Ok, let me try to reiterate my point that didn't come across so well in the first post.
Boyd signed up for this game - he's been in the country for, what, 3 years? Made the team and represented the US at the WEGs. He gets to make a living in a LUXURY sport - no one is going to notice when he's not at work; unlike teachers, doctors, etc. And if he's going to be in the business, he should know how to look ahead and budget - it's not like he woke and decided "Hey! I'm going to try to make the WEG team!" He's been planning this for years, undoubtedly, so he should have thought of the hits he may take and planned accordingly, like any good business owner.
I understand that he lost time when he had to go to certain outings (AECS, etc) as part of the "tryout" process, but surely he took other horses with him to each event and made money by trailering and competing them for their owners. I believe I even read something about him teaching lessons in Georgia while he down there. But, what about Becky? Allison? All the riders who took the time to go to the mandatory competitions and still didn't get to compete at WEG? They gave up the same incomes he did, but they're not complaining. Plus, they DO have sponsors, Stormy - feed companies, tack companies, insurance companies, clothing companies and he doesn't own ALL (if any, I'm not too sure of his current ones) of his upper level horses - all of their bills get footed down to their owners, so his out of pocket expense is little; sure, he still has bills, but he's not paying for thei shoes, tack, veterinary care, his competition hotel rooms, etc. And it's not like he rides Neville Bardos for 12 hours a day and has no time to do anything else to make a profit...
He seems to have an entitlement mentality to me - he's complaining about the support that other riders, who may very well be his future team mates, recieve, all the while wanting more for himself. It seems very hypocritical to me that he has recieved the same money and is still receiving money - but doesn't want to share.
I can see his point about staying local first, but it has been said to riders that they need more international experience before even being thought about for selection for the winter training squad - so there is a need to go international. Some of those riders don't have the successful training business Boyd has, they are the people working 2 jobs and living off of Ramen noodles just to support their horse habit, but they have the horse and skills needed to get the job done - they just need financial help. And, even if those ** riders are sent to Europe and never make it to WEGs, Rolex, etc, the amount of knowledge and experience they will gain will be CRUCIAL when it comes to teaching at home, passing it down to their students who may one day be vying for a spot on the National Team.
I also think it's a good idea to continue to send riders who don't reside on the east coast - where they don't have as much access to world class events. I know his point is to improve the US' events across the country, but really - there still won't be the same level of competition here as there is in Europe. If we want to play with them at the World Championship level, then we have to play with them at the lower levels (No, not BN/N lower levels, lower CCI/CIC levels).
All in all, I'm sure that if competing at the upper levels on other people's horses is too financially taxing on him, then there are PLENTY of other riders who would jump at the chance to have the same oppurtunities as he has been given and continues to recieve. They would happily make the sacrifice to ride in the WEGs. What about all of us who sacrifice time with our family, horses, work, etc to volunteer and jump judge at the events that make it possible for him to compete his horses (that we can only dream of) there; thus, earning a spot on the National Team? Maybe he should think about us, instead of how he can only take 4 horses with him this weekend, instead of the usual 9...
I see his point, the above is what I think about it and about him coming across as a sore loser. He picked the job, if he doesn't like it - quit.
-Melanie Mom to 3 bays: Beau, Daisy & Cavalina