How Eventers Are Coping: Barb Pickl’s ‘Bored AF Horse Trials’

Photo courtesy of Barb Pickl.

With the rug of their competition season pulled out from under them, eventers out there are finding creative — and occasionally hilarious — ways to keep themselves entertained.

Exhibit A: Barb Pickl’s “Bored AF Horse Trials.”

Barb, a self-described “senior re-rider” from Madison, WI, explains, “Many are sad, for good reasons, that the Horse Trial season has been delayed. That is of most importance. So I offer a HT, but without horses. Appealing to the creative good nature for which eventers are well known. A backyard HT … put on your gear and make it fun, safe, and with a light hearted spirit.”

We love it so much!!! Thank you for sharing, Barb.

The live feed has begun! Morning jog
#boredAFhorsetrials #haveagreatride #uniaccepted #eventer #eventersdoitall #withstyle

Posted by Barb Pickl on Sunday, April 5, 2020


Phase I: dressage, or what we do until cross country.
It builds character and humility 😂
#boredAFhorsetrials #eventer #equestrian #goingrouge #razzledazzle #awesometempichanges #teamfunkybitches

Posted by Barb Pickl on Sunday, April 5, 2020

Well quite an exciting day for phase 2: cross country! Out of respect to our gracious host venue, the Exceptionally…

Posted by Barb Pickl on Sunday, April 5, 2020


Final phase: Show jumping!
Uni and I are most overwhelmed and profoundly humbled by the support and demonstration of solidarity.

Please enjoy this note from your Show Sponsor.
I miss you all deeply.
You are my heros. My inspiration in all things which matter the most 💖

Never forget: it always ends in joy.
#boredAFhorsetrials #eventer #equestrian #ponyeventer #unicorneventer #eventingstrong #eventersdoitall #withgrace #dontpullonyourinsiderein #iloveeventing

Posted by Barb Pickl on Monday, April 6, 2020

Stay well, EN. Go Eventing (Someday!)