Horse & Style Magazine June/July 2013

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The Return of

Wylde An exciting new chapter begins for Olympian Peter Wylde


On Mexican Time The journey is worth the destination at Copa Del Rey Polo Club

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The ReTURN of Wylde

Twelve years living abroad in Europe influenced every area of Peter Wylde’s life, from his professional record to the stylish touches of his home. H&S takes a revealing look at this Olympic veteran’s new life as he settles back in the States.

Horse Corner

Helen McNaught and her grand prix horse Caballo have been staples of the West Coast circuit for over six years. McNaught shares the story of their history after her beloved mount faces a bittersweet retirement.


Derby Day Benefit

The first Saturday in May is always occasion for a party, and The Square Peg Foundation combined a Derby-themed gathering with their annual fundraiser in fine style.

| On Mexican Time | The Devon Tradition 60 83 When H&S was invited to attend a semi-annual polo The Horse Show Bucket List returns as H&S visits the tournament at the Copa Del Rey Polo Country Club outside of beautiful Cancún, Mexico, the only answer was “¡Si!”

| Being Beezie 33 Why is Beezie Madden the United

States’ equestrian role model? Other than keeping the Rolex FEI World Cup Final trophy stateside for another year, she’s an all-around admirable person.


Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, an American staple on the spring horse show circuit. We tell you why you simply must put this show on your bucket list.

| Can You Stand It? 100 It’s no surprise that Lamborghini’s answer to a jumping saddle is a finely crafted nod towards their more famous automotive creation.


9 | From the Publisher

13 | 10 Things

Julie Winkel

14 | Out & About

The Flintridge Horse Show

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Sarah Appel

15 | Out & About

The Brookside Premier

17 | Out & About

2013 World Cup Finals

18 | Professional Pop Quiz 21 | Style Rider Kristen Hiller

24 | Behind the Seams

O’Shaughnessey Riding Apparel

30 | Trainer Spotlight Sayre Happy

36 | Quest for Success

Lessons Learned from the Beerbaums

38 | Style Profiles French Lessons

51 | EAT HEALTHY, RIDE STRONG! 59 | Trend Report Short & Savvy

65 | Get Ready For Summer! High Tech Riding Apparel

68 | Equi Lease

70 | Life of Pessoa

It’s the Little Things

72 | Trainer Spotlight Ray Texel

74 | Vendor Spotlight EQ Jumps

89 | Out & About


Erin Gilmore Creative Director

Ryan Anne Polli


Alesandra Leckie Elizabeth Davoll


Laura Danowski Photographers

Tracy Emanuel, Meredith Herman, Erin Gilmore, Kit Houghton/FEI, Deborah Lynn Rod, Jeannie Sucre, Ryan Anne Polli, Deb Dawson, Cheval Photos, Sarah Appel, Cathrin Cammett,, Tass Jones, Cealy Tetly, Shawn McMillan, Elisa Epstein, Brenda Carpenter Photography CONTRIBUTORS

Katie Shoultz, Meredith Herman, Ashley Cline, Deborah Lyn Rod, Sarah Appel, Terri Roberson, Erin Gilmore, Kerry Cavanaugh, Saer Coulter, Alexa Pessoa, Carrie Wicks, Ph.D. INTERNS

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Sonoma Horse Park 90 | Out & About The Square Peg Foundation

92 | Out & About

On the cover: Peter Wylde participates in a preview event for the Boston Putnam Equestrian Classic on Boston Common, Boston, MA. Photo ©Tracy Emanuel

Golden State Horse Show

93 | Ask Dr. Carrie 94 | Out & About

The Devon Horse Show

97 | Dear Fashionista

Horse & Style Magazine is a Hunter Jumper publication published bi-monthly and distributed FREE by Horse & Style Magazine LLC from coast to coast at 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 © 2013 Horse & Style Magazine LLC. TM

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Katie Shoultz

Carrie Wicks, Ph.D.

Erin Gilmore is a freelance

Katie Shoultz is a freelance

Dr. Carrie Wicks divides

Alexa is an American rider

writer and equestrian

writer and photographer

her time between her private

from Connecticut who married Olympic Gold Medalist and

journalist based in

based in Lexington, Kentucky.

sport psychology consulting

Wellington, Florida. She has

The business savvy writer

and family therapy practice,

Three Time FEI Rolex World Cup

worked in equestrian media

is also the founder of

traveling with athletes,

Finals Champion Rodrigo Pessoa

since 2002, and is a frequent

Isidore Farm, a premier

and writing. She recently

in 2009. Her monthly column for

contributor to regional

hunter/jumper facility in

completed her doctorate in

H&S charts her life as a mother

and national equestrian

beautiful Kentucky. Katie is

psychology while researching

to their daughter Sophia, as a

magazines. A lifelong

involved with several equine

the mental practices of

rider on her way back to top

horseperson, she trained

organizations and is active in

equestrian athletes. Dr.

competition, and as a wife to

hunter/jumpers, spent time

the industry she most enjoys

Carrie’s passions include

one of the world’s most high

on the international show

writing about.

horses, yoga, mountain

profile show jumpers. For more

jumping circuit, and worked

biking, skiing, and time in

stories on Alexa’s travels, follow

in a variety of disciplines,

nature with animals.

her blog www.mousemakesthree.

from polo to dressage.

Ashley Cline

Saer Coulter

Meredith Herman

Deborah Lyn Rod

Ashley grew up riding and

San Francisco, CA native Saer

A full time trainer and coach based out of Burgundy Farm in Sonoma, California, Meredith Herman is a familiar and established face on the West Coast hunter/jumper circuit. In this issue, Meredith shares her secrets to eating healthy and smart while on the road during the horse show season in “Eat Right, Show Right!” on

Deborah is a full time student at San Francisco State University, majoring in photojournalism and minoring in Africana Studies. Her passion for horses began when she was a child and continues to thrive today. In her spare time Deborah does photography, content management and social media consulting for the Square Peg Foundation of Half Moon Bay, CA.

competing on the East Coast

Coulter chronicles her quest to be

A circuit with Jennifer Bieling.

competitive as an international

While attending Florida State

show jumper and balance her

University for her B.S. degree

life in academia, as a senior

in Fashion Merchandising,

at Stanford University in Palo

she competed on the

Alto, CA. With the support of

Intercollegiate riding team.

her family’s Copernicus Stables

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and the invaluable guidance of

M.B.A. at Nova Southeastern

German training team Meredith

University and in 2011,

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founded EquestrianStylist.

Beerbaum, Coulter is poised to

com to accomplish her goals

make a name for herself at the top

in promoting equestrian style

levels of the sport.

and the horse industry.


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Happy & Healthy In life and in riding there are really only two things we can wish for: our health and our happiness! We wish this for ourselves, our friends and family and of course our horses! As the saying goes, “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” While there is merit to that statement, I have to admit that the work I love to do is no walk in the park! I do love being a mother, but it is definitely work! And while I also love that Horse & Style is growing fast, with new readers and fans each month, it has taken, and continues to take, a lot of work!

Terri Roberson, Sarah Trask, Sarah Appel and Katie Sroka in their polo best at the Square Peg Foundation’s annual Derby Day Fundraiser. Full story on page 77. Photo ©Jeannie Sucre

This issue is simply packed with great content. On the matter of health, trainer Meredith Herman of Burgundy Farm in Sonoma, CA researched 10 healthy horse show snack ideas for riders on the go. Meredith put together recipes for all three meals, underscoring the necessity to eat well, in order to ride well! (page 51)

This issue, our latest edition of Horse Corner holds special meaning; after a long and successful career together, Helen McNaught made the tough but necessary decision to retire her 18-year-old grand prix horse Caballo. We’ve got the story of their partnership, and what I have to admit Caballo can look forward to in retirement (Page 80) that the work I love to do

While we work hard to put together each issue, working at H&S also has its perks. In April, our is no walk in the park! And don’t miss our cover story about Olympic editor Erin Gilmore was invited to beautiful gold medalist, indelible horseman, and all Cancún, Mexico to cover the Copa Del Rey around fantastic guy Peter Wylde. After Polo Tournament and came back with some years living in Europe, Peter is back in the United States, riding and stunning photos of the event and the El Rey Polo and Country Club training. An avid decorator and art collector with his partner Eduard just outside of Cancún (page 60). Speaking of polo, I had a ball along Mullenders, H&S was able to take a rare, inside look at this veteran with H&S Art Director Ryan Polli, and many friends new and old at show jumper’s stylish life in Florida and New York. (page 42) the Square Peg Foundation’s annual Kentucky Derby Fundraiser, held field side at a polo match right here in Northern California! See our coverage on page 77. As always, we hope your summer is full of horse shows, fashion and fun! And Erin was back on the road as we neared deadline, visiting one of the USA’s most beloved horse shows, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair (page 83). She may be working hard, but there’s no doubt that a healthy dose of fun was involved in both trips!



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10 THINGS It’s pretty indisputable that Julie Winkel is one of the busiest people in the horse business. The trainer, breeder, coach, mentor, judge and committee member is a well-known, and well-respected, face in the industry. From Maplewood Farm in Reno, Nevada, she operates a large breeding program and show stable, as well as running an intern program to help up and coming trainers gain a foothold in the industry. She’s a sought-after hunter judge who’s also well-spoken and not afraid to speak her mind; her editorial for the USHJA titled “We’re Ready for a Hunter Revolution” went viral after being published last year. And her monthly “Conformation Clinic” in Practical Horseman Magazine is a popular, insightful read. You might know Julie, but we can bet you didn’t know all of these 10 Things!

10 things you might not know about...

Julie Winkel

1. She is a vegan. 2. She loves to shop. 3. When she was 5-years-old, she told her parents “I’m gonna be a horse trainer!”

4. Making true on that promise, she started her own barn when she was 15.

5. Her dad was a saddle-bronc rider and still team ropes.

6. Her mom was raised around racehorses and

polo ponies, and still races barrel competitively.

7. She is addicted to American Idol. 8. Her favorite color is green

because it’s the color of money.

9. She grew up in Hazen, Nevada, population 37. 10. When her farm caught fire in 2012, she didn’t shed a tear as her house was burning. All she cared about were the horses.


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1. Enjoying the moment 2. Courtney Miller gives a pep talk to a young student 3. The adorable Jersey gets a lift from Heather Roades 4. Alex Ladove is blue times two 5. Grand prix winner Lane Clarke 6. More grand prix winners: Susie Artes and Abby Weese (mounted) 7. Sunshine and smiles at Flintridge 8. Here’s lookin’ at you! 9. Tara Metzner and her juniors 10. Morgan Dickerson 11. Hope Glynn (left) and Christa Endicott, Hunter Spectacular winners 12. Catching some shade 12. Jenny Karazissis pauses at the ingate

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PROFESSIONAL POP QUIZ This month’s question: “Have you ever saved a horse in trouble?”

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“Yes, the horse who comes to mind immediately (although there have been over 10 we have ‘adopted’ since 2011), is Ernest. We rescued Ernest last July 4th weekend, during a heat wave. He was starving, dehydrated and in the early stages of organ failure. Needless to say, he came home with me that day, and laid down for almost a week in his stall. We wondered if he would ever get up, and we fed him every few hours. Despite his horrific condition, he had a dim spark in his eyes and a good appetite. On day five, he was strong enough to have his teeth floated, and most of them fell out! We discovered he was somewhere around 30-years-old, and we were amazed as he continued to put on weight, strength and muscle over the following months on a special diet and lots of TLC. Now, nearly a year later, Ernest is fat, sound and happy teaching our young riders the ropes. I am proud to say that along with my clients, amazing vet Dr. Kelly Zeytoonian and team, I was able to take a near-death chestnut gelding and give him a happy life with a forever home.” Kelly La Fond, Vintage Lane

“The time that stands out was at a one-day show in a trailer. There were haynets tied in our slant load trailer, and we had a mare in particular that really wanted to get out. But when we untied her and let her turn around to walk off, she kicked out and got the corner of her hind shoe stuck in the haynet. The kicking continued as her groom held on to her. I ran around to the window and untied the haynet so she could get her leg down, but it was hard to untie, because she was kicking like crazy. Now she was stuck with her left hind leg up. Once the haynet was freed and on the ground, she started to settle slightly. With the help of an excellent groom (who thankfully had a knife on him) holding the rope, I eased towards the frantic mare’s hind end, got her leg up, and cut the rope, which freed her shoe. It was scary, it happened quickly! Since then, I’m cautious with haynets on trailers!” Andrea Simpson, Fairbanks Equestrian

“Of the three horses I dedicated everything to helping, ‘Shorty’ is the one I still think of the most. He was an impatient, rather attractive 15.2 hand horse from Europe. He’d only been with us for two weeks before he got hurt and needed six months off! And that was only the beginning. When we brought him back, something was missing; he was not the same horse. He bounced back to jump one grand prix, but the next day he developed a temperature of 104 and four telephone poles in place of legs. He was diagnosed with a tick-borne disease, we put him on meds and within a week I started to see little glimpses of the horse I had ridden in Europe. But, he was always up and down, and we couldn’t figure out why. By the next winter season his condition was deteriorating to the point where my manager and I took turns spending the night with him while the vets tried to figure out why he was literally dying right before our eyes. We tried everything, had the United States team show jumping vet and many others try to diagnose him. He was fine for awhile, but when he began having worsening seizures, I knew the time had come to let him go, which was one of the hardest decisions I had to make. The autopsy showed that he had a large tumor on his pituitary gland, which caused massive adrenaline release as it grew larger. Finally, the answer that had alluded us for so long. I know this is probably a strange answer to the question, have I ever helped a horse in trouble, but I believe Shorty’s life would have ended a lot sooner without us. We all loved that little horse more than words can say. He will live in my heart forever.” Molly Ashe-Cawley, Norfield Stable, LLC



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Kristen Hiller Fitting riding into an already busy schedule has always been well worth it for Kristen Hiller. She grew up taking riding and swimming lessons at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, CA, competing up to a national level in swimming. In college she returned to riding and found it to be the ultimate balance with the rest of college life; she would always look forward to getting away on the weekends to ride. That hasn’t changed now that Hiller is in the midst of a busy career as Director of Operations and Risk Management at MedExpert International, Inc; she still savors her time at the barn and lessons with her trainer, John French. In addition to riding, the USC alum loves spending time with her family and dog, traveling, working out, shopping and hanging out with friends in Atherton, which she still calls home.

Horse & Style: Describe your riding style: Kristen Hiller: I always wear classic riding clothes. I do not

wear a lot of color when riding but instead stick to the classic and beautiful basics.

H&S: What is your head to toe riding outfit? KH: La Mundial boots, Tailored Sportsman or Pikeur breeches, Essex show shirts, Grand Prix Jackets, and a Hermés belt.

H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? KH: Yes, I always wear a watch. H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? KH: Ariat, Pikeur, Equiline and Grand Prix. H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? KH: Similar to my riding style, I stick to the classics. I love my timeless pieces of clothing. I believe that beautiful 3/4 length jackets are a must in every closet.

H&S: What have been your biggest accomplishments as a rider? KH: Winning the Del Mar Classic and being 16th at the 2012 $250,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Derby in Saugerties, New York.

H&S: What are your riding goals for the future? KH: In the near future I want to become successful at the grand prix level and someday ride for the U.S.A. in the World Cups or better yet, the Olympics. I want to continue riding in the hunter rings and have great success at the large hunter derbies.

H&S: If you weren’t a rider, what would your dream profession be? KH: Lucky for me I get to do both. I have my dream job, which is

being an executive in a large, multi-national company, and that gives me the ability to work hard and to follow my riding dreams.

H&S: Who has been the most influential in your riding career? KH: John French and Carlton Brooks have by far been the most

influential individuals in my riding career. Carlton started me as a little girl and trained me to have the softest hands; his lessons have stuck with me through this day. John has not only taught me the technicalities of riding but has pushed me to be a better competitor. Plus, he is a great friend.

H&S: What is one thing you never go in the ring without? KH: I never go in the ring without taking a deep breath and petting

my horse on the neck. And I usually slip in “be a good boy/girl.” Photos ©Cheval Photos



From a morning hack and then lunch with friends or a day at the office and then out to ride after work...



BEHIND THE SEAMS by Katie Shoultz

O’Shaughnessey Riding Apparel’s Fashionable Collaboration

With an eye for fashion, designer and equestrian Sara Griot not only watched rounds at her daughter’s horse shows, she watched the apparel trends riding by. After a successful dress line that was featured in top fashion magazines and housed at major stores, Griot stepped away from the industry to raise her four children. Coming back, she knew she wanted to focus on designing with the equestrian in mind. Her passion for the sport gave Griot the inspiration to create show apparel with a timeless essence. Griot’s labor of love became the O’Shaughnessey brand (the name a nod to her Irish roots) that was launched in 2011. With business savvy experience and a designer’s eye, Griot’s show shirts and jackets are designed to be just as fabulous on the street as they are in the ring. Using rich hues and sumptuous fabrics, the apparel line is flattering and distinctive.

A Vision Manifested

New for 2013, Griot collaborated with the creative powerhouse and equestrian trend spotter Molly Knott, founder of the blog Together, the two created a limited edition collection of versatile styles to wear from barn to town. “Designer/retailer and designer/blogger collaborations are a major focus in the fashion world right now, and Sara wanted to extend this concept to the equestrian industry. Of course, it was very exciting for me,” Knott tells. Like all artists, Griot and Knott have big imaginations. Envisioning what their customer would want to wear “from a morning hack and then lunch with friends or a day at the office and then out to ride after work,” was the start of it, says Knott. “And then we hashed out millions of details!” Opposite page: A special collaboration piece between Knott and Griot for 2013, the Flynn jacket can be worn in and out of the saddle with its fitted silhouette and modern style. Below: Griot discovered her family crest on a trip to Ireland, which inspired the regal logo of the brand.

Their attention to the details is evident in the fine craftsmanship – apparel that performs under pressure with superior movement, flexibility, and, of course, style.

manufactured by people that are being paid fairly and treated well, and where I can see what is happening as the product is being developed,” Griot expresses.

Although the design process can be exhausting, with long hours and pressing timelines, the equestrian lifestyle has prepared these horsewomen well. “It was very educational for me to experience firsthand the real constraints that designers are up against. It makes it even more impressive when you see a beautiful final product,” describes Knott.

O’Shaughnessey infuses show staples with an extra touch of special without any fuss. Inspired by the traditional elegance of past riding days, Griot keeps her finger on the pulse of modern comforts. Bringing the two together means one thing – be prepared to get comfortable and fashionable. Above: The O’Connor Spectator coat is the perfect statement piece that will be a closet favorite now and years to come.

Quintessential Chic

The collaboration includes the show shirt, the Spectator, which was inspired from the casual open collar look that you’ll find many riders sporting when not in the ring. The Spectator’s “faux-show” neckline gives the elegant height of a traditional show shirt collar with a graceful, flattering open neck. The other piece, the Flynn jacket, will be released later this summer. “We wanted a ‘wow’ piece that could be a staple for anywhere a fashionable equestrian might find herself out for a morning hack, auditing a clinic, a working lunch, watching a child’s lesson, running errands,” says Griot. Knott is excited, too, to share the collaboration with her blog’s audience. “Absolutely what makes these two pieces stand out, like all the O’Shaughnessey products, is the incredible quality of the fabrics and detail elements - a hallmark of Sara’s designs,” enthuses Knott. The brand will also be unveiling the O’Connor Spectator Coat, which will be available in red or black lightweight wool. “It’s a long coat with beautiful back detail and contrast lining, inspired by the redingote’s from the 18th century, a statement piece we’ve wanted to introduce for quite a while,” says Griot. A perfect go-to piece for the show mom or busy trainer. As a distinguishing feature of the brand, all products are designed and made in the United States. “When I had my dress line, I felt very strongly about the clothes being manufactured domestically. Then and now, it’s more about the integrity of having a product



Below: The Spectator shirt shown in white is tradition with a twist.


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Sayre Happy Given her family history, it’s little surprise that third-generation trainer and rider Sayre Happy has chosen a life with horses. The 34-year-old grew up in the Seattle, WA area with her grandfather, trainer Robert Woodington, and her mother, the late Dina Happy, as her closest mentors and first teachers. Dina was a well-respected rider and coach in the Pacific Northwest, and continued to be a familiar face while working the ingate at shows from Washington to Canada after she retired from training. And Sayre’s earliest memory of riding centers around her grandfather, who managed several training facilities in the area for decades. Now, with a few decades of experience of her own, Sayre is quietly making her own way in the industry, having moved to the East Coast several years ago after riding in Europe and working privately in Oregon. In partnership with Tamara Czartoryski, Happy formed HC Sporthorses in 2011. Together, Czartoryski and Happy import a small but steady number of sale horses to the U.S. to bring along and sell. Happy splits her year between Wellington, FL and Lexington, KY, and has a passion for developing young horses. With grand prix miles under her belt and an almost instinctual feel for horses of all levels, she’s moving right along, following in her family’s footsteps all the while.

Horse & Style: What is your earliest riding memory? Sayre Happy: It’s from when I was three-years-old; I was out with my

grandfather, riding a pony in the field. The pony accidentally cantered and that was it, I was hooked. My family really influenced me a lot!

H&S: So, there was never any question you would have a life with horses?

SH: Well, I actually didn’t ride when I was 18 and finishing high

school, and for a second I thought I might do something else. But I couldn’t stay away from it, and it started building more and more to where there were people who wanted me to start my own business. So, I went professional pretty early on, when I was 19. I took one other break a few years ago, but when I didn’t ride I really missed the horses.



H&S: What would you say is your specialty in the business? SH: I really enjoy getting young horses and bringing them along, and helping them go further in life. I like riding in the bigger jumpers too, but I don’t need to be in the grand prix ring every week. I like the young horses, the really good ones. We’ve had some really special ones that I’ve gotten to develop a little bit, and I really do enjoy that a lot.

H&S: And how would you describe your business today? SH: We’re small, hands on. That’s the way I like it. When it gets bigger

than 12 horses, I physically can’t see what’s going on every day. I have two clients who I’m really enjoying teaching, as well. This summer we’re mostly in Kentucky, with a few trips to other shows; Calgary and Traverse City.

H&S: What do you love most about the horse show lifestyle? SH: I think it’s mainly the horses. I just love everything about them.

As far as the horse show lifestyle, I prefer the way we do it now, being in Wellington half the year and Kentucky half the year. We’re not on the road all the time and I don’t feel like a gypsy! It can be pretty rough being on the road constantly.

H&S: What have you learned about this industry? SH: I feel like there are certain people who you work with and can

trust, who are good people to do biz with, and I feel like if you can find those build those people around you it makes a huge difference towards your own success.

S H OW YO U R CO LO U R S And no matter what you have to work hard. Everybody’s tired at the end of the day most days but there’s no other way to do it. Every horse teaches me something. I can’t say that I ever stop learning from the horses.

