Eight Things You Should Know About Jumps at Your Barn

Eight Things You Should Know About Jumps at Your Barn

We spoke with Pierre Jolicoeur, a former FEI-level course designer, three-time Olympic show jumping trainer, and founder of PJ Saddles and PJ Jumps to learn more about what types of jumps to have and what you need to make sure your barn is outfitted with correct, safe equipment for jumping.


  1. The type of jumps you need depends on the level of horses and riders using them as well as the type of riding they are doing. But no matter the discipline, the number one priority is safety. Find correct, well-made jumps, use breakaway cups, set courses properly, and you will be on your way to having fun and improving in the sport.


  1. Plan to have enough jump material for 10 jumps, including five oxers and five verticals. This doesn’t include any extra gymnastics you might want to set. That amount of jump material should give you enough to set a nice course of eight jumps and have reserves for when poles or standards break or need to be replaced, or when you want to build a double or triple combination.


  1. The length of poles needed is in direct proportion to the size of your riding ring. If you’re in an indoor ring or a smaller outdoor, ten-foot poles can be used. In a larger outdoor arena, 12-foot poles work nicely. If you’re lucky enough to have an expansive grass ring, you can try 14-foot poles but know that longer in length means heavier in weight!


  1. When setting a training course at home, design it first on paper and measure it to scale. For example, use graph paper where each square is set to a distance (i.e., one square equals one foot). Once you have measured your course out on paper, it will be easier to drop poles where the jumps should be in the ring, and you will know exactly where to put them. It is also a good idea to change your course at least once a week to keep challenging yourself and your horse, and so the footing does not get worn in the jump areas.


  1. Every training course set at home should be jumpable in both directions. This gives a lot of different options for training both horses and riders. You’ll need four poles per jump, whether it’s an oxer with two poles on each set of standards, or a vertical with two poles on the standards and a ground rail on each side.


  1. Pierre’s number one saying? “Horses hate surprises.” Make sure before you go to a competition that you have trained everything at home. Use your jump materials to simulate what you might encounter at upcoming shows. “Don’t do training at horse shows,” he says. “Know the facility you’re attending, the conditions, the course designer, the hunter judge; all of that gets you organized to win.”


  1. Make an investment in professionally-made jumps. “If you are spending money to buy and train a horse and compete at shows, you can’t be cheap on your training facility,” says Pierre. Jumps have too many details, and safety is too important, to make your own. Buy jump materials from people who know how to make them safely. If you’re on a budget, start with enough for six jumps, then buy six more the following year, for example. Soon enough, you will have a nice set of jumps that are high quality and will last longer.


  1. Speaking of lasting, Pierre shared a few tips for maintaining your jumps. Design your course so very few of the components touch the ground. Obviously, the bottoms of standards will be in the sand or on the grass; he recommends aluminum wings because they last forever and are much lighter than their wood counterparts, so they are also easier to move. When you are finished riding a course at the end of each day, go around to each jump and put the poles back in cups. Don’t leave them on the ground. “A couple of days on the damp ground, and you’ll need a new paint job!” he adds. If you’re going away for a significant amount of time, store them inside. Since jumps can be expensive and are a considerable investment, it pays to take care of them and save money in the long run.


With planning, consideration, and care, you can set a beautiful jumping course in order to have useful training at home and be prepared for success in the show ring!


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The BarnManager Q&A With: Stephanie Nell, groom for Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa

The BarnManager Q&A With:

Stephanie Nell, groom for Olympic gold medalist Rodrigo Pessoa

What are three things that are always in your ring bag?
Stephanie: I always have the safety vest, sugar cubes, and a towel!

What is the most helpful habit that you practice at the barn?
Stephanie: Routine – things don’t always go according to plan with this job, but it’s good to have some sort of consistency for the horses to keep them level headed (and for the people).

How do you foster a great team environment in your business?
Stephanie: Communication, all the way. Unfortunately, we aren’t all mind readers, so if we need something or have any concerns, we need to speak up. If we need to know something, ask!

What’s your best tip or hack for grooming and horse care? Where did you learn it?
Stephanie: A mixture spray of witch hazel and vinegar for irritated skin. At my first job, I took care of a chestnut mare with highly sensitive skin, so every now and then we would have a rash breakout. To suppress the rash, I would spray that mixture once or twice a day. I swear it’s magic in a bottle!

What is your favorite equestrian sport and why?
Stephanie: Show jumping through and through. I’m always in awe when I watch horses, especially the ones I care for, compete at the highest level of the sport. It makes me feel luckier to do what I do every time I’m on the side watching them go.

If you were a horse, what would you be and why?
Stephanie: I think I’d like to be a wild Icelandic pony. They live in a beautiful part of the world and are known to be tough and sturdy, yet kind and curious.


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Tips on Going Back to School Sustainably

Written by BarnManager partner Green Is the New Blue


Summer show season is coming to a close and riders are gearing up for finals. For the younger members of the equestrian community, that means it’s back to school. This week, we’re sharing ways you can be an environmentally conscious student, both at the barn and as you head to school.

Bring Your Own

Refuse to use single-use plastics. Instead, bring your reusable water bottle with you everywhere you go. Schools all have water fountains so you can have faith that you’ll have fresh, cold water. If your barn doesn’t have a water refill station, request that one be added to the tack room or lounge. Pack a lunch in a reusable container and bring home what you don’t eat, minimizing both packaging and food waste. Another good investment is a reusable glass or metal straw and carrying case – this can be great to keep in your bag when going out to eat with friends, or even for drinks at school.

Caffeinate Responsibly

Are you the type of student who picks up coffee before school or the barn? Bring a reusable coffee cup to your local shop, or, better yet, brew your own. Invest in a reusable filter for your machine and buy coffee in bulk. Coffee is water intensive, and farmers may be paid below market value for their crop, so choose shade-grown coffee from companies that can identify the exact source.

Back to School Shopping

Amazingly enough, thrifting is in! There are so many small thrift shops with super affordable vintage items to create that perfect back-to-school statement. Did you know the fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide? If you do buy new, choose quality items that will hold up over time and avoid fast-fashion at all costs.

Sustainable Equestrian Teams

For some students, back to school also means back to team riding. With IEA and IHSA teams comes exciting camaraderie, so use this to make a positive impact. When hosting shows, provide a water refill station, easy access to recycling bins, and minimize plastic in the food booth. Not only will your horse show be more sustainable, but maybe you’ll inspire other teams to take home those ideas to their own barns!

Get Involved

Collect your community service hours and build your resume this school year. Join a Green Team at your school or find other sustainability organizations in your community to work with. This could be anything from supporting a local advocacy group to gaining support for environmental legislation or rehabilitating wildlife at a professional center. If you can’t find the type of organization you’re looking for, start one!

With finals coming up, we commend young riders on their ability to balance their riding careers with their educations. These tips can help you become more sustainable, whether at school, home, or the barn. We wish everyone the best of luck at finals and a fun start to a new school year!


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How To Get Your Horse Show Ring Ready

Whether it’s your first time out showing in a while or you’re a seasoned competitor, you can’t deny the importance of sending a clean and shiny horse into the show ring in any discipline. Some shows offer awards such as “Best Turned Out” for horses that are impeccably groomed, but even if the show doesn’t, you want to show off your stunning horse and have it look its best for any photo ops. Here are some tips on how to fully prepare your horse to look stunning ahead of and during competition day.

The Day Before:

1. Bathe from head to toe.

Gather your favorite bathing supplies and head to the wash rack. Dilute your soap with water so it’s not too harsh on the horse’s skin and use a sponge to apply soap all over the body. Then, use a curry comb or similar grooming device to scrub your horse’s entire body with the soap, being sure to really dig deep into the fur and get all the dirt and grime out. Once this step is complete, thoroughly rinse and make sure to get all the soap off, because it could irritate the skin. If your horse is particularly dirty, this step may need to be repeated.

