Press Release Regarding Aesthete


Photo of Aesthete at Dressage at Devon with owner Faye Woolf and rider Silva Martin, copyright Lisa Thomas

Press Release

Media Contact: Amber Heintzberger, 828-289-0658

3 January 2017 – Kennett Square, PA — Windurra Dressage must regretfully announce that the 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding Aesthete (“Stately”), owned by Faye Woolf, was humanely euthanized on January 1st, 2017 at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Large Animal Hospital in Kennett Square, PA, where he was treated by Dr. Kyla Ortvet.

According to Dr. Ortvet, “Six weeks ago he had a large colon volvulus (twisted gut) for the second time, and because it compromised the colon, and because he had already had surgery to repair that before, we elected to remove 75% of the colon. He then colicked post operatively; the horse has had chronic colic problems over the past several years, so we took him back to surgery to evaluate. He had a form of inflammatory bowel disease, so his colon was not digesting his feed properly. We tried medication to resolve that, and for about a week after surgery he was doing well, but he showed signs of colic again so we elected to put him down.”

Stately (by Trento B out of a Gribaldi mare), was imported from Holland, where he was bred by Gebr Van Der Steen. Stately was very successful as a four-year-old with Karen Monk-Reilly, winning the Markel/USEF National Young Horse Championship for four-year-olds with a score of 86.8%; the following year they finished 5th in the Championship for 5-year-olds with 81.6%.

Friend and longtime supporter Faye Woolf entrusted “Stately” to Silva in 2011, when the gelding was six years old. It was the same year that Silva’s three-day eventing husband Boyd’s barn burned down, killing six horses. Together Silva and Stately won the Championship for 6-year-old horses and later that year they were named to the USEF Developing Horse/Rider List.

The pair seemed unstoppable, winning at 4th level in both 2011 and 2012 at Dressage at Devon.

In 2014 Stately underwent colic surgery at the University of Georgia Hospital of Veterinary Medicine. Subsequently Silva took time off to have a baby, and eventually brought Stately back into training. In 2015 they competed at the Palm Beach Derby , but his ongoing digestive problems prevented him from competing at Grand Prix level.

“Faye was amazing and told the vets to everything possible to save him,” said Martin. “I’m grateful to her because we really know that there was nothing more they could do. Kyla did an excellent job as his veterinarian, and it was a very difficult morning. I went to New Bolton at 6am with my friend Mary Griffin, who is Stately’s longtime veterinarian, and the three of us were crying, and Faye was home in North Carolina crying. He’s the best horse I have ever ridden, I really think he could have been a Team horse if he hadn’t had these problems. He was also a very sweet horse, just a really good guy. I was so in love with him and it’s devastating that he’s gone.”


About Silva Martin

Silva Martin is a German-born and trained Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer representing the USA. She and her husband Boyd are based at their own Windurra in Cochranville, PA and at Stable View Farm in Aiken, SC. Silva is available for lessons, training and clinics.

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