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Boyd Martin
Martin at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Born (1979-08-20) August 20, 1979 (age 44)
Medal record
Representing the  United States
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2022 Pratoni Team eventing
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 2015 Toronto Team eventing
Gold medal – first place 2019 Lima Individual eventing
Gold medal – first place 2019 Lima Team eventing

Boyd Martin (born August 20, 1979) is an Australian-born, American equestrian competing in the discipline of eventing.[1] He has participated in three consecutive Summer Olympic Games (in 2012, 2016, 2020) and is a two-time Pan American Games team gold medalist and individual gold medalist. He is a two-time CCI5*-L winner.[citation needed]



Olympic three-day event rider Boyd Martin was born to Toy Dorgan, an American speed skater, and Ross Martin, an Australian cross-country skier. His parents met at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.[citation needed] Martin and his sister Brook were raised in Terrey Hills, New South Wales, on the outskirts of Sydney. Boyd started his riding career in Forrest Hills Pony Club, with a pony named Willy.[2]

After high school, he lived at Heath and Rozzie Ryan's Newcastle Equestrian Centre[3] for eight years, first as a working student and later running his own business. During this time, Boyd represented Australia at the Young Rider level against New Zealand on a Trans-Tasman three-day event on Brady Bunch, and won the 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 Summer Olympic in 2000, 2004 and 2008.[citation needed]

In 2006 Martin traveled to the United States to compete at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* riding Ying Yang Yo. He and his wife, Silva, moved to the U.S. in 2007 to pursue their dreams of competing internationally.[citation needed]

For the first three years in the US, Martin worked as an assistant to Phillip Dutton.[4][5] In 2010, Silva and Boyd started their own business Windurra USA. The Martins own a farm in Cochranville, Pennsylvania; during the winter, they are based in Aiken, South Carolina.[promotion?]

International competition


In 2009, Martin began representing the United States in international competition. He purchased his best-known horse, Neville Bardos, for $850; Neville had been rescued from the racetrack by another trainer who was declared talentless as a jumper.[6][better source needed] After overcoming a barn fire and several personal tragedies in 2011, Martin and Neville nevertheless finished 7th at the Burghley CCI4* (England). 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 featured on the cover page of the New York Times,[7] and were the subject of a Pulitzer Prize winning feature in Sports Illustrated magazine.[citation needed]

Martin was the top-placed U.S. rider (10th) at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky riding Neville Bardos; the top U.S. rider (7th place) at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France riding Shamwari 4; and was a member of the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team in London in 2012 riding Otis Barbotiere. In 2015, he placed 4th individually and was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. team at the Pan American Games in Toronto riding Pancho Villa. The following year, Boyd competed at his second Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil riding the off-the-track Thoroughbred Blackfoot Mystery. He placed 16th individually and was the second highest placed U.S. athlete. In 2019, Boyd helped the U.S. Eventing Team win team gold at the 2019 Lima Pan American Games, where he also secured individual gold riding Tsetserleg TSF.

As of 2021, he has competed in three Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020, Rio 2016, London 2012), two World Equestrian Games (Tryon 2018, Normandy 2014), two Pan American Games (Lima 2019, Toronto 2015), and has made appearances on numerous Nations Cup teams for the US. Throughout his CCI5* career, Boyd is one of only a few riders to have competed at every CCI5* competition in the world.[citation needed] In 2021, Martin won the Maryland 5 Star CCI5*-L with On Cue. He also finished 4th aboard On Cue at the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Eventing CCI5*-L, before finishing inside the top twenty aboard Tsetserleg TSF at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In 2022, Martin was selected to compete on the US Eventing Team for the FEI Eventing World Championships held in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy. Aboard Tsetserleg TSF, Martin and the team captured silver, earning the team's qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.[citation needed]

As of July 2024, Martin is ranked 6th in the FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings.

Outside of equestrianism, Boyd is a fan of boxing, MMA, and hockey.[8]

CCI5*-L results

Event Kentucky Maryland Badminton Luhmühlen Burghley Pau Adelaide
2000 5th (Flying Doctor)
2001 17th (Flying Doctor)
18th (Starkey)
2002 5th (X-Treme)
2003 1st place, gold medalist(s) (True Blue Toozac)
18th (Brady Bunch)
2005 8th (Orchard End Winston)
2006 11th (Ying Yang Yo)
2008 9th (Neville Bardos)
EL (Ying Yang Yo)
2010 4th (Neville Bardos)
11th (Rock On Rose)
12th (Remington XXV)
7th (Remington XXV)
2011 7th (Remington XXV) 7th (Neville Bardos)
2012 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) (Otis Barbotiere)
8th (Remington XXV)
RET (Ying Yang Yo)
2013 RET (Trading Aces)
2014 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) (Shamwari IV)
15th (Otis Barbotiere)
2015 7th (Master Frisky)
25th (Cracker Jack)
2016 6th (Blackfoot Mystery)
12th (Shamwari IV)
42nd (Steady Eddie)
EL (Cracker Jack) 10th (Cracker Jack) 13th (Welcome Shadow)
EL (Cracker Jack)
2017 7th (Cracker Jack)
RET (Steady Eddie)
10th (Steady Eddie) RET (Cracker Jack)
2018 11th (Tsetserleg TSF)
RET (Steady Eddie)
WD (Shamwari IV) RET (Steady Eddie)
2019 2nd place, silver medalist(s) (Tsetserleg TSF)
2021 4th (On Cue)
EL (Long Island T)
EL (Tsetserleg TSF)
1st place, gold medalist(s) (On Cue)
2022 4th (Tsetserleg TSF)
2023 14th (Contessa)RT (Tsetserleg TSF) EL (Contessa) 4th (Luke 140)8th (Fedarman B)25th (Tsetserleg TSF) 9th (Tsetserleg TSF)10th (On Cue) 8th (Fedarman B)
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew

International championship results

Year Event Horse Placing Notes
2010 World Equestrian Games Neville Bardos 4th Team
10th Individual
2012 Olympic Games Otis Barbotiere 7th Team
RET Individual
2014 World Equestrian Games Shamwari IV 10th Team
7th Individual
2015 Pan American Games Pancho Villa 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
4th Individual
2016 Olympic Games Blackfoot Mystery 6th Team
16th Individual
2018 World Equestrian Games Tsetserleg TSF 8th Team
56th Individual
2019 Pan American Games Tsetserleg TSF 1st place, gold medalist(s) Team
1st place, gold medalist(s) Individual
2021 Olympic Games Tsetserleg TSF 6th Team
20th Individual
2022 World Championships Tsetserleg TSF 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Team
20th Individual
EL = Eliminated; RET = Retired; WD = Withdrew


  1. ^ "Boyd Martin". London2012.com. Archived from the original on 2013-05-01.
  2. ^ "The Story of Willy". 26 January 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Heath Ryan | Ryans at Newcastle Equestrian Centre".
  4. ^ "Boyd Martin, horse save each other's lives". NBC. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Home". phillipdutton.com.
  6. ^ "Neville Bardos". Windurra, LLC. Archived from the original on 27 November 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012.
  7. ^ Pilon, Mary (13 January 2012). "Fire Survivor and a Possible Olympian: A Horse Named Neville". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Q&A with Boyd Martin". NBC. 19 July 2016.