Born: August 30, 1979
Hometown: Cochranville, Pennsylvania
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• Member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Eventing Team
Most Recent Highlights:
• Placed second with Shamwari 4 at The Fork CIC2*
• Placed sixth with Blackfoot Mystery at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover CCI4*
Boyd Martin and Blackfoot Mystery (Kasey @ Rare Air Photography)
As the son of two winter Olympians, Toy Dorgan, an American speed skater, and Ross Martin, an Australian cross-country skier, Boyd Martin could have excelled at any sport. Logically, it would make sense for Martin to become a professional skier or skater. Instead, it was his father Ross’ interest in horses that charted a different course. Martin became fascinated with the horses on the family farm. As a result, Martin joined Pony Club, and from there, he developed into an eventing superstar.
After finishing high school, Martin moved into a bunkhouse at Heath and Rozzie Ryan’s Newcastle Equestrian Centre. Heath had a major influence on Martin’s early career, instilling hard work and horsemanship. Martin remained at Newcastle for eight years, first as a working student, followed by running his own business.
Like his parents, talent ran deep, and he demonstrated his early on. He represented Australia at the Young Rider level against New Zealand at a Trans-Tasman three-day event with mount Brady Bunch. He also won the very last long-format four-star event at the 2003 Adelaide CCI4* riding True Blue Toozac. He was long-listed for the Australian Eventing Team for the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic Games. In order to fund his horses, Martin supplemented his income by selling school books for the family business. He also picked grapes at local wineries and sold holiday packages as a telemarketer. While in Australia, Martin met his wife Silva, a successful Grand Prix dressage athlete.
In 2006, after conquering every three- and four-star event in Australia and New Zealand, Martin headed to Lexington, Ky. to compete in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. He came to love the United States so much that he and Silva liquidated their Australia businesses and moved to the States to pursue their respective international eventing and dressage goals.
Martin spent his first two years in the U.S. working as assistant trainer to Olympic Gold medalist Phillip Dutton before starting his U.S. business. 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. At the 2010 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Bridgestone, Martin and Neville Bardos finished in fourth place.
In the fall of 2010, Martin and Neville Bardos competed as part of the U.S. team at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, and were the highest-placing Americans in 10th place. 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 he tenaciously continued to improve and recover. 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 Horse Trials CCI4*. The pair seemed to do the impossible by traveling to England and finishing seventh in the grueling competition. For his amazing comeback, Neville Bardos was named the 2011 USEF International Horse of the Year.
Martin has represented the U.S. in events all across the world and earned a Team Gold medal as part of the U.S. Eventing Team at the 2015 Pan American Games.
• Placed second with Master Frisky at the Cloud 11 ~ Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC3*
• Placed second with Pancho Villa at the Fair Hill International Horse Trials CIC3*
• Team Gold medalist with Pancho Villa at the Pan American Games; placed fourth individually
• Won the Red Hills International Horse Trials CIC3* with Trading Aces
• Placed third with Shamwari 4 at the Luhmuhlen, Germany CCI4*
• Member of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team with Shamwari 4 at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
• Won the Morven Park Fall Horse Trials CIC2* with Welcome Shadow
• Placed second with Master Frisky at the The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International CCI3*
• Won the Richland Park Horse Trials CIC3* with Trading Aces
• Placed third with Cracker Jack at the Fair Hill International Horse Trials CIC2*
• Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Reserve Champion with Otis Barbotiere
• Won the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event CIC2* with Cracker Jack
• Placed second at the Bromont International Three-Day Event CCI2* with Trading Aces
• Member of the U.S. Eventing Olympic Team with Otis Barbotiere
• Won the Richland Park Horse Trials CIC2* with Cracker Jack
• Placed second with Neville Bardos at the Red Hills International Horse Trials CIC3*
• Won the Dansko Fair Hill International CCI3* with Ying Yang Yo
• Placed second with Remington XXV at the Richland Park Horse Trials CIC3*
• Member of the U.S. Eventing Team with Neville Bardos at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games