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Tommi Clark’s young age belies her incredible success in the hunter ring. Find out how she claimed a grand title at Harrisburg aboard a “super” horse.

Barn Envy

We’ve got an exclusive peek into Olympian Reed Kessler’s brand new barn in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky’s horse country.


Bit of Bliss

Step inside the Willeman-Richter wedding, an incredible, equestrian themed affair that celebrated the union of two meant-for-each-other riders.

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11 | From the PUBLISHER 12 | Out and About

Sacramento International Horse Show

14 | 10 Things

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16 | Out and About


2012 NorCal Medal Finals 20 | Professional Pop Quiz

22 | Between the Lines 23 | NorCal Corner

Medal Finals Wrap Up

24 | Out and About

Washington International Horse Show

Erin Gilmore Creative Director

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28 | New Product Alert

From Steel Horse to Sport Horse

38 | Trainer Spotlight Harley Brown 41 | Life of Pessoa

At Home in Brazil

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70 | Washington International Horse Show Draws Record Audience Worldwide 72 | Karl Cook Big Changes, Big Success 74 | Trainer Spotlight

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On the cover: Tommi Clark and Exupery give it their all on the way to winning the Grand Hunter Championship at Harrisburg. Photo ©Al Cook

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Holidays & Hot Shots Tis’ the season for celebrating end of the year triumphs, taking a breath from the previous horse show season and making resolutions for the upcoming year! In this issue we celebrate a young professional on the road to greatness. Twenty-two year old Tommi Clark caught our attention after she scooped up a trio of major hunter championships at this fall’s Pennsylvania Horse Show. From her choice to start a business at age 17, to her natural skill in the saddle, her story is truly remarkable (page 46). We catch up with Harley Brown after his recent move to Northern California. Harley gives us a first person account of a year that included big ups and downs, and what it was like leaving his home of ten years in San Luis Obispo for the more metropolitan landscape of the Bay Area (page 38). Karl Cook is another young rider who experienced much success this fall in the jumper ring. He took the Las Vegas National by storm, winning multiple classes, including the World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix. We’ve got the story of his tumultuous year, and how a change in his program turned his riding around in just a few months (page 72). In our latest edition of Barn Envy, we are excited to share an exclusive look at the Kessler family farm in Lexington, Kentucky, home of newly minted Olympic veteran Reed Kessler (page 54). And with the holidays just around the corner, we’re equally thrilled about sharing our recent collaboration with DappledGrey.com. Check out a sneek peek of The Holiday Guide to Equestrian Style (page 87), and then go online to see this online-only publication in its entirety at

Visiting with a few handsome Clydesdales in the beautiful wine country.

www.dappledgrey.com/2012giftguide (warning you may end up doing more shopping for yourself then others!) So, what’s my New Year’s resolution? To keep striving to continually improve Horse & Style, find a balance between work and family life, and of course make the time to ride! After all, isn’t that why we muck stalls, pick hooves, and slave away in our offices day after day, week after week? This holiday season, take a moment to enjoy those peaceful moments with horses. Wishing you and your horses a great holiday season and the best of luck in and out of the saddle this New Year!

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1. Dale Harvey holds court with an illustrious crowd before the WC Grand Prix 2. The Archers practice helmet safety – on the horse & on dad’s shoulders! 3. Jenni Martin-McAllister eyes the big sticks before the grand prix 4. Young Horse champions and their riders, Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and Kristin Hardin 5. Megan Jordan of Bend, Oregon 6. The Cheval Farms team, Jeannie and Jeni Paris 7. John McConnell 8. Rusty Stewart and Bristol won the Welcome during World Cup Week 9. Hope Glynn and daughter Avery 10. John Madden 11. Newly minted Olympian Rich Fellers was welcomed back to SIHS with much fanfare 12. John Charlebois with Assistant Trainer Haley Perkins 13. Team Carvin documents the action (from every angle) during the Welcome GP

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14. Little eyes were wide during the Ride & Drive 15. Heather Whitney at the wheel 16. Garrett Warner and friend 17. Kevin Winkel talks his rider through the course plan 18. The winners of the SAHJA Grebitus Cup, held during SIHS Welcome Week 19. Toni and Colin McIntosh 20. Zacko Hardin 21. Skylar Brittner, winner of the Swiss-Up Human High Jump 22. Bernie Traurig and Simon Nizri 23. Course designer Heiko Wahlers of Germany 24. Ashlee Bond takes time out of her show schedule to help demonstrate in a cutting clinic Saturday afternoon 25. Peyton Warren



10 THINGS 10 things you might not know about...

Glenn Wright As a child growing up in Anaheim, California, Glenn Wright was frequently put in charge of hauling duties for the group of ponies that he and his siblings kept for pleasure. It was a sign of things to come, as Glenn is now best known among horse show circles as the owner and proprietor of Glenn Wright Horse Transport, which he founded in 1999. Glenn got his first pony at the age of 9, and horses have been a part of his life ever since. As a teenager they led him to his wife, who entered his life as a cute little blonde that quite literally rode up beside him – and the rest was history. Horses have continued to dictate many of life’s important decisions for Glenn; he worked as a general contractor for 25 years, but found that hauling horses was more lucrative for supporting his family’s continuing horse habit. Read on:

1. He bought his first pony for $35 and didn’t realize he 6. Besides riding horses, Glenn’s passions are water/ was getting a two for one deal! She was pregnant!

snow skiing and hunting.

2. Glenn first met his wife Sue Ellen Wright when he 7. was 13 years old.

3. He started riding 4H when he was 14 years old. 4. Glenn was the subject of a “Handsome Is” article in Horses Magazine in 1973.

5. He got his general contractors license when he was 24 and built his first spec house at age 28.

His parents made him haul ponies for extra money when he turned 16 years old.

8. Glenn was the star wide receiver of his high school

football team. The quarterback of his team, Dave Wilson, went on to play for the New Orleans Saints.

9. Glenn started his commercial hauling business, Glenn

Wright Horse Transport, in 1999 to help pay for his daughter Shannon’s expensive show habit.


He has a major sweet tooth and can’t turn down a chocolate chip cookie and ice cream.



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OUT AND ABOUT The 2012 NorCal Medal FInals

1. Junior medal finalists are awarded their placings 2. Lucie Wharton stands by to award the champion of the Senior Medal Finals 3. Marnye Langer wishes a rider good luck 4. Max von Zimmerman gives Sean Leckie a little man-to-man advice as the only “gentleman” in the Junior Medal Finals during the draw 5. Waiting to present 6. The Groom’s Award was sponsored by Derby Hill, and went to the groom of each Medal Finals winner 7. Candace Allen and Benson Carroll have somewhere to be 8. Sandra McKeon 9. Carly Bechtel after hearing she was the winner of the Senior Medal Final 10. The Widge, otherwise known as Dick Widger 11. Sue Lightner and Emily Waldfogel with the 2012 Best Medal Horse 12. Watching the Medal Finals Photos ©Ryan Anne Polli



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PROFESSIONAL POP QUIZ This month’s question: “Do you think it’s bad luck to change a horse’s name, and why (or why not?)”

“Honestly, I am always a little torn when this situation comes up with new horses. I was raised by a professional athlete (who is very superstitious!) and a complete realist so I see both sides. Part of me believes that it is bad luck to change a name and the other part thinks that’s ridiculous! I settle for only changing names when they are terrible or really inappropriate. Out of four horses that I’ve owned I’ve changed two names and kept two names. Honestly, luck is what you make of it. It is very easy to blame every bad thing that happens on a superstition and also easy to attribute it to anything else.”

Jamie Taylor, Huntover “No I don’t think it’s bad luck to change a horse’s name. I think when someone changes their horse’s name they choose a name that they feel suits their horse’s personality or a bond that they have created with their horse. Besides, it can be fun to come up with your own name and at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about!”

Megan Perry, Silverwood Equestrians Every issue, a new question will be answered from your West Coast professionals. Have a question you want answered? Send it to sarah@horseandstylemag.com

“I personally do not like to change a name of a horse. If it already has a history and is in its field, I find it lucky (and a little superstitious) to keep the name. I would never change a horse’s name if the horse is over the age of 10. By the time they are 10, they have usually established themselves, and even if the name isn’t great... it’s almost a disservice to change the name and in effect erase the results attached to that name.”

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STYLE RIDER by Sarah Appel

Nick Haness

When his career took off during his last junior year, Nick Haness was aware that he was experiencing a level of success uncommon for a rider his age. But he was more than ready for it. Since then he has made wise decisions, quickly springboarding to the next success, and the next. He went professional straight out of the juniors; started his own business in 2009; and has quickly become a well-respected rider and coach in the hunter, jumper and equitation rings.

Nick’s Hunterbrook Farms is based in his hometown of Orange County, California, not far from where he started riding at four years old. While his most notable accomplishments as a junior (winner of the USEF Talent Search Finals and 4th in the 2006 Maclay Final) stand out, he’s most proud of his more recent successes as a trainer, coaching his students to three medal final wins and being competitive in USHJA hunter derbies.

Horse & Style: Describe your riding style. Nick Haness: My riding style of clothing is pretty traditional and clean cut.

