Thursday, April 24, 2014

Silva's Thoughts on Oscar's Rolex Dressage Test

Phillip Dutton and Trading Aces are in 8th place on 52.5 after the first day of dressage at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. [Leader Board]. Silva is home in PA and watched the test on live streaming. Here are her thoughts: 

It was kind of a last-minute thing and we’re very thankful that Phillip is riding Oscar at Rolex; it’s a big ask and unbelievable that he’d take it on – Boyd was hoping to ride Oscar himself, but obviously didn’t get to because of his leg.

David O’Connor helped Phillip on the flat over the last week and I went to watch and it went really well. Phillip hasn’t ridden the horse that much and obviously doesn’t know him as well as his other horses, and Oscar gets a bit tense in the ring. I don’t think Phillip knew to expect that today; Boyd said he wasn’t tense at all in the warm-up, so it caught Phillip by surprise.

To just jump on and do the test on a horse he doesn’t know is amazing! I can’t imagine jumping on a horse I don’t know and doing a test like that! 

Oscar got tense in the walk and the marks went down there, but the flying changes can be hard on that horse, and they went well. The canter was good; Oscar can be a bit grouchy in the canter and Phillip did a great job with that. Looking at the overall scores they did all right! 


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Cadent For Sale VIDEO

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Talented Upper Level Horse For Sale

New Cadet at Fair Hill 2013. Amber Heintzberger photo, not to be copied or reproduced without permission.

New Cadet is for Sale!

 'Caddy' is a first-class event horse that is probably best suited to a more experienced rider. He is an awesome cross country horse with a lot of heart and has only received one cross country jumping fault in his whole career! He has competed successfully at the Intermediate level for the past year, and will soon be ready to move up to advanced level.

NAME: New Cadet
SEX: Gelding
HEIGHT: 16.2hh
DATE OF BIRTH: 4-23-05
SIRE: Private Terms
DAM: Couloir (by Nepal)
BREED: American Thoroughbred
BREEDER: Jimmy Hawkins
OWNER: Mrs Anne Hennessey, VT

Road to Rolex

The reality of me snapping my leg completely in half a few weeks ago is starting to means I have to come to terms with not competing at Rolex. I’m walking again, about 2 degrees lame, but I feel I would not be strong enough to land after some of the big four-star drops, and ride the horses to my fullest ability, which they need around this sort of course.

Trading Aces is in superb condition and it would be a crime not to take advantage of all the hard work so I’ve called up Phillip Dutton who rode the horse to victory at The Fork a few weeks ago. In my mind Phillip is one of the best riders in the world and will do the best job with Oscar at Rolex.

Caitlin has been doing all of his dressage and fitness work here at home and has the horse purring like a cat on the flat. Phillip has jumped him a couple times and will take over his training completely tomorrow.

Shamwari and Otis are rerouting to Luhmuehlen and I hope to ride at Jersey Fresh in a couple weeks as their prep event. Phillip is kind enough to ride Shammie around the 3* and Otis around the Advanced this weekend at Fair Hill. I can’t tell you how much all of these horses’ owners appreciate Phillip’s hard work keeping these horses running. I hope one day Phillip breaks his leg so I can return the favor.

I’m looking forward to getting down to Kentucky Wednesday night to help Caitlin, Lillian and Erin through the competition. I’m also signed up to do a number of autograph signings, course walks and talks and maybe even a bit of commentary while I’m down there. 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Silva's Girls Clean Up at Dressage Show in NJ!

I feel so lucky to have my girls, they’re awesome and they’re doing such a great job with all the horses while I am recuperating! They went to a show at Saddlebrook in NJ over the weekend and had great results:

Rio Royale, owned by Pam Murphy and bred by Melinda and Larry Won with 72% at his first show, with Kymmy riding. Kymmy also rode Danka Shoene, owned and bred by Melinda Walton and Larry Smith. He’s just turning 4 so he’s a real baby and he is just fabulous. He did training 2 and 3 and won with 70 and 72%.

Kymmy also rode Rigoletto, "Toni", owned by Sandy Retzlaff and she did 2nd level test 3 and won with 67% and did 3rd test 1 and won with 62%.

Brightside, ("Eddie") owned by Gloria Callan and Mike Laver, is a young horse I bought in Ireland. He doesn’t really understand any dressage yet and he’s only 4, so I just wanted him to get out and get some experience., He scored 69% at training level. It’s really important for him to get exposure and Scout did a really good job with him.

I'm very frustrated not to be riding - it's ironic that when I'm working hard all the time I'd like to take a rest, but now that the doctors tell me I have to rest, all I want to do is get back to work!

This is just such a stupid injury, but of course everyone around us is amazing, there are so many people helping us in every way, I’m blown away and feel like the luckiest person in the world to have these girls keep my business going. 

I've gone from five to three days a week of rehab and am steadily improving. I'll get some photos and tell you all about it tomorrow.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Boyd’s "left hind lameness" is improving

Boyd in Physio

 I’m pleased to say I’m ahead of schedule in the healing process; I recently went for my checkup, a couple weeks after surgery, and Dr. Phillip Principe is encouraged by the re-growth of bone around the fracture. He instructed me to start riding as soon as I can, as there’s no risk of re-injuring the leg; it’s more a matter of my effectiveness with my leg and my pain tolerance.

Healing Well

 I find myself reunited at ATI physical therapy with Chris Dougherty, the man who helped me come back last year, and I’m currently seeing him three times a week, working on my mobility, core and strength exercises to keep myself fit and strong. 

Physio Chris Dougherty in Action

-Boyd Martin

Our red-headed Aussie broodmare has a new home in Virginia

Betty at her new home in VA

Melinda Walton and Larry T. Smith have imported our finest broodmare from Australia to join their mares in Middleburg, VA.

Betty Barkley is by Brentano II out of Jasmine (Rosa Cha W's dam), and is in foal to Heath Ryan’s GP stallion Regardez Moi - who is Rosa Cha W's sire, so this foal will  be a 3/4 sibling to Rosa. 

Betty had never left the farm in Australia before she boarded the truck to Sydney, a flight to LA connecting to NY, and then a truck to VA. She arrived in excellent condition to her new home in the US.

Melinda and Larrry have been wonderful supporters of Silva’s riding and also have bred some incredible horses, which Silva has been lucky enough to produce and compete. We are happy that Betty has such a fantastic new home and wish everyone well!

Boyd and Silva