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The new Equestrian Almanac under Annie Tame’s direction has been a huge success and we want to thank all those who believe in our vision.


Our Equestrian community now has a voice, a vision and a way to communicate with and support each other like never before. The Almanac will continue to evolve with exciting feature stories, profiles and new formats that will make it easier to find exactly what you are looking for. The Go-To Resource for Southern California is a must-have in every purse, glove box or a favorite bookmark on your phone. In planning for the March 2016 EA Issue, we will have more Orange County and Los Angeles coverage while remaining true to our roots in Rancho Santa Fe and greater San Diego.

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Rancho Santa Fe Covenant has one of the finest private riding and hiking trail systems in the country. This is one of the main reasons that our area is so special, in that it binds us together as a true community and does much to reinforce the rural character that we all cherish. Rancho Santa Fe Association has approximately 50 miles of interconnecting scenic trails that meander throughout the Covenant. These trails are reserved for the private use of Association members and their accompanied guests, are designed to take advantage of the beauty of The Ranch as well as for ease of access for its residents. Horseback riders, walkers, joggers and walkers with dogs on leashes are welcome to use the trail system. Members are encouraged to pick up a trail map and a copy of the trail rules at the Association office.

“Meanwhile, may all your rides be safe, may your horses never stumble, your friends never grumble and your cinch never bust!” — Rancho Santa Fe Trails & Recreation Committee 12 | E q u e s t r i a n A l m a n a c

TRAIL RULES & ETIQUETTE 1. THE RANCHO SANTA FE (RSF) ASSOCIATION maintains a private trail system for use by RSF Association members only. 2. TYPES OF PERMITTED USE A. Horseback riding B. Pedestrians: 1) Walkers, joggers – permitted, no groups larger than four. 2) Pedestrians with pets on leash only – permitted. 3) Pedestrians with baby joggers and wagons – permitted. 4) Pedestrians with other non-motorized wheeled devices such as scooters, bicycles of any kind, etc. – not permitted. C. Motorized vehicles – generally not permitted: 1) Golf carts – permitted only to travel between home and golf course only. 2) General exception – Authorized fire, emergency, safety, security, maintenance and trail construction vehicles. 3) Motorcycles, mini bikes, dirt bikes and motorized scooters – not permitted. 3. AREAS TO BE USED AND UNUSED A. Trails: 1) Stay on trails at all times. 2) Do not trespass on private property. 3) Respect adjacent private property owners’ rights. Do not pick their fruit, flowers or damage their property in any way. B. Designated Picnic Areas with Corrals: Do not turn horses loose in the corrals or leave them unattended. C. Golf Course: The golf course is private property and it is not a part of the trails system. Stay off the golf course at all times. 4. SAFETY & ETIQUETTE (COURTESY) A. These trails are on private and Association owned property. Have respect and consideration for the rights and safety of others. Keep your voices low and be courteous to residents, trail users and golfers. B. Horses have the right-of-way 1) When approaching from the front: Do not run toward a horse. Stop and step

aside in clear view and allow the horse and rider to safely pass. 2) When approaching from behind: Do not run up behind a horse as you may startle it and get kicked. Speak to the rider(s) and let them know you are there so you may pass safely. 3) Horseback riders should always approach other riders and pedestrians at a walk. 4) Riders should maintain a safe distance when passing other horses.

C. Trail users should walk their horses around blind curves until the rider can safely see ahead.

D. Parents should explain theses rules to their children and guests.

E. Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted on the trails.

F. Please do not litter on the trails. Throw away trash in designated receptacles or keep it with you.


A. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. (San Diego Animal Control- Section 62.669)

B. Horseback riders with dogs, leashed or unleashed, are NOT permitted.

C. Clean up after your dog. Use plastic bags and place in the trash receptacles.

D. Stop and move your dog to the side of the trail in clear view to let horses pass.

E. General warning to all trail users – many homeowners have dogs which may come up to the fence or property line and bark as you pass. Be aware of this possibility as you use the trails.


A. The trail around the golf course in on RSF Association property. Stay on the trail at all times. Golf course etiquette applies on this trail.

B. Be courteous and keep your voices low at all times.

C. Keep leashed dogs on the trail at all times. The golf course in not a dog park.

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A. For safety reasons, it is highly advised that all trail users carry their cell phones at all times.

B. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. The call goes to the California Highway Patrol. State that you are in Rancho Santa Fe and it is an emergency. The call will be routed to the RSF Fire Department and the RSF Patrol. You can also call the RSF Patrol directly at 858-756-9966 or 858-756-1174.

C. If you see a hazard or other problems on the trail, please call the RSF Association at 858-756-1174.


A. No littering

B. Put trash in appropriate receptacles or take it with you.

C. Clean up after your dog. Use a plastic bag and place it in a trash receptacle.


A. Do not park vehicles on the trail unless authorized by the RSF Association. A parked vehicle on the trail forces trail users into the street, which is very dangerous for them.


A. Parties – parking for large parties should not obstruct trail use.

B. As a courtesy, homeowners should not allow their workers, employees, etc. to block or park on trails.

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estled into a small dale in Rancho Santa Fe lies the exquisite Fairbanks Valley Farm. Encompassing twenty-six gorgeous acres, surrounded by tall trees and freshened by the ocean breeze, the facility’s gorgeous main barn is its crown jewel. Pam and Bob Buie purchased the property over twenty years ago and after meticulous planning, built the main barn. For the five years prior to construction, Pam traveled to countless facilities the world over, researching every detail. “I asked several owners of nice horse properties what they liked most about their barns. Everyone was very helpful, and generous with recommendations.” Following her extensive research, Pam developed her own design for the barn, then consulted with architects and interior designers to bring it to reality. No detail, no matter how small, was overlooked.

Form follows function fabulously in this superbly planned facility. The Buies have owned show jumpers for many years, and created space to accommodate them. “Our oversize 14’ x 14’ stalls with their tall ceilings are great for the European warmblood horses, and I love the pasture turnouts. They let the horses be horses and relax between shows.” Pam is particularly pleased with the large circular driveway. “We use it daily for shipping horses to and from shows, and for bringing in hay and shavings.” The Buie children grew up riding at Fairbanks Valley Farm. Pam and Bob look forward to welcoming future grandchildren to the property, along with the ponies and horses, so several generations can enjoy this pristine place they call home.

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arah and Jon Kelly left Northern California in 1998 to be closer to their thoroughbred racehorses in training at the Southern California tracks, and to provide a home for their broodmares. A school teacher at the time, daughter Melanie Brooks was asked by her parents if she would like to join them in their move south to manage the family thoroughbred business at Tres Palomas and in her words, “It has been a fabulous journey!” Drawn by the undeniable magic of Rancho Santa Fe, they found a pristine fifteen-acre property that looks like a plein-air painting come to life. The centerpiece of the property is a beautifully appointed and well-designed barn neatly trimmed in hunter green and white, and surrounded by inviting paddocks for the horses to relax and unwind. Already

an idyllic spot for horses and people, this beautifully manicured fifteen acres was a lush landscape traced with white fences and shaded by mature and graceful trees. It needed no improvement, so little was changed upon their arrival. According to Melanie, “We were really drawn to the property because of its spacious and relatively flat grass pastures and beautiful layout.” Over the years, the family shifted their race horse business to Kentucky, allowing Melanie to bring in a trainer and guide the facility in a hunter/jumper direction. Lots of memories have been created at Tres Palomas and there’s little doubt that Melanie’s twelve-year-old daughter Hannah, herself a rider, will have “loads of great stories to tell about life on the farm.” Melanie’s favorite place to ride on the property is the upper grass field with its natural obstacles, banks and open water. She also loves being able to walk up to the main house for lunch. “I feel so fortunate that we are a family that still has the joy and luxury of sitting down together for lunch. My mom makes the best chili ever and she even sets the table.” B a r n s F r o m H e a v e n | 23

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ocated on a stunning fifteen-acre site just a few miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, Lucky Jack Farm sits on an overlook surrounded by beautiful views. Owner Patty Brutten was drawn to the property not only for its enviable aesthetics, but also because it was zoned for horsekeeping and is ideally located for a hunter/jumper training facility, as it is very close to the Southern California show grounds. The Bruttens built the property and brought it to completion in September of 2010. “We hired an excellent team,” says Patty, “with John Blackburn, an architect specializing in the design and construction of barns. The project went smoothly and we learned a lot from his expertise. We also hired Theresa Clark, who completed our landscape plans. We specified 100% drought tolerant plant material, and it had to be horse friendly. She did extensive research to make sure that no plant on the property would be harmful if ingested by a grazing horse!” The design team also benefitted from the expertise of Lucky Jack Farm’s former trainer, Marcy Gehrke, who was instrumental in advising them about the daily workings of an elite training facility. “The organization and layout turned out great and has made the every day function of the facility very efficient.” Outfitted with stucco, terra cotta, and wood, the barn and clubhouse evoke an early twentieth-century Rancho Santa Fe style, but with contemporary detailing. The clubhouse features a lounge with full kitchen, a huge entertainment area, an outdoor fireplace and patio, a guest suite, and a separate residence for staff housing. The beautiful view deck located between the barn and the clubhouse is Patty’s favorite place to hang out. “It is just a perfect place to be, close to the horses and surrounded by incredibly nice views of the arena, pond, and trail system.” Lucky Jack Farm is currently under the management and hunter jumper training services of Mickie Sage Inc. B a r n s F r o m H e a v e n | 25

Putnam Ba rn Owners: Rochelle & Jim Putnam

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hen Rochelle and Jim Putnam retired from financial services in 2007 and 2005 respectively, they put a lot of thought and research into choosing where they wanted to spend their retirement. At the time, they were living in Rancho Pacifica and boarding their horses at a nearby stable, so one of the requirements was that their prospective home have a place to keep the horses onsite. Knowing that horses and trail riding would be essential elements in their selection process, they looked at a number of equestrian-friendly communities, all of them in California because they love the weather and the California lifestyle. After evaluating several communities, including Santa Ynez, Montecito, Carmel Valley in Northern California, and Hope Ranch in Santa Barbara, they found it easy to see that Rancho Santa Fe was the premier equestrian community in California. “Its fifty miles of riding trails; proximity to premier show facilities; and access to outstanding animal care professionals, world class trainers, and the equine hospital at Helen Woodward,

made the decision an easy one,” says Rochelle. “The wonderful equestrian history of the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe was also a major factor in our decision process.” They found the perfect property, knowing that its fairly level five acres would be an ideal place to build a barn. In January 2007 they moved into their newly built home and set about building their barn. “Our builder, Greg Agee, helped us create our dream barn, riding arena, and pastures for the horses. At the time we moved in, we had two paint horses, but our equine family grew to four geldings (including a Friesian and a Dutch warmblood that Rochelle shows in dressage), and required an addition that was completed in 2011.” “Building the barn was really fun and interesting. My favorite place on the property is in front of the barn!” Enjoying the incomparable Southern California lifestyle and the beautiful home they have created for themselves and their horses, Rochelle and Jim ride the Rancho Santa Fe trails every day. B a r n s F r o m H e a v e n | 27

Secreto Owners: Kathy & Bill Scripps

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athy and Bill Scripps refer to their discovery of an eight-acre undeveloped property near the heart of San Diego as a stroke of luck. Purchased in the 1990s, with their vision and the help of friend and architect Jerri Grindle, they created a home that reflects their love for natural materials and the organic Frank Lloyd Wright style. Over a ten-year period, landscape architects Greg Stone and Kirsten Larson designed the topography with carefully chosen indigenous trees and plantings, gracefully interspersed with the 50-year-old Mexican fan palms already on the property. Prominently featured in their design are large boulders that reflect Bill’s love for rocks and their sculptural qualities. When the Scripps added an adjacent five-acre property in 2004, the landscape duo teamed with

HB&A Architects and builder Gary Cissell to develop a dream barn and two lush pastures for their five horses. Their design would later win accolades and top awards from the California Landscape Contractors Association as well as the Rancho Santa Fe Association. When not traveling, Bill enjoys an evening stroll across the grounds to pet and feed the horses. Kathy, the equestrian in the family, enjoys gathering girlfriends for rides over the ranch’s trails, and relaxing with them afterward on the barn’s patio surrounded by an Old-West style succulent garden. “We created all this to raise a family,” Bill said of the property and its many resort-style amenities. “I like to view it as multigenerational. I anticipate grandkids playing here someday.”

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“Dedicated to the development of successful competitors & quality show horses.” — The endicoTT family, Pegasus show sTable |

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WENDY LEE THOMPSON Coastline Hunters & Jumpers 5720 Old Carmel Valley Road | San Diego, CA 92130 214.505.5546 Wendy has been training horses for the past 26 years and has competed, coached and trained horses and riders all over the United States and Europe. She has recently returned from the 2014 Global Champions Tour in Europe including Chantilly, London, Valkenswaard and the Stephex Masters in Belgium. Prior to this, Wendy was a private coach, rider, and trainer for various families including La Joie Farms, Bo Shin Farms, Cypress Trails Farm and Fleur de Lis Farms training their horses from baby green hunters to grand prix jumpers. She also coached the members of those families from junior and amateur riders preparing them for competition at all levels throughout the United States. In 1997 she opened her business known as “Coastline Hunters and Jumpers” and competed with her Grand Prix Horse “Winstar” on the California Grand Prix Circuit competing in World Cup qualifiers for the “Will to Win” Foundation. Her goal, alongside this foundation was to promote cancer awareness and her quest for the Olympic Games representing American Samoa. This was of great importance to her both professionally and personally, as she is a stage 4 cancer survivor of synovial sarcoma. Her battle with cancer gave her a deeper understanding of health and fitness for herself and her horses. Physical health and a balance of emotional well-being are closely intertwined and are the foundation and success with her training. She believes in order to keep a horse physically and mentally sound for the show ring, lasting results will be achieved through a consistent program based on trust and time for natural progression to develop. Wendy looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with horses and riders at all levels in Southern California. In addition to this, Wendy will be importing reasonably priced show horses from Europe to be sold or leased.

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THE ENDICOTT FAMILY Pegasus Show Stable, Inc. 16220 Via De Santa Fe | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 Christa: 858.354.3654 | Mike: 858.922.7494

With over 40 Grand Prix wins, Michael Endicott’s successful riding career spans over two decades as one of the West Coast’s leading competitors. In the international arena, Michael has qualified and competed in four World Cup Finals and has twice represented the U.S. as a member of the Nations Cup team at Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary. Christa Endicott is one of those few riders who excels in the hunter, jumper and equitation arenas. She is an accomplished Grand Prix rider and was short-listed for the Canadian Equestrian Team three years in a row (1992 – 1994). Christa’s impressive show record includes earning over 100 National, Regional and Zone Hunter Championships; over 50 National, Regional and Zone Jumper Championships, and more than 50 National, Regional and Zone Equitation Championships. Mitchell Endicott´s accomplishments include a very successful pony career on such great ponies as Buffalo Soldier, Rosmels Bit O Blue, Truly Noble and Swington. Between 2012 and 2015 he competed in the West Coast JR/AM Jumper Finals receiving Individual Champion and Team Reserve Champion. Placed 4th in the Maclay Regionals and 3rd in the USEF Talent Search Finals West. He has shown extensively on the East Coast with great success in Hunter/Jumper & Equitation divisions during WEF, Kentucky, Devon and Lake Placid. Mitch´s combined expertise in catch riding horses and showing sale horses in the Equitation and Hunter/Jumper rings makes him an integral part of our sales team.

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HAP HANSEN STABLES Hap Hansen Stables 16332 Via de Santa Fe | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 619.540.2622 | Born into a non-equine family, Hansen started riding when he was 10 years old at the Flintridge Riding Club in La Cañada, California. He trained under the legendary Jimmy Williams, turning professional in the 1970’s at the Rancho Riding Club. Hansen is the recipient of many prestigious equestrian awards, including the CPHA Lifetime Achievement Award, American Horse Shows Association Hertz Rider of the Year and the Johnny-Walker/AGA Rider of the Year. Hansen now trains and sells the nation’s top Hunter/Jumper horses at his stables in Rancho Santa Fe. In the last five years, Hansen’s students have been crowned champion in numerous Hunter/Jumper divisions as well as qualified for regional and national medal finals. Hansen said confidence is the most important thing he tries to instill in his students. Hansen is looking forward to a successful 2015 show year and getting into the Grand Prix ring once again. Photo: Tish Quirk

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MICHELLE PARKER Cross Creek West 2075 Marilyn Lane | San Marcos, CA 92069 714.914.3324 | Michelle Parker started jumping at age 11 in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. She moved to Southern California to train with Ronnie Freeman her senior year of high school and began riding horses full-time through college. After her first big win at Indio 15 years ago, Parker jump-started her winning Grand Prix career with her horse, Wisby D. In addition to multiple Grand Prix wins and placings, Wisby D and Parker also laid down a memorable four-fault round at the 2000 Spruce Meadows Shell Cup Derby. Parker started Cross Creek West in 2004 where she trains a select client base of A-Circuit Hunter/Jumpers. Parker believes genuine hard work, not a “Rolls Royce” horse, is the key to success and pushes her riders to put in the extra effort. She is consistently ranked in the Top Ten of the Pacific Coast’s Leading Riders and continues to compete at the Grand Prix level. According to Parker, the most rewarding part of her career is bringing along a horse from a young age and seeing them reach their full potential. She also enjoys watching horses she has sold succeed with their new owners. In 2015, Parker is looking forward to moving up some quality young horses to the next difficulty level as they mature.

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KIM VANDERWOOD KV Equestrian 16567 Circa del Norte | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.650.6320 |

Professional Kim Vanderwood grew up in San Diego and has been a familiar face in the show ring since she was a young girl. She operates her boutique like business, KV Equestrian, at the beautiful Fairbanks Riding Club with an emphasis on hunters and young horses. With her years of experience working at a top-notch breeding farm she enjoys and understands the patience and progression of work that it takes to produce a star. KV Equestrian actively competes on the “A” circuit as well as at the local county shows. She takes pride in the overall care, nutrition, and maintenance of the horses as well as the oneon-one time with the owners and riders. With her “less is more approach” she believes that both the horse and rider should finish each ride on a positive note and that safety and having fun ensure consistency and longevity in the horse and rider.

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SUSAN HUTCHISON Susan Hutchison Stables, Inc. 34520 De Portola Road | Temecula, CA 92592 951.217.3933 | Hutchison was partners with her mentor, Williams, for 20 years at the Riding Club before starting her own training business 13 years ago. Hutchison trains around 14 horses a month and offers a competitive show schedule with a variety of horse services available. In 2015, she is looking forward to her young horses stepping up, and her Junior and Amateur riders advancing and meeting their goals. She has won more than 80 grand prixs and she is among the top 25 riders in the United States.

“No guts, no glory.” EVERARDO HEGEWISCH Hegewisch Stables 14550 El Camino Real | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.699.4301 | Hegewisch Stables has been operating at Del Mar Horsepark since 1996. Our mission is to guide and educate dedicated students in order to help them achieve both personal and occupational goals. We focus on discipline, horsemanship, respect, appreciation, and an aspiration for furthering knowledge in both the sport and in life. Our business is family-owned and operated, providing a comfortable environment that is both fun and professional. Our three coaches are able to accommodate all levels of show jumping ranging from beginner to Grand Prix. Three languages (English, Spanish, and German) are spoken proficiently amongst our trainers, allowing us to provide services for a wider variety of clientele. Karla Hegewisch has ridden and competed in many sports throughout her life at junior Olympic and national levels, giving her the skills to effectively teach and coach her students. our many years of consistent success and achievement amongst our athletes of all levels throughout our history in the show jumping world.

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MANDY PORTER Post Office Box 231505 | Encinitas, CA 92024 858.354.6062 | Mandy Porter grew up in northern California and has over 23 years of horse training experience. During her junior years, Porter won the NorCal finals, placed second in the CPHA Finals, and rode on the NAYRC 1984 bronze-medal winning team. Porter competed in her first Grand Prix in college, simultaneously working toward her degrees in animal science and agricultural business at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She lived in Europe for seven years, where she participated in numerous international competitions and represented the United States on three Nations Cup Teams.

“Keep it simple.”

PHILIP CILLIS Highland Farms 2570 Fifth Street | Encinitas, CA 92024 619.540.639 | Philip Cillis is originally from British Columbia and has been a professional horse trainer for over 30 years. He worked with Show Jumping Hall of Fame inductee Hap Hansen for the majority of his career before opening his own stable 10 years ago. Philip has trained champions in both the Hunter and Jumper divisions, as well as produced many top Junior and Amateur riders. He is a seasoned Grand Prix rider and has represented the U.S.A. on the Nations Cup Team.

“Use the entire ring.”

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MARC GROCK 16003 Via de Santa Fe Rd. Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 619.813.8223 Marc Grock is the owner and lead trainer of Highland Farms in Olivenhain. He offers full training services and runs a sales consignment program for sport horses. Grock developed a passion for equestrian show jumping at a young age and commuted to Southern California during his junior riding career to train with various professionals. As an amateur, he showed in the A/O Hunter and Jumper divisions with the likes of Richard Keller, Joie Gaitlin, and Hap Hansen. Grock has represented the country at the Grand Prix level and has won multiple Horse of the Year honors in both the Hunter and Jumper rings. He has coached his clients to numerous division championships at top-rated horse shows. Grock teaches his students to have patience and compassion when working with horses. He said above all else, he wants his students to do well and have fun doing it. In 2015, Grock is looking forward to seeing his riders and horses progress and enjoy this show season.

“The secret to success is enthusiasm.”

ALICIA SAXTON Oceancrest Farms 17575 Rancho la Noria | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.809.3781 | Alicia Saxton is the owner and head trainer of Oceancrest Farms based out of picturesque Clear Spring Farm in the heart of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant. She has been riding professionally for 13 years and has led many of her students to a top national standing. Saxton actively participates in the A-Show Circuit while still maintaining a strong presence at local County Shows. According to Saxton, Oceancrest Farms is all about the right experience centered around safety, good training, and good horsemanship. Saxton strives to maintain a balanced program that allows each horse and rider to reach his or her goals while still retaining their integrity. The most rewarding part of her job is being able to help both horse and rider achieve success through the use of positive training techniques while keeping the horses whole health and wellbeing in the forefront of her mind.

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LEAH VON HENKLE Von Henkle Industries 18539 Via de las Flores | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.310.3552 |

“It’s all about the love of the horse.”

