Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

"I am a South Korean adoptee. The South Korean Flag has black lines around it and they stand for something very…

Posted by Equestrians of Color Photography Project on Friday, July 16, 2021

It’s been so cool seeing the riders from all types of backgrounds featured on the Equestrians of Color Photography Project. Not only are the photographers doing incredible work (and donating their time while they’re at it!), but each story is so individual and unique. I’m such a fan of a good story, so diving into each new one has really opened my eyes to the varying experiences of each rider, expanding my own world just a tiny bit with each word.

You can read this recent story about Korean adoptee Courtney Fromm – and see the gorgeous photos from Erin Beckett here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Waredaca H.T. (Laytonsville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Windridge Farm Summer H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

NAF Five Star Hartpury International H.T. (Glocestershire, United Kingdom): [Website] [Start Times and Scores]

FEI European Championships for Ponies (Strzegom, Poland): [Website] [Entries]

Bromont Horse Trials (Montreal, Quebec): [Website]

Le Grand Complet FEI Nations Cup – Haras Du Pin (Le Pin-au-Haras, France): [Website] [Scoring and Timing] [Live Stream]

Wednesday Reading List:

The University of New Hampshire will move forward with its horse trials this year, September 25 and 26. Fun fact: this is the only event in the country held on a college campus! Keep an eye on the UNH Equine Program Facebook page for more info on this event.

Personally, I became a huge fan of the little Swedish horse that could, All In, during the show jumping portion of the Tokyo Olympics. I don’t follow show jumping as actively as I’d like to, but watching this and other pairs had me Googling the dates for the Herning FEI World Championships next year. Read more about All In, the unassuming horse piloted by Peder Fredericson who’s had quite the Olympic career, in this article from World of Show Jumping.

If you’ve ever been curious about the farrier work that goes into shoeing horses prepping for the Olympics, get a peek inside Team USA’s interesting strategy in this blog from Fran Jurga. You can also read more about the two Swedish horses who competed without shoes in Tokyo here.

Black artists, Black culture…but where are the Black cowboys? That’s what Caitlin Gooch wants to know as she shares her thoughts in her most recent blog post. And it’s not just about having a presence in mainstream culture: it’s about the underlying concept of Black land ownership and how important this is for young generations to see as they grow up. “Kids and adults from real life to Twitter strangers, start conversations about how they never knew the facts about Black farmers or Black equestrians,” Caitlin writes. “When they see Black people and horses, it’s usually in “costume” like the artists I mention above. It’s not the lifestyle we are associated with. Even though we are here. I am changing that narrative.”

Best of Horse Nation: Catch up with Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover trainer Britany Chism and her mare, Kittie, who’s about to have a “time to grow up” moment.

Wednesday Video:

Just your regular dose of Geoffry the Conqueror and his beach-loving buddies: