Winter Season in Aiken is a Wrap for Windurra

Boyd and Silva have packed up the horses, trucks and trailers and tricycles for the drive home to Pennsylvania. Here’s Boyd’s update from the eventing side of things:

With the Carolina International this week we are slowly starting our migration north. Both Silva and I have had another sensational season in Aiken, training out of the unbelievable facilities at Stable View. Every year this facility gets bigger and better: this year was the grand opening of the Pavilion that overlooks the main stadium and this new structure really makes Stable View have an international feel.

Also this year we opened the Boyd Martin/ETB Jump cross country schooling course. For me this was an exciting addition to our training and it made it much more convenient for the horses we have in work, to cross country school them, and I probably picked up more cross country teaching because of the amazing, irrigated course that was available.

For me personally it’s been a good winter, I’ve had a bit of a slow start to this year due to the fact that I broke my collarbone early on, out foxhunting, but in hindsight it all worked out okay. I was back in the saddle a few days after the accident, but the horses did miss a couple of those early-season competitions. We’ll see how everything pans out this spring but I think it may have been a blessing in disguise as the horses are feeling fresh, fit and sound heading into the season up north and I’ll be considering a similar competition plan next year as I believe it was an advantage that the horses were not over-competed at the start of this season.

I do think this is going to be an exciting year for me personally: this is by far the best group of horses I’ve had in work since I arrived here in America. From the young horses all the way up to the advanced horses, we have a very high quality group of horses. I believe my business structure and team of horses is getting much more refined these days. In the early days of my American eventing career we took on all comers just to make ends meet, and it’s very rewarding to see now that every horse we have in training is all class. I’m very grateful for the owners and supporters of the horses: to have such a wonderful list of horses in training requires an unbelievably dedicated group of owners and supporters and I’m truly blessed to have a great support structure around the horses.

Finally I’d like to say a big thank you to our staff at Windurra: we’ve got a really, really great group of hard-working individuals and I’m really proud of how well the horses have been taken care of this year. I feel like everyone that’s worked for us has given their all this winter and there’s a great feeling of camaraderie among the group.

As much as I love Aiken, I’m looking forward to getting out of the sandy terrain and back home to our farm and the mountains of Pennsylvania.

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