H&S: Can you tell us about the most influential horses in your life? SH: I had a horse named Lasandra when I was working in Oregon. She had already had two colic surgeries before I started riding her, and she passed away a year later from colic, but she was the best grand prix horse I was ever able to ride. She was that horse that was the winner with everyone on her, and she gave me the confidence to be able to take the younger horses on and step them up.

And we have a seven-year-old now, a Dutch horse by Verdi named HC Big Star that I am very excited about. Yes, I know he’s got big shoes to fill with that name, and everyone has asked me if I’m going to change his name, but I have a superstition about changing names so the answer is - no! Hopefully he’ll be as good as the “other” Big Star!

H&S: Are you looking to step back into the grand prix ring? SH: If I had the right horse again I would love to, but I feel like I don’t need to be in that ring all the

time. And I don’t want to pick a horse that maybe isn’t meant to do it and push things. We had a horse last year that I was able to show in a couple of grands prix and she was lovely. I’m hoping that if we get to keep Big Star long enough, that he will get to do that. Opposite page: A little rain doesn’t faze this Pacific Northwest native. This page: Competing with Big Star in Kentucky last spring. Photos ©Shawn McMillan

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Being Beezie Why the newly crowned Rolex FEI World Cup Champion is everyone’s equestrian idol Beezie Madden was already a show jumping hero before she clinched a nail-biting victory in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final of Show Jumping on April 28th, 2013, in Gothenburg, Sweden. For decades, the double Olympic gold medalist (2004, 2008) has been one of the most recognized riders in the United States, both among avid show jumping followers and those outside the sport. With her World Cup win aboard the plain bay gelding Simon, owned by Abigail Wexner, she’s now the top-ranked female show jumper in the world, and a fan favorite wherever she goes.

But she would be the last person to tout her accomplishments for you. As humble as the day she jumped her first course, Madden will be the first one to say that she’s just another rider dedicated to doing right by her horses. She might be one of the biggest stars of the sport, but Beezie Madden is as grounded as they come. And that’s why we love her! Read on to find out why the inimitable Beezie Madden is the USA’s show jumping role model.

The fame hasn’t gone to her head. Madden is hands down one of the most

approachable riders in the sport. She always has time for her fans, and is never too busy to return a phone call. How’s that for class!

She’s a style trailblazer.

Madden was one of the very first grand prix riders to switch from the traditional velvet covered helmet to a “skunk stripe” GPA back in 2006. Her move turned heads at first, but the entire industry soon followed suit. These days, with Charles Owen, Voltaire Saddles and Ariat as her central sponsors, Madden continues to lead the way with a classic, straightforward style.

She gives other riders a leg up.

Callie Schott worked for the Maddens for four years, learning the ropes of a high performance show jumping stable, and getting a chance to be involved in everything from training to showing at the grand prix level. The Maddens gave Schott a horse to bring up the levels while she was with them, not to mention the confidence to open her own business this year in Kentucky.

She married well. Together with her husband of 15 years, the Maddens are an unbeatable team. John Madden is the chair of the FEI Jumping Committee, a Show Jumping Hall of Fame board member, and all around authority on the sport of show jumping. Not to mention, he’s Beezie’s number one fan! She puts her best foot forward when the going gets tough. Even the best riders have refusals, and when Madden was eliminated from the first round of the 2012 London Olympics, after Coral Reef Via Volo stopped twice in a combination, she could have let her composure crumble. But just minutes after the disappointing round, Madden pulled herself together and gave an admirable interview to a dozen members of the press who were waiting outside the ring. Her voice shook for just a moment, but then she pulled it together and spoke honestly of her round and her plan to move forward the next day.

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Cathy and I named you “Smarty” the first day we met you at Stal Hendrix, not just because you were such a good jumper but because you were so sassy and had so much attitude in everything that you did. You had a tough start to your life here, but you came back even when all the surgeons said you would never be ridden again. You had so much heart. You taught me so much not just in the grand prix ring but in life as well, you taught me patience because you had days that you felt great and days that you didn’t. Every time you and I went in for a grand prix, as the bell went I always said out loud to you, “come on Smarty, clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” and no matter how we did we never did lose because just getting to ride you was a bonus. We will all miss hearing you talk outside the office door at Sandhaven, talking away to us all until somebody picked up one of your many buckets and fed you. We never needed to wear a watch around you. You were loved by so many and admired by so many others. You were a horse of a lifetime and now you get to lay amongst the grass at Maple Leaf, where you were always so happy. Thank you Cathy and Alex for letting me have such a wonderful horse. It was a true honor.

xoxo, Rachel Fields

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Lessons Learned from the

Beerbaums Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with some great teachers. Each has his or her own approach to riding and the question is how to make that approach work positively for you. Now that I am working with Markus and Meredith Beerbaum I am often asked “what are the biggest lessons that Markus and Meredith have taught you?” One of the most powerful aspects of their training is its simplicity. Rather than critique little things about your riding, they focus on major themes and willingness of both horse and rider to each do their job. While each trainer and rider has their own approach to riding, there are a few things that Markus and Meredith have worked on with me that have helped me to improve over the last couple years. Three years ago, before I started training with them, Meredith came to my family’s barn in California to do a clinic with my sister and I.

I had always had an issue with my arm getting a little stiff through my elbows instead of following the horse’s mouth. It was something I was always working on to improve but had not quite figured out yet. Meredith recognized this immediately. She told me that instead of holding the reins with my thumbs upright and facing forward I should turn my hands so that my thumbs were on the inside facing one another. After turning my hands my elbows loosened up, I followed the horse’s mouth better and my arm became smoother. Meredith only had to explain this change to me once because as soon as I rotated my hands everything felt more natural. The change was simple, but it was Meredith’s ability to perceive the issue and find the right wording to explain the change that made such a powerful impact. While I have a huge amount of respect for the forward style of American riding and the light seat, I often had an issue holding my horse together while trying to maintain that particular position. I would end up too far forward with not enough leg and the momentum of the horse would be behind me instead of in front of me. I particularly had this issue with Springtime. I would land after the jump and stay out of the saddle and never get him back together which would result in the next jump either being a very long distance or a very deep one. As a solution, Markus introduced me to the German seat. For months,

One of the most powerful aspects of their training is its simplicity. every time I would jump a jump I would land and hear Markus’s booming voice tell me to get back in the saddle. He would have me sit in order to first put my leg on and get my horse back underneath me before going to the next jump. By sitting in the saddle I was much more effective in my ability to keep my horse with me through the turn so that I could gauge the appropriate stride to the next jump. Markus’s constant reminders to get my butt back in the saddle made my rounds significantly smoother. In the warm up ring now you can still hear Markus tell me to “sit in the saddle!” in his distinctly German voice. Over the last couple years I have had an issue with time faults. The first step with Markus and Meredith was not to worry about the time faults but focus on comfortably jumping larger classes with Springtime. After feeling confident jumping the 1.60 grand prixs all through


Florida last year, I arrived at Estoril, Portugal in the summer of 2012 for my first CSI 5* Global Champions Tour. While Markus is with me at most shows, this weekend he was at another show and it was just Meredith and I. She knew I was working on trying to figure out how not to have time faults and as we were walking the course she told me “When you think you are going fast enough to the first fence, go faster.” During my round as I was cantering to the first fence I reminded myself of that advice and picked up more pace. It was my first clear Grand Prix round at a 5* show. I am still working on not having time faults but whenever I remind myself that if I think I am going fast enough I should be going faster I always carry the right pace for the entire course. I often have a time fault if I forget to remind myself about Meredith’s advice while going to the first fence. These three lessons are ones that have become ingrained into my thought process while riding. Rather than flood me with a hundred little details to fix, Markus and Meredith picked specific things to focus on and consistently reminded me of them until they became a permanent part of my riding. Some lessons, like my hand placement, only take one correction before they become a constant in the way I ride. Other lessons, like having a quick enough pace to the first jump, take repetition and reminders from Markus and Meredith. As I said before, each person’s style is different, but these are three lessons from two incredible riders and teachers that are helping me figure out my particular style of riding. Opposite page: In one memorable grand prix during the winter circuit, Saer (center) placed 2nd between Meredith and Markus. Photo ©Cheval Photos

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Impeccable. From the bridles in his dust-free tack room, each and every one carefully hung and wrapped just so, to the space in his home displaying the trophy that started it all, Peter Wylde can be summed up with that one word. For over a decade, the blond haired, blue-eyed rider originally from Boston, Massachusetts seemed to have settled permanently in Europe. With the talent to thrive on top European show jumping circuits, and an appreciation for the European way of life, it seemed that the Olympic veteran had left the USA for good. But, last fall the United States pulled him back, and now the 48-year-old rider and his husband, Dutch-born Eduard Mullenders, are here to stay. Their two homes, in Wellington, Florida and Millbrook, NY, reflect 12 years worth of travel and an eclectic sense of style that transform every corner into an engaging use of space.

Left: Enjoying the space at beautiful Winley Farm with Lewin 5. Right: Peek into Wylde’s tack room, and you’ll find all equipment hanging neatly in place, not a speck of dirt to be seen

Over the winter season in Wellington, Florida, Wylde worked with his longtime friend and occasional business partner, the famed equitation coach Missy Clark, riding several grand prix horses in Clark’s stable, and sharing a barn adjacent to the posh Winter Equestrian Festival grounds.

A Dream Come True

However, this spring, Winley Farm came calling. The stunning, 155-acre former Thoroughbred breeding farm tucked away in Millbrook’s rolling green hills was a natural



fit for Wylde’s own business. In Germany, he operated a small, impeccable sales and training program from a lovely red brick barn that was quintessentially European. Occupied by no more than 25 horses at any one time, and a rotating group of international students, the single aisle barn was always a hub of activity, with Wylde the center. “Everything that I had in Germany was my dream come true,” says Wlyde. “At Winley Farm, I want to recreate that program.” Owned by Judith Goelkel of Germany, Winley Farm was purchased and renovated in 2002 to serve as a Holsteiner breeding and training facility. The renovation transformed it into a functioning jewel, worthy of its own magazine spread, with a gorgeous, high tech training center that includes an indoor arena, covered walker, 24 stalls and ample paddocks to roam. Wylde calls it the most horse friendly, functional stable he’s ever had the pleasure to work out of. When Goelkel purchased a grand prix horse for Wylde to ride this year, the subject of the farm came up, and Wylde immediately knew it was a perfect fit. Much of the farm’s breeding operation had been relocated back to Europe, and there were only retired horses on the property. “I know the stable very well; I lived in Millbrook for about five years before I went to Europe,” Wylde explains. “It is about five miles down the road from where I used to live.”

Everything that I had in Germany was my dream come true. At Winley Farm, I want to recreate that program.

Top: Mullenders and Wylde at home in Florida Bottom: The beautiful Winley Farm in New York



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Along with its surrounding buildings, the cream-yellow barn with grey trim has been lovingly cared for over the years and is an ideal base for the program that Wylde hopes to establish in the States. While Wylde has stepped back into the United States’ high performance show jumping ranks with ease, his goals extend to all levels of the sport. Since 2008, he’d traveled to the States several times a year to participate in the USHJA’s Emerging Athletes Program, of which he serves as Head Clinician and Vice Chairman. Designed as a support program for up and coming juniors, the EAP has become an effective stepping stone for talented young riders on their way up. Wylde knows a thing or two about working his way up; as a young rider he earned extra money working in the stockroom at the original Dover Saddlery in Massachusetts (Dover is now his longest-running sponsor.) His undeniable talent in the saddle helped his star rise; he first made his mark in the industry as the 1982 ASPCA Maclay Champion. Twenty years later he became a household name when he earned the Pan American Games bronze in 2002 and Olympic Team Gold in 2004, both aboard the great mare Fein Cera. He’s determined to give young riders with similar dreams a leg up, and is a passionate supporter of the EAP’s objectives. Through a series of yearly clinics that culminate in a final competition at the end of the year, EAP offers instruction on all aspects of horsemanship, from stable management to riding. Wylde, who treats stable management as a fine art, is excited to establish a venue where EAP working students can come for hands on experience. He regards impeccable stable management skills as the foundation to the health and happiness, not to mention competitiveness, of his horses. Anyone who’s ever worked in his stable comes away the better for it.

