Horse & Style Magazine Spring 2019

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8 | FROM THE PUBLISHER “Who run the world? Girls.”

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Kardel Global Partners

13 | BET WEEN 14 | PRO


Elizabeth Ehrlich

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& ABOUT Longines Masters of Hong Kong

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& ABOUT Winter Equestrian Festival

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& ABOUT World Equestrian Center

26 | RIDER


Martha Jolicoeur



A Collection of What’s Now...


Prints Charming



Sarah Appel


Emily Pollard A RT D I R E C TOR

Danielle Demers A DV E RT I S I N G & SA LE S

Laurie Berglie


Pam Maley

Moroccan Royal Tour

46 | OUT & ABOUT

Moroccan Royal Tour



Laurie Berglie, Alli Addison, Lindsay Brock, Julie Unger, Catie Staszak, Claiborne & Lime, Heather Buchanan, Terri Roberson Psy.D., Dr. Carrie Wicks, Ph.D.



48 | WORKING ON WELLNESS Mind, Body, Soul… Sip, Snack, Squat Spring Entertaining Essentials Barn Envy: Willow Creek Estancia


The Power of Women Supporting Women

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& ABOUT Equestrian Businesswomen Summit


Hard Work Meets Opportunity

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& ABOUT EAP National Training Session

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Deborah Cerbone Equestrian Landscapes

Lindsay Brock, Jump Media, Sarah Appel, Rachel Sowinski/USHJA, Louise Taylor/ USHJA, Giana Terranova, Joseph Mixan, Kathy Russell, Christopher Demers, Erin Gilmore, Kristin Prosner, Shannon Brinkman, Jeff Rogers, RB Presse, Ashley Neuhof, Jessica Rodriques, Jean-Louis Carli/Alea/EEM, SportFot, Scoop Dyga/ Icon Sport, Jayne Russell/Mazarine/ EEM, FotoEnnevi, Andrew Ryback, Kimberlyn Beaudoin, Stefano Valentino, ESI Photography, Stefano Grasso




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Fiera Cavalli & Jumping Verona

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& ABOUT Fiera Cavalli & Jumping Verona

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ON THE COVER: Willow Creek Estancia; photo courtesy of Willow Creek Estancia - Pacific Sotheby's International Realty


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Horse & Style Magazine is an equestrian lifestyle publication that is published quarterly and available at participating tack shops nationwide for $10, and while supplies last at large training centers and hunter jumper horse shows. The written and visual contents of this magazine are protected by copyright. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is legally prohibited. Copyright © 2019 Horse & Style Magazine LLC. TM

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THE LINES In the Middle Are the Horsemen




Emily Pollard

Danielle Demers

Laurie Berglie

Alli Addison

Emily Pollard uses her BA in English from Saint Mary’s College of California to teach, write, and edit. She has worked in the equestrian industry for the majority of her life, as a groom, assistant trainer, barn manager, and everything in between. She trained and competed her horse, Skyler Ace, to the FEI level. She now enjoys sharing her passion for horses with her husband and two young daughters.

Danielle Demers lives in New England with her husband and baby boy. A lifelong equestrian, she has always been inspired by horses. After graduating with a BFA in Painting, she worked to find a way to combine her passions for art, design, and the equestrian lifestyle. Through her work with EqSol, and as H&S’s Art Director, her interests have been melded together more perfectly than she could have imagined.

Laurie Berglie lives in the Maryland countryside where she enjoys renovating her fixer-upper farm, reading horse books, and competing in the hunters. Laurie is also an author of equestrian fiction and maintains her lifestyle blog and Instagram, “Maryland Equestrian.” She has a BA in English from Stevenson University and an MA in Humanities from Towson University.

Alli was born, raised and still lives on a ranch that has been in her family since 1837, located north of Santa Barbara, CA. Alli holds a BS and MS in Business Marketing from California Polytechnic State University. A lifelong equestrian, she has a passion for riding hunter/jumpers, loves art and the equestrian lifestyle. Alli also enjoys spending time with her husband and children.

Pam Maley

Heather Buchanan

Lindsay Brock

Terri Roberson, Psy.D.

An avid former foxhunter, Pam knows well that special bond between horse and rider. With her husband she was co-owner of Dunford Farm, a Thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she was involved in every aspect of the horses’ lives. Her journey with horses continues as a member of the EqSol Team.

Heather Buchanan’s love affair with horses began with an aptly named pony Aphrodite. Heather combined her passion for horses with experience in luxury marketing and writing to become Editor in Chief of Equestrio Magazine then Editor of Puissance America Magazine. She worked with Equestrian Sport Productions to create some of the most talked about equestrian videos and now works as a freelance writer, consultant and editor.

Lindsay Brock is a writer, photographer, and social media guru from Saugerties, NY. A Houghton College graduate, Lindsay studied Writing and Communications, while riding on the hunter/jumper and eventing teams. Lindsay is a full-time staffer at Jump Media, LLC. When not at a horse show, behind a camera lens or fervently Instagramming, you can find her astride her Zangersheide gelding, Justice Z.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Terri Roberson combines her passion for horses with her clinical work in equine-assisted psychotherapy. She currently sits on the board of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Over 25 years on the show circuit has given her an eye for equestrian style and provides constant inspiration for her frequent contributions to H&S.

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Julie Unger has been writing and editing for various publications for the last decade, including covering show jumping and polo events. She has lived in South Florida, New England and many places in between. She uses her MA in Mass Communication from the University of Florida to continue editing, writing and utilizing her communication skills at Sirota Public Relations. Her work can be found at

A former three-day event rider, Ashley’s love of horses runs deep. Her photography has taken her around the world and her images have been exhibited in New York City galleries and major magazines. When she is not behind the lens, Ashley can be found riding her new Thoroughbred gelding and enjoying the outdoors.


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“We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead.” – Beyoncé

Queen B’s lyrics ring true, and I have learned in the past eight years since starting Horse & Style, they especially ring true for the equestrian industry. The majority of equestrian companies are women owned and led, so it was no surprise when Jennifer Wood, a female entrepreneur and trailblazer in the equestrian PR and marketing space, came up with the idea for the Equestrian Businesswomen Summit. When Jen called me and asked if I would speak on the Balance Panel, I felt honored and immediately said yes. So, I traveled to Florida and spent the weekend connecting with smart, sophisticated, and savvy women. It was remarkable to hear the other women tell their stories of triumphs and tribulations, and I enjoyed sharing my own story. I left incredibly inspired and I am grateful for the opportunities I have been presented thanks to my participation in the Summit. Read more on page 62. Last October I traveled to provide media coverage to two amazing competitions. One was in Rabat, for the second leg of the Moroccan Royal Tour (MRT), and one was in Verona, Italy for Jumping Verona. Just two weeks apart from each other, I quickly transitioned from one amazing culture to another. Read more about the MRT and my obsession with medina shopping on page 40 and learn about the 120th Anniversary of the Fiera Cavalli and Jumping Verona on page 90.

H&S Editor-in-Chief Sarah Appel was invited to speak on the Balance Panel at the Equestrian Businesswomen Summit; photo © Jump Media

H&S is introducing a new feature in this issue, Working on Wellness. For this column, we ask an equestrian to give us insight on how they balance wellness – mind, body, spirit – with their busy daily lives. For our inaugural feature, I share my personal thoughts on wellness (page 48). As a mother of two daughters, I am grateful to be part of a community that supports women by connecting them, appreciating their talents, and acknowledging the need for balance. To all the equestrian entrepreneurs out there – past, present and future – let’s keep hustling and lifting each other up. Best,


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the US name, but in Europe, the trio operates simply as Global Partners.


The Partners love their “transparent” reputation. They grant client access to all veterinary and performance records on the horses they sell.


Lauren Kardel, the US lead, previously lived in California.


Though Gilmartin and Dawson-Stanley are Irish, they are both fluent in Dutch.


Since forming in 2018, Kardel Global Partners’ horses have won over 100 Championships.

6. Gilmartin made his name riding

There are numerous agents who can help in the process of importing a horse. However, the who is not as important as the how. Kardel Global Partners has created a simple and transparent process for sourcing, acquiring, and delivering Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation horses for amateurs and professionals in the United States. They offer an informative and enjoyable experience, so each new horse owner feels confident in their equine investment. Global Partners has the right combination of relevant experience and a far-reaching network. All three partners – James Gilmartin, Kiefer Dawson-Stanley and Lauren Kardel – reside in Europe, and constantly connect with trainers and sellers to discover the most suitable partners for their clients. They understand the nature of the US riding world – what the expectations are of the horse – and possess the skills and sensibilities to recognize appropriate and desirable horses for US riders. The Partners have relationships with providers at every point in the journey, delivering clients a single, seamless purchasing process.


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for Dutch breeder Egbert Schep, and won competitions throughout the country, from Lanaken to S’Hertogenbosch.


Dawson-Stanley grew up riding for VDL Stud. With them, he was Dutch Champion for 4-year-old horses.

8. Prior to joining the Partners,

Kardel spent two years with EuroHorse and Axel Verlooy, and five years as the American agent for Duffy Sporthorses.



The Partners also have a program for training green horses before they come to America, and a program that allows Americans to invest in sales horses in Europe. Kardel’s first horse was an Arabian called Skandalous – they even learned to jump together. Luckily, Kardel survived to join the Partners!

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by Laurie Berglie

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In the Middle Are the Horsemen T I K M AY N A R D 392 pages Paperback: $24.95 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a working student? To willingly trade labor for hands-on education with some of the most renowned riders in the world? In 2008, that’s exactly what Tik Maynard decided to do. At the age of 26, Maynard, a pentathlete, had just suffered a career-ending injury and was ready to change direction. The son of prominent Canadian equestrians, horses were in Maynard’s blood, so he set his sights on this fast-paced industry. His plan of spending one year as a working student quickly turned into three, and we travel with Maynard as he works for some of the sport’s greatest: Anne Kursinski, Johann Hinneman, Ingrid Klimke, David and Karen O’Connor, Bruce Logan, and Ian Millar. Show jumping, dressage, eventing, and even western, Maynard tries his hand at them all – all while trying to figure out where he fits. All professionals have their own way of doing things, their own training methods, their own foundations on which their businesses are built. This is eye-opening for Maynard who then realizes that there is not one right or wrong way to train and ride a horse. From that point on, he develops his own techniques, perfecting his methods one horse at a time. “Now when I imagined a dream stable, it was not one with a dozen Olympic horses, it was one where everybody liked each other. It was a place where every day we worked toward a common goal. It was a place with more work than gossip. It was a place where I would continue to learn about horse behavior. A place where I could practice with rope halters, teach horses to jump on-line, and have them work around me at liberty.” Throughout his memoir, Maynard is hired and fired and worked to the bone. But despite the long days and early mornings, the challenging horses and the harsh words from trainers, Maynard continues to put the horse first, always. This is a story about changing direction, staying focused, and adapting to life’s curve balls until all that hard work finally pays off. You can purchase In the Middle Are the Horsemen from Trafalgar Square Books at, and you can learn more about the author at

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4. 1. Meagan Murray-Tenuta and Last Word take the win in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week 3 of the Winter Series of the Midwest 2. Ardragh Rock Star and Harriet McCord Chang take to the Jumper ring during Week 6 of the Winter Series of the Midwest 3. Carry On and Ava Barnes take the Championship in the Opportunity Short Stirrup/Limit Equitation during Week 3 4. Goldfish and Kiera Phlipot go all-out for Valentine’s Day 5. Jamrock receives a big hug from Zoey Chambers for a job well done


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6. Forever And Ever strikes a pose by the hunter ring 7. Kiera Phlipot poses with her two unicorns 8. Magical Diamond and Addison Stoughton ride a stellar round in the Medium Pony division 9. Iconic and Julia Furst jump around the Roberts Ring 10. WEC exhibitors always make time for a little fun between rounds! 11. Great rides deserve big hugs 12. Carlotta W and Stacy Ryback take home the blue!

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by Lindsay Brock

Martha Jolicoeur

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Martha Wachtel (Jolicoeur) and Sweet Lullaby; photo courtesy of the Washington Intl. Horse Show


efore devoting herself to real estate, Martha Jolicoeur first made a name for herself among the equestrian community as a top amateur show jumping athlete. Having trained with several North American legends of horse sport, she is now Wellington’s go-to broker for residential and equestrian properties. Jolicoeur may have hung up her show coat, but she is still a familiar face, industry supporter, and event sponsor in the equestrian world from Wellington, FL, to Canada. For Martha, real estate is now her sport, and she’s winning!

Horse & Style: How did your riding career take shape? Martha Jolicoeur: I grew up in Westport, CT, which is located in the heart of northeastern horse country, so riding felt like a natural step for me. As a junior I trained with George Morris and rode a horse he and Katie Monahan [Prudent] found for me named Movie Star. She was an amazing small junior hunter, and on her I was grand junior hunter champion at Devon in 1977 and ’78 and was named Best Child Rider at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in 1978. I also earned ribbons at Medal and Maclay Finals. H&S: Who were some of the biggest influences on your riding? MJ: George gave me a foundation that was invaluable for the rest of my career in the saddle. But, when I attended college at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, I got serious about the jumper discipline and

started training with 10-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar. He really encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone. He told me that I knew exactly what I needed to do to ride jumpers successfully, but I was afraid. I had been doing the amateur jumpers with George, but Ian made me competitive on a variety of horses and he found a horse for me named Sweet Lullaby that I ended up buying from Belgium’s François Mathy. Ian first saw her in Switzerland in a little town between Geneva and Zurich, and she was definitely the best horse I ever had. The other person who influenced my riding was Norman Dello Joio. After I graduated from college, I moved to New York City and began riding with him. He taught me that I was capable of jumping even bigger and going even faster. He put the finishing touches on my riding to complete the package. Under his direction, I was named American Grand Prix Association (AGA) Rookie of the Year in 1985.

H&S: Do you remember the first time you stepped into the grand prix ranks? MJ: Someone else had to enter me in my first grand prix because I was too nervous to commit! I was always placing first and second in the Friday open jumper classes in Palm Beach, but I was too scared to ever enter the grand prix. I didn’t know it, but one week, Mario Deslauriers nominated me and that’s how I did my first grand prix with Sweet Lullaby. A few weeks later, I won the $25,000 Mercedes Masters World Cup Grand Prix, of course with Sweet Lullaby. H&S: Explain the transition from riding to real estate? MJ: From 1986 to 1990, I continued competing in the grand prix ranks and rode in Europe as well. In 1991 though, I started thinking beyond my career in the saddle. My former husband Pierre and I had moved to a farm in Culpeper while I was

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working in Middleburg,VA, and I decided to balance my riding with a career in real estate. I got my license and began selling in both the Northeast and in Wellington, FL, during the winter season. In 2005, I decided to make a big change. I was riding my horse along a hill and thought to myself, ‘I’m not getting better at riding, and I really want to secure my future for my family.’ My daughter, Isabel, was in eighth grade then and has now graduated with a law degree from the University of Miami. I got off the horse that day and asked Pierre if it was time to sell the farm and focus on real estate fulltime. He agreed, and we moved to Florida for me to focus on real estate. I wanted to be really good at something.To this day people ask me if I miss riding. It was a conscious decision to stop riding and focus on real estate, but I feel lucky that I still get to spend so much time at the shows and around horses. Today, I am a member of the Douglas Elliman Real Estate Sports and Entertainment Division and I have found my calling. I feel the same passion and joy for helping my clients buy and sell properties as I did when I was competing in the show ring. H&S: Why did you choose to base your business in Wellington, FL? MJ: I have been working within the Wellington real estate community since I

got my start, but I have been in love with the location since showing here myself as a junior rider. I have watched Wellington and the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) grow from the ground up, which has equipped me with unique opportunities to help buyers and sellers find their own piece of horse heaven. It is an honor to be involved with WEF and to interact with some of the world’s top show jumping athletes, trainers, and owners looking to sell a property or find a place to call their own in Wellington. I am a horsewoman and I understand what equestrian clients need and want for their horses and their families. That understanding puts me in front of a very specific audience, but it is an audience that speaks the same language; and that is the language of horse. For me, Wellington is a unique and fabulously special place because it is not dedicated to one discipline. It is the winter horse capital of the world because one can find show jumping, dressage, polo, racing, and everything in between here. H&S: How have you seen the equestrian real estate market change throughout your tenure? MJ: Real estate obviously has peaks and valleys that coincide with the health of the economy.When I started in Wellington, there was a boom in the market.You listed things and they sold right away. I still feel that we have a very healthy market, and more people

Martha and Isabel Jolicoeur

are coming to Wellington today than in 2005 because of the growth of the horse sport industry itself. Growth has been the biggest facilitator for a healthy market in Wellington. Before, people were renting more than buying, but today more people are buying because they realize the horse show is here to stay and they spend more nights of the year in Florida than any other location in the world. I would say that the great majority of equestrians have someplace to call home in Wellington. H&S: What inspired you to create the Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award? MJ: When I was competing, my favorite award to win was most definitely the Leading Lady Rider Award in a sport that makes no distinction between male and female athletes. It was a sign that I was consistently successful. That inspired me to dedicate a portion of my support of events like WEF and the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in Upperville,VA, to showcasing women who strive for and achieve success. I have now been presenting the award at WEF for nine consecutive seasons. H&S: Will we see you back in the competition ring anytime soon? MJ: I never stopped riding from the juniors all the way to the grand prix level. Horses are still my passion, but for now real estate is my competitive sport. Although, I have been working on my golf and tennis games lately!

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E Q U E S T R I A N tastemaker by Alli Addison

Yes! The New Year has arrived and we firmly believe that 2019 is going to kick you-know-what. Push aside the concept of human-created time and the fact that resolutions are more like casual promises with no legal obligations whatsoever. We still love a good old-fashioned New Year and all the newness it brings. And remember, we are one year away from the roaring 20s, which means that 2019 is more like the pre-party to what will be an epic decade. So what is on our radar in these early months of 2019? We’ve been pining over taking care of our bodies, taking care of our minds, trying something new, and have become full-blown-believers in treatin’ yo-self! But, let’s face it, we’ve always been believers in that last one.

Nice Digits Society Wit Nail Lacquer

Oh-So-Lux: The Equestrian Backpack by Marc Cross Leave it to the impeccably stocked and well-appointed Manhattan Saddlery to turn us on to the latest and greatest in the world of equestrian fashion.While employing a little Horse & Style R&D (research and development otherwise known as Instagram scrolling), we were stopped in our digital tracks by their latest offering: the stunning and overly luxurious Equestrian Backpack by American luxury brand Marc Cross.The Equestrian Backpack with its structured and compact design is available in two color-ways, Acorn and Black. Featuring vibrant red cotton twill lining, 100% Saffiano calf leather, crop holders, and a stylish strap/pocket to house your riding helmet,The Equestrian Backpack is everything your ringside dreams are made of.The Equestrian Backpack by Marc Cross, available exclusively through Manhattan Saddlery, $2,895.00:


Handcrafted, hand-mixed, smallbatched, American-made nail color with equestrian swagger? Yes, please! Because we all know that while our hair may be plagued by helmethead, and our clothing tarnished with manure and dirt, at least our manicure will be on point. Society Wit recently launched their fall/ winter line of nail colors with an equestrian theme, and ever since, our team has gone crazy for them. During these winter months, we find ourselves particularly fond of the deep and saturated hues like Country & Class, Saddle Up, and of course, Dark Horse. Society Wit Nail Lacquer, $9.00 ea.:

Let’s Talk The Equestrian Podcast We love to read, and talk, and watch, and scroll, and the list goes on. However, sometimes it is nice to simply sit back and listen. At H&S, we all love a good podcast, so when equestrian influencer and blogger Bethany Lee of My Equestrian Style introduced her new “The Equestrian Podcast” earlier this year, we were so tuned in. Literally. Bethany’s weekly series features a variety of equestrian insiders from multiple disciplines, and covers all the areas of the horse world you would expect, and many areas you don’t normally hear about. “From the everyday grind to the world class professional,” we are loving the conversations, topics and characters Lee is bringing to the table. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and directly through the website, “The Equestrian Podcast” has become our new favorite way to pass the time and gain a little equestrian insight along the way. The Equestrian Podcast:

YOLO, Polo! Learn To Play Polo We’ve said this once, and we will say it again: It’s fun to try new things. If you are partaking in Winter Circuit on the East Coast or West Coast, during the off days, why not try something new, like Polo? Most polo clubs offer lesson programs to the public, with lessons typically available Tuesdays through Saturdays. For those enjoying the California Winter Circuit, head over to Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, and enjoy a lesson with their seasoned and professional staff. Lessons are scheduled weekly and run through the end of March. Because you only live once, you know? Empire Polo Club:


Desperately Seeking Koto Bolofo La Maison, Vol. 1: Chevaux/Horses In 2004 famed fashion photographer Koto Bolofo was granted rare, behind-the-scenes access into the luxury house of Hermès, thanks to a brief and possibly chance meeting between Bolofo and then-chief executive, Jean-Louis Dumas. For four years, he captured exclusive images of the many Hermès workshops, chronicling in stunning style the unparalleled level of quality and craftsmanship that Hermès is known for. And from those four years of work, La Maison was born – a visual collection consisting of 11 volumes and 1,200 pages of photographic work by Bolofo. The entire collection is breathtaking, but of course, bias aside, we believe the volume that is dedicated to horses is the crown jewel. The images captured by Bolofo have likely crossed your social media feed or popped up on Pinterest, but you must admit the idea of having a physical tome to display in your own home is downright dreamy. No longer currently published, the collective can now be sourced through the likes of vintage book sites, eBay and Amazon. Bolofo’s works for the French luxury house can also be viewed by visiting the Creative Exchange Agency gallery – a fantastic alternative while we all continue our search for the physical version:

It’s Time To Treat Yo’ Self High Camp Supply – Luxury Gardenias We cannot recall exactly how we happened across High Camp Supply – a California-based, cut-to-order luxury gardenia delivery company. Maybe it was the feature in Vogue Magazine, the cult-favorite status designated by Vanity Fair, or perhaps it was because the queen of luxury herself – that’s right, Oprah – listed High Camp Supply as one of her favorite things! Whatever the reason, we have reached the pinnacle of obsession with this pinnacle of luxury. “High Camp Supply was born of the concept that experiences are more valuable than things. I had envisioned creating a brand that celebrates the everyday with ephemeral luxury and sensory gifting,” explains founder Susan Hanson. “Gardenias are my favorite flower,” she continues. “They immediately alter a mood with a magnetic sensory overload. Somehow they are elegant, charming, sexy and classic all at once.” Boxes contain a mixture of loose farm-fresh gardenia blooms and cut-to-order premium budding vine gardenias on eight to ten inch stems, ideal for crafting a large assortment of arrangements. “We are modernizing the gardenia industry,” explains Hanson. “I love living with gardenias in my everyday environments, as well as using them to celebrate the most formal occasions.” The many occasions warranting such a splurge immediately began to fill our heads: A post-horse show treat for your first week back at home, a thank you gift for your trainer, or even adorning your show setup with fresh cut gardenia blooms for circuit. With eight different package offerings, the opportunity to treat yo’ self with luxury gardenias is a sensory-overload no-brainer. High Camp Supply, prices starting at $149.00:

Jewelry You Can Bank On Double Bank Brand Bold, beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewelry inspired by the sport of kings and the creatures that embody the sport. When it comes to symbols of luck, the horseshoe takes the win. But, did you know that if a shoe was found with nails still intact, that it was considered to be especially lucky? “Here at Double Bank, we love the simplicity of the nail,” explains owner and designer Kaitlyn Stuart. “When I first met my husband, who happens to be a polo player, I found myself wanting to create a line of jewelry. One day while at the barn, and as the farrier showed up, we caught sight of the horse shoe nails and found them to be so simplistic, yet so breathtaking. They were bold, beautiful, and a real symbol of strength.” Double Bank Brand, which is an old world term for two riders on the same horse – named as a reflection of the life journey Stuart has taken with her husband – is crafted in Southern California. The horseshoe nail pendants come in two sizes and are crafted in either solid sterling silver or 18k gold plated. Double Bank Brand, $90.00 – $180.00:

Let The Sun Shine Equestrian Sun Protection It may be winter, but our team has decided that this is the year we slay our sun protection game. No more excuses, no more sunburns, and no more potential for serious issues down the road. The sun protection topic has actually been at the top of our minds for years now, and with each passing season, more and more equestrian-based companies are offering well-designed and functional accessories and products to keep you protected while in the saddle. Helmet sun visors are no longer stigmatized by possessing a UFO-like appearance – the Soless UVBlocking Helmet Visor ($79.99) is one of the best we’ve tested to date. Riders Sleeves ($29.99) are becoming common practice in the schooling ring, so our tack trunks are always stocked with a colored assortment of the protective goodies. A new group of equestrian-based beauty companies have launched with sporttested sunscreens, like the Equestrian Wellness Sunscreen Stick ($15.00). And riders are learning the importance of not only concealing their faces but protecting their neck and décolletage as well – we can’t seem to get enough of the stylish protection offered by Callidae’s Hannah neck scarf ($30.00). All we can say is ‘Sun’s out, Protection’s on!’,,,

Equestrian Wellness Sunscreen Stick

Hannah Neck Scarf Riders Sleeves

Soless UV-Blocking Helmet Visor




Trendy Trainer

by Sarah Appel & Terri Roberson

Chelsea Belt Bangle, Vincent Peach, $289 Bonsai 15 Mini CrackedLeather Bucket Bag, Simon Miller, $390 Floral Shirt Tunic, Rönner Design, $289 Twisted Belt, Chloé, $815 Silver Chocazeppa Glitter Studded Wedge Heel, Christian Louboutin, $745


Charming As the winter months fade into spring, our wardrobes transition from blacks and greys to brighter hues and more colorful tones, uplifting both our attire and souls. And while basics are everything, adding a neutral print to an otherwise mono-tone ensemble creates the perfect pairing of bold and basic. So this season there is no need for a handsome suitor to save your spirits, simply let your prints do the charming.

