We have all heard the extraordinary story of Boyd Martin’s OTTB Neville Bardos: his amazing comeback after a devastating barn fire and his pursuit of the London Olympics. I wanted to write a post on another Martin horse, Sea Lord ridden by Silva Martin. He is also an OTTB although he was unraced. Want to check out his pedigree? Click here. Here is a little background info:
Sea Lord’s previous owner, Shannon Stimson, found Sea Lord through a local race trainer. He has always been called “Big Bird” or “Birdy” at home because of his general likeness in appearance and personality to the wonderful Sesame street character. As an owner, Shannon enjoyed several seasons watching Big Bird in his development with Silva through Intermediate 2.
At the end of 2010, Charish Campbell, owner of Chesapeake Sport Horse, purchased Big Bird and continues to enjoy watching this talented thoroughbred give all the warmbloods a run for the money at the upper levels of the sport! Recent accomplishments include their two wins at Intermediate 2 at Dressage at Fair Hill, June 2011.
They also debuted Sea Lord’s Grand Prix Freestyle on June 25th at PVDA’s Ride For Life in the Dancing Horse Challenge at the Prince George Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD. Charish Campbell and Silva chose a jockey outfit for the evening since BB is an off the track Thoroughbred and is now at the Grand Prix level, which is very unusual. The event raised money for breast cancer awareness and was a huge success!!
It is so wonderful to see exracehorses have successful second careers, and hopefully, more people will continue to give them those second chances. I absolutely adore this freestyle with the tribute to his past. Watch it below.