I earned $90,000 in prize money. To compete in this huge event was a dream come true but to actually finish 2nd was a huge accomplishment for me.

H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? NH: I generally tend to wear darker color hunt coats, mostly blue. I

H&S: What are your riding goals for the future? NH: To win the WCHR Professional Finals title and to represent

always wear a white show shirt and I have a collection of my favorite Hermes ties that I choose from. Typical beige breeches are my favorite, and my favorite brand of breeches would be Pikeur.

America in World Cup show jumping.

H&S: What do you contribute your success as a professional rider and trainer to?

H&S: Do you wear any pieces of jewelry or clothing for good luck? NH: I also always wear a Hermes belt for good luck. Hermes is my

NH: I mostly contribute my success as a professional rider and

favorite stylish brand because not only is it top of the line, the “H” for Hermes could also be the “H” in Haness or the “H” in Hunterbrook. The boots I wear are custom and are from Argentina. I always make sure to be clean-shaven for a crisper, professional look come show day. As far as jewelry is concerned, I do not wear any special jewelry for good luck, but I do wear my Catena Diamond watch on my left hand.

trainer to my wonderful mother who has supported my riding career since day one, and has all along been such a mentor and amazing support system for me. From the days when I was a young competitor, she would devote her weekends, time, and finances to make sure I was having fun with my sport. I have four brothers who all played different sports, so my mom had a lot on her plate. I thank her endlessly for what she did for me and my dreams.

H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? NH: Other than Hermes, my GPA Speed Air helmet is a favorite.

H&S: What is the best life lesson riding has taught you? NH: The best life lesson that I have learned being

H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? NH: On days that I am not showing, you can usually find me in a

pair of Seven jeans and a polo shirt. Sunglasses are always a good investment for me. I love Ray-Bans and Gucci sunglasses, they tend to fit my face the best. I spend a lot of the time at the beach, so my swimsuit collection is pretty extensive. H&M is one of my favorite stores because their clothes fit me well and are inexpensive. But don’t get me wrong - I’m a sucker for expensive shoes.

H&S: What has been your biggest accomplishment as a rider? NH: My biggest accomplishment as a rider was placing 2nd in the

inaugural $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final in 2011.

a competitor in the horse industry is that you can never let yourself believe something isn’t possible. Ten years ago I dreamed about being where I am today with the clients and horses that I have, and even though I knew someday it was going to happen, I never expected it to happen this fast. Never give up, and never settle for anything.

Top right: Coursewalking at the 2012 $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix in Saugerties, NY Bottom right: Nick and Catwalk competing in a hunter derby at Del Mar, 2012



A Year of Making the Ordinary Extraordinary Reviewed by Erin Gilmore by Horse Junkies United Walker Park Media, 220 pp $44.95 (Amazon) Admit it. You compulsively consume information and stories about big name riders and equestrian superstars as much as the next person. Famous riders (and famous people, for that matter) are constantly, obsessively, followed by millions of people, every day. But what about the little guy? The everyday rider, the after-work horse owner, the weekend eventer? What about you? HorseJunkiesUnited. com was founded in May of 2011 to give a voice to all of those “ordinary” riders. The website immediately exploded in popularity, quickly amassing a stable of “normal” people with a passion in common for all things equine who regularly wrote in with their stories of riding ups and downs, news, and the events that matter to horse people. Just before HJU reached its first anniversary, founder Patricia da Silva was looking through all the posts, and with a flash of inspiration, decided to pick the very best ones and publish them in a printed book. It would be a way of creating a tangible record of the first year of a website that is so successfully fueled by the passion of horse people. The result is this 200+ page collection of stories from people you’ve never heard of about horses you’ll probably never see at the Olympics – but then again that’s the point. Don’t expect the most polished writing in the world, but do expect passionate stories about the moments that are incredible to horse people from all over - who are just like you.

NORCAL CORNER by Sarah Appel

Horses and riders rise to the occasion at NorCal Medal Finals The NorCal Medal finals attracted over 70 riders to the Leone Equestrian Center in Elk Grove, CA on a sunny October weekend to contest two full days of fierce and friendly competition. The hotly-contested Finals were judged by Hap Hansen, Mike Rosser and Richard Wilkinson. Best horse of the Junior and Senior Finals was awarded to Constantin, owned and ridden by Emma Waldfogel. The award was sponsored by Sue Lightner of Lightacres Farm. The NorCal board of directors would like to thank presenting sponsors Taylor Harris Insurance Services and Hey & Hey LLC, as well as all the division and classic sponsors. The show would not be possible without their continued support.

Photos from top: As one of the youngest competitors in the NorCal Junior Medal Finals, 13-year-old Tylor Nowell won the 2012 title. Tylor is trained by Nina and Mariano Alario of Estancia. Fresh off her second place win in the Hudson & Company Medal Finals, Carly Bechtel, trained by Matt Sereni, was named champion in the NorCal Senior Medal Finals. Amanda MacDuff, trained by Benson Carroll, beat 33 competitors to win the NorCal 3’ Medal Finals. Trained by Tracy Cotchett, Keely Laughlin won the NorCal Pony Medal Finals on her home turf after clinching the USEF Pony Medal Finals in Kentucky. Photos ŠSheri Scott


OUT AND ABOUT washington international horse show

1. So many Mundials….so little time 2. Scott Stewart led the hunter ranks at WIHS 3. A bird’s eye view 4. Rob and Robin Wilder with Jessie Baker 5. The vibe at the ingate was intense during the WIHS Eq Finals 6. Drool-worthy trophies and prizes 7. Candice King’s Gambler’s Choice costume was . . . you decide! 8. Lauren Hough and Kirsten Coe talk strategy with a smile 9. Stephanie Danhakl and Lifetime share a moment 10. Robin and Gerry Parsky 11. Kid’s Day brought ponies to the streets of D.C. 12. Reed Kessler shared a pizza lunch with admiring junior volunteers 13. It felt like fall in the outstanding VIP areas.

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NorCal Hunter Bonus Point Champion AA Hunters 18 & Over

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Congratulations to our clients on a successful 2012 show season. Now accepting clients for 2013. Cindy Brooks 650-740-0123

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NEW PRODUCT ALERT by Katie Shoultz

Steel Horse to Sport Horse


An Italian company synonymous with cutting-edge safety technology in the motorcycle industry, the Dainese brand is a visionary force with no shortage of horsepower. Safety Meets Style

Because Falls Happen

The Forward Approach

Water-repellent viscoelastic nitrile rubber is used in areas where possible impact is likely to occur during a fall; the knee, hip, and coccyx areas of the pants are reinforced with the rubber material that acts as a crash absorber. The breeches, however, maintain a show appropriate cut and style, providing a sporty edge without undesired bulkiness.

Dainese has recently turned its “ingenuita” to equestrian apparel; their tech savvy breeches are newly available in the U.S. (currently offered in their San Francisco store.) With a sophisticated combination of high performance details and tasteful fashion, they embody an Italian design that marries style and functionality. Are they sporty? Very. Functional and innovative? Most definitely. With a fiendish spirit as their brand emblem, these pants are wicked vogue.

“Stay vertical,” motorbike speak for ride safe, is the original motivating force behind this company. “In 1972, Dainese created the first hard shell spine protector for motorcycle racing, and the company has grown into the leading motorcycle apparel, race and protections company in the world,” explains Shelli Bohrer, manager of Dainese SF. “The company now has annual collections for ski and snow-sports; mountain and down hill biking and equestrian.” Displaying an unparalleled dedication to dynamic sports, Dainese is an industry leader in celebrating speed, freedom, and mobility while concentrating on increasing overall safety. All collections focus on protection as well as style, and Dainese attests that motorcycling will always play a part in their design and innovation.

Everyone knows the importance of a helmet, but what if breeches were designed to help lessen the impact of a fall? With Dainese, this concept is a reality.

A Secure Fit and Feel

Extra grip on the seat and inner thigh is a result of Lorica® synthetic leather alternative reinforcements with added silicone that provide a superior hold. The bottom of the pant leg has a Lycra® stirrup ending with silicone-lined elastic to prevent any material from riding up inside the boot. In consideration for all elements of design, the rear stitching is done with Nylon HT thread to provide maximum hold under any circumstance. Without overlooking something as simple as a button, the breeches are also equipped with a heavy-duty fastener to prevent any mishaps, whether in the ring or in town.

Complicated Made Simple

Dianese breeches are designed to be form fitting with an avant-garde edge, without abandoning show appropriate presentation. The breeches are offered in white, tan and other popular colors. Each pair is made with the durable, twoway stretch Schoeller® Prestige fabric, which offers breathability and excellent shape retention. Like a good Chianti or fresh antipasti, these breeches are a reflection of the Italian way of life. As Federica Marti of Dainese sees it, “In the breeches you can find the details typical of Italian design culture.” A bit of la dolce vita? Bellissimo! Images courtesy of Dainese



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Given our surroundings of subtle colors and classic dress, it’s a safe assumption that those of us who were brought up in the horse show world have a special adoration for accessories. Competitive equestrians always know the best way to accessorize our show clothes with the latest in eye-catching extras. The new year always brings a time for us to break out the metallic tops and sparkling accessories, and diamonds… especially this time of year! It’s not uncommon for national and internationally competitive riders nowadays to be “blinging out” in accessories, especially in the jumper ring. Metlar Accessories brings a cool blend of sophisticated bling with its fresh new brand of quality leather accessories that will allow you to bedazzle in style.

