The Besilu Collection – Paso Fino Breeder in Ocala, FL

The Besilu Collection is one of the premier Paso Fino Breeders in the world. Located in Ocala, FL

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When Your Parents Don’t Ride

“How do you make your parents understand your obsession with horses when they don’t ride?” A friend of mine recently posed this question. She’s a twenty-something, determined to make it in the eventing world professionally, horse crazy entrepreneur who is giving it everything she’s got. My mom also has a theory about my love for horses. 2) Then there are all those little girls out there who had a ‘horse’ phase at some point in their life. She loves the smell of horse poop and everything that has anything even remotely to do with a horse. And not just love of the horse, but of each other. My answer is this: I simply want my son to follow his heart in whatever direction his passion leads him, even if it ISN’T horses and even if it IS something I don’t like or understand (like golf or baseball. I’m sure there will be times when I’m frustrated just like my parents were when trying to buy me a piece of tack for Christmas (Thank God for gift cards!) However, as a parent I also now understand that the frustration comes mostly from wanting your child to be happy and wanting to share in something that is completely foreign to you. We love our horses, but we love and appreciate you putting up with that love even more!

The Idea of Order: The Disgruntled Lesson Horse

No one really wants to hear what’s on his mind. Presented by: I think we can all remember that saint of a horse who first sucked us into the horse world. Similarly, I think we can all also look fondly on the one who was a real snarkfest and taught us perhaps even more than we’d cared to know about how lucky we were that the aforementioned saintly horses exist. I personally adored the cheeky beasts, though I can’t say that I am disappointed they couldn’t tell me how much *I* was disappointing them. Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 34-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She was recently able to complete her USDF bronze and silver medals and is currently working on her gold. Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, a now beastly 7-year-old Dutch gelding, and Stormy, her friend’s nearly all white paint gelding with a penchant for finding every mud hole and pee spot in existence. Visit her website at www.theideaoforder.com.

Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Austin Skeens knows the way to Abbey Stones heart … through her horse! From Austin’s mom, Heather Skeens: “It’s prom season! What better way for an eventer guy to ask an eventer gal to prom than with an all-Eventing promposal? Abbey said ‘Yay!’ instead of ‘Neigh!’ So it looks like they’ll be donning the formal wear instead of the barn clothes for one fun night.” National Holiday: National Bat Appreciation Day Events Opening This Week: IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event (IN, A-8) IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event (IN, A-8) Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring Horse Trials (NY, A-1) Waredaca H.T. (SC, A-3) Heart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event & H.T. (SC, A-3) Riga Meadow Combined Test (CT, A-1) MCTA H.T., Inc (MD, A-2) Poplar Place Farm May H.T. [Festival Classes Offered at 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships] Researchers are looking for ways to prevent bone fractures in racehorses. After a study showed that there is a link between DNA and fractures, these researchers set out to help identify horses who are at a higher risk of fracture, and encourage preventative care. Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? Chillax.

