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FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing: Ten teams start the season at Fontainebleau

The 2016 FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing series gets underway at Fontainebleau this weekend with up to 10 nations fielding teams in a highly competitive first leg. Top names in the field at Fontainebleau include Germany’s Olympic and European champion Michael Jung and his world champion team mate Sandra Auffarth, as well as a host of top riders from France, Great Britain, Australia and the Netherlands. Great Britain, firm supporters of the FEI Nations Cup Eventing since its inception in 2012, and the leading nation last year, brings another strong group including Dani Evans, Izzy Taylor, Laura Collett and Gemma Tattersall. Australia, who were ... Read More

Record breaking prize money on offer at Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event

Organisers have announced record breaking prize money will be on offer at a new American three day event to be held over Thanksgiving weekend. Ocala Jockey Club and Equiventures will offer $100,000 in prize money at the event which will be held in Reddick, Florida, from 24-27 November - the highest amount offered by any recognised event below the four-star level in North America. The Ocala Jockey Club will also bid to host a CCI4* event in 2018. If approved, the CCI4* would be the second event at this level in North America and the seventh in the world, joining Rolex Kentucky, ... Read More

Dutton wins first Leg of the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series at Red Hills International

Phillip Dutton took victory in the CIC*** AT Red Hills International Horse Trials in Tallahassee this weekend, making his mark to claim at place on the USA Olympic Team. CIC*** At the end of the dressage, the lead was held by Hannah Sue Burnett riding Harbour Pilot, after gaining a score of 40.4 penalties. William, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding owned by Jacqueline B. Mars, sustained an injury at the 2014 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. “Burghley was so exciting and then so disappointing when we didn’t get to jog up,” said Burnett. After giving him a soft 2015, he seems ... Read More

Final nations join Olympic line up

Following the final points ranking events for Olympic qualification, the final nations who will be competing at the Rio Olympics have been confirmed. Through the individual rankings, three nations have secured qualification as a composite team, comprising of three riders; Switzerland, Russia and Italy. For Switzerland, it will be the first time they have a team competing in eventing since the Olympic Games were held in Atlanta in 1996. It is also the first time since 2004 that it will have representatives in all equestrian discplines at the Olympics. The composite team ... Read More

Scholarship launched in memory of Oliva Inglis

A scholarship for young eventing riders has been established in memory of Olivia Inglis. The announcement was made at the Equestrian New South Wales annual awards dinner. The Olivia Inglis Eventing Scholarship will provide emerging riders with funding to support their training and competition, with full details to be released soon. The Scone Horse Trials Organising Committee initiated the fundraising by donating the remainder of prize money from the event for the memorial fund scholarship. Blair Richardson, President of Scone Horse Trials, said: “We are delighted that Equestrian NSW in conjunction ... Read More

International Round-Up; Montelibretti and Barocca D’Alva

Top class riders descended on Montelibretti and Barocca D’Alva as international eventing kicked off the 2016 season in Europe. Montelibretti Montelibretti International offered one of the last chances for riders to gain points for the ranking list that will decide which countries will have chance to go to the Olympics in Rio. There were 22 starters in the CCI3* which was dominated by Australian Andrew Hoy. After the dressage he held first, second and third placed with Cheeky Calimbo (40.2 penalties), Rutherglen (46.9) and Algebra (47.4). The cross country course caused a number of problems ... Read More

In Memoriam: Coleen Hersson

Coleen Joan Keenan-Hersson, 63, of Rixeyville, VA, died peacefully on Thursday, March 3, 2016, with her family at her side in Charlottesville, Virginia. Coleen was born on October 24, 1952, the daughter of Patricia Mary Keenan and Lt. Col. USA (Ret) Daniel Richard Keenan (deceased). Coleen married Noel Hersson in Sweden in the summer of 1990 after they both attended the World Cup Championship in Stockholm. Coleen's love of horses was unquestionable, connecting people and horses together throughout Virginia. Coleen was a brilliant creative leader in her professional life and in the Virginia horse community. A graduate of W.T. Woodson ... Read More


Baroca D’Alva  The contingent of UK-based riders who travelled to Baroca D’Alva had their second taste of sunshine competition at Baroca D’Alva. CCI1*  Belgium’s Karin Donckers took victory in the CCI1* with a comfortable margin. Riding Christopher Stone’s Jalapeno, Karin added nothing to her dressage score of 33.6 to win by 5.8 penalties. Second went to Japan’s Yoshiaki Oiwa and Calle 44 with Janneke Boonzaaijer in third. The best placed home-nation rider was Gemma Tattersall who finish 10th on Christopher Stone’s Chillis Gem. Matthew Heath finished 17th with Kilgarron Kontender and 30th with Abbeygate Frederick whilst Ireland’s Padraig McCarthy finished 18th with MGH Kings ... Read More

New Zealand Eventing: Sharapoff breezes to easy win at McLeans Island

Top level eventing returned to the NZ National Equestrian Centre at McLeans Island this weekend, with the first ESNZ Eventing Canterbury One Day Horse Trial of the eagerly-awaited autumn season. A field of seven started the CNC2* over the track designed by Stephen Montgomery. Christchurch PE teacher Kirsty Sharapoff breezed to an easy win riding the nine-year-old former racehorse Shoot The Breeze. The combination put in a strong dressage performance to lie second behind Larissa Srhoy and Rockquest. A faultless cross country round, picking up 13.6 cross country time penalties, ... Read More

Caroline Martin and Jenny Caras to Represent Team USA During Karen Stives European Developing Tour

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has announced Caroline Martin and Jenny Caras as the  recipients of the 2016 Karen Stives Endowment Fund for High Performance Eventing Grant. Martin and Caras will participate in the Karen Stives European Developing Tour, which will give the Under 25 athletes a chance to represent the United States on an international stage at the 2016 Rockingham CIC and Bramham International CCI3* Under 25 Championships in Great Britain. Established with a $1 million gift from Olympian Karen Stives, the Karen Stives Developing Tour aims to encourage up-and-coming eventers in the USEF's Developing Rider Program to step up ... Read More