Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

The calm before the storm in Middleburg, VA. Photo via Lauren Sprieser's FB Page. The calm before the storm in Middleburg, VA. Photo via Lauren Sprieser's FB Page.

Be safe, East Coast! With the advent of our first real winter storm coming on the day before Thanksgiving, travel is going to be a nightmare today. Not only will we get to experience the normal holiday travel volume, but we’ll get the added bonus of having everyone driving in heavy-ish snow for the first time since last year. Stay patient, and above all, stay safe!

North American Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Eventer Marina Royston is setting off to France for a year. Marina has competed up to the 2* level with her horse Illusion of You, but she’s now setting off on a new adventure. For the next year, she will be based out of Lindsay and Xavier Traisnel’s yard in France, training and showing their young stock while she attempts to remember her French. [Introducing Marina Royston]

Doug Payne is famous for his helmet cam videos. Unfortunately, they’ve been banned until further notice, and Doug is hoping the powers that be change their minds. With a degree in mechanical engineering, Doug is certainly qualified to give an educated opinion. [Re-Thinking Helmet Bans]

Many of us switch barns for a few months in the winter. Whether we head south, or simply find a facility with an indoor, many of us create changes in the living situations for our horses during the winter. SmartPak has a few helpful tips for those looking to briefly re-locate. [Helping Your Horse Move to a New Barn]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Central American and Caribbean Games and Ocala. Nat and Joe host this show with guest Peter Gray, who talks about his coaching experience with Guatemala at the Central American and Caribbean Games. Richard Trayford pops by to talk Equiventures and the Ocala event series at the Florida Horse Park. [Eventing Radio Show]

Make a turkey and win free stuff. Contests are awesome, and this one has a great prize from Tipperary. Build a turkey, and protect your noggin! [Build Your Own Turkey Contest]

SmartPak Product of the Day: With the weather bouncing back and forth so drastically, it’s time to pay close attention for signs of colic. For a little help with digestion, try SmartDigest Ultra Pellets, which also makes your horse eligible for SmartPak’s ColiCare program! [SmartPak]

Since I brought up Doug Payne and helmet cams, here’s a video from 2012 with Doug providing analysis on his ride.

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