Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Scholarship alert! The Optimum Youth Equestrian Scholarship (OYES) is an awesome opportunity for a rider from any discipline and is currently accepting applications for its Winter 2022 round of funding through January 15.

From the OYES website:

The mission of the Optimum Youth Equestrian Scholarship is to provide opportunities for youth aged 17-27 from marginalized communities to become involved or stay involved in horse sports through financial awards and mentorship focusing on not only horsemanship and equestrian pursuits, but also career planning and education.

You can learn more and apply for this scholarship here.

Wednesday News & Reading List:

It always sounds counterintuitive to put more leg on a “hot” horse — but really, it’s the secret to success in most cases. But how do you work toward getting over any trepidation on your part and over sensitivity on your horse’s part? Read this for some tips.

The sad reality is that sexual abuse and harassment still runs rampant within our community. For every brave individual who comes forward to share their story, there are countless others who are still working up the courage to share theirs — and more beyond that who might never find their voice. This is a problem that cannot be ignored. #WeRideTogether has partnered with The Army of Survivors, the only national organization advocating for and supporting child athlete survivors of sexual violence, to create the “Not Alone” PSA and share the powerful stories of elite athletes from football, diving, gymnastics and equestrian. Learn more about this resource, how you can help, and how you can find help here.

What is your go-to recovery and therapy routine? In the latest SmartPak blog, learn about SmartPaker Danielle’s “Full Franchi” routine with her horse, Duncan.

Current USEA members are able to participate in an open comment period through January 17 to provide feedback on the proposed rule changes on the docket for 2023. The rule changes, which have prompted much discussion this year, will next go to the USEF for further review.

On This Day in Horse Nation History: I’ve been enjoying digging up some older content from our sites these last few weeks, so I thought I’d share some good ones that come up “on this day”. I’ll kick things off with a good old fashioned letter to Santa.

Watch This: Get to know Will Faudree in the H&C+ series, Barn Talk:

And finally, a word from our pals at Haygain: