Following her recent success on the gold medal winning team at the Nations Cup and winning the PSG at the Palm Beach Derby riding Rosa Cha W, US Dressage Team rider Silva Martin has sustained a riding injury at her training facility in Wellington, Florida. 


 Yesterday morning, March 5th, my wife Silva Martin was riding in her dressage facility in Wellington, Florida when she had a freak fall from a horse that she was training. The horse had an almost comical trip and Silva bumped her head on the horse’s neck on the way down, and hit the ground unconscious which was followed shortly by a seizure.

 Silva’s trusty crew of girls at the barn jumped into action and paramedics were on the scene immediately. Silva was airlifted to the ER at the Delray Medical Center in nearby Delray Beach.

 So far CT scans show some bleeding on her brain, which remains stable scan after scan. Doctors are opting not to do surgery at this time in hopes that Silva’s body reabsorbs the blood.

 At the moment the doctors are hoping that slowly but surely she will come back to her senses as her body heals from the injury. Her current condition is a deep sleep, and doctors expect that it will take a few days for her to be more responsive and alert.

 I’d like to thank the thousands of well-wishers who have been keeping Silva in their thoughts and prayers. Since the tragedy of Courtney King Dye, Silva has worn her Charles Owen helmet every day and doctors assured us that if she hadn’t had her helmet on in this instance the conversation we’d be having would be extremely different.




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  1. Thoughts and prayers for Silva’s fast recovery.

  2. Anonymous says

    Prayers and wishes
    for Silva’s quick recovery from everyone associated with the Ride for Life, which she has benefitted. Pat

  3. Praying for her!

  4. hugs and healing wishes!

  5. Anonymous says

    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Praying for you both and everyone else involved (employees at the barn, doctors at the hospital, and Silva’s students).

  7. Hoping for a quick and complete recovery.

  8. We are praying for a fast and full recovery for Silva, strength and knowledge for her doctors and peace, comfort and well being for Boyd and family.

  9. Anonymous says

    Thinking of you both constantly. Joan

  10. Wishing Silva all the best and a speedy recovery!

  11. Anonymous says

    Many thoughts and prayers for speedy recovery from SC. Kristen M.

  12. Get well soon Silva. And good on you for wearing a hat all the time x

  13. Anonymous says

    Wishing Silva a speedy recovery
    Thoughts and prayers
    Thinking of both of you

  14. Prayers go out to Silva. May the doctors in her case be guided to do the right things for her and that she’ll soon be wearing her new Charles Owen helmet. Lua Oas Southard

  15. Thank you for this update and please know we all are praying for you both during this very difficult time.

  16. Prayers to all of you. Hoping for a speedy and full recovery.

  17. Wishing Silva a speedy recovery. Get well soon!

  18. Many many prayers being said for a full and speedy recovery, and that Silva is soon back in the saddle.

  19. Anonymous says

    Praying for her speedy & complete recovery.

  20. So glad that she was wearing a helmet! Get well soon Silva!

  21. Anonymous says

    Good thoughts and prayers for her. Get well soon!

  22. Thoughts and prayers to you both!

  23. Hugs and prayers to all of you.

  24. Best wishes for her recovery! I know her doctors will take good care of her!

  25. Carol Cockcroft says

    Thoughts and prayers for Silva’s quick and complete recovery!

  26. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both, Boyd!

  27. Anonymous says

    Lifting you and everyone who knows and loves Silva in prayer. May her recovery be a swift and uneventful one.