Category Archives: Missed it?

Shandiss McDonald releases statement about inquest into Jordan’s accident

Shandiss & Jordan at their wedding with Shandiss's parents Peggy and John

The British press has been reporting (Horse & Hound, Frome Standard, British Eventing, Horse & Country TV) on the recently published findings of an inquest into the rotational fall that resulted in the death of Canadian eventer, Jordan McDonald, at Nunney Horse Trials on June 15th, 2014. The reporting tends to be focusing on the vest that Jordan wore as a factor contributing to the extent of the injuries he suffered and that a different vest would have changed the outcome. Jordan was wearing the Tipperary Eventer vest at the time of his accident. Shandiss McDonald, Jordan’s wife, has released…

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Swimming in the Jersey Shore – VIDEO Break

Sable-Water fall

After competing at several events you probably have a routine by now of what to pack. I did…so I thought… until I took a swim this weekend in the Jersey Shore when I ran the CIC2* at Jersey Fresh International on Devil Munchkin (aka Kermit). Kermit. Why did I name a horse that? Naming a horse after a frog maybe attracted some wet Karma! A stellar warm-up had Kermit and I feeling calm and confident as we set off on course. I breathed a sigh of relief after we got the table to chevron in the arena done – the…

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The beginning of the end, a slap on the wrist and WHY is it ALWAYS raining?

My great friend Nothing Concluded battling the rain.

Back by popular demand Eventing fan and follower, Christa Dillon, shares more of her Eventing experiences. With her notorious sense of humour she brings a colourful take on Eventing.  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun. I grew up horse mad. Diseased with the poxy things. All I could think of was eventing-I remember (vaguely) watching the greats of yesteryear tackling Badminton, and building my own Badminton in granny’s back yard with her clothes props and flower pots. It was many years before I got a chance to partake in a real event with an actual horse, but when my time…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – The Brits “unflattering nicknames” for American eventers

Brit glasses & American flag

WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Welcome to our new weekly feature, Tuesday’s Top Ten. Check in every Tuesday for our Top Ten list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing.   Great Britain is “great” for a number of reasons: the Beatles, Harry Potter, The Rolling Stones, their posh accent and an unprecedented number of world-class Eventers including William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend, Mary King, Lucinda Green, Pippa Funnel, Harry Meade and the list grows by the day with the younger talent coming up through the ranks. We like to generalize the United…

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Top 10 triumphant moments at Jersey Fresh 2015

Nilson Moreira da Silva & Muggle

Jersey Fresh International 2015 was a weekend filled with highs and lows for riders across the leaderboard. Let’s take a moment to celebrate the highs with our fellow eventers who enjoyed successful accomplishments this weekend.   10. Hooligan Holly Payne (USA) was ‘Big Dog in the Pen’, rallying up $1,400 to get out of STALL-a-REST at the JFI Fiesta. The purpose of raising these funds was to support both Jersey Fresh International and the Horse Park’s Capital Campaign for arena competition surfaces refurbishment. The other riders who volunteered to do some time and raise some money were Buck Davidson, Tik Maynard,…

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Last Week TODAY

Halt. Salute. Eat?

                                        You might also enjoy these Eventing Connect features: Today’s SCOOP Top 10 triumphant moments at Jersey Fresh 2015 FEI Classics™: Fox-Pitt rides Chilli Morning into the record books at Badminton Maxime Livio suspended and fined – Cloak and dagger defense fails to sway tribunal Stylish Six at Badminton Sylish six (could only find five) at Jersey Fresh Discovering Eventing – A widowed mother of two is living her childhood dream Tuesday’s Top Ten – Headlines that would shock the Eventing…

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Discovering Eventing – A widowed mom of two is living her childhood dream

Dana Hodges 2

We are so excited to bring you another writer, Dana Hodges from Tyler, Texas. She has just taken up Eventing in her late thirties and will be sharing her adventures as well as keeping us up-to-date on the Eventing circuit in her area. Get to know Dana a little better with this humbling and entertaining story of how she discovered Eventing.   A widowed mother of two, I am a late bloomer to riding. As a child, I dreamed of owning a horse – I can’t even think of how many times I asked Santa for one until I finally…

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Expectation versus reality, Sucking diesel and….well….nothing…

Number 12 waiting to rock his dressage.

Eventing Connect is thrilled that Christa Dillon, from Ireland, has joined our team. With a wicked sense of humour she brings a colourful take on Eventing.  WARNING: Uncensored language. But all in fun. Winning. It doesn’t mean what we think it means. In fact, it means precisely dick. I had come close to winning an event a few times, but I usually fell foul of some eleventh hour catastrophe that prevented it from being so – the most memorable of these being when the horse tripped and fell over the last fence when in the lead. My very last event with Mist…

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Last Week TODAY

Safety first.

      You might also enjoy these Eventing Connect features: Today’s SCOOP Discovering Eventing – A widowed mother of two is living her childhood dream Badminton 2014 highlights – VIDEO break Tuesday’s Top Ten – Headlines that would shock the Eventing world ‘That’s how you break a horse’ -VIDEO Break Five lessons you can learn from Laine Ashker Michael Jung is number one in the FEI world rankings Revolutionizing course walks – CrossCountry App – Eventers need this Top 10 triumphant moments at Rolex 2015 Can Thoroughbreds still win at the CCI4* level? Hockey family meets Eventing Put him…

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Put him down or try and grow back a hoof – the heart wrenching story of Finding the Nemo – Part 2

Abi and her beloved The Finding Nemo (Nemo)

Yesterday we brought you Part one of the heart wrenching story of British eventer Abi Munks and her rescue horse Nemo. While trying to do a good thing and give  a neglected horse a new lease with a caring owner, while unloading him from the trailer at his new home he fell because he was so weakened by malnutrition. When he fell he split open both knees and severed off a huge portion of his hoof.   There were so many thoughts racing through Abi’s mind. The odds didn’t seem to favor Nemo. Mead had removed half of the hoof wall…

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