Date of Birth: August 20, 1979 Qualifications: NCIS Level 1 Accredited Coach, Horse Mastership Certificate at Kurri Tase. Graduate “A” Pony Clubber
Boyd Martin was born to Toy Dorgan, an American speedskater, & Ross Martin, an Australian cross-country skier. His parents met at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. He was raised in Terrey Hills, New South Wales. Prior to moving to the U.S., Martin 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.
Martin and his wife, Silva (née Stigler), moved to the U.S. in 2007 to pursue their dreams of competing internationally. Initially Boyd worked as an assistant to Phillip Dutton. Today the Martins own their own farm, Windurra USA in Cochranville, PA.
As the son of an American citizen Boyd has always enjoyed dual citizenship, and in 2009 he officially began representing the United States in International competition. German-born dressage rider Silva obtained US Citizenship in 2010 and competed on her first US Team at the Nations Cup in Wellington, Florida in February, 2014 riding Rosa Cha W, helping to bring home a team gold medal.
Martin purchased his best-known horse, Neville Bardos, for $850; Neville had been rescued from the racetrack by another trainer and declared 'no good' as a jumper. After overcoming great adversity including a devastating barn fire at True Prospect Farm in 2011, and the deaths of his father and father-in-law shortly after the file, Martin and Neville made an amazing comeback to finish 7th at the Burghley CCI****, the toughest three-event in the world. Martin 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 Martin its 2011 Overall Rider of the Year. They were also featured on Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC Television.
Boyd Martin has enjoyed international competitive success, representing the United States at the 2010 Alltech Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY, on Neville Bardos, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, riding Otis Barbotiere. He has also had top finishes at the Pau CCI*** (France), Boekelo CIC**** (the Netherlands) and Burghley CCI**** (England).
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