Held in July in conjunction with The Event at Rebecca Farm, Young Rider Programs in the USEA Areas will be fundraising in full force to send teams to compete in Big Sky Country. After two years of involvement with the Area I Young Rider program as a parent, Brenda Jarrell is now in her first year as Young Rider Coordinator for the region. The incredible experiences that the program has given her kids have inspired her to take up the mantle this year and pay it forward, encouraging connections among the kids and spreading the love of eventing. Brenda saw the value in this and wanted to put something similar together for her NAYC rider and groom candidates starting with a day of volunteering at the Aiken SPCA, but while driving home from work one day she had the idea take community service a step further and turn it into a fundraiser. “While I was thinking about ‘acts of kindness’ the candidates could do for team building, the idea of encouraging acts of kindness rather than just asking for money from donors would be a fun and meaningful way to request support while also engaging the community,” Brenda explains. In the month and a half since that initial email, the team has met around 20 challenges, all of which have been accomplished within one of two days of the request. One of the most memorable challenges offered thus far, has been from a donor who offered $100 dollars on behalf of up to five candidates who gave $20 of their own money to a homeless person and spoke kindly to that person. The challenges have been met with gusto by the kids: “They’ve been very enthusiastic and excited to share their good deeds,” says Brenda. Phoebe Niland is a groom candidate this year and she has jumped in to the program and eagerly accepted challenges. “The classmate’s mother has told me how much it has improved his attitude toward school,” reports Phoebe’s mother, Karen.
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.
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.
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.
Our resident Pony Pal Ainsleigh talks to us this month about the importance of being comfortable on many different horses, even when they aren’t as easy as horses we may have been used too. Wise beyond her years, Ainsleigh offers us insight on what each individual horse can teach us and how that can make us better riders. I want to talk to you about switching horses. You could have to switch horses for many reasons. Depending on what horse you switch to it could take weeks, or even months to learn a new horse. Once I had to switch from the sweetest pony in the barn to a newer horse that was way more difficult because I was beginning to outgrow my current horse, Puff. One other thing that I had to learn was how hard it was to steer Charlie. After about a month, it started to get easier and easier to ride Charlie. She would get nervous and start to gallop. I had to go back to Puff for a little while, so my trainer could work with her, but now I am back on Charlie and she is being a really good girl!