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One of the most surprising facts a newcomer to the equestrian world might find is horses all have individual personalities much the way people do. Even more so, those equine quirks and idiosyncrasies can often be likened to a very specific person, further driving the point home that horses are just as uniquely distinctive.
This time, Equestrian Almanac turned the tables on this humorous pastime and asked several of the sport’s most charming married couples to compare their spouses’ personalities to those of a horse or specific equine athlete by asking, “If your spouse were a horse, what kind would he or she be?” Read on and discover what each of these couples really think about their better half’s equine proxy. Photos © (top to bottom)
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Dick Carvin & Francie Steinwedell-Carvin Owners of MEADOWGROVE FARM Married NOVEMBER 29 TH , 1996
D I C K believes...
Francie is a gray. I am not so sure if she would be a mare or a gelding, it is more the color, because every gray that I know always has a quirk, and my wife definitely has a little quirk. Sometimes they can get really into their heads. When they get into their heads, you have to talk them down and get them thinking a little more positive and forward. Yet, at the same time they are usually easygoing. Otherwise, they are fun and of course they are pretty. They are careful and fast, but relaxed around the barn. Easy to be around on the ground. That is Francie for sure!
F R A N C I E believes...
I had a horse named Atlas – he did lots of Nations Cups and was great. But he always wanted everything to go well. He didn’t mind doing the work as long as I comforted him and let him know he was doing a good job. He was really consistent, sweet and wanted to please. He was all about being good – always wanted everyone to be happy. Whatever it was, he was happy to do it. That’s Dick, because he is devoted, perseveres and keeps everyone happy with a smile. Dick & Francie, photo © Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports
Morley Abey & Joie Gatlin Owners of JOIE GATLIN-MORLEY ABEY SHOW JUMPING Married MARCH 17 TH , 1998 M O R L E Y believes...
Joie would be Ratina Z. She is as brave as you could hope for, careful as careful can be, yet the best part is that she has the heart of a lion. Some may say that of a winner, but winners can be difficult. Ratina gave 110% every time and as a result became one of the sport’s legends. Joie is a fierce competitor yet one of the kindest riders I know. I am not only lucky to call her my wife; I am always and forever grateful. Morley Abey & Joie Gatlin, photo © Phelps Sports
J O I E believes...
If my husband were a horse, he would be a beautifully turned out conformation hunter, always looking polished, proper and very handsome. It’s not too much work to have to gallop around the regular conformation field but takes consistency and dedication, and because he has such good conformation he usually moves to the top of the list in the model class. Morley takes the best of a hunter’s easy going disposition and magnetic presence and combines it with the determination and talent of the scopiest Grand Prix horse.
Ned & Hope Glynn Owners of SONOMA VALLEY STABLES Married OCTOBER 23 TH , 1999
N E D believes...
The horse that most reminds me of Hope is Native Code. He was a fantastic thoroughbred that Butch and Lu Thomas bought as a yearling. As a young horse he won a pre-green futurity and was a top placing horse in a young jumper championship. He went on to win many classes and competed with Lu in the World Cup Finals. He could win the model class, a green hunter class or the Grand Prix at any show. I understand that he wasn’t a hot horse, but he had a lot of energy and a strong opinion about his work schedule before a class. That sounds familiar to me!
H O P E believes...
Ned would be a very reliable, attractive packer. He is the one you would always count on with just enough scope and a ton of heart. He actually reminds me of my good derby horse Carson: tall, dark, handsome, extremely kind and always can get me out of trouble. A great guy to have in your barn!
Ned and Hope, photo © Gail Morey
Fred Bauer & Karen Healey KAREN HEALEY TRAINING & CLINICS
Married APRIL 20 TH , 2002
F R E D believes...
Chestnut mare, beware! They can be unpredictable. Sometimes temperamental. Chestnut mares usually have a lot of heart. But, they tend to do exactly what they want to do, which sometimes works well and sometimes doesn’t work so well. As a chestnut mare, Karen would be dogged, determined and never take no for an answer. She would be quite fast and very careful. She would accomplish anything she set her mind to.
K A R E N believes...
Fred is exactly the same as Marble Arch was! The two of them, Fred and ‘Marbles’ there was nothing they didn’t think they could do. Oh, and was he feisty. Marbles was the little engine that could, he may have only been 16 hands but he had plenty of scope, speed and he was careful. He loved his job. They were so successful because they were so much alike. Marbles was Fred in a bay coat. Fred and Karen, photo © Georgina Bloomberg and Lilli; Photo © Noelle Floyd
Jeff & Rachel Fields Owners of SANDHAVEN FARM Married JUNE 25 TH , 2009
J E F F believes...
Rachel would be that really dependable, athletic, competitive mare that you want in your grand prix string. When the going gets tough, she’s there to pull out whatever you need to get the job done. She would be a beautiful bay: super shiny, dark dapples, really classy. But she’s also that one that has a heart of gold and always wants to get to the other side. You don’t want to put too much pressure on her – she’s a mare you know – it has to be her idea. But she’s your best friend and the one that always nickers when you walk in the barn. Now when she’s in heat, watch out! Jeff and Rachel, photo © Phelps Sports
R A C H E L believes...
Jeff would be a combination of three horses. All stallions, of course...The first horse that comes to mind is Jos Lansinks’ Cumano. Then John Whitaker’s Argento, and the third is Maikel van der Vleuten’s Verdi. All are big, scopey, super handsome and talented. All three have a little sass in them, and all have tremendous enthusiasm – if anyone knows Jeff they know he’s not lacking enthusiasm. They are all a bit cocky but have amazing work ethics and let’s face it, all have turned out to be top horses which is exactly how I think Jeff would be! Jeff is the best man I could have possibly imagined marrying.
Vinton & Ann Karrasch Owners of EQUESTRIAN PERFORMANCE Married JULY 9 TH , 2009
V I N T O N believes...
Ann would be one of those horses that you feel like you have known forever the first time you are involved. She would be one of the horses you can work with in complete tandem, when you know what your horse will do and he/she knows what you will do. One that as you step into the arena you know is there 1000%. A perfect partnership – two acting as one.
Vinton and Ann, photo © Flying Horse
A N N believes...
I have given this a lot of thought, and the horse that reminds me most of Vinton is Hickstead. A horse that didn’t have the best canter, but did have the biggest heart I’ve ever seen. Every time I watched his rounds he gave it 110%, and I feel like the way he went made people want to try harder, be better and faster. And that’s exactly how I see Vinton; a man with the biggest heart I’ve ever seen, honest as the day is long and anything he does, he does with everything he has. Every day he makes me want to do and be better. And like Hickstead, who was Eric’s horse of a lifetime, Vinton is the husband of a lifetime.
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M I CK I E S A G E I N C . S HOW S TAB LE S Mickie Sage 18411 Via De Las Flores | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 720.470.0180 | email@example.com | mickiesage.com luckyjackfarm.com
Mickie Sage Inc. Show Stables trains beginners to experienced competitors and has a commitment to excellence in the foundations of horsemanship and traditional training with a lifetime of experience. Along with developing the rider, we specialize in training and competing horses in the show ring with a proven record both inside and outside of the show ring. We are dedicated to helping riders and horse owners reach their goals. We are a full Service and Care training program which offers Hunter and Jumper Training, Showing, and Sales at Lucky Jack Farm in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Lucky Jack Farm is located on a stunning 15-acre site in the heart of beautiful Rancho Santa Fe, California offering a state of the art private horse facility with a country club setting and beautiful grass paddocks. The facility is managed by the highly qualified staff and service of the Mickie Sage Inc. Show Stables. Mickie Sage is a USHJA certified trainer that has shown and coached at some of the most prestigious horse shows in the country Including FEI World Cup Qualifiers, USHJA Hunter Derby Finals, USHJA Pregreen Incentive Finals, US Pony Finals and various medal finals.
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M A R C G R O C K - H I GHLAND FAR M 16003 Via de Santa Fe Rd. | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 firstname.lastname@example.org | 619.813.8223 marcgrock.com
Highland Farm provides a comprehensive and competitive training and management program for Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, and a select group of sale horses. Located at Albert Court, Rancho Santa Fe’s premier equestrian facility, both horse and rider enjoy the relaxing and stunning private facility, which boasts grass paddocks, derby field, complete with open water, and exceptionally maintained grounds. In addition to Albert Court’s amenities, Highland Farm offers supplemental therapeutic treatments to keep each horse in peak physical condition. Highland Farm works closely with first class veterinarians, farriers, acupuncturists, and chiropractors to maintain each horse’s competitive edge while tailoring a training program specific to each student’s needs and goals. Marc Grock is the owner and head trainer of Highland Farm who developed a passion for equestrian show jumping at a young age. Grock had an extensive showing career from coast to coast, winning multiple Horse of the Year honors and also representing the country at a Grand Prix level. Recently Grock won the $30,000 Markel Insurance Grand Prix, achieved a 6th place finish in the $10,000 Winning Round Classic at the Las Vegas National, and started 2016 off coming in 4th in the $25,000 Smartpak Grand Prix at HITS Thermal. Courtney Miller, assistant trainer at Highland Farm, also found her love of horses and competition at an early age. She grew up training and showing throughout the east coast eventually finding her way to California upon graduation with a degree in Microbiology and Business. Both working and showing with top ‘A’ show barns nationwide has provided her with an understanding of how to develop successful programs for both horse and rider. Above all else Highland Farm encourages their students to excel and achieve their goals both in and out of the show ring while maintaining happy and healthy horses. Beginning enthusiasts through Grand Prix levels welcomed.
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P H I L I P C ILLIS Westwood Show Jumping 16924 Rambla De Las Flores | Ranch Santa Fe, CA 92067 619.540.6392 | email@example.com westwoodshowjumping.com
Westwood Show Jumping Stables is located at The Rancho Riding Club in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe. 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.
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H A P H A N S E N S TAB LE S Hap Hansen Stables 16332 Via de Santa Fe | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 619.540.2622 | firstname.lastname@example.org haphansen.com
Born into a non-equine family, Hansen started riding when he was 10 years old at the Flintridge Riding Club in La Canada, 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 2016 show season and getting into the Grand Prix ring once again.
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P ETE R P E T S C H E N I G SHOW J UMPE R S Cloud 9 Farms 41955 Calle Corriente | Murrieta, CA 92562 714.883.2017 www.peterpetschenig.com
• Sportpferde Puchner (Austria) • Haras Siracusa Osorno (Chile and Austria) • Sportheste Inc. (California) • Markus and Beat Maendli (Switzerland) • Willi Melliger (Switzerland) Originally from Austria in the Salzburg region, Peter arrived in a center that combined the classical equestrian heritage of Europe with the competitive nature of the United States. In a short time, Peter Petschenig has established a thriving barn and training business, located in the Cloud 9 Farms state-of-the-art facility owned by Pam Bilek in Murrieta, California overlooking the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains. Peter began his riding career at 8 years of age and started winning his first ribbons in the 1.30m by the age of 13, training with Bernhard Maier. Over the years, Peter has claimed numerous wins in Grand Prix events throughout Italy, Chile, Austria and the United States, along with top finishes in World Cup competition. Peter has ridden and trained for an impressive list of top owners & sponsors around the world 36 | Trainers
Currently, Peter is focused on building a successful Hunter/Jumper barn in California, as well as raising young Warmbloods and future show jumpers. Peter is a regular at all the major show jumping events throughout the west coast, including HITS. If you’re looking for a world caliber trainer who offers international experience, a supportive environment, along with the personal attention that will help you and your horse reach new heights over fences – contact Peter Petschenig today!
“Every horse and every rider is different. I believe you have to change the way you teach according to what every horse and rider needs, but also what they can understand.”
G U I L L E R M O O BLIGADO Woodgrove Farm 16255 Via de la Valle | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.815.0731 | email@example.com woodgrovefarm.com
Guillermo Obligado, originally from Argentina, has owned and operated Woodgrove Farm for over 20 years. During his last year in school, 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.
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T I S H Q U IR K 760.207.4887 | HorsesTish@aol.com tishquirk.com
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.
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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.
H U N T O VE R Mark Bone 1812 West Portero Road | Hidden Valley, CA 91364 Wildflower Ranch | 3211 Wildflower Valley Drive | Encinitas, CA 92024 818.414.0278 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.huntover-markbone.com
Huntover provides hunter, jumper, and equitation programs designed for the competitive pony, junior, or amateur rider at the local, national and international level. Our business is renowned for its level of commitment to developing the connection between horse and rider. Few hunter/jumper barns can compete with the level of success that Huntover has achieved. This level of success is evident not just by the numerous Championship wins, but also by the pride and confidence displayed by both horses and riders in the Huntover program. Mark Bone is a skilled trainer, judge, and clinician who thrives on helping his students reach their individual goals. He worked for numerous notable hunter/jumper trainers before starting his own business. Huntover relocated to California in 1996 and we are pleased to have expanded to now meet our clients’ needs in an additional Southern California location. Huntover’s main barn is located at Shelburne Farms in Hidden Valley, California. The beautiful property is situated in Northern Los Angeles County between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Huntover has an additional barn at Wildflower Ranch in San Diego, California. Please call for a tour of the facilities and to see how Huntover’s specialized program can help you achieve your riding goals!
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution.” -Aristotle Trainers | 39
V E R E N A M A H I N – V S DR E S S AGE 405 Cassou Rd. | San Marcos, CA 92069 909.499.3687 | email@example.com vsdressage.com
“My 4 R’s, Rhythm, Relaxation, Repetition, Reward”
Since she can remember, Verena has always had a love for horses. Born in Stuttgart Germany she started vaulting at the age of 5. In her early 20’s she trained 5 years in Holland with Olympic rider/trainer Bert Rutten. It was here her love of horses and journey to “ Master the Art” of dressage began. Her exposure to European top sport both in training and competing was an opportunity of a lifetime which fueled her own drive to become the best rider she can be. After accepting a sponsorship she relocated to Southern CA in 2006. Verena has had many successes competing at FEI levels and coaching through Grand Prix. In 2011 she coached two riders who qualified for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Representing Puerto Rico, her students achieved one of the highest levels of competition in the Americas. Verena proudly owns and operates VS Dressage, Inc. in San Marcos CA. She is extremely passionate about her clients and continuing her growing sales program. She clinics all over the US and abroad and continues to inspire riders of all ages and levels.
C H R I S T I N E T RAUR IG Christine Traurig Dressage 16003 Via de Santa Fe | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.310.3599 | firstname.lastname@example.org christinetraurigdressage.com
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 Court in Rancho Santa Fe, CA since 2005.
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M A R I E M E DOS I Arroyo Del Mar 7070 Black Mountain Road San Diego, CA 92130 808.227.5668 | email@example.com mariemedosidressage.com
Hawaiian born Marie Medosi, started riding at 9. Strongly supported by the Hawaii Dressage Community (HDC) and her family. She attended the International Dressage Academy in Warendorf, Germany at the age of 15. At 18 became a working student in BC, Canada for Henk and Lori Glijn’s dressage barn. Marie has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience from many different Top Coaches, Trainers, Clinics, Judges like Dressage Olympians Sue Blinks and Christine Traurig, she became assistant for trainer Christine Traurig. In 2011 she started taken on her own clients . Top breeder Tish Quirk, being one of her clients, Marie chose to stay in RSF area to continue to train with Guenter Seidel and Christine Traurig. And in 2013 established her own dressage training business in Del Mar. She is grateful to her mentors Guenter and Christine for helping her shape her career with knowledge both on and off the horse. In Jan 2016 moved to the world class facility Arroyo Del Mar (also home of Olympian Steffen Peters), which promises to be the perfect place for Marie to take it to the next level.
“Work on yourself – the horse will follow.” N I C K O N ODA
3603 Pico Rd. Vista, Ca 92084 and 405 Cassou Rd. San Marcos CA 92069 909.614.9121 onodadressage.com
Nick Onoda is an FEI dressage trainer located in Northern San Diego. He has competed on multiple horses through the lower and FEI levels, in young horse classes in the United States and Germany, as well as in Elite Breeding Qualifiers in Muenster, Germany. He was head rider to Stefan Wolff for six years, two of which were in Germany. While living in Europe, Nick taught clinics in Norway and Germany on sports psychology and classical riding theory. His passion is teaching riders of all levels to understand their horses and communicate through correct biomechanics.
“When you truly understand something, you can recreate it.” Trainers | 41
M I C K E Y H AY DE N Hayden Show Jumping & Riding School 25202 Nellie Gail Road | Laguna Hills, CA 92653 949.448.0823 | firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com mickeyhayden.com
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.”
K E R I P O T TE R Post Office Box 3571 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.945.4900 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Kerri 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!”
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S U S A N H U T CHIS ON Susan Hutchison Stables, Inc. 34520 De Portola Road | Temecula, CA 92592 951.217.3933 | email@example.com susanhutchinsonstable.com
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.”
M A N D Y P ORTE R Post Office Box 231505 | Encinitas, CA 92024 858.354.6062 | firstname.lastname@example.org mandy-porter.com
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.”
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D E L M A R H O RS E PAR K 14550 El Camino Real | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.794.1171 | email@example.com delmarfairgrounds.com
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 approximately 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 full-service 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.
