Category Archives: Events

Does Thoroughbred blood in four-star horses matter? Stats trump opinion; here are the facts.

After publishing “Marilyn Little and Michael Jung are both winners on different horsepower. Check out the breeding of their victorious mounts,” many readers pointed out that Thoroughbred blood is still imperative at the four-star level. I love learning from the opinions and observations of others, but I tend to rely more on statistics and facts. So I pulled the stats for the top 10 placed horses at the 2015 four-star events that have taken place so far: Rolex, Badminton, Luhmuhlen, and Burghley. I am well aware that some people dispute the mathematics applied to the Horsetelex website in calculating the…

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Only four riders brave enough to enter the long format Preliminary Three Day event at Midsouth

A couple weeks ago, I wrote why I chose to enter the Preliminary Three Day Event instead of the CCI* at Midsouth Team Challenge. While the article received tremendous support, but unfortunately Facebook likes and shares don’t translate into entry numbers. I expected it to be a small division – it’s been decreasing every year – but sadly, only FOUR riders (including myself!) will be taking part this year. FOUR. Meanwhile, there are 75 adult entries in the CCI* and 15 in the Young Rider CCI*.  [Entry list] I know the reasons why they chose the CCI*: it’s a qualifier, it’s…

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With a broken leg Michael Jung is dabbling in film making

Michael Jung (GER), the individual gold medalist at the 2015 Blair Castle European Championships has put together a video on his Facebook page of his favourite moments from the competition. We cannot forget that he won this event with a broken leg. Maybe now he is taking it easy and that is why he had some time to pull together this fun video of some historic moments. On Facebook he wrote “I was once a little creative and have a beautiful memory of Blair made! So an experience you must hold on… Great team, brilliant success and unique experience! In…

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Marilyn Little and Michael Jung are both winners on different horsepower. Check out the breeding of their victorious mounts.

In 2015, Michael Jung (GER) has won 11 FEI events  and Marilyn Little (USA) is close behind, winning 10 FEI events. Most people do not win this many FEI events in a lifetime, let alone in three-quarters of a year. The majority of Michael’s wins have been at the three and four-star level, while Marilyn’s wins have been primarily at the two and three-star level. With Marilyn, we cannot forget that she has only been Eventing since 2010. Her success and wins are the result of only five years in Eventing. It will be fascinating to follow Marilyn’s mounts to…

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Friday’s Five – Ways to keep the barn cleaner

Think of all the barns you have been to in your life. Which barns stand out in your mind as being the nicest/most organized/well managed? I bet these barns will all of have something in common – they are spotless. You do not need to have expensive stall doors and fancy flooring to have a barn that leaves people with an incredible impression, it just has to be clean. However, a clean barn does sound like an oxymoron. Fortunately, you can have a barn and yard that sparkles if you follow implement these five easy rules: 1. Hang a hoof…

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The officials who make every event possible

Looking through the Omnibus listing, there are a number of names vital to the existence of any event.  Do you know who those people are, and what they do?   Event Secretary This is the wonderful person who receives all the entries, like Santa gets letters at Christmas. He or she handles most of the pre-event communication with riders, owners, and trainers – not always a pleasant task, as many entries are typically incomplete, missing signatures, Coggins, and often funds. This person is often responsible for stabling arrangements and ride times, like mastering a giant Rubiks cube. This is usually…

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A lost art: Grooming at a long format three-day event

A few days ago, I stumbled across something I had written back in 2008.  I had just attended the Virginia Horse Trials, which at the time also ran a long-format CCI1*.  If you’re ever planning to groom or ride at a long format event, this may be a handy guide for you. May, 2008 I was competing at VA 3D/HT this weekend, riding in the horse trial. I agreed to “help out” in the 10-min box, and offered a few pointers to the Groom on Friday night. I should have been a little worried when I had to explain the…

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The Queen crowns Michael Jung and Germany as European Champions – Longines FEI European Eventing Championships

2015 Blair Castle European Championships CCI3* action: [Website] [Results]   German riders were simply the best on the final day of the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle (GBR) where, in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, who presented the medals, they won team gold by more than 50 penalties and the matchless Michael Jung captured the fifth individual title of his career. All four team members – Jung, Sandra Auffarth, who also took individual silver, Ingrid Klimke and Dirk Schrade – went clear in the Jumping phase to give Germany a fifth successive team title. Their winning run…

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Germany is singing in the rain after Cross Country: Longines FEI European Eventing Championships

Keep up with all the 2015 Blair Castle European Championships CCI3* action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times] [Course preview] [Results]   The German team is ruling supreme with a massive nine-fence lead over Great Britain following Cross Country day at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship at Blair Castle (GBR) where relentless rain made conditions testing but also produced some brilliant, brave riding. The standout performance was that of defending individual champion Michael Jung (GER), who flew around inside the optimum time with consummate ease on the eight-year-old fischerTakinou, the youngest horse in the field, and now has two fences in hand…

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Germany takes control after Dressage – Longines FEI European Eventing Championships

Keep up with all the 2015 Blair Castle European Championships CCI3* action: [Website] [Schedule] [Times] [Course preview] [Results]   Germany is on track to win a fifth successive team gold medal after their third and fourth team riders, world champion Sandra Auffarth and Ingrid Klimke, rode superb Dressage tests at the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship at Blair Castle (GBR) today. However, their team manager Hans Melzer is taking nothing for granted. “These riders are professionals and pressure is a good thing,” he said. “We have learned a lot from Fontainebleau [the 2009 FEI European Championship] when, having just won…

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