in the PT this weekend. Putting in his best scoring prelim dressage test on his record and jumping one of the few clear rounds to end in fourth place. I owe a lot of thanks to everyone who has made all of this possible, it truly takes a village❤️ #teamdevoucoux #teamtinneylambert #glenbrookcooley

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Full Gallop Farm January Horse Trials: [Website] [Final Scores]

Preliminary: Susan Jellum and Rochambeau (33.7)
Preliminary/Training: Susan Thomas and Van Goettsching (29.8)
Training: Kristen Rozycki and Wild Duke (26.1)
Novice A: Alexander Conrad and Lexington II (24.8)
Novice B: Cortlinn Bailey and Up In Smoke (29.3)
Beginner Novice A: Becky Holder and Miracle Eclipse (31.9)
Beginner Novice B: Maia Ramberg and WL Boni Bellini (29.7)
Beginner Novice C: Campbell Turner and Witness Protection (34.4)
Starter: Brooke Webb-Burgess and Bluegrass Beat (27.5)

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test: [Website] [Final Scores]

CCI2*: Bruce Hill and Bossinova (23.4)
Advanced: Amber Levine and Cinzano (36.0)
Open Intermediate: Alexis Helffrich and M Creme De La Creme SE (26.8)
Open Preliminary A: Amber Levine and I’M Jaguar (25.0)
Open Preliminary B: Bruce Hill and Bossinova (21.7)
Preliminary A Dressage Only: Charlotte Freeman and Marvelous Marcoli (34.1)
Open Training A: Meghan Lewis and Ringmaster (25.5)
Open Training B: Becky Leisz and Gangster (26.4)
Training A Dressage Only: Christine Poulos and Fergalicious JB (34.1)
Open Novice A: Amber Levine and Shannondale McGyver (20.5)
Open Novice B: Sophia Merz and Clara Bö (26.4)
Open Novice C: Kasey Hansen and Mr. Blue Sky (26.0)
Beginner Novice A Dressage Only: Julia Lum and Flying Coconut (36.4)
Open Beginner Novice A: Amber Levine and Mr Funny Man (24.7)
Open Beginner Novice B: Mia Brown and Duke HW (23.1)
Introductory A: Becky Leisz and Ikarus Ch (26.4)
Introductory B: Alexandra Wehrman and Crème de Cassis (31.1)

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t! The Disappearing Cross Country Course

Carousel Park in January. Photo by Holly Covey.

Recently, in mid-winter quiet, on a closed cross country course that still had all the jumps in place, I was able to take a stroll around a couple of the fields. As I walked, I was thinking, “What a luxury this is, to be able to walk the strides of the turning questions, to look for the lines here and there, to be able to take my time — and not worry about a horse on the trailer or getting back in time to dress for dressage!”

And suddenly it hit me: this course, as a public park, had the jumps available for walking because they weren’t put away for the winter like many other portable jump courses. So getting to walk the Novice and Training level courses was truly an extraordinary learning opportunity, because most competition courses aren’t available any more for any length of time.

Turning question on top of a hill. Photo by Holly Covey.

Years ago when most jumps on a course were not portable, fences and obstacles were built in, solidly placed in fields and woods, and lived there for a time — because someone took a week to dig them in and put them there, they weren’t going to dig them out and move them anytime soon. Courses were available for looking at all the time, or at least the more massive built-in features were almost part of the landscape at many places.

Today, think of this: our learning opportunities to walk courses are shrinking before our eyes. How many times do you walk a Beginner Novice, Novice, Training course at your local favorite horse trial? Given the time frame of most one-day horse trials, you are indeed fortunate to be able to walk one course twice at most. Does that sound familiar?

When the courses are set, they have a deadline at most events of 3 p.m. on Friday, for competition scheduled for say, Saturday and Sunday. So your fully decorated, completely-ready cross country course will be available for you from 3 p.m. on Friday to when you actually get to ride it, then when you are done, the competition is over, it might be available for a few minutes to a few days to walk — and then here comes the tractor and away it goes for another year. That’s barely 48 to 60 hours that courses will stay up to be viewed.

Permanent jumps that stay forever on courses. The foundation at Plantation, one of the few permanent obstacles we see today. Photo by Holly Covey

Years ago you could walk courses for weeks before and after events, so this new trend in the last couple of decades to the portable cross country jump has indeed cut into the educational aspect of this phase of our sport. If you only have literally hours to examine a course, to walk it nuances, to see its questions, to check footing before and after jumps, to get your lines straight, to know the ground and the paths — good grief, no wonder we see the unsure riding and unfamiliarity that we see on occasion on cross country phases everywhere. Of course every course is different and does change all the time, but the increasing use of portable, movable jumps makes courses disappear much quicker than they used to.

I know few people today, who compete at the lower levels, that have the time to walk more than their own course. Years ago we used to walk all the courses, or at least the one above ours, so we’d know what was being asked and could go home and practice or work on the next level up. When was the last time you took the time at an event to walk not only your own course but one or two other courses? I thought so. Me too!

At Fair Hill International, the course takes months to build and set, with the final touches being finished the week prior to the Saturday cross country day. As a volunteer helping with decorating, our professional course decorator, Janine McClain, works us all against the Ground Jury’s official walking day of usually Tuesday. Final touches are made and the course is available for walking officially Wednesday. Riders can look at it for two more days until they ride Saturday. On Saturday, immediately following the last horse on course we begin tearing it down very quickly — by Sunday morning it is nearly all gone!

In the field one day — gone the next. Fair Hill 2018 photo by Holly Covey

So as I walked on the dreary winter day in the park, checking the strides and noticing how the designer had set the jumps uphill and downhill, I was thinking, it’s been a while since I just walked a course to learn it, to see what was there — why is that? And I remembered the timeline at Fair Hill, and suddenly it was clear: we rush riders too much at horse trials when it comes to learning cross country. We don’t spend enough time walking and learning out in our fields and trails and paths and roads, we don’t get to think about jumps and how they are set very much before they dismantle everything and cart them away.

So the answer that came to me is this. I will make an effort this year to do my due diligence as an event rider, and walk more than my own course at the events I choose to compete. That means I will need to plan my time more carefully at the event and it may mean making some changes. I’ll need to be fit enough to walk more than one course; I may need to bring a groom along to care for the horses while I’m out there; I will definitely need to plan a time schedule carefully; and possibly travel earlier, stay later, and squeeze in more course walking in an effort to continue my own education on cross country riding. I’m pledging to include course walking as a critical part of  my riding in this sport, into my entire plan for the year. Are you, too? I hope so!

Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

#nofilter and all that. Photo by Abby Powell.

I capped off the weekend with a really lovely sunset beach ride yesterday. I may complain about the snow and the cold a good bit this time of year, but honestly, if I ever begin to take for granted how fortunate I am to live where I do and be able to ride a horse in a setting like this I hope someone will come over and knock some sense into me! How was your weekend, EN?

National Holiday: National Bubble Wrap Day

U.S. Weekend Results:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Monday News & Notes:

Eight Olympics, four different decades, and five medals: there’s no denying Sir Mark Todd is an Olympic legend. With six months until the start of the next Olympic Games, has begun a new series which will interview past Olympic Champions as they count down to this year’s Games. First up: none other than Toddy the Magnificent. Enjoy this recap spanning his not so successful early Olympic bids, to his partnership with the great Charisma, his comeback from his initial retirement, and more. [Golden Greats #1: Mark Todd]

EN’s sister site, Jumper Nation, is on the hunt for a new part-time editor. We are going to miss Meagan DeLisle, who has taken a position with Phelps Media — best of luck, Meagan! The ideal candidate has excellent writing/editing skills and is plugged in to the hunter/jumper community. Email us at [email protected]. [Jumper Nation]

Kissing spine is no longer the career-ending diagnosis it once was. Less than 1% of horses with kissing spine actually show symptoms, but if a pain response and poor performance are plaguing your horse there are now two options for surgery to correct the issue. This article from The Fence Post discusses those two surgery options and their recovery processes un detail. [Kissing spine no longer a career ending diagnosis for performance horses]

Monday Featured Video: Lillian Heard’s LCC Barnaby stretched his legs on cross country last week for the first time since Burghley.

