Sunday, July 27, 2014

Photos and Video chat with Boyd at WEG Prep at Great Meadow

Lindsey prepping Shamwari for the competition
Boyd and Shamwari 4 through the Water

Over the Land Rover Corner out of the water
Silva on course

Riders at Awards Ceremony

Boyd with Shamwari Syndicate members Gretchen and George Wintersteen
Photos copyright Amber Heintzberger and not for use without permission

I'm on the road and can't get my phone to upload to Youtube, but it worked on Facebook. Here's the link to a chat with Boyd today at Great Meadow, where he and Shamwari were the overnight leaders at the final prep for the WEG team and finished fourth after adding time penalties for a conservative cross-country round - which is just what he was aiming for as he and Shammie solidify their partnership and aim to have the most solid preparation possible in order to peak at the Games in Normandy.

Follow the link for the video:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tickets Available for Millbrook Horse Trials Luncheon


Honoring Courtney King Dye and Riders4Helmets 
August 3rd, 12 - 2 pm 
 Preferred viewing as top riders compete for $10,000 prize money! 
Show jump course walk and live commentary by top rider Marcia Kulak 
First annual Charles Owen Award presented to Courtney King Dye by Silva Martin. 
$5,000 benefiting Riders4Helmets 4-bar competition organized by PRO …
and a raffle of an all-inclusive trip to the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France exclusive for luncheon guests only 


 $200 Ringside Individual • $125 Individual $75 Juniors (under 30) Ringside Table: $2000 (seating for 10) includes… 
 Best views from reserved, ringside seating 
  Cross country course walk on Friday, August 1st for you and your guests with Phillip Dutton or Boyd Martin 
Drop-in visit to your table by top riders 
 Go to to purchase tickets and for more information.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Windurra USA is looking to fill two positions immediately!  We are in need of one working student and one full time groom immediately, with at least a 6 month commitment.  We are looking for a couple hard working individuals who are self motivated and have strong horsemanship skills.  Basic living arrangements will be provided and the person can come with or without their own horse. 

For details on the position and to apply please contact Sara at

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fitch's Corner

Once again Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials in Millbrook, NY proved to be the ultimate lower-level event of the year. Without question the event organizers provide a world-class event for the lower-levels. It was mind blowing, the quality of everything that Fernanda and Kirk put on. The dressage footing felt like the fairway at Augusta, the cross-country was reminiscent of a mini-Rolex Kentucky and the challenging show jumping course was sensational, and took place in front of a packed marquis with patrons enjoying a first-class luncheon. This year’s Saturday evening party theme was the Chinese Year of the Horse which provided some very entertaining costumes! A big thanks to Bonnie Stedt, who housed myself and my staff for the weekend. Like Fernanda and Kirk, Bonnie has been one of the most generous supporters over the years of both Silva and myself. All of the horses went very, very well. Derek diGrazia and Eric Bull have definitely built a first-rate course that really sorted the field out. Unfortunately Silva did not come to this event but I am pleased to report she is back riding now. For the first time since early this year she is back to schooling Shamwari for me. Obviously my dressage performance has been at a huge disadvantage this year without Silva schooling my horses for me and I am certain my scores will improve with my secret weapon back in action. -Boyd Results: Open Prelim 11th - Brewster, owned by Katie and Cuyler Walker Prelim Horse 1st – Welcome Shadow owned by Craig and Gloria Callen 4th – Quinn Himself, owned by Bonnie Stedt Open Novice 1st – Gipsy King, Owned by Gloria Callen and Anne Hennessey 2nd – Goldthorn Diamond Imprint, owned by Stephen Blauner 4th - Tura Lura, owned by Gloria Callen Photos courtesy Katie Walker

Friday, July 18, 2014

For Sale - New Cadet - Talented Upper Level Eventer!

New Cadet
New Cadet is the real deal!  This is a talented upper level event horse who will take his next ambitious rider to the top of the sport.  He placed 6th in the June horse trials at Plantation Field in the Open Intermediate division.

NAME: New Cadet
SEX: Gelding
HEIGHT: 16.2hh
DATE OF BIRTH: 4-23-05
SIRE: Private Terms
DAM: Couloir (by Nepal)
BREED: American Thoroughbred
BREEDER: Jimmy Hawkins
OWNER: Mrs Anne Hennesey, VT

Video Credit Horsepesterer Plantation Field 2*

Caddy is nothing short of what I would call a 'Raw Athelete'.  I believe if we lived in medieval times, I would like to ride this horse to battle. He is bold, powerful and very tough.

