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Panoramic Ocean Views in La Jolla


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Equestrian Paradise


Darling Family Home


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Warm and inviting 3+ bedroom home, perched above one of Rancho Santa Fe Covenant’s finest streets. Surrounded by acres of open space, this easily manageable 1.04 acres private site is ideally located near Village and golf course.

All usable and private site in the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe with approved plans for a stunning 9,400 sq. ft. estate with a barn and guest house. Room for an arena and spacious pastures and offers direct trail access.

Located on the westside of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant, this remodeled, 4+ bedroom home is adorned with gorgeous upgrades. The 2.85 flat, usable acres includes a pool, spacious barbeque patio, detached guest house, separate exercise and hobby room, and room for tennis or horses.

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This Equestrian paradise is conveniently located and offers 8.74 flat green acres, a 3 bedroom main house, 2 guest houses, an all-weather Grand Prix arena, a custom 14 stall barn, several corrals and paddocks and lush green pasture.

Architectural volumes and brilliant use of materials are the hallmark of this 4BD masterpiece completed in 2007. Open interior spaces, European kitchen, 1,200 bottle subterannean wine room, zero edge pool and spa, and state-of-the-art audio visual system make this La Jolla living at its finest.

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ou may not think of yourself this way, but chances are that if you are reading this magazine, you are an aficionado of good living. With this in mind, we have devoted this issue to sumptuous summer. We know that all of you, our readers, are ready for this season, but with the trends and destinations we present within you will be at a whole new level of preparedness. ‘Expressions’ features new trends and fashion tips, a little guide for summer style. If you are wondering how to match those trendy floral patterns with that incredible scarf you just bought, or have any doubt about summer suits (not the bathing kind), we have tips that cover it all. Take some fashion risks and adapt trends. We can get you started... Fun is synonymous with summer, and we all agree that travelling is a sure way to enjoy the sun. We discovered some of the best beach destinations around the world, from seeing the sights aboard a yacht to visiting the ultimate resorts surrounded by water. We covered The Caribbean, the mysterious Indian Ocean, sunny Thailand and more. London is still on our minds. The Olympics are just around the corner and we offer you a selection of the five best hotels to consider for your trip to see the world’s best athletes. Plus we included some excursions definitely worth considering in and around the area. From the equestrian set we are pleased to present an inside look into the relationship between FEI World Cup winner Rich Fellers and his equine partner Flexible. Read about a top grand prix rider who has taken wildlife under his wing, Chris Pratt and the Wildlife Waystation. Continuing to cover the up and coming stars, we profiled six talented females steeped into the world of show jumping. While celebrating the long days and balmy nights of summer, we hope you enjoy all this issue has to offer.

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Content EXPRESSIONS LOOKS Soak up the sun in these amazing clothes.

NEWS Strut in style this summer with any of these three items.

CHRIS PRATT Chris Pratt takes Epic Stables to new heights with wildlife.

HOURS Guys get sporty while girls get sparkly.

RICH FELLERS The bond between top athletes, Fellers and Flexible

MAN OF STYLE Karl Lagerfeld talks about his experience in the fashion world.

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The finest spots for a romantic dinner in LA and London.

Five posh places to slumber while staying in London.

Create your island experience in the sun.

Taste the heart and soul of the California wine industry.

60 RIDERS PROFILE The next generation of talented equestrians.

CRUISES Unparalleled service and superlative comfort at sea.

JOURNAL OF How a three-Michelin-star chef creates her haute cuisine.

LONDON OLYMPICS Get ready, set and go! with this fabulous London guide.

CHOICE YACHTS Four incredible options to set sail in this summer.

PICTURE PERFECT Equestrian action from the show ring to the social scene.

LAWS OF STYLE Fun-tastic tips to enjoy the UK, jet setter style.

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Catherine & Jason Barry Selling Billions in Luxury Real Estate

Villa Nafissa

$40,000,000 Your Private Village

16,000 SqFt Main Residence w/7BR, Resort Club, 2 Guest Houses, Gym, Romantic Classical Gardens, Tennis Ct, Almost 40 Acres.

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$6,995,000 California Spanish Equestrian Estate

6+BR, Guest House, His & Her Studies, Theater, Wine Room, 4+ Covenant Acres, Tennis Ct, Stunning Indoor/Outdoor Experience.

7+BR, Detached GH, Dramatic Study w/ Built-ins, Wood Beamed Ceilings, Pool & Spa, Lush Landscaping, 2.83 Acres.


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Del Mar Ocean Front Lot, 5.5 All Usable Acres, 4 Buildable Legal Parcels, Stunning Panoramic Ocean Views.

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Welcome the arrival of summer with some fun and colorful outfits. See a variety of smart options inside, solid for fun in the sun.

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NEWS These items will take you to new levels while vacationing with friends.


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HOURS Keep track of your leisure time by collecting some of these fabulous watches.






Rich Fellers and “Flexible”—winners of the 2012 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Final.

These must-have objects of desire will travel well with you this season.

Karl Lagerfeld, the most influential designer of this era, talks about his succes.



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Summer Glam BE THE ONE TO WALK IN THE SUN, let the summer breeze blow softly, and show the world you know how to have fun while embracing stunning vivid colors, soft neutrals, and pastel. Soft mint green and baby pink are both surefire colors for this season. Dresses and skirts remain a must, place with lace and fabulous flowing floral prints and get set for a summertime romance. Summer fashion offers you all kinds of fun twists and elements for combining wonderfully vivid prints, stripes, and geometrics patterns to play with this season.

1. Extra pep in your step These shoes are great for long walks in the city. Add pep on your step as you strut in these fabulous flats.

2. Zip up This bag has quickly become an object of desire for all fashionistas and celebrities. Comes in a variety of colors. So don’t delay go get it.

3. V drops This amethyst beaded statement necklace will embellish any ensemble. Dress up your cleavage with its lovely purple V design.




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4. Bohemian chic We fell in love with these aviator gold mirror Ray Ban sunglasses; their detailed frame makes them one of a kind.

5. Flower power

Photos: Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo, Ray Ban, Ulysse Nardin, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Amethyst, La redoute, Suno, Blugirl and Vivienne Tam.

Wrap this scarf around your neck or on one of the handles of your new purse. The great combination of colors will spruce up your look.

6. White time Make every second last with this bedazzling ceramic time tracker and its beautiful glare-proofed sapphire crystal.




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BMW Enduro 2012 ThE bEST IN TEchNOlOgy aNd dESIgN

high heat and polar conditions. After all these demanding tests, this vehicle was recognized as one of the safest models on the market both for beginners and professional cyclists alike. Weighing in at only 33 lbs, the upgrade comes in a monocoque black aluminum frame, which is robotic welded and powder-coated, plus Fox front forks and a concealed rear suspension system.

This is certainly a capable machine, you can pound pavement, thrash the hardpack and conquer mud and rocks, too. Go ahead and tell your friends you just bought a BMW and drove it down a mountainside. Yeah, you’re that crazy. The new Enduro mountain bike is currently available at the BMW online shop and in certain showrooms.

Photos: © BMW AG, München, Deutschland.

 Bayerische Motoren Werke, best known as BMW, is renowned for manufacturing extraordinary cars. However look no further if two wheels and motor-free is your ride choice. This German engineering group has also been building bikes for 67 years with the same precision and good taste that defines the brand. After a successful launch of a 2011 model, BMW celebrates their anniversary with an improved version of the Mountain Bike Enduro. More comfortable than ever, the redesign includes changes to both the technology and the design. With an improved frame in Matte Black, with Bright Green and Black accents, as well as spectacular and innovative wheels, the 2012 Enduro will go up and down inclines with ease. The individual adjustment features, high-quality and excellent ride are still intact, so whether going uphill, downhill or no hill at all, you will enjoy all aspects of this two-wheel ride. The production process behind this BMW bike involved significant testing under the DIN plus standard. The prototype was first made to cover thousands of miles on a rolling stand, with sandbags standing in for the rider, before undergoing component and stress testing. Then, it was subjected to temperature controls in both

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A Unique Collection of Fine Home Furnishings and Accessories Proprietors Maria Barry & Cindy Cerenzie Del Rayo Village Shopping Center • Le Dimora 16089 San Diequito Rd, Ste. H103 • Rancho Santa Fe Store Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 6:00 • Friday 10:00 - 7:00, Saturday 10:30am - 7:00pm • Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm

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The summer Suit AS CLIMATES START TO CLIMB and legs begin to bare, sartorial excellence can sometimes fall by the wayside—especially when practicality rules the day. A hot topic, a great pair of shorts can go far in creating a sterling summer outfit. Yet the dilemma remains about what to wear on top. So gentlemen, we present you with the alternative: the short suit. This refers to your average two pieces—in whatever variation depending on the occasion—with shorts as a trouser substitute. Don’t let flashbacks to elementary school cloud your judgment, go summer shorts.

1. Old time Here is a stunning vintage Rolex watch that features a suede band complimented with a very classic red and blue outer bezel. A work of art.

2. Glamour style Versace sunglasses became iconic during the mid 90’s. This pair of black sunglasses is the perfect balance of aviator style with that oversized fit and vintage glam.

3. Comfy step Throw these lightweight espadrilles in your bag the next time you escape the city. Hardwearing and comfortable, ideal shoes for walking in the beach.




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4. Unique touch Woven silk cord wrap cufflinks, with matching enamel, fold neatly around the sleeve and fasten at the back. Original, stylish and practical.

5. Collar check Photos: Courtesy of Hackett, Rolex, Corneliani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Babette Wasserman, Carolina Herrera and Salvatore Ferragamo.

This Italian-made shirt features a 100% cotton build, white & blue gingham check pattern and a contrasting cutaway collar that adds elegance to your style.

6. Red spot A red suede leather belt by Hackett is great for pulling together a blue and white look.




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José Cuervo 250

 José Cuervo Celebrated their 250th anniversary, and to honor this magnificent occasion they launched a truly special edition tequila and a commemorative book. An object of desire for collectors and connoisseurs of the tequila world, each one of the 495 limited-edition cases pays homage to the history of this legendary house’s example of excellence and quality. In 1758 Don José Antonio Cuervo became landlord of his first domains in Tequila, Jalisco, and started the first official brewery on the continent: La Rojeña. Now over twenty-five decades and ten generations of growing agave later the legend of prestige and tradition lives on. José Cuervo 250 Anniversary special edition is an extra-aged, oneof-a-kind spirit, considered by the experts as the best tequila ever pro-

duced. Composed of a combination of the finest reservoirs, aged for three years in American oak barrels, and then aged in sherry barrels, this unmatchable distilled liquid has a strong signature taste, full body and an undertaste that goes beyond description. This is, without a doubt, the jewel of the Tequila Crown, a celebration of history and good taste, as each of one was created in a traditional and artisanal way. The commemorative bottle is crafted out of handmade crystal with leather and silver details inspired in the demijohn–a traditional recipient used to transport tequila for over 300 hundred years. The sumptuous case reflects the history of tequila, and delivers an unforgettable experience of taste and tradition. A liquid legend of historic Mexican flavor.

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Epic Efforts BEyond thE Grand prix An excellent horseman reaches out beyond the equine. By Jackie McFarland


op west coast Grand prix rider Chris Pratt and his wife Jen own Epic Stables. With goals higher than horse show ribbons, they are persistent on their quest to do what is best for horses and beyond. A Canadian turned Californian, Pratt discovered Martine Colette’s Wildlife Waystation close to his barn. Impressed and motivated, Pratt is reaching out to equestrians to help animals in need.

