Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Becky Holder & Can’t Fire Me. Photo by Jenni Autry.

We’re fondly remembering Can’t Fire Me, the longtime upper-level partner of Becky Holder who passed away on Monday at the age of 23. “Teddy” followed in the footsteps of Becky’s other famous gray, Courageous Comet, in fact remaining Comet’s friend until the very end. “Comet especially missed him,” Becky wrote on her social media.

Can’t Fire Me was known for many things; competitively, he earned success at the Advanced and then-3* level, collecting multiple wins including the 3* at Richland Park and Poplar Place.

Our sincerest condolences and thoughts go out Becky and all who knew Can’t Fire Me.

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Wednesday News & Reading

Our Holiday Gift Guide has landed! We’ve picked out a few of our favorite gift ideas for all types of riders and partnered with some awesome brands to bring you special deals and promotions. [Start shopping]

Looking for an equestrian business, marketing, or media job? We’ve got three leads for you! First, Philadelphia nonprofit Work to Ride is looking to grow its team and add someone who can be of assistance to the organization’s Executive Director. More info on that position here. a Next up, NOËLLE FLOYD is seeking a Digital Marketing Manager. This is a remote position and you can learn more on how to apply here. Lastly, The Chronicle of the Horse is hiring a Staff Writer, a position that can either be remote or based in the company’s Middleburg, VA office. More information on that position here. PS: If you’re a photographer, you might want to check this opportunity out.

Dates have been announced for the 2023 USEA ECP Symposium, put on by the Eventing Coaches Program (ECP) Committee. This year’s Symposium will take place at Barnstaple South in Morriston, FL January 17-19, 2023. It’s an excellent opportunity for some continuing education for instructors (and this is a bigger picture concept, too — see this column Bettina Hoy wrote for us last week), and both certified and prospective instructors are encouraged to attend. [More on the ECP Symposium]

The USEA Annual Meeting and Convention is rapidly approaching in Savannah, GA — are you attending? If so, get the scoop on what to get excited for on the latest episode of the USEA Podcast. [Listen here]

We’re big fans of Jessica Phoenix’s Wabbit (and his ears!), so to hear he’s also a bit of a party animal makes us think he and Chinch need to strike up some sort of bromance. But he’s one that needs a rider who’s understanding and well-versed in handling, erm, athletic horses well. “Wabbit is full-on and I’ve had to use all of my knowledge to ride him,” Jessie told Horse Sport. [Read all about ‘Silly Wabbit’]

Tack Facts with Sterling Essentials: Putting some tack into storage for the off-season? There are a few ways to do this correctly to save yourself a headache come spring. First: take the time to take your equipment apart and give it a proper clean. Hey, consider it a good test of how quickly you can reassemble a bridle, eh? More on storing your tack with care >here

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Wednesday Video Break

Kenyan Jumping athlete Muthoni Kimani received the FEI Against All Odds Award — presented annually to someone who has pursued their equestrian ambitions despite a physical handicap or extremely difficult personal circumstances — earlier this month, and you definitely don’t want to miss her story:

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