Olympic equestrian Boyd Martin certainly knows how to ride a horse. His specific discipline, equestrian eventing, takes place over three days during the 2016 Games in Rio, with a different event each day — cross country, dressage and show jumping.
“I was very relieved and excited to be names to the U.S. team,” Martin told FN. “It’s something I’ve been working on for the last four years.”
Martin’s first Olympic pursuit took place during the 2012 London Games, where he had to withdraw midway after his horse sprained an ankle during the second-day event. Now 36 years old, Martin is back.
He confessed this sense of resiliency and athleticism runs in his blood: Growing up in Australia, his parents were both Winter Olympians. “I think I aspire to be them,” he said. Aspiration inevitably leads to intense training, for which technical footwear is essential.
Martin’s footwear sponsor is Ariat, and he prefers its Monaco Boot for both training and competing. Off the saddle, he often dons the Ariat Training Boot, because, as he notes, “you’re also walking the course or on the farm.” And indeed, the Olympic hopeful owns and operates the Windurra USA farm in Cochranville, Pa., with his wife, Silva.