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Olympic Fever! Fellers & Flexible Make Olympic Long List


Behind the Seams Allon Equestrian Stuff Equine More Stuff Assisted with highlights Therapy of stuff


How horses help humans

Stuffy Stuff

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Olympic Fever!

The US Selection Trials for the Show Jumping Team were the culmination of the winter season.


Haley Webster has progressed from pony rider to medal division star


Trainer Spotlight

Rachel and Jeff Fields open up about their Sandhaven Farm and the path that got them there.

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Outwoods Outlasts


An exclusive peek inside Helen McNaught and Duncan McFarlane’s Outwoods Farm.

Trends with benefits, as seen on your favorite riders

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Up and Coming

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Ask Carrie

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Can You Stand It?

Tory Montgomery’s two way street

48 | STYLE


How do I recover from a fall?

Chic cruiser

She’s gone country

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On The cover: Wilsonville, Oregon-based Rich Fellers and Flexible placed 3rd overall in the USEF National Championship in Wellington, FL. On Rich: custom Antares helmet, pinque USEF team jacket. On Flexible: Antares bridle, breastplate, saddle and girth. Photo ©Cheval Photos. © 2012 Horse&Style Magazine 2012


5 | From the Editor

7 | 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Kelly Zeytoonian, DVM

8 | Out & About

Northern Winter Classics

10 | Out & About HITS Thermal

12 | PROFESSIONAL POP QUIZ The best advice

16 | NorCal Corner

Publisher | Sarah Appel

CONTRIBUTING Editor | Erin Gilmore Creative Director | Ryan Anne Polli AdVERTISING | Molly Knott

Photographers | Cheval Photos,

Woodside Images, Deb Dawson, Ryan Anne Polli contributors

Molly Knott

Molly Knott is a passionate lifelong rider, currently bringing along her six year old Warmblood, Fitch. A former policy researcher and writer, she is now the author of a curated equestrian style guide called DappledGrey.

Hunter Bonus Program



26 | Horse Corner Tao Tao 3

38 | NorCal Riders

Remember Mentors Northern California riders share the stories of their mentors

46 | EQuine Assited Therapy 52 | Barn Envy

Wild Turkey Farm

66 | Out & About

2012 U.S. Selection Trials for the Show Jumping Team & USEF National Championship

71 | Vendor Spotlight

Erin Gilmore

Erin Gilmore is a freelance writer and equestrian journalist based in Wellington, Florida. She has worked in equestrian media since 2002, and is a frequent contributor to regional and national equestrian magazines. A lifelong horseperson, she trained hunter/jumpers, spent time on the international show jumping circuit, and worked in a variety of disciplines, from polo to dressage.

Tanya Zilinskas Naouri

Tanya has been working in fashion since 2005, when she launched her online womens wear boutique Maneater Threads. Tanya now divides her time between freelance writing, ecommerce consulting, and most importantly, being a mother to her new son Harris. Having grown up showing Quarter Horses at the national level, she is currently enjoying working with her green Irish-bred Thoroughbred, Luke, so that he’s ready for walk/trot classes with Harris in a few years.

Dr. Terri Lee Roberson

A licensed clinical psychologist, Terri has worked with a variety of populations including adolescents, adults, couples and families over the last twenty years. Combining her passion for horses and her clinical work, she is currently program director for Equine Mirrors, an Equine-Assisted Therapy program in Sonoma Valley. When not in the arena, she has a private practice in Sonoma.

Anne Polli “When I write, I want the reader to feel something for the subject

of the piece, not just the who, what, and when aspects,”says Polli, a freelance writer from Wilton, CA. Polli, who has also written for such publications as the USEF’s Equestrian magazine and ShowBiz, has always been amazed by the power of the written word to engage, entertain, terrify, delight, teach, inspire and create thought, is pleased to be a contributor to Horse and Style.

The Equestrian’s Concierge

72 | STRUT!

Fashion for a JustWorld!

73 | Dear Fashionista

Molly W. Chappell

Horse & Style intern Molly W. Chappell was introduced to horses by her grandfather when she was three, and she has been involved with horses ever since. Molly currently attends Cal State University Sacramento where she is working on a degree in journalism, and a minor in digital media.

Kentucky Derby style

74 | BUSINESS DIRECTORY Horse & Style Magazine is a Hunter Jumper publication published bi-monthly and distributed FREE by Horse & Style Magazine LLC at Northern California hunter jumper horse shows, large training centers and participating tack shops. The written and visual contents of this magazine are protected by copyright. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is legally prohibited. Copyright © 2012 Horse & Style Magazine LLC. TM

Ashley Cline Ashley grew up riding and competing on the East Coast A circuit with Jennifer Bieling. Competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival, National Pony Finals, and The Devon National Horse Show allowed her to accomplish many riding goals. While attending Florida State University for her B.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising, she competed on the Intercollegiate riding team. Ashley then completed her M.B.A. at Nova Southeastern University and in 2011, founded to accomplish her goals in promoting equestrian style and the horse industry.



FROM THE EDITOR When I began riding with Nina & Mariano Alario over four years ago, there were two things I learned instantly. Number one, they both are amazing riders and teachers and number two, Mariano’s accent can sometimes be hard to understand! An Argentine native, Mariano’s English is quite good, however there are still times when the translation just doesn’t make sense. In my very first lesson he kept telling me that my horse didn’t need draw reins, which somehow came across to me as as ‘drop your stirrups!’ Recently he said something to me while we were together at Thermal, when he was explaining how pleased he was with their new assistant, Juan. “He wears the shirt of the team,” Mariano said when describing how passionate Juan was about making sure the horses go well and the clients are happy. Throughout the rest of my time at the show, his words stuck with me, “he wears the shirt of the team” or how I see it he works hard because he is invested in what he does and the people and horses in our barn. The week I was in Thermal, the show had over 2,000 horses. Barns were there from all over California and other states. And each time I saw a familiar NorCal face in the ring, I noticed riders and trainers from other NorCal barns ringside supporting the rider.

In the winner’s circle with trainer Mariano Alario, Sonoma Horse Park’s Ashley Herman, and Terri Roberson. Photo © Deb Dawson

It was proof of what we already know about our community, that we all wear the shirt of our NorCal team. In this issue we interview several top NorCal professionals and junior riders and ask who their riding mentors were/are (page 38.) Every trainer we interviewed took the time to thoughtfully recount the lessons their greatest mentors taught them, making for an interesting and thought provoking piece. My own list of riding mentors is long, from my first trainer Sarah Horsely, to Allison Smith, my coach from the Pace University Equestrian Team, to my old roommate, friend, trainer and boss Meredith Herman. And of course my current trainers and mentors Nina and Mariano Alario. Without all of their guidance I would not be the rider and person I am today.

NorCal made headlines throughout the country this winter, from Helen McNaught and Duncan McFarlane of Outwood Farms winning a slew of grand prixs between them at HITS Thermal (page 33) to NorCal riders Karl Cook, Saer Coulter and Alicia Johnson Foster competing in the USEF Show Jumping Selection Olympic Trials in Wellington, Florida (page 59.) I imagine they all had amazing mentors to get to where they are today. Also in this issue, we travel to Oregon and experience major Barn Envy during a visit to longtime Northern Californian rider and breeder Barbara Ellison’s Wild Turkey Farm, now located in Wilsonville, OR (page 52.) Of course, we cannot leave out the greatest mentors of all: our horses. Discover what life’s like for a going grand prix horse (page 26) and learn how horses act as therapists to those in need (page 46.)

Here’s to our mentors two and four legged!

photo ©Deb Dawson APRIL | MAY


10 things you might not know about...

Dr. Kelly Zeytoonian joined Bayhill Equine, Inc. in 2009 after earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the VirginiaMaryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Zeytoonian has a special interest in lameness and diagnostic imaging as well as preventive medicine. Kelly has participated in a number of equine disciplines, including trail riding, fox hunting, endurance, and currently hunter/jumpers. Kelly is proud to serve on the Menlo Charity Horse Show Committee and Stanford Red Barn Festival Committee. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, and skiing along with any other outdoor activities she can do with her dogs, Sadie and Eli.

1. How to pronounce her name: Zeytoonian (Zey-two-

knee-in.) It’s Armenian and means “olive.”

6. One of her favorite things about living in the Bay Area is

the great hiking. Her dogs often accompany her on hikes.

7. She’s slowly becoming a “foodie” from the California 2. She’s the youngest of three daughters from a military family. cuisine, but sweet tea, cornbread, and Chesapeake Bay 3. She won the Turtle Award (slowest completion time) at an endurance ride. Her Spanish Mustang had a little trouble keeping up with all the Arabs, but they had a great time!

4. She lived in Arkansas, Germany, Nebraska,

and Virginia before moving to California.

Seafood are still her favorites.


She had never broken a bone until last year when she was kicked by a horse and broke her arm.


In her free time she rides at the Stanford Red Barn in Palo Alto, and showed one of the team horses, Kamari, last season.

5. She’s terribly allergic to cats, but she still loves 10. While working at Bayhill Equine, she’s acquired a new them. And the barn cats must know it, because she often finds them hiding in her truck after she has left a farm.

nickname. Trainers call her the Tooth Fairy, because she loves doing dentals.




