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Tryon Riding and Hunt Club Cross Country Schooling Day

July 20, 2015 By: Editor Category: What's Happenin'

X-Country-School-flyer2015-updatedTryon Riding and Hunt Club is pleased to host their annual Cross Country Schooling Day on Saturday, August 15, 2015. Held at FENCE, this event is a great opportunity for Eventing enthusiasts to ride the Greg Schlappi course that will be featured in the 40th Annual TR&HC Horse Trial that is scheduled for later in September.

Pre-registration is not required, however it is encouraged so that times can be assigned. The levels offered are P,T,N,BN and Starter and the entry fee is $35 or $25 for TR&HC members. A current Coggins Test is required.

Schooling begins at 9 AM and the last group goes out at 2 PM. Riders must leave the premises by 4:30 PM. FENCE is located at 3381 Hunting Country Road, Tryon, NC 28782.

Please call 828.863.0480 or email office@trhc1925.org to enter. Check out our website http://www.trhc1925.org

British break records with world number one slots in all three Olympic disciplines

May 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

British riders have broken all-time records, occupying the world number one slots in all three Olympic equestrian disciplines. This is the first time that athletes from one nation have simultaneously topped the FEI World Rankings in Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing.

In the latest rankings published by the FEI, Scott Brash heads the Longines Rankings in Jumping, Charlotte Dujardin heads the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings, and William Fox-Pitt tops the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings.

“To be the first country whose athletes have simultaneously been world number one in the three Olympic disciplines since the FEI Rankings began in 2002 is a truly outstanding achievement,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said.

“Congratulations to Scott Brash, Charlotte Dujardin, and William Fox-Pitt for their remarkable performances, and also to their trainers, owners, grooms, support crews, veterinarians, the British Equestrian Federation, and the British Olympic Association. And, of course, I would like to pay a very special tribute to the talented horses that are an integral part of the success story in British equestrian sport.”


Photo caption: Scott Brash (GBR), pictured here at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final 2014 riding Ursula XII, heads the Longines Rankings in Jumping. ©FEI/Arnd Bornkhorst

Scott Brash, the youngest member of Britain’s London 2012 Olympic Games gold medal team, jumped into the world number one spot in the Longines Rankings in December 2013 and has held the position ever since. With 3,266 points, the 28-year-old from Peebles in Scotland is ahead of fellow countryman Ben Maher (2,830 points), and Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum (2,799). Beerbaum and Brash claimed second and third places behind Daniel Deusser (GER) in last month’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Lyon (FRA).


Photo caption: Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) and Valegro, pictured at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final 2014, head the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings. ©FEI/Arnd Bornkhorst

Charlotte Dujardin (28) and the 12-year old bay gelding Valegro became the first British partnership to head the FEI World Dressage Rankings in September 2012 following their double Olympic gold at the London Olympic Games. The combination reclaimed world number one status last September and have now been in pole position since the beginning of the year. Dujardin and Valegro, winners of the Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Lyon, are also the FEI Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special, and Grand Prix Freestyle record holders.

Dujardin and Valegro lead the FEI Dressage Rankings with 3,138 points ahead of Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill NRW (2,917 points), and Edward Gal (NED) and Glock’s Undercover (2,702 points).


William Fox Pitt World Eventing Number One
Photo caption: William Fox-Pitt (GBR), multiple Olympic, World and European Eventing medallist, pictured here at the London 2012 Olympic Games, is now leading the FEI World Eventing Rankings. © FEI/Jacques Toffi/Arnd Bronkhorst.

William Fox-Pitt, multiple Olympic, World and European medallist, and the first British rider to top the FEI World Eventing Rankings in 2002, took over as world number one at the beginning of the month. Triple Olympic team medallist Fox-Pitt (44), who this week bids for a Badminton victory to add to last month’s win in Kentucky, has a 16-point advantage over Andrew Nicholson (NZL), with Bruce O. Davidson Jr. (USA) third in the world rankings.

“This is another historic first for equestrian sport in Great Britain and is wonderful proof of the skill of our riders, the dedication of the owners and staff, as well as the support provided by the Lottery-funded World Class Programme,” British World Class Performance Manager Will Connell said.

“Of course ranking lists are a record of what has already happened, but now all of us are focused on the competitions ahead and especially on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.”

View the FEI Rankings in the three Olympic disciplines here:
Longines Rankings
FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking
FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings

Photo caption (attached image): British riders have broken all-time records, occupying the world number one slots in all three Olympic equestrian disciplines. Pictured from left: Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro, leaders of the FEI World Individual Dressage Rankings; Scott Brash, world number one on the Longines Rankings, aboard Ursula XII; and William Fox-Pitt, who tops the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings, pictured here at the London 2012 Olympic Games riding Lionheart. © FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst and Jacques Toffi.

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FEI Classics™: Stage is set for a new-look Badminton

May 14, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kate Green

The two leading riders in the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 go head to head in the fourth leg of the series, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR), this weekend (8-11 May).

William Fox-Pitt, winner of Pau (FRA) last year and Kentucky (USA) last month, and Christopher Burton (AUS), who triumphed on a catch ride at his home CCI4*, Adelaide (AUS), in November 2013, both have exciting rides at Badminton.

Fox-Pitt, the new world Eventing number one, has a commanding 15-point lead in the FEI Classics™, a series he has won three times before, but there is plenty of time for others to catch up.

He has the choice of three rides at Badminton: Cool Mountain, his 2010 Kentucky winner and world team gold and individual silver medallist, Parklane Hawk, the 2011 Burghley winner, and the striking chestnut stallion Chilli Morning, on which Fox-Pitt won individual bronze at the 2013 FEI European Eventing Championships.

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2013

Burton, interestingly, has been reunited with his Adelaide ride, TS Jamaimo, after a group of his owners and supporters clubbed together to buy the 15-year-old thoroughbred for him with this year’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in mind.

Burton took on the ride just days before Adelaide when the horse’s former rider, Will Enzinger (AUS), broke his leg. “It’s been a fascinating experience and I feel so lucky,” said Burton, who earlier this spring finished fifth on TS Jamaimo in the CIC3* at Belton (GBR). “He’s a good-looking horse on the flat and a careful jumper. I can’t wait to take him to Badminton.”

Around 85 horses from 14 nations will appear before the Ground Jury at the first horse inspection tomorrow (May 7).

The field includes six former winners: Fox-Pitt (2004); New Zealander Sir Mark Todd (1980, 1994, 1996 and 2011), who rides NZB Campino and Leonidas II; Britain’s Mary King (1992 and 2000), who brings Imperial Cavalier; and Pippa Funnell (2002, 2003, 2005), who has the choice of Billy Beware, Or Noir de la Loge or Redesigned; plus two Australians: Lucinda Fredericks (2007), who rides Flying Finish, and Paul Tapner (2010) with Kilronan.

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) is celebrating 30 years of competing at Badminton. He first appeared here in 1984 when he rode a clear round on Kahlua and earned a place on the New Zealand squad at the Los Angeles Olympics, but this is one of the few events in the world where victory has eluded him. His best result was second in 2004 on Lord Killinghurst.

This could be Nicholson’s year, though. He rides two Spanish-bred geldings, Quimbo, winner of Kentucky last year, and the extraordinarily consistent chestnut Nereo, second at Burghley in 2013.

However, all riders, no matter what their level of Badminton experience, will be facing a new-look Cross Country course. Former six-time winner Lucinda Green has described the track created by FEI Eventing Committee Chairman Giuseppe Della Chiesa (ITA) as: “truly magnificent.”

Della Chiesa, only the third Course Designer at Badminton in some 50 years, has used new ground in the Duke of Beaufort’s parkland and has produced new fences, including a water complex. He has also recreated the famous Vicarage Vee fence.

The scene is set for a thrilling and fascinating weekend, and one rider is set to make history in Badminton’s 65th year.

See the full entry list for the fourth leg of the FEI Classics™ at the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials here, and watch live coverage of the Cross Country and Jumping on the FEI’s official video platform FEI TV.

FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 Leaderboard (after 3 of 6 events)

1 William Fox-Pitt (GBR) 30 points
2 Christopher Burton (AUS) 15
3 Maxime Livio (FRA) 12
4 Lauren Kieffer (USA) 12
5 Sonja Johnson (AUS) 12
6 Phillip Dutton (USA) 11
7 Buck Davidson (USA) 10
8 Craig Barrett (AUS) 10
9 Sinead Halpin (USA) 8
10 Shane Rose (AUS) 8

See full standings here.

FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 calendar

1 Les Etoiles de Pau CCI 4* (FRA) – 23-27 October 2013
2 Australian International 3 Day Event (AUS) – 14-17 November 2013
3 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA) – 23-27 April 2014
4 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR) – 8-11 May 2014
5 Luhmühlen CCI 4* presented by DHL Paket (GER) – 12-15 June 2014
6 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) – 4-7 September 2014

Photo Caption: William Fox-Pitt (GBR), pictured here with Oslo at the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials 2013, heads to this year’s event as world Eventing number one and leader of the prestigious FEI Classics™ series. Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI.

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Notes to Editors

Prize money

At the end of the FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 season, the five riders with the highest number of points collected across the six FEI Classics™ events will share a total prize fund of US$120,000 split as follows: 1st – US$40,000 (Series Champion); 2nd – US$35,000; 3rd – US$25,000; 4th – US$15,000; 5th – US$5,000.

Join the FEI on Facebook & Twitter

Our signature Twitter hashtags for this series are #Classics and #Eventing. We encourage you to use them, and if you have space: #FEI Classics™ #Eventing.

The Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials Twitter handle is @bhorsetrials and hashtag is #MMBHT

Media Contacts

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Eventing Community Welcomes George Morris for Clinic at Boyd Martin’s Bridle Creek Farm

February 26, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Aiken, SC – February 19, 2014 –  Sometimes equestrian disciplines have a hard time sharing their worlds, but in Eventing where there are three aspects, they eagerly welcome the insight of different trainers. Legendary horseman and coach George Morris is well known in both the Show Jumping and Eventing communities, and on February 24-25, 2014 he will travel to Aiken, SC to teach at Boyd Martin’s Bridle Creek Farm. Riders and auditors will have the opportunity to learn from the best in the business.

After retiring as Chef d’Equipe of the United States Show Jumping Team, Morris has set his sights on developing the future of the sport by conducting clinics around the world.  Focusing on helping riders develop correct form and function, Morris has often been referred to as the founding father of hunt seat equitation. Second to none, his teachings, technique and style are revered around the world. Over the course of his career, Morris has been highly successful as a rider, coach, clinician, author and judge.

“A group of Eventing riders based in Aiken, including three members from the
London Olympic Team, will be participating in the clinic,” explained Martin.
“I think George will be focusing on course analysis, which sometimes the Eventing
riders struggle with. Without question, George is one of the greatest equestrian
coaches in history, and we are honored that he is coming to teach us. “

While the spots for the clinics filled up immediately, auditor positions are still

available to gain knowledge from the esteemed Morris through observation,

and a waiting list is available for riders should a spot become available. Auditor

spots are $60 each, and Martin encourages all the Eventing enthusiasts around

Aiken to come and watch the master at work.

The daily clinic schedule will begin with the first group of advanced riders at

9:00 a.m., followed by intermediate riders at 11:00 a.m. The final group of

green horses will commence at 2:00 p.m.

Fernanda Kellogg will be hosting a reception on Monday, February 24, at

Fox Frolic Farm beginning at 4:30pm.  Owners, auditors and riders are all

welcome to attend, and Morris will be addressing everyone during the event.

George Morris
For more information about the George Morris Clinics and his 2014 schedules please visit http://www.ghmclinics.com.

