Silva Martin — wife of eventer Boyd Martin – has been moved to a rehabilitation centre after suffering serious head injuries in freak accident while riding at her winter base in Wellington, Florida earlier this month (6 March).
Silva was flown by private jet — courtesy of one of her owners — to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern and is still suffering serious after effects as a result of her fall.
“She is quite sharp in her mind, but unfortunately trapped by her bodily functions a little bit.
“She is obviously struggling to do normal things, but the neurosurgeons are confident that she will make a full recovery.”
“Unfortunately she has got the true German grit and determination so our biggest challenge is going to be keeping her locked up,” Boyd added.
Silva was wearing a hat when she had the fall and doctors said it prevented life-threatening injuries. Silva had only started wearing protective headgear following American dressage rider Courtney King-Dye’s life-changing fall in 2010.
Courtney was schooling at home without a hat when she fell.
“With Silva being German, it was definitely not the trend to wear a helmet,” Boyd said.
“In Amercia she always admired Courtney and since her accident, she has always worn her helmet.”