1. Maddie Biglow (daughter of Russ & Jessie Biglow) 2. Joey Pedroni and Alanna O’Neill 3. Sheila and John Bramow 4. The Murieta Hospitality Queen, Stephanie passing out goodies for 2 and 4 legged exhibitors 5. Having a chat while waiting ringside. 6. Hilary Johnson and Vanessa Brown share a laugh before the jog 7. Backgate sentry Cash holds down Hunterland 8. Haley Webster 9. There’s nothing better than friends and horses! 10. Mellissa Brandley dropped in for a visit 11. Justin Imperato gives his mount a little love during a cool down

Photos © Deb Dawson and Ryan Anne Polli





1. Mark Watring gives a little love after a good round 2. Jan Humphrey 3. Summer Hill prepares for her Hits Hunter Derby round 4. Tracy Cottchet and Michael Ducharme 5. Max Morris may have a bright future as a John Deere stunt driver! 6. L.A. style touches were everywhere at Thermal. 7. Archie Cox hams for the lens 8. Diana Bariteau 9. Lauren Kardel 10. Beto Martinez 11. Jill Hamilton and Nancy Thomas with a client

Photos ŠCheval Photos, Ryan Anne Polli, Woodside Images



12. Keeping careful watch during naptime. 13. Mandy Porter stops for a chat 14. Stylish spectator poses with her pooch 15. Mariano Alario and Nick Haness 16. Rich Fellers coaching in the warmup ring 17. Jeni Emanuel & Ally Sinclair 18. Lamborghinis kept it hot, hot, hot in the desert! 19. Lise’ Quintero Gregory and Todd Gregory 20. John Bragg 21. Richard Keller and Shelley Kerron 22. John French and Steve Weder 23. Jen Hannink walking the GP course



PROFESSIONAL POP QUIZ This month’s question: “What is the best advice you’ve been given about being a professional in the horse industry?” Every issue, a new question will be answered from your Northern California professionals. Have a question you want answered? Send it to

You can work as hard as you want, but always keep an open mind. Working with horses and people is a process. You can always learn something from the process and everyone’s process is different. Nina Alario, Estancia Farms

Discover what you really love to do, and find a way to make a living doing that. Jill Humphrey, Leone Equestrians

Remember to live, laugh, love and believe in yourself!” Joey Pedroni, Joey Pedroni Stables

The best advice I’ve been given is to always put the horses first, never allow the temptation to win or look good in front of others get in the way of what you know is right for your horses both physically and mentally. There is no way that a ribbon, or trophy, or recognition could ever replace the trust our horses give to us every day and we should respect and honor that trust by always putting their happiness and well being ahead of our desires. Brittany Haynie, BTH Equestrians

STYLE RIDER by Sarah Appel

Haley Webster Sixteen-year-old Haley Webster of Discovery Bay rides all day, every day. When she’s not being homeschooled or fulfilling the credits she needs to apply for college, the enthusiastic young rider is traveling to and from her favorite place in the world; Patty Ball’s Hunterville Stables in Penryn. Haley has ridden with Hunterville since she was 8 years old, and looks up to her longtime trainer with admiration. A winner of the PCHA 14 & Under Medal Finals, NorCal Junior Medal Finals, and countless ribbons in the equitation and jumper rings, Haley’s riding career is already on a fast upward track, and she aspires to qualify for national medal finals before moving on to an intercollegiate career.

Horse & Style: Describe your riding style? Haley Webster: My riding style is classic Patty Ball style! H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? HW: When I go to shows I wear tan breeches, a white long sleeve show shirt, a black hunt coat, black tall boots, and a black Charles Owen. H&S: Do you wear any pieces of clothing or jewelry for good luck? HW: I do not. I usually loose my jewelry... so I never keep one thing for long. H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? HW: My favorite brands are Der Dau, Grand Prix, Charles Owen, and Cool Max. H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? HW: When I’m not at horse shows I am at school. I LOVE being with my friends and my horses. I’m a pretty simple person. I pretty much live in pajamas. If I could ride in them I would! H&S: What has been the biggest accomplishment in your junior career so far? HW: My biggest accomplishment so far would probably be getting 5th in the USET Talent Search West finals in 2011.

H&S: What are your riding goals for the future? HW: My goals for the future.... this year I would like to qualify for all the big medal finals and hopefully go back East. Then after that, I would like to go to a university and be on an NCAA division I equestrian team, that’s my dream! H&S: Who are your riding mentors? HW: My riding mentors are definitely my trainer Patty Ball, and Karen Healey, and George Morris. Patty has made me the rider I am today, she is such an amazing woman and I don’t know where I would be without her. Karen Healey and George Morris are the best of the best, I have been so fortunate to participate in several clinics from both of these amazing horsemen. H&S: What advice do you have for up and coming juniors on how to be successful? HW: If I had to give any advice on how to be successful, I would say keep practicing, and never give up. At times it seems impossible but not everything’s easy. As George Morris says, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.”

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NORCAL CORNER by Jeanette Gilbert

The NorCal Hunter Jumper Association wants you to know where the passions of your board members lie! Board member Lucie Wharton, of Whileaway Farm in Santa Rosa, CA helped to found the Hunter Bonus Program, which was started by NorCal to promote the hunter division and to reward members who own hunters.

“We have 8 divisions and we point each hunter’s best five shows throughout the year, so if a member buys a horse towards the end of the year, they can still benefit,” explains Wharton. “ It would also apply to a rider that moves up a division. The top 2 horses in each division receive money as well as the trainers. NorCal puts $500 plus all the nomination fees into the respective divisions, so the more horses nominated the better.” Anyone who rides in the eight hunter divisions can sign up for the program, Wharton continues. “Remember, the owner/rider/trainer and horse must be a NorCal member,” she adds. “The more people who sign up for your division, the more money that is rewarded at the end. Make sure to get everyone in your barn involved!”

2011 winners of the Hunter Bonus Program include

Stone Town

Winner of the First Year Green and Junior Hunters for a total of $930 in bonus money, owned by Sarah Frushell and ridden by Hope Glynn and Sarah Frushell.




Winner of the Pony Hunters for a total of $450, owned by Katie Aoki and trained by Jan & Emma Hainze.


Winner of the Modified Jr/Amateur hunters for a total of $480 in bonus money, owned and ridden by Juliana Ronn and trained by Derby Hill.

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BEHIND THE SEAMS by Tanya Zilinskas Naouri In a time when nearly anything can be outsourced, it’s refreshing to find an equestrian line utterly dedicated to American handcraftsmanship. Designed and constructed in the heart of Los Angeles’ fashion district, Allon Equestrian is composed of a close-knit group of individuals who each bring their own unique style and sensibility to the creative process. Allon’s dedication to the timehonored art of tailoring is infused with inspiration from the diverse L.A. style scene, resulting in pieces that have an intricate attention to detail and are at once classic and fashion forward. Launched in 2000 at the HITS winter circuit in Indio, Allon’s signature look is “understated elegance,” with a focus on silhouette and form. Moving beyond pure aesthetic appeal, Allon Equestrian pairs traditional cashmere/wool blends with modern technical fabrics for an attractive profile that has a comfortable release.

We realize that we are making coats for athletes and while style is important, quality and comfort are a must,” explains Allon Equestrian owner Nick Collins. “A coat has to withstand the rigors of showing, yet maintain the look and feel of a fine garment. Of course, there remains much to be said about the exceptional look of Allon Equestrian’s coats, shirts and polos. Allon offers custommade and ready to wear items, both of which are equally popular with their stylish clientele. The number of options on custom pieces are simply staggering, and make for a truly personalized experience. Customers can choose colors, decorative accents as well as the design of the garment itself – anything from number of buttons to coat lining to button type to collar color. Hand-measured and made, a custom piece is created from an initial set of measurements, and then perfected during a follow-up fitting. Fittings can take place at Allon’s retail locations or at a client’s home, office or barn, as well as most major horse shows on the West Coast. After approximately 8 weeks, the customized garment is ready to make its show ring debut. Allon’s custom coats are intended not just to result in a superior fit, but to reflect the personality and individual style of the wearer. The ready to wear collection provides riders with the opportunity to purchase Allon quality without the wait of a fully customized garment. Two styles of coats are currently available in Allon’s ready to wear line: a 3 button and a 4 button, each with 2 vents. Produced in small quantities to guarantee exclusivity, customers still have the option to change a coat’s collar, piping, lining or buttons, a distinction which sets Allon apart from other ready-made show lines.



This versatility has made Allon a hit with the hunter jumper circuit’s A-list, and sponsored riders include John Pearce, Joie Gatlin, Susie Hutchinson, Hap Hansen and Francie Steinwedell Carvin. Keeping in line with their philosophy that show clothing should be both attractive and performance-friendly, along with their coats and show shirts Allon also offers sleek polos that are traditional enough to be worn underneath a hunt coat. The color palette of Allon pieces ranges from classic modern neutrals like black, white and grey to eye-catching pops of bright shades for those who want to stand out in the show ring. New designs are currently in the works for summer and fall, with an emphasis on sophisticated and feminine designs. Expect to see coats, shirts and polos in a dazzling array of fresh seasonal hues and styles, but don’t think that means that Allon’s commitment to performance quality and fit will wane. “Concern with ease of movement and a natural body line are of the utmost importance when dressing a rider in today’s sport,” insists Collins. Allon Equestrian

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TRAINER SPOTLIGHT by Molly W. Chapell Nearly 14 years ago, when Rachel Fields moved to California from New Zealand, she couldn’t have imagined she would end up where she is today. Married, running a successful training business and even jetting off to Europe in search for top quality show horses, Rachel became one of Northern California’s most recognizable grand prix riders while working privately for Maple Leaf Farm, and when she was ready to make the leap to her owning her own business, she did it well, and with her husband at her side. Jeff Fields, a lifelong equestrian, spent time on the California show circuit honing his riding skills before he opened his own Ridgetop Ranch. But when an opportunity to ride with international rider Duncan McFarlane came about, Jeff left his own business to work in Fairfield, CA as McFarlane’s assistant for three years. Jeff and Rachel met in 2005 at the Woodside Horse Park in Woodside, CA, and began dating in 2007. In December of 2009 they married in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Since 2009 Jeff and Rachel have operated the very successful Sandhaven Farm, located at Portola Farms in Woodside, California. Rachel and Jeff took the time to speak with Horse & Style about the transitions that forming a business together brought on, their busy life and how a couple of personal and equine comebacks have improved their training skills. Horse & Style: What is it like working day in and day out with your spouse? Rachel Fields: I wouldn’t want to be in this business with anyone else other than Jeff. I think we work well together; we both work really hard and enjoy what we do. Some days are harder than others but at the end of each day we consider ourselves very lucky to be doing something we both love so much. The two of us complement each other in the way that we both have our strengths, we both have our parts to play and we both work equally as hard. Jeff Fields: It can be challenging at times working together especially when we are trying to help each other at the show ring, those moments are tough, but we try to get help from others when we can, that way we keep the peace. It’s seems as though we aren’t the only couple to have this issue which is comforting to know. At the end of the day we want the best for each other when we are competing. H&S: Rachel, how was the transition from private trainer to working with multiple clients? RF: I had learnt so much from working for Butch and Lu Thomas and also John French so when it came time to do it myself I really drew from those experiences. It was a scary transformation, I won’t lie about that. I had

great people behind me, supporting me, advising me

and then it wasn’t long until Jeff became part of it as well which was huge. Julio and Kim (Sandhaven staff) came with me from Maple Leaf so I was very fortunate to be working with people that I had worked with for years previous so that helped a lot. H&S: Where do you go in Europe to buy horses? RF: We buy from Stal Hendrix in Holland. I was introduced to Paul and Emile Hendrix in 2004 by Laura Gerst. When I started at Maple Leaf she advised me to go to them if I wanted to buy quality horses from reliable horse dealers. That is exactly what Stal Hendrix is, they sell quality and they stand behind their horses which doesn’t happen so often in the horse world.

