Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Have you followed Cool Ridings on Instagram yet? The program, founded by eventer Lydia Heywood, celebrates riders from diverse backgrounds with the goal of improving access to horses and the doors they can open as well as helping riders from developing nations. The social channels for Cool Ridings are always introducing me to new riders who have fascinating stories and backgrounds (and a whole mass of talent!) to share. Most recently, I’ve begun following Pradyumna Dhumal, an Irish-based Indian eventer who aspires to represent his country at the Asian Games and the Olympics. Coupled with the recent rise of Fouaad Mirza, who finished his first Olympic Games in Tokyo last summer, could there be an Indian Olympic eventing team in the future? Time will tell — but in the meantime, give both Pradyumna and Fouaad a follow!

U.S. Weekend Preview (yes, it’s time for those again!):

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Reddick, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Additional Volunteering Opportunities: [Ram Tap January Combined Test – Fresno, Ca.]

Wednesday News & Reading:

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The USEA’s Instructor Certification Program is getting an update for the new season. The changes and the breadth of the program were discussed in an ICP Open Forum during last month’s USEA Annual Meeting & Convention — catch up here.

Don’t forget: you can comment on the proposed changes to the USEF Rules for Eventing, which are slated to go into effect in 2023, through January 17. The proposals will still be subject to further discussion and review by both the USEA and USEF before finalization, but it’s important that the governing bodies hear from the stakeholders themselves — you! Click here to add your comments.

What should be on your winter horse care checklist? Depending on where you live, care in the winter can be quite different than any other time of year. What’s most important during the big chill? SmartPak has some insights here.

And now, over to you: what’s your best advice for heading south for a winter of training? What do you wish you’d known the first time you went sun-chasing? Let us know, and your words of wisdom could be featured in a forthcoming article.

Watch This:

If you missed the action at this year’s London Horse Show — an annual spectacle that made a return after a 2020 cancelation — the highlights show is now up and available for H&C+ subscribers! Click here to tune in.