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After dressage: Smith and Mai Baum top CCI3* and Coleman and Tight Lines lead the CCI2* at Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International

To keep up with all the action at Fair Hill this weekend: [Omnibus] [Website] [Schedule] [Times][Results]   Tamra Smith of Murrieta, CA and William Coleman III of Gordonsville, VA came forward today on young first-timers to take the lead following the dressage portion of the Dutta Corporation Fair Hill International CCI *** and CCI** Championships at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area. In the CCI*** Smith was pleased with Mai Baum’s inaugural performance at the CCI*** level, scoring 38.5 penalties with the 9-year-old German Sport Horse gelding owned by Alex Ahearn. “He was phenomenal, he was great,” said Smith….

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Canadian Peter Barry leads CCI** after first day at Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International

To keep up with all the action at Fair Hill this weekend: [Omnibus] [Website] [Schedule] [Times][Results] Competitors and spectators were greeted to a full day of competition and beautiful autumn weather at the opening of The Dutta Corporation Fair Hill International CCI *** and CCI** Championships at the Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area on Thursday. Following the first day of dressage competition, Kim Severson of Charlottesville, VA and Cooley Cross Border, owned by The Cross Syndicate, lead the CCI*** with a score of 45.8 penalties. Buck Davidson of Ocala, FL on Wiley Post, owned by Lisa Darden, is currently…

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Stylish six – The best dressed at the first jog-up at the Fair Hill International

To keep up with all the action at Fair Hill this weekend: [Omnibus] [Website] [Schedule] [Times][Results] A nice sunny day at the first jog-up brought out some stunning outfits and impressive footwear. We are awarding these six riders in no particular order, the best dressed honours. Good luck for the rest of the show! Here are your stylish six:

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Irish eyes are smiling at Boekelo while Britain clinches series title – FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing 2015

Ireland scored their first ever win in the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing in superb style at Boekelo (NED), final leg of the 2015 season, after four fine Cross Country performances over an influential track. The USA finished second, which was also their best result since the FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing began in 2012. New Zealand was third and, as a result, beat Japan in this Asia-Pacific Olympic qualifier to secure their ticket to Rio 2016. Great Britain, the only nation to contest all seven legs this year, finished fifth at Boekelo after half the team completed the competition, but they…

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Don’t give up your Olympic dream too soon – Eventers do not age out

Midlife crisis success Building a career as a professional eventer is hard work – there is no prize money, no contracts to provide you with a stable salary, etc. Once riders age out of “Young Riders”, they often struggle with the reality that they are not nearly as good as the senior riders. Many people do not deal well with transitioning from top placings to the bottom of the heap. The majority of young riders will give up on their Olympic dreams because they seem unattainable. If you look at athletes in other sports, you are at the top of…

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What conformation feature do four-star horses have in common?

In 2012, I attended the Wednesday jog at Rolex with a particular mission in mind. I was preparing to breed my mare for an event baby, and I had been spending hours analyzing the conformation of particular stallions and their offspring, and how that would fit my mare. I wanted to produce an elite athlete capable of Eventing at the Advanced level. Just what does that animal look like?   So I set out to answer my question at Rolex’s first horse inspection. If you want to see successful upper level eventers, that’s a good place to be. My main…

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Five minutes at Five Ring at 5:00 – Jumping exercises you can try today

Kyle Carter has represented Canada at the Olympics, World Equestrian Games and Pan American Games. He is currently preparing his horses, Cooley Nothing Better B and FR’s Trust Fund, for the CIC3* at Morven Park this weekend. In this Five minutes at Five Ring, Kyle shares some very cool jumping exercises that he is using to get his horses ready for Morven. Watch and learn…     Another 5 min at Five Ring… Some jumping exercises both show jumping and cross country Posted by Jennifer Carter on Wednesday, September 30, 2015  

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Clayton Fredericks explains how to get warmbloods ready for CCI events

  Clayton Fredericks (AUS) is currently the Canadian Eventing Team coach and as a competitor he has a list of accomplishments at the four-star level, many on horses that did not have a high percentage of Thoroughbred blood. His 2012 Olympic horse, Bendigo is only 40.23% Thoroughbred. His 2007 Rolex winning partner and 2006 World Equestrian Games Individual silver medalist Ben Along Time is 50.78% Thoroughbred. Riding FE Bowman in August, he won the CCI2* Richland International, in Michigan, USA on his dressage score of 30.5. FE Bowman is 31.64% Thoroughbred. We asked Clayton his recipe for success when getting horses…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Excuses for why your horse tested positive for drugs

WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Welcome to our weekly Tuesday’s Top Ten. Check in every Tuesday for our Top Ten list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing. Note: Some of these excuses have actually been used but we do not recommend any of the below as a defense.   Tuesday’s Top 10 – Excuses for your horse testing positive 10. My horse drank my coffee while I was braiding him. 9. My friend told me that they use that supplement all the time, so I thought it was OK. 8….

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Plantation Field International: Why it’s the Best.Event.Ever

Labeling a horse show the “best” “ever” puts quite a bit of pressure on the organizers, sponsors, and course designers to execute a fabulous competition. Plantation Field International 2015 certainly lived up to its name. I have never been to a show that treats its riders so well. When we drove in the stabling and parking entrance, a sign on the fence read “Welcome to YOUR event.” The organizers and sponsors did everything they could to make it an event for riders to enjoy. In a prime location between the warm-up and competition arenas, a tent sponsored by Purina seated…

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