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Who Jumped it Best: Pratoni Test Event Edition

The CCIO4*-S FEI Nations Cup and World Championships test event at Italy’s Pratoni del Vivaro is a very big deal and we should take it all very seriously indeed…but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to dive straight into one of our favourite games here at EN.

Italy’s Elisa Vincenti and Herminia jump the oxer at nine. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Our ‘Who Jumped it Best’ question today is fence nine on the course, which ran over the venue’s extraordinary and unique hills. Though this simple, MIMed timber spread caused no issues through the day, it certainly commanded respect: competitors, who had begun their course on a long uphill pull to fence 7AB, which was situated at the crest of a hill, then coasted back down the hill to a large rolltop at eight and then down to this oxer, which was on nearly flat ground but under one of the few trees on course. That meant horses had to assess the dappled light, while riders had to take responsibility and use the fence to rebalance the canter ahead of the coffin combination they’d tackle next.

And so, armed with a bit of context, we turn the judgment call over to you. Take a look at a selection of the week’s competitors and then scroll down to decide who had the jump of the day.

Switzerland’s Robin Godel and Grandeur de Lully CH. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

France’s Nicolas Touzaint and Absolut Gold HDC. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Italy’s Federico Sacchetti and GRC Shiraz. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Italy’s Fabio Fani Ciotti and Suttoco Georg. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Sweden’s Sofia Sjoborg and Bryjamolga van het Marienshof Z .Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Italy’s Emiliano Portale and Aracne dell’Esercito Italiano. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Brazil’s Carlos Parro and Goliath. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Germany’s Andreas Dibowski and FRH Corrida. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Pratoni 2022 Test Event: Website, Live Scoring, Live StreamEntries, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Luhmühlen Entry List Preview: 38 5* Entries Feature a WEG Champion, Tokyo Olympians, Former Winners

Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo, winners at Luhmühlen in 2018. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Hot off of two back-to-back 5* events in April and May, our attentions now turn to Germany, where the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials are set to commence on June 16. Entries for both the 5* as well as the 4*-S also hosted at Luhmühlen that serve as German Championships have been released this morning, featuring representatives from both Canada as well as the U.S. and a slew of world champions, Olympians, and former winners to boot.

Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

The North American contingent for Luhmühlen includes:

  • Matt Flynn and Kathleen & Patrick Flynn & Merry Go Round Farm’s Wizzerd, re-routing from Badminton
  • Liz Halliday-Sharp and The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Quicksilver
  • Lauren Nicholson and Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ Vermiculus
  • Karl Slezak and Kirk Hoppner’s and his own Fernhill Wishes, also re-routing from Badminton
  • Will Coleman will also compete with Hyperion Stud’s Chin Tonic HS in the 4*-S.

We know the family Price are big fans of Luhmühlen: Jonelle won here in 2018 with Faerie Dianimo, who will return to the event this year, and Tim has won this event twice, in 2014 with Wesko as well as in 2019 with Ascona M.

Tim Price and Vitali. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

The Prices return in 2022 with four rides between them: Jonelle returning with Faerie Dianimo and Tim entered with 2021 Pau winner Falco as well as two debuatant horses in Spartaco and Tokyo partner Vitali.

2018 World Champion Ros Canter, hot off a podium finish at Badminton with the stunning Lordships Graffalo, has entered the 13-year-old Pencos Crown Jewel, who was fourth at the “pop-up” 5* at Bicton in 2021.

We’ll see the return of Ireland’s Cathal Daniels with his pocket-rocket Olympic and WEG partner, Rioghan Rua in their first trip to Luhmühlen since 2019.

Sophie Leube takes a well-deserved victory in her second-ever CCI4*-L with Jadore Moi, at Boekelo in 2021. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Also highlighting this year’s entry list are a handful of 5* debutant riders, including:

  • Sophie Leube and BG Jadore Moi’s and her own Jadore Moi for Germany
  • Max Gordon and Richard Gordon’s Redwood Clover for Great Britain
  • Alex Donohoe and his own Guidam Roller for Ireland
  • Felicity Ward and James O’Callaghan’s Regal Bounty for Ireland

This will also be the first 5* event in five years for South African Olympian Victoria Scott-Legendre, who last competed at Luhmühlen in 2017 and finished 15th with Song du Magay. It will be a debut at the level for the 13-year-old Valtho des Peupliers, who traveled to Tokyo with Victoria in 2021.

Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS. Photo by Shelby Allen.

Highlights of the the CCI4*-S Meßmer Trophy (German Championships) field include:

  • Will Coleman with Hyperion Stud’s Chin Tonic HS
  • German WEG champion Sandra Auffarth with Tokyo partner, Nikolaus Prinz von Croy’s Viamant du Matz
  • Kentucky winner Michael Jung and Anette Schmid and the Jung family’s Highlighter
  • Anna Siemer and Prof. Dr. Volker Steinkraus’ FRH Butts Avondale

“In just a few weeks we will be welcoming some of the best international horses and riders. We are very much looking forward to seeing these exceptional athletes shine again in front of an audience on a big stage,” Luhmühlen event director Julia Otto said.

We’ll be on site once more as the final spring/summer 5* kicks off beginning June 16. In the meantime, take a look at the full 5* entry list below. Full nominated entriess can be found here. The event will once more welcome spectators after running behind closed doors in 2021 — if you’re hankering for some travel and some German eventing action, click here to grab tickets.


NF Rider Horse Owner Division
Canada Slezak, Karl Ferhill Wishes Kirk Hoppner & rider CCI5*
Denmark Flarup, Peter Fascination Jan Juul & Rider CCI5*
France Astier, Nicolas Baladin de L’Ocean LA Etienne Grivot & Marielle Grivot Bize CCI5*
Germany Leube, Sophie Jadore Moi BG Jadore Moi & Rider CCI5*
Germany Schrade, Dirk Casino Freya Rethmeier CCI5*
Great Britain Canter, Rosalind Pencos Crown Jewel Kate James & Annie Makin CCI5*
Great Britain Chabert, Kirsty Classic VI John Johnston & Carole Somers CCI5*
Great Britain Cross, Philippa Scoop de Ferbet Tina Hayward, The Scoop Sydicate & Rider CCI5*
Great Britain Doel, David Dunges Don Perignon Alice & Tim Page CCI5*
Great Britain Doel, David Ferro Point Christine Lees CCI5*
Great Britain Dunn, Danielle Grandslam Anne Chapman & Rider CCI5*
Great Britain Gordon, Max Redwood Clover Richard Gordon CCI5*
Great Britain Hobday, Ben Shadow Man Jane Chambers, Stephen Hobday & Rider CCI5*
Great Britain McEwen, Tom Bob Chaplin Penny & Fred Barker CCI5*
Great Britain McEwen, Tom Braveheart Barbara Cooper CCI5*
Great Britain Roddy, Kylie Carden Earl Grey Madelaine White CCI5*
Great Britain Roddy, Kylie SRS Kan Do The Fox Family CCI5*
Great Britain Tattersall, Gemma Jalapeno Christopher Stone CCI5*
Great Britain Upton, Isabelle Cannavaro Rachel Upton CCI5*
Ireland Daniels, Cathal Leb Lias Jewel Jo Breheny CCI5*
Ireland Daniels, Cathal Rioghan Rua Margaret & Frank Kinsella CCI5*
Ireland Donohoe, Alex Guidam Roller Rider CCI5*
Ireland Ryan, Michael Barnahown Corn Hill Carol & Tom Henry CCI5*
Ireland Ryan, Michael TR Kaygraff Carol & Tom Henry CCI5*
Ireland Ward, Felicity Regal Bounty James O’Callaghan CCI5*
Lithunia Vitkauskas, Aistis Commander VG M.&B. Kloeve-Mogensen & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Campbell, Jesse Diachello Kent Gardner & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Philpott, Bundy Tresca NZPH Brian Philpott & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Price, Jonelle Faerie Diamond Trisha Rickards, Jacky Green & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Price, Tim Falco Sue Benson & Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Price, Tim Spartaco Rider CCI5*
New Zealand Price, Tim Vitali Alexander & Joseph Giannamore & Rider CCI5*
Republic South Africa Scott-Legendre, Victoria Valtho des Peupliers Rider CCI5*
Sweden Lindback, Niklas Focus Filiocus Tun Albertson CCI5*
Switzerland Vogg, Felix Colero Jürgen Vogg CCI5*
USA Flynn, Matthew Wizzerd Kathleen & Patrick Flynn & Merry Go Round Farm CCI5*
USA Halliday-Sharp, Elisabeth Cooley Quicksilver The Monster Partnership CCI5*
USA Nicholson, Lauren Vermiculus Jacqueline Badger Mars CCI5*

Longines Luhmühlen: [Website] [Nominated Entries] [Tickets] [EN’s Coverage]

Weekend Winners: 9 Events, 120 Winners

Whew, that was quite a weekend you all had! We’ve got a lot of winners to congratulate this week, including our Unofficial Low Score Award recipients Brooke Guarnera and Pocket Full of Sunshine, who won their Starter division at Winona H.T. in Ohio on a score of 19.4. Close second and lowest of recognized divisions this weekend was Olivia Putrino and Winsome Willow, winners of their Open Beginner Novice at Galway Downs on a score of 20.0. Nicely done!

Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, Nc.): [Website] [Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

CCI4*-L: Boyd Martin and Fedarman B (29.0)
CCI4*-S: Jacob Fletcher and Fabian (39.7)
CCI3*-L: Julie Wolfert and SSH Playboy (33.5)
CCI3*-S: Liz Halliday-Sharp and Shanroe Cooley (28.5)
CCI1*-S: Sinead Maynard and I-Quid J (28.1)

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Scores]

Open Intermediate: Gina Economou and Exclusive (51.0)
Open Preliminary: Emilee Libby and Toska (32.2)
Open Training: Megan McIver Sabo and Galliard’s Lancer (25.6)
Training Rider A: Laurei Murphy and Zuvenir (31.1)
Training Rider B: Jessica Jones and Jameson (30.3)
Jr. Novice Rider: Jillian Newman and Ada Mammas Affair (28.6)
Open Novice: Whitney Tucker Billeter and Redhawks Ambiance (26.5)
Sr. Novice Rider: Caitlin Mulvihill and Cabela (32.3)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider: Brooke Kalaitzian and Puzzle Piece (30.6)
Open Beginner Novice: Olivia Putrino and Winsome Willow (20.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider: Courtni Bonnello and That One Fine Day (26.8)
Starter: Skye Kahenjoo and Thermonuclear (27.7)

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Scores]

Modified: Megan Tardiff and Vindakova (29.7)
Training: Barbara Fitch and Donte (28.1)
Novice 1: Janelle Day and Power Fixture (36.4)
Novice 2: Anneka Paelinck and Maleficent (34.4)
Novice 3: Julie Howard and Isn’t She Sweet (28.6)
Beginner Novice: Susan Kissel and Michabou Kt Jeanie Fred (30.0)

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Scores]

Open Preliminary: Jennie Jarnstrom-Dennis and Splash Dance (32.6)
Preliminary Rider: Jesse Reagin and RCA Society Law (32.8)
Training Rider: Tanya Miller and Churros (29.7)
Open Training: Melissa Schielein and Little Indian Boy RSF (29.7)
Open Novice: Kelly Prather and Ballyneely Soldier (26.1)
Novice Rider: Penny Welsch and Mr. Poppers (24.7)
Open Beginner Novice: Cindy Rawson and Truly Stellar (27.9)
Beginner Novice Rider: Hannah Catsulis and Solo Mio Amor (30.0)
Starter Intro: Samantha Porter and Rosie (35.3)

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Scores]

Advanced/Intermediate: Nicole Aden and Truckee Bash (67.4)
Open Intermediate: Stephanie Cooper and Sketchy Past (48.6)
Open Preliminary A: Tommy Greengard and Leonardo Diterma (26.1)
Open Preliminary B: Nicole Aden and Illustrator (35.2)
Open Modified A: Devin Robel and Gilou (23.3)
Open Modified B: Madison Langerak and Normandy Kivalo (22.2)
Jr. Training: Greylin Booth and Extra Eager (33.2)
Open Training: Courtney Jade Benton and MJ Samba (29.2)
Training Amateur: Kylie Cemulini and Eddison (30.3)
Jr. Novice: Michaela Aulicino and Nottingham Hill (30.3)
Novice Amateur: Bobbie Smith-Ede and HS Cool River Jane (31.1)
Open Novice A: Meika Decher and Verily (28.9)
Open Novice B: Marc Grandia and Sunsprite Chiasso (29.7)
Beginner Novice Amateur A: Jordan Raska and JB Red in Rohm (35.0)
Beginner Novice Amateur B: Kimberly Johnson and Ascendance (29.1)
Jr. Beginner Novice: Evelynne Ockner and The Diceman (27.1)
Open Beginner Novice: Sarah George and Centerfield Linux (28.5)
Open Introductory A: Jessica Heidemann and Barracuda (28.3)
Open Introductory B: Amelia Linnemann and Remington Steele (29.5)
FEH 4 Year Old: Michelle Pestl and Tristan (79.6)
FEH 3 Year Old: Janice Maurer and Omari (79.0)
FEH 2 Year Old: Erin Storey and Prachtige Schat (77.6)
FEH Yearling: Katie Blanchard and Kleary’s Big Dreaming (77.1)
YEH 4 Year Old: Jordan Linstedt and LS Crown Royal (76.2)
YEH 5 Year Old: Emily Pestl-Dimmitt and Aventinus (73.6)

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Scores]

Advanced/Intermediate: Megan Sykes and Classic’s Mojah (46.2)
Intermediate/Preliminary: Laura Vello and English Rose (56.2)
Open Intermediate: Vienna Allport and DHI Zatopek B (54.9)
Open Preliminary: Nicole Hatley and BT Jump the Gun (40.6)
Preliminary Training: Chloe Johnson and Chilli Bean (34.7)
Jr. Training Rider: Kate Bell and Daphne AS (34.3)
Open Training: Megan Sykes and Spiro P (27.6)
Sr. Training Rider: Laura Sparks and Get Ready (24.1)
Jr. Novice Rider A: Willow Schwartz and Flashy Bandit (31.7)
Jr. Novice Rider B: Sarah Talcott and Phlying Phoenix (27.9)
Novice Horse: Anna Pierce and Dreamweaver (25.3)
Open Novice: Ellen Doughty-Hume and Don’t Split Tens (28.7)
Sr. Novice Rider: Emily Wilson and King Pony (30.0)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider A: Carter Jackson and O-K Jaxx (29.1)
Jr. Beginner Novice Rider B: Caroline Ballotta and Abendgold (27.8)
Open Beginner Novice: Scottiann Evans and Chance Encounter (30.0)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider A: Cate Engle and Chili Pepper (31.8)
Sr. Beginner Novice Rider B: Joan Cleveland and Parade in Brazil (31.6)
Starter A: Megan Correia-Bittner and Antonio Z (28.3)
Starter B: Melissa Rickman and Sammy’s Flashback (32.3)
Tadpole: Eliza Lane and No Hesitation (37.0)

Unionville May H.T. (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Scores]

Open Intermediate: Cassie Sanger and Fernhill Zoro (34.6)
Open Preliminary A: Kirsten Schuitema and One Sly Fox (34.7)
Open Preliminary B: Chris Talley and Rappahannock (23.7)
Preliminary Rider: Lauren Hoover and Atlanta VII (31.1)
Open Training: Mike Pendleton and Clarkes Sweet Music (25.8)
Training Rider A: Christa Schmidt and Monbeg Odyssey (30.3)
Training Rider B: Morgan Miller and Kira Rose (29.4)
Jr. Open Novice: Lainey Phillips and Global Excellencia Z (27.5)
Novice Rider: Bailey Yablonovitz and Fiddler’s Choice (34.8)
Open Novice: Jennie Brannigan and FE Flint (26.4)
Beginner Novice Rider: Jen Grant and Lavendel (22.7)
Jr. Open Beginner Novice: Kendal Fansier and Curioso (25.3)
Open Beginner Novice: Emilija Zygelyte and Carriage House Dirk (33.5)

WindRidge Farm Spring H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Scores]

Intermediate: Leila Cluff-Ryan and Grand Finale (46.2)
Preliminary: Kristi Foresman and Kingston Reuvekamp’s (57.0)
Preliminary CT: Jennarose Ortmeyer and Primrose (49.1)
Training A: Riley Elizabeth Lorenz and Cracker T (45.1)
Training B: Bonnie Mosser and Wilburn’s Angel (37.9)
Novice A: Asher Quinn and Miracle (39.4)
Novice B: Margret Stiles and Megnog (31.0)
Beginner Novice A: Jill Oliphant and Explorationist (34.1)
Beginner Novice B: Katelyn Thomas and Call Me Waylon (32.9)
Beginner Novice C: Cynthia Holbrook and Sweet Pea (32.1)
Beginner Novice CT: Shaina Gilger and Casanova (38.2)
Introductory A: Daniel Palmer and Buckeye Duke (36.9)
Introductory B: Sadler Smith and Jesse James (46.3)
Introductory CT: Georgia Arnall and Justine The Queen (40.3)
Starter A: Logan Harris and Marc MM (35.0)
Starter B: Helen Kaiser and JJH Gallatin (39.3)
Starter C: Teddy Basl and B.E. Isabella (37.9)
Starter CT: Jennarose Ortmeyer and Marvel’s Project Pegasus (29.3)

Winona H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Scores]

Preliminary: Brooke Burchianti and Ballaghmore Castle C (47.6)
Training: Kerry Varble and Happy Eloise (26.5)
Novice A: Nicole Zelenak and N’Pressive (26.9)
Novice B: Amy Burrows and Chant de Ciel (28.6)
Novice C: Madeline Bletzacker and Drummer Boy (25.0)
Beginner Novice A: Taylor Reis and Strong Royalty (24.1)
Beginner Novice B: Grace Ransom and Bright Prince (25.9)
Beginner Novice C: Jenny Smalley and MtStHelensSpirit (25.6)
Starter A: Cori Garcia and Lyric (21.3)
Starter B: Brooke Guarnera and Pocket Full of Sunshine (19.3)

Take a look around Instagram for our favorite #goeventing posts from a very busy weekend!

Monday News & Notes from FutureTrack



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I’m still shoulders-deep in writing all sorts of fascinating Pratoni content for you all from my dreamy trip to Italy, but I wanted to make the time, and the space, to highlight one story in particular that stood out to me — that of 62-year-old Beat Sax who, after over forty years of eventing, finally got to make his team debut for Switzerland in the Nations Cup competition, riding his only horse, Secret IV. That the Swiss ultimately won the competition is the cherry on top of the cake — I don’t think I saw anyone happier to realise a dream this week than Beat, who was also a galvanising force in the team’s cohesive spirit, too. There’s a forty year age gap between him and his teammate Nadja Minder, and that, to me, is one of the things that makes eventing truly brilliant.

National Holiday: It’s National Mimosa Day. I celebrate this daily, but okay.

US Weekend Action:

Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, Nc.): [Website] [Results]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Results]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Results]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Results]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Results]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Results]

Unionville May H.T. (Unionvilla, Pa.): [Website] [Results]

WindRidge Farm Spring H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Results]

Winona H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Results]

UK Weekend Action:

Chatsworth International: [Results]

Floors Castle International: [Results]

Aston-le-Walls (2): [Results]

Firle: [Results]

Llanymynech: [Results]

Mendip Plains: [Results]

Global Eventing Coverage:

FEI Nations Cup CCIO4*-S/WEG Test Event (Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy): [Website] [Results] [EN’s Coverage]

Your Monday Reading List:

So much of modern-day horse care and conditioning feels like it comes down to arbitrary barometers passed along over generations. In a bid to bring science and subjectivity into the equation, though, researchers in Australia are working on developing a microchip that charts body temperature, helping caregivers better manage the critical cool down period after strenuous exercise. [Is it getting hot in here?]

The use of CBD products has skyrocketed around the world. But can it help your horse, or is it just another snake oil fad? [Pass us the sticky icky icky]

Ever wondered what it might be like to abandon your normal life in the US and hurl yourself headlong into UK eventing culture? The answer is ‘wet, mostly’, if you ask me, but rider and writer Lindsey Colburn has much more interesting insights for you in her latest blog. [It’s been a rollercoaster]


The FutureTrack Follow:

If you’re a fan of eventing art, you’ll be as enchanted by Daniel Crane’s work as I am — particularly his atmospheric paintings of the Badminton trot-up and stables. Bliss.

Morning Viewing:

Want to cling on to Pratoni’s sunshine and good vibes a little longer? Yeah, me too. Crack open a Peroni and rewatch all the test event action here:

Nicola Wilson Remains in Stable Condition at Southmead Hospital ICU [UPDATED: May 15]

European Champions Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

[UPDATE: May 15, 8:00 p.m. EST] Nicola Wilson’s team has shared the latest update on her condition on social media:

“An update on Nicola, she is still in the icu at Southmead Hospital in Bristol following her fall from JL Dublin at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday 7th May.
Nic is still in intensive care, and is expected to remain there for the next week to ten days, before being moved to a spinal unit closer to home. She remains comfortable and in good spirits.

Dubs is happy and content, and is enjoying the sunshine and the spring grass.

Nic, Alastair and Mary would like to thank everyone at Southmead Hospital for the outstanding care and attention she is getting from the expert team there. They would also like to say how grateful they are for all of the messages of support they have had.”


British Eventing has reported the latest update on Nicola Wilson, who had a scary fall on cross country at Badminton with JL Dublin. The pair fell at fence 27, a boxy corner after the Mars M, and Nicola was taken to Southmead Hospital for observation following. JL Dublin was reported to be resting comfortably in his stable.

British Equestrian today released the following update on Nicola’s condition:

Nicola Wilson was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol following her fall from JL Dublin at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday 7 May where she has received outstanding care and attention from the expert team.

Nicola is in intensive care and will be for the next week or so. She is able to breathe independently and is talking. She sustained no head injury.

There are several spinal fractures but these are all stable and will not require any surgical intervention but will be managed conservatively.

Other acute symptoms from the trauma are being managed in intensive care by the specialists at Southmead.

British Equestrian’s Athlete Health Lead Ashleigh Wallace and Chief Medical Officer Anna-Louise Mackinnon have been working with Nicola’s family and the team at Southmead to ensure all medical information is shared fully across the teams so that care and appropriate support is optimised.

Her horse, JL Dublin, owned by James & Jo Lambert and Deirdre Johnston, is now back at Nicola’s base in Yorkshire and will be monitored by the team but appears none the worse for his fall.

Nicola, her husband Alastair and mother Mary Tweddle would like to thank the team at Southmead for everything they have done so far. They feel incredibly supported by their eventing family and appreciate all the well wishes and messages received.

We will continue to provide updates on Nicola and wish her a safe and quick recovery — we’re so relieved to hear that she’s making progress and under supreme care.

Tales from Tryon: A Win for Annie, Rising Stars, and Triumphant Returns at Spring International

The 2022 spring season is effectively capped off after this weekend’s spring FEI event at Tryon International in Mill Spring, Nc. It’s been an intense period of back-to-back 5* events followed by Pratoni and Tryon this weekend, but it was a weekend full of storylines. Let’s dive right in!

Boyd Martin and Fedarman B take the top honors in the 4*-L. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Boyd Martin Wins Another for Annie

Boyd Martin was looking for confirmation that his and the Annie Goodwin Syndicate’s Fedarman B’s (Eurocommerce Washington – Paulien B, by Fedor) relationship was really coming along — and this weekend he got it, clinching the win in the 4*-L this weekend. He’s had a good feeling about “Bruno”, who is 12 this year, but it’s been an adjustment period after Boyd took over the ride last year. Beginning this season, particularly at the Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field in March, Boyd says he’s felt the partnership begin to come along, and thanks to support from Annie family as well as a group of owners who came into support the syndicate he’ll continue to build for the future with one more feather in his cap.

“He was absolutely brilliant in all three phases,” Boyd said. “He impressed the heck out of me on cross country with his speed and his endurance and his bravery. And then to come out today and show jump like he did — I’m just blown away by the quality of him.”

This weekend was intended to be more on the focus of building and confirming, so the win — on the pair’s dressage mark of 29.0 — is icing on the cake. “This is, to be honest, a stepping stone event,” Boyd commented. “We’ve still got a little bit of building and improving to do, but I’m very excited and I think he’s going to be a superstar in the future.”

Colleen Loach celebrates a clear round with Vermont. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Colleen Loach On the Map for Team Canada

Canada’s Colleen Loach knew she could be competitive this weekend with Peter Barry’s Vermont (Van Helsing – Hauptstutbuch Hollywood, by Heraldik xx), one of the exciting 10-year-olds in her stable who’s in all likelihood got the attention of the Canadian selectors as they plan for this fall’s World Championships. “I was aiming to be top three,” Colleen said. “I knew if I could get competitive in the dressage and jump clear we’d be right up there.”

It was some warm-up tension that carried over into cross country that would ultimately end Colleen’s weekend early at Kentucky last month, but “Monty” was no worse for the wear, earning his second top-10 finish at the 4*-L level this weekend with a second place, also on his dressage mark of 29.3. Colleen’s also pleased with stablemate FE Golden Eye — she’s had both horses since they were four and has gotten much fulfillment out of producing them up the levels — who also produced a double clear show jumping round this afternoon.

Leslie Law and Lady Chatterley step up to the plate to finish third in the 4*-L. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

A Class String for Leslie Law

Leslie Law is another with an exciting batch of horses that are gaining more confirmation at this level; Lesley Grant-Law, Jackie Brown and Steve Brown’s Lady Chatterley (Connor x Jucy) wound up third in her first 4*-L, adding nothing to her dressage score of 31.0.

“She’s been going very well so you obviously go in with high hopes, but it was her first four Long, and you never know how they might take to it,” Leslie explained. This mare, who is 11 this year, was originally ridden through 3* by Lesley Grant-Law, but some inconsistent results prompted her to tap her husband to try out the ride. “Lesley thought maybe she needed a stronger ride,” Leslie explained. “I took over the ride at that point and quite honestly I was still getting inconsistent results. I would either do rather well or I wouldn’t finish.”

This encouraged Leslie and Lesley to take a closer look — was the mare acting out because of a physical issue? As it turned out, she was. “We had the vets check her out, and we found out that she was producing a large follicle which could be really painful,” Leslie continued. “We had the mare on Regumate and the vets suggested taking her off and letting her re-cycle naturally. We’ve never put her back on and since we’ve done that, the results started to get more and more consistent.”

Consistent, indeed: Lady Chatterley was the 2020 USEA Mare of the Year and was also the 2021 Intermediate Champion at American Eventing Championships. She’s rarely found outside of the top five, even as she’s stepped up to the Advanced level, and despite perhaps a lighter prep schedule than Leslie would have liked ahead of this weekend, the mare answered every question put in front of her with confidence.

Together with a class result from Voltaire de Tre (5th in the 4*-L) and Typically Fernhill (17th in the 4*-L with just a one-off of a drive-by on cross country yesterday), Lady Chatterley’s win is hard work paying off for Team Law, who typically tries to purchase horses as four- or five-year-olds and produce them on. It’s a proper system, but it’s always a bit of a gamble no matter which way you look at it. “We like to produce them and obviously some of them, they’re not all going to go all the way,” Leslie explained. “It’s very rewarding that what we’ve put together over the last few years is now really starting to come through and give us a great string of horses.”

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct an error that named Banjo as a ride of Leslie Law’s (Leslie Lamb piloted Banjo to a fourth-place finish in the 3*-L!).

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker return to the 4*-L level with a “crackin'” fourth plate finish. Mia also won this weekend’s Markham Trophy as top-placed young rider. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Patience Paying Off for Mia Farley

If there is one thing Mia Farley has learned since leaving California to join the O’Connor Event Team program four years ago, it’s patience.

Mia was on cloud nine in 2019, when she achieved a runner-up finish in her first 4*-L at Fair Hill aboard BGS Firecracker. But just when it seemed the sky was the limit, an injury (and a pandemic) put some of that progress on hold. The resulting gap between Advanced rides was a test for Mia, who describes herself as more competition-focused when she was younger.

“I know it doesn’t sound big but the biggest thing I’ve learned, and its huge for me, is patience,” Mia commented. “I’m competitive and impatient, so being away was really hard for me. And training horses, impatience is never a good thing.”

David O’Connor has been instrumental on shifting Mia’s philosophy away from so much focus on competition and more on producing for the long run. “To be honest, I’ve learned how to actually train horses — I’ve always just been worried about competing them. I didn’t look at the long term before, I always looked at things short term. And now I know patience, I know long term, I know to trust to the program, which has been really helpful with [Firecracker].”

It’s a goal she always reiterates any time we catch up: “I just want to be a good horsewoman, and I want to have my horses happy at the level and able to do this for a long time.”

Mia had a triumphant first 4*-L in three years, finishing fourth with BGS Firecracker with just that pesky last show jump down to end the weekend on a 35.4. She’s also enjoyed producing David’s Phelps, a 9-year-old off-track Thoroughbred, to his first 4*-L this weekend. Phelps came to Mia somewhat by accident, after Joanie Morris tipped David off that she had a line on a nice Thoroughbred that needed a new job. “We basically got him from Kentucky for a dollar,” Mia laughs. “And he’s just been that kind of horse that keeps stepping up the levels.”

Mia’s potentially eyeing a trip abroad later this year — perhaps a run at Blenheim in the 4*-L — but above all she’s grateful to have been able to get back to this level. “I learned a lot and grew a lot in my mind as a result [of the setbacks], and to come back after two years and actually have two horses going at the level has been incredible. I just want to keep them going and have them last for a long time.”

Jacob Fletcher and Fabian. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Jacob Fletcher Triumphs in 4*-S

Jacob Fletcher said he was a good bit nervous heading out on cross country yesterday in the 4*-S. Fabian (Up To Date – Ineke, by Beaujolais) has been with Jacob since 2019, but the pair has really not had a chance to get out and gain some mileage together since the now-12-year-old KWPN first came over from the UK. He was originally produced from his young horses days on through the 4* level by British rider Millie Dumas, ending his campaign with her in 2019 at Blenheim, where the pair finished 30th. After just a couple of runs with Jacob, Covid hit.

“Covid struck, so we just turned all of our horses out,” Jacob explained. In the field, Fabian picked up an injury, which meant it wouldn’t be until July of last year that they were able to pick back up.

“So we’re still a new partnership,” Jacob said. “I’m still really getting to know him, but he was super this weekend. I was nervous…I kind of just went cautiously for the first five or six, and he was really good so then I kind of went for it.”

Their efforts paid off, and they’ll take home the top honors in the 4*-S on a final score of 39.7. The goal was not to end the spring season with a 4*-L, this being the first major season the horse has done since his injury, so Jacob says he’ll likely aim for the 4*-L here at Tryon in November.

Julie Wolfert’s long hours in the truck traveling from her base in Kansas pay off with a win in the 3*-L with Team Pivot’s SSH Playboy. Photo by Shannon Brinkman Photography.

Julie Wolfert Reps Area IV with 3*-L Win

Area IV’s Julie Wolfert is back with a bang — and what she calls a surprising win — this weekend with a top finish in the 3*-L with Team Pivot’s (Sheri Gurske and Renee Senter) SSH Playboy (Cit Cat – Stomeyford Black Pearl) after starting off in seventh place and working her way up. A double clear show jumping — “my last event I got eliminated in show jumping because I jumped a few extra jumps, so I was a bit more nervous than normal!” — sealed the deal, moving her up to the top on a score of 33.5.

Anyone hailing from an area less populated with events knows how much time spent in the truck is required to campaign at the upper levels. While juggling a full-scale training business in Kansas with prep for a little race this summer called the Mongol Derby, Julie now adds qualification-collecting to her busy schedule as her partnership with “Jaego” continues to build.