Ambient Amateur Delia Mini Color-Block Shoulder Bag, Yuzefi, $327 Horse Bit Equestrian Necklace, Susan Shaw, $63 Jane Equestrian Print Silk-Twill Shirtdress, Gabriela Hearst, $2,095 Stirrup Bangles, Vincent Peach, $394 ea Suede Ankle Boots, See by Chloé, $395


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Jovial Junior Crystal Bead Embellished Bracelet, Isabel Marant, $185 Sara Harness Sandals, Frye, $278 White Western Print Dress, Ganni, $225 Arizona Necklace, Chloé, $360 Raffia Bucket Bag with Leather Tassels, Miu Miu, $1,420

Pony Mom Drawstring Leather Crossbody Bag, The Row, $1,350 Little Horses Print SilkGeorgette Wrap Dress, Chloé, $2,495 Arizona Earrings, Chloé, $360 100 Suede Knee Boot, Prada, $1,400 Etrier Double Tour Bracelet, Hermès, $650

Gorgeous Gent Royal Belt Buckle and Reversible Leather Strap, Hermès, $960 D-Frame Acetate and Silver-Tone Sunglasses, Brioni, $580 Textured-Leather Boots, Tom Ford, $676 Wool-Jacquard Sweater, Gucci, $1,300 Fit 2 Slim-Fit Stretch Denim Jeans, Rag & Bone, $250

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DESTINATION by Sarah Appel

Moroccan Royal Tour Last October I traveled to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, to attend one leg of the Moroccan Royal Tour (MRT), and the trip was incredible from the beginning to the end. It was exciting to visit a country in Africa; the people were warm and friendly, and the MRT proved to be an excellent show jumping competition. I encourage any equestrian enthusiast looking for a unique vacation destination to put Morocco and the MRT on their list – it does not disappoint!

ABOUT THE MRT The main reason for my travel to Morocco was to offer media coverage of the MRT, and to learn more about the program. The tour is an exciting competition that hosts three 4* international show jumping competitions in three separate Moroccan destinations: Toutan, Rabat and El Jadida. The competitions take place in a relatively tight period of time – over the course of several weeks at the most. This makes it attractive to the international competitors, who can easily travel to the country once and stay for the duration of the tour. The tight time span


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also keeps the fans enthused about the competition, and eager to see the final results. Needless to say, it is an exciting three weeks in Morocco. The MRT was created in 2010 on the high instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, and has quickly become a favorite with both European and local riders. MRT President, Charif Moulay Abdellah Alaoui, explains that the mission of the MRT is “to attract riders from around the world, including Olympians, World Equestrian Game medalists, and many continental champions, as well as

The “Heart of Morocco:” Abdelkebir Ouaddar; photo © RB Presse

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to promote and extend the influence of Morocco in the field of equestrian sport.” Despite the tour’s recent beginnings in 2010, the MRT has impressively accomplished all of those goals. This is a tour intended to please the best riders and horses, and the show jumping fans as well. W E LCO M E TO R A BAT This was my first visit to an African country, so I was excited to experience a new culture, and to really take in all that Morocco has to offer. During the breaks between MRT classes at the show grounds, I headed out to explore beyond the equestrian facilities. As I wandered the streets of downtown Rabat, I realized the city could be mistaken for any other great city in the world. It has a bustling downtown, a myriad of restaurants, many high-end hotels, excellent shopping, and of course, a Starbucks. I love visiting a new city and feeling a sense of familiarity – great places all seem to have a similar vibe. Rabat is also home to many historical landmarks that, as I meandered along the streets, regularly reminded me I was in a foreign country and having an incredible experience. Two such landmarks quickly became my favorites: The Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Kasbah of the Udayas. The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is located on the opposite side of the Hassan Tower, on the Yacoub al-Mansour esplanade. It contains the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. The details of the tomb were breathtaking, and the story behind the monument was fascinating. I also explored the Kasbah of the Udayas, which is located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River opposite Salé. The iconic blue walls of the old city guide you through to the most amazing views of the Bou Regreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. It was such an incredible walk. While those two were my favorites, really the whole city was mesmerizing! MY MEDINA MOMENT Second to watching show jumping, my favorite thing about international travel is the local shopping. When I went to Doha, Qatar, several years ago, I managed to carry-on an incredible large tea tray which is now on display in my living room. I was hoping to find a Rabat statement piece I loved just as much. I was in luck, as the Medina in Rabat was full of beautiful local handmade pottery, rugs, and my personal favorite, poufs. As I searched to find the

perfect pouf, I was enthralled by the colors and patterns. By the end of my search, I had found many favorites, and I stuffed as many as I could into my luggage. The shop owners were so kind, it made shopping a pleasure! Though the shopping was in a market-style venue, I never felt that I was being haggled or treated insincerely. In fact, most of the shop owners offered to sit down and have Moroccan tea with me. I had such a great time that the fellow journalist I was traveling with literally had to pull me out of the market. As we were leaving I thought of my mother’s wise words: “If you buy it all you won’t have saved anything for the next time.” So, somewhere in the Medina, there are about 20 more poufs waiting for me to come get them, next time. A C U LT U R E O F O P P O R T U N I T Y One of the reasons the Moroccan Royal Family founded the MRT was to promote equestrian sport in Morocco, and from what I saw, they have succeeded at that goal. The caliber of horse and the quality of the riding was on par with the other international shows I have covered. It is easy to see that they have made investing in the future of show jumping a top priority. I also loved that in order to grow the sport, The Moroccan Royal Family wisely chose to invest by supporting equestrian education. The MRT facility grounds are home to the Royal Cavalry School, an institution where excellent trainers are educating local Moroccans on how to build a career in the equestrian world. The MRT is also home to a riding school, a vet clinic, farrier and grooming education classes, and more. As the MRT helps grow the sport in Morocco, they are also building the infrastructure to support the booming equestrian industry. Investing in the physical infrastructure required of equestrian activities, and in the education of Moroccan equestrians, The Moroccan Royal Family ensures the Moroccan people can benefit from the growth of the sport in Morocco – making it all a win-win. THE HEART OF MOROCCO When you think of Moroccan riders, the most decorated and well-known rider is Abdelkebir Ouaddar. Ouaddar learned to ride as a boy with the Moroccan Royal Family, and started riding competitively at age 14. He became the first Moroccan to qualify for the World Championships, and in 2014 he was the first Moroccan ever

Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat A student of the riding school; photo © Sarah Appel

to compete in a World Championship. His successes continued two years later, when he went on to compete for Morocco in the 2016 Summer Olympics. The now 57-year-old rider is the crown jewel of Moroccan equestrians, and is adored by the crowd. Though I have seen Ouaddar ride in other competitions, it was great to see him show in Morocco, and get to be a part of the collective energy that loves him. When Ouaddar entered the ring, the stands fell silent, as everyone hoped for (and expected!) an excellent round. If his horse had a slight rub on a fence, or if he missed a stride, the crowd collectively gasped. And when Ouaddar went clean, he got a cheering crowd and a standing ovation. When Ouaddar shows, it is hard to say who has more fun: the rider or the fans! A SWISS VICTORY After several days of exciting show jumping competition, the final day in Rabat culminated in a Nations Cup. Eight teams made the trip to this leg of the Moroccan Tour to compete: The Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, France, and the crowd favorite of course, Morocco. It was an incredible line-up. After two rounds of great show jumping, it was the Swiss team, led by Swiss Chef d’Equipe Andy Kistler, that ended up victorious. With three up-and-coming Swiss riders,Yannick Jorand, Pauline Zoller, and Elian Baumann, as well as the legend himself Pius Schwizer, riding exceptionally well, the Swiss team came out strong and secured their spot on top of the podium. Kistler was happy with his team, and happy with RBT. He explains: “Rabat is a wonderful competition and we are always well welcomed. I could compose a team mixed with young riders in need [of] experience and others [that are] more accomplished. The scores were tight after the first round, and I asked my team members to focus on their riding. I really wanted them to enjoy their time in the arena.” Even though the Moroccan team did not win, it is always great to have excellent rides all-around and a gracious winner.

The victorious Swiss team; photo © Sarah Appel

G O O D BY E . . . B U T N OT F O R LO N G I cannot say enough wonderful things about my Moroccan adventure. And while I wish I could have visited all three stops on the MRT, I now have two very good reasons to go back to Morocco. I look forward to going back to see more spectacular show jumping, immersing myself in the culture again, and buying the rest of my poufs.

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5. 1. The Moroccan Royal Tour (MRT) presents a luxurious cooler to the winner 2. An enthusiastic Swiss entourage help the Swiss claim a Nations Cup victory 3. The anchor of the Swiss team, Pius Schwizer 4. You can see the Moroccan pride during The Nations Cup! 5. A local Moroccan horse is happy to have the busy MRT show on the grounds 6. The jumps are almost as beautiful as the horses!


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7. The facilities are equipped with everything a horse could need, including a great bathing area 8. A coveted award waits for its winner 9. A young Swiss rider, Pauline Zoller, soars over an oxer 10. Everybody loves Pedro! 11. A local Moroccan is on site to clean and shine tall boots 12. Press from all over the world come to experience the MRT 13. Daniel Etter and Pauline Zoller walk the course before The Nations Cup

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WO RKING on by Sarah Appel


Mind, Body, Soul … Sip, Snack, Squat 1. M I N D My go-to podcast is “This American Life” on NPR. Each episode is a true story based on a theme that relates to American culture. The radio producers are witty, thought provoking, and truly passionate about documenting real stories about life in America. The podcast has gotten me through early mornings and long car rides to and from horse shows. The series has been on air since the 90s, so if you are a new listener, you have decades of fantastic archived radio stories ahead.

Welcome to Horse & Style’s first “Working on Wellness” column. In each issue, one of our favorite equestrians will share how she (or, in the future, he!) manages her own personal wellness, and what brands, experiences, or people are helping her live her best life. For this inaugural column, H&S Editor-In-Chief Sarah Appel offered to share her own personal thoughts on Mind, Body & Soul, and a few things she loves in Sip, Snack, Squat. Enjoy!


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2. BODY As I approach my late 30s, skin care has become more important in my daily body care routine. I am quickly becoming obsessed with La Mer eye cream. It is practically a small paycheck in a bottle, but it is worth every wrinkle-free-penny. I also love the artisanal body scrubs from Therapy Corner, in which three natural products are infused with essential oils. These scrubs make showering off horse show grime enjoyable. 3. SOUL For me, friendship is good for the soul. I love my family and spending time watching my girls grow, but every now and then, I need a little break. Even if it’s a quick walk, an uninterrupted phone call, or a girls’ weekend away, time with my friends is time I treasure. Most of my really great friends are involved in the equestrian world, and those friends usually make great travel buddies because they will fly all over the world with me to watch show jumping!

4. SIP Rosé All Day! It’s as cliche as it is true, but winter, spring, summer or fall, rosé continues to be my staple. My favorite is Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel. Produced in France, the pretty in pink wine is crisp, fruity, and dry. Nothing tastes better than a glass of rosé at the end of a long horse show day. 5. SNAC K In 2019, if you are not having some sort of grocery item delivered, you might be living under a rock. Groceries, veggies, meat, meal kits, you name it, it can show up on your doorstep with the click of a button. I am an avid Amazon Prime user, and recently started using Prime Fresh. However, I am officially obsessed with Imperfect Produce. The fruit and vegetable delivery service provides produce that would normally be discarded because it does not meet grocery store standards. We are several boxes in and have been pleasantly surprised with each box. Sign up and get ready to get your veggie on! 6 . S Q UAT I have a love/hate relationship with the gym, but when I stopped riding ten horses a day, I found I needed more exercise. Two kids later, I’m still working on finding balance and carving out space in my day for a work-out. I have settled on trying to do something every day, even if all I can do is squeeze in a walk while I head to pick up my kids from school. However, I did recently discover CB FIT Pilate studio. Each group Pilate session is a 45-minute workout that is high intensity and low impact. It has been a great addition to my weekly routine.

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Get the Look

Spring Entertaining Essentials


e drew inspiration for our spring brunch look from one of our favorite wineries, Promontory Wine in Napa Valley. Drawing from the rustic, modern aesthetic, we selected a color palette of black and ivory with pops of emerald. The quilted linens added a luxurious texture and warmth, while the stripes kept it feeling approachable and appropriate for an outdoor setting. Green glassware added an unexpected vintage touch, while the gold flatware and black frayed linen napkins added polish and kept the look modern.We added clusters of posies tied with leather string at each place setting, which served double duty as both a placecard and sweet takeaway for each guest. Naturally, we kicked things off with wine flights paired with beautiful platters of fruit, cheese, and charcuterie, followed by a delicious spread of gruyere and asparagus quiches, a spring salad of pink grapefruit and avocado, and crab, spinach and mushroom tarts. No gathering is complete without dessert, and we finished ours off with an unforgettable trio of vanilla bean, chocolate, and honey lavender creme brulees. We’ve rounded up all the essentials, from what to wear to the items you’ll need on hand to host your own alfresco spring soiree.







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1. Button-embellished cropped crepe wide-leg pants, Tory Burch, $450,; 2. MARCH Pantry Half Size Kosher Salt, MARCH SF, $60,; 3. Interiors Atelier AM, $54,; 4. Marbled Green Metal Vase, McGee & Co., $28,; 5. “Collect Beautiful Moments”

Happy entertaining!

graphic, Minna May,; 6. Brushed Black Cutting Board, Dear Keaton, $45,; 7. Heli bow-embellished metallic leather espadrille slides, Tabitha Simmons, $395,; 8. Tinto

XO, Antoinette & Laura


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by Emily Pollard photos by courtesy of Willow Creek Estancia - Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Barn Envy:

Willow Creek Estancia

This article is supposed to be a “Barn Envy,” but for Willow Creek Estancia, this story should really be renamed “Estate Envy.” Willow Creek Estancia is so much more than a barn – though its two barns are exceptional. It is an incredible property with a rich history that offers an unparalleled way of life.

INSPIRED BY ARGENTIN A The story of Willow Creek Estancia began when the owners traveled to Argentina and were completely taken by the architectural details and spacious style of the local ranches. They also fell in love with the ranching lifestyle, and felt drawn to spend more time at home, with family, and on their own land. They returned to the United States dedicated to creating a homestead that would give them the feel of those Argentinian ranches. For the location, they decided on Rancho Santa Fe, a community in San Diego County, California. The proximity to excellent schools, the beach, great golf courses, Del Mar Racetrack, and several metropolitan southern California cities made it an easy choice. Fortunately, the family was able to purchase the Willow Creek Ranch property, a large property that already had an equestrian facility, several desirable amenities, and the acreage that would allow them to take the estate to the next level. To help them realize their dream, the family enlisted the help of prominent Santa Monica and Santa Barbara architect Marc Appleton of Appleton Partners. Appleton jumped at the chance to develop Willow Creek Ranch with the family, as he shared with them the nostalgia of growing up on ranches in the Midwest. Drawing upon that life experience, as well as his professional experience creating modern architecture with features that pay homage to the past, Appleton worked to transform the wonderful property into an incredible family estate.

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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS The transformation began with the construction of the main residence. The stately 15,000-square-foot home makes perfect use of the southern California weather by incorporating indoor and outdoor living at nearly every turn.The four spacious bedrooms open out onto private balconies and patios surrounded by lush gardens, and overlooking the estate’s pool and grassy acreage. Each veranda is fully furnished with hardwired lighting, and is connected to the home’s sound system. A nap out on one of the veranda couches is as comfortable as one taken inside on a bed. Though the outside of the home is serenely and simply attractive, the architecture and attention to detail on the inside of the main residence is just as stunning. Beautiful wooden ceiling beams, ornate detailing, and decorative wrought iron features celebrate the timeless Santa Barbara style that is characteristic of southern California estates. Inside or out, the family could not have been happier with the resulting aesthetic of Appleton’s design. The design of the main residence is charming, but it also has a wonderful “flow” with main living areas seamlessly transitioning to guest and family spaces that include an office, sitting rooms, and dining rooms. The good vibes continue as the home flows through to the wine cellar with an adjacent tasting room – a sommelier’s dream setup. The nearby cowboy-styled billiards room is perfect for exciting evenings of play. The multi-use craft and project room provides ample workspace for those with a creative side. The upper level, which is completely devoted to the master retreat, is a sanctuary dedicated to the heads of the household.The spacious bedroom is a restful and peaceful space with a full fireplace, chandelier lighting, and balcony that overlooks the estate’s expansive lawns. The opulence continues upstairs with the master bathroom, including added luxuries such as double vanities, a shower room, his and her walk-in closets, and a soaking tub with garden views.The bathroom is as beautiful as it is functional, with painted tiles, time period lighting, and vaulted ceilings making it as striking as any other room in the home.Willow Creek Estancia’s master retreat makes home right where the heart wants to be. SHOW ME THE PONIES! When the family purchased Willow Creek Ranch, a 27-stall barn already stood on the property. Fortunately, the previous owners had it expertly designed for the serious equestrian, so it is the perfect stable for a competitive riding program. It serves as Willow Creek Estancia’s Main Barn and guest lodging for visiting horses and riders, as well as any training programs hosted by the facility. The beautiful wood and iron barn is complete with multiple grooming spaces, several tack rooms, and


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a farrier workspace. With that level of extravagance, the family admits, it is never hard to get a farrier out to tack a shoe back on! The Main Barn is also a luxurious space for equestrians. A private lounge acts as a place to wind down after a ride. A full kitchen allows for healthy eating during long days at the barn, and a conference room and four office suites allow trainers and owners to conduct business in a professional space.The Main Barn also provides staff with wonderful accommodations including a trainer’s apartment with ample space, as well as four additional apartments for other employees.The Main Barn is set up to house an elite equestrian training program and all the people that come with it. In addition to the wonderful Main Barn, the family also built a private seven-stall barn for their own horses after purchasing additional parcels of land throughout the years. Located just a few steps from their home, the Family Barn features clerestory windows that allow the California sunlight to stream in, high wood ceilings with open beams that create excellent airflow, and large stalls with sizeable paddocks that encourage in-and-out living.The family also had a one-bedroom apartment built adjacent to the barn for the groom’s living quarters to ensure that their horses are always well cared for and carefully monitored.This living area has a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and secluded outdoor terrace. Both the Family Barn and the groom's apartment match the Santa Barbara style of the Main Home, perfectly fitting the aesthetic of the estate. The best part of the estate is that at Willow Creek Estancia, the riding opportunities are endless! The property sits on 77 flat acres that make trail rides, exploring, and leisurely rides a pleasure, whether you stay on the estate or venture off to hit the coast to crest trail. It is located within the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant, which allows access to 68 acres of designated open space and 50 miles of groomed equestrian and hiking trails. For the competition minded, the property has three large sand arenas that are appropriate for any equestrian discipline. For the jumpers, it also has a grass grand prix field surrounded by mature trees and a hacking trail – it would be impossible to visit Willow Creek Estancia for a ride and not break out your studs. The family delights in having designed Willow Creek Estancia to be a facility for the competitive equestrian, as well as for the horse lover who just enjoys a quiet hack. They have thoroughly enjoyed the best of both those equestrian worlds while living at the estate. It just doesn’t get more “Barn Envy”ish than that. BE THEIR GUEST It’s not always about the horses…right? Anyone? Anyone? Okay – though it is almost always about the horses, Willow Creek Estancia has some incredible amenities for the few times that it’s not.


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The family explains that when creating the Willow Creek Estancia activity areas, it was important that there be something to please each of their guests. For the athletically inclined, the property is home to three sports facilities and a tennis court with adjacent lounge. There is a sparkling pool and spa, which – thanks to the California weather – gets used almost year-round. For those wanting to clear their mind a bit, the property has a meditation loggia dedicated to quiet and solitude. The property is also home to a rose garden, conservatory, and raised herb beds, which please even the most discerning green thumb. One of the fun additions to the property is the construction of a Recreation Pavilion, where entertaining is the name of the game. Guests of all ages enjoy the special lounge where an arcade, gaming tables, and a two-lane bowling alley provide hours of fun. Great additions to the Recreation Pavilion are the adjacent private lawn and covered patio with fireplace that are large enough for a considerable gathering, as well as a catering kitchen and full-service bar which make hosting convenient. Through the years, the family has enjoyed hosting many celebrations and events at Willow Creek Estancia, allowing their guests to partake in the wonder of the estate. The family has hosted countless events that support charitable causes close to their heart. They are quick to reminisce about the countless birthday parties and family holidays that took place at the property, and they really cherish the memory of their daughter’s wedding that was held there. Willow Creek Estancia has played a large role in creating the type of life they have always dreamed of – one full of love, laughter, and good memories.

A 15-acre bass-filled lake allows for fishing, swimming, and paddle boarding

THE NEXT CHAPTER While the family will always cherish their time spent at Willow Creek Estancia, ranching life is pulling them in a new direction:Wyoming. In order to ensure the property receives the care and attention it deserves, they have decided to offer it for sale.They hope that the new owners will cherish the property as they did, continue its story, and use Willow Creek Estancia to partake in life’s greatest joys: family, friends, and horses. M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N Pacific Sotheby’s International Real Estate Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar, 858-775-6511 Patricia Kramer, 858-945-4595, The Rancho Santa Fe Covenant: The Rancho Santa Fe Covenant includes 6,730 acres with 1,720 homes patrolled by full-time private security.The town center is home to several high-end shops and restaurants. Covenant homeowners enjoy a social membership to the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club with access to the clubhouse for events and dining.

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feature by Heather Buchanan photos courtesy of EQ Businesswomen

Equestrian Businesswomen Launches Its first Summit:

The Power of Women Supporting Women


irsts can be both exciting and terrifying. But if you create something new that hits a responsive chord, the risk is worth it. The sold-out, first annual Equestrian Businesswomen’s (EQBW) Summit held on January 9th in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a case in point. What started as a casual gathering in January 2018 in Wellington, Florida, of a few women in the equestrian world, grew wings to become an inspirational day of learning, networking and sharing. Founder Jennifer Wood, of Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. and Jump Media, identified a need in the community to create an organization where women could come together outside the paddock, so to speak. Her goal was to put on an event that would bring like-minded entrepreneurs together for camaraderie, support, and networking. Women dominate the equestrian industry, but Wood felt there was a missed opportunity for them to learn from one another and network across the different disciplines. She also felt there was opportunity in tapping into a group of successful women who simply had a passion for horses. The more than 175 attendees spanned a quite diverse equine universe, but unique to the space was the common denominator, the horse. This heart connection played out throughout the day from stories of time at the barn bringing a peaceful moment, to a horse literally giving someone the will to live.


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Often business settings bring out the competitive spirit, but in the case of the EQBW Summit it was the deep bonds of collaboration which won the day. When one woman asked the social media panel how to increase her Instagram following for her new publication, a fellow audience member asked her account name and a chorus of voices said, “We’ll follow you.” Done. Many of the participants run their own businesses, which sap their professional and personal resources. A common thread is the “I have to do it all myself ” mentality, and there was both empathy from the podium and panels and encouragement to seek mentors, find strategic partners, and if you don’t know something, find someone who does. Helpful advice abounded from “be authentic to your brand,” to “you can’t afford NOT to hire help,” to “a crock pot is your friend.” And as when working with horses, always reward the try. The day began with keynote speaker Tracey Noonan with a presentation titled, “You think starting a business is tough? Wait until life interrupts.” While some may think Noonan was an overnight success with her pitch on Shark Tank for Wicked Good Cupcakes, her journey was challenging for the heartiest of heroes. Kicked out of home in high school when she became pregnant, she literally worked her way up from the bottom only to have it taken away… several times. Facing everything from homelessness

to IRS troubles to health issues to parents with Alzheimer’s moving in with her and even being the subject of a Homeland Security investigation, Noonan persevered. Finding the sweetness in life was no easy feat. A desire to spend more time with her daughter and taking a cake decorating class sparked what ultimately became a multimillion-dollar brand. One of her most poignant pieces of advice was not about business practices or scaled growth, but for women to look out for one another. “Keep an eye out for a woman in trouble. Even just offering kind words of support,” she implored of the attendees. For motivational speaker Béatrice De Lavalette, it was her horse Dee Dee who saw her through her darkest hour. De Lavalette was standing next to the man in black with the bag who turned out to be the Brussels airport bomber in March of 2016. A dressage rider, she lost both her legs, had severe internal injuries, and was burned over 35% of her body. This beautiful young woman might have given up, but her mother arranged to have her horse brought to the parking lot of the hospital and wheeled her daughter out to see her. De Lavalette recalled, “My horse saw past my burns, short hair, and the wheelchair and pulled me up from the darkness.” She went on to not only ride and compete, but win against able-bodied riders. The dressage community embraced her to teach her and her horse a new way to communicate. De

Horse & Style's Sarah Appel spoke on the panel discussing how to balance work, life and horses

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Lavalette in turn reached out to other riders facing disabilities to encourage them to find a renewed life in the saddle. The panel on how to balance work, life, and horses featured Sarah Appel of Horse & Style Magazine, Lisa Davis Engel of A Wynning Advantage and Sidelines Magazine, Mandy McCutcheon of Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, and Elaine Cordia van Reesema of Hylofit and was moderated by certified life coach Julie Saillant of Motivation-Addict. com. In a room full of Type A/I’ll sleep when I’m dead/coffee is indeed a food group women, this was a topic of much interest. Cautionary tales abounded of sacrificing for success: working on holidays, skipping selfcare, and missing out on quality time with family and friends.With this in mind, the panelists offered suggestions such as finding a mentor and hiring out some of the workload. The jobs panel focused on how to find a career in horses (that was not riding or training). The diversity of the audience was case in point for all the tangential industries surrounding the equestrian world. The panel consisted of Donna Barton Brothers of Starlight Racing and NBC Sports, Nicole Lakin of BarnManager, Janus Marquis, an equine physiotherapist, and Dr. Torri Maxwell of Dechra Veterinary Products. Each recounted stories of a pivotal moment in their careers, whether it was being a jockey to using the knowledge of the racing industry to be a broadcaster, to seeing a need in barn management that a new technology could fill, to using hands-on veterinary experience to represent helpful products. What was striking was the generosity of spirit of women willing to help other women looking for a new career path.

