Category Archives: Missed it?

How long is my horse’s vacation after running a CCI?

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One week. I competed at Fair Hill the other weeked with Devil Munchkin (aka Kermit), in the CCI2*. He did amazing but due to a stupid pilot error we had one run out on cross-country, costing him a good placing. He galloped great, he did not bang across any fences. On Sunday he was prancing down the jog lane looking 100% and then he put in a double clear show jumping round. Many people I know who also ran this event are planning to give their mounts at least a month off – a month with absolutely no riding, just…

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William Fox-Pitt is conscious and communicating

William Fox-Pitt at Rolex 2015

It appears like William has made some big strides over the weekend on his road to recovery. We are happy to report that this update was made on his website today: “William has made progress over the weekend; today he is conscious, breathing alone and communicating with his family and doctors, however he is still very ill. He and his family are very grateful for all the support and messages, it is hugely appreciated. Further progress is going to take time, so please continue to respect the family’s privacy.” William was injured on Oct. 24, 2015 while on cross-country after…

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Last Week TODAY

"Michael Jung at Pau" (Photo by Jenny Lupton) " - Photo via e-Venting on Twitter.

  Un concours exceptionnel d'où je ressors les étoiles plein les yeux ! Une première victoire dans un CCI **** de légende… Posted by Astier Nicolas Eventing on Sunday, October 25, 2015   Sunday morning without a competition – so it's "boys time" for some farm work at Somerby Stables! @KubotaUK — Andrew Hoy (@HoyEventing) October 25, 2015   We've just uploaded XC photos from Pau 2* and 4* to our Facebook page. Big thanks to @Jenny_Lupton for taking them! — e-Venting (@e_Venting) October 25, 2015   I am now seriously excited that I'm off on holiday tomorrow ✈️☀️…

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The female of the species, negotiation minefield and happily ever after

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WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun.   I LOVE mares. This is not how it always was, right enough – but these days I mostly only deal with mares. I used to hate them. Hormonal bags of unpredictable insanity that were nothing but trouble and far too much effort. And then Misty was born. I have mentioned him in precious blogs (Misty is a small, bad tempered but brilliant homebred horse that I evented until his legs crapped out. Misty is short for Mysterious, because he’s so strange..) Misty has tortured me for 13 long years with his unreasonable demands,…

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Friday’s Five – Steps to throw the best barn Halloween party ever

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Eventing season has come to a close in most parts of the world, so why not throw a massive Halloween party at your barn to celebrate the end of the season. Halloween is on a Saturday this year and chances are no one will be at a horse show… So let’s party and follow these two rules for a spooktacular time! 1) Everyone must dress up. Anyone who shows up without a costume on has to go to Kangaroo Court. 2) No one is allowed to dress up as a horse rider (unless it is a parent or significant other…

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Facts and Stats: Pau 2009-2014

Ingrid Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob. (Trevor Holt/FEI)

Keep connected with all the Pau action this weekend: [Website] [Times/Results] [Live stream] If you love Eventing trivia, we have lots to share. Our resident Eventing Geek is in the process of building an Eventing database that will continually bring you all sorts of useless Eventing information. Eventing Connect’s latest toy, brings to you our third edition of Facts and Stats – Pau 2009-2014:   Starters Since 2009, 316 starters have tried to conquer this four-star track. 115 starters have been women, 201 have been men.   Finishers The completion rate is an impressive 64%, with 202 finishers. 68 women finished (59%), 134 men finished (67%).   Rider with the most starts William Fox-Pitt (GBR) has more starts…

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Sinead Halpin tackling Fair Hill CCI2* on a pony – VIDEO Break

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Fair Hill International has a notoriously challenging cross-country track but Sinead Halpin and her wonder pony, Forrest Nymph, made it look like a piece of cake. With a double clear cross-country and adding only one rail in show jumping to their dressage score they finished the weekend in an impressive 16th place. Watch this amazing pony soaring over jumps as tall as her…   Sinead Halpin & Forest Nymph Fair Hill International CCI2*  

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Many new records in 2015 – Was Fair Hill a tad soft this year?

Tami Smith celebrating with her supporters after her double clear cross-country round that eventually lead to her record setting 2015 Fair Hill International CCI3* win.

Fair Hill International is known by many as North America’s most prestigious FEI event, hosting a very challenging CCI3* and CCI2*. Historically, Fair Hill has been a cross-country test and the winners usually rise to the top after dressage if they can deliver clear cross-country and show jumping. This year, history was made in both divisions. The winners led after dressage, and didn’t falter in the jumping phases. The stats across the board for the 2015 Fair Hill International paint a very different picture than the averages from the past five years (2010-2014). Records were broke in many different ways….

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Last Week TODAY

"Four clear rounds and this little guy waiting at the vet box - excellent day at Fair Hill International. Thanks to Cheryl Griffith for making Nox's outfit, right down to the Purina Horse Feed checkerboards!
Photo: Amber Heintzberger" Photo via Boyd Martin on Facebook.

  This is a photo that definitely needs framing #6and7yoWorldChampions #MichealJungismyhero — Laura Collett (@CollettEventing) October 18, 2015   Cracking interview by @Aimi_clark in @horseandhound lovely round up of @GTeventing season #fame — Elodie Frost (@FrostLod) October 15, 2015   Wir sind auf dem Weg nach Pau und so schnell ist die WM der jungen Pferde wieder rum.fischerIncantas konnte sich souver… Posted by Michael Jung on Monday, October 19, 2015   Nice to see an old Friend, Uptons Who my first horse, he has the run of the place at my mum and dads. #KingJoe #TeamMates #loveHim #OldFriends #Home…

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The most important element of riding – Is your horse in front of your leg?

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  Is your horse truly in front of your leg? This may seem like a deceptively simple question. There are three possible choices: 1. Yes, my horse is in front of my leg. He accepts my light leg aid and instantly responds. 2. No, my horse is not in front of my leg. He is lazy and I have to kick a lot to keep him motivated. 3. No, my horse is not in front of my leg. He is very hot, sensitive, and runs too fast so I take my leg off. When a horse is in front of…

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