Category Archives: Riders

Revolutionizing course walks – Eventers need this

Caroline Martin and Effervescent

Have you ever missed a fence? Jumped the wrong fence? Forgotten the striding between jumps? Had no idea how fast you were going even with a watch, for lack of minute markers? Walking your cross-country course effectively can be the difference between a faultless cross-country run and one where you do not even complete. Before cross-country most riders walk their courses tirelessly, but with course walks taking sometimes close to an hour, riders are limited on how many they can fit in before they have to leave the start box, especially if they have multiple rides at different levels. Memorizing…

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Hockey family meets Eventing

My supportive family.

The NHL playoffs are going on full force right now, bringing some family members and friends closer together and tearing other relationships apart. All Canadians (and some Americans) know how passionate people are about hockey and although eventers are equally as passionate about Eventing, they tend to be more stoic at competitions. When a hockey family enters the world of Eventing, there is bound to be a hilarious transitioning period…  Early in my riding career it became apparent that my hockey family had to be educated on equestrian etiquette. At the first horse show that my “Poppa” (grandpa) attended, he was…

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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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Put him down or try and grow back a hoof – the heart wrenching story of Finding the Nemo – Part 1

Finding The Nemo - Recovering in his stall and fighting to grow back his hoof and live a full and sound life

WARNING: Very graphic injury photo at the end of the article   Abi Munks, a former flat racing jockey, who once worked for the legendary Thoroughbred racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil, was in the market to purchase a horse. She didn’t have a great deal of money to invest with only about 1,000 pounds at her disposal. Abi had just moved to a new area  and was driving by a random pasture.  There were about 20 horses in the field and she was immediately drawn to Nemo (named after the adorable Disney computer-animated Tang fish). She recognized they weren’t in…

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How Francis Whittington brought down corner in 20 frames

1-FW Corner

On the Rolex 2015 cross-country course, Francis Whittington was the only rider to break a fence and escape the frangible pin breaking penalty because the fence he demolished was not pinned. Francis and Easy Target took 6 strides to the C element of the Land Rover hollow, and while attempting to bank the corner, Easy Target dropped his hind legs behind the ground line log. The momentum carried the horse’s haunches to the left and when it hit on the far left post, the jump gave way. Luckily it did collapse, because a more sturdy construction would have had a different…

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Stylish six – The best dressed at the first jog-up at the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event

These boots are made for jogging...

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: Bobby Meyerhoff and Dunlavin’s Token. The daring red jacket sets this outfit apart from others.   Holly Payne and Never Outfoxed. Holly owes her horse an apology because she was the foxier one.   Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Fly Me Courageous. Even her toe nails were painted the right pink to match her dress!   Jordan Linstedt…

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Kyle Carter and his best kept secret – FR’s Trust Fund

Kyle Carter and FR's Trust Fund.

We had a chance to catch up with Kyle Carter after his successful weekend at the Ocala International CCI2* where he was the highest placing Canadian with an unexpected 3rd place. Read on to find out more about his special homebred Finn and his plans for Rolex on his long-term partner and fan favourite Madison Park.   Top Canadian The Ocala Horse Properties International brought out many riders from a few different nations hoping to qualify for the 2015 Pan Am games and catch the eyes of their respective selectors. Kim Seversen and Cooley Cross Border owned the dressage phase,…

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

Anita Nemtin-Gilmour. Always the fashionista.

Summer weather in Ocala brought out some bright and light outfits for the first jog-up. 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: To keep up with the all the action in Ocala: Eventing Connect reporting Website     Entry Status     Ride Times      Schedule     Live Scores     Live Stream Thehorsepesterer video coverage. Thank you to David Frechette.     You might also enjoy these Eventing Connect features: Today’s SCOOP Kyle Carter and FR’s Trust Fund put in personal best only one year…

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Ellie MacPhail & RF Eloquence – Rookie ride to Rolex 2015

Ellie & Bobby at home on the farm and getting pumped for their four-star debut.

Her last time competing in the Rolex stadium was in 2009 riding Woodstock at the North American Young Rider Championships. Six years later, Ellie MacPhail is on track to head back to Lexington, this time contesting her first four-star. This past weekend, Ellie and RF Eloquence (Bobby), a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding, placed 2nd at the CIC3* Poplar Farm Horse Trials. After scoring a 48 in dressage, Ellie and Bobby kept their second place position from beginning to end. A solid run on cross-country capped off the weekend and reassured Ellie that their fitness plan is working. Galloping, trot sets and…

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Hallie Coon & Namaste – Rookie Ride to Rolex 2015

Hallie and Namaste at Rocking Horse Horse Trials earlier this year. Photo courtesy of David Frechette

At 11 years old, Hallie Coon never imagined that a hand-me-down horse from her sister would be the mount that would take her to her first four-star. Namaste (Yogi), a now 14-year-old KWPN, has been Hallie’s project for the past eight years. If the training progresses as planned, in a few short weeks they will make their debut at Rolex, a dream for many young riders. Yogi was purchased from Bobby Stevenson for her sister. Her sister rode him for about a year before she passed the ride to Hallie. Now at the age of 19, Hallie reflects, “He was…

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