Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday at Bromont

Dressage at Bromont went well, with Remi 2nd, Neville 3rd and Otis 21st after dressage in the CIC***. was kind enough to post a video of Neville's test as well as a video interview with Boyd so we will refer you to their site for all the exciting stuff. Please click here to tune in!

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bromont Day 1: Trading Aces

 Riding Trading Aces, owned by the Trading Aces Syndicate, LLC, Boyd is fifth after dressage in the CCI*** at The Volvo CCI3* Bromont Three Day Event at Bromont in Quebec, Canada.  
The 26th edition of the event is the final North American outing for athletes trying to make the team for the 2012 Olympic Games. The results of the CCI3* and CIC3* divisions will help American and Canadian Team selectors determine their representatives for London.

American Jonathan Holling of Ocala, FL, sits in first place following the opening phase of dressage in the CCI3* division. Riding Downtown Harrison, an eight-year-old Trakehner gelding owned by Connie Holling, he received a winning score of 46 penalty points, establishing a narrow lead in a starting field of 18 horse and rider combinations.

In second place behind Holling is Michael Pollard of Chatsworth, GA, who received 48.2 penalties for his dressage performance riding his 2011 Pan American Games team gold medal horse, Schoensgreen Hanni. Sitting third with 49.6 penalties is double Olympic gold medalist Phillip Dutton of West Grove, PA, riding Atlas.

Click here for complete results 

Tomorrow's ride times are as follows: 

 Otis Barbotiere: 9:23am

Remington XXV: 12:46pm

Neville Bardos: 3:09pm

Bromont Course Walk Video


Walking the Bromont CCI3* 26A&B with Boyd Martin

"Boyd Martin was kind enough to take a moment during his course walk with Canadian Team hopeful Peter Barry to show us how he plans to ride the CCI3* 26A&B (CIC3* 20A&B) combination.  Boyd offers some great insights including the importance of watching early rides to adjust your plan whenever possible and the importance of adapting your ride for combinations at the end of a course."

Boyd Martin and Crackerjack Win the First Half of the BW Furlong and Associates High Performance Challenge at the 2012 Jersey Fresh CCI


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 at JF
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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Congratulations to Sasha and Doug Walsh for Purchasing Juno W

Congratulations to Sasha and Doug Walsh for Purchasing Juno W, is one of our home bred horses. She is a wonderful mare and we are so excited that she is now with Sasha and Doug, and will have a wonderful home at their 50-acre farm in Nottingham, PA, which is very close to our farm in Cochranville.

Sasha has been training with me for a while now and she is a very talented and dedicated rider,  currently competing at first level with her horse Chancellor. I am so excited to be able to  be part of Sasha and Juno's training. I know the two of them have a very exciting future together!

It is so much fun to have Doug and Sasha around and I am looking forward to all their success!!!

Bromont Video from EN: A Conversation with Boyd

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Silva to Show Jacky Kinney's Domino at PVDA Ride for Life

I am riding a wonderful horse named Domino for Jacky Kinney. Domino is a 10-year old Danish wamblood gelding. I have been working with Domino and Jacky for a few years on and off now and I love riding and training this horse: he is super talented and very smart and at the same time he has the biggest heart!
Jacky, a professional rider from Maryland who has ridden successfully to the Grand Prix level, bought Domino as a two-year-old and has done most of his training herself. I very much enjoy helping the pair of them!
For the first time Domino has been with me for a few months, since Jacky hurt her knee falling off a young horse. When she asked me if I would show Domino for her, of course I said I would love to! Domino and I will be showing at the PVDA Ride For Life at the end of the month in fourth level.
I am having a blast with him!

Boyd Third in HSBC World Rankings

Boyd (left) with #1 ranked William Fox-Pitt (right) at the 2012 Rolex KY 3-day Event

Boyd is currently ranked third in the HSBC World Rankings with 420 points, a very encouraging place to be in the lead-up to the Olympic Games. With a string of solid four-star horses, it's looking up to be a very exciting summer!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Final Preparations for Bromont

I'm proud to say that I have four, in form, advanced horses priming up for one of the most important events of the year, the Bromont Three-Day Event in Quebec, Canada.

Trading Aces will take part in the CCI 3*, which is the long format version of the three star in Bromont. This is a new horse for me, thanks to the Trading Aces Syndicate. While on the greener side of things, this horse absolutely oozes with class. I'm also taking the three horses that are in contention for the Olympic Games: Neville, Remington, and Otis. It is my goal to put in a dazzling performance on all three of these horses, impressing the selectors so much, that all three of them will make it on the flight to the UK in two weeks' time.

I've decided to aim the seasoned campaigner, Denise Lahey's and Pierre Colin's Ying Yang Yo, for the Luhmuehlen CCI4* in Germany the following week. Thomas has been working well, and I look forward to meeting him somewhere in Hamburg the Monday morning after Bromont to compete in Germany's toughest three-day event.

Silva is packing Boyd's bags and says, "It was not easy to pack for Boyd for three countries all at once! I even labeled all of the bags so that they go to the right country. Giving Boyd too much free rein leads to fashion disaster!!!"

I've been training hard on all five horses, polishing up their performances under the watchful eyes of my jumping coach, Phillip Dutton, and my dressage coaches, my wife Silva and Michael Barisone. As you'll see in the video, there is a contrasting manner to the coaching with the softly spoken Phil partnered with the fired-up Mike.

I believe that this preparation has been made even more successful by the improvements to our training facility. Attwood Equestrian Surfaces and Riding Ringmasters who have constructed two world class arenas at our farm in Cochranville. In the dressage ring, we are riding on Atwood's Pinnacle surface. This is a polymer coated sand that is dust free and non-tacky, and manufactured from premium raw materials. And in the jumping ring, we are riding on the Euro Tex, which is created with microfibers which add cushioning to the surface. I would like to give a special thanks to both Riding Ringmasters and Attwood for not only their unbelievable products, but also their first-class service and their affordable pricing.

See you in Bromont!