Category Archives: Riders

Baby on board – Top eventer has great news to share!!

Phoenix is rising ;) !

Well the red and white is an obvious hint. Canada’s top rider, Jessica Phoenix shared with Eventing Connect that her and husband Joel are having a baby in early March. Jess was all smiles, very excited and said that her son Jake keeps changing his mind as to whether or not he wants a baby sister or a brother. She also said that they will be waiting until the baby is born to learn the sex but that another “J” name is a strong possibility to keep with the family tradition. Congratulations to Jessica, Joel and Jacob!!! Growing Eventing, one…

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Ian Roberts – Topping the leader board at Ontario Champs

Ian Roberts warming up Copper Cove. They are sitting in fifth place in the Open Preliminary.

Will O’ Wind Farm was the cold (6 degrees Celsius) and wet setting for the Ontario Horse Trials Association’s Championships today. Competitors were soaked and miserable but that didn’t stop close to 200 combinations from competing. Riders tackled dressage and cross-country today in challenging conditions and are all seeking a warm dry bed tonight to prepare for tomorrow’s finale. The competition will conclude on Sunday with show-jumping. The weather forecast is looking brighter but still cool for September with a high expected of 16 degrees Celsius. Keep checking back for more updates and pictures of all the division champions. Open…

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Fox-Pitt clinches FEI Classics™ with fourth place at Burghley

William Fox-Pitt (GBR) clinches victory in the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, final leg of the series. (Trevor Holt/FEI)

Fourth place, $40,000, winning the the FEI Classics™ for the fourth time William Fox-Pitt’s (GBR) position at the head of the leaderboard never looked in doubt. His fourth place at Burghley with a beautiful clear Jumping round on Bay My Hero was enough to clinch the title for the fourth time since the series began in 2008. William Fox-Pitt, 45, has won 52 CCIs, including a record 13 CCI4*s: Badminton (2004), Burghley six times (1994, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011), Luhmuehlen (2008), Kentucky three times (2010, 2012 and 2014) and Pau twice (2011 and 2013). He is the only rider to…

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Bad results plague American eventers on world stage

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Sadly, on the 40th anniversary of Bruce Davidson’s historical win at Burghley Horse Trials in 1974, the Americans could not come close to finishing a horse in the top ten. Davidson riding Irish Cap was the first American to ever win Burghley. Stephen Bradley followed with a win 19 years later riding Sassy Reason. Today, marks 21 years and counting since an American has triumphed at the biggest four-star competition on the planet. The 2014 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials had a promising start for Americans with three riders in the top 20 after dressage: Alison Springer and Arthur in…

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History making hat trick for Nicholson & Averbury

Andrew Nicholson 2014 Champion. Photo courtesy of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (Protected by copyright- Kit Houghton)

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Avebury have easily won the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials for the third year in a row. They had two rails in hand with a score of 46.1 heading into stadium. Jock Paget was sitting in second place with 55.2. Andrew took his time and jumped clear with 2 time penalites but easily took the win with a comfortable 7.1 lead. Averbury is the first horse in the history of the competition to win three times in a row. Nicholson bred the 14-year-old  himself by the Irish Draught/thoroughbred Jumbo out of a thoroughbred mare. Interview with…

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French national coach is stunned – Maxime Livio claims malicious act

Canada's 7th place WEG finish may not be carved in stone. The FEI Tribunal will be back in session to make a ruling that may disqualify the French team.

Nothing will be decided until the FEI Tribunal makes a ruling and while we all wait Maxime Livio is living a rider’s nightmare. The WEG top-placed French individual has a difficult road over the next few weeks and likely months now that his horse Qalao Des Mersa has tested positive for the Controlled Medication substance Acepromazine. Acepromazine is a sedative. There is a lot on the line here for Livio, France and Canada. If fourth place France is eliminated, Canada will move from 7th to 6th and get an Olympic qualification. French national coach is stunned Thierry Touzaint, the French…

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Will Canada get Olympic qualification? – 4th place France tests positive for ACE

Jessica Phoenix (CAN) on Pavarotti jumped clear and only accumulated time. Photo: Libby Law

Will Canada get a 6th place finish? Fifth place, French rider, Maxime Livio is in an unenviable situation as his horse Qalao Des Mers, has tested positive for the Controlled Medication substance Acepromazine. Acepromazine is a sedative. If fourth place France is eliminated, Canada will move from 7th to 6th and get an Olympic qualification. For details on the rules that affect team disqualifications check out article 11 for “Consequences to teams” and Article 12 for “Appeals” in the: “FEI Equine Anti-Doping and controlled Medication Regulations” (updates effective Jan. 1, 2014). The 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games may just be…

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Burghley’s best battling for FEI Classics™ payout

William Fox-Pitt (GBR), pictured here at CCI4* Kentucky (USA) aboard Bay My Hero, has a 10-point lead to win a fourth FEI Classics™ title going into the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) (© FEI Photo)

Take the money and jump will be the goal of the top riders at the 2014 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. In addition to the $102,015 US cash prize for the Burghley champion, the winner of the 2013-2014 FEI Classics™ will also be decided and awarded $40,000 US. Sounds like serious money but this is petty cash compared to other individual sports. For fun, compare the first place payouts for the top eventing, tennis and golf competitions in Britain, the United States and Australia. FEI Classics™ series Yes, eventing cash is a little pathetic but regardless, the riders will be…

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Talent watch: Kendal Lehari and Totally Frank

It's Richland Park Horse Trials weekend!

After blazing around her first four-star at Rolex in 2013 on her long time partner Daily Edition, Canada’s Kendal Lehari at only 27 years of age is showing the eventing world that she has what it takes to be a top-level eventer. After successfully bringing Daily Edition up through the levels, she now has a second horse on target to storm Rolex next spring. Meet Frank Totally Frank, a nine-year old OTTO, is already competitive at the three-star level. His phenomenal show jumping record validates what a freakishly talented jumper he is. After placing 7th at the Bromont CCI3* last…

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Love stats – Qualifying Results prove relevant to WEG finishes

Peter Barry (CAN) rode a stellar stadium round putting in one of the few double clears. Peter rose in the rankings from 66th to finish on 43rd.

Who knew that the riders’ best qualifying results (QR) for the WEG would be significant to the end results? When we pulled together the stats, we had a genuine curiosity but were not sure if QRs would matter.  After review, QRs did provide information that was relevant to the ranking of riders and teams with finishing scores.  Take a look: Team results To determine the team rankings, we included the best QR scores from the top three team riders. This simple method proved quite accurate and correctly determined four out of the top six teams. The ranking included New Zealand…

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