Oldwick, NJ - Less than a month after the Jersey Fresh CCI at the Horse Park of New Jersey, the winner of the first half of the BW Furlong and Associates High Performance Challenge is already thinking about the 2013 Event.
Boyd Martin rode Crackerjack to a stirring victory in the CCI2* finishing on his dressage score of 48.5. They led the competition from start to finish. If the pair can repeat the winning effort in 2013 in the CCI3* - they would take home a $25,000 bonus for winning the BW Furlong and Associates High Performance Challenge.
Boyd Martin and Crackerjack
"Over the years, event riders pour money into these great veterinary clinics, like Brendan's, to keep these horses on the road," said Martin. "It's great that Brendan is offering us the chance to get some of that back."
Martin (Cochranville, PA), a member of the 2010 Land Rover US Eventing Team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, has been producing Crackerjack from the Preliminary level. Martin says the horse reminds him of one of his Olympic contenders, the famed Neville Bardos, with his feisty attitude and bold nature.
"I don't like my chances of hanging on to my $25,000 with Boyd in the running," said Furlong. "He is a fierce competitor on a good horse plus when there's that much money at stake he will give it his all. Stay tuned - it will be exciting."
Crackerjack was formerly ridden by Colin Davidson who died in a car accident in 2010. His mother, Lucy Boynton Lie, continues to campaign the horse in the name of her late son.
Started in 2011 by Dr. Brendan Furlong, who heads to his fifth Olympic Games as the Land Rover US Eventing Team Veterinarian, the BW Furlong High Performance Challenge was established to promote the sport of eventing at the Horse Park of New Jersey. It will be awarded to a horse-and-rider combination that wins the Jersey Fresh CCI2* and then the CCI3* the following year.