Caitlin Silliman grew up in the heart of horse country in Malvern, Pennsylvania. She began riding on her sixth birthday after receiving the gift of riding lessons at Radnor Hunt Stables. It was here that she rode under the instruction of Susie Beale who showed Caitlin the ropes of Eventing. Susie aided in Caitlin’s riding education and development and in 2006, Caitlin was a member of the Area II NAYRC team, winning individual and team Bronze medals. Caitlin continued to ride with Susie for a number of years, competing through the CCI2* level until the summer of 2008 when she left to take a working student position with Grand Prix Dressage rider Silva Martin.
In the spring of 2009, Silva’s husband Eventing Olympian Boyd Martin made the decision to pursue his own business after working with Phillip Dutton for several years at True Prospect Farm. Together, Boyd and Silva, along with Lillian Heard and Caitlin as members of their team, created Windurra USA.
Shortly afterwards, Caitlin purchased a horse named Catch A Star “Hoku” (thanks to the support of Bradford Johnson) with the objective of furthering her eventing experience and moved back over to the eventing side of the business full time. Together Hoku and Caitlin developed and matured together, quickly forming an incredible partnership. After competing in their first CCI2* in the spring of 2011, the duo shot through the levels, turning heads along the way. In April of 2013, Caitlin and Hoku completed their first CCI4* at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Caitlin was just 23 years old.
Caitlin has since been named to the USEF Developing Riders List, and has achieved several other notable accolades for her riding talent and horsemanship. Looking towards the future, Caitlin is certainly one to watch, showing great promise to represent the United States on the international stage for years to come.
In September of 2015, Caitlin left her position with Boyd and Silva at Windurra USA to strike out on her own and base her riding and training business out of Will and Katie Coleman’s Tivoli Farm in Gordonsville, Virginia. In spring of 2016, Caitlin moved to Aiken, South Carolina to base Silliman Eventing out of High View Farm, a beautiful private facility located just around the corner from Stable View Farm. Caitlin currently rides a number of horses for various owners, specializing in developing young horses and instilling sound fundamentals for success.