Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

"The MARS EQUESTRIANâ„¢ Great Meadow International (MARSGMI) and Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) are pleased to…

Posted by Strides for Equality Equestrians on Saturday, August 14, 2021

I am thrilled to have the MARS Great Meadow International next on my travel calendar, and after receiving my most recent negative Covid test I’m all set to head to Virginia today. You may have seen that MARSGMI is partnering with Strides for Equality Equestrians to promote diversity, equity and inclusion within our sport. Two tailgating spots at Great Meadow have been donated and will be filled with attendees from local White Oak Stables, whose work in its Diversity Program has helped bring horses to more interested potential riders. Riders will be stopping by the tailgate throughout the weekend to introduce themselves, and I’ll be there documenting the action. I hope you’ll join us if you are local to The Plains, Va.!

Tickets are still on sale to come and spectate — you can purchase yours here. If you’re not local, the live stream of the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S will be carried on H&C+.

#MARSGMI: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Stream] [Volunteer] [Show Photographer]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Caber Farm H.T. (Onalaska, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

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

Full Gallop Farm H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

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

Huntington Farm H.T. (South Strafford, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Metamora Hunt II Pony Club H.T. (Metamora, Mi.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Ocala Summer II H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Major International Events:

Arville International CCIO4*-S: [Website] [Entries] [Schedule] [Cross Country Maps]

Wednesday Reading List:

The Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) and the Intercollegiate Eventing program will hold a mixer at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in October. he Intercollegiate & Interscholastic Mixer will be a fun event for program members to mix and mingle at the inaugural CCI5* competition, which is one of only two 5-star events in the United States, and seven worldwide, taking place at Fair Hill in Elkton, Maryland October 14-17, 2021.

Speaking of the Maryland 5 Star, have you gotten your tickets yet? Tailgate spots moved quickly, but there are still passes available to attend what’s sure to be an epic weekend of celebrating eventing. With a CCI5*, the USEF CCI3*-L National Championship and the East Coast Young Event Horse Championships all running — in addition to plenty of food and drinks to keep you satiated all weekend — it’s going to be an event you won’t want to miss. Click here to buy your tickets.

Another event you won’t want to miss is the first-ever U.S. edition of Equitana, a popular trade show and exhibition whose sister show can be found making waves in Germany each year. More events on the schedule are making their appearance as we get closer to the event, held at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. over the first weekend in October. You can learn more about Equitana here.

Santiago Varela had a big task: design the show jumping tracks for both the Olympic eventers as well as the show jumpers. The result? A testing, tricky course that quickly separated the best from the rest and earned numerous positive accolades from participants. He breaks down the concept behind his design in this exclusive interview with World of Show Jumping.

Best of Horse Nation: Learn more about Brianna Noble’s HUMBLE Program.

Wednesday Video Break:

Hear from Will Coleman on his experiences using Haygain: