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Devon Brown took the trip of a lifetime this spring to groom for her close friend Libby Head at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials. Riding her own 18-year-old Sir Rockstar, Libby was the highest placed Under-25 rider at the end of this CCI4*, and the pair looked foot-perfect thanks to Devon's meticulous care. Devon was there for Libby’s first four-star at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2014, and she was there again for her first overseas competition at Badminton. She now shares her behind the scenes experiences from one of the most prestigeous events in the world.
JOHN R. (JACK) ERNST passed away on May 14, 2016 at the age of 83. Jack was a co-founder of Cravens Fabrics & Supplies, charter member of North Pulaski United Methodist Church and served in the U.S. Navy. A long-time supporter of eventing, Jack Ernst offered his own Jubilee Farm for Horse Trials and local Rackensack Pony Club Meetings for decades. Jack was also a loyal volunteer all over the country, and became a recipient of the USEA Governor's Cup for his many years of service.
Early this week, legendary horseman and current U.S. chef d’equipe David O’Connor lead a USEA Instructor’s Certification Program (ICP) Workshop to prepare instructors for their upcoming level III/IV certifications. Hosted by Ms. Jacqueline Mars’ beautiful Stonehall Farm in The Plains, Va., O’Connor walked the group first through the fundamentals of show jumping, where he revealed many helpful tidbits and fun facts, which I call “O’Connorisms,” that can be beneficial for riders of all levels.
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United States Eventing Association (USEA) CEO Rob Burk and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Managing Director of Eventing Joanie Morris speak on the tragic death of British rider Philippa Humphreys. Philippa, 33, of Rockford, Mich. and her own 13-year-old KWPN/Thoroughbred gelding, Rich N Famous, had a fall while competing in the CCI*** cross-country at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Philippa’s long-time student Liz Lund also joins us on the show and shares many special memories of Philippa, an amazing horsewoman, trainer, mother and friend.
A powerful video demonstrating the unique and extraordinary bond between the Olympics’ most muscular athlete – the horse – and their courageous riders has been released today, less than three months before the start of the Rio 2016 Games.
Around the world in 80 days – or just a bit over! – #TwoHearts will spread the spirit of a sport that has been at the core of the Olympic Movement for over a century and in which – uniquely – men and women compete head-to-head for the same medals.
The Young and Future Event Horse article series is being provided through a partnership between Mythic Landing Enterprises, LLC., and the USEA.
France dominated the podium placings in the first leg Event Riders Masters (ERM) at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. 40 riders, from nine nations were competing for a prize fund of £50,000 as well as an opportunity to catch the team selector’s eye ahead of the 2016 Olympics.
Astier Nicholas riding Piaf De Bneville landed the £16,000 first prize. He was joined on the ERM podium by French riders Thibaut Vallette and Karim Laghouag who finished in second and third place, riding Qing Du Briot and Entebbe De Hus respectively. The fifth finisher, France’s Mathieu Lemoine riding Bart L, was also involved in the winning celebrations as he is a shareholder in Astier’s winning horse.
Allentown, NJ - May 15, 2016 - Ryan Wood (AUS) and Powell led from start to finish to take the championship title in the CCI*** at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event (JFI), presented by BW Furlong & Associates on Sunday with a score of 46.0 penalties. Boyd Martin (USA) riding Welcome Shadow finished second and won the Gladstone National OpenTrophy as the leading US rider with 46.3 penalties. Canada's Jessica Phoenix was third with 49.2 penalties on Bentleys Best.
This was the first CCI*** victory for Wood and the first time Powell ever competed in a CCI*** which made the clear show jumping round on Sunday all that more impressive.
Today Kitty King riding Ceylor L A N set a personal best dressage score by nine marks at CIC three-star level scoring 32.9 penalty points to take the lead at the first leg of the Event Rider Masters (ERM) held at the Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials.
Kitty heads the ERM leader-board of forty international riders by under four points, and with less than five marks separating the top five after dressage, the £50,000 prize money pot is very much up for grabs.
Allentown, NJ - May 14, 2016 - Ryan Wood (AUS) held onto the lead in the CCI*** following cross country despite incurring 2.4 time faults on Powell for a two day score of 46.0 penalties at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event (JFI), presented by BW Furlong & Associates on Saturday.
"He was awesome. He saved me in a couple spots around the course. He's a big horse and he's got a massive stride. He was quite good on his minutes," said Wood of Powell on his first CCI*** cross country course.
Riding in reverse order of merit in the final phase, Wood will be the last to go. "I've never been in this position before. I'm pretty happy to be going for the win and I'll just do my best and see what happens."
It is with the deepest regret that the United States Equestrian Federation and United States Eventing Association report that Philippa Humphreys of Great Britain suffered a fatal accident while competing in the CCI3* at Jersey Fresh International in Allentown, N.J. on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Humphreys, aged 33 of Rockford, Mich. and Rich N Famous, a 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred gelding owned by Humphreys and her husband Peter, had a fall during cross-country at fence 16. She was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in nearby Hamilton, N.J., where she was pronounced dead by the attending physician.