Updates from Boyd: Eddie Rerouted to Pau, Thomas Ready for WEG, and Leo’s Coming Home

The last couple of months have been pretty hectic, with events all over North America every weekend and some of our top horses preparing for the biggest events in the world. I had got Steady Eddie all set to go to Burghley, and he had a great run around  Millbrook in his preparation, but unfortunately the Team USA selectors and management pulled me aside and advised against competing since it’s so close to the FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon in a couple weeks’ time. Initially I was furious because I’d put a lot of hard work into the preparation and the owners spent a lot of money on their travel plans, but at the end of the day I have to respect the decision the coaches and mentors make as they do have the team’s and my best interest at heart. So reluctantly we have withdrawn Eddie from Burghley and will most likely reroute to Pau at the end of the year.

I will say, as we get closer to the WEG, Tsetserleg has been in sizzling form: everything has been perfect in his preparation for Tryon and I felt like he had a good run around Bromont. He’s getting very fit and looks in great condition, ready for the biggest event of his life. Next week we leave for Will Faudree’s farm in North Carolina for the training camp. For me it’ll be a sudden change of pace with only one horse to ride all day, but to be honest I’m looking forward to really putting all my concentration into the one event and the one horse.

Basically in his preparation we’ve been galloping him up the mountains and swimming him in the Aquatread to get him as fit as possible. At the moment he’s trotting up very well and the bulk of his training is just fine-tuning movements in the dressage tests and working on the show jumping – we’ll probably school cross country with Phillip and Erik this week, and next week we’ll work with Richard on our show jumping, too.

The silver lining for not going to Burghley is it looks as if Leo’s coming home from the hospital today. He’s been in the NICU at the University of Pennsylvania for the past six weeks, so both Silva and I are relieved to bring him home to Cochranville as the daily three-hour drive is getting very old!

All the other horses have been very well: Long Island T and Ray Price have really stepped up with good runs at Bromont and look to be good horses for the future. Young Mike Pen has really come along in his riding and is a huge help to me with the young horses. We have an excellent squadron of young, enthusiastic and energetic workers in barn at the moment, which produces a great feeling of camaraderie and a fun work environment which is great because as we all know this sport can be tough at the best of times.

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