Silva Martin Pulls Rosa Cha from Grand Prix Debut When Horse Contracts Potomac Horse Fever
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DEVON, Pennsylvania, Sept. 28–Silva Martin was withdrawn from what was to be the CDI Grand Prix debut of Rosa Cha W after the mare contracted Potomac Horse Fever and was foundering.
The 13-year-old mare bred in Australia by Heath Ryan was to have competed at this week’s Dressage at Division World Cup, the first international competition for the pair in 2 1/2 years.
Silva, who said Rosa was vaccinated for the infection, said: “It is especially disappointing as it happened in the week before she was due to compete in the Grand Prix at Devon.
“It has taken years of hard work and training to get to this point in Rosa’s career and we have been working on our musical freestyle and training regularly with Jessica Ransehousen to ensure that we would have a good performance this weekend. Now Rosa is on stall rest and undergoing antibiotic treatment, and we are hoping for the best.
“Seeing her in so much pain was just awful. Now I just want her to be as comfortable as possible and will take the best possible care of her.”
The German-born Silva, 36 years old and married to U.S. team event rider Boyd Martin, broke Rosa and trained her up from a baby. The pair were on the U.S. Nations Cup gold medal team at small tour in Wellington, Florida in 2014.
She is competing three other horses at Devon–her homebred six-year-old mare Jada W; Rosa’s daughter, Hannah Lu W, owned by Sara Reece and Joan White, and Electric, owned by Nancy Hathaway, George and Julie Strawbridge and Steven Tsokanos in the 5-year-old class.