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“Interesting” is an optimistic way to define Harley Brown’s rollercoaster year in 2012. The native of Australia, who is a well-known face on the West Coast grand prix circuit, put other goals on hold in 2012 to focus on making the Australian Olympic Team. He came achingly close with his veteran partner Cassiato, only to be left off at the last minute. Not to be deterred, Harley returned home to California in midsummer, picked up two grand prix wins with Cassiato, and prepared for a big move. After much soul-searching, Harley Brown Equestrian relocated from its former base in San Luis Obispo to the more competitive grounds of Northern California’s Silicon Valley. Now, with a new home at the Portola Valley Training Center in Menlo Park, a young grand prix prospect and the support of his clients and family, Harley is turning toward his 2013 goals with renewed focus and an open door. And while he’s looking forward to what the coming year brings, he wouldn’t trade away the recent lessons learned. “It makes you stronger,” he notes. “It makes you work harder for the things you want. I wouldn’t change that.”

Horse & Style: What were the driving factors behind your recent move? Harley Brown: There were two reasons – population of riders and our

children. We wanted to be in an area that was a little more heavily populated with shows and riders. In San Luis Obispo it was a threehour drive minimum to get to any show north or south, and that affected the kind of riders we could have in training. And my wife Olivia and I think that Silicon Valley is a wonderful place for our two kids to grow up. It’s competitive. It’s real. People are down to earth. We want to give the kids every opportunity to grow up in a thriving environment, and we like the pace of Northern California.

H&S: Maintaining and being competitive at the grand prix level with a

top horse has had a big impact on your career in the U.S. Why do you focus on making your own horses, instead of buying high-level ones? HB: In Australia, if you can’t produce horses, you can’t make a living. Training a horse from the bottom up was one of the first things I learnt to do, and it’s why I can take a challenging horse that other people wouldn’t really look at, and make it into something special.

H&S: Was Cassiato one of those

challenging types of horses when you got him? HB: Yes, when we got him as a seven year old, the Verband had sold him off cheaply as a riding school pleasure type of horse. The lady who had him couldn’t get on with him, he was tossing her off all the time. So at seven he had never shown and was really green. But he thrived in our program, we were just a good match. Inside of 12 months after we got him, he was placing in his first grand prix.

H&S: Describe the last 10 months. HB: In a word? Rollercoaster. The talk about Olympic selection began

last Christmas, I was 2nd or 3rd in the Western World Cup Qualifier league, and my federation called and told me that come the new year,

they wanted me to start jumping outdoors and that right at that stage I was a very certain pick for the Australian Olympic Team. So we cut our Thermal season short and went to Florida for six weeks. He jumped well, and we went on to Europe for the final Australian Trials. But on the way over he caught a virus and got sick, and missed the first Trial in Lintz, Austria. We managed to get him to the final Trial in France two weeks later, but it was after a week’s work back. To say he was underdone was an understatement. That was disappointing, but it was even more disappointing that the selectors looked to just that result and not his extensive resume of wins. They left him off the final Olympic Team, and we felt that it was for all the wrong reasons.

H&S: When you returned to California, was he was jumping well? HB: Yes, and that was very bittersweet. I knew exactly where he was in

his fitness, and I knew he was himself again. We went home and a week off the plane, he won his next two grand prix starts at Oaks Blenheim.

H&S: What did you learn from those tough couple of months? HB: In a way it has made me a better competitor. The horse has gotten

the right scores on the board over and over again. At the last Trial, three fences down was the worst result he’d had. But although I was very disappointed, and especially disappointed to have given up a shot at the World Cup Finals for this, I know it wasn’t the first time things like this have happened, and it won’t be the last. That’s just horses, and you’ve got to learn from the disappointments and then put them behind you.

H&S: And now that it’s behind you, what’s your frame of mind like going into 2013?

HB: I have a pretty solid plan competitively; it’s a matter of filling

the gap at the moment. Cassiato and my other grand prix horse Angelli will begin showing again in January after time off. We’ve got an exciting new grand prix horse, Cozmoz owned by Eden Valley Stables, and a very nice six year old named Cash. He won the 5 year old West Coast finals last year, and Cozmoz has already been placing really well at the grand prix level. The move kept us busy, but now we’re here and settled in. It’s a pretty relaxed environment, and I’m very straightforward. Olivia and I are hands on with all the horses, and we’re happy to be in Northern California. We’ll show more up here than ever before and have a presence. We’re looking forward to it! Opposite page: Harley and Cassiato competing at WEF in 2012. Photo ©Mark Astrom This page left: Harley with daughter Zoe Right: In the ring representing Australia

LIFE OF PESSOA by Alexa Pessoa

At Home in Brazil

Since I last wrote, my little family and I have been to Brazil and back. The Athina Onassis International Horse show was held the first week of October In Rio de Janeiro. Sophia is from a long line of “Cariocas” (natives of Rio). We are lucky that the biggest show Brazil hosts is in the Pessoa’s hometown of Rio. It makes life easier when we can combine family trips and horse shows. This show is particularly special to all of us. Not only does the entire Pessoa family still live in Rio, but also our great friend Alvaro de Miranda or “Doda” organizes the show with his wife, Athina Onassis. The show was not only beautiful but it offered a million Euros in the grand prix, making it a favorite among the riders for many reasons. 

Now back from Brazil the rest of our year will be focused on European shows. This offers us a small chance at normalcy. We will be home for the first three or four days of each week and then travel a relatively short distance to the shows on the weekends. Sophia can go to our local bilingual nursery school and I can start showing again.

While there I really tried to expose Sophia to as many foods, sights, smells and people I could. If I can give her anything in this life I hope it will be a genuine love of our world and all the different cultures that make it so diverse.

Bringing Sophia with us for the show provides some challenges but is more than worth the effort. Not only does she love the beach and the Brazilian food, but it is a great chance for her to connect with a part of our family that lives so very far away. Though I may be a WASPy girl from Connecticut, something about Brazil really speaks to me. I feel at home there. It is something that I can’t quite explain. The people there are so warm and full of life. It offers a stark contrast to the hard-to-crack Europeans we are so often surrounded by at our home in Belgium. It is not an observation limited to the horse world. People in general are just more outgoing in South America. In Belgium, if you were to strike up a conversation with a stranger in line at the supermarket they might think you were crazy. In Brazil, by the end of that chat you would be invited over for dinner. There are certainly pros and cons to both. I just prefer the uncomplicated warmth of Brazilians. While there I really tried to expose Sophia to as many foods, sights, smells and people I could. If I can give her anything in this life I hope it will be a genuine love of our world and all the different cultures that make it so diverse. 

I have started working on parlaying my blog into a children’s store that will travel with us to the shows. I am ready for a new challenge now that Sophia isn’t tiny any more. As hard as it is to sacrifice time with her, I think it is so important for mothers to have something that is their own. A way to feel productive and smart. I am lucky to have a lot of flexibility and I think this is a great fit for all of us.

Also on my agenda is to compete in the Paris Gucci Masters show with my new mare Penny Lane. Penny is a gorgeous 7-year-old dark bay Westphalian mare. We found her through Enda Carroll at Ashford Farm in Belgium and are really looking forward to starting work with this lovely mare. With the opportunity to start showing again (I haven’t shown since I retired Madison in May) I will be busier than ever. Maybe you can’t have it all, but you might as well try. Alexa Pessoa is an American rider from Connecticut who married Olympic Gold Medalist and three time FEI Rolex World Cup Finals Champion Rodrigo Pessoa in 2009. This column charts her life as a mother to their two year old daughter Sophia, as a rider on her way back to top competition, and as a wife to one of the world’s most high profile show jumpers. For more stories on Alexa’s travels, follow her blog www. mousemakesthree.wordpress.com Alexa, Sophia and Rodrigo pause for a photo at the Athina Onassis International Horse Show. Photo ©Raphael Maeck



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ON THE COVER by Erin Gilmore

I think that age doesn’t have a lot to do with success. If you work hard, things will follow.



A Super Ride:

How Tommi Clark Went Big at Indoors As a teenager, she moved halfway across the country and opened a business. At 21, she stepped into the ring and jumped her first grand prix. And at 22, she touched down at Indoors and claimed the Pennsylvania National Horse Show’s highest hunter division honors.

Tommi Clark is the kind of rider who hasn’t met a dream she can’t reach, and after a particularly memorable fall season in 2012, she certainly cemented her status as a leading young professional. Her face was a study in shock and elation when she was named High Performance, Grand Hunter Champion and Leading Hunter Rider at the Pennsylvania National in Harrisburg, PA on October 18th. Up against a lineup of industry veterans, she was simply hoping to hold her own in the company of such big names. But when everything fell Left: Photo ©Flying Horse Above: Tommi and Exupery competing at the Alltech National Horse Show in 2011, Photo ©Shawn McMillan Photography



into place with Exupery, the 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by amateur rider Steve Borders and nicknamed “Super,” Clark suddenly found herself at the receiving end of a major national title.

A Pro From the Start

One can start at the beginning to learn more about Clark, even when the beginning isn’t all that long ago. A native of Colorado, she rode with a singular, competitive focus, first making her name with consistent success in the pony divisions. And not only as a pony rider – from a very young age Clark was involved in training and selling ponies. With the likes of a young Reed Kessler occasionally taking over the reins of ponies she’d trained, Clark picked up the right connections from the get-go. One of those connections was with the late Rosey Reed, whom Clark met when the two connected over a pony purchase. At age 16, Clark was already teaching lessons for other trainers in California while contemplating having her own business. In fact, Clark was working in Orange County in 2006, when she learned that Reed had suddenly passed away after battling cancer. Reed’s estate planned to sell her training business, and Clark saw the opportunity to step up and take it over. The initial months included a short partnership with another trainer, and the task of selling many of Reed’s lesson horses and refocusing the business. When the dust settled she had a small group of seven horses and riders under her training and care. She was 17.

I always knew I wanted to go professional,” she explains. “I was homeschooled as a kid, all I did was ride. When the opportunity rose to have my own business, I was ready. A skilled networker, Clark sought advice from other area trainers, but mostly went it alone at home. Even with a busy training program to maintain, she soon picked up a few catch rides at shows, which led to championship titles in the hunters and jumpers. She was successful enough to expand, so much so that she acquired horses at a second location. Just two short years after officially opening for business, Clark now has two barns, one with 15 horses at Malibu Creek Equestrian Center in Malibu, and 15 at the LAEC in Burbank. Sometimes it seems that there are more horses and riders to look after than there are hours in the day, but youth certainly has its advantages, most notably in energy levels. Clark is constantly on the move between barns, and is gratefully assisted by Stephanie Underwood, her assistant trainer, and a barn manager.

A Fortuitous Partnership

Exupery initially came to Clark as a catch-ride in 2010. With miles accrued in the regular working hunters under Keri Kampsen, and in the amateur divisions with Borders, “Super” turned out to be a well-seasoned mount for Clark to pair with, and gain mileage for herself in the bigger divisions. Super gained a new level of confidence under the influence of Clark’s natural feel and eye, and in short order, horse and rider became solid contenders in the high performance hunters. To Clark’s surprise and joy, they finished the 2011 season by being named PCHA year-end High Performance Champion.


And so in 2012, although an Indoors campaign hadn’t been a part of their original plan, in late summer Clark and Borders decided to go for it. “Steve’s plan was to go there and win, but for me it was more to see if we could get the horse to go confidently and consistently,” said Clark. “That’s been difficult for us, especially in the handies.” The handies are the gangly gelding’s weak point, and at Harrisburg, the championship came down to the last class in the division. Naturally, that class was a handy. But Clark handled the stress of that pressure and guided Super through a flawless round. She placed first and clinched the High Performance Championship. Clark credits their win to a deep level of trust that she’d formed with the tall black gelding. In the months before Harrisburg, Borders moved Super to Clark’s barn full time, and the chance to bond with him every day moved their connection to a new level.

He’s a nice enough horse to win at Indoors, but the results at Harrisburg were in large part because of all the one-on-one time we’ve had, Clark expressed. That, and because of the California trainers who supported Clark at Harrisburg and Capital Challenge. With Archie Cox, Nick Haness

and Chance Arkelian in her corner, Clark didn’t feel like a rookie out there all alone, and she appreciated the professional camaraderie that came her way. “Everyone from California was so supportive, I think that age doesn’t have a lot to do with success,” Clark expresses. “If you work hard, things will follow.” And work hard she does. The day after her big victory at Harrisburg, Clark hopped a red eye back to California in order to make it home for a regional show that her clients back home were competing in. Two days later, she was back on the East Coast to finish her Indoors circuit at the Washington International Horse Show. Clark is right – it’s not about age, it’s about what you do with what you have. She goes after her goals with a fervent energy that, when it comes right down to it, is a recipe for success.

Opposite page, top to bottom: In the barn with Assistant Trainer Stephanie Underwood and Bravada; competing in the jumper ring at Del Mar with Raska, Photo ©Captured Moments; with Easy Company at Menlo 2012, photo ©Gail Morey. This page, above: With Exemplar in a recent hunter derby at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Photo ©Flying Horse



USEF Horse of the Year English Pleasure:

Lightacres’ horses capture top four spots!!

USEF Horse of the Year Champion English Pleasure

USEF Horse of the year Third Place English Pleasure

USEF Horse of the Year Reserve Champion English Pleasure (Not pictured: Regalo and Grace were fourth!)

Sue Lightner, Lori Clark - Trainers

Marisa Metzger - Assistant Trainer

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Winners $5,000. Van Vleck Hunter Derby Pebble Beach Classic 2

NorCal Champion 2nd Year Green/High Performance Hunter Winner NorCal Hunter Bonus 2nd Year Green/High Performance Hunter Reserve Champion PCHA Region 2 Green Working Hunter

PCHA Region 2 Champion 3’3” Performance Hunter USHJA Stirrup Cup Reserve Champion 3’3” Performance Hunter

NorCal Reserve Champion Pre Green Hunter USHJA Stirrup Cup Reserve Champion Pre Green Hunter Champion Brookside Welcome $5,000 Hunter Derby

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NorCal Champion Childrens Hunters 14-17 NorCal Champion JR/AM Modified Hunters NorCal Hunter Bonus Winners both Childrens and JR/AM Modified Hunters PCHA Region 2 Champion Childrens Hunter 14-17 USHJA Stirrup Cup Champion Childrens Hunter USEF HOTY award Champion English Pleasure Valentine was Champion or Reserve in at least one division at every horse show he attended this year!

Champion Childrens Hunter, Reserve Champion JR/AM Modified Hunter - Murieta Autumn Festival Champion Childrens and JR/AM Modified Hunter Let’s Show Fall Festival, Let’s Show Halloween Reserve Champion Childrens and JR/AM Modified Hunter Pebble Beach Classic 3 Champion Childrens Hunter, Reserve Champion JR/AM Modified Hunter - Pebble Beach Classic 2 USEF Hoty Award: 3rd Place English Pleasure (John Campbell riding)

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PCHA “A” Year End Reserve Champion Hunter Breeding NorCal Reserve Champion Hunter Breeding USEF Zone 10 Champion Two Year Old Hunter Breeding

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T hank you to Emma Hainze, Sami Milo, T arrone Seaton & Diane Yeager for all you have done this year! Sallie B. Wheeler West Coast Leading Handler Winner of the Ted Fieger Memorial Bronze (Fourth year)

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Kessler Show Stables by Jackie McFarland photos by Duncan McFarland/EquestriSol With days on the road consisting of training sessions and intense competition around the world, Olympian Reed Kessler and her parents, riders Murray and Teri Kessler, enjoy switching gears when they return to their home base at Kessler Show Stables in Lexington, Kentucky. The Kesslers relocated from New York to this 150-acre property in Kentucky in the spring of 2012, after spending two years searching for the right facility. For Reed and her developing string of international and national equine partners, the well-located facility means she can relax every so often, but also focus on the details of her training program, from workouts in the gym to working the horses.

With obvious benefits for the horses, quality of life as well as financial benefits, it was easy to buy into the possibilities Relocating of moving. It took us two years to find the right place.

As Murray explains,

from New York to Kentucky also meant an easier commute for Murray, who works in North Carolina. Pristine yet practical, the property is a former racehorse facility. It was purchased with fabulous fenced-in pastures, several barns, a beautiful main residence, a

Left: The renovated main barn has 12 stalls, grooming stalls, an office and a new large tack room with easy access for loading and unloading the van. Three other barns add up to a total of 48 stalls on the property. Above: Entrance to Kessler Show Stables



historic guest cabin and employee housing on the other side of the property. The Kesslers painted, added on a large tack room, laid paver aisles, added a large arena with ESI footing and a derby field that emulates Spruce Meadows. The transformation turned it into an ideal spot for horses and riders to gear up as well as wind down. “The horses feel like they are in their natural setting, you can see it in their expression. They playfully gallop around - notice a pasture of foals across the road, stop and sigh. They belong here,” Teri says with a sense of satisfaction.

Clockwise from left: The Kessler family: Reed, Murray and Teri; one of many hacking lanes between large, lush pastures, which Reed often uses to keep Cylana fit; Reed’s Olympic and international show jumping partner Cylana in her stall; detailed ironwork enhances the stone wall surrounding the serenity garden adjacent to the Kessler residence; an Olympic cooler proudly displayed in the tack room. Opposite page: Old oak trees line the long driveway to the main house.



The horses feel like they are in their natural setting, you can see it in their expression. They playfully gallop around - notice a pasture of foals across the road, stop and sigh. They belong here.


