Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

"As an equestrian, I am very curious. I always have a lot of questions. It has definitely annoyed people in the past,…

Posted by Equestrians of Color Photography Project on Monday, May 31, 2021

Chloe Bates, one of the latest features on the Equestrians of Color Photography Project (which you really should check out – the photo essays and stories about riders from all walks of life are really incredible), is also one of my colleagues at Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE), and I felt this was the perfect spot to give her a bit of a shout. Chloe, who recently purchased her first horse (AND took her to her first event, because that’s how cool kids roll) has spent countless hours perfecting the SEE website and moving the organization forward in a creative and determined manner. I’m really proud to call Chloe a peer and a fellow eventer, and her story on the Equestrians of Color Photography Project is well worth checking out – you can do so here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Geneseo, Ny.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

IEA H.T. (Edinburgh, In.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

The Spring Event at Archer (Cheyenne, Wa.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

GMHA H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

The Middleburg H.T. (The Plains, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

New Jersey Region’s H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website]

Ocala Summer I H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Volunteer]

Poplar Place June H.T. (Hamilton, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Unionville H.T. (Unionville, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Wednesday Reading List:

Some new rule changes have gone into effect as of yesterday (June 1), so be sure to read up so you’re up to speed. These rule changes include the designation of the Course Designer with the authority to stop a rider for Dangerous Riding as well as a Compulsory Retirement provision for riders incurring 20 or more show jumping penalties at Training level and above. For more on these rule changes, click here.

We’re giving away a Cambox V4 Pro helmet cam! In partnership with our friends at Cambox, we’re doing a social media giveaway for one lucky winner – to learn more, visit this Instagram post.

And while you’re in the contest mood, be sure to vote for the winner of our SmartPak #MudMadnessGiveaway winner by hitting the “like” button on your top photo – click here to view the album on Facebook.

This year’s Belmont Stakes will host one of the smallest fields to take to the track in several years. The field includes Preakness winner Rombauer but will not include Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit after the New York Racing Association announced it was banning the trainer while he is investigated for a positive drug test on the Kentucky Derby winner.

Are you planning to compete in a Classic Series Three-Day this year? There are a few different elements to a classic three-day versus its modern counterparts, and Michael Willham is here to help outline what you can expect. Click here to watch the video.

As the Olympics draw near, all three major equestrian disciplines are looking ahead to Tokyo. This includes legendary show jumper McLain Ward, who thanks to Haygain has strong faith in one of his short-listed horses, Contagious, who took a minute to really hit his stride after joining McLain’s program. Read about the talented 12-year-old gelding – and how Haygain has helped make the difference for his success in the ring – here.

Wednesday Video Break:

Why steam hay? Well, for starters, it makes your barn smell AH-mazing. But if you’re looking for some more practical and health-related reasons, watch this: