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THE LINES Equestrian Life: From Riding Houses to Country Estates
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& ABOUT Sonoma Horse Park
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& ABOUT LGCT Madrid
24 | TREND
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& ABOUT LGCT Miami
28 | RIDER
A Collection of What’s Now...
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& ABOUT FEI@BES
E D I TO R
34 | EQUESTRIAN
40 | ST YLE
A RT D I R E C TOR
Danielle Demers A DV E RT I S I N G & SA LE S
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CO P Y E D I TOR
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CO N T R I B U TO R S
Longines Masters of New York
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& ABOUT Longines Masters of New York
50 | WORKING ON WELLNESS Hannah Selleck
54 | ON THE COVER 2019 Saut Hermès
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& ABOUT Saut Hermès
68 | BEHIND
THE SEAMS A Spirited Symbiosis
72 | THE GOOD LIFE
Summer Roundup: Food & Drink
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& ABOUT Stagecoach Music Festival
76 | H & S
A Horse Haven in the Hollywood Hills
80 | CURATED BY AN EQUESTRIAN Shelley Hunter
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Stagnaro Tack: Practically Beautiful
91 | BEHIND
THE BRAND Equestrian Wellness
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& ABOUT Del Mar National Horse Show
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Laurie Berglie, Pam Maley, Alli Addison, Larysa Kern, Catie Staszak, Claiborne & Lime, Emily Goldberg, Hannah Selleck, Terri Roberson Psy.D., Dr. Carrie Wicks, Ph.D. P H OTO G R A P H E R S
Sarah Appel, Emily Riden, Frédéric Chéhu, Vincent Leroux & Olivier Metzger for Hermès, Alden Corrigan Media, Aléa Productions/EEM, Jessica Rodrigues, Jump Media, Kathy Russell Photography, Ashley Neuhof, Raquel Lynn, Adam Korbesmeyer, Giana Terranova, Caroline Holman, SportFot, Frank Tyneski, Karina Harris, Zuccolotto Designs, Kristen Beinke Photography, Randi Muster Photography, Kim Beaudoin/KTB Creative Group, Amy McCool, Captured Moment Photography, Osteen, Gatley Photography, Terri Miller, Phelps Media Group, Danielle Maczynski, Stagecoach Music Festival, Rebecca Smith P R I N T E D I N C A N A DA ON THE COVER: Simon Delestre and Hermes Ryan compete at the 2019 Saut Hermès in Paris, France; photo © Sarah Appel
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& ABOUT Temecula Valley National Horse Show
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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.
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.
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Larysa grew up in Santa Fe, NM, where she spent her junior years competing in hunters, jumpers, and equation. Larysa went on to ride with and work for several professionals in California, Colorado, Canada, and the Netherlands, before deciding to return to school. Larysa is beginning law school in New York City this fall. Although she is making a switch in her career, her love for the sport has not changed.
Emily Goldberg is an avid equestrian and competitor on the A-circuit. She values the process – and the joy – that comes with riding and working with horses. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where she received a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in Creative Writing. Goldberg loves music and fashion as well, and she loves when these passions, and her passions for riding and writing, can come together.
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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If you are a regular reader of Horse & Style Magazine, then you know about my passion for – or obsession with, really – all things Parisian, and thus, all things Hermès. Therefore, when I was invited to the 2019 Saut Hermès held at the Grand Palais, my answer was of course, “oui, oui!” My third trip to the Saut Hermès was nothing short of a dream come true, which was fitting, as this year’s theme was Dreams. One of my life’s fantasies that came true over the course of the weekend was that I actually had the opportunity to ride a horse at the Saut Hermès in the Grand Palais – technically, at least. On press day at the Saut, Hermès Partner Riders were demonstrating Hermès’s new jumping saddle, the Vivace. Afterwards, the Hermès team asked if any of the press group wanted to ride in the saddle. Of course, I had to do it! I swung my leg over a very kind horse, and walked and trotted around the warm-up arena. So now, even though I was not riding a 1.50 meter track, I can say I rode a horse at the Saut Hermès. What a perfect weekend! Read more about the dreamy experience of the Saut Hermès on page 54. This summer issue is all about dreams, so hearing more about Christophe Ameeuw’s dream of bringing European-style 5* competition to the United States is certainly fitting. Ameeuw’s Longines Masters of New York celebrated its second year this spring, and it was remarkable. Read more on page 42. For this issue’s “Working on Wellness,” H&S caught up with rider Hannah Selleck. She shares her favorite places, brands, and exercises, and how they all work to keep her mind, body and soul feeling well. For the H&S team, RXBARs just got that much dreamier. Read the details on page 50.
H&S Editor-in-Chief Sarah Appel at Saut Hermès in Paris this past Spring
This “Horse & Style Home” also fits with the dream theme. Raquel Lynn always dreamed of keeping her horse in her backyard, but she found it difficult to do living in the Hollywood Hills. Difficult, at least, until she found a charming 1938 home in the Rancho District in Glendale. Hear her story and see the unusual setup and beautiful décor of her home on page 76. Summer season on the show circuit is always busy, with long days, lots of time on the road, and even more time in the saddle. I hope, even if it is for a moment, that you take the time to reflect and let yourself dream a little bit. Best,
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1. Taylor Kain and Souvenez-vous take top placings in the Green Hunters 2. Snuggles in the saddle after a good round 3. There are always a cute ponies (and cute pony riders!) around the WEC pony ring 4. Linda Radigan and Charismatic win the $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby 5. Erin Cummins and My BFF earn Champion in the A/O Hunters
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6. Taking a break to watch the action 7. Julia Persons and City Lights take a stroll between classes 8. Balveneur Z receives praise for a great round 9. Camille Camp pilots Rowan through the course for the THIS Adult Medal 10. Taylor Kain and Shuttergold compete in the $25,000 WEC Grand Prix 11. Robert Mendoza and his daughter Nora plan their course 12. Wilhelm Genn and Van Gogh lead the victory gallop in the $25,000 WEC Grand Prix
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10. 7. Thousands of spectators attend the King’s Cup on the last day of GCT Madrid 8. Emily Moffitt and Winning Good compete in the GCT Madrid Grand Prix 9. Jessica Springsteen and RMF Zecile come off the Marques de Riscal jump 10. Frank Schüttert is pleased with Queensland after their winning round in the King’s Cup 11. Emily Moffitt clears a widespread on Copain 12. Martin Fuchs stands number one on the podium after winning the Grand Prix of Madrid
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5. 1. Kristen Vanderveen and Bull Run’s Faustino de Tili top the podium on the first day of CSI 5* competition at the Longines Global Champions Tour Miami Beach 2. The sun rises on the first day of competition 3. France’s Kevin Staut tests the CSI5* 1.50/1.60m – GCL Team Competition Round 1 aboard Calevo 2 4. GCL teams congregate after the final rounds on the last day of competition 5. Riders are treated to beautiful backdrops during early morning schooling sessions 6. Kent Farrington and Creedance exit the arena after an impressive performance. The pair ended the first day at the top of the leader board in the 1.50m/1.60m
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Lindsay Maxwell has been on Horse & Style’s radar for quite some time. She is an intriguing combination of competitor, owner, and philanthropist, and she uses each title in the hunter jumper world to leave a positive mark on the sport. One of our favorite interviews with Lindsay Maxwell was in support of the 2017 Menlo Charity Horse Show (MCHS) cover story. At that year’s MCHS, Maxwell had successfully competed in both the hunter and jumper rings, supported her horse with trainer Jamie Taylor in the USHJA International Hunter Derby, acted as a sponsor of the show by way of her Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, and awarded The Widget Perpetual Trophy (an annual award that honors her beloved late horse Widget). And that was just one show! Clearly, Maxwell is having a positive impact on the sport, both in and out of the saddle. H&S had the good fortune to speak with Maxwell again for this issue’s Rider Spotlight. summer 2019 ·
Horse & Style: How did you get your start in riding? Lindsay Maxwell: When I was very young, one of my first stuffed animals was a horse. I named him Trigger after Roy Roger’s horse (I am pretty sure I have my dad to thank for that name!) and Trigger came everywhere with me. I still have him, though he is in rough shape now from being loved and toted around for many years.Trigger sparked my love of horses – we found a barn nearby and I fell in love with the sport! H&S: Do you prefer the hunters or the jumpers? What do you like about each?
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LM: I love both and could never choose one. I have primarily competed in hunters throughout my life, but my recent foray into the jumper ring has been exhilarating. I love the style, grace and attention to detail in the hunter ring. Those aspects of the discipline resonate harmoniously with my personality! However, I have totally fallen for the rush of adrenaline and riding technicality involved in the jumper ring, and working with Laura Kraut has been an absolute dream come true. The opportunity to learn from one of the best riders in the sport has been a humbling experience. In the end, I love horses. Regardless of discipline, being around and working with horses is where I am happiest! H&S: What do you love and enjoy about the sport? LM: There is an esprit de corps in the equestrian community that I find increasingly rare in most other competitive endeavors. This is something that we all need to work to preserve. I am an animal lover to the core, and the opportunity to compete while working with horses is the perfect amalgamation of two of my biggest passions. My horses’ happiness, care, and well-being are both my team’s and my foremost priority. We are incredibly fortunate to have the ability to work with these animals, and their welfare is an immense responsibility that I take very seriously. I always say (and wholeheartedly believe): Their care is our privilege. H&S: Who do you ride with now? Tell us about your team. LM: I train in the hunter ring under the expert guidance of Geoffrey Hesslink and Don Stewart. In the jumper ring, I am fortunate enough to train with Laura Kraut and her incredible team. The LME team is currently comprised of nine very talented
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Whether we’re motivated by paying back a past kindness done unto us, or want to pay forward an opportunity for others, we’re all capable of doing more to support others.
H&S: What horses do you currently have competing? LM: In the hunter ring, I currently have seven wonderfully talented horses competing on various levels from the three foot pregreens to the international hunter derbies. I also have six jumpers, four of which are in the UK at Nick Skelton and Laura Kraut’s farm. H&S: What does your 2019 show circuit look like? LM: Busy! I will be back and forth showing jumpers throughout Europe with Laura and showing the hunters in the US. I am in Europe for roughly two weeks showing, then the States again for two weeks, and will continue like that until indoors! H&S: What was the inspiration behind the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund (LMCF)? LM: My family has long prioritized philanthropy foremost among our values, and I have been able to learn from the wonderful examples of giving that my parents and grandparents have shared with me. Our equestrian community is replete with many generous people doing so much to create access and opportunity for others while advancing a passion for our sport. Growing up, I benefitted enormously from the generosity and support of the riders and patrons who came before me. I have long been aware of a sense of generational obligation in the equestrian community to ensure that the same experiences and memories that helped define my childhood would be available to future riders. The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund was founded in order to assist organizations that promote causes that are significant to
individuals, each of whom brings something special to the table. I’m fortunate to spend time with a wonderful group of people who share the same goals, passions, and love of the sport that contribute to our successes as a team every day. We truly are a family!
me and reflect my personal priorities and values: improving the lives of children with special needs; enabling access to educational opportunities; and providing care, compassion and protection to animals. The Fund represents an opportunity to expand my giving interests as distinct from those of my family, and also creates a formal structure to support my passion for philanthropy to maximize the impact and benefit to our community. H&S: What do you wish everyone knew about LMCF? LM: I think the most important message that I hope people take away from my experience with the Fund is that there are opportunities for all of us to get involved. Whether we’re motivated by paying back a past kindness done unto us, or want to pay forward an opportunity for others, we’re all capable of doing more to support others. Ultimately, that is my goal for the Fund – I hope the Fund inspires others to get involved and find ways that they can support their own communities. This can mean volunteering at a local event, supporting a fundraiser…there are limitless ways to get involved. H&S: Why did LMCF add access and inclusion as a focus for the Fund in 2019? LM: The future of our sport depends on constantly engaging the next generation of equestrians. I think that finding opportunities, or starting toward solutions to these issues, relies heavily on continually evaluating our sport and asking questions. I am heartened that there are a lot of wonderful people asking questions! It’s important to remember that our sport isn’t immune to prevailing world factors and conditions. As the income gap widens, are we doing enough to create affordable access opportunities for people to participate and grow in our sport? As our world becomes more globalized and diverse, are
we supporting a culture of inclusion where everyone feels safe and welcome? There is no one answer to these questions: no magic bullet. It is also important to remember that there isn’t a single entity tasked with their resolution – and, in my view, that’s a good thing. This is an opportunity for all of us involved in the sport – collectively and individually – to consider what we can do to support access and inclusion. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, but I’m extremely interested in the conversation. And, the people who do have ideas about promoting access and inclusion are exactly the types of partners whom the Fund wants to support. My hope is that by exploring these issues using the fund as a platform and engaging our wonderful partners in the conversation, we, as an equestrian community, will continue to work toward finding sustainable solutions. H&S: What are your personal goals, both inside and outside the riding world? LM: I believe that the primary goal of every rider should be to maximize your own potential. Ultimately, the best riders compete against themselves. So, to that end, my goals are to always acquit myself to the best of my ability and honor the sport by putting forth my best effort.When I do this, championships and success follow. More specific goals of mine have less to do with my own riding, and more to do with ensuring the relevance and vitality of our equestrian community for future generations of riders. H&S: What are your goals for LMCF? LM: A long-term goal for the Fund is to inspire others to participate in similar endeavors. In five years, a measure of success would be to witness both a broadening and expansion of the people and charitable interests contributing to the same types of programs and initiatives that the Fund currently supports. In the past year, I’ve had a number of people seek my counsel in terms of how they can become more involved. I think that the important thing for people to remember is that philanthropy takes all shapes and forms. I don’t necessarily think that a cash donation is any more valuable than the time that a volunteer contributes. I think that there is an abundance of ways for people to get involved to support our community, and that people by their innate nature are generous. I hope that I can inspire others to get involved the way others have inspired me!
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Gosh, who doesn’t love the transition to summer? It’s fresh, fun, filled with adventure and experiences, and never, ever seems to disappoint. This season’s Tastemaker column echoes those same characteristics of summer – from digital inspirations every equestrian should be tuned into, to your new soon-to-be-favorite boots, to setting sail on the trip of a lifetime. Here’s to you, Summer 2019!
Equestrian Eye Candy The New Insta’s We Can’t Stop Obsessing Over
From Brooklyn, With Love Blake Goods “I have too many belts” – said no equestrian ever! When a new belt brand hits the market, the designer and founder is an equestrian, and the aesthetic is top notch, we take notice. “I was lucky to grow up with horses, in a world where we rely on our leather goods to keep us safe, while expecting them to look beautiful in the process. For years, I found myself buying belts and bags, hoping for that quality of the leather I remembered from my childhood. But instead I found most commercial leather goods lacked the rich smell and sturdy feel, and often disintegrated within a year of two of wear,” says designer and founder Jessie Lochrie. “So I set out to create something of my own, found an amazing tannery and a factory here on the East Coast that focused heavily on equestrian leatherwork, and brought my own belts to the market. Every Blake Goods piece is designed here in Brooklyn, and crafted in Pennsylvania,” she continues. “I’d like to think that our belts have a very simple journey from raw hide to your waist, which allows us to craft a belt of extraordinary quality at a very fair price.” The result is simplistic equestrian classicism at its finest. Blake Goods: blakegoods.com
We spend a lot of time on the behemoth of social media platforms. A lot. So naturally we come across some visual gems during our endless scrolling. Here are a few of our current equestrian IG finds that certainly deserve a look or two: @itookitonmyiphone @handcraftedinvirginia @eyesupdarling
A Life of Adventure, Travel and Horses Why You Need a Horse-Themed Holiday with Equestrian Globe Trotter Life shouldn’t be about things. Life should be about experiences. Imagine if you will – learning to play polo in the heart of Provence. Or what about venturing to Ireland for the ultimate Cross Country experience, complete with a true Irish Manor, horse races and plenty of visits to the neighboring pubs? If that doesn’t strike your fancy, perhaps a dressage excursion to the Monte Velho Equo-Resort in Portugal would fit the bill. And if you are in need of the ultimate equestrian safari, then look no further than a journey to Botswana for the Tuli Safari Ride. When equestrian Jennifer Sims set out on her first horse-themed adventure, she fell in love with the idea of traveling the globe, taking in the sights and sounds, and truly immersing herself in the horse culture. With a love for travel, riding, and making new friends, Equestrian Globe Trotter was born. “I’ve been able to get our everyday hunter/jumper riders to try their hands at polo, trail riding, dressage and more,” explains Jennifer, who created Equestrian Globe Trotter last year. “Many of our guests have never experienced a ‘Riding Holiday’ before, so we’ve been fortunate to create these once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, as well as bucket list items for our fellow horse lovers.” Sims goes on to explain that the experiences cater to all levels of riding, from beginners to the more advanced. “The evolution of this business has been very fulfilling for me as well,” she continues. “I’ve personally experienced amazing horse-filled trips that I never dreamed possible – like endurance riding in Mongolia! I went from being a very in-thebox, discipline-based rider (hunter/jumper to be exact) to a horse chick that has tried just about everything out there! Those are the same opportunities I want to continue offering my guests. Expanding our equestrian horizons!” Equestrian Globe Trotter: eqglobetrotter.com; IG: @eqglobetrotter
Ready. Set. Consign! The Tack Hack Consignments are all the rage, haven’t you heard? But with so many consignment-based companies for the equestrian set floating out there in the digital-sphere, where do you begin to find or sell those must-have new and “prix-loved” items? Enter The Tack Hack. “With The Tack Hack, I’m creating a Nordstrom Rack meets The RealReal for the horse industry. I spent over a decade away from the sport due to cost and hated putting my passion on hold until I could afford it again. I know so many other adult riders who did the same thing, and I believe these adult riding ‘sabbaticals’ are bad for riders and bad for the growth of the sport.We know riders stretch their budgets to the max in order to pursue their passion. And I’ve become so inspired by the riders and parents who do what it takes to #keepriding. I strongly believe equestrian consignment plays an important part in helping to make our sport more accessible. So the broad mission is to be the ‘hack’ that allows people to keep riding and to afford high-quality tack and apparel for less, but offers them a standout experience at the same time,” explains TTH founder Lauren Garvey. Take The Tack Hack’s new Clean-Out Kit and SaddleShip Kit offerings which come complete with expertly-designed stress-free packaging, detailed instructions, insurance and more, so you can rest easy knowing your items will be handled safely. It’s the perfect opportunity to “clean out your tack box and make some hay.” The Tack Hack: thetack.com; @thetackhack
Breyers, Art & Adulthood EQUINE by Lauren Radvansky For all you horse-crazed children who morphed into horse-crazed adults, there is no doubt that a hearty collection of Breyer Horses existed in your childhood. Or perhaps that collection still exists, no judgement. Regardless, if you were anything like our team here at Horse & Style magazine, collecting and displaying our Breyers with style, pride and grace during those formative years, then like us, you’d probably love the opportunity to give those childhood treasures a new lease on life. “EQUINE by Lauren Radvansky truly evolved from an overwhelmingly large childhood collection of Breyer model horses,” laughs designer Lauren Radvansky. “A few years after I graduated with my architecture degree (and needed more creative outlets), I found myself wondering what to do with this treasured past of mine, and from that I began adapting these Breyers into actual home decor.” The end result is fun, whimsical, a bit cheeky and hands down nostalgic. From bookends to bridle racks, Lauren crafts what can only be described as pure art that “Adult You” will appreciate, and “12-Year-Old You” would be thrilled over. EQUINE by Lauren Radvansky, prices starting at $55; etsy.com/shop/EQUINEbyLauren
Giddy Up and Lace-Up The Capriole Tall Riding Boot by Ariat Ariat introduced the latest addition to their tall boot family this spring in the form of the stunningly crafted lace-up Capriole Tall Riding Boot. Two classic colorways (a rich black and a jaw dropping mahogany), a leg elongating Spanish cut topline, contrasting lace hooks, full length front-lace system, and ATS Pro footbed technology are the stealth combination that make these tall boots THE It-Boots of the season. Truly, if more It-Girls were actually equestrians, these would be their first boots of choice. Naturally, we were hooked upon first sight. And our closets immediately thanked us.Yours will too. The Capriole Tall Riding Boot by Ariat, $499.95: ariat.com
FEI@BES – SAN JUAN C APIS TRANO & DEL MAR, C A
6. 1. Nicki Shahinian-Simpson is all smiles after her FEI CSI3* Gold Tour win on Akuna Mattata 2. The press loves Chris Fellers (especially when he wins an FEI class)! 3. Uma O'Neill reminds us we are never too old to tell our ponies they rock 4. Cassio Rivetti soars high on the beautiful Derby Field 5. Tina DiLandri Yates and Zelote VDL have wings and fly high! 6. Exquisite awards await FEI riders 7. Hilary and new Show Jumping Hall of Fame Inductee, Robert Ridland savor the California sunshine
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Photos © Amy McCool (1,4,9), Alden Corrigan Media (2,3,7,8,10), Captured Moment Photography (5,11)
11. 8. Lindsay Archer and Jamie Sailor share a moment of FEI camaraderie after the victory gallop 9. Allison LaJoie and Delmonde jump to the win in their first FEI class 10. Karl Cook and Caillou 24 show some scope and style 11. Rich Fellers accepts the inaugural Gold Tour Leading Rider Award, presented by Club HipĂco La Silla
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by Sarah Appel & Terri Roberson
Trendy Trainer Arizona Brass Horse Bracelet, Chloé, $289 Pompom Woven Shoulder Bag, Antonello Tedde, $365 Dancer Blouse, Rönner Design, $159 Pyradiams Glitter Platform-Wedge Sandals, Christian Louboutin, $795 Contrast Stitch Jeans, Chloé, $895
Raving about Rönner Horse & Style cannot get enough of the Rönner fashion house, as the brand checks all the important boxes. Independent and family owned? Yes, sisters Carin and Jessica Stellabatti Rönner founded and still own the business. Classic designs and quality fabrics? Yes, they offer natural fabrics for everyday wear, and breathable technology for sportswear. Something for everyone, from trainers to pony kids? Yes, they have a wide ranging line with so many options. And, most importantly, bold prints with an equestrian flair? YES! All these assets have H&S wearing – and raving about – Rönner this summer season.
Ambient Amateur Monogram Horse-Buckle Leather Belt, Chloé, $640 Devon Sandal, Katharine Page, $375 Flora Tunic, Long, Rönner Design, $549 Horse Hoof Bangle, Burberry, $390 Classic City Leather Shoulder Bag, Balenciaga, $2,190
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Jovial Junior Small Olga Backpack, See by Chloé, $425 Le High FringedCuff Skinny Jean, Frame, $240 Waves Blouse, Rönner Design, $179 In The Loop Straw Hat, Lola Hats, $259 Delia Leather Sandals, Ancient Greek Sandals, $270
Pony Mom Mixed Charm Bracelet, Bottega Veneta, $540 Ahmed Raffia Sandals, Carrie Forbes, $295 Augustina Blouse, Rönner Designs, $159 Tess Small CrocodileEffect Leather Cross-Body Bag, Chloé, $2,090 New Straight Leg Jeans, Isabel Marant Ėtoile, $175
Pony Girl Spring Daze Linen Fedora, Roxy, $36 Unicorn Straw Crossbody Bag, OMG, $28 Miranda Bow Dress, Rönner Design, $89 Unicorn Charm Necklace, Charm It, $26 Star Boots, Stella McCartney Kids, $210
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FEATURE by Larysa Kern
LONGINES MASTERS OF NEW YORK The second annual Longines Masters of New York (LMNY) continued a tradition of excitement, excellence, luxury, and elegance from April 25th through April 28th, 2019. Held at the NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, competitors, their teams, and spectators enjoyed the shopping and entertainment at the LMNY, escaped to New York City for a Broadway show, or even drove to Southampton for a quiet dinner by the beach, all because of the show’s convenient location. And although there are endless activities in the surrounding New York area, EEM’s Christophe Ameeuw and his team produced an event with such exceptional attractions that it was unnecessary to leave the NCYB LIVE for the whole week.