Steeped in history, the surrounding area is home to farms that have fathered famous racehorses such as Seattle Slew. Three farms down the road is Colombian show jumper Daniel Bluman’s place, and Spy Coast Farm’s primary breeding facility is less than a mile away. Teri notes, “Lexington is full of promise for sport horses. There’s a very sophisticated infrastructure built around the race horse industry, veterinary hospitals, therapeutic care, experienced farm developers and managers, feed suppliers – its all here.” The family agreed that Lexington is ideal for horses, the city is horsefriendly and they love being close to the Kentucky Horse Park. “We’ve

already had friends stop by, stay as guests, share the facility with us. It’s a nice benefit to have a peaceful place for people to enjoy,” Murray says.

Yes it’s about the sport, about the horses. Teri adds, But really it’s about the dream. Both Reed and I are still just a couple horse-crazy girls. And what horse-crazy girl doesn’t dream about lush green pastures, beautiful barns, fabulous fields, jumps, a stable full of talented horses and the chance to ride all day long?

Above: The main residence is understated yet beautifully appointed inside and out. Right page, clockwise from top: Reed and Teri walk from the barn out to the arena; Cylana’s fabulous view; a second barn on the property is reserved for visiting friends; from left, Teri on Swiss Franc, Murray on Flight and Reed on Cylana.







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Gorgeous Gent Chase Fairisle Cardigan, Barbour, $240 Harris Tweed Herringbone Tie, David Hart, $125 Reversible Belt, Salvatore Ferragamo, $310 Vintage Crystal Equestrian Cufflinks, Paul Stuart, $2,679 Dinsdale Chelsea Boot, Ralph Lauren, $575

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& Sarah Ryan


OFFERED FOR SALE NorCal Champion Pre-Green Hunters NorCal Reserve Champion Childrens Hunters 13 & Under PCHA Reserve Champion Childrens Hunters Region 2 Zone 10 Reserve Champion Pre-Green Hunter

NorCal Champion Childs Pony Hunters Zone 10 Champion Childs Pony Hunters

Congratulations to Sarah Ryan

NorCal Champion Pony Equitation

PCHA “A” Region 2 Reserve Champion Pony Equitation

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli, Heather Roades & Bill Cooney, Assistants 1075 Jacobsen Ln, Petaluma, CA 94954 | Barn (707) 769-0180 www.SonomaValleyStables.com | Hope (707) 249-1518 | Ned (707) 249-1637


NorCal Reserve Champion 1st Year Green Hunters

& Eleanor Hellman

owner Olivia Hellman

owner Avery Hellman

Zone 10 Reserve Champion Low A/O Jumpers

NorCal Champion Low AO Hunters

PCHA Champion Region 2 3’6” Performance Hunters

Zone 10 Reserve Champion 3’6” Performance Hunters

Congrats to the Hellman Family on 10 years of amazing support of this sport, Sonoma Valley Stables and great horsemanship.

Looking forward to a great 2013.

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli, Heather Roades & Bill Cooney, Assistants 1075 Jacobsen Ln, Petaluma, CA 94954 | Barn (707) 769-0180 www.SonomaValleyStables.com | Hope (707) 249-1518 | Ned (707) 249-1637



& Erin Bland

& Jordan Matteri

STONE TOWN owner Sarah Frushell

OFFERED FOR SALE Zone 10 Reserve Champion A/O Hunters

PCHA Region 2 Reserve Champion Modified Jr/Am Jumpers

NorCal Champion Junior Hunters 16-17

Zone 10 Reserve Champion Performance Hunters 3’3”

Sonoma Valley Stables would like to thank our amazing staff at home and the shows for their help and dedication to our clients and horses.

What an amazing year we have had!

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli, Heather Roades & Bill Cooney, Assistants 1075 Jacobsen Ln, Petaluma, CA 94954 | Barn (707) 769-0180 www.SonomaValleyStables.com | Hope (707) 249-1518 | Ned (707) 249-1637


NorCal Champion Equitation 18-35

PCHA “A” Champion and Region 2 Champion Adult Equitation Winner Horse & Hound Jr/Am Medal Finals


owner Paige Pastorino

NorCal Champion 1st Year Green NorCal Champion Jr Hunters 15 & U PCHA Region 2 Reserve Champion Jr Hunters 15-17 PCHA Region 2 Champion Green Working Hunter PCHA Region 2 Reserve Champion Junior Hunter 15-17 PCHA Reserve Champion A 1st Yr Green Hunters Zone 10 Champion Green Working Hunters Zone 10 Reserve Champion Small Jr. Hunters 15 & U


NorCal Reserve Champion 2nd Year Green/High Performance Hunters PCHA Region 2 Champion High Performance Hunters PCHA Reserve Champion A High Performance Hunters

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli, Heather Roades & Bill Cooney, Assistants 1075 Jacobsen Ln, Petaluma, CA 94954 | Barn (707) 769-0180 www.SonomaValleyStables.com | Hope (707) 249-1518 | Ned (707) 249-1637

The place your horse has been looking for





HORSE CORNER by Molly W. Chappell


“No matter where we went, he was able to adjust to the surroundings and perform to the top of our expectations,” says Sydney Hutchins about Gaudi, the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood that carried her to the THIS National Children’s Medal Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show this past fall. Thirteen-year-old Hutchins led from start to finish against 41 competitors in the high-pressure THIS Finals at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. They showed no sign that just a month prior, Hutchins had been planning to ride in the finals on an entirely different horse.

A Sudden Switch

Last minute circumstances brought Hutchins and Gaudi together under the eye of their trainer, Elvenstar’s Jim Hagman. Hutchins competes in the equitation and medal divisions with her own horse George, but when George suffered a bout of colic that required a lengthy recovery time, Hutchins was left without a horse on the eve of medal final season. Hagman, who has owned and operated Elvenstar in Southern California for over 25 years, was quick on his feet and immediately lined up horses for Hutchins to try. Hutchins had already qualified for the THIS Finals and didn’t want to sit out the prestigious class. Gaudi is owned by Hutchins’ barnmate Taylor Harris, and the easygoing gelding remains home at Elvenstar while Harris is attending the University of California Berkeley. She allows him to be leased out while she’s away, and she proudly looked on when her horse earned the spotlight at Indoors.

Harris trained Gaudi to be a beautifully educated Eq horse. He is a master of all tests, says Hagman. “I call him the over grown fancy pony. Everyone around the horse believes that he loves to compete more than being at home. He doesn’t try hard until it matters.”

Double the Time

But in 2010, Gaudi sustained a minor soft tissue injury due to a slip on grass. Hagman doubled the recommended lay-off time to ensure that Gaudi would return to show ring with a vengeance. And that he has. Injuries will slow down any athlete, but sometimes they help make everything accomplished after the fact sweeter. Gaudi was back in work and stronger than ever by the time he was paired with Hutchins. There was just enough time for her to prepare for Indoors by entering the ASPCA Maclay Regionals and PCHA Horsemanship Finals. Top placings in those classes became the precursor to their big win just four weeks later. “I’m so happy I was able to get such a great horse on such short notice,” says Hutchins. “Although I was disappointed that my horse was not able to show back East with me, I was extremely grateful for the opportunity to ride Gaudi. Taylor has always been so generous to me with her horses and advice, I can’t thank her enough.” Hagman’s trust and confidence in the horse and his ability made him the smart choice for Hutchins, even if he was an emergency stand in. The horse helped his young rider shine on a national stage in part because Hagman’s belief in him carried over to Hutchins, who rode Gaudi in the high pressure environment of the Capital Challenge with a relaxed nature and automatic trust in his talents. “He made me feel confident and kept me calm through all of the pressure,” adds Hutchins. “He’s such an experienced and polished performer, I knew he would be the right horse for the job.” Top: Hutchins and Gaudi performed in the ring as if they were longtime partners. Left: Proudly lining up for the awards shot - from right to left: Jim Hagman, Elvenstar Assistant Trainer Katie Gardner, Elvenstar groom Carlos Olade, and show staff. Photos ©Jennifer Wood Media



2012 Washington International Horse Show

Draws Record Audience Worldwide by Lauren Fisher

The 54th annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) hosted six days of competition at Verizon Center in Washington D.C. on October 23-28, 2012. With exciting competition, amazing exhibitions, and fun community activities with Barn Night, Kids’ Day and Breakfast with the Mounted Police, the show was a fantastic success. WIHS is the country’s leading metropolitan indoor horse show and the pinnacle of the equestrian year with world-class horses and riders. All six days of competition at WIHS were streamed live online at www.wihs.org. While numbers were impressive last year, they were unprecedented in 2012, with more than 180,000 views of the live stream worldwide.



Thursday at WIHS was the always popular “Barn Night,” presented by Dover Saddlery and media partner The Equiery. Eighteenyear-old Reed Kessler, a member of this year’s U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team, jumped her horse Ligist to the high score in the $20,000 International Open Jumper Gambler’s Choice Costume class to the delight of the Barn Night crowd. Kessler went on to win Saturday night’s $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix CSI 3*W, presented by Events DC, aboard her phenomenal mare Cylana. Kessler has become a fantastic young ambassador for the sport of show jumping and greeted enthusiastic fans at Verizon Center throughout the week.