Nine years ago, Julie was climbing the ranks — and getting noticed — with her former Advanced horse, Buenos Aires. But when “Aires” passed away suddenly in 2014, Julie found herself in the midst of a struggle to find the next horse to potentially take her all the way. It’s something that frequently plagues talented up-and-coming riders without a ton of existing backing: the loss of their horse of a lifetime often leaves them in limbo. She’s had a few other horses come up through the Intermediate level to date, but for one reason or another they’ve not wound up being the ones to take her farther.

“Sheri and Renee are two really close friends of mine,” Julie explained. “I taught their daughters how to ride and they saw me struggling trying to find a horse to get back to the upper levels. So they approached me one day and said ‘we’ve seen you struggle and we want to help you’.” It was here that Team Pivot was born, uniting a group of people who wanted only to support a rider they believed in.

“She’s a part of our family,” Sheri Gurske explained. “It was so hard to see her struggling, and Renee and I and our husbands were in a position to say ‘you know what? We can do this’. We just wanted to launch her. And the hope is to build on this for her.”

“You have to do it because you love the sport and the horses — and it really helps if you love the person,” Renee Senter echoed. “This has definitely grown out of personal relationship — it is very non-traditional. Sheri and I both said all along that we have known she is an amazing rider — a phenom — and it was time for other people to see that too. All we did was launch her, she’ll do everything else on her own.”

Liz Halliday-Sharp Collects 3*-S Win with Bromont-Bound Shanroe Cooley

Liz Halliday-Sharp is using this weekend as set-up as she looks ahead to MARS Bromont next month, but in the process she collects a win in the 3*-S with the 7-year-old Irish Sport Horse Shanroe Cooley (Dallas VDL – Shanroe Sapphire), adding a bit of time (added primarily because a jump judge tried to hold Liz on course despite the fact she was first on course) to end on a 28.5.

“The horse is just an incredible horse,” Liz said. “He’s only seven and he made it feel so easy. It didn’t feel like he over-stretched himself — I opened him up on the hill at the end and he just said ‘how fast do you want me to go?’.”

This is the seventh FEI start for Shanroe Cooley and his fifth win — in fact, he’s never finished lower than third in his international career to date. “He just finished so well and inside himself,” Liz said. “There’s not many young horses that are like that. He’s just kind of a freak.”

Liz also finished sixth in the 3*-S with HHS Cooley Calmaria and third in the 4*-S with The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Moonshine. The Monster Partnership’s Cooley Be Cool also wrapped up his first 4*-L with a top 20 finish, though Liz feels he could’ve made the time on cross country had it not been for some, ahem, young horse educational moments that prompted her to bridge her reins and go a bit slower than originally intended. “He’s going to be a weapon for the future,” she described. “I just had to try and teach him not to beat his fist against his chest quite as much as he was. But I think he’s a real Burghley, Badminton horse, which is exciting.”

“It’s nice to win everything, but I came here with a plan,” Liz continued. “I think that’s what a lot of this is about is prep for the future.”


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Sinead Maynard’s Back with a Bang and a 1*-S Win

It’s a new partnership for Sinead and the 9-year-old Dutch gelding I-Quid J (Quirado – O Juliana-Imoo, by Come on), who was originally sourced by Dirk Schrade and began his U.S. career with Sharon White. Sinead purchased I-Quid just a few months ago, just before giving birth to her second baby, Violet.

“He’s just a lovely, lovely horse,” Sinead said. “He’s a fancy little guy, has tons of presence, and he seems like he really likes to compete. Sharon’s obviously done a wonderful job with him, and he was with Dirk Schrade before that, so he’s been really well-produced.”

Sinead calls herself a little rusty — baby Violet is only five weeks old, after all! — but “Squid” stepped up to the plate in all three phases. “I just felt a little rusty all weekend, but he was a champion.”

A technical elimination saw Sinead end her weekend early with another exciting young horse, Icytonic (a 7-year-old originally produced by Julia Krajewski), but she was able to sort out the line she missed on cross country in time for her ride on I-Quid (with some help from a kind official who took her back between rides to see the question she missed).

“Nothing like getting back to it,” Sinead laughed. “So I felt like it was a great weekend, I got what I needed to. I definitely made mistakes throughout, but I got to know the horses better and felt pretty optimistic about them moving forward.”

The spring season now wraps up for many of the combinations here, and we’ll next look ahead to the much-anticipated return of Bromont next month. You can catch up with more results from Tryon here, and as always many thanks to Shannon Brinkman for providing competition photos throughout the weekend.

Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, Nc.): [Website] [Final Scores]

SAP Hale Bob OLD Sustains Tendon Injury at Pratoni del Vivaro

Germany’s Ingrid Klimke provided an update on her stalwart partner, SAP Hale Bob OLD, whom she pulled up while on cross country at the FEI Nations Cup/WEG test event CCIO4*-S at Pratoni del Vivaro yesterday.

“After a confident first half off-road, he injured a tendon on the stretch between the obstacles,” Ingrid wrote on her social media (translated from German). “I immediately noticed that something was wrong and immediately stopped the exam. Fortunately, Bobby is with our team vet Dr. Matthias Niederhofer is in the best of hands and will be taken care of and spoiled by us.”

Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We’ll continue to monitor for further updates on “Bobby”, who is 18 this year but showed no signs of slowing down as he came back to competition this spring, picking up a win in the 4*-S at Oudkarspel last month. Ingrid and SAP Hale Bob have traveled to the Rio Olympics in 2016 (14th individually + team silver) as well as the 2018 World Equestrian Games at Tryon (individual bronze), adding to countless other accomplishments including a win at Pau in 2014, a second at Badminton in 2015, and a European Championship win at Luhmühlen in 2019.

Switzerland Sweeps the Board in Pratoni Test Event Finale

Robin Godel and Grandeur de Lully CH secure their first four-star victory at Pratoni. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Every part of this week’s World Championships test event at Pratoni del Vivaro has been a fact-finding mission, and today’s showjumping was certainly no different: this is an eventing course design debut for Uliano Vezziani, whose remit is ordinarily CSI5* showjumping, and who designs courses for the Global Champions league and World Cups among his accomplishments. He is, perhaps, perfectly suited for this role, though: he’s pushed for the re-introduction of grass arenas at major Italian showjumping venues, which allowed him to take a considered, clever approach to his job today, which he will reprise in September.

