Category Archives: Good to know

Cutest dressage test ever – VIDEO Break

This might not be the fanciest dressage test but it is hands down the cutest. Who knew that miniature ponies could make such dressage stars? For some added joy to your day, watch this tiny pair rock their dressage test.   Duke Dressage Championship

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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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Check out the impressive alumni from Le Lion d’Angers

As the 2014 Eventing season winds down during the month of October, we have been researching the length of relationships of top riders and their top horses. A trend of long-term relationships beginning at the one-star level has come to the forefront. As our third and final article on the topic this month, we wanted to see where the horses from one of the most prestigious young horse events, The FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers, are now. Le Lion d’Angers stringent qualifications: This event is where the top young horses in Europe face…

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The Top-Eventers 2014 Collection: 19 upper level prospects

Some of the world’s most promising upper level prospects will be available at auction on November 8th at the tenth Top-Event Horse Auction in Luhmühlen, Germany. International rider Elmar Lesch and his partner Iris Schless will proudly present 19 world-class young horses at their 2014 auction. Elmar and Iris work hard to find undiscovered young talent by scouting horses that are still at the farms they were bred at in Germany. Over half of this year’s horse collection has come directly from a breeder’s farm. Germany is renowned for breeding world-class horses but it is not always easy for buyers to find…

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Pau CCI4* – What do the top five horses have in common?

Placing in the top five at one of the world’s six four-star events is no easy feat. For the majority of us, we look on in awe and a little bit of envy. We are all left wondering how do these riders get to that level? What do these pairs have that the others do not. Interestingly, the top five horses at Pau all had two things in common: 1 . Homemade: Our recent article, ‘Medal winners – produced not bought’, demonstrates that in the last three major games eight of the nine medal winners produced their horses from the…

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Young rider, young horse, the road to Rolex is possible – Kyle Carter explains

Every eventer in North America dreams of completing Rolex. In April every year, the pros and the first timers gather in Lexington, Kentucky, to tackle North America’s only four-star. Each year, there is always a mixed bag of results. Sometimes the veterans fail and surprisingly the Rolex rookies storm through the finish flags on their young rider horses. Young rider horses completing Rolex certainly demonstrates that not all riders need a veteran four-star campaigner to show them the ropes. Four-star horses are rarely for sale and end up selling for big money. Riders without four-star experience are in a difficult…

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Medal winners – produced not bought

Since the 2014 WEG, there is no shortage of discussion and blogs as to why North American Eventers cannot beat their European counterparts. Some obvious advantages include: availability of more competitions, an existing owner culture that is part of the social fabric, access to top training, and plenty of horse breeders. However, it is worth studying the methods and circumstances of the medal winning combinations to determine what separates them from the rest of us. Long-term partnerships It took six years of FEI competitions for Sandra Auffarth (GER) and Opgun Luovo to conquer the Eventing world and win individual Gold…

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Are you running the legs off your horse?

What are your riding plans for the next few shows? Are you chasing points for the leaderboards? The summer season is winding down and the American Eventing Championships and the Ontario Eventing Championships are coming up in less than a month. For the riders that migrate to Florida to compete for the winter they are about to finish up their second season in 2014. For the larger group that stays in the cold for the winter, they are counting down to the end of their only season with their horses. To develop a horse properly and to keep it sound…

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