History & Career

About Silva

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. 

In 2014 Silva represented the U.S. for the first time in team competition, helping win team gold in the Nations Cup competition at the CDIO Wellington, riding her homebred mare Rosa Cha W, who is owned by the Rosa Cha W Syndicate. Silva and Rosa have also participated in high performance training sessions with US Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover.  Following her initial success in 2014 Silva sustained a serious head injury schooling a horse at home – while wearing a helmet. The injury affected her speech, eyesight and physical  capabilities, but Silva took her rehabilitation seriously and by October 2014 she made a full comeback to teaching and riding.  In the summer of 2014, she presented the Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award to brain-injured Olympic dressage rider Courtney-King Dye, who has worked tirelessly in campaigning for helmet awareness. Silva has also made brain injury and helmet awareness a personal mission. 

Having relocated to the US from Australia in 2007, both Silva and Boyd have become some of the most sought-after trainers in the United States. They have developed their farm to be a top training destination for both professional and amateur riders, with top-notch Attwood footing in the arenas and on the galloping track, and an extensive cross-country course. During the winter the Boyd is based out of Stable View Farm in Aiken, SC, while Silva now remains home in Pennsylvania. She also travels to compete at USDF/FEI shows throughout the east coast, Kentucky, Illinois, and Florida when her schedule allows. 

Silva and Boyd welcomed their first son Nox Christoph Martin in 2015 and in 2018 little brother Leo Rossco Martin joined the team!