Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

It’s going to be a BUSY Wednesday in Herning, Denmark, where the ECCO FEI World Championships are currently underway for four disciplines. Today, we’ll see competition kick off for the para dressage riders and the show jumpers, while the vaulters and dressage riders wrap up with their respective final competitions. It’s a jam-packed day of action, and while Denmark is seven hours ahead of the East coast, the live stream provider FEI TV on ClipMyHorse.TV is generally pretty quick to have replays up for viewing on demand. Check out the full schedule for the day here and view on ClipMyHorse.TV here. Some of the Para Dressage competition will also be streamed live at no cost on the FEI YouTube channel here.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Fair Hill International H.T. (Elkton, MD): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T. (South Woodstock, VT): [Website] [Entry Status] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. (Wheeler, WI): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. (Mooresboro, NC): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Major International Events

NAF Five Star Hartpury International H.T. (Gloucestershire, England): [Website] [Timing & Scoring] [Live Stream]

Le Grand Complet International H.T. (Le Pin au Haras, France): [Website] [Timing & Scoring]

Wednesday News & Reading

The Maryland 5 Star may be the main attraction come mid-October, but hot on its heels in terms of popularity is sure to be the just-announced Maryland Corgi Cup, happening during the 5 Star and put on by Major League Eventing. If you’ve ever wanted to watch a bunch of dogs with inexplicably short legs race oh-so-quickly across the famous Maryland turf, you’re definitely going to want to book this on your list of things to do during Maryland weekend. Visit the Major League Eventing page to find out more!

Ever wanted to train with a coach-to-the-stars? You may have a chance to! Erik Duvander, former man-in-charge of US Eventing and current coach to many team riders, is giving cross country lessons at Boyd Martin’s Windurra facility in Pennsylvania on Wednesday, August 17. Spots are limited, but you can email [email protected] to inquire about one.

Capt. Mark Phillips shared some thoughts on the idea of instinctual cross country riding in his latest op-Ed for Horse & Hound. “I’m involved in a lot of work to try to reduce the risks of riding across the country, but if riders don’t react, I’m not sure how we prevent serious accidents, because if you keep trying, eventually you will get unlucky,” he wrote. Read the full piece here.

Sometimes, it’s the horse that doesn’t “tick every box” that turns out to be the best outcome. Take the story of West Point, a 21-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who has competed in 100 horse trials through his career despite some distinctive quirks and a failed pre-purchase exam. Read the story here.

Strides for Equality Equestrians has just announced an upcoming two-year anniversary fundraising drive, happening October 1-31 and labeled “SEE Month”. Opportunities to get involved include providing a donation for an online auction or signing up to donate a percentage of lesson or clinic funds on a day during October. Click here to learn more about SEE Month and sign up to participate.

Sponsor Corner: Meet the Haygain Forager.

Wednesday Video Break

With the ECCO FEI World Championships for Vaulting, Show Jumping, Para Dressage, and Dressage currently ongoing in Denmark, it’s cool to get to know more about some of the incredible riders competing through the week. In this video, meet Colombian vaulter Estiven Hernandez: