Author Archives: Sable Giesler

Swimming in the Jersey Shore – VIDEO Break

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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Revolutionizing course walks – Eventers need this

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

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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$100,000 goes to… Rolex 2015 predictions

After analyzing the entire field of competitors at this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, I have picked the horse and rider pairs who I think will comprise the top five at the end of this weekend. To make my selections I took into consideration everyone’s best CCI4* completion score, their preparation events this year, and career consistency in all three phases. The field is extremely competitive this year, making it tough to pick, but by using my ‘expert’ intuition and more importantly, cold hard statistics, I feel it is plausible that this is what the leaderboard will show after Sunday unfolds. 5th –…

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Canada’s rising star – Tik Maynard

Canada’s Tik Maynard has already represented Canada at the 2007 Rio de Janeiro Pan Am Games, competing in the Modern Pentathalon. Now a full-time eventer, if the result he just pulled off at Red Hills International with his 7-year-old gelding, Dutch Times, is an indication of what is to come, he may be a second time Pan Am competitor this year in Toronto. Tik and Dutch, owned by Christina Aharoni, placed 2nd in a field of 57 riders at the Red Hills CIC2*, finishing on 51.5 after adding only two time faults on cross-country to their dressage score. Last November,…

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Conahys Courage euthanized after fall at Red Hills International Horse Trials

Conahys Courage, ridden by Kyle Carter and owned by Imogen DeLavis suffered a catastrophic injury at fence 12 A in the CIC3* division at Red Hills International Horse Trials, in Tallahassee, FL. Courage was humanely euthanized and a postmortem examination will be conducted at the University of Florida Large Animal Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Courage was a 10-year-old ISH and was imported three years ago to the USA. Kyle has brought him up the levels and they competed at their first CIC3* at Poplar Place in March 2014. Jen Carter, Kyle’s wife has confirmed with us that he is uninjured….

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Could this be Eventing’s anthem?

Eventers are used to disappointment. In fact, not long ago I had a coach tell me that this sport is 90% disappointment. However, I can’t help myself, I love Eventing. I can’t wait for each new day just to start the routine again. The days are long and repetitive and the biggest reward is when you have a moment with your pony that shows progress. Progress comes in various forms on the horse and off the horse. Every day my horses teach me as much as I teach them. I know that there is not a job that I would…

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Interview with Michael Jung – Clarifies his Rolex plans and more

With Rolex, Kentucky just two months away, training is in high gear for all the pairs planning to tackle North America’s only four-star and the most attended Eventing venue on this side of the pond. Since news broke that Michael Jung was planning to attend, fans have been excited and speculating. Which horse will he bring and does he have the Rolex Grand Slam in his sights? A big thank-you to our good friend Eckhart Siewert, who graciously arranged an interview with Michael so we could ask him about his plans. What horse will you be taking to Rolex? I…

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UPDATED: Does the USA owe Canada a bronze Pan Am medal?

UPDATE: Dec. 5/2014-11:00 am: Gina Miles gets to keep her bronze medal from the 2007 Pan Am Games. The rule discussed in this article was changed: The PASO Regulations up to Santo Domingo in 2003 stipulated that no country could win more than two medals per event. The “no podium sweep” rule was implemented to limit the ongoing dominance of USA at the Pan American Games and subsequently the restriction was removed.  The present situation is that all three places can be won by the same country as long as the rules for the sport permit more than two entries…

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