Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

The Optimum Youth Equestrian Scholarship (OYES), currently in its third round of applications since launching in 2020, aims to provide more opportunity within the equestrian industry to assist youth from underprivileged communities. Through financial awards and mentorship, the scholarship hopes to open more doors and, in turn, create a more diverse and equitable industry for all.

To help raise funds and awareness for the scholarship program, OYES has teamed up with Riding Warehouse and Better Dressage Scores to put on a Virtual Horse Show with USDF, USEA, and WDAA classes available for participation. Interested riders can submit entries through April 8 for feedback from judges Aviva Nebesky, Ida Norris, and Janice Mumford. To learn more and enter, click here.

The deadline for the spring award is April 15, 2021, so there is still time to submit your application for consideration. OYES is also always seeking more mentors interested in helping scholarship recipients and applicants – to learn more and to read about past applicants, click here. You can also read more about the program and its founder, Mandy Collier, who also collaborates with board members Shaq Black and Jacqueline Ely, in this interview with

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Carolina International CCI and H.T.: [Website] [Schedule] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Orders of Go] [Live Stream] [Volunteer]

Ocala Winter II H.T.: [” target=”_blank”>Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Pine Top Farm Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Southern Arizona Eventing Association H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

International Eventing Preview:

Oasby Elite H.T. (UK): [Website] [Entries] [Live Stream]

National Holiday: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Wednesday News and Notes:

Entries are now open for the Twin Rivers Horse Park Fundraiser Combined Test, happening April 3 and 4 in Paso Robles, Ca. Combined tests from Walk/Trot through Advanced as well as single dressage and jumping rounds will be offered, and funds raised will go to benefit ongoing facility upgrades and maintenance. To learn more and to enter or sign up to volunteer, click here.

Our weekly email newsletter is getting a facelift! Starting this Friday, we’ll transition to our all-new weekly email, the EN #ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)! Catch up on news you may have missed from the week, as well as useful links for the upcoming weekend’s events. It’s free to sign up – you can do so here.

We’re gearing up with our planning for coverage of the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event! We can’t wait to bring you the most comprehensive coverage of the beloved Kentucky event this year, and we’re also cooking up some cool perks for our Patreon supporters! Haven’t joined us on Patreon yet? Click here to learn more.

How does entering an event prior to closing date help the organizer? The USEA’s re-sharing of its 2015 series, “The Entry Fee is Only the Beginning”, continues with part three on entry timing from an organizer’s perspective.

Benefits of steaming your horse’s hay range from improve respiratory health to greater hydration levels, with a slew of other perks in between. If you’re new to the concept, use this reference page from Haygain to read up on the topic.

Just In on Jumper Nation: Incorporating mindfulness in the barn can help us focus and establish a stronger relationship with our horses. How so? Gillian Warner writes on the topic of developing partnerships for Jumper Nation here.

Wednesday Video Break: Piggy March talks about the biosecurity efforts taken in her stables to keep her horses and team safe amidst the EHV-1 outbreak.