The 2018 USEA Rider of the Year Boyd Martin has decided to regain Australian citizenship. With the U.S. tightening down on immigration policy, Martin will change his citizenship to Australia starting in 2020. One of the world’s strongest event riders, Martin is currently ranked 15th in FEI World Rankings and has finished in the top 10 at every five-star event – Adelaide, Kentucky, Badminton, Burghley, Pau, and Luhmühlen. Martin has represented the U.S. in three World Equestrian Games, two Olympic Games, and a Pan American Games.
Born and raised in Australia, Martin relocated to the United States in 2007. In 2010, Martin changed his Australian citizenship to American citizenship and has been on every U.S. Championship team since. U.S. Eventing will not be the same without him.
….and in honor of April Fool's Day, this is just a joke. Happy April Fools!
The 2020 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships kicked off today at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland following the successful completion of the FEH Central Championships at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas this past Thursday. Twenty-three horses were presented today to Championship judges Robin Walker and Susan Graham White – four in the FEH East Coast 4-year-old Championship and 18 in the FEH East Coast 3-year-old Championship.
After a rainy night, the footing for the FEI cross-country drained nicely and held up well throughout the morning. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp held on to her overnight lead aboard Fernhill By Night and added 4.8 time faults to her double clear show jumping round to take home the win in the CCI4*-S. Not one rider was able to make it through the finish flags within the time allowed, but the top 28 had no jumping penalties.
The CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S divisions were able to complete their show jumping before the torrential rain interrupted the competition for the CCI2*-S division.
The 2020 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Future Event Horse (FEH) Central Championships took place yesterday, September 24 at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas. With four new champions crowned, this marked one of the first USEA Championships to be held in 2020. Jayne Lloyd, the organizer of the Championships shared, “Everyone had a nice day with their youngsters. The quality of horses is getting better and better. Haras [Hacienda] is a lovely facility to put this on – great stabling, great footing, all indoor because we’ve had some bad weather the past few days. But overall, I think it all went really well.”