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Eventing

The sport of eventing is equal parts difficult and exciting. You must be able to perform an accurate dressage test, a controlled round of stadium jumping, and a forward but safe cross-country jump course. While you can practice dressage...
It’s officially a repeat victory in the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! Defending champ Oliver Townend of Great Britain rode Cooley Master Class to a zero-fault show jump round, maintaining his first-place standing after cross-country and taking home the...
Cross-country day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is one of the most anticipated events for equestrian enthusiasts in the country. Spectators got their wish with beautiful blue skies and fair temps. The rain on Friday morning had...
The evening before cross-country day at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, I had the rare opportunity to learn about the course from a legend of the sport—Captain Mark Phillips. In addition to winning an Olympic team gold medal for...
Friday morning started out with a downpour followed by cold, howling winds. Not exactly the ideal conditions for dressage—but that didn’t stop a new top three from beating all of yesterday’s dressage scores. With dressage now complete, horses and...
The first five-star event of the season begins Thursday as the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian gets underway. But the long Land Rover weekend always starts with the jog, where each horse is presented...
Bad spots aren’t the only cause of refusals. Here are three more issues that could put the brakes on your jumping. Riding the Wrong Track: A course of jumps is really just a flatwork pattern consisting of lines and half-circles (turns)....
Horse and rider jumping over a crossrail

See Spot, Jump

"Don’t blame your horse. You rode him to an impossible spot.” If you do much jumping, you’ve probably heard your trainer—or highly observant equestrian friend—utter that admonishment after a refusal. Don’t be discouraged. Possessing a natural “eye for a distance”...
At the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018, three-day eventing took five days. The biggest competitions in the sport tend to take four days to complete all three phases, since dressage tends to require two days. At Tryon, former-hurricane Florence...
Day four of the FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018 had riders, spectators and officials keeping an eye on the sky as Hurricane Florence started moving in from the coastal Carolinas. But the cross-country phase of eventing and the...
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