“We provide a safe and enjoyable facility for all levels of equestrians.” M I D D L E R ANCH 11700 Little Tujunga Canyon Road | Lake View Terrace, CA 91342 818.897.4029 middleranch.com
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 on-site 24 hours a day and are completely 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.
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H AW L E Y AWAD Hawley Bennett Eventing 43240 Los Corralitos Road | Temecula, CA 92592 951.852.8556 | firstname.lastname@example.org hawleybennett.com
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, Bennett 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.
“Hard wark pays off and gets noticed.” TA R FA R MS 28411 San Juan Creek Road | San Juan Capistrano, CA 949.315.5132 | email@example.com tarfarms.com
Tar Farms is located in the heart of the Equestrian Capital 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.
“We may ride in different saddles but we both get on from the same side.” Trainers | 45
E2 STAB L E S
MICHE LLE PAR KE R
16795 Caminito de las Palmas San Diego, CA 92127 760.774.8028 | firstname.lastname@example.org e2stables.com
Cross Creek West 2075 Marilyn Lane | San Marcos, CA 92069 714.914.3324 | email@example.com crosscreekwest.com
“Not all horses can be trained in the same style. It is often important to be able to adapt to your horses’ way of going.”
“Make your horse a friend and not a tool.” EVE RA RD O H E G E W I S C H
KIM VANDE R WOOD
Hegewisch Stables 14550 El Camino Real | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.699.4301 | firstname.lastname@example.org
KV Equestrian 16567 Circa del Norte | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.650.6320 | email@example.com kvequestrian.com
“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart... pursue those! ” 46 | Trainers
“Less is more.”
PENNY WA H L E R
LE AH VON HE NKLE
Stone Ridge Farms 3902 Manchester Ave. | Encinitas, CA 92024 831.566.4466 | firstname.lastname@example.org caballosdelmar.net
Von Henkle Industries 18539 Via de las Flores | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.310.3552 | email@example.com vonhenkleindustries.com
“Leg to hand. ”
“It’s all about the love of the horse.”
J ENNY C A R B O N A R I
ALICIA S AXTON
Northern Lights Show Jumping 18539 Via de las Flores | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 406.250.1823 | firstname.lastname@example.org northernlightsshowjumping.com
Oceancrest Farms 17575 Rancho La Noria Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.809.3781 | email@example.com oceancrestfarms.com
“Riding is a journey, enjoy the journey. ”
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NAT H A LI E C O O P E R
J OHN FR E NCH
Waldenbrook 11700 Little Tujunga Canyon Road | Sylmar, CA 91342 650.867.9504 | firstname.lastname@example.org waldenbrookfarm.com
28650 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 401.743.1265 | email@example.com rideacornfarm.com
“Acorn Farm, where little Acorns’ become great Oaks.”
“Don’t doubt yourself – believe in the ride.”
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AR CHIE COX
Acres West 23200 Mulholland Highway | Calabasas, CA 91302 818.519.6190 | firstname.lastname@example.org acreswest.com
Brookway Stables 11700 Little Tujunga Canyon Road Sylmar, CA 91342 818.897.3376 | email@example.com archicox.net
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“Focus on the basics.”
CHRI ST I NE T R A U R I G
L E NA NOR DLOF- DAV IS
Christine Traurig Dressage 16003 Via de Santa Fe | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.310.3599 | firstname.lastname@example.org christinetraurigdressage.com
Lena Nordlof-Davis Dressage 16255 Via de la Valle | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.822.7483 | email@example.com dressagewithlena.net
“Think forward – nothing has ever been accomplished by moving backward.”
“Enjoy the journey.”
NI C O LE J O H N S O N
B IRTHE LAUFE R
Premier West Stables 1562 Chatsworth Blvd | San Diego, CA 92107 619.857.0942 | firstname.lastname@example.org premierweststablesinc.com
Birthe Laufer Dressage 3902 Manchester Rd. | Encinitas, CA 92024 858.204.0220 | email@example.com birthelauferdressage.com
“Believe in what you want to happen. ”
“In training we must be encouraged to first establish the principles and only then to tackle the details.” – Dr. Reiner Trainers | 49
C LAY M AC L E O D
LY NN DE VE NPORT
Highland Farms Post Office Box 337 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.354.4069 | firstname.lastname@example.org
San Pasqual Valley Ranch 2460 Cloverdale Road | Escondido, 92027 760.743.2377 | email@example.com callspvr.com
“Use the entire ring.”
“From beginners to winners”
D O NNI E B R I C K E R
GLE N AS PINALL
Donnie Bricker Performance Horses 36925 Avenida Madera | Temecula, CA 92592 909.374.2776 | firstname.lastname@example.org brickerperformancehorses.com
Glen Aspinall Performance Horses 34520 De Portola Road | Temecula, CA 92592 951.552.5253 email@example.com
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“If you can’t explain, they won’t obtain.”
by Pam Maley
The Iconic California Girl, Bo Derek was born in Long Beach. She burst onto the national consciousness in 1971, when she had a starring role in the movie “10.” Within weeks and for years following, young women nationwide were corn-rowing their hair, and every woman and man, young or ‘mature,’ knew what being a “10” meant. Bo Derek was a star, and widely known as the female representation of the perfect “10.” Now living in the mountains of Santa Ynez on a lovely horse ranch with John Corbett, Ms. Derek is a lifelong lover of everything equine. A skilled rider, in 2002 she published her autobiography Riding Lessons: Everything That Matters in Life
I Learned from Horses. Still a horse owner, she continues to be a tireless advocate on behalf of horses in this country. An articulate spokesperson, she has made a difference by educating the public and Congress about horse welfare issues. In 2010, Equine Advocates presented her with the Safe Home Equine Protection Award for her work to end the slaughter of horses. In 2014, she received the Longines Ladies Award that celebrates women who have consistently achieved at the highest level within the equestrian world, and made a significant contribution to the equestrian industry through their work.
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Generous about lending her beauty and presence to highlight equestrian competitions and fundraisers, she appeared at The Longines Masters of Los Angeles in 2014; and presented trophies to award winners as Chair of the Jury for the 2015 FEI Awards. Initiated by HRH Princess Haya during her tenure as FEI President, the awards honor the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes, or who have overcome huge challenges to participate in equestrian sport; and in 2015 Ms. Derek presented one of them to Rancho Santa Fe’s own Eddie Garcia Luna, longtime devoted groom to dressage champion Steffen Peters. Above: Portrait of Bo Derek; Left: One of the most famous images of Bo Derek in “10”
Ms. Derek was appointed to the California Racing Commission in 2008, and continued to serve until her retirement in 2015. She also chaired the commission’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, a position from which she could further pursue her dedication to horse welfare. Both positions require appointment by the Governor, and Senate confirmation. Equestrian Almanac is honored to have had the opportunity to learn more about this incredible woman who represents true beauty inside and out. Equestrian Almanac: Clearly horses have been an important part of your life. Can you tell us a little about how and when you fell in love with them? Bo Derek: I think I was born loving them. And if science ever looks into it, I believe they would find that there is a genetic code that predisposes some of us to have an affinity for horses. EA: Did you ride as a child? If yes, can you tell us about your horse experience then? BD: I grew up in the suburbs of Southern California and didn’t have much access to horses until the girl down the street got a sweet gelding. To help pay her board bill, she would charge the local kids 10 cents to ride up and down the block. It wasn’t long before I became her helper in grooming, giving rides, anything she wanted – just so I could be around “Archibald.” EA: You are an accomplished rider. What type of riding do you do now? How often do you get the chance to ride? BD: I’ve been fortunate enough to have ridden most breeds and styles, and was taught by Angel and Rafael Peralta – world renowned Spanish horsemen. So I’ve developed my own very easy style of riding which combines a bit of everything I’ve learned. I ride Lusitano horses, in a Western or an English saddle. My horses are all trained in high-school dressage, but I don’t compete – I like to go out and play. EA: You seem to appreciate horses in sport – what are your favorite horse sports and why? BD: I truly love horse racing, and believe that of all the different disciplines we ask of horses, racing
is the most natural and puts the least amount of domination and pressure on their spirit. EA: When did you start following horse racing? What’s your involvement? BD: I was introduced to racing at the Kentucky Derby and I was hooked. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the sport, from the horses themselves, to the colors and the excitement. I realize that there are some bad actors in every aspect of equestrian sport, from pony rides to the Olympics, but it didn’t take me long to realize the care, attention, and love that racehorses receive. EA: You did a lot for horse welfare in California racing during your tenure as a member of the racing commission. What were some of your causes? Was it difficult to make changes? BD: It was difficult, but so rewarding. I was able to work on horse welfare issues from the inside of the industry. I took very seriously my appointment as Racing Commissioner, and did my best to study every issue, to include everyone in the discussion, and in the end I do feel I was part of making some important changes. From performance enhancing drugs to restricting the use of the whip – even the construction of the whip. I’m most proud of the change to the Claiming rule that voids a claim if a horse is injured or lame at the end of a race. This takes any incentive out of running a compromised horse. Racing people are very passionate; the rules can be over 100 years old and full of tradition, so change doesn’t come easily. (Note: ‘Claiming races,’ in Thoroughbred racing tend to attract lower-level horses that might not be capable of running in the big classic races. In a claiming race, a price is set prior to the race, and until just before the race is run, any of the horses entered can be bought for that price. The change to the rule that Ms. Derek spearheaded was made because a few unscrupulous trainers, in order to be rid of a lame or injured horse, would administer painkillers to mask the problem, and hope that the horse was claimed (purchased). California has led the way, as the only state so far to pass a rule that requires all horses to be examined post-race by the track veterinarian; if the horse is unsound, the claim is voided.) Bo Derek | 53
EA: Of the philanthropic causes you support, which ones involve horses? BD: I work with The Animal Welfare Institute on ending horse slaughter in the U.S. Also the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and the California Retirement Management Account. (The latter two are dedicated to helping retired thoroughbred racehorses find a home). EA: What are some philanthropic goals you’d like
to accomplish going forward, both those related to horses, and in other realms like WildAid?
BD: I am a strong believer in WildAid. They have accomplished so much in the 15 years that I have been working with them. WildAid is the only wildlife conservation group that focuses on reducing demand for wild animals for human consumption. Their slogan says it all: ‘When the buying stops, the killing can, too.’ It’s a highly effective organization. For nine years, I had the honor to serve as Honorary Chair of the VA’s special rehabilitation events for disabled veterans. I will always be devoted to these brave men and women who sacrifice so much. Clearly committed to a number of causes, Bo Derek exemplifies giving back. She is a “10” on many levels, and we are honored to have featured her in this issue of Equestrian Almanac.
Above: Bo Derek with partner and fellow star, John Corbett; Below: Bo Derek at the Longines FEI Awards Gala, where she presented trophies to award winners as Chair of the Jury for the 2015 FEI Awards
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MARES THAT RULE THE
SHOW RING by Jackie McFarland & Pam Maley
In a past issue of Equestrian Almanac we featured a sampling of talented stallions. So in this issue we felt the equine female deserved recognition. We interviewed the riders of three extraordinary mares – each has an abundance of talent and courage, and her own special quirks; and each rider has managed to find the key that makes their mare tick. Australian Chris Chugg talks about Cristalline, the marvelous mare who took him to the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup Final. Chris is a 5-time Australian Show Jumping Champion, a 4-time World Cup Final representative, and was a member of the Australian team at the 2010 WEG. International equestrian, philanthropist, author, and mom to 3-year-old Jasper, American Georgina Bloomberg tells us more about Lilli. After topping a competitive field in the CSI3* Adequan Grand Prix in Wellington the pair brought home a bronze medal at last summer’s Pan American Games. Kelly McKnight, who owns and runs McFarm in Pescadero, California, spoke about Zan Chin, who is consistently showing her unbridled talent. Finding the key to Zan Chin’s happiness has made for an unusual choice of tack. Involved in the sport
from the ground up, Kelly is known for his work with young horses, and is the YJC West Coast Representative. We would like to tip our hat to some other truly spectacular females that have achieved amazing feats in the show ring. Chela LS and Ashlee Bond were a force in the 2014 AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, Reed Kessler’s mare Cylana went from an unknown to an international phenom in 2011, and continues to impress. Molly Malone and Bertram Allen have posted several wins including the 2014 Alltech FEI WEG Speed Round, and the spicy Lintea Tequila started off the 2016 Global Champions Tour with a win in Miami for Edwina Tops-Alexander. The wonder woman HH Azur floats like a butterfly with McLain Ward aboard. The pair have been unstoppable, and will be in Rio representing the USA at the 2016 Olympic Games. Mares That Rule | 59
Cristalline Stella YEA R O F B IRT H: 2008 BREED: Bavarian S IRE: Cristallo I DA M: Mona Lisa DA M S I R E: Caretello B BIRT HP L A CE : Southern Germany OWNER : Gabrielle Kuna RID ER S : Gabrielle Kuna & Chris Chugg BA RN N A M E :
When Purchased/Experience before purchase: My partner Gabi purchased Cristalline as a just turned 5-year-old in January 2013. She was very green and hadn’t done any showing, so she was a blank canvas for Gabi to paint.
Best aspect of the mare’s personality: She is an absolute sweetheart – not a bad bone in her body.
Best aspect of the mare’s rideability: She is 110% on the job and focused all the time, super rideable, and she has been this way since day one. She is also a very tough competitor; you never feel anything is too big or too much to ask of her. You never feel you are on a horse that’s only 8 years old; it’s like she has been there and done it all before.
Most memorable show ring moment: For me, definitely the World Cup final 2016 in Gothenburg; and for my partner Gabi (who is Cristalline’s usual rider), winning the biggest World Cup qualifier in Australia on her as a 7-year-old in December 2015.
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Most memorable moment overall –
a quiet moment, a riding moment... I think for both Gabi and me, just having the privilege of having Cristalline in our lives. She is Gabi’s horse of a lifetime and she gets treated like that. She is a total goddess in our eyes.
After the summer, what’s the next goal? We will just have to see what happens. It was never really the plan to compete her as the number one horse at the World Cup final, but my stallion didn’t travel well, so he was still a bit flat from the trip over from Australia.
Will she/has she been bred?
some details... We have done embryo transfers with her already. She has two yearlings/rising 2-year-olds on the ground: one by Emerald and one by an old Grand Prix stallion of mine that I sold to the USA, called Conquistador. And she has another two due at the end of this year; another by Emerald, and one by my stallion Cera Cassiago (Cassini 1 X Carthago). Chris Chugg and Cristalline at the 2016 World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden; Photo © EqSol
Lilli 2004 B R EED: Danish Sport Horse SI R E: LeFevre DA M : Dayreen DA M SI R E: Diamir B I RTHPLA CE: Germany Y EA R
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When Purchased/Experience before purchase: She was being shown at the 1.40m level as an 8-year-old in Germany, and Dietmar Gugler was interested in having her as a sales horse. I was low on horses that year, so we decided to buy her together. We thought I would show her in Wellington that season since I needed a 1.50m horse to take to the ring, and then we would sell her together after the season. She just kept getting better and better with every class, and was consistently clear every time she jumped. I didn’t love her when I first rode her; she was slow and heavy and I had a hard time with her mouth. But I couldn’t find a reason to sell her, no matter how hard I tried! We had a few offers on her that I considered, but at the time I really needed a horse to be showing at the 1.50m level and couldn’t justify selling. Now I am very grateful that I didn’t.
Best aspect of the mare’s personality: She is very low-key and easy going. She just really wants to sit in a field and eat all day, but has accepted that she is too talented to do that right now. She knows her job and tries her heart out every time she goes in the ring.
Best aspect of the mare’s rideability: Her scope and carefulness. She is a tricky horse to ride sometimes, and can pull me deep to jumps, but thankfully she has the talent to get out of the
Most memorable show ring moment: Winning my first Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix in Florida in 2015. We went last in the jump off, and she isn’t a fast horse, but something came together for us that night and we sped around and won.
Most memorable moment overall –
a quiet moment, a riding moment... I will always cherish the fact that Lilli was my horse for last summer’s Pan Am Games and helped the US team win a bronze medal. It was my first championship, and to come home with a medal was a dream come true. When I first started riding her I never thought I would be taking her to a championship or winning Grand Prix’s with her but we worked really hard together and she has kept surprising me with what she can accomplish.
After the summer, what’s the next goal? This fall I will be trying to qualify for the World Cup Finals and competing in many of the qualifiers, so Lilli will be a big part of that effort. Georgina Bloomberg and Lilli; Photo © Noelle Floyd
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Zan Chin Zani or Zuki YEA R O F B IRT H: 2005 BREED: Dutch Warmblood S IRE: Chin Chin DA M: Safrane de Messiteri DA M S I R E: Caretello B BIRT HP L A CE : Holland OWNER : Jane Hind RID ER S : Kelly McKnight BA RN N A M E :
When Purchased/Experience before purchase: My wife, Sheila and I picked her out in Ireland and imported her in July 2011 as a six-year-old. She had done a little foxhunting and attended a couple of schooling shows but hadn’t done much, really. I tried her over there and bought her the day before they took her to her first ‘real show.’
Best aspect of the mare’s personality: Her cycle predictability – she’s calm and easy going for two weeks, crazy for a week then paranoid for another. She can be as doe-eyed as they get… but she does cycle, and she’s always right on schedule.
