Heading Home from Stable View

All the horses are in good form this morning after a busy and successful one-day Advanced Horse Trial yesterday at Stable View.   Running 4 horses in the Advanced on a tight time schedule went off without a hitch and Boyd was quite pleased with the performance of all the horses, including his 2 greener horses, Bonito and Tsetserleg, making the step up to this level.  The more seasoned horses, Welcome Shadow and Steady Eddie certainly earned their keep this weekend, sending the team home with some nice prize money for their owners as well.

Boyd was happy to share the top spots on the leader board with Big Phil this weekend and even more satisfied to see the prize money going to his owners who invest so much in this sport.  Many owners made the trip to Aiken to enjoy this inaugural event.



Boyd receiving Welcome Shadow’s award from Stable View owner, Barry Olliff

Much gratitude goes out to the Olliff’s, the event organizers and the entire team who have worked tirelessly to bring together a competition of this caliber in Aiken.  It truly was a historic moment running the first ever Advanced level event in Aiken and the effort made to pull off a successful event was years in the making.  Returning to Stable View this winter will be even more satisfying after all the Advanced level expansion to this international quality facility.


Boyd with Nick Attwood receiving Eddie’s 4th place award!

Eventing Nation did a stellar job covering the wrap up of yesterday’s festivities, and I did have some time to speak with them at the end of the day.

“Boyd Martin and Welcome Shadow managed to lay down a new personal best in dressage at this level this morning, scoring a 29.70 and adding just 2.40 time penalties to that score over the jumping phases.

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“Captain Mark Phillips built a pretty tough track. It was a little bit twisty, but then it opened right up and had some good gallops. There were some tough turning questions with the mounds, and it was a great preparation for Shadow (heading to Pau) and for the other competitors heading to Fair Hill. It had terrain so the horses got a fitness run out of it, and I think the horses will come out of it well because the footing was so good. It was well worth the 12-hour drive here. All three phases were world class.


“Boyd’s fourth place ride, Steady Eddie, was the only cross country ride to make the optimum time today.”

Take a moment to read the entire review by EN.

Here’s some photo snippets from the weekend.  Photo Credits Lisa Thomas, Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Svcs.




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  1. Wow what a great weekend

    Excellent Blog

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