Monday, September 22, 2014

Plantation Field CIC*** 2014

Trading Aces, owned by the Trading Aces Syndicate, LLC. Amber Heintzberger photo

Oscar felt really strong around the whole course. I haven’t competed him since Red Hills and he’s definitely a different beast than I remember. He was quite strong and bold and felt fresh all the way around. I didn’t go to the well on him just because obviously we want to make sure he has positive experiences and stays strong moving forward. All I was worried about was seeing how he traveled today and he felt great. Personally I think this horse has all the quality in the world, but it’s courses for horses and I think he’d be well-suited for Pau, Luhmuehlen or Aachen, while I’d probably stay away from Burghley and courses with heavy ground. He’s only ten, and in hindsight I might have made the error of getting him up to advanced too quickly.

After getting him back from Phillip he’s wanting to go more, he’s looking to go at them; at a number of fences I was having to hold him back a bit more than I’d like, and I believe that’s where the time faults came from more than the fact that he was going slow. 

Not only did Oscar finish fourth, he was won the Cayman Went Trophy for the top-placing American-bred Thoroughbred, in honor of Annie Jones' four-star champion who was ridden by Phillip Dutton, which is a fitting award for the horse that Phillip rode for me this year. 

Crackerjack, owned by Lucy Boynton. Amber Heintzberger photo
Crackerjack has been with me for a long time; unfortunately we haven’t done much with him over the past 12 months as we were battling with a few respiratory issues. I’m very thankful to Lucy Boynton, his owner, for being patient. We’ve done a number of things to try to improve his problems and I’ve learned a fair bit from my fellow competitors who have had similar horses. There wouldn’t be a horse that I’ve had that tries any harder, and at the moment we’ve come so far, I’d like to see if we can get him up to a four-star.

Master Frisky, owned by Stephen Blauner. Amber Heintzberger photo
 Master Frisky is as good a dressage horse as I’ve ever had. He’s an unbelievable mover and has a great brain. Cross-country he’s great and brave; show jumping is his weaker phase but I believe he’s a proper four-star horse and he’s supported by my longtime backer,Steve Blauner. In 12 months' time he’ll be one of the best horses on the circuit.
Pancho Villa, owned by the Pancho Villa Syndicate, LLC. Amber Heintzberger photo
 Pancho Villa was super, by far this is the toughest track we’ve faced together and he jumped very comfortably. I was very pleased with him and think this result will definitely encourage people who are interested in him, as he’s for sale. I think it proves he’s a big-time horse and whoever buys him, they’ll have a Pan-Am horse or a three-star horse, or even a four-star horse.


Steady Eddie, owned by George and Gretchen Wintersteen, Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin. Amber Heintzberger photo
I bought Steady Eddie off the track in Australia and he’s super duper careful but a great galloper. We’ve been a long time producing him up to this level and I think he’s a proper four-star horse because he can run and jump and I think he’ll do quite well at Fair Hill. This weekend he was very impressive in all three phases. Caitlin’s helped me with his dressage and Michael Walton’s been jumping all my horses while I was injured and then away, and obviously Silva has had an incredible role in producing all my horses.

SBF Cortez, owned by Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin. Photo courtesy Jenni Autry
I had a blasting round on SBF Cortez. He’s a bit of a green horse and unfortunately I got a little too competitive and went for the time. He jumped beautifully but coming to the last fence he was too forward and excited, and I really had to fight with him to get him back before the keyhole, and I got him to an impossible distance but thankfully he pulled up, giving him his first-ever cross-country fault. Shadow and Cortez are my up and coming intermediate horses and both have got a lot of quality and both need a lot more  time in all three phases; fortunately they are supported by great owners who understand that the process of building great event horses takes a lot of time.

Welcome Shadow, owned by Craig and Gloria Callen (pictured at Millbrook HT 2014)
 Welcome Shadow is originally a foxhunter; she’s a great mover and a great jumper. I was upset with her show jumping yesterday, I think she misread a lot of jumps, just because the sun was setting. She’d be one of the best jumpers I have, but she had a few down because of the glare on the fences at that time of day. Today she felt super. I’m still up in the air whether to run her in a three-day event at the end of the year or wait until next year.

I’ve got all seven of the horses I rode here entered at Fair Hill. For Shadow and Cortez I’ve got to figure out if it’s beneficial doing a two-star there or hanging out until next year. The four young three-star horses all really impressed me today and I’m looking forward to giving their first run in a CCI***.

Meanwhile I’ll be riding Hanna Lu, out of Rosa Cha, in the 5-year-old class at Devon next weekend. I’ve got my assistant riders Mike Pendleton, Caitlin Silliman and Kat Lissett all riding there as well, in the young horse classes. Even though they’re on event horses, I think it’s important that event horses compete alongside the pure dressage horses, even though we’ll probably get destroyed in the placings! It’s important to feel like you can compete against the specialists.

Silva’s also back in action and Rosa Cha is looking especially good. I’m egging her on to move back up to Grand Prix, but at the same time my understanding of dressage is much less than hers.

Today my students McKenna Shea, Lillian Heard, Erin Sylvester and Jimmie Schramm all rode well. I do enjoy watching these girls come along and helping them in the process because they are all hungry and desperate to be awesome riders and I think they all have an opportunity to be amazing.




We have 4 impressive eventers for sale, who are just off some of their best results to date and/or successfully moving up a level!  Click on their individual links below to learn more about each!


He is a first-class event horse that is probably best suited to a more experienced rider. He is an awesome cross country horse with a lot of heart and has only received one cross country jumping fault in his whole career! He just moved up Advanced level, placing 11th at 5 Points September 2014. He is ready to carry on with a competitive upper level rider!

Photo Credit Allie Conrad


SBF Eowyn just placed Second in her very first Training Horse Trials at Seneca Valley with a double clear stadium round and a double clear cross country round finishing on her dressage score of 24.5.  Wynnie has had a brilliant start to her eventing career with two wins and three second place finishes; she is perfect for anyone that wants to move up the levels while winning.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to buy an extremely talented young horse with fantastic breeding!

Photo Credit of SBF Eowyn - GRC


The Pancho Villa syndicate has decided to offer for sale this incredibly talented Advanced level horse.  Being an 11-year-old, he is the prime of his career and still has more years left for improvement. He would make a champion Young Rider horse, a Pan American Games horse or a potential Rio 2016 horse. He would also be the ultimate adult amateur CCI1* winner.

Photo Credit Amber Heintzberger


Brewster has been in training with Boyd since being purchased from Chesterland.  He has successfully gone up the levels, placing consistently in the top 10 at the Prelim level for both the 2012 & 2013 seasons and recently stepped up to Intermediate at the fall 2014 Seneca Valley, finishing an impressive 7th place!  Perfect Amateur or Pro ride.

Photo Credit Steve Berkowitz

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Boyd and Trading Aces Currently 3rd at Plantation Field C

Boyd and "Oscar", owned by the Trading Aces Syndicate LLC, moved up from 8th after dressage to third after show jumping in the CIC3* at Plantation Field today. After receiving some criticism for running the horse so soon after the WEG Boyd was pleased that Oscar felt fit and sound. He ran double clear and is currently on a score of 51.3. Tomorrow they will take on the cross-country course designed by Mike Etherington-Smith and built by Eric Bull and his team at ETB Equine Construction

Several of Boyd's three-star horses were clear and in the time: Lucy Boynton's Crackerjack is placed 6th on 53.7, and Steady Eddie, owned by George and Gretchen Wintersteen, Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin, is tenth with 55.5. Pancho Villa, owned by the Pancho Villa Syndicate, knocked one rail and is standing 20th with 60.7 and Stephen Blauner's young Master Frisky is 34th with 8 jumping and 4 time faults.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Plantation Field Ride Times

SBF Cortez: CIC2* Thu 01:03 pm Sat 02:28 pm
Master Frisky: CIC3* Fri 08:27 am Sat 11:54 am
Crackerjack: CIC3* Fri 10:24 am Sat 12:20 pm
Trading Aces: CIC3* Fri 11:46 am Sat 12:42 pm
Welcome Shadow: CIC2* Fri 01:20 pm Sat 04:40 pm
Pancho Villa: CIC3* Fri 02:23 pm Sat 01:08 pm
Steady Eddie: CIC3* Fri 04:19 pm Sat 01:34 pm

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Plantation Field International 3-Day Preview

 The Plantation Field International three-day event this weekend promises to be a very exciting event. It looks bigger and better than ever. With the new course designer, Mike E-S, on board, I’m sure the riders will see a big, bold and intimidating track on Sunday’s cross-country. I am personally riding a very classy group of intermediate and advanced horses in the CIC divisions. For the majority of these horses it will be their first attempt at this level and my main objective will be completion, so that they are qualified for their fall three-day events.

In its sixth year, the event is going from strength to strength. It’s one of the most picturesque venues on the eventing circuit and the arenas are world-class with synthetic footing. Katie Walker has also put in a detailed social schedule for the riders, owners and sponsors to be involved every evening. 

For me personally I’m trying to get all the horses prepared and experienced at this level. Depending on how green they are and how they’re traveling I’ll decide whether to try to have a crack at winning their classes. Obviously it’s one of my favorite events of the year and I look forward to seeing all the spectators out there cheering us on.



SBF Cortez, owned by Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin 

SBF Cortez
Cortez is a homebred and this is his  first attempt at the two-star. He’s a green 7-year-old and oozes class. I’m hoping to give him a nice round to build his confidence as he’s new to this level.

