Mar 02, 2024

Now On Course: Wolpert Gets A Second Shot at Pine Top

Macyn Wolpert and Hallelujah on course at Pine Top. Liz Crawley Photography photos

Macyn Wolpert and her pony 18-year-old Sport Pony Hallelujah were set to attend the Pine Top Intermediate Horse Trials (Thomson Georgia) on Feb. 11 with cross-county day happily occurring on Wolpert’s 12th birthday.

Her father, Craig Wolpert, called Pine Top ahead of time and arranged to surprise his daughter by decorating Hallelujah’s stall, and he hired a professional videographer to commemorate her birthday run over the cross-country course. Her father also told Pine Top owners/event organizers Glenn and Janet Wilson that Macyn was anxious because she’d been having trouble with her pony. He was hoping that on Sunday Macyn would get around cross-country and have a great ending to her birthday.

Janet made sure to be on course to cheer Macyn on as she went through the water jump, but unfortunately, Macyn and Hallelujah did not make it over fence 1 in three attempts, so they were eliminated.

“I knew she would most likely would be devastated so I headed up to the start box, spoke with her father and naturally he was upset for Macyn,” said Janet. “As a grandmother, I know how upsetting it can be for a child to have such high hopes, and then get crushed. I have a granddaughter the same age as Macyn that shows so I know how hard they can be on themselves when a pony decides nope, not doing this today.”

So, in true Pine Top Eventing spirit, Janet and Glenn, after talking to the Technical Delegate, volunteers, and medic, arranged for everyone to stay in place for Macyn to ride the course with her trainer, Halliea Milner, after the event ended.

What followed was an incredible example of eventing spirit. Milner ran the whole course beside Macyn offering encouragement and support while her father, mother, younger brother, volunteers, event organizers, photographers, and Pine Top staff cheered her on and yelled out, “happy birthday” at each fence. Announcer Eric Sampson narrated Macyn’s trip and played “You Say It’s Your Birthday” by the Beatles over the loudspeaker.

Macyn Wolpert on course with trainer Halliea Milner.

Macyn completed the whole course with no refusals and finished successfully with a happy pat to her pony.

“I believe kindness and empathy go a long way and will hopefully foster the same in return. I’m glad we could play a small part in Macyn’s birthday celebration,” said Janet.

“I was very disappointed when I had the refusals especially because it was my birthday,” said Macyn. “When they said I could school the cross-country course it was a huge relief. Having my trainer run alongside me helped and hearing all the judges wish me happy birthday was pretty cool too! I can’t wait to try again. Pine Top here I come!”

Do you know a horse or rider with a cool story? Email Lindsay at [email protected] for a chance to be featured.

Apr 24, 2024 Competitions

Fence-By-Fence: The 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event Cross-Country Course Preview

If all goes according to plan in the first part of the extended weekend, we will see 36 horses galloping across Derek di Grazia's CCI5*-L cross-country course at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event (DK3DE). We partnered up with the team at CrossCountry App to bring you a preview of both the five-star and CCI4*-s tracks this year.

Apr 24, 2024 Competitions

The 2024 K3DE Daily: First Horse Inspection

Lights, cameras, action! The first formal horse inspection (which some might informally refer to as "the jog") at the 2024 Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event (K3DE) takes place this afternoon at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. While this part of the event is a fan-favorite historically based on the impeccable turnout of the horses and the stylish and forward fashion choices of the riders (we are looking at you Boyd Martin in hopes that you bring back the American flag suit circa 2022), it serves a very important purpose: ensuring that each horse is fit, sound, and ready to compete at the five-star level.

Apr 23, 2024 Competitions

Grab Your USEA Gear at the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event!

There are so many things to love about the Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event and the opportunity to peruse the booths of so many amazing vendors is definitely one of them! Don’t forget to stop by the USEA booth, located just behind the Rolex Stadium next to the large Defender Kentucky Three-Day Event booth, to stock up on all of your favorite USEA apparel.

Apr 23, 2024 Competitions

Modified Match To Be Introduced at 2024 Woodside Spring Horse Trials

After the first competition at Modified was held at The Horse Park at Woodside in California in 2023, the level will be under an even bigger spotlight with the Modified Match that will be offered at the 2024 Woodside Spring Horse Trials that will take place from May 24-26.

Official Corporate Sponsors of the USEA

Official Joint Therapy Treatment of the USEA

Official Feed of the USEA

Official Saddle of the USEA

Official Real Estate Partner of the USEA

Official Equine Insurance of the USEA

Official Forage of the USEA

Official Supplement Feeding System of the USEA

Official Competition & Training Apparel of the USEA

Official Horse Boot of the USEA