Friday News & Notes

Bellamy enjoying his snow day yesterday. Photo by Jimmie Schramm.

A week from today is Christmas! This year, like everything else, our celebrations will probably look a little different, but the holiday spirit is still strong. The bad thing this year is that the mail delivery system is so deeply overloaded from everyone shopping online that half of my gifts are weeks late in arriving and it’s giving me lots of anxiety. But, I guess we’re all in the same boat so if your gift comes in 2021, I haven’t forgotten you!

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Separately, the Board agreed to reopen the bid process for the FEI Eventing European Championship 2021, following numerous requests from a number of European Eventing stakeholders, including National Federations and Athletes, and with the full support of the European Equestrian Federation and the FEI Eventing Committee. The bid process will open on 18 December 2020 and National Federations and Organisers have until 15 January 2021 to apply to the FEI. The FEI Board will take a decision on the allocation of this Championship at its March 2021 teleconference.

Any rider has had the experience. You see something in the distance that will most definitely send your horse into a spiral: be it a deer on the trails, a wayward tarp, or the world-shattering open umbrella. Unbeknownst to you, your heart starts to beat faster as your brain prepares for a spook, and before your horse even sees the threat, he’s tense, too. In these situations, we’ve been taught that a deep breath goes a long way; that horses can sense our fear, and by staying calm, our energy will transfer into them. But did you know that there’s actual science behind this horsemanship? [Two Bodies, One Heart: Horses & Your Heartbeat]

Many people have embarked upon quarantine projects as the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched on. For top eventer Cathy Wieschhoff, that project has been sharing her knowledge from decades of horsemanship. Wieschhoff has begun a web series titled ‘One Minute With Cathy’ which provide viewers with her tips, tricks, and perspective on common mistakes. [Simple Tricks for Teaching Leg Yield]

Have you entered our latest Fab Freebie? We’re partnering with Horse & Rider Books to give away a copy of Yoga for Riders – just in time for the off-season, where you can introduce some new fitness habits! Click here to enter before Tuesday, December 22.

British readers will be a little sadder this holiday season because of the absence of Olympia this year. Normally, at this time of the year, tons of horsey folks would be heading to the London International Horse Show for a week of incredible equestrian action. However, the show was cancelled this year, so we’re looking back at fond memories from the past. [17 Wonderful Olympia Memories]

Pony snow day fun!