Originally from Newport Beach, Leah von Henkle has been in the horse industry for 25 years. Thanks to her equestrian parents, Leah started riding western pleasure at six years old and eventually transitioned into jumping with Bob McDonald. As a young teen, she teamed up with Ronnie Freeman and his assistant, Lynn Obligado, who pushed her to the Grand Prix level. Leah and her mother also ran a lucrative pony sales business from their property where she developed a true talent for pairing horses and riders. She firmly believes that through consistency, hard work, and dedication to the sport, one can achieve their goal. Leah keeps it simple with the horses, encouraging them to be forward, elastic, and supple. Leah is looking forward to a fantastic show year with all of her wonderful clients and is looking forward to finding new and successful partnerships for all of her sale horses.

KERI POTTER Post Office Box 3571 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.945.4900 | Keri Potter is a Grand Prix rider and Californian with many accomplishments under her belt. She is also the Trainer and Rider at Tres Palomas Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, Ca.Some of her accomplishments are Winner of the AHSA Medal Finals as a Junior as well as Gold medalist at young riders. She has been successful nationally and internationally at the Grand Prix level and has qualified for World Cup finals 3 times. Still now, she holds a record winning of 7 classes in a row at Spruce Meadows. She strongly believes horses touch peoples lives in ways that other things cannot.

“Horses have enhanced my life and have taken me places I never dreamed of going. Thank you to these amazing animals for so many incredible opportunities. I LOVE HORSES!” 42 | T r a i n e r s

GUILLERMO OBLIGADO Woodgrove Farm 16255 Via de la Valle | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.815.0731 |

Guillermo Obligado, originally from Argentina, has owned and operated Woodgrove Farm for over 20 years. During his last year in college, Obligado decided to leave law school and move to the United States in pursuit of his passion for horses. In 2004, Obligado attended the Olympic Games in Athens as a reserve rider for Argentina and represented Argentina in the 2006 World Equestrian Games. He has also placed second in the Barcelona Grand Prix and won five stars at the Spruce Meadows Masters.

“Believe in yourself and trust your horse.” EDUARDO MENEZES & ENRIQUE GONZALES E2 Stables 16795 Caminito de las Palmas | San Diego, CA 92127 760.774.8028 | At E2 Stables, riding is viewed as a form of art, existing between the horse and rider. Eduardo and Enrique run high-quality show jumping barns in both California and Mexico, where they train and sell young jumper prospects all the way to Grand Prix jumpers. Eduardo Menezes is originally from Brazil and has always loved horses. In 2013, Eduardo won the Nation’s cup in Arezzo, Italy and the Furusiyya at the Nation’s Cup Finals in Barcelona. Eduardo aspires to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics and hopefully bring home a gold. Enrique Gonzales, has been in the horse industry for 30 years and is one of Mexico’s leading riders. He won a bronze medal at the Pan American Games and competed for Mexico in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“Make your horse a friend and not a tool.” T r a i n e r s | 43

PENNY WAHLER Stone Ridge Farms 3902 Manchester Ave. | Encinitas, CA 92024 831.566.4466 |

“Leg to hand.”

Penny grew up in Carmel, CA where she found her passion for horses riding in the Pony Club at Pebble Beach Stables. She earned an “A” rating and then turned her interests towards hunters/jumpers/equitation. Shortly after college Penny purchased her own hunter/jumper training barn in Santa Cruz, CA named Loma Alta Farm. She trained and coached numerous Northern California hunter champions and medal final winners. Her junior equitation riders have won the NorCal Medal Finals twice and the NorCal Medal Senior Finals twice as well. She also trained the USEF Adult Medal Regional winner in 2010.

LESLIE STEELE Acres West 23200 Mulholland Highway | Calabasas, CA 91302 818.519.6190 |

“Form follows function!”

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Leslie Steele has been a fixture of the West Coast horse industry for over 30 years. She has excelled in all aspects of the hunter/jumper discipline: from her start under Sheri Rose, to her advancement as a noteworthy catch rider and professional equestrienne under Katie Monahan Prudent, to her solidified reputation as a top quality trainer, champion hunter rider, and grand prix show jumper. In the hunter ring, Leslie has won championships in the most prestigious shows on the national circuit, ranging from Madison Square Garden, to the Washington International Horse Show, the Capital Challenge, Harrisburg, and Devon. Her passion however, is for the grand prix jumper events, where she’s successfully competed in divisions ranging from local classes, to the FEI World Cup final in Las Vegas. She bases her operations at Acres West, her farm and animal sanctuary, whose tidy six acres are also home to domestic pigs, goats, koi, turtles, rabbits, various birds, and a plethora of other friendly creatures.

JENNY CARBONARI Northern Lights Show Jumping 18539 Via de las Flores | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 406.250.1823 | In 2011, Carbonari relocated to San Diego with her fiancé, Irish show jumper Damian Gardiner, where they ran Gardiner Show Jumping. In 2013, Gardiner passed away after battling cancer. Carbonari then established Northern Lights Show Jumping, a boutique business that caters to “A” show clientele. Carbonari also works with sale horses and young jumpers in the YJC divisions. Based out of Rancho Santa Fe, Carbonari uses a methodical and positive approach to teaching and training her students and horses. She emphasizes developing a unique and individual program for each horse and rider.

“Riding is a journey, enjoy the journey.” HUMBERTO QUIRARTE 14550 El Camino Real | Del Mar, CA 92014 480.227.4755 | Humberto “Tito” Quirarte has a lifetime of experience competing and producing young horses at all levels. He has produced many successful horses in both the hunter and jumper rings from the East Coast to the Southwest and in Mexico. Tito is now based out of Showpark in Del Mar, CA. Showpark is an ideal location for horses in training due to the constant exposure and easy access to horse shows year round.

“Specializing in producing young horses from green broke to the top level of show jumping sport.” T r a i n e r s | 45

DEL MAR HORSEPARK 14550 El Camino Real | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.794.1171 |

Del Mar Horsepark is a beautiful, care-free property in the heart of Del Mar. The abundant 65-acre world-class equestrian facility is located approximatley three miles east of the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the San Dieguito River Valley at the corner of Via De La Valle and El Camino Real. Del Mar Horsepark provides a unique, relaxed setting with fullservice accommodations for equestrian events of all levels and disciplines. Professional catering is available on-site as well as equipment rental, security, RV hook-ups and easy freeway access. Del Mar Horsepark boasts two grass jumping stadiums with seating for 1,320, covered and lighted arena, four show rings, 400 permanent show stalls, a dressage ring, and four training rings.

n LIZA APPLEBAUM – Full Circle Farms | Hunter/Jumper | 619.417.7317

n LYNNE BOLLINGER – LB Hunters | Hunter/Jumper | 760.855.4515

n MARK CONLEY – Concord Equestrian Center | Hunter/Jumper | 858.259.1148

n JENNIFER DURAN – Across The Rails | Hunter/Jumper | 858.504.0050

n EMILY ESAU – Ee Show Stables Inc | Hunter/Jumper | 760.518.5393

n PAUL HAUNERT – Tri Star | Hunter/Jumper | 858.735.8882

n EVERARDO HEGEWISCH –Hegewisch Stables | Hunter/Jumper | 858.699.4301

n ANGELA PALTRAM – AP Dressage | Dressage | 619.322.7433

n BETTINA LOY – Del Mar Dressage | Dressage | 619.871.2795

n ANDREA SIMPSON – Fairbanks Riding | Hunter/Jumper | 858.775.2778

n JASMIN STAIR – Jasmin Stair Stables | Hunter/Jumper | 619.992.0689

“We provide a safe and enjoyable facility for all levels of equestrians.” 46 | T r a i n e r s

JOIE GATLIN & MORLEY ABEY Joie Gatlin & Morley Abbey Show Jumping 31878 Del Obispo #118 PMB 313 | San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 949.443.9452 | | Revolution Farms’ mission is two-fold. Although we aim to train and teach our students to be competitive at the top levels of show jumping competition, we also find it essential to instill and nurture a genuine love and respect for our horses and the sport of show jumping. One of the things I’m looking forward to in 2015 is the growth and development of Revolution Farms and the achievement of all our wonderful clientele’s goals for the year. As a rider, I look forward to learning more about our sport and improving my abilities.

“Create a good corner, get a good jump.” JOHN FRENCH Waldenbrook 11700 Little Tujunga Canyon Road | Sylmar, CA 91342 650.867.9504 | John French began riding in Baltimore, Maryland where his mother was a riding instructor. Now one of the biggest names in our sport, John French has gone on to take himself, his students, and his horses to win and compete at some of the biggest shows in the US. French, known for his riding style and his relaxed yet consciences attitude has competed successfully at the top level of the hunters and jumpers. Winner of the $100,000 ASG Software Solutions/ USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals in Kentucky aboard his special mount Rumba, and as a World Cup Finals qualifier, French is one of the most qualified riders and teachers in our sport. French focuses on the purchase, development, and sales of quality show horses and teaches a handful of students who compete on the ‘A’ circuit.

“Don’t doubt yourself – believe in the ride.” T r a i n e r s | 47

ARCHIE COX Brookway Stables 11700 Little Tujunga Canyon Road | Sylmar, CA 91342 818.897.3376 |

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Archie Cox found his love for horses at a young age. His grandmother shared with him her love of horses and at age 7 Archie and his sister Suzie convinced their parents to get a horse. Archie was a determined young rider and set his sights on the equitation ring, showing in the Maclay and USET Show Jumping Talent Search (which he brought home a gold in). Archie would later make his way west and work for Karen Healey for eight and a half years. He was able to take a lot away from his experience with Healey which set him up to successfully begin Brookway Stables where his students have taken home more than 40 national titles. The foundation of Archie’s program is building confidence in his students by focusing on the basics. With an innate ability to pair horse and rider and as his student’s biggest fan, he is able to bring out the best in his horses and riders and allow them to reach their full potential.

“Focus on the basics.” MICKEY HAYDEN

Hayden Show Jumping & Riding School 25202 Nellie Gail Road | Laguna Hills, CA 92653 949.448.0823 | |

Mickey Hayden, Head Trainer at Hayden Show Jumping & Riding School, has over 30 years experience developing champions. He is known for his honesty, integrity, ability to motivate, and eye for horses. In 2013, he was honored with the PCHA Mark Mullen Horsemanship Award for his dedication and contribution to the sport. Lane Clarke joined HSJ in 2002 and won his first Grand Prix in 2003 at age 17. In 2009 and 2010, he was ranked among the top ten West Coast riders in the FEI World Cup standings. In 2014, Lane received the CPHA Special Achievement Award for his outstanding success including six Grand Prix wins that year.

“Remember why you do this.” 48 | T r a i n e r s

HILLARY RIDLAND Equi Sports, Inc. 28 Windflower | Irvine, CA 92603 949.633.4040 | Hillary’s international experience began while still a teenager. At the age of 19, she was among the riders at the American Invitational Grand Prix in Tampa and the very next year became one of the youngest riders ever to represent the United States Equestrian Team in an International Nations Cup event. Hillary went on to win many Grand Prix events in the United States, and still remains one of only a few riders to go double-clean in the International Jumping Derby held annually at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta. Throughout her career she has trained with a host of legendary trainers including Judy Martin, Rodney Jenkins, Buddy Brown, and Leslie Burr Howard. Currently Hillary owns and runs Equi Sports, Inc. in San Juan Capistrano.

“There is always ‘Plan B.’i” NATHALIE MANNING Acorn Farm 28650 Ortega Highway | San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 401.743.1265 | Nathalie (Cooper) Manning has riding in her blood. Starting at the tender age of 3 under the guidance of her grandfather, USEF Hall of Fame inductee Morton “Cappy” Smith, and Nathalie trained with him and many of the East Coast’s most renowned trainers. During her time on the east coast she also successfully competed in all the big Junior Equitation Medal finals. Nathalie moved to California in 2007, continuing her development as a rider while training at her family’s West Coast facility, The Oaks. In 2009, she followed in her family’s tradition when she turned her passion into a profession and opened Acorn Farm. Nathalie has been competing with several new mounts in the upper level jumpers and grand prix. Nathalie has been competing with several new mounts in the upper level jumpers and grand prixs.

“Acorn Farm, where little Acorns’ become great Oaks.” T r a i n e r s | 49

MIDDLE RANCH 11700 Little Tujunga Canyon Road | Lake View Terrace, CA 91342 818.897.4029 Middle Ranch is 650 acres of lush green grass and plentiful trees. It is located only two minutes from the 210 freeway and is close to many major cities in the LA area. Middle Ranch consists of two working ranches, the Main Ranch, and the North Ranch, both of which have staff onsite 24 hours a day and are completey fenced and gated. The Main Ranch is largely dedicated to those interested in training and showing their horses while the North Ranch has a more relaxed atmosphere. Middle Ranch has a total of 12 riding arenas with top of the line footing designed to best suit each specialty of riding. Both barns also have access to miles and miles of trails throughout the Angeles National forest which borders three sides of the ranch. To top it off, the ranch also has a club-house with offices, lounge areas, a kitchen, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a pool, spa, and tennis court.

n ARCHIE COX – Brookway Stables | Hunter/Jumper | 818. 897.3376

n DICK AND FRANCIE CARVIN – Meadow Grove Farms | Hunter/Jumper | 818.890.6099

n JEFF KATZ AND BUD WOLF – Bay Ridge Farms | Hunter/Jumper | 818.834.3699

n LISA STROWAY – Freeway Farms | Hunter/Jumper | 818.834.2577

n CHRIS PRATT – Epic Stables | Hunter/Jumper | 818.834.4737 | 661.857.4554

n SANTIAGO AND ERIKA RICKARD – SR Training Stables | Hunter/Jumper | 818.834.4737

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n HOPE SRICKLAND – Pacific Cove Stables | Hunter/Jumper | 818.644.3323

n LARS HOLMBERG & ULF WADEBORN – Holmberd Wadeborn Dressage | Dressage

| 818.744.0647 | 818.919.2810

n SUSANN REGALMUTO – Regal Equestrian | Dressage | 951.515.7133

n SHIRIN AMIERN – Story Teller Farms | Dressage | 805.208.3138

n TRICIA HAMILTON – Hamilton Equestrian | Dressage | 818.897.8888

n BILLY CAMARILLO – Billy Camarillo Cutting Horses | Western | 818.834.6414

n STACIE WIGHT – SS Performance Horses | Western | 805.732.3113

“You never lose, you either win or learn.” 50 | T r a i n e r s

TAR FARMS 28411 San Juan Creek Roadc | San Juan Capistrano, CA 949.315.5132 |

Tar Farms is located in the heart of the Equestrian Capitol of the West Coast, beautiful San Juan Capistrano, and offers horse-lovers a unique, relaxed setting within this historic community. The spacious 23 acre tree-lined property is framed by picturesque country hillsides, open blue skies, San Juan Creek, and exquisite neighborhoods. At Tar Farms we know how valuable visits are for both you and your horse. So over the years we’ve cultivated an excellent management team and staff, and have limited the number of boarders to ensure a hassle-free facility with ample space for EVERYONE. This philosophy creates an “Old California” style intimacy and privacy unique to Tar Farms. That’s one reason why our boarders think we far outshine the others. For those interested in disciplined riding, Tar Farms offers western, reining, working cows, hunter/jumper, and dressage regimens. Our reputable professionals offer their training services to all levels and ages and periodically host free or low cost seminars and clinics for those who wish to continue their equine education.

n MARY MORRISON – Ivy Gate Farm | Hunter/Jumper | 949.443.1903

n ERIN HEINTEL – Erin Heintel Dressage | Dressage | 949.412.4469

n SANDRA HANSEN – Den Equus | Dressage | 949.246.1561

n BECKY HOLMAN – Black Diamond Performance Horses | Western/Reining | 949.661.4905

n ASHLEY COOK – Basic Western | 949.330.9363

n ASHLEE AVERILL – Ashle Averill Performance Horses Western Pleasure,

Hunter Under Saddle, Horsemanship, Trail | 949.291.0797

“We may ride in different saddles but we both get on from the same side.” T r a i n e r s | 51

CHRISTINE TRAURIG Christine Traurig Dressage 16003 Via de Santa Fe | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.310.3599 | Born and raised on a farm in Germany, Christine Traurig began riding before she could walk. She attended the National Riding School at Hoya, eventually riding and training for the Hanoverian Elite Auction in Verden. In 1982, she moved to the United States with her former husband, Bernie, to assist with his import and sales business. With her long-time partner Etienne, Traurig was selected to represent the United States Dressage Team at the Sydney Olympics, and attended the German National Championships for young horses on Limited Edition, placing in the final top eight each year. Taurig has been operating her business from Albert Curt in Rancho Santa Fe, CA since 2005.

“Think forward – nothing has ever been accomplished by moving backward.” BIRTHE LAUFER Birthe Laufer Dressage 3902 Manchester Rd. | Encinitas, CA 92024 858.204.0220 | German born Birthe Laufer is a licensed Bereiter F.N., successful FEI competitor, trainer, and coach. Her background in horsemanship is grounded in the German classical principles of riding. Throughout her career, she has worked with top-notch dressage professionals and is currently training regularly with Olympian Christine Traurig. She successfully uses this knowledge on every horse and rider in her care.

“In training we must be encouraged to first establish the principles and only then to tackle the details.” – Dr. Reiner Klimke 52 | T r a i n e r s

MARIE MEDOSI Marie Medosi Dressage 13872 Old El Camino Real | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92130 808.227.5668 | Marie Medosi is originally from Hawaii and started riding at the age of nine. When Medosi was 16, the Hawaii Dressage Association and her supporter, Pam Jones, paid expenses for her to attend the International Riding Academy in Germany. After graduation, Medosi studied under several professionals in Canada, eventually seizing the opportunity become a working student for Sue Blinks in San Diego. She went on to become a working student and assistant for Christine Traurig. Medosi ventured on her own in July 2013 to start training dressage horses.

“Work on yourself – the horse will follow.” LENA NORDLOF-DAVIS Lena Nordlof-Davis Dressage 16255 Via de la Valle | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.822.7483 | Lena Nordlof-Davis, originally from Sweden, is a USDF gold, silver and bronze medalist, an “L” program graduate, and has trained many horses to FEI success. During her childhood she worked as a groom in trade for riding lessons, eventually earning enough trust from owners to let her ride their horses. Lena came to the U.S. in 1982 to pursue her passion and began giving riding lessons, and has since helped clients reach goals at every level, including several California Dressage Society High Point awards and USDF bronze and silver medals. She welcomes riders with any goals and of all abilities; ultimately hoping her students will form a true and lasting relationship with their horses.

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DAVID BLAKE David Blake Dressage Training 7070 Black Mountain Road | San Diego, CA 92130 310.435.2204 | Born in Paris, France, David Blake started riding when he was four years old. He moved to America to begin his career as a jumper, switching to Dressage at 14 and earning his USDF bronze medal within two years. Soon after, he was chosen to train in the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Young Horse Program where he honed his skills as a young horse trainer. Blake was reserve champion in Gladstone and has won several CDI Grand Prixs in California. He has also brought along a six-year-old FEI champion, represented the U.S. with his five-year-old FEI Young Horse in Verden and successfully competed in the CDI small tour and Grand Prix. In 2004 Blake opened his own business in Los Angeles, eventually moving to Arroyo Del Mar to train with Steffen and Shannon Peters.

“Don’t panic just try again.” REBECCA RIGDON Rebecca Rigdon Dressage 7070 Black Mountain Road | San Diego, CA 92130 758.550.7329 | Originally from Kansas City, Rebecca Rigdon has been riding competitively for the past 26 years, running her own training business for 18 of those years. She has earned her USDF bronze, silver, and gold medals on horses she’s trained. She is a former USEF judge, bringing her students not only the trainers view, but also the judges.Rigdon has trained extensively with some of the nation’s top dressage trainers, including Conrad Schumacher, Christine Traurig, Steffen Peters, and Guenter Seidel. She also worked in Germany for the Holsteiner Verband as an auction rider and trainer, assisted with sales, and trained their young stallions. To date, Rigdon has trained 38 horses through Third Level, 12 through Prix St. George, and 4 through Grand Prix all from 3-4 years old.

“I am the most satisfied when my horses and riders reach their goals.” 54 | T r a i n e r s

LYNN DEVENPORT San Pasqual Valley Ranch 2460 Cloverdale Road | Escondido, CA 92027 760.743.2377 | Lynn Devenport said he doesn’t have a single memory without horses. Growing up in a ranching family, Devenport started riding when he was two years old and continued rodeoing throughout high school and college in his home state of New Mexico. After school, Devenport rodeoed professionally for 10 years and went into the training business in 1980. He trained at Rawhide Ranch in Bonsall, CA for six years before opening San Pasqual Valley Ranch with his wife, Delia. The Devenports offer a full slate of training, ranging from starting colts to barrel horses, and welcomes horses from all riding disciplines. Lynn and Delia have trained a number of youth riders who have gone on to qualify for, and place in, the California and Pacific National Junior Rodeo Finals and National High School Rodeo Association Finals. Three daughters who also share the same passion for riding, Mindy, Destri, and Macy, San Pasqual Valley Ranch is, and always will be, a family business centered around a shared love for animals.

“From beginners to winners.” T r a i n e r s | 55

GLEN ASPINALL Glen Aspinall Performance Horses 34520 De Portola Road | Temecula, CA 92592 951.552.5253 Glen Aspinall got his start in the horse world as a kid, thanks to his father and a couple of well-know Australian riders. Aspinall rode competitively as a teenager in Australia for many years, representing Queensland in the under 21 polocrosse division and leading the team to victory for the first time in 12 years against New South. He moved to the United States 13 years ago, qualifying for the Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals on two different horses. Aspinall worked for accomplished horsemen such as John Ward and Bob Avila before starting his own training business.

“If you can’t explain, they won’t obtain.” CLAY MACLEOD Highland Farms Post Office Box 337 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.354.4069 |

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Born and raised in Pasadena, CA., Clay Macleod has ridden and shown horses since he was a child. Macleod turned professional in 1982 and opened his own farm. At Highland Farm, Clay actively trains a select group of A-Circuit show clients, specializing in Western Pleasure, Trail and Western Riding for AQHA approved shows. Highland Farm has limited boarding facilities that include care, stall, and pasture turn-outs for clients in training, or for lay-up and retired horses. Clay’s riding philosophy is to not only teach his students the principles of good riding and horsemanship, but also how to have fun. Since becoming an international AQHA judge in 1984, he now travels 10 to 12 times a year to judge shows all over the world. Clay has paneled five World Championships as well as the Australian and New Zealand Championships. The most rewarding part of his job is being able to be outdoors doing what he loves, working with horses.

