It will be a first Badminton for American rider Boyd Martin (36) who is based in Unionville, Pennsylvania. In 2014 he was a member of the American team to contest the WEG in Caen and was the highest placed member of the American team (7th Shamwari). He competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games and the WEG 2010. Boyd is currently 10th in the FEI World rider ranking.
Boyd and his wife Silva, a Grand Prix dressage rider originally from Germany who now rides for the USA, operate their training and competition yard Windurra USA out of fellow American-based Australian rider Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm.
Boyd was born in Australia where he trained with Heath and Rozzie Ryan. He represented Australia at Young rider level in Trans- Tasman competition. The highlight of his Australian career was winning the last, long-format three-day at Adelaide with True Blue. He was long-listed for the Australian Olympic team in 2000, 2004 and 2008. In 2007 he relocated to the United States to pursue his eventing career and officially first represented the USA in 2009.
He worked as assistant to Philip Dutton for two years before setting up his own yard.
In 2011 Boyd suffered a devastating fire at the barn. He lost six horses in the fire – his top ride Neville Bardos suffered serious effects of smoke inhalation. Later that year both competed at Burghley – finishing in 7th place – and Neville Bardos was named 2011 ‘horse of the year’ by USEF and The Chronicle of the Horse named Boyd ‘overall rider of the year’, an accolade he was again awarded in 2014.
In 2014 while schooling a horse Silva sustained a serious head injury – despite wearing a helmet – which affected her speech eyesight and physical capabilities but made a comeback to riding later in the year. In the same month Silva had her accident Boyd broke his leg in a fall.
Boyd is a NCIS Level 1 accredited Coach. He and Silva have a seven month old son (Nox Christoph)
Master Frisky is a 12-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding. Bred in Ireland by Kingcarra Horses, he is by the renowned event sire Master Imp (sire of international horses; High Kingdom, Mandiba, Master Crusoe, ODT Master Rose, Ringwood Magister). He is out of Frisky Legs by Coopers Hill (a son of Clover Hill). Master Frisky was acquired as a four-year-old. He quickly climbed the ranks – in 2014 he was 2nd at the Fair Hill CCI3* and was 7th in his first four-star at Lexington.
Crackerjack is a 13-year-old grey thoroughbred. He was bred by his former owner the late Colin Davidson and owner Lucy Boynton gave Boyd the ride after her son passed away. Crackerjack is by the event sire Aberjack (by Aberlou) – his dam is of unverified breeding.
16.2hh, grey, gelding
Dam Santa's Slave ()
Breeder Lucy Boynton Lie
Owner(s): Lucy Boynton Lie, New Hampshire, USA