Lexington, KY (November 2, 2010) – As a member of the World Equestrian Games US Eventing team, Boyd Martin lived out every rider’s fairytale dream when he finished tenth individually and fourth place with the team at World Equestrian Games – all on an ex-racehorse he bought for $800 off the track. Martin joined radio host LA Pomeroy on Holistic Horse Radio Show following WEG to talk about his incredible journey, his ex-racehorse, and his supporters who helped him make it to his first international competition for the United States.
“The USEF said the highlight of the Team USA for eventing at WEG was the lovely double clear round jumped by Boyd and Windurra LLC’s Neville Bardos,” Pomeroy stated as she introduced Martin on the radio show, adding that Martin and Neville finished with a dressage score of 49.5. “Neville was in a demanding career before you got him, so tell us your secret to keeping him sound, solid and happy.”
Martin, an Arenus Ambassador, was quick to give credit to the team that surrounds him, including his wife, grooms, vet, blacksmith, their feeding program and also to products by Arenus, which include SORE NO-MORE® Liniment and SORE NO-MORE® Poultice. “I take no short cuts in taking care of Neville and we use the SORE NO-MORE® Liniment and Poultice on him after every hard work out,” Martin said.
Martin said an added benefit to the SORE NO-MORE® products was that Neville feels like Superman thanks to the products. “He steps out of the stable every morning on top of the world,” Martin said, adding that he believes Neville’s enthusiasm stems from using the poultice to the EQUILITE™ Relax Blend they sprinkle on his feed every day.
It’s been a long road for Martin and Neville. “He was a terrible racehorse and I picked him up as he was headed to slaughter,” Martin said. “I got him for $800. It really is a fairy tale story.”
An Australian native who was short-listed for the Australian Olympic team, Martin moved to the United States in 2007. Martin changed his citizenship with the FEI in 2009 to ride for the United States. Martin is married to dressage trainer Silva Martin and worked as an assistant trainer to Olympic Gold Medalist Phillip Dutton when he first moved to the US. Now on his own, Martin has quickly become a top US event rider, and in 2009 was named the USEA preliminary rider of the year.
“I wanted to ride at WEG since the day I graduated from high school,” Martin said, adding that his eventing career didn’t start out too well as he fell off three times at his first horse trial. “It took me a bit of time, 12 hard years, but I feel like I’ve finally gotten some good results.”
Simone Pophal, DVM, Ph.D., Business Manager for Arenus, congratulated Martin on his success at the World Equestrian Games. “Boyd and Neville were fantastic and we are so proud of them and proud to have been part of their team,” Pophal said. “We know Boyd relies on a lot of our Arenus products, including EQUILITE™ Relax Blend, which helps reduce nervousness, stress, tension, and anxiety in horses.”
Arenus features the product families ASSURE® digestive aids, STEADFAST® joint & structural health supplement, EQUILITE™ herbal blends, SORE NO-MORE® topicals, and two products containing DHA/Omega-3 - ALEIRA™ for respiratory health and RELEIRA™ for reproductive health. The company is dedicated to delivering scientifically sound health and nutritional products so pets and horses can have many happy years working, playing and competing. The Arenus staff includes more than 75 animal health professionals and veterinarians who believe that supplements should be supported by science.
To find out more information on Martin, visit his website at www.boydandsilvamartin.com. To learn more about Arenus products visit www.arenus.com. To listen to Martin’s radio interview, visit the link: http://www.holistichorse.com/Holistic-Horse-Radio/boyd-martin-talks-horse-health-fresh-off-his-weg-performance.html.