Boyd Martin a favorite to win Devon Horse Show’s exciting new competition, Arena Eventing
- May 17, 2017
- By SARA CAVANAGH
DEVON, Pa.-Olympic veteran Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa., is one of the favorites to win Arena Eventing on Sunday, May 28 at 7 pm, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair’s newest addition to its lineup of exciting, world-class competitions.
Devon runs May 25 to June 4 and benefits Bryn Mawr Hospital, to which it has donated over $14,000,000.
Martin was the top-placed U.S. rider at both the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, riding Shamwari 4, and the 2010 WEG in Lexington, riding Neville Bardos.
He was a member of the 2016 and 2012 US Olympic Teams and is one of the leading event riders of today.
In addition to representing the USA, Boyd has enjoyed international competitive success, finishing seventh in the world in 2014 and in the top 10 at every four-star in the world: Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in Lexington, Ky.; Pau CCI4* in France; Boekelo CIC4* in the Netherlands; Luhmuehlen CCI4* in Germany; the World Equestrian Games in the USA and France and Burghley CCI4* in England.
But one of the biggest reasons he is a favorite to win Devon’s Arena Eventing is that he was won a similar event in Wellington Fla., all three times it has been run.
“Devon’s Event is similar to the one in Florida,” said Martin. “It’s a very exciting event for the crowd, because they can see the whole competition up close while sitting in a chair. That’s not usual for eventing.”
“Arena eventing is not going to replace regular eventing, but it’s a great showcase for our sport,” said Martin. “It’s held in a smaller venue before a different crowd,”
Devon’s prize money of $50,000 is the third highest prize money for any type of eventing held in this country, with only Rolex Kentucky CCI4* and Wellington offering more prize money.
“The prize money is great,” said Martin. “The majority of it goes to the owners of the horses, and it’s great to repay these owners for how much money they’ve put into this sport.”
The first round will incorporate both cross country and open jumping fences, and the course of about 25 jumps, designed by Captain Mark Phillips, will wind through both the Gold Ring and the Dixon Oval.
Faults will be assessed for knockdowns and for exceeding the maximum time,
There will be a jump-off in the Dixon Oval for all those going clean in the first round.