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Equestrian Winter 2016

Off the Grounds A Guide to WinterCircuit Activities

Olympic Greatness

A Photo Gallery of Success

10 Ways to Engage Interact with the USEF Community


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Table of Contents





Cover photo: Pretty Pixels Photography

24 10 Ways to Engage

Interact with the USEF Community

33 Olympic Greatness

A Photo Gallery of Success

42 Off the Grounds

A Guide to Winter-Circuit Activities

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8 Sponsors

Take a Look at Our Partners

12 Trending

Holiday Decor

16 Seen and Heard

2016 Season Comes to an End

2017 Annual Meeting

Gifts for the equestrian in your life

20 Inside Perspective 52 Gift Guide



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s we approach the holiday season, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is ready to wrap up a successful 2016 and move on to an exciting 2017. With the achievements of our 2016 U.S. Olympic Equestrian Teams, Equestrian Magazine looks at U.S. Olympic champions of the past. All 2016 USEF National Championships have been completed and titles have been won. Check out what was Seen and Heard around the Championships. As we get ready for the holiday season, we have a gift guide for the equestrians in your life, as well as gift wrapping ideas with spare supplies from your tack trunk. The USEF staff is busy behind the scenes gearing up for the 2017 Annual Meeting. Equestrian Magazine previews the dynamic new aspects the meeting will offer, including the new strategic plan that will be presented by incoming USEF President Murray Kessler and the 100th Anniversary Celebration hosted by outgoing President Chrystine Tauber. If you’re looking for ways to engage with the USEF and the sport, we have 10 ways to get involved with the organization and utilize your membership. Whether you’ll be spending your holidays at home with loved ones or in the barn preparing for 2017, we wish all equestrians a joyful holiday season and a happy New Year!

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Equestrian Magazine Volume LXXX, No. 4 Published by The United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. Chief Marketing & Content Officer Vicki Lowell Advertising Director Kim Russell Contributing Writers Mark Coley Cissy Hamilton Kathleen Landwehr Leah Oliveto Contributing Editors Mark Coley Kathleen Landwehr Glenye Oakford Leah Oliveto Dana Rossmeier Eileen Schnettler Creative Director Candice McCown Graphic Design Courtney Cotton Equestrian Magazine (ISSN 1548-873X) is published five times a year: Horse of the Year Special Edition, Spring/Spectator’s Guide, Winter, Fall, Winter, by the United States Equestrian Federation®, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; Phone: (859) 258-2472; Fax: (859) 231-6662. (ISSN:1548-873X). NOTE: Effective Issue 1 of 2015, Equestrian Magazine will be published and provided electronically and only four editions will have a limited number of printed copies. Only the Horse of the Year Special Edition will provided in the U.S. Mail. USEF is not responsible for the opinions and statements expressed in signed articles and paid advertisements. These opinions are not necessarily the opinions of USEF and its staff. While the Federation makes every effort to avoid errors, we assume no liability to anyone for mistakes or omissions. It is the policy of the Federation to report factually and accurately in Equestrian and to encourage and to publish corrections whenever warranted. Kindly direct any comments or inquiries regarding corrections to the Vicki Lowell vlowell@usef.org or by direct dial 859-225-2024. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Equestrian, 4047 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. Canadian Publications Agreement No. 40845627. For Canadian returns, mail to Canada Express, 7686 #21 Kimble Street Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L5S1E9. (905) 672-8100. Reproduction of any article, in whole or part, by written permission only of the Editor. Equestrian: Publisher, United States Equestrian Federation®, Chief Executive Officer, William J. Moroney (859) 225-6912. Director of Advertising, Kim Russell (859) 225-6938. Copyright © 2016. Equestrian is the official publication of the United States Equestrian Federation, the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport in the USA, and is an official publication of USEF.