Of the 46 starters, just 16 produced clear rounds in the final phase, and 14 of those finished inside the 93 seconds allowed — a mere 30.4% of the entire field. This is actually a touch higher than Pratoni’s usual rate of attrition at this level, but certainly proved that the showjumping here can be plenty influential. This is in part because of the clever decision not to use one of the surfaced arenas for the final phase but rather, to make use of a spacious and gently undulating grass arena next to the dressage arena. Surrounded on two sides by grandstands and with plentiful viewing space on the hill on the arena’s far side, it made for an exciting spot for spectators — and also challenged riders to make savvy decisions with the plentiful space and fluctuations in their approaches.

Robin Godel proves his class once again with his biggest career win so far. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Ultimately, it would be cross-country leaders Robin Godel and Grandeur de Lully CH who triumphed, delivering an impeccable clear just over half a second over the time allowed to secure the win — and to tip the balance in the team competition, too, which hung on a knife’s edge throughout the afternoon’s final rounds.

“It’s very wonderful for us — it’s a good beginning of the season, and it’s a place that’s been great for us as a team,” says Robin. “To have Andrew Nicholson has really helped us — we really see the difference with him. Today I didn’t feel a lot of pressure; of course, I was very focused, but not a lot of pressure. It was good pressure.”

Ingrid Klimke‘s Equistros Siena Just Do It had dropped out of the lead into overnight third yesterday, but a fault-free round today pushed them back up into second and showed a real progression for the ten-year-old Westfalian, whose talent had previously often been overshadowed by tempestuous exuberance. Her much-improved 22.7 on the flat, which beat out stablemate SAP Hale Bob OLD in the first phase, her 5.2 time penalties yesterday, and her faultless round today make her a very exciting prospect for Ingrid’s championship aims.

Tim Price and Falco take fourth place. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

France’s Nicolas Touzaint, who became the European Champion here in 2007, made the most of his knowledge and positive experience of the venue to finish third with Absolut Gold HDC, who climbed from first-phase twelfth place, adding just 0.8 time penalties to his dressage score of 28.6 and producing a foot-perfect round today. Last year’s Pau victors Tim Price and Falco took fourth after finishing less than half a second over the allowed time, while 22-year-old Swiss rider Nadja Minder continued to make an enormously positive impression, taking fifth on team horse Toblerone.

Mélody Johner and Toubleu du Rueire take a spot in the top ten with one of two faultless double-clears. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Just two horse-and-rider pairs finished on their dressage scores: Switzerland’s Mélody Johner and Toubleu du Rueire took eighth place on 35.4, while Swedish pathfinders Malin Josefsson and Golden Midnight ended up twelfth on 37.9.

The individual top ten in Pratoni’s CCIO4*-S test event.

The Swiss team returns for a second victory in Pratoni. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The team competition came down to the wire, largely because of the final phase’s order of go: individual representatives went first, followed by team riders in reverse order of merit. While France had led by just a tenth of a penalty after yesterday’s cross-country, second-placed Switzerland’s margin to catch them up widened after Beat Sax and Secret IV knocked three rails, putting them into the drop score spot. While that didn’t give France, who’d added four penalty’s in Christopher Six‘s round with Totem de Brecey, a rail in hand, Nadja Minder‘s knocked pole at fence eight with Toblerone gave them another 3.4 penalties to play with — and with just one French rider, and one Swiss rider, left to go, the tension in the stands was palpable.

But Maxime Livio‘s surprise two rails with his European Championships ride Api du Libaire put Switzerland into the top spot, and after Robin Godel pulled off the goods, they secured the team win — as well as the individual — by more than a rail over France. It’s an excellent start to the Nations Cup series for the Swiss, but more importantly, it’s an interesting exercise in comparison: Switzerland won the Nations Cup here in 2019, but did so in a much different style. There, they played it safe, delivering slow, steady rounds and allowing other teams to knock themselves out of contention on cross-country day with mistakes on course. This time, though, they were prepared to take calculated, educated risks and ride much more aggressively, which resulted in four out of four Swiss team riders, plus one individual, coming home clear inside the time over yesterday’s cross-country course.

This can be attributed in large part to the help of Andrew Nicholson, who began helping the Swiss team with their cross-country training and performances in the lead-up to the 2019 European Championships, but he’s quick — and rightly so — to point out that the riders have always had the ability.

“They’re nice people to work with, because they try very, very hard and they listen to everything you say — which makes it a little bit more pressure when you see them leave the startbox, because you know they’re going to ride the lines you’ve told them,” says Andrew with a laugh. “You have to really hope that that works, and trust that they’ll do it. I was very proud of them yesterday, and to see them in the jumping today, I think they’re unbelievable.”

No man is an island, not even Andrew Nicholson: his role in the Swiss camp is as part of a bigger machine that’s become more cohesive over the past couple of years, and he’s also encouraged his riders to work together and learn from each other’s successes and mistakes to fast-track their journey to serious competitive results.

“We’ve got a very good crew — the dressage coach and the jumping coaches. We don’t have a lot of people on the edges, but the ones we have are tops. When you can train them, and there’s groups of riders together, you can encourage them to watch each other and feed off each other. Then, when they get to the big competitions, like this team competition, they can remember what the other riders did wrong in training that could help them on the day — you can say one simple thing that they’ve been told in training, and it can really help. It’s that sort of team that you want to make a difference with, and at the end of the day, what makes a good team result is three good individual results.”

Aminda Ingulfson and Joystick are best of the Swedish team in eleventh. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The French continue to look very strong ahead of September’s World Championships, while Sweden’s ongoing quest to build team mileage and move from consistent Nations Cup performers to world-stage contenders continues on apace: the three team riders whose scores were counted finished in eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth, with team debutant Aminda Ingulfson best of the bunch on Joystick. Swedish riders also delivered the two fastest clears of the day, with Malin Josefsson and Golden Midnight the fastest and Aminda and Joystick the second fastest — but their third place saw them slightly off the pace on the score board with a margin of 14.5 penalties between them and France.

“In the dressage we didn’t get the points that we wanted because we didn’t deserve more, basically, but I think that we made it happen,” says Swedish chef d’equipe Fred Bergendorff. “We started too far behind from the beginning, but even so, they’re working well. I’d like to get better than where we are at the moment; we’re too far behind, and when you have the very best horses in the world here in September, everything will be a little bit sharper and to climb like we did today might not happen in the same way. We have to start in a better point.”

