SpectraVET Performance of the Week: Boyd Martin

A fist-pump well earned!


Boyd Martin and Trading Aces. Photo by Jenni Autry/Eventing Nation.

Palm Beach International Equestrian Center is typically the stomping grounds of hunter/jumper and dressage crowds but it welcomed eventers with open arms for the inaugural Wellington Eventing Showcase, held Jan. 30-31. With $50,000 in prize money at stake, the invite-only Showcase attracted North America’s top riders to try their hands at its briefer-than-usual (2,000 meters) but still challenging 16-obstacle cross-country track.

Boyd Martin and Trading Aces held onto the lead from start to finish, winning on their dressage score of 24.80. The win earned Boyd a $15,000 check, a rare feat in the sport of eventing where there’s generally more glory at stake than cash.

That's a big check!

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Eventing Nation editor Jenni Autry was on the scene and brought us live updates throughout the competition. If you missed it the first time around, you can check out all of her great coverage here.

If you want to watch the cross-country (or any other phase) in its entirety, The Chronicle of the Horse posted livestream playbacks here. But for the sake of brevity, we’re going to hone in on the defining moment of Boyd’s ride: his now infamous “hailing a cab” fist pump over the final fence.

Jenni captured the moment in a great photo, pictured above, and Katie Walker posted this video:

Yep, I’d be fist-pumping too! Congrats to Boyd, Trading Aces and their team. Go Eventing!

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