Category Archives: Events

Canadians add seven Advanced horses to the ranks – Go Canada!

The Canadian roster of Advanced horses has just deepened with the addition of seven who proved themselves this weekend at Richland Park Horse Trials in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After a record number of Canadian pairs qualified for the 2015 Pan American Games, this crop of up and coming duos will hopefully continue getting better and will give the team selectors some serious talent to choose from for the 2016 Olympics. [Full results] New Advanced recruits In the Advanced division, we are thrilled to introduce Canada’s newly minted Advanced pairs: 7th – Jessica Phoenix and Bentley’s Best, an 8-year-old, Trakehner, gelding, owned by Don Good. 11th –…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! – The OBS Yearling Sale

The days are getting shorter, there’s a nip in the air, it’s almost Fall yearling season. Wait, what am I saying? It’s still 95 degrees and blistering hot here in Ocala. Nonetheless, the fall Thoroughbred yearling sales are upon us. The Ocala Breeders Sale begins on Tuesday, August 25th and runs until Thursday, August 27th. It’s like Christmas in August without having to buy gifts. As I’ve said before, I am a Thoroughbred stalker. I attend every sale within reasonable driving distance, in the name of “research” and my own personal education. I enjoy studying conformation and pedigrees, and then…

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Canadians going strong at Richland – Top 10 duos after two phases

To keep up with the Richland H.T. action all weekend: [Website] [Times] [Results]   The leader board shuffle took its toll on some Canadians while others are moving on up. But we are happy to report that after show-jumping and cross-country, we still have some competitive pairs in the top 10, in multiple divisions. On Sunday, it is cross-country day for the Advanced, CIC3* and CIC2*. The the CIC1* and CCI2* will show-jump. Best of luck to all the Canadians at Richland! Congratulations Julie Clark and Brandon McMechan The CIC1* finished today, and Julie Clark placed 7th on Fleur Foncee, a 7-year-old, Westfalen, mare, owned by…

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Numerous Canadian pairs are sitting in the top 10 after Dressage at Richland – Go Canada!

The Canadians are out in full force this week at Richland Park Horse Trials in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There are numerous Canadians in the top 10 after dressage, throughout multiple divisions. On Saturday afternoon the Advanced, CIC3* and CIC2* show jump, meanwhile the CIC1* and CCI2* run cross-country. Best of luck to all the Canadians at Richland! To keep up with the Richland H.T. action all weekend: [Website] [Times] [Results]   Congrats to these pairs currently in contention for a top placing in the FEI and Advanced divisions… CIC3* 5th – Selena O’Hanlon and Foxwood High, a 12-year-old, Canadian Sport Horse, gelding, owned by John and…

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Friday’s Five – Road trip games for equestrians

Riders and their support crew go on notoriously long road trips with their horses in tow, almost year round. You have probably been through the stages of a boring road trip: 1) Everyone is excited and talking about his or her goals for the upcoming competition. 2) No one has anything left to say so someone plugs in their iPod, this turns into a truck dance party? 3) Too tired for a dance party, staring out the window in total silence 4) Are we there yet? 5) No one makes sense; passengers are just saying random things to keep the…

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92 pairs contesting Burghley – Here is the drawn order

The drawn order has been announced for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* on September 3rd to 6th. Currently, there are 92 duos set to compete but there have been 95 numbers assigned because two riders have multiple entries that they will not be riding. Oliver Townend has four mounts listed but will only ride three. Pippa Funnel has three horses listed but she is only going to ride two. Some riders currently in the drawn order for Burghley may still withdraw and reroute to Blair Castle European Championships. William Fox-Pitt (GBR) has two horses on the start list, Fernhill…

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Six Canadian duos upgrading to Advanced at Richland

Some seriously exciting news for Canadian Eventing…this weekend, at Richland Park Horse Trials in Kalamazoo, Michigan, six Canadian horse/rider combinations will be making their Advanced upgrade. After such a strong group of horses and riders delivered solid and consistent performances for the selectors to choose from for the 2015 Pan American Games,  it looks like this group is moving up to the next level. The advanced performances this year are already starting to provide the selectors with some tough decisions to make for the 2016 Olympics and it looks like more combinations are heading into the mix. Check out this new…

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Successful alumni from the USEA Young Event Horse program

The USEA Young Event Horse (YEH) program has been an interesting tool to attempt to evaluate talented young eventers. It also serves as an inviting introduction to the sport for any young horse, whether he tops out at Training or makes it to Rolex. The true purpose of the program, of course, is to grade the horses as presented and try to predict which ones will become future stars at the highest level. The YEH judges have done a pretty good job overall. Several big name horses were standouts as young horses, and were rewarded with top scores at YEH…

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Brits make changes to their European Championships squad

The British squad for the Blair Castle 2015 European Championships (September 10th-13th) has undergone some changes, following the Aachen CICO3* Nations Cup event. The team was initially announced on July 15th. In a statement released today by British Eventing it states “The British Eventing Senior Selectors have decided to substitute Bayano, ridden by Flora Harris and owned by Caroline Harris and Rebecca Salt, ahead of the upcoming Longines FEI European Eventing Championships in Blair Castle (10-13 September), following the horse’s recent lack of form at the Eventing CICO3* Nations Cup event in Aachen..” Stepping up to the plate will be 22-year-old, Tom…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Commandments for Eventers on long road-trips

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.   Top 10 commandments for Eventers on long road-trips 1. Thou canst not call “shotgun” unless thou can actually see the vehicle. Also, no calling shotgun for the return trip, because that sort of shit is bound to get people really angry (and rightfully so, because thou is being a dick). 2.Thou shalt let the tallest/largest passenger ride in the front seat when thy…

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