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Inexpensive Recycled Gift Wrap for the Horse Lover In keeping with our green theme, your local newspaper has what are called “end rolls.” They're left over after the day's paper is printed. The printer will be happy to give them to you for free. This is what you can use to wrap gifts. Additionally, I keep all the cool Christmas cards I get from friends from the year before and cut off the tops of the cards. I mount this to the top of the package with double-sided tape. Add some cedar or evergreen sprigs, and possibly some pinecones, to this arrangement, and some pretty plaid ribbon, and you are done! I am blessed to live on a beautiful property in the Northwest and have the luxury of going out my door to find a plethora of greens from which to pick. For those of you who do not have that opportunity, this is a great time to stop the holiday craziness. Take a walk, see what is growing locally in your area, and take a breath of fresh air to gain perspective on the holidays. We visited Michaels craft store and found a die cut of a horse. We chose some inexpensive sheets of holiday paper for some fun additions to your packages.

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t’s officially holiday time. Turkey and all the extras have been enjoyed, and I am sure most of you, if you are like me, are running around a little stressed. Forget making your way to your local shopping mall this holiday season for your gift wrapping; just take a second look at some of the things in your tack box and trunk! Baling twine? One spur? Old stirrup leather? Let’s not forget that large assortment of bits! Here is a helping hand with some creative ideas to inexpensively wrap your gifts. We have also included some good ways to use some of the endless tack you keep accumulating for holiday décor.

Equestrian Cheese Serving Tray This is a simple solution for displaying cheese and crackers. We used an antique mirror and hot glued a bit on the bottom, adding some cedar boughs and berries for color. The mirror creates a reflection and is especially nice if some holiday lights are nearby. Garland Using Spurs, Stirrup Irons, and Bits Secure your garland to a staircase with wire. Then, drape some pretty wired holiday ribbon laced throughout the garland. We actually attached the spur, bit, and stirrup iron with a branch of the garland. Pick these three items and repeat, going up the stairs. Stirrup Iron with Leather Wreath This wreath can easily be made with an old stirrup leather, stirrup iron, artificial wreath, and some holiday ribbon. Take an old leather and cut it down; use one of the existing holes to secure the wreath with a large-headed nail into the wall. It looks especially cheerful hung on each side of a set of barn doors. In keeping with our green theme, we took the same leftover items, added some large draft horse shoes that we spray painted bright gold, and tied them onto a large wreath. Let’s face it, you most likely will feel some stress this holiday season, but it will not be because your packages lack personality (or because your tack box is a tangled mess of extra stirrups and bits). Mary Cox is an equestrian interior designer who has accumulated a ridiculous amount of tack. She is the owner of Horse of a Different Color, a classic equestrian home décor site (equestrianinteriors.com), and welcomes your ideas and creative solutions for incorporating your used tack into your home décor. Check out her ideas on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


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“This is what we strive for. The girls really rose to the occasion. I told them to just go in there and have fun. They had enough experience so they knew what to do, and they did it.” - Chef d’Equipe Ralph Caristo after the Zone 2 team won the Team Gold medal in Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships at the


Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

In one year he achieved the same goal with three different horses, which, in my mind, is the toughest part to work out. Normally you change one horse out, get another one in, but Steve [Wilson] has come so far that he can drive a different pair just as well.

- U.S. Driving Coach Thorsten Zarembowicz on Steve Wilson winning back-to-back USEF Pair Horse Driving National Championship titles with three different horses from when he won the 2015 national title.

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Top: President Barack Obama shook hands with U.S. Paralympian Angela Peavy in the Blue Room during Team USA’s visit to the White House following the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Bottom: Meghan O’Donoghue and Rehy USA won the USEF Eventing One-Star National Championship at the Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge.



“As a rider, it is incredibly invaluable and important to have these opportunities to compete overseas and I am very grateful for the support that allows me to do so.” - Land Rover/USEF Eventing Competition Grant recipient Lauren Kieffer after finishing fourth in the Military Boekelo-Enschede CCIO3* with rising star Meadowbrook’s Scarlett.

