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Vol. 21 No.7
Our 21st Year
1993-2014
July 2014
by Jenni Autry
Boyd Martin and Phillip
Dutton will represent the U.S. at
this summer’s World Equestrian
Games in Normandy, France,
thanks to putting in good perfor-
mances at Luhmühlen CCI4* in
Germany, the final selection trial
for the Games.
Martin, Cochranville, PA,
finished in third place on a final
score of 48.8 with the Shamwari
4 Syndicate’s Shamwari 4, his
mount for Normandy yet still
a relatively new ride that only
just came in to his program in
January after he purchased the
horse from Sweden’s Ludwig
Svennerstal.
A 12-year-old Hanoverian
gelding, Shamwari has a plethora
of international experience —
having competed on the Swed-
ish team at the 2012 London
Olympic Games — but not with
Martin, who only competed the
horse at one Intermediate horse
trials before Luhmühlen due to
breaking his right leg at Carolina
International in March.
That’s where his fellow
WEG teammate Dutton stepped
in, and “Mr. Miyagi” — as Mar-
tin has taken to calling him —
competed the horse instead. The
team effort — and the fact that
Dutton was there in Germany to
see the successful outcome first-
hand — made the top-three finish
that much sweeter, Martin said.
“We got this horse in Jan-
uary, and 10 people got behind
him and believed in him (for the
syndicate), and right from the get
go, I knew he was a class horse,”
Martin said. “Then everything
went wrong, and I had wonderful
people like Phillip help me along,
and I got here and everything just
fell into place. I’m thrilled with
the horse.”
Mighty Nice Is Seventh
Dutton, of West Grove, PA,
had his own bit of success, as
Boyd Martin Finishes Third at Luhmühlen, Local Riders Named to U.S. WEG Team
Bruce Duchossois’ Mighty Nice
finished in seventh place on a fi-
nal score of 58.0, the horse’s best
finish and best score in a CCI4*
competition to date. The effort
earned the horse a spot on the
U.S. WEG squad as an alternate.
Dutton and Mighty Nice
were sitting in fifth place going
into the show jumping phase,
but they could not match Martin
and Shamwari’s clear round. The
three rails pushed them down
the leaderboard, but Dutton said
he was very pleased with how
the horse jumped, and “Happy,”
a 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse
gelding, will only get better with
time.
“He hasn’t been in a big
atmosphere for quite awhile,
so I think he’s going to learn
from it and be a better horse for
the weekend,” Dutton said. “I
couldn’t be more happy with him.
He didn’t have a great prepara-
tion because he had some (foot)
issues at Kentucky, and we had
to get his shoeing back in order.
I think it was a great experience
for him.”
In addition to his own good
finish, Dutton said it was exciting
to watch Martin have such a solid
weekend considering the adver-
sity he’s been up against with
trying to get back to competing
following his injury: “To watch
Boyd on Shamwari was pret-
ty rewarding as well. The guy
has only done one Intermediate
with the horse in the last couple
months, so it’s one of the great
efforts of the sport,” Dutton said.
Silva Martin traveled to
Germany to cheer on her hus-
band for the first time since suf-
fering a brain injury during a fall
in March. She was teaching a
lesson from horseback when her
mount tripped, which unseated
her. She was wearing a helmet,
but has since faced challenges
with her speech, balance and
vision.
“I’m doing pretty good,” she
said of how she’s faring in her
recovery. “I wish my eyes were
better, but you can always wish
for something better. I’m here,
and that’s all that counts, and I’m
going to be back to what I was
doing. It’s just going to take time,
but I’m happy to be here.”
Otis Is Back
She had to cheer twice as
loud, as Martin also had his
London Olympic mount Otis
Barbotiere entered in the horse’s
first CCI4* since the Games. The
horse had a long period of time
off after suffering an injury on
cross country at London and just
returned to competing in 2012 in
February.
Otis Barbotiere, a 12-year-
old Selle Francais gelding owned
by the Otis Barbotiere Syndicate,
finished in 15th place on a score
of 73.3, and Martin said that
while there is still a long way
to go to get the horse back into
his form from the Olympics, the
weekend still served as a big step
in the right direction.
“He had a lot of time off
after the Olympics,” Martin said.
“We did all the fitness work on
him, but he didn’t have that depth
of fitness from the year before.
He’s a great horse — a real trier.
He still did a decent job this
weekend; he was just a bit flat (in
the show jumping),” where the
horse had two rails down.
Weekend Marred
Tragically, the good perfor-
mance for Dutton and Martin was
marred by the death of Benjamin
Winter, a 25-year-old German
rider who was killed in a rotation-
al fall at fence 20 on Capt. Mark
(Continued on page 12)
Despite only one Intermediate event together under their belt, Boyd Martin and Shamwari 4
jumped into third place at Luhmühlen CCI4* before being named to the U.S. team for the World
Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
Photo by Jenni Autry
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