A comic book-esque graphic caught my eye while scrolling through Instagram the other day and I was led to an awesome article about British Jamaican eventer Lydia Heywood, who was recently featured by Glorious, an online platform designed to elevate women in sport using art and culture as a medium. After the launch of her Cool Ridings access program last year, Lydia has worked to bring her mission of expanding the demographics found within equestrian sport – and it’s working. Lydia is adamant that there are many paths to follow with horses, and she just wants to do her part to open those doors for others. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know, and if people have a connection to Cool Ridings, you might be able to progress,” she said. Don’t miss the full – and beautifully illustrated – feature here.
National Holiday: It’s the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month! If you’re wanting to read up on some of the different facets of the LGBTQ community, here’s one place to start. A list of events happening near you can be found in many places, including on social media, but here’s another to get you started.
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Some new rule changes have gone into effect as of today, June 1, so be sure to read up so you’re up to speed. These rule changes include the designation of the Course Designer with the authority to stop a rider for Dangerous Riding as well as a Compulsory Retirement provision for riders incurring 20 or more show jumping penalties at Training level and above. For more on these rule changes, click here.
The FEI is celebrating its 100 year anniversary, and they’re recognizing the efforts made by countless women throughout that time period. Take a look back at 100 years of “females at the fore” here.
Guess what: your ego is not your amigo. Don’t take it from me, take it from Coach Daniel Stewart – and he’s got some tips on how to incorporate some self-awareness in combating your ego’s more irritating characteristics.
Reading labels is important, and this handy video from Legends Horse Feed dissects the design process of creating feed bags that market their line of horse feeds and supplements while also educating consumers about what they’re feeding their horses.
Best of the blogs: Feeling burned out? We all hit it at some point. The Anxious Eventer checks in with some thoughts on the concept of burnout and how it affects riders.
Is it possible to make progress with no horse and/or limited time? Dressage trainer Lauren Spreiser shares her thoughts on how this can be possible in her latest column for NoelleFloyd.com.
Get to know more about Lydia Heywood on this feature episode from Young Black Equestrians.