What is the Wildlife Waystation? As explained on their web site, the Wildlife Waystation (WW) is a national non-profit, holding rehabilitation, medical and problem solving refuge for native, wild and exotic animals. Since 1976 wildlife lover and expert Martine Colette has dedicated her time and knowledge to these wayward animals. Located in the Angeles National Forest, north of the San Fernando Valley, the 160-acre facility is fully licensed and is the oldest wild & exotic animal sanctuary in the United States. Over the years the Wildlife Waystation has provided shelter and care to over 75,000 animals. Providing everything from hospital facilities and medicine to nurturing and TLC, the refuge is a 24/7 operation with an annual operating budget of $1.7million.

What kind of animals? The animals come from all over the world and from many different situations—rejected exotic pets, former circus performers, members of animal exhibits, and those orphaned or abandoned by their parents. All creatures large and small, furry and flying are welcome. This includes lions, tigers, bobcats, leopards, jaguars, bears, opossums, foxes, hyenas, reptiles, wolves, deer and all types of birds. Whenever possible animals are returned to their natural habitat. However, WW provides a home for numerous animals that are no longer equipped to be in the wild.

Pratt explains, “My wife Jen and I have been looking for a charity to align with our Epic Stables for several years now. I’ve always thought that an animal-based charity would be fitting simply due to the fact that all people involved with the horse industry have a love and passion for animals. I’d driven past the signs for the Wildlife Waystation and didn’t really know what it was. I called and arranged a meeting with founder Martine Colette and was absolutely blown away with her compassion and devotion for hundreds of troubled animals. Jen and I had a personal tour of the grounds and were both astonished that this highly organized, clean, well-run home to more than 400 exotic animals was only three miles from where we trained our

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Where does shoW jumping star Chris pratt fit in to the piCture?

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horses every day! We knew we had found the right charity and decided to focus on bringing awareness to this sanctuary in dire need of support.”

Photo: Courtesy of 2012 Flying Horse Photography / Todd Sutherland.

Walk, Talk and ParTy WiTh The animals As a way to raise awareness, and offer an opportunity for friends to see the wildlife wonders, Pratt hosted a private party at the Wildlife Waystation sponsored by Epic Stables. From lions to monkeys, it was a memorable adventure. In Pratt’s words, “My 20 guests arrived for a pretour cocktail and then were split into two groups for a private tour of the sanctuary. All the enclosures are very safe, but unlike a zoo, you can really get up close and personal with the animals. We were advised not to get too close to the enclosure openings where the animals are fed—in case a giant paw came out. We were also forewarned about the chimpanzee water games. It is truly amazing how they work together—one distracting my guests with banging and antics—while another fills his mouth full with water and attempts to squirt it at anyone that gets a little too close! Then they all celebrate and wait for the next unsuspecting group to come by.” A thoroughly wild experience, Pratt speaks highly of the evening. “The tour of all the rescued lions and tigers, monkeys and chimps from closed biomedical research labs, exotic birds, even a giant Kodiak bear once used in the film industry, took about an hour and a half. We then gathered on the back patio of Martine’s house in the center of the sanctuary for cocktails, great food and some unbelievable stories as to how the various animals arrived at the WW. Martine has devoted her live to saving, rehabilitating, and providing care for any type of unwanted animals. She is an amazingly warmhearted person and a fantastic storyteller as well.” Bringing awareness to this most incredible place is more than just knowing it exists and appreciating the efforts. The Wildlife WayStation is a national non-profit, charitable organization, supported solely through donations, bequests, fundraising events, memberships and animal sponsorship programs. They need your help.

Can you Play Too? Absolutely! Make a difference in the lives of these incredible creatures by hosting your own party. Treat a group of business associates or friends to a wildlife adventure— they will never forget it and you will in turn be helping animals in need. Whether or not you are just a few miles away, Los Angeles is an easy commute. What an exotic way to celebrate.

animal lovers Fear noT Of course you can contribute in other ways if a wildlife party is not in your plans. Become a member of WW, purchase a beautiful WW

coffee book by wildlife photographer Dave Welling, donate to the cause, sponsor an animal...

more abouT The ePiC Chris PraTT Chris Pratt is well known in many circles, most especially show jumping. With years of success in his home country of Canada, including clinching a 2005 Nations Cup win for Canada and representing Canada in the 2006 World Equestrian Games, Pratt came to the United States for a chance to work with top rider Richard Spooner which later led to establishing his own Epic Stables in 2008 with wife Jen, as well as assistant and manager Lisa Cahn. Structuring the business to suit various goals, several clients compete at top-rated shows while others prefer to show on a smaller scale, Epic has approximately 25 horses in its stables and five full time grooms to provide the best in care. Their successful vision of creating a business that revolves around the sport of show jumping, and not the industry of horse shows, has been a tremendous success. Aside from saving animals in need, Pratt is also focused on his goals as a rider—both long and short term—and will continue to represent Canada in International competition. Aboard Cruise, Pratt won the $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix of the Desert in March of this year. He noted, “It was a great win (as most are). It was especially gratifying as the owners of Cruise, Mel and Susan Geliebter, were in attendance with many of their friends. Very supportive of my goals, Mel and Susan have contributed to the WW as well. I’m currently healing from a collarbone fracture so I hope my next stop will be Spruce Meadows in Calgary. Followed by some competitions in Southern California and then possibly to Spain—Barcelona and Gijon—in the fall.” Pratt seeks to host Epic parties at WW on a regular basis, so contact him for the next opportunity to join in, Learn more at &

Top: Cruising to the win in the $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix of the Desert. Opposite: Ruckus is a 9 yr old Capuchin monkey that was rescued from an owner who could no longer care for him.

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Sport Watches FOR THIS


THE DAYS ARE WARMER and the light lingers longer— it’s summer. So we have selected more relaxed and casual timepieces, perfect for wearing during this season. Know that by relaxed and casual we never steer away from high quality. These perfect mechanisms are stylish and sophisticated. BY ALEJANDRO M. GARCÍA

Historic Performance When the Omega Speedmaster was introduced in 1957, motorsport and rally drivers loved its chronograph performance. The new Speedmaster Racing honors the chronograph’s fiftyplus year connection to motor racing.

Exceptional Resistance

Skull & Crossbones Richard Mille’s new tourbillon is quite accurately described as a skull watch, hence its name: the Tourbillon RM 052 Skull. It is a very limited edition—only 21 Skulls will don wrists around the world, 15 in titanium and six unique pieces set in rose or white gold.

In association with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Hublot unveiled the Oceanographic 4000, the first diver’s watch able to withstand the pressure exerted at a depth of 13,120 feet. Hublot describes it as a symbol for pushing the limits of what is rational and possible.

Unique Craftsmanship The unique octagonal design is recognizable by the distinctive eight polished hexagonal screws in the bezel. This new Royal Oak Offshore by Audemars Piguet model has a 44mm case that comes in stainless steel, forged carbon or pink gold. audemarspiguet.

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Dazzling Timepiece The Seamaster Planet Ocean Ceragold St. Moritz is dedicated to its namesake. Each winter Omega provides the timing equipment for some of the world’s most prestigious bobsleigh races held in this well-known Swiss mountain resort town.

The Magic of the Ocean A must-have from Chopard’s famous Happy Sport collection, the Happy Fish watch transcends the multicolored magic of the ocean depths with its delicate moving clown fish. Available in two versions.

Call of the Jungle After the phenomenal success of the Leopard Bang, which really left its mark on the catwalk last winter, Hublot has created a stylish snakeskin print. Hints of the jungle are the latest in on-trend elegance, presenting these subtle little touches on the Big Bang Boa Bang.

Photos: Courtesy of Richard Mille, Omega, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, Franck Muller, Chopard, .

Glorious Independence Demonstrate your independence from the established order of time. Crazy Hours, an innovative collection of wristwatches designed by Franck Muller, is a totally innovative approach to the very concept of “Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?”

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Haute Sparklers

These diamond, emerald and ruby rich earrings define glamorous. Pull your hair back, slip on a long simple black dress and you are ready to bedazzle the world.

This azure accessory is the perfect complement to a fantastic night. Don’t go unnoticed in the ballroom, go sapphire.

Yellow Jubilee This year Tiffany & Co. commemorates its 175th anniversary. They decided to celebrate by resetting the company’s icon—the 128.54-carat Tiffany diamond—in a breathtaking anniversary diamond and platinum necklace.

Lustrous Vintage Create that magic touch with this classic piece set in gold and decorated with diamonds finished with a sensational pink gem.

Shimmering Frost

Spark it up This unique set of Duang Kaew 18k gold earrings with blue sapphires and diamonds are a magnificent addition to your evening dress.

Be the diva of the party by adding a dash of frosty beauty to your wrist. These formidable bracelets will scintillate the night away.

Photos: Courtesy of David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Bvlgari, Vancleef & Arpels, Duang Kaew Jewelry Manufacture Co.,Ltd, Berger & Son and Piaget.

Sapphire Sparkle

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Surrounded by the contrasting landscape of the Sea of Cortez, this intimate complex isn’t just your average poolside bar hotel. A state of the art golf course, an impressive marina, oceanfront resorts and beach clubs, are only a glimpse of what you will find in Puerto Los Cabos. By Suzette D. Celaya

Golfing at Puerto Los Cabos offers a unique opportunity to play on a composite designed course, consisting of 9 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus and 9 holes by Greg Norman.

Photos: Courtesy of Grupo Questro.


s soon as you feel the warm white Baja sand between your toes and dip your feet into the turquoise sea, you will sense the beginnings of a superb vacation. The days at Puerto Los Cabos are so ideal that you may never want to leave. When staying at Puerto Los Cabos prepare yourself to experience time in a new way. Forget about schedules and do things at vacation pace. Whether you choose to spend the day at the signature golf courses or enjoying the amenities at the beach club, your only goal is leisure. Pleasantly overwhelm your senses with the natural beauty of the desert landscape and the luxurious facilities. Why not see the sunset aboard one of the yachts after catching a fish or two as well as getting a glimpse of the marvelous underwater species? Or if you are more of a land person, let yourself get lost at the labyrinth of bonsai bougainvilleas in the Wirikuta botanical garden and wander aimlessly among the local flora.

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Whether you’re a guest at one of the deluxe resorts or a full time resident of one of the elegant villas, you won’t have to step out of the complex to fulfill every one of your needs. This world-class development offers luxury and beauty to suit your lifestyle and attain that ultimate sense of vacation. Sit back, relax and get pampered. Relish in the tranquility and beauty of the setting. Catch a colorful sunset during a beach horseback ride. Dine at the open-air restaurant… Located just a few minutes away from San José’s downtown and half an hour from the vibrating Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Los Cabos is one place where you won’t leave thinking—‘I need a vacation from my vacation.’ Paseo de los Pescadores. Pueblo La Playa, San José del Cabo, BCS Ph.: + 1 877 5074 752

This picturesque gem, surrounded by a collection of fine art sculpture that will surprise and thrill you, is the quieter, more sophisticated of the two marinas in Los Cabos.

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hen Rich Fellers and "Flexible" won the 2012 FEI Rolex World Cup Show Jumping Final last April they were the first pair to earn this prestigious honor for the United States in twenty-five years. This same duo was second in the 2008 FEI Rolex World Cup Show Jumping Final, which at the time was the highest placing for an American in two decades. What is even more extraordinary is the incredible will of this little stallion, the relationship these two have developed and how together they are a jumping sensation. Since the young 16h Irish Sporthorse stallion was imported to the States in 2002, purchased and still owned by Harry and Mollie Chapman, Fellers and "Flexible" have earned a name for themselves, placing at the top of numerous grand prix events and international competitions. What are the secrets that keep these two jumping clean and fast? Certainly talent, competitive natures and a dual desire to be in the show ring. Together as a show jumping couple for the last decade, tested by many a difficult jumping track, the rockiest times in the relationship were not in competition but when two serious, potentially career-ending injuries tortured the star stallion.

