Saturday, December 8, 2012

Chris Johnson Presents Boyd & Neville with Their Portrait!

Chris Johnson Presents Boyd and Neville with Their Portrait!
Chris Johnson, a freshman at Savannah College of Art & Design, is home from school for the holidays and presented Boyd with the oil painting he painted of Boyd aboard Neville Bardos.  Neville came out to give his approval! 
While the original, which measures 24” x 48”, will grace Boyd and Silva’s home, limited edition prints are now available. All 300 of the limited edition will be numbered and signed by the artist.  In addition, Boyd is signing the first prints!
At just $90 (which includes shipping and handling within the U.S.) the 12” x 24” prints make a great Christmas gift.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Boyd and Silva to Judge OTTB Contest in 2013

We are excited to be on the judging panel for next year's Constant Star OTTB For Sport contest! Inspired by the John Madden Sales Breeder's Bridge to High Performance contest, the Constant Star competition will be open only to Off the Track Thoroughbreds and the goal will be to find a future star! We will be judging alongside with Eric Dierks and Callie Schott, as well as contest founder Kimberly Clark, who will award three months of free training to the winning horse. Of course we have had great luck with OTTB's, including Neville Bardos in eventing and Sea Lord in dressage, and we are looking forward to this opportunity to see some promising horses come off the track and into the sport horse world.

Boyd and Silva

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Congratulations Densey Juvonen

A hug from Densey. Josh Walker Photo
 On Friday evening at the USEA convention, PRO will be honoring Densey Juvonen with the most prestigious Owner's Award in the United States.  It is great that PRO has come up with a way of honoring the people behind the scenes that make it all happen. For those who are not familiar with Densey I have composed some interesting facts:

10 Awesome Facts About Densey Juvonen 
L-R: Densey and Ron Juvonen, Silva and Boyd Martin at Plantation Field. Amber Heintzberger Photo

1. Densey and her husband Ron own a share in Neville Bardos, a share in Otis Barbotiere, a share in Trading Aces, half of HH Lancaster and all of Remington XXV.

2. Her horses have competed in the US, Canada, England, France and Holland in Three-day events over the last few years in 3-Stars, 4-Stars,  US Nation Cup Teams, the WEG and Olympic Games.

3. Together with Ron, she came up with the idea in 2010 of syndicating horses. The base plan was to come up with a system of owners owning a little piece of a number of horses. This gave me the opportunity to ride some of the best horseflesh out there and gave owners a chance to become part of a number of top horses.

4. She has placed Remington, after two USA team short lists and four 4-star events, with up-and-coming young rider Caitlin Silliman:  the idea being that Remington can contribute to the education of the next generation of rider for this country.

5. Not only did she own a share of an Olympic horse this year, she had a piece of every horse I had in the training camp in England on the short list.  If I was going to make the team, so was Densey.

6. She is a courageous member of the Cheshire Foxhounds in Chester county, and jumps three-rail fences for fun!

7. She has donated the $5000 that she won from the PRO Owners Award, to the best CIC in America: Plantation Field International, for next year's event in September.

8. She has experienced the highs along with the lows as most owners do.  Her very exciting 2-star mare 'Charla' died tragically in the barn fire last year.  She was among the most supportive people around me and helped me keep going through this time, never allowing me to feel guilty about her loss.

9. She is the proud grandmother of four  great kids, all of whom are very good riders.

10. Her distinctive cheers can be heard above all others at Rolex when one of her horses does well!

I am always thankful for the day that I met Densey and her 11-year old fox hunter that she wanted me to sell.  Who would have thought that this little horse and I would start a partnership that would ultimately change my life?

 Thank you Densey, and Congratulations!!


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Congratulations to Denise and Pierre!

Rising Spirit ("May")

 Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin from Stoney Brook Farm in NH have purchased arguably the best-bred event horse broodmare in the US today from Craig and Sarah Thompson. Rising Spirit, or 'May' as she is known in the barn, is sired by the event horse super sire 'Primitive Rising'  and out of The King's Spirit, winner of the 2008 Bromont CCI3*.

Denise and Pierre
This mare was bred by my good mate Peter Barry and his wife Susan from Quebec, Canada, through Frozen Semen.  She was campaigned and trained by Peter, Colleen Loach, Craig and Sarah Thompson and Lainey Ashker up to the two-star level before she hit the breeding barn due to injury.

I think it's a great thing that Denise and Pierre are getting the best bloodlines in the world on the MARE side to breed their horses. At the end of the day, horses bred with pedigrees like this will help the sport in this country.

Good luck with her!!!



From Susan Barry: 

May's Sire, Primitive Rising
Rising Spirit (May), is by Primitive Rising, purchased 1988, by Louella Stud ( ) leading National Hunt Sire, prolific sire of eventers, winning 8 British Horse Foundation Awards, siring 5 Burghley Young Horse winners, and sire of advanced horses including Cool Mountain (individual Silver & Team Gold at WEG 2010), Rolex Kentucky winner King's Temptress, 7th Badminton, Primitive Control, (6th Badminton, 7th Burghley, competed for GB at 2002 European Championships.)

King's Temptress

She is out of The King's Spirit, winner of the Bromont 3-Star with Sharon White. The King's Spirit is by Rock King out of Hinton Spirit, by Welton Apollo, who was one of the foundation Welton stallions and was competed by a young Leslie Law in his first 4-star. Welton Apollo placed at both Badminton and Burghley.

Cool Mountain

May's daughter, Freespirit, by Freedom Z, placed 13th at the Bromont 1* as a six-year-old, finishing on her dressage score.  She came 3rd at Southern Pines prelim last spring, 1st at Full Gallop prelim, and 4th at Pine Top prelim, always finishing on her dressage score.

All of the mares from this line have been bold but careful jumpers, hardly ever in their careers having a stop or rail.  The mare line is very very dominant.  We bred June (Freespirit) to Catherston Liberato and have an excellent 3-year-old.