German-born and trained dressage rider Silva Martin is a successful competitor and sought-after trainer and coach. She and her husband Boyd, a member of the US Eventing Team, own and operate their farm, Windurra, in Cochranville, PA. Having relocated to the US from Australia in 2007 and now representing the USA in competition, 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.
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.
Silva has also enjoyed success at major US competitions including Dressage at Devon; the GAIG and CBLM Finals; at regional and national championships, and on the Wellington Florida circuit.
In 2014 Silva represented the US for the first time in team competition, helping win Team Gold in the Nations Cup competition at the CDIO Wellington, riding her homebred mare Rosa Cha W, who is owned by the Rosa Cha W Syndicate. Silva and Rosa have participated in high performance training sessions with US Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover and Silva is looking forward to moving Rosa up to the Grand Prix level.
Following her initial success in 2014 Silva sustained a serious head injury while schooling a horse at home – and while wearing a helmet. While the injury affected her speech, eyesight and physical capabilities, Silva took her rehabilitation seriously and by October she made a full comeback to teaching and riding. In the summer of 2014 she presented the Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award to brain-injured Olympic dressage rider Courtney-King Dye, who has worked tirelessly in campaigning for helmet awareness. Silva has also made brain injury and helmet awareness a personal mission.
Silva’s current sponsors include Ariat, Charles Owen, Stubben Custom Saddles, Ecogold, Purina, Shires, Smartpak, Middy N Me and Attwood Equestrian Surfaces.
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