“I’m so happy; she jumped well. Even though I was feeling nervous going into it, but she felt fit and ready to go.” - Jennie Brannigan on claiming The Dutta Corp./ PHOTO: © AL COOK - ALCOOKPHOTO.COM

USEF Eventing Two-Star National Championship title with Stella Artois following their show jumping round.


Top: TJ O’Mara on his way to winning the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Final presented by Randolph College with Kaskade after claiming top honors in the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – East the previous weekend. Middle: Katherine Strauss of Zone 2 rode All In to win Team and Individual Gold medals in the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Bottom: 2016 USEF Single Pony Driving National Champions Leslie Berndl and Sweetwater’s Zorah Belle competed in the marathon phase at the Kentucky Classic CDE. usef.org

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Ushering in a Revitalized USEF Those attending the United States Equestrian Federation’s (USEF) Annual Meeting will notice a bit of change in the atmosphere. Taking place January 11-14, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency and adjoining Lexington Center in Lexington, Ky., this year’s Annual Meeting adds an extra layer of excitement. Newly elected USEF President Murray Kessler will outline a compelling strategic vision on Wednesday, January 11, during the General Session. The new direction aims to build upon former President Chrystine Tauber’s valuable work in propelling U.S. equestrian sport to unprecedented levels by bringing the joy of horse sports to as many people as possible. Kessler will explain how this plan will increase USEF membership, build a larger equestrian fan base, and continue to provide access to and increase participation in equestrian sports at all levels by ensuring fairness, safety, and enjoyment. “Just like almost everything else at the USEF right now, the Annual Meeting will be going through many changes over the next few years, starting with this year’s meeting 20  Equestrian  Winter 2016

2 0 1 7 A N N UA L M E E T I N G

in Lexington. In the past, the USEF Annual Meeting was almost exclusively for committee meetings and awards. This year we will be adding an important change,” said Kessler. “We will use this forum to share the strategies and plans we have to grow equestrian sport in the U.S. I will be sharing the new strategic plan in a two-hour General Session on Wednesday. On Friday, the USEF Management team will surprise you with the massive implementation plans, many of which will be launched during the meeting. If you love horse sports, you will want to attend this landmark conference.” As part of this dynamic shift in focus, USEF will captivate attendees throughout the week of Annual Meeting with imagery and activities showcasing the new vision. Hands-on booths will be positioned around the rotunda, giving attendees an opportunity to interact with USEF staff on several topics beneficial to USEF members. Visitors can learn useful tips to navigate the revamped website and explore its new “Learning Center” portal. Additionally, show organizers can pick up suggestions on ways to increase traditional and usef.org


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digital media exposure around competitions as well as gain a better understanding of the competition dashboard. Those involved in competing can stop by to learn about everything associated with USEF horse registration. In addition to several committee meetings over the course of the week, three Town Halls will be held on Wednesday, January 11. All three tackle important issues facing equestrian sport: Concussions, Horse Welfare, and Drugs and Medications. The second General Session on Friday, January 13, features USEF CEO Bill Moroney, General Counsel Sonja Keating, Director of Sport Will Connell, Chief Financial Officer David Harris, Chief Information Officer Justin Provost, and Chief Marketing and Content Officer Vicki Lowell as they break down the USEF strategic plan implementation and recap the progress that occurred in 2016. What would Annual Meeting be without fun on the agenda? On Wednesday, January 11, attendees will gather at Lexington’s cultural gem, 21c Museum Hotel, for the 100th Anniversary Celebration hosted by Chrystine Tauber. Durusef.org

ing the course of the evening, everyone can catch up with industry friends and get a sneak peak of rebranded ShopUSEF apparel available in 2017 via a fashion show. On Friday, January 13, USEF will hold the Pegasus Awards to celebrate distinguished individuals who have made an incredible impact in the U.S. equestrian community. Finally, the 2017 USEF Annual Meeting wraps up on Saturday with the Horse of the Year Awards recognizing the 2016 USEF Champions. Annual Meeting registration, hotel accommodations, and a complete schedule of events are available at USEF.org/convention. Upon registration, stay on top of the latest announcements leading up to and during the week with the USEF Annual Meeting app, compatible with iOS and Android devices, available for download on iTunes and Google Play. Please note that the Pegasus Awards and Horse of the Year Awards are two separate events and are not included with Annual Meeting registration. Those interested in attending these awards banquets must purchase tickets separately. ■ Dana Rossmeier Winter 2016

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1. Attend a competition: Whether riding for the blue ribbon as a competitor or enjoying top-level performances as a spectator, competitions are a great way to meet fellow equestrian enthusiasts. Search for an upcoming show in your area on usef.org.


2. Become a USEF member: Join the equestrian community and share your passion with others. Whether you are competing or just a fan of the sport, take advantage of memberonly benefits including access to live and on-demand video from the USEF Network and full access to the new USEF Learning Center.

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3. Bad weather? Watch indoors: The USEF Network brings live coverage of horse shows from across the country throughout the year. Some of the most prestigious competitions are featured, and with on-demand video, you can re-watch them anytime.


4. Read an equestrian book: With publications covering topics from training techniques to nutrition, explore Amazon Smile for the perfect book. Be sure to sign up and choose the U.S. Equestrian Federation to give back to the sport with all of your future Amazon purchases.


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5. Attend the USEF Annual Meeting: Do not miss the opportunity to network with top professionals, learn about exciting new opportunities coming to the USEF, celebrate top achievements throughout the 2016 competition season, and much more! Attend January 11-14, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.


6. Introduce a child to the beauty of horses: There is nothing like seeing the joy on children’s faces when they are around horses. Encourage the junior high or high school rider in your life to participate in the USEF's Lettering Program, celebrating their achievements both in the classroom and at the barn, or request a fun USEF coloring book featuring the different breeds and disciplines to share your passion with kids of all ages.

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7. Give back and help horses: Having originated during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was formed to help ensure the safety and well-being of horses during trying times. Money donated to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund is used to prepare for disasters and assists equines of any breed who are victims of disasters including, but not limited to, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, blizzards, and fires. In 2016 over $15,000 was given to horses in need. Learn more about how you can help at usef.org.


8. Understand the rules: Become familiar with the rules that allow for a fair and level playing field for all competitors. The USEF Rule Book is available in digital form, and you can bookmark the website for quick access whenever you need it.


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9. Learn about the sport’s history: Visit the Kentucky Horse Park and explore the International Museum of the Horse, housing permanent and featured exhibits in an interactive experience. Also at the picturesque state park are the American Saddlebred Museum, the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Wheeler Museum, and U. S. Equestrian Federation headquarters.


10. Connect on social media: Experience unique content by following the U.S. Equestrian Federation on a variety of social media accounts. Get a behind-the-scenes look at competitions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube and share your favorite photos and videos with us.

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201 7 USEF ANNUAL MEETING JA N UA RY 11 T H – 1 4 T H L E X I N GTO N , KY Don’t miss the unveiling of the all new US Equestrian Federation! HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Strategic Plan Presentation by incoming President Murray Kessler New branding & advertising campaign Video Learning Center featuring top experts & athletes Website reveal including USEF Network New membership growth plans, benefits & more Join us for a special Welcome Reception in honor of Chrystine Tauber, the Pegasus Awards & Horse of the Year Gala events!





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questrian Magazine invites you to take a journey through the history of some of the most successful U.S. Olympic Equestrian Teams. These photos of our Teams atop many podiums bring to life the joy of horse sports. To read more about the U.S. Team’s performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, check out the wrap-up in the Fall Edition of the Equestrian Magazine.

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The 1968 U.S. Eventing Team – (l to r) Michael Plumb, Kevin Freeman, Jimmy Wofford, and Michael Page

Mexico City 1968 At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico, the U.S. Eventing Team of Kevin Freeman and Chalan, Michael Page and Foster, Michael Plumb and Plain Sailing, and Jimmy Wofford and Kilkenny earned the Silver medal. Page and Foster also took home the Individual Eventing Bronze medal, while William Steinkraus and Snowbound won the Individual Jumping Gold medal.

