Boyd and Silva are busy preparing for what may their biggest competitions of the year, the championships that culminate the 2008 season. Boots and tack are being polished, horses are being groomed meticulously, and final training sessions are taking place as they count down the days to their respective competitions.
For Boyd the big event is the 20th annual Dansko Fair Hill International Festival in the Country, October 15th-19th, in Elkton, Maryland. He has two horses, Bellany Destiny and Remington XXV, entered in the inaugural CCI** and another two horses, Belmont II and Che Kairo, in the CCI***.
Boyd is not sitting at home meditating about how to take on the competition, however - he's keeping the cobwebs off by running five horses at the Maryland Horse Trials this weekend, (Four at prelim, one at novice).
For Silva this is the Colonel Bengt Ljungquist Memorial Championships at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, October 23-26. Silva qualified an impressive six horses: Wasabi Rosa (Training Level); DP Lidcombe (First Level); Waimea, Sea Lord and Ballatale (Third Level); and Jeff the Chef (Fourth Level).