Category Archives: Eventing/H.T.

FEI.TV Available Free of Charge while Live Sport Is on Hold

Swedish Dressage athlete Patrik Kittel tries out the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ trophy for size, whilst compatriot, former European Champion Peder Fredricson, takes hold of the FEI Dressage World Cup™ trophy. (FEI/Liz Gregg)

FEI.TV, the FEI’s online television platform, will be providing all its coverage of past events and special equestrian features free of charge to everyone while live sport is on hold until end of June.

Under normal circumstances, FEI.TV live-streams all major FEI Series and Championships, with an extensive range of replays, special features, and historic events coverage available on-demand combining to provide unparalleled coverage of equestrian sport year-round.

But with no live sport, access to FEI.TV will be free and existing subscribers will be compensated for the months of April, May, and June. They will get automatically refunded on their accounts. All content on the platform, including VOD, will be freely available to all users who will need to register, meaning that fans can re-live all the action from past events so there’s no need to miss out on your fix of equestrian sport.

“Premium content like this usually sits behind a paywall and is normally available only to subscribers, but while there is no ‘live’ sport, we want to give equestrian fans the chance to binge-watch for free during this terrible pandemic,” FEI Commercial Director Ralph Straus says.

This week’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ and FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas were one of the early high-profile victims of the Covid-19 outbreak when they were cancelled in mid-March. But Jumping and Dressage fans now have the opportunity to relive some of the very best moments of the FEI World Cup™ Finals from the past five years – 2015 to 2019 – live and free on FEI.TV, FEI Jumping and Dressage Facebook pages, and FEI YouTube channel daily. And if you can’t watch it live, catch it on replay on FEI.TV.

For fans of the other equestrian disciplines, FEI.TV has lots more unique content, ranging from FEI Vaulting and Driving World Cup™ highlights to wrap-ups of the FEI Eventing and Dressage Nations Cup™ series.

An additional broadcast offering has been made available by the FEI, equestrian sport’s global governing body, providing free access to video archive footage to TV broadcasters in EBU member territories across Europe through its partnership with EBU, and to key territories in the rest of the world via its partnership with IMG.

“Our broadcast partners are struggling to fill their air-time without live sport, so this initiative has been put in place to ensure that they have access to top equestrian footage and, together, we can keep our fans around the world happy with their daily dose of equestrian content,” Straus says.

Media contacts:

Grania Willis
Director Communications
grania.willis@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 42

Shannon Gibbons
Media Relations and Communications Manager
shannon.gibbons@fei.org
+41 78 750 61 4

Craving a Horse Show? Get Your Daily Fix at Horse & Country’s Free Sports Zone

London, U.K. – April 15, 2020 – With the cancellation of equestrian sporting events around the world due to COVID-19, you may be craving the excitement of cheering on your favorite riders at a horse show. Though you won’t be able to watch thrilling competitions in person, you can head on over to Horse & Country each day to virtually transport yourself to the best venues around the world with their Free Sports Zone.

Taking place every evening of the week at 8 p.m. EST, H&C broadcasts highlights of many 2019 competitions for free. Available on their channel called H&C Free, the Free Sports Zone includes jumping, reining, eventing, dressage, and other disciplines to be enjoyed by the entire family.

Don’t let the quarantine and time away from the show ring get you down. In addition to the Free Sports Zone, equestrian fans have the opportunity to enjoy documentaries and educational series 24/7 broadcast on H&C Free. Head on over to H&C Free now to get your daily fix of all things horses.

This Week’s Free Sports Zone Schedule Nightly at 8pm:

Wednesday, April 15: Ram Freestyle Reining at the National Western Stock Show
One of the spectators’ favorite events at the National Western Stock Show, the $25,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining, features top U.S. reiners competing creative freestyles with fun music and costumes.

Thursday, April 16: 2019 Blair Castle Horse Trials
Set in the stunning Cairngorm Mountains of North Scotland, watch the highlights from the Blair Castle Horse Trials to find out which up-and-comer scored her first CCI4* win of her career!

Friday, April 17: 2019 Horseboarding Championships
You do not want to miss out on the wild phenomenon that is the sport of Horseboarding, an extreme sport which combines horseback riding with mountain boarding.

Saturday, April 18: CSI5*-W Boehringer-Ingelheim at Equita 2019
Transport yourself to Lyon, France to catch the highlights and watch how Julien Epaillard took the win on his home turf in the CSI5*-W Boehringer-Ingelheim.

Sunday, April 19: 2019 FEI Jumping Nations Cup Series Final
You will have the opportunity to watch the world’s best riders who punched their tickets to Barcelona, Spain after a rigorous qualification series, as they represent their nation in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final.

Monday, April 20: 1990 Burghley Horse Trials
As one the world’s best three-day events, Burghley Horse Trials is iconic for equestrians. Go back in time to look back on the 1990 event where New Zealand’s Mark Todd claims his second Burghley title.

Tuesday, April 21: 2019 FEI Eventing Nation Cup Series
Can’t get enough eventing? Tune in to enjoy the first round of the 2019 FEI Eventing Nation Cup series from Houghton Hall, UK.

H&C TV broadcasts in Europe, Australia, and in the United States on cable, satellite, and broadband television, including Roku, and online at www.horseandcountrytv.us.

Cancellation of Saumur Complet

Faced with the spread of the COVID-19 virus in France and abroad, the team of the Comité Equestre de Saumur worked for weeks in collaboration with the French Equestrian Federation (FFE), the FEI, and the competent health authorities to consider solutions to keep Saumur Complet from 21 to 24 May 2020.

However, the extension of the lockdown announced by the President of the French Republic in his speech of last April 13 makes it impossible to maintain «Saumur complet» on its initial date.

Very conscious of the sporting and economic consequences of the cancellation of such an important event, the Comité Equestre de Saumur’s actually studying the possibility of organizing the event during the second semester of 2020 following the calendar of international competitions.

Furthermore, in view of the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games, we are already working with the FFE and the FEI to organize the schedule for 2021 in order to support the athletes and allow them to have the required qualifications to participate in the next Olympic Games in 2021.

The Comité Équestre de Saumur would like to thank very sincerely in advance the many people involved in this event for their understanding, and is convinced in advance of everyone’s good will to create a beautiful sports and cultural event next autumn.

Marie-Claude Varin-Missire
President of the Comité Équestre de Saumur

Press Contact – Blizko Communication
Juliette Feytout – E-mail: juliette@blizko-communication.com

USET Foundation Awards Mia Farley with Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant

Mia Farley and BGS Firecracker (Photo courtesy of Taylor Pence/US Equestrian)

Gladstone, NJ – The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Foundation has awarded the 2020 Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant to Mia Farley, a current member of the United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) Emerging Athlete Eventing 25 Program.

As the recipient of the grant, Farley, who trains with the O’Connor Event Team, will receive up to $5,000 to help offset expenses associated with her training over the next year. Note: the grant is valid for this year or next, if necessary, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“It is an honor [to receive this grant],” said Farley, of San Clemente, Calif. “The fact that they recognized me and what [I accomplished] last year is huge. This is a big deal for me and really special. I have talked to a couple people [about how to use it], and the most beneficial thing would be to possibly go overseas and get some experience and see how it all works.”

Farley received this select distinction following a solid 2019 competition season. In her first year competing at CCI3-S, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-S, and CCI4-L level events, she placed in the top 15 in eight of the 12 FEI competitions entered. Most notably, she placed second in The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event CCI4*-L with BGS Firecracker, the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare she owns with Paddy Byrne.

In their debut CCI4*-L, they finished on their dressage score of 38.30. Earlier in the year, they jumped double clear, picking up only 4.4. time penalties to place fifth in the Jersey Fresh International CCI3*-S. US Equestrian named Farley to the Emerging Athlete Eventing 18 Program in 2014. She advanced to the Emerging Athlete Eventing Athlete 25 Program in 2019. In addition, she was part of the bronze medal-winning Area VI team at the 2016 FEI North American Youth Championships.

The USET Foundation Amanda Pirie Warrington Fund allocates the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant annually. Pirie’s family established the fund in her memory for the purpose of providing financial assistance to an eventing athlete identified with great talent and ability to represent the United States in the future. It is intended for a recipient that will benefit most from the opportunity to continue their training with top coaches and to compete against the world’s best in eventing, one of three Olympic equestrian disciplines.

Thanks to the Amanda Pirie Warrington Grant, Farley can continue to focus on her training and prepare for competitions, helping to reach her goal of representing the United States on the international stage.

For more information on the USET Foundation, visit www.uset.org.

Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2020 Is Cancelled

Baborówko, 27 March 2020 – In consequence of the global epidemiological situation, making it our priority to take care of the health and safety of our riders, audiences, and all people involved in the organization of the event, we have decided to cancel Equestrian Festival Baborówko that was due to take place in the second half of May 2020.

“Taking into consideration the epidemiological threat, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s Equestrian Festival Baborówko. We believe that the world will soon return to its normal rhythm, but as for now our thoughts go out to public health workers, and we ourselves are taking necessary hygienic precautions to assure that Baborówko Equestrian Centre can safely function on a daily basis and we can continue to carry out ongoing investments,” says Henryk Święcicki Jr, show director.

Equestrian Festival Baborówko was meant to present new investments, co-funded with funds from the Ministry of Sport, for the first time. “We continue to develop the sport infrastructure in Baborówko. Currently we are working on a new, modern hippodrome, measuring approximately 7,000 m2 and a warm-up arena of 2,100 m2. Both arenas will be constructed with professional quartz footing and drainage systems that will allow the event to be carried out regardless of weather conditions. The project also includes a new water complex measuring 1,000 m2 and a grass hippodrome of 10,0000 m2 with a drainage and irrigation system. We hope that the athletes and audiences will have the chance to take advantage of our Centre’s modernized facilities during the September event, Baborówko Horse Sale Show,” summarized Henryk Święcicki Jr.

Baborówko Horse Sale Show will take place from the 25th until the 27th of September. The event will host international classes of CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S and CCI2*-S, an auction of horses with predispositions for eventing and showjumping, and the prestigious Polish Eventing Cup Final.

The organizers would like to invite everyone to Baborówko Horse Sale Show in September and to the next edition of Equestrian Festival Baborówko in May 2021.

More information can be found at:  www.festiwal.baborowko.pl/eng and www.bhss.baborowko.pl/eng.

2020 LRK3DE and Grand Prix Are Canceled

Equestrian Events Inc. (EEI) is cancelling the 2020 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™ and the Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The events had been scheduled for April 23-26 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

“This marks the first cancellation in the event’s 42-year history, but the worldwide health crisis and concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 make this the only decision possible,” said Lee Carter, EEI executive director. “This is incredibly disappointing to everyone on so many levels, but the health and well-being of everyone — spectators, volunteers, athletes, staff, and officials — is our number one priority and given the current situation, there really is no choice.”

“Sporting events and large public gatherings are being called off all across the country and it is with deep regret, and with the highest concern for all our patrons, that we take this step,” said Mike Cooper, EEI president. “With the recommendation by the CDC to cancel or postpone events with guests for the next eight weeks, it became apparent that this was the only acceptable course of action.”

If you purchased tickets, refund information will be emailed to you soon.

Copyright © 2020 Kentucky Three-Day Event

USET Foundation and US Equestrian Mourn Loss of Patrick “Packy” McGaughan

Patrick McGaughan and Tanzer at the 1987 Pan American Games. Photo by Margaret Kaiser/USEA Archives Photo.

In addition to McGaughan’s competitive achievements, he was an esteemed coach and trainer in Area II, advancing horses and riders to the highest level of the sport. McGaughan ran Banbury Cross Farm in Clarksburg, Maryland, which grew into a leading training, breeding, and boarding facility for eventing, dressage, hunter, and equitation riders. One could often spot him at numerous events across the East Coast, instructing athletes across all levels of the sport.

The USET Foundation and US Equestrian extend their condolences to McGaughan’s family, friends, and students, who were touched by his love, humor, and teaching. His presence will be greatly missed.

www.uset.org

Contact: Emily Randolph
emily@jumpmediallc.com
www.jumpmediallc.com

Approx. 100 000 EUR in Total Prize Money at Equestrian Festival Baborówko 2020

Baborówko, 6 March 2020 — Once again during the Festival, the total prize money for the international classes will reach approx. 100 000 EUR. This places the Festival among the ten international eventing shows with the highest prize pool in the world – and the only one from Poland. Equestrian Festival Baborówko will take place at Palace Baborówko Equestrian Centre from the 21st until the 24th of May.

The Festival will once again host five international classes: CCI4*-L, CCI4*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI2*-S, and CCIYH2*-S for young horses. Less experienced riders will have the chance to compete in national classes.

