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Boyd Martin

Born: August 30, 1979
Hometown: Cochranville, Pennsylvania

Boyd Martin and Neville Bardos at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)
Boyd Martin and Neville Bardos at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)

Australian native Boyd Martin relocated to the U.S. in 2007 to pursue his dreams of international eventing competition. In 2009, Martin rode under the American flag for the first time.

Martin was extremely successful in Australia, where he won the 2003 Adelaide CCI4* riding True Blue Toozac. He spent his first two years in the U.S. working as assistant trainer to Olympic Gold medalist Phillip Dutton before striking out on his own. Martin has several horses competing at the upper levels of the sport, and always has numerous young horses coming up the ranks.

Martin’s competitive successes since moving to the U.S. include placing second with Ying Yang Yo and fourth with Neville Bardos overall at the 2007 Fair Hill CCI3*, and winning the 2008 Bromont CCI2* in Canada. Neville Bardos was also ninth at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day CCI4* in 2008.

Martin has quickly made his mark on American eventing. In 2008, he was ranked number two on the U.S. Eventing Association Rider of the Year Leaderboard, an impressive feat in only his second year living and competing in the U.S.

2009 was a very successful year with Martin’s first CCI3* win at Fair Hill in the fall with Neville Bardos. Martin was also sixth with Remington XXV in the CCI3* at Fair Hill. Other successes in 2009 include winning and placing fourth in the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh with Belmont and Rock on Rose, respectively. In the CCI3* at Jersey, Martin and Remington XXV were once again in the Top 10.

At the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone, Martin and Neville Bardos finished in fourth place. Martin also had two other horses in the Top 12: Rock on Rose (11th) and Remington XXV (12th).

In the fall of 2010, Martin and Neville Bardos were part of the U.S. team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and were the highest-placing Americans in 10th place. A few weeks later, Martin and Remington traveled to the Pau CCI4*, where they finished in seventh place at the horse’s second attempt at the CCI4* level.

Martin started off 2011 with his usual success by finishing second in the CIC3* at Red Hills on Neville Bardos and ninth at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone with Remington XXV. However, things changed dramatically for him in May.

On May 31, 2011, a fire ravaged Martin’s barn, taking the lives of six horses and injuring four others. The horse that had the most severe injuries was Neville Bardos. Things looked grim for the little horse, but somehow he managed to improve and keep recovering. Martin then lost his father, Ross, in a bicycling accident and Martin’s wife, Silva, lost her father to illness. Through this difficult time, Martin focused on getting Neville Bardos recovered and fit in time for the Land Rover Burghley CCI4*. The pair seemed to do the impossible by traveling to England and finishing seventh in the grueling CCI4* competition. For his amazing comeback, Neville Bardos was named the 2011 USEF Horse of the Year.

Martin continued to produce stellar performances in the fall of 2011. Martin and Remington XXV finished second at the CIC3* at Plantation Field. At Boekelo, Martin rode Otis Barbotiere to a 14th-place finish in the horse’s first CCI3*. Ying Yang Yo made quite a statement by winning the Fair Hill CCI3* with Martin shortly after returning to competing at the upper levels to complete the 2011 season. 

Martin kept up his form in 2012, and with Otis Barbotiere he finished fifth in the CIC3* at The Fork. He had an excellent performance at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone CCI4*. Martin finished third with Otis Barbotiere in the horse's first four-star and was named the 2012 Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Reserve Champion. Martin also finished eighth with Remington XXV. In June, Martin traveled to England, where he placed sixth in the Barbury Castle CIC3* on Remington XXV. Later that summer, Martin and Otis Barbotiere represented the United States at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 (StockimageServices.com)
Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4 (StockimageServices.com)

Upon returning to the U.S., Martin won the CIC2* with Cracker Jack and was eighth in the CIC3* with Trading Aces at Richland Park. He and Trading Aces had another eighth-place finish in the Plantation Field CIC3*. Martin finished out 2012 claiming fifth and sixth place in the Fair Hill CCI2* with Master Frisky and Cracker Jack, respectively.

In 2013, Martin won top honors at the Richland Park CIC3* with Trading Aces. The pair was then sixth in the Plantation Field CIC3*. Martin also had strong performances in the CIC2* at Plantation Field, winning the division with Pancho Villa and coming in fourth with Steady Eddie. Martin ended the year by representing the U.S. in the Boekelo CCIO3*.

Martin began 2014 in a big way, winning the Red Hills CIC3* with Trading Aces. After suffering a broken leg in March, Martin returned to competition in May. With a new mount, Shamwari 4, Martin showed he was back in top form by finishing third in the Luhmuhlen CCI4*.

Martin is married to German Grand Prix dressage rider Silva Martin, and they run a coaching and training business out of their base in Cochranville, Pa.

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