Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

In the offseason, Boyd Martin takes it easy by hiking and mountain-biking in Peru with his family. Photo via Boyd's Facebook page. In the offseason, Boyd Martin takes it easy by hiking and mountain-biking in Peru with his family. Photo via Boyd's Facebook page.

Many of us try to spend lots of time with our family when there’s nothing going on in the event world. Boyd is no exception, and recently took an epic trip with his mother and sister in the mountains of Peru. I think we all are united in hoping Boyd stays injury free during his vacations!

The gap may not be as wide as we think. It often feels like there is a disconnect between the upper-level professionals and the lower-level amateurs in eventing. COTH writer Lindsay Berreth blogs about her recent experience at the USEA convention, explaining why she thinks that the divide isn’t as clear cut as everyone thinks.  [Is the Great Divide Really that Wide?]

Get to know Charlotte Dujardin. While EN has been running our 10 Question series, H&H is busy getting answers out of Charlotte. Here’s a quick run-down of Charlotte’s view on life. [12 Things You Might Not Know]

The debate over indoor eventing continues to rage. Although it has never really taken hold in the States, issues at events both in Canada and Europe have people calling for changes. [Safety of Indoor Eventing]

If you are able, attend the ICP Symposiums this year. Christopher Bartle, coach of the formidable German National Eventing Team, will be teaching for the East and West ICP Symposiums at Galway Downs and Longwood Farm South in mid-January. [Christopher Bartle at ICP Symposiums]

Eventing Radio Show: Air Travel This week Samantha and Jessica discuss air travel with Richard Picken and Alex Van Tuyll. [Eventing Radio Show]

SmartPak Product of the Day: If you’re looking for last minute stocking stuffers, search no more! This Trail of Painted Ponies ornament is absolutely adorable. [SmartPak]

Take a gander at our new Developing Rider coach scoring a 17 in a Training level test the other day, courtesy of Thehorsepesterer.

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