I would like to create and use my stable as a talking point and representation of everything that we embody with the EAP,” Wylde says. “Now I’ll be able to offer some of the kids from EAP working student positions, and let them really be fully involved in a training stable that practices what we preach at the EAP. Above: Competing at WEF in March with AK Clowney, a 12-year-old Holsteiner owned by Societe Civile de L’ecurie Meautry Deauville; Out for a ride; This guest room includes a Turkish tapestry transformed into an attractive blanket, as well as a portrait (center) of Fein Cera, commissioned by one of Wylde’s longtime grooms as a gift; A guest room dresser is home to an assortment of beloved trophies, including Wylde’s 1982 Maclay National Equitation Championship



While some aspects of relocating back across the Atlantic, such as the EAP involvement and being closer to his friends and family, made the move a seamless transition, other aspects were considerably more complicated.

Creating Interesting Spaces

Wylde and Mullenders share a passion for collecting art; in fact, last year Mullenders opened and ran the Galerie Bondurant near the couple’s apartment in Roermond. Their shared love for travel, combined with all

Europe had to offer, fed an interest in collectibles that range from unique pieces of furniture in their homes, to floor to ceiling paintings. It was no small job to relocate their collection to the U.S. last December, and Mullenders took on the intimidating task of decorating their new home. “We like to create interesting spaces,” says Wylde. “We both have an appreciation for both art and antiques, modern and contemporary. In the 12 years I lived in Europe, I went on a lot of antique buying sprees. We went to Paris, to Antwerp, Budapest, Turkey, Morocco. We love to travel! And we like to go to different shops. We bought a lot of textiles at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and had them turned into wall hangings or pillows or blankets.” Their dining room table had a former life as a captain’s table aboard a ship; the legs still sport the brackets that bolted it to the floor. Mullenders has a talent for woodworking, and has restored several pieces in their home, carefully replicating the carving on one leg of a chair to match its mates. The indoor/outdoor spaces of their Florida home flow seamlessly together, and every object comes with a story. Wylde’s Best Style of Riding trophy from the CHIO Aachen in 2001 has a place of honor between silver candelabra on the boundary wall that separates the kitchen and living room. A restored chandelier presides over a smaller This page: Even Wylde and Mullenders’ dog Amy is impeccable

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sitting room, while a light hanging of antlers decorates the dining rom. “It doesn’t matter what century, or what style, what country, when we see an object that we like (and we can afford it!) we buy it,” says Wylde.

Style of Riding

The recipient of multiple Style of Riding awards, Wylde’s ability to bring out the best in his horses has been recognized around the world. His style in the saddle is clean and classic, and he’s long been known to proudly sport the logos of his sponsors. It’s clear that he values his supporters as much as they value him. Wylde’s career highlights include picking up the Best Style of Riding Award at the CHIO Aachen, in Germany, the American Gold Cup, the CSI-W Geneva in 2003, and the Hampton Classic. And his return to the United States coincides with his renewed, everstylish presence at the grand prix level. After the great Fein Cera was retired in 2007, Wylde dedicated more time to coaching, and even considered hanging up his spurs and retiring from competition. Fortunately, he quickly realized that competing was something he simply couldn’t live without. He kept up a presence in the ring, and saw several of his mounts successfully sold on to their own grand prix careers.



His current string includes Lewin 5, an 11-year-old Warmblood that carried Wylde to victory in the $35,000 Junior Essex Troop Garden State Grand Prix at the Garden State Horse Show on May 5th, AK’s Clowney, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding that has been placing well with Wylde up and down the East Coast. In March, Wylde and Clowney flew to Southern California and were 5th in the prestigious AIG Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix. They were impeccable even in the heat of that desert afternoon. If you’re on the East Coast this summer, you’ll likely see Wylde with those mounts and others in grand prix rings from HITS Saugerties to Old Salem. He’s even toying with the idea of bringing along a hunter to aim for the $500,000 Devoucoux HITS Hunter Prix Final this September. Last but not least, he’s enthusiastic about bringing along a hunter to aim for the $500,000 Devoucoux HITS Hunter Prix Final this September, especially after winning the $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on June 2nd in Saugerties with Eternity. Good things keep happening,” Wylde concludes. “It’s a dream for me, a

real dream.

Above: Florida living calls for an open floor plan and easy access to the outdoors; Wylde’s Style of Riding Award from the 2001 CHIO Aachen

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Ten Healthy Horse Show Meals That You Can Make Yourself! One of the hardest challenges each year is keeping a healthy diet while in full swing of the horse show season. This time of year, I find myself living in hotels for most of the week with little or no chance to prepare healthy meals to eat. The food offered at horse shows has improved greatly since I started in this sport. As a kid I can’t remember much beyond the breakfast burrito (just say no!) and a slim offering of hamburgers and sandwiches for lunch. Now, it is common to be able to buy a yogurt, cereal, smoothie, and a salad at the shows, but those items often contain a ton of sugar, and lack

enough protein to really power you up for the show ring. Most venues offer a VIP lunch selection; but choosing from a buffet can result in binge eating. Also, the cost horse show food can add up over the course of a week. To fight unhealthy horse show eating habits, I have come up with a list of 10 healthy meals that can easily be prepared at the beginning of the week, packed in a cooler, and kept in your hotel mini-fridge for days on end! All of these meals cost under $10 to make and many of these recipes make 4-6 servings, which will make quite a few meals for you and maybe one of your friends at the barn!




2 (6-8 servings) 2 cups Israeli couscous 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth Olive oil 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

1/2 cup golden raisins Fresh mint Fresh basil One lemon

One of my clients brought this dish to a barn party recently and it was a hit with the crowd! Israeli couscous is similar to regular couscous -- a small, round pasta made from wheat flour and semolina, but is toasted instead of dried. This tasty grain also has a surprisingly high content of vitamin C - one cup of Israeli couscous has roughly 42 percent of the daily recommended value. It is also packed with protein, one serving offers 22g, so it makes a satisfying meal for a busy day! 1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. 2. Add couscous, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and zest from one lemon and sauté until most of couscous is golden brown (about five minutes.) 3. Add 2 cups of broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and couscous is tender (about 10 minutes), add more broth by tablespoon if too dry. 4. When done strain the couscous and place in a bowl to cool. 5. Once cool add pine nuts (I toast these in the toaster), 4 tbs chopped mint, 4 tbs chopped basil, and raisins. 6. Finish with vinaigrette of lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

(4-6 servings) 1 bag brown rice pasta tubes 1 jar your favorite tomato sauce

Aged parmesan Cauliflower

All right do I really need to take the time to teach you how to boil pasta and add sauce? I do try to avoid gluten when possible and have found that Brown rice pasta (I like the tubes or the spirals) tastes every bit as good as the real thing. Brown rice pasta is quite sticky so be sure to add some olive oil to your pot of water before you throw pasta in to cook. You can find this right next to the good old spaghetti in almost any grocery store (well at least in California). 1. Chop up a head of raw cauliflower (I like to dress up this staple meal with roasted cauliflower and parmesan), spread in a single layer in a baking dish, spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, red pepper flakes and maybe a squeeze of lemon. 2. Throw cauliflower in a preheated oven of 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. 3. Though I try to avoid most cheese, hard cheeses that have been aged (think parmesan and asiago) are the most significant dietary source of vitamin K2, a nutrient that has been shown to protect against heart disease and cancer. Like meat, cheese has a lot of calories so you still have to be careful...


(6-8 servings) 2 cups forbidden rice 3 1/2 cups of water 2 tablespoons tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) 3 tablespoons sesame oil

1 large baked diced sweet potato 3/4 cup diced red pepper 3/4 cup diced yellow pepper 1/2 bunch sliced scallion

Legend has it that forbidden rice is the ‘longevity rice” of the emperors of China. It has a nutty taste and a beautiful purple color as it is loaded with the antioxidants that are found in blueberries and acai, but without all the sugar. Sweet potatoes are a great source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, and are twice as high in fiber as regular potatoes which means they are a “slow-burning” carbohydrate, which is perfect for a long day. 1. Wrap sweet potato in aluminum foil and put in oven to bake for about 50 minutes. 2. Once tender (but not too soft) take out of the oven and then wait for it to cool before peeling and dicing (discard any part that is too mushy). 3. Bring rice, water, and a pinch of salt to a quick boil, cover and lower heat to a simmer for 30 minutes. 4. Transfer rice to a large mixing bowl to cool. 5. Let rice sit while you whisk together sesame oil and tamari. 6. While rice is still warm toss in the oil and tamari. 7. Once cool add sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers, scallions, and salt and pepper to taste.



5 (3 servings) 1 package of 4 precooked sausages 1 red bell pepper

1 green bell pepper 1 head of broccoli 2 lemons

What many of you might not know is that broccoli is an amazing source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin K and C. These vitamins help your bone health, muscle stability, and immune system stay strong during a busy horse show day. I try and keep a vegan diet when cooking for myself, so I would choose a tofu sausage for this dish; but there are plenty of chicken and turkey sausages available that help keep the fat and cholesterol down in this dish. This dish is great because it can be eaten cold or with a quick reheat in the microwave; but always keep meat properly refrigerated during the day at a show and try to consume within 3 days. 1. Chop up head of broccoli, discard the stalk, rinse with water and place in a microwave safe bowl. 2. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and then salt and pepper the broccoli. Microwave for 90 seconds. Yes I know that “microwave” and “healthy” are not totally synonymous; but this is the quickest, easiest way to cook this nutrient dense vegetable. 3. Place sausages in frying pan with chopped up bell pepper. 4. Heat till cooked through and pepper and sausages are lightly browned. 5. Toss in the broccoli and add salt, pepper, and a squeeze of the second lemon for flavor.

6 2 cups (or 1 can) of cooked garbanzo beans 1 whole cucumber 1 large tomato

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley Lemon juice

This is one of my favorite treats on a hot summer day. It is easiest to make with one can of garbanzo beans; but dried garbanzo beans are a staple item in the bulk food section of most stores. Follow the same instructions I used for the lentil dish to prepare dried garbanzo beans. Note that one cup of dried garbanzo beans is two cups when cooked. 1. Once beans are prepared, add chopped cucumber, tomato, parsley 2. Dress with juice of one lemon, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, salt and pepper. Some people like to add red onion but I have left onion and garlic out of all of these recipes as I hate having stinking breath, particularly when you chatting away at a show! 3. If you like it spicy add a little paprika or crushed red pepper flakes. Feta and or crumbled goat cheese also add well to this dish.

(8 servings) Udi’s Gluten Free Bagels

7 8 This is my other go-to breakfast. Yogurt is a great form of dairy that is much easier for most people to digest than milk as it tends to have a much lower amount of lactose. Not only is it a great source of calcium, but the bacterial cultures in yogurt can help boost the immune system. Make sure you use plain yogurt as flavored ones, yes even vanilla, are packed with all sorts of sugars and flavorings that no one needs to add to the diet. I try and grab a new type of granola every time I go the store to keep things fresh. My favorite is a strawberry vanilla hemp granola I buy at Real Foods. Also if you bring a 16oz. plain yogurt to keep in the fridge at the show, a dollop of yogurt can be added to any of the bean salads. This can make a great dinner option when you are too tired to make it to the barn dinner!


