On Oct. 11, 2009, EN founder/publisher John sat down at his computer and wrote the following post, the first of over 20,000 more that would be published on his fledgling website in the near-decade to follow. Nine years later, while much has changed, it is our greatest hope that John’s original mission statement still rings true. –the EN team
…or, as I should say, “Hello Eventing Nation!”
As a brief introduction, my name is John. I have four kids, in the form of two wonderful Event horses and two beautiful German Shepherds.
My puppy, Elsa, is nearly six months old and has spent many long hours laying by my computer desk, helping me to design and develop Eventing Nation. It’s pretty safe to consider her the brains behind the operation. Now, on this, the 11th of October 2009, we are very proud to launch our creation.
Our goal at Eventing Nation is to serve the Eventing community by providing convenient and comprehensive access to our great sport. Eventing Nation is the World’s first Eventing news and content aggregator, meaning that we will bring the best Eventing content from throughout the Internet directly onto our homepage. In the coming months and years, we hope that Eventing Nation will become a forum for Eventing’s great thinkers and ideas.
Ultimately, you, the citizenry of Eventing Nation will shape the direction of this site by telling us what you like and what needs changing. Eventing Nation is going to grow rapidly over the next several weeks with respect to features and content, so stay tuned. And, throughout all of this, I promise that we are going to have some fun along the way!
Finally, a special thanks to all of the people who have helped to make Eventing Nation possible. From the novice riders I pressed for content suggestions to some of our sport’s greatest veterans who offered words of encouragement and support, thanks. Most importantly, thank you for being one of Eventing Nation’s very first citizens, we would be honored if you return sometime soon.