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Educational Day at Southern 8ths Long Format Breathes New Life into an Old Classic

May 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event Off to a Great Start 

What a brilliant first day! The annual So8ths/Nikon Three-Day Event held at Southern 8ths Farm in Chesterfield, SC keeps setting new standards. This year the educational day on May 2 garnered rave reviews from competitors and officials.


Holly Hudspeth, Lauren O’Brien, Taylor Pence, and Goldie



Dr. Debbie, Wendy McCaughan, and Dr. Severt

“I loved it!” exclaimed Sue Smithson, president of the ground jury. “You now have so much education here with the Long Format that everyone should do it.”



Brad Turley, Holly Hudspeth, Tremaine Cooper, and Lauren O’Brien

Thursday’s topics included vet inspections, figuring times for Roads and Tracks, and a clinic to let riders know what the judge is looking for in the Dressage segment.


Holly Hudspeth and Lauren O'Brien

Holly Hudspeth and Lauren O’Brien


“We’re judging the forest, not the trees.” Smithson explained her expectations for Dressage. “Ride the horse, then ride the test and get the most out of your horse.” She explained that many people concentrate on the test rather than the horse.

Brad Turley, the owner of Southern 8ths Farm and organizer of the event, has a passion for classic eventing. “Few people compete in the Long Format any more, because it requires a lot more preparation for horse and rider, it’s time consuming, and it’s tougher,” he said. 


Pati Martin and Brad Turley

Pati Martin and Brad Turley


In addition to Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping, the Long Format includes a Roads and Tracks portion that stresses endurance and fitness. It adds miles and another competition to the already challenging cross country day.


Sarah Baker, a young competitor from Southern Pines, grew up watching her mother compete in the Long Format. “It’s great to do the classic eventing,” she said. “I wish I had had this instruction before my first One Star.” Her lovely mare is named Poetic Justice.



Tremaine Cooper, Holly Hudspeth, Lauren O’Brien


Sarah and her dad, Jim Baker, are both riding Training level. Interestingly, James came to the Heart of the Carolinas first Three Day competition three years ago and competed in Beginner Novice. The next year he rode his horse, Wings, in the Novice division. Now the same horse and rider combination are up to Training Level.


Jim’s wife will be joining them on Friday as groom and ground man.



Sue Simpson


Officials and Pan American Games veterans Holly Hudspeth and Lauren O’Brien supervised the horse inspection on Thursday afternoon. They also did an informative clinic on how to present horses properly for the jog. Later, course designer Tremaine Cooper explained how to figure times for roads and tracks.


Sponsors came from as far away as Ireland. Wendy McCaughan of County Down is a representative for Kan Teq, a manufacturer of safety vests and body support. “I’ve been struck by the care and interest of the trainers, who were generous with their advice.”


James Baker and Wings

James Baker and Wings


Coming from the Four-Star Rolex Three- in Kentucky last weekend, she paid the farm a huge compliment. “The facilities are outstanding and this promises to be a super event. It’s a grand follow-up to the Rolex.”


For photos and videos of this event go to www.so8ths.com.


CANTER To Honor Top Off-Track-Thoroughbred Competing in Rolex 2013

April 23, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

70% of CANTER Re-Training Program Graduates Find New Careers as Event Horses


Rockville, MD (April 22, 2013). CANTER will present a leather show halter donated by Five Star Tack and a beautiful custom cooler from Exquisite Equestrian to the top placing Off-Track-Thoroughbred (OTTB) competing in Rolex 2013. Rolex, held in Lexington, KY, runs April 25 – 28, 2013.


“We are very excited to present an award to the top performing OTTB and rider. This award acknowledges the commitment of owners and riders who recognize the athletic ability of ex-racehorses and have the foresight to take a retired racehorse and transform him (or her) into an incredible sport horse,” said Allie Conrad, executive director CANTER Mid-Atlantic. “This is our third year presenting such an award at Rolex and each year I am overwhelmed at the ability and heart that these horses show during this very challenging competition.”


