Remembering Crackerjack: A Life in Photos

From left, Lucy Boynton Lie, Mike Pendleton, Crackerjack and Boyd Martin at Pau 2016. Photo by Libby Law Photography.

Emotions within the global eventing community have been running high in the wake of the loss of Boyd Martin’s mount Crackerjack at Pau on Saturday. As a unified community whose common denominator is a shared love for these incredible animals and a passion for the sport, please join us in respectfully saluting the life of an extraordinary equine athlete.

“Crackerjack had a wonderful story,” Boyd reflected in a statement. “He was bred by Lucy [Boynton] and campaigned up to Prelim by her son Colin. Unfortunately, Colin passed away and Crackers was sent to me to sell. Lucky for me Lucy decided to kick on with the horse, and what a ride it’s been. Crackers has taken me all over the world and given Lucy some wonderful memories.”

Our thoughts continue to be with Boyd, Lucy, the Windurra team and all who knew and loved this special horse. Boyd and Crackers twice contested Kentucky and Pau in addition to tackling Badminton and Luhmühlen. The look on this pair’s faces as they tackled four-star events around the world says it all …

Rest in peace, Crackers.