Tracey Noonan and Lendon Gray

“I’m not naturally outgoing, but between the energy in the room and the kindness of the other people on the panel, I felt super comfortable,” said Lakin. “It’s amazing when you have a room full of people who are engaged and listening to your every word. I looked out and saw familiar faces and nonfamiliar faces, but everyone was smiling at me. Because of that energy, every one of us felt safe and comfortable and because we all had very different backgrounds, we were able to bring different advice to the conversation, and it made it dynamic and fun.” A very popular and entertaining panel was the social media panel with Laine Ashker of Laine Ashker Eventing, Patricia da Silva of Heels Down Media and Heels Down Magazine, Bethany Lee of My Equestrian Style and The Equestrian Podcast, and Shona Rosenblum of Grand Slam Social. They pointed out the importance of having a clear voice for your brand and a wellplanned social media strategy. Engagement is everything in social media, as emotion spurs action. The panelists also previewed the future. (Hint: it’s video.) The panel for building a successful equestrian business was held in partnership with the US Equestrian Annual Meeting happening at the same location. Noel Asmar of Asmar Equestrian, Alexandra Cherubini of EquiFit Inc., Ashley Holzer who is an Olympic dressage bronze medalist, Lisa Lourie of Spy Coast Farm, and Lisa Roskens of International Omaha comprised the panel.Their main message – dream big. An international brand of equestrian clothing came from one woman’s inventive design for riding in the rain. And why accept having to travel to Europe to find proper sport horse breeding

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when you can begin a breeding program here in the States? They recommended identifying a need in the marketplace and being ready to scale it with success. And lest anyone think equestrian business is a niche industry, Alexa Anthony of StableGuard presented original market research showing the metrics of a billiondollar industry. Jennifer Wood also spoke about her inspiration for founding Equestrian Businesswomen and helping women convert their passion for horses into fulfilling and enjoyable careers. We are so happy she did not have to fall back on a bartending career! She emphasized that again, without the help of her fellow women and sponsors, she would never have been able to bring the idea of a summit to fruition. And as any event producer knows, it pretty much all comes down to who will stuff the goody bags. Lakin, while also a panelist, was there for the entire day of the Summit as an attendee as well. “I was blown away by just how inspiring so many of the speakers were,” she said. “Everyone had something valuable to give and everyone wanted to learn. I walked away feeling the excitement of being part of a community, and I learned new things and met great people.The excitement and connections are still going – it hasn’t fizzled yet.” For those who were not able to attend the conference, the 2019 EQBW Summit is offering a digital ticket to see video of the conference, plus bonus interviews.The digital ticket can be purchased at EQBW plans to launch a year-round membership program in Spring 2019.



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6. 1. Patricia Da Silva, Lainey Ashker, Shona Rosenblum, and Bethany Lee speak on the Social Media Panel 2. A full day! The 2019 EQBW Summit hosts three speakers and four panels that focus on various topics 3. Nearly 200 attendees check in for the first Equestrian Businesswomen Summit to learn and network 4. Katelyn Palermo, Caren Crane, Christa Lafayette, and Gayle Fagan of Etalon Dianostics pose for a picture 5. Eliane Cordia van Reesema of Hylofit and Jewel Court Stud USA speaks on the Balance Panel 6. Horse & Style Editor-in-Chief Sarah Appel and Noel Asmar of Asmar Equestrian take a selfie together


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12. 7. Alexa Anthony of StableGuard presents on her market research 8. Motivational Speaker Beatrice de Lavalette, the most critically injured survivor of the Brussels Airport terrorist bombing, speaks to the captivated crowd 9. Attendees enjoy a copy of Horse & Style Magazine, an EQBW Summit partner 10. EQBW Founder Jennifer Wood and Summit Keynote Speaker Tracey Noonan are all smiles 11. An attendee features her new C4 Belt, part of the gift bag at the EQBW Summit 12. Along with motivation, information, and new contacts, EQBW Summit attendees receive Asmar Equestrian gift bags full of swag from Summit partners

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WEST COAST BLENHEIM EQUISPORTS 20 WEEKS OF SHOWS — 3 WORLD-CLASS DESTINATIONS JUMPER SERIES Young Jumper Series & Final - FREE entries, discounted stalls BES Developmental Jumper Series & Final - NEW in 2019! Markel Insurance 1.45m Series & Final - 13 qualifiers U25 1.45m Series & Championship - part of the Young Rider pathway Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Las Vegas - part of the North American League

JUMPER EVENTS, CHAMPIONSHIPS & FINALS 5 FEI Events - Bronze, Silver and Gold Tours, from 1.35m - 1.50m 1.50m Grand Prix classes Zone 10 NAJYRC Selection Trials NAL West Coast Finals - 3 divisions Show Jumping Hall Of Fame Jr/AO Jumper Finals West - moves outdoors to SJC! AON/USHJA National Championships * - returns to Vegas!

EQUITATION EVENTS & MEDAL FINALS Whitethorne American Tradition of Excellence Equitation Challenge CPHA Medal Finals CPHA Foundation Finals ASPCA Maclay Regionals USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Final, West USHJA Jumping Seat Medal Final, West West Coast Equestrians (WCE) Medal Finals *pending USEF approval

SHOWCATION THE PLACE TO JUMP HUNTER EVENTS & SERIES Brookway Stables Young Hunter Series & Championships - FREE entries, discounted stalls 3 USHJA WCHR Weeks SmartPak Grand Hunter & High Score Awards 5 USHJA National Hunter Derbies 3 USHJA International Hunter Derbies 3 USHJA Pony Hunter Derbies USHJA WCHR Hunter Spectacular West Coast Amateur Owner Hunter Challenge - NEW in 2019!

HUNTER CHAMPIONSHIPS & FINALS West Coast Pony Hunter Challenge USHJA Pony Hunter Derby West Coast Championships - NEW in 2019! CPHA Green Hunter 3’ & 3’3” Incentive Finals - plus qualifiers USHJA Green Hunter Incentive SW Regional Championships - plus qualifiers NAL West Coast Finals - 2 divisions Sallie B. Wheeler Hunter Breeding Championships AON/USHJA National Championships * - returns to Vegas!

CLASSICS FOR ALL 1.10m – 1.40m Open Jumper Classics Jr/AO Jumper Classics Young Jumper Classics ‘A’ & ‘C’-rated Hunter Classics



feature by Julie Unger photos by Rachel Sowinski & Louise Taylor/USHJA


Cathleen Driscoll’s Success in the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/ USHJA Emerging Athletes Program

Timing is everything. For Cathleen Driscoll, timing was the constant theme of her journey to winning the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/United States Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Athletes Program (EAP).


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“Participating in the EAP almost didn’t happen for me,” noted the self-taught 25-year-old rider. “I remember when they rolled out the program. I thought it was a really good idea.”

“I finally felt like I actually was in a situation where I had a horse I could take; and I was ready,” Driscoll said. She was. And so was Enzo, a nine-year-old Dutch gelding that has been her partner for just over a year.

The only problem? She didn’t have a horse capable of participating, lacked the connections to help her get a horse to take part in the EAP, and was stuck on the sidelines.

When she wasn’t working as a groom, Driscoll and Enzo trained tirelessly at Driscoll’s parents’ farm in Elk Mills, Maryland, while also fitting in about a dozen competitions a year in order to learn and improve along the way.

But this year things turned around. Driscoll had the mount and, with the age increase to 25, it looked like the stars were aligning for her to participate in the 10th anniversary of the EAP.

“Everything I do I have to be selective. I only show a few times a year, I’m not in the

spotlight, I don’t have a bunch of horses, and people don’t know my name,” Driscoll said. “I have one horse, and one shot.” Topping out at the age limit, one shot was all she had for her final round piloting a randomly selected mount during the finals in November. And she did it in partnership with the University of Findlay’s own Escada, a feisty 15.3h Hanoverian grey mare that Driscoll had met only days before. “Sponsoring this life-changing program is truly an honor,” Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund Executive Director Bill Rube said. “Part of the Fund’s mission is to help future generations of horseman have access to the wonderful resources of our sport, and to help foster horsemanship. We couldn’t be more thrilled that Cathleen came in first place.” BUILDING ON THE BASICS: HORSEMANSHIP “The way this program is designed is an interesting concept. Once you get there, you’re on your own.You’re taking care of your horse on your own the whole week. You’re 100 percent responsible,” remarked Driscoll. “It was a little bit of a familiar experience for me; I’m used to taking care of my horses anyway … This program highlights that. It shines a light on how important the horsemanship aspect is.”

and the trainer is involved in all the oversight of that horse,” Driscoll said. “I think this program really highlights that and it takes you back to the basics a little bit, just knowing what your horse eats:What do you feed it? What kind of grain does it get? What kind of hay does it get? Why does it get that?” EAP emphasizes the core basics of horsemanship, which also informs the clinic layout. The first part of the program revolves around regional clinics, where riders spend five days learning on and off their horses, riding, training and learning how to care for their horses. “It was a lot of information to absorb in a short amount of time,” Driscoll noted. “I really think I learned a lot over the five days.” Learning at an accelerated pace was part of what drew her to the program.The focus on the whole athlete, learning in the ring and out, learning to care for your own horse and understanding the principles of horsemanship are emphasized, as they should be. “I was holding my breath after the regional clinic,” Driscoll confided. “I was happy with my performance, but it wasn’t perfect.” She hoped to be included in the list of riders who would advance to the national session – only the top 16 would – and was elated when she found out the news.

For Driscoll, horsemanship started when she turned five years old and began riding at a local barn until she was 12 years old, when she worked with a different trainer and then competed at small rated shows for the next few years.

“It was exciting,” said Driscoll. “Being self-trained, I don’t always have a lot of opportunities to ride with these better instructors. In this program, they really try to bring in good instructors.”

At 16 years old, she brought her horse home and started looking for another trainer. Months would go by, and though it was unexpected, Driscoll became her own trainer, watching videos online, attending the occasional clinic and pushing herself.

Those evaluating riders at the regional level – Driscoll participated in Virginia – saw how her hard work was paying off, and she advanced to the National Training Session, which was hosted by the University of Findlay from November 8th to 11th in Findlay, Ohio.

“I never expected to stay on my own,” she said. “It just happened. I became my own best critic, pushed myself in a way trainers weren’t, and saw improvement in my riding.”

“EVERY GAIT HAS A RHYTHM. LIFE HAS A RHY THM. JUST FIND IT.” For the national session, Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Fargis served as the lead riding clinician. In true Joe Fargis fashion, he offered thoughtful advice and feedback, such as: “Make your practice as perfect as you can make it;” “Mistakes happen all the time, all day long.You can’t let them interfere with your thoughts;” “Every gait has a rhythm. Life has a rhythm. Just find it.” and “A good teacher makes themselves useless.”

While working without a trainer can be daunting, Driscoll held out hope that one day, her hard work would be recognized. “Ninety percent of people board their horses at a barn with their trainer.That’s the normal way to go.They have a trainer, the trainer has a barn, the client puts the horse at the barn,

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For the EAP finalists, it came down to how perfect they had made their practice. At the conclusion of the session, finalists are not only evaluated on their progress, but also on riding an unfamiliar horse in a Nations Cup-style competition. The 16 finalists rode two rounds on the final course, which was designed by Anthony D’Ambrosio.

Driscoll and Cherney both received a spot at the 2019 USHJA Gold Star Clinic in the 1.10/1.15m section.

Driscoll and Escada soared through and finished with two clean rounds.

“Without this, attending the clinic would not be feasible this year,” noted Driscoll. “And my boots are on their last leg.”

When four other outstanding finalists – Maura Cherny, Katie Pelzel, Alicia Weismann and Kiersti Wylie – were called back for a third round, Driscoll thought she hadn’t made it. But then, it was announced that the third round was actually for the Reserve Champion, which went to Cherny. Cherney had ridden Goldfish, owned by University of Findlay alumna Kiera Phlipot for the week, and then met and rode Waffle, owned by the University of Findlay. Driscoll was awarded first place. For his hard work, 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Goldfish was awarded the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/ USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Outstanding Horse Award.


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As overall winner, Driscoll also received a $3,000 grant for educational training, a pair of Parlanti International tall boots, and a trophy.

Driscoll is looking forward to finding a trainer to help her as she embarks on training for the 1.4m division. “I think what this program afforded me more than anything else is the opportunity to open some doors,” she said. “There are some really great people behind this clinic. Mary Babick, the president of the USHJA; Sally Ike, one of the clinicians; Joe Fargis, an Olympic gold medalist . . . it was really the opportunity to go in front of these great people and say, ‘This is me. Here I am, this is what I can do,’ and have the program open up these doors. I am ready for more, I would like to do more and continue in my training. I’m really hoping with this grant money I can get myself into a good situation, get a trainer and progress further in the sport.”

