July 23, 2018
Quote of the Week
“Jonty has now regained consciousness and is beginning to interact positively with the medical team and his family.”
—A statement of long awaited good news this week from the family of Irish Eventer Jonty Evans, who has been unconscious since suffering a fall on cross country at Tattersalls in early June. We at PonyApp wish Jonty and his family all the best in his continued recovery!
All About Aachen
The Stadium at CHIO Aachen (c) CHIO Aachen
This week, the world of horse sport turned its gaze on Germany and one of the biggest competitive events of year: the World Equestrian Festival at CHIO Aachen.
Who Won What: Dressage Edition
As is so often the case, dressage’s main event was a showdown between the queen and princess of the sport: Germany’s Isabell Werth, who currently sits at #1 and #3 in the World Rankings, and the U.S.A.’s Laura Graves at #2. On Thursday, Graves & Verdades took the Nations Cup CDIO5* Grand Prix on a score of 80.606%, while Werth & Emilio 107 claimed the CDIO5* Grand Prix Spécial on Saturday and the individual Grand Prix Freestyle on Sunday. Also in the mix: the U.S.A.’s Kasey Perry-Glass, who earned a personal best score and finished in the top five consistently throughout the week, including second to Werth on Sunday. Though Team USA—made up of Graves, Perry-Glass, Steffen Peters and Adrienne Lyle—led in Nations Cup competition earlier in the week, they ultimately finished as the runner-up to Germany—a fitting present for Werth, who also celebrated her 49th birthday on Saturday.
Germany's Isabelle Werth (c) CHIO Aachen
Who Won What: Show Jumping Edition
For the third consecutive year, the German home team reigned supreme in the Nations Cup of Aachen, with the U.S. team—comprised of Beezie Madden & Darry Lou, Devin Ryan & Eddie Blue, Margie Engle & Royce, and Laura Kraut & Zeremonie—finishing in fifth; Ireland was second, the Netherlands third. McLain Ward had a strong week individually, finishing second in Friday’s 1.60m Turkish Airlines Prize of Europe with HH Azur (see video below), and winning the 1.55m Prize of North Rhine-Westfalia on Friday with Clinta. Engle also came home a winner in the 1.45m SAP-Prize on Sunday with Dicas. But the weekend’s biggest honor went to Germany’s leading man, Marcus Ehning, who won the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday with Pret a Tout. Portugal’s Luciana Diniz & Fit For Fun were second, Brazil’s Pedro Veniss & Quabri de L’Isle were third.
Marcus Ehning with Pret a Tout (c) CHIO Aachen
As one of the final observation events for U.S. team selection before the World Equestrian Games in Tryon this fall (the last being the Dublin Horse Show next month), CSIO5* Aachen proved once again to be a strong showcase for Devin Ryan & Eddie Blue, the only U.S. rider to jump double-clear in this weekend's Nations Cup competition. Ryan burst onto the global stage in a big way earlier this year, finishing second to Beezie Madden at the FEI World Cup Finals in Paris, and he continues to prove he can perform well under pressure on some of the sport’s biggest stages.
The Week’s Big Drama...
“My Complicated Body in Breeches”
In response to the lack of plus-sized photos to accompany her recent piece on body image, The Plaid Horse editor Lauren Mauldin decided to get refreshingly real, sharing her own experience in the equestrian community and her thoughts on the many challenges that come with balancing body image in the sport with a positive self-image at home.
If You Can Only Watch One Round…
Watch McLain Ward and "Annie" doing their thing in Aachen.
Will we ever get tired of watching one of America’s all-time great riders aboard HH Azur, the finest horse of his career, and one of—if not the finest—show jumping horses in the sport today? No. The answer is no. And if you happened to miss their masterclass round from the Turkish Airlines Prize of Europe at CHIO Aachen this week, allow us to catch you up:
Pro Tips: Footing 101
Which type of arena footing is best for you and your horse?
When it comes to choosing the appropriate arena footing, one size definitely does not fit all when it comes to the needs of various different horses and riders. Things like your discipline, budget, and the number of horses using your footing can all make a difference—as can more practical considerations such as drainage, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor ring, and what type of surface that ring is situated upon. Emily Bevan has the story.
Life's a beach for Matt Harnacke
You’d be forgiven if you’re already nursing a mini-crush on Australian rider, model, and all around nice guy Matt Harnacke, but a recent video of the equestrian world’s favorite Insta celeb is sure to make you jealous of him as well. Serious question Matt: is this place heaven, and if not, how do we get to here?