What’s most important, the CCI4*-L class will be the last chance to achieve the minimum eligibility requirements to perform at the 2020 Olympics for riders from those countries that have already secured their ticket to Tokyo. The cross-country course for the class will reach the distance of approx. 6000 metres, with 40 jumps to go over in about 10 minutes.

The class with the highest prize pool will be the CCI4*-S, where the winner will cash a cheque for 100 000 PLN.

Baborówko Equestrian Festival will take place from the 21st until the 24th of May and will be carried out in the classic format. Thursday and Friday are dressage days, Saturday brings cross-country trials, and Sunday is the time for showjumping and prizegiving ceremonies.

Traditionally, on Saturday and Sunday, the organizers have prepared shows, a fair of equestrian equipment as regional products, and many attractions for families and children.

More information can be found at www.festiwal.baborowko.pl.

Strzegom Spring Open: The Entry System Is Open

Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

The first competition of this year’s season at the hippodrome in Morawa – Strzegom Spring Open – starts on the 17th of April.

The schedule has been accepted by the FEI and the entry system is now open – we invite you to Strzegom Spring Open. Three days of competitions will include CNC LL, CNC L, CIC1*, CIC2*, CIC3*, and CIC4* classes.

For many athletes, the show will be the first one at the four-star level. As always, the cross-country course will be designed in such a way that the riders and their horses will have the chance to verify their form at the beginning of the season. At the same time, the trial will be created to be as motivating as it can be before more difficult competitions.

International entries are to be made via the FEI. Send your entries for the national classes via the panel at ZawodyKonne.com ( https://zawodykonne.com/zawody/apc/19). The deadline is the 24th of March.

Schedule:

CIC – http://www.eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl/images/2020/01/Strzegom_April_2020_schedule.pdf
CNC – http://www.eventing.strzegomhorsetrials.pl/images/2020/01/ZR_17-19_04v2.pdf

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl

Equestrian Poland: New Season in the Stragona Equestrian Center

Photo by Mariusz Chmieliński.

The 2020 season in Strzegom starts soon and will last from the beginning of April until half of October.

The first show is a national one, taking place at 4-5th of April. Varied and relatively easy cross-country courses will await the riders, suitable for the beginning of the season. The show will contain the following classes: CNC LL, CNC L, CNC 1*, CNC 2*.

The international season at the hippodrome in Morawa will begin with Strzegom Spring Open – the first of five big events in the Stragona Equestrian Center calendar. For many riders it will be the first show at the 4* level. As always, the cross-country tests will be designed in such a way that the athletes and horses will have the chance to test their form at the beginning of the season, but at the same time, to have a motivating experience before more difficult shows.

Strzegom Spring Open will hold classes at the following levels: CNC LL, CNC L, CIC1*, CIC2*, CIC3*, CIC4*.

Traditionally, the cross-country course is the most demanding at Strzegom Horse Trials. This year the show will take place a week later than usual – from the 2nd until the 5th of July. New fences have been designed especially for this event, and groundwork has been performed to make the trial more attractive. The riders will compete not only in the Nations Cup, but also in easier classes. Thinking about junior and young riders preparing for the European Championships, we will have classes with a separate classification for their age categories. The athletes will also compete in two national classes: CNC LL and CNC L, and nine international ones: CIC1*, CIC2*-S, CIC2*-S-J, CIC3*-S, CIC3*-S-YR, CICO4*S-Nations Cup, CCI2* – L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L.

Fewer than ten days after Strzegom Horse Trials, Morawa will once again welcome the best European pony riders. The European Championships for Ponies in showjumping, dressage, and eventing will take place from the 14th until the 19th of July.

That’s not the end of summer in Morawa. The last weekend of August marks the beginning of Strzegom Summer Tour. The riders will compete in the following classes: CNC LL, CNC L, CIC1*, CIC2*, CIC3*, CIC4*. The difficulty level will as always allow the athletes to go up a level. The show is recommended for combinations that want to debut in a higher-level class.

As usual, the end of the season is the time for Strzegom October Festival. As well as SHT, the show will host a variety of classes: CNC LL, CNC L, CIC1*, CIC2*-S, CIC3*-S, CIC3*-S, CICO4*S, CCI2*-L, CCIO2*-L-J, CCI3*-L, CCI3*-L-YR, CCI4*-L. CCI2P-L. Team competitions for junior and young riders are a novelty this year.

Contact:
www.strzegomhorsetrials.pl
press@strzegomhorsetrials.pl