Friday Five

Thanks for all your kind words on my last post about Marrakesh. The love and support from the equestrian blogging community continues to amaze and hearten me.

Here’s what’s been on my radar this week:

ONE Emergency Preparedness: Being Preparing During Times of Disaster

While I was unaffected by the recent flooding in Oklahoma, many people nearby were not. My neighbor went on several rescue missionsĀ by boat to get horses out of flooded areas. It’s unlikely my property would flood enough to warrant rescue, but other natural disasters are definitely possible. This AAEP article outlines steps horse owners can take to make a disaster plan.


Who wouldn’t want to see adorable cats like Marvin when they scroll Facebook?

I haven’t quit Facebook yet because I manage my employer’s page. I also like seeing what my friends are up to! But as we all know, Facebook is largely a cesspool of garbage content. I joined this cat-centric group like two months ago, and Facebook is 100% better. My timeline is almost exclusively horses and cats, and I’m now living my best life.

THREE USEF Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

USEF’s new Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies went into effect on June 1. They’re designed to be proactive policies to prevent the abuse of minors, and wow, does the internet have some opinions on them! (Check The Chronicle of the Horse thread on it and break out the popcorn.) It seems like the biggest problem people have with the new policies is the requirement that all electronic communications (e.g. texts, emails, social media messages) have another adult copied on them. I’m curious to hear what other think about the new policies!

FOURĀ Why I’m Quitting Retail for Wholesale (from John Nunn)

Back in April, John Nunn announced he’d closed his retail store, Bit of Britain, and sold both it and Tack of the Day. I wasn’t surprised, but I was weirdly sad and nostalgic. For years, Bit of Britain was my go-to shop for eventing supplies. I bought my first safety vest through the store, saved up birthday and Christmas gift certificates to buy an Optimum Time watch, and pored over the catalog every time it arrived.

As someone in equestrian retail, I was interested in reading Nunn’s interview in Equestrian Trade News. (It’s near the end of the newsletter.) He discusses some challenges that retail stores face in the e-commerce landscape- shipping costs eating into profit margins, online advertising costs, high return rates. Nunn doesn’t offer any solutions; he’s chosen to focus on his wholesale brand, Nunn Finer instead of continuing to compete in the crowded e-commerce space.

FIVE Horses in the Morning Podcast

I was on a podcast, y’all! A couple of months ago, Tara Tibbets contacted me to see if I’d be interested in talking about earning my colors with Harvard Fox Hounds on a hunting podcast! I did, and you can give it a listen at the link. (It was published in April, but I didn’t realize it was up until I checked like, a week ago.) It was super fun!

Onto the weekend! It rained on Wednesday and Thursday, so my plans to take Candy to a show are out. The additional rain means trail riding is out, too. I really need to give my barn a thorough cleaning, so that’s now on my agenda for the weekend.

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

2 thoughts on “Friday Five”

  1. With all the crazy weather we’re experiencing all across the country, preparedness is really important. Thanks for sharing the link!
    I think it’s great that Safe Sport is trying to keep kids safe, but I really think one size fits all rules across all sports doesn’t work. There are a lot of reasons trainers need to contact kids early in the morning, and they should be allowed to. I don’t think it’s that hard to have a group text including a parent, which people do seem to think will be terribly annoying. I think the biggest inconvenience is the whole no one-on-one time. When I was a kid, I was alone with my trainer at most away shows. All day and night. I’m not sure it’s feasible to always have two adults at all times. But I guess we’ll see how it goes?
    I had similar feelings about Bit of Britain! I can’t say I shopped there a ton, but there were certain things I always checked there first. And I loved Tack of the Day.

    1. Agreed and how many minor athletes are actually competing at an Olympic level? USEA doesn’t implement their Safe Sport until Prelim I think which makes more sense. I thinks USHJA should consider something like that.

      I absolutley have no problem with being compliant to the rules as they stand since I hate kids and don’t want any contact with them at all lol but I do think some of the steps are a little ludicrous and also the roll out was not done well (but roll outs are hardly ever done well)

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