Silva, raised in Azores Portugal, realized at a very young age that in
order to achieve function with lightness and harmony there needed to be
complete understanding between horse and rider. His studies of the
masters of his native country, combined with his great passion for the
horse, helped him develop a remarkable ability and finesse with
horsemanship from groundwork to the high school level of classical
moving to the US with his dream of developing a riding school in the
European tradition, Vitor established Sons of the Wind, School of
Classical Dressage and Equestrian Arts in 1995. Located in Merrimac,
MA, his full service training facilities and school provide every
rider, from recreational to competitive, a venue in which to expand
their abilities in a progressive manner on Lusitano schoolmasters,
trained by Vitor, many of which perform to the Grand Prix level.
a pioneer in the industry, Vitor had the vision that the Lusitano horse
would be a great match for the American rider. He had the insight to
open the Lusitano market in the USA by importing the first Lusitano from
Brazil back in the mid 1990s. He chose the Lusitano not only because
of his culture but also because of the breed's nobility and athleticism.
addition to his school, Vitor teaches clinics and conducts classical
dressage performances. Vitor, his horses and riders have performed
across the US at venues such as Equitana, Equine Affaire, Minnesota
Horse Expo and many
other national horse venues. His troops also perform at venues for
fundraising efforts such as Ride for Life, HorseSense for Special Riders
and other advocacy
events. These performances include spectacular aires above the ground,
the precision of the upper level quadrille and the elegance of the dance
with ground work and on long-lines. Viewers and participants can
expect to discover new depths of their equestrianism and take their
riding and horsemanship to new levels.
The Sons of the Wind Performance Team is made up of:
Vitor Silva, from Portugal. Vitor is a classical dressage master and the
head trainer/instructor at Sons of the Wind, a European Classical
Dressage School in the USA, located in Merrimac, MA.
Elias Marinho, from Brazil. Elias is one of the top riders in Brazil and has been riding with Vitor Silva for 20 years.
Alberto Matos Marinho, from Brazil. Alberto has been an important part
of the Sons of the Wind team in both Brazil and the USA for over 10
Maggie McDonald is from Minnesota. Maggie has been riding with Vitor at
the classical riding school and in his clinics for 7 years. She has
earned her silver medal with her Lusitano, Valioso, from Sons of the
The amazing Lusitano horses on the team are imported from Portugal and
Brazil. These noble horses are also part of the Sons of the Wind
Classical Dressage School and teach countless riders the upper level
movements under Vitor's tutelage.
these performances the audience will witness the spectacular perfection of the “High School of Classical
including Work in Hand and on the Long Rein, as well as the
spectacular "aires above the ground" which include the levade,
courbette and capriole. These movements were historically used during
mounted battles hundreds of years ago as a defense against the
opponents. The performance concludes with the incredibly
disciplined and thrilling choreography of the Quadrille which consists
of 4 riders working in formation at the walk, trot and canter with half
pass, lead changes, passage and canter pirouettes.
performance of the historic Portuguese Lusitanos and their riders in the
traditional baroque costume show the
intimate relationship between the noble war mount of times past and the
horsemen and women of modern day.
Audiences will enjoy some of the most moving and beautiful impressions
for horse lovers and experience a glimpse of European equestrian culture.