THE MYSTERY LAMENESS Back in 2004, Fellers was working with "Flexible" at home in Oregon when he showed signs of lameness. He returned to the barn to get another set of eyes to watch in order to pinpoint the problem. Mysteriously the stallion appeared sound after taking a short break. Thinking it was just a minor misstep, Fellers continued training. However in time the issue would reappear

and "Flexible" would again begin limping. The attempts to diagnose with radiographs, ultrasound, MRIs and even trying the test of time as a cure, were to no avail. No matter how much all involved wanted to help, they were helpless without a diagnosis. Fellers decided to have the veterinary experts at Washington State University (WSU) study the case, so he left the dejected horse in their hands. Enough time had passed that "Flexible" not only lost his muscle and fitness, but his personality had lost its pep. Through extensive testing, the veterinarians realized he had a rare blockage in his right leg, causing improper blood flow. Never having seen this condition before, the cure was unclear. The veterinarian team at WSU decided to try a procedure that works in humans with blocked arteries, angioplasty. Simply stated, the result is a larger space for blood flow in the vein created by inserting and then inflating small balloons Although the procedure was successful, the vets warned Fellers that the horse might not be able to jump again. Determined to give full recovery a try, Fellers practiced patience. The process was long and slow, and almost eight years later the veins in the right leg still swell up with work, but clearly the stallion beat the rare condition and miraculously returned to jumping. By the winter of 2006 Flexible was in the show ring and by summer he was winning in the 1.45m at Spruce Meadows.

DOUBLE DISASTER Back in the game, "Flexible" competed at HITS Saugerties in the fall. Post the show, the Fellers’ top horses were resting at a farm in New York before returning home to Oregon. Unfortunate events in a turnout paddock resulted in a serious injury for

Photos: Courtesy of Kit Houghton/FEI.


"There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse". - Robert Smith Surtees.

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"Flexible." This time around the diagnosis was not a mystery but definitely dire. A fractured scapula in his left shoulder which later led to another rare and potentially incurable issue called “Sweeney Shoulder”, where the muscles around the shoulder atrophy, meant another long recovery period for "Flexible" with a slim chance to return to his show jumping self. Patience was again the name of this recovery game. And amazingly once again with meticulous care from veterinarians and the Fellers team combined with the will of an athlete who refuses to give up (both Fellers and "Flexible") the little stallion that could came back. After another agonizing year off, the pair returned to the ring in the summer of 2007 better than ever.

This and opposite page: Rich Fellers riding Flexible winner of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Final 2012.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – LET’S GO JUMP Upon his second astounding return to the top ranks, neither "Flexible" nor Fellers has looked back. They just keep jumping better, cleaner and faster. When deciding to compete for a spot in the 2008 World Cup Finals, and then earning it, the amazing relationship between these two males was finally reaching new heights. Placing second in those finals put a spotlight on this team from Oregon and they continue to earn recognition year after year, and 2012 is no exception. When asked for his favorite moment of the 2012 FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final, Fellers said, “Looking up at the timer when I crossed the finish line in the jump-off and hearing the crowd, that was a new level of excitement in my life. The most exciting win I’ve had without a doubt.” He continued to tell the story of how the final moments unfolded. “The day before I was sitting in my hotel room and it hit me that I was going to end up jumping off with Steve Guerdat. I purposely walked the jump-off because I had this feeling. After watching Steve there was no question in my mind that I was going to do it. I knew I

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was going to go all out. 'Flexible' is so competitive—he understands this sport. He knew what he was doing. I’ve watched the video, there is literally one stride of difference between our two rides and taking one less stride in the turn to the triple bar is what won. The way it played out, it was really fun to ride. We all watch sports and there’s exciting competitions and there’s super-fantastic competitions— and this just measured up to be one of those.”

TRYING AND TOUCHING Clearly athletic, to win at this level a horse also has to be a tryer. He has to want to answer the questions asked and not touch the jumps. That is "Flexible." “I think my favorite part is his enthusiasm in the ring. He is SUCH a ring horse. He loves jump-offs. I don’t even warm him up for the jump-off, I just keep him flexible on the flat. I played a lot of sports when I was young—I know that feeling, being ready to go, not needing to be warmed up, you are ready.” So do a horse and rider make it through the above trials and tribulations, have this much success without some element of a special bond? When asked to define the relationship, Fellers admitted it was hard to describe. “I have tremendous respect for him. He’s my hero. I love him of course—I have a lot of love and respect for him. My daughter reminded me in Wellington to make sure 'Flexible' knew I loved him. That stuck with me—and I did it. I’m not a kisser. I talk to him, I hug him, and I pet him a lot. I hug and scratch him on the head.” At press time, Rich posted yet another win, the $100,000 Del Mar National Grand Prix, an Olympic Observation Event, illustrating continued consistency with his powerful and persevering partner this past May. Although the Olympic Team won’t be named until later this summer, after a solid performance in the Olympic Trials in Wellington and winning in Del Mar, Fellers and Flexible are looking like serious contenders. From the 2012 Summer Olympics to the 2013 FEI World Cup Final and wherever else their path may take them, kudos to this tremendous team who certainly know each other’s secrets.

Photos: Courtesy of Cheval Photos.

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Summer cool

If you haven’t checked all your spring fashion musthaves off the list just yet, then here’s some fashionable statements worth looking into to make a seamless transition from spring to summer. Some of the biggest trends are stripes, lace, pastel and bright colored skinny jeans. Be a trendsetter this season.




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Evoke Old Hollywood glamour in this widebrimmed hat. Block the sun and be the star of the soiree.

If you are looking to add some color to a sunny day, try these bright slim-fitting statement pants popping with color.

Striking in its simplicity. This Azzedine AlaĂŻa crepejersey red dress has alluring appeal with that front zipper.

This crocheted carryall has amazing attention to detail. A great bag for the beach, boat or pool.

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5. Perfect mix

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This pink striped bikini would look great on a glamorous stroll with a neutral kaftan and shades.

A blue fashion camera is certainly the best way to take underwater pictures all your friends.

Lace is on everyone’s wish list this season, so make the most of this trend with a Stella peach lace top.

The perfect accessory for your summer trip: beaded gold bangles. Go for the bohemian look.

Boho-chic is amazingly comfortable in these soft supple Nappa sandals with oversized tassels.

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Darwin Class 86’

 The sea expands in fronT of you like a giant blue canvas. The relaxing sound of the waves takes you away from the daily grind. Go ahead and indulge in a luxurious environment and travel on board one of the most recent Cantiere delle Marche creations: the majestic Darwin Class 86’. Conceived for lovers of La Dolce Vita, who enjoy every moment of the ride, the Darwin Class 86’ is ideal for long journeys at an average speed of 10 knots. Capturing the look of a mini ship, the Italian board offers the luxury and sumptuousness of a super yacht. With capacity for eight passengers and three crewmembers, get set for an incredible adventure at sea. A paradigm of the best in Italian nautical design, the exterior of the boat was designed by Sergio Cutolo, head of Hydro Tec studio, while architects Floris and Veglia created the interior. This model of the renowned Italian brand combines superb inner space manage-

ment with advanced engineering and aesthetic solutions that make it a solid option to comfortably enjoy life on the open sea. The Sun Decks on the Darwin Class yachts are superior in size to those on other vessels of a corresponding length: with 40 sqm on the Darwin 86, the sundeck is for all intents and purposes a true deck where one can relax, have lunch, sunbathe or entertain a group of guests by having a cocktail party aboard. The hull has been developed and optimized to ensure achievement of high speed without penalizing the perfor- mance at the low speeds at which the maximum value of its autonomy are realized. If he were out at sea in his namesake, Charles Darwin himself would likely exclaim, “This vessel is an eclectic and modern species, perfectly adapted for the water.” The Darwin Class 86’ is simply waiting to be discovered by you.

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Blue Mania Diverse and interesting summer trends include bright color collections this season. Men’s fashion is appealing to the classic male again. Lots of texture in various clothing lines and colors like blue, yellow and green. Have fun this season with the primary colors and textures.

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A truly genuine panama hat, beautifully made with blue borders adds the extra ĂŠlan to your sophisticated summer look.

Try the highest level of design and fabrication in luxury eyewear with these exquisite Tom Ford frames.

A current favorite, this vibrant yellow wallet is an impressive summer accessory. Simply a must this season.

Make a strong fashion statement with this stunning back to basics Benny belt. It transforms any outfit from beach to city.

That first impression is quite important. This is the perfect kit for the perfect shave while traveling. Fresh and clean in a jiffy.

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Ideal for spontaneous getaways and overnight trips, this piece gives a dash of jetsetter style anywhere you go.

Three colors of a classic linen long sleeve spread collar sport shirt, ideal for those summer yacht trips.

Toms navy blue classic espadrille is a must this summer. With every pair purchased Toms gives a pair to a child in need.

Don’t forget a pair of these gold mirror lenses, with golden accents perk up your masculine profile.



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9 Here comes the sun Standout swim shorts are a summer essential, and this paisley-print from Etro is stylish with an edge. Cut with an elastic waistband for comfortable fit, wear them with aviator sunglasses on the beach, or throw on a fine cotton T-shirt for an al fresco lunch. The impeccably tailored cut guarantees a firstrate vacation look in the water or on the shore.

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Man of style ExprEssions

Karl Lagerfeld A man of mystery

As one of the most influential fashion designers of all time, Karl Lagerfeld has learned that audacity is the key to success. by Suzette CeLAyA LagerfeLd’s professionaL Life has aLways been surrounded by controversy. he is an expert at attracting aLL eyes to his creations, no matter what the price. Simply stated, Lagerfeld is a stubborn man. From his personal signature of never taking his sunglasses off in public or refusing to make clothes for sizes larger than 38, this man is always on the spot for his controversial declarations. Every Lagerfeld quote is charged with an attitude and wisdom that only comes through his sunglassprotected experience. One might say the undeniable signatures of an unforgettable legend.

the man in charge of chaneL has gained his pLace as ‘L’enfant terribLe’ by speaking his mind. LagerfeLd is either Loved or hated, but the man of fashion is proud of Listening to nobody but himseLf. “Normal people think I’m insane”, said Lagerfeld. Even though people are always trying to keep him from making decisive career moves, he completely ignores them all. His instinct is his guide. He trusts his intuition solely, and apparently it has worked very well for him, as he continues to release hit after hit.

even though LagerfeLd has stated that beauty changes with time, he stiLL refuses to use modeLs with weLL-rounded bodies, a decision that makes him the target of endLess criticism. Lagerfeld stated, “Nobody wants to see a round woman (on the catwalk)”, adding that fashion is all about “dreams and illusions”. He went so far as to criticize UK pop star Adele for being “too fat” and received a harsh media lashing. Despite the disapproval for perpetuating the stereotype of skinny woman, he continues to march to his own tune.

fresh design defines LagerfeLd. his cLose reLationship with pop cuLture gives this german designer a fresh and hip image, even at 74 years of age. A few years ago, he came up with a collection for the Swedish fashion brand H&M, and just last year Diet Coke launched three Lagerfeld designed bottles. Recently, he appeared in a music video with Snoop

Dogg and the French DJ Jean-Roch. Still the young German boy who wanted to sketch and be an artist, Lagerfeld never slows down.

