Yesterday the eventing community lost another amazing individual, and we all mourn Jessica Halliday. Jess was a role model, a coach, a big sister to many young riders, an incredible equestrian, and a true force of nature. Her family has formalized Buck Off Cancer as a non-profit, and will provide information later regarding how to donate to this foundation in lieu of flowers. As Jess would say, 3…2…1… Have a great ride! And Buck Off Cancer!!
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“We’re here today because we want to bring the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible, and we want to work together to make that a reality.” With those words, Hadley Zeavin set the tone for a bridge-building workshop that helped equestrians recognize biased or harmful language and gave them a range of scripts to interrupt it. The Monday night webinar, titled “Interrupting Bias and De-Escalation Techniques for Equestrians,” was an installment in the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity Community Conversation series. [USEF Diversity & Inclusivity Webinar]
We have a big week ahead at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5*, which kicks off with the first horse inspection on Wednesday. Tilly Berendt is on the grounds at Pau for EN and will be bringing you full reports each day. An additional asset for those of us following from afar: Horse&CountryTV will be exclusively broadcasting all three phases of the competition. For H&C+ and H&C+ Gold Members: The event is free to watch– simply log in to your account to gain access. Non-Members: Click here to purchase a pass, good for 90 days, for just $7.99. OR click here to sign up to H&C+ from as little as $9.99 to watch the entire event and enjoy all the benefits of a membership.
When David Silver, the founder of Detroit Horse Power, was an elementary school teacher with Teach for America in Detroit, he regularly found himself telling his class stories about horses. The equine-centric vignettes provided a way to communicate the values and social-emotional development that research has linked to success. Perseverance, empathy, responsible risk taking, confidence, self-control… all of this was easy for him to convey — if he used stories about horses. The challenge, though, remained that most of Silver’s inner-city students had never interacted with horses. As he explained, “It felt incongruous that horses taught me these lessons, but the kids in Detroit were not able to even imagine interaction with horses, let alone in a deep and meaningful way.” [Hot On Horse Nation]
If you were involved in equestrian sports at all last year, you probably noticed how COVID incentivized the industry to make a few changes in day-to-day business operations. The United States Eventing Association (USEA) caught up with the STRIDER leadership team to learn more about recent industry trends after their trip earlier this month to EQUITANA USA at the Kentucky Horse Park. [Post-COVID Horse Industry Trends]
Yoga with Jonelle Price? Yes please.