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Man On a Mission

Robert Ridland

Vendor Spotlight

Charles Pinnell

Behind the Seams Cheval Fashions

The Young & The Talented Daniel & Susan Ighani

The Industry Standard Meets the Industry Standard.

Sydney Hutchins & Gaudi Champion THIS National Children’s Medal, Capital Challenge Horse Show Champion PCHA Horsemanship Medal Finals, Portuguese Bend National Horse Show 4th Place LAHJA Rosewood 14 & Under Medal Final 5th Place Southwest ASPCA Maclay Regionals, Blenheim Fall Tournament Champion Interscholastic Equestrian League Junior Varsity Medal Final (riding Sorcerer) Photo by Jennifer Wood Media | EquestriSol ad Design

Congratulations on a successful fall season. Special thanks to Jim, Katie, Taylor, the Elvenstar team, and to Sorcerer – together you all helped make this possible.


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THE YOUNG & THE TALENTED The husband and wife team of Daniel and Susan Ighani have blended disciplines in a promising partnership.


The legendary equestrian George H. Morris held his annual Horsemastership Sessions with 12 of the country’s most promising young riders in Wellington, FL.




It’s no secret that show jumping’s new chef d’equipe Robert Ridland has got some big ideas, that could lead to big changes at the sport’s most elite level.

| VENDOR SPOTLIGHT 68 Charles Pinnell has been hand crafting leather half

It’s hard to dream-up a more exotic show than the chaps and other equestrian goods for over 25 years. Find GCT Abu Dhabi. We’ve got all the details, down to the out how this artisan got his start, and why he still has a unbelievable contest that netted a California trainer the passion for the business. trip of a lifetime to the other side of the world!

| ASK CARRIE 77 | WHAT’S HOT 51 Sometimes even New Year’s resolutions can get in the The Thermal Edition Are you competing at the HITS Desert Circuit this season? Be sure to check out our insiders guide on all the local essentials.

way of effective goals. Our trusty sports psychology consultant with an equine specialty can help.

| CAN YOU STAND IT? | TREND REPORT 84 39 Hermès itself goes over the top with a rose gold bangle Runway fashions are all the rage this spring, especially when they include hot equestrian styles. This spring fashion preview is to die for!

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Allison Kroff

16 | OUT AND ABOUT H&S Holiday Party

20 | OUT AND ABOUT 2012 NorCal Year End Banquet 22 | BETWEEN THE LINES



28 | TRAINER SPOTLIGHT Stefanie Saperstein

30 | BETWEEN THE SEAMS Cheval Fashions


Never Before, All at Once



Windsome Farms


South by Southwest




Sarah Appel

sarah@horseandstylemag.com EDITOR


Ryan Anne Polli


Katie Stein Alesandra Leckie




Cheval Photos, Jeannie Sucre, Tish Quirk, Cathrin Cammett, Alesandra Leckie, Holly Burns Media, Tass Jones Photography, Sportfot/GCT, Katie Shoultz, Erin Gilmore CONTRIBUTORS

Katie Shoultz, Katie Stein, Erin Gilmore, Ashley Cline, Alexa Pessoa, Meredith Herman, Corinna Charlton, Esq, Anne Polli, Selena Frederick, Carrie Wicks, Ph.D.

Buffalo Soldier


ON THE COVER: Daniel and Susan Ighani model Goode Rider fashions; on him: Men’s Tech shirt and Men’s Pro Breeches in charcoal with his own belt and boots. On her: Horse Bit jean and Sport Jacket in navy with her own boots. Photo ©Jeannie Sucre

Catherin Cammett

83 | OUT AND ABOUT Trump Invitational

84 | DEAR FASHIONISTA Edgy Equestrian

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


Stein grew up riding on the East Coast and outside Seattle, Washington. Katie came to California in 2002 to attend UC Davis. She was an active member of the UC Davis Equestrian Team and graduated in 2007 with a BS in Animal Science and Management. Katie finished her MBA at UC Davis in 2012. In this issue, Katie takes readers on a journey through the incredible pony Buffalo Soldier’s lengthy and epic career in our popular Horse Corner.



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And We’re Off! Not long after the last fall shows, I begin itching for the season to start again! As a rider I understand the need for a break for our horses, our trainers and our pocketbooks but the 11-year-old in me who still has that nervous and exciting feeling the night before a show, gets butterflies when the winter circuit prize lists start showing up in the mail. Like you, I just love every waking moment of the show season! Without missing a beat, Horse & Style is very excited to be expanding in all directions! While issues of H&S have been spotted at horse shows all over the country (Devon, Washington and more,) we are thrilled to be official partners this year with the largest winter circuits on both coasts. If you’re holding this issue in

your hands, there’s a very good chance you’re standing at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, or HITS Thermal in California!

We are not the only ones starting off the year at full steam. Discover the man behind show jumping’s most highpressure job: that of United States chef d’equipe (page 58,) and learn a little something from our outgoing chef George Morris in a special Clinic Spotlight (page 72.) Check in with rider, mother and H&S columnist Alexa Pessoa as she prepares to launch her own business (page 32.) And of course, indulge in our photo spreads from glamorous winter circuit events.

Team Horse & Style, Editor Erin Gilmore, Creative Director Ryan Polli (with her daughter Alice) and Publisher Sarah Appel outside Tal-YTara in San Francisco the venue of the fabulous H&S holiday party.

to help all you desert dwellers navigate the surrounding area around the HITS Thermal Desert Horse Park. (Page 50.) And so it begins, another year full or pressure, competition, fun, fashion and of course, horses! If you see myself or someone in H&S swag passing out magazines, zooming by in a golf cart or playing paparazzi, make sure to say hi, grab a mag and tell us what you would like to see in the next issue!

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10 THINGS Allison Kroff competed in her first grand prix when she was just 15, and ever since then, the young professional has been a regular force on the hunter/jumper circuit. She’s originally from Arizona, and after a recent stint working for Windfall Farm in Green Valley, CA, she made the decision to relocate to Park City, Utah in late 2012 to open her own business. It’s a big change, but one she was ready for, and is fully enjoying. With two talented grand prix horses and a new barn with more horses, she has her hands full but is thrilled with the modern facility she feels lucky to call home. In 2013 she plans on stepping up in the grand prix classes, and while she’ll rack up a few more miles on the road between shows, she’s looking forward to being more competitive than ever on the West Coast.

10 things you might not know about...

Allison Kroff

1. She doesn’t eat red meat because she likes cows. 2. Since moving to Park City, Utah, she started snowboarding, and she LOVES it!

3. She’s scared of heights and sharks. 4. She’s newly addicted to

Grey’s Anatomy, and wonders if hospitals are really like that???

5. Her grandpa’s cooking is near and dear to her heart. Her favorite dish is his papas and chorizo burritos.

7. Her Pandora channels all have Katy Perry in common.

8. She loves plain M&Ms and

travels with a glass jar full of them.

9. When she was younger, she had birthday parties for her horses, and made them homemade horse cakes and biscuits.

10. When she was eight, she didn’t want to get

her first jumper, La Clair De Lune, because she thought she would have to sell her first horse Stormy, who was a hunter... but her family kept both!

6. She’s OCD about time.... “I stress out about being late.”




1. The stylish Tal-y-Tara Polo Shoppe 2. Tal-y-Tara tea attendants 3. Katie Stein, Teal Orlin and Jenna Hahn enjoying some bubbly from Bubblie Blondie 4. Tal-y-Tara is known for its irreplaceable English teas 5. Jeanette Gilbert and Katie Sroka 6. Phillip Meakin of Tal-y-Tara 7. Sarah Nash, Priscilla Trees, Sarah Appel, Teal Orlin, Jenna Hahn, Katie Stein, Cordelia Wolf 8. Sami Milo and her daughter Givi 9. The holiday party also marked the launch of H&S December/January 10. A complete equestrian store fills the front of Tal-y-Tara 11. Alice Chilton 12. Sarah Appel, Erin Gilmore, Ashley Herman

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1. A cheerful Patrick Seaton flips through H&S 2. Good looking gents Robert Blanchette & Tom Rattigan 3. Jill Humphery and David Crowley 4. Outgoing NorCal president Denize Borges and Peggy Munkdale. 5. One of many great auction items, a custom print, donated by Sam Price 6. Sara Jorgensen and new board member Dale Harvey 7. Addyson Cord and Jayme Omand 8. Look who’s been reading H&S, loving the houndstooth ladies! 9. The Lightacres gang 10. New board member Nina is all smiles with husband Mariano Alario

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BETWEEN THE LINES Look Twice By M. Garzon Petal Press, 311 pp $13.95 on Amazon Look Twice is the follow up to M.’s smash success debut novel Blaze of Glory, which tells the story of Tea, a young, talented jumper rider from Canada. If you haven’t read Blaze of Glory, it’s a must before jumping into this novel. Highly developed characters and a steamy family scandal are weaved into well-written equestrian plot lines. Like any good protagonist, Tea is headstrong and passionate, both about her love life and her horses. This pair of books is suggested for teens 14 and up, but every age group will be sucked into this very readable novel.

Kick On By Kelly Jennings Deeds Publishing, 375 pp $9.99 (Amazon for Kindle) You probably haven’t read many novels that are set in the exotic nation of Panama, and after reading this book you’re not going to read a better one. Vivid descriptions of this rich tropical setting are paired with the tale of Lauren, who moves to Panama for family reasons, and takes up dressage even though she was an eventer when she lived “on the mainland.” Lauren is wholly relatable to any rider, and as she struggles to improve her dressage skills, the descriptions of the horses and her riding are spot on and richly detailed. Ok, the possibility that she may qualify for the upcoming Pan American Games on a horse that was rescued from a drug smuggler is a wee bit hard to swallow, but it’s forgivable amongst the rich backgrounds and with a cast of characters that all jump from the page.

Horses and Heroin By Bev Petterson Kindle Edition, 304 pp $4.99 (Amazon for Kindle) Curl up by a fire in a comfortable chair with this book; it’s impossible to put down and is prime guilty pleasure reading. This novel is full of plot twists that revolve around Megan, who is enrolled in a jockey school, but has ulterior motives for being there. Enter Scott Taylor, a private investigator who is a friend of the school’s owner, and arrives for reasons that he’s keeping equally close. Sparks fly and Megan and Scott quickly fall for each other amongst the formidable background of the horse racing world. The fast paced plot carries the reader with Megan as she figures out one mystery, only to be faced with another. Heroin is the least of it.


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PROFESSIONAL POP QUIZ This month’s question: “What was more

memorable, your first fall or your first blue ribbon?”

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

“Winning my first blue ribbon for sure. Falling off was (and still is) part of the game. I just get mad when I fall off because I’ve usually done something dumb!” Kent Farrington, Kent Farrington LLC “I would have to say my first blue ribbon at an A-rated horse show was more memorable than my first fall, which I actually don’t remember. It was a great feeling that was compounded by winning the stake!  At the time I was a local kid who kept my pony at home and did my own grooming and braiding. I was lucky enough to ride with the late Maxine Best, an amazing trainer and mentor to me. The other kids that rode with Mrs. Best were (very nice) pony pro’s with much more show experience and fancier ponies. Anyhow, Mrs. Best told me that if I worked harder than the other kids, none of that would matter. I worked as hard as I could, ponies were my life!  We were at a big county show in New Jersey and it was the medium pony hunter stake. We jumped a perfect round and when I came out of the ring Mrs. Best smiled and said, ‘that was perfect!’ Compliments from Mrs. Best were hard to come by so that meant the world to me.” Jennifer Crooks, Stella Farm “Ironically, my first fall and my first blue ribbon happened at the same horse show on the same day. I was 11-years-old and it was my first horse show, a local one in Pennsylvania. I won the under saddle and then got flung over a white picket gate in the over fences class right afterwards. Both were pretty memorable.” Brian Gruber, Ridgefield Farm

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Abby Weese

East Coast native Abby Weese started riding at a young age. While growing up in the horse-rich countryside of Maryland, she went through the ranks of Pony Club, rode out in the hunt fields and competed in the equitation and hunters. But her sights have always been set on finding success in show jumping at the highest level. Over four years ago she packed up and moved West for the warmer weather, and to launch her show jumping career. She rides with Mandy Porter in Southern California and is planning to step up to the World Cup qualifying classes this year with her horses Ace and Urame. Even though she is happily settled on the West Coast, she never forgets her roots, and her style includes special touches to remind her of home and family every time she enters the ring.

Horse & Style: Describe your riding style. Abby Weese: My riding style is modern and simple. I like to stay

traditional with tan breeches and a dark hunt coat, and I keep it young by spicing it up with a festive belt!

H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? AW: I am in love with my GPA First Lady helmet. I usually wear

Tailored Sportsman breeches because they come in a variety of colors, although I don’t stray far from the tans and dark colors, and a good belt makes an outfit for me. I love the long-sleeve white Cheval shirts, they are perfect for any weather and they always have such fun patterns on the cuffs and collar, with a dark colored sweater or hunt coat.

H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck in the show ring? AW: You’ll never find me on a big show day without my necklace

with an “A” on it. My sisters each have their own necklace and it keeps my family on my mind. And I always wear one black sock under my riding socks from my late grandfather - everyone’s got to have an angel!

H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? AW: I love my Tailored Sportsman’s. I have been wearing them for

so many years, and yet they still fit the same they did when I was a junior. I love the Alessandro Albanese and Cheval long-sleeved shirts, and Equiline hunt coats. And my GPA, I don’t leave home without it.

H&S: How would you describe your non-horse

show style? AW: Jeans and a sweater, but always with a scarf. I love scarves, and they always add a splash of color, and of course warmth, to any outfit.

H&S: What has been your biggest

accomplishment as a rider? AW: I’m so grateful for all of the opportunities I have had since moving out to California.

A great moment for me was winning the Jimmy Williams Week 6 Classic at Thermal, because it’s always a tough class, a challenging course, and has a slew of fantastic riders.

H&S: What are your riding goals for the future? AW: I’m having a great time moving-up in the jumpers, and just

want to keep moving up in a positive way for all of my horses. I always have the dream to represent the United States on some level in riding, whatever that may be and I hope that one day I can do that.

H&S: If you weren’t a rider, what would your dream profession be? AW: I played lacrosse all the way through college, so if I had to go a different route, I’d probably go back to coaching. I love the feeling of helping people succeed in their goals of being the best and doing their best at something they love.

H&S: Who has been the most influential in your riding career? AW: My very first trainer was Holly Gilmore. She molded me into

the rider I am today. She had me go through Pony Club, sent me out foxhunting, and had me compete in the interschool equitation league. She pushed me to my limit every single time I put my leg over a horse and every time I hit the dirt. She taught me that as much time and effort as I put in to my riding I will be rewarded and then some, and that my horse and I are a team. I feel very lucky to have had all those opportunities to try different things, to follow my heart and have the support and horses to do it.

H&S: What is one thing you never go in the ring without? AW: For the big classes, my horses always have two pieces of yarn

in the colors of my first barn back East braided into their manes. It is subtle, but it reminds me of where I started and how far I have come. Above: Hanging out around the barn, scarf included. Photo ©Cheval Photos Left: Weese and Urame in action at HITS Thermal Photo ©Holly Burns Media



NEW PRODUCT ALERT by Katie Shoultz

Equine Rapid Release Therapy As riders, we are also scientists. We challenge the laws of gravity, we are constant students of motion, and we learn to harness energy. Bringing advanced science to the equine athlete, Rapid Release Technologies offers Equine Rapid Release Therapy (RRT) for an alternative therapeutic treatment designed to keep your horse at its apex. RRT, distributed by GH International, is a portable device that delivers vibrational waves to the musculoskeletal system (those critical muscles, tendons, and ligaments.) Injuries such as bowed tendons, chronic lamenesses, and hock problems are all scary diagnoses. But this innovative therapy helps prevent injuries and heal pre-existing conditions, making for healthier and happier horses. So release the vibes and let the good rides roll.

Doin’ The Wave

Ultrasounds use sound waves. Lasers use light waves. RRT uses vibrational waves. Vibrational waves offer several advantages: less expense, less time consuming, and more adept at covering large sections of the body. Vibrational therapy is an ancient practice, but RRT has taken it to new levels with modern technology. As Jenna Hahn, Vice President of Animal Health at GH International, affirms, Vibration has been around for thousands

and thousands of years. It really creates healing.

RRT is user-friendly with a simple on/off button. A flat head attachment is used over larger areas while a smaller, rounded head is provided for more sensitive areas, such as joints. RRT only needs to be used 10 minutes a day to be effective, making it an easy addition to your daily routine at the barn.

Damage Control

Like the strands of a spider’s web, the smallest amount of damage to soft tissue can weaken the entire structure. A compromised immune system or reduced circulation, for example, can occur as the body tries to cope. And when soft tissue is damaged from overexertion or a playful buck in the field, scar tissue can develop. Scar tissue can cause pain as well as nerve entrapment, loss of strength, and muscle shortening. As riders who have been left without their show partner know, even “minor” injuries can result in significant lay up time and alter a competition schedule. RRT supports the repair processes, giving your horse a natural boost. RRT’s vibrational waves are designed to be absorbed by scar tissue, quickly and painlessly breaking it up. The outcome is often significant pain relief and a wider range of motion. Its effectiveness lies in the optimal vibrational frequency that RRT dispenses. “Research has shown that there is a very specific range that is effective in helping scar tissue. If you’re not in that range, you’re doing nothing for scar tissue,” Hahn explains.



An Apple A Day (and RRT)

Preventative maintenance is a critical aspect with any horse’s program, and as Hahn points out, “RRT is really beneficial for any horse, injury or not.” When used as part of a pre-workout regime, RRT energizes and prepares muscles for performance. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Vibrational therapy can be used harmoniously with other holistic methods, too. “A lot of chiropractors use it pre-treatment. It really gets muscles prepared, and a lot of chiropractors have noted that it helps keep adjustments longer. Massage can be more effective too,” Hahn explains. Used post-performance, RRT helps reduce delayed onset muscle soreness. The recommended treatment on injuries is 10 minutes a day for 10 days; RRT can also be used anytime pre- or postperformance for the 10-minute session.

Share the Love and Health

As for riders? It comes as no surprise that we often struggle with aching backs, stiff joints, and body soreness. After all, we’re a tough breed. But, if you’ve ever wondered how a product feels on your horse, RRT can offer you first-hand experience. FDA approved, the product has been used extensively on humans and offers the same benefits. In fact, it’s developed quite a following among professional athletes. “NFL players are using it pre-game performance. We’re seeing a lot of major league baseball players use it as well,” Hahn states. The price tag? A not insignificant $1,595. Yet, for those who have dealt with staggering vet bills, or for top performance horses who need multiple peaks during the competition year, and even to speed up your own recovery time to get back in the saddle – it may just be an investment you can consider healthy retail therapy. Top: Janus Marquis, Equine Physiotherapist for the 2012 Olympic Show Jumping Team, utilizes the RRT to keep her elite equine clients feeling and moving their best.

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Stefanie Saperstein loves the sport, plain and simple. Growing up, horses were always a part of her life. And now, with hard work, support, and talent – she’s made it her career. As a managing partner with Richard Padilla at El Sueno de Amistad Training in Santa Susana, California, Stefanie has carved out a niche of her own with an incredible team. Working and developing her program, she already possesses a great deal of business savvy for a young professional. A California girl through and through, Stefanie has competed extensively on the national and international level, but if home is where the heart is – hers is certainly at El Sueno. For Stefanie, life has a funny way of always relating back to horses. And she uses her many talents (even her art history background) to promote and better the industry that has given her so much.

Stefanie Saperstein Horse&Style: What do you think are the most important qualities to have in order to make it as a young professional? Stefanie Saperstein: I think, honestly, the most important quality is persistence. A lot of things can go wrong. For me, it’s not about winning and results; you do it because you love the industry. You have to push through when things go wrong. It’s important to keep trying and fighting for it because you love the horses.

H&S: What has been your most memorable win

or accomplishment? SS: I have two. One of them was the first time I won the 1.40m amateur finals class at the Valkenswaard International horse show at 14-years old (there were around 90 people in the class, and I was the youngest with a horse I had brought along.) After my round, Eddie Macken came by and said that my round had been PFM (pure f%&$#*ing magic). I don’t know if it was the environment or what, but it was so special. And then, when I was clean at my first World Cup qualifier. I was 19, and I remember my entire body was numb; I couldn’t get over it.

H&S: What do you appreciate most about West Coast hunter/jumper

scene? SS: It’s really expanding, and people are making a conscious effort to improve the industry from the classes, shows, and trainer certification program. The work being put in to make it a big success is incredible. This is where I began in the industry, and the people in this area have known me my whole life. This is where I belong; I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

H&S: What’s it like working with Richard Padilla? SS: Richard started working about 13 years ago to help my family’s

string of horses. As my family moved away from the business, I asked



him to help and be by my side. To have people standing there at the ring and have my back 100% is great. I am so lucky as a young rider to have people who are so supportive and so accomplished.