LagerfeLd’s success did not come easiLy or quickLy. after decades of ambitious work he now enjoys a status that others just dream about. and aLthough aLmost 75, the Legend has no intention of retiring soon.

“ElEgancE is a physical quality. if a woman doEsn’t havE it nakEd, shE’ll nEvEr havE it clothEd.”

Lagerfeld started to build a name in the fashion industry in his early twenties. From his time as an apprentice for French fashion designer Pierre Balmain to all the years of international fame, hard work is a distinct constant in Lagerfeld’s career. A half-century later, he is still going strong. For this guru, discipline combined with a fierce ambition is the key conquering your dreams. Known for somewhat seething remarks, Lagerfeld puts it like this: “My thing is to work more than the others to show them how useless they are.”

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Space Space & Design & design BY SPIRITS URBANA


Known worldwide for its refined, high quality production of classic furniture destined for the exclusive market, Angelo Cappellini invested resources in the study of new more contemporary lines. By Alejandro GarcĂ­a

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he first result of this research was the birth of the Opera Contemporary brand two years ago. This brand quickly received a rousing response from the international market. His showrooms around the world proudly host a myriad of pieces and showcase the best in Italian furniture. Designed for the company by Studio Castello Lagravinese, Opera Contemporary masterfully mixes the strong values of tradition and artisan skill with top quality materials and sophisticated finishes, giving refined furniture a decidedly modern flair. Among the products presented, one can find the bestselling Butterfly collection. This line features a bed with an inviting headboard that extends beyond the edges like wings, offering a cocoon-like sense of comfort and protection. In harmony with the bed, a sumptuous sofa and armchairs, with welcoming backrests and button-tufting, complete the collection.

Another prominent piece is the Tosca bed, also recently added to the brand. The bed has an impressively tall button-tufted headboard and is accompanied by the bedside tables from the Ludmilla collection with a brushed brass finish and an Emperador marble top. Other products include the Lucille sofa and swivel armchairs characterized by rounded curves that are enhanced by the lack of armrests; and the Rosalie Classic collection featuring comfortable upholstery flanked by Russian tables with oak base and top, complete with a wenge finish and burnished metal legs. Showing different options for the dining room, there’s the Edgar table featuring an impressive central base surrounded by the Georges chairs with button-tufted upholstered backrests. Or the extendable Tigrana table made of hand polished solid wood featuring a wenge finish and polished brass tips accompanied by the Alexander chairs.

Opera Contemporary is widely applauded on the international market for its stylish take on modern furniture. Angelo Cappellini’s presence around the globe is not only due to its various showrooms, but also to its participation at the most authoritative international furniture trade shows including Maison&Objet in Paris, i Saloni WorldWide in Moscow, and KIFF in Kiev. And the company would never miss The Salone del Mobile in Milan. Angelo Cappellini considers this fair the main event for meeting Opera Contemporary’s admiring clients as well as showcasing the company’s latest developments.

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Divine SpiritS

Divine Dining

When romance is in the air and you seek the ideal setting for love, look no further than The Little Door. A critic’s favorite for over a decade, this enchanting place has been recognized as the “Best Romantic Restaurant of LA.” Even the most discerning palate will delight in the superb Mediterranean cuisine while dining by candlelight. A simple, healthy menu composed of fresh seasonal organic ingredients and spices purchased from local farmers await your and your guest. Executive chef Nicolas T. Peter and his crew stimulate the local economy while titillating your tongue with unique and harmonious dishes. Unwind from city life and let the world melt away, as you experience a flair of Europe, enjoy the finest wines and dine in one of four unique areas, each alluring and magical. Enter through the rustic wooden doors on the Patio and immerse yourself into a secret hideaway of Bougainvilleas, ferns, and other exotic lush foliage. Listen to the soothing sound of the tiled fountain and Koi pond while savoring delectable treats.

Past the patio, the Winter Garden offers shelter under a bamboo-lined ceiling that still maintains an open-air dining experience. The pure white walls, turquoise and blue trim along with the Mediterranean furnishings combines to evoke an alluring atmosphere. For a romantic evening, we highly recommend the famous Piano Room decorated with quaint dark wood pieces. The ivory and black keys of the instrument offer a rich blend of music from around the world in the flickering candlelight. And finally the Blue Room adorned with beautiful windows tinted in royal colors of red, green, and blue a feeling—opulent yet simple. Mix any of these atmospheres with the warmth and hospitality of The Little Door’s staff and you have the perfect setting to feed your soul. 8142 West 3rd Street, LA CA 90048. Phone: 323 951 1010

Photos: Courtesy of The Little Door.

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EXPERIENCE SERVICE AND FACILITIES that surpass even your highest expectations at the world-renowned Mandarin Oriental. The historic five-star hotel boasts London’s most perfect location. Not only is the hotel surrounded by a catalog of cultural and historical achievements, it is situated in the shopping nirvana of Knightsbridge and The Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Court’s avant-garde theatre set within walking distance. Dining is simply out of this world at the Mandarin Oriental. From gourmet cuisine in the privacy of your suite to champagne picnics in the park, experience seven Michelin stars under one roof. The restaurant itself, Bar Boulud, offers a warm and relaxed atmosphere, with award winning cuisine by the legendary Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud and Heston Blumenthal, one of the UK’s most prominent and creative chefs. Unwind in the hotel’s award-winning spa. Rejuvenate the body and spirit Dr with exotic treatments options from S Carriage around the world. For lovers of the outdoors, the e g rid htsb Mandarin Oriental also offers a Knig 5 remarkable panoramic park view A 31 Knightsbridge from The Mandarin Terrace, a perfect setting to enjoy a spot of fresh summer air and a glass of chilled champagne with friends and family.

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We have selected the five most luxurious hotels, located in the heart of London, remarkable for their beautiful surroundings, their excellent service, world class restaurants, and extraordinary Spa facilities.


Finest Hotels

London, The Savoy is the epitome of style, tradition and history. When stepping through the doors into the Front Hall the original Edwardian wood paneling and a molded frieze running around the top of the walls takes you back to the 19th century. Set on the River Thames, the historic spot is less than a 5-minute walk from the famous British Museum, Theatres and The Royal Opera House. The Savoy offers a wide selection of dining experiences. The Savoy Grill, managed by Gordon Ramsay, has a range of classic as well as delicious dishes, while The River Restaurant, with views over the River Thames and the Embankment Gardens, serves modern French cuisine in an Art Deco setting. The Thames Foyer provides light informal dining bathed in natural daylight from the ceiling’s beautiful glass dome. When it’s time to enjoy a cocktail, The American Bar, is one of the most iconic cocktail bars in the world. With classic cocktails by legendary bartender Harry Craddock served in a sophisticated atmosphere of timeless elegance, the décor of electric blue and gold chairs mixed with a constant buzz, this classic location retains the style of the 1920’s. From aromatherapy massages to beauty treatments, The Spa Beauty & Fitness on the 3rd floor above the historic Savoy Theatre is truly a place to restore health and vitality.

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41 is a boutique 5-star hotel with the best of London at its doorstep. Directly opposite the Royal Mews and just behind Buckingham Palace, this wonderful building is just a short taxi ride away from some of London’s best shopping and exclusive boutiques. You will know that you’ve picked a special spot the moment you enter the exclusive ground-floor reception area. From there the staff of 41 whisks you to a distant world of private luxury and attentive service five floors up. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Executive Lounge, with that comfy roaring fireplace. Breakfasts and afternoon tea is served here, and every night from 8.30 pm onwards, guests are invited to ‘plunder the pantry’ which in 41 terms means enjoy complimentary snacks, light bites plus round-theclock informal and personalized dining. The 41 is only a 5-minute walk away from the exclusive LA Fitness Spa & Health Club, where you can enjoy a full range of facilities such as swimming pool, sauna, spa, exercise studio, and gym. With its unique location, comfortable atmosphere and personal attention to details, 41 is without a doubt a truly remarkable hotel.

centrally located in London’s Piccadilly district, with a view to Green Park and near both Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park. When you walk through the revolving doors of The Ritz, you step into a world of glamour and sophistication. Since its opening in 1906, The Ritz has acquired a worldwide level of fame for its exquisite luxury, decorative opulence and popular afternoon tea. Afternoon tea in London, at The Ritz, is an institution in itself, served in the spectacular Palm Court, accompanied by music from pianists or harpists. The Ritz serves a wide range of sophisticated teas and a delicious assortment of sandwiches, cakes and scones, all of which are made from traditional recipes. The Ritz has one of the world’s most beautiful restaurants in London. To experience ‘Live at The Ritz’, a spectacular four course dinner with dancing to the sounds of Peter O’Donnell and his band, is like traveling back in time. On the 7th floor, The Ritz Salon offers a full range of amazing treatments such as body massage, facials, hair cut and styling, manicure or pedicure—emerge renewed and beautiful.

WITH ITS DISTINCTIVE STYLE and ambience, the five-star Landmark Hotel is a leader in luxury. A classic example of Victorian Gothic Architecture, combined with classic British elegance and deluxe facilities, the eightstory glass atrium, a centerpiece of the hotel, can be viewed from all internal facing guestrooms. Simply an ideal place to stay when enjoying London, the Landmark is located right next to Regent’s Park and close to famous attractions, such as Sherlock Holmes Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and The Wallace Collection. To dine at The Landmark is to experience style, tasteful cuisine and outstanding service. The spectacular Winter Garden, with its amazing surroundings, the relaxed, yet stylish twotwentytwo Bar & Restaurant, the exclusive Mirror Bar with an extraordinary selection of cocktails and the stunning Gazebo, are all incredible options. The Landmark Spa & Health Club offers a full range of services, such as a 15-meter chlorine free pool, state-ofthe-art gymnasium and personal trainers that will support and guide you through your daily workout. After working out, or anytime, you can reward yourself with a massage or beauty treatment, in the hands of beauty specialists, who are dedicated to give you a complete feeling of relaxation, comfort and well-being.




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Spa SpiritS

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A well-rounded spa experience includes physical, mental and soulful satisfaction. Create a calm inner peace while rejuvenating your body and soul with desert waters and products that honor the earth. Embark on a journey of wellness by choosing products that have the ideal balance for your body. 44-600 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells, CA 92210, USA Ph: +1 760 341 1000

Step into a magnificent space where tranquility pervades. A place where the boundaries of East and West blend in harmony. Your senses are stimulated through textures of bamboo, rice paper, natural linens and golden stones. Luxury surrounds you, time stands still, and a sense of deep relaxation washes over. 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, Florida 33131, USA Ph: +1 305 913 8288



Chuan Spa is a luxurious haven in the heart of London, with a philosophy steeped in the values of traditional Chinese medicine. Here guests transcend into ultimate relaxation through an individually planned holistic journey with therapies designed to re-balance and revitalize the body and soul. You’ll feel refreshed, relaxed, and totally rejuvenated as the therapists bring you back to perfect harmony with their range of five different element teas and blended oils. 1c Portland Place, Regent Street London W1B 1JA, England Ph: +44 020 7973 7550

Indigenous to the desert, Nopal Cactus and Medjool Dates have been used medicinally for centuries for their healing properties. These two powerful desert botanicals blended with sage, grapefruit and juniper create an energizing experience. The 60-minute session includes a date sugar exfoliation and a hydrating cactus moisturizer. Extend to 90 minutes and a cactus date foot soak starts the experience, followed by concentrated exfoliation and an in-depth massage.

Featuring natural ingredients from Brazil blended in Switzerland, this facial will immediately improve skin tone, elasticity and assist in preventing fine lines by boosting collagen production. This luxurious facial features an intensive eye treatment using the Clarisonic Opal, steam and extractions plus the use of a high frequency machine. Suitable for all skin types, the result is not only highly effective but includes a scalp, hand and foot massage.

Achieve deep relaxation and sound slumber with an ideal end of day experience. Utilizing organic lavender essential oil in a rhythmically slow massage, the body slows down organically and prepares for restful sleep. A cocoon blanket-wrap comforts you while the therapist performs a marma point facial massage to end this journey. A card is presented with sleep tips to ensure sound sleep is attained beyond the spa.

This massage is a part of Mandarin Oriental’s signature spa therapies and is designed to specifically relieve neck and shoulder tension. Concentrating on easing stress, realigning the mind, soothing emotions and relaxing the body, the therapist uses the Group’s signature Quintessence oil blended with warming ginger, uplifting mandarin and sacred frankincense. This calming treatment allows mind and body to completely unwind.

CHUAN AWAKENING The signature Chuan Harmony massage will awaken your senses and stimulate your meridian harmony. Any remaining tension will be released with a Chinese Acupressure Scalp Massage to relieve all the internal stresses of the day. Your hands and feet soak in warm water infused with essential oils, followed by an exfoliation and massage to soften the soles of the feet and rejuvenate hard working hands.

SERENITy SHEN Your journey begins with a stone therapy massage. Next, the ultimate facial indulgence awaits, with blended essential oils and a revitalizing cool marine algae mask. The serenity is completed with a refreshing foot treatment. This total body indulgence will transport you to a dreamy state of relaxation, while nourishing the skin and soothing the mind.

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Beach Resorts

Summer 2012 Looking for the best way to enjoy the summer sun? We found some secret shoreline jewels bursting with some of the most glorious landscapes on earth. These luxurious resorts, with their exotic flair and natural enchantments, are the ideal backdrops for perfect pampering. Jump in. Lie back. Every moment is delicious. Yes, these are the days when anything goes. By Suzette Celaya 50 [ ]

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I Like a pearl in its oyster, you’ll be encased and entranced by the soothing ambience of Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives.

magine yourself lying in the sun, surrounded by deep blue water and breathtaking beauty. Sleep in a tropical tree house in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Let the aroma of a freshly made coffee gently wake you while the sound of the lagoon that encircles the resort beckons you. Slowly but surely your primal self emerges as the environs urge you to explore the lush vegetation and expanse of sea. This and more are yours to experience at this magnificent Maldives resort. Luxury and ethnicity harmonize at the tranquil Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa. With endless options for taking it in, try the enviable panoramic view at the private and marvelous tree house villa. Or maybe you’ll want to go on a night fishing venture and catch fresh tuna while the crewmembers wait with a hot pan in

hand. If tranquility is more your style, breathe in the Indian Ocean air while meditating in the Meditation Pavilion at the Chi Spa, or enjoy a refreshing shell massage. No matter what you desire, the expert staff will do everything possible to make Villingili your private paradise. A magical, unique experience awaits you at this seductive paradise. Your mind, body and soul will be satiated by the exquisite offerings of Indian Ocean opulence. Villingili Island, Addu Atoll, Republic of Maldives Ph: (+960) 689 7888

Photos: Courtesy of Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.

Relax, unwind and bask in the glorious sun. Enjoy a fresh drink while swimming in your own private infinity pool.

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Be ready to experience freedom in a tropical and natural way and to discover a new sense unknown before your stay in six senses Yao Noi.


lose your eyes and picture a sky colored in the most intense shades of blue, the stunning Asian sea and a faraway tropical place that literally takes your breath away. Now open your eyes to visiting an exotic hideaway called Six Senses in Yao Noi, Thailand. Step out of your comfort zone and visit a destination that combines a tropical and wild landscape with a luxurious and private hideaway, all within one beautiful Asian island. From sky to sea, extraordinary hues of greens, blues, oranges and purples surround you. Prepare to invigorate every sense in the Phang Nga Bay, where Six Senses Yao Noi is located. Swim in the pristine seawater where tropi-

cal fish play all around you. Submerge yourself in your private infinity pool. Revel in the majesty of the sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald green water. Have a relaxing massage on a tropical uphill villa. Surrounded by beauty, Six Senses Yao Noi is a slice of heaven. The excitement begins with the motorboat trip to get you from the airport to the resort where hanging beds and private open air showers as well as exquisite dishes await. 56 Moo 5, Tambol Koh Yao Noi, Amphur Koh Yao, Phang Nga 82160, Thailand Ph: (+66 0) 76 418 500

Photos: Courtesy of six senses / Basil Childers.

Yao Noi, Thailand

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AMANYARA Turks & Caicos

Photos: Courtesy of Amanresorts.


eaning ‘Peaceful Place’, Amanyara truly offers tranquility. A timeless place faraway from a world where everyday life is run by a ticking clock. Don’t waste another minute without experiencing what this resort has to offer. Located on a full of marine life reef on the island of Turks and Caicos, Amanyara’s private villas and hotel pavilions sit on an 18,000acre nature preserve with white-sand beaches. Come seeking peace while adventuring in the depths and relishing in the luxury that defines Amanyara. Offering endless amenities, enjoy the beach club, resort bar, fine dining, fully equipped fitness center, spa, library and, of course, water sports. Fill your days underwater, snorkeling amongst sea life or scuba dive (yes you can get certified on property at the Dive Cen-

ter) down to deeper depths. Race on top of water in Hobie Cats or ocean kayaks. Kids and adults alike are invited to explore the Nature Discovery Center. Forget about setting the alarm or considering the time. Awakened by crashing waves and singing birds, the day is yours to explore the wonders of this expansive haven. Yoga in the morning. Relax with your favorite book in library on the terrace. Hit the pool and enjoy fresh seafood at the Beach Club. Snorkel the afternoon away. Have a massage and slip on your favorite summer wear for a fine dinner. Sleep soundly in your villa. A secluded and majestic Eden, Amanyara.

Nestled in the lowlying tropical foliage, each Villa features a unique layout making it an individual masterpiece.

Northwest Point, Providenciales. Turks & Caicos, British West Indies Ph: (649) 941 8133

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a month—everything you need is here. Wear your suit—your bathing suit—all day. A short two and half hour flight from most southern and western airports, the International Los Cabos airport offers a private jet terminal. Have an important meeting? The staff will whisk you to the airport and be waiting for your return, so they can bring you back to paradise where your bathing suit and villa are ready for action. Carrera Transpeninsular Km 27.5, San Jose Del Cabo, BCS, Mexico, 23400 Ph: (624) 144 5470

Photos: Courtesy of Villas del Mar.

Soak your cares away in your own infinity pool with breathtaking vistas of the Baja coast.

ravel to the Sea of Cortez for a luxury resort community experience. Private, luxurious, tranquil with a staff ready to tend to your every need. Come once or come often, these ocean view villas with five-star services are available for purchase. Feel the ocean breeze as you open the front door of you villa. White sand beaches and turquoise waters are steps away, the sky is a deep blue with a few wistful clouds and the sun is shining bright. Surprises await. During the season, you can see a few whales playing around from your terrace. Start your day in the very exclusive Los Cabos way. Have breakfast by the pool, play some world-class golf, cast your line for some great sport fishing, sail the Sea of Cortez aboard a 50 feet catamaran and soak up the Baja coastline, enjoy the amenities of the members-only clubs and nearby One&Only Palmilla Hotel. Luxury surrounds you while all the comforts of home, supermarkets and other conveniences, are also close by. Stay a week,

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ust between the ocean and a calm lagoon there’s a magical place that harbors the coziest Caribbean getaway. Smell hibiscus flowers while sipping a coconut drink—Hotel Guanahani is a picturesque place to spend a tropical vacation. There’s something cheerfully playful about Hotel Guanahani & Spa. Maybe it’s the tropical flavor in the air or the yellows and purples of the charming cottages but as soon as you arrive you will feel the energy. Located in dashing St. Barthélemy, Guanahani is an amalgam of a diversity of renowned destinations. You can find a little bit of France and a taste of Britain, all mixed up in sumptuous Caribbean scenery. Each cottage is a tropical dream, configured in creole style and decorated with rare woods, pastel shades and lovely cotton fabrics. Bring the family, Hotel Guanahani & Spa offers the Kindergarten for ages 2-6 and Junior’s Club for 6-12 year olds. For the active side choose from water sports, tennis or the fitness center. Relax in your cozy cottage, take a nap in the sun, walk on the beach or take a trip to the spa where you tend to the well being of your mind and body. Lose yourself amongst bougainvilleas, hibiscus and a coconut grove along the ocean at Hotel Guanahani & Spa.

Grand Cul de Sac, 97133 St. Barthélemy Ph: (+590 590) 276 660

Photos: Courtesy of Hotel Guanahani & Spa.

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THE HEART AND SOUL of the California wine industry.

Duckhorn Wine Company is a collection of small winery estates that produce on site-specific wines of distinction from the Napa and Anderson valleys. Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley for over 30 years. The Duckhorn Wine Company family includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx, Goldeneye, Decoy and Migration. With grapes selected from eight estate vineyards, as well as a variety of coveted and unique vineyard sites, each winery is presented with a tapestry of lots from which to blend its magnificent wines. In addition to careful grape selection, revolutionary winemaking techniques and a premium barrel-aging program are essential to Duckhorn Wine Company’s consistent commitment to quality. Limited quantities of all of the wines are available directly from the winery, throughout the United States and Internationally. By Edel Schaub Moss, Sommelier

Paraduxx 2007, Zinfandel, Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc - Napa Valley


ark, deep, vibrant red color with aromas of raspberry, cherry, cedar, spice, caramelized brown sugar, and sweet oak accented by a hint of pepper and vanilla. Dark cherry and raspberry flavors merge with rich, compelling layers of blueberry and cedar. Smooth and full mid-palate with integrated nuances of fruit and oak leading to a long finish with balanced polished tannins. Should develop superbly, time will create its own magic. Enjoy this delicious wine matched with sweet and spicy barbecue ribs, braised lamb shanks, simple country ribs, duck in orange sauce.

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Goldeneye 2009, Pinot Noir - Anderson Valley


n exceptionally deep and bright red wine; the bouquet is extremely complex with savory ripe fruit. This rich, exuberant and velvety Pinot exhibits a complex range of forest aromas, ripe black cherry, raspberry and wild berry fruit with long and persistent flavors on the palate, with supple tannins and delicious ripe fruit running through blackberry, dark plum, wild cherry, earth and Asian spice. Great power and vinosity. Delicious with grilled portobello mushrooms, peking duck, grilled salmon, roast leg of lamb.

Duckhorn The Discussion 2007, Photos: Courtesy of Duckhorn Wine Company.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot - Napa Valley


he 2007 Discussion defines one of the finest harvests ever. An exceptional example of the impact vintage can make on terroir. Intense and concentrated with a layered sophistication it shows elements of black currant, spicy plum, cherry and chocolate-covered raspberries with appealing black licorice, ginger, clove and toasted coconut notes. Sweet blackberries, blueberries, cassis, hazelnut, leather, cherry-plum flavor, earthy notes, cedar and tobacco flavors. Deep and long in the finish. Exquisite refinement, as rich and complex as Bordeaux wines. A classic accompaniment to Beef Stroganoff, Filet Mignon, lamb chops, Beef Bourguignon and roast leg of lamb with rosemary.

