Eric Bull of ETB Equine Construction in Scottsville, Virginia, has signed a contract to build the cross-country course for the 2016 Nutrena USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), to be held at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, NC, set to take place from Thursday, September 1, through Sunday, September 4, 2016. Eric also built the course for this weekend's $75,000 Asheville Regional Airport Eventing Showcase presented by Wellington, Equestrian Realty, in Wellington, Florida. The course at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) features several beautifully crafted, Tryon-themed cross-country jumps to promote TIEC and the American Eventing Championships to be held later this year.
While it may have seemed like déjà vu with Boyd Martin standing on the top of the podium once again at the $75,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, he thought that the 2016 event was a whole new ballgame.
“This year was a much more competitive field,” said Martin. “It was a higher standard, the course was tougher and it was harder to win this year than last year, but saying that I knew that this horse, Blackfoot Mystery, had a good chance.”
Only eight horses of the 35 who show jumped today were clear in the $75,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase. With the rails flying the standings jumbled quite a bit and Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery have moved into the lead. Owned by the Blackfoot Mystery syndicate, the 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding moved up from third after both Allison Springer with Arthur and Buck Davidson with BallynoeCastle RM dropped a rail apiece.
Now sitting in second is Colleen Rutledge who jumped clear aboard both of her mounts, Covert Rights and Escot 6. Rounding out the top three is New Zealander, Daniel Jocelyn, who is catch-riding Sable Giesler’s Devil Munchkin.
The last time that Allison Springer’s Arthur ran a full event was at the 2015 Wellington Eventing Showcase exactly a year ago. The experienced Irish Sport Horse (Brandenburg’s Windstar x Kelly) has returned to the second annual Showcase to prep for his seventh attempt at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* and started strong by scoring a 29.1 for the lead.
“He feels great,” said Springer. "He is so happy to be out doing something again. He got hurt before Kentucky last year and he feels really strong and well now. This was the perfect thing to get him in the atmosphere – have all the noise and everything. Arthur is happy to be here.”
The 2016 Asheville Regional Airport Wellington Eventing Showcase, presented by Wellington Equestrian Realty, will be held on February 5-6 at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). Twenty-two top Eventing riders from four countries will compete in this three-phase competition for $75,000 in prize money.
Instrumental in the Olympic and World Equestrian Games qualifying selection process for the United States and Canada, Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event (JFI) returns to the Horse Park of New Jersey, May 11-15, to host qualifying selection trials for the U.S. Eventing Team that will compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In its 14th year, JFI has become one of the most influential international three-day events in the United States. Highlighted on the calendar by the sport's leading competitors, JFI will run both CCI and CIC Three-Star and Two-Star events. In addition to the CCI and CIC divisions, JFI and will introduce an Advanced Horse Trials Division that will likely draw more up-and-coming horses and riders.
Over the month long winter break University of South Carolina (USC) at Aiken Eventing Team members dispersed to spend time with family and friends from home. From South America to New York, riders spent time reconnecting with family and recharging, both mentally and physically. Our equine partners enjoyed the warm South Carolina weather as they got their own month long vacation just to be horses again. The break was well-received after ending the last semester on a high note by winning the Intercollegiate Team Challenge at Poplar Place Farm in November.
Eventing groom Max Corcoran reviews a selection of alternate equine therapies; their pros and cons, and rider/trainer Tik Maynard continues his series on equine behavior and learning.
Retired Racehorse Project announced today the results of a four-week effort to recruit experienced horse trainers for the 2016 Thoroughbred Makeover. The event requires each trainer to acquire a Thoroughbred that raced or had a published work after October 1, 2014 and had no second career training before this year. Trainers will ship to the Kentucky Horse Park on the last weekend of October to compete in ten equestrian disciplines for $100,000 in prize money and the title of America’s Most Wanted Thoroughbred.
What follows are some statistics about who entered.
One of the challenges as an instructor is coming up with exercises that are appropriate for a wide range of horses and riders; and while at first glance this exercise can seem a bit complex and intimidating, it is actually perfect for horses and riders from Elementary level right up through Advanced. I borrowed the base of this exercise from my longtime coach Jimmy Wofford, and then made it a little different to suit the needs of both my horses and my student’s horses.
Tips and Tricks of the Trade is a new article series being provided through a partnership between Athletux and the USEA.
Winter can be a hard time to keep your horse looking clean and tidy, especially without access to warm water. Some days, even with warm water, it's just too cold to bathe them at all! In any case, a good rubber curry is your best friend, along with a good set of brushes and a strong hoof pick.