H&S: What was the turning point in your riding career? SS: Definitely when I was going to do World Cup qualifiers, I knew

I loved the competitive side of things. When I was in college, I went abroad to Spain to study art history, and I was also competing Indoors. I remember sitting at a table with the top 10 riders. I realized then that it was where I wanted to be, and that I was going to put myself 100% into the horse business. It’s been about two and a half years now that I’ve been completely dedicated to the business. And it’s really been worth it to me.

H&S: Who has been most influential? SS: Eddie Macken has been my biggest inspiration in the way he loves

and cares for his horses and clients. Also, Richard and his sense of care for the horses; he gave me a whole new perspective on how they are competitors. And Guma, who’s part of our team, I’ve never seen somebody who is so diligent and expert. I’ve been able to work with Chris Pratt, Peter Charles, Helen McNaught, Meredith Beerbaum – all such amazing professionals. And my mom as an owner; she went to every show to support the riders, and she is always a believer.

H&S: How did you come up with the name of your stable? SS: El Sueno (which means ‘the dream’) basically the idea was that

I had a dream; I knew I had to do it on my own and wanted to have a training operation. I sat at the table, and I was determined to find a way to make it work. My dream has finally come true. So the name is really quite fitting.

H&S: What are some of your current goals for the year? SS: My goal for 2013 is keep expanding the business and keep

developing my riding career. Hopefully, I will qualify and compete in $1 Million Grand Prix at Thermal. I also have two homebreds (a seven and four year old) that I want to keep developing to bring them to their best, whatever that may be in a year’s time. I just want to keep improving myself as a rider and trainer.

H&S: What do you enjoy most about the business? SS: Two things I think stand out. From the career side, it’s the horses. The daily interaction with them and what I’ve learned being

with them is really important. When I was little I only had stuffed animals, no dolls. I’ve always been an animal person. They trust with all their heart. They follow me around like dogs! From the training side as a professional, it’s been taking on some younger kids and helping them be part of something. I want to help them develop goals. It’s so encouraging to be able to help make that happen.

H&S: Hardest lesson you’ve had to learn? SS: Sometimes, it’s been letting go. Some situations I’ve had horses

with injuries or situations that have been difficult, and I learned that I need to let it go. You have to learn to keep going, and focus on positives.

H&S: Do you have any superstitions? SS: Well, I used to have way more. I used to be a little over the top.

One of my routines before I start jumping is that I will stop my horse and tell him “whatever happens happens.’” It definitely makes me feel better. And this may sound awkward but I think the other riders are used to it now - whenever my grandma (who is 91 and my number-one fan) is at the show, in keeping with Swedish tradition she spanks me 3 or 4 times for luck. Every time she’s done that I jump double-clear.

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Bonjour! “Classic in the show ring, yet fabulous out on the town” describes Cheval Fashions’ beautifully handmade equestrian riding shirts. From handmade twills, toiles and tuxedo-inspired designs; from London plaids and preppy piping, Cheval (stemming from the French word for “horse”) riding shirts are showstoppers in and out of the show ring. The horse show trends for 2013 are being led by some of the hottest new riding attire from this French-inspired riding brand.

The Riding Life

Jennifer Hurlbut founded her fashionable equestrian apparel line Cheval Fashions (pronounced SH-val) in 2010. An equestrian who grew-up riding and showed horses until she went off to college, Hurlbut took a two-decade hiatus from the horse world after earning her degree.

immersed once again in all things horse. Soon, Sophie was learning how to ride, and Hurlbut herself started to ride and show again.

But after a visit with a friend’s horse near her home just outside of Toronto, Hurlbut was reminded of how much she missed riding and being around the barn. After that visit, which her seven-year-old daughter Sophie had accompanied her on, Hurlbut found herself

Many of Hurlbut’s great ideas and designs came to her while she was riding or hacking her horse around the ring at the horse show.

“We all love the tradition of riding and the life that goes along with it,” she explains.

“One day while I was at a horse show, my husband was having a hard time differentiating me from the other riders and said, ‘you all look identical!’” Hurlbut recalls. “So, that was the eye-opener that gave me the idea to create a more fashionable apparel line.” This hunter/jumper fashionista has been in brand marketing for over 20 years, and some of her full-time experience includes working for large companies such as Kellogg and Hershey. “I had all the grounding to have my own business between the background and marketing, so it all sparked from there,” Hurlbut adds.

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Each piece is hand designed and manufactured just minutes away from Hurlbut’s home in Canada. “It’s so fun designing, and it’s such a selfish pursuit, because you do whatever you like! It’s so much fun being able to do what I want.” Hurlbut has always had an eye for style and carefully watches trends in mainstream fashion magazines; a favorite is the classic standby Vogue. Many of her inspirations stem from eyeing riders such as Charlotte Casiraghi who are muses for high-end fashion brands such as Gucci.



Each Cheval riding shirt is designed with a feminine cut and fine detailing. Roll up sleeve tabs and pearly snaps on cuffs are just a few of the fine details. “It’s simply a real balance between the classicism of traditional riding apparel with a new fashionable flair,” explains Hurlbut. Hurlbut’s daughter Sophie, now 12, is very interested and involved with the design process behind Cheval Fashions. In fact, she made some of the major decisions for the Cheval Fashions children’s show shirt, such as picking out the exact flower-buttons.


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LIFE OF PESSOA by Alexa Pessoa

Never Before, All at Once To be in Wellington for the winter is pretty non-negotiable for me. That sounds quite entitled but after fourteen years (uninterrupted) of coming to Florida I just can’t help myself. There are the obvious reasons that make it great; the weather, horses, restaurants, shopping etc. But for me, beyond all of those wonderful things are stability and routine.

and the American dream. In the past I managed a franchise of a French clothing company at several shows per year, and the language barrier and constant clerical and logistical issues made it enormously challenging. Then again, that was before I had my daughter and realized I could do anything (ha!) The puzzle pieces of my life have never all combined in this way. I have shown my horses, I have run a store at the shows, and of course, I have my daughter. Everything has all existed before, but never all at once. This season brings a collision course of commitments that I can’t wait to attack. These months bring longer days than we see anywhere else. The day is long, the week is long, and the months are long. It is worth

This season brings a collision course of commitments that I can’t wait to attack.

Since I have become a mom, nothing makes me happier than having my ducks in a row. My former, childless self would shudder at the simple pleasure I get from a quiet house at 8:15 PM, with only the humming of the dishwasher and the tumbling dryer indicating the tiring day that was. These are the only months where I can consistently shop for my family and live with a refrigerator filled with fresh, organic groceries. After nine months in Belgium, a salesperson telling me something can be delivered the next day brings a joyful tear to my eye. If there is one thing that everyone at WEF seems to have in common it is being over committed. If you are a professional with clients pulling you every which way or the weekend warrior dodging work to have just one more day in the blessed Florida sun; you are trying to do it all. I am starting a children’s clothing store this year, and doing it in the U.S. versus Europe has been a testament to the joys of overnight shipping



it. There is nowhere else in the world where the very best equestrian athletes all live in one town. That is what makes Wellington different that any other winter circuit in the world. The commitment that people have made to this town is remarkable, and because of that, a usually nomadic group of equestrians have a place to call home. We can go to weekly gym classes, movies, and restaurants. We are normal. Better than normal, because we are here in this beautiful place doing what we love. 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 highprofile show jumpers. For more stories on Alexa’s travels, follow her blog www.mousemakesthree.wordpress.com Above: Alexa and Penny Lane head into the ring during the Winter Equestrian Festival to contest the 8 Year Old Jumpers. Photo ©Erin Gilmore

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Global Champions Tour Season Finale in Abu Dhabi by Erin Gilmore and Meredith Herman

There is nothing ordinary about the Global Champions Tour show jumping series, which is arguably the world’s most lucrative show jumping tour. Now in its seventh year, this elite series invites the top 30 riders in the world to compete at 12 stops from April through November throughout greater Europe and the Middle East. Monaco, Cannes, and Vienna are just a few of the ultra-glamorous stops on the annual schedule. But it’s the finale in far-flung Abu Dhabi that takes the cake as the most exotic GCT event of the season. Held in the extrinsic nation of the United Arab Emirates, this Arabian Gulf region is becoming known for its growing presence in the sport of show jumping. With no limit in funding courtesy of the GCT’s top dollar budget, the GCT Abu Dhabi pulled out all the stops this year, from rider prizes to VIP perks. Read on!

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A TWEET WILL GET YOU THERE California-based trainer Meredith Herman usually scrolls through her Twitter feed while she sips her coffee, checking equestrian feeds for news and results. On a morning in early November, an interesting tweet caught her eye. It was from HRH Abdullah bin Miteb (@abdullahmiteb), who had most recently earned Team Bronze in show jumping for Saudi Arabia at the Summer Olympics. “@GCT_Events two of the followers will be guested to attend the GCT Abu Dhabi 22-24 Nov. Guests will be chosen randomly after retweeting” said the tweet. Meredith quickly reposted it with the comment that this was “the best twitter prize ever!” She didn’t give it another thought – until about a week later, when the Saudi Equestrian Federation messaged her directly requesting her passport information and asking if she was available to travel the weekend of GCT Abu Dhabi. “I dialed my father’s number and said, ‘I hope you are sitting down because the prince of Saudi Arabia is flying me to Abu Dhabi to watch a horse show’,” Meredith relates. Accompanied by her sister, Sonoma Horse Park Manager Ashley Herman, and their friend Tal Goldstein (all pictured at right with the other contest winner from Saudi Arabia, and the son of Saudi Olympian Khaled al Eid), Meredith flew first class on a 15-hour flight to Abu Dhabi and spent the weekend at the show, in what she describes as one of the most fascinating equestrian experiences she has ever had. And all because of a tweet!

Photo via Meredith Herman

THE VVIP The main arena was surrounded by VIP tents on three sides, and within the VIP section were different levels of seating for those who were very, and very very, important. The “regular” VIP seating was for five-star riders and sponsors, and included a secret staircase so that owners and trainers could quickly move from warmup to arena seating to watch their horses go. The VVIP area was reserved for Gucci representatives, GCT International, and top government officials attending the event. Twenty red-velvet and gold lacquered thrones were placed front and center for VVIP attendees to view the competition. Both VIP areas offered table service and an expanse of culinary delights with both international offerings and a few local delectables, including an entire roast goat displayed at the front of the buffet for every class. Yum!



YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE EAST! The UAE is becoming an in-demand playground for the high-class traveler and thrill seeker. The GCT was held at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort, which features offerings that include a wide range of recreational activities, not the least of which is riding. Immediately adjacent to the show, the Al Forsan Resort offers everything from the largest wakeboarding park in the world, where multiple circular pools with overhead cables pull boarders over jumps, to archery, shooting and paintball. The greater Emirates area includes indoor ski resorts, man made beaches, and Formula One racetracks. The weather, with temperatures at an even 82 degrees, low humidity and crystal clear skies all combine to make the Emirates in November an alluring, glamorous destination.

GUCCI GUCCI GUCCI In 2012, Gucci truly emerged as one of the top corporate sponsors of the equestrian world. Not only did they garner the title sponsorship of the 400,000 Euro Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi; but they also had a Gucci pop-up store on the side of the show arena. They chose the GCT Abu Dhabi to officially premiere their exclusive equestrian line, which has been the pet project of head designer and equestrian enthusiast Frida Giannini. Previously, the line had only been worn by Gucci spokeswomen Charlotte Casiraghi and Edwina Tops-Alexander. The pop-up store at the show featured a group of Gucci craftsmen flown in from Italy that were making Gucci shoes and accessories right there in the boutique. Spectators had the option of ordering custom shoes on site and could even have a special “made in Abu Dhabi” gold plate sewn onto their loafers. Photo via Meredith Herman



THE BEST OF THE BEST The top 30 riders in the world are always invited to compete at each lucrative GCT event. Beyond that, the GCT offers 15 slots that can be purchased for riders that want to ensure a slot for the entire tour. Beyond that, the show can invite the remaining riders who wish to compete in each grand prix. The GCT is committed to attracting these riders, and if invited the show pays for both the horse and rider’s air transportation to each event. Abu Dhabi attracted 17 of the top 30 riders on the FEI rankings, and an additional four riders of the top 30 were supposed to compete as well, but missed the show due to a lack of vaccination requirements needed to transport horses to the Middle East. At this year’s GCT finale, renowned course designer Ullano Vezzani built an incredibly difficult grand prix course. It took four faults and a very fast time just to make it to the second round for the top 16 riders. Further exemplifying the diversity of talent on the GCT tour, over the 2012 series a different rider was victorious in each of the 12 Grand Prix CSI5* classes. Edwina Tops-Alexander of Australia (at right), won the overall series champion title for the second year in a row, while Katharina Offel of the Ukraine won the CSI5* finale Gucci Grand Prix.

HANDSOME REWARDS Prize money on the GCT circuit is fairly unrivaled – in 2012 GCT manager Jan Tops offered one million euros in prize money to the top 18 riders on the tour. Each grand prix of the tour is a five-star rated, 1.60m competition over two full rounds and a jumpoff, and is always held on a Saturday night. Riders earn points for their grand prix placings, and at the series finale in Abu Dhabi, all the top riders were present to compete for the end of year bonus checks. And with a million euro in bonus money on the line, every spectator was on the edge of their seat throughout the class.



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It is important to anticipate common issues that arise in horse sales

The Conformation of an Equine Legal Contract by Corinna Charlton, Esq A short time ago I went to a friend’s health and wellness event in San Francisco. A physical therapist at the event offered to analyze my alignment. He faced me in front and from the side, nodded or shook his head, then proceeded with his analysis: I was of sufficiently good weight and muscle definition, but a touch knock-kneed, my head and neck were too much in front of the vertical plumb line, and my shoulders a little too concave, resulting in interior arm rotation. He told me to walk forward in a straight line (an audience had gathered by now) and said “see? You’re not tracking straight at the walk.” I felt exposed and slightly embarrassed, but most of all, I felt like a horse. As equestrians we are continually analyzing horse conformation and build, especially when we are purchasing a new horse. We assess topline development, croup angle, whether the shoulder and pastern angles are complementary, angles of the hock, and movement as the horse tracks forward; we do so to better gauge the horse’s jumping potential and long term soundness. When we scrutinize the horse’s movement and performance prior to finalizing a sale, we should also be scrutinizing the terms of the sale in the Purchase and Sale Agreement. The Agreement will help the buying and selling parties identify their expectations of the sale, reduce liability and minimizes risk of loss, and can help the parties save money. For example, in a recent horse sale the parties used a handwritten receipt of sale, but did not have a Purchase and Sale Agreement. When the horse became lame sometime later the parties were in dispute over alleged express or implied warranties that the horse would be suitable to compete at a particular jumping level, and possible hidden dual agency commissions. The buyer pursued the court system as the primary means of resolving the conflict, and both parties incurred great expense in bringing and fighting the legal action.



Most of these issues can be avoided or resolved quickly with an Agreement customized for the particular sale transaction. In the Agreement the seller should specify what warranties, if any, are being made about the horse’s health or fitness for a particular purpose. The parties can also agree to first pursue mediation to resolve any potential dispute. Mediation is much less expensive, more efficient, and tends to be more harmonious than litigation. In our small horse world, this is undeniably beneficial. Finally, in states such as California and Kentucky, if a trainer (or any person) is an agent in the horse sale transaction, that trainer has a legal duty to disclose in writing if he or she is acting as a dual agent and is receiving a commission or compensation from both contracting parties. It is important to anticipate common issues that arise in horse sales, then account for and tailor them to your needs in the Agreement. Whether you are the buyer or seller, this might include what will happen if the horse was purchased on an installment basis and the buyer fails to make timely payments; whether the seller will make any provisions for the horse if the horse has soundness issues after the purchase; and other restrictions pertinent to your situation, such as one rider who included a right of first refusal when she sold her horse in case the buyer was to later offer the horse for sale. We know that correct conformation can serve as a good indicator of a sound performance horse, and a Purchase and Sale Agreement suitable for your equine needs is going to help reduce your risks of liability or financial loss. Take a little time to prepare, or update, a sound Agreement; the resulting gains in time and money will be well put towards your riding and showing pursuits! Corinna Charlton is the principal of Charlton Equine Law. If you have any questions about this article or your equine legal issues, please send an email to Corinna@CharltonEquineLaw.com, call the office at 707964-7479, or visit the website: www.charltonequinelaw.com.

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Horse & Style: How you got your start in the horse world? Jeff Cook: I grew up riding as a kid with Don Kerron and Joan Curtin,

and even at 12 or 13 years old, I knew I wanted to be a professional. My first job, like many in the industry, was grooming, and I would save money to go to clinics, especially if George Morris was coming out West. I would make my way out East, too, when I could and try to watch and learn as much as possible.

H&S: How did your time with George Morris shape your perspective? JC: Oh, a lot! I still miss working there. I worked for two separate times, and each time was basically for 5 years. There wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t teach or remind me of something. It’s been a long time, and I still miss it. The example he sets and the detail – not just in the riding and training but the whole operation. It wasn’t necessarily the fanciest, but it all had a purpose.

H&S: Does anyone else in your family ride? JC: We have three children, 11-year-old twin girls and a 14-year-old son.

I’d say they’re summertime riders. My son is into football and skiing. The girls enjoy skiing, cross-country, and swimming. In the area where we live, there are plenty of opportunities for trail riding, and they enjoy that quite a bit. To me though, I don’t want to push it on them.

H&S: You travel extensively around the country, what’s your perspective on riders nationally? JC: It’s interesting. A few years back, maybe 5 or so years ago, I saw a lot of lower legs too far forward in the air. Presently, there’s not something like that, which is a great thing. The basics are pretty



solid. Different areas have different issues. To me, nationwide I can’t put my finger on one thing though. One goal as a country, because I’m so adamant about truly sticking to the basics, is to keep a solid foundation in place. I’m not a fan of gimmicks. George teaches, whether you’re an eq, hunter, or jumper, the same foundation and basics; that’s important.

H&S: Do you think your teaching style has evolved throughout the years? JC: Oh yes, but you have to make an effort for that, and that it evolves

in a good way. I make an effort to keep reading. Last December, I flew down to watch George teach a couple of days. If Buck (Brannaman) were in town, I would watch him. That’s something I do see lacking a little – I don’t see riders watching enough. That is really important - study and watch at the horse show. But, things are always evolving. People don’t stay the same; you tend to go up or down. So you have to really make sure you are able to evolve in the best way possible.

H&S: You will be starting a little more training this year; are you

looking forward to it? JC: I’ll be working with Kilkenny Crest in Bend, Oregon. Kilkenny breeds a number of horses. You learn when you ride, and riding helps your teaching; so, I wanted to get back riding again. I was really kind of missing that. Kilkenny has a whole range of horses on the farm from weanlings to retirees. There are a lot of areas for learning at the farm, and there will be a few riders aspiring to be professionals; I look forward to working with them. There’s also stable in Idaho that I work with quite a bit.

H&S: With your passion for reading, any recommended reading for us? JC: Obviously George’s, I guess that’s a no brainer, huh? But there are numerous books – just to name a few, Chamberlin and Littauer. My favorite book on the flat is Gymnasium of the Horse (Gustav Steinbrecht), but this is definitely for the more advanced. Rereading books is an important aspect, too. It seems you always miss some points on the first read. (With a laugh) You know, I don’t have that great of memory so I have to kind of go back and reread a lot. Above: Photo ©Nathan Welton Below: Cook in action at a recent clinic in Lebanon, Ohio. Photo ©Katie Shoultz

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While waiting to compete at the 2011 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf, Germany, 31 year old Daniel Ighani took time to reflect on the life path that had brought him to this place. At the forefront of his mind was the memory of his first ever riding lesson, 20 years earlier.

A Lasting Impression

Growing up in Argentina, Daniel’s family was not involved with horses, nor did they live in “horse country.” Riding a rented horse during a family holiday was Ighani’s first equestrian experience, and afterwards he told his mother how much he liked it and wanted to ride again. She replied that if he wanted to again ride on holiday he must take lessons. Soon after, he did, and he always remembered that first lesson, down to the exact day and time: February 2, 1992 at 4:00PM. “I can’t explain it, but it marked me,” he says, “I loved it.” He continued to ride near his home in Argentina, participated in small competitions and made some wonderful friends in the horse world. When it came time to further his education, he found himself

continually drawn back to horses and knew that was the path he wished to take. He began in Mendoza, the wine country of Argentina, and found horses to ride with the help of friends in the industry. His attendance at some national competitions brought a job offer in Cordoba, and from Cordoba, an offer to work in Buenos Aires. It was while working in Buenos Aires that he met Guillermo Obligado.

Lessons Learned

Armed with an invitation to work at Guillermo and Lynn Obligado’s Woodgrove Farm near San Diego, California, Daniel arrived in America on February 9th, 2006 and went almost immediately to California’s Desert Circuit shows near Indio. It was the start of more than four years spent riding and working in Southern California.

Left: On Daniel: Goode Rider Men’s Pro Breeches in charcoal and Men’s Authentic Polo in navy. On Susan: Horse Bit Jean and Cargo Polo in navy



Daniel views his life as parts of a puzzle and remembers his time at Woodgrove fondly. “Though I didn’t have the pleasure to watch her ride, I was struck by Lynn’s amazing horsemanship. Her love for the horses, watching her interact with them, it was eyeopening,” he says. “I also learned about the horse business in the U.S., about customer service, how the shows are different here.” While in Southern California, Daniel also met his future wife, Susan Ighani, née Mac Isaac. Susan is a dressage rider and Daniel notes, For three

years we lived five minutes apart and our paths never crossed. We met one night when I was out with a friend and we have been together ever since. German Adventure

Early in 2010, while grateful for their experiences to date, Daniel and Susan both agreed they would like to further their knowledge and abilities in Europe. In April 2010, Daniel landed a job at Holger Hetzel’s top training and show stable in Germany. He worked as a rider and instructor, competed up through the grand prix level, and was in charge of developing the young horses in the barn. Soon after, Susan followed and began a job with Klaus Balkenhol, an Olympian and former U.S. Olympic dressage team coach. Daniel can’t say enough about his time in Germany. “I loved everything about being there…except the food,” he smiles. “From small shows to international shows, on any given weekend you have the opportunity to ride against some of the very best in our sport. You know going in that if you want to be competitive you must bring your “A” game every time you step into the ring. It was amazing to be able to experience shows like Aachen, the Bundeschampionate, and to be a part of Hetzel’s program.”

America Calling

After nearly two years in Europe, Daniel and Susan began talking about returning to the States. They had plans to marry, and though they wouldn’t change a thing about their experience in Germany, they felt their future would be in starting their own business in America. They were very interested in Northern California but had no particular place in mind. “We were looking for the situation, the farm, it didn’t matter where it was as long it was right for our business,” says Daniel. Susan went first, scouting locations, and when she found what she thought was ideal, Daniel followed. He agreed immediately when he saw the facility. It was a dressage barn in the wine country of Napa, and the owners weren’t sure they wanted to incorporate the jumping side of the business, but after a few meetings with Daniel and Susan a deal was struck.

Back in Business

Toyon Farm became the new home of Ighani Sporthorses in February 2012. Daniel notes, “This is the perfect place for us, we have everything we need here to develop our program the way we want to; more than ample turnout, amazing footing, a beautiful indoor, quiet barns, superior feed, we love it here.” Daniel aboard Asvegas competing during his time in Europe. Photo courtesy of Ighani Sporthorses

From the moment I saw it, this place felt like home


The philosophy at Ighani Sporthorses follows the successful European cross-training approach. Daniel and Susan believe that to be their best, horses need to stay mentally as well as physically fit, which means lots of time out of the stall during the day, hacks, lunging, cavaletti work and dressage work. “Susan is such a talented rider and a good horseman. My jumpers go so much better after she works them on the flat,” says Daniel. The couple is not focusing on a huge business and they take pride that they are handson with every horse in their program. What they want is to produce better horsemen, to encourage dedication and how to better help the animal perform its job. They believe stressing the basics is the way to create the foundation to always improve. Daniel enjoys teaching. He says he likes the challenge that comes with every time he steps to the middle of the arena. “You never know what you’ll be faced with on any given day, it’s always a question of how do I make the horse and rider better, keep the horse happy, make it entertaining so both are learning and enjoying the process.”

Moving Forward

Looking ahead, life at Ighani Sporthorses is as busy as it is promising. Daniel hopes the horse he bought upon returning to the U.S., Tapatio, will be moving up to the grand prix level soon. He and Susan are planning a trip to Europe to improve their show string, and as they jump into their 2013 show calendar they are including more trips to the south end of the state to show. But Daniel and Susan are both firmly grounded in Napa. “From the moment I saw it, this place felt like home,” he says.

Opposite page and top: Enjoying Toyon Farm. On Susan: Goode Rider Horse Bit jean in red and Cargo Polo in ivory. On Daniel: Goode Rider Men’s Pro breeces in khaki and Men’s Authentic Polo in mocha.


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Locally owned and operated, this place has a coffee house feel, with fresh (on-site) baked pastries, bagels, and steel-cut oats to die for. It’s just fifteen minutes from the show grounds; a great spot for coffee and “brecky.” [La Quinta, CA]


Sit at the bar, or outside on the cushy patio – lunch here is a MUST! Chill atmosphere, AMAZING food, and friendly service, all at a reasonable price. It’s posh on a budget. Their motto: “Meet, dine and unwind.” [La Quinta, CA] www.thegrillonmainlq.com

THERMAL Where to go? What to do?! Let our H&S insider be your guide to the Thermal/Palm Springs area during the busy winter circuit show season. by Selena Frederick


Looking to trade in your tall boots for a pair of cowboy boots for one night? Two Step Tuesdays are one of the desert’s highlights during the week. Located right on the border of Indio and La Quinta, you don’t have to travel far for some classy, southwestern atmosphere with authentic, awardwinning food, and a little two-step. And don’t worry if you don’t know how, there’s plenty of friendly people to teach you. www.restaurantsofpalmsprings.com


If you’re looking to get out for dinner and maybe catch a movie or listen to some outdoor music, head over to The River in Rancho Mirage. From delicious California bistros to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, The River is full of tasty options to match your budget. Oh! And don’t forget to go to the Yard House; with over 100 beers on tap and their “Rotating Chalkboard Series” of new brews, it’s a great place to start (or end) the night. www.theriveratranchomirage.com






Need quick & close but want to get off the show grounds? Don’t feel like changing out of those riding clothes? No worries, head down the road (literally) to the Empire Polo Club’s Tack Room Tavern for a simple lunch and or drinks and dinner. [Indio, CA] www.tackroomtavern.com



Authentic Mexican food isn’t hard to find when you’re just 100 miles from the U.S./Mexico border. Located on El Paseo (the Rodeo Drive of the desert) is Armondo’s. Known for its fun, authentic atmosphere, you can order a margarita, sit outside on the patio and enjoy the view and the fresh, authentic food after a day of retail therapy. [Palm Desert, CA]


This cozy hole in the wall shop, has a reputation for turning out some of the BEST tacos in the desert. It’s paper napkins and plastic trays style, but some of the best Mexican food that will leave you wanting more. [Palm Desert, CA] www.elranchitotacoshop.net


If you’re like me, you need something sweet before you hit the hay. Luckily, the desert is full of great options. I’d highly recommend Beach House Frozen Yogurt. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely an experience! Between the super friendly staff, the safe (with a few risky) flavors of yogurt, and the always fresh toppings, this place has the winning combination and is a MUST! www.beachhouseyogurt.com


For a more widely traveled path with an incredible view and a great workout, head to the Bump ‘n Grind. That’s not the official name, but everyone in the valley knows it as this. If you’re looking for a place to take the dogs out with you, head over to the Homestead Trail, more widely known as “The Cross” hike. It’s a great night hike as well as the cross is lit up at the top. If you’re looking for a bit more solitude, check out Tahquitz Canyon Trail (Palm Springs area) that takes you out to a small waterfall, or the Boo Hoff Trail (La Quinta) which goes anywhere from 1 to 14 miles.





If you haven’t been to the famous College of the Desert (COD) Street Fair on Saturday mornings, grab a coffee and head over to check out the 300-some venders between 7am-2pm every Saturday. www.codstreetfair.net


Not a morning person? No problem, check out Palm Springs’ VillageFest on Thursday evenings from 6pm10pm. Featuring art, food, crafts and entertainment, get a group together and hit up VillageFest. www.palmspringsvillagefest.com

There are tons of bike paths all around the desert. Maps are available online, or just strap on your helmet and hop on your bike. Oh, and bring water and well, be smart. The cyclists’ motto out here is “drink or die.”

The desert attracts golfers from around the world with a plethora of world-class courses in the area. Whether it’s PGA West or the award winning Desert Willow Golf Resort (boasting 2 championship courses) there’s plenty of tee times waiting to be scheduled at some of the most beautiful courses in the country. www.palmsprings.com/golf


If you’re looking for a more family friendly alternative, check out The Living Desert. Bring your hiking shoes! You can take short hikes right from the zoo, that is of course, after you’ve fed the giraffes and visited the jaguar exhibit… and don’t forget to catch the Animal Encounters program. www.livingdesert.org


(JW MARRIOTT DESERT SPRINGS) The “JW” is once again the premiere spot for another favorite desert activity. Aside from its luxurious and relaxing spa, the JW’s tennis program has been named one of the “10 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts” (Tennis Magazine) and one of the “Top 100 Resorts in the World” by Racquet Magazine. With 15 hardsurface courts, 3 clay courts and 2 stadium grass courts, you can’t go wrong.


Anthropologie, Tiffany’s, Cole Han, Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton – the gang’s all here! Oh, and of course there’s a Lululemon, Bottega Venetta, Apple Store and Gucci just a short walk down El Paseo. Don’t worry, Starbucks (or Coffee Bean) is close by to refuel. www.thegardensonelpaseo.com


They live up to their tag-line “Big name brands, outlet savings” – ladies, it’s THE outlet location. www.cabazonoutlets.com



A great mix of luxury and relaxation, the “JW” boasts picturesque mountain views as the perfect background to lunch at one of the best seafood places in the desert (voted for over a decade.) And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a guest. On your way to treat those achy riding muscles, grab a Starbucks in the lobby, and then head out to their elite day spa for a signature treatment (H&S recommends the hot stone massage.) Drinks and dinner aren’t far, any of JW’s five options will have you relaxed and fueled for another day. [Palm Desert, CA] www.desertspringsresort.com

If you like heights and want an amazing view, there are a few great options for seeing the Coachella Valley. The Palm Springs Aerial Tram is a fun gondola-type ride up the side of San Jacinto Mt. Pack some hiking shoes, as there are plenty of short hikes around. Need to get the blood flowing? Hot air balloon rides are always a thrilling way to experience the valley. Post-flight champagne ceremonies TBD depending on who you fly (or float) with. www.pstramway.com


If you’ve got a solid day and want to go see what U2 was talking about, take a drive out to this historical national park (I’d recommend around sunset or late afternoon) – it’s breathtaking. www.joshua.tree.national-park.com


Voted #1 Resort Spa in North America by Condé Naste Traveler, you can’t go wrong with making reservations at this luxurious Italian villa resort. Indoor and outdoor treatments will leave you rejuvenated, relaxed and revitalized. Afterwards, head out to the Vineyard Lounge for an extensive wine selection and “innovative” cocktail and martini list. [Indian Wells, CA] www.miramonteresort.com



BARN ENVY story and photos by Erin Gilmore


Winter home of Nicole ShahinianSimpson

In this zip code, having nearly 70 acres of open riding land is unheard of. Wellington, Florida is famous for its over the top equine mansions, but rarely does a farm in the winter equestrian capital of the world encompass this much plain old space.