Now that we find ourselves on the back end of the pandemic, though, and with travel restrictions lifted, Fred and his team — who are based across the UK, Sweden, and Germany, are finding it slightly easier to gain that sort of cohesion that’s been helping the Swiss so much. Their lack of proximity, though, remains one of their primary challenges to overcome en route to domination on the world stage, but Fred is optimistic: “We have a bit of a limited budget, so we can’t travel around [for training] that much with the riders, but as a coaching team we want to be better, and as riders they want to be better. Sometimes you have horses that are a bit more difficult in the dressage, and sometimes you have riders that find it a bit harder than the cross-country, and that’s sort of how it goes at the moment, but it is on the way up, I do know that. We’ve got exciting young horses and exciting riders, too — like Sofia Sjoborg, who we had as an individual at the Europeans and who went to Badminton last week [before coming here], and Aminda Ingulfson, who hasn’t been at this level very long. She’s a real fighter, and we have a few of these riders for whom just being on the team isn’t good enough. That’s exactly how I want it.”

The final team standings in Pratoni’s test event and Nations Cup.

Susanna Bordone becomes Italy’s National Champion with Imperial van de Holtakkers. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Both the Italian National Championships and the Italian Armed Forces National Championships also took place throughout this week’s CCIO4*-S, though there was significant crossover between the entrants — whose sporting efforts are funded, in large part, by their participation in the Forces — and the eventual winner of both was the same: Susanna Bordone and Imperial van de Holtakkers knocked one rail  after having climbed from eighth place in the first phase to second place after cross-country, ultimately usurping two-phase leaders Pietro Grandis and Scuderia 1918 Future when the latter tipped three rails, slipping to third place.

Emiliano Portale’s old-fashioned galloping machine Aracne dell’Esercito Italiano impresses in the jumping phases for second place in the Italian National Championship. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Second place — and the only clear in this line-up — went to Emiliano Portale and the impressive young stallion Aracne dell’Esercito Italiano, who was ninth at the start of the competition after a mercurial dressage performance earned them a 35.9. They climbed to fourth place yesterday, picking up 7.6 time penalties despite the horse’s exceptional gallop, and their clear inside the time today allowed them to finish in fine style.

Stay tuned for plenty more from Pratoni’s test event, including analysis, the secrets of the hills as told by designer Giuseppe della Chiesa, chats with chef d’equipes and North American representatives, and plenty more. Go Eventing.

The final leaderboard in the Italian National Championship.

Pratoni 2022 Test Event: Website, Live Scoring, Live StreamEntries, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

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We haven’t reached the solstice yet or even Memorial Day, but summer started yesterday in my world! My trainer has returned north from a winter in Aiken and I’m looking forward to the next few months being filled with sweat, fly spray, margaritas, and good horse and human company as my barn mates and I tackle the short Area I eventing season.

U.S. Weekend Action:

Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Unionville May H.T. (Unionvilla, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

WindRidge Farm Spring H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Winona H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

FEI Nations Cup CCIO4*-S/WEG Test Event (Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy): [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Scoring] [EN’s Coverage] [Live Stream]

Sunday Links:

Equine Fatality at the Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T.

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Pratoni Cross-Country Gallery and Update: Swiss Impress in Nations Cup; France Takes Over Leading Spot

Switzerland’s Robin Godel leads overnight with Grandeur de Lully CH after an excellent day for the Swiss team. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Though we’re on site at Pratoni with September at the forefront of our minds, today’s cross-country competition does also serve as an important leg in the 2022 Nations Cup series — and one in which Germany, who held the lead after dressage, now find themselves at the bottom of the pack after a tough day that saw team member Anna Siemer unseated from FRH Butts Avondale and Ingrid Klimke retire on course with SAP Hale Bob OLD. That allowed France, who had been sitting second after dressage, to move up to the top spot with three out of their four riders coming home clear and close to the optimum time. The Swiss team, who have been on an extraordinary upswing since the appointment of Andrew Nicholson as their cross-country coach and advisor, step up from third to second with all four of their team riders romping home clear and inside the time. Sweden, who are at their best in Nations Cups and are the reigning series champions, made a big leap from eighth to third, with all four riders home clear and pathfinder Malin Josefsson delivering the first clear inside the time of the day with Golden Midnight. She was one of just two non-Swiss riders to come home inside the time all day: the other was New Zealand’s rising star Amanda Pottinger with Good Timing, while 22-year-old Nadja Minder managed the feat on both her horses, contributing to an excellent day all round for the Swiss front.

The team standings after cross-country.

Switzerland sits top of the charts in the individual standings, after Robin Godel‘s masterful clear inside the time with European Championships ride Grandeur de Lully CH allowed him to stay on his first-phase score of 26 and climb from fifth place, benefitting from a small number of time faults and on-course issues for several of those ahead of him, including overnight leaders Ingrid Klimke and Equistros Siena Just Do It, who slipped to third place overnight after adding 5.2 time penalties. Just ahead of them is France’s Maxime Livio with his own Europeans mount, the leggy grey Api du Libaire, who moved up a placing after adding just two time penalties to his first-phase score of 25.4. Nadja Minder sits fourth, having climbed ten places with her team mount Toblerone after a penalty-free round, and also moved up 21 places to eighth with her individual ride, Aquila B, who also added nothing. France’s Nicolas Touzaint, who became European Champion here in 2007, rounds out the top five with Absolut Gold HDC.

The individual top ten after cross-country day at Pratoni.

The Italian National Championships leaderboard also saw a shake-up, with just nine of the 14 starters completing, and five doing so sans jumping penalties. Pietro Grandis, who has recently set up his own yard after several years as second rider for Michael Jung, remains atop the leaderboard after adding 3.2 time penalties with Scuderia 1918 Future, while Susanna Bordone was fastest of the Italians, moving up from eighth to second after coming home just two seconds over the optimum time with the experienced Imperial van de HoltakkersPietro Sandei and his stalwart Rubis du Prere step up from 12th to third with an efficient clear, and Emiliano Portale overcame a tempestuous dressage test with Aracne dell’Esercito Italiano, whose extraordinary gallop made him one of the most fun horses to watch over the hilly track and helped him climb from ninth to fourth. Rounding out the top five is Federico Sacchetti, who piloted the nine-year-old GRC Shiraz to just 1.2 time penalties and a big climb from fourteenth place.

The overnight leaderboard in the Italian national championships.

Want a closer look at how the course rode, and what that might mean for this September’s World Championships? We’ve taken a closer look — with the help of Irish Olympian Sam Watson — in our end-of-day analysis, and we’ll be bringing you plenty of insight from designer Giuseppe della Chiesa tomorrow. Just here to look at horses jumping fences? We’ve got you sorted there, too. Go Eventing.