Saturday, August 23, 2014

Silva Arrives in France for WEG

Our Hotel
A long flight and two buses later, I have finally arrived in Chantilly. It is unbelievably beautiful here and I am so lucky to be living the life we are living at the moment! Marilyn Little was nice enough to pick me up from CDG airport, which is where I took the two buses to, and we drove to the stables. They are in a castle! Unbelievable!

The horses had a good workout early this morning and were relaxing when I arrived. They look very happy - how could anyone not be at that place). The riders are in Paris and Normandy today for the registration and things.

I drove Boyd and Phillip's car to the hotel and had a chance to have a nap and relax after all that travel. I will post more pics and a blog tomorrow!


The view from our room!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Offered For Sale: Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa, 11 years old, Selle Francais Advanced event horse for sale.
Very rarely is a young, advanced horse with this much quality offered for sale here in the United States.

Myself and the group that owns Pancho Villa have decided to put him on the market. He has unbelievable movement for the dressage, a scopey careful jump for the show jumping and a wonderful gallop and endurance for the cross country. Being an 11-year-old, he is the prime of his career and has still more years left for improvement. He would make a champion Young Rider horse, a Pan American Games horse or a potential Rio 2016 horse or the ultimate adult amateur CCI1* winner.

A link to his records can be found at: 

Serious inquires only, please contact Caitlin Silliman at: 610-316-7318 until September 1st, beyond that, call Boyd Martin: 610-806-2381 

Reasonably priced for his potential at: $165k.

Boyd Martin

Happy Birthday Boyd

What a wonderful evening we had celebrating Boyd's birthday last night. Even though Boyd is in France on his birthday, we had a birthday cake!!
Michaela Stern, Kat's mom, made us THE best burgers with gourmet sides and of course gourmet desert .
It was seriously probably the best food I have ever had.
THANK YOU, Michaela!!
We had our BBQ at our gazebo by the dressage ring and almost the whole Windurra team came. It was a stunning evening out there! Happy Birthday Boyd!

I am off to cheer him on tomorrow.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Galloping in Chantilly

The boys are looking in great form here in Chantilly France. We were lucky enough to do our gallop today on the race track in town in front of the palace. Both horses worked well over a two mile gallop. 

Over the next few days we shall be fine tuning our dressage, along with a couple of jump sessions. I believe we are shipping to Normandy on Monday. 

The team is getting along well, and in high spirits.

Boyd Martin

CDCTA Dressage 2014

We were showing at CDCTA show Glenwood Park in Middleburg, VA over the weekend. It was a great facility and and the show was run incredibly well; I’m definitely going to go back.

I rode Benefactor RRS and Danka Schoene RRS and I also had Pamela Murphy on Rio Royale RRS and Amy Heron on Constantina RRS, all bred by Melinda Holland and Larry Smith.

We stayed with Melinda and Larry and it was a great weekend because they have a beautiful place, they cooked amazing food and we got to see all their new babies. They took wonderful care of us and it was a great weekend.

All the horses did really well. Pamela rode like a star this weekend and won Training 2 and 3 with 71%. Amy also did really well, she had a couple of costly mistakes in both tests but I’m proud of her for carrying on and finishing.

My horses were both perfect, Benny won both Second test 3 classes with 69% and Danka scored 68% both days in Training level -- though I’m not sure how he placed because we left before the class was finished.

Of course they are very good horses for me because they’re quiet and listen to me 100%. I think with Benny I have to push for more at the championship, and I will when we get there. Danka is more of a baby and had some green mistakes but that’s okay, it’s all about getting him out and seeing new things, and it was a good experience for both of them.

I'll be heading to France this Friday to help Boyd in his preparations for the WEG! 


Sunday, August 17, 2014

For Sale: SBF Eowyn

Wynnie at Fair Hill. GRC Photo

Eowyn, or "Wynnie", is a talented five-year-old mare with excellent breeding who has had a brilliant start to her Eventing career. Wynnie just competed at the Fair Hill Horse Trials in the Novice Horse division finishing on her dressage score of 31. She is offered at a great price and will be moving up to Training at her next event in a few weeks. Wynnie is the sister to SBF Cortez who just placed 2nd in his second Intermediate competition at the Millbrook Horse Trials (NY) two weeks ago.


 She is the ideal horse for an amateur or young rider looking to be extremely competitive in whatever event they enter. Wynnie is a lovely, soft mover and is extremely rideable and trainable for the dressage consistently receiving in the 20’s and low 30’s in dressage; she received a 25.8 at her first event. She is a scopey, careful jumper with a lovely gallop that only needs to be ridden in the softest of snaffles.

GRC Photo
Wynnie is by Dutch super-sire Riverman ISF out of an American Thoroughbred, Jer’s Princess. Riverman carries blood from many of the important jumping breeds of Europe including Voltaire, Furioso, and Nimmerdor all great progenitors of modern jumper breeding. This is a great opportunity to purchase a very special horse that will bring you up the levels of eventing. Rarely is a horse of this quality offered for sale. Please call Caitlin Silliman 610-316-7318 while Boyd is traveling to the WEG.