Boyd Martin's Cracker Jack Euthanized at Pau

Boyd Martin and Crackerjack in happier times
Credit : Amber Heintzberger

Saturday 28 October - 18h59 | Lulu Kyriacou

Boyd Martin's Cracker Jack Euthanized at Pau

Cracker Jack, one of the top rides of leading American rider Boyd Martin, was sadly euthanized this weekend after fracturing a pastern on the cross country course while competing in the CCI4* section at Pau, France.

 - Boyd Martin's Cracker Jack Euthanized at Pau

At Badminton 2016
Credit : Kelsey Briggs

Cracker Jack, a 14-year-old grey, has been top-ten placed at the CCI4*'s in Lexington and Luhmuhlen within the last year and was clear and jumping beautifully when the accident happened on the flat as the horse turned into the arena for the last couple of jumps. Martin was off the horse within split seconds but it was immediately apparent that the damage was severe.

Boyd Martin has issued the following statement and Grand Prix would like to express their sadness at the loss to all those connected with this brave horse.

​"Today at the Pau CCI4* in France, Lucy Boynton Lie’s Crackerjack had a wonderful cross country round. I felt like it was one of our best ever trips together: we were jumping clear and took all the direct routes, and coming into the final stretch in the arena, he had plenty left in the tank. He felt fresh and his ears were pricked and I was thrilled with the way he was going. Just as we went into the arena he took a horrible step, almost on false ground. I heard a crack and instantly knew something was wrong. I pulled up and leapt off within a couple of strides. I knew Crackers was in bad shape.

Lucky for us we were right next to the finish line and he was tended to straight away. He was taken to the racetrack hospital just down the road and X-rays showed multiple fractures in the pastern.
His owner/breeder Lucy Boynton and myself, with the advice of several veterinarians, decided it was the only humane choice to euthanize Crackerjack.

Crackerjack had a wonderful story: he was bred by Lucy and campaigned up to prelim by her son Colin. Unfortunately Colin passed away and Crackers was sent to me to sell. Lucky for me Lucy decided to kick on with the horse, and what a ride it’s been. Crackers has taken me all over the world and given Lucy some wonderful memories.
I can’t tell everyone how sorry I am.
Boyd Martin"

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