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Silva’s Trip South: Ten Days in Aiken

The boys and I are just back from ten days in Aiken where we really enjoyed some time with Boyd, and I was able to compete in a couple of shows. We took our babysitter Susannah and her son Bobby, and I had three horses, so the truck was full and the trailer was nearly full for our journey south. It was fun to see Boyd, obviously since the boys and I hadn’t seen him for awhile! We got there Friday and I showed that Sunday in the Grand Prix at Stable View. Rosa was really good and it was fun, Read more...

Sporting Days February Horse Trials

On Saturday we plan to take a great group of horses to Sporting Days Horse Trials. This event is a nice, ‘no frills’ local horse trials that features a very straightforward cross country course. I usually would not enter my intermediate horses (Barry, Luke & Bonito) here, but I would love to get them through an easy run before I line them up to a bigger task at Pine Top 2 in a few weeks. For Prez, Lulu and Electra, this will be a great event to continue building confidence.  They are all Read more...

Windurra Eventers at Dressage at Bruce’s Field

This weekend Mike and I took a few of the event horses over to Bruce's Field, here in Aiken, for the dressage show. It was fun trying to mix it up with the fancy dressage horses and it was an especially good experience for the Kyra and Cortez, who will be competing in the LiftMaster Eventing Grand Prix at Bruce's Field in a couple of weeks. Thanks to Silva’s owner Joan Fenton-White, who took photos of some of the horses. Results can be found at Foxvillage.com (links below) RESULTS BOYD RESULTS Read more...

New Boyd Martin/ETB Equine Construction Schooling Course Open at Stable View

It was great fun to get out and school the upper level oriented course that I designed and Eric Bull built in a back field here at Stable View. All of the jumps are newly built and are offered for sale, and I will rearrange the jumps on a regular basis so that riders can train a variety of questions. Here's a video of Lillian Heard giving it a test run: https://youtu.be/URFii4zAOpY Read more...

Rosa Cha W to Return to Grand Prix Competition

At the end of 2017, just before Dressage at Devon, my Grand Prix mare Rosa Cha W foundered as a result of contracting Potomac Horse Fever. Rosa had been vaccinated against the disease, and the founder diagnosis was devastating. We thought that she might never compete again. We bred Rosa, who is now 13 years old, in Australia. She is an Oldenburg by Heath Ryan’s stallion Regardez Moi, out of Jasmine W (by Richmeed Medallion), and she is like part of our family. Rosa took me to my first Nations Read more...

World Class Grooming with Emma Ford


The past few years I have brought in top eventing groom Emma Ford to spend a couple hours with all of the staff and go over the grooming of all of the horses. Emma, who along with Cat Hill authored the book World Class Grooming and offers seminars on grooming, has traveled to three Olympic Games with Phillip Dutton and is very particular with the car of the horses.  She is also good mates with my head girl Sidney.  It’s always good bringing outside people to look over how things are done in Read more...

Update from Silva: Three Shows in Aiken

 

I have some catching up to do on the blog, so I will talk about three shows here, beginning with Dressage at the Park, held at Bruce’s Field here in Aiken.

I’m so excited that I have two newly minted FEI horses, Hannah Lu W, owned by Joan Fenton White and Sara Reese, and my own Jada W. Both of these homebred mares just recently moved up to the FEI levels, competing in the PSG here in Aiken, South Carolina.

Jada won the PSG; Hannah was a little hot in the canter and made some green Read more...

Windurra Young Event Horses Compete at Stable View Dressage

Today was the first official recognized dressage show at Stable View Farm in Aiken. I was busy working the Advanced and Intermediate Horses with US Team coach Erik Duvander, so my right hand man Mike Pendleton rode four of the young event horses in the Training and First level dressage classes.

Looking at the results, I see that young Mike did a stellar job with the horses. The two Irish Sport Horses, Classic and Carl, won their tests, and the two new German horses, LuLu and Monty, made their Read more...

Erik Duvander Coaching in Aiken

The new US Eventing Team coach Erik Duvander was in Aiken this week, coaching at Stable View. He worked with Shammie and he even hopped on and had a feel of him. Shammie looks in great shape and I plan to take him to Wellington, Florida in early February to do some pure dressage and jumping.

-Boyd

Below are a few pictures:

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2018 Season Kicks Off at Stable View in Aiken!

2018 fan club update from Boyd and Silva Martin, located in Aiken SC at Stable View. Read more...

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