Ex-racehorses going through the CANTER re-training program are evaluated for soundness, suitability and discipline. About 70% of the horses going through the program demonstrate the courage, athleticism and mental acuity to succeed as event horses in which they must be able to compete in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country phases of the sport. Many other graduates have found success in the hunter or jumper ring, as pleasure horses and even barrel racing.


The winners will be announced following the competition and posted to the CANTER web site www.canterusa.org.


To find an ex-race horse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.canterusa.org.


About CANTER (The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses): CANTER provides a free sales listing service to racing trainers and owners to help them find non-race homes for their retiring racehorses. Some Chapters have incorporated a Phase 2 Program in which donated ex-racehorses are rehabilitated, retrained and rehomed. CANTER Chapters serve racetracks in Ohio, New England, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois. Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California and the Mid Atlantic region and are approved to operate as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Your Donations are tax deductible.


About Five Star Tack: Five Star Tack is a maker of finely crafted bridles, halters and breastplates. For more information, visit http://www.fivestartack.com/index.html


About Exquisite Equestrian: Exquisite Equestrian provides custom tack room equipment, accessories, and horse/dog clothing for show-circuit horse training businesses. For more information, visit http://www.exquisite-equestrian.com.


Halliday claims emotional CIC* victory in Barroca

March 07, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Liz Halliday made the perfect start to her international 3-Day Eventing season at Barroca d’Alva in Portugal last weekend by winning the CIC* International with Blackie (Fernhill By Night).


The event was marred by sadness however when experienced fellow rider Bruno Bouvier suffered a fatal accident when his horse had a rotational fall during Saturday’s CIC** Cross Country. Liz had known and competed against Bruno for many years and the following day dedicated her victory to a respected and much-loved member of the international eventing community.


“Bruno was a true friend to all of his fellow competitors and a real ambassador for the sport of Eventing,” said Liz. “He really loved his horses and was a great rider, and we will all miss him dearly. My condolences go out to his family and everyone who was close to him; on Sunday we were all riding with him in our hearts.”


Blackie’s performance throughout the event did at least provide some positives to take away from an emotional weekend. A super performance in the Dressage ring on Thursday saw the pair seize an early lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the competition thanks to clear Cross Country and Show Jumping rounds.


Meanwhile there were also strong showings from Chailey Stud’s other two representatives against the 69-strong field in Portugal. Excellent Dressage and Cross Country tests from Cooley (HHS Cooley) saw him occupy fourth going into the final event, before a rail down ultimately dropped the pair to a still-impressive ninth place overall.



And while Oscar (Viscount Oscar) couldn’t quite match the exploits of his stable-mates, a finishing position just outside of the top-20 still represented a commendable effort for his first competition of the season.


“It’s great to be back in Barroca and although we have endured a sad weekend the spirit of this great event has still held strong,” continued Liz. “I have always enjoyed starting the season here and it’s fantastic not only to have won but also finish with three horses in the first third of the field. Blackie’s Dressage performance was outstanding and he didn’t put a foot wrong thereafter, which was just as well considering how close we were to second place. I said before the competition that this was only a warm-up for the two-star event, but even so it’s always nice to come out and win at the start of the season.


“Cooley also tried hard and might have finished a bit further up the leaderboard were it not for our rail down in the Show Jumping, but the poor horse really didn’t have time to warm up properly with the tight time schedule so I am sure he will be even better in the competition this weekend. Oscar can be a bit spooky early-season and that caused him to have some rails down, but again I think he will improve in the next competition. All in all I am very proud of everything we’ve achieved so far in Portugal and can’t wait for the next round of competitions later this week.”


All three horses will remain in Barroca for this week’s international events that begin on Thursday. Blackie and Cooley will step-up to contest the CCI** competition while Oscar has been entered in the CCI*.


For more information about Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre, please contact Jo Warrilow: jo@equineeventsuk.com | 44 (0)7879 448501 | www.chailey-stud.co.uk


For more information on Liz Halliday, please visit www.lizhalliday.com.