Category Archives: Riders

Nice guys finish as alternates

Kyle Carter video

  Canadian, Kyle Carter, talks about not being selected for the Canadian Pan Am team despite having by far the best qualifying score with his mount FR’s Trust Fund. Many people have been speculating about why he was not selected, here are your answers to any speculations you may have had.   You might also enjoy these Eventing Connect features: Today’s SCOOP Friday’s Five – Things eventers need to do this summer Rebecca Howard and Riddle Master 15th after dressage at Luhmühlen Guide to start Eventing – Keeping it real. What? And how much? Luhmühlen CCI4* course walk preview Mark…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Ways to tell you’re Eventing obsessed

Boyd Martin on Steady Eddie competing at the 2015 Bromont CCI3*

WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing. No rider, owner, coach, or nation is off limits.   10. First thing you do in the morning is visit www.eventingconnect.today to check out Today’s SCOOP. 9. When you are sitting in your car and traffic slows down, you start to cluck. 8. Getting up in the middle of the night to watch events online across the pond is a must. 7. You only go shopping for clothes when you need…

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Friday’s Five – Who will top the leaderboard at the 2015 Luhmuhlen CCI4*

Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST the 2015 Rolex winners.

The best way to predict the future is by looking at the past. We analyzed the FEI records of everyone entered at the Luhmuhlen CCI4* to predict who the top five duos will be next Sunday. Here are our picks: 5. Dirk Schrade (GER) & Hop and Skip Lifetime best CCI4* score: 49.2 – 6th at Luhmuhlen 2011 Most recent CCI4* outing: 135.3 – 45th WEG 2014 Last FEI outing: 45.3 – 5th at Houghton Hall CIC3* 2015 Dirk and his 16-year-old, British Sport Horse, gelding, Hop and Skip, have a wealth of experience, with a total of 35 FEI…

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FEI Rider Rankings explained

William Fox-Pitt at Rolex 2015

William Fox-Pitt is number one in the FEI rankings. We all know he is an excellent rider, but what exactly are the FEI rankings? The FEI tracks points for every FEI registered rider around the world.  See the list here.  Unlike the sport of show jumping, which uses its rankings for year-end bonuses and to decide invitations to certain events, there is no clear purpose of the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings list. At one time the rankings were sponsored by HSBC, which awarded a prize at the end of the year.  The HSBC sponsorship has ended, and now the rankings…

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My life with Evil Munchkin: Part 2 – How I became an expert at landing in the dirt

naughty rambo

I rode Evil Munchkin, aka Rambo, for seven years. Together we went from Beginner Novice all the way to the two-star level. This winter, I made the gut-wrenching decision to sell him because I realized it was what needed to happen to keep me in this expensive game and it was time for him to teach someone else the ropes of Eventing. We won our last event together, the Intermediate Rider division at Rocking Horse Winter III H.T., on a Saturday and he was sold and gone to his new owners on the Tuesday. I was an emotional wreck at the time he…

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Rainman, winning and knowing when to quit

christa dillon

WARNING: Language includes some curse words.   I read an article today about knowing when to quit. It was a super piece and certainly encouraged the reader to take a long hard look at themselves and their horses. The main point of the article was that sometimes quitting is actually a step forward. Sometimes a difficult horse is not worth persevering with just because he has talent or because he is your only hope of competing in a sport you love. Sometimes the horse and in some cases, the rider would enjoy a different discipline much more. During my early…

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Canadian Pan Am Games team prediction – Not what we were thinking before yesterday

Waylon Roberts & Bill Owen at the Bromont CIC2*

In light of the information from Elena Ceballos, Pan Am team rider for Venezuela revealing that Kyle Carter did not make the Canadian team, I had to go back to the drawing board to make my predictions for the Canadian Pan Am team. In making this guess, I did have the advantage of seeing which horses were jogging for the selectors at Bromont. Kyle Carter & FR’s Trust Fund (Alternate) I really thought that after the Ocala International, this pair was on the team barring injury or another pair besting them at a CCI2*. Kyle and FR’s Trust Fund demonstrated…

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Tuesday’s Top 10 – Reasons my rider is on the ground

"I swear this is not my fault dad!"

WARNING: Only read if you have a sense of humour Check in every Tuesday for our Top 10 list that could feature just about anyone or anything related to Eventing. No rider, owner, coach, or nation is off limits.   Tuesday’s Top 10 - Reasons my rider is on the ground 10. The bitch spurred me too hard. 9. Circles are boring, I like to dance on two legs. 8. Rumour has it she was riding a mechanical bull at a bar on the weekend, wanted to see if it was true. 7. For a split second I forgot how to jump and…

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Kyle Carter not named to Canadian Pan Am team? Coaching Venezuelan clients instead?

Elena Ceballos & Nuance

Elena Ceballos is ecstatic to be a rider for the Venezuela team for her second Pan Am Games. This time she has two horses qualified Nounours du Moulin and Nuance and she has not quite decided which horse she will be riding. Elena will be joining team mates: Alvaro Lozada on Urileva; and Juan Andres Larrazabal on Atlanta. The team has been training and doing their final preparations with Kyle Carter. Elena says, “Kyle is an absolute professional and he an amazing ability to get the best out of me and my horses. He is patient and is an incredible problem…

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Brazil announces 2015 Pan Am team

Waving Flag

Brazil has named their 2015 Pan Am Team. These four combinations will be making their way to Toronto in the next few weeks to ride for their nation. As host nation for the 2016 Olympics, Brazil is guaranteed an Olympic team spot so this competition is not a critical win. However, they are sending a world-class competitive team with a group that has plenty of European experience and pairs that can score competitively in dressage. Brazil’s 2015 Pan Am Team is: Carlos Paro and Calcourt Landline This pair has been competing at the three-star level since 2014. They earned their…

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