German-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 U.S. 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.
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 homebred 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.