LCC Barnaby had his first XC school since Burghley today. Master coach Boyd Martin gave us some great excercises to practice. B is feeling top notch and ready for a big year. 🤞🤞🤞

Posted by LillianJHeard Eventing on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Sunday Video Binge: All Your USEA Convention Videos On Demand

Photo by Abby Powell.

If you’ve managed to squirrel away some downtime to sit by a warm cozy fire this winter, then you’ll want to bookmark this page because we have just the eventing entertainment you crave. The USEA has made generously public videos from nearly every educational seminar from their 2019 Annual Meeting and Convention. We’ve corralled the entire library collection in one easy place for your convenience.

You’ll also want to keep an eye on U.S. Eventing TV section of the USEA website for all their past and future video content. Thank you to the hardworking staff at USEA for these educational wonders!

Keynote Address: The Past, Present, and Future of Eventing — Jim Wofford, Max Corcoran, and Woodge Fulton

Rider Biomechanics — Hannah Diebold

Train Your Brain for a Confident Ride — Andrea Waldo

Having and Instilling Rider Responsibility — Leslie Law, Lesley Grant-Law, Jon Holling, and Shannon Lilley

ERQI Reports for Officials Explained — Equiratings + USEA Representatives

Where is the Sport Headed with Frangible Cross-Country Fences — David O’Connor, Dan Michaels, Jon Holling, Tremaine Cooper, and Morgan Rowsell

Tips for Designing Cross-Country Schooling Courses at Home — Morgan Rowsell

Pan American Games Review — U.S. Team, Erik Duvander and Jenni Autry

Build Your Brand and Earn Sponsorships — Frankie Thieriot Stutes

Horsemanship Series I: Helping Improve the Eventing Athlete — Mark Revenaugh, DVM, Max Corcoran

Horsemanship Series II: Practical Advice to Optimize Horse Training — Max Corcoran, Tim Worden PhD

Horsemanship Series III: Effects of Shoe Modifications on Sport Horses — Max Corcoran, Steve Teichman

Horsemanship Series IV: Roundtable Discussion — Roundtable Discussion

The New FEI Dressage Tests Demystified — Marilyn Payne

Cultivating The Whole Equestrian — Emily Hamel, Tyler Held

Panel Discussion: Why Aren’t U.S. Event Horse Careers Lasting Longer? — Erik Duvander, Matt Brown,  Max Corcoran, Sam Watson, Susan Johns, DVM

Feeding Strategies and Nutrition for the Sport Horse — Jaclyn Gagnon

Sport Massage for the Performance Horse — Jo-Ann Wilson

[Watch Sessions from the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention On Demand]

Sport Horse Nation Spotlight: Oozing Talent

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

We all have different preferences when horse shopping. Some want bomb proof, others focus in on conformation, but at the end of the day talent can usually win out. Here are six horses advertised as top talent on Sport Horse Nation:

Imperial Princess. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Talented Young Event horse, AA/YR suitable

Imperial Princess “Princess” is a 5 year old Oldenburg/TB cross. She has started competing in eventing, jumpers, and dressage. This beautiful mare has incredible movement and scope. Clean legs and barefoot, she is very balanced and sound. Her best trait is her sweet nature and lovely personality, making her suitable for riders of all skill levels. Talented enough for a professional but easy enough for a novice. Located in Kentucky.

Pisco Sour. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Talented 6 Yo For Sale

Pisco Sour is a 2014 KWPN (Metropole x Heathlawn Cailin) gelding. He was purchased in 2017 at the Monart Sale in Ireland. Pisco is extremely straightforward and has a kind personality. He has had a light competition record due to owner’s work schedule but will be ready to move up to Preliminary this spring. He is a careful jumper and very bold cross country. Pisco goes all three phases in a snaffle, is extremely light in the mouth and does not get strong. He would be suitable for an ambitious YR or an amateur who wants an easy-going young horse with potential to move up the levels quickly. Priced mid to high five figures. Located in South Carolina.

Oberon Van Heiste. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Talented Upper Level Prospect

Oberon Van Heiste, ‘Obi’ is a 2014 16.2hh Belgian Warmblood imported from Ireland. He was bred to perform, and has all of the quality you need to win. Obi is a head turner with stunning movement earning him scores in the 20s and backs this up being a top class jumper. He is brave yet careful with a lot of scope over a fence. Obi has the potential to go to the top! Located in South Carolina.

Tiz That. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Talented, young, upper level prospect

Tiz That aka Patrick is a 16.1hh coming 6yr, bay, TB, gelding. He is a beautiful mover and great jumper. Competed in the 2018 TB Makeover and placed 6th (of 173) in the Show Hunter division. He shows true talent to be a prospect for upper level eventing. He has an extensive resume at local and rated hunter/jumper shows and is ready to begin his career in the event world. He spent the past 3 months with an event trainer in Ocala, Fl and has schooled cross country including ditches, banks and water. He is a forward ride, will take you to the jump and is not spooky. Hacks out alone or in a group and has competed at several hunter paces. He is a pleasure to handle, very sweet and in your pocket personality. He clips, ships and will vet! Located in Virginia.

Eve GS. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Athletic, safe, willing mare with loads of talent and potential and clean x-rays!

Eve GS is a 6 year old 16.2-16.3h mare. She has lovely big movement, has a very sporty build, a sweet and kind nature, very rideable, good jumper, super athletic and can definitely gallop! She has not yet shown, but she has been off property schooling and will begin showing this month and she is more than ready for next steps. Eve has been in training with Jessica Phoenix and is ready to start her eventing career or whatever career path you choose!

Eve comes from very good bloodlines, her sire, Hope of Heaven, is a grandson of the very famous jumper stallion Abdullah. Hope of Heaven was bought as a 2 year old in Germany at the approvals in Neumünster where he was awarded best jumper. He was left in Germany to kick off his competition career. He qualified for the German Bundeschampionate for jumping, and competed up to 1.35m as a 6 year old with many wins and top placings prior to him being brought to Canada to begin his breeding career in NA. Eve’s dam has produced multiple top performance horses, including Eric GS who has competed up to CCI2* level and is looking to move up this season, Ezra GS who has competed up to prelim with a young rider and Elliot GS who has also competed to training with a young rider and looking to move up.

Whether you are a professional looking for a top prospect with upper level potential, or you are an amateur looking for a really nice horse to have fun with, Eve is perfect! She is so athletic, willing, talented, and has a great mind! Price is in USD. Clean x-rays available! Last two photos are of her sire. Located in Florida.

Tiffany. Photo via Sport Horse Nation.

Stunning and Talented 2012 Danish Warmblood Mare

Tiffany is a stunning 2012 Danish Warmblood mare. Imported from Denmark as a 4 year old Tiffany has impressive bloodlines and a very solid Dressage foundation. Tiffany has three exceptional gaits and a natural jumping ability. Tiffany has a very sweet disposition and lives to please! Tiffany is currently thriving in an eventing program and is ready for her first event! Available to try in Ocala, Florida.

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

 

Intermediate Winners Show Out at Rocking Horse Winter I

Katherine DeLaney and Cantro Royale. Photo by Amy Flemming Waters.

Rocking Horse boasted five Intermediate divisions at their first winter horse trial of the season. We’ve got your roundup of winners plus video coverage courtesy of David Frechette, aka The Horsepesterer. Check out even more from David on his YouTube page.

Intermediate Rider

Katherine DeLaney earned her first win at the Intermediate level aboard her own Canto Royale a 10-year-old Holsteiner (Canto 16 x Wildera, by Quinar). This is their second outing of the season, having finished 8th in the Open Preliminary at Grand Oaks last weekend. They earned a 34.70 on the flat, added nothing in the show jumping, and picked up just 2.8 cross country time penalties for a final result of 37.5.