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Jeff & Rachel Fields H&S: What has your grand prix horse Karl Du Chateau been up too lately? RF: He’s back in the show ring! He had six months off in 2011 after he had a rough couple of shows and was not wanting to jump some combinations, which was very unlike him. After some time off we discovered he had an issue with his neck and it seems that had been causing problems for a while. We found a small fracture on his transfer processor that was likely the cause of his problems. H&S: What are your plans for him for this year? RF: We are taking our time with him. He started showing again Week 4 of Thermal and did a week at level 3, a week at level 4 and will progress like this until he is where he is comfortable again. This horse is truly one in a million, he has done so much for me as a rider, he has done so much for my career and our business. He doesn’t owe us anything, so it is entirely up to him as to what he wants to do, he’ll tell us. It is an awesome feeling to be back in the show ring on him, he is such a showman, he loves to be out there. H&S: Jeff, we heard that recently you took time off for an injury. What was the injury? What did you do with your free time? JF: A horse I was riding tripped on landing and fell down, throwing me in front of him. Then he rolled over on me. At first they thought my back was fractured but I had separated a rib from my vertebrae. I did an awful lot of teaching while Rachel did more riding. I tried to improve my

teaching skills and I spent time at shows listening and learning from the likes of Lise Gregory and Chris Pratt, walking courses, watching them school horses and helping set

jumps for them at the practice ring.

H&S: When not at the barn, what do you two like to do with your free time? RF: Finding the time to relax doesn’t happen very often, but when we do we like to stay close to home, cooking and eating good food and drinking great wines. We both enjoy cooking for friends and entertaining. We enjoy watching movies and going shopping (which is never good) and sometimes when we find the time, doing nothing is great too. We both enjoy playing golf. Neither of us are particularly good at it but it can be rather relaxing. H&S: Tell us one thing people don’t know about either of you. RF: I have an older sister named “Brigitte.” I admire her hugely and am proud to have her as my sister. She’s a production manager that has worked on films such as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Avatar, Tintin and is currently working on the Hobbit films. Brigitte is the better rider out of the two of us! JF: I graduated from the Fire Academy in 2003. I have always wanted to be a fire fighter or be in the military in some form if I weren’t doing what I do now. Other than that my other true passion is playing baseball.




The Avalon by Troxel

A Sleek, Competitive Show Helmet It is no surprise that Troxel is the worldwide industry leader in ASTM/SEI-certified equestrian helmet. Troxel, which was one of was the first to develop a lightweight, vented ASTM approved equestrian helmet, is consistently incorporating the latest technology in their riding helmets and providing equestrians with a variety of fits and styles. Not only are they pioneers in the industry, but Troxel is the only physician-developed equestrian helmet line. Widely known for their helmets in the eventing industry, Troxel is now making a strong impact in the hunter/jumper discipline. Troxel’s newest ASTM/SEI-certified competition helmet on its way to the hunter jumper circuit. The Avalon is designed for the serious equestrian competitor. This new helmet consists

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The Avalon also includes CinchFit™ Elite technology designed by Troxel, that incorporates leather and flocking trim, with elastic straps that self adjust to the size and shape of your head. With ultra-plush padding, the CinchFit™ Elite delivers a supreme level of comfort and stability. The Avalon is sure to be a very stable helmet when galloping around quick turns and jumping wide oxers. If a rider were to fall, the Avalon’s shatterproof soft-tip visor system has been developed to reduce the risk of cuts or scrapes. At an affordable $169.95, this helmet is a steal for a hunter/jumper rider ready to look professional and competitive in the show ring. Available in black, the Avalon comes in three sizes (small, medium and large,) designed to fit hat sizes from 6 5/8 to 7 ¾. The Avalon will be available at select retailers beginning in June.

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Tao Tao 3 Tao Tao 3 gallops into the arena, waiting for the tone to go off. As he bounds into the canter a smile crosses his owner’s face, and they turn toward the first jump together.

Tao Tao instills a lot of confidence in me because I says the 11 year old Dutch know he can jump anything, Warmblood’s loyal owner, Alicia Jonsson Foster of San Jose, CA. Affectionately known as “Taoie,” the 17-hand gentle giant was imported to the United States from Germany in 2007. Foster, who was not really looking for another horse at the time, almost passed on the gelding. But after some convincing by trainer Rudy Leone she rode him, and after feeling his incredible jump she was sold. He soon joined Foster’s family. This spring, Foster and Tao Tao flew across the country, from California to Wellington, Florida in order to compete in the USEF Show Jumping Selection Trials for the London Olympics. A veteran of the 2008 Trials with another horse, Foster was thrilled to enter Tao Tao in this year’s Trials.

An Impressive Resume

A seasoned competitor, Foster felt confident going to jump the country’s biggest courses after Tao Tao’s especially strong 2011 season. Together Foster and Tao Tao completed the Spruce Meadows Mercedes Benz Derby, a grueling course set at 5’3” that includes the famous slide and devils dyke, and with Jill Humphrey, Tao Tao won the 4-Bar at the 2011 Sacramento International Horse Show. The 4-Bar or 5-Bar classes, which consistent of four or five single fences set one stride apart, are Tao Tao’s specialty. His personal best currently stands at 6’3”. Tao Tao and Foster used Week 6 at HITS Thermal as a final prep for the Trials, competing in the $200,000 Lamborghini Grand Prix of the Desert. From Thermal Tao Tao traveled straight to Florida to settle in with fellow Californian Richard Spooner.



Calling Northern California Home

When not on the road, Foster and Tao Tao are based at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos, CA. At home, the 17-hand gentle giant is a child magnet. According to Foster, when children walk over he responds by lowering his head to make it easier for them to pet his face or give him cookies. Very aware of their size, he is very patient and careful not to get his feet too close to theirs. Tao Tao’s goofy antics in the barn keep Foster and her daughter, one year old Eve, entertained at all times. With Eve accompanying her mother to the barn on a regular basis, “Taoie” has had to adjust to becoming a bit of a play toy. “Once Eve grabbed him by the nostrils and wouldn’t let go. She just laughed hysterically while he just stood there,” recounts Foster. Tao Tao is constantly doing things for attention, whether it’s annoying his stable mates or wagging his tongue at others. Usually his target is

Foster’s other horse. Never one to turn down an opportunity for mischief, at one horse show he took advantage of a hole in the stall to put his entire head through it to check in on his neighbor. The nonstop activity at shows gives him something to do with his time, but when there is nothing to watch or no one to play with, he can always keep himself entertained. Even when his habits leads Foster to buy a sewing machine; after setting a record of ruining an entire brand new blanket in one day, he is no longer allowed to wear pretty things while unsupervised.

Ready to Go

Underneath the lights, “Taoie” gets amped, always ready to show. After bursting into the ring, his giant head highlighted by braids, the showman is known for pawing at the ground. Foster remembers a show in Del Mar, when Tao Tao was waiting to begin his round. While excitedly pawing with his right leg, he decided to switch to his left, almost toppling over to the amusement of Foster. “Although he can be a total goofball, I believe he really loves to jump,” said Foster. “I can feel that when I’m on him.”

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Whether on the road or hanging out at home, “Taoie” is a barn favorite. He always finds ways to entertain himself and the people who surround him. And with a select show season that includes the biggest jumps in Northern California ahead of him, he can now cross the 2012 Olympic Trials off his list of things to do. “If all he ever had to do was play, canter and jump, he’d be the happiest horse in the world,” adds Foster. Opposite page, top: Foster and Tao Tao 3 compete in the $30,000 Jennifer Marlborough Memorial Grand Prix at Leone Equestrians, photo ©Ryan Anne Polli. Opposite page, bottom: “Hello there neighbor!”

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A rider’s helmet is not only the most important piece of equipment they wear, but also a statement of their riding style. Classic or trendy, this season’s helmets hit the mark on both fashion and function.

Leather Luxury


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Gorgeous Graphite Antares

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Congratulations to all of our clients for a great Winter Circuit at HITS Thermal. Looking forward to a great 2012 for Team RMF!