“Western pleasure should be just that – pleasure and fun.” 56 | T r a i n e r s

NICOLE JOHNSON Premier West Stables 1562 Chatsworth Blvd | San Diego, CA 92107 619.857.0942 | Johnson offers riding instruction and training in saddle seat and western, specializing in the American Morgan Horse with lessons available for all levels. Her primary goal is to create a foundation for her students and facilitate their ambitions, no matter if they decide to pursue riding seriously or for pleasure. She is looking forward to some new teams in 2015 and the launch of their hunter/jumper program.

“Believe in what you want to happen.” DONNIE BRICKER Donnie Bricker Performance Horses 36925 Avenida Madera | Temecula, CA 92592 909.374.2776 |

Donnie Bricker started training horses on his own 17 years ago. Bricker’s facility sits among rolling hills, and is surrounded by irrigated pastures on 10 acres. The facility features a large riding arena (150’ x 310’) main arena, (120x120) cutting arena, round and square pens, a sliding track, electronic cow cuttin critter, turn out pastures, 2 wash racks, tack rooms, grain rooms, covered hay storage, 22 stalls, main barn and 6 stall separate barn with adequate turnouts. The ranch is a full service training facility offering training for Pleasure and Show horses, riding lessons for all ages, Summer Horse Camps for adults and youth, Stallion Services and Horses for Sale. World Champion Performance Horses we are specialized in Reining, Working Cow Horse, and Calf-Roping, Team Roping, NRHA, AQHA, NRCHA, CRHA.

“Bricker Ranch provides a serene atmosphere for both the horse and rider.” T r a i n e r s | 57

MIKE AND KRISTI BERG Berg Performance Horses 37715 Spring Valley Road | Temecula, CA 92592 Mike: 951.265.6158 | Kristi: 951.318.2174 | Mike and Kristi have both been around horses their entire lives. Kristi Berg’s mother was a trainer in Southern California and Mike Berg grew up with horses with his family in Montana. Mike and Kristi both tried pursuing other interests but were always drawn back to horses and both had a knack for training. They both worked as assistants for several years before starting Berg Performance Horses in 2002. Since then, they have become some of the most reputable trainers in Southern California. They are open to working with all levels of students and horses. From rookie to Open Horses, they are happy to help you reach your goals. They show in NRHA, AQHA, and NRCHA shows.

“Come ride and have fun.” BECKY HOLMAN Black Diamond Performance Horses 28411 San Juan Creek Road | San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 949.661.4905 | The foundation for Black Diamond Performance Horses is Becky Holman’s passion for horses for over 27 years. By providing a challenging environment that is conducive to continuous improvement and learning, she is able to share her passion for horses with others. Becky focuses on a customized training program that is unique for each individual rider and horse. Whether you want to experience the unique rewards of reining or reined cow horses, the excitement of competition, or the challenge of becoming a better rider, Becky will have a program that is right for you.

“A training program based on open communication, integrity, and respect.” 58 | T r a i n e r s

HAWLEY AWAD Hawley Bennett Eventing 43240 Los Corralitos Road | Temecula, CA 92592 951.852.8556 | Growing up on a hobby farm in British Columbia, Hawley Bennett started riding at a young age. In 1998, she began eventing with a horse named Livingston, moving up through the levels of Pony Club with him. Following a fourth place finish at the North American Young Rider’s Championship, Bennet was named to the Canadian Eventing Team Long List. They were two-time members of the Silver Medal Team at the Pan American Eventing Championships and have represented the Canadian Equestrian Team in the Olympics twice. Bennett, now located at Kings Way Farm in Temecula, is fully established as one of the top upper-level riders and trainers in Southern California. She accepts students of all riding levels and aspirations into her program—as long as riders are willing to try to the best of their abilities, she’s willing to teach. Bennett said the most rewarding part of her job is watching her students grow and seeing their hard work pay off.

“Hard work pays off and gets noticed.” T r a i n e r s | 59

TISH QUIRK 760.207.4887 |

Tish Quirk offers a full-service breeding, foaling, development, and training program in Rancho Santa Fe. Tish and her husband, John, published HORSES magazine with subscriptions in 50 states and 39 countries. Their European imports include numerous amateur and junior Hunter/Jumpers that represented the U.S.A. internationally, as well as “Best of Luck”, the foundation of the current breeding program. John drew on their European friendships and experiences to bring the World Cup Finals of Show jumping to Del Mar in 1992 and then Las Vegas. It will be returning to Las Vegas once again in 2015. Tish and John were inducted into the Spruce Meadows Hall of Fame in 2006. More recently, Tish received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the CPHA, and has been Leading Handler at both the International Hunter Furturity and the Sallie B.Wheeler/ USEF National Breeding Championship. Her stallions, “Just The Best,” and “More Than Luck,” have earned the Leading Sire award three times and her young horses have been named Best Young Horse twice and are consistent champions. From conception to champion for 30 years sums up her current role.

“Breeding Just the Best.” 60 | T r a i n e r s


The Power of Heart BY PAM MALEY


n June 6, 2015 the extraordinarily beautiful American Pharoah crossed the finish line into history, carrying the heart of a nation with him. Becoming only the twelfth horse in history to wear the mantle of the Triple Crown, he led from the starting gate and left no doubt of his intent. To paraphrase the Sunday New York Times, coming out of the wide final turn at Belmont, as American Pharoah squared his shoulders for the long stretch run that has destroyed the hopes of so many, jockey Victor Espinoza dropped the reins of his colt and let the big bay take him home.

The California trio of American Pharoah, Espinoza, and trainer Bob Baffert had become the first to capture the Triple Crown trophy in 37 long years. And at age 43, Espinoza became the oldest jockey, as well as the first hispanic jockey, to win the Triple Crown, calling himself as he famously did while pouring rainwater out of his boot after the Preakness, “the luckiest Mexican alive!” Espinoza was born on a dairy farm in Mexico, the eleventh of twelve children. When he was 15, he left to assist his brother José, a quarter horse trainer. He entered jockey school at age 17, paying for it by T r i p l e C r o w n P r o f i l e s | 61

driving a bus in Mexico City, and within a few years he was racing thoroughbreds at the track there. In 1990, 18 years old and unable to speak English, he moved to California’s Bay area. Starting out very poor, he lived in the tack room at the stables, and was described as a hardworking kid who was out there every day. But he kept getting better and better, and soon people began to see his talent. By the mid-1990s he had moved his tack to Los Angeles, where his career began to take off, and in 2002 he had his first chance at the Triple Crown aboard War Emblem. In 2014 he was asked to ride California Chrome, who just couldn’t seem to get into the winner’s circle. Like Frosty the Snowman who was brought to life under that ‘old silk hat,’ California Chrome came alive under Espinoza. And in 2015, Bob Baffert made the now historic decision to place him on American Pharoah. But this diminutive five foot two, 112 pound man with the sincere and engaging smile, has a heart that far outstrips his size. About ten years before California Chrome, Espinoza was having lunch with a friend, and his friend suggested that they visit City of Hope, the renowned cancer center located in Duarte, in Southern California. Espinoza was so saddened by what he saw, and so disturbed by the tragedy of children who would be unable to fulfill their lives, that he was moved to tears and couldn’t stay. He went back to the car to wait for his friend. In the post-Derby California Chrome press conference ten years later, Espinoza talked about it publicly for the first time. “Since that time, I have donated 10% of my earnings for all the kids that have cancer,” he told the interviewer. “It makes me cry to see all the kids that can’t even have a life like we have.” He had quietly fulfilled his pledge for ten years, but it wasn’t until then, that even City of Hope learned where the checks were coming from. He had sent them faithfully through his bookkeeper, and his name wasn’t on them. “Sometimes, I forget to pay my bills, but I never forget about City of Hope,” he said. This year, 62 | T r i p l e C r o w n P r o f i l e s

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“Sometimes, I forget to pay my bills, but I never forget about City of Hope,” he said. This year, after the Triple Crown, he donated his entire share of the winnings (about $80,000).

after the Triple Crown, he donated his entire share of the winnings (about $80,000). Hall of Fame trainer Baffert, who makes his home in La Cañada-Flintridge and bases his training operation at Santa Anita, was born in 1953 in Nogales, Arizona where his family kept cattle and enough chickens to supply eggs to the local restaurants. “There was nothing racing about us,” says Baffert. But over the years, he found his calling, becoming a sought-after quarter horse trainer before moving into thoroughbreds. He made his way to Southern California, and made the transition to thoroughbreds, rocketing to the top and becoming the leading money-winning trainer four times. But in 2012, while riding the crest, he was faced with an enormous challenge of a different sort. While in Dubai for the Dubai World Cup with his wife Jill and 7-year-old son Bode, it became clear that he was having a heart attack. After a call for help, an ambulance with more than a little age on it appeared, and whisked him to the hospital, where emergency procedures were quickly performed to save his life. Photo © Cheryl Ann Quigley/


But over the years, he found his calling, becoming a sought-after quarter horse trainer before moving into thoroughbreds ... rocketing to the top and becoming the leading money-winning trainer four times.

His doctors made it clear just how close he had come to full cardiac arrest; the heart that raced with every hoofbeat had almost stopped. Baffert has spoken often about how such an experience changes your outlook and rearranges your priorities. Grateful for every day, and embracing his family, he has now made a place for himself in history. Like Espinoza, Bob and Jill Baffert donated their Triple Crown winnings to causes dear to their hearts. A $50,000 donation was given to the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), and $50,000 to Old Friends Farm in Kentucky, two charities that provide homes for retired racehorses. And in honor of a close friend who died on Preakness day, $50,000 went to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. With the heart of a winner and a stride that looks like he’s floating, the big bay colt with the quiet and kind demeanor made all this possible, touching the heart of a nation on that June day. T r i p l e C r o w n P r o f i l e s | 63


Reining Renaissance Woman B Y PA M M A L E Y


oren Booth is a fifth-generation native Californian, President and owner of Booth Ranches, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, horsewoman, Quarter Horse breeder, and reiner, not necessarily in that order, and she keeps all those balls in the air with style and grace. Booth Ranches, LLC, founded in 1957 on 40 acres by her father Otis Booth, has become one of California’s major orange grower-packer-shippers. Loren has been acknowledged as the agent of growth in recent years, as the ranch has expanded to its present 7,500 acres near Orange Cove in the San Joaquin Valley. She attended California State University, and in 1998, completed the California Leadership Program, a two-year program to which she credits much of her success and vision. She has served as Chairman of the Board since 2009. Loren also chairs the Hills Valley Irrigation District, which, along with all of California, is navigating some major challenges with the long-standing drought. Booth Ranches is part of the Friant Water Authority which diverts water from the San Joaquin River to over a million acres of Central California farmland. As the water supply diminishes, water must be allocated, and Friant has received a zero allocation the last two years. To date, sadly, Booth Ranches has had to let dry 64 | L o r e n B o o t h

or sell a substantial amount of its acreage. “But,” says Loren, “we have a great operation and wonderful employees, and we’re working our way through it.” While Booth Ranches is internationally known for its citrus, they produce another premium product as well – performance Quarter Horses bred to excel in the sport of reining. Always an animal lover, when Loren discovered reining, “I fell in love. I was hooked.” By the time her trainer, Tracer Gilson joined Booth Ranches, Loren had been traveling to Arizona for ten years to train with him. In 2007 she bought a beautiful piece of pristine land along the Kings River, with a lovely park at one end. Loren is on the Board of Directors of Childrens’ Institute, Inc. (CII) in Los Angeles, an organization that helps children overcome the devastating effects of violence, abuse and neglect, and she uses the park to provide a camp for the children of CII in the spring and fall. Booth Ranches provides tents, sleeping bags, and other camping gear, along with meals and activities for the four-day sessions. Already assembling a broodmare band, in 2009 Loren began developing her horse facilities. She chose to locate the foaling barn and pastures near her house at the center of the citrus groves. “We raise 12-18 babies a year,” she said, “and it’s a joy to be surrounded by the horses, and watch the foals grow and play.”

Opposite Page: Oranges bearing the Booth Ranches brand roll along the assembly line; This page (clockwise from top left): The foaling barn; Baby love; Loren’s niece Keely, sister Jenny, Tracer Gilson, daughter Blair holding granddaughter Elle.

In 2010, trainer Tracer Gilson and his wife Tricia came on board. Together with Loren, they designed the training facility at the other end of the new property, away from the park. It was, says Loren, “very much a joint effort.” While Tracer takes on the training duties, Tricia manages the mares, babies, yearlings, all PR, advertising, photography and videos, and preps babies for sales. “When the yearlings turn two years old, training begins in earnest,” says Loren. “After the Futurity in Oklahoma City in December, we take a couple of weeks off, then start the two-year-olds in training.”

Asked to tell us some of the things that she loves about reining and competing, she says, “It takes you away; you are one-on-one with the horse, and totally focused. There’s not a better place to be. It’s a nice community of people.” As to the horses, she says, “All of our horses are Quarter Horses; they have amazingly good minds.” Loren injured her knee last December, but is now back to riding. “My first horse show in a while is coming up soon. My daughter Blair has been riding and showing for me, but now I’m getting my horse back!” she says with a smile in her voice. We wish Loren and Sheza Smart Wimpy a winning return to the ring.

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Where History Meets Elegance B Y A T A LYA B O Y T N E R

Santa Barbara Polo Club

More than 100 years have passed since the first polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, which opened its doors in 1902. As the third oldest polo club in the nation, its beautiful grounds have witnessed some impressive history. From the Golden Era of Polo in the 1920s and 30s, to the use of the polo fields as soldier training camps during World War II, to holding two US Open Tournaments in the 60s, until today when the club’s Sunday matches are an important part of the Santa Barbara social calendar.

company every week. The Santa Barbara Polo Club is proud to host matches such as the Gulfstream Pacific Coast Open, USPA Maserati Silver Cup, and the USPA President’s Cup. Not only can the public watch polo matches but they can also learn how to play the game. The Santa Barbara Polo School provides horses and equipment for anyone with a desire to pick up the game. No experience is necessary, not even riding experience, and all levels and ages are welcome. Tennis and swimming lessons are also available on site as well as fitness programs and classes. Parents can let their horse crazy children enjoy the thrills of polo while they relax in the pool or work out in the gym; or kids can play tennis while their parents learn the intricacies of polo!

The club is located in Carpinteria, California, right between Santa Barbara proper and Ventura, just a mere thirty minutes from each city. It boasts an impressive eight tennis courts, junior Olympic sized pool, Jacuzzi, full fitness center, two clubhouses, and eighty-seven acres of land that include three polo playing fields, a stick and ball field, arena, exercise pen, and stabling for 360 horses.

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From beginners to professionals, the Santa Barbara Polo Club welcomes all. During the polo season, two polo matches are held each Sunday. Open to the public, attendees can watch fun exhibition matches and intense national tournaments, as well as sample a new Wine or Brewing

Founded in 1986, the San Diego Polo Club is committed to excellence in the sport of polo. Located in Rancho Santa Fe, off the historic El Camino Real, the club is less than a mile from the Del Mar Horse Park. The pristine 80 acres include five world-class polo

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It’s easy to see why the Santa Barbara Racquet & Polo Club is truly ‘the jewel of the American Riviera’.

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fields, an exercise track, riding trails, a clubhouse and bar, polo training school, and a lighted outdoor arena. With one of the longest playing seasons in the country, from May 31 to September 27, the Club hosts a match every Sunday at 1 pm for the public. The Club strongly believes that polo is not only a time to watch the excitement and action on the field but also to connect with friends and the community off the field. With an average of 1,000 spectators every week, the social scene is vibrant. The San Diego Polo Club is just as much about giving back to the community as it is about polo. Portions of ticket sales are donated to charity, and each week a different charity is given multiple fundraising opportunities. Since the club began in 1986, it has engaged in partnerships with 450 different charities and raised upwards of $5 million dollars. If the bug bites you as you watch your first polo match, not to worry! The San Diego Polo Club offers the opportunity to learn to play polo with Argentine polo professional Santiago “Topo” Mendez. Most of

the players galloping down the green at Sunday Polo started at the SDPC Polo School. Students of all levels are encouraged to take small group lessons, with helmet, mallet, and a safe school horse provided. From the beginning level all the way up to putting together a team of your own for an 8-Goal match, any polo need can be met! Private events are welcome at the club. Whether you are hosting a company retreat, intimate wedding, extravagant party, or celebration dinner, the San Diego Polo Club is a blank slate for your event. The club is committed to creating the event of your dreams. Their signature event package includes an introduction to polo, an exhibition match, a game of Golf Cart Polo, and a twist just for you. For over 25 years, polo players, spectators, and celebrities around the globe have chosen San Diego Polo Club as their west coast polo destination. And it only takes a visit to see why!

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Left: The Santa Barbara Polo Club, photo © Shannon Jayne; Right: A ride off between Mariano Fassetta and Ashton Wolf at the San Diego Polo Club.

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Sexy West Coast Stallions B Y J A C K I E M C F A R L A N D & A T A LYA B O Y T N E R

Flexible BARN NAME Flexi YEAR OF BIRTH 1996 BREED Irish Sport Horse SIRE Cruising DAM Flex BIRTH PLACE Ireland OWNER Harry and Mollie Chapman BREEDING AVAILABILITY Frozen semen only

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PURCHASED Flexi was purchased in 2002 as an unproven six year old strictly as a competition horse. Rider Rich Fellers had good luck with the breed and was happy to give Flexible a chance to prove himself. MOST MEMORABLE SHOW RING MOMENT In 2012, Flexi and Fellers were the first U.S. combination to win the FEI World Cup Final since 1987. Then the pair won six grand prix classes, including Olympic Qualifiers, before finishing 8th individually at the London Olympic Games. BEST ASPECT OF THE HORSE A testament to Flexi’s desire and heart, one only has to look at his recent performance at Spruce Meadows

in the Pan American Cup. The pair went into the jump off, ready to win. Landing off the first fence, Fellers made a sharp turn to the left and Flexi pulled his front left shoe. Fellers didn’t know, as this did not deter the stallion in the slightest as he continued. Losing precious milliseconds, the ride didn’t go quite to plan, including an unfortunate slip and rail at the last fence. Even with three shoes, they finished 6th in the class. OFFSPRING Flexible has sired numerous foals, as his semen has been collected for many years. And at 19 he is not slowing down. His oldest is Cushions, a 2006 mare bred by Edward Doyle. She was at the top of the leaderboard of the TRM/Horseware National Grand Prix League with wins at the legs at Cork and Charleville. S e x y W e s t C o a s t S t a l l i o n s | 69

Raging Bull Vangelis S BARN NAME Brutus YEAR OF BIRTH 1998 BREED Belgian Warmblood (BWP) SIRE Non Stop DAM Regina S BIRTH PLACE Belgium OWNER Nassar Stables, LLC

Photo courtesy of Nassar Stables, LLC

STANDS Will stand at Meadow Stud in Great Britain.

culminating in a win at their fourth consecutive Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.


BEST ASPECT OF THE HORSE “Brutus is a strong stallion who doesn’t lose his cool. He is by far the most intelligent horse I’ve ever owned or ridden,” explained Nassar. “He knows exactly what he’s doing at all times and is always calmly aware of his surroundings. He loves observing the space around him and being out of the barn.”

PURCHASED Nayel Nassar purchased Brutus from Manfred Marschall, on a recommendation from Jorg Naeve, a top German show jumper. The price was right so Nayel jumped on the opportunity of a lifetime to buy a proven Grand Prix horse. MOST MEMORABLE SHOW RING MOMENT Nayel and Brutus finished 12th in their first Grand Prix together, the Lanaken Sires of the World Grand Prix in Belgium. In an incredible feat, they finished progressively better at their next three Grand Prix events,

OFFSPRING Brutus has sired 11 foals. The most successful is Diaghilev, who has competed in several CSIO Nation Cups with rider Billy Twomey, including the one in Aachen. Most recently, Diaghilev finished 2nd in a Hickstead CSI4* 70 | S e x y W e s t C o a s t S t a l l i o n s

Crown Affair BARN NAME Crown YEAR OF BIRTH 1995 BREED Holsteiner SIRE Cor de la Bryere HLP DAM Adante I BIRTH PLACE Germany Photo courtesy of Gail Morey

STANDS Wild Turkey Farm

OWNER Yellow Dog Farm, Gail Morey

Owner Hunter at the Menlo Charity Horse Show. But the most emotional win was Crown’s final show appearance, ridden by John French, in the 2011 Franktown Meadows Derby, allowing Crown to end his career a winner.

BREEDING AVAILABILITY Frozen or fresh cooled semen PURCHASED Gail Morey saw Crown in the show ring and it was love at first sight! She bought him in 2005. Gail was not looking for a Holsteiner but loved the athleticism and scope of the breed, along with their pleasant disposition. MOST MEMORABLE SHOW RING MOMENT In 2009, Crown had a winning streak - he was Champion A/O Hunter 36 & over with Gail, Champion Regular Working Hunter ridden by John French, High Point Hunter of Show, and High Point Amateur

BEST ASPECT OF THE HORSE Morey shared these details, “Crown remains one of the last direct Cor de La Bryere stallions still living and he carries many of his father’s traits: beauty, athleticism, movement, temperament, and incredible bascule. He shares a jumping style and fantastic scope with his sire.” OFFSPRING Foals frequently get high points in keurings, Sakura Hill La Czarita is in the top 5 in the country in 2011 with a score of 84. S e x y W e s t C o a s t S t a l l i o n s | 71

Liocaylon BARN NAME Lio YEAR OF BIRTH 1992 BREED Holsteiner SIRE Liostro DAM Zoellnerin II BIRTH PLACE Germany OWNER Barb Ellison

Photo Š Jump Shot Photography

STANDS Wild Turkey Farm

American tournament he entered. In 2010, he was presented with the South Pacific Award, given to the leading US-based sire of show jumpers.

BREEDING AVAILABILITY Fresh cooled semen available for 2015 and 2016, then frozen only through 2017. Lio will be 25 years old by that time, and will go into retirement. PURCHASED Barb Ellison purchased Lio in 1997 as a 5 year old. Butch and Lu Thomas sent her a video tape of Susie Hutchinson riding him at Indio. Barb fell in love with him immediately based on the video and the rest is history.

OFFSPRING Lio has sired over 40 foals and his line is a strong one in showjumping. His top two offspring are Dustan Delphi and Peterbilt. Dustan Delphi was born in 2001 and was such a consistent winner in 2010 that she went on to represent New Zealand at the World Equestrian Games with rider Katie McVean. Peterbilt, born in 2000, was virtually undefeated in 2010. He won the $150,000 Northern California Triple Crown of Jumping.