Educational Opportunities and Nutritional Consults Available This Upcoming 2013-14 Season, Provided by BioStar LLC

January 24, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL (January 17, 2014)- Having a horse and being able to maintain it takes education and sometimes years of practice. But when it comes to maintaining performance horses at their highest level, having a professional around to help give yourself a great foundation of knowledge can make a huge difference in the show ring. Tigger Montague, founder and formulator at BioStar, LLC is able to provide her expertise in the field of equine nutrition to the owners, riders and professionals attending the 2013-14 season of competition in Wellington and Loxahatchee, Florida.
In her educational talks, Tigger will go over ‘Feeding for Performance,’ where she’ll break down the ingredients of feeds and supplements. The talk starts with the fundamentals of equine nutrition: fiber, protein, fats and carbohydrates. From there she’ll use those building blocks to help further educate the audience on how to feed for performance and health. She is also available for individual nutritional consults, and can work in conjunction with veterinarians to address specific issues relating to performance and/or general health conditions.
Tigger Montague’s background is extensive in nutrition, including thirty years in the human and equine supplement industry and a focus on Ayruvedic Medicine.   “Feeding horses doesn’t have to be difficult,” said Tigger. “My goal is to help break down the barriers of confusing labels and feeding programs so that individuals can provide better health to themselves and their horses, and improved performance in the show ring.”
Any facility or group of individuals within a twenty mile radius of Wellington, FL can opt to have Tigger come to your facility. Talks usually last for over an hour, and time afterwards for questions is recommended. For those interested in setting up an appointment to have Tigger come out to your facility, or for an individual nutritional consultation, please write to kat@biostarus.com.
About BioStar US: Whole Food Supplements For Best in Class Health and Performance
BioStar US holds the belief that non-synthetically derived ingredients (whole food) has positive effects on health and wellness. They support the whole food and organic food movement, and strive to bring the highest quality products to horses and dogs alike. BioStar US uses a unique system that dehydrates their formulas and bars which takes place at low temperatures to maintain nutrient and enzyme levels similar that of to raw food. Providing organic, GMO-free, coal tar derivative-free, petro-chemical free, wheat free supplements that contain no artificial sweeteners or other synthetic ingredients is why BioStar is the leader of whole food supplementation in the equine industry. For more information on BioStar US, visit their website (http://www.BioStarUS.com), or you can also connect with them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/BiostarSupplements).

New From Ice Horse

January 20, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Emergency Wrap:

neck shot
We’ve all been there. Your horse comes in from the field and there’s a hot bump
on his – pick a spot: Shoulder, neck, ankle. Ugh, you think. One of his pals
kicked or bit him while they were horsing around!

Emergency Wrap 3
Or you open up the stall door to find somehow; your horse banged his knee,
hock or fetlock. It’s one of those mysterious injuries horses seem so prone to,
no matter how deep we bed and bank the stall.

Emergency Wrap 1
What’s the fist thing you want to do? Ice it. But how do you get a bucket of ice
water on his neck? Or avoid getting the cut on his ankle wet while using ice to
reduce the heat and swelling?

Emergency Wrap 2
The answer is the new Ice Horse® Emergency Wrap. The wrap is six inches
wide, 42 inches long and made out of a special anti-migration fabric, so it stays
in place while cooling even the trickiest part of your horse. The wrap comes with
two reusable First+Ice® packs which mold to the horse’s body part to provide
optimal coverage, cooling and compression.

A tack trunk must for all!

For publication quality photos we have set you an invitation to our Drop Box. If
you did not receive our invitation or have questions, please contact Martha
Springer at Martha@icehorse.net or call 707-343-1079.