I found Caddy in Atlanta Georgia, shortly after the memorial day fire. My coach, Phillip Dutton had spotted him while teaching a jumping clinic at another American Olympian's farm at Julie Richards. He came home and said to me that he had found 'your kind of horse'.  I flew down there and liked him from the get go.

Anne Hennesey has been a long time supporter and friend, and has owned some fantastic horses in the past with Benwald and the late Summer Breeze. Both Anne and I were devastated in loosing Summer, and it was a tough job finding a horse to take her place.  I knew when I got Caddy she would love this horse.

Even though Caddy is a failed race horse, and originally was discovered at a horse rescue facility, I believe he is the real deal. He has the movement and look for dressage, a serious jump and gallops with ease. I have really enjoyed training this gelding.

He is a first-class event horse that is probably best suited to a more experienced rider.  He is an awesome cross country horse with a lot of heart and has only received one cross country jumping fault in his whole career! He has competed successfully at the Intermediate level for the past year, and will soon be ready to move up to advanced level.

Serious inquiries only 
Phone Boyd 610 806 2381 for an appointment!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials This Weekend

The cross-country course is ready for action! Thanks to Eric Bull for sharing this photo!
 This weekend the Fitch’s Corner Horse Trials will take place in the beautiful setting of Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckel’s beautiful property in Millbrook, NY. Without a question this is the premiere lower-level event in the country.  I like to think of it as the Rolex of novice-preliminary levels! The courses are designed by Derek diGrazia and built by Eric Bull, and the show jumping and dressage arenas are world-class, with show jumps that were used at the Atlanta Olympics. On top of this the event has a fantastic schedule filled with with luncheons, a fabulous trade fair and a vintage car show come Sunday.

I’m riding six horses this weekend: three in the prelim and three in the novice. Apparently Millbrook has had a good amount of rain, so the conditions should be perfect.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:     July 16, 2014               
CONTACT:  Mariann Caprino (917) 242-1087


Equestrian Silva Martin To Present First Annual Charles Owen Award

MILLBROOK, N.Y. (July 15) – Olympic dressage rider Courtney King Dye will be honored for her contributions to equestrian sports at a benefit luncheon at the Millbrook Horse Trials on Sunday, Aug. 3.

King Dye will accept the first annual $5,000 Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award on behalf of Riders4Helmets, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating equestrians about safety and the importance of wearing helmets. Grand Prix dressage rider Silva Martin will present the award to King Dye at the luncheon, which is held during the upper level show jumping competition.

“I am honored to receive this award,” King Dye said. “Getting recognition for the good that’s come out of my accident makes it feel worthwhile.”

Charles Owen has been a leading British manufacturer of quality helmets for over 100 years and has partnered with Riders4Helmets in promoting rider safety worldwide. Most recently, Charles Owen and Riders4Helmets worked together to support International Helmet Awareness Day on Jul 12.

Both King Dye and Martin suffered head injuries while riding. King Dye suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a 2010 fall that occurred when a horse she was schooling tripped and fell. She was not wearing a helmet. King Dye, who represented the U.S. in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was in a coma for nearly a month and has undergone years of rehabilitation, beginning with learning how to walk and talk again.

Since the accident, King Dye, a resident of New Milford, CT, has thrown her support behind Riders4Helmets and has worked tirelessly to encourage riders in all equestrian disciplines to wear helmets every time they ride. Because of King Dye’s accident, professional dressage riders who traditionally have worn elegant top hats have begun competing in helmets.

Silva Martin suffered a head injury earlier this year after a horse tripped and fell on her. Although she was wearing a helmet, Martin was knocked unconscious and suffered a seizure. The wife of Olympic eventer and longtime MHT competitor Boyd Martin, Silva Martin has made a more rapid recovery, conscious and speaking two days after the accident. She credits her helmet for saving her life.

King Dye, who continues to recover, had her first child earlier this year.

Tickets for the benefit luncheon are available at In addition to the Charles Owen award presentation, the luncheon offers preferred viewing of the Advanced division show jumping competition and a course walk with expert commentary from equestrian Marcia Kulak. Purchasers of ringside seats also may join a course walk with Olympians Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton.

The Millbrook Horse Trials take place July 31 through Aug. 3 at Coole Park Farm on Bangall-Amenia Road in Millbrook, N.Y.

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