Boyd Martin Eventing
Date of Birth: August 20, 1979
Qualifications: NCIS Level 1 Accredited Coach, Horse Mastership Certificate at Kurri Tase. Graduate "A" Pony Clubber
Boyd Martin relocated to the United States from Australia in 2007 to pursue his dreams of competing in international three-day eventing. As the son of an American citizen he has always enjoyed dual citizenship, and in 2009 he officially began representing the United States in International competition.
Prior to moving to the U.S., Boyd was extremely successful in Australia, where he trained out of Heath and Rozzie Ryan's equestrian center. The highlight of his competitive career there was winning the 2003 Adelaide CCI**** riding True Blue Toozac. He spent his first two years in the United States working as assistant trainer to Olympic Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton before striking out on his own.
Photo Credit Amber Heintzberger
Boyd has enjoyed international success, representing the United States at the 2010 Alltech Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He has also had top finishes at the Pau CCI*** (France), Boekelo CIC**** (the Netherlands) and Burghley CCI**** (England).
After overcoming great adversity including a devastating barn fire and the deaths of his father and father-in-law in 2011, Boyd and Neville made an amazing comeback to finish 7th at Burghley, the toughest event in the world. Boyd finished 2011 ranked 8th on the HSBC World Rankings, Neville Bardos was named the 2011 International Horse of the Year by the USEF, and The Chronicle of the Horse named Boyd its 2011 Overall Rider of the Year.
Today Boyd and his wife Silva, a Grand Prix dressage rider, own and operate their farm Windurra, USA in Cochranville, PA. Facilities include jumping and dressage arenas with all-weather footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, and an extensive cross-country schooling course designed and built by Eric Bull of ETB Equine Construction. During the winter Boyd is based at Ilene Boorman's Bridle Creek Farm in Aiken, SC and Silva is based out of Fernanda Kellogg and Kirk Henckel's Fox Frolic Farm in Aiken.
Boyd currently has several horses competing at the upper levels and always has numerous young horses coming up the ranks. He competes nearly every weekend, and coaches a long list of successful riders. He has become a sought-after clinician and in the off-season can be found teaching around the United States.
Working hard behind the scenes is a dedicated support team: Groom Lindsey Taylor, farrier Doug Neilson, CJF and veterinarian Dr. Kevin Keane, DVM. In addition to training with Phillip Dutton, Boyd receives coaching in dressage with his wife Silva and regularly works with US Eventing Team Coach David O'Connor.
With his mega-watt smile and easygoing personality as well as the ability to easily relate his riding expertise to students of all levels, Boyd is a media favorite. He has often co-hosted the popular Eventing Radio Show and maintains an active website, blog and Facebook fan page with more than 10,000 fans. He has been featured extensively in equestrian media as well as mainstream publications including The New York Times (front page feature) and Sports Illustrated.
Boyd's complete competition record is available at the US Eventing:
Boyd's current sponsors include Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, Charles Owen, Ecogold, Majyk Equipe Boots, Point Two Pro Air Jackets, Purina, Shires, Smartpak Equine and Stubben NA.
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