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MARTIN Boyd
Sport Dressage, Eventing, Jumping
NOC United States   
GenderMale
Born20 Aug 1979
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
General Interest
Other information MOVE FROM AUSTRALIA
He relocated to the United States of America from Australia in 2007. He began competing for his new nation in 2009. "I have made my life and career using the system provided by the United States Eventing Association [USEA], so I decided it was time to give something back to the country that supplied me with my career. I also felt like I owed something to the Americans who have let me ride such wonderful horses." (pennsylvaniaequestrian.com, 24 Aug 2010)

STABLES
He and his wife Silva operate Windurra USA in Cochranville, PA, United States of America. They spend the winter months at Stable View Farm in Aiken, SC, United States of America. (Facebook page, 31 Jan 2023; boydmartin.net, 09 Dec 2022; sidelinesnews.com, 08 Sep 2017)

WELLNESS COACH
He has spent time working with wellness coach Ruben Mahboobi. "He does a lot of stretching and yoga, breathing techniques, and he's been a good help. And he's good fun to be around. I joke around saying he's [the horse Tsetserleg's] bodyguard. But it's wonderful having a good team around you, you know, a good vet, good blacksmith, and now my wellness coach. At this top level, your emotions and staying calm and thinking carefully is a huge component of your performance too. It's very easy to lose your marbles under pressure. You get pulled in every different direction with course walks, friends and family, sponsors. To block off an hour of a day where [Mahboobi] puts on a bit of his African jungle music and puts me on his table and stretches me. It's a good moment to switch off. Sometimes it's hard to find time to concentrate on your event and visualise your competition and think through your warm-up. So [working with Mahboobi has] had a number of positive effects on me." (practicalhorsemanmag.com, 08 May 2022)
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Windurra USA: Cochranville, PA, USA
General Interest
Other sports As a boy he competed in skiing at state championship level in Australia. (Athlete, 29 Jul 2005)
Last Update
  29 Jun 2022
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? "I grew up in a very sporty family. It wasn't just horses, it was all sorts of sports. I'd say sport was actually more important for our family than education, which I know sounds funny, but just thinking back to growing up in Australia our parents got us into every sport you could've ever imagined."
Further Personal Information
Residence Cochranville, PA, USA
General Interest
Injuries In 2020 he required surgery on his groin. (eventingnation.com, 28 Aug 2020, 14 Jul 2020)

In 2019 he tore the adductor muscle in his left leg away from the bone after falling at an event in Pennsylvania, United States of America. He also sustained partial muscle tears in both legs in the accident. (boydandsilvamartin.com, 13 Nov 2019; chronofhorse.com, 23 Sep 2019)

In February 2019 he broke his collarbone after falling off his horse while hunting. He required surgery and returned to competition four weeks later. (eventingnation.com, 10 Mar 2019; Instagram profile, 08 Mar 2019)

He broke his right collarbone in February 2016 at an event at Full Gallop Farm in Aiken, SC, United States of America. (nfstyle.com, 04 Feb 2017)

He broke his leg at the 2014 Carolina International Event in the United States of America. (eventingnation.com, 28 Mar 2014)

In 1993 at a three-day event in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, he cartwheeled his horse Starky on national television and broke his collarbone in five places. (Athlete, 29 Jul 2005)
Famous relatives His wife Silva is a dressage rider, who is originally from Germany but switched to compete for the United States of America. Both his parents competed at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble. His mother Toy Dorgan represented the United States of America in speed skating, while his father Ross competed in cross-country skiing for Australia. (Facebook page, 08 Aug 2019; boydandsilvamartin.com, 11 Jul 2017; Athlete, 29 Jul 2005)
Most influential person in career US eventer Phillip Dutton. (nbcolympics.com, 25 May 2012)
Awards and honours He was named the United States Eventing Association [USEA] Rider of the Year in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. (boydmartin.net, 09 Dec 2022; useventing.com, 07 Feb 2022; eventingnation.com, 12 Dec 2021; boydandsilvamartin.com, 21 Nov 2018, 13 Dec 2017)

He received the 2020 Whitney Stone Cup from the United States Equestrian Team [USET] Foundation. (uset.org, 23 Jan 2020)

In 2020 he received the William C. Steinkraus Trophy from the United States Equestrian Federation [USEF]. (useventing.com, 15 Jan 2020)

He was named the 2009 USEA Preliminary Rider of the Year. (boydandsilvamartin.com, 15 Aug 2011)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age 14 in Terrey Hills in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
International Debut
Tournament CCI***
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "Without struggle there is no progress." (Athlete, 29 Jul 2005)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) OTIS BARBOTIERE RET 7
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) NEVILLE BARDOS 10 4
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) TRADING ACES RET  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) OTIS BARBOTIERE 3  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) REMINGTON XXV 8  
2012 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) YING-YANG-YO RET  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) NEVILLE BARDOS 7  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) REMINGTON XXV 9  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) NEVILLE BARDOS 4  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) REMINGTON XXV 7  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) ROCK ON ROSE 11  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) REMINGTON XXV 12  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) NEVILLE BARDOS 9  
2008 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA) YING-YANG-YO RET  
2006 CCI4* Lexington KY (USA) YING-YANG-YO 11  
2005 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) ORCHARD END WINSTON 8  
2003 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) TRUE BLUE TOOZAC 1  
2003 CCI4* Adelaide SA (AUS) BRADY BUNCH 18  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER)   SHAMWARI 4 3  
12.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CCI4* Luhmühlen (GER)   OTIS BARBOTIERE 15  
07.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CIC3* Allentown NJ (USA)   OTIS BARBOTIERE WD  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CIC3* Tallahassee FL (USA)   TRADING ACES 1  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CIC3* Tallahassee FL (USA)   SIR DONOVAN 4  
16.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CCI2* Elkton MD (USA)   STEADY EDDIE 11  
16.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CCI2* Elkton MD (USA)   PANCHO VILLA 35  
16.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CCI2* Elkton MD (USA)   NEW CADET EL  
10.10.2013 to 13.10.2013 CCIO3* Boekelo (NED)   TRADING ACES 28 7
20.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CIC2* Unionville PA (USA)   PANCHO VILLA 1  
20.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CIC2* Unionville PA (USA)   STEADY EDDIE 4  
20.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CIC3* Unionville PA (USA)   TRADING ACES 6  
20.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CIC1* Unionville PA (USA)   SBF CORTEZ 29  
20.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CIC2* Unionville PA (USA)   NEW CADET 35  
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC3* Richland MI (USA)   TRADING ACES 1  
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC2* Richland MI (USA)   STEADY EDDIE 7  
22.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC2* Richland MI (USA)   NEW CADET 13  
24.04.2013 to 28.04.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Lexington KY (USA)   TRADING ACES RET  
04.04.2013 to 07.04.2013 CIC3* Norwood NC (USA)   TRADING ACES 15  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   OTIS BARBOTIERE   7
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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