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licious entrées on Club Gascon’s menu and then treasure the presentation of the dishes and you’ll understand why it was awarded a Michelin star back in 2002. Based in what once was a Lyons Tea House, the location now has a French bistro look and the fabulous food to match. Chef Pascal Aussignac, not only trained with French Master Chefs Gerard Vie, Alain Dutournier and Guy Savoy, but comes from Toulouse where fine French fare is a daily event. Garnering accolades and top critiques for almost 15 years, Club Gascon’s reputation literally speaks for itself. Aussignac, the author of the book Cuisiner Gascon, has an ability to mix ingredients in an exquisite way, with that touch of Tolouse, creating flavorful delights like foie gras, duck cassoulet, Amargnac... Relish in a stylish and sophisticated dining environment, with dishes that match the marble walls, mirrors and hardwood floors. Club Gascon’s exquisite eateries are matched by fine wine, all exclusively from Southern France. Integrated by more than

400 different wines from the region, the menu includes the sommelier’s wine recommendation to perfectly complement each and every dish. There are many ways to enjoy the ambiance of Club Gascon, including private events that can be as casual or as extravagant as you choose. The main restaurant offers a variety of options with mini-menus, each one focused on a different cuisine, as well as a vegetarian menu, or the Dejeuner (Lunch) Club, Le Marche or Plaisir experiences. This unique restaurant, where the touch of Southwest France and the best of world cuisine are combined, was recognized as Best Newcomer upon its opening (1999) and Restaurateur of the Year—Independent at The Catey Awards tne years later (2009). 57 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS, Reino Unido Ph: 020 7796 0600

Photos: Courtesy of Club Gascon / Jean Cazals.


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The Young & the Talented Part Two


hen I started on this adventure of discovering young talent, I had no idea what an interesting journey it would be. First I do believe that the United States is in for an exciting show jumping future, as between the teenagers from last issue and the twentysomethings in this one we have a tremendous group of motivated, successful, focused equestrians that all have Olympic aspirations, or at least aspirations of being the best they can be. And the best with this collective group of twelve, six last issue and six this one, is simply exceptional. I may continue this series, as there are several names that come to mind who aren’t included and could be. Charlie Jayne, Jessica Springsteen, Ashlee Bond, Nick Dello Joio, Hannah Selleck, Quentin Judge—I would like to connect with each of those aspiring stars.

I found interesting the similarities and the differences amongst the two groups—from choices in higher education, and how that’s defined, to equestrian goals to opinions on what is available for young riders. As we approach the choosing of our 2012 Olympic Team, it appears we may have some young blood in the top six, if not in the top four. Plus several riders that have chosen to compete over those difficult 1.6m Olympic trial tracks to gain some solid miles. And they have performed quite well. An overlying truth seems to linger in the words coming from the mouths of young talent—from learning horsemanship to a more structured and affordable pipeline for developing riders, the Untied States needs to focus on building solid horsemen and women from the ground up. This is underway and I will try to keep my eye on the evolvement. Meet the talented twenty-somethings:

Photos: Courtesy of Randi Muster, Catie Staszak, SportFot, McCool Photography, Cheval Photos,


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Catherine Pasmore

aGe: 20

Age first time on a horse: I started competing in the short stirrup division when I was 5. Age first time competing in the jumper ring: I started doing the pony jumpers at age 9 on my pony ‘Fire.’ Age you knew you wanted to compete at the grand prix level: I have been so fortunate to be surrounded by the best in the sport my whole life, so it never crossed my mind not to go all the way to the top. Age you rode in your first Grand Prix: 16 when I competed in my first small grand prix in Lexington, VA. My first real grand prix was a Thursday WEF in Wellington in 2010. Accomplishments include: 2010: Winning my first Grand Prix at Old Salem Farm (thank you My Boy and Andre Dignelli). 2010: Individual silver medalist at North American Young Riders Championships. 2011: Winning the CSI** Grand Prix of Chantilly in France. Equestrian goals: I hope to represent the USA at all the major championships (WEG, Olympics, World Cup Finals, Top League Nations Cups, etc.) and successfully manage my own stable some day. Education: I will be a sophomore at the University of Miami. Do you think the sport of show jumping supports the development of young talent?

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In my opinion, it’s not the responsibility of the sport to develop young talent—that ‘drive’ for success has to come from within the rider. If you want to be the best, you have work hard and fight for your dream. If you do that, then yes, the sport supports the development of young talent. Artisan Farms graciously sponsors the young rider division during WEF that gives young riders a steppingstone from junior/amateur divisions to grand prix level. We also have NAYRC and Prix de States that expose young riders to the nations cup format. The USET offers grants and organizes the European Young Rider Tour to help give young riders international experience. All of these options prepare young riders to advance to the top level of the sport. If you could ride any horse: I am really thankful for the horses I have. Each one of them has taught me something invaluable and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. That being said, I also wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to ride Edwina Alexander’s Cevo Itot du Chateau—he’s small, ‘typie,’ and I think we would be a good match, Kutscher’s Cornet Obolensky—he is gorgeous and makes every 5* round look as smooth as the USET Finals, or Staut’s Silva-

aGe: 23

Age first time on a horse: I was 5 or 6 but I started seriously competing when I was 10. Age first time competing in the jumper ring: Around 12 years old. I was still riding ponies, so imagine how small I looked! Age you knew you wanted to compete at the grand prix level: I think I always wanted to be a Grand Prix rider. I really committed to riding at that level once I started competing regularly in it.

na—she jumps the top level so effortlessly and looks like a pleasure to ride. Favorite Horse Show: This is a tough one. It’s a tie between Hickstead and the Kentucky Horse Park. I love Hickstead for the history, prestige, and atmosphere. Kentucky is so horse-friendly and I love taking long walks around the cross-country field (preferably bareback). Name your three top role models: McLain Ward, for his precision in every aspect of his riding. Margie Engle, for her size (I’m short too) and her perseverance. My mom, I hope if I have children someday I can be as supportive of them as she has been of me.

Age you rode in your first Grand Prix: I was 15 at the Garden State Horse Show. Accomplishments include: 2005: Being the first and only person to win all 4 equitation finals. 2008: Winning the Falsterbo Nations Cup on behalf of the US. 2010: Winning the World Cup Qualifier at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada. Equestrian goals: My main goal is to continually improve my riding and hone my skills. I try to work on my weaknesses. In terms of a more concrete goal, I hope to represent the United States on more occasions at the International level and Nations Cups. Winning a major grand prix is definitely a goal I have set for myself. Education: I graduated from Brown University at the end of May. I am looking forward to dedicating all my time to riding for a while to see where that takes me. My degree is in Literature and Cultures of English. I have not ruled out graduate school, just not yet. Do you think the sport of show jumping supports the development of young talent? I believe, and many people I speak to do as well, that the American system of equitation is the foremost base in the world. However, there is an obvious lack in the numbers of riders that emerge from the

system. This says to me that there must be something wrong with the continuation of the young rider’s conditioning. I do not have a solution for the flaw nor can I pinpoint exactly what it is. Perhaps it has to do with the end all be all attitude of the equitation ring. In George Morris’s words, “equitation is a stepping stone” and we have to get back to treating it as such. If you could ride any horse: My horse, Onira. We had all our “first times” together; I won my first equitation final on him, jumped my first high junior jumper class, my first grand prix, and my first World Cup Final. He has given me more than any horse has, or probably will ever again. Not only is he incredible to ride, but he is as much a competitor as any person I know. He is also the most fun horse to work and travel with because he is a really cool customer. Favorite Horse Show: I love competing at the Washington International Horse Show. The atmosphere during the Grand Prix is always electrifying and being from NYC, I love being in the city. Name your three top role models: My parents, Peggy Meertins, the high school assistant at Profession Children’s School in NYC and Bobby Flay (Chef).

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Mavis spencer

aGe: 21

Age first time on a horse: First sat on a horse at age 2. Competing in leadline and short stirrup by age 6. Age first time competing in the jumper ring: I was 12. I sat on a children’s jumper and really liked it. My dad was so excited when I wasn’t showing hunters anymore! Age you knew you wanted to compete at the grand prix level: I think I knew from early on to be honest. I wasn’t allowed to take lessons until age 5 —so when I turned 5 I said ok its time. Age you rode in your first Grand Prix: It would’ve been summer 2008—I went to Europe that summer. I was 17. Accomplishments include: 2008: Spent the summer in Europe with Neil Jones. Won a class and it was a big deal, podium, ceremony etc. 2008: Competed in the Prix de States and we ended up with a Team Silver Medal, style of riding awards and I was an Individual silver Medalist. 2009: I started working with Kent Farrington and began to step up into the pro ranks. Equestrian goals:. Everyone has to work hard to achieve his or her goals. I’m doing exactly what I want to do—I am developing all the tools and the knowledge to take a horse to the ring, from driving a rig, to barn chores, to taking care of an FEI horse. I spent the winter in Florida, spring in Ken-

Lauren Hester

tucky and the summer in Spruce Meadows and this year Europe. I was lucky enough to purchase my own grand prix horse last year, I insist on doing all the work. Sure I want to ride on a team and compete at the highest levels but for me becoming a consummate horseman is my priority. Education: I attended Columbia for two years. In June of 2011 I took a year off to work for Kent. With two years to go, in theory I’m going back to Columbia. But my parents wouldn’t be opposed if I chose a school that is easier for this side of my life, which may end up being the plan. Do you think the sport of show jumping supports the development of young talent? It really doesn’t to be honest. There is not a lot of opportunity to ride in a Yong Rider system—except for at WEF, but that’s one season, one location and it isn’t sponsored. I chose to work with Kent because he is smart about the business and sponsorship side as well as the riding side of the sport. Trainers don’t give young riders or assistants’ horses to ride—financially it doesn’t make sense. Even for me I own two horses with Kent—I earn my training and grooming but have to cover my show expenses— and I’m competing against 80 professionals. So where is the support to help a young rider come along?

aGe: 25

Age first time on a horse: 8 years old. Age first time competing in the jumper ring: I did the pony jumpers a few times when I was 12 but I got my first jumper when I was 16. Age you knew you wanted to compete at the grand prix level: When I went to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games. I was 9 years old. Age you rode in your first Grand Prix: I was 18. 2005 LA Memorial Day Grand Prix Accomplishments include: 2007: Winning the $40,000 Menlo Grand Prix. 2011: Winning the $25,000 Sacramento Welcome Week Grand Prix. 2012: Winning the $25,000 Horse Trader Jr/AO Classic. Equestrian goals:. Since I started riding my #1 goal is to go to the Olympics and Aachen. Education: I went to SMU in Dallas, Texas for two and a half years. That’s when I decided I really wanted to focus on riding. I can always go back to school, but for now I want to do what I am passionate about. If you could ride any horse: I would probably have to say Hickstead. He looked like a ton of fun to ride, and seemed like he loved his job.

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If you could ride any horse: Oh boy. Wow. That is a really good one. Kent’s little gray horse Uceko is one of the best horse’s I’ve ever sat on. He’s all of 15.1h and he’s such a powerhouse. He is so scopey with such a big stride yet he can turn back and do things bigger horses can’t do. Favorite Horse Show: I would have to say—this is going to sound funny because they are the longest, hardest hours—Wellington (WEF) and Spruce Meadows. Name your three top role models: My mom is an amazing person. She has been a big influence on me. My stepfather is also great… And Kent, of course. He’s opened so many doors; I learn something new every day working with a great team.

Do you think the sport of show jumping supports the development of young talent? The USEF is working quite a bit with the development of young riders. The European Young Riders Team they put together did well last year. We need to have more opportunities like this. In my opinion you can have all of the talent in the world but in order to be great you have to be self-motivated. In this sport, many aspiring riders have to buy young horses because they cannot afford a made grand prix horse. The experience is invaluable, seems that those are the real horsemen and women. However, the system doesn’t encourage this process— showing is expensive and most of the shows don’t offer much prize money in the young horse classes. It isn’t until the horses are ready to do the grand prix classes that the horse and rider have a chance to gain recognition. And somehow, we as a country have forgotten basic horsemanship. I have met may young riders who can jump around a bug course but don’t know how to wrap their horse’s legs or even put a bridle on, and to me that’s where it all starts.