Best aspect of the mare’s rideability: She takes you to the jumps – in a halter! Let her at ‘em! Get on a gallop and don’t take back – just adjust in the line. She sees the quickest route, and likes to take it. That’s what makes her a great speed horse!
Most memorable show ring moment: Falling off during the win picture? Once, after winning the speed derby at Woodside, they tried to pin the ribbon onto her halter and she spooked, and spun me off ! Actually the first time I had success in the show ring after switching to the halter was memorable. I was at Sonoma Horse Park for the classic on Sunday. I was taking a lot of 62 | Mares That Rule
heat about my choice of tack, and Buddy Brown was the only one suggesting they wait before they talk. I thought it was 1.20m, but had been set at 1.40m (my mistake!). She was jumping so well in the warm up, I decided to go for it. And she was fabulous.
Most memorable moment overall –
a quiet moment, a riding moment... Discovering that she would go better in a halter. I had tried every bit I had or could borrow, and every bitless contraption; someone even sent me one from Tasmania! I trail rode her one day in an old nylon halter and a frayed cotton lead rope, and got back to the ring and just tried it. She was better than ever! I love this mare – fun to ride and to try to figure out!
After the summer, what’s the next goal? I would love to win the Gary Ryman Memorial pick your own line class at Menlo. We’ll go back to Blenheim for Scarlett’s Derby in September, and hopefully finish with the Foxfield Derby in October. We do hope to take her to Canada for a run up there sometime – maybe 2018.
Will she/has she been bred?
Some details... Zan Chin is in foal to Valentino Z, due to foal next April. We went for some Darko bloodlines to cross onto the Chin Chin. We would love to get a bit more scope and size but hold onto the fire! Kelly McKnight & Zan Chin; Photo © Alden Corrigan
Chela LS 2004 B R EED: SLS (La Silla) SI R E: Fergar Mail DA M : Elisa LS La Silla DA M SI R E: Dollar Dela Pierre Y EA R
B I RTH:
B I RTHPLA CE:
La Silla in Monterey, Mexico OWNER: Little Valley Farm RIDER: Ashlee Meeus Bond
When Purchased/Experience before purchase: Spruce Meadows 2013 – she had done some grand prix classes with Simon Nizri.
Best aspect of the mare’s personality: She’s a typical fiery cranky chestnut mare (redhead). She does love attention but only if you ask permission – she will tell you when you can touch her and play with her.
Best aspect of the mare’s rideability: Chela drags me around the course and she is extremely careful. She’s very strong, hot, and sensitive, and she loves to jump. I try to work with her, not against her, allowing her to go at her pace, and then asking her to adjust as needed. My dad does a lot of flatwork at home which really helps her to be more adjustable.
Most memorable show ring moment: When I won the 2014 AIG Million Grand Prix, it was probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in my career. Other than my dad and I, only Simon Nizri believed Chela could jump big tracks. We proved that she truly is a world class horse capable of jumping challenging tracks with plenty of scope. On top of that, we were fast and clean in the jump-off, beating top riders like Todd Minikus, Beezie Madden and Nayel Nassar – that was an incredible feeling.
I have to say that winning the 2014 Liege 3* GP in Belgium, beating yet another world-ranked veteran, John Whitaker, ranks up there as a monumental moment too. He had laid down a time that people thought couldn’t be beat. I had to be conservative around the first roll back because that’s what Chela needed, so I knew I had to make up time everywhere else. And we did it – barely! Winning in Europe with the cheering crowds and the quality of riders was truly a great honor. And Chela proved once again that this little fiery redhead can win when up against top horses.
Most memorable moment overall –
a quiet moment, a riding moment... Going for our trail rides in the forest at the farm in Belgium where we stabled. She was able to relax and enjoy being a horse, which I love.
After the summer, what’s the next goal? Well I’m having a baby in October, so the plan is that hopefully Chela and I will start back at Thermal together. She is an incredible mare and if all goes well the sky’s the limit!
Will she/has she been bred?
Some details... We just bred her to Contifino. We pulled two eggs from Chela and put them into two recipient mares that are due to foal next February. We are very excited about it! Ashlee Meeus Bond & Chela LS; Photo © Flying Horse
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Rancho Santa Fe’s New Show Jumping Star is Epic B Y PA M M A L E Y
It’s been quite a year for Epic Stables and Canadian Chris Pratt. Following the HITS Thermal Winter circuit, where he piloted three different horses to wins in four Grand Prix events – including the $350,000 CSI5* Grand Prix, the top international show jumper moved his Epic Stables to the beautifully renovated, state of the art Edal Ranch, in Rancho Santa Fe.
orn in Toronto, Pratt has represented Canada in World Equestrian Games and Nations’ Cup competitions, and successfully trained horses and riders for decades. A show jumping force on the West Coast, in 2007 Pratt opened Epic Stables with his wife Jen in Lake View Terrace, CA. Relocation suits him, as Pratt is already one of Rancho Santa Fe’s shining show jumping stars. Aboard his impressive young mount Concorde, Pratt led the victory gallop in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar in early May before a raucous and appreciative home crowd. The pair 64 | Chris Pratt
put in an impressive jump-off, with Jack Hardin Towell and Flip close behind, the only two double clears of the evening. Clearly Pratt’s goal of once again representing Canada in major games competition is gaining momentum. Whether winning in his new hometown or on the international stage, his list of accolades is growing and his show schedule is full. E P I C S TA B L E S Equestrian Almanac: Tell us more about
Epic Stables and your team.
Chris Pratt: My wife and I started Epic Stables in 2008 after I had ridden for Richard Spooner
for a year, and my wife had been managing the stable for Eric Lamaze. We’ve surrounded ourselves with the best grooms, vets, and blacksmiths from the area, and now have the finest facility to work from.
of that level. Part of the summer show schedule includes showing at Spruce Meadows, always challenging and competitive, I look forward to bringing the horses to that facility. YOUR HORSES AND OWNERS EA: Who is on your current string – a bit
EA: Tell us more about your new location
and the plans going forward.
CP: Edal Ranch was created by Eddy Sepul and his wife Alessandra to be the finest training facility on the West Coast. They have built the best in everything from the footing, to the stables, to the lounge – you should see the bathrooms! I’ll be basing my business there, with a select few clients, and be focusing on producing and competing with international goals. I’ll compete in California, but also on the East Coast, Canada and a few shows in Europe each year. I currently have some horses with a partner in Holland that I like to keep an eye on. EA: As a Canadian rider living and competing in the US, what are your Canadian goals? CP: I’d really like to be on the 2018 World Equestrian Games Canadian team, as it is being hosted by Bromont, Quebec. Since it is an Olympic level competition, I’m preparing horses for it now. It’s imperative to plan ahead for a goal
about each one?
CP: Cruise, who is 16 years old this year and just made it back to the Grand Prix ring after three years off due to an injury, was recently diagnosed with a stone in his bladder. He needed to have this surgically removed and will be out for at least the next 3–4 months. He won a grand prix in Thermal this year and is owned by long time supporter Sue Geliebter of Indigo Farms. Quirky but talented, Cruise keeps me on my toes. Concorde is a 9 year old Dutch Warmblood by Valiant. I currently own him with two partners and he’s a horse I’ll be aiming towards the top of the sport. He’s won three grand prix classes this year so far. Contessa is another 9 year old, a beautiful mare that is currently at a lower level, but has the biggest heart and is very careful. I own her together with Jan Verellen in Holland.
We’ve surrounded ourselves with the best grooms, vets, and blacksmiths from the area, and now have the ﬁnest facility to work from.
Photo © Amy McCool
EA: You and Concorde were brilliant in the Del Mar Grand Prix. What clinched the win in that jump-off?
CP: Thank you. I went as fast as Concorde was ready for. He’s still learning and I’m still in the production stage of his career. I don’t think he came close to even touching a pole! EA: How long have you been riding Concorde?
CP: I bought him as a 6 year old but left him in Holland to learn more. It’s much less expensive to bring horses along there. I showed him at some nice 2* and 3* shows in Europe last year, and imported him in October. EA: Tell us a bit more about his way of going and his personality.
CP: Concorde’s a Dutch warmblood by Valiant, who is by For Pleasure. He’s very brave, very scopey, and very careful, which, in my mind, are the three most important ingredients to be a top 66 | Chris Pratt
horse. He’s also the sweetest horse to care for and loves people, which makes him a favorite! This year I’ll continue to give him more experience at the best shows I can. I’ve started to push him a bit in the jump-off rounds, and he is responding well. Winning suits him (and me!). We’ll travel to Vancouver and Calgary this summer, and possibly go to some nice shows in Europe, before returning for the fall circuit in California. EA: Are you accepting new clients at your facility in Rancho Santa Fe?
CP: Yes, ones with similar goals and who appreciate this magnificent facility! It’s been such a pleasure to train out of Edal Ranch. I look forward to every day. Equestrian Almanac wishes Chris Pratt and Epic Stables all the best in their new Rancho Santa Fe location at Edal Ranch and their 2018 World Equestrian Games goal. We have plans to visit and feature Edal Ranch in a future issue.
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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 nationâ€™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.
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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.
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C L O U D 9 FAR MS Home of Peter Petschenig Show Jumpers 41955 Calle Corriente | Murrieta, CA 92562 714.883.2017
Cloud 9 Farms is a state-of-the-art equestrian facility owned by Pam Bilek. The Southern California location is in the midst of a thriving Equestrian Community, in Murrieta, California overlooking the beautiful Santa Rosa Plateau area. This is a quiet, serene, environment where your horse will receive not only exceptional care, but can also receive exceptional training as Cloud 9 is the home of Peter Petschenig Show Jumpers. The immaculate facility offers the best in feed, security and overall accommodations. Facility features include: • 125 x 250 jumping arena with GGT footing • 27 oversized stalls (12 x 16 & 16 x 16) all with Comfort Footing • 4 grooming/wash racks with warm water • GPS controlled lighting & sound system • 60’ round-pen • Hot-walker with rubberpavers • 4 one acre irrigated pastures
• 3 irrigated turn-outs 95 x 200 • Alfalfa, orchard fed 3 times daily • Incredible trail system on the Santa Rosa Plateau • Dust- free pine shavings or straw for broodmares
• Video surveillance in every stall with wifi so you can check-on your horse via the internet
“Cloud 9 Farms is a state-of-the-art equestrian facility.” R A N C H O R I D I NG CLUB 16924 Ramblas de Las Flores | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.2923 ranchoridingclub.com
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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Adri Carrillo Wind Horse is an equestrian brand created by a rider for riders. Its main focus is aimed at ﬁt, comfort, and style for both horse and rider so all you have to do is focus on performance. Equestrian Almanac: When did you start the company and what was your inspiration to start it? Adri Carrillo: I started two years ago knitting bonnets for my horses. After a while, people started asking me for bonnets for their own horses. One thing led to another, and now I’m designing Wind Horse’s ﬁrst clothing line to be out very soon… Wait for it! EA: How did you get the background and skills necessary to run this type of business? AC: I started working in the fashion industry at a very young age. I had the opportunity to do everything from modeling to makeup artistry. I also have a double degree in Fashion Marketing and Communications. Riding had always been a dream of mine and about 8 years ago, I was able to make it happened. Wind Horse is the result of all of it combined.
EA: How do you distinguish yourself and how are you unique from other companies that make bonnets, saddle pads, etc? AC: Through my years and experience in the fashion industry, I have developed a unique sense of style and fashion. And my experience riding horses has given me the tools necessary to understand the needs of the horse and rider. Not only are the products nice and stylish, but also functional and comfortable for both rider and horse. EA: What skills and talents do you think make you even more successful as a business owner? AC: I have a very creative business mind and I’m also not afraid to fail. I believe every fail brings you closer to your success and the impossible is just a bit more difﬁcult. I think there is no bigger proof for this than equestrianism. EA: How are you growing and what are your goals for the company over the next 3-5 years? AC: I have big plans for Wind Horse. Currently I’m working on a clothing line, I can’t say much right now, but I promise you will love it. In the meanwhile, you can ﬁnd fully customizable, 100% hand made Wind Horse bonnets and top of the line Wind Horse saddle pads.
You can ﬁnd Wind Horse products on our website www.windhorse.co or with Monica at the EQU Lifestyle Boutique. You might even spot me at some show and if you do, please feel free to come up to me with any questions, orders, or just to say hi. Wind Horse proudly supports this great cause...
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Meet Some Cool
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by Jackie McFarland & Lexie Looker
rowing up in the California sunshine is good for the equestrian soul. In past issues we have profiled California girls, California guys, and in this piece we profile six talented California kids.
barn life. With ages from nine to eighteen, some are earning their first accolades while others are soon stepping out of the ‘junior’ division. They have all experienced the taste of victory, and learned valuable lessons from defeat.
All equestrians, of course, each is bright-eyed and bold, with a love for horses, competition and the
We asked each of them to share in their own words a few things about themselves and their experiences. California Kids | 77
Small but mighty, Shiloh is about as tall as the jumps in the large pony ring. Becoming a solid pony citizen, she has HO M E: Corona, California logged plenty of miles in the show ring this season and has a goal of competing TRAINER: Nick Haness, Hunterbrook Farms back east at the Capital Challenge Horse Show. She shares her passion for horses with her mom, Shari. AGE:
ɝ (riding as an 8-year-old)
Her trainer, Nick, grew up riding in the California sun and was one of our ‘California Boys’ in the 2015 Summer Issue. After a decade as a professional rider and trainer, he has added a long list of accolades both with his clients and his own time in the show ring. Most recently he was Champion on a horse named Technicolor in the First Year Green Division at the prestigious Devon Horse Show.
T E L L U S A B O U T. . .
Your first show: My very first horse show was on August 21, 2011 and I was 4 years old. It was a lead line class on a pony named JJ. My first show doing walk trot was at Thermal in 2014. The next week I watched the older girls doing the cross rails, so I wanted to do it, too. So my second week at Thermal, I rode in the cross rails and got good ribbons and then during the third week, I was reserve champion! The first time you fell off: I was on my pony Savannah and I was cantering. It was the first time my dad came to watch me after I learned to canter. Savannah decided to make a sharp turn and I fell off the other side into the mud. I have fallen off my ponies a lot, but I think it makes me a better rider. Your best equestrian memory: My best pony memory just happened in June when I won my very first Pony Hunter Classic out of 27 riders and I got my highest score ever in the second round, which was an 87.
They all follow me around in the grass pasture. They always want to play with me. I love that! Competing? I really like to watch other riders and learn ways I can become a better rider. I also love hanging out with all my friends at the show and getting to know new people. W H AT A R E Y O U R G O A L S FOR THIS YEAR?
My goals are to get my WCHR points and be in the top 3 in my region. I also want to compete in WCHR Small Ponies at Capital Challenge. I hope I can place in the top 8 – that would be cool. I wanted to go to Pony Finals this year because I qualified, but I think next year I will be even more ready to compete there. WHO IS YOUR EQUESTRIAN IDOL?
I LOVE Flexible and Rich Fellers. Definitely my jumper ring idols. I also watch John French ride when I can, he’s an icon in the hunter world. Of course my trainer Nick is pretty awesome too.
FAV O R I T E PA R T A B O U T. . .
Horses or ponies? My favorite thing is playing with my ponies. 78 | California Kids
Shiloh and Buzzworthy (black pony); Shiloh and Heavenly Patch of Blue; photos © Laura Wasserman
Stella Wasserman A GE :
Los Angeles, California T R A IN E R : Archie Cox, Brookway Stables
Stella has made a stamp on the pony world but isn’t stopping there. She is also competing on horses. Her mother Laura is also an avid competitor, and the mother-daughter team are often seen cheering each other on at the back gate. Originally from the east coast, Archie Cox came to California to work for Karen Healey, and went off on his own several years later when he opened Brookway Stables. From the west coast to the east, his horses and clients have earned countless championships at major shows, including Devon, Harrisburg, Washington and the prestigious National Horse Show. T E L L U S A B O U T. . .
Your first show: I did the lead line at Flintridge on my mom’s horse Quality Time. The first time you fell off: I was two years old and was riding a horse named Jimmy Choo. He tripped at the trot and I fell off. Your best equestrian memory: Getting my pony ‘Trill.’ My parents said that he was a pony for me to catch ride. Then I saw his nameplate on my bridle and it said Trillville. My parents had surprised me and bought him! My most memorable horse show experience was at Menlo of 2015. I had a great show and was champion in almost every division. It was a super fun and exciting horse show week.
Competing? Getting to hang out with the kids I’m showing against. W H AT A R E Y O U R G O A L S FOR THIS YEAR?
To do the 3'3" Junior Hunters. I’m also looking forward to Pony Finals and Indoors. I really just want to have a fun-filled year. WHO IS YOUR EQUESTRIAN IDOL?
My idol and role model is Lucy Davis. She is a great rider and is an inspiration to me.
Good choice, she is representing the USA in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio! And note, Stella’s trainer Archie Cox trained Lucy as a junior, and Lucy was one of the California Girls featured in Equestrian Almanac’s inaugural issue!
FAV O R I T E PA R T A B O U T. . .
Horses or ponies? Their different personalities.
