Wednesday News & Notes

Saddle Up and Read is happy to have your support. Most information about how to donate can be found on the website….

Posted by Saddle Up And Read on Tuesday, December 8, 2020

We talked a bit more about Caitlin Gooch’s literacy nonprofit, Saddle Up and Read, last week in News & Notes. To continue on that thread this week, I thought it might be helpful to provide some resources on how you can get involved with or help Saddle Up & Read if you’d like to. The Facebook post above has some useful links, and you can also support Caitlin and Saddle Up & Read by purchasing the first in the new coloring book series, Black Equestrians. Click here to order.

If you’re unable to view the Facebook post, here is the information listed:

Anyone can make a monetary donation using PayPal or the GoFundMe, to assist in purchasing new books and diesel costs. Or sponsor one of our horses by purchasing a t-shirt. We do accept book donations for elementary age children. We need more books with diverse characters in general. Books do not have to be horse related.

Saddle Up and Read operates out of Wendell, NC. There are currently no other Saddle Up and Read organizations. This is the only one. In the future we will expand to other states. For now, please subscribe to the email list. We have an event next year for those who wish to have a Saddle Up and Read chapter in their area.

Thank you again for the support.
Read and ride on! #saddleupandread

Links to everything:

Paypal or
Mail: PO Box 1158 Zebulon, NC 27597

Wednesday Reading List:

Horses helping rock the vote again! As Georgia heads for its January 5 runoff election to decide the state’s Senate race, Black cowboys took to the Atlanta streets to encourage more people to submit their votes. These riders want to amplify the hard-fought ride to vote for Black people all over the country and plan to do so with more rides around the country.

Don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway of Stride Control, by Jan Marsden Hamilton – a Fab Freebie brought to you by Horse & Rider Books. Click here to enter.

Great news for West coast riders! The McFall family has opened up its Dragonfire Sport Horses (Wilton, Ca.) facility to host cross country schoolings and a new schooling horse trial. The cross country area, which will have questions from Beginner Novice up through Preliminary, has just been built this year, and the new Derby Days summer series kicks off in June. [New NorCal Schooling Venue]

You haven’t truly seen life until you’ve seen it through the lens of a gifted photographer. I’ve been rather obsessed with the work of great equestrian photographers such as Shannon Brinkman, so getting to “follow along” with her during a day of work at Tryon International was a real treat in this article from The Chronicle. Our show photographers work incredibly hard to put their best work forward, so make sure to support them at every event!

The holidays aren’t really complete until you’ve watched at least one horse movie – at least that’s been my rule for a few years now. This year’s showing was International Velvet, which truth be told I had only seen once prior! If you’re in need of some horse movie ideas, here’s a list from the FEI (PS: I have it on good authority from our writer team that Ride Like a Girl is very good!).

Wednesday Video Break: Go on the road with Ingrid Klimke! This video is in German but is equipped with subtitles for English speakers.