Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

At SmartPak we know riding is for everybody, and that means every body! That's why we brought REAL riders into our…

Posted by SmartPak on Tuesday, October 12, 2021

I was really happy to see the unveiling of SmartPak’s latest campaign aimed at inclusion, diversity and body positivity. After all, riding is for everybody — and every body, too. Some may not realize how dejecting it can be to struggle to find properly fitting equipment. Luckily, the industry has begun to shift, including more body types in their offerings and more empathy in their marketing. It’s important to see action behind words and we are so thrilled to see SmartPak doing their part to walking the walk.

Read more about the Riding is for Everybody and Every Body initiative here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill: [Website] [Tickets] [Schedule] [Entries] [Volunteer] [EN’s Coverage] [Daily Digest Email Sign-up] [EN’s Twitter] [EN’s Instagram]

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

Pine Hill Fall H.T. (Bellville, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Wednesday Reading List:

It’s trot-up day at Maryland and by the time you’re reading this, I’ll be in the air trying (most likely unsuccessfully) to catch some sleep on my red-eye to Philadelphia. There, I’ll meet Abby Powell who is gracious enough to come swipe me from the airport, and we’re heading straight to the party for the First Horse Inspection this afternoon.

And before things kick off in earnest, I just want to give a shout to the team behind the scenes at this and every other event. We’ve had a very small role in creating the Digital Program for the Maryland 5 Star, but in the process we’ve gotten to know the organizing team quite well. Putting on an event of any size is a monumental task — truthfully, I don’t think anyone who has not organized an event from the ground up can truly grasp the work that’s involved. It’s been a collaborative efforts on the parts of the organizers, the volunteers, the officials, the builders and decorators, and every other person who’s played a role in getting this behemoth of an event off the ground. So hats off to you, and let’s all show our gratitude for their efforts this week!

Badminton Horse Trials has announced that points achieved in 2019 toward qualification will be accepted for the 2022 event. Click here to learn more about the qualification period and process.

If your horse isn’t the biggest fan of dressing up (and if you’re looking for a costume idea that doesn’t involve cultural appropriation), the Plaid Horse has some great ideas for Halloween this year!

Registration is now open for the USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, happening in New Mexico December 9-12. You can now make your reservations and get your travel sorted for a weekend of education and community. Click here to learn more.

This just in: Liz Halliday-Sharp’s program runs on steam power!

Wednesday Video Break:

Just a little inspiration from Ingrid Klimke and EQUITANA`S Firlefanz: