Rosa’s Comeback and the Young Horses Excel at Dressage at Devon 2019

It was an exceptional week for Silva and her team at Dressage at Devon.  Not only did Silva experience two significant wins on her exceptional mare, Rosa Cha W, but she also had a fantastic show with two young prospects and an imported FEI talent that she began training last March. 

4 Year Old Materiale Horses

Let’s start with the youngsters in the 4 year old Materiale class.  Silva rode Mystic He, a 4 yr old gelding by High Scope, who was bred by the infamous Mary Hazzard.  Boyd and Silva bought this young horse to be an eventer for Boyd, but since he continues to grow and He’s so quiet, Silva believes he’ll make a perfect amateur’s dressage horse (Sorry Boyd).  He walked straight off the trailer, was super brave and didn’t bat an eye at the infamous DAD atmosphere.  “He” scored an impressive 77.4 at his first big horse show!

Mike Pendleton managed to squeeze in a day at DAD before jetting down to Stable View to compete some of the young event horses.  Mike also rode in the 4 year old Materiale class aboard Skukuza, a gelding by Jaquar Mail, who is owned by Windurra and long time supporter Denise Lahey.  This promising young event horse also took it all in stride, scoring a 73.8 in a very large and competitive class.

Mike aboard Skukuza and Silva aboard Mystic He

Belrano Gold

This past March, Silva acquired the ride on Belrano Gold, an incredibly talented German import owned by Joan Owen (who is from Aiken).  As Silva stated during our post DAD chat, “Belrano Gold is a very special horse, and I’m so lucky to have the ride on this horse.  He’s showed PSG and Intermediare I at Blue Goose and NJ, but I wanted to tone it down for Devon and not overwhelm him.”

That plan proved a wise decision after a tense first day at DAD.  “I went home and chatted with Boyd about how to properly warm up a tense horse, as he’s brilliant with that.  Boyd came out Friday to help me warm up over an hour before my test, and then we took him back to the stables to get hosed down and to relax.  I want to send a big shout out to both Lauren Sammy and Boyd for coaching me, as this plan worked like a dream.  I probably overrode the test a bit on Friday, but we stuck with the plan on Saturday – and it was probably the best 4th level test that I’ve ever ridden in my career!”

The results of those two days supported this decision, with a third place finish on Friday with a 67.919 and a big win on Saturday with a huge jump in score to a 73.158.  When asked about the future plans for this stunning horse, Silva said that she and Joan will be discussing this in the near future, but the Ultimate plan is to offer him for sale.

The Return of The Cha!

In 2017, literally a week before Rosa’s appearance in the Grand Prix at Devon, she foundered as a result of contracting Potomac Fever.  Rosa was in the stall for a full year recovering on a bed made for a queen, which consisted of sand, shavings and fluffy mats.  As Silva reflected on that time period she mentioned, “True to Rosa’s style, she was even good at resting for a year and was very patient.  It’s a miracle that she came back after foundered behind.  I kept holding my breath, and when we brought her back we just did a little bit more and more with each ride.”

As time progressed it became evident to Silva that she’d actually compete again.  “It’s a miracle in itself that she came back and to ride the Grand Prix is just too much….but to do the small tour is not too much for her.  She’s such a good competitor and Devon was just incredible, and it’s not because I’m great rider.  At home she’s WILD for the girls and they have to ace her just to walk her under tack, but she’s great for me.  We’d do anything for one another.”

Silva would like to thank the following people for supporting her at Devon:
Joan Owen – owner of Belrano Gold.
Mary Hazzard – for breeding such a great horse in Mystic He.
Denise Lahey – for also breeding another future event horse.
The Rosa Syndicate – who have been so incredible, standing by her 100% during Rosa’s recovery! (Anne & Mike Laver, Pam Murphy, Sarah Reese, Sarah Sands, Jessica Hart, Gloria Callen, Nancy Hathoway, Faye Wolf, Sandra Retzlaff, Joan Fenton White).

The Rosa Cha Syndicate!

Jenna Weh – Silva’s new barn manager who’s only been with her for 6 weeks! Silva is so happy with her thus far and states that what she lacks in experience, she makes up for in effort and adjustability.  She’s been great with the horses at home and at DAD, and and they’re having so much fun.   Plus the fact, she’s great with kids.  Bonus!!

Silva credits Steve Teichman and Mary Griffin for bringing Rosa back to good health, Boyd and Lauren for being the best coaches, and of course Susannah – for taking such great care of the boys so she can still pursue her riding career.

Let’s not forget the Windurra USA sponsors:  Purina Horse Feed, Smartpak, Ariat, Stubben, Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, Cowboy Magic, Hylofit, MediVet Equine, Majyk Equipe, Charles Owen, Ecogold and Horizon Structures!

We hope you enjoy this slideshow of pictures from the week at DAD.

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