Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Last week, Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) announced its new scholarship, the Ever So Sweet Scholarship, in partnership with the USEA Foundation, Edy Rameika and Sara and Brian Murphy. This scholarship, which will provide the opportunity to train at Sara and Brian’s Overlook Farm in Berryville, Va. for three months, includes a living stipend, housing and a proper education in the workings of a professional program. The group at SEE has been working hard to create opportunities for more riders to make inroads as equestrians, and this is one step forward in the right direction. To learn more about the Ever So Sweet scholarship, click here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Barnstaple South H.T.: [Website]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

River Glen Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

Waredaca H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer] [Volunteer]

Wednesday Reading List:

Now here’s something pretty cool. We talk a lot about the idea of opportunity and bringing it to underserved and underrepresented populations. Student riders at the University of Maryland – Baltimore teamed up to begin offering riding lessons at The City Ranch in Baltimore. This program is intended to help more young riders learn about horses and horsemanship, and with the supplement of riding lessons it’s one more way for someone to get “the bug” and look for other opportunities to stay around horses. More on this later after I do some more digging!

Diversity is more than just a buzzword. Some barns, such as Warrenton, Va.’s White Oak Stables, have tried to find more ways to be active allies to equestrians of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Through her efforts to provide some equipment, scholarship opportunities, and just the chance to learn how to ride, White Oak Stables owner Greta “Jade” Krafsig has prioritized the fostering of an inclusive community. You can read more about Jade’s incredible work here.

Looking for a clinician to book? Learn about the background and teaching philosophies of the latest USEA featured clinician, Daryl Kinney.

Many riders competing at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event last week (how was it already last week?) are big fans of Haygain – and there’s a reason why! I’ve been seeing more and more Haygain steamers popping up on my social media feeds, in both large and small, amateur and professional programs. Read more about the Kentucky riders who use Haygain here.

Wednesday Video Break:

Just because the round was just so good, watch Tamie Smith and Mai Baum tackle the CCI5* cross country at LRK3DE: