I’ve got the first weekend in February circled for two reasons this year: for starters, my beloved Kansas City Chiefs have made the run back to the Super Bowl and will meet the age-defying Tom Brady in Tampa, and on a much more meaningful note I’ll also be taking part in the Diversifying the HERD Virtual Summit happening on Saturday, February 6. This summit, hosted by Dr. Veronica Lac’s HERD Institute, is absolutely brimming with content tackling intense topics around inclusion, equality, and race in the horse industry. There’s sure to be a lot of insightful discussions happening, and all proceeds from registration will go to benefit The Patricia Kelly Scholarship Fund. Patricia Kelly of The Ebony Horsewomen will also be the keynote speaker for the Virtual Summit. You can learn more about this event and register here.
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The USEA and USEA Foundation have announced their partnership with and support of Strides for Equality Equestrians, an allyship initiative working to create more opportunity within equestrian sport for BIPOC individuals. The USEA has also formed a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to address inequities within the sport going forward.
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Are you as addicted to podcasts as I am? I’ve got two new ones for you to check out if so! First up is this interview with Stephanie Kallstrom, who I briefly mentioned here in News & Notes last year, on the latest episode of the Plaidcast. Next, check out the all-new Equestrian Voices podcast from Noëlle Floyd’s Caroline Culbertson. In episode one, Caroline has a candid chat with sport psychologist Dr. Jenny Susser of C-6 Equestrian about the student/trainer relationship and its intricacies.
ASMR alert: this video of Liz Halliday-Sharp’s Haygain-steamed hay is just…really satisfying.
Training young horses and raising kids has a lot in common, it turns out. Chronicle blogger Ali Ingellis shares her thoughts on these commonalities in this relatable piece.
To Tokyo or not to Tokyo? The hot question of the sporting season continues to be whether or not the postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games will go forward as planned this July. Rising coronavirus cases in Tokyo and receding public favor have the International Olympic Committee and local organizers on their toes to provide detailed plans to back up their insistence that the Games will happen. Strategic “Playbooks” are expected to be released next week providing more details on the logistics of the Games, according to AP News.
Research has come out indicating that kissing spines is hereditary in horses. Two specific chromosomes have been shown to affect the severity of kissing spines in certain breeds, though other factors do “probably contribute to the development” of this condition as well. Read more from The Horse here.
For as much as American folklore sings of white cowboys, the reality is that the rich history of horse and human in the U.S. is incredibly diverse. Take a deep dive in the latest issue of National Geographic to explore the close-knit community of Native American rodeo and how these resilient horsemen and women are thriving amidst the pandemic.
Wednesday Video Break: Have you checked out H&C+ yet? The content available on the Horse & Country platform is beyond epic, and this latest series is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the trailer for “In the Frame”: