The U.S. Equestrian Federation announced that Boyd Martin has been awarded a Land Rover Grant to compete at the Luhmühlen CCI**** (Germany), June 12-15.
Martin, of Cochranville, Pa., will ride the Shamwari 4 Syndicate LLC’s Shamwari 4. “Shami” is a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Star Regent xx—Donnice, Cer Clou).
Martin, 34, had been on track to ride three horses at the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** at the end of April, but a broken leg sustained in a fall at the Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International (N.C.) in March kept him from competing.
“I’m very appreciative and honored that the USEF has given me the grant,” said Martin. “Obviously it’s been a very testing time the last five or six weeks with my broken leg, and it’s a wonderful feeling knowing that the team has belief in this horse. I’m on an absolute mission now to get to Luhmühlen with both Otis [Barbotiere] and Shamwari and put in a great four-star result.”
Martin is still deciding which competitions he’ll do with Otis and Shami based on his leg, which he said still causes him pain when jumping. “Both horses will appear at Jersey Fresh [N.J.],” he said. “To be honest, certain positions with my leg when I land causes pain. We’ve still got a couple of horse trials up our sleeves between Jersey and Luhmühlen, one of which being the Virginia Horse Trials [CIC**].”
Martin made his U.S. team debut at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Ky.), helping the United States to a fourth-placed finish. He was the highest placed American in 10th. Two years later he represented the United States in London at the Olympic Games. To begin the month of March, he won the CIC*** at the Red Hills International Horse Trials (Fla.) with Trading Aces.