Saturday, May 4, 2013

Register for the White North Clinic in Ohio, May 18th & 19th!

Boyd is hitting the road for clinics while he's recovering from surgery, with an upcoming clinic in Ohio.
Clinic registration below!

May 18th & 19th
White North Stable
Chagrin Falls Ohio
Clinic Details and Registration
Contact Therese Evans if you have any questions!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Rolex KY 4* Finished, Quick Repair to Boyd's Ankle...(Warning: Contains Graphic Images)

After spending the past six weeks battling away with four torn tendons and ligaments in my ankle, I had quick surgery on Wednesday morning at Christiana Hospital.  Even though it was quite uncomfortable, I was able to figure out a way to press on and get through my big goal of competing at Rolex Kentucky.

The injury was very similar to what many baseball players get, so I went to renowned ankle specialist Dr Paul Kupcha, assisted by Dr. Gary Gutowski, both of whom have been famous for patching up the some of the Phillies' players.  The boys were good enough to take a few snaps whilst on the job with my iPhone.

Torn Tendons
Repaired Tendons
Post-Op Recovery

It looks like I will be out of action for a couple of weeks until the wounds heal, after which I will be able to return to dressage without stirrups.  Until then I have plenty of time for teaching jumping lessons (text me on 610-806-2381), and admire Silva and Caitlin schooling the horses.  Phillip has been good enough to jump my top horses, so there is a strong chance that the horses will be going better than ever when I make my return.

Silva Schooling Otis



We're lining up a list of clinics to keep Boyd busy over the next few months.  We are gathering the info for 2 clinics in May and June, but we've wanted to post the information for the clinic in August, as that info is now available.  Keep an eye on the website and blog for more details to follow!

Date: August 17, 18
Stony Brook Farm, Peterborough, NH
Format: Two-day clinic
Saturday and Sunday
1st day flat/stadium
2nd day Cross Country
Fee: $450

Registration form and details

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Meaning of Life

...or, How to See the Perfect Distance

More Rolex Videos and Photos!

It's hard to believe that it's been 3 days since the end of the 2013 Rolex Ky 3 Day Event!  Each year, Rolex Kentucky always brings an exciting schedule packed with media interviews, sponsorship appearances and competition.  Boyd always manages to balance the pressures of being a professional athlete and horseman with all his other obligations, but does so with remarkable composure and with the help of his wonderful team, owners, sponsors and fans.

This year marked the 5th year that I've driven to Rolex to support Boyd at the event, and although my time there is "work", I realize how fortunate I am to be one of his supporters.  I work with several other riders and companies in this industry, but marvel at the well oiled machine known as Windurra USA.  There is such a fabulous energy between all of the owners and crew that work for Boyd and Silva.  It certainly isn't by accident that he and Silva have created such an enviable team, because they're hard working, talented and fun!!

Although it was a disappointment, Boyd made the correct choice to pull up in view of home.  Earlier on course, I was able to capture footage as they easily negotiated the Sunken Road.  Clearly Oscar will be back next year with a solid game plan and will be a competitive force for the US contingent.

Oscar through the Sunken Road 

Caitlin also impressed the world with her riding skills at her Rolex debut!  Her transformation from young working student to a true competitive professional is a great reflection on her dedication and talent, as well as Boyd and Silva's training program.

Caitlin and Hoku through the Goose Pond

I'm still editing photos from the event, so keep an eye on our FB page for more updates.  Can't wait to see what next year's Rolex may bring for Windurra USA!!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Feeding Our Event Horses with Purina

Lindsey Taylor Scooping up some Purina Strategy Healthy Edge for this morning's feed
Feeding four-star event horses is a careful balance of providing the right ratio of protein, fats and carbohydrates for ultimate performance and recovery. We want our horses to stay calm and focused in dressage, have plenty of fuel for the cross-country phase, and recover well to leave the rails up on Sunday. We choose Purina Horse Feeds to ensure our horses are getting the best quality feed that we can find.

Purina offers a variety of products to suit the individual needs of every horse in our barn, from the novice up-and-comers to our string of world-class eventers. Purina feeds are palatable, easy to feed and store, and keep the horses looking and feeling their best.

Lindsey Taylor
Head Groom and Barn Manager for Boyd Martin

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Lindsey's Rolex Cross-Country Recap

Yesterday was a day of ups and downs, as is oftentimes the case at a four-star three-day event on cross-country day. Team Windurra experienced both sides of the coin today, with Caitlin demonstrating some magnificent riding around her first four-star course, contrasted with Oscar's exhausted condition and subsequent retirement three fences from home.

While Oscar was jumping with great form throughout the 11+ minute course yesterday, it was clear that he began to tire as he gathered ground on the course. I couldn't have ever been prouder to say that I work for someone who always puts the horse first, than I was yesterday as I watched Boyd put his hand up and retire Oscar at fence 26 (of 28 on course), after he assessed that Oscar was just too tired to keep going.

Boyd and Oscar
Oscar is clearly a horse for the future. At only 9 years old, he was the youngest horse to compete at Rolex this weekend and will clearly live to fight another day. We were ecstatic with him in the dressage, with his ability to handle the atmosphere in the Rolex Stadium with ease. He is also a superb jumping horse, with a very natural form over fences. Although he has never had to run a course as long as the one he saw yesterday, he is surely capable of it, and we will get many more chances to see him do so in the future. Because Boyd chose to save him for another day yesterday, he is sound and healthy. He was checked out by our vet, Kevin Keane, just after Boyd pulled him off the course yesterday and again late last night. He appears to have normal heart sounds and rhythm, and trots up sound.

His owners were all out there yesterday to cheer him on, and they have all been wonderfully patient and understanding, wanting what is best for Oscar. While it is disappointing that he did not complete the course yesterday, I am encouraged to be surrounded by such awesome horsemanship, both by Boyd and by the team of people who support Oscar.

Caitlin and Hoku
While Caitlin seemed slightly disappointed about her stop at fence 17 yesterday, I think she is, and should be, ecstatic about her ability to ride so well on her first outing at Rolex. She recovered from her stop like a veteran and completed the course easily. She has worked so hard to get here, and should enjoy every minute of this successful weekend. We are lucky to have her on our team, as she helps wherever she is needed, whether it is mucking a stall, wrapping a leg, or sprinting to the cross-

country warm up with a last minute change of Oscar's bridle. She is a true all around horse person, which is an awesome quality to see in a young rider.

We just got to the barn this morning to prepare the horses for the final vet inspection. I'm off to braid Caitlin's horse. Another update to follow at the end of the day..


A Rolex Kentucky Birthday


Best of luck in show jumping at Rolex Kentucky today!