Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

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It’s nearing Halloween time, and ahead of it US Equestrian has put out some pointers on the topic of cultural appropriation. Halloween is a time of year when cultural appropriation — which can be defined as “the adoption of certain elements from another culture without the consent of people who belong to that culture” — is frequently found. It’s understandable that not everyone may be well-educated on the notion yet, so if this is a concept that’s a bit uncomfortable or foreign to you, that’s ok! US Equestrian, as well as other organizations such as Strides for Equality Equestrians, have done some legwork to help provide resources where you can learn more about what it means to create an inclusive community. There is always more to learn about the world around us and the perspectives/experiences of others, and by making an effort to do so we become more open-minded, more inclusive and more welcoming as a society.

You can learn more about cultural appropriation and costumes here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

The Event at TerraNova (Myakka City, Fl.): [Website] [Livestream] [Entries/Scores] [Volunteer]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. (Fresno, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Holly Hill H.T. (Benton, La.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” Trials (Landrum, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event & H.T. (Gaithersburg, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Windermere Run H.T. (Kansas City, Mo.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Wednesday Reading List:

There are different methods for motivating a horse, two of which are positive and negative reinforcement. As each horse is an individual, not every methodology will apply to every horse, but having some understanding of this concept will prove useful as a horse owner. Read more about positive and negative reinforcement here.

You might recognize the Rutherglen as the longtime partner of Andrew Hoy’s, but what is he up to now? U.S.-based Isabel Finemore got the ride of a lifetime when she had the chance to take the ride on Rutherglen, eventually going up through the Intermediate level together before the gelding retired. Read more on this meant-to-be retirement story here.

What did Captain Mark Phillips think of Ian Stark’s course design at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star? In an opinion column for Horse & Hound, Capt. Phillips — who attended the event this weekend in support of his daughter, Zara Tindall — shares his thoughts on how the course rode, including thoughts on the time allowed.

Watch This:

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Believe it or not, in a few weeks we’ll be mostly through with a very busy 2021 season. This means that (after a well-deserved break, of course) it’s time to get into training brain. Might I recommend the Masterclass series on Horse & Country for your off-season viewing pleasure? The series kicks off with a good one, too: a two-part Masterclass with Ingrid Klimke. Check it out using your H&C+ subscription here.

Video Break:

Check out this awesome highlight video from Morven Park International, put together by Erin Gilmore Photography:

Another HUGE thanks to our official Horse Trials photographer Erin Gilmore Photography for putting together this highlight reel for Morven Park's Fall International Horse Trials & CCI held earlier this month. The results and show program are available at

Posted by Morven Park International Equestrian Center on Monday, October 18, 2021