April 28, 29, 30 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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Vitor Silva

Vitor 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 dressage.

After 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.

As 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.

In 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.




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