Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Today we celebrated Halloween as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion! My heart is so full — such a wonderful…

Posted by Erin Tomson on Sunday, October 31, 2021

Yes, I’m still Halloween-stalking and no, I’m not sorry. As we get closer to “giving season” (honestly, I have feelings about this sort of notion, but that’s a different tangent — shouldn’t we be generous and giving at all times of year, though?), I wanted to provide some resources on nonprofits, access programs and other organizations that are working to improve the lives of others using horses. I envision this hub living somewhere here on EN, maybe as a standing page with a list of organizations you can help, donate to, or otherwise support. Strides for Equality Equestrians has begun a directory of sorts along the same lines, so it’s definitely worth checking out, but there could always be more visibility for programs (think of all the therapeutic riding/equine assisted therapy programs, youth programs and others) all working to make our little world a better place! Stay tuned for more on this — and if you have ideas or programs we should know more about, please tip us by emailing [email protected].

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs International (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule] [Volunteer]

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

Full Moon Farms H.T. (Finksburg, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. (Altoona, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Wednesday News & Links:

Congratulations to Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS, who won the eventing portion of the Notting Hill Stables Invitational in Ocala yesterday! Justine Dutton and Chris Barnard have become an integral part of the Ocala community, often hosting schooling shows at their home facility or putting on larger productions such as this Invitational. This event featured a $10,000 Eventing Show Jumping Invitational yesterday and will host show jumpers for the Fall Jumper Invitational today.

A massive congratulations to Will Coleman Equestrian and Chin Tonic for winning the Eventing day of The 2021 Notting…

Posted by Justine Dutton on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Specially featured on course for the Notting Hill Stables Invitational was a just-finished jump for Jessica Halliday in her well-known Buck Off Cancer colors. “I wanted Jessica Halliday to be a part of the The 2021 Notting Hill Stables Invitational at The Florida Horse Park and I couldn’t think of a better way,” Chris Barnard wrote on Facebook. “A couple of weeks ago Jess texted and asked me to send photos, so here you go Jess! I hope she can see it and likes it.”

Jessica’s jump. Photo courtesy of Chris Barnard.

To make a donation to Buck Off Cancer in honor of Jessica, click here for more on how to do so.

William Fox-Pitt has never been shy about sharing his opinion, and his stance on the future of the sport is one he’s always willing to share. In this piece from Horse & Hound, William reflects on his weekend at Pau and the influence that the second phase of competition should have.*

Heels Down Mag writer Justine Griffin competed her off-track Thoroughbred, Magic Mike, at the inaugural Event at TerraNova in Myakkka City, Fl. last month. How did it go? She shares her review here.

Also, a throwback from Heels Down: are you pro- or anti-No Stirrup November? I’ve found myself erring more on the side of anti these days, though I can definitely say I’ve benefitted from some quality no-stirrup work in the past. Correctly done, you can get a lot out of this work, but maybe it’s time to rethink the notion of an entire month of, let’s be honest, not great riding. More on the anti-No Stirrup November stance here.

Riding will no longer be a part of the modern pentathlon after a vote by the International Modern Pentathlon Union this week, Inside the Games reports. The sport had come under intense scrutiny following public abuse and poor riding on display at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. The International Modern Pentathlon Union has not officially confirmed nor denied this report, and had said it will issue a formal statement on Thursday, November 4. It is believed that the riding portion would be replaced by cycling.

Do you want to place a spot in our upcoming Holiday Gift Guide? We’ll be opening spots later this week — click here to get on the list!

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Wednesday Video Break:

Piggy’s back! After a break from her vlogs, Piggy March returns with an update.