Saturday, January 29, 2011

Blue Ribbons for Devon and Silva in Orlando!

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Meet the Crew in Aiken...Caitlin Silliman

Caitlin Silliman

Caitlin is Windurra's longest serving soldier, working with Silva and I for nearly three years. Caitlin did her first couple of years learning the art of dressage with Silva, and then switched over to the event barn mid-2010 to work with the event horses.

Caitlin's official role is assistant rider/super groom/organizer and happy smiley face around the barn. She was Remington's groom for the two-week French Four-Star tour to Pau last year. I am lucky to have a girl that is super organized, very hard working and a top rider all in one. Not only does she take a key position in the barn, she is currently starring as girlfriend of Australian Love God Ryan Wood.

Caitlin has two horses in Aiken this year: Hoku, an intermediate mare that is aiming for a two-star in the Spring, and Ben, a young horse that looks very promising and should be competing at training level in a couple of starts. We have very high expectations for both of these horses this year and are excited about their future.

I want to wish Caitlin all the best with her horses and thank her for her hard work in Aiken this year, and I truly hope that "training with us for a year before college" lasts longer and longer.


Thursday, January 27, 2011

PRO Derby Cross Wellington

Please join hosts Boyd Martin and Leslie Law as five teams of five riders each compete over Olympic Gold Medalist David O'Connor's Derby Cross Course. Teams are captained by event riders Phillip Dutton, Karen O'Connor, Buck Davidson, Allison Springer and Kyle Carter. Internationally renowned jumper riders Laura Kraut, Katie Prudent, Ian Millar, Georgina Bloomberg and Aaron Vale will also be joined by polo players
like Luis Escobar, Nic Roldan, Brandon Phillips, Kris Kampsen and one more star!

Calcutta Welcome Party
presented by


Friday, March 4th

5:00-7:00 PM
followed by Nation's Cup

White Horse Tavern

3401 Equestrian Club Road

Wellington, Florida 33414

PRO Derby Cross

Saturday, March 5th

5:00 PM - Course walk with David O'Connor
5:30-8:00 PM - Team Competition
followed by The Hermes Puissance

and PRO Derby Cross After Party

International Arena
Palm Beach International Equestrian Center
14440 Pierson Road

Wellington, FL 33414

PRO Derby Cross Patron's Ticket Options:

Friday, March 4th
Calcutta Welcome Party

presented by


Tickets $60 per person

Saturday, March 5th

PRO Derby Cross
Patron & Sponsor Marquee
Tickets $150 per person *
$1,200 per table of 8

* includes full dinner and cocktails

To reserve your tickets,

contact Samantha Lendl at or 772-633-6129

Proceeds to benefit

Operation Homefront

Silva and Devon Arrive in Orlando

We have arrived in sunny Orlando and all the horses are happy and healthy!


Silva and Devon On the Road to Orlando

Devon and I are on the road again, on our way to Orlando, Florida for our first show of the season. We have Aesthete, Rosa Cha, Constantina, Duvent and Rembrandt on the trailer and it's getting warmer as we go South!
I am excited to ride Aesthete ("Stately") for the first time at a show, going third level on Saturday and Sunday. I am also looking forward to showing Duvent for the first time this season - he was a bit of a wild man when he first started showing but now he is more confident and settled. He is also doing third level.
Rosa Cha has been working very well at home and she is starting first level. I am also very excited to ride little Constantina, (Cece), who is Duvent's little sister. She came to us to be broken in last summer and she has only done one Materiale class and is now starting her competition career under saddle. Cece is going in the training level this weekend.
Devon and Rembrandt have been working very well together this winter and are showing second and third level this weekend.

- Silva

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Meet the Crew in Aiken

L-R: Lillian Heard, Silva Martin and Caitlin Silliman (Amber Heintzberger photo)

One of the faces that is behind the scene at the Aiken farm this year is my assistant rider/ chief organizer/ groom Lillian 'not sure about that Boyd' Heard. Lillian has been one of my partners in crime for the last two years. She is one of America's top young advanced riders that is aiming her horse 'Whitey' at a couple of three stars or maybe a four star this year.

Whitey Dressage 1
Share Option "Whitey" (From jaqheardpics on Flickr)

I must say, Lillian and I are polar opposites, which is probably why we have tolerated each other for so long. She is always questioning my great ideas, and then when they work out she claims that she is the brains of the operation! She is extremely neat and organized, loves sticking to a schedule, and is a successful college graduate! All things that have strayed from me in my life....

"Ariel" (From jaqheardpics on Flickr)

All jokes aside, Lillian is a fantastic part of the team. She is a hard worker, a great rider and she loves the horses. I could not survive without her. I wish her all the best these next couple of months as we endure yet another Aiken experience together. She has two horses here this year, in 'Share Option' and 'Ariel' that both are top notch. Both Silva and I look forward to being part of Lillian's future success.

Check out Lillian's new website:


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Event Horses Arrive in Aiken

Aiken Farm

After watching the precious dressage horses prance off to Aiken last week, the event horses finally found the sun in Aiken, arriving yesterday at Ilene Boorman's beautiful farm. All the horses looked like they shipped well to South Carolina.


Last Monarch, aka "Stewie"

Summer Breeze

The Real Steddie Eddie

Our first eventing start is next weekend at Pine Top Horse Trials in Thomson, Georgia. We have a few new faces in the barn that look promising. It is shaping up to be a very exciting year, with some very nice looking horses that are just oozing with class!

We also have a new member to our crew: Lindsay Taylor, professional groom extraordinaire. Lindsay has learned finesse and attention to detail through working at Becky Holder's barn in the last year or two, and I wish her all the best as she brings her talents to our crew.


Caitlin's view of the barn in Aiken through Steddie Eddie's ears

Monday, January 24, 2011

Impressive Young Hanoverian/Holsteiner for Sale!!

NAME: Roulette

SEX: Mare


HEIGHT: 17.3 1/2


SIRE: Lorke
( Hanoverian)

DAM: Penelope
( Holsteiner)

BREED: Hanoverian/ Holsteiner

Dr. Rich Forfa DVM, Dr. Lisa Wagner DVM

PLACE OF BIRTH: Monococy Equine

OWNER: Nicole Scullion

"Rio" is a promising young horse that came to us in the beginning of 2011. She shows phenominal talent & has shown improvement in a very short time. She is going to be a world class for either dressage or eventing with elastic movement, great balance & a wonderful mind. She is very ratable over fences.

We plan to have better jump pictures from Aiken over the next 2 weeks, so please check back for updates.

Please call Boyd for more info