Arctic Soul ERHOTY

#ERHOTY17 Contender #7: Arctic Soul

At the outset of the 2017 season, Arctic Soul had only won once at international level. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? The Soul Syndicate’s superstar ex-racehorse has four career top-10 finishes at CCI4* level, with two of those coming in the 2017 season. The Irish bred long-format specialist has completed 11 of his 12 CCI runs across all levels. …

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#ERHOTY17 Contender #6: Calle 44

There are some people in the eventing world who have achieved enough to just go by one name now. We talk about Pippa, Lucinda, Toddy and many more. Yoshiaki Oiwa has become Yoshi. He’s represented Japan at the last three Olympic Games (and led at London after dressage) but the 2017 season has proved to be his best yet.  Three wins at three-star …

Ivar Gooden

#ERHOTY17 Contender #5: Ivar Gooden

Aivar Ward’s Ivar Gooden ran away with the EquiRatings Fan Nomination on social media to secure his slot as an #ERHOTY17 nominee, and as one of only two horses in 2017 to jump double clear at both Badminton and Burghley, it’s an honour well deserved. People have been talking about the form of Toledo de Kerser for awhile now but the …

ERHOTY Cekatinka

#ERHOTY17 Contender #4: Cekatinka

Cekatinka has been making waves from the very start of her career, winning both the British Eventing Young Horse Championships and the Burghley Young Event Horse Finals as a 4-year-old in 2011. Beautifully produced through the two-star level by Ros Canter, Cekatinka moved on to the Prices’ yard last year. Joanne Pullan’s talented 10-year-old mare had such a good 2017 …

Foxwood High ERHOTY

#ERHOTY17 Contender #3: Foxwood High

It has been a big year for John and Judy Rumble’s Foxwood High, who will be honoured this evening at the United States Eventing Association’s Year-End Awards Ceremony as 2017 Advanced Horse of the Year. It’s a well deserved accolade following the best season of his international career, which concluded with Selena O’Hanlon becoming the first Canadian in history to …

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#ERHOTY17 Contender #2: Donner

The Donner Syndicate’s Donner has been a mainstay on the CCI4* scene since 2013 when he launched himself into the spotlight with a top-five finish at Kentucky in his debut at the level with Lynn Symansky. Now 14, Donner continues to show year after year that he is a world-class athlete, capping his 2017 season with a 6th place finish …

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#ERHOTY17 Contender #1: fischerRocana FST

fischerRocana FST returns as an #ERHOTY nominee for the second consecutive season and rightfully so. Taking her third victory in a row at Kentucky CCI4* with Michael Jung saw her become the second horse in history to win the event on three different occasions. Kim Severson and Winsome Adante’s wins in 2002, 2004 and 2005 were not consecutive, so Rocana’s …

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The Changing Face of Dressage in 2018

Over the last couple of weeks we have been asked a lot about what some of the top dressage scores are going to look like in 2018 and the new records to beat. The removal of the coefficient for 2018 means gone are the days of multiplying by 1.5 to determine international dressage scores. We have already looked at how …