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The 1992 U.S. Dressa dahl, Robert Dover, M

Montreal 1976 At the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, the U.S. Dressage Team of Hilda Gurney and Keen, Edith Master and Dahlwitz, and Dorothy Morkis and Monaco took home the Bronze medal. The U.S. Eventing Team of Edmund “Tad” Coffin and Bally Cor, Bruce Davidson Sr. and Irish Cap, Michael Plumb and Better & Better, and Mary Anne Tauskey and Marcus Aurelius won the Gold medal. Additionally, Coffin and Plumb took home the Individual Eventing Gold and Silver medals, respectively.



The 1976 U.S. Dressage Team – (l to r) Hilda Gurney, Edith Master, and Dorothy Morkis

age Team – (l to r) Charlotte BreMichael Poulin, and Carol Lavell

The 1988 U.S. Show Jumping Team – (l to r) Joe Fargis, Lisa Jacquin, Greg Best, and Anne Kursinski

Seoul 1988 The U.S. Show Jumping Team of Greg Best and Gem Twist, Joe Fargis and Mill Pearl, Lisa Jacquin and For the Moment, and Anne Kursinski and Starman took home the Silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. Best and Gem Twist also earned the Individual Jumping Silver medal.


Barcelona 1992 At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, the U.S. Dressage Team earned the Bronze medal. The team was comprised of Charlotte Bredahl and Monsieur, Robert Dover and Lectron, Carol Lavell and Gifted, and Michael Poulin and Graf George. Norman Dello Joio and Irish took home the Individual Jumping Bronze medal.

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The 1996 U.S. Eventing Team – (l to r) David O’Connor, Karen O’Connor, Jill Henneberg, and Bruce Davidson Sr.

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The U.S. Show Jumping Team of Leslie Burr-Howard and Extreme, Anne Kursinski and Eros, Peter Leone and Legato, and Michael Matz and Rhum won the Silver medal.


Atlanta 1996 The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta were incredibly successful for the U.S., with all three equestrian teams winning medals. The U. S. Dressage Team of Robert Dover and Metallic, Michelle Gibson and Peron, Steffen Peters and Udon, and Guenter Seidel and Graf George earned the Bronze medal. The U.S. Eventing Team took home the Silver medal. The team was comprised of Bruce Davidson Sr. and Heyday, Jill Henneberg and Nirvana, David O’Connor and Giltedge, and Karen O’Connor and Biko. Kerry Millikin and Out and About also won the Individual Eventing Bronze medal.


The 1996 U.S. Dressage Team – (l to r) Robert Dover, Steffen Peters, Michelle Gibson, and Guenter Seidel

The 1996 U.S. Show Jumping Team - (l to r) Anne Kursinski, Peter Leone, Assistant Chef d'Equipe George Morris, Leslie Burr-Howard, Chef d'Equipe Frank Chapot, and Michael Matz (back row, far right)


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The 2000 U.S. Eventing Team – (l to r) Linden Weisman, David O’Connor, Karen O’Connor, and Nina Fout

The 2000 U.S. Dressage Team – (l to r) Sue Blinks, Guenter Seidel, Robert Dover, and Christine Traurig with Chef d’Equipe Jessica Ransehousen

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Sydney 2000 At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, the U.S. Dressage Team won the Bronze medal with Sue Blinks and Flim Flam, Robert Dover and Rainier, Guenter Seidel and Foltaire, and Christine Traurig and Etienne. The U.S. Eventing Team of Nina Fout and 3 Magic Beans, David O’Connor and Giltedge, Karen O’Connor and Prince Panache, and Linden Wiesman and Anderoo also earned a Team Bronze medal. David O’Connor and Custom Made won the Individual Eventing Gold medal.

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Athens 2004 The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, were also a successful showing for the U.S. Equestrian Team, as all three teams ended up on the podium. The U.S. Dressage Team of Robert Dover and FBW Kennedy, Debbie McDonald and Brentina, Guenter Seidel and Aragon, and Lisa Wilcox and Relevant 5 won the Bronze medal. Darren Chiacchia and Windfall II, Julie Richards and Jacob Two Two, Kimberly Severson and Winsome Adante, Amy Tryon and Poggio II, and John Williams and Carrick made up the U.S. Eventing Team, which won the Bronze medal. Severson and Winsome Adante also took home the usef.org


The 2004 U.S. Jumping Team (l to r) Chris Kappler, Peter Wylde, Beezie Madden, and McLain Ward

004 U.S. Dressage Team (l to r) Robert Dover, Wilcox, Debbie McDonald, and Guenter Seidel

Individual Eventing Silver medal. The U.S. Show Jumping Team, made up of Chris Kappler and Royal Kaliber, Beezie Madden and Authentic, McLain Ward and Sapphire, and Peter Wylde and Fein Cera, won the Gold medal. Additionally, Kappler and Royal Kaliber won the Individual Show Jumping Silver medal.


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The 2008 U.S. Show Jumping Team – (l to r) Will Simpson, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden, and McLain Ward


Beezie Madden accepts her Olympic Individual Show Jumping Silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Beijing 2008 At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, the equestrian competitions were held apart from the main games in Hong Kong. The U. S. Show Jumping Team of Laura Kraut and Cedric, Beezie Madden and Authentic, Will Simpson and Carlsson Vom Dach, and McLain Ward and Sapphire won the Gold medal. Madden and Authentic also earned the Individual Show JumpingBronze medal. In Eventing, Gina Miles and McKinlaigh took home the Individual Eventing Silver medal.

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A GUIDE TO WINTER CIRCUIT ACTIVITIES “Monday is the New Saturday� Last jump cleared, last lesson taught, last office bill paid, last horse put away: show is over. Trainers, grooms, riders, and parents have made it through another horse show week. A collective sigh of relief courses through the four major winter equestrian circuits in Ocala, Fla., Wellington, Fla., Aiken, S.C., and Thermal, Calif. We are all here to train and compete, but there is life off of the horse show grounds. Having escaped the hardships of winter weather, we are compelled to grasp all of the advantages - indoor and outdoor - that these destinations have to offer. Off the grounds and into town!

Opposite: Wellington City Place Hero Plaza Fountain at dusk

Wellington Norton Museum of Art

Wellington, Fla., has held a winter equestrian circuit for over four decades. It is the largest and longest-running equestrian competition in the world. Beginning in a small polo grounds not far from the current site, WEF, as it is known, is now one of the preeminent facilities for world-class dressage, hunter, and show jumping competition. Wellington offers many options for entertainment both on the show grounds and off. Friday nights are reserved for the “Friday Night Lights” dressage competitions at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Each Friday night, top international dressage riders compete head-to-head under the lights of the stadium. Delicious food and varied clothing and souvenir shops offer a great start to the weekend.

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The next night you can drive across the street to the International Arena to enjoy show jumping at its finest. “Saturday Night Lights” features Grand Prix competitors from over two dozen countries in an electric atmosphere of bright lights, big crowds, and great competition. The venue includes a merry-goround and face painting for kids, many different food and libation options, and live music. It is truly an evening that offers something for horse enthusiasts and casual fans alike. The International Polo Club (IPC) is a few miles from the WEF grounds and is the premier polo destination in the world. IPC hosts the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Open to the


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public, the venue offers a wide range of hospitality and is a great place to spend Sunday afternoons. Mingle with the elite as you watch the fast and furious sport of polo. While the Winter Equestrian Festival complex is a world unto itself, there is a rich menu of options for recreation outside of its walls. Wellington is twelve miles from the ocean, providing easy access to beautiful beaches. If you have had enough of the sun at the horse shows, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach are shopping meccas. West Palm Beach hosts the famed City Place complex with a plethora of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Palm Beach offers high-end retail therapy


on famed Worth Avenue. To feed the cultural side, the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach houses an impressive permanent collection including Americans Georgia O’Keeffe and Jackson Pollack and European masters Monet, Gauguin, and Picasso. The Kravis Center contains a 2,000-seat concert hall, a playhouse, and an outdoor amphitheatre and offers an interesting mix of entertainment options. For those yearning for a different sports experience, the nearby BB&T Center is home to the Florida Panthers, a professional hockey team. The Everglades are a short drive away and offer fan boat tours and fishing expeditions.

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Above: Ocala’s Downtown Gazebo Right: Juniper Springs in Ocala National Forest

“Monday, Monday.” Heading north and west, we find another winter equestrian destination in Ocala, Fla. Located in limestone-rich Marion County, Ocala supports very rich pasture land and is a large resource for the equine industry. With over 1,200 horse farms in the area, many different equine activities are represented, including thoroughbred breeding and training, eventing, show jumping, and dressage. The abundance of open space allows for a variety of training and business opportunities for horsemen and recreational options for vacationers. Ocala is home to one of the HITS horse show circuits. Generating over $7 million dollars a year

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for the area, the show offers 10 weeks of premier hunter and jumper classes, culminating in March with the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix. The newly-opened Grand Prix stadium is home to visitor-friendly Grand Prix events on Fridays and Sundays, free of charge. Eventing is also represented with the Ocala Horse Properties Winter Event Series which draws the best in U.S. eventing. Out of the horse world, Ocala boasts a beautiful state park, a national forest, a celebrated hiking trail, and a historic district. The Silver Springs State Park is one of the oldest parks in the United States and was Florida’s first tourist destination in the 19th century. Fed by artesian springs on the



Silver River, this attraction offers the crystal clear beauty of one of the last uninhabited springs in the state. Take a glass bottom boat tour and experience the exquisite bird and wildlife population that the park has to offer. The Ocala National Forest is the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi, and receives more visitors than any other national forest in Florida. It has over 600 natural lake and ponds to visit as well as a variety of wildlife including black bears, alligators, wild boar, and river otters. Canoeing, camping, and hiking are all options in the Ocala National Forest. The Florida Trail is 72 miles long and began in Ocala in 1966. Beautifully maintained and marked


trail segments wind through pine forests, wetlands, and open prairies. Camping and backpacking are great activities for a day off. For the less outdoor-oriented, Ocala has a rich civic history. The historic district, known as “The Square,” is ripe with buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including the CocaCola Building, a bottling plant constructed in 1939. The Square has a friendly, small town ambiance as it welcomes its visitors to walk around and sample foods, listen to music, and shop with local artisans. Sit in the iconic gazebo and watch the crowds meander by. For thrill seekers, a popular day-off destination is Canyons Zip Line and Canopy Tours. Not for the faint of heart, this attraction is located in a 94acre abandoned limestone quarry and resembles a cluster of deep canyons. The entire complex is traversed with zip lines that elevate to 165 feet at their highest point. The course is about a mile long, takes 2 ½ - 3 hours to complete, and is in high demand throughout the winter season. Fly like a bird over a landscape of rocky cliffs and wide blue lakes and try to believe that you are in Florida! While in Ocala, one feels the inevitable tug of Orlando and all that it offers. Only an hour and a half from Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and a myriad of other attractions, kids and adults alike will find entertainment value. Plan at least one day off around Orlando. Finally, salt water is less than two hours away in either direction. Daytona Beach is an easy 90-minute drive and offers an action-packed break for motor enthusiasts and beachcombers alike. To the west, sleepy Cedar Key is one of the hidden gems on the Gulf of Mexico.