Right to left: Stella and Trillville, photo © Laura Wasserman; Stella and Blueberry Hill with trainer Archie Cox, photo © McCool
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Katalina Rickard A G E:
ɕɕ (riding as a 10-year-old)
Sherman Oaks, California T RA INER : Kate Considine (her mom), Willow Brook Stables H OME :
A fixture on the West Coast horse show scene since she was a baby, Kata takes her time in the saddle very seriously. An animal lover, she adores all creatures large and small; she loves petting, grooming and riding the ponies, and just started competing a little over a year ago. Kata’s mom Kate is well known in the hunter circles for her role in the success of a number of southern California pony, junior and amateur riders over the last fifteen years. She and Kata have developed a close bond and share a love for animals and horse shows. T E L L U S A B O U T. . .
Your first show: The first memory I have showing was at Wellington. We were there for the winter circuit with Hannah (Goodson-Cutt) who rides at the barn. I got to show a pony named Home at Last in the walk trot. I remember because in the second class another kid fell off and her pony was running around the arena and going crazy. I was very proud of Hal, who stood there perfectly and took good care of me! We won two classes and were champion in the walk trot division that week at Wellington in 2011. The first time you fell off: I rode a horse my mom had at the barn named Special. I was 6 years old, and I was on him by myself. Some crazy squirrels ran across the ring and spooked him. I slid down his leg and fell off as he spun. The worst part about the experience was that my friend was there watching me! Your most memorable show experience: My most memorable show experience was at Capital Challenge of 2015. I showed in a small hurricane, the weather was terrible. My pony, Elite Hollywood Smoke, and I received a score of 85! I was ecstatic because that was the highest score I had ever gotten at that point. It was the 80 | California Kids
best feeling to get such a great score amongst all the best ponies and riders in the country. FAV O R I T E PA R T A B O U T. . .
Horses or ponies? Riding and jumping – jumping is the most fun thing ever! I also like cuddling with them when they are in their stalls lying down. Competing? My favorite part of competition would be when I know I’ve done everything correctly. When I finish the last jump and the last lead change and I know I can be proud of both myself and my pony.
W H AT A R E Y O U R G O A L S FOR THIS YEAR?
My goal is to qualify for indoors and compete with the best. WHO IS YOUR EQUESTRIAN IDOL?
Katie Gardner because she rides so beautifully, wins a lot, works hard and is also a nice person. This page: Kata is Champion at Sonoma, photo courtesy of Kate Considine; Kata and Elite Hollywood Smoke, photo © Laura Wasserman; Opposite: Hannah and Asombro, Hannah and her pug Sprout, photo © Luis C. Montiel
Hannah Loly AGE : HO M E:
Rancho Santa Fe, California T R A I NE R : Keri Potter
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T E L L U S A B O U T. . .
Your first show: My first show was at Showpark, doing walk-trot on my paint pony Rocky. He was my first pony, and he had a bit of a tendency to be naughty. The first time you fell off: The first time I fell off was during a lunge line lesson in the round pen on Rocky. He spooked and I fell. Thankfully he was careful not to step on me, so a rope burn on my neck from the lunge line was my only injury. Your best equestrian memory: I have a few I want to mention. At the end of our lease with Asombro, I got the hang of it and we started jumping clear rounds. I know that he was trying very hard to jump clear over the jumps, whether I was deep or long (and I was both), and I’m so glad we decided to buy him! I was so happy when I won the final round of the $25,000 1.10m class at Del Mar International on my horse Quaya Plaisir. I did a fist pump in the air but then drew it down to pat my horse because she was so good. And of course, my 22-year-old pony cannot be left out of the mix, he was a very special gift for my tenth birthday.
Hannah and her mom, Melanie Brooks, have been riding together for many years. At age thirteen, Hannah and her mount Asombro competed in their first grand prix this spring. On a winding track with a tight time, they were one of only four pairs to finish without any rails, scoring just three time faults. Keri Potter came to California at age 7, but she had already fallen in love with horses at her grandfather’s Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, FL. A successful junior rider, she honed her skills while living in Belgium, taking advantage of the abundant opportunities to ride and show. Returning to California a handful of years ago, she continues to compete as well as train clients to succeed in the show ring.
FAV O R I T E PA R T A B O U T. . .
Horses or ponies? One of my favorite things about horses is that all they need is a pat, or a treat, and they are your friend. And it’s a friendship that is unbreakable. Whether you miss a distance, or pull on their mane over a fence, they will still be your friend; and they will always try their best. Competing? My favorite part about showing is meeting new people. When you go to a horse show, you know that everybody there is home; they are among horses and dogs, friends and competitors. To any rider, that is a place they can call home.
W H AT A R E Y O U R G O A L S FOR THIS YEAR?
My main goal for this year is to prepare for Young Riders next year. At the Blenheim June Classic, I competed in a Young Riders class so that I could get a feel for it. It was much less stressful than I imagine it will be next year when I’m trying to make the team. WHO IS YOUR EQUESTRIAN IDOL?
My top two equestrian idols are Susie Hutchison and Michelle Rodal because they both display such a good attitude about the sport. California Kids | 81
Gabriella Cinquini AGE :
Dana Point, California John Bragg, Bridgeport Farms
HO M E:
A successful junior competitor beginning in the pony divisions and carrying on to the junior hunters, Gabriella Cinquini has always been motivated to consistently improve in the show ring. Kind, caring and always wearing a smile, ‘Gaby’ takes the sport seriously while having fun. Top hunter rider and trainer John Bragg has owned Bridgeport Farms for over a decade. With years of success under his belt, Bragg continues to win in the open divisions with gorgeous horses, in addition to training juniors and amateurs to be at the top of their game.
T E L L U S A B O U T. . .
Your first show: My first show was a county show in San Juan where I did walk trot on my first pony, Sparkle. The first time you fell off: My first fall was when I was 2 years old. My mom was leading a horse on a trail ride and my dog ran out of the bushes and the horse spooked. I fell on gravel and had cuts everywhere! Your best equestrian memory: My best memory riding is when I was about 8 or 9. I used to board my pony, Sparkle, at a riding facility, and my best friend and I would tie our stirrups like the jockeys did and race our ponies on the track. My favorite horse show memory would have to be last year at Capital Challenge where Coffeetalk and I were champion in the junior hunters. We ended up winning both the stake and the handy on the second day of the division – it all happened so quickly! Everyone was so excited because Coffeetalk, even at 19 years old, was having so much fun and it was just a really great way to end the year. 82 | California Kids
FAV O R I T E PA R T A B O U T. . .
Horses or ponies? My favorite thing about horses is how they give their best effort no matter what. I have a very close bond with my horses that I cherish greatly. Competing? My favorite thing about showing is working toward bettering myself as a rider. I also love being able to see my friends at the shows. Spending time with them is always fun.
W H AT A R E Y O U R G O A L S FOR THIS YEAR?
I’ll be heading to indoors and Menlo which are all some of my favorite shows, and I would love to do well over there! My goal for this year is to do my best regardless of winning or losing, and to have fun! WHO IS YOUR EQUESTRIAN IDOL?
I would have to say Beezie Madden – she is such a beautiful rider!
This page: Gaby and West Street, photo © Grace Tuton Photography; Gaby and Coffeetalk, photo © McCool; Opposite: Nina and Airwalk, photo © Katie Browne; Nina and Cassie, photo © ESI
Nina Vogel AGE :
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After joining the Far West Farms family nearly seven years ago, Nina found her riding â€˜homeâ€™. She has excelled in the hunter and equitation disciplines but seeks to begin making her mark in the jumper ring. Deciding to take a gap year, she will attend Dartmouth College in the fall of 2017. It is a true family affair at Far West, with several members of the Karazissis family contributing to its success. Nina explained that with the wisdom of Nick K, the support of Cassandra K, and the guidance of Kost and Jenny K, she has acquired irreplaceable knowledge and experience for which she will forever be grateful. The FWF team has provided her with excellent opportunities and fostered her hunger for improvement and success.
T E L L U S A B O U T. . .
Your first show: I started riding at a barn that had a big lesson program with school horses and camp. They hosted shows twice a year for the students. My first show was there; I rode an enormous draft horse named Annie, and was 6th out of 6. I like to think Iâ€™ve learned since then. The first time you fell off: I was riding in a Bernie Traurig clinic, and there was loud construction next door. When the workers started to saw or drill something, Fritz, the large pony I was riding, bucked and I did a full flip in the air before landing on the ground. I donâ€™t remember which part of my body I landed on, but I got back on and finished the clinic. Your most memorable show experience: Making the second round for the top 25 at Maclay finals in Kentucky last year was a very special experience, as was my first double clear in the 1.35 jumper classic at Thermal this year. I was riding a horse that was new to me and notoriously hot. I spent a lot of time on the horse, flatting him and getting to understand his nervousness. We ended up being Grand Circuit Champion in the Medium Junior
Jumpers. To me, it represented the epitome of what I love about riding. FAV O R I T E PA R T A B O U T. . .
Horses or ponies? I love developing relationships with the horses while on their backs. I find each horse has a set of quirks that I have to familiarize myself with, and in working through those quirks, I not only maximize what I can accomplish with the horse but what kind of connection I can foster. Competing? I love being in a pressured situation where you have to think on your feet, problem solve, and plan, all while testing the skills youâ€™ve practiced so thoroughly. Even when thereâ€™s disappointment, Iâ€™ve learned. I love every part of showing â€“ the people, the process, the problems, and, of course, the success.
W H AT A R E Y O U R G O A L S FOR THIS YEAR?
I want to continue getting catch rides and having success with my own horse, Jamestown. I also want to keep moving into the jumper ring. WHO IS YOUR EQUESTRIAN IDOL?
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In our practice we emphasize wellness and preventative healthcare to achieve optimal performance for the equine athlete. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness, although our primary concern is the comfort and wellbeing of our patients. At ABJ, we pride ourselves in our teamwork and superior customer service. We believe that a healthy horse begins with you, and therefore emphasize the importance of client education and proper husbandry. We are committed to excellence and dedicated to you and your horse. We strive to make this evident in our superior care, accessible staff, and advanced practices. Dr. McCabe graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from University of California Davis in 1974. She then went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the same institution before pursuing her career in veterinary medicine. Dr. McCabe received her DVM degree from The University of Georgia, graduating at the top of her class, Magna Cum Laude. After several externships in large and small animal medicine, Dr. McCabe set up her own private practice in Rancho Santa Fe, California. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Bob, and her dogs, Rockford & Luna. Her remaining free time is dedicated to her grandchildren, Olivia, Max, and her five horses.
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Dr. Mark Silvermanâ€™s Sporthorse Veterinary Services, premier equine veterinary practice located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, offers a unique combination of ambulatory service and clinic facilities. Dr. Silverman received his veterinary degree from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. Today he joins the art of classical horsemanship, cutting-edge therapeutics and the latest technological advancements to provide a well thought-out approach aimed to prepare the equine athlete for the rigors of performance. Dr. Silverman utilizes a wide array of diagnostic and treatment modalities including digital x-ray and ultrasound, shock wave therapy, acupuncture, IRAP, Tildren, and regenerative laser therapy. Our progressive practice serves northern San Diego County and southern Orange and Riverside Counties. Sporthorse Veterinary Services seeks to set the standard for equine veterinary care, helping both the horse and rider achieve their greatest potential. We maintain a balanced therapeutic approach, never losing site of the welfare of the horse in the pursuit of performance excellence.
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Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, nonprofit 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.
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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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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 specialty 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 four-legged family members and being able to embark on the next adventure with them.
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2 the R E S C U E AN ANIMAL SANCTUARY by Alexis Meadows
When most people get up before sunrise to go to work, it’s usually not to begin one full-time occupation before heading to another. But in Ilana Friedman’s case, she feeds, grooms, and cleans for a particularly special group before she leaves the house for her other ‘job.’
Just outside Friedman’s back door lie the many eager faces of 2 The Rescue Animal Sanctuary residents, a no-kill rescue and haven for animals in need of forever homes. She has made it her lifelong mission to rescue each and every animal from euthanasia at local shelters, from the smallest baby goat to elderly horses. “I have always been an advocate for animal welfare,” Friedman says. “I believe animals all over the world are treated as belongings, and that they don’t have a voice; so it is up to us to speak up for them.” THE SEED WAS PLANTED AND IS NOW BLOSSOMING
Growing up in South Africa, a country of exotic wildlife in its own right, Friedman was surrounded by an abundance of both animal life and love. Her family raised a mélange of pets, with typical household types like dogs and cats living in harmony with ducks, tortoises, parrots, and chickens. Frequent trips to South Africa’s largest game reserve, the Kruger National Park, further solidified her foundation of animal welfare support and appreciation, planting the initial seeds which would later blossom into 2 The Rescue Animal Sanctuary. Friedman finally saw her dream become a reality on October 22nd, 2014. As her son left for his first year of college, she found herself with a 94 | 2 The Rescue
window of opportunity during which, she laughs, “It was finally time to ‘put up or shut up!’ I had been saying for years that I wanted to start an animal rescue, and had reached a point where I needed to shake things up a little.” Operating out of Ramona, CA, 2 The Rescue’s hook is profoundly simple: “So no animals are euthanized unnecessarily.” Their mission is to be a driving force in the race to reduce and ultimately eliminate euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in California who simply need a forever home. The facility is situated on five rolling acres and provides a clean, protective environment in which Friedman’s rescues can re-adapt to – and often experience for the first time – a life of love and trust while preparing to find new homes. MAKING IT WORK FOR THE ANIMALS
And just where does she find the time and resources to keep the sanctuary going? Why, in between hours at her full-time job, of course. Friedman thinks nothing of starting her day before sunrise in order to prioritize all the needs of 2 The Rescue’s residents before she heads to work. “A typical day at the rescue starts at 5:45am. I head out to the stables to make breakfast for all the animals. Once breakfast is over all the animals are let out so they can roam freely. We then start cleaning, tending to the
animals’ organic vegetable garden, and socializing the animals,” Friedman says of the morning routine and her dedicated team of helpers. “After that, any maintenance, repairs, or odd jobs are completed throughout the day before we round up the animals for dinner and tuck them back in their homes. Everyone here has an individual stable or enclosure they sleep in at night that protects them from predators.” At 2 The Rescue, “everyone” is quite the lucky crowd. The rescue currently provides shelter and care for, among others, pot bellied pigs, a sheep, baby Boer goats, chickens, ducks, horses, and a 25-year-old African Sulcata tortoise soon to arrive from the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. In addition to its work with Helen Woodward, Friedman, a devoted equestrian, has also teamed up with equine welfare advocates and rescue groups. “We have recently partnered with Hicalibur Horse Rescue, a local rescue that goes to weekly horse auctions and tries to save as many horses from slaughter as possible. We will be both rescuing and fostering horses for them.”
current occupation and devote all her time to 2 The Rescue; a dream becoming more tangible through monetary and material donations as well as well as her continually expanding presence on the animal welfare front. Still not quite two years into the venture, Friedman has a positive outlook. “We are looking forward to a future that enables us to continuously make positive changes in animals’ lives daily, providing them with a safe, loving environment where they can thrive and live a peaceful existence. Our ultimate goal here at 2 The Rescue Animal Sanctuary, Inc. is to make a difference one animal at a time. We strongly believe every single animal life matters.” C O N TA C T:
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CONTINUING TO GROW
As the sanctuary and rescue center continues to grow, Friedman’s optimism for its future impact on California’s animal rescue world increases exponentially. She hopes to resign from her
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ONE The American Hanovarian Society’s 2016 STALLION INSPECTION CIENFUEGOS has been approved as an AHS Elite Stallion Free Jumping Technique: 9 Ability: 10 Total Jumping Score: 9.5
Contendro I - World’s Leading CIENFUEGOS Dec 8th 2010 - dark bay - Hann stallion: Hann, 16.3 H (Ridden by HAP HANSEN)
1997 - black brown - Holst Approved Stallion: Hann, Holst, Old, OS 2015 - 1st Rolex WBFSH Gipsy State Premium Mare 1994 - Hann Dam Of CODEX ONE Grandam of Contendros
Contender - Leading Sire 1984 - dark bay - Holst Approved stallion: KWPN, Hann, Holst, Old, Rhein, SF, SI Bravo - dam of Caretano Z 1987 - Holst Glückspilz 1987 - Hann Elfenmärchen 1988 - Hann
Sire: Contendro I (Holst 1997, black brown stallion by Contender) Approved for: Hann, Holst, Old, OS 1st dam: Gipsy State Premium Mare (Hann 1994, mare by Glückspliz) 2000: Diaspora STPM (Hann, dark brown mare by Drosselklang II) dam of the sire 2007: Contendros (Hann, dark brown stallion by Contendro I) Approved for Hann, Old, OS, MV, BA. Paul Schockemöhle Sire - 1.50 Grand Prix 2002: CODEX ONE by Contendro I 1st CSI5* 2016 - Grand Prix Basel, Switzerland London 2012 1st CSI5* 2015 - Grand Prix Stuttgart, Germany 1st CSI5* 2014 - Grand Prix Aachen, Germany 1st CSI5* 2014 - Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour), Valkenswaard, Netherlands 1st CSI4* 2011 - Grand Prix Frankfurt, Germany 1st CSI5* 2013 - Grand Prix (Global Champions Tour) Hamburg, Germany Has participated in Individual World Equestrian Games, Team Competition World Equestrian Games and Individual Olympic Games of 2012 London
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EQUESTRIANS-IN-CHIEF P R E S I D E N T S W I T H A PA S S I O N FOR ALL THINGS EQUESTRIAN by Danielle Demers
From fox-hunting to horse racing, high-jump records to playing polo, a number of U.S. Presidents have excelled in equestrian sport.
George Washington BOLD
Our nation’s first president was known for his commanding presence and skill as a horseman both on the battlefield and in Virginia’s lush hunt fields. Washington’s talent with horses so impressed his contemporaries, including Thomas Jefferson ff and the Marquis de Chastellux, that they wrote about it in letters and later memoirs. The Marquis, a French national who fought alongside Washington in the Revolutionary War, wrote that Washington “is a very excellent and bold horseman, leaping the highest fences, and going extremely quick, without standing upon his stirrups, bearing on the bridle, or letting his horse run wild.” 98 | Equestrians-in-Chief
Washington must have cut a formidable figure on his favorite hunter, Blueskin – the stallion he is most often depicted riding in his equestrian portraits. Blueskin was a half-Arabian sired by Lindsay’s Arabian, one of the fine bloodstock Arabians imported to the continent in the 18th Century. Blueskin was a strong, athletic horse with endurance for long chases on the hunt fields. However with his eye-catching gray coat and spirited nature, he was not the ideal war horse. Washington’s favorite charger was Nelson, a 16hand chestnut gelding. Although he may have lacked Blueskin’s presence, he was a brave, reliable mount, and Washington rode him almost exclusively throughout the war. After the war, Nelson and Blueskin were retired to Mount Vernon’s verdant pastures, where they lived into their 20s.
Photo © Dave Doody, courtesy of Making History and Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.Originally featured in “What Would a Day in the Life of Thomas Jefferson Look Like Today?” by Bill Sullivan
“Andrew Jackson, President of the United States, arriving at the White House,” lithograph print by Ducôté, A., 1829; Courtesy of LOC.gov, repro. # LCUSZC4-6670
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As a member of the gentry, Thomas Jefferson’s ability to ride well would have been expected. His keen interest in horse racing – the sport of kings – was also a reflection of his social status. At Monticello, his Virginia country estate, Jefferson bred fine saddle, race and harness horses.
Like Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson was very fond of the sport of horse racing. In his time, Jackson was one of the most prominent owners at the National Race Course in Washington, D.C. He bred and trained horses at The Hermitage, his estate in Nashville, TN, and later built a stable at the White House after being elected president.
A number of horses Jefferson purchased for his stable were sired by Diomed, a Thoroughbred with an impeccable pedigree tracing directly to the Godolphin Arabian. Diomed was the winner of England’s inaugural Epsom Derby in 1780 (England’s Epsom Derby directly influenced the name and creation of the Kentucky Derby), and enjoyed a long breeding career in England. The stallion was later imported to Virginia by Colonel James Hoomes, an influential horse breeder in the U.S. at the time. Once in America, Diomed’s fame rose even further, prompting Jefferson’s interest in the horse’s offspring. Monticello’s records list over thirty horses, either purchased for or foaled at the estate, that were specifically used as riding horses by Jefferson.
One stable already stood near the West Wing of the White House, but between Jackson’s riding horses – including his famous warhorse Sam Patch – and his race horses, the old structure was overflowing. Jackson was granted approval from Congress to build a stately 10-stall brick and sandstone stable near the East Wing (sadly torn down in the early 20th Century). Jackson’s most successful racehorse Thruxton, born in 1800, was also sired by Diomed (See Thomas Jefferson), and so favored by Jackson that he was once the subject of a deadly duel over a match race.
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“U.S. Grant and ‘Cincinnati,’” 1864, Courtesy of LOC. gov, repro. # LC–USZC4–4579
Ulysses S. Grant 1 9 TH C E N T U R Y HORSE WHISPERER
Undoubtedly the most skilled horseman to serve as president, Ulysses S. Grant was often called a “horse whisperer” by his contemporaries. Grant’s skill as a rider earned him accolades at West Point where he set a high-jump record that went unbeaten for decades. Throughout the Civil War, Grant enjoyed working with spirited horses, and was often presented with “diamonds in the rough.” One of these projects was Jeff Davis, a pony taken during a cavalry raid on a plantation. Trained into a fancy riding pony, Jeff Davis was favored by Grant for his delightful, comfortable gait. Grant received many horses as gifts from individuals who admired his equestrian skills. Two of these horses, Egypt and Cincinnati, became his most famous and beloved. Egypt was a remarkably beautiful horse discovered by admirers in southern Illinois. Cincinnati was a striking and powerful 17-hand Thoroughbred sired by Lexington, then well-known as the fastest horse in America and a prominent breeding stallion. Almost all depictions and statues of Grant show him astride Cincinnati.
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“President Roosevelt ready to enter Yellowstone Park,” 1903, Underwood & Underwood, Courtesy of LOC.gov, repro. # LC-DIG-ppmsca-18932
Theodore Roosevelt FEARLESS
Roosevelt, who suffered from asthma and other ailments as a child, spent most of his childhood in a pampered, indoor setting. As a teen, he embraced what he called “the strenuous life,” a way of living that advocated hard work, manual labor and spending time outdoors. Working to build his strength, he took up boxing, horseback riding, rowing, hiking, polo and many other sports and exercises. Roosevelt’s later identity as a skilled equestrian went hand-in-hand with his “strenuous life” values. He spent hours riding through the countryside and fearlessly jumped any obstacle that lay in his path. As president, he always rode accompanied by a cavalryman for security. These riders were hard pressed to keep up with Roosevelt’s exuberant and daring riding style. The Roosevelt family kept their horses at the White House stables, and were the last to regularly use the facilities before the stables were torn down by President Taft in 1909. The entire family’s love of the equestrian lifestyle led Teddy Roosevelt to proudly declare that, “The Roosevelts are horse people,” after being offered an automobile for travel.
“John F. Kennedy, Caroline, John, Jr. & Macaroni,” 1962, Robert L. Knudsen. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
“Ronald Reagan and ‘El Alamein’ at Rancho del Cielo,” April 8, 1986, White House Photographer, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The Kennedy Family
A PONY NAMED MACARONI
RANCH IN THE SKY
John F. Kennedy may not have been an equestrian, but he certainly lived among a horse loving family. The glamorous first lady’s passion for horses and riding was world renowned. Jackie Kennedy looked like a movie star when she hacked out across the White House lawns on her gorgeous Thoroughbreds. While Jackie’s exquisite horses were elegant, daughter Caroline’s small pony “Macaroni” completely stole the show. Caroline and her pony – a gift from Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson – were often spotted trotting across the grounds of the White House. Families across America fell in love with the adorable duo after they were featured on the cover of Life Magazine. The cover photo even inspired a young Neil Diamond to write his hit song “Sweet Caroline.” Macaroni tops the list of iconic presidential pets.
An avid fox hunter for years before becoming President, Ronald Reagan continued to ride during his time in office. Like Roosevelt, Reagan’s skill as a horseman made finding a secret service agent who could keep up with him a difficult task. Finally, agent John Barletta was chosen for the job, and he and the President rode out together regularly at Camp David, and at Reagan’s expansive Rancho del Cielo, (‘Ranch in the Sky’), atop the Santa Ynez mountain range in California. Also known as the ‘Western White House,’ Rancho del Cielo was Reagan’s sanctuary; a place that reflected the President’s down-to-earth nature and innate charm. It was there that he shared his equestrian passion with fellow world leaders, hosting Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, and Mikhail Gorbachev at the picturesque estate. In 1981, Mexican President José López Portillo presented Reagan with El Alamein, a gorgeous 16-hand gray Anglo-Arabian (Thoroughbred -Arabian cross) stallion reminiscent of George Washington’s Blueskin. Regularly photographed and videoed together, Reagan and his spirited mount quickly became ‘80s icons.
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EQUESTRIAN LIVING Presenting the Equestrian Lifestyle of Rancho Santa Fe, San Dieguito Valley, and Del Mar, showcasing exquisite ranches, farms, and country properties.
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- HISTORIC EQUESTRIAN GEMS DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED CLUB The communities of Rancho Santa Fe, San Dieguito Valley, and Del Mar can often be tied together through their rich traditions and history, both equestrian and not. Specifically, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, has served as a hotspot for all nearby regions, and in its hay-day, even mainstream Hollywood stars. Opening on July 3rd, 1937, Bing Crosby helped to establish the racetrack and its overall experience; a place where people gathered to drink, gamble, socialize, and escape daily routine, while simultaneously embracing the equestrian and horse-racing culture. Over the years, the track has showcased many of the nation’s best horses and horsemen alike, as well as ingrained the equine lifestyle among the local population. Opening day at the races continues to draw large crowds annually, as well as maintain an equestrian tradition in San Diego County. The covered Del Mar arena adjacent to the track within the fairgrounds, hosts an array of other annual events, including the Del Mar National Horse Show, The Del Mar International Horse Show and more.
DEL MAR HORSEPARK Just down the road from the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and the Del Mar Arena is Del Mar Horsepark. Del Mar Horsepark provides full service accommodations for all levels of equestrian events, and a space for beginner training and competition, as well as professional level riding. Del Mar Horsepark hosted two of five rounds of selection trials for the United States Equestrian Team’s 2000 Olympic riders. This event had never before been seen on the West Coast, a milestone in local and national equestrian history. The park provides an unmatched equestrian experience due to the service and amenities it supplies and the events it supports.
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- HISTORIC EQUESTRIAN GEMS OSUNA RANCH Rancho Santa Fe, is home to one of California's oldest adobe homes. The nearly 200 year old adobe sits on a 27-acre property, known as The Osuna Ranch. The Ranch, which was purchased by the Rancho Santa Fe Association in 2006 for presentation, includes a working equestrian facility, along with the adobe.
FAIRBANKS RANCH Originally a working dairy, cattle, and citrus ranch titled “Rancho Zorro,” the land now known as and surrounding Fairbanks Ranch and Fairbanks Ranch Country Club was owned by silver screen movie legend Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Fairbanks acquired 847 acres of land in Rancho Santa Fe in 1926 after filming a nearby movie and falling in love with the area. He made the land a hideaway for him and his wife, eventually accumulating around 3,000 acres, equipped with a caretaker's house, pumphouse, dams, and five wells. In 1936, the couple once known as the “King and Queen of Moviedom” ended their marriage, and the ranch became a hideaway for Douglas Fairbanks alone until his death in 1939. After that, the ranch fell into disarray and decomposition until being purchased by developer Ray Watt in 1977. Today, Fairbanks Ranch is made up of 618 residential lots and Fairbanks Ranch Country Club provides 341 homes. Suggested by Watt and approved by Prince Philip, Fairbanks Ranch Country Club was chosen above 6 other options to host the= Equestrian Endurance Event of the 1984 Olympic Games. The bronze sculpture permanently standing at the entrance to the club commemorates the event.
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Highly desirable West side Covenant location the estate encompasses nearly 13,000 square feet designed by the internationally acclaimed Bassenian Lagoni Architects. Infused with the ambiance of Spain’s Andalusia region, solid wood gates introduce the 8-bedroom suite, 10.5 bathroom main residence and a 2-bedroom, 2-bath guest house. PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
The main level with no stairs is home to an opulent multi-room master suite. Dynamic lower level reveals a dine-in wine cellar, movie theatre, and en-suites bedroom that open to gorgeous waterfalls and fireplaces. Solar powered and home technology. Four-stall barn, turnouts, tack room, grooms quarters, arena, wash racks, feed and storage garage. World class golf and trail riding pristine beaches, race track, restaurants and shopping just minutes away in Del Mar. Price available upon request PACIFIC SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
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Extraordinary Fairbanks Ranch Estate in Rancho Santa Fe where luxury and sophistication are evident in every aspect of the gracious single-level floor plan. Glamorous master suite with two-custom walk in closets and a luxurious bath with heated floors, large windows showcasing beautiful garden views.
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Three additional oversized en-suites bedrooms, handsome office and kitchen designed for the discerning gourmand. Beautiful pool with an 1,800 sqft, 2-bedroom, 2-bath self contained guest house. Life touch home automation system. Fairbanks Equestrian Center is a first class riding venue with beautifull barn, arenas, and spectacular trail riding. Ideal family community with tennis, private lake, clubhouse and seasonal activities for children of all ages. Twenty-four hour guard gated commmunity.
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Renowned private retreat where timeless, traditional architecture perfectly creates this Rancho Santa Fe’s chic, equestrian masterpiece. Nestled on 5+ stunning acres the sprawling estate is warm and inviting with single-level living. Five en-suite bedrooms, 1 -bedroom apartment and separate gym/party room with bath. PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
An Equestrian’s dream with charming 8 stall central breezeway barn, room for large pasture areas, hot walker, trailer parking and cooling ocean breezes. Sophisticated finishes, grand inviting rooms, quiet cul de sac homesite with pastoral ambiance. Perfect for family, friends,entertaining and the ideal equestrian lifestyle all in San Diego’s perfect climate.
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- BE L L I N I E S TAT E The magnificent BELLINI RANCH is on the market for the first time since being built in 2009. Tucked away in North Escondido, just 11 DIVISION miles east of Rancho Santa Fe, this incredible 6.1 acre oasis includes Equestrian Director Roblee L. Valentine an impressive gated entrance, large beautiful home, guest house, 12 858.437.4778 stall barn, well producing at 75 gpm, 250x150 lighted arena, tennis, roblee.valentine @pacificsothebysrealty.com and endless entertaining opportunities...
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The entire ranch is immaculate, no detail has been overlooked or expense spared. The main residence is 5,200 sqft, 5-Bedroom, 5.5-Bath. Guest House and pool cabana is 1800+/- sqft and includes 2-bedrooms and 1-bath. THE BELLINI RANCH IS THE ULTIMATE TROPHY ranch or farm for the most discriminating equestrian.
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Equestrian Director Roblee L. Valentine 858.437.4778
Ultimate gentleman's ranch and family compound in the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe. Over 4 Acres, the meandering drive greets you with beautiful pastures and the Equestrian facility. Four-Bedroom and 41/2-Baths in the Main Residence and a detached 2-Bedroom, 2-Bath Carriage House with elevator and 6 car garage.
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Rare west side location and Equestrian Oasis, simply beautifulâ€Śeverything you could want and easy to manage. Built in 1980, the old world style is classic and could also be a fun cosmetic renovation. The barn has living quarters and could easily be expanded for more stalls, the Jumping Arena is new with exceptional footing. Storybook gated entrance, directly on the renowned Rancho Santa Fe trail system. Family, horses, dogs and friends will love this charming ranch. Private Offering PACIFIC SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
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Equestrian Director Roblee L. Valentine 858.437.4778
Live the Mediterranean San Diego lifestyle in your own private resort on the west edge of Rancho Santa Fe. Perfect location to Showpark, Del Mar Fairgrounds the Polo Fields. At 3.2 gated acres on storybook drive without a neighbor insight. Original adobe Spanish home
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crafted in 1950 completely torn down to the original pillow top Saltillo tiles and 5 original adobe walls, re-built in 2009. The inviting warm one level home with 3 large En-suite Bedrooms and Guest Casita is filled with charm and character evokes the peaceful feeling of a lovingly cared for Old World treasure. Zoned for 3 horses with plans for an elevated arena, 3 stall barn and turnouts.
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Equestrian Director Roblee L. Valentine 858.437.4778
Barcelona Farms, first class in every aspect of the horse and human experience. Since purchasing the beautiful Kentucky Style Farm last year, a state of the art Grand Prix Field, Jumping Arena and Dressage Court with only the best state-of-the art imported European base and footing.
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Barcelona farms future is very exciting under the new ownership and their stallion Cien Fuegos (full brother to Codex One) standing for breeding and competing under Hall of Fame trainer Hap Hansen. Barcelona Farms= is a dream come true for the most discriminating Hunter/Jumper, Dressage and Breeding Clientele. Bravo, Barcelona Farms. PACIFIC SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
- LOS ROBLES RANCH Introducing Los Robles Ranch; a 640± Acre (8 parcels) Luxury Retreat. Located near the quaint town of Santa Ysabel, this is country living at &+8+5+10 it's finest! 19-stall barn offers a tack room, wash bay, foaling stall, office 'TKE+CPVQTPQ and bathroom. Amenities include an outdoor dressage riding arena, 858.256.7005 email@example.com hot walk, a fully enclosed mare motel, and an 1800± sqft equipment barn. Enjoy hours of riding pleasure on the countryside trails. CalBRE#: 01256501
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The 4 bedroom main home boasts incredible indoor/outdoor living space, including a 650,000 gallon custom pool pond with beach access, dock, waterfalls and pool house. This property includes 2 Guest Homes, 2 Caretaker Homes, 12 water wells, generators, putting green, paintball park, go-kart course, skeet shooting range, greenhouses, and fully stocked fishing ponds. At Los Robles Ranch you can experience the getaway you've been longing for. Your extraordinary Luxury Retreat awaits!
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- GREEN OAKS Located near the quaint town of Santa Ysabel, just a few miles past the World Famous Dudley's Bakery and 20 minutes west of Julian. This is &+8+5+10 country living at it's finest! Styled after the architecture of the estancias 'TKE+CPVQTPQ of Argentina, this home exudes rustic sophistication, with luxurious 858.256.7005 firstname.lastname@example.org custom finishes and incredible indoor/outdoor living space.