rom the moment competitors and spectators pass the tall #WeRideTheWorld wall in front of the entrance, they are welcomed to an event unlike any other competition in the United States. From the world’s top horses and competitors, to the American Kennel Club Agility Premier Cup, to new and innovative equestrian products, to the most exquisite cars and watches, to magnificent artwork, whatever your interests are, you can find them at the LMNY. L AMBORGHINI POWER One of the signature attractions at the LMNY is the Lamborghini Masters Power class. Spectators “oohed” and
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“aahed” as the horse and rider teams tested their limits and the fences got higher and higher. A field of seven horse and rider teams started the competition, with the final fence set at 1.45m in the first round. All seven competitors finished the first round with ease. Switzerland’s Pius Schwizer and his horse, Ulane Belmaniere, were the last to go. When he was asked by the commentator how high the Selle Français mare could jump, he pointed to the rafters, and the crowd went wild. Frank Rothenberger and his course designing team apparently realized the level of athleticism in the order because,
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after careful consideration, the final fence of the second round soared to 1.70m. From there, each round the fences continued to grow: 1.80m, 1.90m, and, finally, 2.02m. Kristen Vanderveen with Bull Run’s Almighty and Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano with Chalou were the only two pairs to make it to the final round, but Vanderveen ultimately chose to save her horse for another day. In order to activate the €10,000 bonus, the final fence needed to be greater than 2.0 meters, so the course designing team made the thoughtful decision to raise it to 2.02m – over six and a half feet! Gaudiano and Chalou cleared the fence with ease and Gaudiano gave a shout out to the crowd, thanking them for giving for his horse the encouragement it needed. R I D E R S E U R O P E W I N S AGA I N Another crowd favorite event was the Riders Masters Cup, where Riders Europe went head-to-head with Riders USA. The team element really made the crowd go wild; they were cheering loudly, wearing team hats (red for USA and blue for Europe), and waving flags. Going into the Saturday evening event, Riders Europe had dominated the previous three Riders Masters Cups and Riders USA wanted to take the win in New York. Emanuele Gaudiano and Chalou, winners of the Lamborghini Masters Power Class; photo © Jessica Rodrigues Course walk ahead of the Riders Masters Cup; photo © Jessica Rodrigues
In each round, riders from Riders USA were matched against riders from Riders Europe with points awarded in each duel based on speed and faults. The unusual format adds a twist of excitement for both the crowd and the competitors. Local favorites like Lillie Keenan and McLain Ward elicited a tremendous uproar from the stands, but by the second and final round, the crowd was cheering for every horse and rider team that entered the ring. In the end, Riders Europe took the win for a fourth consecutive time. While Riders USA captain, Robert Ridland acknowledged it was not fun losing, he explained that he believes the format is “tremendous” and “unique.” Want to know more about how the format works? Will Riders USA take over the victorious title? You’ll just have to see it for yourself at the next Riders Masters Cup. C A N ’ T TO U C H N AY E L N A S S A R Finally, the big news from the LMNY was the success of Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and the 13-year-old Westphalian gelding, Lucifer V. Nassar and his mount started the week off strong by winning Friday night’s $100,000
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Horse & Style: It is a huge accomplishment to be the first rider to win both the Longines Speed Challenge and the Longines Grand Prix, and to do it on the same horse, no less. Tell us about Lucifer V, and what qualities make him competitive in both the Speed and Grand Prix. Nayel Nassar: Thank you! It’s an unprecedented achievement that really is a testament to how unique a horse Lucifer is. There are only a few horses in history who could win a 1.50m Speed Class by three seconds, and then somehow maintain the focus and concentration necessary to win a 1.60m Grand Prix less than two days later. He has an uncanny ability to miss the jumps, and despite having a slightly unorthodox temperament and technique, he really understands the game and simply wants to win as much as I do. He has a big adjustable stride, great balance, incredible foot speed and can turn on a dime without slowing down, which is very rare. Those attributes make it easy for me to go fast over big jumps and try to clock in some wins. We have matured a lot as a partnership, and he is fighting for me every time out these days. I am just so proud of him and grateful to Evergate Stables for giving me a shot at him. H&S: What were your riding strategies for the Longines Masters of New York weekend? NN: It was a hard call. Going all out in the Speed Challenge is obviously not the best prep for a Grand Prix, especially
one of that caliber. After going so fast, most horses tend to get flat and they start anticipating the turns too much. But frankly, I knew I had a good chance at winning the Speed Class and I didn’t want to look back on my week thinking that I should have taken what I could when I had the chance. Lucifer is a speed demon and it felt like a waste not to give him a go in such a prestigious class, so I figured I should go out and win what I could, and deal with the consequences later. Luckily, all he needed was a bit of flatwork to reel him back in and he came out ready to go on Sunday for the 5* Grand Prix, where my approach was more about keeping him steady and underneath himself than going as fast as possible. H&S: What do you enjoy most about the Longines Masters format? NN: I think the two-second penalty in the Speed Challenge is a very nice adjustment. Although having a rail still decreases your odds of winning, a good result is still salvageable if you can go fast enough. It turned out to be a huge advantage for me this year as I was able to get the win despite knocking a jump down. The increased purse in that class also makes it more worthwhile for us riders to use our better horses and really try to win the class. I like that there is a day off between the two feature classes to allow the horses some rest and recalibration.
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H&S: Tell us more about your relationship with Evergate Stables. NN: My partnership with Evergate is still relatively young, but the early returns have been very promising. Besides Lucifer, I have the ride on a seven-year-old Levisto mare that we are very excited about. She is still green but certainly has a lot of ability.We recently sold Lutz, a horse I carefully developed last season for Evergate. I essentially just lend a helping hand whenever necessary, taking on some of the horses that need experience to be sold or need development for top sport. H&S: What’s next for your show season? And for your own riding career? NN: My next stops are LGCT Madrid and LGCT Hamburg. I’ll be spending my summer in Europe competing on the tour and preparing for the Olympic qualifier in the fall.That is a big goal of mine this year, to be available for the Egyptian team so that we can claim an Olympic team spot. I would love to qualify for the LGCT Super Grand Prix but that is a tall task. In the meantime I am just trying to keep up my current form, to keep producing consistent results, while always being on the lookout for the next horse I can add to my string. I have an up-and-coming talented 9-year-old named Can Can Della Caccia (Cascari x Canturo) whom I would like to develop up to 5* level this year. My highest goal would certainly be a championship medal, but I try not to get ahead of myself.
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Masters One – Longines Speed Challenge, and then went on to make history by also winning Sunday’s $400,000 Masters One – Longines Grand Prix of New York. Sunday’s Grand Prix was held in an unusual format for US showjumping competitions. Twenty-nine horse and rider pairs made an attempt at German course designer Frank Rothenberger’s first round course, with the top 12 returning for a slightly shorter second round. Six horse and rider pairs with clear rounds and six with four-faults returned in reverse order. As each horse and rider combination completed the second round, the top three riders took a seat at the front of the arena and played what can only be described as musical chairs. Commentator Catie Staszak interviewed the riders as they took their respective seats. The inquiry allowed the spectators to hear what was going through their minds after completing two challenging rounds, and more about the partnerships between horse and rider. The audience learned it was American rider Devin Ryan’s first time indoors with Caspar’s Lasino, and Switzerland’s Beat Mändli expressed how lucky he is to have his mare, Dsarie. The musical chairs continued up to the point when Nassar and Lucifer were the final pair to enter the ring.
the action and it is something hard to come by at most competitions. PRES TIGE VILL AGE Of course, seeing the top horses and riders in show jumping is priority for most, but there are other countless attractions that make the LMNY experience unforgettable. Prestige Village offers visitors the chance to peruse artwork and a variety of luxury items, which are not solely for the equestrian enthusiast. For the younger attendees, kids are welcomed to a kids’ corner, complete with face painting, clowns, and puppies. In the mood to stay seated? Not a problem, as there is constant action in the main arena with Santí Serra Camps’ remarkable horsemanship performance, the American Kennel Club Agility Premier Cup, interviews with the riders, and the mind-blowing acrobats on jumping stilts. BUILDING THE BASE The close proximity to the action, the quality location, and all of the attractions in the Prestige Village makes the LMNY attractive to those outside of the immediate equestrian community, as well. During every event, spectators could be seen surrounding the sizable arena. They consisted of the competitors and their teams, local residents, representatives from the numerous sponsors of the event, and friends of the equestrian community.
The Netherland’s Harrie Smolders, Belgium’s Olivier Philippaerts, and Israel’s Daniel Bluman sat in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd chairs respectively, while the crowd watched in absolute silence as Nassar navigated the track. After Lucifer cleared the final fence and Nassar looked at the clock, his enormous smile indicated he knew he had captured the lead and as EEM’s Christophe Ameeuw later aptly announced, “here in New York, a star is born.”
The Longines Masters series truly allows those who are unfamiliar with the sport an opportunity to gain knowledge and interest. A local resident reported that she had no prior knowledge about show jumping, but after such an incredible show, she would definitely be following the results of the competitors from now on. Another attendee was asked if he was thinking about taking up riding and he said, “No, but I will definitely be taking some of the style.”
THE EXPERIENCE One of the most appealing traits of the Longines Masters series is the opportunity for spectators to feel like they are in the arena with some of the most talented horses and riders in the world. In New York, this is particularly true. Whether sitting in the luxurious VIP area or in general seating, spectators could clearly see the smile stretch across Nayel Nassar’s face after his amazing wins and could hear Kristen Vanderveen let out a quiet giggle and a “what?” after clearing the 1.90m vertical in the Lamborghini Masters Power. There is truly something special about being that close to
W H AT ’ S TO CO M E The LMNY wrapped up on Sunday April 28th, 2019, but it will be back at the NYCB LIVE, Home of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, from April 23rd to 26th, 2020. As the event continues to get better each year, we can only expect the third edition to blow us away. Until then, the world’s top horses and riders will take on the Longines Masters of Lausanne, Longines Masters of Paris, and the Longines Masters of Hong Kong, where the excellence and luxury will surely continue. Make sure you don’t miss the events, which are also broadcast live on EEM.tv.
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1. McLain Ward and Rapidash compete for Riders USA in the Riders Masters Cup 2. Christophe Ameeuw, Libby Edelman, and Sam Edelman pose for a picture on the red carpet 3. The VIP is always perfect – perfect food, perfect drinks, and a perfect view 4. Olivier Philippaerts and Insolente des Dix Bonniers compete for Riders Europe in the Riders Masters Cup 5. The Riders Masters Cup 6. Devin Ryan on Cooper looks to the next jump as the crowd watches his round 7. Shoppers enjoy the EQ Exchange booth in Prestige Village
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12. 8. Lillie Keenan answers questions during an interview 9. Henri PFR, Belgian musician and official DJ of Tomorrowland, DJs the after party in Prestige Village 10. Jennifer Gates and Pumped Up Kicks fly over the New York jump 11. The AKC Agility Premier Cup is a crowd favorite 12. Big winner Nayel Nassar signs autographs for excited fans
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WO RKING on by Hannah Selleck
Mind, Body, Soul … Sip, Snack, Squat 1. M I N D I think continuous learning is so important – whether that takes the form of reading, listening to podcasts, taking classes or clinics, or simply watching and listening to others. That’s part of the reason I recently made the decision to go back to school! I did my undergrad degree at Loyola Marymount University, and now, though I am immersed in the horses, I thought that furthering my education and going to business school would be a good supplement to having my own business, Descanso Farm.
Show jumper Hannah Selleck not only competes at the grand prix level, but she also owns and operates her own boutique California-based breeding operation, Descanso Farm. Being successful at both keeps her busy – but not busy enough to neglect her own wellness. Here are a few of Selleck’s favorite ways to maintain her mind, body, and soul.
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2. BODY I am outdoors most of the day training, teaching, and competing. Most of the time we are in warm, sunny climates like Thermal, CA, or Wellington, FL, and sun protection is very important. I love Obagi sunscreen. I normally layer two sun protection products; I start the day applying Obagi Smart Tone, which is lightly tinted (giving a nice glow and evening skin tone), and reapply though the morning. Then, once the sun is strong through the afternoon, I use the Obagi Broad Spectrum. I also make sure to wear my sun visor from Equ Lifestyle Boutique whenever possible. 3. SOUL One of my friends celebrated her birthday by hosting a group sound bath at Five Sense Collective in Malibu. Since then, I have been back a few times and really enjoy the sessions. I have tried to get into a regular mediation practice, though I am not very disciplined yet. At
the Five Sense Collective, they say “the crystal sound bath is designed to clear negative and subconscious thought patterns and energy blocks, and awaken deep inner wisdom.” Signing up for a session holds me accountable to set time aside for reflection. Being able to quiet your mind is a useful tool for competitors in the show ring. 4. SIP I love Moon Juice in Venice. You can order any juice and turn it into a smoothie to add natural supplements to help increase energy and help the body recuperate after strenuous physical activity. 5. SNAC K I almost always have RXBARs and organic turkey sticks in my ring bag. They’re perfect for when you have multiple rounds and don’t have time leave the ring for a meal. When I’m at home, I like to order pre-made meals from a local company called Macro Meals. Eating right makes me feel so much better, and I find it’s hard eating healthy all the time when on the road at horse shows. 6 . S Q UAT At home, I work out two to three times a week with a personal trainer at Rise Movement and I also mix in some cardio, like a spin class. When I’m on the road at shows and it’s tough to get to the gym, I like the Ballet Beautiful workouts you can download on iTunes. They are easy to do in your hotel room and have good stretching sections incorporated into the workouts.
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The glass ceiling, the decor, and the jumps lent the Grand Palais a whimsical vibe that perfectly showcased this year’s Saut Hermès theme: “In the Pursuit of Dreams”; photo © Sarah Appel
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SAUT HERMÃˆS Where Life Was But a Dream
his past March, the 10th annual Saut Hermès took place at the iconic Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The three-day horse show is much more than that – it is a celebration, an international show jumping competition, and a weekend of entertainment to delight equestrian enthusiasts and casual patrons alike. What cannot be underscored enough is that the entire event so fittingly represents the brand. The understated but beautiful decor, the dedication to the sport and the horse, and the manner in which their spectators are treated as guests, directly reflects the experience one receives in any Hermès retail store.
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This, the 10th anniversary of the Saut Hermès, provided an opportunity for the Hermès team, the competitors, and the spectators, to reflect on what the show has done for the sport, and what it represents to the house. One thing that becomes clear is that despite the enormous effort undertaken to erect stabling, lay down footing, assemble seating, and more – in the Paris venue, the Saut Hermès continues to improve year over year. Axel Dumas, Chief Executive Officer of Hermès, explains his thoughts on that point: “This year, this very special edition, has led me to reflect on the joy of repetition. In high-level sport such as we see here today, repetition is at the very heart of training, as training is at the heart of success.” The repetition of the Saut Hermès certainly led to a seamless event that ended in success. Dumas goes on to conclude, “To what is excellence ultimately owed? Very often, to diligent repetition.” This 10th anniversary of the Saut Hermès proved his point; the event was nothing less than excellent.
Christian Renonciat's Pegasus statue; photo © Sarah Appel
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There could not be a more fitting venue for the Saut Hermès than The Grand Palais, and its best qualities mirror those of Hermès. Both have a rich history. The Grand Palais was built as an exhibition hall in 1897 in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, and has been used to house art galleries and as a WWII military hospital, and now hosts acclaimed events such as the Tour de France and the Saut Hermès. Founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès as a harness and leather workshop, Hermès grew throughout the century into the high fashion luxury brand it is today. Both the venue and the brand are symbols of craftsmanship and beauty. The Grand Palais is beautifully constructed with ornate
The Grand Palais des Champs-Élyssés from the outside; photo © Shutterstock
Pius Schwizer riding PSG Future; photo © Frédéric Chéhu for Hermès
The Virtual Reality “ride”; photo © Sarah Appel
Hermès shopping at the Saut; photo © Sarah Appel
L’ENVOL Each year, the Saut Hermès presents daily evening entertainment, matched perfectly to the year’s theme.This year’s dream theme brought L’Envol to the stage, or arena as it were, and spectators were in awe. Beginning with the music of a string orchestra playing live in the arena, Lorenzo Shaw entered the arena and proceeded to guide twelve Lusitanos around him with the use
of non-verbal cues set to the tune of the music.The horseman eventually took to one of his horses bareback, and led the whole herd around the ring with him, at the walk, trot, canter, and even over jumps! It was an unbelievable performance that made the crowd realize that, with horses – if you can dream it, you can do it.
