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Silva Martin Dressage

Rosa ChaGerman-born and trained dressage rider Silva Martin has achieved success in the show ring and is a sought-after trainer and coach in dressage and eventing. Silva and her event rider husband Boyd are based out of their own farm, Windurra, in Cochranville, PA where they train horses and riders at all levels. Having relocated to the US from Australia in 2007, they have quickly become some of the most sought-after trainers in the United States.

Early in her career Silva passed her Bereiters exam at the German Riding School in Warendorf with an "excellent" mark and is fortunate to have apprenticed with noted horsemen Paul Beck, Rudolf Zeilinger and Hubertus Schmidt. Through these experiences she learned what a well-trained Grand Prix horse feels like and is now able to convey that feeling to her students.



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Tall, athletic and elegant in the saddle, Silva is a tough competitor. But she is also down to earth, approachable, and relates well to people, making her a superb coach. She has a solid education in dressage training and is happy to impart her knowledge to students of any level.

A capable rider of many types of horses, Silva has won awards with Warmbloods and Off-the-track Thoroughbreds, through the Grand Prix level. She is particularly talented with developing young horses and bringing them up through the levels; in 2013 she qualified three horses for the National Young Horse Championships.


Since moving to the US Silva has enjoyed continuing competitive success at major shows including Dressage at Devon, the CBLM Championships, regional championships and on the Florida circuit. In 2011 Silva and Faye Woolf's young horse Aesthete were named to the Developing Horse/Rider list, and in 2013 she and her homebred mare Rosa Cha W were named to the Developing Rider list and were invited to participate in the USEF Pipeline Clinic in Wellington, Florida. She and Rosa Cha represented the US in team competition for the first time on the 2014 Nations Cup team at the CDIO Wellington.

Competition Highlights - 2013

Silva and Zoran had a stellar year, winning at 3rd level at the CBLM Championships and winning at 4th level at Dressage at Devon. Zoran always finished in the top ribbons this year and will move up to the small tour in 2014.

Duvent also had many top finishes including wins at DAD and he won the 4th level championships at the CBLM finals. If he is not sold during 2014 he will start competing on the small tour.

Silva was the only rider to qualify three horses for the Young Horse Championships at Lamplight, where she was allowed to compete two horses. Luckily Fortissimo B sold over the summer, and the remaining two proved quite competitive with Di Solitaire finishing 9th and Benefactor RRS finishing 5th overall in the nation for Five-Year-Olds.

Rosa Cha W won the Developing Horse PSG and the I-1 GAIG qualifier at Dressage at Lexington in July, placed 3rd in the PSG for Developing Horses at Lamplight, and at Devon she placed 6th in the Intermediare Freestyle.

Silva and her horses dominated the GAIG Championships. Zoran won 3rd and 4th levels, Benefactor won second level and placed 2nd at First level, and Duvent was 3rd in Fourth level.

Silva's current sponsors include Charles Owen, Stuebben Custom Saddles, Ecogold, Arenus/Equilite, Purina, Shires, Smartpak, Middy N Me, RevitaVet and Attwood Equestrian Surfaces.

Written Content by Amber Heintzberger

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