2. Condition the mane and tail.

You’ll ideally want to be able to comb both the mane and tail before you show to give each one volume, so conditioning and detangling is crucial to avoid pulling out any hair. Lather in conditioner, then rinse thoroughly. Use a detangling spray and wait for the mane and tail to fully dry before you begin brushing. When brushing, start from the bottom to remove tangles and move your way up.

3. Don’t underestimate the power of whitening shampoo.

If you have a white or grey horse, whitening shampoo is your best friend. Start applying whitening shampoo to the top of the tail and work your way down, then lather the entire tail and scrub. Give it a good rinse and repeat until it’s bright white, which may even take several days of washing post-ride. Also use the whitening shampoo on white legs and other spots where stains may be deepest.

The Day Of:

1. Arrive early to allow time to clean.

Some horses sleep quite well at horse shows, which can make grooming a more difficult task as they are dirty from laying down all night. Be sure to show up well before your scheduled ride time in order to bathe your horse and get it sparkling. Bring plenty of fans so your horse can dry quickly at the show.

2. Spot clean if you have to.

Some horses don’t need a full bath on show days. If you’re lucky enough to have only a few minor spots of dirt on your horse, use a dry shampoo or spot cleaner to remove those before show time.

3. Monitor your horse as the day goes on.

If you bathe at six in the morning and don’t compete until four in the afternoon, there’s a good chance your horse may lay down for a quick nap and get dirty again. Don’t leave your horse alone all day and expect a clean horse when it’s show time. Check back in an hour before you expect to ride and make sure your cleaning efforts haven’t been squashed.

4. Polish and head to the show ring.

Once it’s time to show and you know your horse is clean, it’s time to begin polishing. Go over the whole body with a soft brush to make sure any dust from stall shavings is gone and all the hair is going in the proper direction. Spray some fly spray to avoid any fly-bite mishaps, comb the mane and tail, polish the hooves, and begin tacking up. Have someone be prepared with a rag at the ring to wipe away slobber or anything else that could cause stains when preparing to show.

Anyone who knows horses knows they always choose the most inopportune times to get dirty, so as riders and competitors we have to be prepared with the best products and best techniques for grooming and cleaning ahead of competitions. Leave a comment below with your go-to grooming products!


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Back To School: Six Tips on Beginning the College Recruiting Process

No matter your age, August typically means one thing: it’s back-to-school time. For high schoolers, the start of the academic year means you are inching closer to college. So now might be the time to start formulating a plan, especially if you want your future to involve riding at the collegiate level. Whether you are a full-time student, a parent of a student, or a close friend or relative of a student looking to potentially ride for an equestrian team in college, it can be unclear what the best steps are to secure a spot on one of the many teams at that level.

Here are some things you can do to proactively set yourself up to ride competitively in college.

1. Do your research.

It’s important to both college coaches and admissions officers that prospective students are passionate about attending their particular school. Be sure to adequately research the equestrian teams offered at each school and also look at the academic programs to make sure each college you’re looking into would be an all-around fit for you. Make a checklist of items you’re looking for in a school, such as proximity to home, an NCEA or IHSA team, and particular areas of study. Then start to form your list of schools that fit this checklist.

2. Introduce yourself.

Send an introductory email to coaches at the schools you would like to attend. You can find contact information for coaches on each college’s website for NCEA programs and on the IHSA website for IHSA programs.

Use this email to sell yourself. The coaches get lots of emails from students interested in their program. So take the time to set yourself apart with details such as where you are from, what high school you attend, your academic GPA, test scores (if applicable), and any accomplishments in and out of the arena. Also mention who you ride with and what you’re currently doing as a rider. If this list becomes too long, you can always attach a resume in addition to a well-crafted cover letter.

