EN’s 2013 in Review

My kind of resolution!

It’s that time of year, EN. Get out your memo pads and write those resolutions down and get ready to conquer 2014. It’s been an incredible year here at EN, and we owe all of our success to you. I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and recap some of our biggest stories from this year. So sit back and enjoy, and get ready for an even better year in 2014. Don’t worry, we have the chinchillas working nonstop to make 2014 the best yet! Did we leave your favorite story off the list? Comment below and let us know what you will remember from 2013.

Neville Bardos and Theodore O’Connor Named to Horse Stars Hall of Fame.

Established by the EQUUS Foundation and the USEF, the Horse Stars Hall of Fame seeks to honor talented horses throughout the many equestrian disciplines. Neville Bardos and Theodore O’Connor were two of the inaugural inductees into this new Hall of Fame.

April Fool’s! The FEI now recognizes gay horses.

In one of our most popular April 1 posts yet, we announced that the FEI would be recognizing gay horses, repealing its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. We were also told that Manoir de Carneville was quite pleased with this announcement.

Andrew Nicholson Wins Rolex Aboard Quimbo.

The show jumping portion of Rolex was tough this year, allowing only five clear rounds. Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo came out on top after delivering a nearly flawless weekend.

EN’s First Annual Rolex Tailgating Party.

For the first time, the faces behind Eventing Nation were able to converge upon the cross country course at Rolex. The tailgate was a huge success, and we got to meet many of our loyal readers. Definitely a whole new meaning to “Insanity in the Middle.”

Jock Paget and Clifton Promise Win Badminton.

Jock dethroned Ze Terminator to win a thriller at Badminton this year. Jock also won Badminton on his first attempt, and this was also his first CCI4* win.

Rick Wallace Demonstrates True Stickability.

Blogger contest finalist and upper level rider Rick Wallace stuck to his guns, literally, in a close call at Chatt Hills over the summer. The video quickly went viral, so of course we posted it for all of EN to see!

Jock Paget and Clifton Promise Take Burghley.

Jock and Clifton Promise continued their world domination by winning Burghley this year. Unfortunately they have since been stripped of the title, but at the time we were on the edge of our seats waiting for a Grand Slam finale at Rolex 2014.

Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch Win the Advanced AEC

After saving Al for most of the year, Laine and her trusty OTTB stormed through the fall season, culminating with a win at the American Eventing Championships. Laine is now looking ahead to Rolex as Al’s next goal.

Clifton Promise Tests Positive for Reserpine at Burghley.

Unfortunately, the Grand Slam dream for Jock Paget was quickly stamped out as he and Clifton Promise have been suspended from competition after the Badminton and Burghley winner tested positive with two samples for a banned substance.

Two words: Dressage Skillz.

Wylie was kind enough to break Evention TV’s hit down in GIF form. This video definitely goes down on my top 10 list for the year.

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