Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

The Nimíipuu, also known as the Nez Perce, have a legendary relationship with horses. One of the roles they play is that…

Posted by Strides for Equality Equestrians on Thursday, April 29, 2021

The social media team at Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) has been doing a great job of proving glimpses into pieces of equestrian history made even more rich and diverse by the distinctly different cultures that infuse the industry. I was really excited to learn a little about the Nez Perce tribe and the relationship they had with some of the earliest horses found in North America. When the horses were eventually seized by the U.S. cavalry, the tribe lost its nomadic culture and the horse, through subsequent generations of breeding, was lost. In 1995, the Nez Perce tribe created a registry for a new breed of horse – the Nez Perce.

“They realized the characteristics this new breed must posses would need to be exacting if it was truly going to resemble the historic horse of their tribe,” Cowgirl Magazine reports. “It was decided that the Appaloosa would be bred with the Akhal-Teke horse of Turkmenistan, possibly the most ancient breed in the world, and the purported mount of both Alexander the Great and Marco Polo. It is also thought to be a probable progenitor of today’s English thoroughbred by way of the Byerly Turk and the Darley Arabian. It has been suggested after much scholarly research on the subject, that the Akhal-Teke could be an actual ancestor of the original Nez Perce horse, according to Nez Perce elder Rudy Shebala, who spear-headed the program.”

You can read more about the Nez Perce and the Nez Perce Horse here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Jersey Fresh International: [Website] [Entries] [Drawn Order] [Schedule] [Volunteer] [Show Photographer]

Apple Knoll Farm H.T.: [Website]

The Event at Skyline: [Website] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer]

Miami Valley H.T.: [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Poplar Place Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Unionville H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

WindRidge Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Wednesday Reading List:

Just a few hours remain to place your bid on the May Internet Auction from Sport Horse Auctions. You can check out our preview post here and the rest of the horses offered for sale here.

There’s nothing better than a good amateur story, and Alex Reed – who is competing in the CCI3*-L at Jersey Fresh this weekend – is one of them. Thanks to a good amount of determination and willingness to put it all on the line, Alex finds herself competing at the Advanced level with her OTTB, On Broadway. Read more here.

Are you an Area IV eventer? Then listen up: here’s your chance to win this season! The Area IV Young Riders Program is excited to offer a Pairs Payback Competition at Mill Creek Pony Club, Queeny Park, Summer Otter Creek and Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials. With a small buy-in, you could win a portion of the prize money pot! Learn more here.

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month – and horses can suffer from asthma, too! Learn some tips from Wren Burnley, DVM and Haygain here.

If you struggle with fear, anxiety or lack of confidence in your riding, the latest Noelle Floyd Masterclass might be for you – and this one is free! Learn more about the “Take Back Your Power” mini course here.

Several Young Event Horse program graduates competed at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event this year. Find out how the weekend broke down for these six alumni here.

Equestrian media job alert! The Paulick Report, an independent horse racing publication, is seeking a Weekend News Editor. To learn more and apply, click here.

Wednesday Video Break: Just a little #JFI throwback for you!