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The massive 6800± sqft 19-stall barn offers a tack room, wash bay, foaling stall, office and bathroom. Associated amenities include an outdoor dressage riding arena, hot walker, a fully enclosed 2100± sqft 6-stall mare motel, and an 1800± sqft equipment barn. Endless countryside trails provide hours of riding pleasure. Your Luxury Equine Ranch Awaits!
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-LIVE THE DREAMA brilliant Ken Ronchetti home featuring an unparalleled custom curve design, walls of glass, natural stone, and exotic woods. The site &+8+5+10 was carefully chosen by the owners and many consider the 270 degree Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar view lot one of the best and most private parcels in the Covenant. Live 858.775.6511 and entertain easily from inside to outside through oversized Albertini email@example.com CalBRE#: 00517562 pocket doors that open to a large covered lounge area with fireplace
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and BBQ overlooking the resort-style pool and spa. Formal living and dining rooms are awash with natural light and a fireplace made of Getty Museum stones is the centerpiece. Two secondary bedroom en-suites share kitchenette and living room. An interior elevator gives easy access from the roomy fourth bedroom and 3 car + golf cart garage downstairs to the main level. Plenty of room for horses, tennis, or guest house.
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Andrea Gilbert 858.764.2041
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Palladian-inspired estate located in Cambria along Californiaâ€™s pristine central coast on 80 magnificent acres, with Pinot Noir-producing vineyard, equestrian facilities, limitless hiking, riding trails, and unobstructed views south to Moonstone Beach and north to Hearst Castle. The property includes an exquisite main residence, guest and staff quarters, showcase spaces for automobiles, helipad, hangar, and extensive venues for entertainment.
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The estate has 35,755 square feet of living space with 12 bedrooms and 12 baths, and provides excellent access fronting Pacific Coast Highway. Bordered by large parcels, a state park, and conservation land, the spectacular panoramic ocean views can never be blocked, offering incomparable vistas and privacy. Cambria is one of the fastest-growing wine regions in the state famous for its romantic setting, and is easily accessible by private jet, helicopter, or via watercraft with yacht mooring in scenic Morro Bay harbor.
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The Peaceful Oaks Ranch sitting on 346+ acres in Fallbrook, CA. This multi-use agricultural property currently has 10 acres of planted wine grapes. The varietals are Cabernet, Merlot and Zinfandel totaling over 8,000 vines. The property produces hay and other animal feed.
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Zoning allows horses, breeding, stables and other livestock. Due to the varied terrain, a variety of crops could be planted including citrus, avocados and organic farming. Large below ground aquifer. Well is currently rated at 180 gallons per minute. In addition, there is income from high quality forage mix hay. Government approved airstrip on property for fly in and fly out access!
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Candace Sears 858.756.2800 firstname.lastname@example.org CalBRE#: 00638662
10 acre equestrian property located adjacent to Bill Gates' Farm with an incredible buildable homesite showcasing panoramic views of Rancho Santa Fe and San Dieguito Valley. Preliminary plans by award winning architect Douglas Mansfield (Rancho Valencia) features a luxurious Santa Barbara Spanish style residence complete with a dramatic two story entry PACIFIC SOTHEBYâ€™S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
loggia, living, dining, library, family room, wine tasting room, media room as well as a billiards room complete with a sports bar. The envisioned home also includes a detached carriage/guest house, space for numerous vehicles and an incredible infinity edge pool all overlooking the equestrian facilities and the views beyond. Ultimate equestrian estate in the heart of RSF or has an upside for development and could be subdivided into 5-2 acre home parcels. Owner will consider trade.
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Amelia Smith 760.505.1553 email@example.com CalBRE#: 01017964
A 1-level, lodge style masterpiece graced with a 2 surface-acre lake stocked with game fish. Wet a line, paddle board, jet ski or just enjoy peace and quiet. Encompassing 19 acres, heroic boulders and majestic oaks dot the landscape alongside fruit trees and a bountiful crop of ornamental flowers. PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
A vast, beamed great room with roaring fireplace is this custom-built homeâ€™s grand center piece. The primary suite is tres-chic with 2 en suite guest rooms and the gaming pavilion including a regulation-sized racquetball and volleyball court, billiards and shuffleboard. Please call today and schedule your private showing of this magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime offering.
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JOE HARPER DOES DEL MAR RIGHT
by Pam Maley
Founded in 1937 by Bing Crosby, Pat O’Brien, and a small cadre of other famous faces, Del Mar racetrack presents the best in Thoroughbred racing in a venue unrivaled by any other track in America. Today the face of Del Mar is Joe Harper, who has served as the president and general manager for almost four decades, and has guided the historic track through a period of growth and success unparalleled in the world of racing. Under his leadership, Del Mar has emerged as one of the nation’s top racetracks, offering an elegant ambiance and first-class amenities, in an intimate atmosphere. The glamorous highlight of the incomparable Del Mar summer, Opening Day at the racetrack is a must on the SoCal social calendar, with more than 40,000 in attendance, and the popular and colorful Opening Day Hats Contest. The track’s 77th summer gathering alongside the blue Pacific
Joe Harper, Del Mar President & GM
will take place from Friday, July 15 through Labor Day Monday, September 5. H O R S E S A N D H O L LY W O O D
The grandson of producer-director Cecil B. DeMille, one of the founders of the Hollywood
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Lovely ladies in beautiful hats are part of the Opening Day scene at Del Mar.
motion-picture industry; and the nephew of actor Anthony Quinn (“There was never a dull moment with Uncle Tony!”), he grew up around glamour, celebrities, and horses. “My mother was a horsewoman,” Harper tells us. “She rode professionally, and she had a great eye for horses.” The family had a breeding farm, so Harper grew up around horses and the track. “When I left home for boarding school and college, I went to places where I could rope calves, play polo, break bones … and when I got kicked out of the last college, I went to the mail room at MGM,” he says with a laugh. “That’s where everybody started, and soon I was slated to be the manager. But that didn’t really seem to be a good career move, so I became a cinematographer, covering the daily news at the racetracks.” He and his cinematography colleagues, he says, “Couldn’t wait to get to Del Mar. When we got there, our shoulders went down and we relaxed. We could smell the sea breeze from the press box. I knew that Del Mar was where I wanted to be. It took me a few years, but I got there.” 140 | Joe Harper
His success at Del Mar is legendary, and has become a model for other tracks, many of which are struggling. Stanford University has studied his marketing techniques in an effort to help other tracks achieve similar success. Harper realized that in their marketing research, they were asking the wrong questions. Instead of asking what people wanted, they began to ask ‘why don’t you come?’ It turned out that the respondents didn’t really know. Just betting on a horse didn’t interest them. So Harper and his team brought back the old-school Hollywood vibe on which the seaside oval was founded, and wrapped superior racing with a heavy dose of Hollywood glamour; presenting concerts, kids’ camps, crazy fun contests, parties, Del Margaritas, and beautiful people – and things came alive. “We’re not making new fans for racing,” he points out. “We’re making new fans for Del Mar.” MAKING HISTORY
1991 was one of many banner years in Harper’s tenure. John Mabee, a California racing icon and one of the founding directors of the Del Mar
Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), had long wanted Del Mar to host a million-dollar race. In 1991, the Pacific Classic came into being, and Mabee’s horse Best Pal won the race, a fitting tribute to a man who raced more horses at Del Mar than anyone on record. After that meet, the wrecking ball came in to make way for construction of a new grandstand.
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“Bing was a good singer,” Harper points out, “but not a great grandstand builder.” The state let them assemble their own team of designers and contractors, without interference. “So … we spent 100 million dollars and built a state-ofthe-art design.” The grandstand is two-sided, with balconies and restaurants on the back side overlooking the paddocks, in addition to those trackside; and amenities abound.
In a move sure to please SoCal race fans, Perry Martin, primary owner of America’s all-time richest ($12,532,650 in winnings) racehorse California Chrome, told Harper that he’s looking forward to running Chrome at least twice in the upcoming meet, first in the San Diego Handicap on July 23rd, and likely in the Pacific Classic on August 20th. Beholder, the lightning-fast mare who trounced the males in last year’s Pacific Classic, is being pointed for the race again, setting up a showdown for the ages between two of the best racehorses in the world. Del Mar and the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, are offering a $1 million bonus to any horse that can sweep the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita, and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
In November, 2017, Del Mar will make history again, hosting its first Breeders’ Cup, a huge coup for a small and beautiful boutique track. Thanks to Harper and his team, who orchestrated the bid for the Breeders’ Cup, the world and its best horses will travel to Del Mar, along with the international media.
From movie stars to racing legends, Harper has created a setting at the track ‘where the turf meets the surf,’ that Crosby and his pals would be proud of. High stakes, social status and galloping hooves will make this summer’s meet ( July 15 – September 5), as well as the upcoming Breeders’ Cup, years for the record books. All photos © Benoit Photo for Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
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B O N B O N H O M E & GAR DE N 2735 Via De La Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.792.1668 bonbonhomeandgarden.com
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. Almost like a treasure hunt, you casually stroll through the store’s 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. 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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WA LT E R N AVA S E Q U ES TR IAN AR E NA F O O T I N G S P E CIALIS T Post Office Box 2225 | Carlsbad, CA 92018 760.889.8420 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
â€œA world of difference, arena surfaces that are easy to maintain.â€? Home & Barn | 145
D E R I A N E Q U I P M E NT R E PAIR 1446 Winterwarm Drive | Fallbrook, CA 92028 760.715.5148 | email@example.com sandiegotractorrepair.com
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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C L A S S I C E Q U I N E E QUIPME NT 100 Wulfert Drive | Fredricktown, MO 63645 800.444.7430 | firstname.lastname@example.org classic-equine.com
Classic Equine Equipment was born from an overriding love for Horses and concern for their safety and care. For over 25 years, Classic Equine Equipment has helped many of the premier barns and facilities throughout North America find creative solutions to their design challenges. In the process we have learned how to do create environments that are practical, durable and that will fit your needs like a glove. We can tailor any of standard equipment to suit your individual needs and project specific requirements. Classic is your total facility design resource, offering stabling equipment, barn doors, flooring options, exercisers, accessories and even entrance gates. You know your horses and how to care for them. We know how to make that labor of love a breeze through functional design. You can rest assured that your Classic equipment is backed by the best warranty in the industry and that we will always be here to assist and answer any questions along the way.
â€œClassic Equine Equipment for when it is much more than just a Barn.â€? Home & Barn | 147
THE O A KS FA R M S B Y D AV I DS ON COMMUNITIE S Intersection of Calle Arroyo and Avenida Siega, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 92675 email@example.com oaksfarmslife.com/ea
Thoughtfully integrated within one of the West Coast’s most storied equestrian centers, 32 new farmhouse residences are now being offered at The Oaks Farms in San Juan Capistrano. Located just minutes east of Interstate 5 on land formerly owned by Joan Irvine Smith, The Oaks Farms has been transformed into a new gated community by acclaimed Southern California homebuilder Davidson Communities. Rich in detail and luxury amenities, Davidson has designed single-level and two-story plans that range from 3,447 to 4,325 square feet with up to five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. Operated separately but preserved by homebuilder Bill Davidson, the world-class equestrian facilities at The Oaks Farms will continue to thrive just feet from the backyards of the Davidson homes. “We were honored to be selected by Joan Irvine Smith to be responsible for the future of this historic property,” said Bill Davidson, President of the company he founded in 1978. We invite your visit to The Oaks Farms.
“We are dedicated to preserving the traditions and the heritage of The Oaks Farms.” – Bill Davidson, President Davidson Communities
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T E R R A B E LLA 858.335.8151 | firstname.lastname@example.org License C-27 & C-53 942252 tblandscaping.com
Terra Bella designs, builds and maintains distinctive landscape environments that maximize the value of our client´s property and stand the test of time. We are passionate and committed to every project, and focused on exceeding our client´s expectations. The pace of life today is demanding, so it is important more than ever to take the time to enjoy life. What better place to spend more time recharging your batteries than in the privacy and security of your own beautiful space. An environment tailored specifically to meet your needs, feed your senses and relax your soul. Whether you are looking for a decadent display of outdoor luxury living or a simple park-like garden - we will deliver your vision to you. We employ experienced artisan craftsmen that have an eye for detail and take pride in their creation. We only use top quality materials that are all specially selected for your individual project. Our associates compensation is tied to the feedback we receive regarding client communication, construction quality and project timeliness. Our goal is to build a client base of raving fans with every project we complete, and to become your landscaper for life!
“Our focus on excellent client communication starts in the initial design process of raving fans with every project we complete, and to become your landscaper for life” Home & Barn | 149
CALI FO RNI A C U S T O M A R E N AS BY B LT GR ADING Todd Freistat 7711 Camino Serrano | Escondido, CA 92029 760.809.5805 | email@example.com bltgrading.com
California Custom Arenas is a family owned and operated business since 1988. As a licensed grading contractor for 30 years, we have much experience with completing large cut and fills for arenas, and barn and house pads. We specialize in the construction of all arena disciplines and footing options, including synthetic mixes. Our website includes referrals from some of the top riders in the country, as well as a gallery of arenas that we have done from start to finish. We will work with you to suit your needs and budget. Call or email us for a free estimate. Lic. #: 873480
“No one has a greater asset for his business than a man’s pride in his work.” - Hosea Balou 150 | Home & Barn
M A RY’ S TA C K AND FE E D 3675 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.755.2015 | firstname.lastname@example.org marystack.com
Mary’s Tack & Feed was started in 1963 in Del Mar by Mary Hammond. The current owner Mike Mosley - purchased the store in 1976 and built a large wooden building that has become a landmark across the street from the little tack store known as Mary’s. Moving it over 30 years ago, allowed Mary’s to continue to grow and improve - Mary’s is presently 12,000 square feet packed with products to outfit riders, horses, dogs 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, as well as poultry feed and supplies. Riders flock to Mary’s to see the latest in tack, saddles, apparel, helmets, and stylish sportswear. Mary’s Sales Associates continually train and learn about the ‘latest and greatest’, so that Mary’s can offer the best in customer service. Mary’s is well known in the riding community, but is also frequented by customers from all over the state for the great offerings, in both English and Western apparel. We hope to see you at Mary’s soon!
“If you have a horse, then you have to come to Mary’s! ” EXT E R I O R D E S I G N S LANDS CAPE Post Office Box 3008 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.3508 | email@example.com exteriordesignslandscape.com
Jose Castro, who moved to San Diego in 1974, grew up working on his grandfather’s farm. His grandfather shaped much of his childhood, teaching him how to plant, care for, and harvest vegetables, something that instilled a strong work ethic and attention to detail at a young age. His grandfather was also a mason, something young Castro took a liking to. They spent as much time together as they could, and Castro learned how to work with adobe and cantera to build and install fireplaces. Today, Castro has built on his grandfather’s many teachings bringing his customers front and back yards to life. With his high attention to detail and artistic eye, he is able to use the correct materials, textures and colors to transform open spaces into places that people will want to be for years to come.
© Luis C. Montiel
“Artistic achievements that reflect bold originality, innovation, and creative excellence.” Home & Barn | 151
C A RT ER’ S H AY & G R A I N
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1985 Olivenhain Road | Encinitas, CA 92024 760.436.4738 | firstname.lastname@example.org elstonhayandgrain.com
14277 Garden Road, Poway, CA 92064 | 858.513.1495 2220 Main Street, Ramona, CA 92065 | 760.789.5020 elstonhayandgrain.com
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“A family business.”
“Horses are our way of life.”
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1015 Linda Vista Drive | San Marcos, CA 92078 760.594.1385 | email@example.com
915 Mount Pleasant Road | Spartanburg, SC 29307 864.804.0011 | firstname.lastname@example.org ggt-footing.com
“Tomorrow to fresh woods, and pastures new.”— John Milton
“World class footing at a price you can afford.”
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“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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E Q U I N E M U S A L.L.C. Katarzyna Zukiewicz D.V.M. 205 Worth Ave. Suite 303C | Palm Beach, FL 33480 760.846.4084 | email@example.com
Equinem USA, is key to equine wellness and peak performance. Equinem USA offers a range of service emphasizing in holistic and individual approach to the patients. The practice was founded and owned by Katarzyna Zukiewicz D.V.M., it has been recognized on the European market for the last 10 years. Kate recently moved to California and shares time between showgrounds on two continents. She follows equine athletes wherever they go, in order to keep them happy and healthy. Services provided include: physiotherapy, rehabilitation, acupuncture, preventive care, and sport medicine consulting. Katarzyna completed her post graduation education in Back Academy and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society course. In her work, she combines chiropractic, osteopathy, massage, stretching, myofascial techniques and acupuncture. Good horsemanship, experience, well developed clinical examination, and observation skills make EQUINEM USA the best choice for your horses.
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A D E P T U S N U T R I T ION, INC. Dr. Colleen Wilson (CEO & Owner) 9863 Pacific Heights Blvd | San Diego, California 92121 858.457.8520 | Info@AdeptusNutrition.com adeptusnutrition.com
The Adeptus nutritional supplement line has it all… quality, value, palatability, and efficacy in their products that answer all the common nutritional needs of horses, pets, and their owners! Founded in early 2000, by PhD. nutritionist/ physiologist Dr. Colleen Wilson, Adeptus is a top quality, yet very economical, nutritional product line. Dr. Wilson has combined her passion and interest in horses, pets and health, with her education in the sciences, and many years of formulary work, to create the Adeptus products. Only scientifically proven, digestible nutrients make the cut for Adeptus products, comprised of several patented ingredients and proprietary formulas. Dr. Wilson’s “hands on” approach to managing her company, and growth of the line, still avails herself to her customers today, just as she did when the company was first founded. She is delighted when she can help solve a nutritional problem for her customers. 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.
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E A S Y C RY O 1545 Rancho Ave | Glendale,CA 91201 firstname.lastname@example.org americacryo.com
Easy Cryo is the leader in Cryotherapy for horses. The methods used include a cold compression device that applies the famous R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) technique to help your horse recover faster. Our device is 50% less expensive than our competitors. Completely operated via battery, the device is held on the horse’s back to avoid stepping on the hoses connected to the legs wraps. We have wraps for front legs, hind legs, and hocks. Only $1760. By using a cutting edge Cryo device that blows cold CO2 to any part of the horse, drops the skin temperature from 89F to 39F in only 30 seconds. Studies show that 30 seconds of neurocryostimulation produces the same effect as 4 hours of traditional ice packs. The 4 main effects are: anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, analgesic, and vasomotor stimulation.
“Easy Cryo is the leader in Cryotherapy for horses.” E Q U I TA GE P.O. Box 8092 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 760.634.2144 | email@example.com equitage.com
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!
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297 High Street | Dedham, MA 02026 877.437.8434 | firstname.lastname@example.org equifit.net
3529 Corporate Drive | Dalton, GA 30721 706.278.1277 | email@example.com cavalor.com
“Distinctive products for high performance both in and out of the ring.”
“Listen to your horse’s gut.”
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105 Campus Plaza Drive | Edison, NJ 08837 732.417.0050 | firstname.lastname@example.org centurionsystems.com
350 Circle of Progress Drive | Pottstown, PA 19464 888.758.9836 | email@example.com backontrackproducts.com
“The therapy specialists.”
“Because comfort makes a difference.” Performance & Wellness | 157
“Equine transportation at its finest.” — John McAndrews | statesidefarms.com
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S TAT E S I D E FA R MS , INC. Post Office Box 1898 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.864.8550 | firstname.lastname@example.org statesidefarms.com
Stateside Farms, Inc. owned and operated by North County native John McAndrews, was established in 1996. This Rancho Santa Fe based equine transport company specializes in shipping horses for shows, events, clinics and air transport; locally, across country and internationally. John oversees every aspect of Stateside’s operations. His fleet of trucks are fully licensed, insured and impeccably maintained with attention to safety and the comfort of the horses. McAndrews and his team are all experienced professional horsemen. For long hauls, horses are shipped with a team operation, minimizing travel time, equine stress, and client expense. While in transport, the horses are monitored via cameras, and benefit from air ride suspension, boxed stalls (allowing freedom of movement and minimizing shipping sickness), abundant bedding, feed and water. In addition, each horse is blanketed and un-blanketed according to changing weather conditions. Every effort is made to accommodate the unique needs of individual horses. The Stateside team’s goal is to provide quality service with flexibility to address the needs of clients. Call (858) 864-8550 to book one horse or an entire barn. New clients are encouraged to ask for references.
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EQ U I A I R S H I P P I N G S E R V ICE S 16404 Sultus Street | Canyon County, CA 91387 805.501.0193 | email@example.com equiairshipping.com
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.” LA N D R O V E R O F S AN DIE GO 9455 Clayton Drive | San Diego, CA 92126 858.693.1400 landroversandiego.com
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.”
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Dear Potential Sponsor, On behalf of the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy and the Friends of San Pasqual Academy, we are inviting you to become a Sponsor for our â€œTeens, Jeans and Dreamsâ€? Team Penning Event. This event will take place on Saturday, September 12, 2015 VIP ats Box Se Dinner able Avail
at 5:00 p.m. at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Arena.
There is a severe shortage of foster homes in San Diego County. There are thousands of foster children that need a stable, consistent environment to develop both academically and emotionally. The average foster teen has attended five different high schools by the end of his/her sophomore year. The Team Penning event will raise funds that directly benefit the foster teens of San Pasqual Academy. Scholarships, academic and athletic programs, music, art, computers, clothing and more are funded by this event. For VIP Dinner Box Seats Please Contact Commitee Member Roblee L. Valentine 858.756.8737
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“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” — John Wooden
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E Q U L I F E S T YL E B OUTIQUE 2683 Via de la Valle, Suite G704 | Del Mar, CA 92014 619.851.4301 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.equlifestyleboutique.com
Equ Lifestyle Boutique was founded in 2010 They offer 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 European and American Designers to better the quality and relevance of their products. 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.
â€œWe make customer service our priority.â€?
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B A R N E S TA C K R OOM Barnes Tack Room 8640 18th St. | Alta Lama, CA 91701 808.557.1371 | email@example.com barnestackroom.com
Barnes Tack Room is the joining of passion for horses, with obsession for technology and detail for quality. We are a young business with a great team of experienced artisans who demonstrate knowledge, values, experience, and dedication invested in each product as if it were their only one. This allows our product recognition to grow day by day in an environment full of skillful and expert riders, who contribute to the business with their knowledge, so we can develop the best merchandise in the market. Everything from the leather, to the stitching, along with every material used, is personally selected for every product made.
“ ‘ Thank You’ to all those who with their support have helped us improve our merchendise so that today we can introduce ourselves to the equestrian market and the world!” Tack & Saddlery | 165
SOLEÁ 310.701.8556 | firstname.lastname@example.org soleaequestrian.com
Alejandro Meeks, is the owner and operator of Solea Equestrian. Solea is a tack shop based in Southern California that focuses on carrying exclusive brands, such as Kep Italia, Parlanti, Jin Stirrups, and Poponcini Bits to name a few. The company is renown for its customization, from boots to bonnets, scrims and sheets to helmets and crops and coats.
“ I always try and go above and beyond to reach my clients ideas of what they are looking for when they choose to go custom. I try and keep it respectful to the tradition of the sport, with a tasteful flair of individuality” 166 | Tack & Saddlery
K L S E L E C T, LLC 34 Taugwonk Spur, Suites 11 & 12 Stonington, CT 06378 Tele: 860.437.7232 Fax: 860.440.2563 Info@klselect.com www.klselect.com
KL Select has supplied the North American rider with premium European saddlery since 1979. Serving all English riding disciplines (hunters, jumpers, 3-day & dressage); their brands - Red Barn, KL Italia, & Black Oak – use the finest leather in the world. KL Select raises the bar for excellence, consistently perfecting products for both horse and rider. Their innovative, trend-setting designs introduced many concepts which are now the industry standard. As their exclusive distributor in the USA, KL Select offers United Sportproducts Germany (USG) riding apparel and Europe’s best-selling body protectors. USG matching saddle pads and fly veils are among the most popular in the country. Check this and more out at www.klselect.com, or visit your local, independent equestrian retailer.
“You ride. We provide.”© M A RY’ S TA C K AND FE E D 3675 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.755.2015 | email@example.com marystack.com
Mary’s Tack & Feed was started in 1963 in Del Mar by Mary Hammond. The current owner Mike Mosley - purchased the store in 1976 and built a large wooden building that has become a landmark across the street from the little tack store known as Mary’s. Moving it over 30 years ago, allowed Mary’s to continue to grow and improve - Mary’s is presently 12,000 square feet packed with products to outfit riders, horses, dogs 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, as well as poultry feed and supplies. Riders flock to Mary’s to see the latest in tack, saddles, apparel, helmets, and stylish sportswear. Mary’s Sales Associates continually train and learn about the ‘latest and greatest’, so that Mary’s can offer the best in customer service. Mary’s is well known in the riding community, but is also frequented by customers from all over the state for the great offerings, in both English and Western apparel. We hope to see you at Mary’s
“If you have a horse, then you have to come to Mary’s! ” Tack & Saddlery | 167
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3782 NW 124th Avenue, Suite #208 | Coral Springs, FL 33065 845.875.4438 en.voltaire-design.com
3782 NW 124th Avenue, Suite #208 Coral Springs, FL 33065 845.875.4438 en.voltaire-design.com
“The Voltaire Design mission is “The company’s overriding commitment for excellence has to help everyone fulfill their full made its boots the choice for the potential.” most discriminating riders.” D EV O U C O UX C U S T O M SA D D L E RY 545 Fenimore Road | Mamaroneck, NY, 10548 800.847.7785 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.devoucoux.com
“Dedicated to the partnership between horse and rider.” 168 | Tack & Saddlery
CWD Chemin Fontaine de Fanny 24300 Nontron France 206.883.7125 | email@example.com cwdsellier.com
“Success depends first and foremost upon perfectly mastered savoir faire.”
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“In a world of things so alike, one must make a statement.” — Chiarra Zuccolotto, Zuccolotto Designs | zuccolottodesigns.com
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D I A M O N D B OUTIQUE 2710 Via de la Valle, B280 Del Mar, CA 92014 858 720 1800 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.diamondboutiqueonline.com
From the brilliant yellow of the sun to the deep blue of the ocean, diamonds occur in myriad colors. Natural Color Diamonds have been discovered in every color of the rainbow and from everywhere around the globe. Yet Color Diamonds are extremely rare: one in every 10,000 diamonds are natural color diamonds! And when it comes to world class jewelers, breathtaking jewelry, unrivaled client service and the highest dedication to ethics and excellence, Diamond Boutique is also one in 10,000! Established in 1984, Diamond Boutique has endured as a family-owned and operated business and today is proud to be San Diego’s premier jeweler. The breadth and range of our services is as varied as the colors of the rainbow. Diamond Boutique’s distinguished status in the American Gem Society and the Natural Color Diamond Association place us as amongst the nation’s top 5% of all jewelers, designers, and appraisers. Members of AGS are held to the highest code of ethics and are dedicated to consumer protection with our superior gemological skills and knowledge.
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“LIFE: It’s All About Color!”
T H E W H I T E R OS E Cielo Village 18029 Calle Ambiente Suite 507 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.771.1828 | thewhiterosesalon.com
Our inspiration for The White Rose began with our commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and the exploration of mind-body wellness. We thought that if we could build a place with a serene and relaxing setting of casual elegance and put together a team of extraordinarily talented licensed therapists and other highly skilled and caring staff, then we would have created a very special place that people will love. One of the things we are most proud of, is that we have built a team of incredible people who genuinely care about each other, and each day we get to come to work with our friends. We have established a beautiful gathering place for our clients and practitioners alike. Some of the services we offer are skin care, massage therapy, hair styling, manicures and pedicures, as well as an infrared sauna. For those who are looking for a day of beauty and wellness, we are happy to put together a package that meets their needs, wants, and budgets. We also cater to groups; be it friends, family or bridal parties. We also offer products such as natural and essential oils, jewelry, unique gift ideas for any occasion, including weddings, showers, birthdays and more.
â€œThe White Rose is passionate about healthy living and we are eager to share our experience and knowledge with you.â€? Fashion & Beauty | 171
K AT H E R I N E C OS ME TICS email@example.com katherinecosmetics.com
Katherine Cosmetics was designed with you in mind- a woman living a full life in the real world who wants to look and feel amazing in every situation from yoga classes to black tie events to family movie nights. You may be a Mom, an executive, an athlete or all three at once still wondering where all of your time goes! Katherine Cosmetics is here for YOU. And we believe when your makeup looks beautiful on the outside, you feel beautiful on the inside.That’s what confidence is all about – how you feel about yourself! OUR SOLUTION: A luxury travel-friendly brand filled with innovation and packaged in the highest quality design, our products are inspired by the beauty of history and travel in the lives of four generations of Katherine’s.The solution continues with ingredients and product formulas that multi-task and are good for your skin, easy to wear and are formulated to make us feel and look more beautifull instantly.The solution is as easy as it is beautiful with 5 items that make up the Katherine Cosmetic’s EVERYDAY BEAUTY COLLECTION. Available at Cos Bar, Rancho Valencia, & Browtique.
“Lifestyle Makeup for Real Life.”
M AT T I d 2869 Via de la Valle, Suite F | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.523.0693 | firstname.lastname@example.org
For the past 15 years, Matti d, located in beautiful Del Mar, has been the go-to place for fashion. 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-ofa-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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C O N T I N E N TA L CLE ANE R S 2741 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 760.468.3986 | email@example.com
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.” P O P P Y B O U T IQUE 16087 San Dieguito Road, Suite D2 | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.756.5528 | poppyrsf.com
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 soughtafter 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.
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Saddle Up! THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD ON HORSEBACK by Pam Maley
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It has often been said that the best way to see the countryside is between the ears of a horse, and Maria Elena Dendaluce, the owner and founder of Equiberia; and Robin Felix, the owner of Wild at Heart Journeys, both accomplished equestrians, wholeheartedly agree.
Discover the Hidden Secrets of Spain Astride a Horse Maria Elena gave up her Procter & Gamble corporate marketing career for a new ‘life adventure.’ Enthusiastic and vivacious, this equestrian extraordinaire and Spain aficionado has combined her passion for horses, good companionship, and travel, in her company Equiberia for almost two decades. Fluent in English and French, as well as her native Spanish and all of its regional dialects, Maria Elena creates riding holidays where equestrians discover hidden secrets of Spain, 174 | Saddle Up
exploring sites unchanged by time and accessible only if the traveler is astride a horse. From the moment you meet Maria Elena, her exuberance is contagious. Born in the Basque country of Northern Spain, and now living in Gredos, she leads every ride, logging more than 200 days per year in the saddle. “I’ve truly found my vocation,” she affirms, “In this life I share with horses and riders from all over the world.” Californian Elaine Robbs and a friend went on a ride last October. Robbs explained the experience with enthusiasm. “I can only say ‘fantastic’ – from
the second Maria Elena picked us up in Sevilla until she dropped us back a week later. Every detail was perfect; we never wanted it to end,” she said. “The horses were excellent and the rides were picture perfect. Our accommodations were great and the food and wine outstanding. The people working with Maria Elena were charming and caring. I recommend her rides to everyone I know that is a horse fan. We are planning a second ride next May.” SMALL BUT MIGHTY!
Groups are kept small, four to ten total. Choose from seven rides, most of them seven nights and six days riding. The rides are geared toward the competent rider – a reasonable amount of riding experience and riding fitness level is recommended. T R U S T E D C O M PA N I O N S
The horses are well-trained and well-behaved companions, and very fit. Equiberia takes great pride in matching horse and rider, and to that end
Maria Elena asks each guest to fill out a detailed questionnaire related to his/her riding skill and experience. And when she meets the riders, she gains further insight. Says Maria Elena, “I know my horses very well and I’ve seen them ridden by many different ff riders. I guess I’ve developed some psychology. Sometimes I meet a guest and instinctively see them riding one horse. With others it might not be so obvious but when I see them on the horses, all comes quite clear. I always look for the perfect match.” Often at the end of the week, guests want to take their horses home with them. T H E A C C O M O D AT I O N S
Maria Elena works with hotels, from small and charming country inns to historic and luxurious hotels, securing inviting and welcoming accommodations for her guests, with of course, adjacent fields or stables for the horses. Many of the hotels are paradors, state-owned luxury hotels in castles, palaces, or monasteries. One charming rural hotel is always remembered by the guests
because the horses sleep in the backyard pastures and come to the windows to wake the riders in the morning!
into the Doñana nature reserve (247,000 acres), a protected area that’s one of Europe’s most valuable natural landscapes.
Each exquisite meal is an opportunity to taste the flavors of the indigenous cuisine, and is of course accompanied by superb Spanish wines. There is always a midmorning aperitif stop, lunches are lovely picnics, and dinner is usually at the hotel.
Equiberia is the only riding holiday company that has a concession to ride through the Doñana Park, and through the lesser known parts of the reserve, the hidden lagoons, the shrub forests, and the dunes, to reach the Southwestern coast of Spain and the never-ending unspoiled and uninhabited beaches of Doñana. There, guests will stay at the luxurious four-star Parador of Mazagón, situated right on the beach, with wonderful ocean views. There is also a well-kept garden with a pool and spa – a great way to end a thrilling, active week.
Maria Elena often engages a masseuse to come to the hotel, if one is not onsite, to ease tired muscles after a long but lovely day of riding. A TA S T E O F T H E T R E A S U R E T H AT A W A I T S – E Q U I B E R I A’ S N E W R I D E
New for 2016 is a ride in the Sevilla Andalusia to the Atlantic Coast. The pace is moderate to fast, with plenty of open space. The riders will pass through lovely small villages where the streets are sand tracks, through olive groves and fragrant, blooming orange trees, and
EQUIBERIA.COM Equiberia photos © Gabrielle Larew
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How About Africa Astride? Big Game and White Beaches... Imagine some of the world’s most beautiful scenery astride a horse. The magic and mystique of Africa awaits. Robin Felix, the owner/director of Wild at Heart Journeys, tailors every safari to the wishes of the individual, and all are sure to leave the travelers touched and inspired. Wildlife safaris, pristine beaches, starlit bush dinners, luxury tented camps with romantic star beds covered only by netting and open to the sky, incredibly beautiful scenery … the options are endless.
that so naturally occur along the way that make these incredible journeys.”
Robin considers a safari by horseback the ultimate way to travel, and one of the best ways to get close to big game. In her own words, “It’s not just about the freedom and thrill of galloping over a vast and wild landscape. But more about the intimate way one gets to explore a destination. It’s the extremely close encounters with the wildlife and landscapes. It’s the interactions with people, your horse and your own introspection
From July to September, riders can gallop along with 1.5 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra as they gather up their young and make the annual Great Migration that follows the rains from the Serengeti Plains in Tanzania to the Masai Mara.
Equestrian journeys can be organized as ‘pointto-points,’ in which guests travel by horseback to each destination. For guests who prefer less saddle time, or for the novice to intermediate rider, there are safaris that are lodge-based. These will include day trips out from the lodge, often into a vast private conservancy that might not contain some of the more dangerous game, such as elephants, buffalo, and the big cats.
KEEPING YOU SAFE
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Photo © Safaris Unlimited
Contemplating a ride in close proximity to big game naturally raises the question of safety, a con-
cern that Robin is familiar with. The instruments of safety are three-fold: the skill of the riders, the vast knowledge and experience of the guides, and the well-trained and level-headed horses. It’s important to give an honest assessment of your riding ability while in the planning stages. Being able to handle a horse that is quick to move with the game is important; they may flee from perceived danger. All the rides offer experienced, fit, well-behaved horses – perfectly suited to their job. When not working, they graze among the big game and develop a comfort level.
FOR THE EXPERIENCED RIDER
Point-to-point rides in Kenya and Tanzania can vary from a 7-day Amboseli Elephant Safari, or a 9-day Lake Natron Flamingo Safari, both in Tanzania; to a 7-day, 8-day or 11-day Masai Mara Safari in Kenya, to name a few. These remarkable journeys are suitable for strong, gutsy riders who welcome a challenge. Riders will often be moving in the midst of herds of zebra, topi, giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle, as well as elephant and buffalo. An encounter with the indigenous Maasai people can be arranged, providing guests a delightful insight into a centuries-old way of life.
Photo © Safaris Unlimited
Photo © Safaris Unlimited
The guides are talented, knowledgeable, friendly, and intimately familiar with the territory. From years of experience, they can read the big game and recognize the signs of agitation; and they know well how close the horses can approach.
Groups are kept small, with at least two guides: one that rides in front, and one in back, and more can be added.
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After arriving at camp, pleasantly tired riders will be offered ff a massage and treated to a beautiful gourmet meal, whether on a point-to-point or a lodge-based safari.
an underwater room and sleep below the surface, watching the fish as they swim lazily by.
S L E E P U N D E R T H E S TA R S O R UNDER THE SEA
New this year is a Botswana Desert and Okavango Delta Riding Safari led by Robin herself. This tour will combine the desert, the world’s largest salt pan; the vast, wildlife-rich delta areas; as well as the Selinda Reserve, where the camp is located on the remote Selinda Spillway. Selinda will be explored on foot, in canoes, and in open game vehicles. Designed for riders, this trip can also accommodate non-riders or those who prefer less riding.
Accommodations are serene and indulgent, with ensuite baths and breathtaking views, most often in luxury mobile tented camps with stunning vistas all around. Under the unimaginable brilliance of the African night sky, the wilderness noises, and sometimes the sounds of a nearby creek, lull guests to sleep. Or in the Masai Mara, adventure seekers fall asleep to the distant sounds of lion and hyena, while one of the syces (grooms) keeps vigil near the campfire. Though big game and unspoiled wilderness most often come to mind when thinking of Africa, it is also home to some of the most pristine white sand beaches in the world. Any of the destinations can be combined with a visit to the beaches and coastal islands of Mozambique, Kenya or Tanzania for some idyllic beach time. On Pemba Island, off the coast of Tanzania, guests can choose to book
NEW THIS YEAR – THE WONDER O F W I L D L I F E D E E P I N T H E D E S E RT
The motto for Wild at Heart Journeys is ‘Let the Journey Begin’ – Africa is calling!
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RESORTS & DINING
“ Traveling. It leaves you speechless, Then turns you into a storyteller” — Ibn Battuta
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R E D T R A C T ON’S 550 Via de la Valle | Solana Beach, CA 92075 858.755.6600 redtractonssteakhouse.com
Family-owned and operated, Red Tracton’s is an east-coast 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 an NFL special brunch menu, served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. during football season, as well as nightly specials.
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TH E I N N AT R A N C HO S ANTA FE 5951 Linea Del Cielo | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 Reservations: 800.843.4661 | 858.756.1131 | firstname.lastname@example.org theinnatrsf.com
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.”
G R A N D D E L MAR 5300 Grand Del Mar Court | San Diego, CA 92130 Reservations: 855.314.2030 thegranddelmar.com
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.”
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RA N C H O VA L E N C I A R E S ORT & S PA 5921 Valencia Circle | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 Reservations: 866.233.6708 | 858.756.1123 | email@example.com ranchovalencia.com
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.” L’ A U B E R G E DE L MAR 1540 Camino Del Mar | Del Mar, CA 92014 Reservations: 800.245.9757 | 858.259.1515 | firstname.lastname@example.org laubergedelmar.com
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.” 184 | Resorts & Dining
M A RKET RE S TA U R A N T + BAR 3702 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.523.0007 marketdelmar.com
MOR ADA 5951 Linea Del Cielo | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.381.8289 | email@example.com theinnatrsf.com
“An ever-changing menu with the freshest ingredients.”
“Come as you are, stay as long as you like and settle back.”
D O LC E PAN E E V I N O
16081 San Dieguito Road | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, CA 92037 | 570 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101 877.698.6666 | victor@donovanssteakhouse. com donovanssteakhouse.com
858.832.1518 | firstname.lastname@example.org dolcepaneevino.com
“Nothing tastes sweeter than the pleasures of fine wine and cuisine enjoyed in the company of your favorite people.”
“You and your guests are always VIP.” Resorts & Dining | 185
C U C I NA E N O T E C A
CAFFE POS ITANO
2730 Via de la Valle | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.704.4500 | email@example.com cucinaenoteca.com
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
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“ Modern Italian kitchen meets rustic farmhouse.”
“ Be good to people and select terrific green coffee, then roast it the way it wants to be roasted.”
THYM E I N T H E R A N C H
FIR E NZE TR ATTOR IA
16236 San Dieguito Road, Suite 2-14 Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.759.0747 thymeintheranch.com
162 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road Encinitas, CA 92024 760.944.9000 | firstname.lastname@example.org firenzetrattoria.com
“A special kind of café.”
“ Dine in Tuscany tonight.”
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LAW & INSURANCE
© Luis C. Montiel
“Our proving integrity, dedication, and commitment to excellence will yield the results you want. ” — William L. Banning, ESQ., Banning L.L.P.
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CATAN ESE & W EL L S A LAW CORPORATION
31255 Cedar Valley Drive, Suite 213 | Westlake Village, CA 91362 T: 818.707.0407 | F: 818.707.1161 cataneselaw.com
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.
“Let Catanese & Wells use their experience and 33 years of service to the equine industry to help you today. There is no charge for the initial consultation.” 188 | Law & Insurance
MOMENTOUS INSURANCE BROKERAGE, INC. 5990 Sepulveda Boulevard, #550 | Van Nuys, CA 91411 818.933.2700 | email@example.com momentousins.com
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.” TAY LO R H A R R I S I N S U RANCE S E R VICE S 10116 Wheatland Avenue | Sunland, CA 91040 818.613.5382 | firstname.lastname@example.org taylorharris.com
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.” Law & Insurance | 189
S C A PA L AW GR OUP 21700 Oxnard Street #670 | Woodland Hills, CA 91367 818.710.1881 | email@example.com
Originally from Newport, R.I., Robert Scapa traveled and lived on three different continents as a boy while his father served as a Captain in the U.S. Navy. Robert began riding horses during their time in Ecuador. He graduated from Cal State Northridge in 1973, and moved on to law school in 1976. 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.
“You’re only as happy as you allow yourself to be.”
LAW O F F I C E O F B I NG I. B US H J R . 1330 Camino Del Mar | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.259.7540 | firstname.lastname@example.org bushlawoffices.com
Bing Bush, Jr. has tried numerous cases, mostly in California, Arizona & Kentucky, winning nearly every trial. Bing recently obtained a national record recovery for his clients in a wrongful death lawsuit in a difficult case against a national corporation. Although 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, business and equine affairs of people, literally from overseas royalty to local impoverished, at a large firm level with a personal touch. With a unique depth and breadth of experience, Bing has acted as an arbitrator or mediator in many cases helping others to avoid litigation by helping each side evaluate their case, likely scenarios and advisability of resolution through settlement.
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“Experience, integrity, and passion = results.”
“Don’t count the days, make the days count!” — Anonymous
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H I T S , I NC. 319 Main Street | Saugertise, NY 12477 858.246.8833 | email@example.com hitsshow.com
HITS, INC 2016-2017 HORSE SHOW SCHEDULE National Sunshine Series Thermal, CA November 2nd- November 13th Hits Thermal Desert Circuit Thermal, CA January 17th- March 19th Hits Ocala Winter Circuit Ocala, FL January 18th- March 26th Hits Arizona Winter Circuit Tucson, AZ February 1st- March, 12th 2017
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B L E N H E I M E Q UIS PORTS 14550 El Camino Real | Del Mar, CA 92014 949.443.1841 | firstname.lastname@example.org showpark.com
2016 Show Schedule Blenheim Summer Classic $30,000 Grand Prix & CPHA Medal Finals August 17 - 21, 2016 Showpark Summer Classic $25,000 & $50,000 Grand Prix CPHA Foundation Finals August 24 - 28, 2016 Showpark All Seasons Summer Tournament $25,000 & $50,000 Grand Prix Young Jumper Championships - West Interactive Mortgage Horses 10 & U Futurity Finals Sallie B. Wheeler Hunter Breeding Championships August 31 - September 4, 2016 Blenheim Fall Tournament $30,000 Grand Prix; IJF Four Year Old Finals; ASPCA Maclay Regionals & USHJA National Hunter Derby USHJA Children’s & Adult Jumper Regional Championships; CPHA Pre-Green Incentive Finals September 14 - 18, 2016 Blenheim Fall Tournament $30,000 Grand Prix; BES Young Horse Jumper Finals USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals West Zone Equitation Finals September 21 - 25, 2016 The Las Vegas National, CSI3* - W Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas Markel Grand Prix Series Finals Interactive Mortgage Under 25 Series Finals USHJA National Hunter Derbyl WCE Medal Finals NAL & SJHOF West Coast League Finals November 15 - 20, 2016
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WES T PA L M S E V E N T MANAGE ME NT 2683 Via de la Valle, Suite G-717 | Del Mar, CA 92014 818.987.3336 westpalmsevents.com
West Palms Event Management 2016 Schedule Flintridge Autumn Classic: September29-October2,LaCaĂąadaFlintridge,CA *Longines Los Angeles Masters: September 29- October 2, Los Angeles, CA Sacramento International Horse Show Welcome Week: September 28 - October 2, Rancho Murieta, CA Sacramento International Horse Show World Cup Week: October 5 - 9, Rancho Murieta, CA
Del Mar International Horse Show Welcome Week: October 12 - 16, Del Mar, CA Del Mar International Horse Show World Cup Week: October 19 - 23, Del Mar, CA Del Mar International Season Finale: October 27-30, Del Mar, CA Central California Fall Classic: November 2 - 6, Paso Robles, CA
Central California Oak Tree Classic: November 9 - 13, Paso Robles, CA * EEM World, Creator, and Organizer
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D EL M A R T H O R O U GHB R E D CLUB 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard | Del Mar, CA 92014 858.755.1141 | email@example.com dmtc.com
DEL MAR THOROUGHBRED 2016 RACE SCHEDULE Summer Season: July 15- September 5 Bing Crosby Season: November 11- December 4
S A N D I E G O P OLO CLUB 14555 El Camino Real | Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.481.9217 sandiegopolo.com
SAN DIEGO POLO CLUB 2016 SCHEDULE Second Opening Day + Aloha Sunday: Sun, Aug 21, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 5:00p.m. Tacos + Tequila to Benefit Compassion for the Animals: Sun, Aug 28, 2016 12:30 p.m.- 5:00p.m. White Party to Benefit the American Lung Association: Sun, Sep 4, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Womenâ€™s Tournament to Benefit Susan G. Komen San Diego: Sun, Sep 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. USPA Spreckels Cup & Hat Day to Benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center: Sun, Sep 25, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
USPA Spreckels Cup Finals & Closing Day to Benefit Dress for Success: Salute to Military & Veterans Polo Day Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. to Benefit Veterans Research Alliance: Sun, Sep 11, 2016 12:30p.m. - 5:00p.m. Calendar | 195
Aspinall, Glenn.....................50 Awad, Hawley.......................45 Bone, Mark...........................39 Bricker, Donnie.....................50 Carbonari, Jenny..................47 Cillis, Phillip..........................34 Conley, Mark.........................31 Cooper, Nathalie..................48 Cox, Archie...........................48 Devenport, Lynn...................50 Del Mar Horsepark Trainers..44 French, John.........................48 Gonzales, Enrique................46 Grock, Mark..........................33 Hansen, Hap.........................35 Hayden, Mickey....................42 Hegewisch, Everardo...........46 Hutchison, Susan..................43 Johnson, Nicole...................49 LÃ¤ufer, Birthe........................49 Leopold-Moreno, Ali............30 Macleod, Clay.......................50 Mahin, Verena......................40 Medosi, Marie......................41 Menezes, Eduardo...............46 Middle Ranch Trainers..........44 Nizri, Simon..........................18 Nordlof-Davis, Lena.............49 Obligado, Guillermo............37 Onoda, Nick.........................41 Parker, Michelle....................46 Petschenig, Peter..................36 Porter, Mandy.......................43 Potter, Kerri..........................42 Pratt, Chris............................64
ANIMAL CARE PROFESSIONALS
Quirk, Tish............................38 Sage, Mickie ........................32 Saxton, Alicia........................47 Steele, Leslie........................48 Tar Farms..............................45 Traurig, Christine..................49 Vanderwood, Kim.................46 Von Henkle, Leah.................47 Wahler, Penny.......................47
Large Animal Vets Dana Niguel Vetetirnary Hospital................................91 Grimm, Lisa/Equitage..........84 Lewis, Lindsey.......................91 McCabe, Dr. Anne................86 San Diego Equine................88 San Luis Rey Equine Hospital....................91 So Cal Equine Podiatry.........89 Vazquez, Rodrigo.................85 Woodward, Helen................88 Farriers Carr, Jim & James.................92 Gonzales, Joel......................92 Greenwood, Robert.............92 Silverman, Dr. Mark..............87 Small Animal Vets All Creatures Hospital..........90 Redpath, Sue........................91
Ad Astra................................72 Cloud 9 Farms......................71 Del Mar Horsepark...............73 Dove Hollow.........................73 Fairbanks Riding Club..........72 Highland Farms....................72 Osuna Ranch........................70 Poway Equestrian Center.....56 Rancho Riding Club..............71 Seabreeze.............................72 Wildflower Farms.................73 Willow Creek........................73
HOME AND BARN Home
Bon Bon Home and Garden..144 Davidson Communities......148 Exterior Designs Landscape.151 Terra Bella...........................149
Barn BLT Grading.......................150 Carter’s Hay & Grain...........152 Crop Production Services...152 Classic Equine Equipment..147 Dave Martin Footing............58 Derian Equipment..............146 Elston Hay & Grain.............152 Mary’s Tack & Feed.............151 Walter Navas......................145
PERFORMANCE & WELLNESS
Adeptus Nutrition..............155 Back On Track.....................157 Cavalor................................157 Centurion...........................157 Easy Cryo...........................156 Equifit.................................157 Equinem USA.....................154 Equitage.............................156
Voltaire...............................168 Wind Horse..........................74
FASHION & BEAUTY
Continental Cleaners.........173 Diamond Boutique.............170 E.C. Style Bar........................20 Katherine Cosmetics..........172 Matti D...............................172 Poppy Boutique.................173 White Rose.........................171 Zuccolotto Designs................7
RESORTS & DINING
Caffe Positano....................186 Cucina Enoteca..................186 Dolce..................................185 Donovan’s...........................185
Firenze................................186 Grand Del Mar....................183 L’Auberge Del Mar............184 Market................................185 Morada...............................185 Rancho Valencia.................184 Red Tracton’s......................182 The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe...183 Thyme in the Ranch............186
LAW & INSURANCE
Banning LLP........................187 Catanese & Wells...............188 Law Offices of Bing Bush...190 Momentous Insurance Brokerage...........................189 Scapa Law Group...............190 Taylor Harris Insurance Brokerage...........................189
Equi Air Shipping Services..............................161 Land Rover of San Diego...161 Stateside Farms..................160
TACK & SADDLERY
Barnes Tack Room..............165 CWD...................................168 Der Dau..............................168 Devocoux...........................168 EQU Lifestyle Boutique......164 KL Select.............................167 Solea...................................166
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