All Posts from October, 2010

October 29th, 2010

Happy Weekend!

painting by Kerry Originals

Do you have your costume all picked out for Halloween?  I think it would be the most fun to trick or treat with Ellie.  Clip-clop, clip-clop down the road we go with saddle bags of Halloween candy.  I think that’s the way to do it.  Well, I won’t quite be spending Halloween that way, mostly spooky parties and delicious potlock dinners.  Will you spend Halloween with your favorite equine friend?

David O’Connor Endorses Henk Rettinghuis for FEI President

Galway Downs: Coming Right Up (and who’s on their way)

Fashion and Eventing always Mix

I love Rita Mae Brown (and why you should too)

And a few Three Days Three Ways posts you may have missed

Watch Your Back: Max McManamy

Wendy Lewis Makes it Happen: Lucky Breaks, Going to Rolex, and a Secret Grooming Tip

Forget Baseball.  Eventing is America’s Favorite Pastime


October 29th, 2010

Guest Bloggers On Their Way!

Hi Team!  Goodness, I’m coming up for a breath of air now that we’re only two weeks away from my ‘real job’ at the film festival, and wanted to let you know that you’re one lucky group.  In near moments you’ll be treated to some good fun in the form of guest bloggers on Three Days Three Ways.  I’m practically jealous of you! I hope you enjoy what they have on the blogging menu.  I know it is deee-lish.

October 29th, 2010

Eventing Radio Show: The Future of the US Event Team

Kerry Millikin makes her debut on the show and considers the future of the U.S. event team after WEG. Plus 16 year old Mackenzie Spaes shares her excitement after riding in her first classic format three-day event. Take a listen right here.

Eventing Radio Episode 103 – Show Notes and Links:

  • Show Host: Chris Stafford
  • Photo Credit: Kit Houghton
  • Guest: Kerry Milliken
  • Guest: Mackenzie Spaes
  • News: FEI WORLD EVENTING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR YOUNG HORSES
    Le Lion d’Angers (FRA), 25 October 2010
    7 Year Old Championship:

    • 1, Mighty Magic (Andreas Dibowski) GER 43.50;
    • 2, FRH Butts Avedon (Andreas Dibowski) GER 48.30;
    • 3, Quimbo (Andrew Nicholson) NZL 50.00;
    • 4, Fernhill Highlight (William Fox-Pitt) GBR 50.60;
    • 5, Billy Shannon (Pippa Funnell) GBR 51.20;
    • 6, Bay My Hero (William Fox-Pitt) GBR 51.70;
    • 7, Ballyfarris Flight (Louisa Lockwood) GBR 54.10;
    • 8, Paulank Brockagh (Sam Griffiths) AUS 55.00;
    • 9, Borough Pennyz (Vittoria Panizzon) ITA 55.00;
    • 10, Pacific Barbotiere (Aurelien Kahn) FRA 56.00.

    6 Year Old Championship:

    • 1, Mrs. Medicott (Sara Algotsson-Ostholt) SWE 41.70;
    • 2, Annie Clover (Nicola Wilson) GBR 42.70;
    • 3, Zidante (Kitty King) GBR 46.00;
    • 4, Mr Sydney Rocks (Clayton Fredericks) AUS 47.30;
    • 5, Designer 10 (Bettina Hoy) GER 47.90;
    • 6, Unique (Karin Donckers) BEL 48.30;
    • 7, Ulano de Slozen (Marc Rigouts) BEL 49.20;
    • 8, Rose d’Ankor (Eric Vigeanel) GRA 53.80;
    • 9, Zamira (Justin Maarse) NED 55.50;
    • 10, Mocca SE (Therese Viklund) SWE 55.90.

    The Irish Sport Horse Stud Book won the WBFSH Stud Book Championship, assisted by the success of British riders Pippa Funnel (Billy Shannon) and World silver medallist William Fox-Pitt, who was fourth and sixth in the 7 year-old class with Fernhill Highlight (High Roller/Ginger Dick) and Bay My Hero (Cult Hero XX/Tomgar Power Crest). Irish-bred horses took five of the top eight places in the 7 year-old category and second spot in the 6 year-olds.

  • News: USEF National CCI1* Eventing Championships at The Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event and Team Challenge Oct 21-23, 2010Kristen Rozycki (Barrington, IL) claimed the National CC1* Championship riding her own Full Circle finishing on a score of 47.2.In the National CCI1* Junior Championship, Kelsey Hoiness from Hickory, NC, and Kristen Villers’ fourteen year-old Irish Sport Horse Gelding T.M. Ballingary finished on their dressage score in their first CCI1*. The pair train with Kim SeversonDevon Gaines of Simpsonville, KY was the winner of the National CCI1* Amateur Championship riding her own eight year-old mare Ginger Spice. Gaines who was also competing at this level for the first time..The National CCI1* 19-21 year-old Championship went to one star rookie Kristina Southern from Falls Church, Virginia riding Skyeler Icke’s Selle Francais gelding, Matus.

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October 21st, 2010

Happy Weekend!

(image via Black Eiffel)

My goodness my gracious I’m barely able to keep my head above water with the my job at the film festival and it approaching with the speed of a top 4-star horse. That’s not to say I’m not following horses and fashion. Because I am.  That goes for the wee ones too.  The pint-sized redhead in the middle isn’t just fashionable (capes are in!) but she’s also a wee equestrienne! Fashion again borrowing from our rule book.  While I’ll be attached to a computer all weekend I hope yours looks more like red and golden leaves muting your horse’s hoofbeats on an afternoon trail underneath your horse’s hooves.

Announcing the Neville Bardos Syndicate

One of the Best Things About Eventing

Hall of Champions

Secretariat on the cover of Time Magazine (can you guess which year?)

Life at Boekelo

Can Facebook save Totilas?

And some Three Days Three Ways posts you may have missed in the media maelstrom!

Watch Your Back: Tiana Coudray

Eventer Jenn Simmons: How to be the Best Eventer You Can Be

For Kicks: Silly Ecogold Boot Video Outtakes

October 15th, 2010

Happy Weekend!

(photo by Pascal Le Segretain via Zimbio)

The equestrian world is abuzz with the sales of horses like Dutch dressage phenomenon Totilas and eventing powerhouse La Biostethique Sam. Not to mention some of our favorite riders duking it out in Holland for Boekelo, France for Pau**** (November 4-7), and Fair Hill.  I’ll be road-tripping this weekend (as has become the norm) but this time to see my impossibly cute 9-month old niece, Gillian, and to take her to music class.  How cute is that?!  See photo below since I can’t help myself. What are you up to?

Totilas: Coveted by his Neighbor

Creating a Family at Boekelo

What happened to Paul Tapner and Inonothing at the WEGs?

Final medal count from the WEGs

Laine Ashker’s dreams come true

Horses, Hermes, and Fashion Week

Safety and Cross-Country: The Frangible Pin

Fall at Fair Hill

And a few Three Days Three Ways posts you won’t want to miss!

Phillip Dutton and Mary King Storm WEG Cross-Country

Cross-Country Reflections from Bruce Davidson

Edward Gal Wears Gold Around his Neck; Totilas Wears it Around his Feet

Fashion at the World Equestrian Games

As promised: photo of the impossibly cute niece Gillian.


October 14th, 2010

On Eventing Trend: Braided Tails (and whiskers too)

It’s not that I’m telling anyone to stick it in their pipe and smoke it.  I’m just celebrating!  Celebrating the braided tail, that is.  The 2010 World Equestrian Games showcased a lot of things from stellar riding to impeccable style.  It also showcased some eventing trends including one of my favorites: the braided tail.

photo by Josh Walker

I’m partial to braids in general for myself or my horse.  They make everything prettier. So why not the tail?  I learned to keep that tail pulled (or at least take clippers to it to get by).  That way you show off the muscle-tone in the haunches and keep your horse neat and tidy.  I’m with it.  But pulling tails is a pain and, if you’re unlucky, you might get a kick from your horse reminding you that they agree. I’ve stayed away from the clippers for fear of slipping and “evening” the job until nothing remains.  Poor Ellie! So I’ve left my sweet Ellie’s tail alone, much to my turn-out chagrin.

That’s where the braided tail enters to save the day. It reflects perfect turnout and adds an extra touch to your look.  It works for a gelding or mare (or stallion) so you’re good to go no matter your subject. You achieve the same goal but with less pain and more style.  That’s a win for all involved.

photo courtesy of Shannon Crocker

Oh, and did I mention it looks lovely no matter the size, big or small?

On a side trend note: We also noticed quite a lot of long whiskers in the jog lanes at the World Equestrian Games. That took me by surprise. But I’m not wasting any time jumping on that trend.  The horses looked just as neat as their clean-shaved counter parts but had an extra bump of cute like that furry pony with curly whiskers out in the field. I like that in a four-star horse.  Ellie is officially off the hook for a clean-shaven muzzle.  Lucky girl! I think our turnout just got twice as nice.

photo by Josh Walker


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October 11th, 2010

Different Clothes, Same Team at the World Equestrian Games

The World Equestrian Games brought together the top eventers from around the world like Pippa Funnel, Michael Jung, and William Fox-Pitt. But it also drew together equestrians from a myriad of disciplines to compete at the Games as well as perform in exhibitions.  It felt like a true celebration of horses and I felt like a true horse-crazy girl.