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Contiano BF BARN NAME Mr. Friendly YEAR OF BIRTH 2006 BREED Holsteiner SIRE Contefino DAM EM Lucille BIRTH PLACE United States Photo courtesy of Kc Branscomb Kelley

STANDS Branscomb Farm BREEDING AVAILABILITY Fresh or frozen semen, or AI on the farm. PURCHASED Contiano was bred by Branscomb to be an all around sporthorse, both for competition and breeding. A combination of the best jumping lines in Holsteiners (Contender - Corofino - Landgraf with excellent dressage lines in the dam lines from the Der Clou blood), Contiano has huge movement, excellent temperament, and an explosive jump.

OWNER Branscomb Farm

Young Jumper Championship Finals in 2011 at the Western Division Finals at Showpark, Del Mar. He was one of only two horses to jump clean all the way through the third and most demanding day of the final. He also won the dressage section of his 70 day stallion test and now, when his breeding duties allow, he competed in Grand Prix jumper events in California with rider Daniel Zilla. OFFSPRING His foals have won national championships and the top selling yearling sold for $35,000. In 2013 Balencia BF rated Premium by German Verband. His first three foal crops, produced 77% premium foals.

MOST MEMORABLE SHOW RING MOMENT Contiano placed in the top five of the Five Year Old S e x y W e s t C o a s t S t a l l i o n s | 73

Jonkheer Z BARN NAME Johnny YEAR OF BIRTH 2002 BREED Zangersheide SIRE JetSet-D DAM Ulderina Van Westleven BIRTH PLACE Belgium OWNER Signe Ostby

BREEDING AVAILABILITY Frozen semen only PURCHASED Owner Signe Ostby purchased Johnny for rider Karl Cook in 2011. He was jumping 1.45–1.50 meters in Europe and Cook was looking for a mount that could take him to the top levels of show jumping. MOST MEMORABLE SHOW RING MOMENT Cook and Johnny won the National Sunshine Tour World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix in 2014 against tough competition. Having already competed in two FEI World Cup qualifiers – Las Vegas and the Sunshine Tour, they are looking to qualify in a third one in 2015.

BEST ASPECT OF THE HORSE Johnny makes all the jumps seem small. When he and Cook are in sync, Cook says it feels like a children’s or adult’s class. But the bigger the crowd, the better the stallion shines. He responds to the energy and rises to the occasion. But best of all, he taught Cook the ropes at upper level show jumping. OFFSPRING Ten offspring have been born with Johnny as a sire so far. But he is one of Cook’s most fertile stallions. His oldest is Kasha who was born in 2010. 74 | S e x y W e s t C o a s t S t a l l i o n s

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WILDFLOWER RANCH 3211 Wildflower Valley | Encinitas, CA 92024 760.310.4330 |

Wildflower Ranch is located in Encinitas, CA just inside the gated community of Wildflower Estates. It is a 7.66 acre, meticulously-maintained ranch that has access to miles and miles of manicured trails. It has 60 stalls in total with a combination of both in-and-outs and box stalls and boasts two large arenas and a 90 foot round pen. With some of the top US show jumpers currently boarding here, you can be sure your horses will be happy and healthy. The ranch also has grass pastures, a hot walker, hay storage, caretaker facility, cross-ties, wash racks, numerous tack rooms, and also has a well. It also comes with a lot to build a dream home above a dream barn. The pride of ownership is obvious no matter where you go at this facility. From the landscaping, to the Olympic quality footing in every arena and round pen, it is obvious that no detail has been overlooked. Once you step foot onto the property you will immediately be able to escape your day-to-day life and take in your beautiful surroundings. With a meandering creek running through the property, white fencing against the green grass and tall weeping willows, the pop of color from the bougainvillea and seasonal flowers, and the cape cod style barn, you will be able to leave your worries at the door and be able to truly enjoy your horse.

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FAIRBANKS RIDING CLUB Post Office Box 8046 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.0321

Tucked behind the gated Fairbanks Ranch grounds, the Equestrian Center is one of the premiere public boarding stables in Rancho Santa Fe. A more peaceful and tranquil place to enjoy time with our equestrian partners is truly difficult to find. Fairbanks has an ideal location and a beautiful Spanish style facility that is host to two extremely accomplished and reputable trainers, Kim Vanderwood and Nicole Johnson. Fairbanks offers Hunter/Jumper, Saddleseat and Western training and a lesson program for all ages and from beginners to advanced riders. Fairbanks residents and non-residents are welcome. *Residents receive a discounted boarding fee and priority for available stalls. All horses must be in training and/or in care.Non-residents are also welcome to board and take lessons.

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OSUNA RANCH 16332 Via de Santa Fe | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.1174 The Osuna Ranch is a 25-acre gated facility in the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant. The Ranch is privately owned and managed by the Rancho Santa Fe Association and is home to Hap Hansen, one of the greatest names in show jumping history. Hap Hansen Stables trains some of the nation’s top hunter-jumpers and Grand Prix horses and riders. Rancho Santa Fe Covenant residents are given priority for stalls and paddocks but all horses must be in training and/or care with Hap Hansen Stables. The ranch also has a limited number of retirement options for older horses. The facility has large paddocks both with and without shelters. Boarding includes grazing privileges in 13 large grass-pastures and Bermuda and Alfalfa fed three times a day. (Timothy is available at an extra charge.) All stalls and paddocks are highly coveted and typically require being placed on a wait list through Ranch Manager Daria Quay at the Rancho Santa Fe Association. Maurice Roy Photography

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SEABREEZE FARMS EQUESTRIAN CENTER 5720 Old Carmel Valley Road | San Diego, CA 92130 858.481.2626 Carol and David Goodell made sure to keep seabreeze’s standard’s high when building the farm. Located on 39 acres in Carmel Valley, Seabreeze has two barns with a total of 84 stalls and five different stall sizes to choose from. The staff at Seabreeze is dedicated to keeping its horses as well-fed and comfortable as possible, providing four types of hay, automatic water systems and high-quality shavings. Riders can also rest comfortably in the barn area’s large tacks rooms or hangout in the clubhouse, stocked with drinks and snacks, to finish homework before lessons.

“Just learn.” RANCHO RIDING CLUB 16924 Ramblas de Las Flores | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.2923 The Rancho Riding Club was founded in 1946 and is located on 11 acres in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. Sixty-five years later, the club is still going strong with 140 members and stables filled with 110 horses. Competitive Hunter/Jumper training is available from Wanda Weldy, Dressage from Tina Caldwell and Western/horsemanship from Debbie Rocha. The entire family is invited to ride at this private facility, with lessons in a variety of disciplines available from the club instructors. Members benefit from social activities and horse shows, and can enjoy access to 40 miles of groomed trails.

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HIGHLAND FARMS 2570 Fifth Street | Encinitas, CA 92024 619.813.8223 | This beautiful farm in Olivenhain occasionally has room in grass pastures for retirement or lay-ups that include twice daily feeding, weekly inspections, grooming and routine management of vet and farrier services. Full-time grooms live on-site and are available to check on horses throughout the night for any medical emergencies that may occur. Additional levels of service and training are also offered on an individual basis.

“Have fun and ride what you see.” DOVE HOLLOW DRESSAGE CENTER 1084 Double LL Ranch | Olivenhain, CA 92024 858.759.7880 | Dove Hollow Dressage Center is a full-service equestrian facility dedicated to providing its customers with unparalleled care and service. Originally a mixed-training facility, Flo Brown purchased the 4.5 acre stable in the fall of 2006. In 2007, Flo embarked upon a complete remodel transforming the facility into the premier Dressage training center it is today. Training and instruction offered up to Grand Prix by ‘R’ Judge/International Competitor Laurie Falvo Doyle and World-ranked FEI competitor, Michelle Reilly.

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WILLOW CREEK STABLES 3049 Camino Del Rancho | Encinitas, CA 92024 858.756.6937 Willow Creek Stables is a premiere Hunter/ Jumper training barn in Olivenhain. Whether you are just starting out or want to compete in national competitions, the stable’s experienced staff can help you achieve your goals. We have a comprehensive Hunter/Jumper lesson program for all ages and levels. We have multiple trainers to accommodate your schedule headed by 30-year teaching veteran, Lisa Halterman. All horses must be in training and/or in care with Haven Farms. We also offer guided trail rides. For our guests, we have a large rec room with kitchen, TV, outdoor BBQ and patio. Free Wi-fi and high-speed Internet is available.

“A friendly place.”

DEL MAR HORSEPARK 14550 El Camino Real | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.794.1171 | Del Mar Horsepark is a 65-acre world-class equestrian facility located about three miles east of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, at the corner of El Camino Real and Via de la Valle. The facility features professional on-site catering, equipment rental, RV hook-ups, plenty of parking and freeway access. Permanent box and pipe stalls are available for year-round boarding, as well as qualified, professional training from beginning to Olympian levels. The Del Mar Horsepark is a long-term boarding facility for riders in the training program only. Spectators are also welcome to visit the facility to watch lessons and local competitions.

“We provide a safe and enjoyable facility for all levels of equestrians.” B o a r d i n g F a c i l i t i e s | 81

CHERRY HILL Retirement & Lay-up 760.207.2680 | Cherry Hill Farm is a secluded and restful retreat for you and your horse. Nestled on 600 acres of private, family-owned land in Santa Ysabel, California, our farm boasts private wooded trails and sweeping vistas from its elevated location. Horses that need a little extra help or less pressure in their lives thrive at Cherry Hill Farm. Whether a horse needs a couple of months off from the hustle and bustle of the show ring, a longterm lay-up, rehabilitation from an injury, or if it’s mares foaling out, Cherry Hill Farm has a lot to offer. Jamie works closely with her clients to provide both owner and horse with any and all their needs.

“The best thing for the inside of man is the outside of a horse.” HIGHLAND FARM Retirement & Lay-up Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.354.4069

Highland Farm is located adjacent to the riding trail along Lago Lindo in Rancho Santa Fe. The facility is a picturesque farm with a limited number of boarding facilities that include care, stall and pasture turn-outs for clients in training or for lay-up and retired horses.

“Love means attention. Which means looking after the things we love. We call this stable management.”


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California Guys that Make you JUMP



alifornia puts its stamp on all who call it home, but these men don’t fit the stereotype. Their days in the sun are not spent in the sand and surf. These California men can be found at the barn and at the show ring. All successful in their own right, we asked these dedicated, hard-working professionals to share a little about their beginnings in the saddle, as well as the things that they love about horses and competition,their best memories of 2015, and their goals going forward. A deep appreciation and love of horses is certainly a common thread.


Where were you born?

I was born in Los Angeles.

Where did you ride for the first time?

My very first riding lesson was with a man named Earnie Robertson at Eaton Canyon in Altadena, CA.

Do you remember your first horse?

Yes, Dobbie, part Quarter Horse, part Arab.

Do you remember your first fall? No, I don’t remember my first fall.

Your first show?

My first show was at Eaton Canyon. But at my second show, also at Eaton Canyon, Larry Langer gave me my first blue ribbon. It was an equitation on the flat class on a school horse.

Your favorite thing about competing or working with competitors?

For me, success, improvement, and cooperation with and from the horse are number one. Same goes for working with competitors.

Your best memory of 2015 to date?

Winning a Level 7 class at Thermal and being champion for that week.

Your favorite thing about horses and what you do?

I love working with horses because they are all different and have minds of their own.

Your goals going forward – horsewise and otherwise?

My goals are to continue riding, teaching, and competing. I hope to do a lot more at the Grand Prix level.

A quote or keywords that best describe you...

I’m easy going and try to take everything in stride.

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Where were you born?

I was born in San Gabriel, CA.

Where did you ride for the first time?

First time I sat on a horse was at my grandfather’s Hagman Ranch in South Dakota – I was 7 years old.

Do you remember your first horse?

Her name was Tootsie. She was a pony and she was amazing.

Do you remember your first fall?

I remember that well! I don’t remember the name of the horse – it was a ranch horse in Thousand Oaks. The horse ran down a steep hill with me and then stopped really fast. I went flying off. I must have been about 9 or 10 years old.

Your first show?

It was a family affair. We were a trail riding family that learned how to jump. It was an ETI – Equestrian Trials Inc. – on Big Red and it was a flat class. I spent hours and days preparing for it. They didn’t have any kid classes and the rings were full of people. I didn’t get a ribbon but I was thrilled to get an honorable mention.

Your favorite thing about competing or working with competitors?

When I really see a rider and horse click and do well together. The first time they experience that ‘wow’ moment. That’s my favorite part whether I’m on the horse or working with a rider.

Your best memory of 2015 to date?

Oh my goodness...yikes. Probably Sydney Hutchins getting Best Child Rider at Del Mar or Katie

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competing two horses that we bought young and made through our program, Vancouver and Barolo W. It was a career highlight and I was teary eyed.

Your favorite thing about horses and what you do?

I just absolutely love their personalities. They’re smart and they are each a little bit different. I love being in the ring, surrounded by all these great animals. The non-verbal interaction is incredible.

Your goals going forward – horsewise and otherwise?

We have a couple goals. Right now we are getting some nice hunters for Katie Gardener to compete on in the open divisions, including derbies and indoors so she can have a chance at a championship moment, and some for the grand prix ring for others.

A quote or keywords that best describe you... Positive. Helpful. Friendly.

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Richard Spooner AGUA DOLCE, CA

Where were you born?

I was born in Redondo Beach, CA.

Where did you ride for the first time?

I was 10 years old and it was with Danielle Colbert Rainwater at the Four Seasons Farm in Huntington Beach, CA. The farm is now condominiums.

Do you remember your first horse?

Yes, Rusty. A quarter horse with the show name Business As Usual.

Do you remember your first fall?

I had a lot of falls and I don’t remember the first one. I used to fall off a lot, just like now. Some things never change.

Your first show?

I was 10 years old and I’d been riding for 3–6 months. It was a leadline class and I towered over all the six year olds. I wasn’t ready to be on my own on a horse for another year.

Your favorite thing about competing or working with competitors? Competing gives you the opportunity to see if all the work you’ve done is correct or incorrect. Competition gives you a yardstick with which you can measure your training.

Your best memory of 2015 to date?

You know what, when I won the Del Mar National Grand Prix. I had some injuries the year before and I had just started back halfway through Thermal. I would say Del Mar was the first time I could put my injuries behind me and go ride.

Your favorite thing about horses and what you do? They deal with you from a position of honesty. They aren’t interested in who you are or what you’ve

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done. They’re willing to give 100% of themselves in their relationship with you. They just judge you in that moment, at that time. Every day for them is new. If you treat them honorably and justly, they will reciprocate. They deal with you the way you deal with them.

Your goals going forward – horsewise and otherwise?

My goals going forward horsewise is to try to keep getting the best possible athletes that I can so that I have the raw material to create the competitors I need and to continue to show at the top level of the sport. Also, to keep working on having a balance in my life between my competitive necessities as well as the rest of my life.

A quote or keywords that best describe you...

Well, when I was 10 years old, I rode so poorly, I was on the lunge line for about a year. At a Christmas party, I was voted most persistent. At the time, it was a bit of an insult but I would say that does sum up a lot of my personality. I have a tendency to persevere, to drive on.

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Nick Haness TEMECULA, CA

Where were you born?

I was born in Mission Viejo, CA.

Where did you ride for the first time?

I rode my very first horse in a lesson when I was 3 years old at my local community equestrian center.

Do you remember your first horse?

The first horse that I owned was Duncan McCloud – 20 years old and a mixture of about everything. Photo © McCool

Do you remember your first fall?

All I remember is my trainer bought me a banana split after, and it was all worth while.

Your first show?

My first show was also memorable because I was 7 years old, on a 16.3 thoroughbred. My dad came to watch the class, but was obviously bored so he brought his newspaper. He opened it quickly and ripped the pages, which spooked my horse, causing him to take off around the arena. The announcer called the entire class to PLEASE WALK. My mom was having a heart attack and I thought it was fun. I was shortly thereafter excused from the class.

Your favorite thing about competing or working with competitors?

My favorite thing about competing is the rush of adrenaline and thrill that is involved. From a young age, competing and being the best I could be was natural to me, coming from a family of 5 boys, Being able to perfect a skill is very rewarding. I am fiercely competitive with myself but sometimes even more with my clients when they are showing. I want them to win more than anything.

Your best memory of 2015 to date?

My best Memory of 2015 would be developing my dream home and property with my growing number of adorable animals. As a kid, I asked for ponies and other

animals for Christmas but didn’t get any, we didn’t have a farm. I now have 4 miniature ponies, 6 alpacas, 1 pig, 3 cats, a dog, 4 goats, 4 western trail horses, and 20 beautiful show horses at my house.

Your favorite thing about horses and what you do?

My favorite thing about horses is the bond a person and a horse can create. It is rather magical to develop that bond with a horse from the beginning, and to see the outcome that good care and management and friendship can have between a human and a horse.

Your goals going forward – horsewise and otherwise?

I am currently doing a lot of business importing horses from Europe. I thoroughly enjoy this process and see it as a long term goal to continue for the next 10 years. I would love to focus on World Cup Finals or even Olympics when I am in my late 30s or early 40s. So right now I am hoping to save money to be financially secure enough to be able to travel and afford the demanding costs of competing at that level. My dream is to have a string of 2-3 grand prix horses and travel the world competing at the world’s finest show jumping venues.

A quote or keywords that best describe you... Go big or go home!

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p oway e q u e s t r i a n c e n t e r janet reed

I was born and raised on a small chicken ranch in the 1940-1960s. Our family horse was the horse I fell in love with from the moment I knew they were on earth. My neighbors, relatives and friends all played a part in developing my understanding of the horse, the center of my being simply loved them unconditionally. I have been a pro for 53 years and still love every minute of my time with my horses or my clients. Email: Visit: sandra pake

Sandra is the newest addition to Poway Equestrian Center from the Rancho Santa Fe/Del Mar area. She brings with her a client base of Hunter/Jumper riders of all levels and ages. For the past 15 years Sandra has dedicated her time to helping horse owners achieve their personal goals. She has helped many win at the “A� level and county shows. She is just as happy to help owners who are not interested in competing in shows as those who are. Please visit

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Want to ride in the exciting sport of Reining? NRHA/AQHA Champion Monica Albair can help you do just that! Training out of the beautiful Poway Equestrian Center, Monica makes dreams and goals a reality for her customers. Check her out at

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My background has been focused around the American Quarter, Paint, Appaloosa and Pinto Horse industries on a local and national level. For over 15 years, I have worked for top AQHA breeders and trainers. I offer a variety of services including lessons with your horse or mine, training from beginner to World Shows, and a comprehensive program that can expand anyone’s knowledge. Please see

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RODRIGO VAZQUEZ, DVM Helen Woodward Equine Hospital 6525 Helen Woodward Way | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.8809 | Rodrigo Vazquez has been an equine veterinarian for 27 years. He earned his masters at UC Davis and completed his internal medicine and equine surgical residencies there as well. He stayed on campus for a year as a faculty surgeon and then moved to a private practice in the Bay Area where he was the only surgeon on staff for two years. He moved down to San Diego 14 years ago during which time he started his own practice at Helen Woodward Equine Hospital. Vazquez’s practice is dedicated to sports medicine mostly in the Hunter/Jumper and Dressage disciplines. His surgical practice expands from colic surgeries to orthopedics. He works both in the field and at the hospital during the day and is on call for emergencies at night. When taking new clients, Vazquez offers them his whole heart, intellect and dedication. According to Vazquez, the most important thing to do for our horses health is get them regular wellness exams.

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HELEN WOODWARD EQUINE HOSPITAL 6461 El Apajo Road | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 Emergencies: 858.756.4117 x8 | 858.756.4117 x325 Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization in San Diego County that, for over 40 years, has been committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people. The nationally recognized center provides a variety of services that benefit the community through educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals. The Equine Hospital at the Helen Woodward Animal Center is an exceptional facility for the use of accredited veterinarians, enabling them to provide high-quality veterinary care for the health and welfare of the community horse population. The hospital is equipped to perform a wide variety of medical procedures and services such as colic surgery, endoscopy, arthroscopy, dental repair, laparoscopy, and more. With new, state-of-theart technology, the hospital also has the capability to repair leg fractures. The Equine Hospital grants privileges to many large animal veterinarians in San Diego County. Most of its patients are either race or show horses, but they treat horses of all ages and disciplines.

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ALL CREATURES HOSPITAL 3665 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.481.7992 | All Creatures Hospital is a family-owned veterinary hospital. The hospital is open every day of the year and staffed 24/7 for patients needing 24 hour hospital care. The hospital offers preventative care programs including vaccinations, dental care, nutritional consulting as well as routine and specialist surgeries, emergency and critical care, radiology and ultrasound, and oncology. The healthcare team has a strong background in traditional medicine in addition to alternative and holistic care. The hospital doctors, Dr. Laura Greenlee, Dr. Dana Tashjian, Dr. Seth Wegner and Dr. Jenna Fransioli, are highly trained; have advanced training in specialized areas; and attend CE meetings every year. The hospital has access to board certified specialists who will treat patients on-site or refer patients to local referral hospitals on a case-by-case basis. Hospital Manager Jean Hamilton said the most rewarding part of the job is watching clients come in with new fourlegged family members and being able to embark on the next adventure with them. Photo: Paige Nelson Photography

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FARM VET 1254 Old Hillsboro Road | Franklin, TN 37069 888.837.3626 | is your premier source for animal health products and supplies. We offer the highest level of customer service at a great value on a vast number of products to meet your needs. We have access to over 50,000 products so remember if you don’t find what you are looking for online give us a call 888837-3626. The FarmVet web site is complete with in-depth product information and features safe, easy online ordering and order tracking. The FarmVet catalog showcases many products with photos, detailed information, and relevant links. FarmVet’s secure online ordering utilizes the latest encryption standards and secure payment protocols to ensure your safety.

“Your source for quality animal health products and supplies.” SAN LUIS REY EQUINE HOSPITAL 4211 Holly Lane | Bonsall, CA 92003 760.726.4566 | Established in 1971, San Luis Rey Equine Hospital has earned a strong national and international reputation as a distinguished equine hospital. The facility has pioneered advances in equine abdominal surgery, advanced imaging, and lameness diagnostics, as well as developed innovative surgical techniques. A full-service facility, the hospital provides advanced diagnostics to horses from around the country 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The hospital is entrusted with the care of thousands of horses each year, and prides itself on developing positive working relationships with clients and their local veterinarians. The hospital staff is composed of board-certified veterinary surgeons and internists, veterinary interns, technicians and specialist consultants.

