Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lindsey's Burghley Story

Boyd's groom Lindsey shared a beautifully written account of her favorite moment at Burghley. Take the time to read this, but be sure you grab a box of Kleenex first! The story was reprinted at EventingNation - click here for the link.

Update from Plantation Field

Things are looking good for Boyd in the CIC3* at Plantation Field. He and Remi are 2nd after cross-country and Otis is in 11th. See the complete results here. Things didn't go as well in the one-star, with two falls from two different horses at the same fence! Stay tuned for the whole story after the completion of the event tomorrow...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Plantation Field This Weekend

250 horses and 100% perfect weather.....pure bliss!

250 horses and 100% perfect weather.....pure bliss!


ThE WeekEnD YoU'vE aLL BeeN WaiTiNg FoR!

come see what we have in store for you this coming weekend at the Plantation Field !
GREAT SHOPPING - - Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 - 4 each day! J.McLaughlin, Pomegranate Seeds, Dubarry of Ireland, Bit of Britain, Alexander James Country Clothing here from England!, Plantation Field Merchandise, CWD Saddlery, The Hunt Closet, Bruno Delgrange, WISE Equestrian, Robert Redd Ltd, Precise Builders, Amy Dragoo Photography, Sarro Signs,The Vintage Fox, ECB Jumps, Oxford Marketplace, Outback Trading Co., Herbalife, Silpada Jewelry, Dog and Pet Shops, Alpaca Farm, Course Components, Chasin' for Chalfin, Alex's Lemonade Stand, Root Beer Floats, Gourmet Crepes, Cheesesteaks, Ice Cream and MORE.

KIDS KORNER! Saturday and Sunday be sure to bring all the KIDS! MOON bounce, Crafts and Games, Face Painting and temp Tattoos, Petting Zoo with the farm animals from the Barn at Spring Brook Farm, live ALPACAS, Alex's Lemonade, Root Beer Floats, Ice Cream and more!

FRIDAY - - - The International (CIC) divisions do DRESSAGE in the beautiful new Main Arena - - Approx time are -
CIC 2* = 8:00am - 11:45am
CIC 1* 12:35pm - 4:45pm
and the highest level of the weekend is CIC 3* and these top horses and riders go at approximately 12:38pm - 4:40pm

*****NOTE TO SPONSORS/VIP/BADGEHOLDERS/CIC RIDERS & OWNERS- - starting 8 am - Starbucks Coffee and Danish available for you at Stillman Volvo Sponsor Tent. No Lunch Served this day. Cookout Kickoff party starts at 5:30 at the Stillman Volvo Tent! Casual!

SaTuRDaY is Going to be HUGE!
here's the APPROXIMATE line up ...
CIC1* = 8:30 - 9:34am
national divisions also going all day - - -
CIC3* = THIS IS THE BIGGIE!! XTREME! do not MISS! 12:50 - 1:52pm THIS IS THE BIGGIE!! XTREME! do not MISS! 12:50 - 1:52pm BRING ur CAMERA!!!!!!
CIC2* = 3:16 - 4:14pm

****NOTE TO SPONSORS/VIP/BADGEHOLDERS - - - starting 8 am - Starbucks Coffee and Danish available for you at Stillman Volvo Sponsor Tent. Lunch/beverage will be delivered to you in the VIP Hillside Parking area

SUNDAY! the PLACE to be is HERE !
CIC* start jumping at 9:00am
CIC** start jumping at 10:30am
Brunch for Sponsors/VIPs at the STILLMAN VOLVO SPONSORS TENT starts at 11 and
at NOON, we have the "entertainment" portion of our show!!!

--Parade of Mr. Stewarts Cheshire Foxhounds
--A Tribute to the Victims AND survivors of the nearby True Prospect Farm Barn Fire
--BAREBACK jump contest - ok, seriously, you MUST see this to believe it!

then the finale of the weekend.....CIC*** Show Jumping will start just after 1pm and Awards Presentation will be done by 3!

welcome to YOUR event! and thanks to our MANY sponsors!


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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Plantation Field to Give Three Cheers to Boyd, Neville Bardos, and the Burghley and Blenheim Riders

Unionville, PA - September 12, 2011 - Neville Bardos was the last horse rescued from the burning building, due to the heroic efforts of Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton. He has made a remarkable recovery, astonishing all those who have cared for him, including his vets. The pair have recently returned home from England where they finished 7th at the Burghley CCI****, traditionally thought of as the largest and most grueling three-day event in the world.

