Crescent City Classic is an 18-year-old Holsteiner gelding who started his eventing career as a 4-year-old with Angela Grzywinski. Katherine Hodge took him from Novice to NAJYRC to their first Advanced in 2006. He later carried Emily Embree to her first Prelim and one-star, and at 17 years old he has moved on to teach yet another rider the ropes. Crescent’s new owner is Lauren Fagan, and they competed in their first event together this weekend at Waredaca where they finished on their dressage score for seventh place in Beginner Novice Rider-B. This event marked Crescent’s 85th USEA start since he started competing in 2001! Emily says he is a true war horse and an amazing competitor that loves his job. Go Crescent!
Tattersalls International H.T. [Results]
Waredaca H.T. [Results]
Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Results]
IEA H.T., T3D & N3D [Results]
Colorado Horse Park H.T. [Results]
Monday News and Notes:
Clayton Fredericks Camp: Kingfisher Park in Mooresville, NC is hosting a three-day continuing education camp for the event horse and rider July 31-August 2. Day one will consist of semi-private dressage lessons, day two will be small group show jumping exercises and gymnastics, and day three will focus on cross-country. Only 24 “campers” will be accepted. [Click here to register]
Horse Show Photo Directory: A new website has recently launched to help riders, media, advertisers and sponsors find official horse show photos across all disciplines from around the country. The site includes a competition calendar and the ability to filter by specific photographers and disciplines. Each listing links to the official photographer’s website or event gallery. [www.HorseShowPhotoDirectory.com]
Flash Floods: While official large animal evacuations have not been ordered by emergency management agencies in Texas and Oklahoma due to the heavy rainfall resulting in dangerous flash floods, the conditions have created a troublesome situation for horse owners. Some have voluntarily moved their animals to safer ground until the waters recede, but all owners are advised to have a disaster plan in place. [Storms Vex Texas, Oklahoma Horse Owners]
Beacon Charm Grant: Due to “serious, but good faith, divergence of views with the grantor,” the USEA will no longer offer the $5,000 Beacon Charm Grant. Since 1987, the grant has been awarded to a young rider with the potential to represent the U.S. internationally. The USEA plans to set up a new annual young rider grant fund named for Amy Tryon. [USEA Stops Offering Beacon Charm Grant]
Teaching Confidence: Instilling confidence in a young or green horse is crucial as it learns the ins and outs of cross country. Four-star British eventer and social celebrity Ben Hobday offers useful tips like “do little and often,” “be firm but kind,” and possibly most importantly “don’t panic.” [7 ways to give a green horse confidence]
Found in a Thicket: A 28-year-old retired hunt horse named Josh went on unescorted stroll in the country and vanished for 10 days. Local police, villagers and concerned social media followers got involved in the search. Turns out Josh was trapped in a thicket right on his own farm, and aside from a few scratches, he’s perfectly fine. [Josh found after 10 days trapped in a thicket]
Monday Video: Harry Meade’s “Save of the Day” at Tattersalls.