Hydration Hay™ Research Update from Purina

December 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Horses Offered Purina® Hydration Hay Blocks Demonstrated Improved Markers of Hydration Status During Transport







The stress of transportation, especially during hot, humid weather conditions, can negatively impact horses’ health. Decreased water intake, heat stress, increased respiratory complications and other health difficulties can arise when horses are transported. Hydration Hay™ blocks are designed to soak up to 5L of water and conveniently provide quality forage along with hydration. This patented product can be offered to horses during trailering to help offset the potential deleterious effects of transport stress. This experiment was designed to test the hypothesis that horses trailered with access to Hydration Hay™ blocks would demonstrate improved markers in hydration status compared to horses with access to traditional dry hay.

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A randomized, crossover design was utilized with ten mature horses initially assigned to either Bermuda grass hay or

Hydration Hay™ block groups. Horses were transported on a commercial trailer and transported 721 km. One week later, horses were reassigned to opposite treatments and hauled a second time for 695 km. For both hauls, measurements of body weight and water intake were taken prior to and after the haul. Before, during and after transport, blood samples (glucose, total serum protein, packed cell volume, blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinine) and vital signs (heart rate, respiration rate, rectal temperature, skin turgor and capillary refill time) were taken. Data were analyzed using SAS PROC MIXED.




Treatment did not affect (P>0.17) serum glucose, total serum protein, BUN, serum creatinine, or BUN:serum creatinine concentrations. Further, treatment did not affect (P_0.25) heart rate, percent bodyweight change, skin turgor or capillary refill time. For rectal temperature, a treatment Å~ haul interaction (P=0.03) was evident, where temperature was 0.25°C less (P<0.01) for horses receiving Hydration Hay™ during the first haul. However, rectal temperature was not different (P=0.16) during the second haul. Interestingly, mean environmental temperature was 6.1°C greater for Haul 1 compared to Haul 2. For horses receiving Hydration Hay™ blocks, there was a trend (P=0.07) for these horses to have a lower packed cell volume, and they also had lower (P<0.01) respiratory rates at the end of transport compared to horses offered traditional hay. Importantly, average overall water intake of horses receiving Hydration Hay™ blocks before, during and after transport was 3.3 L/d greater (P<0.01) than horses receiving dry hay.



In conclusion, for horses transported with Hydration Hay™ blocks, decreases in packed cell volume, respiratory rate, and rectal temperature during a high temperature haul pointed to improved hydration status. In addition, horses receiving Hydration Hay™ blocks before, during and after transportation had overall higher water intakes that can help to offset the stress and dehydration associated with trailering.



Please contact your local Purina representative if you would like more

information about this study.


Good Food Hunting: At Blenheim International Horse Trials

September 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

By Kat Wojtylak

While everyone set their sites to Burghley last week, I set my sites to Blenheim. Quite possibly because I got to go last year, and partly because I feel it’s the underdog of England’s events happening in September. While not as prestigious in terms of rankings, it still has a lot to boast of in terms of competitive spirit, entertainment, heritage….and food. Oh, the magnificent food.

While I could talk endlessly about the food had at the event itself, I would actually like to share with you some key gems you might be missing in your attempt to avoid traffic on the way back to the hostel. At so many horse shows, we always seem in a rush to get out of the immediate area- let it not be so!

First up on the list is Blenheim Palace itself. While you have to pay to get into the grounds, £13-22.00, it’s absolutely worth it. Not only do you get to stroll the grounds and take tours of this magnificent residence, you also get to eat your way through Blenheim Palace. They hydration they have is also most excellent.

Bangers and mash at The Pleasure Gardens Deli at Blenheim Palace. English beef and ale bangers with caramelized onion mash.

Bangers and mash at The Pleasure Gardens Deli at Blenheim Palace. English beef and ale bangers with caramelized onion mash.

Roast British Beef and Horseradish Potato Chips found at The Pleasure Gardens Deli at Blenheim Palace. If anyone wants to pick me up some I would be forever grateful!!!!

Roast British Beef and Horseradish Potato Chips found at The Pleasure Gardens Deli at Blenheim Palace. If anyone wants to pick me up some I would be forever grateful, these were amazing!!!

Blenheim Palace has their own springs and with it comes some of the best water (in the world as far as I'm concerned). Grab some at The Oxfordshire Pantry at Blenheim Palace.