I found myself walking the cross-country course and then sprinting past a fence to watch a driving team roll by.  Of my many horse-related dreams driving a team of horses is high on the list.  Can anything be more impressive than a group of gleaming horses pulling a lovely carriage?  It’s Jane Austen meets 2010.

I vaulted in Pony Club but never did master that running mount which is, to say the least, critical to the sport.  But the lithe riders and steady horses still keep me captivated.  I caught this team in a practice session and couldn’t help by stop and watch.

I bounced from ring to ring and was, literally, on the edge of my seat for the Dressage Freestyle competition.  Grand Prix dressage is something else altogether. It’s harmony in motion and showmanship all rolled into one.  Throw in music for a dressage freestyle and the crowd might get raucous!

With all these disciplines occurring simultaneously like a three ring circus I immersed myself in favorite horse sports as well as new ones.  As you know I’m a fan of making friends and I loved that at the WEGs we had the rare opportunity to make friends across discipline.   A cowboy hat at a dressage test is a rare, but welcome, site.

Speaking of cowboys, reiners have the best time.  Can we start whistling and cheering during at least one phase of eventing?  Who should I talk with to make that happen? These two riders performed in the reining exhibition and I loved the juxtaposition of their formal costume next to the boots with rowel spurs.

I mentioned sidesaddle during the WEGs but I couldn’t help but bring it up again.  It’s not a discipline that competes in the World Equestrian Games but maybe I can get that passed too.  Is it too much to event, drive, and ride sidesaddle?  I hope not because I’m game. I can’t resist the intersection of vintage style with horses so you certainly can’t blame me for adoring sidesaddle.

The World Equestrian Games showcases the best riders in the world but it also creates an opportunity to share with each other the sports we love. I may not know much about reining, and a vaulter may not know much about 3-day eventing, but we all know what it feels like to groom our horses until they glisten, wake before dawn to care for our horse, and practice, practice, practice until perfect.  Sharing that bond and experience is, for me, was what the World Equestrian Games was all about. We might wear different clothes, but at the end of the day we’re all on the same team.

October 8th, 2010

Happy Weekend!

My goodness my gracious. I took so much time to be at the World Equestrian Games I’m afraid I’ve had to hole up at my work computer for the past week.  Where’s the fun in that?  But, believe it or not, now I’m in Orgeon for the weekend.  The cool air and deep green trees, one might think, would make me crave hiking through snow-capped mountains and across meadows full of wild flowers.  But me, oh no, I think about how nice my sweet Ellie would look in a navy blue wool cooler with silver trim and how cuddly warm she would be given the crisp air.  Sort of like the Swedish showjumper above.  The Swedes have style down pat-from every angle.  What would it make you think of?  Wherever you are and whatever the weather I hope you have a perfectly lovely weekend!

How to handle no WEG USA medal? Denial, anger, bargaining, depression.

Some of the loveliest WEG photos I’ve seen.

Daydreaming of eventing.  It’s all about the heart.

I dream of vaulting.

And some WEG posts you may have missed with the flurry of eventing:

Lucinda Green recaps the World Equestrian Games

How-To Own an Upper-Level Event Horse

Dressage Recap from Silva Martin

Woodburn models: How-To Wear Cross-Country Boots

October 4th, 2010

Lucinda Green, British Eventing Champion, Recaps the World Equestrian Games

I had the great fortune/ blind luck to watch the final showjumping rounds next to Lucinda Green, six-time Badminton winner and British eventing legend.  Now that’s the person you want narrating the showjumping, I tell you what.  Having the opportunity to listen to one of the greatest event riders of all time was present enough, but to get the chance to ask her for her reflections on the World Equestrian Games to share with the Three Days Three Ways Team was the cherry on top.  I asked her, even as the horses and riders re-entered the arena to receive their medals, about her thoughts on the Games, the British Team, and how this World Equestrian Games went here on American soil. And she had some fascinating insight I’m honored to share with you.

(photo by Josh Walker)

Q. What are your impressions of the 2010 World Equestrian Games?

A.  It’s been a stunning World Games.  There’s been heartbreak and everything.  New Zealand nearly lost [Mark] Todd when he tore his achilles heel last week running here at the Park.  The Canadians had a fantastic championship.  Hats off to David [O'Connor] he had so much to do with it.   He has drawn together small girls, by accident I think, beautiful thoroughbreds, and molded them into this extraordinary, successful team.  And they rode so well.  It’s extraordinary to see what you can do with a team when you set out with whatever strategy he had.  I guess he’s just rolled himself into Mark’s [Phillip's] position by that.  I guess he has.

Q. Tell me about the British Team.  Can you tell me some of their strengths?

A.  Well that’s an old team on young horses.  Thirty is the youngest, forty-nine is the oldest.  The strength is probably the selection process where they get selected months beforehand, thet don’t have any of this last minute crap.  They are the given the freedom to bring their horse to its peak as they would because we feel they know how to do that better than we do.  We don’t give them a last-minute deadline three weeks before.  Which nearly every other country does. And which we used to and won plenty doing it so who’s to say what the right way is.  Talk to me in two years in London [at the Olympics] and we probably won’t have made it again because we haven’t done an Olympic gold since 1972.  We win these but we can’t do the Olympics! So when the Germans fell apart yesterday I just said “Damn the Germans!  They’re just warming up for London!”

Q.  How do you think the World Equestrian Games cross-country course compared with the likes of Badminton and Burghley and other great cross-country courses.

A.  It was a really, really, really good course. I thought when I saw it that it was going to be more difficult than it was.  It wasn’t as big as I’ve seen, but I thought it was full-on mental.  But it rode really, really well.  They probably could have had one more difficult fence in the last quarter because there was nothing, really, from the Head of the Lake onwards.  And the Head of the Lake didn’t cause any trouble that was so interesting.  From really the sunken road onwards there was nothing to cause trouble.

Q.  What about some of the riders you saw here this weekend. Regardless of team or country is there anyone who really stood out to you?

A. So many.  There was such good riding out there.  I was well impressed by it.  It’s hard to name anybody individually by I think Michael Jung is in a league of his own.  He’s an incredibly talented rider and he rides in all three disciplines which is a big bonus.  He trains his horses cross-country day in, day out.  He doesn’t just train them twice and then go to the competition.  He lives in Bavaria, miles from competitions, and he has built himself a cross-country course on a very small acreage of about eighty jumps.  These horses go out and they pop a few cross-country courses nearly every day.  You see that when you watch him go a million miles an hour cross-country with the horse completely and utterly tuned in to what he’s doing.  If there’s a lesson to be taken from him its, for God’s sake, train cross-country.  It doesn’t have to be big it’s just training the brain and the connection between the person and the horse.  And he does it magnificently.

Q.  Are there any horses that stood out to you?

A.  Well his horse is stunning.  The Canadian horses, I love them, all those little thoroughbreds.  I’ve always loved those.  Mandiba is taking his time coming good but he’s better than he has been.  The Australian horses, Happy Times.  I didn’t think Andrew Nicholson’s horses was as spry as I’ve seen him but they won the bronze medal..and it doesn’t get better than that.  Well, it gets two better than that!  The point is he’s going really well.

Thanks again to Lucinda Green for taking the time to share with Team Three Days Three Ways her insights and reflections from the 2010 World Equestrian Games.  It’s hard to believe it’s over.  It went just as fast as I thought it would.  Now we’ll have to start planing for London I suppose!  One last note, though.  Throughout my conversation with Lucinda I kept thinking someone must be wearing the loveliest perfume.  Naturally I asked her and discovered she wears Chanel Allure.  I’m hoping that, since I wear Chanel Chance, that this somehow makes us like sisters. Do you think? Or maybe, if I wear Allure, some of her legendary talent will rub off on me?  Either way, I’ll remember watching the best riders in the world showjumping for gold at the 2010 World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park sitting next to Lucinda Green.  And maybe I’ll pick up some Chanel Allure next time I’m at Saks 5th Avenue, just in case.


October 3rd, 2010

Cross-Country Reflections from Bruce Davidson “It Was a Great Day for the Sport”

“It was a marvelous day for the sport.” Bruce Davidson said under cloudy skies but with a smile nonetheless.   “I saw a lot of top riding and didn’t see any appalling riding which made me happy.  I did see some ridiculous next to last and last fences…and a few horses were over tired, but you always have that with any endurance sport human or equine.”

Bruce Davidson, one of the best event riders in the world and legends in our sport, and the reason the Kentucky Horse Park exists the way it does today, didn’t hesitate to elaborate on yesterday’s cross-country day.

“The [Kentucky Horse] Park made a great effort with the footing and that’s most appreciated by the horsemen.” As for rides that were particularly good to watch on cross-country day, Bruce didn’t hesitate, “Doesn’t everyone always enjoy watching Andrew Nicholson, William Fox-Pitt, and Mark Todd?” But was quick to add that they weren’t the only ones.  ”There was a lot of good riding.  horses are marvelous animals, they’re terribly generous.”

I’m with Bruce as he said again, “It was a great day for the sport”.

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