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decoration, stone facades, and glass vault ceilings. Hermès is committed to hand crafting their goods, maintaining traditional styles, and using classic, artistic touches in their designs. Both provide an elevated level of sophistication: The Grand Palais to its hosted events, and Hermès to those who wear and use their products. From the moment the Saut Hermès begins, the show and the venue are intertwined into a fanciful weekend.
Dream a Little Dream of…Hermès
Each year, Hermès chooses a theme, and this year’s theme was perfection: “In the Pursuit of Dreams.” The theme introduced itself immediately with the decor of the Grand Palais. As spectators stepped through the exhibition hall doors, their eyes drifted upward to the enormous jump poles and balloons that whimsically hung from the glass plated ceiling. With the sun streaming through the windows, illuminating the different colors on the decorations, visitors smiled with childlike delight at the spectacle. As they found their seats, they marveled at the unusual and imaginative jumps that had been designed especially for the event. And the presence of the majestic Pegasus statue by the artist Christian Renonciat was perhaps even more fitting this year than others, as the image of a winged horse immediately invoked the celestial mythology, as well as every young horse enthusiast’s dream, of one day riding a flying horse. Through their interviews and commentary, the competitors themselves shared the significance of the dream theme, often referring to the definition of dream that is synonymous with aspirations, goals, and hope. Many riders reflected on how simply getting to do what they love each day – to be with horses – was a dream come true. Several made remarks to the effect that having the opportunity to compete at the Saut Hermès was also a dream come true. And a few commented that maintaining the dream to compete, or the dream to win, is an essential part of success in the sport, implying that dreaming is not just a fun pastime, or something that happens during sleep, but is an integral part of living one’s best life. It seemed these words were meant to encourage listeners at the Saut Hermès to reflect on their own lives’ dreams, and to ponder how they might move that dream from fanciful thought to an objective goal. Perhaps the most exciting evocation of the 2019 dream theme was the virtual reality experience available to all attendees.
Spectators had the opportunity to climb aboard a “horse” complete with reins and saddle, and were given a VR headset by a Saut Hermès host. The incredible “ride” began with cantering and jumping a short course in the Grand Palais. The feeling of being on the back of the horse was so real several riders got into two-point as they neared the first VR jump. After a handful of jumps, riders were surprised to find that they were actually on a pegasus, when magically the horse underneath them lifted into flight and flew out of the Grand Palais ceiling. After a beautiful flight around the city of Paris, the pegasus landed gracefully on the porch of the Hermès store, and with a shake of his head and flapping of his ears, insinuated that the ride was over. The squeals and giggling from the VR exhibition in the Grand Palais lifted to the
With the sun streaming through the windows, illuminating the different colors on the decorations, visitors smiled with childlike delight at the spectacle. glass ceiling and echoed throughout the venue, in turn no doubt lifting the spirits of those who heard – and understood the reason for – the childlike laughter.
Emile Hermès Collection
One dream to fulfill during a trip to Paris for the Saut Hermès is most certainly a visit to the Emile Hermès Collection. The collection is housed just a short walk from the Grand Palais in several rooms of the third story of the Hermès flagship store on Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré. After entering the Hermès corporate offices, a few quick right then left then right turns guide guests to a section of the building that has two distinct museum markers: Chilly air conditioning and a lovely musty smell. Though many refer to the collection as a museum, it is not exactly that. In reality, it is a private collection of artifacts
whose access is reserved for select Hermès employees and private, invited guests. The guests receiving an invitation to visit the collection are lucky ones indeed! Menehould de Bazelaire du Chatelle, the artistic director of the Cultural Patrimony of Hermès, is as kind and gracious a host as one could imagine. After a short meet and greet, in which she leans forward to carefully hear and learn each guest’s name, she uses a hefty key chain (an Hermès tassel, of course) to open the door. As it swings open, and the incredible artifacts come into sight, the group struggles not to crowd the door in the excitement created by the opportunity to see the personal retreat and offices of the late Emile Hermès, the third in the original line of custodians, who was responsible for the home from 1902 to 1951. It is difficult to find the words to convey the significance and magic of the collection. Perhaps Menehould describes it best when she explains that, “It is a secret forest of memories; like a jungle, or an Ali Baba’s cave. It is what we call a museum, but it is not a museum. It is like Paris, a place filled with mysteries in which to get lost; a place to find what you are not looking for.” This is exactly what it feels like to peruse the rooms and lose yourself in the collection. The whimsical nature of some of the pieces, such as the child’s game about horses; and the historical importance of others, such as the ancient saddles from a variety of the world’s cultures, break open the soul of the wanderer and allow dreams of wonder, imagination, and function to flow through to the mind. Menehould explains this is actually one of the duties of the collection; Hermès designers come to the assembly for inspiration, using past pieces to inspire future works, and to be reminded of the tradition that is behind each Hermès piece. The most exceptional and relevant evidence of that is in the tale of an Hermès scarf design. Menehould walked the group to an old book that sat carefully arranged, turned to a page held noted by a ribbon, and opened it to reveal the sketch of a horse blanket made with geometric shapes. She quietly asked the group, “Does this look familiar to anyone?” Before she could finish her sentence, it was clear the entirety of the group had connected the design to the iconic Hermès scarf. Menehould explained that a designer had come to the collection for inspiration and left with this design in her mind and heart, and transformed it into an iconic Hermès piece – what a dreamy tale!
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This year’s Saut Hermès coincided with the release of Hermès’s new saddle, the Vivace. Earlier this year, Hermès Partner Rider, Lucy Deslauriers came out in the saddle at World Equestrian Festival in Florida, and word of the beautiful design and unparalleled fit and comfort quickly spread. The saddle is the creation of Laurent Goblet, Hermès’s master saddler, who explained that the Vivace is the successor to, and improvement on, the Hermès Steinkraus. He explains, “When I came to Hermès in 1977, an extra-flat and light saddle called the Steinkraus was revolutionizing riding. When evoking its qualities, the term close contact comes to mind. For the Hermès Vivace saddle I have interpreted the famous close contact through three key words: proximity, stability and comfort.” Goblet was able to achieve all three with the Vivace saddle. To achieve maximum proximity, Goblet improved ergonomics by remodeling the curve of the tree and reducing its width. To improve stability, he redesigned the balance of the saddle by slanting the straps to spread out the attachment points. To increase the comfort, he used a new, supple, elastic type of foam. The result is a smooth saddle that is as close to riding bareback as possible. Goblet’s 42-year career with Hermès made him the perfect designer for the new Hermès saddle; however, he still worked with a team. An integral part of that team were the Hermès Partner Riders, and for the Vivace he worked with Partner Riders Alexandra Paillot, Anne Kursinski, and Daniel Bluman. Each rider was involved in the design process, tested prototypes, gave Goblet feedback, and explained where improvements were needed. Paillot described her love for the lightness of the Vivace, that it provided a comfortable place for the rider that prefers a lighter seat. She competed at this year’s Saut Hermès, and it was clear to see that the saddle supported this riding style. To further showcase the Vivace during the weekend, Hermès had set up a section of the grounds dedicated to allowing press to sit on, or even ride in, the new saddle. Hermès arranged to have the most affable (but high quality!) mounts trailered in from a local riding school, and after being saddled up in a new Vivace, they each gave rides to about a dozen people. The competence level of the riders varied, but the horses were all well behaved, and everyone enjoyed their ride. The remarks from the riders were all positive, the majority being about the softness of the seat and the closeness of the contact. The
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Vivace was quickly and easily earning its place in the Hermès saddle legacy.
25 And Under Only
The Saut Hermès is a prestigious show jumping competition, and somewhat exclusive. They only offer 5* classes and an Under 25 division, so the rider and horse lists are short but star studded. For the CSI5* entries, there were 52 athletes, 97 horses, and 19 nations represented. Sixteen French riders attended the 2019 Saut Hermès, which included the country’s very best athletes: Roger-Yves Bost, Simon Delestre, Julien Epaillard, Pénélope Leprevost, and Kevin Staut, just to name a few. Top riders from other countries included Edwina TopsAlexander from Australia, Scott Brash from
... the energy of the crowd began to hum. ... When the class was over, and the podium was indeed all French, the crowd went wild with cheers and excitement.
Great Britain, Daniel Deusser and Christian Ahlmann from Germany, Bertram Allen and Denis Lynch from Ireland, Danielle Goldstein from Israel, Steve Guerdat and Pius Schwizer from Switzerland, and Henrik Von Eckermann from Sweden. With a rider list such as this, the views of the warm-up area were as crowded as the competition arena, as spectators gathered to watch this many 5* riders warm up at once. The Under 25 class list was also an exciting one, and the Saut Hermès plays an integral role in advancing the careers of these up-and-coming athletes by offering this division. In the Les Talents Hermès CSIU25-A classes that took place on Friday and Saturday, there were ten nations
represented, in a special class restricted to 20 athletes aged under 25 years, with one horse per rider. On Friday, it was Robin Muhr from Israel that took the win, followed by France’s Megan Moissonnier, and then Alice Tapper from Sweden. On Saturday, the CSIU25-A podium had a complete shake up, with Thibault Phillippaerts from Belgium winning, followed by Great Britain’s Georgia Tame, and then Sofie Slattery from Ireland. Both classes were the perfect introduction to the field of rider and horse combinations that would take to the arena to compete in pairs for their nation in Sunday’s special CSIU25-A class. The final pairs, placed according to cumulative points from both rounds and the time of the second round, resulted in an electrifying class. Great Britain’s Amy Inglis and Georgia Tame took first, with Germany’s Laureen Budde and Maxime Perez second, and Tressy Muhr and Robin Muhr third. The young riders did an exceptional job with their mounts, and it is clear the future of show jumping is in good hands – or saddles. The Weekend’s Best 5* Stories The 5* classes were exceptional to watch, and the riders all did an excellent job of navigating the challenging course. With the high, glass ceilings, the arena feels very open, airy and spacious. However, as soon as the competition begins, it becomes clear that despite the illusion of space, this is indeed an indoor track, with tight turns and careful lines required to win. Two competition moments in particular matched the magical and dreamy atmosphere of the 2019 Saut Hermès. One was the result of Friday’s Prix du Grand Palais CSI 5* Speed class. After Phase 1’s Table A, untimed track, several excellent riders waited eagerly for the jump-off, including a handful of French riders. As the jump-off started, with the leaderboard listing three French riders holding first, second, and third place, the energy of the crowd began to hum. When the class was over, and the podium was indeed all French, the crowd went wild with cheers and excitement. Patrice Delaveau, Simon Delestre, and Guillaume Foutrier (first, second, and third, respectively) were also very pleased with the result. It was certainly a dream-come-true moment for the French. The second very significant moment that made the 2019 Saut Hermès exceptional was the result of Sunday’s Grand Prix Hermès CSI 5*, the class that is considered the showpiece of the Saut Hermès. The jumps
Robin Muhr riding Uline de Chanay; photo © Frédéric Chéhu for Hermès
are set at 1.60 meters, making the indoor track an incredibly technical and challenging one. Still, an impressive 13 riders progressed to the jump-off. A good majority of the countries were represented, and the rider and horse combinations were so talented that the win was any rider’s – and any country’s – to grab. Edwina Tops-Alexander put in an excellent ride, hoping to secure another Saut Hermès win (she was 2017’s winner). Steve Guerdat also rode an excellent track, as did Eduardo Alvarez Aznar. When France’s – and Hermès sponsored – Hermes Ryan ridden by Simon Delestre finished their clean, tight, and wicked-fast ride, it was clear that these reigning champions from 2018 had a chance at the top of the podium. However, Christian Ahlmann was still to go, and he put in formidable ride, though it was not quite fast enough to take first! The crowd erupted in applause as they realized that a French horse, named for Hermès, had just successfully defended his Saut Hermès title. During the awards ceremony, which is admittedly always a little wild, Ahlmann’s Dominator 2000 Z was rearing up, and the other mounts were acting nearly as saucy. However, 14-year-old Hermes Ryan just sat with a hip cocked, ears on Delestre, waiting for his ribbon and gallop around the ring. It was such a sweet moment from such an incredible athlete, and the spectators loved it, offering the pair a standing ovation as a sign of gratitude and adoration. It was a dreamy ending to an incredible competition.
Hermès = The Horse
This year’s Saut Hermès was exceptional, but not unusual. Each year, the Hermès team dedicates itself to bringing to the heart of France the best show jumping the world has to offer. They invite spectators to enjoy a weekend of competition, entertainment, and shopping; and they treat each individual as a guest. It is so special that as soon as the spectators leave after the final class on Sunday, they are undoubtedly dreaming about coming back next year. Luckily, 2020’s Saut Hermès will come soon enough. The Saut Hermès is so on par with the Hermès brand, that over the course of the show there comes an understanding that Hermès the internationally recognized company, and Hermès the family-owned harness shop, are intrinsically linked, and Hermès wants it to stay that way. There is a feeling that Hermès understands that they could not have had the former without the latter, and that by hosting the Saut Hermès, they want everyone to remember, that they remember, their roots: The horse.
