Category Archives: Events

Misery loves company so eventers are never lonely – The Eventing 90/10 rule

I began the competition in 3rd place after dressage on my 6-year-old, Devil Munchkin (aka Kermit) at his first CCI1* event. By the time the event was over, I was not even in the ribbons. I felt a bit gutted. Show jumping was a nightmare. It was like I had forgotten how to ride completely, and there was a big crowd gathered around the arena to witness my train wreck. Quite frankly, I felt so humiliated that I was wishing I were riding a gopher so we could dig ourselves back to the stables to avoid having to see anyone….

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Double-gold and individual bronze for German Juniors at Bialy Bor

Germany claimed three of the six medals on offer at the FEI European Eventing Championships for Juniors 2015 at Bialy Bor in Poland. The event, which ran from 13 to 16 August, attracted competitors sfrom 18 countries, and 13 nations lined out in the team competition. Johanna Zantop claimed the individual title for Germany with FBW Santana’s Boy ahead of Victor Levecque from France, while Hanna Knuppel further underpinned German strength when slotting into bronze medal spot. This helped Team Germany to secure a massive winning margin of almost 30 points over France who took team silver while Britain lined…

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A tale of two Rios: Without first world prejudice

Claudia Leschonski a veterinarian lives Brazil, in the São Paulo area. She is a horse trainer and competes as an amateur level. She also teaches veterinary medicine and horse management at the university level. She has groomed for Brazil’s eventing team at the Atlanta and the Hong Kong Olympics. She has worked as an eventing manager for the Brazilian National Federation. She is was working at the test event and will be working at the 2016 Rio Olympics. From 1995 to 2005, she worked for a major Brazilian horse magazine, writing and editing and we are thrilled that she has joined Eventing Connect. Upon…

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Building a fan base can make Eventing truly great

Have you heard these complaints?  Events are too expensive. It’s not affordable any more. There is no real prize money or incentive. The sport simply isn’t sustainable. It seems like it’s getting worse. In commenting on my nostalgic look back “Cheap ribbons and empty packets – Do events appreciate the clientele” someone suggested that we find SOLUTIONS instead of just whining about the problems facing us. That, my friends, is an excellent idea. What can we do to make Eventing more successful, and sustainable in the long run? Spectators. Fans. Butts in seats. Participation in the sport aside from those…

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Thomas Carlile wins Hartpury CCI2* on Upsilon, a 7-year-old stallion

Thomas Carlile (FRA) and Upsilon, a 7-year-old, Anglo Arab bred, Selle Francais  stallion, clinched the Hartpury International Horse Trials CCI2* win on a score of a 38.4. They lead the competition start to finish, scoring a spectacular 34.4 in dressage and only adding one rail to their score in the jumping phases. Upsilon placed 5th with Thomas in the irons at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers in the CCI1* six-year-old division. They then went on to win the CIC2* at Jardy with year. Thomas won the Le Lion CCI2* 7-year-old championship division aboard Tenareze,…

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Germany’s team for FEI European Championships at Blair Castle

German Eventing has announced their Eventing squad for the upcoming FEI European Championships at Blair Castle, in Scotland (September 10th-13th), and they have also named three reserve pairs. Germany is hot off their win on Friday, at the Aachen CICO3* Nations Cup, where they clinched the top three spots individually, to win the team competition. [Aachen individual results and team results] Germany is only pairs who competed at Aachen, and with a team as strong as this one, they will undoubtedly be gold medal contenders. Squad members, in alphabetical order: Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo, a 13-year-old, Selle Francais, gelding. This pair are the gold…

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Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM win the $5,000 Walton Cup

All photos courtesy of Anne Ryan.   Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM won the third annual Walton Cup Jumper Classic, on Tuesday in Coatesville. PA. Buck and Reggie just keep adding wins everywhere this year. They just won the Millbrook Advanced a couple of weeks ago and they also won the Jersey Fresh CCI3* in May. The Walton Cup is an unrecognized horse show, however, it runs like a top-notch Show Jumping competition, with a more laid back environment. This show was developed to give eventers in the area, a place to practice their show jumping in a real show environment, while…

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Tips to get out of your comfort zone and compete at a new event

Are you stuck in a routine of competing at the same events, year after year? In the past 12 months, I have been fortunate enough to compete at eight different events that I never had before. Discovering new events has been the inspiration for me to encourage you to travel outside of your comfort zone to a new event. Why should you compete at a new event? You get the opportunity to compete somewhere entirely different which will make you a better rider and competitor. You get the chance to ride on new terrain; hillier, flatter, sandier, muddier. It is…

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Marcio Jorge and Coronel win Aquece Rio equestrian Test Event

Photos and video by Claudia Leschonski  Claudia Leschonski has been busy texting us from the Aquece Rio equestrian Test Event show-jumping phase and we have this just in… Marcio Jorge and Coronel an 8-year-old Brazilian bred owned by him and Ana, Emiliana, and Olivia Jorge won the Aquece Rio equestrian Test Event this morning in Brazil. There were only three clear rounds with some stops at jump six that was yellow and maybe with the bright sunlight was causing some problems. Claudia says, “The horses may have been a bit distracted by a large audience of school children cheering at…

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We are arriving – Eventing in Brazil is making it’s mark

Photos by Claudia Leschonski Claudia Leschonski a veterinarian lives Brazil, in the São Paulo area. She is a horse trainer and competes as an amateur level. She also teaches veterinary medicine and horse management at the university level. She has groomed for Brazil’s eventing team at the Atlanta and the Hong Kong Olympics. She has worked as an eventing manager for the Brazilian National Federation. She is currently working at the test event and will also be working at the Olympics. From 1995 to 2005, she worked for a major Brazilian horse magazine, writing and editing and we are thrilled…

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