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“California Dreamin’ ” The California horse show community congregates at the HITS Thermal Desert Circuit in Thermal, Calif. Located in the Coachella Valley, Thermal is 25 miles from Palm Springs and twoand-a-half hours by car from San Diego. Thermal is below sea level and was originally established as a railroad camp for Southern Pacific Railroad employees. HITS moved the horse show venue from Indio to Thermal in 2007, and offers eight weeks of competition culminating in the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix and a $100,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Thermal is a tiny town set in the beautiful desert region of southern California. Far from glitz and commercialism, Thermal invokes the quiet solitude of its desert ecosystem. Days off are spent enjoying the temperate climate and dry air of the region. A nearby outlet shopping mall fulfills the retail itch for many. Hiking and backpacking through the painted desert are popular activities and present a chance to experience a variety of natural wildlife and plant life. Many members of the equestrian community visit The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Established by members of the local community, this organization provides exhibits on butterflies, exotic animals, endangered species, and indigenous plant life, all in an effort to promote education and preservation. A short car ride away is Palm Springs, a city famous for its mid-century modern architecture and design. In its heyday, Palm Springs was a popular second home and vacation place for the Hollywood elite. In its modern state, it is a destination for architecture aficionados, musicians, artists, and vacationers seeking a unique small-town experience. Palm Springs is sleek and artsy with

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unique shops, fine dining, and boutique hotels. The lilt of the city is testament to generations of artists and performers. Also a sports destination, it boasts over 100 golf courses, professional tennis tournaments, and professional polo matches. Palm Springs is hip and trendy, a nice contrast to the peaceful, quiet rhythm of the desert. “Carolina on My Mind” Heading east again, we find one of the oldest equestrian communities in the country in Aiken, S.C. Founded in 1835, the small city has a long tradition as a winter haven for Northeasterners. The Aiken Winter Colony was founded in the late 19th century by famous horsemen Thomas Hitchcock, Sr. and William Whitney, and has grown into a mecca for a myriad of equestrian activities. Horse trials, horse shows, dressage clinics, driving derbies can all be found in Aiken during the winter season. Steeplechase racing occurs in March and October, attracting the best ‘chasers’ in the country. The allure of a day of tailgating, horse racing,


Left: A California couple in water at Indian Canyons Middle: California Uptown District Above: Aiken State Park


and family activities draws a huge crowd to Aiken. The city also offers the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, with popular exhibits documenting the long and illustrious tradition of horse racing in South Carolina. Having been a destination for snowbirds from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Aiken is ripe with beautiful antebellum-style homes in its burgeoning historic district. Downtown Aiken is the quintessential southern Small Town, USA. Quaint and quiet, it invites you to stroll down Main Street window shopping and tasting the local fare. The shops offer an eclectic choice of local artisans’ goods, antiques, and savory foods. The Aiken Center for the Arts promotes arts in the community with five galleries, varied cultural activities, films, and musical performances. A local theatre group holds year-round performances ranging from drama to musicals. For those with interest in astrology, the DuPont Planetarium and RPSEC Observatory offers a chance to gaze at the stars. In the huge dome, live presentations explain the constellations and vis-


ible planets. What an incredible opportunity to see the big sky in such a small town! Outdoor enthusiasts can spend their days off exploring the Aiken State Park encompassing 1,000 acres of pristine pinelands and offering camping, canoeing, and fishing opportunities. The famed Hitchcock Woods is a land preserve unparalleled in beauty. Equestrians, dog walkers, and joggers may enjoy the over 70 miles of sandy trails and a stunning variety of ecosystems. If golf is your passion, and you have some serious connections, Augusta National is the home of the Masters Tournament and is just a 30-minute journey. Doze by the pool or dip in the sea, go racing or rapelling, Worth Avenue or Main Street, museums or historic houses, pine forest or painted desert the winter equestrian destinations offer something for everyone. Let the horses rest as you check in with the world outside of the barn. Each of these towns stands alone as a great place to visit. The horse connection is a big bonus, but not the only game in town.

■ Cissy Hamilton

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What’s Next HOTY Issue The next edition of Equestrian Magazine is the most popular of the year: The Horse of the Year Edition. We’ll have a wrap-up of the events at the 2017 USEF Annual Meeting, including:

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