Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cross-Country at 2011 The Fork CIC*** and Horse Trials

Otis Barbotiere

Boyd's bold move in competing Otis in the three-star at The Fork in Norwood, NC is going well so far, with Neville's handsome French twin cantering around the cross-country course like it was a walk in the park today. It was a slow and easy ride so time faults dropped them from 4th to 13th place but Otis looks confident and happy to be jumping the big jumps. Making a speedy comeback from breaking her collarbone when she fell from a young horse, Jennie Brannigan is leading the division on Cambalda.

Remington XXV

Ron and Densey Juvonen's Remington XXV is is good form as he prepares to head to the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, currently in 2nd place in the Advanced division, moving up from a three-way tie for third place with a clean round and just a few time faults, (only two horses, including the leader Will Faudree on Andromaque, finished inside the time). Cold Harbor is also in second place in Intermediate-A, with Will Faudree leading in this division too, this time on Pawlow.

L-R: Jennie Brannigan, Lillian Heard and Boyd Martin

The day was cool and overcast, perfect for cross-country, and the rain held off until evening. Competitors had an exciting display of thunder and lightning tonight for the Saturday evening competitor's party, but tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and clear for riders and spectators to enjoy the show jumping.

Prelim jumped today, with Charla going clear to move up to 4th place. Lillian and Ariel are in 3rd in the same division, and Lillian is also 2nd in preliminary B on Share Option, who is making a comeback after injuring a tendon earlier in the season. Good luck to all the prelim horses on cross-country tomorrow!

-Amber Heintzberger

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Dressage at The Fork

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Boyd is off to a great start at The Fork CIC 3* and Horse Trials in Norwood, North Carolina. Otis is fourth after dressage (46.7) in the CIC 3* and Remington XXV is tied for third in the advanced (29.3), his last event before heading to the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*. Cold Harbor is in 5th in the Intermediate (30.8). Charla is on a score of 37.7 for seventh place in the preliminary.

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All are big, competitive divisions with plenty of top horses and riders ready to duke it out, and it should be an exciting weekend at the gorgeous Fork Farm. Tomorrow competitors tackle Mark Phillips' challenging cross-country course, so look forward to some action-packed news and photographs at the end of the day.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Update on Training Videos

We had a very productive video session down at Red Hills, and plan to have the second group of training videos released prior to rolex.  Those videos are going to focus on competition day topics, such as warming up a nervous horse for dressage and getting fully prepared for cross country.

In the mean time, we'd like to encourage you to download our original set of training videos, which breaks down some of the more challenging cross country questions (ie:  The Coffin, The Skinny & Cross Country Rideability), as these videos will help you with key training techniques for this competition season.

You can see all 3 videos on our website and look for our new series coming in the next few weeks!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Vote for Boyd in Round 2 of America's Favorite Equestrian!

Wellington, FL - The results of Round 1 of America's Favorite Equestrian are in. Six equestrians in each of the eight disciplines that participated in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games have moved onto Round 2.

America's Favorite Equestrians Round 2:

Dressage: Todd Flettrich, Courtney King-Dye, Debbie McDonald, Leslie Morse, Steffen Peters, Guenter Seidel
Driving: Tucker Johnson, Fred Merriam, Lisa Singer, Suzy Stafford, Rochelle Temple, Chester Weber
Endurance: Garrett Ford, Becky Hart, Dave Rabe, Robert Ribley, Julie Suhr, Bill Wilson
Eventing: Tiana Coudray, Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin, Karen O'Connor, Kimberly Severson, James C. Wofford
Jumping: Margie Engle, Joe Fargis, Laura Kraut, Anne Kursinski, Beezie Madden, McLain Ward
Para-Dressage: Jennifer Baker, Robin Brueckmann, Laura Goldman, Mary Jordan, Susan Treabess, Jonathan Wentz
Reining: Casey Deary, Andrea Fappani, Shawn Flarida, Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay, Randy Paul
Vaulting: Megan Benjamin, Ali Divita, Kenny Geisler, Devon Maitozo, Mary McCormick, Katherine Wick

One more equestrian with the lowest number of votes in each discipline will drop off the list at the end of Round 2 on May 31, 2011. Don't let it be your favorite! All it takes is a $5 gift to The EQUUS Foundation to keep your favorite in the competition.

How to Vote:
Visit the link at

For a $5 contribution, you can select your favorite equestrian (listed by discipline) and follow the instructions provided to use mobile texting to vote. After texting your vote, you must reply YES to confirm your vote and $5 donation.

You can also vote using an online form or vote by mail.

All donations received by the EQUUS Foundation will be used in support of horse-related charitable causes.

How it Works:
Round 2 - Voting ends May 31, 2011. In each featured discipline, the five equestrians with the most votes will continue to Round 3.
Round 3 - Voting ends on July 31, 2011. In each featured discipline, the four equestrians with the most votes will continue to Round 4.
Round 4 - Voting ends on September 30, 2011. In each featured discipline, the three equestrians with the most votes will continue to Round 5, the final round.
Round 5 - Voting ends on October 31, 2011. America's Favorite Equestrian will be selected based on the athletes with the highest number of votes recorded in each of the eight disciplines.

Winner Selections:
The athlete from each discipline with the most votes will join the ranks of America's Favorite Equestrian. These winners will be announced in November 2011 at the National Horse Show, taking place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

About America's Favorite Equestrian:
The EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) jointly launched the charitable mobile texting competition in celebration of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and the eight international disciplines represented on the field of play.

The objective is for America's Favorite Equestrian to be an ongoing program with all equestrian disciplines/breeds represented and the winners recognized in a permanent "Hall of Fame". For this inaugural program, the disciplines competing in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were selected for the program, with the many of the equestrians selected by the respective Recognized Affiliates of USEF.

The EQUUS Foundation has pledged to award a minimum of $10,000 in grants in support of USEF programs within these eight international equestrian disciplines. The discipline generating the greatest number of votes will receive an additional $5,000 grant award for its USEF-affiliated association subject to raising sufficient funds. Donations raised over $15,000 will be used to support horse-related charitable causes.

For additional information on The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., visit the EQUUS website at or contact The EQUUS Foundation, Inc., at telephone (203) 259-1550, email to

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Schedule for The Fork CIC***

Boyd will be riding several horses at the 2011 Fork Horse Trial and CIC*** in Norwood, North Carolina next weekend, April 7 - 10, 2011.

Boyd's ride times are:

Charla P-A Thu 09:00 am Sun 10:02 am Sat 10:00 am
Cold Harbor I-A Thu 11:35 am Sat 09:06 am
Neville Bardos A Thu 02:01 pm Sat 03:21 pm
Otis Barbotiere CIC3* Fri 09:37 am Sat 01:49 pm
Remington XXV A Fri 04:07 pm Sat 04:54 pm

The event schedule is as follows:

Wednesday April 6, 2011

* 3:00 PM Cross Country open for inspection

Thursday April 7, 2011

* 8:30 AM Test Ride Arena 1
* 9:00 AM CIC/Advanced Dressage Arena 1
* 8:30 AM OI & OP Dressage Arena 2 & 3

Friday April 8, 2011

* 9:00 AM Dressage all Arenas
* 11:30 – 1:00 - Ladies Dressage Luncheon VIP Tent
* Noon – 5:30 Wine Bar and Vendor Village open

Saturday April 9, 2011

* 8:30 VIP Tent open for Continental Breakfast
* 8:30 – 5:00 Tailgating on Cross Country
* 9:00 AM Cross Country Intermediate, CIC***, Advanced
* 11:00-1:00 Lunch at Cross Country VIP Tent
* 3:00 PM– Wine and Hors d’oeuvres at VIP tent
* 10:00 – 5:00 Wine Bar, Cross Country Pub, Vender Village Open
* 6:30PM Competitors and Volunteer Reception with Live Band at Main Stables

Sunday April 10, 2011

* 8:00 AM Show Jumping VIP Tent Continental Breakfast
* 8:30 AM Show Jumping Intermediate, CIC, Advanced
Awards for Sporting Clay/CIC Competition after CIC Show Jumping
* 10:00 AM Preliminary Cross Country
* 10:00 AM Vendor Village Open
* 11:00-1:00 PM VIP Tent Lunch Served
* 2:00 PM Wine and Hors d’oeuvres at VIP Tent