Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Photo by Kristen Kovatch Bentley.

Raise your hand if you also use your horse as a mobile berry gathering vehicle! Kristen may prefer blackberries, but my personal favorite is wineberries. However, they never seem to make it back to the barn, between eating them and sharing them with my horse, I’ve never made a successful gathering trip. More like a successful eating trip.

National Holiday: National Raspberry Cake Day

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News From Around the Globe:

On a week when she should’ve been competing in Tokyo, Charlotte DuJardin experienced something else instead. She went galloping down a beach on a thicc Irish Draught mare named Frosty, splashing through the sea and smiling like a maniac. To be fair, I think I’d be smiling like a maniac too, and all in all, not a bad trade for Tokyo? [Dressage Girls Galloping in the Sea]

Meet Abriana Johnson and Caitlin Gooch, the two inspiring equestrian entrepreneurs behind the Young Black Equestrians Podcast and the nonprofit literacy program Saddle Up and Read (and about five other impressive ventures!) [Barn Manager]

Support our U.S. athletes as they continue their preparations for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Every dollar raised by USEF & USET’s Giving Games Fundraising Effort will be matched by a generous supporter of USET Foundation and will help our athletes on their quest to the podium in Tokyo next summer! [Learn More/Donate]

What was it like to be the groom to the legendary Gem Twist? Jennifer Alfano tells her tale of coming up through the ranks of grooming and ending up with the job of a lifetime and the horse of a century at the end of her lead shank. [A Rub Rag To the Olympics]

Hot on Horse Nation: U.S. House Passes Spending Bill With Big Wins for Horses

Just in on Jumper Nation: Gorgeous Braids and Perfect Knees: Best of the Hunter Derbies, Presented by Kentucky Performance Products

Podcast Pick: COTH catches up with Boyd Martin, recent winner at the Virginia Horse Trials, and all around rad dude. What’s he been doing in quarantine? What are his horses up to? How is he rallying for Tokyo 2021? [COTH Podcast with Boyd Martin]

Featured Video: In this edition of Training Tip Tuesday, Courtney Cooper of C Square Farm shares insight on how to organize/manage five horses at a three-phase one day at Full Moon Farm Horse Trials.