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Simon Delestre and Hermes Ryan during the Grand Prix Hermès CSI 5*; photo © Sarah Appel
photo © Vincent Leroux for Hermès
Interview with LAURENT GOBLET Goblet has been working for Hermès for over 40 years, and his recent contribution to the brand as a saddle maker is the Vivace saddle. As he describes his theory and creative process behind the new saddle, his enthusiasm and excitement is palpable. It is clear the Vivace saddle is a crowning culmination of Goblet’s years of experience and passion for the horse.Though the Saut Hermès was a very busy time for Goblet, he spared some time to answer a few H&S questions. Describe your saddle-making philosophy, specifically your theory behind the Vivace. When I make a saddle, it is so a rider can sit well in it and ride at a high performance level with his or her horse. So, the technology and craftsmanship I use in making a saddle is always with that goal in mind. I think about finding a perfect balance, keeping the rider in close proximity to the horse’s back, and increasing the stability of the ride.The
saddle must also be comfortable for the rider and the horse, and it must be done without adding too much bulk.The saddle must disappear in a way, so the horse and rider achieve perfect communication. Once I do all that, I know I have made a good saddle. Who informs your saddle-making process? All the feedback I receive is instrumental to my process. The Hermès Partner Riders are very involved in the process, and those involved in the testing work very closely with me. The professionals I work with give very detailed information about the issues they would like resolved, and their recommendations for making the prototype better. Conversely, the amateurs generally just say they want to forget about their saddle during their ride, so they can enjoy their time with their horse. I have found that many Americans have a background in the hunters and prefer a
closer contact saddle, which is why they like the Steinkraus. They are purists, very natural riders, and they want to be one with the horse. Many Europeans prefer a slightly deeper seat, and they like to communicate with the horse while seated. Hearing all this feedback gives me a wealth of information about how to craft a better saddle. What does the Saut Hermès represent to you? This weekend highlights the achievement and fulfillment of my work, and it is wonderful to get to see the saddles and equipment I helped develop being used in action at the highest level of competition. However, in that way, it is also like an exam. I feel the pressure of having my work in the arena for everyone to evaluate. Ultimately, the Saut Hermès is a weekend of completion with my finished projects such as the Vivace saddle, and of inspiration, because watching these horses and riders inspires Hermès’s future projects.
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Interview with ALEXANDRA PAILLOT Paillot is an international showjumper who splits her time between her facilities in Wellington, Florida and Chamant, France. Though young, she has ample experience in the show ring, and counts competing in the Nations Cup™ for France, and being the first woman to win the national French Championship Pro Elite, among her successes. Paillot has been an Hermès Partner for five years, so the Saut Hermès marks an important show on her circuit. She spared some time between classes to discuss her riding, her horses, and the Vivace saddle.
really listens to its Partner Riders as the brand develops new saddles and equipment, and the process is really great. For instance, I asked for the foam in the seat of the Vivace to be very thin, so I could be very close to the horse, but it still had to be comfortable. The Vivace reflects that request. Overall, it is wonderful to be supported by – and to represent – a French house that is so timeless and well respected.
Please tell us about your experience as an Hermès Partner Rider.
I was having a hard time finding a saddle that I really liked, so I was very excited about the opportunity to work with Laurent Goblet on the new saddle. I was actually the first rider to sit in the Vivace, and I knew it was the perfect saddle for me before my horse even took a step forward. It was soft and supple right from the beginning. Also, I ride in a more forward seat because I cannot ride off strength alone, so I like that the Vivace is a close contact saddle that allows
I love the Hermès house, the values of the company, their history as a harness maker, and their love for the horse, so being picked as an Hermès Partner Rider was a dream come true. It is an honor to be a part of the Hermès family; the other Partner Riders are very talented and hardworking, and there is great camaraderie between us. Hermès
Please give your thoughts and impressions on the Vivace saddle.
for good balance in a light seat. The Vivace allows me to forget about the saddle when I am on the course – it seems as though it is just me and my horse. What does the Saut Hermès represent to you? I was born and raised in Paris, so it is very special to be able to compete in my home city, and especially in the Grand Palais, which is such a historic Parisian location. I love that Paris adds even more beauty to a sport that is already wonderful – it is a perfect fit.This year the scenery is amazing, with the flying poles and the beautiful decor; I think it is my favorite year so far. I have two good horses here with me, Polias de Blondel and Tonio la Goutelle. Polias is my older mount, and this will probably be his last Saut Hermès, so I am hoping we do well in the Grand Prix.Tonio is 12 years old, and I have had him since he was six. I just adore him, he is so cute and sweet, so I hope to have good rides on him as well. It is wonderful to have two great horses at the Saut Hermès this year.
photo © Olivier Metzger for Hermès
AVERY GLYNN AND HER LES TALENTS HERMÈS EXPERIENCE When I heard that Sonoma Horse Park in Sonoma, CA was adding an equitation class to the season finale, I was excited. Soon I learned that the equitation class would be partnering with Hermès, and that the prize for the class, titled Les Talents Hermès, would be a trip to the Saut Hermès. Now I was really excited! photo © Alden Corrigan Media
photo © Sarah Appel photo courtesy of Avery Glynn
photo © Alden Corrigan Media
I entered in the 3'3" section of the event with my horse King Of Hearts. He is a ten-year-old gelding that I have owned for a year. He is an amazing horse that I always can rely on to go in the show ring, do his best, and just be amazing. And that is just what he did in the Les Talents Hermès. After two rounds, the judges decided to work-off four horse and rider combinations. I went into the work-off sitting on top. In this class we were asked to switch horses with one of our opponents. I was switched onto Sydney Shelby’s horse Galileo. Her horse was very smooth, solid, and overall a great horse. I was so lucky to have a nice horse for the switch, so all of our courses, including the work-off, were great and kept my round on top. I was so excited to have won this prestigious class – and the trip to the Saut Hermès. I travelled to the Saut Hermès with one of my close friends and two of my family members. We stayed at a very nice hotel in Paris, which made the trip even more special. We were able to sightsee a bit during our trip, so I was able to see the Eiffel Tower,Versailles and a few other famous locations. However, the Saut Hermès was my favorite part of the whole weekend. The competition, the VIP brunches, and the performance at the show made it a very special experience. All the horses competing at the Saut Hermès were amazing and so talented. I got to see some of the top riders in the world compete against each other. I felt very inspired by the competition – it made me want to rush home and start working even harder on my riding! I’m so thankful that Sonoma Horse Park brought Les Talents Hermès to one of my favorite horse shows, and I am so thankful that I was able to experience the Saut Hermès with my amazing friends and family. It was a weekend I won’t soon forget.
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S AU T H E R M È S – PA R I S , F R A N C E
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6. 1. Edwina Tops-Alexander tries for another Grand Prix Hermès CSI 5* win 2. At the Hermès booth, you can find something for you and something for your horse 3. Hermès Partner Riders demo the new Hermès Vivace close contact saddle 4. Kevin Staut gives his horse a pat after a good round 5. French Olympian Patrice Delaveau is a winner and crowd favorite 6. The jump-side camera catches Alberto Zorzi riding Danique, and the beautiful Grand Palais glass ceiling 7. The whole team is happy as Simon Delestre and Hermes Ryan exit the ring after their ride in the Grand Prix Hermès CSI 5*
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Photos © Sarah Appel (1–4,7,8,11,13,14), Frédéric Chéhu for Hermès (5,6,9,10,12)
13. 8. 2018 Les Talents Hermès winner Avery Glynn and friends and family smile from the stands 9. Malin Baryard-Johnsson and H&M Second Chance are the winners of the Ville de Paris 10. Christian Ahlmann and Dominator 2000 Z are playing for keeps! 11. Hermès Partner Rider Alexandra Paillot easily clears one of Hermès’s iconic jumps 12. Thibault Philippaerts from Belgium wins Saturday’s CSIU25-A class 13. Spectators take a dream-like ride on Hermès VR horses 14. Lorenzo Shaw performs during L'Envol
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B E H I N D the by Pam Maley photos courtesy of Zuccolotto Designs
uccolotto – a proud Italian name that hearkens back six generations, to a traditional farm in the Northeast corner of Italy near Venice. Horses and entrepreneurship are in the family DNA, and sisters Chiara and Ariana are writing their own chapter in the family history. TAKIN G THE LEAP Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, Chiara says “we watched the lifestyle and the opportunities that came with owning your own business; it really changes the game of life.” She and her sister had seen their father and grandfather start businesses out of only an idea, so while they knew the value of being your own boss, they were well aware of the responsibility and sacrifice that go along with it. “We just never fit into the status quo, and the way I design doesn’t always follow the traditional methods,” Chiara points out. She and her sister have that joyful, free-spirited flair that is simply part of who they are. And
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because of that, she knew that for people to believe in her designs, she would have to quite literally bring them to life. Not only do these two young women share a family and a business, they also share a love of horses. They approach riding and competing with the same determination and can-do mindset that they have applied to their business. In a previous article in Horse & Style (Sept/Oct 2017), they mentioned their goal of going to the World Cup™ one day. We asked if the growth and success of their business has changed their equestrian goals. “Most definitely not!” was the emphatic answer. “Those goals are still very near and dear to our hearts.” Indisputably, their schedules have tightened with the increasing demands of business ownership, and they have sadly been thrown off schedule a bit by a career-ending injury to Chiara’s horse and the rehabbing of Ariana’s Valentino. So while horse issues and demanding schedules have kept them out of the ring recently, their dreams are very much alive. “Don’t be counting us out just yet. This sport is made for the ages!” So … it should come as a surprise to no one that these beautiful young women entered the luxury apparel world with the
creation of equestrian show coats. When Chiara graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and Ariana graduated high school, both in 2013, they decided that the time had come to launch Zuccolotto Designs. They spent the summer of 2014 on the floor of their apartment creating the very first styles of the Zuccolotto Label … and so began one of the greatest journeys of their lives together. REMEMBERING THEIR BEGINNING “It’s really amazing,” Chiara says, remembering those days, “to look back at how far things have come, from making individual custom pieces, to a luxury boutique equestrian line. Not too long ago, my mom and I were in tears laughing about one of our most memorable start-up moments.” Zuccolotto Designs had just had its first big break, and they had more orders than they expected. For hours, Chiara sewed and her mom ironed. “My mom’s arms were so sore from the industrial iron, she couldn’t do anything for two days. She’s a really good mom; we definitely couldn’t do this without her!” Soon after that, for more than the last five years, Zuccolotto products have been manufactured here in the U.S., relieving their mom of her heavy ironing duties.
Chiara and Ariana Zuccolotto
“Zip for Men”
“Feather Lite Mesh Coat”
Tracing the Zuccolotto in Fonte Alto, Italy tage heri
The intricately lined Feather Lite Mesh Coat
Chiara and Ariana are both horse women
Brand ambassa dor Katlynn Butler
Chiara and Ariana have a perfect blend of skills. As the company has grown, so have their responsibilities. While Chiara is the designer, Ariana wears a multitude of hats, from managing the sales and marketing, to helping with the details of design. She is also frequently seen in ads for the clothing line, and can often be spotted in her pink riding boots alongside her sister at shows on both coasts. “We are two very different parts that have to function cohesively to make something work.” “Working with someone who knows you inside and out is really unique, unlike anything someone could imagine. Sometimes I know I’m not making sense, but somehow Ariana will understand me perfectly.” Bonded by their love of horses and shared experiences, the two sisters were very close growing up – and remain so today. They would tell all observers that they feel blessed to have been able to do what they loved together for so long, and to build the business that they have today. GIVIN G BAC K Shortly after the business was firmly on its feet, Chiara and Ariana launched a program to give back, to make an effort to do their part to help change the lives of deserving girls stuck in a “horrible situation not of their choosing,” and simultaneously to showcase the next generation of young riders. “When some friends of ours put us in contact with Agape International Missions (AIM), we knew at that time it was the right fit.” AIM was begun in 1988 to help restore and transform the lives of sex trafficking survivors. Ariana added another title to her job description (and another hat), that of Brand Ambassador/Sponsored Rider Program Manager. When a rider signs on to become an ambassador, Zuccolotto will work through social media to highlight their successes, follow their travels, and share their news. And when any Zuccolotto coat is purchased from an ambassador, the company will make a donation in the rider’s name, to the education of the young victims as they learn to be self-sufficient. Zuccolotto Designs is proud to have sponsored riders of the caliber of Michelle Parker, Sami Milo, Chris Fellers, Jill and Jan Humphrey, Kyle
King, Gareth Graves and Francie Steinwedell; as well as up-and-comers such as Katlynn Butler, Sydnie Young, Alexa Leong, Skyler Allen, Ella Dysonn, Alex Thompson, Sydney Luzicka, and Anusha Sarkar. EXPLORING THEIR ROOTS We asked about their family history, and whether they had been to visit the family farm in Italy, and Chiara and Ariana told us that a few years ago, they decided to trace their family history and its equestrian background. “Going to the farm was the most surreal experience! When we arrived in Fonte Alto the town was so small, but the Zuccolotto history was everywhere.” There is even a WWI monument in the center of town honoring an uncle, Antonio Zuccolotto. Chiara says that they could really feel the connection; it was like walking back into their history. “The stories our gramp told us around the dinner table were coming to life. We got to have lunch and visit with some of the relatives and friends from old country, still living on the vineyards that they’ve owned for generations.” A visit to the town cemetery revealed that half the cemetery bore the Zuccolotto name. Following an unpaved road, they drove to the farmhouse just outside of town. Truly this was where the family was founded. “It was quaint and very traditional but you could clearly envision what life would have been like: manning the farm, working in the barn, watching the horses run in the fields.” And what does the future of Zuccolotto Designs look like? Last year the sisters debuted a lightweight mesh riding coat, impeccably designed (as are all their products), and completely machine washable. Next on the horizon, “although the equestrian world will always be a stronghold of Zuccolotto Designs, we have recently started softly branching into the world of couture,” Chiara tells us. Horse & Style, and their fans around the world, will be looking forward to what’s to come. To peruse the collection online, go to zuccolottodesigns.com/boutique. More information about AIM can be found at agapewebsite.org.
