Boyd Martin Eventing
Date of Birth: August 20, 1979
Qualifications: NCIS Level 1 Accredited Coach, Horse Mastership Certificate at Kurri Tase. Graduate "A" Pony Clubber
Boyd Martin, 32 of Cochranville, PA and Aiken, SC relocated to the United States in from Australia in 2007 to pursue his dreams of competing in international three-day eventing. In 2009 he officially changed his citizenship with the FEI and is now riding for the United States.
Successful at all levels of the sport, Boyd was the top finishing US rider at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games riding Neville Bardos and has competed internationally at the Pau CCI4* (France), Boekelo CCI3* (the Netherlands), and the Burghley CCI4*. He and Ying Yang Yo won the 2011 USEF National Eventing Championships at the Fair Hill International CCI*, which Boyd also won in 2009 riding Neville Bardos.
After overcoming great adversity including a devastating barn fire and the deaths of his father and father-in-law in 2011, Boyd and Neville made an amazing comeback to finish 7th at Burghley, the toughest event in the world. Boyd finished 2011 ranked 8th on the HSBC World Rankings, Neville Bardos 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.
His has repeatedly had top ten finishes at the largest international events in the world including a 3rd place and 8th place finishes aboard Otis Barbotier and Remington XXV at the Rolex Kentucky 3 Day event in 2011. As the only member of the U.S. Eventing team's "A" training list with three horses, Boyd reached his goal of riding for the 2012 US Eventing Team at the London Olympic Games aboard Otis Barbotiere.
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. The highlight of his competitive career there was winning the 2003 Adelaide CCI**** riding True Blue Toozac. 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.
Today Boyd and his wife, Grand Prix dressage rider Silva Martin, own and operate a farm in Cochranville, PA. Boyd currently has several horses competing at the upper levels and always has numerous young horses coming up the ranks. He competes nearly every weekend, and coaches a long list of successful riders. His clinics have become increasingly popular around the United States.
Working hard behind the scenes is a dedicated support team: Boyd's groom is Lindsey Taylor, his farrier is Doug Neilson, CJF and his veterinarian is Dr. Kevin Keane, DVM. In addition to training with Phillip Dutton, Boyd receives coaching in dressage with his wife Silva and attends team training sessions with Capt. Mark Phillips.
With his mega-watt smile 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 has often guest co-hosted the popular Eventing Radio Show and maintains an active website, blog and Facebook fan page with more than 3,500 fans. He has been featured extensively in the equestrian media as well as mainstream publications including The New York Times (front page feature) and Sports Illustrated.
Boyd's complete competition record is available at the US Eventing:
Boyd’s current sponsors include Attwood Surfaces, Charles Owen, Devoucoux Saddlery, Ecogold, EquiFit, Arenus/Equilite, Point Two Pro Air Jackets, Purina, Shires, Smartpak, Theault, and the Professional Riders Organization.
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