Saturday, October 2, 2010
Boyd and Neville took no prisoners as the trailblazers for the US Eventing team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games today. They galloped around all the direct routes clear and in the time, laying down a good foundation for the team - and Boyd even gave Neville a big hug after he cleared that giant water complex - but luckily didn't fall on his head! Karen, Phillip and Becky posted clear rounds as well, though Buck had an unfortunate run-out at the sunken road - fortunately the team could drop one score and since it was a rough day for many competitors, with three solid rounds team USA moved up to second position behind Great Britain and just ahead of Canada. Becky and Comet put in a textbook performance to stand in the silver medal position individually going into Sunday's show jumping.
After his ride, Boyd said, "Neville was full of life and ran very well today. It wasn't the smoothest round ever but he showed toughness and determination to go clear and in the time at our first WEG. It was good going out first because I could take the direct route to every fence. It was definitely a bigger course than I've jumped before!"
Boyd spoke with the US team's show jumping coach Katie Prudent to develop a game plan for the final phase of the event tomorrow. He plans to school Neville on the flat and give him a short jump school in the morning to loosen him up and get him balanced after galloping around today, and hopefully jump a clear round in the afternoon.
Commenting on the atmosphere of riding in front of the more than 50,000 spectators that packed the Kentucky Horse Park today, Boyd said, "Riding in front of literally tens of thousands of people yelling and screaming all around is something I've never experiences before. It was an intense experience."
Both Boyd and Silva's parents and other friends and family are visiting and he added, "Now we've got the Australians and Germans and Americans all together and we plan to have a good celebration tonight!"
On Friday Boyd was interviewed by Chris Stafford on The Eventing Radio Show. Be sure to tune in as Boyd, Buck Davidson and Amy Tryon as well as a few of Boyd's mates from Australia talk with Chris about eventing at the WEG!
Friday, October 1, 2010
This is a youtube video clip from a movie about the real Neville Bartos. It is actually taken from the movie 'Chopper', which is a story that revolves around two of Australia's most notorious gangsters: Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read and Neville Bartos. Neville is a real life gangster in Australia that is currently in serving a sentence in prison.
When I bought the 3-year-old Thoroughbred gelding off the racetrack in Australia for $800, he reminded me of this character. Neville the horse has one crazy white eye, and is always hyped up and looking for action like the real life character. I thought I would play it safe and change Nev's surname to Bardos, though, just in case the real life gangster made it out of the slammer one day and came looking for me for ripping off his name.
Warning.... Neville does use some explicit words in this clip!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I was relatively happy with Neville’s performance in the dressage today. He warmed up beautifully in the preparations for the test; I also gave him a light ride at 7am and was quite happy with the way he went. Neville was relaxed in the warm-up
His trot work was was a bit disappointing – tense – but he made up for it with beautiful canter work and scored a personal best in the four-star test with a 49.
We anticipated that he’d be tense so Oded and Captain Phillips told me to go in rising trot around the ring to keep his back soft; that seemed to work until the applause but I have to give him credit, he’s born and bred for racing and here he is at the WEG trying to be a dressage horse and finds it a bit tough.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
All the members of the US team jogged up this morning. Unfortunately Kim’s horse has been battling a bit of cellulitis in his front leg and she decided to withdraw before the competition started, since she felt the horse was not 100%. Karen has moved into the team spot and America will just run one individual, Becky Holder, now. Unfortunately the door for Arthur or Leyland closed Monday at nine AM, and Kim’s horse was looking good at that stage but then deteriorated 48 hours afterwards.
Neville I rode for about 45 minutes this morning and he was a good boy, but I saw his Thoroughbred fitness side come out at the jog this morning. He got himself all razzed up by the huge crowd at the jog-up. One of the unfortunate sides of Neville is that he was a racehorse and really does react to large crowds and high volumes of noise. This is a bit of a concern for the dressage, keeping him relaxed, as the arena is full of electricity. I took him in yesterday and Neville felt confused that the stadium was Kembla Grange racetrack! I have a second opportunity this evening to take him in and settle him down so I will just do the best I can.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
You know what they say about all work, no play...but don't worry, Boyd's been having some fun as well as working hard in the lead-up to the eventing world championships. Just yesterday the US and British eventers took part in a little competition of a different kind, courtesy of sponsor Land Rover. Click here to read the article.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
It was a great time rubbing shoulders with all the international riders I’ve looked up to for many years as well as a chance to catch up for my old eventing mates from Sydney.
Group shot: All guys that I grew up with in Sydney, L-R: Stuart Tinney, Chris Burton, Jonathan Paget (NZ) Brett Parbery, (Australia dressage) myself and Paul Tapner. First time we were all together since our younger days eventing in Sydney together.
A picture of me with Mexican rider Emspion Mendiville: his horse Azteca and Neville did their first three-star together at Jersey Fresh in 2007, coming last and second to last after dressage, and somehow both ended up at the WEG!
The highlight of the evening for me was when Muhammed Ali did the final lap of honor in a big Cadillac convertible. He was born in KY and the crowd erupted when he made his surprise appearance.
It’s down to business now. Neville’s full of life and it will be fun to ride him twice a day on the flat: it’s dressage, dressage, dressage from here on out. We’ll be first to go of the Americans so it will probably be an early ride on Thursday.