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Silva Martin improving after riding fall

Boyd and Silva Martin at the Nations Cup Show Jumping in Wellington, Florida, earlier this month.

Boyd and Silva Martin at the Nations Cup Show Jumping in Wellington, Florida, earlier this month.

The condition of injured dressage rider Silva Martin has improved since her accident on March 5, and she is now conscious and talking.

German born Martin, 34, suffered a head injury when a horse she was riding tripped and fell on her. She was flown to Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, Florida.

Martin was wearing a Charles Owen helmet at the time of the accident.

While her condition has improved, she still has bleeding on the brain, affecting eyesight and speech, thought she is much more responsive, according to her husband, Boyd.

Boyd Martin elected not to scratch from the Red Hills Horse Trials CIC 3* in Tallahassee, Florida, and was rewarded with a win on Trading Aces. Part of his prize is a year-long lease of a Mercedes Benz luxury SUV, which was what Silva wanted, Boyd told The Chronicle of the Horse.

“Silva wanted that Mercedes Benz! When I talked to her after the class it was wonderful hearing how excited she was about it. Personally I couldn’t care what I drive, but to a classy German dressage rider, a Mercedes Benz is really something to look forward to,” Boyd said.

Victory was all the more satisfying for the Australian-born eventer, as Silva had helped train Trading Aces, riding him in dressage competitions earlier in the season.

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