Because of the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program, Driscoll has the opportunity to further her riding and get a step closer to her long-term goals and aspirations of competing at the grand prix level – and someday representing the United States in the international arena. “I’m really grateful for the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund and all the other sponsors of this program, and the University of Findlay for generously letting us use their facility and lending us their horses for the week,” commented Driscoll. “It’s a really great program. It really does recognize talent at the grassroots level and it helps recognize riders that otherwise might not have the funds or the resources to be able to be recognized and succeed in the sport.” Now that she has won the EAP, people will know the name Cathleen Driscoll! Awards sponsors included Charles Owen, Inc; CWD; Parlanti International; Professional’s Choice; and Shapley’s. The program is also supported, in part, by a grant from US Equestrian and individual donors through the USHJA Foundation. To learn more, visit emerging-athletes-program


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6. 1. The 24 young equestrians selected to participate in the 2018 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program (EAP) National Training Session pose for a group shot along with clinicians Joe Fargis and Anne Thornbury, EAP Committee Chair Sally Ike, USHJA President Mary Babick, and Nicole Thüngen and Alexandra Fredal from the University of Findlay 2. 2017 EAP Champion Kendra Duggleby and 2015 EAP Champion Dani Roskens are happy to help during the Nations Cup competition 3. Sam Berry rides Raison De Vivre under Joe Fargis’s instruction 4. Bella Canzano laughs and smiles as she walks her mount, Let’s Go 5. 2018 EAP National Training Session Champion Cathleen Driscoll and Escada show their winning form as they soar over an oxer 6. Bridget Finnerty is all smiles as she and her mount Too True take a walk break


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12. 7. Cary Hundley rides Let’s Dance HU, owned by University of Findlay alumna Meg McTiver 8. Selina Petronelli and Ada Rohan carefully measure out poles for a jumping exercise with Joe Fargis 9. Left to right: Sam Berry, Ada Rohan, Bridget Finnerty and Maddie Vorhies go over an exercise with Joe Fargis 10. The 2018 EAP National Finalist awards swag covers the whole table! 11. Stable managers Selina Petronelli, Devina Stone, and Johanna Jessen smile for the camera 12. The exciting event concluded with Cathleen Driscoll being presented with the EAP Champion trophy by members of the USHJA EAP Committee, Joe Fargis and representatives from the University of Findlay

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by Laurie Berglie

Deborah Cerbone Equestrian Landscapes


ur ‘Horse & Style: Home’ column typically takes us inside some of the most enchanting houses where equestrian style and décor radiates through every room. For this issue, however, we instead take you outdoors to get a glimpse of several stunning equestrian exterior projects. Joining us is Deborah Cerbone, design industry expert, who has recently added “equestrian landscape architect” to her resume. By combining her passions, she has become what she calls, “a problem solver.”When working on a new design project, she takes the needs of both horse and rider and combines everything to create an inviting space that is not only safe and functional, but beautiful.

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Horse & Style: Tell us a little about your business. Specifically, how did you get into equestrian design? Deborah Cerbone: I’ve had a successful design practice specializing in high-end residential design for 27 years. As a hobby, I have always had horses, but I had boarded them, so their care was provided by others. It wasn’t until I met my husband 10 years ago and started spending time with him at his second home in Montana, that I realized all that was involved with having your horses in your backyard. One of our horses had behavioral issues so I began to research horse behavior so I could communicate better with all of them. I researched everything about farm management, pasture management, farm design, footings, and general horse keeping, so I could become a better provider of an ideal environment for our horses. Up until then, I had designed a few horse farms, but it wasn’t until I was an actual horse farm owner and was asked to collaborate on an equestrian estate for a couple new to horse ownership, that I realized how much I had to


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offer to those who are building horse farms. Being able to use my horse knowledge in design and provide such valuable information to them was so much fun! I began to think, “I wonder if I could specialize in this?” I looked online and saw that there were only four or five landscape architects in the country specializing in equestrian design, so I knew there was a need in the market. I also knew that I had all the skills and the passion to make it happen, and that’s how “Deborah Cerbone Associates: Design for Equestrians, by Equestrians” was conceived. Our mission is to design optimum environments for our clients’ horses, specific to their riding disciplines and the special needs of their horses. We create environments that are safe and comfortable and provide for all their horses’ basic needs. H&S: When beginning a new project, what are some of the first tasks you perform in order to get a sense of design direction? DC: Many of our clients know what they want but just don’t know where to

start and how to put it all together. Some clients already have a horse farm and are building a new one and don’t want to make the same mistakes they made with the first. Other clients have no idea what they want or need to have horses at home, so we help them develop a program and guide them through various options for their particular discipline – all of this while making it look beautiful. First and foremost, we complete a study of the zoning for the property, the same as we do with any design project. A thorough review of the local and state codes is always the first part of our analysis to find out what the town, or county, is going to allow us to do. The town usually sets the number of horses you’re allowed based on the size of the property. The setbacks, maximum heights, building coverage, and Floor Area Ratio (FAR) regulate where and how big the buildings can be. We determine the siting of the barn to maximize shade and breezes in the summer and maximize sun and protection from

harsh winds in the winter. We also take into consideration sun orientation to capture natural light for the barn or solar power. Another consideration is the sunset views. We design the grading and drainage to direct the rainwater and run-off so we don’t end up with low spots and mud. Mud is every horse owner’s enemy, not only because it’s dirty and messy, but it can lead to injury from slipping, thrush, rain rot, scratches, cracked heels, etc. The placement of fences and gates are other important factors. We also design training areas, indoor and outdoor arenas, round pens, tracks, cross country jumps, etc., as well as plan for vehicular circulation for trailers, hay deliveries, fire trucks, parking for owners, guests and farm hands, and vet and farrier access. Other considerations are storage of hay, jumps, trailers, tractors and equipment, and attachments such as the mower, manure spreader, seeder, snow blower, etc. All these things need to be factored into the spatial requirements of the farm, and the functional relationships between each of these is measured in the design and placement of these features.

H&S: Do you design new farms only or do you renovate existing farms? DC: Both – sometimes a project is a new farm from raw land, and sometimes it’s a renovation. We have a large 88 acre project in Middleburg, Virginia, that is an existing farm renovation, so there’s already a barn but no house. They need barn renovations, new arenas, renovated paddock layouts, vehicular circulation, and parking renovations. In collaboration with their architect, engineer, and contractors, we are designing their dream home to look down over their farm. We have another much smaller project on seven acres in Neshanic Station, New Jersey, that has a house already, so we’re designing stables, a dry lot, grass paddocks, trailer storage, and accommodations for chickens, goats, vegetables, etc. H&S: Do you also design the barns? DC: We do not. We work with an architect or a barn builder/architect team. We often lay out the general floor plan based on our clients’ desires and needs. There is always a collaboration between us and the

architect as to how the barn relates to the site in orientation, placement of doors and aisles, and how to tie the aesthetics of the property and barn together, so it becomes one cohesive design story. H&S: Can you describe a current project you’re working on? DC: We are currently working on the design of an equestrian estate for a junior rider, her hunter/jumpers, and her family in Saddle River, New Jersey. We’ve designed the property for 12 horses: six of their own and six boarders. When we design for boarders, it’s important to keep the main house area private so boarders don’t feel like they’re intruding, and the owners have their own privacy. On this project, our design team consists of working with B&D Barn Builders and their architect for the stables, indoor arena, and run-in sheds. There’s a separate architect for the house and numerous outbuildings. We have a civil engineer who has handled all the state and local environmental permitting and detailed out the utility design and storm water management plan based on

our pre-engineered grading and drainage design. A land use attorney has guided us through the local zoning approvals and state environmental approvals. The house and four outbuildings are currently under construction and we’ve recently submitted for approvals of the stables, and indoor and outdoor arenas. H&S: What trends are you seeing in equestrian design? DC: We find our residential equestrian clients also looking to have small farm animals like goats and sheep, mini horses and donkeys. They are often interested in raising chickens for eggs, fruit orchards, vegetable gardens, and sometimes beekeeping. We also see the desire to incorporate outdoor lounge or entertainment areas outside the stables for socializing. My favorite time of day is before sunset, when the sunlight casts a golden glow on our pastures. The sight of our horses grazing in our front field is magical. We like to plan an area on the farm where our clients can sit outside the barn to relax and enjoy those beautiful sunsets. H&S: You seem to genuinely enjoy what you’re doing.What makes the job fun? How does that reflect in your work? DC: I’m like a little kid the way that I love horses. I get so excited when I see one anywhere. It seems so silly for someone my age, but it’s true. I absolutely love being able to combine my passion for horses with my passion for design; it has added another level of challenge to my work. We’ve been designing beautiful properties for people for 27 years, but now we’ve added a new user of these properties – the horse. I wish I had thought of specializing in equestrian design years ago, but I guess I just wasn’t ready back then. It is very rewarding to see our clients get so excited over hearing our ideas and feeling that we really understand their equine challenges and have their needs and their horses’ health and safety first and foremost in our designs. I love when a client says, “What a great idea! I would have never thought of that!” Deborah and her team work with clients all over the United States to help them realize their horse farm dreams.They are a small, boutique-type landscape architecture group based in New Jersey with a satellite office at Deborah’s second home in Northwestern Montana.





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DONNA BERNSTEIN Why did Donna Bernstein become an equestrian artist? “Because horses exude the values I enjoy in life.” The simple joy horses find in everyday life combined with their beauty, oneness with nature, and ability to bring about the best in us is why she chose them as her muse. A horse-crazy girl grown up, Donna’s unique artistic perspective brings to life all the horses she’s ever loved.

Horse & Style: Tell us a little about yourself as an equestrian. Donna Bernstein: I rode in high school and did some showing as well, mostly hunters, while riding other people’s horses. I always loved jumping! Now my need for equestrian activities is fulfilled through my participation in an allfemale thoroughbred racing syndicate that’s based in New York. Horse racing has always been close to my heart, so it is a source of great joy for me, and it’s the way I get my horse fix these days! H&S: How would you describe yourself and your style as an artist? DB: I have been drawing and painting horses all my life, but doing it professionally for about eight years now. My studio is in Scottsdale, AZ. I work most often in acrylics, inks, and sprays; I love mixed media and using atypical mediums together to create unique and original expression and style. Often, I


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don’t use any brushes or tools to create my inked horses. On those works, I drip and direct proprietary mixtures of acrylics, water-based inks, and pigments in focused spontaneity – a passion made visible. H&S: How did the horse become your primary subject? DB: I became an artist by accident, of sorts. As a young girl, of course, I was infatuated with horses, but since I did not own any, I took to drawing them to create my vision and fulfill my dreams of them. When a neighbor got a horse, or I saw one in a nearby field, I would sit for hours watching them, observing every vital detail. I would not draw while I was watching because I was afraid I would miss something, especially as my time with them was limited. As it turns out I was right – by not drawing at that time I truly saw them, every nuance, movement, and attitude. Then as I continued to learn about them from books, (our local librarian saved every

Donna Bernstein, Artist

new horse book for me when it came in), their anatomy, illnesses and cures, and as I learned to ride, I created my drawings and paintings full of the vision, imagination, and love I already had for them. This has truly defined my signature artistic style. I realize now that I am painting those horses, the horses I never had. I was told once that horses chose me, and that my horses exist somewhere between heaven and earth. My horses are stylized and imaginative, abstract and sometimes whimsical, expressing the allencompassing energy of the horse, which is inspirational for me. Their joy for life, sense of companionship and family “herd” nature, with a willingness to work combined with beauty, sensuality, and freedom – they exude the values I enjoy in life.

H&S: Did you ever doubt that you were meant to be an artist?

H&S: Do you conceptualize your work first, or do you just start painting and see what emerges?

DB: I was in business for many years, in both advertising and real estate. So, following my art as a full-time career is relatively new. I think doubts are common, but we just keep on keeping on, don’t we? When I create custom works for clients and am able to create for them exactly what they are looking for, or a person sees in my work their own horse or a dream one, that level of recognition is a tremendous high. It keeps me focused, knowing I truly have something special to offer. As I say, in my art it is not horses that I paint; I paint the way they make me feel – and everyone responds to that on some level. Art is all about how it makes you feel, for both the artist and the viewer.

DB: Both. But what is interesting is that sometimes I have had a very specific vision of what I am trying to paint, and I think I see it, and then through the process I go way off-track from that. And by the time it is complete, although the piece is different than I originally pictured, the feeling it expresses is exactly what I wanted to say! This proves I didn’t really know what saying what I wanted would look like, but I was capable of achieving it. Art is amazing! Somehow horses and their forms are branded onto my soul, and although I often see a horse move in a way that inspires me or see a picture with a shape that influences me, my memory will keep that shape alive and incorporate it

It is not horses that I paint; I paint the way they make me feel – and everyone responds to that on some level.

somewhere into a piece. I don’t have to have the picture in front of me to recall it.

H&S: What is your state of mind while you are painting?

H&S: How long does it take to complete one painting?

DB: Generally, quite concentrated! When I stop for a break, I realize that I am exhausted!