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SAN DIEGUITO EQUINE GROUP 1288 Calle Maria | San Marcos, CA 92069 760.591.9952 | San Dieguito Equine Group, Inc. (SDEG) is a group veterinary practice nestled in San Marcos, CA. located in North County San Diego. Equipped with the latest technology and diagnostic tools, San Dieguito Equine Group provides ambulatory veterinary services, as well as onsite evaluation in their state-of-the art diagnostic facility. Patient wellness programs and preventative medicine are a top priority for the veterinarians on staff. The group believes in a thorough and systematic approach to lameness and other performance-limiting conditions in sport horses in order to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. Treatments and management strategies are then used to keep our equine athletes successfully competing. Attending clinicians often collaborate with specialists and referring clinicians, when necessary, in order to provide the best possible outcome in each case. The team at San Dieguito Equine Group’s Imaging Center is committed to making a difference for our patients, their owners, and the veterinary community.

“Providing equine veterinary medicine and surgery that makes a difference.” LINDSEY LEWIS, DVM 858.461.4408 | Lindsey Lewis is a 2008 graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a B.S. in Biology/Neurology from UC Davis in 2002. She has a strong interest in Equine Lameness and Medicine as well as emergency work. Lindsey grew up in Del Mar and began riding Hunt-Seat when she was eight years old. Lindsey loves the sports medicine aspect of equine veterinary practice because she is involved in the maintenance and enhancement of the horse’s level of performance, as well as the maintenance of their health and well-being. From the backyard pony to the highly-competitive performance horse, Lindsey believes all horses deserve high-quality care and compassion. Lindsey enjoys doing relief work for local veterinarians as well as maintaining her own veterinary practice. She currently owns an off-the-track Thoroughbred rescue named “Payton.” She is also an avid runner and loves spending time at Dog Beach with her Boston Terrier “Quincy.”

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MARK SILVERMAN, DVM Sporthorse Veterinary Services 7103 Via Del Charro | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.798.4850 | In 1994, Mark received his veterinary degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. His current Sporthorse practice is heavily focused on the treatment of lameness and conditions of the equine foot. Mark has over 20 years experience in the use of composites for hoof reconstruction and was involved in the evolution of adhesive shoe technology. He also helped in bringing the first standing MRI into the country and is now developing a new business in advanced high-intensity laser therapy. Mark believes in innovation based in good horsemanship and is fully invested in the well-being of his horses.

“Balancing the needs of horse and rider.”

SUE REDPATH, DVM Seaside Veterinary Care Post Office Box 983 | Cardiff, CA 92007 760.632.9444 | Seaside Veterinary Care, a practice owned by Dr. Sue Redpath, is a convenient in-home veterinary service for cats and dogs. Dr. Redpath received her Bachelor’s and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Before opening her own practice in 1998, Dr. Redpath worked at Cardiff Animal Hospital for eight years and at Colina Veterinary Hospital, a 24-hour emergency clinic, for four years. Dr. Redpath is licensed to practice in California and Florida, and will travel to homes within a 10-mile radius of Cardiff.

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DOROTA PEARSON, DVM Pearson Animal Hospital 1903 W. San Marcos Blvd | San Marcos, CA 92069 760.598.2512 | Dr. Pearson’s Animal Hospital is a full-service hospital providing treatment for pets from the basics of preventative care and vaccinations, to surgical procedures and emergencies. Dr. Pearson and her associate veterinarian, Dr. Jaroslaw Wypart, are experienced and committed to educating clients on how to keep their pets healthy year round with good nutrition and exercise, and are committed to giving the best care possible. Pearson Animal Hospital stays on top of the latest advances in veterinary medicine and most of all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery. Dr. Pearson is available to clients on her cell phone 24 hours a day.

“We treat your pets like the valued family members they are.” PATRICIA CARTER, DVM Helen Woodward Small Animal Hospital 6461 El Apajo Road | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.4469 | The Companion Animal Hospital is run by Chief of Staff, Dr. Patricia Carter. She has been a small animal and exotic animal veterinarian for over 21 years. Dr. Carter heads the animal hospital along with her continued duties overseeing the care of the adoptable pets in the Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department. The center has always been committed to providing the community with the best care for their pets. The center continually seeks the newest advances in pet boarding, pet training, and pet medical care, and is delighted to continue that tradition in a modern, cutting-edge small animal hospital.

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CALIFORNIA VETERINARY SPECIALISTS 2310 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008 | 760.431.2273 39809 Avenida Acacias, Suite E Murrieta, CA 92563 | 951.600.9803 Founded in 2000, California Veterinary Specialists (CVS) is one of the nation’s leading providers of advanced veterinary services for pets in need of critical emergency care and treatment of serious, acute and chronic illnesses, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The experienced team of specialists at CVS works together as one unit to provide the best integrated veterinary care available. CVS offers cardiology, dermatology, dentistry, internal medicine, behavior medicine, emergency and critical care, oncology, and radiation oncology. CVS’ approach to patient care and healing is a collaboration of its award-winning, board-certified doctors and medical staff, and their clients and referring primary-care veterinarians. CVS also offers advanced therapeutic techniques such as chemotherapy, Cyberknife, ventilation therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

“Special care from the heart.” DANA NIGUEL VETERINARY HOSPITAL 34249 Pacific Coast Highway | Dana Point, CA 92629 949.661.6375 Dr. Gary Johnson is an experienced veterinarian who enjoys treating cats and dogs. Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital is an AAHA accredited full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issues. Gary Johnson is experienced in all types of conditions and treatments. The hospital features advanced treatments such as Diagnostics, Digital Radiographs, Digital Dental Radiographs, Ultrasound, Orthopedic Surgery, Stem Cell Treatment, and so much more. Our services include Boarding, Dentistry, Vaccinations, Micro-chipping, Bathing, Preventive Healthcare, Spaying and Neutering, General Surgery, and Physical Exams to name a few.

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JIM AND JAMES CARR James Carr Jr. Quality Horseshoeing 760.803.9180 | Born and raised in California, Jim Carr first thought of becoming a farrier while working on a ranch in Santa Barbara. The hardworking farrier he watched everyday at the ranch inspired him to enroll in school and make the leap into the profession. He has apprenticed with some of the most reputable farriers around and has since been serving the Rancho Santa Fe community for over 40 years. Jim said he is proud to have his son, James, pick up the reins and continue the family tradition.

“Family First.” “No hoof, no horse.” Photo Paige Nelson Photography

DARREN SHAFFER Darren Shaffer Farrier 760.533.3257 Darren Shaffer got his start in the farrier industry in high school after moving to Temecula from Downey, CA. He was first introduced to horse shoeing by his friend’s dad and eventually became an apprentice for Jim Carr for three years starting in 1995. Darren has since been serving the Greater San Diego area, including Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, Orange County and occasionally Los Angeles, for the past 20 years. The profession initially appealed to Darren because of his love for horses and being in the outdoors. He said he enjoys the competitive feel of working hard so the horses can excel in competition. Darren said above everything else, he is in it for the horse and always puts his best effort into his work.

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“Whatever you are, be a good one.”— A B R A H A M L I N C O L N

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ROBERT GREENWOOD Greenwood Horseshoeing 760.505.7774 | When you love your horse you want the best for it. When you hire Rob to shoe your horse you expect the best, and that is what you will get. Rob has over 20 years of experience in the art and science of horseshoeing. He stays current in his field, attending clinics and reading and studying the most current publications applicable to his trade. Rob is happy to shoe your retired backyard horse with soundness issues to the heavily campaigned Grand Prix horse. Gaited, western, trail, dressage, hunter, jumper, pleasure, reining, roping, chronic lameness, and other specialty horses are all shod by Rob. He also stands by as a farrier on call for horseshows when needed. Honesty, ability to answer questions, working on vet consults, curing whitelines disease, quarter crack patching, and helping unsound horses find comfort and often times recovery are all in a day’s work. Give Rob a call and give your horse a chance to be pampered.

“There’s nothing wrong in change if it is in the right direction.” — SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL JOEL GONZALEZ Joel Gonzalez Farrier Services 760.594.7624 Gonzalez’s knowledge of and background with horses set him up to be a natural in the farrier industry. Gonzalez is now an associate to Carr, working with him on a daily basis. He travels with Carr to assist him with out-of-state and international events and shows. He said being a farrier is an art of it’s own kind—it takes a lot of hard work and time to master the skills required for the job. Gonzalez said everyday is a new learning experience and the job never fails to keep him on his toes.

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”— ABRAHAM LINCOLN

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ERNEST WOODWARD 760.579.8667 | Born and raised in San Diego, Ernest Woodward has been working in the farrier industry for 18 years. After attending college as a physics major, he fell into the shoeing profession and has been fascinated with it ever since. Woodward and his team of associates, including Steve Conibear, Nate Zacharias, and Pete Van Rossum, are based in Encinitas, serving the Greater San Diego area and beyond. Though his main business focus is Dressage shoeing, Woodward is experienced with Hunter/Jumpers and also offers barefoot services. He is co-owner of the Southern California Equine Podiatry Center as well as a Chairman for the California Dressage Society.

“Taking your horse to the next level.”

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ZACH HOWARD Howard Horse Shoeing 760.533.9014 For the past four years, Zach has been expanding his own business, Howard Horse Shoeing, and serves equestrian communities all over San Diego County. Zach works on horses of all disciplines, but enjoys Hunter/Jumper and Dressage horses the most. While some farriers today might try to “muscle” through a job to finish it quickly, Zach believes in being patient with the horses and taking extra time to do it right. The most rewarding part of the job for him is being able to make a horse in pain and discomfort feel better and be able to perform.

“Care for every horse as if it is your own.” Photo: HRH Photography

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CHAD EVANS Chad Evans Farrier Services 619.733.1665 Chad services all disciplines of horses in the east county area, including Ramona, Alpine, Descanso, Jamul, Poway and Rancho Penasquitos. Chad said it’s the most exciting job he’s ever had— even horses he’s been shoeing for years still never fail to surprise him. For the past couple years, he has attended farrier clinics and hands-on events to continue learning as much as he can about the trade. Chad said he is open to innovation and will work collaboratively with equine veterinarians to help come up with solutions to complications that may arise. He loves the challenge of bettering himself and his horses everyday.

“Never stop learning.”

SOCAL EQUINE PODIATRY CENTER Equine Podiatry Center 7103 Via Del Charro | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 619.857.1164 | 760.579.8667 Mark Silverman and Ernest Woodward have worked together to develop the Southern California Equine Podiatry Center for three years now and serve the Rancho Santa Fe, Orange County, and Greater San Diego communities. With the ability to make direct modifications to their design applications, the two are able to come up with innovative solutions to problems and deliver a more specific treatment protocol on the horse. Silverman and Woodward have been involved in developing several new shoe designs and have worked for companies in modifying and developing prototypes for their solutions to foot problems. They have also presented nationally and have received national recognition for new shoeing concepts and approaches to shoeing.

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Comfortable Sophistication in an Equestrian Community BY PAM MALEY


nly one year has passed since Jerome Strack joined the staff of the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe as General Manager. Bringing with him 35 years of experience in hotel management, a genuine likability, and the boundless enthusiasm of an avid horse person, Strack is a perfect fit within the Rancho Santa Fe community.

When asked to enumerate some of his favorite things about the Inn, Strack recounted that he loves to hear how the comments from his guests echo his own feelings. “Guests often say; ‘The Inn has an intimate feel...We enjoy the comfortable sophistication of the Inn...Its idyllic surroundings make it a quietly romantic place, charming and tranquil...’It’s like being on

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an island away from the daily hustle and bustle, where time seems to stand still.’ And I agree.” In discussing the highlights of the surrounding area, Strack was quick to point out the equestrian ambience, “This is truly an equestrian community. The Inn is two miles from the San Diego Polo Club, six miles from Del Mar Racetrack, and four miles from the Del Mar Horse Park Equestrian Facility.” There are also miles of lovely hiking trails, and it’s six miles from beautiful Solana Beach. But for those who enjoy a good game of golf, one of the most outstanding benefits to being a guest at the Inn, is access to the private Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. Named one of the top 20 best golf venues by Golf Digest Magazine, and famous for its eminently walkable design, the club is open only to members and their guests, or to guests of the Inn. DELIGHTFUL COMMUNITY GATHERINGS To keep the Inn at the heart of the community, Strack enjoys organizing events that bring the families of Rancho Santa Fe to the hotel. The beautiful lawn was the setting for a recent polo demonstration, and, to the delight of the locals, he put in a temporary ice skating rink last winter, an event that will be repeated in ‘cold seasons’ to come. In sharing his favorite ‘Inn’ stories from his first year, Strack described driving through the community be106 | T h e I n n a t R a n c h o S a n t a F e

fore Halloween, passing lovely gated estates, “And I wondered: where do the children trick or treat? So I built a haunted house on the hotel grounds and invited the community. We expected maybe twenty or thirty children to show up, but three hundred people came - children as well as parents, all in costume. It turned out to be a great party!” Wanting to recreate the family spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas, Strack brought in a thirty-foot tree and organized a party with decorations, elves, Santa Claus, and marshmallows to roast. Again, the party exceeded expectations, as five hundred guests came to celebrate the holiday event. STEEPED IN RANCHO SANTA FE’S HISTORY In 1840, before California statehood, Rancho Santa Fe was a land grant from Mexico called Rancho San Dieguito. By the turn of the century the property had been purchased by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad for the planting of hundreds of thousands of eucalyptus trees to produce timber for railroad ties. But just over fifteen years later the project had proven to be a failure, and the railroad began planning a rural residential community. A land use consultant was hired in 1920, and taking advantage of the topography, he designed a network of winding roads to maximize the beautiful changing views. He also designed a Beaux-Arts style village at the center of the community, and surrounded it with

large residential lots. Two years later, an architectural firm began the work of designing buildings, and noted architect Lilian Rice, a practitioner of the Spanish Revival style of architecture, took over to create, in her words, “a community that would contain the simplicity and charm of a Spanish village.” On a hill overlooking the village, Rice designed a small guest house where prospective residential buyers could stay. Completed in 1923, it was called La Morada, ‘house of many rooms.’ Over the 90 years since then, while maintaining its character, the small guest house now called The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, has grown to twenty-three acres, with thirteen cottages containing eighty rooms, and twenty-one full residences. Because the amazing grounds and landscaping are so much a part of the hotel’s ambience, each guest room has its own private outdoor space, to enjoy quiet moments amid the lush surroundings. The residences at the periphery of the Inn property vary in size from 900 to 3500 square feet, and are very much in demand. All are leased, most on long-term leases, with four of them kept available for short-term leases, though none shorter than thirty-days.

A FOXY DISCOVERY In the 1950’s the Inn came under the ownership of the Royce family, and it remained in their hands until 2012, when it was purchased by its present owner, JMI Realty, who initiated a $12 million renovation. All rooms were refurbished, and the restaurant, called Morada in honor of the Inn’s beginnings, was relocated to the front of the hotel to take advantage of the large terrace and the lush green front lawn that is the pride and joy of the Inn. When the restaurant moved, the lovely original bar didn’t move with it. Wanting to preserve its history, General Manager Strack (himself a foxhunter) did some research and found that in the 1960s there had been a Rancho Santa Fe Hunt Club, which is now located in Temecula. To honor that heritage, Strack used the original bar to create a whiskey bar that he named The Huntsman, complete with foxhunting decor, often visited by guests in their riding clothes. After a remarkable first year, Strack has certainly been a wonderful addition to the Inn. With his innovation and the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe’s superb offerings, the hotel is an endearing entity for its guests and the community.

2014 Condé Nast “Top 5 of the 25 Best Hotels in Southern California” 2015 USA Today “Top Ten Best Boutique Hotels in Southern California”

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Rancho Santa Fe & San Diego County’s Most Experienced From Concept to Completion

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“The heart of quality design is found in the details.” — TIM wILson ArchITecT |

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WILSON ARCHITECTURE 3990 Old Town Avenue, Suite B102 San Diego, CA 92110 (858) 454-9106 |

Wilson Architecture is a full service design firm specializing in quality custom homes and equestrian estates. Founded in 1990 by Architect Tim Wilson, the firm has successfully completed numerous residences and equine accommodations throughout Rancho Santa Fe and San Diego coastal communities. With a reputation for exceptional design and project leadership skills, it is the personal attention given to each project that distinguishes the firm and ensures that the client’s vision is realized. Tim assembles and coordinates a team of professionals, builders and artisans appropriate for the style and scope of each project. Through this management, the design continues to evolve and improve from the initial concept to the completion of construction. The wide variety of architectural styles and projects the firm has completed can be viewed on their website, . Licensed in California and Texas

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BON BON HOME & GARDEN 301 N. Highway 101 | Solana Beach, CA 92075 858.792.1668 | Rosemarie Houston acquired Bon Bon over ten years ago and has built it into one of the premier San Diego shopping destinations. Her store specializes in one of a kind furniture and accessories sourced from all over the world. Bon Bon also enjoys showcasing exclusive pieces from local artists and craftsman. Remodeled from a 1937 auto shop you will experience a visually stimulating event browsing through what appears to be an unlimited selection of items. Almost like a treasure hunt, you casually stroll through the stores vast collection of items looking for that one perfect home accessory. Rosemarie’s expertise, warehouse inventory and personal sensitivity makes styling homes a natural fit. Her sense of style and understanding of what makes a home feel like you want to live there, helps our homes sell in record time. Make your day fun, stop by Bon Bon and see if there isn’t something special for you and your home.

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TIM HOLCOMBE Holcombe Homes Post Office Box 9061 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.2690 | Holcombe Homes has been voted the best homebuilder/architect by Ranch & Coast readers in 2010 and 2011. Holcombe Homes also received the Lilly Award from the Rancho Santa Fe Association in 1998, 2004, and 2007. The Lilly Award is bestowed each year for architecture and land improvements which exemplify the high artistic result decreed by The Covenant. Tim always works closely with his clients. He uses their input to bring to life the vision of their perfect home, and each home is built fully unique bringing to life his clients dreams.

“From concept to design, construction to completion, we will build you a one-of-akind historically accurate and contemporary home.” FERGUSON CONSTRUCTION 1925 Glasgow Avenue | Cardiff, CA 92007 760.310.6267 | Your home reflects who you are - your lifestyle, tastes, and personality. It’s as unique as your fingerprint. That’s why people choose to go with custom construction. To get away from the cookie-cutter houses and build the home of their dreams. Ferguson Construction specializes in home remodeling and custom home building. Since 1981, they have been providing their clients in coastal North San Diego County with excellent service and quality. From planning and permits to final construction, they have the vision and means to make your dreams a reality. Dedicated to providing their clients with the highest quality services at competitive prices, Ferguson Construction hopes to help you with your next project and become your builder for life.

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LE DIMORA 16089 San Dieguito Road, Ste H103 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.759.2709 | Le Dimora, is located in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe in the Del Rayo Shopping Center. The 15,000 square foot interior design and home furnishings showroom showcases the finest display of furniture, accessories, area carpets, draperies, giftware, and much more. Owners Maria Barry and Cindy Cerenzie shop the finest markets to present an incredible display of unique and one of a kind treasures. Full interior design services are available from a staff of friendly and talented designers. Our award winning staff will greet you with a low key approach and guarantees an enjoyable and pleasant experience to all. Whether you are purchasing a single accessory or entire room, the experience will be memorable. Le Dimora introduced “Le Dimora Alfesco” last year featuring a complete assortment of the finest outdoor living furniture and accessories. Outdoor area carpets, dishware, pillows and art, are all creatively displayed in a spacious setting. Visit the showroom at 16089 San Dieguito Road in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe and experience it for yourself.

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EXTERIOR DESIGNS LANDSCAPE Post Office Box 3008 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.3508 | | Lic #394053 Special garden sanctuaries are critical to bring a moment of peace from our hectic lives. A special area in your backyard is healing and rejuvenating. Are you looking for a getaway for morning coffee, afternoon tea, perhaps a yoga platform or a place for quiet meditation? I specialize in simple sanctuaries, too. With over 40 years of landscaping homes and estates here in Southern California, I’d love to help you develop a special space that would make a difference in your life.

“Artistic achievements that reflect bold originality, innovation, and creative excellence.” GABES’ ELECTRICAL & HOME APPLIANCE REPAIR 2863 Via De La Valle, Suite G704 | Del Mar, CA 92014 310.926.2146

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A third generation Angeleno, currently residing in San Diego, Gabe Castro began his career in residential construction in 1994. Since then, he earned an A.S. degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning installation, as well as, being a certified Electrician. Masterful in the art of troubleshooting electrical short circuits. Gabe has installed & serviced hundreds of home and barn Air Conditioning Sytems. He is skilled in main panel electrical upgrades, dedicated branch circuits, and lighting design and installation…both in the home or at the barn. Gabe is experienced and knowledgeable in the National Electrical Code, as well as with local city codes in the San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz & San Francisco areas. Gabe is also passionate about energy conservation, efficiency and renewal. Since 2004, he has installed over 100 kilowatts of Solar energy in California.

MARY’S TACK AND FEED 3675 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.755.2015 | Mary’s Tack and Feed was started in 1963 in Del Mar by Mary Hammond. Mike Mosley purchased the building in 1976 and built the, now iconic, large wooden building. Mike moved the store across the street to its present day location. Mary’s is presently 12,000 square feet packed with products to outfit riders, horses, dog and cat lovers…even chicken owners. For more than 50 years, Mary’s has been supplying horses and their owners with feed and hay, shavings and stall bedding, poultry feed and supplies, as well as livestock feeds. Sales associates at Mary’s continuously trainwith vendor representatives to keep up with “the latest and greatest”

“If you have a horse, then you HAVE to come to Mary’s!” CARTER’S HAY AND GRAIN 1985 Olivenhain Road | Encinitas, CA 92024 760.436.4738 | Established in the 1950’s, Carter’s Hay and Grain has been a family owned and operated business since back when John Carter drove around a hay truck for deliveries. In 1981, John’s son, Mike, became the store’s hay broker and continued his father’s legacy. Mike set the standard in the industry for the quality of hay he delivered. After more than 60 years in business, Carter’s is still going strong, thanks to the staff’s knowledge and unyielding passion for animals. The managers at Carter’s are an important part of the legacy of Carter’s Hay and Grain and help ensure all of their customers receive the dependable and friendly customer service Carter’s built its name on. Carter’s carries not only horse feed and hay, but also high-quality cat and dog food, and all barn animal supplies and feed.

“A family business.”

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WALTER NAVAS EQUESTRIAN ARENA FOOTING SPECIALIST Post Office Box 2225 | Carlsbad, CA 92018 760.889.8420 | Walter Navas is an Equestrian Arena and Turf Footing Specialist for all horse disciplines with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Originally from El Salvador and raised in Carlsbad, Walter serves the Greater San Diego area in Southern California. He offers consulting, rock removal, construction of new arenas, and a special blend of synthetic fiber footing. Throughout the years, he has been involved in putting together arenas for some of the most reputable equestrians in the industry. He aims to provide all his clients with the best footing in the region and takes extra safety precautions, for the sake of the horse and rider, when working on arena footing projects.