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T H E good
by Claiborne & Lime
Food & Drink Summertime for us means beach walks, leisurely trail rides, lots of braided hairstyles (hello laziness!), long flowy dresses, and of course plenty of alfresco entertaining! In the spirit of summer, we thought we’d share some recipes from a casual barbecue we threw at a stunning horse property in the rolling hills of Santa Ynez Valley. And by we, we mean our friend and chef extraordinaire, Jasmine Croom of Creme de la Croom (we have LOTS of skills, cooking just isn’t necessarily one of them). Whether you’re in charge of the 4th of July picnic, the post horse show barn party, or just celebrating the joys of grilling on the back patio on a warm summer’s evening, we’ve got some inspiration for you. Pro Tip: Go ahead and make a pitcher of these mojitos… there’s no such thing as stopping at just one! Happy entertaining! Cheers, Antoinette & Laura
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Double shot of white rum ½ lime, sliced into wedges 6 mint leaves ½ cup fresh blackberries ¾ ounce simple syrup (1 tbsp of sugar works as well!) • 1 cup ice • 2 ounces lime soda water or champagne to top off
1. In a shaker, muddle limes, mint leaves, and simple syrup. 2. Add rum and ice and shake well. 3. Pour contents into a glass (no straining), and top with two ounces of club soda or champagne. 4. Stir and garnish with mint leaves and blackberries. 5. Cheers!
Chipotle BBQ Sauce • • • • • • • • • • • •
1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce ½ cup ketchup 8 ounces tomato sauce 4 tsp apple cider vinegar 2 tsp ground paprika 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp ground mustard 1 tsp pepper Salt, to taste
1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add the olive oil. 2. Add onions and garlic. 3. Sauté about 3 minutes, onions will become translucent, add the garlic and sauté another 2 minutes. 4. Add the remaining ingredients: chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, ketchup, tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, ground mustard, pepper, and salt. 5. Cover pot and let simmer about 20 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. 6. Check seasonings and make any adjustments, if needed. 7. Enjoy!
To pretty up water or other non-alcoholic beverages, or to take a simple cocktail to the next level, try adding edible flowers to your ice cube tray, as pictured here! You’ll wow your guests with minimal effort… now that’s something we can get on board with!
CREDITS: All food by: Jasmine Croom of Crème de la Croom All photography by: Kristen Beinke of Kristen Beinke Photography
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Photos © Rachel Smith (2–6), Stagecoach (1,7), courtesy of Chevrolet (8)
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“Though she be but little, she is fierce.” I’m sure Shakespeare didn’t have Raquel Lynn’s home in mind when he wrote that famous line, but it does, however, perfectly describe her horse haven in the Hollywood Hills. If she looks familiar, it’s because Raquel is the genius behind the popular blog and Instagram, Horses & Heels, and though her home is only 650 square feet in size, it has everything she needs, and more.
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WESTERN MODERN GLAM Raquel’s home, which she rents, is located in the Rancho District in Glendale, just under two miles from the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. The house was built in 1938 and has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a two-car garage, and a stall outside in which she keeps her Paint horse, Fira. “This historic neighborhood is an equestrian friendly community in the big city. We are a short drive to Hollywood and downtown L.A. The lot is just over 5,000 square feet and is zoned for use to have two horses in the space,” notes Raquel. Though her home is small, Raquel makes a big impact with her modern décor and
equestrian design choices. “I like to call my style ‘western modern glam.’ I ride western but I like a lot of English décor, so I mix and match styles. I wanted my home to be modern, but not too trendy. I am obsessed with rugs, floor pillows, and poufs. Overall, my pieces have black and neutral tones with a few pops of color here and there. Brass and gold are always good ideas.” Her living room with its brass, leather, and textured touches is a perfect example of how she combines modern design with rustic elements. Early on in Raquel’s marriage, she and her husband moved four times in three years, so she learned quickly that it was a good idea to purchase pieces that could
work well in a variety of rooms. “When it comes to decorating, I firmly believe in buying pieces that I love, and that fit my style. It’s fun to be able to mix and match rugs and décor in new spaces. Our low brass bed frame was meant to be the statement piece for the bedroom, and I decorated around that. It was challenging finding appropriately-sized nightstands and lamps for the low bed, but it makes our small bedroom look big.” A large American flag and neutral window treatments and wall color allow the bed and its fittings to stand out.
Raquel, shown here with her dog Mango, is wearing a tunic by Rönner Design.
Raquel also recommends decorating your home with treasured pieces from your past. “I have a horse head hook in the bathroom that I used to hang my childhood pony’s halter on in the barn, so that’s very special to me. I also have a couple of old velvet riding helmets from when I was a child scattered throughout the house.” The vintage riding helmets add that touch of English décor she mentioned earlier and is a reminder of her youth when she rode in nearly every discipline. A HORSE & RIDER’S OUTDOOR OASIS It wouldn’t be a southern California home without a fun, outdoor entertainment space, right? Well, Raquel’s outdoor area packs a two-for-one punch as she has a living space for herself and her horse! “I like to call our patio my ‘favorite room in the house.’ It has an outdoor couch, dining table, and lots of greenery, giving it a very peaceful vibe. I’ve covered the entire concrete patio floor with rugs and oversized throw pillows, so it’s a place where you can take off your shoes or take a nap outside. Our entire backyard is fenced in, and the actual yard space is very small.” Just 18 feet away from the back door of the house is where Fira resides, so she’s literally right in the backyard. “Since the weather in SoCal is mild, Fira doesn’t need a real barn. Her stall is 25' x 30' – the back of it has a metal shed that offers shelter from the sun and rain. She has rubber mats and a hay feeder in the left corner under the shed. In the opposite corner is her sleeping area with more mats. I bed that area heavily with shavings. I keep hay and tack in an 8' x 8' shed. I can fit 12 bales of hay in there at one time, and I have supplies delivered every two months from a local tack store. Next to Fira’s stall are two manure bins, (they look exactly like trash cans). I fill those
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up every week and put them out with the trash every Tuesday. I pay a monthly fee to the city to dispose of the manure.” Even though Raquel resides in an urban area, the riding opportunities are vast. “Once I leave my backyard, I hop on in the alley or the street, (curbs make excellent mounting blocks). From there my options are endless. There are two public riding arenas and a round pen; I have access to 55 miles of trails in Griffith Park and tons of other open spaces to ride. I ride on city streets, dirt paths, and everywhere in between. I’ve ridden to the Hollywood sign, taken Fira through the drive thru to get ice cream, to Mt. Hollywood, the old zoo, and more. I try to rotate days between hills and trails and flat work.” Fira’s home looks like the perfect oasis, and it’s easy to imagine her and Raquel coming home and unwinding in the backyard together after a leisurely ride around the City of Angels.
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U P CO M I N G P L A N S & P RO J E C T S While Raquel is not a native Californian, she has had equestrian roots since childhood. “I grew up on a dairy farm in Ohio. I was one of those lucky girls who had a pony growing up. I started showing in 4-H and tried out every single discipline; eventually I realized I had a need for speed and started barrel racing. I joined the NBHA (National Barrel Horse Association) and competed all over Ohio as a teenager and into my adult years. I continued to barrel race on a 4-year-old Paint mare I bought myself when I was 23 and started dating my now husband. Shortly after we were married, my husband was offered a job in NYC, so I leased my mare to a friend in North Carolina – putting my horse life on hold. We moved to Los Angeles shortly after this, and I continued to lease my mare for the next two years. Eventually my friend bought my mare, and I felt financially stable enough to buy a new horse to start over with – and that’s when I found Fira.”
When asked about some of her design goals for her home in the next couple of years, Raquel admits that’s a tough question. While she does not have any plans to leave California, she would like to eventually buy a home in the very same neighborhood in which she currently lives. But in the meantime, she does have a few plans for her rental. “I would love to repaint Fira’s shed and/or install a succulent wall over the entire front of it, paint our kitchen cabinets, install brass hardware, and work on turning our second, smaller patio off the kitchen into a usable entertaining space. All of these projects are fun – but since we rent, it can be frustrating making improvements to a home you don’t own. On the other hand, I feel extremely fortunate to have a landlord who lets me make these changes. She actually followed my blog, Horses & Heels, before we started renting from her.” Until she finds that perfect forever home to buy, Raquel is absolutely content with her humble abode complete with Fira just steps away.
Raquelâ€™s Paint mare Fira
C URA TE D by an by Pam Maley
Shelley Hunter W H AT D O L E G E N DA RY RACEHORSES JOHN H E N RY A N D A LY S H E B A H AV E I N C O M M O N ? A S TA L L AT T H E K E N T U C K Y H O R S E PA R K A N D A SCULPTOR NAMED SHELLEY HUNTER.
s a youngster, when Shelley Hunter was at a horse show, she would hang out at the art booths, admiring the sculpture. “I was fascinated by it.” She later completed a bachelor's degree in art at Michigan State University and entered the retail world as an advertising director. After years in retailing, she was ready for a new direction. She found an ad in a magazine for a sculpture workshop put on by the American Academy of Equine Art (AAEA), to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park. It piqued her interest, and she joined the AAEA and signed up for the workshop. “When I put my hands in the clay,” she says with a smile, “I heard the angels sing, and shafts of light were flashing! This was it; this was what I was supposed to be doing!” Asked what brought her to Lexington, she said that in 2005 the AAEA, then headquartered at the Kentucky Horse Park, was in need of a director, and they offered her the position. Delighted, she accepted the offer, and Kentucky became her home.
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Shelley Hunter, artist
John Henry, sculpture
During the last year of her tenure, she was commissioned to do a sculpture of John Henry, an icon in the world of thoroughbred racing, as well as several other pieces, including Alysheba, Forego, and Top of the World. The story of Hunter’s career is perhaps best told through the tales of these sculptures, as each one highlights her passion, dedication, and focus. JOHN HENRY As a colt, John Henry had a habit of tearing the steel water and feed buckets off the walls of his stall and stomping them flat, which is how he got his name – because we all know from the song, that “John Henry was a steel drivin’ man.” His conformation was less than perfect, he was a bit undersized, and had a far-from-royal pedigree – all of which pointed to failure at the track. He was gelded to improve his attitude, put into training, and became one of the great racehorses of all time. He raced until the age of nine, and when he retired, his owner sent him to the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he lived until he had to be euthanized at the age of 32. He is buried at a spot in front of his paddock.
In his years at the Horse Park, he became a folk hero; people came from all over the country to visit him, some on a regular basis; and his fans truly loved him. Following his death, the people that knew him best, the workers at his barn, set up a public fund to pay for a sculpture to honor him. Hunter worked on it at the Horse Park, and visitors could come and watch her work. John Henry’s fans began bringing her things, little mementos that were meaningful to them, metal things. One woman brought a small gold cross on a chain, a man brought his dog tags from his service in the Marines … until she had a double handful of them. Out of love for the horse, they asked for them to be melted down with the bronze, so that they could be part of him. When the sculpture was finished, Hunter took it and the box of small gifts to the foundry for casting – a long process that requires special skills at every step. She showed the gifts to the foundry owner and explained what she wanted, but he shook his head. That much assorted metal would compromise the bronze. But Hunter had made a promise. So in the end, the foundry workers made a steel box for the gifts and
welded it shut. In the final stages of the bronzing, the box was placed inside, where John Henry’s heart would have been. At the dedication ceremony, as John Henry was lifted onto the plinth, Hunter could hear the gifts rattle inside. In her speech, she told the spectators, “This horse has a heart, and that heart is filled with love.” A LY S H E B A A couple of years later, Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer of Valor Farm in Pilot Point,Texas, commissioned Hunter to do a sculpture on the same scale as John Henry, to honor their Alysheba. After a stellar racing career, he stood at stud at Lane’s End Farm in Lexington, and then was sold to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. After eight years in the royal stables, the king returned him to the United States to reside in the Hall of Champions, where he lived in the stall formerly occupied by John Henry, until his death at the age of 25. These two works stand on similar plinths, on opposite sides of a path at the Horse Park. FOREGO Hunter also did a bronze of the legendary Forego, who, like John Henry, was a
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gelding who raced until he was nine years old. He spent the last 18 years of his life in the Hall of Champions at the Horse Park, and she did his sculpture while he was still alive. He, too, had a loyal fan base, even though he was grumpy and aggressive, and a frequent biter. In Kentucky, thoroughbreds, particularly stallions, usually have double-fenced paddocks, with the fences forming two concentric ‘circles’ about six feet apart. Such was Forego’s paddock at the Horse Park, so Hunter set up her sculpting table between the fences. Forego began to ‘hang out’ at her end of the paddock in the ensuing days, interested in what she was doing. When his sculpture was complete and ready to go to the foundry, he approached the fence, and she asked him what he thought. He sniffed the piece slowly from tail to ear and back again, then bit the sculpture on the hindquarters, leaving three tooth marks, and prompting Hunter to name it Forego, Signed by the Horse.
