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Please help us welcome Horsing Around to #KansasCity!

Horsing Around is a six week program that covers all things…

Posted by Show Me Riders Horse Club of Kansas City on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

I was really pleased to stumble upon the page of the Show Me Riders Horse Club of Kansas City, a nonprofit organization working to impact the community from the back of a horse in my old stomping grounds. They’ve just announced a new program, “Horsing Around”, covering six weeks and all things horses perfect for young aspiring riders.

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on how we can do more to welcome more riders from diverse backgrounds into the wonderful world of horses. I recently went back and watched the FEI Eventing Risk Management seminar, during which a discussion was made about eventing (and equestrianism as a whole) in the Olympics and factors that determine a sport’s viability. One was its appeal with younger demographics (hence why sports such as break dancing are now found on the Olympic roster).

Now – I am not at all saying that the reason we need more young new riders to come aboard is to preserve our Olympic status. But what I am saying is that increasing our pool of young, engaged, rabid eventing and equestrian fans feeds into the big picture of the industry as a whole. It serves all stakeholders well to be invested in growing the sport at all levels, especially the gateway.

Yet many would-be riders fall through the cracks, for lack of opportunity, access or a combination of both. Think of how desperate you were just to be in the company of a horse as a younger version of yourself. Think of how much horses have shaped and changed your life. Where would you be without them?

It remains a commitment of ours to do what we can to lift up the programs working to benefit their communities and those living in them through horses and, with any hope, welcome some new eventing fans into our family while we’re at it. Have an idea for a way we could do more? Email us at [email protected].

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Fair Hill International H.T. (Elkton, Md.): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Volunteer]

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. (Kansas City, Mo.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Winona H.T. (Winona, Oh.): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

Aston-Le-Walls International (UK): [Website] [Ride Times and Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

New Zealand Three-Day Event Championships at Taupo: [Entries]

Wednesday Reading List:

We’d like to thank you for your support of our Ultimate Form Guide to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day event. We are proud to present a portion of our sales to two deserving nonprofits, each nominated by EN readers: Freedom Reigns in Thompsons Station, Tn. and Renew Therapeutic Riding Center in Holland, Mi. We’ll have much more to come on these two awesome programs very soon!

Have you submitted an application for the Strides for Equality Ever So Sweet Scholarship? It’s a brilliant opportunity! Check out the details here.

Employment opportunity: Hannah Sue Burnett is seeking a new FEI groom. The ideal candidate will have grooming experience at the FEI levels and will take pride in being part of a team that produces international-level horses. This position includes the opportunity to travel to top events in the U.S. and Europe. Interested? More info here.

FEI riders: check your qualifications! There are some changes to Minimum Eligibility Requirements for FEI Uncategorized, “D” and “C” athletes going into effect on July 1. Get up to speed here.

The reality is that, unfortunately, many brands and the equipment they manufacture is not actually inclusive. Riders come in every body shape, size and type and each one is deserving of comfortable apparel and equipment that functions well. Learn more about this topic in the latest post from White Oak Stables.

British Eventing is exploring options to host a one-off CCI5* event in the UK to replace the canceled Burghley Horse Trials.

After failing a post-race drug test, Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit has been cleared to contest this weekend’s Preakness Stakes. Among the conditions for allowing the colt to run are “a binding commitment from Bob Baffert to full transparency of medical and testing results that will allow for all results to be released to the public”. Baffert has said that the positive test for betamethasone may have been caused by an anti-fungal ointment administered to treat dermatitis in the days leading up to the Derby.

It’s allergy and asthma season – again! Allergies are exactly zero fun for anyone, and learning some ways to prevent them from causing your horse discomfort is important. This blog from Haygain has some useful information.

The postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics are set to be held right in the hottest part of the year: the end of July. With July designated as the most humid month in Tokyo, there are certainly factors to consider in terms of horse welfare. This just-published editorial from the Equine Veterinary Journal has some additional insights into these considerations.

Wednesday Video Break:

Discover Aurélie de Mévius’ mindset on the relationship between horse and human in this new video from Horse Pilot.