Wood paneling on the ceiling matches the stall fronts and gives the interior of the barn a warm, relaxed feel. And all dogs are welcome at the farm.




Windsome Farms does, in fact it takes up an entire rural block in an area of town where the equestrian facilities are somewhat endless. Built for private use in 1995, Windsome Farms is an 83-acre behemoth of a property, with four lakes, 19 turnouts and bridle paths that wind lazily around artfully placed palm trees.

Clockwise from left: The tackrooms are much larger than most, and well organized, of course; stone floors extend outside to the building’s many walkways; Mario Deslauriers schools his horse on a field that is bordered by one of the lakes; palm trees give the arenas an idyllic, resort-like backdrop; waiting to ride; a large wooden cupola looks out over all three rings and gives visitors a shaded, secluded vantage point; the L-shaped barns are wonderfully symmetric.


While it’s currently on the market for a cool $32 million, a few lucky riders are able to call it home from November through April. Grand prix rider Nicole ShahinianSimpson is based on one side of the L-shaped barn, while Olympian and World Cup Champion Mario Deslauriers occupies the other side. Windsome Farms is a fiveminute trailer ride from the famed Winter Equestrian Festival, and ShahinianSimpson loves the relaxed, sanctuary-like feel of the property that is so close, yet far removed from the hustle and bustle of the showgrounds.

Top: Multiple turnouts with stallion fencing give the horses on the property lots of opportunities to stretch their legs. Bottom: Shahinian-Simpson schools April in one of two jumping rings. Opposite page: Windsome Farms is an idyllic place for any horse to spend time.



Robert Ridland The Man Behind the Mission by Katie Shoultz

If Robert Ridland ever needs a new career, he’d make one heck of a spy. Sprinting from room to room at the USEF Annual Meeting, he’s dodgy and fast; in the blink of an eye, you’ve lost him. But, luckily for our sport, he’s in it for the long haul. With a list of accomplishments that reads a mile long, 61-year-old Robert’s next chapter as the new United States Show Jumping Chef d’Equipe is no small task, but with the support of his family and his unique perspective, he’s a true visionary force. As an Olympic rider (1972 and 1976), course designer, owner of Blenheim Equisports (producing some of the finest equestrian events in the country), and active involvement in the governance of our sport, Robert knows the ins and out of the industry and isn’t afraid to be a mover and shaker.

Despite accolades and crammed itineraries, he’s foremost a family guy who does school drop-off and knows his wife’s Starbucks drink (not that he’s looking to get any other significant others in trouble!) His 20-year-old daughter McKenna and 13-year-old son Peyton both know their way around a horse “and they’re quite capable of riding,” relays Robert. But they both prefer the soccer field over a stable. Robert values individuality in family and team dynamics, a trait reflected in both his professional and personal life. And with his wife Hillary, they have enough equestrian experience for the whole family.

From Backyard Rider to Olympic Coach

Growing up in Southern California, his parents helped foster a love of the sport, introducing him to the horse world in a very hands-on way. “We were out in the country enough where we lived that there were opportunities to ride,” Robert shares. Although his parents rode for pleasure without a serious competitive resume, “they were instrumental because they both loved horses, and we had a small barn on the property. That was part of the deal if I wanted to ride; I’d be feeding the horses in the morning before going to school. I had to put the hours in every day.”



Later, Robert would go on to train with legendary horseman Jimmy Williams. Jimmy, known for having an open mind and keen awareness of what worked and what didn’t, trained the likes of Hap Hansen and Susie Hutchison. Robert considers Jimmy and Bertalan de Némethy to be the two major influences in his riding career. “Jimmy was instrumental in many of our careers in that era, he certainly was in mine,” recounts Robert. And now, as the new chef d’equipe, those values Robert learned are being passed down to the next generation of riders. Yet, it wasn’t a position he had his eye on, per se.

It isn’t something I thought 20 years ago that I’d aspire to,” he explains. “It was a little bit of a surprise, actually, when the thought of it came up. It’s not like the presidential elections; we’ve only had three coaches since the mid ‘50s. “It took me a long time, really up until the last minute deadline, to throw my name in the hat, and that was because of everything else I have going and our family,” he continues. “Family takes precedence over all.”

After he figured out how to keep the wheels in motion on his other obligations, Robert began to look forward to the duties as team advisor. “It’s a new challenge, and I love new challenges. I’ve switched gears many times in my career. The first time I course designed and the first time I did sports commentary on TV, I had no preparation for either of those two, but it was fun!” As Robert sees it, one of the main goals during his tenure is to strengthen the sport in North America with a greater interaction between the heroes of the sport and the next generation that is rising through the ranks. While recognizing that Europe has a definitive presence, he is quick to note that a balance must be struck with moving forward for the longevity of the sport. “We’re forced to be out of the country with our best horses at the highest level for an extended period of time. It has some detrimental effects to us,” he explains. “That being said, we still have to compete extensively in Europe because it’s obviously still, in some ways, the main stage.” Robert sees the FEI in accord with this balance. “You can see it with the New Nations Cup format. The FEI has made it clear it wants to strengthen outside Europe,” he says.

A Team Player

In addition to honing in on the broad issues of the sport, Robert has a knack for developing a rapport with others. If you ever wanted someone on your team, it’s Robert. With an easy-going Californian vibe and just a touch of surfer hair, he’s personable with a witty humor that can leave you in stitches. And he listens with fierce intensity to the members of the sport. Of course, it’s a skill he’s practiced his whole life and values tremendously. Like any great coach, Robert has done his homework. “I did a lot of sports as a kid, and I love watching and analyzing sports; I’ve particularly loved, and always have, team sports,” he says. “I loved riding on Nations Cup teams. It was always more fun and more gratifying for me being part of a team than winning as an individual.”

Bringing to the table vast international and lifelong team experience, Robert takes lessons from life and applies them to the task at hand, and those lessons could be from the barn, or elsewhere. “I enjoy analyzing great coaches who’ve taken individuals together, some superstars some not, and come up with results,” he says. “John Wooden (A renowned basketball coach for UCLA and widely regarded for his ability to coach people, not the sport) back in the day was the greatest coach of probably any team sport ever.”

An Essential Ingredient

His work ethic likely rivals that of his predecessor George Morris, and those who have come before. “I don’t have any downtime, literally,” he says with a laugh. “I do try to work out everyday. I’ve said it many times and really believe that fitness of the riders is just as important as fitness of the horses.” His regime includes biking six days of the week and a day of tennis. “It clears the mind, and sometimes all I need to do is get on the bike, and in 10 minutes, I’ve figured out the problem.” That ability to run out the door and hop on his bike is part of the reason Robert has a deep love for his California roots. During his time practicing at Gladstone, Robert attended Yale University, graduating with a degree in political science. Ironically, Yale’s proximity to his riding stomping grounds didn’t play any part in his decision to attend. “When the fat envelope arrived it was such a surprise; I didn’t think twice about it. I said, sure! Say yes before they realize they made a mistake.”

Dynamic Duo

Hillary and Robert also run a well-established training center, EquiSports International. This couple shares a deep respect and Left: Ridland keeping a low profile during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Greenwich Park. Photo ©Erin Gilmore Above: Aboard Mon Bambi, Robert was a member of the winning Nations’ Cup team in 1986 at Spruce Meadows, beating out strong European teams that year. Photo ©Tish Quirk



admiration for each other and the sport. “Hillary I’ve known forever,” Robert attests. “She rode on the U.S. team at Spruce Meadows, so we both have backgrounds of riding on teams. I’d known her from the show circuit in California for a long time.” But the one thing Hillary and Robert don’t agree on is their favorite type of horse. “My favorite type of horse is extinct,” Robert jokes, but his undertone is serious. “We all grew up on Thoroughbreds. Really, all the horses I rode in the ‘70s were Thoroughbreds. Certainly the horse I rode in the Olympics, certainly the most successful horse I rode which was Southside; he was a Thoroughbred. That’s the type we all rode, and the American riding style, which is a very subtle riding style derived from the Caprilli system back through Italy, that’s why it came about. That’s the way you ride a Thoroughbred. Germans rode their horses pretty heavy-handed because that’s the way you rode cold-blooded horses. Since then, the cold-blooded horses have disappeared; our Thoroughbreds have disappeared for all intents and purposes and the Warmblood has been the result, and riding style has changed.” And Robert has always had a soft spot for the tough ones. “There’s a knack for riding the hot horses: the tough ones, the strong ones, the ones that will pull your arms out. I rode a lot of them, and I like them. Hillary doesn’t like the ones that pull your arms out; we’re opposite there! She prefers her arms being the same length when she finishes her ride as they were in the beginning!” he laughingly remarks.

Forward Thinking


Taking the entire 2012 Games into account, Robert believes that the London Olympics set the bar for the future. “Certainly in the equestrian, we’d never seen an Olympics like that,” he says. “Where the venue was of such high quality, in a setting and a city with such an incredible equestrian background. It was an amazing experience. From the equestrian‘s side, it could be argued that it was the birthplace of our sport and for the British to win it on their own home turf was unbelievable to watch.” While Team USA came away with a disappointing finish in London, it provided a

wake-up call, and an opportunity to get back on track. For Robert, that opportunity beckons. As the sport moves forward with a new momentum, perhaps Hillary puts it best when she says, “I watch with delight and admiration as Robert embraces this task. He is an extraordinary man who never seems to lose his way; it’s impossible to not get caught up in the excitement!” Robert’s ideas for infusing new life into American show jumping have so far been embraced with great enthusiasm. And with a whirlwind schedule and a dedicated commitment to all facets of the sport, don’t be surprised if you catch him dashing by with his own Starbucks drink in hand. (Coffee, half and half, no sugar – just in case you were wondering). Above: Robert and his wife, Hillary Ridland.

The place your horse has been looking for





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HORSE CORNER by Katie Stein


Despite his small stature, Welsh pony Buffalo Soldier has more personality packed into his 12.1 hands than his “ordinary” pony counterparts. Affectionately known by those closest to him as “Ziggy,” he has won countless blue ribbons for many lucky children. Possibly even more impressive is that this special pony has never missed a show or had an injury, which is quite remarkable considering his long career that spans almost twenty years. Michael B. Savage, of Barry Farms, Inc. in Wellington, Florida purchased Buffalo Soldier in 1994 as a three-year-old. He was quite frisky as a youngster, Savage recalls, and “he had the bushiest mane I’d ever seen. It was a braider’s nightmare and he became infamous for it all over the East and West coasts.” Professional rider and trainer Nick Haness of Hunterbrook Farms in Orange County, California showed Ziggy at the beginning of both their careers, when he was just a young boy and Ziggy was ten years old. He put me on the map as a rider and opened

the door to many opportunities that I like to believe led me to where I am today, Nick says. CeCe Bloum of Newmarket Farm remembers seeing the pair for the first time at Indio. She knew they both were destined for great things. “Ziggy was amazing as a young pony, it was obvious he was going to be special,” Bloum explains. Several years later Bloum was faced with the task of finding a small pony schoolmaster for her client Caroline Spogli and knew that Ziggy would be the perfect match. By then, Ziggy was under the ownership of famed East Coast trainers Don Stewart and Bibby Farmer. They sold him to Spogli, and eventually she outgrew him,



but only after much success in the small pony ring. And so it was that Ziggy continued on to the home of a new child, who in the fall of 2006 became 8-year old Mitch Endicott of Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Ziggy was now 15 years old, and had crisscrossed the country on a fairly regular basis. He’d become famous as the ideal first “A” show pony, and Mitch’s parents, trainers Mike and Christa Endicott, where thrilled to welcome him to their stable. “We basically clipped Mitch onto the saddle at his first show and Ziggy took care of the rest,” Christa recalls. The pair was Small Pony Champion at their first show together, and winning became a trend with this team. In 2008 Ziggy and Mitch were Mid-Circuit and Circuit Champion in the Small Pony Hunters at Thermal, Zone 10 Small Pony Champion at West Coast Pony Finals and PCHA YearEnd Small Pony Champion. It goes without saying that Ziggy was the ultimate professional in the ring, making him a highly sought-after commodity. After all, “professor ponies” that have the empathy to teach small children the ways of showing are few and very far between! “Even in the model, Ziggy always modeled himself, which was perfect because Mitch was not very interested in the model classes and would zone out,” Christa explains. “Luckily, Ziggy knew what to do, and he would walk in and strike a pose all on his own!” After countless successful shows, eventually Mitch too outgrew this small pony with the huge heart. Shortly thereafter, Corinne Bevis of San Marcos Training in Santa Barbara, CA suggested to her client, Elizabeth Gabler, that she temporarily lease Ziggy from the Endicotts. Elizabeth’s young

daughter Annalise was progressing and it became evident that she needed a “professor pony” to take her to the next step. But after having Ziggy for about a week, Elizabeth and Annalise couldn’t bear the thought of letting him go. The Endicotts reluctantly sold him on, knowing that Ziggy would have an amazing forever home with the Gabler family. Annalise started out in the cross rail divisions with Ziggy and eventually moved up into the Small Pony Hunter Division, winning many blues with the beautiful gelding. And in 2012, at 21 years of age, Ziggy was still winning tri-color ribbons with Annalise. Among their titles were Mid-Circuit and Circuit Champion in the Children’s Pony Hunter division at Thermal. This year, while Ziggy is not quite fully retired yet, the Gablers have decided to limit his professional career to non-jumping classes.

Our only concern is that he stay sound and happy for a long and lovely life, says Elizabeth. This past fall, the Del Mar Fall Festival hosted the first inaugural Buffalo Soldier Pony Hunter Derby at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Gabler family sponsored this class in honor of Ziggy and it was a huge success. Ziggy even made a surprise appearance, doing the ghost ride with Christa Endicott onboard. The Gablers hope that the Buffalo Soldier Pony Hunter Derby will become a regular event at the Del Mar Fall Festival. To this day, CeCe Bloum remains one of Buffalo Soldier’s biggest fans. “He has been a winner for all of his children, a great teacher and a pony with a huge heart. He does not know he is a small pony because his heart is so big!” Carolina’s Red Fox Lands End Bellflorwer Opposite page: Mitch Endicott and Buffalo Soldier shared a special bond.


A World Away Real Life Adventure Travel by Erin Gilmore

For Robin Felix, Africa is a siren song. The amateur hunter/jumper rider and single mother isn’t your typical African safari guide, and her life in the San Francisco Bay Area is - literally and figuratively - a world away from the complex continent. But as she explains it, in 2004 Africa took a hold of her and from that point on, life was never the same. With a background in health care and consulting, Felix has also always been an avid rider. She began her equestrian career at the age of four while growing up in the La Cañada-Flintridge area of Southern California. As an adult, she kept riding and currently trains with Gry McFarlane, of Windfall Farm in Green Valley, CA. In addition to competing in the Adult Amateur jumpers and equitation, Felix has also nurtured a deep love for travel, and 11 years ago she had the opportunity to visit Africa for the first time. A



childhood fan of Mutual Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, she thought she knew what she was getting into. But Africa took her by surprise. “I went on a vacation to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and went on safari through Tanzania and Zanzibar,” Felix recalls. “I ended up literally falling in love with the country and the people.”

Giving Back

After that first trip, Felix wasn’t going to stop at simply vacationing in Africa. She used her connections in health care to help out a friend who was running a non-profit, to obtain medical supplies for hospitals in Tanzania. Along the way, she met Fredrick Chikima, a sought after guide in Tanzania. He was the founder of Real Life Adventure Travel, which had the dual purpose of giving visitors close up, off the beaten path safaris in Africa, while giving back to

the communities that they traveled through. It wasn’t a question of if Felix would get involved, it was simply how. Felix and Chikiama joined forces in 2008, with her handling bookings and researching lodges from her office in California, and he coordinating the guides and trips on the ground in Tanzania. With her riding background, Felix quickly gravitated to the riding safaris.

The Ultimate Rush

“People are surprised at the extreme poverty; how little people have and what they live with,” says Felix. “Culturally, it is a world away from us, and the driving force behind me getting involved in Real Life Adventure Travel was wanting to give back. The more awareness we can bring to people outside Africa, the better the world will be for all of us.”

Felix’s mission is to help visitors get emerged in the cultures they’re visiting. On horseback especially, people can access areas that a vehicle can not go, The more awareness we can bring giving them an intimate experience with the landscape, the wildlife, and the locals.

“To be able to get that close to the animals and be a part of them is really what the horseback riding safari is all about,” she to people outside Africa, the better explains. “You can feel the hooves on the the world will be for all of us. “For many people, going to Africa is like ground, you can hear them snorting. It’s a bucket list thing for them,” adds Felix. an incredible experience to be able to “I love helping them create that dream.” get that close. There’s nothing like that first rush of galloping on a horse in the middle of a herd of zebra and Bottom left: Felix competing with her jumper Casanova at the Sonoma Horse wildabeests.” Park in California

But among all that exotic excitement is the cold hard fact that Tanzania is in the bottom 10 percent of countries in the world in terms of poverty. Real Life Adventure Travel works to fund programs such as sewing schools for young girls, and hand picks the lodges that they use on safari in order to find others who are giving back to their local communities. They work closely with the Minister of Health for the Moshi Catholic Diocese. And they dedicate 20% of their profits back to African communities.

Below, above left: “When you’re on a horse (in Africa) it’s a totally different perspective,” says Felix. “It’s a sheer adrenaline rush.”



Charles “Chuck” Pinnell has been working with leather since the early 1970s. A long time East Coast horse show vendor, his clients fly from all over the country to have him personally fit them for his renowned chaps and half-chaps. He has been on the horse show scene for the past 30 years, and has made custom chaps for some of the sport’s most famous riders and celebrities, such as Jackie Onassis, Ronald Reagan, Beezie Madden and McLain Ward. In addition to a variety of chaps, Pinnell Leather also makes belts, wallets, bags, gun cases, leashes, brief cases and more. Look for Pinnell and his staff at the Winter Equestrian Festival, The Devon Horse Show and The Hampton Classic.

Horse & Style: When and where did Pinnell Leather start? Charles Pinnell: I started leather work in 1974 in a small moccasin shop in Colorado Springs. I then moved back to Virginia and was an apprentice in the Harness Shop in Colonial Williamsburg. H&S: What inspired you to start your business? CP: Even as a young child I knew I wanted to do something on my own. Luckily, an artist (Jim Meador) lived


across the street from me and he gave me a lot of the skills that I have today. Working in CW gave me the ability to work with no time restraints and I got to learn the trade from a completely “hand made” point of view making saddles, harness and other letter goods from the 18th century.

H&S: When did you start making equestrian pieces and why? CP: The equestrian work started early while at CW. Equestrian pieces were part of daily life in the 18th century, and that’s what CW was about! H&S: What is your most popular equestrian product? CP: What I am best known for are the chaps and more frequently half chaps that riders desire. People fly in from all around the country to have me fit them for both. H&S: What makes your business different from other vendors at the horse shows? CP: My business is different in that I am providing a custom service and product that is hard to beat in quality and even harder to copy. H&S: Where does your inspiration come from for new products, such as your Phabbie Vintage Halter bags?

CP: New product ideas come in all shapes and sizes. There is really very little that is new. Things that are in one year, are out the next and then something will take its place, and then you take a combination of several things put them together and it looks like something new.

H&S: What are your goals for Pinnell in the future? CP: The role for the shop is simply to keep my wonderful staffs’ work desks full of interesting orders and challenging tasks. With the recent hard times of the economy this has been increasingly harder. I guess that is why I keep coming up with “new work.” H&S: What would you say to someone who wanted to create their own equestrian brand? CP: It is much easier today for someone to create a “brand” with the many Internet resources just a click away, and there are so many more companies that sell to small shops. Perseverance and deduction will get you through. IT IS NOT EASY. H&S: Are there any other interesting tidbits about Pinnell Leather that our H&S readers should know? CP: I would like to thank all the loyal customers for supporting me over the years. The thing I am most proud of is the fact that my staff has the same desire as I do, to create works of art that are cherished by so many people. Opposite page, clockwise from left: Joy Fox belt; Charles Pinnell; Custom Phabbie Vintage bag. This page, right: Half chaps are Pinnell Leather’s signature item and come in a variety of materials and trims - including real alligator! A Washington International rosette creatively reimagined as a belt buckle.


Custis Ferguson & Chris Quinn Custis Ferguson has come full circle, both in life, and love. She rode with Meadow Grove Farm in Sylmar, California as a junior, and now happily works there as a trainer. And while growing up in Santa Barbara, California, she always dreamed that if she were to have a big wedding, it would be at the Four Seasons Biltmore. On her wedding day last fall, that dream also came true when she married former Santa Anita Racetrack employee Chris Quinn in front of 160 of their closest friends and family at the Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara.