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Sarah Draxton & Rienzo

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Champion Adequan Hunters - Week 4 Reserve Champion Performance Hunters - Week 2 Top Ribbons Large Junior Hunters

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Mid Circuit Champion Pony Equitaion Champion Pony Equitaion - Week 6

Sabrina Hellman & Perfect Pleasure

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Avery Hellman & Woodstock

Mid Circuit Champion Training Hunters Reserve Circuit Champion 2nd Hits Hunter Prix Reserve Mid Circuit HITS Hunter

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Mid Circuit and Circuit Champion Adult Equitation Top Ribbons 1st Year Green Hunters

Annabel Joost & Kasimir Top ribbons in 3ft Medals and Equitation

Emma Waldfogel & Zepplin

Reserve Mid Circuit Champion Childrens 14-17

Qualified for the Hits Ch/Ad Hunter Prix Final

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Reserve Champion Low A/O Hunters - Week 2 Top Amateur for the Circuit in the hits Hunter Prix

Katie Bariteau & Very Best

Champion Hits Child Hunters Champion Low Hunters

Blaire Kingsley & Biarritz

Mid Circuit Champion Low AO Hunters, Champion Low ao Hunters - Week 5

Emma Waldfogel & Maximilian

Champion Childrens 14-17 Week 2 Champion Low Hunters Best Child Rider - Week 2

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers

Tracy Mirabelli, Heather Roades & Amber Levine - Assistants

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Erin Bland & Revolution

Top ribbons Low Amateur Jumpers

Paige Pastorino & Crusader

Winner in the Childrens and 1st Year Green Hunters

Erin Bland & Weatherly

Mid Circuit and Circuit Champion A/O Hunters 18-35 Top A/O Rider - Weeks 2 & 3 Winner A/O Classic - Week 1 & 3

Eleanor Hellman & Desperado 166

Winner in the Low A/O Jumpers

Mid Circuit and Circuit Champion High Performance Hunters

Eleanor Hellman & Alley Oop (shown)

Emma Townsend & Finlandia

Winner $5,000 Animo Med Jr/AO Classic Champion Med A/O Jumpers - Week 2


Reserve Circuit Champion Pre Green Hunters Reserve Champion Hits Thermal Hunters

Julie Blaney’s Skywalker

Champion Adequan Hunters - Week 3

Jackie Skavril & Telstars Anastasia Dede Helfond & Flying Solo Childrens Jumpers 16-17

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Helen McEvoy’s Chance of Flurries

Low Child Adult Jumper

Avery Glynn & All That

Mid Circuit Champion Adult Equitation Reserve Circuit Champion Adult Equitation

Mid Circuit and Circuit Champion Beginning Equitation Champion Schooling Pony - Week 5

Charlie Bucket

Winner Top Dog at Thermal

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers

Tracy Mirabelli, Heather Roades & Amber Levine - Assistants

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Emma Townsend’s Unfinished Business

Mid Circuit Champion Childrens Hunter 13 & U Winner HITS Ch/Ad Hunter Prix Week 1

Sarah Draxton & Tessa Childrens Jumper 16-17

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Outwoods Outlasts

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When Helen McNaught and Duncan McFarlane partnered in 2009, they couldn’t have anticipated that the formation of their Outwoods Farm would rocket to the top of the grand prix divisions and become one of Northern California’s leading jumper barns. But that’s exactly what they’ve done. And after the recent winter circuit that saw them win or

by Erin Gilmore photography by Cheval Photos

finish in the top ten during five out of six weeks of grand prix competition, and with a collection of high performing students and horses, Outwoods returned home to Castro Valley with a bounty of ribbons and a great start to 2012.

Horse & Style took a closer look at the wins, the wears and the top horses of Outwoods Farm.



What They Wear & Why KEP Italia Helmets “They’re really lightweight, comfortable and you can leave them on all day. And they’re safe!” Custom airbrushing with the British flag (hers) and the New Zealand flag (his) give their show helmets a special twist.

Hunt Coat by RK

through DKT Saddlery

“Machine washable, durable and affordable. They are supplied by Didem Kurt Treadwell.”

The Horses & Their Quirks

Mr. Whoopy 10-year-old Hanoverian Stallion

Mr. Whoopy’s slightly silly name comes from his dam, who is named St. Pr. Hauptsutbuch Whoopy. At night, if he doesn’t want you to leave the barn, he sticks out his tongue. He loves Lucky the barn cat, and lets Lucky sleep in his hay.

Breeches by Eurostar “They are just more modern than anything else. They have a little edge to them, with great zips that have crystals along the sides. They’re great quality and not super expensive.”

Lariccel o

13-year-old Oldenburg Gelding

Boots by DeNiro

Lariccello began winning grand prix classes with Helen last year, and is really making a name for himself this year. After Thermal he was leading the national rankings of top money-winning horses in the U.S.

Gloves by Rockel or Heritage

“They look and feel great, all day.”

In the stable he likes to drown his toys in his water bucket. When he’s finished with his hay he always somehow takes his haynet down and brings it to his door without breaking anything.

“Whichever is lasting longer that day!”

Stubben Saddles “I won my f irst grand prix in a Stubben when I was 17.” Each horse goes in his own Stubben saddle; Caballo goes in the Portis, Whoopy goes in a Genesis, and Lariccello goes in a Rockstar Biomex with a padded seat.

Cabal o

17-year-old Holsteiner Gelding

TACK by Stubben, ANTARES and Amerigo

“Stubben makes great bridles too, although we have a few Amerigos too. Our breastplates are Antares, although Caballo has a Prestige breastplate because he prefers it over the Antares.”



When Helen bought Caballo, he had low confidence levels. She developed a partnership with him, and he’s since gone on to become her most consistent partner in the grand prix ring. Caballo is an instigator, and loves to play. He and Helen’s dog Ellie don’t get along, because they know they are both Helen’s favorite and they’re jealous of each other.

What They Won, Thermal 2012 Week 1

$50,000 EMO Grand Prix 1st - Helen McNaught & Lariccello

$25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix 2nd - Helen McNaught & Lariccello 4th - Duncan McFarlane & Mr. Whoopy


Week 2

$53,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix CSI2*W 2nd - Helen McNaught & Caballo 5th - Duncan McFarlane & Mr. Whoopy

Week 3

$53,000 HITS Grand Prix CSI2* - W 1st - Duncan McFarlane & Mr. Whoopy 4th - Helen McNaught & Caballo 8th - Helen McNaught & Lariccello

Week 4

$32,000 HITS Desert Classic

1st - Duncan McFarlane & Mr. Whoopy

$53,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix CSI2*W 2nd - Helen McNaught & Caballo 7th - Duncan McFarlane & Mr. Whoopy

Week 5

$32,000 HITS Desert Classic 7th - Helen McNaught & Caballo

$53,000 HITS Grand Prix CSI2*W 7th - Helen McNaught & Lariccello 10th - Helen McNaught & Caballo

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To everyone who joined me

THANKYOU for showing such touching support.

It is an inspiration to have such amazing people stand behind me and help me meet my goal, towards the purchase of home medical/rehabilitation equipment.

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You touched our lives, and you will be missed by the entire NorCal community.

We Make a Life by What We Give Northern California riders share the stories of their mentors by Erin Gilmore



We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill


orses have a lifetime of knowledge to teach a person, but it’s a very lucky rider who crosses paths with a horseman or horsewoman who can guide, encourage and mold their interest into a passion they will spend their own lifetime pursuing.

Horse & Style asked a varied group of Northern California trainers and riders who their most influential mentors have been. The answers we received were revealing, touching, and most of all, inspirational. Read on:

LesAnn Leclaire Rubicon Farms, Portola Valley “I would say that there have been two continuous influences in my riding career and life; my family and Carleton and Cindy Brooks. My parents have always been very hard working ethical people. They taught me how to earn my way, to never do anything halfway, and to always be honest. My family is always there for me to provide balance and support in my career and my life.

Trainer Carleton Brooks has also been there for me for over 25 years now. I was so very fortunate to come up at Uphill Farm. I was able to be a part of everything from starting young horses to preparing show horses. I learned how to carefully manage a schedule, provide horse care and help the barn perform at its best. Carleton is the best at understanding and reading a horse, and Cindy possesses unparalleled class and consistency. Her grace under pressure in the show ring always blew me away, and they both invested a lot personally to raise me the right way. Carleton is now the godfather to my daughter, Lydia Rose. I am very grateful to still have these people in my life.”

photo ©Cheval Photos APRIL | MAY


“Twenty-one years ago I set out to be a professional, with stars in my eyes and hopes of a Grand Prix career, and today I can honestly say that those same things are true. I took the long road to having my own barn, Round Meadow Farm, because very early on I recognized the benefits of “learning what to do and what not to do” from everyone I met. Having grown up a product of my parents, and of Foxfield in Southern Calfornia, where I learned the value of being a horseman, and of Karen Healy

Nicole Bloom

Round Meadow Farm, Menlo Park Stables, where I learned that hard work will get you anywhere, I set out at the young age of 19 to take on the horse world. Little did I know at the time that cold calling Susie Hutchinson for a job at Flintridge Riding Club would set me up so well for what was to come down the road. I was told by a close friend to follow Jimmy Williams around like a puppy, and so I did. He taught me in a way that I didn’t even know I was being taught. It was all through experience. I still use many of his methods and sayings to this day and value the time I spent there greatly. I feel so fortunate to have worked professionally for and with people like the Esau Family, Nancy Nordstrom, Frank Madden, Barbie Bancroft and Carleton Brooks. They all have something different to offer, but

one thing remains the same, they are lifelong Horsemen and they love what they do.

Mentoring is one of the most valuable things we can offer in our sport, to be able to share our experiences and support one another can only make us better professionals. To this day I have several mentors I regularly call on for advice (probably more often than they care for!) and I’d like to think that I too have had the opportunity to guide a few of my fellow professionals as well. Teaching has taught me so much about not only riding, but myself and has become one of the most rewarding (if unexpected) things in my life.”

Ian McFarlane 13 years old “I am grateful to have incredible parents, and I believe they have made the greatest impact on my riding career so far. I am also lucky to have the influence of great riders including Guy Thomas, Richard Spooner, and Allison Kroff. Also my parents have found me great horses to ride. My mom Gry McFarlane has taught me to find solutions to both the physical and mental challenges of riding. My dad Duncan McFarlane continues to help me maximize my horses’ potential.

Both my parents have provided me with a solid foundation from which i can develop as a rider. As I advance in my career I will always be able to fall back on this foundation.”



Nicole photo ©Cheval Photos Ian photo ©Ryan Anne Polli

Abby Jorgensen 15 years old “Butch and Lu Thomas have made the greatest impact on my riding career. They have pushed me to be my very best and to always try my hardest. Butch has always been there for me, and Lu is always very supportive.

