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An accomplished international five-star event rider, Courtney Cooper is also well known for her domestic and consignment horse-sales program at her C Square Farm. In this episode, she talks about what you need to know if you’re planning to buy a horse from how to begin to how to try out a horse to what to consider in the bill of sale. She shares many details that will give you the best opportunity to buy a horse that will meet your specific goals and dreams, including six factors that affect the price of a horse. She offers advice on the questions to ask sellers to make sure you’re zeroing in on the details that are most important to you as well as how to keep your emotions in check. This podcast episode is sponsored by Bimeda. To read a full transcript, go to See for privacy and opt-out information.
Irish eventer Tim Bourke grew up in Ireland and inherited his love of horses from his grandmother. He achieved an A-rating in Pony Club and later attended Gurteen College for equine studies and business. Upon graduation, Tim traveled to the United States to work for Bruce Davidson for two years, and later he worked for eventer Sharon White for about six years. With his wife Marley Stone Bourke, also an eventer, Tim moved into his own stable, Stone’s Throw Farm, in 2014 in Berryville, Virginia, where they operate their riding and training business Bourke Eventing. Tim rode Luckaun Quality at the Kentucky Three-Day Event five times. Four of those times, they finished in the top 20, and two of those times, they had the fastest cross-country time of the day. They also competed at the Burghley Horse Trials in 2015, and in 2018, they were named the traveling alternates for the Irish Eventing Team at the World Equestrian Games.In this episode, Tim talks about:• his Luckaun Quality and what makes him special• his mentors including Bruce and Sharon and Olympic gold medalist David O’Connor• his training philosophy, what makes a good horseman and more.To read a transcript of this podcast, visit Scroll to “Podcast Transcript: Tim Bourke.” See for privacy and opt-out information.
Ron Danta showed on the Illinois hunter/jumper circuit in the 1960s before heading south. He eventually landed in Camden, South Carolina, merging his training business with hunter rider, trainer and judge Danny Robertshaw. Several horses whom Ron trained were U.S. Equestrian Federation Horses of the Year, and he’s won over 20 hunter championships at top A-rated shows. For several years, he chaired the task forces for the USHJA International Hunter Derby and the Green Incentive Hunter Derby and sat on the USHJA Hunter Working Group. In addition to his professional success, Ron is equally well-known as co-founder of Danny & Ron’s Rescue, a nonprofit that rescues and rehomes more than 900 dogs a year. In 2018, they were featured in the documentary “Life in the Doghouse,” available on Netflix, which tells the inspiring story surrounding their rescue work.In this podcast, Ron talks about hunter derbies, what makes a good horseman and training Thoroughbreds. He also shares how he and Danny started their dog rescue, what it’s like to have 90 dogs living in their home at any given time, how they manage the pack dynamics and the emotional aspect of animal rescue.To read a transcript of this podcast, please visit Scroll down to “Podcast Transcript: Ron Danta.” See for privacy and opt-out information.
Katie Monahan Prudent’s stellar career in the hunter/jumper world began as a Junior with wins in both the AHSA National Hunter Seat Medal Final and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship followed by multiple championships in the hunter ring before she emerged as an international jumper star. A member of the 1986 gold-medal World Championship show-jumping team, she has won almost every major grand prix in the United States and was named American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year three times. In 2000, she was named Coach of the Year for developing riders by the U.S. Olympic Committee. She currently runs an international training program with her husband, French equestrian Henri Prudent and their son, Adam. They divide their time between Wellington, Middleburg, and France.During our conversation, Katie shared what she learned from competing in Europe, how she creates a bond with her horses, the importance of having a system, what she sees many riders struggling with and more. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Australian native Ryan Wood started competing in eventing at 8 years old. He completed his first CCI***** at Adelaide when he was 19 years old and continued to compete successfully throughout Australia, garnering top placings at Melbourne CCI****, Sydney CCI**** and Warwick CIC-W****. In 2008, Ryan moved to the United States and started working for Bruce Davidson before moving to Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania. He now runs his own business, Woodstock Eventing out of True Prospect Farm. Since moving to the U.S. Ryan has become one of the top event riders in the country. In 2016 he won the Jersey Fresh CCI***, Bromont CCI*** and the USEA Adequan Advanced Gold Cup Final at the American Eventing Championships—where he also earned the reserve championship. In 2018 Ryan finished 8th at Pau CCI***** and was named the reserve rider for the Australian eventing team at World Equestrian Games. In addition to competing, Ryan also enjoys teaching and developing young horses.In this episode, Ryan shares his overall training philosophy, how to introduce cross-country corners, what he looks for in an eventing prospect, how he deals with the lows of the sport and more. This episode is sponsored by SmartPak. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Named an inductee to the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame in 2020, John French has won countless championship titles at prestigious shows around the United States. He’s a four-time winner of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association World Championship Hunter Rider Professional Finals and he won the inaugural $100,000 ASG Software Solutions/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship riding Rumba in 2009.After riding and competing on the West Coast for more than 30 years, John teamed up in early 2020 with Olympian Kent Farrington to develop a comprehensive hunter division under Kent’s business, KPF. In this podcast episode, John talks about his new business venture with Kent, his overall training philosophy, what he thinks makes a good horseman, howhe quickly adapted to different horses as a catch rider, his favorite training exercises, influential horses in his life, how he handles competition nerves and more. This episode is sponsored by Perfect Products, makers of Perfect Prep and Joint Impact. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Award-winning photojournalist Nancy Jaffer edited the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation’s book Riding for the Team: Inspirational Stories of the USA’s Medal-Winning Equestrians and Their Horses. The book chronicles the lives of those who dreamed about competing for their country and “made it,” sharing inspirational stories from the eight equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting, reining, endurance and para-dressage. Readers are immersed in the personal histories of the medal-winning riders, drivers and vaulters who have dominated American equestrian sport over the past 28 years. Athletes tell their stories and those of their horses during the years they honed their talent and dedicated their lives to representing their country in the Olympics, World Equestrian Games, World Championships and Pan American Games. You can purchase the book at this episode, Nancy recounts anecdotes from the lives of many Olympians, including show jumpers Kent Farrington, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Rich Fellers and Lucy Davis; dressage riders Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Guenter Seidel and Debbie McDonald; and eventers Boyd Martin, Karen O’Connor and Amy Tryon. This podcast is sponsored by Perfect Products. See for privacy and opt-out information.
After a self-funded successful Junior career, California hunter rider Nick Haness started his own training and sales business, Hunterbrook Farms in 2009. The next several years were filled with multiple top placings in the hunter divisions including back-to-back wins in the 2012 and 2013 WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge and the championship in the 2016 First Year Green divisions at the Devon Horse Show and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. More recently, he and Verdict were the reserve champion at the 2019 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, and a month later, he finished first and second on Crowd Pleaser and Reese’s at the $50,000 Stal Hendrix Green Futurity Finals at the HITS Saugerties Championship. He earned the 2019 USEF’s Emerson Burr Award and was voted by his peers as the 2019 USEF National Equestrian of the Year.In this episode, Nick talks about his early catch-riding successes, starting his own business at age 21, what he looks for when buying a horse, building trust with horses, furthering his education in the jumper ring, and enjoying the collection of rescue animals living at his farm. This podcast is sponsored by Perfect Products.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Based in Wellington, Florida, Geoff Teall has been involved in the horse industry for more than 40 years. He started out at age 8 foxhunting in upstate New York, learning from Mike Kelly and Gordon Wright. As a young professional, Geoff joined forces with many successful young trainers including Missy Clark and Kip Rosenthal. During this time, his student Laura Bowden won the 1991 AHSA National Hunter Seat Medal Final win. He eventually moved to Wellington, Florida, and continued to run his thriving business, Montoga, Inc., training students to accolades at top shows across the country. Geoff earned his U.S. Equestrian Federation “R”-rated judging license and has judged prestigious competitions such as the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal Finals and the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals to name a few. He has also served as the vice president of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, the president of the American Hunter Jumper Foundation and on the board of directors for those two organizations and the USHJA Foundation and the USEF. In this episode, Geoff talks about how he pushed himself and was encouraged by others to try a variety of jobs in the horse industry and his training philosophy of “simplicity, basics, discipline and habit.” He also shares his system for teaching his students how to “see a distance” and his thoughts on SafeSport. This episode is sponsored by Perfect Products. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Sarah Maslin Nir is a staff reporter for the New York Times and author of the book, Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal, published in August 2020. Sarah describes her book as “a reported look at obsession”—the world’s obsession with horses as well as her own. Through solid reporting, Sarah allows readers to live vicariously through her first-hand exploration into lesser-known corners of the horse world. These include the long-buried legacy of black American cowboys, the adorable but powerful Marwari horse of India and a study of how imported warmbloods are flown across the ocean in a 747. Woven throughout these stories and more are personal anecdotes and reflections of how she fed her horse fix growing up in Manhattan to non-horsey parents. As a Times reporter, Sarah was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Before becoming a staff reporter in 2011, she freelanced for the paper, reporting from West Africa, the Alaskan wilderness, post-earthquake Haiti and wildfire-ravaged California. She currently owns three horses and competes in the Adult Amateur Hunter division. Thank you to SmartPak for sponsoring this podcast. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Eric Navet represented France at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics after being partnered with J’t’adore just three months earlier. After that, he and his homebred Quito de Baussy enjoyed several years at the top of the sport. They earned individual and team gold at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, team gold at the 1991 European Championships, team bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and team silver at the 1994 World Equestrian Games. He also earned a team silver medal at the 1998 World Equestrian Games with Atout d’Isigny and team gold and individual silver at the 2002 World Equestrian Games and an appearance at the 2004 Olympics with Dollar du Murier. In this episode, Eric shares what it was like growing up as a third-generation horseman on his father’s breeding farm, competing at the 1984 Olympics at age 25, riding legendary horses Gem Twist and Milton at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, moving to California in 2013 to be the personal coach for grand prix rider Karl Cook and more.Thanks to ADM Animal Nutrition for sponsoring this podcast. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Third-generation equestrian Hannah Isop teaches and trains at her family’s Harkaway Farm, in North Salem, New York, with her aunt, Tracy Freels, and her mother, Susie Isop, who manages the barn. Her grandparents, Jeri and Bob Freels, were both horse trainers. Hannah has earned top placings in many hunter and jumper divisions, including several wins in national and international hunter derbies, second place in the 2011 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show’s Grand Prix, second in two consecutive years at the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Developing Pro Challenge, first and second at the 2018 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson II, and a top-10 finish in the 2018 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.In this episode, Hannah shares how she brought back one of her top horses from a collateral ligament injury, what she likes about the hunter and jumping disciplines, how she handles losing and insight into her training article that appeared in Practical Horseman’s Summer 2020 issue: “From Hunters to Jumpers: How to Retrain a Former Hunter to Become a Competitive Jumper.” See for privacy and opt-out information.
