Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

David O'Connor is certainly ready for the holiday! Photo via USEF High Performance Facebook page. David O'Connor is certainly ready for the holiday! Photo via USEF High Performance Facebook page.

There are two types of horse people working today. Those who work directly with horses are on deck, because horses would like to be fed and turned out, regardless of what holiday it is. And then there are those of us who work in an office, but are conserving every precious day off for horse shows. On the plus side, it is very, very quiet in the office. And in the world, as I have very little news for you.

Eventer Marina Royston made it to France! Through trials and tribulation, Marina finally made it to her destination at Lindsey Traisnel’s yard. I’m still holding my breath in suspense to find out whether her luggage shows up.  [Four Stop Trip to France]

A young donkey was squashed to death in Spain. Sadly, some people just don’t think about the consequences of their actions. An obese man thought it would be fun to sit on a five-month old donkey who was being used as an unmounted animal for a nativity scene. Way to ruin everyone’s holiday. [Nativity Donkey Squashed to Death]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: PRO and Puhinui. Allison Springer wraps up PRO’s year, while Nate and Joe hook up with a few key players from the Puhinui Three Day Event down in New Zealand. [Eventing Radio Show]

SmartPak Product of the Day: It’s too late to order any gifts for Christmas, but luckily, your horse has no clue that presents should be given on December 25th! To assuage your guilt over leaving your favorite equine off your initial gift list, get him an Uncle Jimmy’s Hangin’ Ball and watch hilarity ensue. [SmartPak]

Just to tug on your heartstrings a little, I give you this young girl getting a horse for Christmas.

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