Category Archives: Events

Who’s building the cross-country course at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?

  David Evans, course designer and course-builder at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, is to build the cross-country course at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. David and his team built the Mike Etherington-Smith-designed track at the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, and have been chosen as builders for designer Derek di Grazia in Tokyo. David, who lives in Oxfordshire locally to Blenheim, has long been one of Britain’s best and most popular course-builders, working at venues such as Chatsworth, Bramham, Gatcombe and Burgham as well as events in Europe such as Luhmühlen CCI4*. In 2016, he was appointed…

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Men versus women at CCI4* events: Are we really equal?

  Equestrian sports are the only Olympic disciplines where men and women compete against one another. Last year, after the Rio Olympics, I realized that a female eventer had NEVER won individual gold at the games. This fact spurred me on to find out more about ‘men versus women’ trends at past Olympics. Although there are no major games this year, I was curious to see how female eventers stack up against males at CCI4* events. Results are in for three out of the six 2017 CCI4* events Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials and Luhmühlen and here’s…

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The world’s best event riders set for a Barbury battle

  Andrew Nicholson targets historic sixth consecutive win at Barbury Andrew Nicholson (NZL), the five times consecutive winner of the CIC3* competition at the St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials in Wiltshire, has his sights set on a sixth Barbury title. Based locally at Lockeridge, Marlborough, the current world number two will head to Barbury with eight horses to compete across the four days, from 6th to the 9th of July. Sixteen nations are represented and over 1000 horse and rider combinations will compete, featuring some of the best in the world. The stage is set for this world…

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Let them drink wine – Equestrian Canada’s most recent blunder

  Let me start this article off with absolute transparency. I love wine. I drink wine just about every day. I may even drink too much wine. I like good deals on wine. I have not had any wine before writing this article. Yesterday, I received a press release from Equestrian Canada (EC) to announce the Equestrian Canada Wine Club for EC Sport License holders and a new association with Encore Vineyards. (This is not fake news, actual press release below.) My first reaction was, is this a joke? WTF??? For an already battered brand, I did not think Equestrian…

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The reality of acquiring a medal-winning horse – Sponsored by Back on Track

  Great for muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Products for horses, dogs and people. Visit www.backontrackproducts.com   With the 2018 World Eqestrian Games next year, riders are in the hunt for that four-star champion. Pros are shopping for the right horse and young riders are rushing up the levels with the hopes of getting to the games. Since the 2016 Rio Olympics, there has been plenty of discussion about why North American Eventers cannot beat their European counterparts. The only Eventing medal a North American eventer brought home was an individual bronze medal won by the legendary Phillip Dutton (USA)…

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Mars Essex Horse Trials revival a resounding success

  Connect with the Mars Essex H.T. action: [Omnibus] [Website] [Times] [Results] Buck Davidson sweeps top four places in Open Preliminary division It’s official! The revival of the Mars Essex Horse Trials was a resounding success! Thousands of spectators came to historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, N.J this past weekend to enjoy top-notch equestrian competition and family friendly activities at its finest! “We really couldn’t be any happier with how everything went this week,” said Ralph Jones, President of the Essex Horse Trials Board of Directors. “The support we received from the local area, our sponsors and the eventing community has been…

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Mars Essex Horse Trials makes a triumphant return

  Connect with the Mars Essex H.T. action: [Omnibus] [Website] [Times] [Results] Buck Davidson sweeps top four places in Open Preliminary division The long wait was worth it! The highly anticipated return of the famed Mars Essex Horse Trials was everything everyone hoped. The huge crowd enjoyed perfect weather and top-notch competition in a beautiful setting at historic Moorland Farm in Far Hills, N.J. With a large turnout including former New Jersey governors Thomas Kean and Christine Todd Whitman, Saturday’s competition lineup included Novice and Preliminary events. USEF veteran Buck Davidson of Unionville, Pa., captured the top four places in the Open Preliminary…

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Equestrian Canada Board of Directors releases finance update

  The Equestrian Canada (EC) Board of Directors met face-to-face at the EC office on June 20 and 21, 2017, where a financial update was provided. As previously reported to the voting membership during the finance update at the 2017 General Meeting of Members held at the EC Convention in Vancouver, BC, EC is on plan to finalize its financial statements for 2016/2017. Furthermore, it was reported to the Members at the 2017 General Meeting that financial reports provided to the Board indicated that the Federation is within 1.5% of its approved budget. Outgoing Director of Finance Mike Mouat continues…

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Canada names 2017 North American FEI Nations’ Cup Eventing Team

  Equestrian Canada (EC) has announced the  Canadian Eventing Team in the CICO 3* FEI Nations’ Cup™ Eventing , to be hosted at the Great Meadow International, presented by Adequan®, in The Plains, VA from July 7-9, 2017. Lisa Marie Fergusson and Honor Me   Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High   Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti   Waylon Roberts and Kelecyn Cognac   Reserve: Holly Jacks-Smither and More Inspiration   Individuals: Rachel McDonough and Irish Rhythm Jessica Phoenix and Abby GS The Canadian athletes will be led by Chef d’Équipe and Chair of the EC Eventing High Performance Advisory Group, Dr….

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons horses are better than husbands

  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. Your horse doesn’t grumble when you purchase new tack. 9. Your horse only passes gas in the barn or outside. 8. Your horse will never leave you for your groom. 7. Your horse never comments on your weight. 6. Your horse doesn’t bitch about what you serve…

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