There is a great interaction with the audience here,” Kessler remarked. “Barn Night is genius; they always get a huge turnout. There was quite literally a mile-long line of children asking for autographs after the Gambler’s Choice. It is a great show and the crowd gets really into it. I think it is probably one of the biggest turnouts at a show jumping event in America. Exciting exhibitions were highlighted in between competition throughout the week, including Mutton Busting, the U.S. Army’s Caisson Platoon military horses, terrier races, and amazing demonstrations from Australian horsemanship master Guy McLean. World-renowned for its outstanding competition and one-of-a-kind setting, the WIHS invited its VIP guests to take part in the fantastic event in style, with several premium seating options. The Fidelity Investments® Club returned with a VIP dining platform that gave spectators a spectacular vantage point. The popular Acela Club located on the skybox level overlooking the arena, was home to nightly social events, including Friday’s Armed Forces Reception and Saturday’s President’s Cup Reception, hosted by the WIHS Board of Directors. The competition featured wins for many of our nation’s top riders as well as several top international competitors. The $25,000 Puissance was an exciting highlight of the week with a win for Belgian rider Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind, clearing a seven-foot

wall. The 2012 WIHS Equitation Finals concluded with an exciting win for junior rider Elizabeth Benson of Whitehouse Station, NJ. Brianne Goutal (USA), Lauren Hough (USA), Nick Dello Joio (USA) and Aaron Vale (USA) all won classes in the Open Jumpers. The High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers saw wins for Meagan Nusz, Katherine Strauss and Charlotte Jacobs. In the Low division, wins went to Michael Hughes and Emanuel Andrade.
The Children’s and Adult Jumper Championships were won by Nina Montross and Ericka Caslin. This year’s professional World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Scott Stewart continued his winning season with multiple division tricolors, the overall Grand Hunter Championship aboard Rose Hill Farm’s Enjoy, and the award for Leading Hunter Rider among his many accolades at WIHS. In the Amateur-Owner Hunters, Wesley Newlands riding Pure Abundance and Daryl Portela riding Winner were awarded grand championships. Ailish Cunniffe and Good Times were awarded the Grand Junior Hunter Championship. Daisy Farish earned the coveted Grand Pony Hunter Championship aboard Sassafras Creek. Hasbrouck Donovan was presented with the prestigious Best Child Rider on a Horse award and Emma Kurtz was named Best Child Rider on a Pony. The Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships were won by Madison Goetzmann and Amy Zettler.
The WIHS Pony Equitation Finals saw a win for Lucy Deslauriers, and the WIHS Regional Hunter Finals concluded with wins for Devin Vega and Chelsea Director.
For more information on the Washington International Horse Show, please visit www.wihs.org. Opposite page from left: Reed Kessler and Cylana clear the final fence in the jumpoff to win the President’s Cup Grand Prix; Paulo Santana, Kessler, Matt Williams and course designer Anthony D’Ambrosio This page from left: Kessler was named leading jumper rider and leading jumper owner for her banner week at WIHS; 19-year-old Olivier Philippaerts wins the WIHS Puissance Photos ©Shawn McMillan Photography and Jennifer Wood Media



Karl Cook Doubles Down by Erin Gilmore

A summer of rebuilding paid off with impressive end of season victories for this young rider. A rider can have all the resources in the world to be competitive, but there are no shortcuts to earning the skills that make a champion. Karl Cook knows that better than most – after a tough spring the aspiring grand prix rider took a hard look at his riding, his program and his goals. Blessed with the resources of his family and their support in pursuing his equestrian goals, 21-yearold Cook is a familiar face on the West Coast show jumping circuit. He first turned heads by winning double NAYRJC gold at the age of 16 under the guidance of longtime trainers Butch, Lu, and Guy Thomas at Willow Tree Farms in Woodside, Ca.

after the Trials didn’t go as planned, but instead he found the courage to make a fresh start. After growing up in the fishbowl environment of the West Coast circuit, he was ready for an adjustment.

Starting Over

Over the summer months, Cook stopped showing to take the time to rebuild his riding and his confidence with the help of legendary French show jumper Eric Navet. Most riders go to Europe to compete instead Cook spent two months at Navet’s barn in France refocusing on the bare bones basics, and building from there.

With several top horses always available to him, Cook made his entrance to the grand prix level soon after his last year as a Young Rider in 2010. He competed often with multiple horses, and early in 2012, he took a shot at the Olympic Trials in Wellington, Florida.

“It was kind of like when baseball teams and football teams go to training camp,” he explains. “You have an extended period of time to get things done, and to change. I started over, and changed everything about how I ride.”

But disappointing results at the Trials became the catalyst for a big change in direction over the summer. Cook could have given in to his frustration

Navet didn’t make any promises to his new student – on the contrary, he emphasized that progress was usually a long time coming.

That’s rare, not making big promises,” Cook says. “But that’s the way I wanted it to be. I don’t believe that any quick fix has super lasting effects.

Perhaps one of the biggest lessons Navet has passed on to Cook is his unfailing kindness toward all horses. By never losing his temper with a horse, and teaching through patient, calm methods, both Cook and his horses have benefitted immensely.

However, when Cook made his return to the West Coast circuit this fall, it was immediately apparent that he’d become a stronger contender in the grand prix ring.

“I’ve never seen him put draw reins on a horse, or lose his temper on a horse, or even use a crop,” Cook attests. “All of those things that you kind of get used to seeing with a lot of other people, you never see with him. Experiencing that patience, that calmness, it affected me. It changed my perspective on things.”

With continuing coaching help from Navet, he notched a top five finish in the World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at the Sacramento International Horse Show in Northern California, and won the $35,000 ShowBiz Magazine Welcome Stake at the Del Mar Fall Festival in October.

Well Earned Success

With his Zangersheide stallion Jonhkeer Z, Cook jumped clear in three of the four fall World Cup Qualifiers he entered. The highlight of those results was unquestionably his win of the $50,000 Fisker Automotive World Cup Grand Prix at the Las Vegas National Horse Show. Held in mid-November as the final competition on the West Coast A-circuit, the courses at the Vegas National were built to their full 1.60m specs and billed as the toughest of the year. Cook won the Grand Prix with Jonhkeer, and placed 2nd with his other top mount, ASB Conquistador. Cook and Jonkheer completed the only double clear rounds of the class that saw just four advance to the jumpoff. That night would have been enough of a testament to Cook’s new skill in the saddle. But he put a bit more emphasis on his final show of the year by also coming first and third in Friday evening’s feature class, the $30,000 EQU Lifestyle Speed Classic, at the Vegas National.

Taking Accountability

I wanted to come back [from France] and do well, but I didn’t expect immediate success,” says Cook. “I feel very confident now, I’ve been put into a very good program. We’re putting new fundamentals into place. When something goes wrong, it’s my fault and my fault only. It’s not the horse’s fault, not the trainers’, it’s not on anybody else but me.”

That perspective has changed his approach to making his goals happen. He wants to return to Europe to compete in the World Cup Finals next year, and is sure to add that, “I want to do the Olympic Trials in 2016, and be successful this time.” In the meantime, his horses will take a break from the ring until the 2013 winter circuit heats up. Lots of conditioning time is on his agenda. He has a few new horses to bring along, and plans to hit the HITS Thermal Desert Circuit with a deep string of grand prix horses and the same focused energy that he embraced in France.

So much has changed,” he says. “Everything has changed. And I hope that things are just starting to get good. Oposite page: Cook and Jonkheer Z on their way to winning the $50,000 Fisker Automotive Grand Prix at the Las Vegas National on November 17th. Photo ©McCool Photography Cook and Navet walk the course together before the $55,000 Land Rover WCQ Grand Prix of Sacramento at the Sacramento International Horse Show in early October. Photo ©Ryan Anne Polli Above: Cook guided ASB Conquistador to a wire-to-wire win in the $35,000 Welcome Stake at the Del Mar Fall Festival in October. Photo ©Captured Moments Photography

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Devon Gibson

With her vibrant and friendly demeanor, Devon Gibson certainly must feel at home in the Golden State. A native West Coaster with an infectious personality and deep love of the sport, Gibson emanates a true joie de vivre. As the head hunter/jumper trainer at Seahorse Riding Club in Rolling Hills Estates, California, her zeal for all aspects of horsemanship is apparent in her training approach, lifestyle and riding style. She exhibited such standout style in the handy round of the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Final at the Los Angeles National Horse Show this November, that the judge approached her to complement her on her effort. To her delight, Gibson won the Derby with Belafonte. Gibson certainly embraces the sport, but it is more than that; it is her way of life. The forging of relationships between horse and rider, the daily challenges, and the savoring of a few quiet moments in the barn are all aspects Gibson relishes. For her, the thrill of the sport remains as fresh as the day she was born and laid eyes on her first horse. Horse & Style: How did you get your start in the horse world? Devon Gibson: My dad used to take me trail riding every Sunday

after we visited my grandmother. That’s how I got my start. I was nine years old when I received my first horse; the rest is history. My mom rode, and she’s the one that encouraged it; my dad would have preferred me to stick with volleyball. When I was born, my mom said I was immediately in love with horses as there were horses in a pasture on the hill right outside the hospital window.

H&S: What lesson have you had to learn the hard way? DG: I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is friendship first, business

second. Friends are going to be there for you. In business, you can be good to them, and they’ll leave. You can be horrible to them, and


they’ll stay for years. Do your best; be good to your friends. In the grand scheme of things, it is important to cultivate friendships, and your business will flourish as a result.

H&S: What aspects of the West Coast do you enjoy most? DG: The weather! In my downtime, I can do other activities such as

paddle boarding, waterskiing or hiking. You can ride on the trails year round as well as participate in great horse shows year round. I truly enjoy living and working by the ocean.

H&S: Favorite downtime activity? DG: I like hiking as well as running with my dogs every morning before I

start work. Of course, I am always ready for anything water sport-related!

H&S: Describe your teaching style. DG: I like the person to understand why what I’m saying in that particular lesson works. I’ll say, for

example, ‘Try this, hold your outside a bit higher than the inside rein because the horse will bring its shoulder up and rock back on its hind end.’ This is a more technical approach for some people, but it is essential for me to have them really understand why it all works. I also want my students to have fun and gain confidence. I try to present all aspects of horsemanship.

H&S: What are your dreams in the years to come? DG: My short-term dream is to get my hunters to Indoors next year. In my personal life, I would like

to see more of the world, the far reaches of the U.S. and Europe. I would like to alternate visiting one place in the US and then one place off the continent I’ve never been. My favorite places in the world are Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon. I went on a horse pack trip in Yellowstone this year where we went in the more isolated areas. You encounter a different world in the wild. The Grand Canyon is like traveling through time with all the millions of years preserved in the layers of stone. Both places make you stop and catch your breath from the sheer beauty and majesty of it all.

H&S: Any last minute advice you tell riders entering the ring? DG: I give them one thing that we were working on and try not to cloud them with too much at the last minute, and then, I always say, ‘have fun.’

H&S: What is the most difficult aspect of teaching? DG: Getting riders to embrace their fear and use it constructively rather than use it against

themselves. And it’s ok to have a little bit of fear to help with judgment. We’re asking a horse to leave the ground, jump sticks, land safely on the other side and not injure us in the process. It’s important to turn this fear into a healthy respect, and make it work for you. Part of the reason we’re all doing this sport is because we all have some thrill-seeker in us!

H&S: Do you have a particular career highlight? DG: In the Grand Prix world, I would say the highlight occurred when I walked out of the ring and

my long time mentor, Judy Martin, looked at me and remarked ‘you have finally learned how to ride.’ In the hunter ring – I had a particularly successful show and jogged in second behind a top hunter rider. He turned to me and said with a big smile, ‘well, you can’t win all the classes.’ It made my year!

H&S: Do you lean more traditionalist for show apparel or embrace the latest trends? DG: I am as traditional as I can be when I show, yet I love the latest trends on non-show days. I’ve

tried lucky items, but I burn myself every time; so, I’m done with those things. I have a sticker in my trunk that I try to read before every competition day. The message is ‘attitude is a decision.’ Also, before I walk into that ring I ask myself the following question: ‘Who are you riding for?’ The answer is me. Those are my mantras.

H&S: How does the sport stay thrilling for you and how do you keep it a passion for others? DG: I’ve never really had to keep it a passion for anyone – if I think hard, they all love to ride! I have

kids and adults who never show, and they come religiously to ride. As for me – I have to say – I love riding. I love making it work with a horse, and really seeing and feeling them become something. I love the challenge of finding a way to fix something or make it better. So I guess it’s the constant development of a rider, a horse, or the combination that keeps me going.


Opposite page: Devon competing at the grand prix level with Serendipity, 2012. Photo ©McCool Photography


by Jeanette Gilbert-Gnazida

What to Expect When Your Mare is Expecting The first of a three part series exploring the many components of equine breeding, and the life of the breeder who must handle them all. I quietly snuck into Layla’s stall at about 10:30 pm. If I were lucky, it would be an early night. The night before, another mare had foaled in the ten minutes that I had stopped watching the cameras to sneak into the shower at 9:30 pm. I had checked the camera right after I dried off and got dressed and there was a pony baby in the corner, newly born.

An Important Process

The process of foaling is arguably the most daunting part of breeding. While the majority of the time it all goes well, there are infinite circumstances where things can go wrong. Vets and foaling experts should always be relied upon to keep mare and foal safe. Many vets that specialize in



reproduction have facilities to let mares foal under their care and be monitored for the first few days to make sure the first days of the foal’s life are uneventful.

Are We Getting Into Trouble?

Everything looked good when I snuck into Layla’s stall. On my camera I had seen her water break and watched her circle a few times and lay down. I was at her stall about a minute later and she had gotten up and changed positions. This was Layla’s first foal and she seemed very nervous. She kept looking at me and it seemed like she wanted me to tell her what to do. When her baby started to present I saw one front foot, not a great sign but better then back feet… luckily the other front foot followed shortly. A nose came next and the birth seemed to be going very smoothly. Then everything changed. Layla was pushing away but getting tired, and the foal was not moving.

Foaling: For Experts Only?

If you dream of being there when your foal is born the best thing you can do is educate yourself and be prepared. This means read all the books with worst-case scenarios, have a foaling kit ready, and know how to use it! Additionally, you will want to learn the signs of foaling so that you don’t miss the actual birth. Since a mare’s instincts tell them to foal when no one is around to threaten their baby, it can be tricky to catch the exact foaling time. It is up to you to outsmart your mare.

Is it Time to Call the Vet?

When Layla’s foal stopped moving in the birth canal, I started to worry. Layla looked at me and I thought that maybe her baby would become unstuck if I were able to straighten his front leg and move his shoulders… so in I went. As a newer breeder it was a daunting task, yet one that vets and experienced “horsey midwives” experience all the time. I grabbed both front legs, pulling down with more force on the bent right front. This was a huge foal. A gentle tug, a stronger pull, and woosh, out he came! This big, gangly, shivering foal arrived about 11:15 pm and Layla and I could not have been happier.

What is “Normal?”

As mentioned earlier, mares like to have their babies in solitude. So much so that 75 to 85 percent of foals are born between 6pm and 6am (according to researchers at the University of Nebraska.) Additionally, mares that are continuously checked can delay their foaling for several hours more to ensure they are bringing their baby into a “safe” environment. There are three stages of birth, or parturition, that mares go through. First they will have contractions for one to four hours, this is when the foal adjusts to its final position to exit the birth canal. During this time mares look generally uncomfortable and may urinate a lot. Every mare is different though, some may look totally content and just eat their dinner. Typically, the “water bag” the foal is in will present itself at the very end of stage one. This is a good time to check in with a vet if you are foaling on your own. The next phase of birth is hard labor and delivery of the foal. This only takes 10 to 30 minutes and is the most critical phase. During this time the mare must be observed for her and her foal’s sake. While foaling difficulties (dystocia) occurs only 10% of the time it is vital to be familiar with normal and abnormal foaling positions, as a foal and mare can quickly get in trouble if the foal becomes stuck in the birth

canal for any length of time. Many times the mare will stay down and take a break from pushing while the hind legs are not all the way out so that the foal may receive blood through the umbilical cord before it is broken. During this time the mare will look at her foal and make quiet whinnies. This is one of my favorite moments.

“Baby Louis” is OK!

Layla had just delivered a huge baby, so huge that he had gotten stuck at the shoulder and she required assistance to get him out. As he lay there shivering and attempting to whinny Layla took a rest, letting the umbilical cord do the last of its job transferring pints of blood to the foal that I would name Louis. The big colt looked to be all ears and legs to me! The last phase of the birth is the delivery of the placenta, or afterbirth. The foal should get up with in about an hour and then try to nurse. This is usually pretty comical, as the foal will try to nurse on many different things before they latch on to a teat (a hock, elbow, the wall, fingers). The act of nursing helps the mare pass her placenta because it causes uterine contractions. The placenta must pass completely within a few hours and must be inspected to make sure it is all there. If a mare retains the placenta, or any part of the placenta it can lead to uterine infection or founder. Once you have a foal that is standing, nursing, and passing meconium and a mare that has passed her placenta and is comfortable you are pretty much done!

One Last Drama

Louis started trying to stand but it took him a long time to coordinate all his spidery parts. Layla was doing a wonderful job licking Louis dry and bonding really well… until he tried to nurse. For the second time that night I did have to intervene. As a maiden mare she did not want anything around her teats. I had to hold a front leg up so her back legs could not kick at her baby while he was trying so hard to nurse in the correct place. After just a couple hours she figured it all out and they were both on their way to a healthy, happy “foal-hood”! Louis is now eight-months-old and happily weaned. He is hanging out with two other weanling colts learning how to be big grown up horses. Layla is in foal to Corland due in May 2013. We are looking forward to her next foal! Opposite page: Louis and Layla This page, from left, Louis gets his first glimpes of the world.