I know they want me to try my best, but they also make sure I have fun. They will always be my most influential mentors because they started my jumper career. I have been riding with them for years and they have made me the rider I am today. I can’t thank them enough! Butch has always been hard on me with my riding, but I know that he is just testing me to see if I can handle the pressure. He has made me a stronger rider and I respect him so much. Lu is such an amazing rider and I admire her so much. She has really helped me with my riding, especially my position on a horse. She is the one who gets after me for long reins or slouching over and she has really helped me get better! They are amazing trainers and truly amazing mentors.”

Meredith Herman Burgundy Farms, Sonoma “About ten years ago, I met Mary Manfredi when she moved to California to train near my barn. In retrospect I can’t imagine what my business would look like today if I hadn’t had Mary as someone to look up to and emulate. Mary is a consummate professional. In all the time I spent with her she was always “on point.” She was organized, well dressed, alert, and ready to solve any problems. There was never a moment where her sense of responsibility for her horses was not present. I always loved watching Mary and her clients in the show ring. The horses were always turned out in a beautiful and traditional manner: matching black boots, white show pads, demur scrim sheets, and plain brown tack without a lot of funny bits and contraptions. I love that she routinely picks simple, good jumping horses, with a nice forward way of going. I really took from Mary the importance of mounting clients on conventional straightforward horses in order to help them learn how to ride. The best advice Mary ever gave me is that being a horse trainer is no different from any other job. You should work as hard and do as

much for every horse as you can from the day that it enters your stable till the day it leaves and then move on to the next one. There are a lot of people that I really have looked up to over the years in this sport. Many people that have influenced my teaching, horsemanship, and style of riding. I owe the world to my trainers Judy Martin, Guillermo

Abby photo ©Ryan Anne Polli Meredith photo ©Jenny Harris

Obligado and Gerhard Etter, my veterinarians Jack Snyder, Don Smith, and Richard Markell, and riders that I just love watching: McLain Ward, Katie Prudent, and Kent Farrington. That being said Mary Manfredi was the one that I think I learned the most from. Her professionalism will always stick with me and be an inspiration.”



In the early 70s I attended Morven Park International Equestrian Institute, in Leesburg, VA. At the time it was the only riding school

John Charlebois Charlebois Farm, Portola Valley in America that offered young trainers the opportunity to become a certified trainer/teacher. Besides all the great riding and teaching experience I received, the most important piece of knowledge I received while at Morven Park was from Alexander Macay Smith. When he gave the commencement speech, he said: ‘Remember, your horses are

your business partners, you can’t be in business without them, so always take the best care of your horses, keep them healthy and happy.’

“There are many people who have influenced my career in a positive and educational way. As a young boy growing up in Quebec, Canada, my neighbor Reg Bishop gave me my first opportunities to ride, help out in the stables and compete. He taught me the responsibility of caring for horses, and when I rode to always try my very best. My second mentor was Carl Bessette, a great teacher and horseman. I rode with him in Vermont as a student and later he gave me my first riding and teaching job. Back in the late 60s Carl was the first trainer who taught me the value of good flat work to create a great hunter/jumper or equitation horse.

I also had the opportunity to work for Michael Matz, one of this country’s greatest horsemen. He taught me how important it is to pay close attention to my horses, their condition, their health, their attitude, their soundness and to do everything in my power to prevent any problems going forward. I learned a lot in the schooling area during my youth when Rodney Jenkins and George Morris were showing. And today, there are great modern day mentors on the West Coast that we should all be watching, such as Will Simpson, Rich Fellers, John French, Duncan McFarlane, Helen McNaught, Chris Pratt, Richard Spooner, and Kyle King. There is so much to learn from those people, it’s like a free riding lesson every time you watch them. Lastly, my most important mentors have been all the wonderful horses I have trained and worked with. If you listen to them carefully, they all have something to teach you.”

Kylie Beckham 11 years old “My trainer, Nina Herrera Alario, has made the greatest impact on me in my riding career, which began when I was three years old. The most valuable piece of advice that Nina has given me is to always “just have fun.” It sounds so simple, but I see people at horse shows that seem to forget this. That makes me sad. My mom and I talk about the fact that when I’m in the show ring, I’m not actually competing against all of the other kids in the class.

Instead, I’m competing against myself - always striving to ride to my own personal best. So even if I don’t ribbon but I fell like I rode well, I’m happy with myself.

I believe that Nina will always be my most influential mentor in riding because she came into my life when I was seven and a half, and she brought me from trotting ground rails and learning to post to riding without stirrups and jumping 2’6”! Wow, that’s huge! And Nina has always demonstrated a good work ethic and commitment to doing things the right way. I think she has taught me values in the riding arena that I will use in every area of my life for the rest of my life. I’ll always admire and be grateful to her!”



John photo ©Ryan Anne Polli Kylie photo ©Nina Alario



Congratulations to our riders on a successful start to 2012 Thank you to CWD for their support and sponsorship Gry McFarlane - Windfall Farm 35 years of quality training - winning - and fun!

Phone: 707-864-3332

Fax: 707-864-2332 | 1911 Rockville Rd. Green Valley, CA 94534

Waterford Farm congratulates

Bliss Bonan & Quentas

Blythe Bonan

Champion Mid-Circuit Childrens Jumper 16-17

Reserve Champion HITS Childrens Hunter

for the purchase of


Champion Childrens Jumper 16-17

Thermal Week 3 Congratulations to Bliss and Lennox Qualified for CPHA Jr Medal and CPHA Foundation Finals

Thermal Week 3 Good luck in the 2012 show season with your new mount, Udo. Thank you Eamonn Hughes and Emil Spadone.

The Widger Family . Carmel Valley, CA

. (831) 277-1066

Waterford Farm congratulates

Shaye Widger & Papillion

Kate Rider & Cowboy

Thank You Lauren Kardell!!

3rd place Low Am/Owner Hunter Classic

1st place Marshall & Sterling Medal

owner Ginny Hawes

Thermal Week 3

Thermal Week 2

Looking forward to a fun, successful 2012 show year!

The Widger Family . Carmel Valley, CA

. (831) 277-1066

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is Helping Humans Heal First in a three part series on equine assisted therapies by Dr. Terri Lee Roberson

Four awkward and nervous teenage girls stand in an arena with two horses; a beautiful chestnut Hanoverian hunter and a curious Paint Quarter Horse mare.

The girls are cautiously watching and the horses are standing on the opposite side of the ring tossing their heads, excited to be in the arena. As the Paint comes closer, one girl, Charlotte, nervously giggles and moves behind another girl for protection. The Paint walks closer still until she is standing directly next to Charlotte, who is now visibly afraid. The Paint who had just previously been trotting around is now standing next to the girl quietly. Without words, Charlotte timidly reaches to pet her neck, and she gently nuzzles Charlotteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair. An unlikely bond has begun to form. Charlotte is a 14-year-old adolescent whose home life is chaotic and abusive. She has no experiences with horses and is in the arena as part of an equine-



assisted psychotherapy program that targets at-risk-youth. Equine facilitated therapy, also known as equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) or equine-assisted learning (EAL) is a fast growing, innovative method that can provide opportunities for growth and learning for a variety of populations.

While horses are large and powerful, they can also provide an opportunity for someone like Charlotte to overcome fear and develop a newfound confidence. Natural horse and herd behavior can mirror the behavior and patterns of human behavior, providing opportunities for selfâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;reflection and awareness of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own personal struggles. Through non-verbal communication, horses give honest and straightforward feedback, truly mirroring the physical and emotional states of the participant. The facilitated exercises are specifically designed to elicit metaphors from the

participants that may be more difficult to access through more traditional therapies. The participant’s personal interpretations of the horses’ behavior through metaphor help them to discover patterns between their feelings and behaviors. Participants can then translate this experience to their own life. In a typical EAP or EAL exercise, participants may be asked to create an obstacle that represents an obstacle they’ve faced in their own lives. The participants are then asked to have the horse move through or over the obstacle. The rules are simple: no bribing or touching the horse and no talking to one another. What happens next is that the group or family needs to figure out a way to work together as well as find a different way to communicate, not to mention getting the horse to cooperate. While this

exercise often starts out confusing and frustrating, the individuals get a sense of what it is like to work with others while also learning something about themselves in the process. And in typical fashion, the horse will bring her own personality into the mix and know exactly how to help.

This is the nature of EAP, the facilitators engage the participants in an activity and the horses become the therapists. To build trust with an abused adolescent like Charlotte may have taken weeks or months in a traditional therapy setting. The Paint was able to establish a bond within a few minutes. The relationship developed in those moments was a turning point for Charlotte. In the weeks to come, she was the first one there to grab a halter and bring the horses in the arena. With a little help from her four-legged therapist, she has become strong and confident, dealing with her past while keeping a bright eye on her future. Understanding a need to serve the needs of the valley of the moon community in Sonoma, it was the mission of Equine Mirrors to develop programs to provide a unique approach to equine assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Rebecca Bailey and Dr. Terri Lee Roberson are licensed clinical psychologists who share a love of horses and understand the unique power of horses to teach and inspire. Since its inception, Equine Mirrors has effectively provided EAP services to a many underserved populations of Sonoma Valley. They have also created corporate team building workshops and worked with other therapists using the techniques of EAL. Most recently Equine Mirrors has become a part of transitioning families focusing on the reunification of families. For further information, go to or Equine facilitated therapy has been successful in a variety of settings and with diverse populations from at-risk-youth to returning veterans. Mentalhealth professionals and horse specialists who are specially trained to provide services to communities typically facilitate EFT programs. EAGALA, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning, is an international organization dedicated to develop and address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of EAP and EAL. The EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), provides a focused comprehensive treatment and education approach to address presenting psychological issues where horses are incorporated in an experiential, handson, solution-oriented process. EAL, Equine Assisted Learning programs address group or individual learning or educational goals through creative horse-centered activities. EAGALA ‘s focus is ground-based, no horseback riding is involved. Instead, effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses are metaphors in specific ground-based experiences. For more information on EAGALA and training programs, visit

Opposite page, top: Positive exchange between a young boy and horse. Photo ©EAGALA; Bottom: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy helping a returning veteran. Photo ©Refuge Services This page, top: Dr. Bailey and Dr. Roberson in a teaching moment with Little Mister and a young client. Bottom: Dr. Bailey and Dr. Roberson with a group of youngsters during a EAP/EAL exercise. Photos ©Meg Smith




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Marcie Tote, Chloe $1,895 Corazon boots, ARIAT $330 Rose Gold & Diamond Ring, Hoorsenbuhs $5,700 Floral-Embossed Western belt, Prada $160

She's Gone Country

From the runway to the rodeo, spring fashion trends are a little bit country. Infuse your equestrian style with some Western inspired trends. Find your inner cowgirl-ista and show â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em how the West gets it done.

