LONDON – Spectators were still pouring into the gorgeous Greenwich Park equestrian venue as Boyd Martin dismounted his horse. Martin, the Aussie who lives and trains in Chester County, was the very first competitor through the course Saturday morning.
“I couldn’t have done much better,” Martin said after posting a score of 66.17 in the dressage portion of the three-day eventing competition.
“It’s an easy course, if you want to go slow. If you want to go really fast and be competitive, it’s one of the toughest courses I’ve ridden because of the turns. Maybe the changes at the end, I could have nailed them a bit more. I’m thrilled with the horse. He’s come a long way.”
Martin was riding Otis Barbotiere, a 10-year-old gelding who survived the tragic barn fire that claimed six horses last year. Neville Bardos, the most seriously injured of the surviving horses, did not make the trip to London.