Saturday, January 4, 2014

Announcing: Shamwari 4

I'm excited to announce that I rallied a syndicate to buy one of the world's great event horses, Shamwari 4. Ludwig Svennerstal competed the German-bred gelding for Sweden at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 

Shammie is in the prime of his career at only 11 years old. He’s superb in the dressage, often scoring in the 30’s; a brilliant, bold, fast cross-country horse; and a talented show jumper.

I’m blessed to have some great supporters who have got behind this horse; obviously to purchase a horse of this quality takes a massive amount of support from the owners and I can’t say how much I appreciate their generosity.  I’m trying to fill the Shamwari Syndicate with existing members from our other syndicates, as well as encouraging some new owners to join me on the roller coaster ride of being part of a big time four-star event horse. 





For Sale: Billie Jean Halliday

The lovely mare Billie Jean Halliday has arrived safe and sound in Aiken, SC. She’s settled in well and is ready for prospective buyers to come try her, just in time for the winter season to begin in the Carolinas. 

She has hunted successfully through the winter with the Cheshire hunt in PA and while still green, has been out four times in the second flight and behaved herself well. She would make a super ladies' hunt horse. Her dressage training also keeps progressing while she’s in training with us (see video). 

Her price has been reduced to $10,000, so now's the time to drop by the farm and give her a try!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

The team here at Windurra would like to wish everyone a very happy 2014 and Year of the Horse! We arrived safely in Aiken after a long drive in the rain and have already given the horses a ride. We're looking forward to the sunshine, and are relieved to have missed the massive snowstorm heading for the Northeast. We are very excited to get the season underway and are looking forward to what we hope will be a very exciting year for all our horses and riders.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

List of Horse Trailer-Friendly Truck Stops Between PA and Aiken, SC

As seasoned Aiken veterans by this point, we have done the drive South numerous times and know that advance preparation can make or break your travel plans. In a massive effort to avoid any of the Windurra trucks and trailers running out of fuel en route to Aiken, or getting stuck in a tiny out of the way fuel station, Silva has managed to put together a list of every convenient service station that has diesel and is easy to get in and out of:



Exit 57 Baltimore Travel Center (Baltimore)


Exit 33 (US 17) Mapco Express (Fredericksburg)
Exit 89 (Hwy 802) Richmond Travel Center (Ashland)
Exit 83 (US1) Mapco (Glen Allen)
Exit 73 (US 360) Mapco (Richmond)
Exit 58 Pilot Travel Center (Colonial Heights)
Exit 41 U.S Gas (Petersburg)
Exit 33 (Hwy 602) Davis Travel Center (Stony Creek)
Exit 11b (Hwy 58) Sadler travel Plaza (Emporia)
Exit 8 (US 301) Simmons Travel Center (Emporia)

North Carolina

Exit 180 (Hwy 48) Pilot Travel Center (Pleasant Hill)
Exit 168 Oasis Travel Center (Halifax)
Exit 121 (US 264) Kangaroo Express (Wilson)
Exit 107 Kangaroo Express (Kenly)
Exit 106 Wilco Hess (Kenly)
Exit 105 Petro (Kenly)
Exit 75 Sadler Travel Plaza (Dunn)
Exit 61 61 Truck Stop (Wade)
Exit 58 (US 13) Fort Bragg Travel Center (Fayettesville)
Owen Drive Exit Wilco Hess (Fayettesville)
Exit 17 (Hwy 72) Wilco Hess (Lumberton)

South Carolina

Exit 181a (Hwy 38) Flying J Travel Plaza (Latta)
Exit 164 (US 52) Florence Travel Center (Florence)


Exit 116 (US15) Interstate Shell (Bishopville)
Exit 92 (US 601) Pilot Travel Center (Lugoff)
Exit 71 (US 21) Columbia 20 Travel Center (Winnsboro)
Exit 70 (US 321) Flying J Travel Plaza (Columbia)
Exit 39 Hill View truck Stop (Leesville)
Exit 33 (US 39) Kents Corner (Batesburg)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hunt Season

I have very much enjoyed the winter of hunting with the Cheshire Fox Hunt this year. Since  theFair Hill Three Day Event in October, we have managed to get a number of the event horses out galloping up and down the hills in the Cheshire Hunt Country.  I am hoping it has a positive effect on their cross country abilities and their fitness once we start eventing towards the end of January in Aiken.

A special thanks must go to Amy Lindgren (pictured standing in the above photo). Amy has kept Minotaur du Passoir in training with us since he retired from eventing a few years ago.  Through the spring and summer my groom Lindsey worked on his dressage and jumping, and then in the fall and winter he has transformed into a first-flight fox hunter. Min was a superb event horse, but an even better hunt horse.  It was a great honour to ride Min alongside huntsman Ivan Dowling a couple of weekends ago, up with the hounds, as his wing man. 
L-R: Dave, Amy, Boyd and Harry

Today will most likely be my last fox hunt for a good while as we are heading to Aiken in a couple of days.  I had a superb day alongside Dave Leinhauser on Brewster and Harry Walker on Drummond. I have also been lucky enough to event the Walkers' horses Dummond and Brewster in the past.  We were out for three hours and had some great runs, and jumped some good fences. Harry, Dave and myself were accused of 'Larking' when we took on a stone wall (pictured below in the background) that was slightly out of the way towards the end of the day. 

I would like to thank the Cheshire Hunt for a great time of galloping and jumping over the last few months in some of the most beautiful protected land in the US. 

Boyd Martin