“A world of difference, arena surfaces that are easy to maintain.” GERMAN GEO TEXTILE FOOTING 915 Mount Pleasant Road | Spartanburg, SC 29307 864.804.0011 | All riding disciplines can benefit from the Butterfly Matting System, GGT-Footing additives and GGT Groomer products. All products are made with similar techniques, using cut Geo-textile fabric mixed with Polyester fibers to deliver higher slide strength without making the footing too soft for the horse. The signature “Geo” footing utilizes synthetic fiber felt that delivers intermediate shear resistance, stores water to reduce dust and improves overall drainage. By stabilizing sand particles, the products serve to deliver high elasticity and are resistant to compacting. With its neutral materials, GGT-Footing is safe for humans and animals, easy to care for and durable for up to 10 years.

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“World class footing at a price you can afford.”

ELSTON HAY AND GRAIN 14277 Garden Road, Poway, CA 92064 | 858.513.1495 2220 Main Street, Ramona, CA 92065 | 760.789.5020 Elston Hay and Grain, Inc. opened in 1969 as an extension of its wholesale hay sales. The Poway store location eventually opened in 1997 to meet the growing demand for product delivery in the Poway area. Hay has always been a large part of Elston’s sales, both wholesale (truckloads) and retail. Over the years, Elston’s has expanded its inventory far beyond hay and grain to become a complete animal supply center to meet the ever-growing needs of its customers. From chew bones to saddlery, Elston Hay and The Elstons got into the horse industry because they genuinely enjoy working with equestrian and livestock people. Their business is their way of life—the Elstons always strive to offer exceptional customer service at their stores with help from their dedicated staff of employees.

“Horses are our way of life.” CROP PRODUCTION SERVICES (CPS) 1015 Linda Vista Drive | San Marcos, CA 92078 760.594.1385 | If managed wisely and well, pasture will be an economical source of high-quality feed as well as a healthy place for horses to exercise. If managed poorly or ignored, pasture can soon become nothing more than an overgrazed weed patch that not only has little nutritional value, but may even contribute to horse health problems. Crop Production Services Professional Products can provide you with the professional products and services to meet your needs. We service several of the local ranches in Rancho Santa Fe for their agronomic needs...always keeping equine safety at the top of the list! We are uniquely positioned with all major manufacturers of chemicals, fertilizers, seed and related products, allowing us to bring you a broad range of quality products. In addition, we have created our own exclusive line of premium products, many recognized as top performers in the business.

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CALIFORNIA CUSTOM ARENAS (BLT GRADING) 7711 Camino Serrano | Escondido, CA 92029 760.809.5805 |

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BLT Grading is a family-owned business, managed by Todd Freistat and his sons, Brandon and Lars. The Freistats have a combined 30 years of experience in residential and commercial contracting and six years experience in habitat restoration projects. BLT Grading works with large general contractors on building sites including the Del Mar Heights Shopping Center as well as arenas for world-renowned horse trainers like Hap Hansen. The Freistats have focused on expanding their business to include more horse arena projects for all riding disciplines. Todd said he enjoys working with top-level trainers to find the perfect footing or sand for their arenas. The Freistats make safety a priority and ensure their equipment is well maintained and inspected daily. Using the latest laser technology to make grade, no project is too big or complicated for BLT Grading to tackle.

“No one has a greater asset for his business than a man’s pride in his work.” — H O S E A B A L O U DERIAN EQUIPMENT REPAIR 1446 Winterwarm Drive | Fallbrook, CA 92028 760.715.5148 | From a young age, Robert Derian has had a love for cars and mechanics. Using his father’s tools, he would work on cars for people in the neighborhood where he grew up in Carlsbad, CA. At the end of 1999 Robert started working at a local John Deere Dealership and soon found that he had a knack for working on equipment as well. After several years of being a mechanic for the dealership, he became a working shop foreman. For the last two years with John Deere he was the service manager, until leaving at the end of 2007 to start his own company, Derian Equipment Repair. Derian Equipment Repair is a mobile repair service specializing in repairs on tractors and utility vehicles such as, John Deere, Kubota, New Holland, Massy Ferguson, Bobcat and many more. Most work is done on site, with some exceptions on larger jobs which can be done at his shop facility in San Marcos, CA.

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Q&A Kimerlee Curyl Photography

“May wild things be free... F O R E V E R” kc What originally brought you to the site “Return to Freedom” where you began your immersion into wild horse photography? This is an ironic story, and I’ll try to keep it brief, but that may not be easy. I got my mare in 2004 and immediately knew, I could be a better horsewoman for her if I understood her language better. I was already a practicing natural horsemanship student, but knew the ultimate teachers would be wild horses. A friend had been one of the directors on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron movie and she had mentioned he had been given to a sanctuary where wild horses were living in family bands. I had been searching all over the internet for information on how to get to wild horses, at that time the internet was not nearly as informative as it is today. I also was having a hard time getting my friend to commit to a day we could go up the this sanctuary, whose name she didn’t remember. I was searching for that as well, and kept coming up empty handed. This was back in the day of catalogs arriving in droves in your mailbox(something I no longer partake in) and a new one to me had arrived called Isabella Bird, I opened the cover and there on the first page was a story on Neda and her Sanctuary-Return to Freedom...I remember screaming and my eye filling with tears. I was on the internet within seconds and calling the sanctuary. It STILL took a couple weeks to make something happen, I had left numerous messages but wasn’t hearing back. I didn’t give up and finally one day Neda got on the phone with me, I went to take a day clinic with her and the rest is a long long history. I knew the

moment I was driving into the sanctuary, even said to everyone in the car with me...”my life is about to change, I can feel it”. I left a 15+ year long dream of having an acting career and never looked back. Do you think the horses know that they are being photographed? Meaning do you feel they “pose” for you? Not really, not with the wild ones. They accept me, and it’s that acceptance that allows their natural being to come through. Some horses just have a stronger presence than others. I used to photograph famous stallions and there certainly were some that loved to “show off” in some respect. But even much of their exuberance was orchestrated by human intervention, getting them to puff up, running them around etc. With wild horses you get zero chance of posing any shot or “making” anything happen What is the most spiritual moment you have had on assignment? Gosh I have had so many, each and every trip. Most of them are exhilarating, but some are also heartbreaking. I have seen a lot out there. You wouldn’t think finding white (grey) stallions is difficult but it can be depending on where you are. I had a couple great days shooting in the Great Divide Basin of Wyoming. Adobe Town, I didn’t think was too far away and the area is know for gorgeous, Spanish type grey horses. So the drive began. Calculating time and distance incorrectly, we made the decision to turn back and get Q & A K i m e r l e e C u r y l | 119

barely have a mark on them and hold such a high and noble place in the hierarchy of their world. That was most certainly this stallion, this unicorn, this knight in shining armor of a noble, gentle and strong mustang. I named him Vanishing Grace, that is what these magnificent creatures are if we don’t act on their behalf to protect them. Where was the most unique place you have photographed horses and why? I have been out in the wild and visited about 20 different HMA’s. They are all magical and all unique. I think the “most” unique would have to be the rare back to more horses before light was lost. Driving wild horses of Hjorsey Island off the south west coast down the dirt road in Salt Wells, WY we came to a of Iceland. That was an adventure and a treasure, as crest in the hill...there he was, I gasped for air and very few are granted permission onto the family owned was squeezing my friends arm so tight as I had just island. We had a 2 mile walk on the ocean floor while said feeling defeated “Guess I’m not going to see the tide was out, within 20 minutes of arrival on land, my unicorn today”. He did not move a muscle as the tide had filled back in with a vengeance. Full the truck came to a quick and hard stop. He simply Moons are powerful and Iceland is a powerful powerful turned back and stared. I always take my time getting place. Mother Nature is tangible there. I would go out of the truck, especially at close range. I just knew back in a heartbeat. he was going to be okay, he just stood there, calm, not frozen and stared at us. As I approached with the What is the latest on your environmental camera he slowly moved off up the road then veered awareness of the wild horses? left and so I followed. It felt like he was taking me somewhere. He came to a stop and looked down The issue of wild horses is thankfully getting attention, below from a small hill, there in a little gully was his it’s an emotional and heated issue. At the core of what herd, 4 beautiful white mares, 4 gorgeous yearlings is happening is the battle for land usage, grazing and and 4 foals. Everyone one of them a grey horse. The oil rights. But, the thing is, there are solutions. It’s trymares embodied the same qualities as he, confident, ing to get two opposing parties to sit down and make it unconcerned, calm and gentle. This area had been happen. Wild horses on average are out numbered 50 rounded up just 10 months prior to my visit and to to 1 and in some places 100 to 1. This is on public see a herd so calm after 2100 of their brothers and protected land that is sanctioned for the horses. While sisters had been ripped away from this area that opposing parties will try to lead you to believe the covers 1.5 million acres of protected public land horses are destroying the land, thankfully science and was astounding. After showing me his family he then facts are on our side. Management of the horses and walked back on to the road and over to the right, land will always be needed, however using the horses across a small golden grassy area, then out onto a as scapegoats for the degradation caused to the land plateau of rocks that over looked an enormous and by cattle is hopefully going to be a thing of the past vast valley, peppered with more mustangs. He sat one day. Hopefully a co existing new management and stared out, every so often turning back to me to policy will soon be exercised. take a glance. He parked himself there resting one of his strong back legs allowing me very close. I felt as if What is next? I was in the Chronicles of Narnia. I photographed him through tears. This stallion brought me to his mares, I am currently searching locations and looking for then over to the rocks as if showing me his domain. producers in hopes of getting a large project off the Its always the strongest and wisest of stallions who ground. Wish me luck and we’ll see where it all leads. 120 | Q & A K i m e r l e e C u r y l




“A horse doesn’t care how much you know until he knows how much you care. Put your hand on your horse and your heart in your hand.” — Pat Parelli

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ADEPTUS NUTRITION 9863 Pacific Heights Boulevard, Suite D | San Diego, CA 92121 858.457.8520 | Adeptus founder and CEO, Dr. Colleen Wilson, holds a PhD in Nutrition and Physiology and has many years of formulary experience. Dr. Wilson is also a life-long avid equestrian, pet owner, and health/fitness enthusiast. Consequently, Dr. Wilson formulated her Adeptus product offering to provide practical solutions to common nutritional needs with advanced, scientifically based products. Dr. Wilson avails herself to consult with customers on the most effective use of the Adeptus products. Adeptus products are formulated with principles of sound nutrition with no fad or filler ingredients or additives. In addition to offering quality formulas, Adeptus products are also competitively priced, benefiting the consumer with great value on these premium products. Our goal is to provide the highest quality nutritional supplements for horses, pets and humans at affordable prices.

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“Take time to feed your animals and yourselves healthy nutritional supplements!” EQUIFIT, INC. 297 High Street | Dedham, MA 02026 877.437.8434 |

“Distinctive products for high performance both in and out of the ring.”

A genuine commitment to horses and riders drives EquiFit to seek new and better ways to help them perform, recover, be comfortable and succeed at all levels. Their state-of-the-art products and materials go back to basics when it comes to elegant design and craftsmanship. Each product piece is hand sewn, individually molded and lined with the highest quality materials. EquiFit is dedicated to providing environmentally-kind solutions; whether by eliminating packaging where possible or using natural antimicrobial elements such as silver in their products instead of harsh, synthetic chemicals. Equi Fit’s products and materials also keep jobs in the USA and ensure labor standards are met with oversight and care. The one exception is their line of leather products, manufactured in France by a leading sellier. EquiFit continues to raise expectations by pairing innovative designs with highly advanced materials. Top riders, trainers and barn managers work with us to test and refine each new product.

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MARCELLA SMIT, ORTHO/MED CMT Equine Bodyworker 858.444.7607

Clients say it best*:... I recommend her unreservedly to anyone who wants to improve the quality of life or performance of their equine partners...
... gets Terrific Results...... he won The Classic the following week! ...... I wish I had a video to show you the “miracle” transformation taking place before my eyes ...... a stand-out in terms of her forthrightness, honesty, and genuine care for each animal’s well being ...*Q. Why Equine Bodywork? A. It’s a fact: horses are flight animals. Showing early signs of pain goes against their survival instinct. By the time a horse outwardly starts showing signs of (muscle) soreness/pain, things have been brewing for much longer. Addressing body soreness through equine bodywork gives the horse an opportunity to use its body correctly which improves performance and boosts confidence.Solution. New clients start out with a highly effective ‘ramp it up’  (3 sessions in 2 weeks) program. Once the ‘old, build-up restrictive layers’ have been ‘stripped away’, Smit follows up with regularly scheduled sessions. The maintenance bodywork focuses on early detection. By addressing the issues aims to keep a balanced muscular system in check. Smit’s well rounded equestrian background started at age 12 in Holland where she began riding and showing in dressage, showjumping and cross country. Later, she also successfully re-trained problem horses, exercised show jumpers and accompanied them at the show circuit in Holland and Belgium.  Started her equine bodywork practice in 1999.Regarding her equine bodywork practice Smit states: ‘It is an honor and incredibly rewarding, to work with these dedicated riders/trainers. Whether they compete at a World cup/Grand Prix level, beginner, or anywhere in between.’ 
Smit is results oriented and devoted to her work. To her there is no better feeling than knowing she has been part of an other success story.
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CENTURION 105 Campus Plaza Drive | Edison, NJ 08837 732.417.0050 | For over thirty years, Centurion Systems has been the name to turn to for superior, durable Veterinarian Therapy equipment. Their equipment includes Respiratory Therapy, Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy and Laser Therapy for both Equine and small animals. At the heart of every product is a passion and commitment to excellence. Centurion Systems also offers a full line of therapy products for the professional practitioner and personal user. All their products are designed to be intuitive and streamlined to fit into your lifestyle. They are committed to finding the best product for your needs.

“The therapy specialists.” CAVALOR 3529 Corporate Drive | Dalton, GA 30721 706.278.1277 | Cavalor® FiberForce is a high-fiber, low-starch feed suitable for horses prone to gastrointestinal disturbances such as colic or ulcers. Cavalor® FiberForce contains a unique mix of fiber sources and specially designed extruded fiber pellets containing vitamins and minerals. This feed is extremely low in sugar (3%) and starch (5%) making it one of the most appropriate feeds for metabolically sensitive horses on the market. Cavalor® FiberForce also contains DIGEST CONTROL to support and promote healing of a damaged gastrointestinal tract. Due to the low-starch, high-fiber and high-fat content, Cavalor® FiberForce is also beneficial for horses prone to muscle issues such as tying up.

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EQUITAGE P.O. Box 8092 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.634.2144 | Dr Grim founded Equitage Horsecare because of her passion for horses, desire to optimize their health, predict possible issues in advance and provide top of the line integrative medicine. With 23 years of experience as a veterinarian and 39 years as an equestrian her integrative approach reflects her openness to all modalities with evidence to help the health and wellbeing of our noble horses. She provides comprehensive wellness plans that are thorough and preventative in nature including annual health exams, endocrine evaluation, nutritional analysis, gait evaluation and advanced dentistry. She provides advanced techniques in ultrasound guided injections for sports injuries, regenerative medicine products and she integrates complementary therapies such as Acupuncture, Herbs and her new Class IV Laser providing more natural, regenerative and drug free therapies. At Equitage Horsecare we partner with you to provide the best program for you and your horse!

“It is the unique bond between horse and human that draws us in; the joy of silently communicating with this majestic animal creating art, sport and shared excitement.”

LEGEND 862.404.5118 Legend Injectable Solution is indicated in the treatment of joint dysfunction of the carpus or fetlock in horses due to non-infectious synovitis associated with equine osteoarthritis. The primary objective of equine joint therapy should be to block the further release of inflammatory mediators while decreasing the effect of the mediators already released. In field studies, overall clinical improvement was judged to be excellent or good in 90% of the cases treated intravenously with Legend and 96% of those treated intra-articularly with Legend. By decreasing the production and release of inflammatory mediators, Legend helps reduce joint inflammation and the resulting pain and lameness.

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BACK ON TRACK 350 Circle of Progress Drive | Pottstown, PA 19464 888.758.9836 |

“Because comfort makes a difference.”

By combining modern textile technology and traditional Chinese medicine which is supported by scientific studies, Back on Track creates products that help people, horses and dogs achieve a more active and comfortable life. Back on Track’s joint and muscle support are all made of functional textiles with heat reflective properties. The textile is a synergy of ancient Chinese experience and modern scientific textile technology. During the manufacturing of polyester- or polyester fibers, the ceramic particles are fused into the fibers. When heated, the ceramic particles radiate heat back towards the body. This reflected heat is long-wave heat radiation, which is also known as long wave infrared radiation. Since the ceramic particles are melted into the threads they can never wash out, and the products will always be effective.

OASIS OF LIFE 760.715.4922 | Andrea Castro, Holistic Health Coach at Oasis of Life, received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners Holistic Health Coach. She has also obtained continuing education units at California State University Long Beach. Castro’s areas of expertise are counseling, nutrition, developing programs, and mentoring. She uses a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means she looks at how all aspects of your life are connected to best suit your needs. She works with her clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun, and rewarding. Castro works with her clients to realize their health goals in areas such as optimizing weight, reducing food cravings, and maximizing energy. As you work together, you will develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you in order to implement lasting change.

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A Master Chef in Course Design B Y J A C K I E M C FA R L A N D


hose who spend a majority of their time in the world of show jumping need no introduction to Leopoldo Palacios. For several decades Palacios has played an integral role in the sport. He has been to countless national and international events, yet not sat in a saddle or picked up the reins. However, thousands of show jumpers have and continue to be influenced by his work. Palacios, originally from Brazil, is an internationallyacclaimed course designer. Highly decorated in this field, he has not only designed the tracks for Olympic Games, Pan American Games, FEI World Cup Finals and World Equestrian Games but as Course Director for the FEI, he co-founded the Aachen School of Equestrian Arts. 128 | L e o p o l d o P a l a c i o s

Leopoldo and his grandson. | Photo © Kenneth Kraus

Above and beyond his course design prowess he is completely devoted to the sport. He works tirelessly discussing, planning, meeting, traveling and consulting with the world’s most important equestrian show venues and federations. From Spruce Meadows in Calgary to Bromont in Quebec, from London, England for the Olympics to Lausanne, Switzerland where he served as Second Vice President for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), Palacios’ presence positively influences show jumping from the ground up. Interacting with Palacios about the sport, the course or the horse is an infectious experience; he is incredibly passionate and animated. An excerpt of our inspirational conversation is below.

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“Horse transportation at its finest.” — John McAndrews |

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STATESIDE FARMS, INC. Post Office Box 1898 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.864.8550 |

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John McAndrews started Stateside Farms, Inc. in 1996. Stateside Farms, Inc. is based out of Rancho Santa Fe, CA. As a lifelong horsemen himself, John understands the unique care that each individual horse needs. No detail is overlooked when it comes to the safety of the horses he transports. John and his entire team are experienced horsemen who care for each horse as if it were his own. Stateside Farms has a newly renovated and flexible fleet that can accommodate any request whether your horse needs to go to a horse show, the airport, or a clinic, Stateside can get your horse where he needs to go. Stateside can be your one-stop shop for air transport as well. John will set up the whole trip from picking your horse up, taking him to the airport, setting up the air transport, and setting up the transportation on the other side. Stateside has been providing professional equine transport services throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico for over 16 years. All rigs carry insurance and are equipped with cameras, air ride suspension, bedding, and hay. Stateside Farms, Inc. takes their business very seriously and understands the responsibility of shipping such precious cargo.

LAND ROVER OF SAN DIEGO 9455 Clayton Drive | San Diego, CA 92126 858.693.1400 Your Experience is What Matters Most When you think of Land Rover San Diego, we want you to remember the extraordinary service, vehicle selection, and personal attention you received while visiting our dealership. We don’t strive for satisfaction; our goal is to exceed your expectations and make this THE best car buying or service experience you’ve ever had. Here are just a few reasons to select Land Rover San Diego as your dealership of choice: Our complimentary services include fluid top-offs with every visit, interior and exterior car washes with every service, Land Rover loaner vehicles with a scheduled service appointment, pick up and delivery for service, and airport shuttle service within San Diego Metro area. Our technicians have over six decades of combined service experience and we employ the highest percentages of factory trained master technicians in the country.”

“Great champions breed ultimate success.” BOB HUBBARD HORSE TRANSPORTATION 3730 South Riverside Avenue | Colton, CA 92324 951.369.3770 | Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, Inc. (BHHT) is recognized nationwide for its tradition of superior, horse transportation services spanning more than 40 years. The company operates more than 30 tractor-trailer vans and 15 additional support units that cross the nation weekly under the management of professionals with decades of experience in every aspect of horse transportation. BHHT’s long history of excellence and dedication to the horse world is why leading owners, breeders, and sports organizations trust BHHT with the safe delivery of their horses.

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EQUI AIR SHIPPING SERVICES 16404 Sultus Street | Canyon County, CA 91387 805.501.0193 | Bruno DeBerdt has been shipping horses domestically and overseas for over 20 years and has also operated a bloodstock consultancy for 26 years. Bruno oversees all aspects of the transport process and ensures that his client’s horses will arrive safely and healthy at their destinations. Equi Air is conveniently located 40 miles northeast of the Los Angeles International Airport in smog-free Canyon Country. Since 1986, Equi Air Shipping Services has expanded their operations to also include an isolation facility. The isolation facility includes a USDA approved barn, ten 24’ x 16’ spacious shaded sand pens and an exercise arena. The facility is also staffed 24/7. Since every horse is unique and every transport is unique, the best thing to do to prepare your horse for his next transport is call Equi Air!

“Whether we’re shipping a million dollar racehorse, or your child’s first pony, you will receive the same high quality, personal service.” CHAD FRANKLIN TRANSPORTATION 858.922.2490 Chad Franklin grew up in a small town in northern Pennsylvania. He grew up with several breeds of horses including Quarter horses, Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, and Paints. Chad loves his job because it allows him to be outside and work with animals. He wanted to work in an environment that gave him flexibility and the satisfaction of helping both people and animals. Chad is highly dedicated to his clients and will work with them and get their animals where they need to go. He has been hauling horses and other livestock for over 20 years and has been hauling professionally for three years. Chad is available to take your horses to shows, vet visits, or take them to their new home. Chad specializes in small, personal transportation and his truck can fit most anywhere as opposed to the big semi trucks with long trailers. Chad looks forward to working with his current clients in 2015 as well as meeting new clients.

