Date of Birth: August 20, 1979
Qualifications: NCIS Level 1 Accredited Coach, Horse Mastership Certificate at Kurri Tase.
HSBC World Eventing Rankings
The top-placing US rider at both the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France riding Shamwari 4, and the 2010 WEG in Lexington, riding Neville Bardos; and a member of the 2016 and 2012 US Olympic Teams, Boyd Martin is one of the leading event riders of today. His horse Trading Aces also competed at the 2014 WEG with Phillip Dutton in the irons.
In addition to representing the USA, Boyd has enjoyed international competitive success, finishing 7th in the world in 2014 and in the top ten at every four-star in the world: Rolex Kentucky CCI4* (USA); Pau CCI4* (France); Boekelo CIC4* (the Netherlands); Luhmuehlen CCI4* (Germany); the World Equestrian Games (USA and France); and Burghley CCI4* (England). He has trained and competed a long list of successful four-star event horses including Flying Doctor, Brady Bunch, X-Treme, Starkey, Orchard End Winston, True Blue Toozac, Ying Yang Yo, Neville Bardos, Rock on Rose, Remington XXV, Otis Barbotiere, Trading Aces, and Shamwari IV.
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. He was again Rider of the Year for 2014.
Born and raised in Australia to Winter Olympic athletes Toy (Dorgan) and Ross Martin, Boyd relocated to the United States in 2007 to pursue his dream of competing in international three-day eventing. As his mother is 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. He represented Australia at the Young Rider level against New Zealand on a Trans-Tasman three-day event on Brady Bunch, and the highlight of his competitive career there was winning the very last long-format four-star event at the 2003 Adelaide CCI**** riding True Blue Toozac. Boyd was long listed for the Australian Eventing Team for the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Hong Kong 2008.
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. 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 and Silva are based in Aiken, SC and Silva also travels to Wellington, FL to train and compete.
Boyd 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 Katarina Lissett, farrier Doug Neilson, CJF and veterinarian Dr. Kevin Keane, DVM, and assistant riders Caitlin Silliman and Mike Pindleton.
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 a quick smile, sharp intellect 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 is a favorite co-host of the popular Eventing Radio Show and his PR team maintains an active website, blog and social media. 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 current sponsors include Ariat, Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, Charles Owen, Ecogold, Majyk Equipe Boots, Purina, Shires, Smartpak Equine and Stübben Custom Saddlery.