Boyd Martin Wins $100,000 Eventing Showcase for 3rd Straight Time at Global Dressage Festival Grounds
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WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 4, 2017–U.S. Olympian Boyd Martin won the $100,000 Eventing Showcase Saturday, riding a “failed fox hunter” named Welcome Shadow to claim the third straight victory in the competition that was founded three years ago at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival grounds.
Boyd’s victory came with a more international field than previous years–multi Olympic gold medalists Great Britain’s William Fox-Pitt and Mark Todd of New Zealand on borrowed horses joined riders from Australia, Canada and the United States. The winner described the stadium jumper course as bigger than that at the Rolex Kentucky Four-Star.
Fellow Americans Buck Davidson on Petite Flower was second and Doug Payne on Vandiver was third.
America’s Marilyn Little had a bad fall on RF Demeter and was unable to ride RF Scandalous on whom she had been leading after dressage and jumping.
This year, the cross country course ended in a track through the VIP pavilion, with a jump in the middle.
Boyd said he was given the ride by the owner of Welcome Shadow when the 12-year-old Thoroughbred cross mare failed as a fox hunter.