Blenheim Palace has their own springs and with it comes some of the best water (in the world as far as I’m concerned). Grab some at The Oxfordshire Pantry at Blenheim Palace.

Also at The Oxfordshire Pantry at Blenheim Palace is Samulesons of Witney Lemonade made from Blenheim Palace Sparkling Water, yummy!

Also at The Oxfordshire Pantry at Blenheim Palace is Samulesons of Witney Lemonade made from Blenheim Palace Sparkling Water, yummy!

Speaking of Blenheim Palace Sparkling Water, the story is quite unique and worth sharing. Blenheim Palace Natural Mineral Water is part of a centuries-old tradition which began in the twelfth century when Henry II built a pleasure pool for his mistress, Rosamund Clifford, at Blenheim Palace. The pool was fed by an ancient spring which, legend maintains has never dried. Rosamund’s Well can be seen to this day and the water has been highly valued ever since. When demand for Blenheim Palace Natural Mineral Water outstripped supply in recent years, a further source was found in the Park and a bottling plant was established. It is from here that this prestigious and delicious drink now springs.

As if walking the grounds and the event itself wasn’t enough- you could then take a stroll out the Woodstock gate (which closes at 6:30pm) to the town of Woodstock, Oxfordshire. We experienced fine dining at The King’s Arms, had Indian food at Jaan Indian Cuisine (not pictured- too dark), and dessert and drinks at the Star Inn. I learned that eating earlier had it’s perks, followed by a quick rest and jaunting the evening away in the local pubs. For breakfast, my favorite items came from the French market that appeared in town for the weekend we were there. It included so many wonderful treats, but more importantly it was the freshly baked croissants and goodies they had every morning that did me in.

Inside the King’s Arms Restuarant.

Inside the King’s Arms Restuarant.

Duck leg confit with samphire grass and roasted potatoes courtesy of the King’s Arms Restaurant.

Duck leg confit with samphire grass and roasted potatoes courtesy of the King’s Arms Restaurant.

Local brews and an amazing warm brownie courtesy of the Star Inn!

Local brews and an amazing warm brownie courtesy of the Star Inn!

My favorite vendor at the French market in Woodstock who had the absolute best French croissants, and chocolate ones at that!

My favorite vendor at the French market in Woodstock who had the absolute best French croissants, and chocolate ones at that!

To view the full recap of photographs relating to Woodstock, food and the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, view my photo albums.

This is only a mere sampling of the great food to be had in Woodstock due to my own time limitations whilst there. I’m sure there are many more choices I didn’t get a chance to enjoy and talk about. The important take away lesson is getting out and sampling the local cuisine no matter where you end up, using this post and upcoming ones as guides on where to go based on what you’re in the mood for. I do welcome any additional suggestions you may have as maybe I can get back to the UK and share my adventures at a later date.

To full plates and eating your tarte out.

About the writer: Author Kat Wojtylak is a horse enthusiast turned food blogger. She maintains a day job in the horse world handling marketing and brand support to various companies, while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences. Visit her blog at EatYourTarteOut.com or email her at tartechic@eatyourtarteout.com.

From despair to elation in one weekend for Halliday

June 22, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'


Liz Halliday was again dovetailing her dual sporting careers last weekend when she competed in the Lotus Cup UK at Oulton Park before travelling south for the Catton Park Horse Trials in Derbyshire.


Motorsport and equestrianism are two very different sports, a fact that was underlined by the dramatic change in Halliday’s fortunes over the three days…


Friday and Saturday were spent in Cheshire where the bad luck that has characterised Liz’s Lotus motor racing campaign was once again in evidence. This time teething problems proved the least of her and the John Danby Racing team’s worries however after Halliday’s Lotus 2-Eleven was hit by a spinning driver as they slid back across the track in front of her. Powerless to prevent a collision, the hefty impact saw Liz retire on the spot.