Favorite Horse Show: My favorite horse show though I have never competed there is Aachen. There is so much excitement with the crowd. People from everywhere go to watch and the stands are packed. My favorite show that I have competed at is Sacramento International. It is an extremely well-run show with good money and many opportunities for young horses to move up. Name your three top role models: Joie Gatlin, Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden.

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Saer Coulter

aGe: 21

Age first time on a horse: I rode for the first time when I was in pre-school. I started taking lessons and then showing by age 8. Age first time competing in the jumper ring: Leased a Children’s jumper for the summer when I was 13. Age you knew you wanted to compete at the grand prix level: I honestly didn’t know. I’ve taken it year by year—I was having fun and didn’t think about it much beyond that. When I started winning in the highs I thought maybe… Age you rode in your first Grand Prix: At HITS Desert Circuit when I was 18. Accomplishments include: 2008: Getting into Stanford. 2009: Third in the Del Mar National Grand Prix in a jump-off against Richard Spooner (to this day I don’t know how I

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aGe: 29

Age first time on a horse: When I was 3 or 4 I got on a pony at the racetrack with my parents. Age first time competing in the jumper ring: About 12. Rode in the Children’s Jumpers on my dad’s 1.4m horse Fortunato. He let me ride him for a year. Age you knew you wanted to compete at the grand prix level: When I was 9 years old I competed on the Desert Circuit in CA and watched the big grand prix classes. I remember thinking—I want to do that! Age you rode in your first Grand Prix: I think I was 17 in Spain on The Sunshine Tour with my horse Only One. I rode with the Pessoas that summer. That time in Europe was invaluable. Accomplishments include: I think waking up every day and getting to do what I love is an achievement! But… 2001: Invited to go to Linz, Austria and competed on the Nations Cup Team with Only One. 2011: Chello, the horse I’ve brought along from a youngster, won his first Grand Prix at Showpark. 2012: HITS Desert Circuit, showed five grand prix

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did it!) 2010/2011: Competing in the Nations Cup in Argentina and competing at Fasterbo. Equestrian goals:. At this point it is about experience. Jumping 1.5m & 1.6m classes at WEF and this summer in Europe—my biggest goal is to be consistent with solid results. Overall goals it to compete in Nations Cups at any level—some of the best experience you can possibly ask for. In 2013 I’m aiming for the World Cup and in 2014 the WEG trials. Education: Art History major at Stanford— I’m not sure about graduate school. I’m not a great planner—but I will likely take a couple of years off to ride and experience life and then decide. Do you think the sport of show jumping supports the development of young talent? I think to a certain point it does. It’s hard to break into the top, the depth is difficult to attain. There are a lot of top riders training the younger riders— McLain Ward, Eric Lamaze, Laura Kraut and Meredith & Marcus Beerbaum—to work with someone who has been or is at the top is a huge step in the right direction. In the US you do hit a glass ceiling a bit—from age 18-20 you are super excited to compete in the big classes but a few years later you need more goals, options to ride on teams, more rungs on the ladder. WEF of-

classes over three weeks, won three and was 10th & 11th in the other two, that was rewarding. We have ‘arrived’ and continue to evolve. Equestrian goals: To go to the Olympics and take it as far as I can. As humans we try to control so much but of course we can’t. Would love to live that life ‘on top’—Rolex ads, ranked #1. I’m committed to the sport and we’ll see what that brings. Education: The College of Horses—I took some classes at UCSD but didn’t finish. The horses teach me things every day. What could be better? If you could ride any horse: Hickstead, what a great horse. And of course my horse Chello. But I get to ride him every day. Do you think the sport of show jumping supports the development of young talent? I think it does support it – there could be a better pipeline—like it used to be a group would go to Gladstone and ride as a team. The kids today need a solid and proper foundation—a structured system that teaches them right from the beginning. Horsemanship is a big part of riding and it is missing in a lot of programs today. That needs to change.

fers a lot of levels—the Artisan Young Rider Series is a great option, the 1.5m classes, to the Thurs WEF classes, to the Sat night classes. But it isn’t maintained throughout the year. We need another step between Young Riders and the top that is available beyond WEF. If you could ride any horse: That’s difficult. I’m sop happy and feel quite fortunate to have ridden Chalan, who took me to my first 1.6m, and now Springtime—I couldn’t ask for anything better. I really respect the relationship between horse and rider, so I love watching incredible pairs—Beezie & Authentic. McLain & Sapphire, Meredith Michaels Beerbaum & Shutterfly—it’s the match, the pair—that’s what makes the horse special. Favorite Horse Show: Del Mar National. I grew up with this as my favorite show and luckily I usually have great results. It’s a special event with a great crowd—the atmosphere is very exciting. European shows are incredible—I’ve been to some beautiful and amazing places. Name your three top role models: Jody Maxmin, Art History professor, I love her passion for her subject. My trainers Meredith & Markus—she will sit and discuss not just the course but how to handle the mental pressure. Markus is at every show, walks every course, rides every horse. We are so prepared when he sends us into the ring. Their work ethic is impressive.

Favorite Horse Show: Showpark because I live around the corner, I can hear the announcer from my house, and it’s a block from the beach. Aachen and Geneva were both beautiful shows—there’s no comparing with those shows. They are unique. Name your three top role models: Beezie Madden—Rodrigo Pessoa—my husband, Justin—he built his own car from scratch and it runs—1929 Model A Coupe. Isn’t that cool?

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OcEaNia Cruises


long being the host city for the pinnacle of sport, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, London is the starting point for outstanding adventure beyond the Olympic flame. Isles & Fjords, part of Oceania Cruises, offers a fabulous twelve-day excursion to a variety of cities. Depending on your Olympic sport preference, you can set sail on July 29 and return on August 10. Or if you have some cruising time after the Games then choose to depart on August 15 (returning on the 27th). After leaving Southampton, the port where the Titanic began its voyage, you’ll spend a day at the North Sea and then arrive in Edinburgh, where you can down a pint of beer at a local pub. Scottish stops continue at Invergordon, known for its wool sweaters, whisky and delicious gastronomy such as smoked salmon and haggis. Lerwick, the capital and main port of the Shetland Islands, has strong ties with the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Bring your camera as the sights include a castle, an archeological site with remains from as far back as 2500 BC - Jarlshof, and the picturesque Shetland ponies. In Norway you’ll discover exceptional natural wonders, such as Geirangerfjord, one of the most beautiful fjords in the world, and

While planning your trip to London to watch the Olympics, consider a cruise and discover the best views of England and Norway.

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Hellesylt, the oldest Viking port in the country. Enjoy the beautiful town of Alesund, reconstructed with fairytale-like Art Nouveau architecture after the devastating fire of 1904. The Norwegian glassware, clothing and leather products make great gifts for yourself or those who couldn’t come along. On your way back to London, the boat arrives in Belfast, where you can purchase Belleek porcelain and Tyrone crystal, and Dublin, where you’ll find the historic Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Don’t miss the traditional kiss of the Blarney Stone in Cork nor Portland’s amazing and massive coastal fort built by Henry VIII in 1540. This fantastic tour will be aboard the cruise ship Marina. In service since 2010, dining options abound with six restaurants, such as Jacques and Red Ginger (gourmet alternatives) and the Biscottos Coffee Bar. Keep busy aboard—take lessons in the art of fine cuisine with well-known chefs at the Bon Appétit Culinary Center or art classes at The Studio or simply relish in the spacious accommodation in all categories. Among the available activities there are five kinds of on board excursions (a night tour that includes wine and dinner is the best of them all) as well as the cultural attractions in every destination.

Photos: Courtesy of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc.

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Anne-Sophie Pic

3-Michelin-starred chef

Finding her paradise in the kitchen, a French kitchen to be accurate, Pic spends her days creating, inventing and innovating. Lead by a family devoted to the gastronomic art, this chef is beginning to experience what success tastes like. By suzette ceLaya

nation of French and Japanese cuisine, with the oriental aspect apparent in every dish. The chef, demonstrating why this family has been one of the best in the business for more than a century, meticulously supervises every detail. Furthermore, living by the sea awakens a cheerful side in Pic that most other chefs can only dream about.

contemporary cuisine Simple or complex, when prepared by the ideal hands, every taste is savory. Pic mixes old-fashioned techniques with the most avant-garde cooking methods, conferring a little piece of heaven in every dish she prepares. Her creations are assembled to delight the senses, where not only the mouth but the eyes and the nose are pleasantly surprised. What else would you expect from a Frenchman, or woman, but elegance and style in all they do.

to cook and serve

a three-star woman

As much as you want to drive destiny in another direction, it always seems to find its way back. Even though Anne-Sophie Pic comes from a family dedicated to centuries of haute cuisine, she tried to follow a different path. She traveled to the United States to study business management, but fate wanted something else for her. After a series of unfortunate events upon returning to her home in Valence, she ended up running the family establishment. But the closer she got to the kitchen, the more she wanted to be in front of a stove, not behind the counter. That’s how, encouraged by her husband, she began her apprenticeship.

Pic is the only female French chef that has been awarded the highest gastronomic distinction in France, the Michelin Guide 3 stars. The third generation in her family to obtain this recognition, the honor places the restaurant of La Maison Pic among the best in the country.

the joy of fruit de mer Pic’s is known for superb seafood cuisine. After spending a season in Japan, she took the influences and techniques of Asian cooking back home to refresh the family’s traditional menu. She claims that her gastronomic creations are a delightful combi-

on women name Pic is pleased that she is changing the way high cuisine is viewed, and she does consider herself a successful woman in the gastronomic world. “I had to fight for it because I was the daughter of the boss and also a woman”, said Pic. “In France, cuisine is still a men’s world, but things are changing”. The cook, as she prefers to be called, believes that a woman’s sensibility in the kitchen is very different from a man’s, and that gives her dishes a special flair. This French queen of cuisine certainly has come a long way.

Photo: Courtesy of OMEGA SA.

it runs in the blood

It seems as if everything on Pic’s menu is a reflection of her personality. Self-assured and always smiling, she knows that no matter who you serve, you have to do it in a humble way. “It wasn’t easy getting here”, says Pic. “Everyday I learn something meaningful. Every minute I’m learning, gaining a little more experience and getting more passionate about what I do”. With words like that, it’s no surprise why this French chef is both well received and well recognized.

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Ready, Set, Go… The Summer Olympic Games are just around the corner. And London is set to make the most of it in brilliant British city style. By Avril Parrillat

ALL THE HOTTEST TRENDS and luxurious spots are here, and we definitely don’t want you to miss them. Follow our advice, and have a gold medal holiday. Enjoy the rush of London in high-end lavishness and hip style. Full of Olympic Games host city adrenaline, the city is bursting with excitement and prepared to offer opulent options. So whether you are strolling across

the Parliament Bridge, taking a ride over London Eye, or having tea at the Ritz it’s all certain to be posh and fabulous! In preparation for this magnificent event, London went all out in the construction of the great sporting enclosures, home for more than 10,000 athletes from 205 different countries, all of them ready to compete and show the world who is the best. What was

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Escape The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games will give the world a view of true artistic expression created by Artistic Director Danny Boyle and his team.

