Category Archives: Events

FEI named International Sports Federation of the Year


  The FEI has been declared International Sports Federation of the Year at the International Sports Awards 2016. The award, which recognises the work of the international governing body for equestrian sport, including its leadership in integrity and governance, was presented yesterday, 8 December, at the International Sports Convention (ISC) in Geneva (SUI). Voted for by members of the Swiss-based International Sports Chamber of Commerce (ISCC) and ISC conference delegates, the annual awards celebrate the best work in global sport, recognising individual, group and company achievements. This award tops off a year of recognition that has also included significant accolades…

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Amanda Pottinger impresses international judges at Puhinui Horse Trials

Pottinger on Just Kidding in dressage.

  Connect with the Puhinui International action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times] [Live stream] The tense atmosphere at the Puhinui International Horse Trials venue proved perfect for some and too much for others today. In each of the seven classes, including the premiere Honda New Zealand CCI3*, the leaders shone with sparkling performances while others were left reflecting on the challenges of dressage. Current National Three Day champ, Amanda Pottinger, had a fantastic start to the weekend aboard her 10-year-old thoroughbred Just Kidding. Pottinger outshone the field, producing an elegant and energetic test to take the lead in the Honda New Zealand…

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Hot competition promised at the Puhinui International Three Day Event

Virginia Thompson, 2015 winner competes at National One Day Champs on Star Nouveau. Photo credit to Treweys Photography.

  Connect with the Puhinui International action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times] [Live stream] This weekend, Auckland’s Puhinui Reserve will become the temporary home for over 170 horses from all over New Zealand as they compete in the Puhinui International Three Day Event. This hotly contested event is one of only two held in New Zealand at the Olympic level of equestrian eventing. The premiere class offers some stiff competition, with the 2015 winner Virginia Thompson returning in an attempt to reclaim the Honda New Zealand CCI3* title. Challenging Thompson will be 13 other riders, including the 2016 One Day Champion Donna…

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Alternative Olympic changes that would be guaranteed to make Eventing popular

Photo: Equestrian - Eventing Cross Country - London 2012 Olympic Games - YouTube

  OLYMPIC EVENTING. What the hell just happened? ‘Go away and make it easier to understand’, they said. ‘Be more sexy, like volleyball’, they said. I suppose it is a bit like volleyball now. A lot of jumping around with weird rules and penalties that no one understands. The only difference being that we watch Eventing because we love the sport and we love horses, whereas I am sure the huge volleyball viewership is NOTHING AT ALL to do with beautiful people wearing hardly any clothes, and jiggling a lot. It’s for the love of the ball and the net….

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Spending the time to make new fans – How you can help grow Eventing

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  I was hacking back to the barn on Friday afternoon at the Ocala Jockey Club three day event. As I neared the lane crossing of the cross-country course, I saw a family point excitedly in my direction. A father picked up his young son, and other family members whipped out their iPhone cameras. I had a choice: smile politely and keep riding by them on my horse, or stop and visit with the spectators. I stopped and gave 10 minutes of my time, and earned the sport of Eventing a few more fans. The young daughter, perhaps six or…

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Four reasons to be impressed by Ocala Jockey Club International Event


  While my weekend was far from perfect, I am really glad I was able to compete at the inaugural Ocala Jockey Club International event. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I admit I was a bit hesitant to be a crash-test dummy out on a brand new XC course. However, after being there, it far exceeded my expectations. 1. First class facility: I’m not really one to be wowed by fancy creature comforts and window trimmings; I care about functionality first, and then I can appreciate a little decoration. The sprawling clubhouse is definitely a creature comfort (and…

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A competitor’s review of the Ocala Jockey Club International


  Connect with the Ocala Jockey Club International 3-Day Event action: [Omnibus] [Website] [Times] [Results] [LIVE STREAM] [Course previews] It’s Friday night before cross-country, and regardless of how tomorrow goes, I felt like I should write down some impressions of the new event at the Ocala Jockey Club. I felt like I was selling a kidney when I sent in my entry check, but I have to say, this place feels like I’m getting my money’s worth. There’s no doubt this sport is getting VERY expensive, and it’s getting more difficult to afford to play unless you have significant sources of income…

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Buck and Kyle talk with Reggie’s new rider and weigh in on current Eventing news


  Buck Davidson’s longtime four-star and two-time WEG mount, Ballynoe Castle RM (aka Reggie) will be completing the test ride for the 2017 Rolex CCI4* but not with Buck in the irons. Buck’s top groom, Kathleen Blauth-Murray will be riding Reggie in the test ride and their training together for this exciting event has already kicked off. Buck and Kyle chat with Kathleen to find out how she is preparing for Rolex. The also discuss changes with national team coaches, Tryon WEG and the Ocala Jockey Club International.     Send any comments or suggestions about the show to Subscribe to the show on YouTube and watch for…

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FEI President focuses on unique qualities of equestrian sport at FEI General Assembly

Aki Murasato, Executive Director of International Relations with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, gave National Federations a view of what is come at the next Games at today’s FEI General Assembly in the Japanese capital today. (Richard Juilliart/FEI)

  FEI President Ingmar De Vos opened the FEI General Assembly in the Japanese capital Tokyo today, delivering the keynote address to almost 300 delegates and focusing on the unique qualities of equestrian sport. “We all agree that we have the greatest sport on earth and this is for many reasons”, the FEI President said. “We excel when it comes to gender equality, but what makes our sport so great is the unique bond between human and animal, between man and horse. But it is this same unique value which makes our sport vulnerable. “With the growth of our sport…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Eventing rule changes that would rock the sport

Want this horse? Catch it and its yours!

  WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing. No rider, owner, coach, or nation is off limits. Remember: “Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.”   10. If you believe a dressage judge scored your test unfairly, you can arm wrestle them for a better score. If you win, you get 10 penalties off your score, if you lose, 20 penalty points get added to your score. 9. At horse inspections, all…

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