Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

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What’s been your favorite eventing story of the year? Each year, I try to pick a favorite, but inevitably one of two things happened: I can’t remember a damn thing — like, this season may as well have never happened — or I get stuck waffling between sentimental favorites. I think one of the best that sticks in my mind is this great one sniffed out by Shelby Allen at the FEI World Championships on Danish rider Hanne Wind Ramsgaard. [“If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It”]

Wednesday News & Reading

Time is running out to enter our Ultimate LRK3DE Giveaway! You and three friends could win travel funds for your trip to The Best Weekend All Year, general admission to each day plus premium cross country tailgating, and Dubarry gear — all you need to do is enter by December 31 for a shot at winning. [Fly Away to LRK3DE]

In most other major eventing nations, certification is required in order to become an instructor. In the U.S., certification is available through the recently-revamped Eventing Coaches Program (ECP — formerly known as the Instructor’s Certification Program). [Certification: An Important Choice]

Is your horse depressed? Just like us, our horses experience their own gamut of emotions — and yes, depression can indeed be one of them. Our friends at KPP have some tips for spotting and helping depression in horses. [Is Your Horse Depressed?]

Don’t forget to cast your votes for the USEF Equestrian of the Year Honors! Included in the field are FEI World Championships team rider Will Coleman along with Off the Record, nominated for International Horse of the Year. [Cast your votes by December 29]

FEI World Championships Ground Jury member and 5* dressage judge Peter Gray finds a whole new level of thrill in the judge’s box. He may have competed internationally in the sports of eventing and dressage, but the view from the box is one that can’t be replaced — and it’s this love of all this horses and sport that has led him down a path he wouldn’t trade in for anything. [Gray’s Found His Next Chapter in the Judge’s Box]

What’s gone into the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab’s rating of equestrian helmets? Don’t forget: this isn’t their first spin around the testing-out-the-melon-protector block. The Helmet Lab has made a name for itself for its research and ratings of helmets for all types of sports, from football to motorsports and, now, to equestrian. [Rating Helmet Safety]

Tack Facts with Sterling Essentials: Raise your hand if your New Year’s Resolution is to clean your tack more! [Then watch this video]

Sponsor Corner: Haygain sales will support World Horse Welfare during the month of September, with 2% of proceeds committed for sales through December 31. Shop for a good cause here.

Wednesday Video Break

Working on your own fitness this winter? Try these tips to solidify your jumping position, thanks to Coach Tony Sandoval:

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