 Welcome Shadow, owned by Craig and Gloria Callen

Welcome Shadow at the Carolina International. Cindy Lawler photo
Shadow is a beautiful imported Irish Sport Horse; she's a fancy mover and has got a cracking jump. Like Cortez this is her first attempt at this level so I’ll be looking to get her around successfully.


Trading Aces, owned by the Trading Aces Syndicate

Trading Aces and Phillip Dutton at Rolex KY. Photo by Mike McNally
Oscar is looking great after returning home from a disappointing WEG outing. He looks fit as a fiddle and well as a bell and I’m looking forward to hopping on him again and giving him a nice ride and getting him back on track. This is our first competition together since we won Red Hills this spring.

Crackerjack, owned by Lucy Boynton

This will be my first CIC*** on Crackers. (Phillip rode him in one while I had a broken leg). He’s a cross-country machine so I’m confident he will jump around this course with ease as long as I can contain his enthusiasm.

 Pancho Villa, owned by the Pancho Villa Syndicate

Pancho Villa at Fair Hill. Amber Heintzberger Photo
Pancho is currently for sale. He’s a top quality horse who should do an outstanding dressage test and rocket around the cross-country and show jumping. I believe this is his first CIC***.

 Steady Eddie, owned by George and Gretchen Wintersteen and Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin.

Steady Eddie at Carolina International. Allie Conrad photo

"The Eagle" was sensational at Five Points, winning his division, but this will be a much more difficult and technical question for him. He’s a wonderful galloper, so I hope the terrain will suit him well. Again it’s his first time at the CIC*** level.

Master Frisky, owned by Stephen Blauner

Master Frisky, Photo Stephen Blauner
 Mikey is the most laid-back of the crew. He should put in a great dressage test and dance around the cross-country. His greenness will probably show up a little bit in the show jumping, but he’s a class horse and should finish in the top group.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Brewster Is For Sale!

Lisa Thomas Photo
NAME: Brewster
SEX: Gelding
HEIGHT: 16.2hh
DATE OF BIRTH: 4-26-07
SIRE: Salute the Truth (T/B)
DAM: Diamond Lion (By Busted T/B, Stream Lion ISH)
BREED: Thoroughbred/Irish Sport Horse
BREEDER: Bruce Davidson, Unionville, PA
PLACE OF BIRTH: Chesterland, Unionville, PA
OWNERS: Katie & Cuyler Walker, Unionville, Pa.

Steve Berkowitz Photo.

Brewster was born and bred at Bruce Davidson's Chesterland farm in Pennsylvania in 2007. I was riding and training Rock On Rose for Bruce at the time, and a grey gelding always caught my eye when I was there. He had an athletic look, presence and some serious movement.
I tried him as a three year old, and nearly fell off him.

I was lucky enough to have Katie and Cuyler Walker purchase the horse, and put him into training in the fall of 2010.

Katie and Cuyler are serious equine enthusiasts and supporters of Windurra USA.  They have a barn full of very impressive Cheshire foxhunters and they are also the land owners and event organizers of the Plantation Field International Horse Trials.

Steve Berkowitz Photo
Brewster is a perfect mix of 7/8 Thoroughbred, and 1/8 Irish Sport horse. He is a very exciting young horse that oozes class.  Since being in training, he has successfully gone up the levels, placing consistently in the top 10 at the Prelim level for both the 2012 & 2013 seasons. He stepped up to Intermediate at the fall 2014 Seneca Valley, finishing an impressive 7th place!

Brewster is an exceptionally bred young horse who has a lovely temperament and would be well suited to both an amateur or a professional.

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Contact Boyd for an appointment. 610-806-2381

Seneca Valley Pony Club Fall Horse Trials

Photo Courtesy Mike McNally

Caitlin and I showed a number of horses at Seneca Valley Pony Club Horse Trials in Maryland this past weekend. We’ve got a very impressive group of young up and coming horses. One of these is SBF Eowyn, who came second in her first event at training level. She’s on the market and is a top-class horse that’s very affordable.Crackerjack had a nice quiet outing before the CIC*** at Plantation Field and Brewster and William Street had their first outing at Intermediate and were impressive considering how green they are.


7th - Brewster (Boyd)
8th - Crackerjack (Boyd)
16th - William Street (Boyd)

Open Prelim 1

14th - HH Lancaster (Boyd)

Open Training 1

5th - Ray Price (Caitlin)
7th - High Aspirations (Caitlin)
16th - Wallaroo (Caitlin)

Open Training 2

2nd - SBF Eowyn (Boyd)
3rd - Goldthorn Diamond Imprint (Caitlin)

Novice Horse

1st - Tura Lura (Boyd)

Open Novice

3rd - Boo-yah (Caitlin)
6th - Gipsy King (Boyd)
19th - Barry (Caitlin)