Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Ava L. presents prizes to Alyssa Phillips at Great Meadow. Photo by Sally Spickard.

Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) were able to welcome riders from Warrenton, Va.’s White Oak Stables to MARS Great Meadow International last month — major thank you to Darrin Mollett and the team at GMI for making the opportunity possible! It was so great to meet some new faces and watch them take in the sport at its finest. One rider, Ava, even got to hand out some prizes to division winners. All in all, it was an incredibly special weekend — and SEE looks forward to working with more events in the future to welcome riders from all backgrounds to the sport. Want to get involved with your barn or event? Visit for more!

U.S. Weekend Preview

Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Twin Rivers Fall International (Paso Robles, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Volunteer]

Old Tavern H.T. at Great Meadow (The Plains, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

University of New Hampshire H.T. (Durham, Nh.): [Website] [Entries]

Major International Events:

FEI Eventing European Championships: [Website] [Entries] [Start List & Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Wednesday Reading List:

The deadline for the winter Ever So Sweet scholarship, part of Strides for Equality Equestrians and the USEA Foundation, is rapidly approaching! October 15 is the last day to submit your application for the scholarship, which provides an incredible opportunity of all expenses paid training with Sara Kozumplik Murphy at her Ocala, Fl. facility this winter. Visit this link to learn more and submit your application.

Eventing Nation is proud to partner with the Maryland 5 Star to produce the official Digital Program & Form Guide that will feature all the information you need to know, right at your fingertips and free to access. We’ll also be including a Deal Book with discounts and deals from both on-site vendors as well as other brands. Do you want to include your brand or product? Email me at [email protected].

It’s International Helmet Awareness month (or at least, it should be — let’s be honest, every day is IHAD!) and SmartPak is not only running an excellent deal on helmets and safety equipment, they’re also sharing meaningful stories about the impact (no pun intended) helmets can have on our safety and well-being. In this blog, learn about Team SmartPak rider Silva Martin’s life was saved by wearing a helmet.

The saga that is Canada Equestrian continues as another chair of the federation’s Eventing Committee has now vacated his post, voicing several concerns with the management of the organization. “I’ve resigned for three main reasons,” Nicholas Austin explained to Horse Sport. “First, Equestrian Canada has treated the volunteers with disrespect. Second, [EC] is making changes to the sport without consultation with the committee. And third, there is little evidence to show they actually comprehend the ramifications of any of their decisions as it relates to Eventing.”

Looking for a cool gig in the horse industry? I have a couple opportunities for you! First up is a videographer opening with West coast service Ride On Video. Ride On Video films riders at events all up and down the West coast and is in need of help through the fall season. You can visit this Facebook post for more information — this is a great gig with awesome people, perfect for some side cash and the opportunity to visit some cool events. Next is an opening for a Marketing Manager for Equitana USA through the show’s producer, ReedPop. This position is open to remote work, though you will want to have some experience backing you up before you apply. Visit this link to learn more about this position.

Wednesday Watch This:

Did you know that H&C+ has a whole library of Masterclass content with riders such as newly-crowned CHIO Aachen winner Will Coleman, five-star rider Liz Halliday-Sharp, and many more? View the Will Coleman Masterclass — which is accessible with your H&C+ membership — here.

Wednesday Video Break:

Just some zen from Beezie and John Madden’s heavenly farm…

And hey, who doesn’t love more Will Coleman?