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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons you did not get invited to the Wellington Eventing Showcase

Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery winning the 2016 Wellington Showcase.

  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.”   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons you did not get invited to the Wellington Eventing Showcase 10. You obviously do not suck up to the right people. 9. Your invitation must be lost in the mail with your invite to Hogwarts. 8. You only support long-format Eventing and have made this…

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Five events you need to attend in 2017 (with or without a horse)

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  It is already February and some of the best events in North America are rapidly approaching. But don’t worry if you and your horse are not ready right now because these events are actually equally or maybe even more fun to go as a spectator than a competitor. Going to events as a spectator not only makes for a great time but it is also educational. Mark these events on your 2017 calendar because there is no better way to spend a weekend than at a world-class event: 1) Red Hills International (March 10th to 12th in Tallahassee, Florida) – This event…

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Nominate a deserving equestrian for Canada’s Volunteer Awards

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  Equestrian Canada (EC) is encouraging the equestrian community to submit nominations for Canada’s Volunteer Awards by the deadline of Feb. 3, 2017. Canada’s Volunteer Awards are an initiative created by the Government of Canada to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and recognize the important contributions of volunteers in our country. Non-profit organizations couldn’t exist without the passion, expertise and tireless contributions of volunteers, and Equestrian Canada is certainly no exception. Dedicated volunteers are involved in every facet of EC, and provide vital support by leading strategy on programs and services related to everything from sport and industry to governance…

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Check out which horses the riders are competing at the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase

Dan Joceyln piloted Devil Munchkin (aka Kermit) to a 3rd place finish at the 2016 Wellington Show Case...this year, Mark Todd is riding Devil Munchkin. #GoKermWerm.

    Combinations intending to compete at the 2017 $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase have been announced by event organizers, Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP). The highly anticipated event will take place on Friday, February 3, through Saturday, February 4, at The Equestrian Village, home of the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The Equestrian Village is located at 13500 South Shore Boulevard. The competition will feature some of the world’s most talented international event riders over the course of the two-day exhibition event. The dressage phase will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February…

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Al Patterson and Ross Millar resign from Equestrian Canada board

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  Al Patterson of Millgrove, ON and Ross Millar of Mono, ON have resigned from their positions as Directors on the Equestrian Canada (EC) Board. Al Patterson has been involved with EC since its inception, and spent six years as President. An active volunteer within various non-profit organizations for over 25 years, he has been a valuable contributor to many different EC Committees over the years, involved in everything from recreation to breeds to industry. As one of four representative Directors on the EC Board from the previous Board model, Al was instrumental in creating and implementing new Bylaws for…

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Bettina Hoy takes on the role of Dutch Eventing Team Coach

Photo via Bettina Hoy Eventing Facebook page.

  Top German eventer, Bettina Hoy, 54, is officially the new team coach of the Dutch Eventing Team. Bettina has represented Germany at three Olympics, five World Championships and nine European Championships. She has accumulated numerous FEI wins in her career and most recently, claimed the 2016 Blenheim CCI3* title with Seigneur Medicott. Bettina is no stranger to coaching, some of the riders who have worked with her include - Paul Tapner, Andrew Hoy, Jonelle and Tim Price, Caroline Powell, Sinead Halpin, Buck Davidson, Boyd Martin, Tiana Coudray, Will Coleman, Rebecca Howard, Yoshiaki Oiwa and Liam Böckmann. Bettina also has past coaching experience at major…

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Seven tips for competing multiple mounts at a show – WITHOUT a groom

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  The world’s top riders frequently roll into events with over six mounts but these pros all have at least one groom. Their grooms tack up their horses and they just have to ride. This makes competing so many horses possible. But if you are a one-man-show competing more than one horse at an event becomes a cumbersome task. I have never had a big string of horses; the most I have ever had to juggle is four. However, over the years I have frequently ridden more than two horses at events and I have never had the privilege of…

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Rider list revealed for the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase

Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery winning the 2016 Wellington Showcase.

  The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) will welcome back the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase from Friday, February 3, to Saturday, February 4, hosting renowned international eventing athletes in Wellington, FL. General admission to the event is free. Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team member and Olympian Boyd Martin won both previous editions of the Wellington Eventing Showcase, riding Trading Aces in 2015 and then again with Blackfoot Mystery, his 2016 Olympic Games mount from Rio de Janeiro. The talented rider, currently ranked fourth in the world, will aim to “three-peat” his success, but will have tough competition…

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Yogi Breisner joins Swedish Equestrian Federation in new role

Photo via The British Horse Society Scotland Facebook page.

  During his 17-years as the British Eventing Team Performance Manager, Yogi Breisner, 61, led the team to four successive Olympic team medals as well as five European team titles. He stepped down from his position at British Eventing after the 2016 Rio Olympics. Now, Yogi is now an advisor to the Swedish Equestrian Federation, Olympic national coaches and coordinators for Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. “Goran [Yogi] will be a great asset for us with all the experience he has accumulated over the years” Andrea Barth, manager sports/competition who first contacted Yogi about the opportunity, said in an interview to An Eventful Life….

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Major loss for Canada as Graeme Thom is hired as ESNZ High Performance Eventing Manager

Graeme Thom.

  It is a sad day for Canadian Eventers as Graeme Thom has accepted the position of Equestrian Sports New Zealand high performance Eventing manager. For years, Graeme tirelessly volunteered his time to the Canadian Eventing team as chef d’equipe for the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. During this time, Canada enjoyed one of the most successful competitive eras in Canadian Eventing. Graeme’s team management and David O’Connor’s coaching contributed…

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