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‘He gave so much heart’: Olympic event horse sold to new rider

Leading US eventer Boyd Martin’s Rio 2016 Olympic ride Blackfoot Mystery has been sold to enjoy his senior years competing at lower levels.

The retrained racehorse, known as “Big Red”, finished well behind the leaders in all three of his starts on the track, but went on to become on of the US’s top event horses.

The 17-year-old gelding, bred by John O’Meara, started his eventing career with Lisa Peecook and progressed up the grades with Kelly Prather. He was bought by Boyd in 2015 for the 12-strong Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate and the pair went on to finish sixth at Kentucky five-star the following spring, and 16th at the 2016 Rio Olympics less than a year after their first international start as a combination.

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Article written by: Lucy Elder

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