TOP OF THE WORLD One of Hunter’s favorite pieces is owned by an attorney in California. It’s a show jumper and rider suspended above a stainless steel globe, and was originally conceived as a study for a monumental (larger than life) sculpture to be displayed at the 2010 World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park. With the Games coming on the heels of the financial crash of 2008, the backers of the sculpture were unable to raise the funds, so the monumental version was never built, but the smaller version remains. T H E AN ATO MY OF TH E H O RSE Early in her career, she realized that she needed to expand her knowledge of the anatomy of the horse. “Things come along when you’re ready for them,” she observed. She signed up for an anatomy class taught by talented sculptor Kathleen Friedenburg in Pennsylvania. Friedenburg had been a veterinarian in England when she decided to emigrate to the U.S. Once here, she took courses in medical illustration and began teaching Equine Anatomy for Artists.
A student in one of Hunter’s Equine Anatomy for Artists classes
Top of the World, sculpture Purdey, painting by Shelley Hunter
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“It made a huge difference in the way I draw, paint (yes, she’s an accomplished painter as well), and sculpt, to learn how the muscles change as the bones move underneath them.” Translating the beauty and power of the horse into clay and canvas is a constant joy, she says. “I like to push my pieces to the point where there is only one possible place it can go. The next movement becomes inevitable, beyond the point of balance.” She began assisting Friedenburg, who became a good friend and mentor, with her teaching, and now Hunter teaches her own week-long classes in various venues which are very much in demand, while at the same time pursuing her own art. And she begins each day of class with an anatomy lesson. As much as she loves sculpture, she also is a talented painter, specializing in horses and hounds and their unique energy. “The lessons that I learned from sculpture, the anatomy and movement, show up in my painting.” shelleyhunterart.com // email@example.com
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Stagnaro Tack Practically Beautiful
In the world of horse fashion and tack, there are too many beautiful pieces to count. Whenever one checks Instagram, or watches ringside at a horse show, there is always a new and improved coat or slick new helmet to covet. However, more than often, in a horse show situation of panic and need, many will forgo beauty and settle for convenience to get what they need in those five minutes before their under saddle starts (perhaps Iâ€™m speaking from experience, can you tell?). Well, it seemed that no one thought about combining the best of products, affordability, and accessibility, until Michelle Arani came into the game. Enter Stagnaro Tack.
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tagnaro Tack is the brainchild of Arani, a horsewoman, who grew jaded with the inconsistent process of shopping for horse and rider products, and especially jaded with the extra money spent on items that were often not worn or not correct, and as a result, not returnable. “We were just tired, simply put, with the frustration of shopping online, spending hundreds of dollars to ship items back and forth, the amount of money thrown away because of wonky return policies, restocking fees and just lack of time,” Arani said. “Exhaustion with marathon purchasing at shows for things we didn’t necessarily like but needed, led us down this path.” Arani, who is not only a mother to equestrian daughter, Mitra, but also a stable owner at Stagnaro Stables (the namesake), found that there was a consistent demand for a new tack store that she and her daughter “needed:” a place where they could actually shop, try things on, get proper assistance, and leave satisfied. She found that not only did she and her daughter have a fervent wish for a local, affordable, current tack shop, the community around her had the same wish. “I had heard whispers back in late 2015 that someone needed to open a tack shop; that we really didn’t have any in our area. Put two and two together and I decided I should do it,” Arani said. “I had decided I would start my own equestrian facility because I couldn’t find what I wanted for my daughter. Why not start my own tack shop?!” Arani’s zest for life and do-it-yourself attitude truly shines through in both her products and her passion for these products. She and business partner Judy Maninna work hard to make Stagnaro Tack a place where customers can find more affordable products, at the very least, while still bringing the best she can find to the shop, always keeping inventory new and innovative. Essentially, Arani believes that a rider can look and feel great without breaking the bank. With that being said, Arani is always trying to bring new and cutting-edge brands into her store. Some of her favorite brands and products are Noel Asmar, GhoDho, Horse Pilot, and HorseWear. “Everything we sell is something that is either in our closets or our tack trunks,” Arani said. “Noel Asmar, for instance;
photo courtesy of Asmar Equestrian photo courtesy of GhoDho
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I just love a company that understands its audience. How do you not support a company that makes clothes for women XXS to 2XL? Every design assimilates a lovely feminine edge without being girly.” Arani went on to say that Noel Asmar not only has great fabric quality, but also has incredible construction, which aligns with Stagnaro’s philosophy of offering quality products that last. It is evident that Stagnaro Tack truly appreciates a functional product that does not skip on looks, either. “I really love GhoDho,” she said. “The breeches are seriously stretchy but don’t lose form. They’re stain resistant, water repellent, and the colors, the style, and the care and quality of construction are top-notch. I’ve had many conversations with Isheeta [the designer] about quality
control and fabric choices. She leaves nothing to chance.” Arani weaves Stagnaro’s philosophy into every single product she stocks on her shelves. For every product decision, Arani always includes the company’s design, attention to detail, construction, and most importantly, affordability. For Stagnaro Tack, their customers, both humans and horses, are always top of mind. In addition to paying attention to the quality in the products that she stocks, Arani has found tons of joy in other aspects of starting and operating her own tack shop. She loves to see friendly new faces and build a rapport with both new and repeat clients, but her favorite part of owning a tack shop is the new riders. “It is always so much fun to introduce new riders to their first pair of paddock boots or that new hunt coat; talking and educating parents through the process of their first ‘show,’” she said. “After three years in business, we are seeing the results of the time spent preparing them. We get a steady stream of clients at shows,
updating us on their success in the show arena or at their lessons, their first horse purchase, or when they graduate from cross-rails to two-foot verticals. It is very rewarding for us!” As for achievements and the future, Arani and Stagnaro Tack are excited for what is to come for the store. “Our biggest ‘fun’ goal was achieved this year with a sponsorship launch at Sonoma Horse Park, where we debuted our first-ever Official Jump! That has been so joyful for us,” Arani said. And, keeping with the fun, new-age spirit that is Stagnaro Tack, Arani advises new and returning customers to keep an eye out in the coming year. “We will continue to promote and support our local riders through a variety of ‘top secret’ promotions at as many shows as possible in California over the next year... but you’ll have to keep a watchful eye as the fun plans unfold!” stagnarostack.com @stagnarotack
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“If it’s on you, it’s in you.” It’s easy to consider how the food we eat impacts our bodies and overall health, but do we really take time to think about the products we put on our skin? summer 2019 ·
ellow equestrian and Integrative Nutritionist, Valerie Breslow, decided to bring her passion for wellness and health coaching to her favorite community and shortly thereafter, Equestrian Wellness was born. In 2018, Valerie launched a line of all-natural personal care products that are free of additives, chemicals, and other toxins. Between these products and their coaching services, Equestrian Wellness seeks to connect riders to the world of health and wellbeing like never before. Horse & Style: When was Equestrian Wellness founded and what was your inspiration for starting your company? Valerie Breslow: I actually registered the website more than ten years ago. I let it sit while I was working as a health coach as well as managing my public relations consultancy. I used to daydream about how I would combine my love for horses and riding with my commitment to wellness and my longheld desire to share my knowledge with our community. I originally thought the business would be mostly about holistic health coaching for riders with a small component devoted to selling a couple of personal care products. I wanted to create awareness about the vast amounts of harmful chemicals that are contained in the products we use daily on our face and body. I didn’t consider that it could become the center of the business. I’ve always loved the authenticity of pure and natural apothecary-type products, but so many of the product lines available on the market today make the claim that they’re ‘all natural’ and yet still have quite a few chemicals and artificial fragrances that are known to be harmful. As an avid label reader, it can be really disappointing. As a nutritionist, I know all too well that if it’s on you, it’s in you. Additionally, most natural products that I’ve encountered wouldn’t stand up to the rigors of the equestrian lifestyle. Lastly, we always spend so much time attending to the needs of our horses but
so little time taking care of ourselves. Equestrian Wellness was born out of the desire to finally serve the needs and wants of the rider, using truly all-natural ingredients that meet the extreme demands of the equestrian. We officially launched Equestrian Wellness last year in June of 2018 at the Upperville Horse Show! H&S: Tell us a little about your background as a business owner. VB: My business background is actually in the field of PR and Marketing for tech start-ups. Everything in the tech start-up business was fast moving, intensely competitive, and always maledominated. I learned that perseverance and determination, the same traits that carry over from riding, would also serve me well in business. In 2006, I decided to simultaneously pursue a new path that resonated with my lifestyle – nutrition and health coaching. Coaching clients is all about listening to people. Everyone wants to be heard. The most important aspect of being a health coach for riders is to listen deeply to their challenges and work closely with them to create nutrition and lifestyle solutions that best suit their specific needs. I have always thrived when working for myself and have learned that no matter what industry you’re in, business is always about creating, building, and maintaining positive relationships. I also love the Research & Development aspect of the product side of the business – creating something that hasn’t existed before. And, I love waking up every day to a new challenge; there’s always something new to work through.Yes, it’s exactly like riding! H&S: Give an overview of your products. What are your personal favorites? VB: Ha! That’s like asking which horse or dog is your favorite! We have quite an extensive line up of all-natural body care products, including our Wellness Box which includes eight essential products to boost the immune system and deal with symptoms of colds and flus. The Essential Helmet Spray was the first product I came up with. I just couldn’t stand the way my helmet and boots would smell, and those smells tended to permeate the entire tack room.We all spend thousands of dollars on our equipment and then there’s no good way to keep it smelling fresh and naturally odor-free.With our Essential
Helmet Spray, you can freshen up your helmet, boots, room, fabrics, vehicle, and even yourself. I’m committed to using all-natural, non-toxic ingredients that smell great.
Quality, effectiveness, and simplicity are at the forefront of everything we do and offer to our customers. We like to say that everything is rider tested and approved!
My other personal favorite is the Stable to City wipes.Who doesn’t love a hard working wipe? They come as a dry tablet in a tube of ten.You simply hydrate the tablet with an ounce or two of water and then you unroll this 8 x 10 bamboo towelette.They’re made with argan and coconut oil as well as Bulgarian rose, ylang ylang, rose geranium, copaiba, (a gentler form of tea tree oil), and frankincense essential oils.They’re super refreshing on the skin, smell amazing, and are anti-bacterial. I use them to clean up after a ride, (they’re great to use from head to toe), and I also like using them on my face before bed because the ingredients are so good for the skin.They come in a convenient tube that you can slip into a pocket and then pull out when needed. They’re perfect for keeping in your tack trunk and ring bag, and, of course, perfect for travel.
H&S: What are some new products that will ‘hit the shelves’ this year? VB: We just launched our Rider Aide™ product that is a combo hydration/vitamin C/electrolyte powder. I’ve wanted to create this product for a very long time. All the current products available in this category are full of chemicals and sugars that defeat the whole purpose of deep hydration and wellness. I wanted to create a powder that was truly natural and effective for the athlete. I believe we achieved this. We are also just launching the first of our Show Face products.The first one is our facial oil. It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants for the skin and also contains argan oil, rosehip seed oil infused with garden rosemary, rose
petals, frankincense, and geranium essential oil. It’s so good! We’ll be adding a cleanser and mask – all the things you want to use on your face after a long day at the barn or a horse show.We believe in deeply cleansing, skin-enhancing, and great smelling products that contain truly all-natural ingredients. H&S: Why do you think your products resonate with the equestrian community? VB: Our products were created with the rider in mind. I grew up in Miami, Florida, and I’ve ridden all the over the country as well as in Canada and Europe. What I’ve learned is that it doesn’t matter what climate or region you live in or what discipline you pursue as a rider. We all share the same common issues: sweat, pain, chafing, sunburn, wind, dirt, and generally battling the seasonal elements. And we should have products that cater to the demands of the rider without having to compromise our health or our wallets.
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H&S: What has been Equestrian Wellness’ biggest accomplishment to date? Greatest challenge?
delighted that so many riders are on board with the authenticity of my brand.
VB: The biggest accomplishment, on a more personal note, has been the thank you cards and positive reviews from customers. That always makes my day, week, month to hear people say how happy these products make them, and how they solve certain problems.
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On a larger scale, the challenge has been getting started, getting the word out, and garnering the attention of the media. There are tons of challenges each day, but that’s what keeps it interesting. Learning how to run a business and keep my head above water is certainly a big task, as well as creating and formulating the right products that resonate with riders. Ultimately, we all need simple, effective products that work with our lifestyle without creating a greater toxic load on our bodies. I like the less is more approach to our ingredients. H&S: What differentiates Equestrian Wellness from similar businesses? VB: There are plenty of companies that want to sell you a chemical-filled product in glitzy packaging. Equestrian Wellness was created with a sincere desire to help equestrians make better choices. Our core values are all about how to make riders’ lives better, healthier, and happier. If it isn’t good for you, it isn’t inside our products. I believe we are achieving this and am
VB: Surround yourself with people who know what you don’t. Ask tons of questions, listen to everyone’s advice, and then follow your passion and gut instincts. And, remember that in business everyone matters.We’re all in this together. Know your strengths and weaknesses – what you’re good at and what’s not your forte so you can hire those people to help you. Also, don’t forget that authenticity, kindness, and gratitude are everything in this life.We’re a small community, and we can all learn a lot from one another. H&S: Tell us about yourself as an equestrian. VB: I started riding at the age of eight in south Florida. I learned early on that riding is a game of patience. Sometimes you have the ride of your dreams and other times it’s the complete opposite. But, oh, those great moments! I rode a lot of green ponies as a kid and had the honor of training with Bibby Farmer Hill. She taught me so much about equitation, horsemanship, and life. Her words are always in my head. I remember trying other sports and always thinking how riding was so much more than a sport. Horses are so grounding and offer a soulful lifestyle that I always knew would be a part of my life. Sadly, I didn’t ride much in my twenties; I was busy figuring out what I was supposed
to do with my life. When my husband and I were living in Ontario, Canada, for work, I decided I had to start riding again. I was in my thirties and it was truly a great moment when I wrote the check for my horse, Bailey, (aka Moneypenny). There’s a picture of me on the day Bailey, a Canadian Sport Horse, arrived at the stable. I look completely blissed out. I love looking at that picture because it’s a reminder of what is most important to me and where I belong. I still own that beautiful bay mare. She’s happily retired in Oregon living the dream life. The current object of my affection is an eight-year-old, 18h, dapple grey Oldenburg. He currently lives in Switzerland, and we’ve had a long distance relationship since I purchased him in 2017. I’m looking forward to importing him this year and getting into the jumper ring. H&S: What do you like to do in your spare time? VB: Great question! When I’m not riding, spending time at the barn, or working, my spare time is spent with my beloved husband, my beautiful pups, (we’re up to three now), and good friends here in Austin, Texas. I’m an explorer and love to travel. I adore design and enjoy discovering new trends. Austin is such a fun and vibrant town with so many exciting things happening in terms of art, design, architecture, culture, food, and music! equestrianwellness.com @equestrian_wellness
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7. Rich Fellers and Steelbi win the $20,000 1.40m class 8. Karl Cook and E’Special win the $25,000 1.40m Classic 9. Jenny Karazissis and Big Shot earn Champion in the Green Hunter 3'6"–3'9" Division 10. Riders race around cones while driving Land Rovers in the Land Rover San Diego Ride & Drive 11. World Champion Trick Roper and Gun Slinger, Rider Kiesner, performs at Night of the Horse
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family never traveled much as I was growing up. In fact, neither of my parents has a passport. On a whim, I acquired mine in 2016. A year later, on my way back from the World Cup™ Finals in Omaha, I sure was glad I had that passport, because I received a call asking if I could be in Mexico in two days to be the presenter for the Longines Global Champions Tour of Mexico City. I joined the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League shortly thereafter, and with my current schedule, I travel about 25 weeks a year from my home in West Palm Beach, FL. I’m now beginning my third round of visits to incredible shows like Toronto’s Royal
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Winter Fair, Thunderbird Show Park, the Washington International Horse Show and the Triple Copa Scappino CSI4*-W at Guadalajara, but I still feel like I view the venues with fresh eyes, as I’ve seen more of the world in the past three years than I had in my previous 24.
favorite venue is in my own backyard. I adore the Palm Beach Masters Series, which takes place at Deeridge Farms in Wellington, FL.
What I love about the North American League is its diversity. We jump indoors and outdoors, on grass and on sand, at night and during the day. I feel it’s representative of the diversity of America itself: Del Mar, CA, is a long way from Lexington, KY – both literally and figuratively.
My involvement with the Series took on a progression similar to my work on the North American League. What began as just a commentating position grew to include producing and social media, and this year, for the 2019 Series, I joined the organizing committee. To put it most simply, I oversee anything that involves words – from programs to media coverage, press releases, e-blasts, and of course, broadcast.
Often I am asked, “Where is your favorite horse show to work?” Every year, I’m reminded that it doesn’t involve an exotic destination or even packing a bag. My
I’ve gained a newfound understanding for what goes into making events like World Cup™ qualifiers and Nations Cup™ competitions happen, and it has
Wellington for CSI4*-W competition, winning the CP Welcome Stake. I dare you to find me a larger rosette than what was on the winners’ sashes, and every ribbon, regardless of placing, was colored in the Palm Beach Masters Series’ signature blue. They looked equally good on Fuchs, de Luca, McLain Ward, Ben Maher and Beezie Madden – the five riders present that stood among the World’s top 15 on the Longines Rankings. The Jacobs family aspires to have the United States Equestrian Team call Deeridge Farms its home, and the venue has unquestionably become a destination for high performance sport.
The young Mexican team celebrates its Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ victory at Deeridge Farms’ Palm Beach Masters Series.
greatly increased my appreciation for those who work tirelessly behind the scenes. The work I’ve done this past season at Deeridge Farms has been some of the most rewarding I’ve ever done. I’m especially proud of the campaign I helped organize with the Series and ESPN West Palm. I visited ESPN.com on Super Bowl Sunday and saw Palm Beach Masters advertisements next to game previews and NBA trade deadline news. I joined Laura Kraut in studio for an interview on ESPN 106.3 FM; and coverage from the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ made the weekend news on WPTV News Channel 5 in West Palm Beach. It was great to see the sport of show jumping getting the same attention and recognition as the “Big Four” mainstream sports: football, basketball, baseball and hockey. When I’m broadcasting with the FEI, it’s immensely important that we convey just what great athletes these horse and rider combinations are. To me, the Palm Beach Masters Series is the epitome of style, and I am continually blown away by the attention to detail exhibited by the Jacobs family, owners of Deeridge and hosts of the Series, and our tightly knit team. The exquisite, jaw-dropping two-story Berkshire Bank VIP Club is truly a sacred haven, from the “living wall” of more than 500 selfirrigated plants laid out by hand by Joan Jacobs to the food prepared by executive
chefs from Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group. The lineup of culinary artists includes the executive chefs from the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Morimoto Disney. In 20 steps, I’d pass surf and turf, shrimp tempura and a crepe station, and I went to bed dreaming of biscotti and Deeridge Farms honey. Family matriarch Peggy Jacobs hand selects the plants in the table centerpieces, and on Nations Cup™ day, we decorated each with the six flags of the respective competing nations. Of course, the team tables received flags solely of their own nation.
An incredibly stacked U.S. quartet – Madden, Ward, Kraut and Lucy Deslauriers – represented the red, white and blue in the Nations Cup™, but ultimately, an incredibly young Mexican team stood atop the podium. Eugenio Garza Perez, Fernando Martinez Sommer, Juan Jose Zendejas Salgado and Manuel Gonzalez Dufrane – whose ages average just 24.5 years – definitely celebrated in style. Following a champagne spray for the ages, the group entered the press conference to chants of “Olé!” before taking a celebratory swim in the lake. That day, I commentated my first Nations Cup™ on U.S. soil; I’ll never, ever forget it. Wellington is truly the horse capital of the world, and I’m proud to call it home – especially during the Palm Beach Masters Series.
While distinctly and proudly American, the Series definitely has a European flair. The tent, positioned between the grass and sand arenas for ideal viewing, was inspired by a setup in Valkenswaard, in the Netherlands. This year, another modern touch was added in the form of LED signage lining the railings of the Sand Arena, just in front of the new Boutique Boardwalks, Taylor Harris Beach Bar and lounge seating. Some of Europe’s most stylish riders were also present, particularly for the venue’s first CSIO5* week, featuring the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA – the only qualifier in the country for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona, Spain. Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca was a winner in the CSIO5* Speed Tour Final, while Swiss rider Martin Fuchs made his first trip to
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6. 1. Jamie Sailor celebrates as she is crowned champion aboard Quarter Note in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby during WCHR Week 2. Hayden Zadel and Triskel De Kerliven win the $1,000 U25 Jumper Classic, run concurrently with the $40,000 Snapbac National Grand Prix 3. The Rancho Coastal Humane Society finds new homes for a series of dogs and puppies during the WCHR Week Adoption Event, sponsored by KindredBio 4. John Pearce and Firestone S lead the victory gallop as winners of the $40,000 MediVet Equine National Grand Prix during the third week of the circuit 5. On Memorial Day, the horse show hosts the Nilforushan Cup Soccer Tournament in the Audi Grand Prix Arena for exhibitors and staff to celebrate the holiday, complete with a full mariachi band 6. Lifesize equine portraits and artwork by local artist Suzie Burgess are displayed in the Audi VIP Tent
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13. 7. Tiffany Sullivan and The Gladiator, Lindsay Archer on Jarpur and Femke Courchaine aboard Dereusa S (from R–L) enter the Audi Grand Prix Arena, presented by Evergate Stables, to pose for photos after the $5,000 CWD 1.35m Welcome Stake 8. Alison Heath and Classical compete in the $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby 9. Awards feature prizes for every class winner, including ribbons, tack, gift certificates, coolers, apparel, and more 10. Nilforushan Equisport Events co-founder and horse show owner Ali Nilforushan addresses the crowd during one of the welcome parties, held in the Carriage House at Galway Downs 11. A crowd favorite class, the $5,000 Open Equitation Championship allows professionals, juniors and amateurs to ride head-to-head over an equitation course 12. Aerialist Jessica Delgado performs during the final welcome party, themed “Cirque Du Galway” 13. Koffie Velo, a favorite of attendees for specialty teas, coffees and other drinks, is on site every day of the series
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I am a successful jumper rider and have come up through the levels pretty rapidly. I have excellent horses, my trainer believes in me, and I have had some big wins. My life circulates around horses so most of my friends do what I do at similar or higher levels. Why do I often feel jealous of my friends when they succeed and a little, tiny relief when they struggle? I don’t wish ill-fate onto my friends who are also my competitors, but I also don’t want them to do better than me. How do I deal with feeling like an awful person for having these thoughts? Does everyone think this way? I guess I need some help learning about jealousy and how to work with the self-loathing that comes with it. Please help! Thank you for asking this question as it is common to all competitors in all sports and deserves exploration. Everyone feels jealousy and everyone compares themselves to others who seem to have more success. But jealousy doesn’t get to rule your life and you have to work hard to shift this thinking. First of all, riding and competing are actually two separate things. Riding is an (almost daily) practice that centers on skill, relationship between horse, rider, and trainer; athletic skill building; training; acquiring knowledge and experience; horsemanship; and learning on all levels. Competing is taking all of the aforementioned and putting them to work in a particular two to three minutes over a designated course of jumps, adding pressure to be fast and clean, and above all focusing on the
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result in terms of where you place. Conflating the two is a mistake. Now let’s explore jealousy. MerriamWebster defines jealousy as an unhappy or angry feeling of wanting to have what someone else has. It is derived from the French jalousie, formed from jaloux (jealous), and further from Latin zelosus (full of zeal). Understanding that this word and the associated emotion combines a desire to be like another, with the feeling of being lesser than that which we desire, describes the experience of striving and passion. So when the negative emotions come up about another’s success, take a minute to recognize that witnessing excellent performance allows your mind-body connection to imprint this as an option for you as well. Feel the
sting of desire and translate it into zeal and enthusiasm for the task and goals at hand. Be mindful that when adrenaline is activated it is easier to access negative emotions, as the part of the brain that kicks into survival mode from this chemical/hormone stimulates heightened awareness of negative emotions as a survival mechanism. Remember that your survival is NOT at stake and work to release yourself from this construct. Notice the physical sensations that combine to bring out jealousy and let this be a portal to knowing yourself better and accessing your inner power. Then walk into the ring knowing that however your personal best materializes, today reveals knowledge about what you have learned and what to focus on next in the ongoing process of growing as an athlete and person.
I recently fell off while training and am finally healed enough to ride again. Riding is all I have thought about for the past few months but now that I have been cleared to jump, I am terrified and don’t know what to do. I have considered quitting, can’t remember why I love this sport, and don’t want anyone to know about how I am feeling. How do I get myself back in the saddle and feel confident again? The first thing to do is to stop reviewing or retelling the story and details of your fall, as this habit triggers the muscles in your body to twitch as though it’s happening over and over again. Instead, name the lesson you learned or the action you want to focus on when you have an urge to review the accident so that you can direct your thoughts. For instance, if your fall occurred because you got anxious and missed the distance to a jump, focus on staying in the rhythm of the stride. The next step is to train, train, train. Get strong in your body so that you have the endurance and muscle tone to execute skills well. Bring strength
of body and gentleness of mind to the barn so that your expectations of progress are aligned with your personal comeback process. Talk to your trainer about the emotions you are working with and together determine the level to which she will push you, even when resistance emerges. Stay the course and commit to making no decisions and drawing no conclusions until you have gotten back to your full riding self. Once it is show time, start a couple of levels lower than normal and give yourself time to go through the challenged feelings. Ring pace may feel especially fast to you at
first or getting down the lines may feel uncomfortable. Allow your proprioception to orient. Work with your self-talk to be sure you are giving yourself actions to focus on, rather than letting worries or concerns drive the bus. Be gentle with yourself and notice all of the little successes you are having along the way. And above all, let the joy and passion you have for horses and riding flow through you like breathing air, because regardless of wins and levels achieved and ribbons won, this is why you are riding. Know that your accident will always be fuel for your growth and humility, so focus on where you want to go and the realistic steps required to get there.
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.
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