Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Welcome to the World, Rappahannock!

With huge excitement, we welcome Rappahannock to the world!! 

Rapper is a family member of Rosa Cha W!  Melinda Walton and Larry Smith flew Betty Barkley from Australia to the US earlier this year. Betty is out of Rosa Cha's mother, by Brentano II, and she was already in foal to Regardez Moi, who is Rosa's sire. 

We are so thankful to Melinda and Larry for helping with the foaling and for giving Rapper and his mom Betty the BEST home ever, and I can not wait to ride this beautiful horse. But for the next few years , Rapper will be treated like a king at Melinda and Larry's beautiful farm. 


Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Dutta Corp Fair Hill International

L-R Tim Dutta, Boyd Martin, Jennie Brannigan and Allison Springer. Photo Jenni Autry
Once again this year the Dutta Corporation Fair Hill International provided an unbelievable event. In my opinion it was one of the tougher cross-country courses in both the two and three-stars. Eric Bull and his team built a very impressive course that was both big and technical.

This year I’ve got a very impressive group of up and coming horses; all six horses that I rode on the weekend were brilliant. In the two-star I rode Gloria Callen’s Welcome Shadow and Denise Lahey and Pierre Colin’s SBF Cortez. Both of these horses were super green but were great in all three phases.

Welcome Shadow. Photo Lisa Thomas
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Shadow got a little bit nervous in the dressage and unfortunately I got unseated at a duck towards the end of the cross-country, which required me to do a loop to jump the last element; I didn’t think I crossed my tracks but they gave me a stop, unfortunately. Shadow came out Sunday and show jumped terrific, finishing her event in grand style with a clear round. I think I’ll do another two-star with her next year and keep her at intermediate until then to give her more confidence.

SBF Cortez. Photo Lisa Thomas
Cortez was did an unbelievable dressage test and he scored 43, which put him in 3rd place out of around 110 starters. He was also super around cross-country, picking up just a couple time penalties, then had a couple fences down in show jumping to finish 8th which was a big accomplishment considering he wa s up against such stiff competition. Toronto. Like Shadow, I’d like to keep him at intermediate until he does another two-star next year. Who knows, one of these two might be considered for the Pan-Am Games in Toronto.

I had my work cut out for me in the three-star with four horses having their first go at this level. I was thrilled to finish the event on all three of them, as I was nervous coming into the event that they were not up to the big challenge.

Steady Eddie. Photo Lisa Thomas
George and Gretchen Wintersteen’s Steady Eddie was going well on cross-country but unfortunately I came in too strong to the double corners and had a glance-off, which spoiled his placing, but he gave me the true feeling of a four-star horse.

Pancho Villa. Photo Lisa Thomas

Pancho Villa, owned by the Pancho Villa Syndicate, was brilliant; he did a super duper dressage test. I took one long option at the corners after the run-out with Eddie, but Pancho felt brilliant the whole way around. I didn’t push him for the time, as I just wanted to go clear, and he show jumped sensationally yesterday.

Lucy Boynton’s Crackerjack also put in a great performance. I did not push him for the time on cross-country since this was his first time at this level, and he was jumping great. He came out yesterday full of life and had the round of the day in the show jumping.

Master Frisky at the Jog. Photo by Jenni Autry
Steve Blauner's wonderful Irish Sport Horse Master Frisky was the star of the weekend, leading the CCI*** after dressage and cross-country. He tried his heart out in all three phases and came very close to winning the event. I knew he was in great condition and he’s a great cross-country horse, and he had just two time penalties on cross-country. His greenness did show up in the show jumping where we had one rail down, just costing us the win, but I couldn’t be more pleased; he put in a spectacular performance in perhaps the world’s toughest three-star.

Master Frisky photo Jenni Autry
I'm also honored to be the recipient of the Judy E. Thayer Memorial Trophy, which is presented to the highest-placed rider who currently resides in Chester County.

I’m really pleased for Jennie Brannigan, winning on Cambalda, and also for the horse’s owners Tim and Nina Gardner. They’ve had their highs and lows with this horse and it must be very rewarding for all of them  to win such a prestigious event. My assistant, Caitlin Silliman, has also showed grit and determination with Catch a Star; they had a less than ideal preparation for this event but came fourth when all was said and done.

A massive thanks to my staff here at Windurra! Riding six horses in a CCI was something I’d never done before and it took a massive amount of hard work and organization. Everyone working for me did an excellent job working dawn to dusk every day for the five days of the event and the horses were in magnificent condition thanks to their hard work. It’s a great crew of young people I’ve got here at the moment, all hard working, eager and full of energy.

Thanks also to the owners of all these Fair Hill horses. It’s been a long journey with all these horses to get them to this event. Each horse has had its ups and downs and I’m thankful that the owners all believed in their horses and helped get them to this great event.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Master Frisky Maintains Lead at Fair Hill International CCI***

Photo by Jenni Autry for EventingNation.com
Boyd had a great day with all six horses at the Fair Hill International Three-Day Event, and maintains the lead in the CCI*** with Stephen Blauner's Master Frisky. Read all about it on EN:

We'll have the full run-down and more photos at the completion of the event, so stay tuned!

Boyd and Mikey in The Chronicle of the Horse

From The Chronicle of the Horse:

October 17, 2014
Martin And Master Frisky Move To The Top Of Fair Hill CCI***
By: Lindsay Berreth

Boyd Martin and Master Frisky topped the CCI*** dressage at the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International. Photo by Lindsay Berreth.

Oct. 17 - Elkton, Md.

Boyd Martin is used to riding multiple horses at every event he goes to, but when he brought six horses to the Dutta Corp Fair Hill International, most contesting their first CCIs, he knew he wasn’t going to have it easy.

Luckily, Master Frisky made Martin’s job easy in the CCI***, taking the top spot after two days of dressage (43.1).

Continue Reading....http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/martin-and-master-frisky-move-top-fair-hill-cci

Friday, October 17, 2014

Boyd and Master Frisky Lead Fair Hill International CCI*** after Dressage

Master Frisky has the early lead at the Fair Hill International CCI*** with 43.4 penalties and no room for error on cross-country tomorrow to maintain the lead;  Pancho Villa is 6th on 47.4 and Steady Eddie and Crackerjack are hanging in the top 20 with 51.4 and 52.6, respectively.

SBF Cortez is 7th in the CCI** with 43.8 and Welcome Shadow is in the mix with 70.


The Chronicle of the Horse


Complete results available HERE

Cross-country times are available HERE

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fair Hill Ride Times

All the horses passed the trot up yesterday and all of them look in great form. Below are the times:

Martin, Boyd SBF Cortez CCI2* Thu 10:07 am
Martin, Boyd Steady Eddie CCI3* Thu 04:15 pm
Martin, Boyd Cracker Jack CCI3* Fri 08:22 am
Martin, Boyd Master Frisky CCI3* Fri 12:00 pm
Martin, Boyd Welcome Shadow CCI2* Fri 02:00 pm
Martin, Boyd Pancho Villa CCI3* Fri 03:15 pm

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Melinda Walton and Larry Smith Breed Exceptional Young Talent!

We are blessed to have Melinda Walton and Larry Smith as clients of Silva's, and they continue to breed exceptional young talent!!  We have two of their home bred prospects here in training with Silva and they are both on the market.  Don't miss this opportunity to invest in a fine young horse who can take you to the top of the sport!

Please email or call Silva directly 610 806 2721 about either horse.

HEIGHT: 16.2
Biedermeier RRS aka "Bruiser" is by the elite Hanoverian stallion ES Bonheur, by Brentano II, one of the most influential sire lines that has produced multiple World Cup, World Equestrian Games and Olympic competitors, including America's favorite mare, Brentina (campaigned by Debbie McDonald).

Bruiser's Dam, MS Portiana, is an elegant German import by Prince Thatch, undoubtedly one of the most important English Thoroughbreds chosen to lighten and modernize the Hanoverian breed.

Also by ES Bonheur, Bruiser's half-brother, Benefactor RRS has been trained and competed by Silva Martin to great success. Benefactor's accomplishments include: Region I Champion at Training and Second Level, Reserve Champion at First Level, BLM an GAIG Champion at Training, First and Second Levels and 5th Place in the National Young Horse Championships. In 2013 he was honored as the American Hanoverian Society's top 5 year old with a median score of 8.3 with multiple wins in his classes at Dressage at Devon!

Bruiser shares not only the same exceptional breeding with Benefactor RRS, but also the same easy temperament and personal presence. Just started under saddle in the fall of 2014, Bruiser is displaying an exemplary work ethic and considerable athleticism!


Demitasse RRS, aka "Demi", is an elegant, extremely feminine in type filly, with a wonderful temperament and a diva personality deserving of all the attention she rightfully deserves!

Demi's American bred sire, Donarwiess GGF was champion of his 30 day test and first place in the American Hanoverian Society USDF All Breeds Awards and has won several Regional Championships, including the FEI Levels.

Donarweiss GGF is by De Niro, the 2008 Hanoverian Stallion of the Year, who is described as "the embodiment of the Hanoverian stallion" with a legendary career. De Niro is by the incomparable Donnerhall, one of the greatest foundation sires of the 20th Century.
Demi's Dam, MS Lanthana, is by HLP Lanthan, by Lombard. Lanthan, having the highest breeding value in his age group, is now known for producing upper level dressage horses with elasticity of movement and ground covering gates.

With impeccable breeding combined with a sweet disposition and graceful movement, Demi should prove herself to be an effective and engaging competitor in the dressage ring. Recently started under saddle in the fall of 2014, Demi is displaying a willingness to please and is upholding her genetic legacy!

Video of first time under saddle in dressage ring