Finding and developing good sporthorses has been Don Stewart’s forte for 45 years in the business. During that time, he’s proven his expertise by winning innumerable championships as a rider and a coach at all the major shows, including Devon, the Pennsylvania National, the Washington International and at the National. As a rider, Don’s list of accomplishments is long and distinguished with many AHSA/USEF Horse of the Year champions. He also was Leading Hunter Rider at the Devon Horse Show in 1992, and earned the same title at the National Horse Show in 1993 and 1995.Although buying, showing and selling top hunters is a large part of Don’s business, he’s equally well known as a coach for junior and amateur riders. His students have won many Horse of the Year titles and equitation championships, including his daughter Erin’s 2002 ASPCA Maclay National Championship.In this episode, Don talks about what it’s like having Erin in the same business, how he helps his students handle their nerves, what he looks for in a good horse, the importance of being trustworthy in horse sales, his favorite training exercise and more. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Natalie Gavi is a lifelong rider and registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in sports nutrition for the equestrian athlete. Through her practice, Gavi Nutrition, Natalie develops individualized nutrition plans to help riders reach their goals and optimize their health and performance.In this episode, Natalie explains how nutrition plays a role in a rider’s performance, the importance of timing your meals with your rides, how riders can find the right nutrition plan for them and more.This episode is sponsored by Straight Arrow, Inc. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Eighteen-year-old Brian Moggre has taken the show-jumping world by storm. In March of 2019, Brian and his Westphalian gelding MTM Vivre Le Reve, or Erkel, picked up their first international win at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Ocala. Moggre was just 17 at the time. His World Cup qualifier success continued into the next season, where he and Erkel won yet another qualifier—this time in Lexington at the prestigious National Horse Show. One week later, the pair placed third at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto. In late January, he was awarded the 2020 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy, presented annually to a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who demonstrates the team’s values of sportsmanship, horsemanship and shows great potential. Brian’s success continued in February when he delivered a double-clear performance in his senior Nations Cup debut to lead the U.S. team to a decisive victory in the FEI Jumping Nations Cup Wellington CSIO4*. Brian ended up finishing third in the World Cup Eastern Sub-League rankings, which means he would’ve been realizing his dream of competing in the World Cup Final next month, which of course, has now been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.In this episode, Brian shares how he deals with pressure, what he thinks makes him a strong competitor, his future plans for his riding career and more.This podcast episode is brought to you by Cosequin® See for privacy and opt-out information.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, international show jumper Andrew Welles developed his passion for horses at a young age. He grew up in the sport and eventually trained under equitation and show-jumping trainer Missy Clark and finished out his Junior career with her North Run crew. Andrew took a year off before he started college to train with Olympic gold medalist Chris Kappler, who we worked with for four years before starting his own training and teaching business in 2010. He made his first Nations Cup appearances in 2009, representing the United States in Austria and Portugal. He also represented the U.S. at the 2018 Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO*****, and the 2019 FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Canada held in Langley, British Columbia. Most recently, Andrew finished out the 2019/2020 North American League season by qualifying for April’s 2020 World Cup Final, which has since unfortunately been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Andrew’s stable, called Team Welles, is a jumper-focused boutique operation based in Wellington, Florida and now also in Mettawa, Illinois which is on the north side of Chicago. In this episode, Andrew shares his overall training philosophy, why he believes there is too much emphasis on “seeing a distance,” what makes him a strong competitor and more.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
We’re trying something new this week—reading one of our favorite training articles from the magazine. One reason we’re releasing this special edition podcast is that this is the first full week of the coronavirus pandemic taking full effect in the United States. Some of you are working from home for the first time. Others of you are still going to work but your schedule has been vastly changed. And others of you may not be able to work at all, which must be extremely stressful. As with just about everything else, our lives with horses have changed. Some of you may be able to spend more time at the barn with your horse, while others of you may be facing barn closures and having to spend time away from these wonderful animals who give us so much comfort. Whatever your situation, we hope that listening to some of our favorite stories that have run in the magazine over the years will help.In this episode, Practical Horseman Editor Sandra Oliynyk reads “Get ‘In the Zone’ for Better Jumping” by Shelley Campf. Sandy chose this article because reading it brought her back to a time in her riding when she was so