Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Have you heard? There are quite a few things up for grabs in this month’s fundraising auction benefitting Strides for Equality Equestrians! The auction is running online (you can view items and place bids here) through the end of October. Included in the auction are things like lessons with top riders such as Holly Jacks, Ashley Johnson, and Reese Koffler-Stanfield, a membership to Ride iQ, a full-scale golf outing for the golf fan in your family, and even a month of advertising right here on EN! All proceeds go to further Strides for Equality Equestrians’ mission of increasing visibility and opportunity for riders from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds.

U.S. Weekend Preview

FEH & YEH Last Chance Qualifier & West Coast Championships (Paso Robles, CA): [Website] [Entries/Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, GA): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Full Moon Farms H.T. (Finksburg, MD): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

Les 5 √Čtoiles de Pau:[Website] [Entries] [Schedule] [Save 15% on H&C+ Annual] [H&C+ Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage] [EN’s Ultimate Guide to Pau] [EN’s Instagram] [Visit Kentucky Performance Products]

Wednesday News & Reading

*Equine Media Job Alert!* The USEA is currently hiring a Media and Communications Assistant, with availability to work remotely or out of the USEA’s Leesburg, VA headquarters. The salary for the position is around $50,000 and is a full-time, benefits eligible opportunity. If you’re located in the western part of the U.S., even better! Applications close on Friday, October 28. [Learn more and apply]

You’ll want to translate this one from French (thanks, Google), unless you’re one of the lucky multi-linguals reading this, but inside you’ll learn more about current Olympic individual champion Julia Krajewski and her philosophy. “I think what makes the difference between a good rider and a great rider is that little extra effort. I have great admiration for riders who manage to keep several horses at an excellent level over time. But this is no coincidence, it is the fruit of hard work,” she says. “You have to be resilient because one thing is certain, it’s not always easy. One day we win and the next week we lose. But the most important thing is to listen to your horses.” [Read the full interview]

Could a device used in soccer be instrumental in learning about footing and how it affects our horses comfort and performance? Possibly so. According to, “the Hi-Pitch Screener (HiPSter) machine runs over grassy soccer turfs to assess five aspects of the terrain: hardness, shock absorption, energy resistance, vertical displacement, and rotational resistance”. Researchers believe this machine could be useful for evaluating footing for competition horses. [Ok, fine, I’ll watch the World Cup this year]

#TackFacts from Sterling Essentials: There’s more than one way to clean your tack well, but not every way is equally simple and effective. Use this primer from Sterling Essentials to pick up a new trick or two:

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Wednesday Video Break

Get pumped for Pau!