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Looking Back: Keynote Speech at the 2017 USEA Convention

I thoroughly enjoyed delivery the keynote speech at the US Eventing Association Annual Convention on Long Beach, CA last week. In conjunction with a slide show of photos from my childhood and rise through the ranks of eventing, I discussed my start with horses in Australia, my family's connection to sports, and the years I spent working for Heath Ledger before Silva and I moved to America. I talked about the ups and downs of my early career as an event rider and my rise to success with the US Eventing Read more...

Horizon Structures Presents Series….All Creatures Great and Small ~ Offer Shelter to All

  By Nikki Alvin-Smith for Horizon Structures In the world of horses we see a variety of horse shapes and sizes, breeds and needs. From the giant draft horse to ponies, Paso Finos and miniature equines, their needs vary greatly. In their requirements for a barn for shelter, we need to assess what will work in size and design. Another factor to consider in building design, is just like our beloved horses, each of us have different requirements and needs. For example, a busy dressage Read more...

Boyd Martin, 2017 USEA Rider of the Year

Boyd is honored to be named the 2017 US Eventing Association Overall Rider of the Year as well as the Adult Intermediate Rider of the Year Adult Preliminary Rider of the Year. Many thanks to the owners of the horses that have helped achieve this success! Also on the Overall Horse of the Year Leaderboard, Christine Turner's Tsetserleg finished the year fourth overall. Here's looking forward to continued success in 2018! Read more...

Boyd’s Post Card from Japan: Final Day in Tokyo

  The final day of the Japanese trip ended today at the legendary Tokyo racetrack. We had a big day of talks, lessons and demonstrations. The day started with an hour and half talk about working with retired racehorses. We had a great group of about 85 auditors listening to my stories. My Japanese translator Kosi, whom I have become good mates with, did a superb job of getting my talk across to the audience. After that, I was taken on a great tour of the Tokyo racetrack, where Read more...

Boyd’s Postcard from Japan: Clinic Day 3

We have just completed the final day of the retired racehorse clinic in Hyogo, Japan presented by the Japan Racing Association, the National Riding Club Association of Japan, and Godolphin. Day three saw the horses and riders progress to really jumping a stadium course, and some of the horses headed out to the cross country schooling course.   I was very impressed with how the horses improved over the three days. The Japanese riders were equally awesome. Read more...

Congratulations to Mike Pendleton

A big Congratulations must go to Boyd’s assistant rider Mike Pendleton who has been crowned the USEA Training Level Adult Rider of the year for 2017. Mike has had an incredible year of competing several of Boyd’s up and coming young horses. The owners of the young event horses have had to put a lot of faith in Mike, and it has paid off.  He has had many, many wins on many different horses. [LINK TO MIKE'S USEA RESULTS] Mike has now worked for Boyd for five years. Boyd said, "Mike Read more...

Postcard from Japan: Riding Clinic Begins

The first day of the retired racehorse clinic in Japan, sponsored by the Japan Racing Association, the National Riding Club Association of Japan and Godolphin was very productive. We are very lucky to have the clinic at the Miki Horseland Park. The Miki is an unbelievable facility that has everything we need, including great indooor and outdoor arenas, classrooms and lecture rooms and a sensational stable. We kicked the clinic off in the classroom where we spent some time discussing race Read more...

Horizon Structures Presents Series….Top Ten Tips for Building an Indoor Arena

By Nikki Alvin-Smith Don’t let your dream indoor arena become a nightmare because of lack of knowledge or poor planning. There are many pitfalls you need to avoid so here are the top ten tips to save you heartache and help make your dream indoor a reality. A Place for Everything Where you site your arena will directly affect the price of site preparation. Choose an area that is as level as possible to avoid extra costs for soil removal, rock excavation and drainage issues. If your site Read more...

Boyd’s Postcard from Japan: the Hanshin Races

After speaking at the first International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses earlier this year in Washington, D.C., I was contacted by Godolphin about teaching a clinic in Japan. My Japan trip started well today with a visit to the Hanshin Races. The race course was fabulous and there were 12 races today, though it took me a few goes to understand how to place a bet. My clinic hosts from Darley/Godolphin showed me the stables and took to the mounting yard with Read more...

Press Release: Boyd to teach clinics on retraining racehorses in Japan

Two-time Olympian Boyd Martin joins with Japanese organisations to promote the retraining of racehorses 28 November 2017 Tokyo, Japan: Two-time Olympian Boyd Martin is to host ‘retraining the racehorse’ clinics in Japan this December, in partnership with the National Riding Club Association of Japan (NRCAJ), the Japan Racing Association (JRA) and Godolphin, the global thoroughbred breeding and horseracing team founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Read more...
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