happy. Shelley Campf was her trainer on the East Coast many years ago. When Shelley started teaching at the stable where Sandy rode, she was at a pretty low point in her riding. She really thought that she was not a good rider, largely because she was convinced that she could not see a distance to a fence or at least not for an entire course of fences. To make matters worse, Sandy felt like most everyone else could—that they were just naturally better. As a result, Sandy worked really hard right up to the base of the fences to see distances and get her horse to jump. Shelley helped her realize that, in fact, the opposite was true—that she had to do less, that she was not responsible for making my horse jump. Instead, she needed to allow him to jump. This story addresses this common training challenge—learning how to allow your horse to jump without interfering for smoother rounds. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Grand-prix show jumper Karl Cook believes that understanding and tending to his horses’ physical well-being is critical to effective communication between horse and rider. This concept is something he has learned, in part, from Eric Navet, the 1990 World Equestrian Games team and individual gold medalist, who moved from his native France in 2013 to become Karl’s coach. Another valuable member of Karl’s Pomponio Ranch team is French international veterinarian Philippe Benoit. The team is mixing old-fashioned horsemanship with Karl’s ideas for looking outside the box for new ways to improve their horse-centric methods.In this episode, Karl shares more about his horse care and management program, what he thinks makes a good horseman, how his Pomponio Ranch team is videotaping horses and combining that with new software to evaluate how a horse moves to analyze his health, and more. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Elizabeth “Beezie” Madden has been riding since she was 3 years old when her parents, who owned a farm near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, gave her a small gray pony named Flicka. She rode in junior equitation and hunter divisions, riding a borrowed horse in the then American Horse Shows Association National Hunter Seat Medal Finals, where she finished eighth. Interestingly, she didn’t ride in the jumper division until she was 17 when she moved her junior hunter to the junior jumper division. After graduating from a two-year-college, she became a working student for Grand Prix rider Katie Monahan Prudent and rode in her first grand prix in 1985.Beezie and her husband, John Madden, the former FEI 1st Vice President and chairman of the FEI Jumping Committee, are based out John Madden Sales in Cazenovia, New York. With his help and the help of their team, which includes three grooms who have been with them for more than 25 years, Beezie has won most of the top accolades in the history of show jumping: • Represented the United States at the last four Olympic Games, winning two team gold medals (2004/2008), a team silver medal (2016) and an individual bronze (2008).• Rode for the United States in the 2006 and 2014 World Equestrian Games, earning a pair of silver medals and bronze medals.• Appeared in three Pan American Games—in 2003, 2011 and 2019—winning two team gold medals (2003, 2011), a team bronze (2019), and individual silver and bronze medals (2011, 2019). • Won the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final with Abigail Wexner’s Simon in 2013 and the second in 2018 with Mrs. Wexner’s Breitling LSBeezie is a proponent of the American forward-riding system, having been a pupil of Mike Henaghan as well as Katie Prudent. She’s a strong believer in the basics because, she says, “The ability to control the horse comes from the base of support and the classic position.” She shares those insights evaluating riders from photos that Practical Horseman magazine readers send in of themselves in the Jumping Clinic column.In this episode Beezie shares what she learned from Mike and Katie, some of the many special horses in her life, winning the 2013 World Cup Final, her training philosophy and favorite exercises, as well as the challenges of navigating the highs and lows of life with sporthorses. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Top hunter/jumper/equitation trainer Frank Madden has been a fixture in the winner’s circle at all the major equitation finals for over four decades. Recognized as one of the most successful trainers of young talent, his students dominate the junior ranks and finals. In addition to teaching, Madden is a respected clinician, top “R” judge and the head trainer and owner of Capital Hill Show Stables in Middlefield, Connecticut.In this episode, Frank explains why he was drawn to teaching, his love of drag racing and how that influenced his teaching style, how he’s stayed passionate about the sport of the years, how he’s been so consistently successful and more.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Twenty-seven-year-old Adrienne Sternlicht’s main passion has always been riding, but the 2018 World Equestrian Games team gold medalist has taken an unorthodox path to the top of the sport. Adrienne made her Nations Cup debut in May 2017 with her beloved mare, Cristalline, where they helped the U.S. team win the silver medal in Mexico. She continued on to be a member of several Nations Cup teams and collected numerous individual top placings, resulting in her selection to the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games where she and Cristalline helped the U.S. team clinch a historic victory over Sweden, bringing home the gold medal for the U.S. for the first time in 32  years. Most recently, Adrienne won back-to-back World Cup qualifiers—first the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Thermal, where she and Benny’s Legacy (whom she had only jumped at three events prior) took the top spot on the podium, and then again a week later at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas, again with Benny’s Legacy. With these two wins, Adrienne is now sitting third in the standings for the Eastern League, which determines the riders who will qualify for the World Cup Final in Las Vegas this April. In this episode, Adrienne shares what she’s learned from her trainer, four-time Olympian McLain Ward, how she developed her partnership with Cristalline, her pre-competition routine, mental strategies for success in the saddle and more. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Olympic show jumper Laura Kraut’s four-decade career includes three appearances on both the U.S. Olympic team and the World Equestrian Games team. She has also competed in numerous World Cup Finals, has ridden in countless Nations Cups and has more than 100 grands prix wins. In 1991, Laura got the ride on her first big-time grand prix partner, Simba Run. After a year together, Laura and Simba earned a spot as alternates on the 1992 US Olympic team in Barcelona. Simba helped draw national attention and sponsorship to Laura’s career, opening the door to a string of partnerships with other talented horses, including Liberty, her partner at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Anthem, Miss Independent, her partner at the 2006 WEG in Aachen, and Cedric—perhaps her most famous partner. When Cedric was only 10, he and Laura wowed the world by finishing the 2008 US Olympic selection trials with the best overall score—and then went on to win the team gold medal in Beijing. Most recently, Laura won a team gold medal at the 2018 World Equestrian Games with Zeremonie. Based in Florida for half the year and Great Britain for the other, Laura and her longtime partner, the legendary British show jumper Nick Skelton, run a successful training and teaching business. In this episode, Laura talks about how she gained experience in the sport and how those experiences shaped her into the rider she is today, the qualities she looks for in a show jumper (and some of her favorite horses), what she thinks makes a good horseman and more. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Andre Dignelli has been producing national hunter, jumper and equitation champions for over 20 years. He came from a non-horsey family and along with his two brothers, convinced his parents to move to rural New York where they eventually talked their father into building a makeshift barn so they could start their own boarding business.  At age 18, Andre won the 1985 US Equestrian Team Show Jumping Talent Search Finals and he credits this win for forever changing his trajectory. Andre went on to work as Judy Richter’s assistant trainer at Coker Farm. He rode Judy's jumper Gaelic in two World Cup Finals and the 1991 Pan American Games where they earned a team bronze medal and placed fourth individually. That same year, he co-trained Peter Lutz to wins in both the Maclay National Championship and the USET Finals. Andre decided to focus on teaching and in 1994, with his brother Michael, he bought Heritage Farm in New York and turned it into a state-of-the-art facility. Andre has always been incredibly driven and his decades-long success can be attributed to his hard work, determination, attention to detail and his preparation skills. In this episode, Andre shares how he worked up through the ranks and made a name for himself in the horse world, how he built his business into what it is today and to what he attributes his success. See for privacy and opt-out information.
Carleton and Traci Brooks have a lifetime of experience with horses, an extensive teaching and training background and are known for their ability to match horses and riders to produce results.They run their successful hunter/jumper/equitation business, Balmoral Farm, which they operate in two California locations—Malibu and west Los Angeles. This unique setup allows them to provide their horses with plenty of healthy open space while also being accessible to their diverse clientele, which ranges from Short-Stirrup to Adults and high-performance. They shuttle horses back and forth between barns almost daily to be sure everyone enjoys plenty of turnout and trail riding. Carleton and Traci have coached riders and trained horses to a long list of wins, including many Indoors championships and Horse of the Year awards. Carleton is also a popular clinician and a U.S. Equestrian Federation “R” judge.In this episode, Carleton and Traci discuss a wide range of topics, including the importance of treating horses as individuals, their recipe for consistent success, and what underlies it all—their love of the horse.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Boyd Martin is one of the world’s leading international event riders, and has had competitive success at every five-star across the globe. He has represented the United States at two Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games and two Pan American Games. Today Boyd and his wife Silva, a Grand Prix dressage rider, own and operate their farm Windurra USA in Cochranville, Pennsylvania.  Boyd competes nearly every weekend, and coaches a long list of successful riders. He has become a sought-after clinician and in the off-season can be found teaching around the United States.In this episode, Boyd talks about what it was like growing with two Olympians as parents, how he met Silva and why they decided to move their business from Australia to the U.S., how he built his business and how it evolved over the years, training and teaching philosophies, how he juggles fatherhood with riding, how he overcomes adversity and much more.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Apr 2nd, 2021
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