We’re thrilled to announce that Otis Barbotiere, Boyd Martin’s Olympic mount, has returned to work after four long months of walking an hour and a half each day. Boyd gave a shoutout on his blog to the members of the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate for their patience during Otis’ time off, as well as his faithful crew — Lindsay Taylor, Beau Guimond and Caitlin Silliman — for handling the hours and hours of walking needed to help Otis recover from his injury. It looks like Otis has come away from his time off beautifully. He looks fantastic and we can’t wait to see him back in action this year. Go Otis.
Events This Weekend:
Your Friday News:
HSBC will ends its partnership with the FEI at the end of the 2013 season. HSBC has sponsored the HSBC FEI Classics series since 2008 and will remain the title sponsor through Burghley. Pau and Adelaide will start the new 2013/2014 series and will continue to be supported by HSBC. [FEI]
New EHV-1 cases have been reported in Illinois and Tennessee. The Horse has launched an interactive timeline to show where EHV-1 has spread since the first case was reported in Ocala on Feb. 21. Scroll through the timeline and click on the individual cases to see the news relating to each case. [Horsetalk]
Show your team spirit and rider pride at Red Hills for a chance to be the PRO Tour Fan of the Day. Post a photo of yourself sporting your swag on cross-country day to the PRO Facebook page. The person with the most “likes” will win a prize from a PRO sponsor. Sign up at the Martin Collins tent at the Avenue of Shops. [PRO]
The British Eventing Team has named Chris Hunnable and Jonathan Chapman to its selectors panel. Chris, 48, competed as an individual at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Jonathan, 48, is British Eventing’s National Safety Chairman. [Horsetalk]
With spring just around the corner, SmartPak is addressing how to handle sweet itch. An insect bite hypersensitivity, sweet itch is the most common type of allergic reaction in horses. Research shows that introducing omega-3 fatty acids into the diet can help reduce inflammation caused by sweet itch. [SmartPak]
Jennifer Wooten married Dr. Andres Macouzet last Saturday in Tepoztlan, Mexico. Andres is an equine veterinarian at Santa Lucia Farm in Santa Ynez, Calif., and specializes in lameness. According to Char Eurick, the wedding was “an epic adventure,” with the reception lasting 12 hours. Jen and Andres are now honeymooning in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.