Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

The latest movie hit to top the charts on Netflix brings horses into the mainstream through the lens of Concrete Cowboy, a movie centering around the Fletcher Street cowboys. Now, the Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy (PURA) has started a fundraising campaign, “Fresh Start for Philly Youth”, to raise money for a new riding center in downtown Philadelphia. The new home for PURA that will be created through the “Fresh Start for Philly Youth” fundraising campaign will provide:

· Stabling for 20-25 horses
· Paddocks
· Indoor and Outdoor Arena
· Classroom and recreational space for other youth and veteran programs.

You can learn more about this initiative and make a donation by clicking here. To read more about the story behind the film, try this piece from Time.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Fair Hill International April H.T. and CCI-S: [Website] [Entry Status?] [Volunteer]

Twin Rivers Spring International: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Stream] [Photographer] [Volunteer]

CDCTA H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Spring Bay H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Wednesday News:

You may have heard the term “micro aggressions” in recent conversation. For some, this is an unfamiliar term, but for many BIPOC riders it’s an all too common part of life. It’s helpful, therefore, to have a good understanding of what a micro aggression is in order to be more conscious of words, intentions, and how much they each matter. This blog from White Oak Stables is a useful primer.

This weekend, Chattahoochee Hills (GA) is holding a fundraiser and supply drive to assist victims affected by recent tornados in Newnan, Ga. that have impacted over 1700 homes to date. You can learn more about the drive and how to participate here.

The Equine Rescue of Aiken is seeking veterinary supplies to assist the victims of a devastating fire on Saturday, April 3. If you can help this organization get back on its feet, please visit their website for more information about donations.

In honor of Jennie Brannigan’s longtime upper level partner, Cambalda, and his official retirement, the USEA republished this lovely “Horse Heroes” column dedicated to “Ping”.

What do you need to know about EHV-1? With the European outbreak affecting a large number of horses and cases cropping up (as they do this time of year, to begin with) in North America, there’s much to be learned about the virus. This piece outlines six key EHV-1 takeaways from a recent seminar with Dr. Peter Heidmann of Palm Beach Equine Clinic.

Our weekly email newsletter got a facelift! We’ve transitioned 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.

Want to read a crazy story? Meet Florida’s “horse meat vigilante”, combating the illegal slaughterhouse industry one secret operation at a time.

Have you followed Haygain on social media yet? Their pages are filled with testimonials, tips and tricks for respiratory health, and a healthy dose of cheer to brighten up your feed.

Wednesday Video Break:

Check out the trailer for the aforementioned Netflix hit, Concrete Cowboy: