“Riding horses can be a dangerous sport, especially if you fall off. Nowadays, I don’t even get on a horse without a Charles Owen helmet, be it competition or training at home. Wearing that Charles Owen safety equipment gives me this feeling of confidence that, when I know that I’m going to fall off sooner or later, I’m as covered as I can be.”
2003 – 48th and 68th at the Adelaide CCI4*
2005 – 8th and 11th at the Adelaide CCI4*
2008 – 9th at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4*
2010 – 4th, 11th and 12th at the WEG Test Event CCI4*; 10th in the FEI World Equestrian Games; 7th at the Pau CCI4*
2011 – 7th at the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4*; 3rd and 8th at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4*
2012 – Competed in the London Olympic Games
2014 – 7th in the Caen FEI World Equestrian Games; 3rd and 15th at the Lühmuhlen Horse Trials CCI4*
2015 – 4th at the Toronto Pan American Games
2016 – 16th in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games; 6th, 12th and 42nd at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4*
2018 – 8th in the Test Event for the 2018 WEG
Neville Bardos, Pancho Villa, Shamwari 4, Blackfoot Mystery, Otis Barbotiere
International Event Rider
Boyd Martin grew up eventing in his native Australia, where he trained out of Heath and Rozzie Ryan’s equestrian center. A highlight of his competitive career there was winning the 2003 Adelaide CCI4* with True Blue Toozac.
He relocated to the United States in from Australia in 2007 to pursue his dreams of competing in international three-day eventing. He spent his first two years working as assistant trainer to Olympic Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton before striking out on his own. Boyd became a U.S. citizen in 2009 and has been a consistently leading rider for the U.S. since.
Boyd was the top finishing U.S. rider at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with Neville Bardos. Next year, he and Ying Yang Yo won the 2011 USEF National Eventing Championships at the Fair Hill International CCI*, which Boyd had previously won in 2009.
After facing a devastating barn fire and the deaths of his father and father-in-law in 2011, Boyd made an incredible comeback in the sport with Neville Bardos to finish 7th at the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4*. Boyd 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 Boyd its 2011 Overall Rider of the Year.
His repeated top ten finishes at the largest international events in the world include 3rd place and 8th place finishes aboard Otis Barbotier and Remington XXV at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in 2011. As the only member of the U.S. Eventing team’s “A” training list with three horses, Boyd reached his goal of riding in the Olympic Games aboard Otis Barbotiere in London in 2012.
Today Boyd and his wife, Grand Prix dressage rider Silva Martin, own and operate a farm in Cochranville, PA. Boyd currently has several horses competing at the upper levels and always has numerous young horses coming up the ranks.
Boyd competes nearly every weekend, and coaches a long list of successful riders as well.
Boyd Martin’s helmet of choice