Jovial Junior

Selleria Horse Bracelet, Fendi $120 Leather Steer-Head Belt, Ralph Lauren $495 Barrel Racing Tee, Horseworship Tee $45



Trendy Trainer

Equestrian D-Ring belt, Ralph Lauren $195 MaryAnn Cow Tote, Rebecca Ray $225 Beaded Wrap Bracelet, Henri Bendel $118 Longhorn Tee, Haute Hippie $75

Ambient Amateur

Brandy shirt, ARIAT $45 Crossfire Caliente Boot, ARIAT $250 Tooled Leather Belt, Ralph Lauren $295 Raffia Cowboy Hat, San Diego Hat Co. $54



BTH Equestrians congratulates our Northern Winter Classic III riders on a fabulous first show of the season! Zoe Dupzyk and Brownlands Almond Joy Champion Cross Rail Hunters Reserve Champion Cross Rail Equitation A big move up from the walk trot ring last season!

Alison Turner and Brownlands Almond Joy

Champion Pleasure on the Flat

Shea Martin and Royalty

Delaney Islip and Sweet Talk

Reserve Champion 2’9” Child Adult Hunters Reserve Champion 2’9” Equitation

Another move up from last season, a great start on our way to the childrens hunters

Alison Turner and Castano

2nd NorCal 3’6”Jr/Sr Medal Qualifier 2nd Modified Jr/Am Hunter Stake

Made a fantastic debut in the Short/Long Stirrup Division with her new mount. Looking forward to a long and happy partnership for these two!

Alison Turner and Audrey

Fabulous rounds in the Low Child Adult Jumpers, Pickwick Medal, and Jumper Chase!

BTH Equestrians is now accepting a limited number of new horses into our program. Please call Brittany for more information

4761 Hillcrest Ave . Fair Oaks, CA 95628 . 916-844-9714 .

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Wild Turkey Farm Spreads Its Wings by Molly Knott photography by Jeff Lennan

Surrounded by verdant green pastures that stretch to the horizon, with wide-open skies sprawling overhead, one has a palpable sense of the “terroir” that inspired Barbara Ellison in the design and construction of her new Wild Turkey Farm facility in the Willamette Valley wine country town of Wilsonville, Oregon. The farm’s 215 rolling acres of former Filbert orchard are flanked to the south by a lazy stretch of the Willamette River and straddle the main artery of Oregon’s horse country, Wilsonville Road, with Rich Fellers Stables and other premiere equestrian facilities located just a few miles down the road. Ellison, a native of the Pacific Northwest, had always maintained fond memories of a childhood riding with Wheylan Meyers and Jay and Claudia Campf, and later, working as a trail guide on Oregon’s beaches. As Wild Turkey Farm, and specifically the stallion operation, began to outgrow its farm in Woodside, California, a return to Oregon, with its tranquility and pristine farmland so close to the “big city” of Portland, made perfect sense.



A statue of Wild Turkey Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stallion Liocalyon graces the entrance to the Training Barn.



After purchasing the Wilsonville property in 2001, Ellison’s top priority was the construction of her retirement horse facilities on the 40-acre riverfront section of the farm. Here, her former show horses and retired broodmares live the good life in the comfort of a gorgeous 15-stall barn and 17 pastures. The retirement farm is indeed a stunning facility, but Ellison’s real opus unfolds on the other side of Wilsonville Road. Behind the impressive main gates (custom designed to Ellison’s specifications by Stratford Gates,) the facilities that house Wild Turkey Farm’s breeding and training programs unfurl into the gently sloping distance: three (and counting) enormous barns, an international sized indoor arena, an outdoor arena, two covered Eurocizers,and miles of split rail fencing that stretch for as far as the eye can see. Just inside the gates, the farm’s welcoming committee is a herd of delightfully curious young “turkeys” - the two-year-old horses, donning their finest Oregon-grade winter coats. Ellison believes

firmly in letting them grow up naturally, with space for play and the opportunity to learn herd dynamics, so the group spends the year living in an 7 acre pasture

with a giant 68’ x 72’ communal shelter.

Around 50 or so head of horses are spread between Ellison’s broodmare, stallion, and training barns. That Oregon terroir is evident again in the barns’ display of traditional Pacific Northwest architecture. On the exterior, the massive timber and field stone construction, punctuated with sharp, windowed peaks, echo the local materials and Arts and Crafts lines of the iconic Timberline Lodge on nearby Mt. Hood. Inside, rich, knotty pine paneling soars to light-filled cupolas, earthy bronze hardware graces every door and fixture, vintage-style industrial lighting lines the aisle ways, and multi-paned picture windows offer emerald, tree-filled views in every direction. But, while all three barns possess a relaxing, retreat-like feel, each is also a picture of meticulous organization and attention to detail, tailored to its specific activities.

The broodmare barn is situated on an especially quiet portion of the property – near the shaggy two year olds but far from the stallion and training barns – and is loaded with features to accommodate the needs of Wild Turkey’s very special mothers and babies. When the magic of foaling season takes place each spring, the barn’s 24 stalls are converted to double size, draft-protection panels are slipped into the open-front stall doors, and breeding manager Darlene Mardock spends many nights in the apartment upstairs. Just beyond Mardock’s office, a custom-designed, fully-equipped mare station, including two palpation/breeding stocks, creates a safe environment for insemination and ultrasound procedures. In each barn, the aisles and breezeways are either colored, stamped concrete or wall-to-wall rubber bricks. Every stall is attached to an allweather paddock and has a Nelson waterer and pull out feeder. For convenience, every barn also has its own feed room. (Even the feed rooms will evoke barn envy amongst humans and horses alike, with slide-out, under-cabinet feed canisters and floor to ceiling stacks of treats!) Some very well-known horses call the stallion barn home, including foundation stallion Liocalyon and Wild Turkey’s newest resident, Gail Morey’s recently-retired Crown Affair. For this 6-stall barn, Ellison upped the standard five foot paddock fencing to six feet for added safety. One entire wing of the barn is dedicated to a state-of-the-art 1,500 square foot breeding shed and lab that Mardock and Ellison designed together. A short distance away, the 22-stall training barn includes a treadmill area, spacious grooming stations with leg-level lighting, a separate drive-up farrier area, and a dedicated veterinary room for Dr. Scott Hansen of Columbia Equine Hospital. Farm Manager/Assistant Rider Kelli Johnston and Head Trainer Soehnke Theymann also have offices in the training barn. The attractive red floors in the farm’s numerous offices and rooms aren’t just for looks; they are heated– an especially nice feature for Oregon’s cold, damp winters. The training barn is attached by covered breezeway to the 125’ x 250’ indoor arena, which boasts east and west facing walls of semi-opaque

This page: Video cameras being watched on an iMac; the international sized indoor arena. Opposite page, clockwise from top: Barbara Ellison and Roxy; showjumping superstar mare Summer and her first baby WT Captivate at the AHHA Approvals held at Wild Turkey in 2011. Photo © Mary Cornelius; pull-out Nelson feeders; the main aisle of the Broodmare Barn.





skylights and giant shuttered windows that can be fully opened or closed depending on weather conditions. Tom Buckingham of Buckingham Resources, Ltd. served as builder for the project. When the construction was completed – the stallions and competition horses arrived in January of 2011 – a second phase of work began. Operating a facility of this scope and scale is an undertaking not unlike the proverbial painting of the Golden Gate Bridge and, powered

by her passion, Ellison is immensely “hands on” in joining the staff in virtually every aspect of the farm. On a late winter’s day, this includes removing turnout blankets during a warm mid-day sun break, flagging pastures for maintenance, and supervising a construction crew in the arena. Ellison also rides every day and is deeply involved in the breeding operation, from collection and foaling to registries and sales, and handles all of the business administration for the farm. Ellison’s Silicon Valley roots shine through, too. Behind a paneled door in the broodmare barn, a rack of servers and switches hum with activity (how many barns have that?) Throughout the facility, a network of 59 cameras provides 24/7 oversight of the stalls and aisle ways. Ellison watches them on an iMac, but the system runs on Windows and, true to form, she can tell you all about it. The entire facility is without a doubt the realization of a bold and big vision. It is enormous, but never ostentatious, marked by attention to detail and an obvious appreciation for the Pacific Northwest. But, above all, it’s easy to see that each and every aspect of Wild Turkey Farm is inspired by Ellison’s abiding love for the animals. From top: The farm’s main gates along Wilsonville Road; youngsters enjoying the pasture; treadmill in the Training Barn.



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Olympic Fever! Fellers and Flexible finish as top West Coast pair following Olympic Trials by Erin Gilmore photography by Cheval Photos If it weren’t for the socks, things may have turned out differently for Reed Kessler at the Olympic Selection Trials for the Show Jumping Team and USEF National Championship, held March 21 – 24th at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, FL. The youngest rider of an initial 37, Kessler wore the same American-flag striped boot socks for good luck through all four grueling Trials, and after taking the title along with co-champion Margie Engle on Saturday, March 24th, she admitted that she’d been afraid to wash the socks for fear of breaking her superstition. Lucky socks were just one of the factors that came into play to make Kessler the shining star of the 2012 Trials. Aboard

Clockwise from top: Fellers did the West Coast proud, putting in strong performances with the wonderful Flexible; Reed Kessler shows off her lucky socks at the post-Trials press conference; Kessler beams as she discusses her win; Kessler and Cylana clear a 1.64 meter vertical during the final Trial.



USEF Long List: Top 15 Following the USEF Selection Trials for the U.S. Show Jumping Team, the USEF named a ranked list of 35 horse and riders to the USEF Long List for the U.S. Show Jumping Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. To remain in consideration for the Olympic Show Jumping Team, they are required to compete at two of four Observation Events that will take place at different locations this spring. On June 17, twelve FEI Nominated Entries will be submitted to the FEI by USEF, and from those 12 the final team will be selected in July. 1. Cylana/Reed Kessler 2. Indigo/Margie Engle 3. Cedric/ Laura Kraut 4. Coral Reef Via Volo/ Beezie Madden 5. Mika/Reed Kessler 6. Urico/Mario Deslauriers 7. Flexible/Rich Fellers 8. Antares F/ McLain Ward 9. Uceko/Kent Farrington 10. Sapphire/McLain Ward 11. Teirra/Laura Kraut 12. Cortes ‘C’/Beezie Madden 13. Romantovich Take One/ Christine McCrea 14. Springtime/Saer Coulter 15. Nemo 119/Lucy Davis

This page, top: Lucy Davis and Nemo 119 put in strong performances all week; Bottom: This vertical was a staggering 1.64m tall. Saer Coulter and Springtime powered over it. Opposite page: Margie Engle gives Indigo a well-deserved pat after he excelled during four rounds of challenging jumping; Bottom right: Karl Cook, of Willow Tree Farm in Woodside, CA, competed in his first Olympic Trials with two horses; Johnkeer Z (pictured) and ASB Conquistador; left: Alicia JonssonFoster and Tao Tao 3 completed all four Trials.


Cylana, a horse that had never jumped higher than 1.45m before January, Kessler’s talent emerged along with her horse, a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood, and also Mika, with whom she also placed third.

West Coast, East Coast

Rich Fellers, of Wilsonville, Oregon, made the West Coast proud by notching a clean round with Flexible in Trial #2 and eventually finishing in a three way tie for third place. Fellers joins the top 12 riders on the Long List, and further observation events throughout the spring will help selectors make their final decisions on picking the 2012 Olympic Team.

West Coasters Karl Cook, Alicia Jonsson-Foster, Saer Coulter, Lucy Davis and Kirsten Coe also competed in the Trials. Coulter, of San Francisco and Davis, of Westlake Village, put in strong performances throughout the week and finished in 10th and 11th, respectively. From here, riders on the Long List must compete in two out of four Olympic Observation Events this spring, which will help selectors make their final decisions on picking the 2012 Olympic Team. In June, the FEI Nominated Entries for the Olympics will be compiled, and from that the ranked list of four horse and rider combinations (with one traveling alternate) will be chosen to represent the United States at the London Olympic Games, August 4-8, 2012.

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Finding a Life of Tory Montgomery’s Two Way Street As she waited at the back gate of the jumper ring to take her turn on course, a teenage Tory Montgomery felt her horse start to tense. She had a momentary flash of annoyance before reminding herself to be patient, and find the balance in her upcoming ride between too much and not enough. She had no way of knowing that years later this mantra would become the cornerstone of her approach to her chosen career.

In The Genes

Tory descends from a family that could certainly be considered an equine dynasty. Her great grandfather, L.C. Smith, began Top: Tory with weanlings at The Yard - “Every baby teaches me something different. Though they have similarities, no two are the same.” Left: Tory and mom, Vickie, visit with Surrey outside the barn at The Yard



driving mules as a lad of 13, hauling logs from the hills of Sonora. He had Belgian draft horses that he drove in parades, was president of the Cow Palace, founder of the San Mateo Horseman’s Association, vice president of the U.S. Polo Association and played on winning National 12-goal teams. Her great grandmother, Ethel Victoria (from whom Tory derives her name,) was an excellent driver of Hackney ponies. L.C. and his wife owned Concar Ranch in the Hillsborough/San Mateo area, the name being derived from their daughters’ names, Connie and Carol. The two sisters began their life in the saddle riding western throughout the hills of San Mateo before choosing different roads. Carol became interested in the hunter/jumper world and showed Ryan O’Neal to many championships in the 4 foot hunters, competing as a junior against the professionals as that was how it was done at the time. She competed for years and was a well-respected and sought after trainer in the Woodside area for many years at her Atkinson Ranch. Tory’s grandmother Connie, showed Hackney ponies and then moved to harness show ponies including her national winner, Lady Lola. Tory’s mom, Vickie, remembers her mother as “a fantastic driver, a strong competitor who was always in it to win, and a great teacher.” All that benefitted from her instruction learned to have the right feel from hand to the horse’s mouth. Connie and Carol married brothers, the Atkinson brothers, and their father, “Papa Joe” Atkinson spent hours teaching tricks to dogs, horses, and even a brahma bull. His most famous was a horse named Ot, who became a “movie star” for Universal Studios. Bill Atkinson was a 7-goal polo player that played worldwide, and many aunts, cousins and other family members continued a life in horses. It can truly be said that Tory was on a horse almost from conception. Her mom, Vickie Montgomery, rode through eight months of her pregnancy. At the seasoned age of two, Tory started riding. Vickie ran a lesson program at the time out of Concar Ranch in Hillsborough and Tory would talk Vickie’s students into taking her out for a lesson.

Child’s Play

The family had a miniature pony named Fabulous Babe that was purchased for their circus company, Show Ring Enterprises. Tory would groom Babe in her stall for hours and Babe was Tory’s first mount in the leadline classes at the Menlo and Tally Ho shows.

When she was three, Tory graduated to Petey, another of the performing ponies, quickly learned to steer and never looked back. For Tory’s fifth birthday, her gift was Star, a pony of her own. They picked Star up in Los Angeles and Tory spent the ride home staring back at him from the backseat of the car. She christened him Heart Love, and as he was green to jumping, she set about training him to jump and in no time the pair were tackling gymnastics and courses. This was Tory’s first exposure to working with a young horse and it started a journey that continues today.


Through her teenage years, Tory continued to ride and show Vicki’s sale or client horses, always being called upon to ride those that were difficult and needed a sensitive rider. She closed out her junior career on “Dude”, a horse her mother purchased in Europe as a five year old. He had not had much exposure or training and though they had some stops and starts, Tory and Dude finished with year-end awards from both PCHA and NorCal.

As for the horses, Tory is clear. “I believe in being open-minded, every baby teaches me something different,” she adds. “Though they may have similarities, no two are the same. Each horse has its own approach to the training process so I aim to have a unique approach to each horse. Above all, it’s about the horses and what they feel. I want the horse to find itself, and I want to try to develop a horse I would like to ride and show.”

In 2004, Vickie and husband, Pat Montgomery left Portola Farms in Woodside and opened The Yard Equine Center, a rehabilitation facility in Hollister. Though she took the summer of 2005 to work for grand prix rider Leslie Howard, Tory knew the Hollister facility was where she was meant to be.

Trust Me

Tory credits her junior years riding difficult and sensitive minded horses for steering her toward starting youngsters. She also believes that riding and conditioning the rehab horses at The Yard has given her an understanding how horses learn behaviors to protect themselves from something that gives them pain or causes confusion.

Continuing Education

“I have had help from so many wonderful horsemen and instructors, and have been able to take home different lessons from each one,” describes Tory. “From Leslie Howard I learned about position and how do deal with horses that tend to be a little hot, Buddy Brown taught me the mechanics of riding and how to use your body to create your desired ride. I’ve been fortunate to work with great horsemen and technicians in Richard Keller and Richard Spooner, and currently am working with Bernie Traurig on how to prepare a horse to get the best jump every time.” It is, however, Vickie who has been the backbone. Tory says her mom helps her connect the dots, and because she knows her so well, helps her focus on getting the most from each trainer she works with based on their particular strengths.

she has been blessed with the fact that horses, even the difficult ones, seem to trust her, that she gives them

Tory says people have told her since she was little that

confidence and reassurance. Though a bit uncomfortable with the praise, she says she thinks it might be true.

She uses a lot of visualization in her training and wants the horse to pick up on her as calm, centered, and balanced. “One of my heroes as a rider is Lu Thomas, she never communicated fear or aggression to the horse through her hands and her horses responded in kind,” she says. In order for them to respect me I must respect them as well.” Tory wants horses to have the ability to trust in her, to have respect for her, but fully knows that must be a two-way street. “ Horses with Tory are started in a stall, bareback. She feels it develops a connection and a energy between horse and rider and they start learning to communicate without a bit. Her tenet is patience and teaching steps slowly instead of all at once. “I am a firm believer in being hands-on and knowing your horse. So many people get impatient and want instant results, that just doesn’t work for me,” she comments. Tory also hopes to return to the show ring in 2012 in a few of the Northern California Grand Prixs with her horse, MS Killina Pride (Dixie). She notes that she spent many years traveling to horse shows most weeks of the year and now she wants to pick and choose her competitions. “I do what I do because I love it,” she says. “But it is important for me to have balance in my life, to have friends and fun outside the shows.” Tory is aware there are some who struggle with her youth in a position as trainer but she says, ”Just like the horses, I can’t force anyone to listen to what I have to say. All I can do is show them by example and keep an open mind.”

