Category Archives: Events

New official charity of the 2016 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* Three-Day Event

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), a Lexington-based, non-profit organization that accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding, has been named the official charity of the 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Presented by Land Rover. Rolex Kentucky has donated $10,000 to TAA in support of its work. Known as the “Best Weekend All Year,” the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, April 28- May 1, 2016. The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is designated as a Four Star Eventing competition by the Fédération Equestre…

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Top sellers and notable buyers at the Goresbridge Go for Gold Sale 2015

Goresbridge auction [Website] [Catalogue] [Full 2015 sale results] That’s a wrap on the 2015 Go for Gold sale in Barnadown, Ireland, and there was certainly no lack of excitement this year with multiple upper level horses being offered, three of them from Oliver Townend’s yard. 49 horses out of the 63 original entrants were sold for a combined total of just under €1.1 million. Sadly I couldn’t attend since none of my lottery tickets were winners, but there are some other familiar names on the list of buyers. The top price getter at €85,000 was was the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse…

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What to think about the new Beginner Novice “Assistance Allowed” division

On Monday, November 9, the USEA announced the creation of a new modified division: Beginner Novice “Assistance Allowed.”  This optional class would permit verbal assistance for riders, allowing a coach to read the dressage test (as is done in straight dressage), or offer helpful comments during a show jumping or cross-country round.  In addition, riders would be allowed to have a few extra stops and still continue, or even skip a jump altogether and finish the course.  The USEA found a need for this division to keep low level riders from being discouraged; looking through their stats, they noticed that up…

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Eight wins in 10 years for Royal Indoor Eventing king – Waylon Roberts

Yes, that is eight times in 10 years that Waylon Roberts (CAN) has piloted a horse to win the Indoor Eventing at the  Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In 2009, Penny Rowland and Roundabout took the title and last year, Tik and Dutch Times won. However, Waylon handily took back his crown riding West River to a ‘not even close’ 16 point spread to the second placed pair, Buck Davidson (USA) and Wundermaske. Waylon owns this class at the Royal and it will be many years before any rider can even come close to cracking his record. Buck put in another…

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Waylon Roberts and West River are in the lead after the first night of Indoor Eventing

Waylon Roberts (CAN) is in hot pursuit of his 8th win at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Indoor Eventing after securing himself a six second lead after the first night of competition. Buck Davidson (USA) sits in 2nd place aboard Wundermaske, which is very impressive for his Indoor Eventing debut at this tough competition. Rounding out the top three and sitting only fractions of a second behind Buck is Holly Jacks (CAN) riding Dynamo. The course was designed by Captain Mark Phillips and it was no easy task for riders. Fence 7, a corner that was set on a tricky line off of the keyhole…

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FEI appoints The Sports Consultancy as global sponsorship sales agency

The FEI has appointed The Sports Consultancy as its official global sponsorship sales agency up to and including the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018 in Bromont/Montreal (CAN). The Sports Consultancy, appointed after a competitive tender earlier this year, has a proven track record working with the FEI on a variety of commercial consultancy projects over the last seven years. “With our partners Longines, Furusiyya, Reem Acra and Ariat International, the FEI has already proven the benefits of being associated with equestrian sport,” said FEI President Ingmar De Vos. “We still have a lot of high profile FEI events and assets…

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IOC President talks Olympic Agenda 2020 during official visit to FEI HQ

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach commented favourably today on the high level of compliance in equestrian sport with the 40 recommendations in Olympic Agenda 2020 during an official visit to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) headquarters in Lausanne (SUI), the Olympic capital. “Olympic Agenda 2020 is the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement and it is impressive to see how compliant the FEI and equestrian sport already are with many of the recommendations”, President Bach said. “We have targeted gender equality as a key goal of Agenda 2020 and equestrian sport has always been at the…

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Friday’s Five – Reasons to go The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Friday’s Five – Reasons to go The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (RAWF) is an event that is impossible not to fall in love with. Starting next Friday, thousands of people and animals will gather in the Ricoh Coluseum and Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario. This year’s RAWF is taking place from November 6th until the 15th. I have attended the RAWF for the last three years and of course I will be there again next weekend. The Eventing season is over for the year in most parts of North America so there is no…

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Four years in the making: My OTTB conquers a Long Format Preliminary Three-Day Event

Four years ago, I rode my new, freshly off-the-track TB around the Kentucky Horse Park.  It was Midsouth Team Challenge weekend.  He wasn’t there to compete, of course, just to see the sights and wander around, learning about his new life as an event horse.  We walked up to the top of the hill, and he gazed out over the cross-country course with interest.  I couldn’t wait for the day when he would be out there tackling the Preliminary Three Day. Now, four years later, he was back at the Kentucky Horse Park, this time as a competitor.  I’ve already…

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Clueless at my first horse trial – A newbie’s tale

Ema Klugman recently wrote a fantastic guide to help riders tackle their first event successfully. I wish I had had that guide before my first horse trial. But 11-year-old Sable was a life expert who was way above reading guides. Heck, if I thought of it, I probably would have written a guide on doing your first horse trial before I had ever even done one myself! I had my 4-year-old paint quarter horse Joey and we were a force! Anyways, flashback 10 years to the Grandview Summer Horse Trials… My parents had signed me up for an “Event Prep…

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