Wednesday News & Notes

Saddle Up and Read founder Caitlin Gooch makes introductions at a recent reading event.

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about Saddle Up and Read over the last few weeks. If you’d like to refresh your memory on what we’ve covered thus far, click here and here to catch up.

Saddle Up and Read hit the road this month and brought their horses into two neighborhoods to connect with local kids.

Weekend recap part 2:
After the book drive, we headed over to two neighborhoods. We gifted children books…

Posted by Saddle Up And Read on Sunday, December 27, 2020

There are many ways to get involved with Saddle Up and Read, which uses horses and books to promote higher literacy rates in youth. You can learn more about Saddle Up and Read and find ways to help by clicking here.

Wednesday Reading List:

Top riders including William Fox-Pitt, Lucinda Green, Jonty Evans and Bill Levett have all pitched in their resources to help build a school in a remote Sierra Leone village. Sadly, the project’s main donor had passed away due to COVID-19, and these riders donated raffle items to help fund the remaining work to complete the school. At the organizing helm of the project is Bea Pinnegar, who formerly worked as the head girl for Irish show jumper Cian O’Connor. Bea says education is a fundamental necessity, one that helped her leave a difficult beginning of life behind for a better path. You can read more about this incredible project here.

It’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book. If you’re into books of the horse flavor, here’s a list to start checking off from Horse Illustrated.

Speaking of good books, we’re giving away a copy of Jane Savoie’s Dressage Between the Jumps, and there is still time to enter! Click here to learn more and submit your entry.

How do you get your horse properly fit when the footing is less than ideal? This refresher from Practical Horseman taps Jessica Phoenix – no stranger to inclement weather during the long winters in Canada – for her advice on accomplishing fitness in varying ways.

Sarah Charley left her work as a mechanical engineer to pursue grooming as a full-time career, and now she finds herself alongside reigning World Equestrian Games gold medalist Ros Canter for the ride of a lifetime. She also aspires to contest her first FEI competition, on the cusp of her 60th birthday. Don’t miss this inspirational story that might just give you the horse bug all over again.

Wednesday Video Break: A helpful winter refresher from William Fox Pitt on bringing your horse back into top show jumping form.