3. Make each note personal.

If you use the same template for every message you send, it may come across as robotic and insincere to someone who receives many inquiries from interested students. Do your research on the coach, the program, and the school itself. Then explain why you think it’s the right fit for you and why you could be an asset to their team. College scouts and coaches will always appreciate when students go the extra mile and do their research. This extra effort could help you stand out and impress a coach.

4. Create a YouTube channel featuring your top riding videos.

This footage can include both horse show rounds and schooling at home, showing off your capabilities as a rider and your strengths in the saddle. Video editing mastery is not required, but do make sure to use decent quality videos that showcase your riding skills. Be sure the camera is held as steady as possible if the footage is not taken professionally. Include a link to your YouTube channel in each email you send to a coach – perhaps in your email signature ­– so the coach can easily locate the videos when he or she needs to reference them.

5. Go to a camp or clinic offered by collegiate equestrian programs.

Not only is collegiate riding camp a great way to get in front of the coaches on college equestrian teams, but it will also give you a taste of collegiate riding and whether it is something you want to pursue. Coaches can see you ride their own program’s horses. So they will know, for example, if you can execute a round on a difficult horse. If you make the trip to camp, you should also plan an extra day to schedule a campus tour, which is highly valued when it comes to admissions decisions.

6. Enjoy the process!

Being recruited and choosing a college can be stressful. But it’s an important part of life so try to enjoy each step. Make fun weekends out of your visits. Get to know the other riders on the team, and try to make friends as you go. You never know who might end up as your teammate in the future, so take the time to get to know others as you are being recruited.

Everyone’s college search and application process is different. So take time to decide what really matters to you and make your journey unique. Special thanks to Ruth Sorrel for providing insight on how to get involved with collegiate riding programs. You can learn more about her work at sorreleqconsulting.com.


BarnManager is designed to be a part of your team, with the compatibility and credentials necessary to improve communication, simplify the management of horses, and get you out of the office, off the phone calls, and into the barn with the horses you care about! Click here to get a free demo and find out more!

Female Force: Women in the 2020 Olympic Games

When you’re flipping through channels of Olympic coverage this year, you may notice all sports have one thing in common: they are split into men’s and women’s competition. There is one exception, however, and that is equestrian sports. The only Olympic sport in which men and women compete against one another on a level playing field. Men and women, as well as geldings, stallions, and mares, all compete head-to-head for medals.

Women have been representing the equestrian community extremely well in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. While equestrian is usually an underrepresented sport throughout the programming of Olympic sports, women have been making their mark—and the news!

According to calculations by dressage-news.com, as of September 1, 2020, of the 29,731 athletes in the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) database of competitors in the Olympic disciplines, the percentages of female riders were 83.10% for dressage, 73.175% for eventing, and 61.311% for show jumping. The ladies are well represented in our sport!

Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo helped the United States dressage team secure the silver medal in Tokyo. Photo by Jump Media

Ladies’ Night in Dressage

The equestrian events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics kicked off with dressage in late July, and all the athletes performed incredibly. The United States’ own Sabine Schut-Kery put her nation on the map after scoring consistently in the team and individual competitions. There was no shortage of girl power as she achieved her personal best of 78.416% in the grand prix and 81.596% in the grand prix special to contribute to the U.S. team’s silver medal. Sabine finished fifth individually in the freestyle on a score of 84.300% with her mount, Sanceo. The United States leadership also had female representation, led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald.

Women in dressage rounded out the individual dressage competition by securing all three podium spots. Germany’s Jessica von Bredow-Werndl and TSF Dalera secured gold on a score of 91.732%. Silver was awarded to the world-ranked number one, Isabell Werth (GER) and Bella Rose 2. Lastly, Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) returned to the podium to take bronze on her new mount, Gio.

Olympic dressage has been dominated by women for the past six years, by having all podium titles awarded to female athletes. 2020 marks the seventh consecutive year that women have taken gold, silver, and bronze in the individual competition of dressage.

