Tuesday News & Notes from Kentucky Performance Products


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Keeping event horses on the go isn’t a cheap prospect, and riders and owners alike are going in for increasingly creative methods to make it work for themselves. One of those methods? ‘Experience syndicates’ and membership clubs, which are much less costly than traditional syndicates and allow for a group of like-minded people from all over to come together and make great friendships while getting behind the scenes with a  horse they love. Britain’s Steve Heal has one such club on the go, helmed by dynamo owner Heather Chapman, and The Holly Hub, which supports newly-minted 4* horse Hagonda, has already sparked some lifelong friendships. We’ll be bringing you the full story of this unusual, very cool horse this week on EN — but for now, try for your own membership in the Holly Hub by entering their festive raffle!

Events Opening Today: Ram Tap Combined TestStable View Aiken Opener H.T.

Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:

Intrepid Olympian and 5* phenom Gemma Stevens is no stranger to discipline-swapping. She’s spent the last few years tipping much more than a toe into the international showjumping scene, and this month, she managed to secure ownership of Envoy Merelsnest Z, the horse she catch rode around her first Hickstead Derby this year. Next on the agenda? A Puissance debut, at the festive London International Horse Show.

The 2024 Eventing Coaches Program Symposium is swiftly approaching! This next edition will take place at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala from January 30–February 1, and you can find all the info you need to attend here.

Look back on a year’s worth of Classic three-day action with US Eventing’s retrospective. Is a classic three-day on your goals list for 2024? If not, maybe it should be — I hear that once you’ve tackled steeplechase, you’re never quite the same again. Get inspired here.

Farewell to Harald Herzgsell, a much-loved member of Austria’s eventing community, who tragically died while schooling a young horse last week. A full-time farmer and farrier, he only took up eventing after losing a bet — but quickly fell in love with his ‘accidental’ sport, going on to compete for his country at the Rural Riders’ European Championship. Find out more about, and say goodbye to, this great character here.

Sponsor Corner: In honor of Kentucky Performance Products’ 25th Anniversary, you have a chance to win KPP swag or products until December 31st. Here’s how you can win!

Watch This:

Catch up on the finale of the Agria Top Ten Indoor Eventing at the Swedish International Horse Show with this winning round video:

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