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

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2017 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos
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Vitor Silva
Classical Dressage

Friday April 28    
10:30-11:30 AgStar Arena Classical Horsemanship: Training Your Horse to Work In-Hand
1:00-1:35 Coliseum Sons of the Wind Lusitano Performance Team
4:00-4:55 DNR Bldg How Classical Principles Can be Used to Improve Horse and Rider (seminar)
Saturday, April 29    
10:00-10:55 DNR Bldg How Classical Principles Can be Used to Improve Horse and Rider (seminar)
1:00-1:35 Coliseum Sons of the Wind Lusitano Performance Team
4:00-4:55 AgStar Arena How Classical Principles Can be Used to Improve Horses and Riders of All Disciplines
Sunday, April 30    
11:25-11:55 Coliseum Sons of the Wind Lusitano Performance Team
3:00-3:55 AgStar Arena Classical Horsemanship: Creating the Right Contact with Rein Handling

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.


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 years.

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 Wind. 

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.

During these performances the audience will witness the spectacular perfection of the High School of Classical Horsemanship with ground work 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. 

The 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.




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