Opposite page from top: Rage and Tory compete at Spruce Meadows in 1999; Tory & MS Flow Jo compete in the 2003 Grand Prix at the Pebble Beach Summer Shows; The Montgomerys in 2010 - clockwise from left Sean, Pat, Tory and Vickie. This Page: Tory and Batavia receiving awards at the Cow Palace, 2000



OUT AND ABOUT 2012 U.S. Selection Trials for the Show Jumping Team

1. Susie Hutchison, Olympic Team Selector 2. Rudy Leone, Butch Thomas and Guy Thomas at the ingate 3. The Hermes booth at WEF boasts out of this world offerings 4. Popular WEF vendor Der Dau, where tall boots come in a variety of leathers, from alligator, to python, to elephant! 5. WEF vendors offer all the stylish equestrian longs for â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including this cow hide purse 6. Lucy Davis course walks with coach Markus Beerbaum 7. International Club offers the best view in the house 8. Sean Leckie of Reno, NV, a regular face on the NorCal circuit, had a blast competing at WEF for the first time. 9. McLain Ward, Kent Farrington and Kirsten Coe judged the George Morris Excellence in Equitation class on Friday, March 23rd 10. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum coached Saer Coulter and Lucy Davis through the Trials Photos ŠCheval Photos



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11. Alessandro, Diana and Hugo of Metier Crafts 12. International brand Barbour looking chic in Wellington 13. Patriotic polo shirts from Der Dau have been all the rage this season in Florida. 14. Harley and Olivia Brown traveled from their base in San Luis Obispo to Florida for a five-week WEF tour before heading to Europe to compete 15. Kirsten Coe is originally from California but spends most of her time on the East Coast now. She rode two horses in the Trials. 16. Ali Nilforushan, of Del Mar CA, course walking prior to Trial #2 17. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Saer Coulter, Markus Beerbaum and Lucy Davis study the course before Trial #4. 18. Rudy Leone with rider Alicia Jonsson-Foster, who rode Tao Tao 3 in the Trials 19. Lucy Davis, Audrey Coulter, Alec Lawler 20. Francie Steinwedell-Carvin 21. Custom designed jumping boots from Devoucoux



ASK CARRIE Q: I fell off in the show ring yesterday and don’t really want to show today. What should I do?

A: Recovering from a fall is a three step process. Take your time with each step but don’t give up!

1. It is really important to process a fall or traumatic event, rather than just sweep it under the proverbial carpet. Since fear gets stored in the muscle memory, the first step is to review the fall in your mind and release tensions as they come up. This is challenging but if you are willing to go through all that you remember and continually tell your body that you are ok now, the charge will slowly diminish. 2. Next, spend twice as much time visualizing positive experiences in the ring when your horse and you were in sync. Pretend you are watching a video in your mind and put it on slow motion so you can notice as many details as possible. Notice your position, facial expression, your horse, the scenery, jumps, and especially the feeling of connection with your horse.

Carrie Wicks, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate As a sport psychology consultant, I assist equestrian athletes to optimize their performance at all levels of competition. My varied background as an A-circuit Junior and Amateur competitor as well as mother of two daughters - a jumper rider and elite gymnast - has deepened my understanding of what a rider needs to grow and thrive. From medal finals to the grand prix ring, I support athletes to attain their goals while developing a mental practice that is useful both on and off the field. If you would like to meet with Carrie to develop questions and comments for this column, please call or email. I am interested in learning about how riders of all levels prepare themselves for competition as well as how they connect with their horses.

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3. Now use steady breathing to help yourself stay in the moment and reconsider today’s plan. Take it one step at a time. Remember, fear is there to tell you to pay attention, not to tell you not to play. When fear pops up, focus on the task at hand.

Q: I suddenly have a bad habit of pulling up in front of the jumps and I can’t seem to get back on track. Do you have any ideas?

A: Your mind develops habits faster than you realize and getting rid of unwanted

habits can take up to 30 attempts! When you are riding, orient your thoughts on your desired behavior, rather than what you are trying to change. The mind is easily focused and can stay focused if you don’t keep changing the subject. It takes about 20 minutes to get your focus to optimum levels, which is why it is important to take advantage of time spent getting ready to ride and warming up. Every time you pick up your canter to establish pace before approaching a jump, think about the rhythm or energy instead of the distance. The distance will be there regardless. Create a mantra for yourself like, “Ride the rhythm.” Be patient and this too shall pass!

Q: I’m riding a great new horse this season. But I don’t get to

practice on him at home before I show. How can I do my best with him?

A: Catch riding is a true art form. It requires a combination of clear signals and trust. If you have a chance, watch videos of the horse before you ride him, and visualize how he goes. Otherwise, imagine you are giving directions to someone who is new to your language. Be specific, take your time, and try not to use words that might be confusing. Allow your goals to be about getting to know each other, rather than doing your personal best. When you focus on the relationship with the horse, the likelihood of good results is better anyway.

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Horse & Style: When and where did The Equestrian’s Concierge start? The Equestrian’s Concierge: The Equestrian’s Concierge opened at Riverside Equestrian Center (now Sonoma Horse Park) on January 22, 2007. I purchased the assets of The Wright Stuff, a shop created by my friend and professional grand prix jumper, Sue Ellen Wright. H&S: What inspired you to start your own tack shop? EQ: The idea came from being a hunter/jumper rider in the area for 12 years. I knew there were services that could be provided to better fulfill our needs. The first offering was blanket cleaning and repair service. We collect blankets, provide cleaning, repair and timely return - without the client having to think about it. Now we offer top of the line services and work with only the finest blanket, leather repair, and embroidery providers. H&S: What are the most popular brands you carry? EQ: The most popular brands are those that cover the everyday necessities - Ariat, Grand Prix, Sprenger - but what generates the most interest and excitement are new brands I help bring to the area. I was first to launch Pessoa Apparel from Horseware Ireland, Kingsland, PK Sportswear from Holland - and now GPA Apparel. Also, as a trained, expert boot fitter, I measure for LaMundial, the lower-priced custom riding boots from Ecuador, that are very popular. H&S: Where do you find new products? EQ: I’m constantly listening to what people are saying, what interests them and what seems to be going over well at shows. Also, my background and interest in this area is known, so I have a few key industry relationships with people who bounce around ideas with me on new product offerings, etc. I love brands that are new or exclusive, and have something very unique. H&S: How do you stand out from other tacks shops in the area? EQ: The level of expertise in our store is unmatched; we are totally

committed to our clients and they know our goal is to make their riding experience better. Most importantly, the “concierge” services we provide make us much more than a typical tack shop. We have a unique program, Outfitted by EQ, a tiered offering specifically for equestrian professionals. We help barns/trainers develop branding messages, a distinct look, and a “horse and rider show wardrobe” to clearly differentiate their business and unify their riders. Also part of the program is our Outfitted by EQ Elite riders – we have partnered with four key brands to sponsor the role models who are bringing something different to the Northern California hunter/jumper world. H&S: What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment so far? EQ: There has been a healthy and steady sales growth in a pretty bad economy. I have built a business in a sport I grew up with and have a strong passion for. I’m proud that fitting apparel, tack, riding boots and equipment is a real skill and strength of mine and that’s something an online retailer can’t do. We enjoy face-to-face relationships with our customers and their horses, and I wouldn’t want to be without it. H&S: What are your future and current goals for The Equestrian’s Concierge? EQ: EQ is focused on growing our concierge services, we’re always bringing more in – we just introduced our Video Lesson service! We will continue to make it easier and more convenient for our clients to get just the right solutions for their needs. The Outfitted by EQ program is growing rapidly, as is our knowledge base of trainer preferences and requirements for their clients. We like to help them make smart purchases, and work together in a team approach for successful and pleasurable equestrian experiences.

Ashley Matchett Woods of The Equestrian’s Concierge in Petaluma works passionately to help riders all over Northern California find the best look for themselves and the best equipment for their horses.




Fashion for a Just World! by Amanda Powers The second annual Strut! Fashion for a Just World Fashion Show to benefit JustWorld International was held March 3, 2012 at the Wellington Club on the show grounds of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Presented by JustWorld and their longtime partner Horseware Ireland, the successful show brought together the biggest names in equestrian fashion and show jumping, providing for a very exciting night for a crowd of over 200 that packed into the Club. Highlights of the evening included a live auction for dates with American 10-goal polo player Mike Azzaro and a date with handsome grand prix rider Daniel Zetterman. The show featured looks from Horseware’s Pessoa Collection, Le Fash, Asmar Equestrian, Dyer Equestrian, Grand Prix featuring Pikeur, GPA, and Konigs, Ariat, Der Dau, Goode Rider, The WEF Boutique, Zest, Skiffington LLC, Elegante Polo of Palm Beach, and a look by Sofie Belgium Boutique. The show raised more than $10,000 to benefit JustWorld’s project sites in Brazil, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. JustWorld International is a not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, which works as a catalyst for positive change in the developing world by helping impoverished children.


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DEAR FASHIONISTA Dear Horse & Style Fashionista, My fiancé and I are going to the Kentucky Derby this year. I want us to fit in without looking like were trying too hard. Do you have any suggestions on how we can both look “derby chic”? ~Race Rookie

Dear Race Rookie, The Kentucky Derby is the Oscars of horse racing, and therefore, it is not the time to dress conservatively! Take a risk and be bold, we guarantee that no matter how outrageous your dress, you’ll fit right in. For you: Try a bold print or bright solid dress paired with a terrific pair of heels and of course the Derby signature, a fabulous hat. If we learned anything from the Royal Wedding last year, it was that hats and fascinators are not only in style, but the more outrageous, the better! Just think WWKMW (What Would Kate Middleton Wear.) For him: Your fiancé can also use this opportunity to dress out of the box! Talk him into a seersucker suit or bright colored pants with a sports coat, add a bow tie and 1920s style hat and you’ll both look like you belong in a box on Millionaire’s Row. And don’t you dare show up to the Derby without the proper accessories. And we’re not just talking about your pearls and his cuffs, darling. The weather at the Derby can be quite unpredictable, so in addition to your designer clutch be sure to pack a tote with a pashmina, a pair of flats and an umbrella! Just in case! Hat: Pasadena, Lady Diane Hats, $155 Dress: Tory Buch, Darya Faille Colorblock Dress, $450 Necklace: Tiffany’s, Pearl Necklace, $1,000 Handbag: Rachel Zoe Charlotte Envelope Clutch, $495 Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Santa Maria Slingback Wedge, $695

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The April/May 2012 issue of Horse & Style Magazine offers editorial features on the Olympic trials, Allon Equestrian, equine assisted therap...

Horse & Style Magazine | April/May 2012 | Issue 4  

The April/May 2012 issue of Horse & Style Magazine offers editorial features on the Olympic trials, Allon Equestrian, equine assisted therap...