As a trainer, nothing makes me crazier than people’s tendency to skip breakfast on show days. I know we all get up early, and sometimes we aren’t hungry at 5 am; but stopping for a vanilla latte at Starbucks is NOT breakfast! I usually get most of my riding done for the day by noon, so eating a healthy and filling breakfast is part of my daily routine. I start pretty much everyday with a toasted bagel, I usually buy Udi’s Gluten Free Bagels. These bagels have about the same calorie count as a normal bagel; but without all the gluten that can cause bloating. A bag of these can easily go on the road with you as most hotels have a toaster set up with their continental spread each morning. Add a schemer of peanut butter and you have a great start for any busy day. Substitute the peanut butter for hummus and this morning meal will be packed with fiber!


1 16oz container plain yogurt Granola of your choice


Crystalized ginger Dried goji berries Raw almonds

Peanut butter Or hummus!

10 Or trail mix ingredients of your choice!

If you don’t have enough time to put together meals for a horse show, at least take the time to grab some of your favorite snacks out of the bulk food section of your favorite heath food store. I hardly ever go to the barn without throwing some raw almonds and crystalized ginger in a baggie for mid morning or afternoon snacking. Nuts are a great snack as all varieties are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and vitamin E. I am partial to raw almonds, which are particularly high in calcium; but cashews, shelled pistachios, and walnuts are also great. Be bold and add some dried fruit like dried goji berries and dried ginger to that mix! Dried apricots, figs, and mango are a few of my favorites. This treat may not be to everyone’s liking, but I am a huge fan and always feel a bit perked up after snacking on it.

Sometimes we forget that the simplest solutions are often times the best. Anyone can grab a few pieces of fruit at the beginning of the week and keep them fresh throughout. Fruit is packed with vitamins and fiber, all critical to keeping the body healthy. Be careful not to substitute real fruit by drinking fruit juice. One glass of orange juice is made up of approximately four oranges; which means that juice has all the condensed sugars of fruit and without all the fiber that is so good at filling one up and keeping one’s digestive system healthy. Also your horse will love you if you pass over your apple or pear core.

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As the summer shows kick into high gear, these lightweight fabrics are a must to keep your cool! These perfect polos are fantastic under a hunt coat for a cool ride in the ring, or simply pair them with riding jeans for a sharp schooling look!






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The Destination is Worth the Journey at El Rey Polo Club, CancĂşn, Mexico




Mexican Time

Photos and story by Erin Gilmore

Thick jungle hugged both sides of the road as we zipped along in the rental car, the coastal resorts becoming a smaller and smaller speck on the horizon behind us. After a leisurely morning and late breakfast on a patio with views of an unreal aquamarine bay, we were leaving one Cancún for another. The Cancún, Mexico that most tourists see begins and ends with a long, Vegas-esque strip, flush with oversize hotels and garish nightclubs that reverberate with music and alcohol-soaked travelers each and every night. However, the Cancún that this particular group of equestrians was after was a different one altogether. It lay at the end of a bumpy stone road, a journey dotted by the occasional cement block building and unending foliage. The El Rey Polo Country Club is nestled like a secret in rural Quintana Roo just

outside of Cancún. Seemingly carved out of the jungle that hugs its borders on all sides, the manicured field hosts hundreds of spectators (of which this writer was one) and a slew of sponsors for its popular, twice-yearly polo tournaments. While the game of polo is the same the world over, El Rey’s simple, elegant alabaster infinity pool that overlooks the field, its open-air bar under a thatched roof, and the steady supply of all things tequila cemented the fact that this particular tournament would have a decidedly Mexican flair. The Seventh Annual Copa Del Rey Polo Tournament drew players from half a dozen countries that gathered for three days of competition on this enchanting field. Seven teams played aboard mostly borrowed horses supplied by the club, making it possible to fly in for the weekend with just your

Opposite page, clockwise from left: Detail of the umpire’s saddle, ready to hit the field; Catriona Brown was Sunday’s hat contest winner; Ruben Gracida (white helmet) keeps the ball in play. This page: The tournament opened with a Mayan blessing by performers in traditional costume.



equipment and be fully mounted for the entire tournament. Games ran on Mexican time (read, leisurely breaks between the chukkers) as guests outfitted in their polo best trickled in throughout the afternoon. Team Lemmus players Dave Buller, Diego Velarde, Chris Falk and Will Falk won the final match over Team Scappino (Roger Igartua, Carlos Hernandez, Jesus Solorzano, Luis Vizcaino) on Sunday afternoon. El Rey provided players and guests with rooms at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort back in Cancun, and hosted parties at sponsoring venues and the club itself every single night. In so many ways, polo became the centerpiece of a relaxing weekend vacation for the players and their friends and families. That’s just how manager Manolo Calvo envisioned it when he formed El Rey in 2007. A small group of locals play at the club year round, and affiliations with players in the United States, Panama and Argentina has made it a destination for friendly tournaments. Polo’s reputation as an exclusive sport for the other half is anything but at El Rey, which welcomes players of an intermediate to advanced level to compete and form new friendships both on and off the field. Veuve Cliqout champagne, fresh ceviche and numerous michiladas gilded the afternoon, and when everyone piled back into the rental cars late in the evening for the journey back to their hotel beds, it was with a sense of camaraderie, joy and the satisfaction of a weekend well spent with friends and fellow equestrians. From top left: Victory! Each team got their moment in the spotlight; El Rey Polo Country Club manager Manolo Calvo also played in the tournament; Player Max Jahl of Germany relaxes with spectators; View of the beach from poolside at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort in Candun; Luis Vizcaino and his horse await the start of the chukker.



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Summer! High-tech riding apparel will keep you cool as temperatures rise. by Ashley Cline It’s exciting to watch the equestrian industry embrace new textiles to help riders stay cool, improve riding, offer SPF protection, and eliminate expensive dry cleaning bills. In other sports such as basketball, cycling and even golf, high-tech fabrics are nothing new. But with tradition held high in the horse world, designers of equestrian apparel have had to tread carefully as they introduce high-tech innovations into the market. There’s no doubt that our traditional sport will continue to hold on to some conventional cuts and styles, however, with the addition of high tech fabrics and features, everyone has started to get a whole lot more comfortable. Technology is everywhere we look and the only way to keep up is to embrace it, and of course use it! H&S selected a few of our favorite high-tech apparel trends for summer 2013. From head to toe and mane to tail, riders no longer need to search high and low for the latest and greatest in riding apparel improvements in and out of the show ring.

Animo Breeches

Animo has woven five high-tech features into their apparel to improve the riding experience. Their Beta CX system is an intelligent fabric that stores active agents that can fight odor and static. The release of silver ions woven into the yarn of the fabric create an antiseptic environment between fabric and skin, deterring the growth of bacteria caused by perspiring. These antistatic, comfort, and hypo-allergenic technologies are used in all Animo fabrics. Animo’s latest Mod Nook Breeches are tech-trendy and also come in a variety of colors, and the gripping system knee patches make for a strong grip saddle side. However, we can’t explain the glittery stilettos on the model to the left. New barn-to-club trend perhaps?!

High-Tech Riding Gloves from SSG

Text savvy gloves from SSG allow riders to use their smartphones without pulling a glove off (right). SSG’s aquasuede® technology allows for touchscreen tapping abilities with finger and thumb tip reactors. Whether you are picking up an important business call or simply Instagramming during a trail ride (it’s ok, we all do it), it’s much easier to wear gloves that are screen sensitive instead of having to take off your gloves mid-ride.



Equiline Riding Coat

Say goodbye to your dry-cleaning days with this new riding coat! Wool coats are on the outs as new stretch and technical fabrics make their mark in English riding wardrobes. The flattering fit and comfort of Equiline coats make it easy for riders to make the transition to these stylish jackets (left). This Equiline competition jacket is made with a technical fabric called X-Cool Evo, which is extremely elastic, breathable and water repellent. It’s comfortable too; X-Cool Evo was developed to give the rider the highest freedom of movement.

The Ice Fil® Prism Riding Top from Kerrits

Beat the heat and humidity with this airy new riding top , shown in white to the right. This shirt is so smart it even provides UPF 30+ sun protection! And the fabric is so cool it refrigerates you – literally. It absorbs sweat quickly and efficiently, as the fabric refrigerates the air between the shirt and your skin, helping to drop body temperature by five degrees. It’s a no brainer to wear an Ice Fil Prism Top if you’re out riding numerous horses this summer; you can stay cool and trendy in this top!

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Alp N Rock Ladies Horse Love Half Sleeve Henley

Made in the USA, this capri blue henley is light enough to transition from warm summer days to cool nights. Alp N Rock uses supima cotton blends to provide a super lush soft feel along with a microfleece, which provides warmth without weight, dries fast, and is highly breathable. All Alp N Rock garments are machine washable, which is also a must after a long day at the farm.

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In Europe by Erin Gilmore

“It’s closer than you think.”

Europe, that is. Competing in Europe isn’t an unattainable, pie in the sky dream, says Belgium-based trainer and horse dealer Neil Jones. It’s not just for grand prix riders. And it’s not just for those with deep pockets. The English-born Jones, who has cultivated strong ties with the American horse market during 20-plus years of horse sales from Europe to the United States, recently began providing a sought-after service to riders who wish to experience European show jumping first hand. With an intimate knowledge of all levels of the European show circuit and a strong network of available horses, Jones combined his resources to create Equi Lease, a part travel concierge, part riding vacation service that gives riders the chance to compete in Europe at their own level.

Actually Within Reach

Jones provides the horse and equipment, and offers a virtually unlimited range of shows to target. Planned in advance, Equi Lease



trips are becoming a popular option for American riders who are learning that competing in Europe, even for a short time, can actually be within reach.

We can fit every type of budget,” Jones explains. “No matter the level, for people who want to take the chance to come to Europe and ride in a show for the experience, we welcome it. While one can’t exactly lease a grand prix horse, by the same token that’s not the level of rider that Equi Lease serves. For the junior, adult jumper, or low amateur rider, there is a whole wealth of classes at shows all across Europe that are affordable and competitive. Jones points out that even the Global Champions Tour shows have lower, amateur-level classes that riders can enter if they wish (that series, however, is not cheap.) Riders are welcome to bring their trainer, or even non-riding members of their family. Whatever the group dynamic, Jones can arrange a trip that includes an experience to fit all participants.

“It’s great fun for a father who would love to see Italy, for instance, and the kids who want to ride at the show,” adds Jones. “You’ve got plenty to do and there is always a great social atmosphere in the evenings.”

Better For It

In 2012, Jones hosted a group of riders at the Magna Racino Spring Tour in Vienna, Austria. After a successful two weeks of competition, he realized that the experience he could put together, from travel arrangements, to pairing a rider with an appropriate horse and arranging show entries, would be highly sought after by the American market. He prefers that riders send video of themselves riding before they come, and if possible he speaks with the rider’s trainer to determine what type of horse would best suit. When the rider arrives, a few days of schooling are always in order, and then it’s off to a show. Show jumping entries for competitions in Europe are a fraction of what they are in America; Jones explains that even an FEI-rated show at one or two stars in Europe costs just 250 euros for three days of jumping. He’s had clients who compete for three weeks and end up with a horse show bill of 1,200 euros, total. When the cost of the horse, lodging, and sometimes even the airfare is added up, it can equal the cost of a week of show fees for an A-circuit competition in the U.S.

