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Silva Martin Dressage

PerWEBLicenseGDF78980.copyrightsusanjstickle.comGerman-born and trained dressage rider Silva Martin is a successful competitor and sought-after trainer and coach of both dressage and event riders.  She and her husband Boyd, a member of the US Eventing Team, own and operate their farm Windurra USA in Cochranville, PA.

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 horses and 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, including a number of home bred horses.

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 also participated in high performance training sessions with US Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover.

Following her initial success in 2014 Silva sustained a serious head injury schooling a horse at home – while wearing a helmet.  The injury affected her speech, eyesight and physical capabilities, but Silva took her rehabilitation seriously and by October, 2014 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.

Having relocated to the US from Australia in 2007, both Silva and Boyd have become some of the most sought-after trainers in the United States. They have developed their farm to be a top training destination for both professional and amateur riders, with top-notch Attwood footing in the arenas and on the galloping track, and an extensive cross country course. During the winter the Martins are based out of Stable View Farm in Aiken, SC and Silva also travels to Wellington, FL to show on the winter circuit.

In 2015 Silva and Boyd welcomed son Nox Christoph Martin to their family. Silva returned to FEI level competition 18 months later and continuously has a number of talented horses in her barn.

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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Amber Heintzberger

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Susan Stickle, Joan Fenton, Amber Heintzberger, Lisa Thomas

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