The planned public tribute is in appreciation of the tremendous support Boyd, Ryan Wood, Caitlin Silliman, Lillian Heard and Abbie Golden received from Chester County and the eventing community at large.

In addition, Plantation Field plans to acknowledge the achievements of the riders who competed at the Burghley CCI**** and the Blenheim CCI*** in Great Britain. Riders Sinead Halpin, Philip Dutton, Colleen Rutledge and Michael Pollard will be at Plantation Field International competing other horses this week.

On Sunday, September 18th, Plantation Field International CIC plans to hold a tribute to Neville Bardos and Boyd Martin and a moment of silence in honor for the all the wonderful horses that were lost in the May barn fire at True Prospect Farm.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Young Event Horse Update from Caitlin

Boyd's assistant riders Caitlin Silliman and Sara Gumbiner took the young horses out to Bucks County horse trials over the weekend. Here's an update from Caitlin:

Sara rode her horse Polaris (Larry) and they won training on their dressage score. This was exciting for Sara because it was her first training on Larry. She also rode Working Draft, one of Boyd’s sales horses, who finished 2nd in Open Novice on his dressage score, which is exciting because it was his first event with us so far.

Caitlin rode Bru (owned by Manny Diemer) and won Novice; with Rondo (owned by Ron and Densey Juvonen) she was third; Sophia Fab (owned by Laurie Cameron) was fourth in her first novice and only her third event.

The event ended up being a combined test because cross-country got rained out. They refunded $20 of the entry fees and gave us a free schooling to make up for XC being canceled. It was actually pretty dry, but if they’d run that many horses the ground would probably have been destroyed!

It was Bru’s first win at Novice and he’s going home to Manny to be a foxhunter soon. Rondo is really quiet and did really well. He’s from Saudi Arabia; he was the king’s horse and he was a really expensive racehorse who’s really well-bred and ran well in two races but then just stopped running, so they gave him away! I don’t know what he did between there and coming here. He’s a tiny little bay horse, sweet as can be, and a really athletic jumper. Between Silva and her dressage girls his dressage has improved and now he’s come to us for some jump training. Boyd’s entered on him at Flora Lea in two weeks.

I'm also excited to have just purchased a young horse by Lux Z that I found through Carol Gee when we visited Lil in Ireland last month. He's done a little bit of intro stuff and will be a nice project for me while Star is growing her hair back.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Neville after Burghley XC

Preparations for Dressage at Devon

Boyd and I are finally home from all our latest travels. Chicago and of course Burghley were fun but it is so nice to be home and working with my horses again.

My girls and I are getting ready to compete at Dressage at Devon at the end of September. Kymmy and Markie qualified in Fourth level; I am proud of of them! They have worked hard and are looking great for Devon. Ashlea and Mintie are entered in the Young Rider CDI. This is the last qualifier for them for the Young Rider World Cup in Germany in December.

Devon is the youngest one out of my girls. She is not entered at Dressage at Devon this year but her riding is getting better and better and she will be showing there in the years to come.

I am entered on three horses: Stately is entered in the 6-year-old classes and in the Fourth level classes; Duvent is entered in the Fourth level classes; I am also entered on a real baby named Lord Licorice who is only three years old. Licorice is owned by Kristy Livingston who bought him as a baby and has done a great job at raising him and breaking him in. Licorice and I don't really know each other very well yet but he seams like a horse with a great attitude and loves to work.
We still have a few weeks to get to know each other and hopefully we will be ready for the baby class at Devon.

I am very much looking forward to showing Duvent at Devon. Duvent has come such a long way in a very short amount of time. He is a very attractive and very talented horse but he gets worried at times. I have been working very hard to understand him and he has been trying very hard to work with me. I really think we are having a breakthrough and he is getting more and more confident.

Exactly one year ago Duvent and I did our first show together, which also was Duvent's very first show. we showed in second level; now we have been showing Prix St. Georges and we qualified for Fourth level at Devon. I think we could do very well there. Fingers crossed for Duvent and I!

Here is a little video of us working at home: