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“I am very happy to be at home in Maryland to prepare for Tryon, as we have the advantage of terrain. Every four days she gallops at either Mrs. Jacqueline Mars’ mountain at High Acre in Virginia, or on a cross-country course such as Seneca Valley or Loch Moy Highlands in Maryland where we incorpo- rate fences into the gallop sets for a cross-training approach.” “Our chef d’equipe Eric Duvander comes to watch, and


his support has been phenomenal. She will run two event- ing competitions for confidence and preparedness in July and August, but has been competing on the CSI tour at the Upperville 4*, Tryon 3*, etc. since June. Our dressage trainer Bo Jena (chef d’equipe of Sweden) has been a constant fixture in our program for a year and a half, and he has been


Boyd Martin (Cochranville, PA) and Tsetserleg, an 11-year- old Trakehner gelding (by Windfall *Pg* out of Thabana) owned by Christine Turner.


Christine Turner has always believed in “Thomas” but claims that nobody else did until she sent him to Boyd. “All along I’ve been saying, ‘You can do this, you can do this!’ He has such heart,” she says. Christine breeds Trakehners and has owned a few upper-


level competitors, including a share in Boyd’s 2014 WEG part- ner Shamwari 4. But this will be the first time that she has outright owned a horse competing on a U.S. team. “I love the team. I know everyone’s worked really hard,” she says. “I think Thomas went through a lot of stuff and he really enjoys Boyd, and Boyd really cares about all his horses - Boyd lost 20 pounds before he went to Rolex (Land Rover) because he didn’t want to put any extra weight on Thomas since he’s a smaller horse. When you watch him ride he never touches his back; he’s such an athlete.” Christine says she attended the WEG in Normandy (2014) and had already planned to go to Tryon, but she had not counted on her horse making the team. “I had hopes that he might be a reserve but I’m very honored to have him be on the team and be a part of it,” she says. “My daughter and husband are coming too and we have a lot of friends coming. Diann Pitts brought me into the sport when she was USEA president and I’ll be staying with her, which will be fun. I’ve enjoyed Boyd and Silva (Boyd’s wife) so much - it’s a pleasure working with people who make it fun.” She also owned Tsetserleg’s sister who, with rider Michael


Pollard, placed fourth at the Young Event Horse Champion- ships. Soon after, Christine sold the mare to a friend’s daugh- ter who was a Young Rider and whose dad was dying of cancer. Christine also owns Kyra, whom Boyd is competing at the three-star level and shares ownership of Kyra’s daughter Xena (Electra) with Boyd. By now a team veteran, Boyd says that one of the hard- est things to ‘get your head around’ is that getting picked is not the goal. “Now is the time to kick it up a notch to deliver a great performance in September,” he stresses. “Thomas had a couple easy weeks after Kentucky in April and we brought


very generous to make time for us while he is preparing the Swedish Dressage Team for Tryon as well,” she continues. “It is important to keep the balance between staying sharp


in a competition atmosphere, but also to make sure we have time to fine tune at home—and also just relax and be a horse. I am not the rider that wants to compete endlessly, so I prefer to target specific events and aim towards four to six competi- tions per year. Kitty knew the Kentucky 4* was an important moment, and she came home with a confidence larger than life. She rested well and returned to work with an energy more focused than I have ever seen from any horse. As I said, Kitty is unnaturally clever. You only have to look at her to get the feeling she knows something very big is coming.” v


Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg at the WEG Test Event at The Fork in early April.


him back into work gently with some long walks, gradu- ally adding fitness work every couple days. We’re very lucky we have a new mile-long Attwood galloping track on our farm and he’s cantering up that every couple days. Being a Trakehner mixed with a bit of Thoroughbred, he’s beautifully bred for eventing; he’s got speed and endurance mixed with movement and jump.” The gelding’s breeder Tim Holekamp, who also owns Tset-


serleg’s sire Windfall, says, “Tsetserleg is, to us, the perfect example of the old maxim that the best male riding horse prospects are often not particularly good choices to be breed- ing stallions too. ‘Thomas’ did everything right and certainly favors his great sire Windfall, but he was gelded fairly early in life, and rightly so, in hindsight. All that aside, we could hardly be more thrilled to have our homebred boy make the US team selection. It is a breeder’s dream come true!” Boyd says that he is grateful to the coaches for putting in time with him and Thomas: “My wife Silva is still helping us with dressage, Richard Picken coaches me in the jumping, Phillip Dutton coaches me cross country and the new chef d’equipe Erik Duvander is a key part of our program from


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