Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Helen Casteel and Unapproachable at the 2019 American Eventing Championships. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

It’s today! The 2021 American Eventing Championships open for entries today! After seeing AEC canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, we’re excited to welcome back one of our favorite competitions each year. The chance not only to rub elbows with some of the best riders in the country but also to celebrate the achievements and milestones of riders at every level is something special. Leslie Wylie will be our boots on the ground for AEC, which is once again being hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. This year’s event will run August 31-September 5, and more information can be found here. Be sure to get your entries in early!

U.S. Weekend Preview

The Event at Rebecca Farm: [Website] [Entries & Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Halt Cancer at X] [Live Stream] [Show Photographer] [EN’s Coverage]

USPC Festival Eventing Championships: [Website] [Entries & Ride Times]

Course Brook Farm Summer H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Silverwood Farm H.T.: [Website] [Volunteer]

Wednesday Reading List:

Riders competing at Rebecca Farm this weekend will be wearing black and white ribbons in honor and memory of Annie Goodwin, who tragically passed away after a cross country schooling accident last week. Annie was set to compete at Rebecca Farm with her top partner, Fedarman B. The ribbons are available at check-in for anyone wanting to wear one, per Jennie Brannigan on Facebook.

Want to ride with Allison Springer? Now’s your chance! The five-star rider is hosting Pop UP Clinics at her new farm in Upperville, Va. You can sign up for the first clinic, happening July 24 here.

US Equestrian is managing a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics hub where you can keep up with all of the latest action from all three equestrian disciplines. Click here to bookmark the Olympic and Paralympic Hub.

How has show jumper Peter Wylde helped the U.S. eventers hone their craft? Find out in this interview with Practical Horseman.

Want to get all of the latest Olympic eventing news in your inbox? Sign up for our free Olympic Digest newsletter, sent each Monday and then daily beginning July 28. Upon sign-up, you’ll receive a welcome message containing links to any editions that were already released. You can view this week’s edition here and sign up here.

To steam or not to steam? That’s the question, and Haygain has a new case study on the effects and benefits of hay steaming in their latest blog.

Olympic Beat:

Take a walk down memory lane in this cool excerpt from The Chronicle of the Horse revisiting the 1964 Olympics, which were also held in Tokyo.

Several new equestrian teams will represent their countries in this year’s Olympic Games. Fielding a team for any sport is a huge accomplishment, and this year we look forward to welcoming new eventing teams from China and Thailand as well as debuts in other disciplines from Morocco, Egypt and more.

A Ugandan weightlifter who went missing from his pre-Olympic camp in Tokyo has been found in a sad illustration of the lengths some will go to escape bad living conditions.

Wednesday Video:

Let’s relive some of the incredible achievements from the Rio 2016 Paralympics: