Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Boyd’s Final Cross Country Prep Before Rio

The last thing you want before an event as prestigious as the Olympics is a cross-country run-out at your final outing. When Boyd Martin’s Rio mount Blackfoot Mystery ran into some trouble at a brush corner combination in the arena at Great Meadow International last weekend, however, he handled it precisely as we have come to expect from this Team USA stalwart.

“It was a huge surprise to me and heartbreaking, but I’m glad it showed up there,” Boyd says.

Four or five days after Great Meadow, Boyd set up a close approximation of the troublesome corner question back home at Windurra USA. In this video he walks us through his thought process in his final cross country prep before Rio with both Blackfoot Mystery and his reserve horse Welcome Shadow. Both horses look confident and on top of their game, and we can’t wait to cheer Boyd on at the Olympic Games!

Many thanks to Boyd for allowing us to share the video, a Windurra USA Fan Club exclusive. The $50 annual membership entitles fans to several great perks, including swag, discount offers to designated clinics, farm tours and course walks, and backstage access to Inside Windurra USA private blog, featuring updates and tips from Boyd and Silva and a glimpse into their backstage routine at the farm and at competitions!

Go Eventing.