“It’s something that people need to know they can do,” Jones remarks. “It’s very interesting, and very educational for young riders. They can come here and be part of the team for a week, we can arrange a clinic with a top trainer if they like, and they go home a more well rounded, and competitive rider for it.” Photos: Canadian rider Julia Kucher took part in an Equi Lease trip last summer. Photos courtesy Equi Lease

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LIFE OF PESSOA by Alexa Pessoa

It’s the Little Things As some of you may remember, my family and I live in Belgium for more than half of the year. Although Europe may be the place to be for show jumping, I find it to be a bit challenged in other areas. Though countless American trainers find themselves in Europe a few times a year to stock up on horses, expats like myself are supporting a reversed import. Not only did I find my new star AO horse from a family in Georgia (the state not the country), many of my absolute essentials are American made.

became comical. There was the formula and the diaper ointment, the vapor rub and the shampoo. The list goes on and on. People ask me all the time if it is hard living over there. To be honest, when I first went to Europe and was living out of a suitcase from hotel to hotel it was hard. It was very lonely and strange at times. Now it just feels like an extension of my life in the States. It feels normal to me. I truly believe that part of the reason for that has something to do with the home we have created there. Our house is filled with all of these little reminders from the States.

As we prepare for our annual voyage back to the European Union, I find myself hitting up all of my usual haunts to stock up for the summer. After seven years of living abroad you would think that I would have accepted the products, but I just can’t. Now you may be thinking, what does her husband It may be the part of From Essex riding shirts to Tailored Sportsman think of all of this? He has lived in Europe his me that keeps insisting britches to Secret deodorant and Hot Tamales, I entire life and must think this is ridiculous. just can’t let go of my favorites! It may be the part Surprisingly not! Through the years of coming to that living abroad is not a of me that keeps insisting that living abroad is not spend the winter in Florida, Rodrigo has grown permanent situation and I a permanent situation and I need not fully adjust. to love American things as well. He is pretty much But honestly those small comforts of the good old need not fully adjust. as bad as I am. Now it’s not to say that Europe US of A keep me going through the summer and doesn’t offer some spectacular products, and we fall. I pack everything from canisters of tea to the love lots of things that are specific to Belgium or latest Lululemon workout clothes. I buy my Khiel’s moisturizer, silver France or Holland, etc. But the truth is that I never find myself bringing polish, Tide pens and detangler - the list is seemingly endless. All of the anything from there back to the US with me. things that I know I will not be able to find once I am back in Belgium need to be purchased in advance. We had another great season in Florida over the winter, but are ready It doesn’t stop at just the products either. I also refuse to convert to watching European TV. A few years ago we discovered AppleTV. Being able to keep up to date on all of the latest episodes and movies really made the difference from feeling homesick to feeling in touch. Needing all of these little pieces of home basically tripled when Sophia was born. Since she was born in the States, I had started using a few great products for her over here. Then when it was time to go back to Belgium the thought of changing everything my three month old was used to seemed simply barbaric (fairly typical balanced mindset of a three-month, postpartum first-time mother). So then what we started to drag back with us really

to get back to the three-day show format that Europe will provide! As I don’t have permission to work legally in Europe, my store Mouse Makes Three will be on hold until I return to the US for the Hampton Classic Horse Show over Labor Day weekend. I am actually looking forward to focusing on my new horses and adventurous two-year-old. I am sure I will be plenty busy! Signing off from the States with many suitcases in hand! Above: Sophia filling time in Terminal E at Boston Logan before our flight back to Belgium. Photo ©Alexa Pessoa

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 three-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




Ray Texel

Horseman Ray Texel has made more than a few trips around the ring that have earned their place in the record books. Growing up out East, Texel started out like many horse crazy kids do – at a small local barn on the back of a pony. With a competitive streak and a stubborn work ethic, Texel won both the AHSA Medal Final and the ASPCA Maclay Finals in 1989. As one of the youngest riders to win both titles, he was also named the AHSA’s Junior Equestrian of the Year in 1990. Texel’s successful junior career paved the way for a future as a leading professional in the sport, including time spent as George Morris’ assistant trainer. As a trainer, clinician, rider, and competitor – Texel wears many hats (not to mention he’s an avid ukulele player). But, with a solid system in place that has been shaped and molded by the greats before him, Texel is always eager to share his knowledge with others. After training and riding in California for a time, Texel migrated to Wellington, FL before returning to the Golden State last year. Currently based out of Alder Lane Farm in Cotati, CA, Texel is enjoying the challenge, and the comforts, of a new endeavor in a familiar locale.

Horse & Style: You’re on the West Coast now, what is your focus? Ray Texel: I’m in Northern California now, near Santa Rosa, at

Alder Lane Farm working closely with Beverly Jovais. It’s wonderful to be back. I’ve always loved California. I would say I have a healthy mix of riding while also teaching others and training some horses. Ultimately, as a rider, I believe in a healthy balance.

H&S: You were successful at a very early age. Has that success come with added pressure?

RT: Absolutely. I think we could have a whole article about that! It’s

H&S: What facet of the sport do you enjoy most? RT: In general, I think I’m an educator at heart, and I really enjoy

interesting you ask that question because it’s been a topic in my life recently. I’m grateful for everything that has happened – good and bad. All that early success was a trade though. There were some trades that I didn’t even know I was making until I was a little older and wiser. The best thing I can say is that one of the things I learned to be through riding is a problem solver. So, I developed skills and ability to that end.

helping others while enhancing their knowledge and experience in their riding at any level. Obviously, as a rider, I love the competing aspect of the sport, but I recognize that having a good education in the sport serves one so much more long term.

H&S: How was it working with George Morris after your junior

H&S: Do you have a most memorable win? RT: Certainly the Medal and Maclay finals will always be a standout


RT: I should first say every trainer that I worked with left an impression – each in different ways. I think my training with George and being


his assistant trainer as well as protégé for some period of time was one of the most impressionable times, not just as a rider but also because of my age and where I was in life. There were countless things I learned just by being involved in running the stable and riding. Those are qualities that have continued to serve me in all aspects of my life. I learned focus, a good work ethic, the concept of really investing and putting one’s time into something without an immediate payoff. You’re working towards a goal and that can take a lot of time. I also learned so much about routine, mental strength, and concentration.


for me. Not so much for the fact that they were the Medal and Maclay, but, I lost my father earlier that year and to win so shortly afterwards was in a way a triumph over tragedy. Then in 2001, winning the

Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows was a really special moment – more for the context of the competition than the win, again. My team at the time had gone through a lot and to go and have that win meant a lot to everyone that was working with me to achieve that.

H&S: I had read a piece about your first pony Nantucket Lady. She seemed to have left quite an impression on you?

RT: She was a red pony with a gray mane and tail. Her nickname was

Nanny. The name worked in a funny way because in some respects she was my nanny! I spent so much time with that pony. Nanny was an unbroken rogue pony that I must’ve fallen off of three times a day, literally; that’s not an exaggeration. The relationship, consciously, was the first time that I had a relationship that wasn’t with my parents, and I was really putting myself into it which was such an amazing experience. Nanny and I turned out to have many successes. It was never about the ribbons, though, but the experience. I was very lucky to have such a positive outcome. It was sort of a model for me to move forward in riding. And it’s one that has served me very well – focus and hard work.

H&S: What do you think are the biggest challenges currently facing the sport?

RT: I think there are many challenges in any progression forward. There

will always be obstacles. One area that concerns me is the model of our sport in our country. There’s a lot of expense, and that expense in our sport really limits participation. I don’t want any group or individual to be disenfranchised or not have an avenue in the sport to achieve one’s own goals. There is a lot of untapped talent out there and I would always like to help it find a way forward. Also, the way things are progressing, while excellent on a certain level, tends to pull further from the root of the sport, and I would like to not lose that history and foundation.

H&S: Any activities you like to pursue outside the horse world? RT: I’m currently developing a documentary related in some degree to our

sport (that’s all I can say about it right now). I play a couple of musical instruments – ukulele, for one. I’m an avid film and music person. I’m also into motorcycles and photography so it’s definitely varied!

H&S: What are your current goals? RT: I have many goals and if I can come close to delivering I will be a more fulfilled person. I

really do always enjoy working towards something. I have also enjoyed representing my country in competition; the Olympics and World Championships have always been high on my priority list. But there are certain trades I’m not willing to make to get there. So the route may be slower, but I want the right relationships and right environment. Of course, I want to be best rider and person I can be. On the other hand, I like to be involved in helping the sport progress in a healthy direction – one that serves all competitors well. As a teacher, I would like to make sure that I’m helpful to others along their path.

H&S: So if the opportunity presented itself, would you still have the Olympics in your sights? RT: Yes, absolutely! As a rider, I’ve always wanted to be available and present to do what I can to represent my country.

Ray competing in the jumper ring. Photo ©Shawn McMillan



Already known for their complete equestrian facilities building and project management, EQ’s most recent expansion to building jumps has resulted in an exciting and well-received reception from the equine industry. Founder Sally Meecham began working with Jordan Hurd (pictured) and Paul Bland after finding herself working to fill a void in the market for project managers who understood how to construct specialized facilities for horses. It was while building her own farm in 2003 that she started down the path of interior space planning, stalls and installation, horse conditioning equipment, jumps, and air purification systems in Western Canada and throughout the Pacific Northwestern Region, and became well known as EQ Barns. EQ jumps can be spotted up and down the West Coast of North America, and are becoming a favorite among show facility managers. Their custom jumps have a creative flair while being functionally sound by utilizing the highest quality materials.

Horse & Style: When and where did EQ start? EQ: EQ started in Western Canada, near Calgary, Alberta. H&S: What inspired EQ to start making jumps? EQ: At EQ, we’re equestrians first and we knew from experience that

the jump market was not being satisfied. The traditional jumps made of wood are heavy and require regular repair and maintenance. Plastic

standards are an ideal weight for maximum portability and usability and the premium powder-coat finishes provide consistent color and beauty. Our jump cups are constructed of nylon with metal reinforcement, designed for longevity; they’re superior to plastic constructed alternatives.

H&S: What is your most popular jump? EQ: We are selling a lot of jump packages, including

a variety of our 55”h (1.4m) and 63”h (1.6m) jump standards, cups, fill options and rails. Standards with marked heights seem to be very popular as well as our double tracked standards and telescoping jump standard designs for superior video in jump chutes. We’re also seeing more requests for our “Signature” fences that highlight the barn name or sponsor logo and sometimes other jump standard customizations.

H&S: What have you noticed about the evolution of the jump industry in the past five years? EQ: The word ‘finally!’ is what we hear on a regular basis; i.e. ‘finally, a jump product done right!’ The sport of show jumping is continually evolving with better equipment and better techniques; the technicality of jump courses has increased, even the horse power has evolved. Jumps have changed from the heavy wooden standards to very light and less durable plastic standards, to the new EQ jumps that are a balance of durability and versatility while being maintenance-free. Even the jump cups have evolved, from steel cups, to pin cups and now, to the keyhole jump and breakaways.” H&S: How has your business changed since you started it?

EQ: Our business is continually evolving at a fast pace,

is too light; it breaks too easily and so it has limited use. We knew there was a better way. Aluminum has always been the preferred product for jump standards but until recently, it was simply too expensive for most.

