the important life-long lessons of responsibility and good horsemanship. “What I love about the sport is that it’s not just a female sport - men and women are 100% equal,” says Lara. “The horse respects a rider’s carry, it’s the unspoken language between horse and rider which lets the horse know what to do.” But the horse will also protect the rider. “They know if you’ve lost a stirrup and will pull back when you’re off balance. It’s all about having that 47 | MetMagNY.com | 25AMagazine.com
trust.” The greatest moments for Lesa, a former ski racer, involve the combination of athleticism and fearlessness that comes from allowing the horse to sprint through the woods as fast as he wants. “You’re like extensions of each other. That’s the best feeling in the world!” After the ride Jackie invites the group to her house for lunch and they gather by Jackie’s 1840’s fireplace for salad Niçoise and a glass of Sancerre. Talk turns to weekend plans to visit
children at various schools; The Rider’s Closet (Georgina Bloomberg’s apparel exchange program for therapeutic riders); new harnesses they want to test out and most importantly, when they can all saddle up again to ride in the woods. One of the perks of the equestrian life is that in North Salem there is always a gathering of horses and riders not too far in the distance.
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