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Tale of two FEI championships

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” There is only one FEI Championship held in North America every year and that is the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). Every four years, 41 countries from the Americas and closely situated island nations come together to compete at the biggest sporting event on this side of the globe, the Pan Am Games. About 18 of the events will be Olympic qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Summer Games, including Eventing. Toronto won the…

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Last Week TODAY

 There are no limits to what riders will do to win.  Catch up on interesting tidbits that you might have missed last week. We work hard to catch all the good stuff so you don’t have to.   Imagine the look on Kyle’s face when he read that… Maybe the horses at Buck’s place need eye glasses? ‘Top 30 Under 30‘ rider, David Doel, was on a shopping spree.   Leave your top hats at home, helmets work better when the unexpected happens!   Honouring a dear friend and supporter to help keep talented horses in the USA.   Gemma Tattersall…

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2015 Canadian National Eventing Team announced

Equine Canada has announced the 2015 Canadian National Eventing Team. With the Pan Am Games just around the corner and as it is only a CCI2* there are over 90 combinations who have declared for the games. However, the combinations on the 2015 National Eventing Team include pairs that have already qualified for the Pan Am Games.  It is exciting to see so many young riders making their debut on the national team including, Hannah Bundy, Leah Breakey, Lauren Clark, Dasha Ivandaeva, April Simmonds and David Ziegler. Of course it is also very cool when a father and son make…

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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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Last week TODAY

Click here for the full breathtaking image of Andrea Leatherman and Buck Davidson’s wedding picture.     Last week TODAY Welcome to our new weekly feature, where you can catch up on interesting tidbits that you might have missed last week. We will work hard to catch all the good stuff so you don’t have to.   Biggest Eventing win of the week goes to Niklas Lindback the champion of the Indoor Eventing class at the Sweden International Horse Show where he piloted around Mister Pooh to win on his home turf.    Did Doug Payne find a Pot of…

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Top Price – Right now that is Jonelle

With a brilliant ride at the Stuttgart German Masters Indoor Eventing Derby on Wednesday night, Jonelle Price (NZL) took the third place ribbon and was the highest placed female in the highly competitive field. In this year’s 2014 FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings, she placed second. She is the first woman to break into the top three since Mary King topped the leader board in 2011. Jonelle and Karin Donckers (BEL) are the only women in this year’s top ten, with Karin in 9th. Riding trumps law Riding for Eventing powerhouse New Zealand, Jonelle has not only risen to the…

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2014’s Top 30 Under 30 – The best young talent from all over the world

As the 2014 season winds down, we can now reflect on an exciting year of competition with highs and lows for the riders at the top of the sport and the riders just getting started. We would like to introduce you to Eventing Connect’s first annual “Top 30 Under 30 Eventers” including riders from all over the world. The Top 30 Under 30 are all tenacious, enthusiastic and a brilliantly talented group. Already we are witnessing them accomplishing significant milestones in the beginning of their riding careers as they compete shoulder to shoulder with the world’s best and most experienced….

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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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From a “non-horsey” family to four star rider – the rise of Lauren Kieffer

We had a chance a few weeks ago to sit down and speak with Lauren Kieffer, her parents and David O’Connor about Lauren’s partnership with Veronica and her start in the O’Connor program. Lauren and Veronica just completed their cross-country round at Pau today. Opting to take some long routes, they finished safely with time and are sitting in the top 10. Eventing fans stood up and took notice when Lauren Kieffer and Veronica placed 2nd at their inaugural CCI4* at Rolex in April 2014. This pair has a bit of a history and if you are a believer of…

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Velcro Boyd stays on and leaves us wondering how

Boyd Martin’s legendary riding abilities continues to dazzle the crowds every time he gets in the irons and this weekend was no exception. Boyd competed four horses in the CCI3*  and managed to get three around without jumping penalties. His tenacity is apparent in this video clip. Velcro Boyd, Eventing Super Hero on Crackerjack in the CCI3* at the last water leaves us all in awe at his abilities on horse back. Boyd competed a total of six horses over the weekend with four in the CCI3* and two in the CCI2*. Thank you to Alec Thayer at Ab3 Photography…

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