Paul Martin Checks Coaching Championship off Devon Horse Show Bucket List

Paul Martin Checks Coaching Championship off Devon Horse Show Bucket List
Paul Martin
At the close of the $35,000 Devon Speed Challenge CSI4*, attention in the Dixon Oval shifted to coaching, where competitors battled it out in the final two classes of the Four-in-Hand Coaching division to vie for the championship. It was a dream come true for Paul Martin, of New Holland, Pennsylvania, as he stepped forward with his Brewster Park Drag carriage and four German Sport Ponies to receive the Devon tricolor.
Earlier Friday evening, Martin earned third place in the Four-in-Hand Coaching Timed Obstacle competition, finishing in 134.206 seconds with just 4 faults. Martin accumulated a total of 14 points in the division, enough to earn him the Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Foster Bright Perpetual Trophy and championship apron, presented by Misdee Wrigley Miller.
For the first time in Devon history, Martin and his team had not one, but two coaches entered in the division, both driven by ponies. Anna Nordin drove Martin’s Brewster Private Road Coach to win the Weaver Challenge Trophy in the Four-in-Hand Coaching Timed Obstacle competition. Nordin was the only competitor to drive clear, finishing in 131.708 seconds to place her at the top of the class.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Paul Martin

On his win:
“We had this coach restored, and we started coaching in 2005. We’ve been competitors here for a long time and have been supporting Devon for many years. My wife, Karen, and I have been married for 22 years, and she’s been a strong supporter of this. We were able to put a team together to bring two coaches, which I think is the first time that has been done at the Devon Horse Show, especially two pony coaches. It couldn’t have finished any better. I’ve been reserve champion here for several years and I got my bucket list champion tonight!”
On competing at the Devon Horse Show:

“I’ve been coming here since I was a kid with my father and my family. My dad used to drive roadster ponies here. I always loved the coaching and people involved. Jeremy Smith, a trainer and horseman, has helped us through this as well as Mark Schofield, a top trainer in the United States for coaching horses. It certainly takes a team!”