In this monthly series leading up to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in September and October, we watch a different competitor each month prepare for competition.
Boyd Martin’s goal isn’t to be selected for the Land Rover U.S. eventing team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. “My goal is to be a contributing member toward a team medal,” Martin said with a quiet, steely resolve to his voice—a distinct deviation from his usual cheery, jokester tone.
In her own quiet way, this determined woman has given to all levels of eventing all over the country.
Imagine someone who organizes one of the biggest events in the country, a true destination event in the West. Then, picture someone who owns multiple event horses for multiple riders at all levels. Next, think of someone who cheerfully volunteers to fence judge at beginner novice level on a hot day. And then envision someone who has served on several U.S. Eventing Association committees and supported many educational programs.
After seeing the success of the new footing in the Dixon Oval at the Devon Horse Show (Pa.), Devon and Pennsylvania National show manager Peter Doubleday announced that the Pennsylvania National show arena will also be getting a footing upgrade.
The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania National, Oct. 14-23 in Harrisburg, Pa., approved installation of synthetic footing from Bart Poels’ Equestrian Services International company. Poels installed the footing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong and in recently redone rings at the Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.).
Beth Underhill, who has represented Canada at the Pan American Games, Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games, announced she won’t be competing at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this year.
Underhill, Schomberg, Ont., was on the winning Canadian Nations Cup team at the Winter Equestrian Festival (Fla.) in March aboard Iron Horse Farm’s Top Gun. But on July 13, the day before Jump Canada announced its long list for the WEG, Top Gun’s owners informed Underhill that the Dutch Warmblood gelding would no longer be available for her to ride.
Nobody else was going to win the $30,000 Grand Prix of Traverse City, if Kim Farlinger had her way.
“I thought I didn’t leave much room to beat me. I was able to hold my gallop to all the fences, and he jumped really well,” Farlinger said. “I was watching everybody else, and they just didn’t get it done.”
After the last of the seven horses jumped off in the last class of Horse Shows By The Bay on July 18, Farlinger and her veteran Cordoba were leading the victory gallop.
Kelley Farmer hit it out of the park in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Horse Shows By The Bay on July 16. She had five rides in the class, and ended up first and second on Bases Loaded and Taken.
Farmer has been unbeatable in the last three derbies she's shown in, and this one in Traverse City, Mich., was no different. She topped the first round on Taken, but then she overtook herself in the handy round on Bases Loaded. Both horses are owned by amateur rider Nancy Amling.