Omaha Equestrian Newsletter Featuring Green Is the New Blue

via Omaha Equestrian Foundation

Photo by A&S Photography

Green Is the New Blue is a non-profit dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of horse shows, educating equestrians, and supporting the movement towards a sustainable sport. Here are a few of our ideas that have been put into action at our partner organizations and show facilities.

The purpose of the "Living Jump" is to promote biodiversity and support species that enhance ecosystem resilience.

Biodiversity describes the overall variety of living things in the ecosystem -- from microorganisms to plants to horses and their riders -- and is important because it provides vital resources such as food, water, shelter, medicine, and fuel. A biodiverse environment is also more resilient in the face of disaster. When equestrians source native plants within the course design and farm landscaping processes, they help to sustain the local environments that, in turn, sustain human life.

To build a “Living Jump”, source plants from a local nursery and use native species that support pollinators and create habitats for other insects, such as butterflies. To add to sustainability, many species included in your "Living Jump" can be replanted for use the following years. If you do not jump, this practice can be applied to other areas around your farm or horse show.

Green Is the New Blue’s “Refuse to Use” campaign highlights the necessity of refusing to use single-use plastics, sourcing alternative products, and reusing material whenever possible.

“It’s so important to not just recycle but to reduce the need for recycling,” explained R. Scot Evans, the creative director for Green is the New Blue. “The chilling facts are real! There are 8 trillion pieces of single-use plastic currently in the oceans around the world. “It’s no longer about just picking up a piece of plastic and recycling it, it’s about refusing to use it,” continued Evans, who explained that many plastic bottles never actually get recycled, even if placed into recycling bins.