DB: That truly varies because if I am working on a dripped piece I have to see the horse in its completion and keep it very minimalist and stop quickly – too much will destroy the aesthetic. On the other hand, if I am working on a layered piece I may have to wait for days until I can see how to proceed. Since I don’t do scenes or work from pictures, but am creating from an internal creative space not unlike abstract expressionism, it can be quite a demanding journey.

H&S: Where do you currently reside? How does it influence your artistic style?

H&S: What do you hope an audience will perceive when looking at your paintings?

H&S: Is there a particular artist who has influenced your work?

DB: I hope that they get a great feeling of what the horse offers and symbolizes for us, now and down through the centuries. The horse in many ways is still a mythological creature, with mystical power and inspiration. I hope to remind people through his form and grace, of those elements of themselves that are also mystical, inspired, and timeless.

DB: I love when I see artwork that is fresh and original and powerful. In classical terms I love Rosa Bonheur, Degas, Franz Marc, Picasso, Frankenthaler, and O’Keefe. Of course, in equestrian terms I admire Alfred Munnings, Deborah Butterfield, and too many modern artists to name. Paul Brown is a favorite illustrator.

DB: I split my time a bit between Arizona, Idaho, and New York – with more time going forward in New York, where I am from originally. In each place horses are popular and often different, which just reinforces what a powerful force they are for so many. Horses do everything we could ever ask of them.

H&S: What inspires you? DB: Positivity, confidence, faith, a sense of accepting challenges and rising to the occasion. Prevailing and being your best self. Art teaches you about what you have to say and how you want to say it. I feel very lucky to be so profoundly connected to horses because they are a unique animal in their ability to mirror the spirit, reflect our imagination, and encourage action. H&S: What’s next on the horizon for you? DB: I am expanding the vision of my art into a variety of fashion items such as silk scarves, belts, socks, and fine jewelry. I see my art naturally created with a sense of design that translates into these other areas. My business sense and love of design keeps pushing me toward creating items that reflect my art in more ways so my aesthetic can be shared and appreciated. To learn more about Donna’s journey into the world of equestrian art and design, follow her on Instagram @dbartist and online at

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by Laurie Berglie photos by Kristin Prosner, Shannon Brinkman, and Jeff Rogers



Think Downton Abbey meets Lexington, Kentucky. The British countryside meets the Bluegrass. Tweeds and wellies and country attire but with a southern American twist. That’s Hound & Hare – two uniquely stylish worlds colliding to bring you the best of the sporting life.

BLUEGRASS BRED & ENGLISH ENAMORED An·glo·phile – a noun. A person who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain.

his dreams of developing a company that would allow him to share his passion for quality accessories for the field and clothing that reflected the sporting life.

Hound & Hare owner, Eric Nicholas, has always been an Anglophile. Born and raised in the bluegrass, Eric fondly remembers hunting with his father in the fields close to his old Kentucky home. It was then that he fell in love with the sporting life, spending his days out in the countryside, dad on one side, a beagle hound on the other. Unsurprisingly, the idyllic dreams dotted with hounds and hares followed young Eric into adulthood.

“I have always had a love of country sport, fine English tweeds, leather accessories, and a respect for the craftsmanship that the clothing and pieces required,” said Eric. “After my dad passed away, I felt restless and knew it was time to do something different. That same year while reading many of my British magazines, I recognized that there were a number of new British brands with wonderful stories behind their craft that were redefining the modern British luxury market. That’s when I got the idea to bring these products to the United States and add my own twist.”

In 2015, Eric reached a turning point in his life. Sadly, his father and mentor, Dempsey, passed away from ALS. After the loss of his dad, Eric felt that the time had come to make a change. In 2017, after 17 years in corporate America, he left his job to follow


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Hound & Hare officially launched in 2017 and strives to provide products that have been designed and produced by craftsman

who share a commitment for supreme quality and innovation. “A founder of one of the new luxury brands once told me that, ‘Britishness has a specific and recognizable feel and heritage, but trying to define it is extremely hard. It’s enigmatic but distinct.’ I found this to be exactly the case. Trying to translate countryside style to the U.S. proved to be elusive and difficult to define. As a result, we have made it our mission to redefine countryside chic and sporting clothing style by introducing new British luxury brands, as well as our own Heritage line, to the United States.” H E I R L O O M Q UA L I T Y P R O D U C T S Clothing and accessories that bridge country and city style have been said to be both classic and contemporary. “I think there is a rejection among many people today of fad fashion, and a strong desire for authentic pieces that can be defined as heirloom quality.

H&H Founder Eric Nicholas

Julia Carrick OBE, publisher of Great British Brands, very accurately states that, ‘Consumers are becoming far more invested in brands that are rooted in heritage and storytelling, and are of such authentic quality that they can be passed down from generation to generation.’ I believe that is why Hound & Hare has resonated with our customers.” Keeping heirloom quality in mind, Hound & Hare has curated some of the very finest products that reflect a combination of British and American equestrian life. “Since our very first show at the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event in April 2017, our introduction of the Fairfax & Favor boot brand has been a bestseller for us. From the rugged Imperial Explorer that has redefined the women’s outdoor boot, to the elegant Regina with its interchangeable tassels, they have proven to be in strong demand. We are continuing to work with

Fairfax & Favor to help expand our style offerings and their availability at key boutiques and retailers throughout the U.S.” Previously, women’s tweed clothing available in the United States was not flattering. The pieces were basically just men’s designs cut down smaller for women. They appeared very boxy and unappealing. Hound & Hare saw this need in the market and began a partnership with another British brand, Olivia Tullett. Their tweed wraps, capes, ponchos, and gilet/vests have since been in very high demand. “Additionally, our Sporting Hares line resonates with the equestrian market with its stylish Beauchamp blazers and Windermere Gilet that are fun and different from anything seen here in the past. In meeting the brands and researching their stories, I am passionate about every brand we have curated, as each one has its own unique story.”

While Fairfax & Favor and Olivia Tullett are some of H&H’s anchor brands, they also feature Clare Shaw, Zulucow, Mackenzie & George, and Morris Richardson, among others. I am actually the proud owner of the Morris Richardson ‘Highclere’ watch, procured from H&H, of course. Named after British country estates and designed for those who love fashion and quintessential British style, the Morris Richardson ladies watch collection features a stunning range of iconic watches harboring the perfect balance between contemporary and traditional design. For those Downton Abbey fans out there, you’ll know that ‘Highclere’ is Downton’s real name, (which may have been one of the main reasons I chose it)! “ YOUR SPORT IS TIMELESS” It’s clear that as Eric meets with brands and sources new products, he does so with the equestrian community in mind, and there

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are a variety of reasons why horsemen and women have been some of his very best customers. “In general, equestrians are classic, traditional kind of people.Your sport is timeless.Take foxhunters for example.When you see them out riding to hounds, you don’t know if it’s 2019 or 1819. From their attire to their tack, little has changed for horses and riders in the last couple hundred years. Of course, technology has helped to make equipment safer and new trends have made accessories more stylish, but for the most part, equestrians are largely a traditional group. And that’s what our products cater to – classic yet chic, country yet sporting. Equestrians will love the timeless style and luxury of our clothing, but they will also appreciate the functionality.You are a group that is truly out in the field putting these products to the test!” New products hitting the shelves in 2019 will also appeal to the horsey set.The first to be on the look-out for is Guinea, a brand with stunning British equestrian appeal. “The fashionable cut of their jackets and classic English look of their designs has made them very popular.The owner designs cloth and sources it from British Mills, so as a result, her fabrics are exclusive and unique to Guinea, and are woven in limited edition runs.” Another new brand is Albion England, which originated in 1985 as a maker of a premium range of equestrian competition saddles, bridles, and accessories. “Since then, they have grown to encompass a lifestyle range that includes fine silk and cashmere scarves and handbags that will appeal to

the discerning equestrian, and draws from their dedication to exceptional quality as experienced saddle makers. We will also be adding select pieces for men and women from William & Son. Founded in 1999 by William Asprey, a seventh-generation member of the Asprey family, the company has grown to become Mayfair’s go-to luxury destination for Town & Country living. Although they are currently available in select markets within the U.S, we will be bringing their British-sourced and produced products to the equestrian market, making it more readily available than ever before.” Hound & Hare will also have their own Heritage line of tweed for men and women. The stylish line will be perfect for any anglophile but will boast that southern American charm the Bluegrass is known for. Items will be added in the house tweed: gilet/vest, field coats, etc. In addition, a hunt line that will include dry wax vests, coats, shirts, is also on the drawing board.The men and women’s dry wax upland vest, (still yet to be named), will first be displayed at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and pieces will be added to this line throughout the year. THE COUNTRY LIFE, THE S P O R T I N G L I F E , A WAY O F L I F E Last year was a big one for Hound & Hare, and Eric can’t wait to see what 2019 brings. He’s enjoyed working with and meeting numerous equestrians at events throughout the country and will continue to set up booths at a variety of elite shows this year as well. “I’ve very much enjoyed having

the opportunity to work with several top riders in their disciplines. Everyone is extremely talented and kind, taking the time to understand us and what we as a brand are trying to bring to the market. The opportunity to support talented riders in a small way is very special to us, and I hope we can continue and increase our support within the equestrian and sporting industry.” It is Eric’s desire that Hound & Hare will be a trusted source for quality luxury clothing and accessories for countryside chic and the sporting life. He also hopes that H&H will be a launching pad for these new brands to facilitate their growth within the U.S, thus helping the brands realize their goals and potential. “I believe what sets Hound & Hare apart is that we seek new unique brands that are not currently available in the U.S., and as a result, offer our customers something that they cannot currently find anywhere else.We have selected brands that have resonated with us personally, and through their craftsmanship and through their vision for their businesses, bring something different to the market.” Ultimately, it is the mission of Hound & Hare to provide luxurious British yet uniquely American apparel and accessories that have been handcrafted to meet the needs of men and women who are pursuing a purposeful life of adventure in the field and at home. Hound & Hare represents the country life, the sporting life, a way of life where the love of animals and nature is intertwined.  //  @houndnhare


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“In Fair Verona, Where We Lay Our Scene…”

Fiera Cavalli & Jumping Verona It’s no surprise Shakespeare set his tragic love story, Romeo & Juliet, in the city of Verona, Italy. Verona is on the Adige River and is the third largest city in Northern Italy. The complex blend of urban architecture and historic landmarks (such as my favorite, the Arena Di Verona which once sat 30,000 people and still holds concerts and events with up to 15,000 people), is what makes Verona feel so extraordinary. I traveled to Verona with my forever horse show partner in crime, my mom. As we sat jet-lagged in a café that overlooked the Arena Di Verona, drinking Aperol spritzes as we watched the sun go down, I knew our trip to Verona was going to be a wonderful experience.


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“Made in Italy” has merit that extends beyond the fashion industry.

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F I E R A C AVA L L I Horse & Style was invited to Italy to attend the Fiera Cavalli, a weeklong expo that celebrates everything equestrian. 2018 was the 120th anniversary of this extraordinairy event. The Fiera Cavalli has 12 exhibition halls, each displaying a different equestrian theme. There was a hall for equestrian tourism, a hall for Italian bred horses, a hall for western culture (which included daily line dancing), a hall for children, and many more. My favorite hall was the one that featured all the Italian equestrian brands, the Jumping Verona, and the CSI 5* competition that took place during the Fiera Cavalli.

S T I T C H E D I N I TA LY Italians are known for their hospitality, great food, and exquisite leather and clothing craftsmanship. “Made in Italy” has merit that extends beyond the fashion industry. The Italian equestrian luxury brands are crafted with excellent products and attention to detail. Fortunately, the shopping was easy to come by! The Jumping Verona warm-up ring was surrounded by some of the best equestrian brands including Pariani, KASK, and Cavalerria Toscana, making shopping at the show a breeze. There was also a ringside restaurant that served Italian cuisine, desserts, and of course, Aperol spritzes (which were quickly becoming my

new favorite drink). Is there anything more fabulous than shopping your favorite Italian brands, eating Italian food, and watching the best riders in the world warm-up? GOLDEN GAL A To celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Fiera Cavalli, the show organizers put on a spectacular evening celebrating the history of the horse.The audience delighted in the show that presented carousels, dressage, free-rein performances, a saddleback acrobatics troupe, and more. Combined with music and dance, each performance was more thrilling than the one before it. There were many great performances, but my favorite of the evening,

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Fiera Cavalli 1959

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photo © Sarah Appel

photo © Sarah Appel

as always, was the free-rein performance.The connection between the human and horse without a bridle is always mesmerizing. JUMPING VERONA The top riders in the world showed up to compete in the FEI World Cup™ qualifier at Jumping Verona. The crowd was energetic and supportive, especially when the Italian riders entered the ring. When an Italian rider, like Eugenia Grimaldi, won a class, the crowd was on their feet, cheering as loud as they could during the awards ceremony. The crowd favorite, Lorenzo De Luca, has always been a favorite rider (and favorite person) of the whole team at Horse & Style. So it was great to be in Verona for his exhilarating win in the Safe Riding 1.45M CSI 5* aboard Evita van’t Zoggehof. I was able to say a personal hello to De Luca, which felt like a huge accomplishment of my own. There were so many adoring fans waiting patiently for autographs and selfies, it made saying hello to De Luca feel like trying to get backstage at a Justin Bieber concert.