Badminton Drawn Order Goes Live with Caroline Powell First Out

New Zealand’s Caroline Powell was drawn first to go with Up Up and Away. Madeline Backus and P.S. Looking to the three past winning horses who will compete this year, Nereo has an early draw with Andrew Nicholson as #4. La Biosthetique Sam FBW (#30) will go after the lunch break on the first day of dressage with Michael Jung. Paulank Brockagh (#79) will go in the final group on the second day of dressage with Sam Griffiths. A total of 85 starters will contest Badminton. Oliver also has three of his four horses cross-entered at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Here is the full drawn order: Caroline Powell (NZL) and Up Up And Away Georgie Spence (GBR) and Halltown Harley Tom McEwen (GBR) and Toledo De Kerser Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Nereo Alex Bragg (GBR) and Zagreb Mark Todd (NZL) and Leonidas II Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Pamero 4 Harry Dzenis (GBR) and Xam Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley Master Class or Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley SRS or Oliver Townend (GBR) and Ballaghmor Class or Tina Cook (GBR) and Star Witness or Tina Cook (GBR) and Billy The Red Ciaran Glynn (IRL) and Killossery Jupiter Rising Richard Jones (GBR) and Alfies Clover Alicia Hawker (GBR) and Charles RR Dan Jocelyn (NZL) and Dassett Cool Touch Alexander Whewall (GBR) and Chakiris Star Ben Hobday (GBR) and Mulrys Error Clare Abbott (IRL) and Euro Prince Dag Albert (SWE) and Mitras Eminem Padraig McCarthy (IRL) and Mr. Chunky Louise Harwood (GBR) and Mr. Potts Kate Honey (GBR) and Fernhill Now Or Never Alan Nolan (IRL) and Bronze Flight Tom Jackson (GBR) and Waltham Fiddlers Find Aoife Clark (IRL) and Master Rory Selena O’Hanlon (CAN) and Foxwood High Andy Daines (NZL) and Spring Panorama Michael Jung (GER) and La Biosthetique Sam FBW Patricia Ryan (IRL) and Dunrath Eclipse Giovanni Ugolotti (ITL) and Cult Rewind Michael Ryan (IRL) and Dunlough Striker Tim Price (NZL) and Ringwood Sky Boy Denis Mesples (FRA) and Oregon De La Vigne Lydia Hannon (GBR) and My Royal Touch Imogen Gloag (GBR) and Brendonhill Doublet Danni Dunn (GBR) and Zocarla BLH Simon Grieve (GBR) and Drumbilla Metro Lauren Kieffer (USA) and Veronica Pippa Funnell (GBR) and Billy Beware Virginia Thompson (NZL) and Star Nouveau Flora Harris (GBR) and Bayano Sarah Bullimore (GBR) and Reve Du Rouet Ros Canter (GBR) and Allstar B Yoshi Oiwa (JPN) and The Duke Of Cavan Bill Levett (AUS) and Alexander NJ Izzy Taylor (GBR) and Perfect Stranger Georgie Strang (GBR) and Cooley Earl James Sommerville (GBR) and Talent William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Fernhill Pimms – waitlist Imogen Murray (GBR) and Ivar Gooden Will Furlong (GBR) and Collien P 2 Aurelien Leroy (FRA) and Seashore Spring Kirsty Short (GBR) and Cossan Lad Paul Tapner (AUS) and Bonza King Of Rouges Regis Prud’hon (FRA) and Kaiser HDB 4175 Cedric Lyard (FRA) and Qatar Du Puech Rouget Lissa Green (AUS) and Hollyfield Ashley Edmond (GBR) and Triple Chance Dee Hankey (GBR) and Chequers Playboy Carlos Diaz Fernandez (ESP) and Junco CP Tom Crisp (GBR) and Coolys Luxuey Becky Woolven (GBR) and Charlton Down Riverdance Jonty Evans (IRL) and Cooley Rorkes Drift Warren Lamperd (AUS) and Silvia Joseph Murphy (IRL) and Sportsfield Othello Jonelle Price (NZL) and Classic Moet Piggy French (GBR) and Vanir Kamira Nana Dalton (GBR) and Absolut Opposition – waitlist Madeline Backus (USA) and P.S. Arianna Hanne Ramsgaard (DNK) and Verstervangs Arami Emilie Chandler (GBR) and Coopers Law Harry Meade (GBR) and Away Cruising Dani Evans (GBR) and Smart Time Will Coleman (USA) and OBOS O’Reilly Michael Owen (GBR) and Bradeley Law James O’Haire (IRL) and China Doll Sam Griffiths (AUS) and Paulank Brockagh Gemma Tattersall (GBR) and Arctic Soul Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Jet Set Alex Bragg (GBR) and Redpath Ransom Mark Todd (NZL) and Kiltubrid Rhapsody Harry Dzenis (GBR) and Dromgurrihy Blue Tina Cook (GBR) and Calvino II or Tina Cook (GBR) and Billy The Red or Caroline Powell (NZL) and On The Brash Ciaran Glynn (IRL) and November Night Georgie Spence (GBR) and Wii Limbo Oliver Townend (GBR) and MHS King Joules or Oliver Townend (GBR) and Cooley SRS or Oliver Townend (GBR) and Ballaghmor Class or Tom McEwen (GBR) and Strike Smartly Click here to rewatch the draw on Badminton’s Facebook page. Go Eventing.