H&S: How are EQ jumps different than other jumps? EQ: EQ jumps are fabricated in high quality, no-rust aluminum, providing resistance against wear and weather. The aluminum



with changes in markets, products, and consumer needs. Not only do we try to innovate and improve our business on a regular basis, we are committed to positioning ourselves a step ahead. What differentiates us? EQ aims to be a leading indicator of quality and much needed innovation in the equestrian world while holding true to the time-tested basics of good horsemanship. We try to adapt quickly to the needs of our customers striving to find solutions to their everyday problems.

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H&S: What are your goals for EQ in the future? EQ: “The future of EQ includes our continued mission of offering a

broad range of high-quality, high-style equestrian facility components, equipment, products and accessories all centered on world-class, competitive horses and riders, and discerning horse owners. Included in that mission is providing knowledgeable, world-class customer service. We’re dedicated to continuous improvement in all that we do, and that includes the way we serve the people and horses for which we have so much passion.

H&S: What would you say to someone who wanted to create their own equestrian business?

EQ: Well, if starting a business is considered to be difficult, the

equestrian business is that much more difficult; it’s expensive and the reality is that you are working in a very small and sometimes polarized world. Be prepared to invest more than you thought you ever could or would! In many ways this pursuit is similar to many other aspects of horse ownership. Be prepared to be a ‘contributor’ for many years before the reward of becoming a ‘competitor’ is possible.” “At the end of the day, our passion is horses and I guess this is how we express it and where this great little journey has brought us.” Opposite page: Jordan Hurd of EQ poses with a few of the EQ creations at HITS Thermal 2013. Photos ©Cheval Photos

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A Derby Day Fundraiser With Far-Reaching Effects Fashionable Fun at the Square Peg Foundation’s Annual Gathering by Deborah Lynn Rod

For equestrians everywhere, the first Saturday in May is always worthy occasion for a special gathering, but on Saturday, May 4th, the fieldside celebration and charity polo match at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, CA held much more significance than your average Derby Day celebration. Roughly 250 people arrived with decadent hats and decked out in their spring best to support the Square Peg Foundation at their annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser party. The posh Circus Club’s fullsize polo field is a rarity in the region, and appreciated by equestrians of varying disciplines and backgrounds. Square Peg was founded in 2004 by Joell Dunlap as a non-profit adaptive horsemanship program and horse rescue located in Half

Moon Bay, Calif. The foundation is run by a small group of regular volunteers, has 18 horses and caters to about 30 kids per week, who are primarily on the autism spectrum and include at-risk youth. All proceeds from the Kentucky Derby Fundraiser went to benefit Square Peg’s adaptive horsemanship program, horse rescue and Autism Family Adventure Camps. An exhibition polo match hosted by the Menlo Circus Club, provided a fitting backdrop to a Derby Calcutta, silent auction and a welcome afternoon of relaxation for Square Peg volunteers and Northern California equestrians. Guests dined on the southern inspired menu and sipped wine donated by Derby Vineyards and Mavericks Ales, and spilled onto the field for the halftime divot stomp, hatted heads bobbing around and highheeled shoes pressing the ground. As post time neared in Lexington, Kentucky, 3 p.m., three large televisions by the bar became the main attraction. Calcutta betting began while KGO’s Peter Finch and Dunlap engaged the crowd in their presentation of the horses, and the crowd gathered around the bar to cheer on “their” horses in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. Above and left: Players from the Menlo Polo Club formed teams for an exciting exhibition polo match at the Menlo Circus Club.



Square Peg volunteers soaked in the afternoon, replacing their breeches and halfchaps with stylish spring dresses and hats. “I could hardly recognize the ranch volunteers without their horse-clothes and dirt smudges!” said Square Peg client Caryn Marooney.

Life at The Ranch

A steady stream of riders and their parents arrive at Square Peg six days per week. At a recent HorseBoy™ session at the ranch, head volunteer Lauren Nenning, helped five-year-old James Marooney ride his first horse. “Which way would you like to go?” asked Lauren to James, who was seated in front of her on the horse they shared. “This way, or that way?” Lauren pointed left, then right. “That way!” squealed James. And off they went in a cloud of dust and giggles. To the untrained eye, this may look like fun. The untrained eye would be correct. However, some solid neuroscience comes along with this fun. Like horses, children with autism have an overactive amygdala. This is where the stress hormone, cortisol, is released. We need cortisol to live, but too much can cause sensory overload, which is one adverse symptom of autism. Oxytocin, the “feel-good” hormone, is what balances the flood of cortisol. Oxytocin is released by rhythmic rocking of the hips. Horseback riding calms young riders, and helps to assuage the repetitive movements associated with autism. Better, learning happens when oxytocin is dominant. Thus, Square Peg is able to incorporate an educational aspect into the ride. If the child is not interested in riding, then Square Peg listens. The adaptive nature of the riding program employs a ‘yes’ environment –an environment where selfadvocating is the primary goal for the child. As Dunlap says, “no one changed the world by learning to post the trot.” The ranch encompasses miles of trails, as well as a pond with a small boat, and toys, games and crafts are abundant in the kid’s fort (also known as the helmet room).

Where Everyone Fits

The horses at Square Peg help children off the autism spectrum as well. “At Square Peg, everyone fits. Some of our kids struggle with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, ADD/HD and so on. Sometimes, it’s just hard being 13, and we get that,” says Dunlap. “These horses are all square pegs in their own right. They’ve all been given harmful labels, and for some, those labels have at one point condemned them to slaughter. The kids love the rogue, the cripple, the slacker, and the troublemaker. What’s equally fascinating is how gently and lovingly these horses react to these kids. [The kids] can often get away with things a neurotypical rider wouldn’t be able to do.” Square Peg is kid prioritized, but family oriented. “When a mom brings her 8-yearold son to the ranch to put him on the back of a 2,000 pound animal, one of two things is happening: either she’s in love with horses herself and wants to share that passion with her child, or she’s completely terrified and looking for a miracle,” says Dunlap. “One of the first things we do is put the mom on the horse,” she continues. “It shows the kid that if mom trusts this horse, then he can too. Moreover, it’s hard From top: Lynn Jason-Cobb, president of the Menlo Polo Club, showing off the Kentucky Derby Owners trophy with MC Joelle Dunlap; Menlo Polo Club members gallop down the field; Kwase Hjulstrom, Kathleen Addison, Carla Graci and Bernadette Festa. Photos © Jeannie Sucre, Ryan Anne Polli



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being an autism mom. Most are single, haven’t slept in days, and are still changing the diapers of her 10-yearold son. We keep the kid busy and supervised, and we have the mom lay on the horse’s back, surrounded by volunteers, and if there’s a masseuse on standby, she even gets a back rub. Common reactions to laying on a horse’s back are crying or falling fast asleep.”

All for a Good Cause

After the race, Calcutta winners Jeff and Kate Haas announced their decision to donate of their winnings of more than $2,000 to the Square Peg Foundation. In total, nearly $40,000 was raised during the day’s events to benefit Square Peg. As the event wound down, as hats were removed and the polo ponies stepped on to trailers for the journey home, a peaceful sense of accomplishment hung in the air. With double the budget, the Square Peg Foundation will be able to double their client base. Twice as many children and families will be able to find peace and solace from the magic that horses have to offer. More relationships will blossom on the grounds of love, trust and acceptance amongst members of their community in a place that seems so far away from the chaos of life, yet so close to home. Photos ©Deborah Lyn Rod

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Helen McNaught’s longtime mount heads into retirement after a star-studded career

There are some horses that are destined for celebrity status; their performances playing out in the arena like the makings of a blockbuster hit. But, for grand prix rider Helen McNaught’s 18-yearold gelding Caballo, he first had to find his leading lady in order to get his starring role. It is an intangible connection between this horse and rider duo. Caballo was the horse that British-born McNaught, of Castro Valley, CA, knew she was supposed to have, and he only began to come into his own after she went broke buying him in 2008. “I used every dime I had- all my savings to buy that horse. I quite literally had no money to eat, no money to live,” she attests. “I’m normally a better business person than that, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made.”

A Legend In His Time

Together, McNaught and Caballo have racked up a list of successes against top company. Their partnership, a well-known mainstay on the West Coast and beyond for the past six years, became a fan



favorite as they earned top placings in World Cup Qualifiers, the Pfizer Million at HITS Saugerties, and numerous other grand prix from Spruce Meadows to Del Mar. But, Caballo’s career came to a dramatic halt in April after pulling up during competition with McNaught. “I thought he’d broken his leg, he landed on one front leg, but he was still looking to jump the next jump, that’s just his character,” she recalls of the terrifying moment. Thankfully, the soft tissue injury was not life threatening, but for Caballo, it marked the end of his competitive career. With an expansive resume and the attitude to back it up, Caballo’s new routine of leisurely walks and trail riding will be a definite change, but his owner is hopeful he will enjoy his new schedule.

It Didn’t Come Easy

Early on, McNaught knew Caballo wasn’t going to be a walk in the park, but his streak of crazy didn’t deter her. “He was 7 years old when Will Simpson had him, and I wanted to buy him then. He was a problem child. But, I saw him jump a cavaletti, and I wanted him,” McNaught recalls. After watching him go under

other riders for a few years, McNaught lucked out when her then-business partner, John Endicott, bought the gelding, which gave her the opportunity to ride the feisty gelding.

the fall of this year. And in the stable, fellow grand prix superstar and McFarlane’s ride, Mr.Whoopy, is happy to have his best friend to hang out with.

McNaught candidly admits that it took awhile for things to click. “He would bolt with me and just be out of control. It wasn’t easy; he didn’t want to play,” she tells.

“He wasn’t going to be one to just retire quietly at home. Something was going to happen to him,” McNaught tells. She sees the Sacramento show as the perfect sending off venue. “It was really always ‘his show’.” With fond memories and some of his best career results from the venue, it was truly Caballo’s happy place. Standout wins include taking the 5 bar title two years in a row in 2009 and 2010. “He competed in his second World Cup there, plus top placings every other year he competed there,” McNaught explains.

But for all his antics, he did give McNaught a glimmer of hope by staying in the ring with her and not making a beeline back to his stall. “He took everybody back to the stables, except for me. And, really, there was no reason for me to be any different, but he never left the ring with me,” she says with a laugh. Before moving on to her next venture in business and branching out on her own with McFarlane, McNaught made the bold decision to purchase Caballo from Endicott, her sixth sense telling her it was the right move. With patience and perseverance, Caballo began to bloom. Albeit he was a bit of a late bloomer, only really coming into his own around the age of 12. McNaught often would just hack him out at a walk for hours and hours. “I remember being at The Oaks [horse show], and it was a turning point. We had a comingto-Jesus moment,” she says of the time she had to lay down some rules with Caballo. After that, the duo went on to win their first grand prix together, and they never looked back.

Caballo is certain to always hold a special place in the heart of his owner. “I know if I brought him out of his stall tomorrow he would try to go and jump around the biggest course. That’s just him,” McNaught says. This horse and rider bond just goes to show that sometimes the hardest trial can also be the most rewarding. Opposite page, this page: Caballo and McNaught competing, and winning the $20,000 Jennifer Marlborough Grand Prix at the Golden State Horse Show, at Leone Equestrians in 2012. Photos ©Ryan Anne Polli

He was older than most in starting his career and still had his days, but it was a partnership that defied the odds. Stellar rounds became a staple for the two. McNaught attributes Caballo’s winning ways to his great heart and fight – although he had to stick to his program. “You couldn’t just give him a week off and go to a show; he would be an idiot,” she says. “But every class he did, he gave me 1,001 percent. He always gave me his best. He never let me down.”

A Fitting Send-Off

While facing the tough reality of retiring her beloved partner was a sudden shock earlier this spring, McNaught, is that thankful that she can look forward to helping him enjoy a leisurely retirement. Currently on the mend at her and partner Duncan McFarlane’s Outwoods Farm, Caballo will have an official retirement ceremony at the Sacramento International Horse Show in


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The Horse Show Bucket List

Devon Horse Show & Country Fair


by Erin Gilmore

Every single week of the year, a horse show is put on somewhere in the world. Large or small, glamorous or not so much, it sometimes seems there are so many that they all blend together. Not so. For all the endless options out there, a select few horse show rise above the rest in quality, class, and location. It’s those competitions that are coveted, anticipated for months in advance, and have a spot on every selfrespecting equestrian’s horse show bucket list. What is a Horse Show Bucket List, you ask? Why, it’s an equestrian destination that fit all the criteria above, and then some. A string of idyllic days that contain the best of the horse world and must be experienced in person, at least once, before you die!

It began in 1896, as a simple affair on a hotel lawn; a small group of horses that gathered for a friendly competition among friends. Well over 100 years later, the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pennsylvania has evolved into a coveted two-week competition (May 23 - June 2) that marks the beginning of summer for equestrians up and down the East Coast. Since 1919 it has benefitted the Bryn Mawr Hospital in nearby Bryn Mawr, raising over 14 million dollars to date. It is also the oldest multi-discipline horse show in the country; while H&S went for the hunters and jumpers, we received an education about many other breeds and riding styles that we’d never laid eyes on before. Enter the Devon grounds and it’s clear: you’ve just crossed over into the very definition of an all-American country fair. From the old-fashioned refreshments to the historic stadium painted its distinctive shade of blue, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is truly as American as apple pie.



Devon Blue Why are the stadium, its surrounding buildings, and virtually every structure on the Devon Horse Show grounds painted or trimmed in that appealing shade of light blue? No one knows for sure, but a few little-known facts shed some light on the mystery. It begins with the old Devon Hotel, which used to overlook the land where the horse show now sits. A recently unearthed color photograph of the hotel showed that its trim and its ceiling were painted the same shade of blue. And for as long as anyone can remember, the stadium was painted the same color. The first Devon shows, in the early 1890s, were held on the hotel lawn before the stadium was built. Whether construction staff had extra blue paint that they used on the stadium, or someone dictated that the two structures should match the subject of friendly debate. Regardless, the blue became an enduring symbol of the horse show, and to so many equestrians, a status symbol. Having an action shot with that baby blue backdrop is a frame-worthy honor for riders of all ages and levels.

Pony Hunt Teams Ask anyone what their favorite part of Devon is, and there’s a good chance that they’ll respond with the Pony Hunt Teams. Any kid will jump at the chance to dress in costume and play with their ponies; and the Pony Hunt Teams class has embodied that joy to create a fullfledged afternoon of entertainment on the second week of the show. For months in advance, teams of three plan their costumes and practice riding together; the class is judged on costume and the successful execution of a tandem jump. This year a trio of bees, three Christmas elves, and these brightly colored clowns all made appearances. Can you think of anything cuter? Photo ©Elisa Epstein



McLain’s Lucky Show Some riders have a special show, where memories are made each and every year, where they can’t seem to do anything but win there. Devon is that show for McLain Ward. This year, with Rothchild, he won the prestigious $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon for the eighth time, as well as taking home the Open Jumper Championship and Leading Open Jumper Rider award. In 2012 he shed a rare tear in the Dixon Oval as he retired his famous Olympic partner Sapphire in a touching sunset ceremony, just before climbing into the saddle to win the grand prix with Antares F. He noted that of his eight wins, that one last year was his favorite. For whatever reason, Devon agrees with Ward, and the famous rider who is a perpetual fan favorite always seems to have a smile on his face at Devon. It’s a certain fact that he’ll keep returning until those grand prix wins reach an even ten – or more!

An Equine Variety Show The main arena at Devon is known as The Dixon Oval, and for the 11 days of the show, it is a nonstop parade of equines ranging from high performance hunters to high stepping Hackney ponies, Coaching teams and wide-eyed Saddlebreds. If you’ve never warmed your hunter up in the same ring as a Saddlebred practicing its five-gait while a fully harnessed team waits patiently nearby, you’ve never been to Devon. It’s an eye-opener for those of us who consider variety switching from the hunter to the jumper ring. At this year’s show, organizers took the equine variety to a new level, inviting a group of top hunter and jumper professionals to compete in a Five Gaited class on borrowed Saddlebreds. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen McLain Ward at the reins of a high-stepping Saddlebred. Naturally, he won the blue ribbon!



All About the Ladies The Ladies Day Tea on Wednesday, May 29 is a popular gathering of well-heeled women that kicks off one of the most glamorous days at Devon. Ladies wearing hats are granted free admission, and the annual hat contest attracts eye-popping, yet tasteful creations that add to the unmistakable style of Devon. It’s hard for the average bystander to take it all in on Ladies Day; between the over the top hats, and the sidesaddle over fences competition in the main ring, the day is a fitting tribute to the style of a lady from “back in the day.” Photo ©Brenda Carpenter Photography

Sweet Devon Treats Devon fudge. Tea sandwiches. Those lemon sticks! The food of Devon has become nearly as trademarked as that Devon Blue. It’s a step above fair food (of which there is plenty) and simple in its presentation, yet oh-soaddicting. One wouldn’t think that a triangle sandwich with the crusts cut off could inspire a wrap-around line of customers, but partaking in the Devon treats is as much a part of the experience as watching the grand prix. And as these picture perfect sisters to the left could tell you, nothing beats an afternoon of play at the horse show with a sugary lemon treat in hand!



An Electric Atmosphere McLain Ward accurately describes the crowd on grand prix night as electric. Where else do people gather six and seven deep at the rail, to wait all day long, saving their favorite spots in anticipation of the evening’s class? Horse shows in the United States don’t often get to enjoy the energy of such a crowd, but Devon brings it in each and every year. With all attention on them as the main attraction, the riders respond by galloping a little faster, their horses jump a little higher, and the spectators cheer them on over each and every fence.

A Slice of Fair Fun Tucked away on a corner of the grounds between the shops, stadium and stables, a single row of carnival lights, games and that iconic Ferris wheel are a bright distraction from the neighboring equine activities. Responsible for half of the event’s name, Devon’s “country fair” is a fun accompaniment to the horse show activities, and helps to attract locals who might not otherwise attend an equestrian event. While the fair could possiby be held responsible for the questionable timing of band cymbals during a hunter round, riders across the board love the atmosphere that it contributes to the horse show.



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OUT AND ABOUT HMI Equestrian Challenge - Sonoma horse park, petaluma, ca

1. Susie Hutchinson is all smiles as she walks the course for the grand prix 2. SHP season sponsor Tesla Motors had several cars on display 3. SHP Manager Ashley Herman gives Peterbilt and Guy Thomas the winning sash after the $25,000 CVC Shavings Grand Prix 4. Mothers and daughters! McKenzie and Linda Fotch (left), and Alexis and Tracey Georgeson 5. Custic Woolosin and Brian ‘Milky’ Wallace at the back gate 6. Erin Garnet and student head to the ring 7. Tense moments next to the ring during the leadline 8. Everyone can catch a little sun at SHP 9. Sean Leckie and friends rock the H&S hat 10. Maggie Drysch, waiting for results of the Gymnastics class

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OUT AND ABOUT SQuare peg foundation kentucky derby fundraiser, menlo circus club, atherton, ca

1. Christine Vermes gets ready to hit the field 2. Wendy Stokes, Event Chair and COO of Square Peg, watching the game 3. Spectators line up 4. Christine Troy and Phillip Springer of San Francisco 5. Jef Graham, Jeff Scheraga, Christine Vermes and Lyn Jason Cobb on the field 6. Herschel Cobb, husband of Lynn Jason Cobb President of Menlo Club 7. Checking out their photo opp 8. Spectators take the field for the Divot stomp, sponsored by Bruce A. Porter of Laidlaw & Company (UK) Ltd. and Thomas Fogarty Winery 9. Victoria and Nicole Salmasi 10. Dominic Davis and Carla Graci cheer on the Derby horses

Photos Š Ryan Anne Polli



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OUT AND ABOUT the golden state horse show - Leone equestrians, inc., sacramento, ca

1. Addi Archer gives judge William Sparks a high five in the leadline 2. Horseplay in the GP ring 3. Save a chair, sit with a friend! 4. Judge Richard Wilkinson and Skyler Britner 5. Alice Chilton enjoys a themed cookie during the ‘Alice in Hunterland’ Charity event, which collected $1,500 in donations for the Sutter Memorial Child Life Program 6. Vicki Marlborough, Rudy Leone and Julie White await to present awards for the $30,000 Jennifer Marlborough Memorial Grand Prix 7. Michael David Winery was present Friday night for a complimentary pouring 8. When pigtails make the picture 9. Grand prix rider, Bjorn Ikast 10. Ian McFarlane gets in a little gametime after the show 11. Chelsea Jones completes a pretty picture with the Leone Equestrian flags flying high in the background 12. Jenifer Paris of Cheval Farms 13. Macella O’Neil, Jan & Jill Humphrey and Assistant of the Year winner Teal Orlin have a laugh Photos © Tass Jones, Ryan Anne Polli




The day after horse shows I always feel so depressed and sad, even if I’ve had a great show. Sometimes I think I should just quit. Is there something wrong with me?

if not all athletes experience intense lows after A: Most, competing. Athletes need to establish a mental practice for post-competition as well as for before and during. No matter what outcomes you had at the show, coming down hard is natural. The first step is to become aware of your mental and physical patterns so you don’t surprise yourself. It is important to allow yourself to have a recovery day. Even if you have to go back to school or work, shift your razor sharp focus from the horse show and riding to the other details of your life. One of the reasons for psychological post-competition lows is the fact that the brain has evolved to retain negative information to keep us safe as a species. Remembering that the saber tooth tiger might kill you is more important than remembering a beautiful sunset! An untrained brain will naturally replay the challenges of recent events similarly regardless of outcome. I advocate for giving the mind a break from the events for a day or so. But if negative thoughts repeatedly surface, match them with what went right. You might have stopped in one class but nailed another. When you replay mental videos, they become part of your muscle memory as well. So be mindful of what you allow your mind to repeatedly visualize. Remember that your thoughts become your reality and you get to choose what you think about. Anticipating the letdown is an important piece of this plan. Knowing that you will be exhausted helps you to address your needs, rather than focus on what feels bad. Get rest

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and refuel your body appropriately. Competition stimulates large amounts of adrenaline, which supports focus and energy. Repeated adrenaline stimulation causes the adrenal glands to get tapped out. This results in exhaustion, depression, and negative thoughts. Foods rich in vitamin C or vitamin C supplements provide an excellent boost throughout the horse show as well as post-competition. No matter what kind of athlete you are, the focus required to compete has to be balanced by softened mind processes. Other tips to support you during the post-competition blues include using your mindfulness practice to stay present. Think about what’s on your front burner and what you need to do to stay in today. Post-horse show letdown is also a great time to use breath to help you focus on the here and now, and detach from the story that is stuck in your mind. Light exercise helps the body release toxins that build up from intense exertion. Plan a walk, yoga class or something that fits your needs. Additionally, drink lots of water to hydrate depleted muscles, including the brain. The bottom line is to train your brain to think about what you need rather than what you did. Focus on regenerating energy. Allow your body to drop down and expect the low to happen. For every high there is a low. Energy has to get restocked through rest. Embracing low energy, low emotions, and the need for rest allows for resiliency. Create a personal plan that helps you to stay present with the experience of coming down from the horse show so you can get up to do it again next week!

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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