Boyd Martin spent the last week underneath the palm trees, but he wasn’t on vacation! He spent last week in Wellington, Florida, splitting his time between the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF), really cracking down on his homework before the season gets fully underway. He brought along his upper level string including Shamwari, Steady Eddie, Tsetserleg, Long Island T and Contessa.
“The last ten days I’ve spent in Wellington, Florida with five of my upper-level horses. Phillip Dutton and I were encouraged to do this exercise from our new High Performance coach Eric Duvander and I must say it’s been a humbling experience jumping against the pros and competing at the AGDF 5* dressage show among some of the best in the world but I’m also inspired, and it’s going very well,” Boyd said in a blog post.
“Phillip and I have been working with dressage trainer Scott Hassler from Maryland for the past year. We’ve been training with Scott monthly up north and daily down here in Florida. Our jumping coach Richard Picken also made the trip with us and has been schooling us at our stable and coaching us in the classes at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).”
He worked through second and third level tests, earning 71% twice with Long Island T on third level test 3. Here’s what his week looked like: