Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

The official mascot of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris has been unveiled: Olympic Phryge and the Paralympic Phryge. What, exactly, is a phryge? Well I won’t tell you what comparisons we unearthed on the internet, but the official description includes:

Pronunciation: free-jes
A phryge is the name for the iconic French hat, a unique piece of cultural heritage which has historically symbolized freedom.

[Read more about the Paris 2024 mascots]

U.S. Weekend Preview

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Peterson Smith Barnstaple Educational Three Day (Ocala, FL): [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Live Stream]

Wednesday News & Reading

Sometimes we lose our way and have trouble finding a “path” — and that’s true even if we have a general love of horses and riding. Hunter/jumper coach and accessibility advocate Rob Jacobs writes on this topic in his latest column for The Plaid Horse, encouraging equestrians to find what, exactly, it is about the industry ignites the most passion. “What are you most excited to do within the sport? Can you do those things so long that you forget to use the bathroom or are late eating lunch?” he writes. “These two questions may lead you toward your answer if you do not already know.” [Your Purpose is Your Passion]

Our own Tilly Berendt’s byline can be found in multiple publications around the sport, and her latest for The Chronicle of the Horse is a must-read all about #supermare Classic Moet, whose devouring of cross country courses — the bigger and beefier the better — after Jonelle Price announced her retirement recently. This recounting of “Molly’s” storied career will pop a tear or two to your eye. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. [Cheers to a Classic Kind of Woman]

Washington-based young rider Sophie Click received an opportunity to participate in the most recent MARS Bromont Rising workshop and clinic at Galway Downs, which featured seminars with top judges such as Peter Gray and Marilyn Payne as well as coaching from Bettina Hoy, and she’s recounted her experiences for the USEA. It’s really cool to see these programs taking root and growing in popularity as the American pipeline continues to develop. [Sophie Click Shares Her Bromont Rising Experience]

Ingrid Klimke added a big win on the dressage circuit to her extensive CV last weekend, taking the victory in the FEI World Cup at Stuttgart and cementing her spot as a top contender for the World Cup Finals in Omaha next April. Her top dressage horse, Franziskus, has been a product of production, and this lookback on his career is one not to miss. [Read the story]

The reality is, stabled horses can be subjected to higher respiratory risk if the proper precautions are not taken. And not all horses affected by these risk factors will exhibit clinical signs or symptoms right away, if at all. It’s therefore important to understand the environment you’re putting your horse into. [Haygain’s tips for mitigating respiratory risks in the barn]

#TackFacts with Sterling Essentials: Clean, well-maintained tack doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Use these quick tips from Sterling Essentials to streamline your routine and get great results. [Watch the quick video]

Wednesday Video Break

Take a peek behind the ears of Contessa, who CONTESS-ted (okay, sorry, it’s late here) the 3*-L at Tryon International last weekend:

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