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Gabby Stephenson

Equestrian Influences on Interior Design

The colors and textures of equestrian life. By Tamara Matthews-Stephenson If you travel anywhere in the vicinity of Bridgehampton this week, you cannot help but notice that the atmosphere is infused with the buzz and excitement of the annual Hampton Classic Horseshow which takes place in a farmer’s field that every August is magically transformed into a beau-

tiful, busy enterprise drawing equestrian riders from all over the world. A quick walk through the Classic reveals glimpses of this fascinating world of competition, travel and a deep love for these magnificent animals. The sport of equestrian show jumping is a lovely mix of elegance, old world tradition, attention to detail, athleticism and beauty. It is

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no wonder that the equestrian world’s influences are far reaching, and have left an imprint on the world of interior design for centuries. Driving around the back roads of Bridgehampton one will most likely see green fields positioned with brightly painted horse jumps along with the dedicated riders and their mounts preparing for this long-awaited Classic. The local Long Island training barns are brimming with energy in preparation for the ten-day event. Many equestrians travel to competitions all year from small, local riding events to larger shows like the Classic, and this unique competitive world is paved with hard work, sacrifice and determination. At all levels, from the beginner level “Lead-Line” event with youngsters in braids and bows, to the professional Grand Prix with accomplished riders, the sport is centered around rider and horse building a great partnership while making the whole sport look effortless. Of course there are many teaching moments in this sport, from bad weather conditions to suffering defeat, but most riders will tell you that all that time and effort is worth it. When you watch rider and horse complete a winning round it is a wonder to behold. Horse lovers are everywhere and we are thankful for their passion, which can be felt in many areas of our lives including interior design. The life of an equestrian does not end at the ring, and as a mother of a rider I know only too well that this passion becomes a part of the equestrian’s lifestyle. I have spent hundreds of hours of travel and preparation over the years to support this love. It seems quite natural that many homes are greatly influenced by (continued on next page)

Dan's Papers Aug. 27, 2010  

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Dan's Papers Aug. 27, 2010  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

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