Happy New Year from Windurra

Long Island T settling in to Aiken life.

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As another year begins, we hope that you and your family had a happy holiday season. We have arrived at our winter base at Stable View in Aiken, South Carolina and look forward to seeing many of you here during the winter competition season.

 The past year was momentous for our family with the addition of our youngest son, Rossco Leo Martin in August, after a stressful, high-risk pregnancy. Leo is growing by leaps and bounds and is a wonderful addition to our family. Nox is now three years old and adores his baby brother (most of the time). We are very grateful to our nanny Susannah for the loving care that she gives our boys – she was truly a lifesaver over the summer when Silva had to spend time weekly at the hospital, and when Leo was in the NICU in Philadelphia.

It was a momentous competition year, with Boyd and Tsetserleg representing the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina. Boyd finished the year ranked #1 on the US Eventing Association Rider of the Year Leaderboard, and Long Island T was the US Eventing Association Horse of the Year and Advanced Horse of the Year after placing second in the USEF Eventing Championship at Fair Hill in October. On Cue won the CCI2* USEF National Championship at Fair Hill.

This was also a year where we said goodbye to a few of the good old boys. Shamwari is happy at home in Pennsylvania prancing around the field, and is looking for an easy retirement job. Steady Eddie is downgrading from the four-star level and will be passed onto Boyd’s assistant Mike to compete at the Intermediate level. Blackfoot Mystery unfortunately got hurt again, which was incredible frustrating, and is having more time off. We will try to bring him back at the end of the season.

A number of younger horses have been coming up the levels and the year ahead is looking bright. The big goal will for the USA to qualify a team for the Tokyo Olympic Games, and Boyd is hoping to make the Pan Am Team and aid the US in achieving that goal. Working closely with his coaches he has shifted his focus primarily to the high performance and is setting his sights on the World Number One spot.

Following her pregnancy and c-section, Silva returned to the competition arena with several horses at Dressage at Devon in the fall, and is looking forward to getting the 2019 competition season underway with her talented string of up-and-comers.

Boyd finished the year with another trip to Japan for Godolphin Racing, teaching clinics about retraining off the track Thoroughbreds. This was an exciting opportunity to have a look behind the scenes at some of the finest breeding and training facilities in the world, and to share his knowledge with an enthusiastic group of students, some whom also participated in last year’s clinic.

We enjoyed seeing family over the holidays as Boyd’s mum Toy and sister Brook visited from Australia.

We would like to take this opportunity to express how extremely grateful we are for the support of our owners, sponsors, employees, students and supporters. Thanks to each and every one of you for standing by us through it all. We wish all of you the very best!

Boyd and Silva Martin

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  1. Cynthia Lawler says

    Happy New Year!

    Look like it’s nice to be in Aiken!

    I am sure Mike will enjoy riding Eddie!

    Looking forward to you and your team doing great things in 2019

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