It actually rained on our wedding day,” Custis says. “It hadn’t rained for five months and the weekend before was in the 70’s... but rain started the night of the rehearsal dinner.

Luckily, the rain stopped right before she was set to go outside and walk down the aisle, and it made for amazing colors in the wedding pictures. Custis wasn’t thrilled with the changing weather, but everyone told her that if you have bad weather on your wedding day it means you’ll have a very good marriage! “It really was the best day of my life, I’m a very lucky girl!!” she adds. Custis wore a strapless fit to flair gown with a bow on the bust. Designed by Anne Barge and photographed by Mi Belle Photography.


CLINIC SPOTLIGHT Photos by Erin Gilmore

That’s what separates a good rider from a great rider. The give.

the 2013


Twelve of the country’s top young riders earned a spot in the prestigious, 7th Annual Horsemastership Training Session with George Morris, held from January 2-5th at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. This intense clinic incorporated the fundamentals of the American System of Forward Riding that Morris is famous for establishing. The former U.S. Olympic Team chef d’equipe was in fine form throughout four full days of compelling training sessions. The entire clinic can be viewed online for free at USEFNetwork.com

It’s much easier to do things sloppy than to do things correct. This country’s the king of sloppy. I don’t like sloppy. Catherine Tyree jumps into a gymnastic line

Karen Healey


Dana Scott rides with eyes up

Do not see a difficult fence and get backward, people. Don’t get

tentative, and chicken and all those things I hate.

Anne Kursinski demonstrating proper flatwork

Killian McGrath

You know, horses rest about 23 hours a day. When I ride them,

they work for one hour.

Jacob Pope, 2012 ASPCA Maclay Winner

Group Two observes from the ring



1. Saer Coulter and Graciella 50 traveled from California to compete 2. Jessica Springsteen studies the course 3. Mark Bellissimo of Equestrian Sport Productions, Donald Trump, and winner Kent Farrington 4. Cassadee Pope, singer and winner of The Voice, performed before the class 5. Grand prix dressage rider Oded Shimoni looked sharp 6. Todd Minikus 7. Nick Skelton and Belmont greet some fans 8. London 2012 Olympic dressage team member Tina Conyot and Calecto V performed before the jumpoff 9. Georgina Bloomberg, Casadee Pope, and Paige Bellissimo 10. Veuve Cliquot was an event sponsor, and the ring featured this as a larger than life jump standard 11. Incoming USEF President Chrystine Tauber

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12. Donald Trump with his wife Milania and son Barron 13. Charlie Jayne watches alongside his father, trainer Alex Jayne 14. Donald Trump congratulates second place finisher Rodrigo Pessoa 15. An extensive VIP was constructed for the one-day event 16. Eric Lamaze on the move 17. Georgina Bloomberg spoke on behalf of the ASPCA before the class began 18. The historic Mar-a-Lago mansion and grounds provided an unforgettable backdrop 19. Schuyler Riley relaxes after the class 20. Laura Kraut and Cedric were clear with one time fault 21. Andres Rodriguez 22. Brianne Goutal 23. Equines, both living and made of seashells, dotted the grounds




IS ALWAYS IN STYLE! Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, located in Petaluma, offers life-changing experiences to people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. Each week our students come from throughout the Bay Area to interact with their 1,000 pound “therapist� (and best friend) in a safe and secure environment and achieve goals never before dreamed possible. Our programs offer them the opportunity to focus not on their limitations, but on what they can do, and the results are extraordinary. Our services are open to any person with a

disability who can benefit from this special form of therapy. Volunteers at Giant Steps do more than give of their time and energy. They change lives and help special individuals achieve dreams never before dreamed possible. They make lifelong friends and join a larger community of funloving, energetic individuals intent on making a difference. Volunteers assist riders during their weekly lessons, groom horses, help maintain the facility, assist with administrative tasks, and much, much more. If you’re interested in contributing your talents to a great cause, we welcome you to join us!

Upcoming volunteer orientations are scheduled for February 2, March 2, and April 6 Sessions are held at the Giant Steps barn at 7600 Lakeville Highway from 1 to 3:30. If you would like to join an orientation or if you need to meet at a different time, please contact volunteer@giantstepsriding.org. For directions, additional information, or orientation dates later in the year, visit www.giantstepsriding.org

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I am trying to create New Year’s resolutions for my 2013 show season but I keep coming up with results I want instead of riding-oriented ideas. Can you help me?

most essential element necessary for a good round is A: The a solid connection between horse and rider. Intentions

oriented toward increased presence on the part of the rider will improve the experience for both. Horses are all present-in-the-moment so the more a rider focuses on being aware of their senses in each moment, the more the horse will follow the plan. When a rider concentrates on the possible challenges or negative outcomes, they are actually more likely to occur. I encourage you to focus on establishing a daily practice for being present through breath and quietude similar to a horse relaxing in a stall. This can be taken further by adding a few minutes of quiet with the horse (even if just in the cross ties) as part of your regular riding routine. Honoring the horse as an athlete with deep intuition and prey instincts will help you to think like a horse.

Other ideas to consider as part of refining focus for 2013 include treating yourself like an elite athlete, because you are one! Cross train with a combination of yoga/Pilates and cardio to increase your personal fitness and stamina. Focus on eating clean, burnable calories that support your body type. Consider consulting with a nutritionist or Ayurveda specialist to better understand your body-type in relation to food. Attend to your mental practice and emotional needs regularly so that when you are riding you are clear about what is going on inside. Horses don’t mind if you are feeling negative emotions as long as you are truthful with yourself about them and don’t take them out on the horse. Overall, focus your New Year’s intentions on goals that you can control like fitness, connection with your horse and trainer, nutrition, and your thoughts. Since the results are beyond your control, orient your energy on that which you can influence!

Q: How do I help my clients learn that if the first part of the course doesn’t go according to plan, A:

they can keep their concentration and complete the course well, giving the horse a good school?

Sometimes trainers inadvertently give attention to the winners or “best” rounds of the day thereby creating a dynamic of “if I execute the perfect round, my trainer will like me better.” While we all know that this is not a teacher’s intention, it tends to exist anyway. Riders and trainers can refocus on the process and triangular relationship between horse, rider, and trainer. From lessons to show day, remind your riders that the purpose of each ride is to work with what happens between horse and rider, rather than executing perfection. Trainers can develop exercises that emphasize thinking and

Carrie Wicks, Ph.D. (707) 529-8371 carrie@carriewicks.com www.carriewicks.com Contact Carrie for individual and phone sessions.

responding to the horse as well as courses that riders might negotiate in the show ring. Too often, show horses are expected to be machine-like and riders forget that it is a solid relationship that ultimately produces the most satisfaction. I encourage you to start each school, be it at home or at a show, with the reminder that sustained concentration is the goal. Support your riders to engage with developing a plan and learning to adapt it as it unfolds in real time, rather than executing the plan or abandoning ship. Also, remember to orient the post-round debriefing session on the rider-horse concentration so that this is the framework for learning on all sides.

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.




Cathrin Cammett Cathrin Cammett’s interest in photography evolved through her love for animals and her observation of light. She is captivated with combining photographic vision and a visual in her mind’s eye. “I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to look for the intimate moments with my subjects,” she says. “I love the chance to look into the intensity of the human or animal athlete, and document those moments.” Cammett is currently working on creating keepsake coffee table books for her customers, as well as large-format animal portraits. With other book projects planned that will aim to attract a broader audience, and a busy schedule of shoots, Cammet is grateful that her profession of choice is also her greatest passion.


f you grew up competing on the West Coast, you almost certainly knew to bring your winter jacket along for the Pebble Beach Horse Show in July. The fog-soaked Monterey Coast has been home to one of California’s most historic showgrounds since 1896, and although much changes with the times, everyone knew that those chilly mornings could be counted on. Indeed, the dramatic silver fog is truly the only constant element for equestrians in the area now; as it was announced on January 26th, 2013 that over a century of horse shows in Pebble Beach had come to an end. Long time Pebble Beach show manager Tim Postel spoke with a catch in his voice as he expressed his sadness over the decision made by the Pebble Beach Company to convert the showgrounds and polo field into golf-related facilities. The first American Horse Show Association-rated event was held at Pebble Beach in 1946, and generations of hunter/jumper riders from across the West Coast showed at Pebble Beach from the ‘40s up until its final show season in 2012. It was a prestigious venue, and those who competed there were always very proud to say that they had. Framed competition photos of hunters and jumpers in action at Pebble Beach will now hold even more significance to riders everywhere. The rolling clouds and deep green pines made for an unforgettable backdrop to equestrian competition, and while the Pebble Beach Equestrian Classics will be missed, they will never be forgotten.

EndanofEra Clockwise from left: The entrance to Pebble Beach Equestrian Center; Norma Matthew in the 1951 Hunter Trials; Tammy Chipko winning the $1,000 AO Hunter Classic, 2008; Guy Thomas was a winner many times over at Pebble Beach; Eleanor Fetig, 1939. Photos courtesy Pebble Beach Equestrian Center



Dear Horse & Style Fashionista, I’ve been a jumper rider all my life. I never did hunters or the equitation, just jumpers. But the horse I’ve shown in the 1.35m - 1.40m jumpers the past few years is getting older and ready to step down a level. My trainer suggested doing him in the hunter derbies because he jumps very hunter like and is beautiful to look at! I’m game for a new challenge, but I have no idea what my horse or I are supposed to wear in the hunter ring? Please help!

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~Derby Dummy Dear Derby Dummy, What an exciting challenge for both you and your horse! First order of business: your horse! Keep it classy not flashy, make sure your tack is properly oiled and matching. Nothing’s worse then a dark brown saddle and a light orange colored bridle! There are different schools of thought on width of nosebands and the proper tail extension, but stick to the rule of simplicity and you will be golden! Now for you, classic beige breeches are a must, and a shadbelly is really the only place you can add a pop of color. The hunter wardrobe is all about expressing your style in the details. For example, a light pink lining in your shadbelly with a subtle but interesting pattern on the points adds just the right amount of flash. Most importantly remember, the jumps don’t have numbers, you have to count strides, the fastest doesn’t win and don’t forget to braid your horse! Good luck!



What Hunter Derby riders have to say... “Hunter derby style used to be a traditional navy shadbelly, but we have moved away from the traditional points and many companies make shadbellies now with fun linings and reversible points instead of a vest. I don’t like bright linings, but subtle patterns and a flair on traditional is the norm right now.”

“To me, hunter derby style is white breeches and darker jackets, with either piping on the collar or ones with a different color collar all together.” John French Waldenbrook Farm

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