Silva Martin - Dressage Rider, Trainer, Competitor USA

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Posted by Mary Phelps


Silva Martin is a Grand Prix dressage rider who has been featured in a variety of equestrian publications and clinics for her riding expertise and training capabilities. Martin exhibits a particular talent for developing young horses and bringing them up through the levels; she has won numerous awards riding Warmbloods and Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds through the Grand Prix level.

Martin has seen great success competing at major U.S. competitions including Dressage at Devon, GAIG and CBLM Finals, and national championships across the country. Born in Germany, the U.S. Grand Prix rider and Olympic level trainer passed her Bereiters exam from the German Riding School in Warendorf with an “excellent” mark.

She has trained with notable riders and horsemen such as Paul Beck, Rudolf Zeilinger, Hubertus Schmidt, and U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Dover.

Martin represented the United States in the 2014 Nations Cup at the CDIO in Wellington, FL, where the U.S. team took home the gold medal. Despite suffering a serious head injury during a training exercise later that year, Martin made a full comeback and quickly returned to teaching and riding.

She currently travels the northeast circuit competing at USDF / FEI shows, in addition to running a training program out of her farm, Windurra USA, located in Cochranville, PA, with her husband, USA Olympian Event Rider and trainer Boyd Martin.