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“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” — John wooden

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DY’ON Larry Limoges 714.271.0086 | From the beginning, we made sure that each Dy’on product was innovated and perfectly manufactured; the creation, craftsmanship, quality of the materials, and customer service have been the first four rules of the company since we began, and continue to be of utmost importance. Apart from the choice of the best material, it is the close relationship with the actors of the sport and the fact that all the products are designed and developed by Philippe Dion himself that make any Dy’on product different from the other high quality brands. These products are tested at the highest levels, so we know they are functional and fit for purpose - we always appreciated the feedback from elite riders, and continue to do so today, with our roster of sponsored riders.

“Quality of the materials and customer service are the rules of Dy’on.” MARY’S TACK AND FEED 3675 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.755.2015 | Mary’s Tack and Feed was started in 1963 in Del Mar by Mary Hammond. Mike Mosley purchased the small building in 1976, built a now iconic large wooden building and moved Mary’s across the street to its present day location. Mary’s is presently 12,000 square feet packed with products to outfit riders, horses, dog and cat lovers… even chicken owners. Mary’s team of buyers work directly with manufacturers in the United States and around the world to obtain the newest quality products, as well as the tried-and-true brands everyone knows. Sales associates at Mary’s continuously trainwith vendor representatives to keep up with “the latest and greatest”

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DER DAU 3782 NW 124th Avenue, Suite #208 | Coral Springs, FL 33065 845.875.4438 Established over 50 years ago in New York, Der Dau is passionately dedicated to its legacy of producing the finest riding boots. This pinnacle of quality is achieved by building each boot by expert craftsman and hand selecting only the finest quality materials. Culminating on their rich foundation of traditional artisanship, Der Dau has incorporated sophisticated innovation to create boots that consistently meet the functional and design needs of modern equestrians. Each Der Dau boot remains handmade in the United States and is custom built to the exact standards specified by each customer.

“The company’s overriding commitment for excellence has made its boots the choice for the most discriminating riders from dedicated Equestrian enthusiasts to Olympic medal winners.” CWD Chemin Fontaine de Fanny | 24300 Nontron France 206.883.7125 | CWD’s CEO Laurent Duray believes that CWD’s biggest asset is their “know-how.” Their craftsmen pass on their savoir faire with the same passion for work well-done as their predecessors. Every day, their saddlers repeat the same gestures, patiently and with great precision. The sleight of hand remains the most dependable tool for manufacturing our saddles and the rest of our equipment. CWD insists on the very best quality all the way down the line using materially that corresponds to the high standard of its products.

“Success depends first and foremost upon perfectly mastered savoir faire.” T a c k & S a d d l e r y | 139

EQU LIFESTYLE BOUTIQUE 2683 Via de la Valle, Suite G | Del Mar, CA 92014 619.851.4301 |

Equ Lifestyle Boutique opened its doors in 2011 and offers luxury equestrian clothing, lifestyle wear, and horse products. No stranger to the equestrian world, owner and active equestrian Monica Ward knows the importance of always staying on top of the latest and greatest equestrian styles. Monica works closely with American Designers to better the quality and relevance of their products and also imports many of her products from Europe. Monica also offers custom, semi-custom, and off-the-rack hunt coats. It will be obvious when you step foot in her boutique that Monica takes customer service to another level and she always puts her customers first.

“We make customer service our priority.” SOLEÁ 310.701.8556 | Owned and operated by Alejandro Meeks, Soleá Equestrian launched at Thermal Hits horseshow in January of 2013. Meeks has been in the industry for a number of years and always strives to carry quality products with attention to craftsmanship. Soleá carries products that are sought after by the show jumping community and works with some of the most respected and innovative companies in the industry. In addition to horse supplements, Soleá offers the best equestrian riding boots and clothing, protective gear, accessories, as well as boot repair services at affordable prices. Soleá carries hundreds of popular brand name products, including beautiful Parlanti boots, custom sized to ensure you have everything you and your family needs to enjoy your equestrian lifestyle.

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VOLTAIRE 3782 NW 124th Avenue, Suite #208 | Coral Springs, FL 33065 845.875.4438 Voltaire Design is the first environmentally friendly saddler, and the first saddle company to pair with the fashion industry to add some extra flair to our equine world. At Voltaire, the goal is not only to sell high-end products to their customers, but also to work with each rider to help craft them a product that will help improve their riding. They work closely with suppliers not only telling them what they need, but working closely with their suppliers to receive unparalleled service and products. As horse enthusiasts as well, the designers and employees at Voltaire know the importance of a well fitting and balanced saddle and share the same passion for the sport and horses as we do. Innovation is the daily motivation at Voltaire.

“The Voltaire Design mission is to help everyone fulfill their full potential.” DEVOUCOUX CUSTOM SADDLERY 545 Fenimore Road | Mamaroneck, NY, 10548 800.847.7785 | Devoucoux is wholeheartedly dedicated to the partnership between horse and rider, and has been working to promote it since 1985. Constantly evolving savoir-faire that gives our models elegance, expertise and comfort. At Devoucoux, Made in France is very much part of our concern for maintaining quality. With Biarritz, Chiberta and Makila, Devoucoux introduced a Basque note to the riding world. Our high standards and know-how are recognized throughout the world. Our saddles and accessories have become icons, thriving on elegance, accuracy and comfort. Innovative by nature, we have no qualms about pairing up the latest technology with craftsmanship. Whether for D3D panels or vegetal leather, we are constantly investing so that our leading world products remain so and our novelties become so. This is our way of making passion last.

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THE SHOW TRUNK 858.999.7469 | Mother and daughter duo, Rosemary and KC Cunningham, have been life-long active members of the equestrian community as competitors and enthusiasts. Recognizing the rising costs of equestrian equipment at a time where most families’ “horse budgets” were shrinking, in April 2011, KC opened The Show Trunk—a mobile consignment and retail outlet store specializing in premium Hunter/Jumper show equipment. The ladies at The Show Trunk strive to help customers satisfy their equipment needs at affordable prices as well as provide a convenient way for customers to recoup their investments in equestrian equipment.

“Keep your sense of humor.” ANTHONY’S SHOE REPAIR 12873 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130 | 858.350.7506 671 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Solana Beach, CA 92075 | 858.259.2023 11885 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92128 | 858.673.7207

Anthony’s Shoe Repair opened in San Diego County in 1989, but Anthony’s skills were learned much earlier. He began working at his fathers shoe repair shop, Fred’s Shoe Repair, in Peoria, Ill. at 16 years old. Anthony’s father, Fred, learned shoe design and repair in Beirut, Lebanon before moving to the United States in 1955. In 1985, Anthony opened his first shop, also named Fred’s Shoe Repair, in Peoria. Soon thereafter, Anthony decided to move his craft and business to San Diego. Anthony’s Shoe Repair opened its doors in Solana Beach in 1989 and expanded to other locations throughout the San Diego area, including Carmel Mountain (opened 1992) and Del Mar (opened 2002). Meanwhile, the family business is still thriving in Peoria.

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Serving San Diego County since 1880, San Diego Humane Society’s scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. San Diego Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care, educate the community on the humane treatment of animals and provide safety net services for all pet families needing assistance with keeping their pets. The organization rescues homeless animals, or animals from situations of abuse or neglect, and places them into new homes – dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds and all other domestic animals receive a second chance at San Diego Humane Society! As one of San Diego’s oldest nonprofit organizations, San Diego Humane Society has campuses located in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego as well as adoption centers inside Petco stores throughout San Diego County. San Diego Humane Society is supported solely through contributions, grants, bequests, investments, proceeds from the Muttique retail store and small fees for services. For more information or to view our current animals available for adoption; please visit

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“In a world of things so alike one must make a statement.” — Chiara ZuCColotto | ZuCColotto Designs |

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ZUCCOLOTTO DESIGNS 916.207.4161 | Inspired by the classic styles of history and motivated by individual expression, Zuccolotto Designs is a family run company that prides itself in creating timeless pieces for both Equestrian riders and the Designer Market of the fashion world with it’s recently titled Designer Label Zuccolotto. Proudly made in the USA, quality over quantity is a main focus for the Boutique Designer Company.

The Zuccolotto label, although unique to the Equestrian world, is a durable collection of riding coats, which comes in a variety of colors and silhouettes. Owner and Designer, Chiara Zuccolotto, uses her expertise in textiles and fit to create timeless pieces, all the while creating a customized statement for each of her clients. Zuccolotto Designs is honored to support the Corhn’s and Colitis foundation of America. Zuccolotto is available online at

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MATTI d 2869 Via de la Valle, Suite F | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.523.0693 | For the past 15 years, Matti d, located in beautiful Del Mar, has been the go-to place for fashion. Creative director, Marie Ferris, has always believed people express who they are with their signature of colors, accessories and shoes that they wear. It is an unspoken language that has gone on through time. Matti d dresses clients to find a style of their own according to their personality, taste and way of life. All accessories are playful, artful and one-of-a-kind. Matti d offers a great selection of jewelry, handbags and belts, mixing timeless and trendy pieces effortlessly. Style expresses the inner self; to wear clothes is to be oneself. Matti d is visually merchandised with an eclectic feel for a wide variety and age range. Stylists are available to provide knowledge on product and silhouette, with a simple sophisticated understated chic!

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EXCEPTIONAL EQUESTRIAN 303.931.3493 | Exceptional Equestrian is an online shopping site as well as a mobile boutique that travels to horse shows west of the Mississippi. As an active equestrian herself, Cindy Lay knows the importance of having stylish and innovative equestrian gear and features beautifully tailored shirts from Italy and high-quality garments for in or out of the ring. As equestrian fashion continues to evolve, Cindy makes sure to stay up on the latest fashions and trends and recognizes the versatility of riding gear as not only something to wear to the barn or show, but also as something that is acceptable at dinner or the office. Exceptional Equestrian is looking forward to going to new shows in 2015.

“Specializing in absolutely nothing you need, just everything you want.” POPPY BOUTIQUE 16087 San Dieguito Road, Suite D2 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.5528 Poppy Boutique is a well curated collection of womens contemporary fashions, jewelry and gifts. Owned by local RSF resident Heather Hunter, Poppy is located in the Del Rayo shopping center. Hunter does all the buying and focuses on feminine and refined pieces that are always on trend yet still classic enough for years of wear. Poppy is known for a diverse selection of highly sought-after designers such as - Diane von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James, Autumn Cashmere, Frame Denim, Velvet, Rails, A.L.C., Haute Hippie. Vince, Amanda Uprichard, 360Sweater, Paige Denim, Trina Turk, Ella Moss, James Perse, DL1961, Spanx and more. There are always plenty of everyday casual looks such as tees, denim and sweaters - as well as great finds for a night on the town with dresses and silk tops.

“I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color.” 152 | F a s h i o n & B e a u t y

ALP-N-ROCK 2556 Gateway Road | Carlsbad, CA 92009 760.752.1507 Alp-n-Rock is a global, premium Sport-Fashion brand rooted in the belief that the greatest luxury is the ability to give back. Alp-n-Rock donates up to 10% of profits to fund scholarships for girls in developing countries, providing the lifelong gift of an education. Alp-n-Rock provides unique life-style fashion for those who seek high quality and embrace an active outdoor life. Our pieces will take you from barn to city with ease and function as the perfect travel wardrobe, wherever your active life may take you. We strive at Alp-n-Rock to create one-of-a-kind timeless clothing that combines fashion and functionality, each design is a work of art that captures our passion for riding and the equestrian lifestyle.

“The greatest luxury is the ability to give back.” — Susanne Reich

POLO GEAR 3500 Fairlane Farms Road, Suite 15 | Wellington, FL 33414 888.752.7656 At Polo Gear, the team is committed to continually refining and redefining products for the sport of polo. Wherever possible, Polo Gear manufactures its own products to control quality and innovation. Polo Gear constantly seeks advice from top players, trainers, veterinarians, acupuncturists, chiropractors and technical experts as to how to improve the performance, durability, technical excellence and safety of its products. Polo Gear supports and works with the USPA safety committee in their efforts to make polo safer. Polo Gear celebrates its continual dedication to product innovation.

“Supplier of top polo teams, players & events worldwide.” F a s h i o n & B e a u t y | 153

CONTINENTAL CLEANERS 2741 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 760.468.3986 | Originally from Alameda, California, Mike Monaghan worked as an auto mechanic before getting started in the dry cleaning industry. Mike first got introduced to the industry by his brother-in-law and attributes much of what he has learned about the industry to him. Mike decided he wanted to start his own business and began his journey in San Diego with one main plant location and several drop stores. The Del Mar location is his original plant location and has been in business since 1978. Mike and his staff take great pride in their attention to detail, great customer service and environmentally friendly dry cleaning. Some of the other services offered are expert stain removal, laundry services, and alterations. Mike is constantly looking for ways to improve his company and loves seeing his current customers and meeting new ones. When you mention the Equestrian Almanac, you also receive a 10% discount so make Continental Cleaners your “go-to” spot!

“Find out what the customer wants and needs, then let them have it.” DR. JASON LUPTON, M.D. 12395 El Camino Real, Suite 207 | San Diego, CA 92130 858.350.5555 | Jason R. Lupton, M.D. has been in private practice in the San Diego area since 2002. He practiced in La Jolla and Del Mar prior to opening his own practice in Carmel Valley in early 2009. Dr. Lupton’s clinical expertise includes specialization in general medical and surgical dermatology, minimally invasive cosmetic procedures such as Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and soft tissue fillers like Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Radiesse, and Voluma. He also has expertise in a large variety of laser devices for brown spot and pigmented lesion removal, skin tightening and body contouring, laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, blood vessel treatment and laser skin rejuvenation.

“Non-invasive cosmetic procedures done early can prolong a more youthful appearance and postpone or replace the need for surgical procedures.” 154 | F a s h i o n & B e a u t y

ANGELINA MAZONE 980 West Coast Highway #200 | Newport Beach, CA 92663 6105 Paseo Delicias #A | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 41925 3rd Street | Temecula, CA 92590 310.945.8444 | |

Angelina Mazone is a contemporary stylist who’s passion has accelerated alongside Hollywood’s most acclaimed stylists. She was mentored by world renown colorist Michael Canale, best known for Jennifer Aniston’s Carmel highlights, and his prestigious clientele out of Beverly Hills. Angelina works to stylistically express her belief that ones hair is the capstone of personal beauty. She has expanded her clientele working in three salons to serve Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Temecula Valley.

“My passion and love for hair allows me to touch more hearts then hairs.” COLLEEN KERR 858.449.9282 | Colleen Kerr has been a licensed manicurist for 25 years and serves the Rancho Santa Fe and surrounding San Diego area. She is originally from Michigan and moved to San Diego about four years ago to start her personal manicuring business. With her in-home services, Colleen offers her clients greater flexibility with their schedules in a safe, comfortable atmosphere of their choice. All of her materials are carefully selected to be as environmentally conscious as possible, while still providing a superior manicure and pedicure. Colleen’s experience in the industry gives her the edge to create gorgeous manicures and pedicures that last, while maintaining the health and integrity of nails. She stays current with the latest manicuring techniques, styles, and colors to bring her clients the most up-to-date and luxurious services available.

“Somethinwg small can make a big difference.” F a s h i o n & B e a u t y | 155

TRAVIS PARKER 324 South Cedros Avenue | Solana Beach, CA 92075 858.350.0880 | With 25+ years of experience, Travis Parker has styled everyone from top musicians and actresses, to action sports stars, even former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. Regardless of their profession, all of Parker’s clients turn to him for his ability to create a timeless and complimentary, yet modern look thanks to his revolutionary hair cut-ting principles and comprehensive understanding of face framing.

“Being dedicated to my always evolving hair principles, genuine love for people, and commitment to excellence, I believe my journey has just begun.” KIRSTIN HILL 619.490.6707 | Kirstin Hill, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified EQUESTRIAN PILATES® Instructor is the owner of The Fit Equestrian in San Diego County, California. The Fit Equestrian offers nutrition wellness and EQUESTRIAN PILATES ® services to all levels of riders to help improve rider health and fitness. Combining a nutrition and EQUESTRIAN PILATES ® regimen 2-3 times/week will improve your energy levels and endurance in the saddle, help you sit the trot better, increase core strength, reduce back pain, increase stability over fences and perfect the use of the aids. In addition, The Fit Equestrian is proud to offer a line of quality, affordable, plant-based health products to help catapult your health and fitness results. As an avid equestrian herself, Hill knows the importance of rider fitness and is excited to have a young horse in training with Gina Miles. Hill offers private, in-home sessions as well as barn clinics.

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THE INN AT RANCHO SANTA FE 5951 Linea Del Cielo | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 Reservations: 800.843.4661 | 858.756.1131 | The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe recently finished a comprehensive $12 million renovation. All guest rooms, public areas, meeting facilities, pool cabanas, gardens, outdoor function spaces, grounds and landscaping have been fully upgraded. In addition The Inn has unveiled a new restaurant and spa for guests to enjoy. Guests now enjoy the rare opportunity to access the world class Rancho Santa Fe Golf and Tennis Clubs. A first class experience in a relaxed setting that is in keeping with the rich tradition and ambiance of the equestrian countryside. Membership in the Clubs are traditionally available exclusively to members of the Rancho Santa Fe Association.

“A unique atmosphere of charm and tranquility.” RANCHO VALENCIA RESORT & SPA 5921 Valencia Circle | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 Reservations: 866.233.6708 | 858.756.1123 | The award-winning Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa—Southern California’s only Relais & Châteaux property—has garnered a reputation as one of Southern California’s most sought after luxury resorts. Spanning 45 lush acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas and more, this Mediterranean inspired, all-suite property offers the finest accommodations. Among the property’s offerings are 49 luxuriously appointed guest casitas with private patios, a world-class spa, fine dining and an award-winning tennis program. The establishment reopened in October 2012 after undergoing a $30 million resort-wide renovation. January 2014 marked the official re-launch of Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa.

“A truly world class resort.” 160 | R e s o r t & D i n i n g

L’AUBERGE DEL MAR 1540 Camino Del Mar | Del Mar, CA 92014 Reservations: 800.245.9757 | 858.259.1515 | This seaside resort sets a new standard in Southern California coastal hospitality. Reminiscent of a private, coastal estate, the resort’s mantra “relaxing by day and spirited by night” encapsulates the experience. L’Auberge Del Mar is located in the heart of Southern California’s most picturesque coastal village of Del Mar. The dog-friendly hotel is situated on 5.2 acres of gracefully landscaped grounds with a private pathway to one of the best beaches in Southern California. L’Auberge’s award-winning, signature restaurant KITCHEN 1540 blends energy and intrigue with a fresh, lively atmosphere. The design is modern and feeling comfortable, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The full-service European spa was named 8th by Condé Nast Traveler for “The Top 25 Spas in the United States.” Offering massages, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures, Spa L’Auberge uses a unique collection of organic and vegan product lines as well as its own custom line of spa products.

“Relaxing by day, spirited by night.” GRAND DEL MAR 5300 Grand Del Mar Court | San Diego, CA 92130 Reservations: 855.314.2030 Lauded as TripAdvisor’s #1 Luxury Hotel in California and #4 Hotel in the United States, The Grand Del Mar garners praise from the most revered critics around the world. Forbes Travel Guide, AAA, Relais & Châteaux, Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have all bestowed high honors, but the reviews we treasure most come from you. The Grand Del Mar’s signature restaurant, Addison, features Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley’s artisanal approach to cooking. A seasonal menu offers an inspired evening of culinary expertise at Southern California’s only Five-Star/Five Diamond restaurant. Visit the spa at The Grand Del Mar and you’ll understand just why it is one of only 24 Five-Star spas in the United States.

“Live The Grand life.” R e s o r t & D i n i n g | 161

CAFFE POSITANO 6027 Paseo Delicias, Suite F, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 | 858.759.1940 16079 San Dieguito Rd, Ste A-1, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 | 858.756.1921 Coffee roaster Tim Cusac has been serving his craft-roasted fancy grade coffees, espresso drinks and freshly baked pastries to customers in the Ranch since 2005. Capturing the look and bustle of an Italian espresso bar, both locations speed customers on their way with friendly service from skilled baristas and offer patio seating in a sun-dappled courtyard within the village. Caffe Positano’s customers come from all points in San Diego county to buy the single-origin, specialty-grade coffees Tim offers in one-andhalf-pound bags. “Plus, I’ve been known to sing to my customers,” Tim says with a smile, “and I have the pleasure of working with terrific people.”

“Be good to people and select terrific green coffee, then roast it the way it wants to be roasted.” LOCKWOOD TABLE CAFÉ 346-B South Cedros Avenue | Solana Beach, CA 92075 858.794.4919 Noted by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the best places to stop while visiting Cedros,” Lockwood Table is a neighborhood eatery cafe tucked away in the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. Alicia Lockwood opened the restaurant in 2009 when she discovered there was a need for a “niche” café where customers could go to relax and be comfortable. Lockwood Table is comfortable and chic, with an open, airy outdoor patio Inspired by her friends and the food she ate growing up, Alicia created a menu full of thoughtful, well-prepared foods that are fresh, never frozen, and emphasize clean eating. Some of the most popular dishes at the café include the walnut butter, specialty sandwiches, quinoa bowls and soufflé. The restaurant offers vegan and gluten free options, and is also dog friendly. Photo: Paige Nelson Photography 162 | R e s o r t & D i n i n g

“The tasty local.”

RED TRACTON’S 550 Via de la Valle | Solana Beach, CA 92075 858.755.6600 Family-owned and operated, Red Tracton’s is an eastcoast style steak house and supper club located across from the Del Mar Racetrack. Red Tracton’s has been in it’s present location in Solana Beach for over 25 years, with other locations on La Cinega and Encino. Winner of three prestigious Critic Choice Awards for “San Diego’s Finest Steak House”, Red Tracton’s is also considered the number one place to be (and be seen) after the races. For more than 55 years, Red Tracton’s Restaurants have been synonymous with excellence. Guests have the option to dine in the main dining room, enjoy live entertainment in the piano bar or lounge in the newly renovated “Triple Crown Room.” Red Tracton’s is famous for its Sunday Southern Fried Chicken dinner with all the fixings. Other signature dishes include the Prime Rib, Colossal Baked Potato, Green Goddess Salad, and of course, its gigantic portions of the finest eastern “prime” beef and seafood. The restaurant also offers a NFL special brunch menu, served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. during football season, as well as nightly specials.

“Reminiscent of days gone by.” R e s o r t & D i n i n g | 163

067 EATERY 16236 San Dieguito Road, Suite 2-14 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.759.0747 067 Eatery is a family-owned neighborhood restaurant located in the Fairbanks Village Plaza. Opened in November 2012, owners Bill and Chase Baker hope to offer diners inexpensive food and drink options in a comfortable and laidback atmosphere. Bill has over 30 years of experience in the industry, previously owning a restaurant in Bird Rock, La Jolla. Chase, on the other hand, mastered the art of fine dining while working at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara for five years. 067 Eatery’s menu offers simplicity in its dishes without sacrificing the quality of the ingredients.

