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Sally Corscadden appointed Senior High Performance Director of the Irish Eventing team

6 September 2016; Team Ireland Equestrian team manager Sally Corscadden during GAIN horse feeds Young Rider Eventing Final Training at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown, Co Dublin. Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** A new Senior High Performance Director for the Irish Eventing team has been announced by Horse Sport Ireland.  Sally Corscadden has been appointed to the position, which incorporates the role of Chef d’Equipe. Sally’s focus will be on the delivery of the high performance plan 2017/2020 and on performance targets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games campaign. She will take responsibility for planning, monitoring, selection and performance at international level for European, World and Olympic competition. Sally has more than 25 years experience as a medal-winning Eventing rider and coach. She was a member of Ireland’s Bronze medal winning team at the ... Read More

Equestrian Canada Announces 2017 Eventing High Performance Squad

canadian flag The Equestrian Canada (EC) Eventing Committee has announce the athletes invited to the 2017 Eventing High Performance Squad. The list which is split into Elite and National squads includes several riders based in the UK.  The 2017 Eventing Elite Squad is made up of Hawley Bennett-Awad, Rebecca Howard, Colleen Loach, Selena O’Hanlon and Jessica Phoenix. The 2017 Eventing National Squad is made up of Peter Barry, Kyle Carter, Rachel McDonough, Kathryn Robinson, Karl Slezak, Waylon Roberts and Michael Winter.  “The 2017 Eventing High Performance Squad includes strong representation of experienced and developing athletes and horses,” said Dr. Rob Stevenson, Chair of the EC ... Read More

Captain Mark Phillips Appointed Cross-Country Course Designer for 2017 Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event

Mark-Phillips-Medium Captain Mark Phillips has been appointed as the new course designer for the Jersey Fresh International (JFI) Three-Day Event.  The event, which takes place at the Horse Park of New Jersey from May 10-14, will mark its 15th anniversary in 2017. Captain Phillips takes over as the course designer from John Williams, who has designed the event’s courses since the competition’s inception in 2002.  The Organising Committee have emphasized the enormous contribution that Williams made to the event as a member of the original team that brought the competition to life, and then over the years as a hard-working, highly influential driver ... Read More

Boyd Martin Rides to a Three-Peat Victory at $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase

eventing-284x159 Boyd Martin was victorious with Welcome Shadow in the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase held on Saturday at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Beginning the weekend with a class of 39 entries, Martin climbed to the top after a clear show jumping round and a great trip on cross-country to finish on 27.30 penalties with Welcome Shadow, a 2005 Thoroughbred mare owned by Gloria Callen, and an overall Showcase win for the third year in a row. Buck Davidson and Carlevo, owned by Carlevo LLC, finished second on 30.9 penalties after moving up from 13th place after dressage. ... Read More

Rolex Kentucky increases prize fund to $400,0000

Mary King The winner of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will this year collect $130,000 after the organisers confirmed an increased prize fund of $400,000.  Equestrian Events, Inc., producer of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, is increasing the prize money for the long-standing annual Kentucky competition for the third year in a row. The prize find will be awarded to the top 20 riders, with the winner’s prize being the highest amount awarded amongst the world’s four star three-day events.  The news comes following an announcement by Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, which takes place a week later, that the winner of the event will ... Read More

Horse and Rider combinations announced for 2017 $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase

WES-RL-284x159 The combinations intending to compete at the 2017 $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Eventing Showcase have been announced by event organizers, Equestrian Sport Productions (ESP).  The highly-anticipated event will take place on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, at The Equestrian Village, at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC). The competition will feature some of the world’s most talented international event riders over the course of the two-day exhibition event. Several UK based riders will be participating, including William Fox-Pitt, Mark Todd and Dan Jocelyn. The confirmed horse and rider combinations are as follows: Angela Bowles (USA) – Novelle Jennie Brannigan (USA) – ... Read More

National One Day Champs to be Hosted at Kihikihi

Team NZ Kihikihi International Horse Trial has been named as the hosts of New Zealand’s 2017 National One Day Event Championships. President Georgie Smith said it was an exciting first for what is widely touted as one of New Zealand’s best events. The Forest gate Trophy (CIC3*), Waiteko Trophy (CIC2*), Ferndale Salver Trophy (CIC1*) and Tait Trophy (CNC105) will be contested at the April 7-9 event. The awarding to Kihikihi move the championships from the spring to autumn, with it most recently being held in October at Arran Station, in Hawke’s Bay. “When they called for tenders for the event, we knew it was ... Read More

Mighty Nice and Dutton celebrated at USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner

Dutton Olympics American event rider Phillip Dutton and his Olympic ride Mighty Nice were the winners at the recent USEF Pegasus Awards Dinner, collecting USEF Equestrian of the Year and USEF International Horse of the Year.  However, Dutton was unable to collect his award as it was revealed his daughter, Lee Lee Jones, was in a riding accident in December.  Mighty Nice, known as “Happy,” was previously owned by the late Bruce Duchossois. After he passed away, a group of Duchossois’ friends came together to support Happy and formed the HnD Group, named after his HnD Farm. The 2016 International Horse of the Year ... Read More

The Event at Rebecca Farm’s Economic Impact Leaps to $5.5 Million in 2016

USEA The Event at Rebecca Farm, one of the largest horse trials in North America, continues to make its mark on the local economy, according to a study recently completed by the University of Montana Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research.  The 2016 Event is estimated to have brought in $5.5 million in economic revenue to the Flathead Valley, surging 25 percent from the previous year. It is a major feat for The Event at Rebecca Farm, which welcomed more than 600 competitors and nearly 10,000 spectators in 2016. “To see the economic impact increase to $5.5 million is amazing,” says Event at ... Read More

Equestrian Canada Announces Dr. Rob Stevenson as Chair of the Eventing High Performance Advisory Group

EC The Equestrian Canada (EC) Eventing Committee has announced the appointment of Dr. Rob Stevenson as the Chair of the Eventing High Performance Advisory Group heading into the next cycle of major games. Dr. Stevenson’s long and successful history as an eventing athlete includes competing for Canada at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics, where he finished in 22nd place individually aboard Risky Business. Following his competitive career, he began generously dedicating his time to the governance of the sport, serving on the Eventing High Performance Committee from 2001 to 2004, where he acted as Co-Chair of selection. He returned to the Committee in ... Read More