Category Archives: Events

When is the right time to start a young horse under saddle?

Horse Ranch colt foal

  I used to be one of those people who thought the racing industry folks were insensitive and cruel. How could they start horses under saddle at just 18 months old?! How could they race them at two?!  Don’t they know horses don’t mature skeletally until at least four or five-years-old? Of course they know, they’re just greedy!  I thought. I had started a couple horses under saddle myself. The first was a young POA pony who turned out well despite my fumbling attempts as a 16-year-old, but then he was basically born broke. And lazy. But he loved to…

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10 reasons why you need to get your butt to Rolex Kentucky

Rolex 2016

  The countdown is on until this year’s Rolex Kentucky CCI4* . You can expect to see the world’s best, vying for a coveted four-star win. There are six four-stars in the world and only one in North America – Rolex Kentucky (April 27th to 30th).  Few eventers ever make it to this level and even less are successful at it. Don’t pass up on a chance to watch the best in the world and take advantage of all these additional opportunities by attending: 1) A healthy dose of inspiration. The simplest and most obvious feature of the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* is…

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Mark your calendar – Stable View Eventing Academy series

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  Starting in February of 2018, Stable View will be adding to its calendar of Eventing activities with The Stable View Eventing Academy Series The Stable View Eventing Academy will provide Eventers with an opportunity to regularly school and compete at Stable View. This will mean that between Amoeba and 3* there will be an opportunity to progress through the sport at all levels with a variety of courses and environments. The Stable View Eventing Academy Series will consist of seven weekends during the 2018 calendar year (these dates complement our existing Recognized dates: Feb 24 & 25 April 14…

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Equestrian Canada Announces 2017 Eventing High Performance Squad

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  The Equestrian Canada (EC) Eventing Committee is pleased to announce the athletes invited to the 2017 Eventing High Performance Squad. 2017 Eventing Elite Squad Athlete / Hometown Hawley Bennett-Awad / Aldergrove, BC (currently residing in Temecula, CA) Rebecca Howard / Salmon Arm, BC (currently residing in Wiltshire, GBR) Colleen Loach / Sherbrooke, QC (currently residing in Anthony, FL) Selena O’Hanlon / Kingston, ON Jessica Phoenix / Cannington, ON 2017 Eventing National Squad Athlete / Hometown Peter Barry / Dunham, QC Kyle Carter / Calgary, AB (currently residing in Sparr, FL) Rachel McDonough / Etobicoke, ON Kathryn Robinson / Kettering,…

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How to host a tailgate party like a rockstar

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  Tailgate parties transform cross-country day into a wildly fun time for Eventing fans. You can reserve a tailgating spot at most of the biggest events in North America to see the action up close while partying like it’s 1999. Throwing a tailgate party is also an excellent way to showcase Eventing to your friends, family, supporters and potential sponsors. If you want to have a great time and bring your sport to your crew in an up close and comfortable fashion, this guide is all you need to do it up right: Choose an event There are numerous international events that are offering tailgating…

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Understanding the FEI Rider Rankings

Michael Jung is currently the world #1.

  The legendary, Michael Jung (GER) is number one in the FEI rankings by over 100 points. We all know he won numerous major titles last year, including the Rio Olympics, but what exactly are the FEI rankings? The FEI tracks points for every FEI registered rider around the world.  See the list here.  Unlike the sport of show jumping, which uses its rankings for year-end bonuses and to decide invitations to certain events, there is no clear purpose of the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings list. At one time the rankings were sponsored by HSBC, which awarded a prize at the…

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Rider alert: Pairs to watch at the Pine Top CIC & H.T.

Photo via Pine Top Eventing on Facebook.

  Connect with the Pine Top CIC & H.T. action: [Omnibus] [Website] [Times] This weekend, hundreds of top pairs will be contesting the Pine Top CIC and Horse Trials in Thompson, Georgia. There will be three FEI divisions taking place (CIC3*, CIC2*, CIC1*) in addition to national divisions running from the Advanced level down to the Training level. This will be the first CIC3* event in the 2017 calendar year. Tomorrow, the FEI divisions will be running in a one-day event format but the national divisions will conclude on Sunday. Internationally renowned course designer, Derek di Grazia, has designed all…

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Remember to submit your nominations for the Equestrian Canada National Awards


  Do you know an individual, equine or organization that has contributed to the growth and success of the equestrian community over the past year? If so, be sure to submit a nomination for the EC National Awards by the deadline of March 3, 2017 at 4 p.m. ET! EC Sport Licence Holders are encouraged to submit nominations for the following awards: Lifetime Achievement Award Gold Medal Award Equestrian of the Year – The Dr. George Jacobson Trophy Junior Equestrian of the Year – The Gillian Wilson Trophy Horse of the Year – The Hickstead Trophy Canadian Bred Horse of…

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The Event Rider Masters – bigger and better in 2017!

Champagne celebration at last year's Chatsworth CIC3*.
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  The Event Rider Masters (ERM) has confirmed its 2017 calendar, which will consist of seven legs, including expansion of the series from the UK into mainland Europe. Furthermore, with a total of £400,000 guaranteed to be awarded in prize money across the series, it establishes the ERM as the most valuable prize of its kind in the sport of Eventing. The 2017 Event Rider Masters calendar is confirmed as: Leg 1 – Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials (UK) May 13th – 14th Leg 2 – Internationales Wiesbadener PfingstTurnier (Germany) June 2nd – 3rd Leg 3 – St James’s…

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How YOU can improve Eventing by voicing your opinion


  Have you ever attended an event and thought to yourself, “Wow, the course design here is confusing,” or “I wish the bathrooms were cleaner?” Do you wish someone were listening to your concerns? What can you do? Guess what, you’re in luck!  For every event in which you participate in the US and Ontario, as rider, owner, volunteer, or spectator, you can fill out an online Event Evaluation Form.  The form allows for specific feedback regarding every aspect of the event; warm-up rings, footing, course construction, etc. As well as general niceties like on-time scheduling, coordination, restroom facilities, and food…

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