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
COLOUR: Brown
HEIGHT: 16.2hh
DATE OF BIRTH: 4-23-05
COUNTY OF BIRTH: USA
SIRE: Private Terms
DAM: Couloir (by Nepal)
BREED: American Thoroughbred
BREEDER: Jimmy Hawkins
PLACE OF BIRTH: Lexington, KY
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. 

-Boyd

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.

-Silva




 


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





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sir Donovan Sold


British event rider Philippa Humphreys, based in Michigan, recently purchased Peter Barry's Irish Sport Horse Sir Donovan. We've been lucky to have Don in the barn since the end of last year and I competed him in four events, with the best result finishing 4th at the Red Hills CIC***.

Originally I planned to run the horse at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, but due to my current state of health Peter and I decided it would be best to sell him. I wish Philippa all the best and a big thanks to Peter for allowing me to ride a great horse.

-Boyd

Read more at The Chronicle of the Horse

Monday, April 7, 2014

From the Sidelines at The Fork

Photo of Phillip Dutton and Trading Aces courtesy EventingNation.com
For the first time I attempted to do The Fork Horse Trials as a spectator/owner/coach, and it was a very different perspective for this great event. First and foremost, I’ve gotta say, Phillip Dutton is one of the greatest blokes in the world to risk his neck competing my three horses without having ridden them prior to the event. He’s a humble champion, always helping everyone out behind the scenes and he did a fantastic job on all three of my horses. 

Shamwari was fantastic in dressage; he had a course error in show jumping and then schooled well around the three-star cross-country. Trading Aces was equally brilliant, and Phillip and I decided to run him full throttle around cross-country and he handled it well, and won the advanced by a mile. The one I was probably most impressed with this weekend was Otis Barbotiere; there’s no question he’s fitter, sounder and stronger than ever. He was unbelievable in all three phases and I can’t tell you how excited I am to have him back in the mix.

My team of four-star girls that I coach: Caitlin Silliman, Lillian Heard and Erin Sylvester, all were awesome. All three of these girls are class riders who all had the perfect outing in the run-up to Rolex. I’m very pleased for all of them because I feel like they’re all in line to do well in a couple of weeks.


Lastly I want to send my condolences to one of my best friends, Will Coleman, who sadly lost his horse Conair after a fall on cross-country. I’ve watched Will pour 110% of his energy into Joey since getting the ride on him last year and it was brilliant to watch how much the horse had improved. It was just a tragedy, not only for Will but the people who supported the horse. I can tell you, it takes an unbelievable amount of energy, effort and support to gain the ride on a horse of that caliber.


-Boyd Martin