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ASK DR. CARRIE Q: I just had my last show of the season and I want more! I finally had my mental practice dialed in for showing. What should I do during the off season to stay sharp and motivated?

order for a mental practice to be accessible under pressure A: Init needs to be utilized regularly in daily life. The off-season

is an excellent time to assess your challenges and create practices that will help you improve. While I can speak generally about this here, I also encourage you to have a conversation with your trainer about your riding goals to take stock of your accomplishments from the year, and create new goals going forward. Be sure to include mental goals as well as external goals including new divisions, qualifying, and show schedules. Keep your goals simple so that you can attain them and move on because success is what builds confidence. Here are some simple exercises to add to your off-season program: • Stop and think about what is going right in your day or with your ride. Brains tend to focus on the negative as a survival mechanism so we have to train them to see the positive. • Train your brain to slow down in the midst of your routine like in traffic, on a worksheet in class, or even when getting ready for bed. The speedy mind produces adrenaline that causes overreaction and less ability to

make clear decisions. Training the brain to slow down in daily life will help you to stay calm and focused in the show ring. • Put a sign in your mirror, tack trunk, or somewhere in your house where you will see it regularly with the word “Breathe” on it. Every time you see it, take a moment and focus on your breath going in and out of your nostrils naturally. Learning to focus on the breath will support you when stress occurs. Keeping the brain oxygenated helps you to have access to your analytic thoughts so that you can think, not just react. • Learn about your personal temperament so that you can direct your mental practice toward your needs. When a temperament and situation conflict, it’s hard to do your best. Notice if you are focused or easily distracted, social or private, generally happy or easily irritated or eventempered. Each time you notice your temperament in a situation, take a breath and honor yourself. This form of authentic awareness will help you to use your strengths to connect with horses and stay focused.

Q: I have two riders that have trouble with the last jump of a course. How can I help them keep their concentration throughout the course?

A: Encourage your riders to begin their mental focus for their

lesson or round when they are getting ready to get on, rather than just before entering the ring. Riders can appoint a particular action, like putting on their helmet or boots with beginning to increase focus and attention. Be careful not to make small talk with your riders as you are getting the lesson or warm up going. Instead, ask them about the quality of their focus, attention span, and connection with the horse. As you warm up, periodically return to the rider’s focus and attention so that the jumps themselves are merely part of the whole, rather than the sole purpose. Ask your riders to try to sustain their focused attention until they get off the horse. Emphasizing prolonged concentration throughout

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the ride will de-emphasize the individual jumps, allowing them to come up in a fluid and natural way. When reviewing the lesson or round with your riders, center the critique on the qualities of their focus and connection to the horse as well as the elements of the course. This slight shift will reinforce increased and prolonged attention, which will produce the desired results in the long run. Since learning is processed consciously as well as subconsciously, tell your riders what you desire from them and what went right since their subconscious only retains the actions you are describing. Illuminate that which you want to teach, not that which you do not desire.

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 me 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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It would have been impossible to dream-up a more fitting backdrop for the union of Sarah Willeman and Philip Richter, who tied the knot on June 16, 2012 at Coker Farm in Bedford, NY. Willeman, a Stanford alum and 2006 Cacchione Cup victor, is best known for her star-studded junior career in the USEF equitation ranks, and as the owner of Peter

Wylde’s 2004 Olympic mount Fein Cera. Philip’s equestrian ties run just as deep; mother Judy Richter is an ‘R’ judge and a lifelong figure among the East Coast hunter/jumper crowd, and Philip is a familiar face in the high amateur jumpers. The early summer weather cooperated for an afternoon ceremony, greeting wedding guests with a picture perfect day as they arrived at Coker Farm. They were offered ice water and lavender lemonade as they traversed a wooden bridge and a boardwalk lane on the way to the wedding field, where the ceremony tent had been custom built to include the pair’s beloved show horses. Sarah was delivered to the ceremony in Tucker Johnson’s four-in-hand coach, and after the ceremony, guests gathered in a separate reception tent that looked out over the sunset, and later, a lower field full of fireflies.

We both grew up with horses and feel that our love of horses is a big part of ourselves and our lives,” says Sarah. “So we thought it would be fitting to have them with us on our most important day. From top: Sarah’s aunt, Elizabeth Meyer, conducted the ceremony. As she spoke, Sarah’s 21-year-old ex-USEF equitation horse Otter attentively observed the goings on from his stall. The couple poses on a wooden boardwalk that led the way to the ceremony and reception tents. Lined with festive lights and large paper lanterns hanging in a birch grove at the edge of the field, they created a magical final moment as guests left the reception late that night. A custom painted panel jump that greeted guests when they arrived at the farm is now a lasting memory of the day. Photos ©Kristen Somody Whalen



OUT AND ABOUT Let’s show halloween horse show

1. Alejandro Salazar is a Greek God – at least in the jumper ring on Saturday! 2. Sonee Arce’s got a mega watt smile 3. Jason was seen roaming the grounds 4. A very proud peacock and her pony 5. Mollie Galloway and the newest addition to her pack 6. It’s not a costume party until KISS shows up! 7. Heading back to the barns 8. A very “fairy” touch in the leadline 9. Michael Williamson looking sharp 10. Decorated barn setups competed for a cash prize 11. Martin Ridgeway on the move to the next ring 12. Audrie Kerr is purr-fect as a coy cat

Photos ©Ryan Anne Polli, Deb Dawson



OUT AND ABOUT Del Mar Equestrian Fall Festival

1. Who needs a horse to jump, anyway? 2. Doug and Tammy Williams with rider Chris Pratt 3. Elizabeth Gabler and Buffalo Soldier during the Buffalo Soldier Pony Derby awards presentation 4. Zombies from C Star Productions 5. Flexible and Alanna Harvey 6. Martin Kistler and his son Marcel 7. Annalise Gabler’s perfect pony rider pigtails 8. Friesians and zombies were nighttime entertainment before the grand prix 9. Augusta Iwasaki 10. Horse shows are so tiring…..zzz 11. The headless horse(woman), aka Tanya Geiger, before her act 12. Del Mar sunset 13. Buffalo Soldier Pony Derby Perpetual Trophies Photos ©Katie Stein, Captured Moment Photography, Woodside Images



CLINIC SPOTLIGHT Peyton Lyons works on measuring pace between ground lines.

Francie Steinwedell Carvin 2012 Rolex FEI World Cup Finalist Francie Steinwedell-Carvin taught 56 riders during the annual NorCal Clinic, held November 29 - Dececember 2 at Leone Equestrians in Sacramento, CA. Carvin focused on the connection between rider, horse and mind, teaching that riding begins with an effective method for approaching challenges from a mental level, and building skills and confidence from there.

Can’t is a four letter word, remove it from your vocabulary.

Grace Bailey, who rides with Jeri Lou Paul of Five Oak Farm attended the last two days of the clinic.



Carvin stopped every rider at least once for some one-on-one attention and coaching.

Carvin gives insight during the flatwork on Saturday.

Katie Steiner discusses her strengths and weaknesses.

Bundled with coffee in hand, the crowd listens in.

Your timing, eye, feel or whatever your struggle may be is not lost, it’s just misplaced.

NorCal board members Vanessa Brown and Denize Borges.


you’ve got to fake it until you make it. Lily Swift tackled a serious of poles and guide rails to practice straightness down a line.

Megan Drescher focuses on collecting her horse at the canter.



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Monica Stevenson Monica Stevenson’s fine art photography focuses on a subject increasingly integral to her life: horses. Stevenson’s haunting blackand-white equine photographs gracefully capture horses’ relationship with their human companions and the environment. Her images are rich in feeling and texture, reflecting the enduring romance of equestrian tradition. Sometimes playful and other times mystical, the tone of the work reflects the historic bond between horse, man and nature. Stevenson’s fascination with horses has taken her on journeys around the world. Her series include images of snow polo in St. Moritz, summer polo in Montréal and Argentina, show jumpers in California, rejoneadores from Mexico and wild horses in France. Both Stevenson’s commercial and fine art images reflect her singular vision and creativity. Her passionate and elegant photographs have already caused quite a stir in equine circles worldwide, with the series being exhibited in the Mercedes Benz galleries in New York City and the Katonah Museum of Art, and as part of the permanent collection in the Focus Gallery, London. Stevenson spent several weeks in the summer of 2010 documenting the Arabian horse for H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi. She plans to expand her work to include several more equestrian disciplines and geographic locations. Several shows are planned for her work at equestrian venues this winter season. Her prints are available through her website, MonicaStevenson.com.


Dear Horse & Style Fashionista, I have been riding for many years and while I love the sport and the horses themselves, I’ve always tended to shy away from traditional equestrian style because it can just be so overly preppy! That’s just not my personal style. I would like to think I have more of an edge.

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Recently I’ve noticed more and more designers incorporating equestrian style into their collections. I think I’m ready to spice up my everyday ensembles with some equestrian pieces, but don’t want to lose my original sense of self with a closetful of preppy clothes. Please help!

~Edgy Equestrian

Dear Edgy Equestrian, You are absolutely correct, right now equestrian style is hot-hot-hot. What’s important to remember when incorporating any theme or style is not to overdo it. Grab an abstract gold horseshoe cuff, a killer pair of over the knee leather riding boots and top it all off with the right bag to coordinate. Choose a bag with a bit, harness or horseshoe embellishment, (to really turn heads, see the pictured bag with its avant garde hackamore handle!) Nothing is more fabulous then an ultra-chic horse bag! See all of our edgy inspirations for more ideas. And remember, always stay true to yourself, keep rocking and keep riding! Love,

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