Fortunately better was to come at the Catton Park Horse Trials on Sunday where Halliday had entered Blackie (Fernhill By Night). He too had not had a great previous event, but returned to form with an excellent second place finish in the hotly contested Open Intermediate section.


A score of 26.4 in their accomplished Dressage test left the pair joint second heading into the Show Jumping where a clear round helped maintain their victory chances. Although a handful of Cross Country time penalties would ultimately see them finish as runners-up, Liz was nevertheless delighted with Blackie’s performance.


Liz Halliday: “It’s fair to say that my weekend didn’t begin well but fortunately it came good in the end. What happened in the Lotus Cup race was so frustrating because there was absolutely nothing I could do to avoid the spinning car ahead. I did my best to miss it but there was just nowhere for me to go, and the end result is that my car sustained some heavy internal damage.


“Gladly I was able to put that behind me on Sunday when Blackie really stepped up after some indifferent recent performances. He was on it from the start and really felt the part Cross Country. I feel like we are back on track now for the season and looking forward to the next event in a couple of weeks.”


Busy weekend done and dusted, Liz spent Monday travelling to France where she is due to commentate on the Le Mans 24 Hours for Eurosport. Her pitlane reporting and commentary duties mean that she’s in for a busy time throughout the race on Saturday and Sunday.


When she finally returns home next week, a new horse – Chaco (Cooley Ground Control – will be waiting for her at Chailey Stud. Still only five-years-old, Liz has high hopes for the yard’s newest addition.







Liz is supporting pioneering medical charity Spinal Research throughout the 2013 season. For more information please visit www.spinal-research.org or contact Isabel Long on 01483 898786 / isabel@spinal-research.org.


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Andrews Bowen Ltd: Lynn Jones


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Cyclo-ssage: Sean Hamilton


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Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton

May 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

The Complete Resource—Training, Conditioning, and

Competing in All Three Phases Phillip Dutton with Amber Heintzberger


Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton by Phillip Dutton with Amber Heintzberger. This fabulously illustrated book covers training, conditioning, and competing in all three phases of events: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. In addition, Dutton includes full chapters describing the special needs of the event horse, with tips and advice from the top experts who make up his internationally respected eventing team—his groom, his farrier, and his veterinarian. You’ll find guidance in everything from daily maintenance to braiding and turnout, and from hoof care and studs to common health issues and “vet box” care of your horse during competitions.


With tips for finding the right event prospect, whatever your level of experience, as well as Dutton’s own schooling exercises, both on the flat and over fences, Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton promises to give you the leg up you need for a safe and confident start in the sport.

Mod EV cover


PHILLIP DUTTON is a 12-time USEA Leading Rider of the Year and 5-time Olympian with two gold medals. He has represented Australia in three Olympic Games and four World Championships, and competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 World Equestrian Games, and 2012 London Olympics for the United States. Phillip has been named the top FEI World Event Rider, is a founding member of the Professional Rider’s Organization (PRO), and was voted the 2009 Developing Rider Coach of the Year, having coached many adult amateurs and USET shortlisted riders. He lives with his wife and three daughters in West Grove, Pennsylvania.


AMBER HEINTZBERGER is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in equestrian subjects. She is coauthor of Beyond the Track: Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racehorse to Riding Horse.


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: Tack & Equipment • Finding the Right Horse • Putting Together an Eventing Team • Horse & Rider Fitness • Basic Dressage Schooling • Cross-Country: No Fences • Cross-Country Jumping • Introduction to Show Jumping • Mental Preparation for Horse & Rider • Warming Up for Each Phase • Riding the Dressage Test • Walking the Cross-Country Course • Planning the Show Jumping Round • Staying Clear and Making Time • Grooming, Braiding, & Quarter Marks • Feeding the Working Athlete • Hoof Maintenance, Shoes, & Studs • Common Health Problems • Care of the Event Horse During Competition • And So Much More!


352 pp • 8¼ x 10¼ • 269 color photos and 11 diagrams • 978 1 57076 489 9 • $39.95 pb


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Modern Eventing with Phillip Dutton