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Vitor Silva

Vitor Silva a native of 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, combined with his great passion for the horse, helped him develop a remarkable ability and finesse in communicating with his equine partners with the aim of becoming living art in motion.

Prompted by the need for a riding school in the east, Vitor established Sons of the Wind, School of Equestrian Arts, now located in Merrimac, MA. This full service training facility and school provides every rider, from recreational to competitive, a venue in which to expand their abilities in a progressive manner on equine schoolmasters, trained by Vitor, many of which perform to the Grand Prix level.

Recently appearing in the instructor spotlight (Feb 2006) of Dressage Today, riders can see that Vitor's training and teaching is grounded in his philosophy that the best teachers are the horses. Whether from in-hand work, undersaddle or on long-lines, Vitor teaches his students that while masters or trainers can share their knowledge and explain the technical aspects of riding, each rider must open themselves to feel the horse's movements, responses and needs. Ultimately, Vitor strives to develop this intuitive feeling in his students so that harmony between horse and rider can be achieved.

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