Photo: Paige Nelson Photography

“Stuff you can make at home when you don’t feel like it.”

THYME IN THE RANCH 16236 San Dieguito Road, Suite 2-14 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.759.0747 Tucked in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe, Thyme in The Ranch has been described as quaint and cottage-like. The restaurant has become a popular go-to spot for locals looking for delicious homemade food at affordable prices. The interior of the café is cozy and comfortable, with alternating chic and elegant décor. The nick-nacks and charming trinkets dispersed throughout the restaurant are all for sale and rotated frequently. Furry companions are also welcome to join customers while they dine in the outdoor seating areas. The in-house bakery makes all of its pastries, cookies and bread fresh from scratch daily. The restaurant is especially infamous for its muffins, which disappear rapidly in the morning hours.

“A special kind of café.” 164 | R e s o r t & D i n i n g

TREO3 16089 San Dieguito Road | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.465.6666 | Inspired by the culinary arts of the Mediterranean shores and California coast. We at TREO3 invite you to experience our globally inspired and locally prepared cuisine. Created with a balance of exotic and local, it is truly American cuisine. Our concept is built around a TREO3 of verticals that embody dining in, dining out or enjoying a drink at our “white bar”. Our ambience is only surpassed by the loyalty of our patrons who we affectionately regard as our neighbors. Executive Chef Nicholas Garcia was lured into the culinary world when his passion for food was recognized at an early age. Nicholas went on to study at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair.

“Working with neighboring farmers to seek out the finest local product bringing both the comfortable and familiar taste of home with a modern approach.” DOLCE PANE E VINO 16081 San Dieguito Road | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.832.1518 | Dolce Pane e Vino arrived on the scene in Rancho Santa Fe three years ago with a delicious recipe for creating a cozy neighborhood hot spot. Along the way we’ve become the go-to place for regulars to unwind for cocktails, deal-making, friendly gatherings for wine tasting, and some serious wood-fired cuisine. The inspiration behind Dolce is to provide highest quality in all we do. From our fine wines and full bar, fabulous small dishes and entrees, exquisite meats and cheeses, to our artisan furnishings, our sweet and knowledgeable team strives to provide the ultimate dining and wine experience in a warm and whimsical environment.

“Nothing tastes
sweeter than the pleasures of fine wine and cuisine
enjoyed in the company of your favorite people.” R e s o r t & D i n i n g | 165

MARKET RESTAURANT + BAR 3702 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.523.0007 Chef/Owner Carl Schroeder’s Market Restaurant + Bar opened in 2006. His passion for locally sourced ingredients and hyper-seasonal cuisine are on display for dinner every evening. His passion for perfection and the spontaneous nature of what is available to us are showcased in our daily changing menu. We pour ourselves into every aspect of Market to insure a unique dining experience. Our craft cocktail menu changes daily to accent local fruit and herbs. Our award winning wine list has a worldwide selection of boutique wineries whose obsession with quality mirrors our own. Shroeder has been a threetime semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Pacific.

“An everchanging menu with the freshest ingredients.” CUCINA ENOTECA 2730 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.704.4500 | Restauranteur and designer Tracy Borkum opened the first CUCINA enoteca in the Irvine Spectrum in December 2011. At the Del Mar location, Borkum created an “ode to the equestrian” in the form of more than 400 collectible toy horses which serve as a principal focal point of the restaurant. The modern Italian kitchen-meets-rustic-farmhouse concept presents guests with the same highly curated “restaurant to retail” environment found in Borkum’s other existing locations. CUCINA enoteca Del Mar features a dedicated wine shop where guests can purchase hand-selected wines at retail prices to enjoy with their meal or take to go.

“Modern Italian kitchen meets rustic farmhouse.” 166 | R e s o r t & D i n i n g

FIRENZE TRATTORIA 162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road | Encinitas, CA 92024 760.944.9000 | Buongiorno! Firenze Trattoria is an authentic Italian restaurant located in Encinitas, CA. Once you walk into Firenze, you will feel like you have just stepped thousands of miles away into the Hill Country of Italy’s Tuscany. Firenze offers one of the most romantic Tuscan atmospheres in San Diego County, pair this with its amazing food, and you have a date night! Firenze offers both indoor seating and a Tuscan villa inspired patio that is perfect for our San Diego summer evenings. Firenze can accommodate people coming by themselves, or it can accommodate larger groups in a private or public setting. Next time you are wondering where to go for lunch or dinner, try Firenze! We promise you’ll be back.

“Dine in Tuscany tonight.” IL FORNAIO 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 301 | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.755.8876 Step inside Il Fornaio Del Mar, and take an award winning culinary journey through Italy. Il Fornaio (America) Corp. owns and operates 21 full-service restaurants serving creatively prepared, premium-quality Italian cuisine based on authentic regional Italian recipes. Il Fornaio’s stunning panoramic views make it the perfect location for any special event, business function or just an evening out. In conjunction with the restaurant, Il Fornaio also operates catering facilities at prestigious locations such as The Hotel St. Claire and The Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto. Il Fornaio Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon travels throughout Italy’s 20 regions annually to experience the sounds, aromas and flavors of Italian trattorias and bring those experiences home to share at the table with customers.

“When the stomach is full, the heart is happy.” R e s o r t & D i n i n g | 167

MORADA 5951 Linea Del Cielo | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.381.8289 | Morada restaurant takes its name from Lilian Rice’s 1923 moniker for The Inn, meaning “house of many rooms.” Locally sourced California cuisine and a comfortable sophistication carry on the feel, welcoming locals and guests to gather, share old stories and feel at home while enjoying the menu’s fresh selections. Morada is inspired by the property’s storied past, showcasing Rancho Santa Fe’s rich history by incorporating natural materials and equestrian elements that elude to the eucalyptus groves and the carefree elegance of the California ranch lifestyle. Morada’s constantly evolving California inspired menu incorporates only the freshest locally sourced ingredients, which Chef Allison obtains from local farms.

“Come as you are, stay as long as you like and settle back.” VINE 211 N. El Camino Real | San Clemente, CA 92672 949.361.2079 VINE is an all-encompassing Wine Country dining experience, featuring a Wine Bar, Open Kitchen, and a Semi-Private Dining table in our Wine Room. It offers South Orange County residents a fine dining night out with a complete food and wine experience. VINE has an excellent wine menu and a food menu to match. Once people go to VINE, it is a place they want to visit again and again. Their menu features seasonal ingredients of the highest quality and are prepared daily from scratch. Menu selections include exceptional meats, flavorful seafood, handpicked produce from their garden, and diverse beverage selections ranging from 8 craft beers on tap, signature craft cocktails, and over 25 wines by the glass.

“Your all encompassing Wine Country dining experience by the ocean.” 168 | R e s o r t & D i n i n g

DONOVAN’S 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037 | 570 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101 877.698.6666 | Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. A classic steakhouse. A stylish, lively atmosphere. Cordially friendly. We like to think of Donovan’s as your own special place. A place where you can celebrate with friends, family and associates. Martini Hour is time to unwind from a hectic day. Gather-up your friends for specially priced signature cocktails and heavy pour martinis, bar appetizers and complimentary prime steak sandwiches. This is the perfect time to continue those business meetings in a casual relaxing atmosphere. USDA Prime Steaks reign supreme. Delectable market seafood for those non-steak moments. Mouth-watering steakhouse fare. Your personal host will help you plan a most memorable occasion.

“You and your guests are always VIP.” SOUTH COAST KITCHEN 31105 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite C-7 | San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 949.481.9596 | Justin C. Davis is Chef/Owner of South Coast Kitchen, a bistro and catering company. Chef Justin’s focus is modern California cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients. All offerings are prepared by hand using a blend of traditional and contemporary culinary techniques. The chef puts approachable twists on classic flavor combinations from France, Italy, Asia and the Pacific Northwest. A graduate of the Oregon Culinary Institute (with honors), Justin has honed his palate and skills in the kitchens of award winning Chef’s such as Richard Sandoval (Raya – Ritz Carlton), Michael Mina (Stonehill Tavern – St Regis) and Carl Shroeder (Market Restaurant + Bar) well as heading the kitchens of notable catering operations in the Portland and Orange County regions.

“Food that pleases your palette, the eye, and your sense of adventure.” R e s o r t & D i n i n g | 169

THE EQUESTRIAN ALMANAC WAS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE DEL MAR SHOWPARK RACING FESTIVAL. THE $40,000 GRAND PRIX WAS HELD ON JULY 26TH. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SPONSORING MANY MORE IN 2016. Congratulations to Ashley Bond & Cornancer on a well deserved win and to Kerri Potter & Paloma on a close 2nd finish.




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31255 Cedar Valley Drive, Suite 213 | Westlake Village, CA 91362  T: 818.707.0407  | F: 818.707.1161 Catanese & Wells is a California-based equine law firm that has served the needs of the horse industry since its inception in 1989. T. Randolph Catanese, Esq. is the founder of the firm, and has been serving the needs of the equine industry since 1983. Mr. Catanese has represented clients involved in all aspects of the industry, from owners to breeders and service providers within the sector. The firm has represented owners of many breeds of horses, from Thoroughbred, Warmblood, Arabian, Appaloosa, Quarterhorse, to Standardbred, and more. Mr. Catanese has appeared as a speaker before the American Horse Council, the University of Arizona Racetrack Management Program, and the 2014 National Equine Law Conference. Whether you are an owner, rider, breeder, or an equine professional dealing with matters such as leasing agreements or equine real estate, you can leverage the extensive experience of Catanese & Wells for your equine case.

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MOMENTOUS INSURANCE BROKERAGE, INC. 5990 Sepulveda Boulevard, #550 | Van Nuys, CA 91411 818.933.2700 | Momentous Insurance Brokerage, Inc. is a top 100, full-service company dedicated to providing the highest caliber of insurance and risk management consultation. Momentous provides specialty practices in restaurants, nightlife, equine insurance, as well as special program for Quinceañera insurance, featuring bilingual insurance experts. Momentous also designs a variety of insurance programs including high-net worth individuals, film and TV productions, music and touring companies, professional or amateur athletes, and more. Momentous is the largest independent Personal Lines Brokerage on the West Coast and can service clients on a national basis. Also active philantropist, the momentous team regularly donates to more than 25 charities.

“We take care of your insurance so that you can focus on what you do best.” TAYLOR HARRIS INSURANCE SERVICES 10116 Wheatland Avenue | Sunland, CA 91040 818.613.5382 | Taylor Harris Insurance Services, Ltd., (THIS) was founded in 1987 by Michael Taylor to provide specialized insurance for all types of equine risk. Al Schlom, one of the most revered insurance agents in the US, joined Taylor Harris in 2013. A native Californian with a lifelong hobby of riding and training horses, Al has an unprecedented background in equine and personal lines insurance. THIS places its policies with the highest rated and most secure carriers. As horsemen themselves, the directors, staff and agents have experience in all facets of the horse industry and understands its risks. THIS has expanded their insurance services to include Property & Casualty Insurance to enable agents to provide seamless coverage for not only their client’s horses, but also their properties, equestrian businesses and homes.

“Our goal is protection for your horses at all stages of life for your peace of mind.” L a w & I n s u r a n c e | 173

LAW OFFICES OF BING I. BUSH JR. 1330 Camino Del Mar | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.259.7540 | Bing’s strongest areas of expertise are personal injury and business transactional and litigation matters. He is very highly-regarded in equine law with a life-long attachment to the horse industry from his Lexington, Kentucky, equine roots. Bing also has extensive experience in wills, estate management, and is certified in family law. Since 1998, Bing has passionately handled personal injury cases, as well as business and equine affairs for people. His representation ranges from overseas royalty to the locally impoverished, providing all with his unique personal touch. With a unique depth and breadth of experience, Bing has acted as an arbitrator or mediator in many cases, helping others avoid litigation by helping each side evaluate their case, potential scenarios and advisability of resolution through settlement.

“Experience, integrity, and passion=results.”

SCAPA LAW GROUP 21700 Oxnard Street #670 | Woodland Hills, CA 91367 818.710.1881 | Robert Scapa traveled and lived on three different continents as a boy while his father served as a captain in the US Navy. Robert began riding horses during their time in Ecuador. At Scapa Law Group, Robert maintains a small, boutique atmosphere, allowing him to give close personal attention to his clients. Robert predominantly handles civil, business and criminal litigation for a diverse group of clients from all over the state. As an active polo player himself, Robert combines his interest in law with his passion for horses. He has worked on cases for some of the best-known riders in the world and represented clients before the USEF. Robert has also handled all legal aspects of setting up equestrian facilities and has actively been involved in equine contractual, insurance, and veterinarian malpractice claims, bringing over 50 jury trials to verdict.

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“Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.” — D.h. laWrenCe

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BLENHEIM EQUISPORTS 14550 El Camino Real | Del Mar, CA 92014 949.443.1841 |

Blenheim Equisports 2015 Schedule Blenheim Summer Classic

Blenheim Fall Tournament

$35,000 Grand Prix & CPHA Finals August 12-16

$30,000 Grand Prix & BES Young Horse Finals ASPCA Regionals & IJF Finals Children’s and Adult Jumper Regional Championship September 9-13

Showpark Summer Classic $25,000 & $40,000 Grand Prix CPHA Foundation Finals August 19-23

Showpark All Seasons Summer Tournament FEI - $35,000 & $60,000 Grand Prix & Young Jumper Championships August 26-30

International Jumping Festival - Blenheim $30,000 Grand Prix Blenheim Four Year Old Championships September 17-21

Showpark Fall Festival October 9-12

SP County 5

The Las Vegas National

September 5-6

FEI - $35,000 & $60,000 Grand Prix November 11-16


Blenheim Equisports, Inc.

1 Spring Fling “Acita”, Nayel Nassar, Nayel Nassar

6 June Classic II “Ziedento”, St. Brides Farm, Susan Hutchison

2 Spring Classic I “Java Keltic Courage”, Molly Talla, Molly Talla

7 June Classic III “Caretol”, Moonlite Beach, LLC, Marc Grock

3 Spring Classic II “Semira de Saulieu”, Charlotte Gadbuis, Lane Clarke

8 Red, White and Blue Classic “Conspirit”, Nathalie Manning, Nathalie Manning

4 Spring Classic III “E Muze Yek”, Sn Stables LLC, Simon Nizri

9 Summer Festival “Lueboo”, Kylieco, Jamie Barge

5 June Classic I “Chello Z”, Josephina Nor Stables LLC, Josephina Nor Lantzman

10 Racing Festival “Cornancer”, Little Valley Farm, Ashley Bond

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WEST PALMS EVENT MANAGEMENT 2683 Via de la Valle, Suite G-717 | Del Mar, CA 92014 818.987.3336

West Palms Event Management 2015 Schedule Huntington Beach Summer Classic:

Del Mar International Welcome Week:

August 6-9, Huntington Beach, CA

October 7-11, Del Mar, CA

Flintridge Autumn Classic:

Del Mar International World Cup Week:

September 24-27, La CaĂąada Flintridge, CA

Sacramento International Horse Show: September 22-27, Sacramento, CA

Longines Los Angeles Masters*: October 1-4, Los Angeles, CA

October 14-18, Del Mar, CA

Del Mar International HorsePark: October 22-25, Del Mar, CA

Central California Fall Classic Oct 28 - Nov 1, Paso Robles, CA

*In Conjunction with EEM world, West Palms Events manages the prestigious LA Masters

Central California Oak Tree Classic Nov 1 - 8, Paso Robles, CA

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DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED CLUB 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.755.1141 |

Photo: Ernie Anderson

DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED 2015 RACE SCHEDULE Summer Season | July 16 - September 7 Bing Crosby Season | October 29 - November 29

SAN DIEGO POLO CLUB 14555 El Camino Real | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.481.9217

San Diego Polo Club 2015 Schedule Summer Break Field Closed: July 20 - August 11 Willis Allen Memorial Cup: August 12 - 23 USPA Rossmore Cup: August 27 - September 6 USPA Spreckles Cup: September 10 - 27

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CALIFORNIA DRESSAGE SOCIETY SAN DIEGO CHAPTER Post Office Box 231773 | Encinitas, CA 92023-1173


SCHOOLING SHOWS Creek Hollow, Ramona: August 22

CHAPTER SHOW CIRCUIT TEV Summer Spectacular, Galway Downs: August 15 - 16 Dressage International, Del Mar Racetrack: September 11 -13

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How did The EQ make such an impact in a short amount of time in our competitive market? We earned our reputation through trust and offering a full compliment of residential, commercial and equestrian services in a high-end, welcoming boutique environment. What does EQ stand for? While it is true, we are competitive equestrians with an intricate knowledge of many disciplines, that is only part of our story.

Our foundation is built on 25 years of real estate experience dedicated to providing exceptional quality, preservation and enhancement of hard-earned equity. Ralph Lauren started his company with a tie and grew it into a lifestyle brand, how can you accomplish that vision in the real estate industry? Diversification. In any portfolio, whether it be fashion, financial or real estate you must have the ability to ride the tides of change while staying true to tradition.






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The EQ has a strong local presence in the equine and philanthropic communities, strategic regional distribution of the Equestrian Almanac and the international reach of our exclusive affiliate, Ranch Marketing Associates. Whether you wish to sell or purchase a ranch, farm, estate or business –The EQ is positioned to deliver results.


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Why was becoming RMA’s Exclusive San Diego Affiliate so important to you? Ranch Marketing Associates transcends traditional ranch marketing firms – providing their clients unequal representation in every step of the ranch real estate transaction. By partnering with RMA, we possess the latest in marketing, advertising technology tools and talent that attracts national and global attention to the uniqueness of each property.


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With integrity, honesty and individuality at the core of our

Associates (RMA) possesses an unparalleled

binding principles, RMA customizes individual and im-

understanding of the character of the land and the

pactful marketing strategies for each listing; networks and

American West, providing clients with unequaled

creates strategic professional affiliations to expand reach.

representation in every ranch transaction. Made of

As ranchers and business executives, RMA brokers use

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their extensive experience and proficiency in real estate,

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unsurpassed knowledge of the marketplace and global reach.


The complete resource for ranch, recreation and sporting properties throughout the west.

Personalized attention with detailed focus and follow through being paramount to the process.

Expansive buyer and seller relationships from local ranchers to international business executives.

Thorough knowledge sales, ranch and resource management, wildlife enhancement & habitat maintenance.

Smart, insightful, passionate and dedicated with an average of 20 years of ranch real estate experience per broker.

Reach and connection to business and entertainment industry clients with significant referral business and long-lasting professional relationships.

Advanced local and national marketing and advertising strategies using competitive e-communication tools and talent.

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INYANGA RANCH Glenwood Springs, Colorado

PRISTINE. PRIVATE. PERFECT. A sublime parcel of the American West, Inyanga Ranch consists of over 530 acres of beautiful river frontage, ponds, meadows and historic cabins at the end of a box canyon, protected by steep granite cliffs that rise up to the Flat Tops Wilderness in western Colorado. Named after a national park in the owner’s native Zimbabwe, the ranch is bordered on three sides by national forest and BLM, and accessed by a narrow road for maximum privacy, tranquility and security. At its center, a jewel box of a house by award-winning Colorado architect Jack Snow is carefully crafted in a simple palette of metal, cut granite and cedar to echo the surrounding cliffs and blend into the environment. Two miles of Canyon Creek flow through the ranch providing abundant

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source water for nine acres of spring-fed ponds teeming with three species of trout. Inyanga Ranch epitomizes the pursuit of perfection—the ultimate gentleman’s recreation ranch in one of the most stunning locations in the West.

BILLY LONG Ranch Marketing Associates

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530 Acres | $29,000,000

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BONSALL FARM Bonsall, California

Located in the middle of one of the best-known equestrian areas in Southern California and adjacent to San Luis Rey Downs training track, this working farm offers sophisticated living with easy access to the major metropolitan areas of San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles counties. Bonsall Farm consists of approximately 140 acres of citrus and avocado groves, alfalfa fields, pastures, ponds and paddocks surrounding two charming Spanish-style 3-bedroom homes (one with a private pool), ancillary living quarters, barns and workshops. Secure and replete with privacy, character and country beauty, Bonsall Farm offers magnificent vistas of surrounding mountains, valleys, orchards and ponds with easy access to San Luis Rey Downs, Joe Herrick Thoroughbred Racing Stable,

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Kimberly Monk Dressage Training and Fallbrook Equestrian Center. Private airport facilities are nearby at Palomar Airport, and Amtrak commuter rail stations in Oceanside and Carlsbad provide alternative transportation options within easy reach.

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140 Acres | $11,950,000

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LAVA LAKES RANCH Montague, California

Located in the presence of 14,000 foot Mt. Shasta in northern California’s Shasta Valley, Steven Seagal’s 5,329-acre Lava Lakes Nature Preserve is a hidden and private paradise. Its seven beautiful lakes are home to numerous species of waterfowl, deer, bass and upland birds that thrive year-round in the safety and privacy of the ranch. The acreage is a mix of lush irrigated meadows, wild wooded uplands and spectacular rock formations. The massive 14,063 sq.ft. Tennessee white pine square log residence overlooks Barton Lake and has imposing views of Mt. Shasta. The impressive gated estate contains 9 bedrooms and 10 baths, an extensive water system and a backup generator for off-the-grid dependability. There is an additional 4,200 sq. ft. 3-bedroom, 3-bath home nearby with 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest

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house, barns and corrals. Lava Lakes Ranch is currently operating as a nature preserve and working cattle ranch that supports 200+ pairs year-round. The nearby town of Mt. Shasta offers excellent cuisine, art galleries, golf and the hospitality of one of the nicest resort towns in the West.

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5,329 Acres | $12,000,000

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DEDICATED TO MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE ROBLEE L. VALENTINE Founder, CEO | Residential and Equestrian Expert 858.437.4778 Roblee@The | CalBRE #01915178

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”


DANIELLE COTNER Equestrian Expert 480.231.2214

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“ I love helping people discover what they love.” KELLY WISLAR Office Manager, Sales Assistant 858.243.0904

“ Live your dream, create your life. Lead with intention.” ANNIE TAME President, Equestrian Almanac 858.688.1796

“ Joining strengths to create a publication unlike any other.” SHELBY FUNK Almanac Ambassador 760.814.0351

“A smile is always appreciated.”

In Memoriam

BRIANT HOWES Beloved Son, Brother, Friend and Colleague

“ What’s Your Next Move? ”

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