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D E U S S E R ’ S DAY The excited crowd fueled the energy on the final day for the FEI World Cup™ qualifier class. With the top three riders from the World Equestrian Games, Simone Blum, Martin Fuchs, and Steve Guerdat, the crowd knew we were all in for some fantastic show jumping. And fantastic it was! 14 clean rounds made for an exciting jumpoff, and an incredibly thrilling end to the week. One by one each rider rode, some beating the time of the person before them, but like many classes before, it all came down to Deusser. And like many classes before, Deusser delivered. He and Calisto Blue topped the 14 horse jump-off with a blazing time of 35.83 seconds. While the crowd may have wanted an Italian to win that day, after the ride Deusser delivered, they all instantly became German fans. FA R E W E L L V E RO N A Even though Shakespeare’s love story ended tragically, our time in Verona was anything but tragic. In fact, it was magical. As an American, it never ceases to amaze me how you can be watching the top riders in the world compete at a 5* horse show, and an hour later be walking through some of the most historical monuments in that country’s history. I absolutely plan to come back to the Fiera Cavalli and Jumping Verona, to shop, watch the show, and for one more Aperol spritz!

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5. 1. Danielle Deusser and Callisto Blue are still Horse & Style favorites! 2. Fire & Horse is one of the exciting performances from the Gala D’Oro 3. A trick rider excites the crowd 4. Winners Leopold van Asten and VDL Groep Beauty take a victory lap 5. 5* riders discuss the course 6. Jessica Springsteen jumps in front of a packed VIP


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11. 7. The crowd’s favorite performance is the liberty demonstration 8. A bustling crowd watches the warm-up ring 9. Italian rider Paolo Paini and his mount Chaccie tackle the course 10. Italian riders always receive a roar from the crowd 11. Another impressive demonstration during the Gala D’Oro 12. Venise du Reverdy lands off a jump during the Verona World Cup™ Qualifier

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by Catie Staszak


Catie Staszak IF

you told me 10 years ago that I’d someday be writing a column for a magazine with the word “style” in its name, I would have never believed you.

I started my own business, Catie Staszak Media, Inc. And I ride in whatever free time I can possibly find.

When I was a little girl, I was the tomboy. You wouldn’t catch me dead in a dress. I lived in the barn (Well, that hasn’t changed much), and I cried when my mom signed me up for dance class and put me in a tu-tu. My grandmother wanted me to be a ballerina and a romance novelist. I ride horses and write about show jumping (and sometimes other sports). That’s kind of close, right?

Through my various work endeavors and my involvement in many facets of the equestrian industry, I am constantly reminded what an important role style has in the sport of show jumping. Of course, I don’t just mean what breeches you’re wearing.

Oops. But my mother was once a model, so something had to rub off eventually! I still hate the color pink, but I can put together a solid outfit now, and I love a good dress. After all, one article of clothing is much easier to put together than a top and bottom. My name is Catie Staszak. I’m the girl operating at Mach 1 around the horse show grounds with a camera (Blink, and you might miss me!), and you may have heard my voice on an FEI broadcast or seen my name in the byline of a story in a magazine. I’m incredibly fortunate to be the broadcast analyst on the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League, and I moderated at the 2018 FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland. I used to cover horse racing and was a professional handicapper, and I’ve covered mainstream sports with ESPN West Palm and was a SportsCenter update anchor on ESPN 106.3. This year,


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I stay pretty busy.

I’m talking about the actual style of one’s riding: I’m always studying it, and there will forever be the debate about which is better: American or European? I, personally, am equally awed watching McLain Ward and Marcus Ehning, and it’s safe to say that both have had their fair share of successes. Whether someone rides with a forward or deep seat; has a lighter hand or puts a greater emphasis on collection; or prefers a forward or more controlled rhythm; the best riders to watch are those who simply have undeniable partnerships with their horses. One has to look no further than the World Equestrian Games and the removal of the “Final Four” format in the individual final to understand that the sport of show jumping has evolved to put a greater emphasis on the horse and rider combination rather than simply the rider’s ability. Today’s top riders are truly “one” with their mounts; they ride seamlessly, and they are efficient. Does Beezie Madden ever look like she’s going all that fast? She takes time off the clock with her absolutely brilliant turns and direct tracks

to and between the fences. She stays on the same rhythm, and the jumps just seem to come up for her right on stride, time and time again. Successful riders operate off of feeling and react quickly when Plan A doesn’t present itself the way they might have hoped. There are a myriad of style awards present in the sport now, and each varies slightly in its criteria. I love this, because it just goes to show how interpretable style really is. Beezie and McLain are just two riders that prove, day in and day out, that the American system works – and that might be an understatement. Working on the North American League, I am especially proud that these two Team USA representatives have won the past two editions of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final: Beezie and Breitling were victorious in Paris in April (With her win, Beezie automatically qualifies for the 2019 Finals in Gothenburg), while McLain won on American soil when coming away victorious in Omaha with HH Azur. The North American League is in its fourth season, meaning that the series has produced World Cup™ Champions in two of its three years of existence. Is anybody else ready to now make it three-in-a-row? In America, riding style simply cannot be mentioned without talking about the equitation division, which is unique to the region. McLain, Beezie, Kent Farrington, Bill Steinkrauss, and George Morris all prevailed in one or more of the major equitation finals before going on to professional success on the world’s biggest stages. While European riders have certainly done just fine without coming

McLain Ward and HH Azur after winning the 2017 World Cup™ Final in Omaha, NE; photo © Joseph Mixan

up through such a pipeline, and no system is perfect, I can think of no better division to teach a rider the foundations of riding and the importance of position, while also preparing them for pressure filled situations in competition. As a very obviously Type A personality, I can say with certainty that I navigated the Finals with the greatest amount of stress possible as a junior rider (put on me by no one but myself, by the way), but coming away with a good round was the most rewarding of experiences. In show jumping, style also goes hand in hand with tradition. I dare you to find a better turned-out group of athletes! While the attire has definitely modernized and become a bit flashier, I am partial to the elegance of the traditional black and navy show coat (but grey is so, so, tempting), and I’ll wear my jacket even in a schooling

class. I can’t ride without a hairnet, even if I’m on a trail ride, but my helmet does have my company logo on it. I believe in having a personal style, and as someone in media, I certainly recognize the importance of evolving with the societal landscape, but I also believe in celebrating our sport’s unique history. I may have grown out of the tomboy phase (Well, for the most part; consider this your warning if you challenge me in a sports debate!), but thankfully, I never grew out of the horse phase. I’m fully immersed in my work and am so grateful to be able to combine my two greatest passions in horses and broadcast journalism into a career. Each issue, I’ll be checking in to share some of my observations on my travels and reflect on some sport media topics. If there’s one kind of style I’m most confident in, it’s writing style!

Catie Staszak; photo © Kathy Russell Photography

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1. Mathis Schwentker and NKH CARUSO on course to win the $70,000 Back on Track Grand Prix during Week I 2. Ready to go and waiting for the jumper rings 3. The cutest spectator ever! 4. Grace Duffy and Easy Company celebrate their win in the $1,500 Platinum Performance Hunter Prix during Week IV 5. Jenny Karazissis and Bunistar happily accept their $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix win during Week III 6. Sunny day snoozes between classes 7. Skylar Wireman and Hlaf Moon Bay fly over an oxer on their way to a win in the $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby during Week III


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8. The Back on Track Mid-Circuit Champions pose for a picture 9. John French and Frosted Blue win the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during Week IV 10. Kisses for a job well done 11. A big pat and a long rein make the walk back to the barn the best part of the show 12. Big smiles and blue skies make for great show days

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I have a new horse and I am heading into the show ring after only two rides. How do I trust myself to connect properly with this mount so that we both feel safe, fluid, and receptive to our new partnership?


Building trust with a new equine partner has a lot to do with the story that you tell about yourself as a rider and competitor. Every time you get on a horse it is as though it is the first time as both horse and rider are at least a bit different each day. Horses are prey in the wild, so they will come to the partnership with questions about their safety. It is up to the rider to dial into these questions and answer them sufficiently for the ride to go forward with ease and connection. During my own experience with this scenario I approached my first few experiences with my new partner in the show ring by being very clear about the track and cues I planned to use to show him the route. I had to bring a steady confidence to the warm up, rather than asking him questions as I had when I tried him. When we approached the show ring, I told him that the agreement we have is that I will be clear about the plan and he will execute, just as it had been in the warm up ring. When entering the ring, I told him where the first jump was and how we would be approaching it with words out loud! Since we were jumping a lower level than normal (1.10) the adrenaline that sometimes over-rides my focus in the higher levels did not overtake, and I was able to remain focused on each jump individually. I talked to him quite a bit as we went in order to be sure I was being clear with my messages. By the third round, I was able to trust myself to connect to this horse without quite so much overt action, but I remained clear that I needed to tell him what I expected each step of the way. In turn, he reciprocated with a kind confidence that left us both feeling inspired to do more together as our journey unfolds. If the connection with a new horse is a bit more challenging, I encourage you to take your time. Remember that the horse approaches this partnership from the perspective of prey and feels the need to keep its safety at the forefront. If you have not yet connected to your alpha rider self, the horse may pick up your concerns and confuse them as its own. Even if you are not feeling confident, remember that you have a brain that can create a narrative about what is happening and the words you use (even in your mind) will directly influence the dynamics of this partnership. So take some time to get clear about your leader-self by remembering how you have been a leader in other situations, and then bring this intentionality to your ride. It may seem abstract at first, but knowing this aspect of yourself will ultimately allow your equine-human relations to flourish.


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I am an amateur rider and I just moved up to the Low Jr/Am 1.30 jumpers. Even though I know my horse and I have the ability to jump this level, I have been experiencing extra adrenaline rushes before I show and while in the ring. This adrenaline causes me to get ahead of myself and make mistakes. What tools can I utilize to be able to use this extra energy in a positive manner?


Becoming familiar with your own particular combination of energies is the key to staying present when the challenge and skill level of your riding increase. Begin by noticing the self-talk that percolates in your mind a few hours before your class, as well as the parts of your body that are activated. For me, my stomach develops butterflies and I remind myself that this is a message from my body that I will need extra energy and attention-oriented focus in order to complete the task at hand. These butterflies make it almost impossible for me to feel hungry or eat, so I need to be sure to nourish myself in spite of this chemical message. If I tell myself that I am nervous, a fear response follows, so I intentionally focus on using the butterflies as a trigger for confidence or at least clarity that I have what it takes to undertake this upcoming challenge. As far as channeling the adrenaline when in the ring, it is essential to use my breath while on course from the beginning to the end in order to keep my mind connected to my body. Additionally, the adrenaline surge can shift my focus from the jump I am approaching to either the entirety of the round I am conquering or to the jump ahead of me. My particular challenge is staying with one jump at a time and applying the element of the plan my trainer and I constructed to that particular moment. The larger challenge and potential fear response get me into prey mode, causing me to feel less confident. I would endeavor to stay in alpha mode in order to have access to my assertive and intentional power. Confidence and clear thinking allow me to focus on every single step and ultimately bring my mind peace and power. Therefore, the tools to focus on for new challenges are pre-game selftalk combined with awareness of the body part or area that is activated, breath throughout the round, and accessing the alpha/predator mindset that reminds me that I am in charge if I focus one step at a time.

Dr. Carrie Wicks divides her time between her private sport psychology consulting and family therapy practice, traveling with athletes, and writing. She completed her doctorate in psychology while researching the mental practices of equestrian athletes. Her passions include horses, yoga, mountain biking, skiing, and time in nature with animals. If you would like to ask a question for this column or ask about a complimentary Performance Strategy session, please contact Carrie.

Carrie Wicks, Ph.D. | Photo Š Christopher Demers

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It was within the walls of her high school darkroom that Lindsay Brock fell in love with capturing photos. But it was many years earlier that she fell in love with horses. From a little girl begging her parents for a horse, to a young woman struggling to find the time and financial means to keep them a part of her life, Brock has always been horse crazy. At 25, she picked up a camera at a horse show in the California desert, and the two passions aligned. While she still rides and can occasionally be spotted in the jumper ring with her Zangersheide gelding, Poetic Justice Z, the majority of Brock’s time at horse shows is spent “on the job” providing media services and working behind the lens with Jump Media. Despite learning the composition guidelines that dictate depth, balance, and framing, what Brock loves most about taking photos is that there are no rules. There is no “right” way to capture a moment. She finds it fascinating that five different photographers can look at a single photo and come up with five different things they either love or hate about it. Brock is an account executive, social media content creator, and photojournalist with Jump Media. Through her work, which has taken her to events throughout North America, she strives to communicate the beauty, athleticism, and pure grace of the horse while catching the adoration their riders express toward them. She’s in a constant state of chasing light, square knees, and the perfect ribbon-winning smile. Photo © Ashley Neuhof


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