Jordan Riske and Redemption Song finished second, adding nothing to their dressage result of 41.9.

Open Intermediate – A 

Leslie Law won the Open Intermediate A division. Partnered with First Class, a 9-year-old Oldenburg (Fuerstenball OLD x Laguna, by Lortino) owned by Beatrice Rey-Herme, the pair blazed through the jumping phases penalty free for a final score of 26.2 — seven points ahead of second place.

Buck Davidson and Fernhill Chaos jumped from 11th to 2nd by weekend’s end, finishing on their dressage score of 33.3. Joe Meyer and Gortglas Crazy Love took third place, adding 3.6 cross country time penalties for a final score of 33.6.

Open Intermediate – B 

It was a good weekend at the office for Leslie Law, who also took the top two spots in the Intermediate B division.  Lady Chatterley, a 9-year-old Holsteiner (Connor 48 x Jucy, by Mystens xx) owned by Lesley Grant-Law and Jackie Brown and Steve Brown, won the class on her dressage score of 32.1.

LCC Vogue followed in second place, adding a mere 3.2 cross country time penalties to their result. Lauren Kieffer and Veronica, who is shining in her golden years, were third finishing on 32.8 points.

Friday Open Intermediate – A 

In his first event of the season, Miks Master C, an 8-year-old Swedish Warmblood (Mighty Magic x Qui Lumba CBF) owned by Laurie Cameron, took the win in Friday’s one-day Intermediate division with Maya Black in the irons. A 29.7 in dressage was enough to secure them the win with no other penalties added.

Friday Open Intermediate – B 

Carlevo was out to stretch his legs in Friday’s Open Intermediate, competing for the first time since Blenheim last fall. Well rested from his holiday, the 13-year-old Holsteiner (Eurocommerce Carsino x Ramatuelle, by Levernois) owned by Carlevo LLC, cruised to a 29.1 finish with Buck Davidson for the win.

Click here to see all scores from Rocking Horse. For more of David Frechette’s videos, check out his YouTube page.

Go eventing.

Bruce’s Field Celebrates Thoroughbreds + Much More ‘In The Park’

Allie Knowles and Sound Prospect, the top placing Thoroughbred at the 2019 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field. Photo by Shelby Allen.

EN loves thoroughbreds and we share this admiration with Bruce’s Field, who has organized some cold hard cash for the breed this winter. Eclipse Thoroughbred partners has ponied up $5,000 for the High Point Thoroughbred Award for the 2020 $50,000 LiftMaster Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field.

The showcase returns February 28th and 29th in Aiken, S.C. with nineteen riders confirmed so far, including the British invasion of William Fox-Pitt and Tom Crisp.

A new addition to this year’s event, the $5,000 purse will be divided among the top three finishing thoroughbreds in the showcase.

“Blue Moon Eclipse Aftercare and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners are proud to support the Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field by sponsoring the $5,000 High Point Thoroughbred Award. We hope to help shine a light on the Thoroughbred breed in eventing and for those that have been on the track, showcase what they can do in a second career,” a statement said.

A $25 General Admission ticket will give you access to the event over both days. Click here to purchase general admission tickets. VIP tickets cost $400 and include VIP parking, access to the ringside VIP tent, drinks and food, and tickets to Thursday’s welcome party. Click here to purchase VIP tickets.

Of course, there’s much more available for snowbirds and locals alike to hone their skills over the winter. Cue ‘Tuesdays In The Park,’ a schooling series held every Tuesday from Jan. 7 – March 10. Michel Vaillancourt designs show jumping courses from levels from Beginner Novice through Intermediate.

Show jumping class sign ups begin at 7:30 a.m. the day of the competition. Click here for more information.

The opportunity to school your dressage test in a standard arena is also available, though the Park does request you reserve your time in advance. Click here for information on dressage schooling.

Here’s some sights and sounds at Tuesdays in the park, courtesy of The Aiken Standard:

Go eventing.