High-level horse trading is under way with an eye on Rio 2016, and US eventing rider Boyd Martin has joined the ranks with the purchase of Olympic horse Shamwari 4.
Shamwari 4 was ridden by British based Ludwig Svennerstal for Sweden at London 2012. The combination finished 20th overall, and Sweden placed fourth in the teams event.
A hanoverian gelding by the thoroughbred sire Star Regent and out of the Der Clou mare Donnice, Shamwari was bred by Gita Zühlsdorf.
Svennerstal also rode Shamwari 4 to a team silver medal at the 2013 European Championships.
Martin, who formed a syndicate to buy the German bred gelding, has described the horse as “one of the world’s great event horses”.
“Shammie is in the prime of his career at only 11 years old. He’s superb in the dressage, often scoring in the 30’s; a brilliant, bold, fast cross-country horse; and a talented show jumper,” Martin said.
“I’m blessed to have some great supporters who have got behind this horse; obviously to purchase a horse of this quality takes a massive amount of support from the owners and I can’t say how much I appreciate their generosity.
“I’m trying to fill the Shamwari Syndicate with existing members from our other syndicates, as well as encouraging some new owners to join me on the roller coaster ride of being part of a big time four-star event horse.”