Krajewski Makes History in Eventing

Women first competed in eventing at the Olympics in Tokyo in 1964. And the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was finally the year for them to take top individual honors. Germany’s Julia Krajewski made Olympic history by being the first female Olympic champion in eventing. The 32-year-old was rewarded individual gold for Germany on a score of 26 with her mount, Amande De B’Neville, an 11-year-old Selle Français mare. The female pair were one of the few combinations to jump clear in the show jumping round, only adding 0.4 time faults to her total score.

Krajewski was the only female on the individual podium for eventing, marking a huge milestone with her achievement. As for the team competition, Laura Collett and London 52 dominated the cross-country course, showing off their undeniable partnership. She was able to represent women on the podium in team gold position with Great Britain.

Jessica Springsteen, with mount Don Juan Van De Donkhoeve, is one of two ladies on the United States show jumping team in Tokyo. Photo by Jump Media

The Future Is Female

Show jumping wrapped up equestrian competition in Tokyo at Baji Koen Equestrian Park. The highest placing individual woman was Malin Baryard-Johnsson (SWE) with Indiana. The pair finished fifth overall on a double-clear effort in the Individual Final. Baryard-Johnsson was also the only female competitor among the five pairs to jump clear in the Team Qualifier. In the team final, Baryard-Johnsson helped the Swedish team take home a gold medal. Meanwhile, the ladies of the United States, Laura Kraut and Jessica Springsteen, took home silver, putting three women on the team podium. Kraut, 55, has become the oldest woman to secure a medal at the Olympics since 1904.

In a world of sports where men can be stronger, faster, and more athletic, equestrian sports turn that idea upside down, allowing equality across all its disciplines and letting the women prove themselves as equal, and frequently better, competitors. As the Olympics in Tokyo draws to a close, we are in awe of the equestrian women who have shown some of their best performances. And we wish the best of luck to all of them as they continue their equestrian careers.

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Tokyo Talk with the Grooms of Team USA

Written by Catherine Austen for the United States Eventing Association (USEA)

We know a lot about the athletes representing the USA on our Tokyo team, but what about those essential people, the grooms? Catherine Austen finds out more about Courtney Carson, Emma Ford, Bridget London, and Steph Simpson in this edition of Tokyo Talk.

Courtney Carson, Groom for Doug Payne. USEA/Claire Kelley Photo

Courtney Carson, groom for Vandiver and Doug Payne

Where are you from, and how did you get into horses?

“I was born in St Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Southern Illinois. My mom got me into horses as a young girl – she’d always wanted to have horses growing up.

How did you get your current job?

I was trying to find a real “big kid” job and decided I really liked the grooming – I just hadn’t found the right situation, and Doug and Jessica [Payne] happened to be looking, so I just sent them an email.

What are the best things about your job?

It’s the little things I love – yes, being competitive at the big events is great, but it’s the little things, like the young horses having a good experience at their first event, it’s our working students having the great show jumping round they’ve been looking for. It’s watching my five-star horse nailing all four changes in a test. It doesn’t have to be winning a five-star; it’s the day-to-day things you don’t really think about.

What’s “Quinn” like?

He is a really interesting horse. He’s picky about his food – sometimes he wants to eat his hay out of a haynet, sometimes he wants to eat it off the ground, some days he only wants grass. He’s a bit particular that way, but he’s 17, and he’s done the job for a long time, so he’s allowed to be that way. Honestly, he’s an old soul and the most genuine horse you could ever meet. You could hack him around on the buckle or gallop around a five-star.

What are your expectations of Tokyo – and your hopes?

It’s going to be really, really hot!

My expectations personally are to enjoy the moment because it’s what everyone dreams about, and if you had told 10-year-old me, or even 25-year-old me a year ago, that I’d be going to the Olympics, I’d have laughed and told you you weren’t telling the truth.

I would like to have a sound, healthy horse at the end of it who has hopefully finished in good standing, and for Team USA to bring home three really good solid results would be huge. I think that’s possible – we have the team to do it. I’m looking forward to it!

