Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Just a cute baby, nothing else. Photo courtesy of Merle-Smith Sporthorses.

Friday! I’m looking forward to a very soggy weekend that hopefully doesn’t cancel my cross country schooling plans. Crossing all my fingers and toes that the thunderstorms hold off tomorrow long enough that I can bounce around over some logs and stuff!

National Holiday: Juneteenth

Events This Weekend:

Texas Rose HT — [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Surefire HT — [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stable View HT — [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Interested in getting your own adorable foal, for only $80? Inspired by Harry DeLeyer’s story of Snowman, the $80 Champion, Andy Kocher is offering a totally unique contest. With the entry fee of only $80, you can potentially become the new owner of Pippa, a royally bred 2020 filly with showjumping lines you’ll drool over. [$80 Champion Filly Contest]

All British horse organizations are galvanized to take action against racial inequality in the sports. With BE Eventing, Dressage and Showjumping signing on to The Sport and Recreation Alliance this week, they’re dedicated to confronting the ugly truth about racism and inequality. Looking forward, they’re collaborating to find ways to make positive change from within. [Sports Pledge Against Race Inequality]

A Canadian fund to help school horses who lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic has raised $150,000 in just two months. Ontario Equestrian’s emergency fundraising initiative For the Herd has a goal to raise $500,000 to support the province’s lesson horses and riding school facilities, many of which are facing the harsh realities of little to zero income and some very grim decisions. [Canadian Fund to Help School Horses]

Listen: Area IV eventers Rachel McIntosh and Liz Lund have started a new eventing podcast called Unstable and Unbridled. Available on Apple podcasts and Spotify, the pod talks about all things horses and features special guests including Tik Maynard, with many more to come!

Watch: He really did it.