Category Archives: Riders

Fair Hill draw posted – Riders still on wait list in CCI2*

The draw is done and the riders can now make their plan of attack depending on where they are in the order for the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI2* and CCI3*. Marilyn Little on RF West Indie are the lucky pair to start the field off on Wednesday. If history is any indicator, this pair will set the stage with a very competitive dressage test that will have the rest of the field working hard to best it. The majority of the Canadians in the CCI2*  are in the top half of the draw. With 122 horses in the…

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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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Gina Miles defies gravity then puts bridle back on while mounted

Gina Miles was not going to be outdone by Avery Klunick’s performance last weekend. Gina managed to avoid hitting the dirt after a sensational stop. Her horse S.V.R. Ron wiped out the jump, ended up sitting on its back end like a dog, then spun back on to its legs with Gina hanging on the side of saddle. With incredible strength and balance she rode it out while managing to pull herself back into position and put the bridle on and finish the round. Ride On Video (website) captured this great footage. This is how a Silver Medal winning Olympians stays…

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Seven new American Eventing Champions crowned today

Congratulations to all the 2014 American Eventing Champions. Grow eventing! Press release from USEA-Michelle Dunn Today was the final day of the 2014 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery, and seven Novice and Beginner Novice Champions were decided and sent home with an abundance of cash and prizes. Novice Divisions Corinna Garcia came from Ohio to Texas to win the Novice Horse division on Jamaica Skodstrupp and with a double-clear show jumping round, finishing on their dressage score of 23.0 penalties. The eight-year-old mare is as eye-catching as she is athletic, with a unique color pattern that…

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In It To Win It – Avery Klunick never gives up and puts bridle back on while mounted

Maybe it was the name of her adequately named horse but Avery Klunick proved she is “In It To Win It.” Faced with elimination, Avery managed to keep calm after her horse abruptly stopped in show jumping and lost its bridle. She cleverly put the bridle back on the horse’s head while remaining mounted and finished the ride much to the crowds encouragement and pleasure. Avery you are an inspiration to us all. Kids…you may want to try this at home. Put your horse’s bridle while you are in the saddle. It could come in handy. All of this action…

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Buck Davidson takes top honors in the $40,000 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final

Eventing Connect congratulates all the winners and competitors at the American Eventing Champioships. Grow eventing! Press release from USEA-Michelle Dunn It was written all over Buck Davidson’s face – he was thrilled with Caroline Martin’s Petite Flower and proud to win the $40,000 2014 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final at the Texas Rose Horse Park. They jumped double-clear over Richard Jeffery’s challenging course, edging out overnight leaders and defending Gold Cup Champions Laine Ashker and Anthony Patch. But even though he won his inaugural trip to Texas for the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery, and a…

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Caption contest: Dutton’s stadium gymnastic exercise

Phillip Dutton is one of the world’s top riders and his skills continue to impress riders and spectators alike. Taking down a rail riding I’m Sew Ready in the CIC3* at the first jump on Saturday at Plantation International Horse Trials it appears like he was just setting up a gymnastic exercise. The sacrificial first jump sharpened up I’m Sew Ready and they didn’t touch another pole. Caption contest Time for you to humour us with what was going through Phillip’s mind over the gymnastic pole. Just add your clever caption to the comments section below. We will narrow it…

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Ontario champs – Roberts easily wins Open Intermediate

Open Intermediate Leading from start to finish and remaining on his dressage score of 42.4, Ian Roberts on Faolan made show jumping look easy winning Open Intermediate  at the Ontario Horse Trials Association Championships at Will O’ Wind Farm in Mono, Ontario. Show jumping had little influence on the Open Intermediate as the top five placings after cross-country remained the same. Jessica Phoenix and Abby GS sitting on 47.2 placed second. Emilie Cleminson on Winnie Wonka finished on their dressage score of 49.6 and took third place. Ribbons were handed out to tenth place.     Check back for updates…

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Baby on board – Top eventer has great news to share!!

Well the red and white is an obvious hint. Canada’s top rider, Jessica Phoenix shared with Eventing Connect that her and husband Joel are having a baby in early March. Jess was all smiles, very excited and said that her son Jake keeps changing his mind as to whether or not he wants a baby sister or a brother. She also said that they will be waiting until the baby is born to learn the sex but that another “J” name is a strong possibility to keep with the family tradition. Congratulations to Jessica, Joel and Jacob!!! Growing Eventing, one…

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Ian Roberts – Topping the leader board at Ontario Champs

Will O’ Wind Farm was the cold (6 degrees Celsius) and wet setting for the Ontario Horse Trials Association’s Championships today. Competitors were soaked and miserable but that didn’t stop close to 200 combinations from competing. Riders tackled dressage and cross-country today in challenging conditions and are all seeking a warm dry bed tonight to prepare for tomorrow’s finale. The competition will conclude on Sunday with show-jumping. The weather forecast is looking brighter but still cool for September with a high expected of 16 degrees Celsius. Keep checking back for more updates and pictures of all the division champions. Open…

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