Silva Martin Returns to CDI Arena for 1st Time Since Accident to Place 3rd on Rosa Cha W

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Silva Marttn on Rosa Cha W. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Silva Marttn on Rosa Cha W. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sept. 26, 2014

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

Silva Martin returned to the international arena Friday to post a personal best score on Rosa Cha W to place third in the Prix St. Georges at Dressage at Devon, seven months after what was feared to be a career-ending freak horse accident.

The 33-year-old rider said serious eye problems caused by the accident were an advantage in riding for a score of 71.447 per cent as she was focused totally on the test because she could not see judges, spectators or other distractions at the busy postage stamp-sized show grounds on Main Line Philadelphia.

“I was like a blind person in the riing,” said Silva whose right eye is closed. “It was kind of nice. It was only me and her”

Olivia Lagoy-Weltz of Middleburg, Virginia on Rassing’s Lonoir was first with a score of 73.772 per cent, also a personal best, while Christopher Hickey of Wellington, Florida on Ronaldo was second on 71.842 per cent.

The third place score for Silva and the 10-year-old mare born in Australia by the Heath Ryan-owned stallion Regardez Moi beat their previous high of 69.474 per cent logged at a Wellington, Florida CDI just five days before the accident on Mar. 5. Before the accident, the Florida winter circuit had been the best ever for the German-born rider that included winning gold in the Nations Cup that was her first outing for the United States team.

Silva of nearby Cochranville, Pennsylvania who also competed two younger horses at this show, said she “got quite emotional” when she rode Rosa Cha down the centerline as one of 46 combinations that started the small tour class.

“I couldn’t see anything aound us–no judges, no spectators,” she told dressage-news.com.

“There was no pressure, just me and her doing our test. That was fine.

“All the credit goes to the horse. She knows the test inside out. I was kind of the pilot. I didn’t have to do that much.

“If it had gone badly people might have thought it was because of my injury. There are bigger things in life than this.”

Silva said she followed her routine of going to the competition arena before the start of the event to visualize her ride.

Unlike in the past, though, she was not anxious, keyed up wanting to do well.

“It felt differet this time,” she said. “I felt so calm. I didn’t feel any pressure. I said to myself, ‘whatever happens, happens.’

“I’m just so lucky to be able to do this. I felt very relaxed and calm. I trust the mare so much. I let her do her thing.

“She really wants to do well. The horse is more competitive than I am. She wants it so bad.”

What also was different was that Silva “kind of did it on my own.”

She was working with Debbie McDonald before the accident. Debbie could not be at Devon to coach her but Silva plans to work with her when both are in Florida for next winter’s circuit.

Debbie emailed her tips and hints that were helpful.

Boyd Martin, her Australian turned American event rider husband who rode on U.S. teams at the 2012 Olympics and World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France this year as well as at Kentucky in 2010, came to the show to help out as he has done at home.

Silva said that after this show she is scheduled to compete in the U.S. Dressage Federation’s Regional Championships in North Carolina next month.

Then, she will asses whether to move Rosa Cha up to Grand Prix as she already knows the movements and to schedule surgery for her eyes.

“This has been quite a show for me,” she said. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Results:

Prix St Georges CDI3*
E: – H: Armando – “I” ARG C: Hess – “I” GER M: – B: Foy – “I” USA
Rider Nation Horse   H C B T Pl.
Lagoy-Weltz, Olivia USA Rassing’s Lonoir 72.763 75.000 73.553 73.772 1
Hickey, Christopher USA Ronaldo 71.842 69.605 74.079 71.842 2
Martin, Silva USA Rosa Cha W 69.868 71.842 72.632 71.447 3
Lane, Megan CAN San D’or 68.289 71.053 69.474 69.605 4
Dueck, Shannon CAN Allegro II 69.605 69.868 68.816 69.430 5
Persson, Karin SWE Cortison 67.368 69.737 70.395 69.167 6
Irwin, Tina CAN Fancy That 71.447 68.421 66.447 68.772 0
Blitz, Heather USA Verida 65.658 71.316 69.211 68.728 0
Gurganus, Mary-Haskins USA Richmond HL 67.500 66.711 70.395 68.202 0
Dueck, Shannon CAN Cantaris 66.974 68.158 69.342 68.158 0
Gallagher-Legriffon, Denielle CAN Argo Conti Tyme 68.553 67.895 66.447 67.632 0
Dvorak, Tom CAN Ribot 68.289 67.895 66.579 67.588 0
Bahniuk Lauritsen, Mary USA Wench De Jeu 71.053 66.447 64.211 67.237 0
Cowden, Rebecca CAN Arami 68.289 69.211 64.211 67.237 0
Bahniuk Lauritsen, Mary USA Ansgar 66.579 69.342 65.263 67.061 0
Strasser, Evi CAN Rigaudon Tyme 66.974 65.921 68.158 67.018 0
Pierson, Lisa USA Baryshnikov 67.105 68.158 65.395 66.886 0
Dvorak, Alexandra CAN Rubino 68.026 66.316 65.658 66.667 0
Trussell, Belinda CAN Tattoo 15 65.658 66.974 66.184 66.272 0
Irving, Jill CAN Dio Mio 67.500 68.684 62.500 66.228 0
Malone, Catherine USA Uno Don Diego 66.974 63.421 67.895 66.096 0
Mendiburu, Heather USA What Happen 66.579 64.868 65.789 65.746 0
Buberl, Nadine GER Don Perygnon 66.447 66.447 64.211 65.702 0
Muro, Irina VEN Don Royal 66.711 67.237 61.316 65.088 0
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne DOM Foco Loco W 67.895 62.763 64.342 65.000 0
Steacie, Liz CAN Callahan 62.237 63.947 67.895 64.693 0
Markowski, Maya CAN Lumiere 63.026 65.000 65.526 64.518 0
Wilson, Leah CAN Wendy Dice 65.789 60.658 66.842 64.430 0
Goodrich, Pamela USA Zikomo De Grand 66.184 60.789 66.053 64.342 0
Taylor, Lee CAN Cedar’s Padraig 64.474 63.553 64.868 64.298 0
Garweg, Christian CAN Dynamica 66.974 65.263 60.132 64.123 0
Janke, Inga GER Beall Spring Savanna 64.868 63.289 62.368 63.509 0
Pugh, Abraham USA Elfenperfekt 65.658 60.395 63.816 63.289 0
Gentry, Kim AUS Leonardo 64.342 62.105 63.158 63.202 0
Wilson, Leah CAN Rendezvous 65.132 61.447 62.237 62.939 0
Malone, Catherine USA Watch Me 63.026 59.079 63.684 61.930 0
Davis, Karin AUS Morris 62.500 62.500 59.605 61.535 0
Bolender, Courtney USA Donhana RH 58.816 62.500 60.921 60.746 0
Cizadlo, Anne USA Obsession II 64.342 55.658 62.105 60.702 0
Reteguiz-Denizard, Luis PUR Royal Affair 61.316 58.553 62.105 60.658 0
Molerio De Muro, Irina VEN Wilbur 61.447 60.000 59.605 60.351 0
Anderson, J Peter USA Pastorale 61.316 59.474 60.132 60.307 0
Hirosh, Sahar Daniel ISR Aragon 61.579 58.026 60.526 60.044 0
Losos de Muniz, Yvonne DOM Urban 62.237 59.211 58.553 60.000 0
Mortimer, Esther GUA Westeross 60.132 59.211 59.079 59.474 0
Garlough, Lori CAN L’Amistad 22 58.684 55.132 58.026 57.281 0