Emma Ford, groom for Phillip Dutton. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo

Emma Ford, groom for Z and Phillip Dutton

Where are you from, and how did you get into horses?

I grew up in North Devon in southwest England, and I was pretty much on a horse in the womb. My whole family rode, so I really have been involved with horses from birth. I grew up on a farm, so in the summer, my dad would set up the straw bales when they were baling for me to jump bareback on my pony while Mum and Dad were having a picnic. I always feel we were so lucky and so fortunate. We certainly didn’t have money, and I used to get all the free ponies. It was a running joke that I’d always fall off once a week and how much ground I ‘bought.’ I will never forget those summers – they were perfect.

How did you get your current job?

Basically, it was a bit of a no-brainer. I worked for a lady in Massachusetts – I worked for her for seven years; we came up through the sport together. When I started, she had Preliminary horses, and by the time we finished, she had a string of 12 horses and was riding at Advanced. I flew horses over to England to compete at Blenheim for her, and after that trip, I thought, ‘I want to do this full-time, be on the team, and this is the way I’m going to do it.’ Two years later, the job opened up with Phillip, and it was a bit of a no-brainer to take the position.

What’s Z like?

I’ve been with Z since he’s been with Phillip. We’ve had him since the beginning of his 7-year-old year. He did Preliminary and was ready to move up to Intermediate, and he actually came to me as a very ‘internal’ horse – he would stand at the back of the stall and hated being turned out. And so I worked a lot with him on just getting him used to people and to have people around him. It wasn’t that he was nervous around people or anything; he just never interacted with them.

I think over the years, he’s really turned into quite the personality – when you’re grooming him and when he has his massage, he tells you exactly where he wants you to press a little harder or back off. He loves having people around him, and he loves photographs. We’ve turned him into a horse who wants to be out 24/7 now, and he really wants to please; he tries very hard for Phillip. He wants to understand his job, and he does – ultimately, he loves his job.

What are your expectations of Tokyo – and your hopes?

I’m rather looking forward to the horse flight, actually, because I won’t be on a plane of 350 people! Obviously, this year is a very different year, but I know nothing of Japan, and I think that will be very interesting.

We all are going to be very careful with and aware of the humidity for the horses. Ultimately we need little luck on our side, and hopefully, the horses will produce the best results they can.

Steph Simpson, groom for Boyd Martin. USEA/Claire Kelley Photo

Steph Simpson, groom for Tsetserleg and Boyd Martin

Where are you from, and how did you get into horses?

I grew up in a really tiny town in Vermont on a dairy farm, so I never really did horses as a child. I became interested in them through friends and family and then did animal science in college and decided I wanted to be a working student or groom. The riding didn’t actually start until I was 18, but then had lessons and evented at a low level.

How did you get your current job?

I actually groomed for another Australian in the area, Dom Schramm, and then Boyd called me one day and asked me if I wanted the job. I was freelancing at the time, so that was that.

What do you enjoy most about it?

I enjoy getting to know all the different horses and their personalities. I obviously spend a lot of time with them, so getting to know each one and their quirks and their little weird characteristics is fun for me.

What’s “Thomas” like?

Well, Thomas is the love of my life! He’s good – he’s quirky, though. He doesn’t let other people touch his face – he does let me now, though, after three years of trying. He’s just a quirky guy; he’s very curious, he wants to know what’s going on all the time, on his terms.

What are your expectations of Tokyo – and your hopes?

I think we’ve been prepared really well for the heat, but I think there are a lot of variables. Luckily, this is not my first trip abroad, so I know what to expect as far as transporting horses, and the logistics of that are concerned. However, especially with Covid, none of us really know what’s going to happen. If you work at an upper-level place, you want to go to the top of the sport. Luckily for me, Boyd’s a very competitive person, and so am I. So, I’m really lucky that I get to be at the Olympics and experience that vibe.