CURIOUS FACTS • London 2012 will be the first Olympic Games to be broadcasted with simultaneous translation both in HD and 3D. • Over 4 billion viewers are expected to watch the opening and closure ceremonies of the competition. • In order to preserve the local ecosystem, over 2 thousand salamanders were relocated from the land used to build the Olympic park to a new natural reserve. • Over 4 thousand trees, and 430 decorative plants from all over the world embellish the Olympic precincts. • Planning on the sale of over 7.7 million tickets for the 39 sporting events taking place, the price of a ticket starts at 20 pounds (~$31) and the most exclusive tickets soar up to 2 thousand pounds each (~$3,134).

once an old industrial park is now the heart of the smashing Olympic Park that, and the famous indoor Wembley Arena, will be the main stages for the competitions. The renowned avenue known as The Mall that connects Buckingham Palace with Trafalgar Square will hold those exhilarating events like marathon, race walk, and cycling. Be first in line for a photo finish.

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There are many options when it comes to food and accommodations, places to visit and shopping galore so once again we present you with plenty of excellent options for a top class eating and sleeping experience. Get ready to go and triumph in style!

Le Cercle 1 Wilbraham Place, London, SW1X 9AE. Ph: 020 7901 9999 Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s 49 Brook Street, London, Ph: 020 7499 0099 The Ledbury 127 Ledbury Road, London, Ph: 020 7792 9090 Ikeda 30 Brook Street, London, Ph: 020 7629 2730 Pied à Terre 34 Charlotte Street, London, Ph: 020 7636 1178

Photos: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Jumeirah International LLC, and Dorchester Collection.


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The Torch is made up of an inner and an outer aluminium alloy skin, perforated by 8,000 circles that represent the inspirational stories of the torchbearers who will carry the Olympic Flame.

The Athenaeum 116 Picadilly, London, W1J 7BJU, UK.

Brown’s Hotel Albemarle Street Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP, United Kingdom.

The Chesterfield 35 Charles Street, London W1J 5 EB, United Kingdom.

The Dorchester Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA, UK.

The Courthouse Doubletree 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London. W1F 7HL, United Kingdom.

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The tack store you were looking for!

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As an answer to your quest for new and luxurious ways to travel, we offer you four yachts that could crown you King of the High Seas. Satisfy the desires of your inner Poseidon by chartering or by purchasing one of these fabulous Fraser Yachts: each one is a real marine pleasure. BY AVRIL PARRILLAT PHOTOS: FRASER YACHTS

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Côte d’Azur

LiteraLLy the epicenter of luxury yachting with glorious weather, fantastic scenery, world-class restaurants and the dashiest shops anywhere, cruising the Côte d’Azur includes chic resort towns and picturesque fishing villages. Adventure in Monte Carlo and sail to Saint-Tropez. Pass the time in the lovely Iles d’Hyeres or venture further along the coast to glamorous Monaco. Spend a night at this glamorous hotspot, the nightlife is amazing. The next day, visit the fabu-

lous port of The Isles de Lèrins, where you savor the best of French cuisine. Imagine is the truly the Bentley of yachting. Accommodating 12 guests in seven luxury staterooms, the ship boasts huge volumes, exceptional indoor accommodations, social spaces and plenty of choices for exciting outdoor living. Imagine also offers a large sun deck with jet-stream swimming pool, wet-feet bar and Jacuzzi and an array of water toys to keep even the most active charter guests entertained.

Specifications: Beam: 11.88 m (38’ 11”) Draft: 3.85 m (12’ 07”) Guests: 12 Cabins: 7 Crew: 15 Cruising Speed: 14 knots Builder: Amels Price per week: Upon request.

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Greece & the Cyclades islands

Specifications: Beam: 10.50 m (34’ 04”) Draft: 3.25 m (10’ 07”) Guests: 12 Cabins: 6 Crew: 16 Cruising Speed: 15 knots Builder: Feadship Price per week: Upon request.

The magnificenT Paraffin is the picture of a classic, old-school vessel. With room for 12 guests, the fine wood panels, elegant Tiffany chandeliers and sumptuous inner spaces take luxury to another level. Explore the waters of the Mediterranean in classic style. The countless islands dotting Greece’s Donan and Aegean Seas provide insight to the remarkable history and lure of ancient mythology. With thousands of enchanting islands, you can discover a new port of call every day. Board your yacht in Athens and move out of passage to the bay of Cape Sounion then on to Kea, where the picturesque hamlet of Vourkari offers excellent restaurants. Then sail to Tinos and Mykonos to show off your best summer style. The beautiful islands of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, and Paros are approximately 28 km (17 miles) from Mykonos. Then you can go to Ios Island, the burial place of Homer, and Santorini, where the white-domed houses and brilliant blue sea illustrate why this is one of the most famous and glamorous of the Greek islands.

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Specifications: Beam: 8.00 m (26’ 02”) Draft: 1,60 m (5’ 02”) Guests: 10 Cabins: 5 Crew: 8 Cruising Speed: 17 knots Builder: MMGI Price per week: Upon request.

If you enjoy beIng at the forefront, the Blade was created especially for you. A technologically modern space with the comfort and luxury that a super yacht for ten passengers requires. This trendy structured environment has the exclusively modernistic touch of designer Michela Reverberi.

Traveling whilst chromed blue requires an adventure full of adrenalin and greatness. What destination could be better than the fabulous and full of life Ibiza. Begin your odyssey on this ever-changing Spanish island; known all over the world for its incomparable nightlife, home of the best and most sophisticated clubs. Aside from enjoying the Iberian nights, the island has much more to including the old town located in the little mountain by the sea, Dalt Vila, with a 14th century cathedral of Santa Maria d’Elvissa. For a relaxing evening enjoy a glass of Tempranillo wine in Vara de Rey while watching the sunset on one of many gorgeous terraces. When out and about, don’t be surprised if you see famous sportsmen, entrepreneurs or politicians, as well as other extravagant characters.

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Côte d’azur & italian Riviera Latitude boasts contemporary art decó style décor. While designing the yacht interiors, Mauro Izzo’s goal was to create an elegant atmosphere reminiscent of the transatlantic yachts from ‘20’s and 30’s combined with a modern touch. Using a wide variety of materials, such as stainless steel and fine leather, the wonderful layout of this super yacht offers several rest and recreation areas, including a wide dining room for formal events

and an outdoor area on the deck. The elevator design impressively allows the light to spill on to all five floors. The upper deck has lovely outdoor beds and chairs for those times when you want to linger while sunbathing. You can embark in Monte Carlo and travel to SaintTropez. Spend a night in this now world-famous fishing village. The Isles de Lérins (near Cannes) is an excellent spot to stop for lunch and enjoy water sports, or shop ashore in Cannes or Golfe Juan. Depart in the late afternoon for Monaco and after a gourmet dinner on board go ashore for some casino action. There are many small daytime anchorages known as the Cinque Terre. Try the great little village of Portovenere, behind the specifications: southern tip of the peninsula. Next Beam: 10.40 m (34’ 01”) you can sail to Elba, known for its Draft: 3.50 m (11’ 06”) historical connection with Napoleon. Guests: 12 The island of Giglio is well worth a Cabins: 6 visit, especially for those who ventuCrew: 13 re to the ancient, walled village and Cruising Speed: 14 knots castle of Castello. Savor the coastline Builder: Benetti that offers myriad small inlets and safe Price per week: anchorage, most with large expansions Upon request. of beach.

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SoCal Spring is Weall-Seasoned With hot competition and cool parties, Blenheim EquiSports hosted a sweet spring show season. At both the San Juan Capistrano and Del Mar locations, the months of April and May were filled with excitement for the competitor and the spectator alike. Show Jumping highlights included an international array of winners—local favorites Rusty Stewart and Michelle Parker, Columbian John Perez and 2012 FEI World Cup Finals Champion Rich Fellers. The one-of-akind social events allowed guests to experience an extravagant ride from the exotic Orient Express, where partygoers dined on flavors from around the world, to a private showing of the World Class Haras Dos Cavaleiros Lusitano horses at the Cirque Du Magique Party. Some of the action is captured below. Cheers to a stellar summer!



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1. Hugo Gonzenbach, Sharon McElvain, Alessandro Benincasa, Diana Pazmino, Xavier Blum at Cirque Du Magique. 2. Christa Endicott and “Answered Prayer.” 3. Helen McNaught aboard “Caballo.” 4. John Perez and “Arezzo” win the $50,000 Orange County Register Grand Prix.

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Photos: Captured Moment Photo & McCool Photography.

4 1. Rich Fellers and “Colgan Cruise” win the $60,000 Grand Prix of California, presented by Equ Lifestyle Magazine. 2. Michelle Wood and James Urbanoski, Kenneth Vinther, Mark Bone and friends. 3. Rusty Stewart and “Bristol.” 4. Carla Diewert jumping high on “Nippur de Lagash.”

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2 Photos: Captured Moment Photo & McCool Photography.

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4 1. Nick Haness on “Gelato.” 2. Girlfriends at Cirque Du Magique. 3. “Zzmiro 8” and Susan Artes. 4. Hap Hansen with “Archie Bunker.”

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Photos: Tass Jones.

4 1. Lucy Davis and “Nemo 119.” 2. Michelle Parker and “Xei Ha” in top in the $40,000 Blenheim Spring Classic II Grand Prix presented by Summit General Insurance. 3. Chris, Martine and Ruckus. 4. “Bristol” bringing home the blue.

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Olympic Observation Events Observation is well underway, with two of the four upcoming events featured below. Rich Fellers and his jumping partner Flexible dominated the Del Mar National. After a disappointing Olympic Trials, Lauren Hough and Blue Angel performed well in California. Young Lucy Davis and Saer Coulter both rode with style over the tough tracks. On the other coast, the Kentucky weather was a bit wet but the fantastic footing in the Rolex Stadium held up and the show jumping was super. Reed Kessler was once again consistently accurate with no major errors on either mount. Margie Engle and Indigo jumped well, won on Thursday but had a few rails on Sunday. Others worth watching included Beezie Madden, Charlie Jayne, Laura Kraut, Mario Deslauriers and Kent Farrington. Observation events at Devon and Spruce Meadows remain before the Olympic Selection Committee and Chef D’Equipe George Morris will select the top six.




5 1. Reed Kessler and “Cylana.” 2. Rich Fellers and “McGuinness.” 3. Olympic Selection Committee Member Susan Hutchison. 4. Lauren Hough and “Blue Angel.” 5. Margie Engle and “Indigo.”

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Photos: Jennifer Wood Media & Cheval Photos.


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Laws of style

1. GO SHOPPING without having to walk or hail a cab, hire your own private driver from Fraser Chauffeurs.

2. TURNBALL & ASSER is the best


London Top

in central London is known for bespoke men’s tailoring. Time for a new suit.

4. STROLL DOWN Jeremyn St. to find the classiest shirt makers, shoes and Britain’s oldest cheese shop.


must do’s


London, the universal symbol of elegance and royalty, is an obligatory destiny for those who consider themselves connoisseurs of the world. Visit with the royal touch that a site so outstanding demands, and fully enjoy all the posh that London has to offer.

for 2012



is one of the most exclusive nightclubs in London. To get in you need to be a member, be on the list or be a friend of Beckham.

is one of the best places to see and be seen. Dress to the nines is the motto of all the socialités and celebrities who frequent here.




course is all about fast horses and fancy dresses. It’s the most glamorous event of the sports calendar in London.

Claridge’s luxury hotel is a must. Make a reservation for an excellent gastronomic experience.

where you’ll get a well-deserved and relaxing treatment after those exhausting days filled with fun.

Photo: Courtesy of Debenhams.

place in the city to buy cashmere tailored shirts and ties.

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