Collecting Thoughts with Boyd Martin
Eventer Boyd Martin has represented the U.S. at two Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games, and won team gold at the 2017 Pan American Games. Boyd’s friendly, easygoing style and intense competitive drive make him a popular rider and clinician in the industry. He has a string of successful horses across the levels, with a dedicated group of owners, syndicate members, and sponsors supporting him along the way. Boyd and his wife Silva, a Grand Prix dressage rider, have two children, Nox and Leo, and own and operate Windurra USA in Cochranville, PA, spending winters at Stable View in Aiken, SC.
Name: Boyd Martin
Business: Windurra USA
THE FUN STUFF
Do you have any nicknames? My close friends call me Boydie, my Australian friends call me The Maestro, and growing up at school my nickname was Mardo.
What’s your favorite barn hack? We like to fill the trailers up before a show with fresh straw, but instead of cutting open a fresh bale, we go to the straw room and sweep up the flakes that have come off the bales as they’ve been delivered. It provides perfect footing and bedding for the trailer and it saves me a few bucks.
Who do you look up to? I think growing up you always look up to your mentors, and obviously my mum and dad when I was a young kid, my first proper coach in Australia Heath Ryan, and Phillip Dutton became my coach and mentor when I came to America. Even as I’ve grown older and compete at the same level as these guys, I still look up to them.
What famous horse would you love to ride? Winx, who’s one of Australia’s greatest-ever sprinters; she just won 32 group 1 races. She just floats across the ground and has an unbelievable will to win.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? To have the ability to make an injured horse perfectly sound; sports injuries to horses in eventing is the part of the sport I dread the most.
What is the last thing you binge watched? Cops.
Do you have any lucky charms? I suppose whenever I’m riding a five-star, or a championship type event, I never wear my air jacket—I just wear my body protector—because I’m terrified of setting off the air jacket by mistake!
What’s the most interesting fact about yourself? As a young boy in Australia, I received dual citizenship thanks to my mother, Toy Martin, who is from Springfield, IL. I received my U.S. passport when I was 10 years old and never in my wildest dreams would I have predicted how it might change the outcome of my life.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Spending money on my cross-country schooling course at our farm in Pennsylvania. Every time I assure my wife, Silva, that the course is finished, I think of another jump or mound we haven’t got yet, and I secretly ring up jump builder Eric Bull and spend lots of money building new jumps.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a long day? It used to be to lie down on the couch and watch the TV and relax, but now I come home to two fully energized young kids that are ready to rumble.
Who is your equestrian idol? Mark Cummings, who is an 11-time trainer of the Melbourne Cup winner. He died a couple years ago, and he was an absolute master horseman; anyone who knows horses in Australia was infatuated with him.
If you weren’t in the horse industry, what would you be doing? That’s a very scary thought. Probably just starting my weekend release program from the county lockup.
What podcast is at the top of your playlist? The Joe Rogan Podcast. I find it fascinating. He inter- views some great sports characters and spends hours in conversations with them. You get to know so much more about someone than in a structured interview that lasts 10 minutes.
What is on your riding bucket list? I’d like to compete in every single five-star in the world in one calendar year. I have done all of them, but in separate years.
What is your favorite horse movie? The Man from Snowy River.
What was your worst fall off a horse? Back in Australia, I got stuck under a wild dressage horse that broke my leg in nine places.