Bridget London, groom for Tamie Smith. USEA/Claire Kelley Photo

Bridget London, groom for Mai Baum and Tamie Smith

Bridget London, the groom for traveling reserve Tamie Smith’s Mai Baum, recently became a real estate agent in the Seattle area after working for Smith for several years. When Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp had to withdraw from contention, Smith stepped into the role of traveling reserve and asked London to come along for the ride.

“Grooming is not just brushing, I know a lot of people think that. It’s tacking the horse, bathing, braiding, walking, feeding, and managing just about everything the horse does,” London told K5 News in a recent interview. She continued, “I won’t be the one personally competing. I am pretty excited to be a part of it in any way that I can. I’ve been close with Tamie for a while now and I’m so excited for her. I know they will do great.”

We wish all of these hardworking grooms a safe and successful Olympics. Your hard work does not go unnoticed!


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Time For Tokyo: The Lineup For the USA and How To Watch

We are just a few days away from the much awaited 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The United States is fortunate to have four equestrian teams representing the country in Tokyo, including an eventing, dressage, show jumping, and para dressage team.

The teams have taken the necessary steps to arrive in Tokyo through mandated pre-quarantine processes due to COVID-19 protocols. The dressage team has arrived in Tokyo as they prepare to begin competition this Saturday. The eventing team completed their pre-quarantine in Aachen, Germany, trailered to Belgium, then took flight to Tokyo. And the jumping team is beginning preparations for their trip to Japan as well. Let’s take a look at who will be representing the United States in the upcoming weeks and how to watch these teams from home. See the full schedule via the USET Foundation here.


Adrienne Lyle and Salvino, Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper, and Sabine Schut-Kery and Sanceo were selected to represent the United States in Tokyo. Nick Wagman and Don John are the traveling reserve for the dressage team. The team is led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald and Team Leader Hallye Griffin.

Dressage at the Olympic Games will take place from July 24-28 through multiple Grand Prix team and individual events.

  • July 24: Dressage Grand Prix Team and Individual 4 a.m. EDT
  • July 25: Dressage Grand Prix Team and Individual 4 a.m. EDT
  • July 27: Dressage Team Grand Prix Special 4 a.m. EDT
  • July 28: Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle 4:30 a.m. EDT

Dressage grooms headed to Tokyo are Morgan Kligensmith (Salvino), Eddie Garcia (Suppenkasper), Christis Erickson (Sanceo), Jose Alaniz (Don John).


Boyd Martin and Tseterleg, Phillip Dutton and Z, Liz Halliday-Sharp and Deniro Z were the original eventing team to be selected. But after the mandatory outing at Great Meadows in Virginia, Halliday-Sharp decided to withdraw Deniro Z from the lineup after consulting with the team vets. Doug Payne and Vandiver stepped up to fill their spot and Tamie Smith and Mai Baum were named as the traveling reserve.

The team is led by Chef d’Equipe Erik Duvander and Team Leader Jenni Autry.

  • July 29: Eventing Dressage Session 1 Team and Individual 7:30 p.m. EDT
  • July 30: Eventing Dressage Session 2 Team and Individual 4:30 a.m. EDT, Eventing Dressage Sess. 3 Team and Individual 7:30 p.m. EDT
  • July 31: Eventing Cross-Country Team and Individual 6:45 a.m. EDT
  • August 1: Replay Team and Individual Eventing, Cross Country 1:30 p.m. EDT
  • August 2: Eventing Jumping Team and Individual 4 a.m. EDT

Eventing grooms for the team in Tokyo are Stephanie Simpson (Tseterleg), Emma Ford (Z), Courtney Carson (Vandiver), and Bridget London (Mai Baum).

Show Jumping

McLain Ward and Contagious, Laura Kraut and Baloutinue, Kent Farrington and Gazelle, and Jessica Springsteen and Don Juan van de Donkhoeve are the athletes selected for the jumping team. One pair will be named the traveling reserve.

Leading the team is Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland and Team Leader Lizzy Chesson. Two alternates will join the team in the event one of the athletes needs to withdraw, which are Brian Moggre and Lucy Deslauriers.

  • August 3: Jumping Individual Qualifier Individual Jumping 6 a.m. EDT
  • August 4: Jumping Individual Qualifier Individual Jumping 6 a.m. EDT, Replay Individual Jumping Final 11:45 p.m. EDT
  • August 6: Jumping Team Qualifier Team Jumping 6 a.m. EDT, Replay Team Jumping Qualifying 2:45 p.m. EDT
  • August 7: Jumping Team Final Team Jumping 6 a.m. EDT

Show Jumping grooms traveling with the team are Denise Moriarty (Gazelle), Margo Thomas (Baloutinue), Josie Eliasson (Don Juan), and Virginie Casterman (Contagius)


Paralympic Dressage

Beatrice de Lavalette and Clarc, Rebecca Hart and El Corona Texel, Kate Shoemaker and Solitaer 40, and Roxanne Trunnell and Dolton will be representing Team USA. Two other combinations were nominated as team alternates: Sydney Collier and All in One, and Charlotte Merle-Smith and Guata.

Following the individual tests on August 27 at the Paralympic Games, three combinations will be selected to compete in the team competition.

The Paralympic equestrian competition is set to take place August 28-30 at the Equestrian Park venue in Tokyo, Japan.

It’s going to be an exciting few weeks of Olympic competition and we’ve been waiting five years for it, so be sure you know when your favorite athletes are competing so you can tune in and watch! BarnManager wishes the best of luck to all athletes across all disciplines competing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Para Dressage grooms traveling with to Tokyo include Megan Ann Tye (Clarc), Kjersten Lance (El Corona Texel), Alexus Sisley (Solitaer 40), and Angela Baugh (Dolton).

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Biodiversity Blog

Understanding and Promoting Biodiversity on the Farm

By BarnManager Partner Green Is the New Blue

By now, you’ve probably seen photos of Green Is the New Blue’s Living Jumps from our partner horse shows and read about the ways they promote biodiversity in their local ecosystems. But what, exactly, does that mean?

Biodiversity Blog

Biodiversity refers to the total number of different species in the same habitat. This includes microorganisms to plants to horses and their humans. It is important because biodiverse environments provide vital resources such as food, water, and shelter for their inhabitants. In some instances, they even provide medicine and fuel. Further, these ecosystems are built to last; biodiverse environments are more resilient in the face of disaster, both natural and manmade.

Every day, scientists discover new information about how one species benefits another. As every living thing is part of an interconnected system that sustains life on Earth, each of us should actively promote biodiversity. (Our lives quite literally depend on it!) That sounds like a pretty tall order, but it starts with a simple act. Make conscious decisions that sustain and strengthen the overall health of your local environment.

What are ways to support biodiversity at the barn? Go native.

When landscaping your farm, create a plentiful habitat that features a variety of plants and wildflowers native to your local ecosystem. These species are evolutionarily designed to thrive in that specific habitat, potentially reducing water use and minimizing care requirements. Native species provide food and shelter for other species in the ecosystem that are responsible for important ecological processes like plant reproduction and decomposition.

Feed the birds.

Birds play an important role in the ecosystem, from their predator/prey relationships to dispersing seeds for plant reproduction. Consider adding bird feeders to attract a variety of different species. Squirrel-proof feeders are best, as squirrels will steal food and deter birds. If you do install a bird feeder, keep a consistent cleaning schedule to prevent mold growth and maintain healthy populations.

Create your own Living Jump.

Source native plants from a local nursery or research appropriate species to grow through the National Wildlife Federation’s Native Plant Finder. For a hedge-style jump, you can plant the elements directly into the ground. If you’re working in the arena, you can re-pot your favorite species year in and year out as their root systems mature. Your Living Jump will bring beauty to your corner of the world, and more importantly, it will be a vital link in the larger system that sustains life on our planet.


How are you promoting biodiversity on your farm or at home? We’d love to hear about what you are doing, so leave a comment below!

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