Boyd Martin Eventing

Date of Birth: August 20, 1979
Qualifications: NCIS Level 1 Accredited Coach, Horse Mastership Certificate at Kurri Tase.
HSBC World Eventing Rankings

Boyd Martin is one of the leading international event riders of today, having enjoyed international competitive success at every four-star in the world: Adelaide (Australia), Kentucky CCI4* (USA), Pau CCI4* (France), Burghley CIC4* (England) and Luhmuehlen CCI4* (Germany). Boyd has also represented the US at two Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games and two Pan-Am Games.  He has consistently been in the top 10 world rankings since leaving Australia in 2007 and has been on every US Championship team since changing his citizenship in 2010.

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


Boyd and Neville Bardos

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. At that time he overcame great adversity including a devastating barn fire and the deaths of his father and father-in-law in 2011. Boyd and his top horse, Neville Bardos, made an amazing comeback during that time to finish 7th at Burghley, the toughest event in the world. Boyd finished 2011 ranked 8th on the HSBC World Rankings, Neville 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.

In 2019 Boyd was a member of the gold medal-winning US Eventing Team at the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru riding Christine Turner’s Tsetserleg, and won individual gold. He and Tsetserleg were also the US National Champions and placed second overall at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. He and Ray Price won the CCI4*-L at Bromont (Canada), and with Long Island T he won the Advanced Championship at the American Eventing Championship. Tsetserleg was the 2019 US Eventing Association Horse of the Year and was nominated for the USEF Horse of the Year. Boyd was named the 2019 USEA Rider of the Year and Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horseman of the Year. His assistant rider, Mike Pendleton, was the Prelim 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, dressage arenas and a gallop track 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.

In addition to training with Phillip Dutton, Boyd receives coaching in dressage with his wife Silva and regularly works with US Eventing Team Coach Erik Duvander, dressage coach Scott Hassler, and show jumping coach Richard Picken.

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, Bemer Horse Set, Charles Owen, Cowboy Magic, Ecogold, LubriSynHA, Majyk Equipe Boots, Oxford Feed & Lumber, Purina, Smartpak Equine and Stübben Custom Saddlery.

In order to view Boyd’s most up to date results and international rankings, please link to US Eventing and HSBC World Eventing Rankings.


Contributing Photographers:

Amber Heintzberger, Amy Dragoo, Mike McNally, Shannon Brinkman, Cindy Lawler and Lisa Thomas.

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