Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Photo via The CREW on Facebook.

We’ll have much more to come on this in the next week or so, but we were thrilled to see members of The CREW Urban Youth Equestrians taking in the sights at Area IV’s Otter Creek Horse Trials this past weekend. As a part of The CREW’s ongoing efforts to introduce more riders to the sport and create opportunity for underserved communities, this field day to Otter Creek served as a perfect way to spend a weekend making new friends – and maybe even catching the “eventing bug”. Hats off to the hardworking volunteers who have gotten The CREW off the ground and running quickly and efficiently. Stay tuned for a more complete article on this program’s incredible efforts!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Virginia International H.T. (Lexington, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Spring Coconino H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Gales Ferry, Ct.): [Website]

The Spring Event at Woodside (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Wednesday Reading List:

The topic of veterinary mental health is always heavy on our minds. At a higher risk of mental health problems due to the nature of their work, veterinarians have seen a sharp and devastating rise in suicides and cases of depression. Some wellness perspective and insight can be found here.

Time is running out to submit your entry to our #MudMadnessGiveaway in partnership with SmartPak! Up for grabs is nearly $500 in rain-and-mud-ready gear for both you and your horse. To learn how to enter, click here.

While you’re at it, enter to win a YETI EN-branded coffee mug as a token of our thanks for taking a few minutes to fill out our 2021 Gallop Poll to learn more about our readers. Click here to learn more.

Do you have a product or brand you’d like to get in front of more potential customers this year? We are opening up partnerships to accompany us on our event coverage at a star-studded list of events happening throughout the remainder of 2021 and into 2022. If you’d like to learn more about these exciting opportunities, email Sally at [email protected].

I don’t know about you, but riding drops has always been…difficult…for me. Luckily, it turns out I’m not alone and this great primer from Jeanie Clarke helps with insights on riding drops without getting that “launched into space” feeling!

It’s allergy season, full stop! There are ways to keep your horse more comfortable if she suffers from allergies each year, and there are also ways to prevent equine asthma from rearing its ugly head. These tips from Haygain are worth a bookmark.

Wednesday Video Break:

Learn more about The Optimum Youth Equestrian Scholarship in this interview with Shaq Blake:

All Access Interview

Thank you to All Access for recording and airing this interview! Always game to discuss diversity and inclusion in the equestrian world. So happy to highlight Optimum Youth Equestrian Scholarship and the work we are doing to help bridge the accessibility gap 💖

Posted by The Black Equestrian on Wednesday, May 19, 2021