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THE ZARA PHILLIPS COLLECTION

Decorated equestrian Zara Phillips collaborated with renowned jewelry designer John Calleija to blend her deep love of eventing with his passion for beautifully shaped jewelry. Modern and wearable, this exquisite collection undeniably reflects their theme of ‘Unbridled Elegance.’

35 GIRL POWER IS GOLDEN

The last two winners of the coveted American Gold Cup, Brianne Goutal and Jessica Springsteen, exemplify ‘girl power’ in the best sense of the term. Rising stars with an amazingly parallel upward trajectory, these two young women promise a bright future for the sport.

46 DERBY DREAMS: HICKSTEAD 2015

Bathed in the glow of the patina of age, the iconic Hickstead Showgrounds are a showjumping dream and a place where legends are made. Riding in the famous International Arena is an earned privilege, and the best of the best competed in the 2015 Hickstead Derby Meeting.

54 FRIVOLITY FOR A GOOD CAUSE

The playful, lively, crowd-pleasing Charity Pro-Am pairs some of the world’s best riders with celebrity amateurs as they swap their riding gear for creative and far-fetched costumes and perform choreographed presentations over the jumping course, with each team riding for their charity of choice.

58 BEHIND THE BRAND: KINGSLAND

Lin Kingsrød’s clothing sensation sprang from a simple effort to improve her own comfort while in the tack. Since its small beginning eighteen years ago, Kingland Equestrian has grown from cardboard boxes in the trunk of her car to the global brand that it is today.

62 JULIA TOPS GAINING NOTORIETY

Canadian Julia Tops is already making a name for herself at age 17. This talented young show jumper and honor student is also the first North American Junior rider to be sponsored by leading equestrian apparel company Kingsland Equestrian.

70 DESTINATION: MOUNT JULIET

Talented photographer Dorte Tuladhar shares her visit among the luxurious surroundings of Mount Juliet, a lovely 18th century country estate in the Kilkenny countryside, through her lens. An architectural gem, Mount Juliet’s ancient elegance will transport you to another time.

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Carly Bechtel and Matt Sereni exchange vows high on a mountain overlooking their farm, and then descend to celebrate with friends and family at the reception next to the ring, surrounded by the horses in their paddocks.


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Lauren Fisher, Lindsay Brock, Duncan McFarland, Jennifer Ward, Equestrian Culture Magazine, Alexa Pessoa, Terri Roberson, Psy.D., Selena Frederick, Dorte Tuladhar, Emily Pollard, Carrie Wicks, Ph.D., Celeste Wilkins, Pam Maley, Samantha Hofherr, Lena Tito

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Danielle Demers

Pam Maley

Alexa Pessoa

A lifelong equestrian, Danielle Demers has always been inspired by horses. After graduating with a BFA in Painting, she worked to find a way to combine her passions for art, design, and the equestrian lifestyle. As member of the EqSol Creative team since 2013, her interests have been melded together more perfectly than she could have imagined.

An avid former foxhunter, Pam knows well that special bond between horse and rider. With her husband she was co-owner of Dunford Farm, a thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she was involved in every aspect of the horses’ lives. Her journey with horses continues as a member of the EqSol Team.

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. Her column for H&S charts her life as a mother to their daughter Sophia, as a rider, and as a wife to one of the world’s most high profile show jumpers.

Celeste Wilkins

Dorte Tuladhar

Emily Pollard

Terri Roberson, Psy.D.

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Celeste Wilkins now calls Dublin, Ireland home. Living in Europe has its perks, and with many beautiful horse shows close by, Celeste hung up her stirrups and picked up a camera to tell the story of the horses and riders at these wonderful venues.

Dedicated equestrian lifestyle photographer Dorte Tuladhar is based in Copenhagen, Denark. She works for many international brands around the world that have an equestrian focus as well as international equestrian lifestyle magazines. Dorte finds the visual and aesthetic lifestyle around horses fascinating, and works to capture the atmosphere in every horse and event she photographs.

Emily Pollard is a freelance writer and life long equestrian based in the Bay Area. She has worked in the equestrian industry for the majority of her life, working as a groom, assistant trainer, barn manager, and everything in between. She trained and competed her horse, Skyler Ace, to the FEI level. She now carefully balances her horse life with her husband and soon to be two kids.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Terri Roberson combines her passion for horses with her clinical work in equine-assisted psychotherapy. She currently sits on the board of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Over 25 years on the show circuit has given her an eye for equestrian style and provides constant inspiration for her frequent contributions to H&S.

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Lindsay Brock

Lauren Fisher

Selena Frederick

Jennifer Ward divides her time between Ottawa, Canada, and Wellington, FL. Having studied journalism with a post-grad degree in public relations, she has owned Starting Gate Communications Inc., one of the world’s largest equestrian sport PR companies, since 2001. She is also partner at Jump Media. Prior to starting her own business, Jennifer spent 5 years working in media relations with the Canadian Equestrian Team.

Lindsay Brock is a writer, photographer, and social media guru from Saugerties, NY. A Houghton College graduate, Lindsay studied Writing and Communications, while riding on the hunter/jumper and eventing teams. Lindsay is a full-time staffer at Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. When not at a horse show, behind a camera lens or ferverently Instagramming, you can find her astride her Zangersheide gelding, Justice Z.

Lauren Fisher is an equestrian writer and photographer based in Wellington, FL. A lifelong horse lover, Lauren grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Elon University in 2007 with a degree in corporate communications. Lauren has promoted many prominent organizations and major international events through her work at Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Photographer Selena Frederick of Gig Harbor, WA, owns and operates award-winning boutique photography company Cheval Photos. Cheval Photos has been published both nationally and internationally in sports and equestrian publications alike. Selena has an innate talent for capturing a moment that tells the story in equestrian sports, and has covered all three equestrian Olympic disciplines.

Jackie and Duncan McFarland own EqSol, a marketing solutions company. After spending a decade in Southern California, they moved to Lexington, Kentucky five years ago and are amazed how time flies. The EqSol Team has grown, now reaching from CA to ME, with new exciting projects knocking at the door.

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It's been just about three years since I’ve been in the show ring. However, over that time span, I have traveled to horse shows up and down the West Coast, created relationships with events from Spruce Meadows to Old Salem, and have even flown to Paris while pregnant with my youngest daughter Piper, to the decadent Saut Hermès show, all thanks to Horse & Style. So horse shows have taken on a whole new meaning for me. I am lucky that Horse & Style naturally allows me to spend time at many wonderful equestrian events with the people that have become my friends and family. It seems that every rider has that special venue that feels like home. For me it’s Sonoma Horse Park. I don’t make it from my car to the VIP berm without saying hello to at least 30 people, it’s the Cheers of horse shows for me; where “Everybody knows my name.” It's a nice feeling, even with my hopefully temporary hiatus from the show ring. In my role as Publisher and business owner, one trend I’ve noticed over the past few years is the highlight on the lifestyle surrounding the sport. The horse show social calendar has evolved quite a bit and can be as much of a part of the horse show as the classes. Much more than the spaghetti dinners I remember from my past, there are galas, fashion shows, cocktails on the berm, catered parties – a nice perk for riders, trainers and owners, as well as sponsors who come to experience the event. As a mother of two, my social calendar is often full of pre-school play dates, ballet classes and, of course, pony rides. So, being able to participate in the horse show glamour is a welcomed opportunity and a great way to be a part of the event. As one of the most well known names in equestrian chic, Kingsland is our Behind the Brand cover story. Coming from a desire to create comfortable and durable clothing, Kingsland has created a lifestyle brand for equestrians (pg. 58). Through the camera lens as well as in editorial, we also learned more about rising Canadian star Julia Tops (pg. 62). This year marks the 45th anniversary of The Menlo Charity Horse Show, one of the West Coast’s favorite equestrian traditions, not only for the spectacular show schedule, but the shopping and social events. One key reason why this boutique horse show is such a sparkling affair is the tireless volunteers. This devoted group put their hearts and souls into making Menlo a favorite for competitors while raising millions of dollars for charity (pg. 99).

Sarah Appel and Annie Appel, EVP of Marketing for the Bay Clubs, recently spent a wonderful evening at the Oyster Club Polo Tournament Preview Party, Photo by Drew Altizer An ideal equestrian escape in Ireland is the exquisite Mount Juliet; see more in our Destination piece (pg. 70). Here in the States, we welcome back the Longines LA Masters in early October. After an impressive inaugural event, we look forward to the tremendous transformation of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Magically and magnificently, they create an equestrian venue like those in Europe in the center of Los Angeles. An intimate yet international setting, top riders from around the world warm up in the paddock while spectators watch within a few feet. Another superb social event that raises money for great causes, the Longines LA Masters Charity Pro-Am class (pg. 54) is a glamorous yet fun event for all involved. The Horse & Style team anticipates having a presence at a host of incredible equestrian events over the next couple of months: the Giant Steps Charity Classic at Sonoma Horse Park, The 45th Menlo Charity Horse Show, HITS Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5*, The American Gold Cup, The New Albany Classic, Longines LA Masters – just to name a few but not all... From social media to behind-the-scenes stories, H&S brings the experience of the horse show life and style. I may not find myself back in the show ring for a bit, but I’ll definitely be dressed up and socializing with my friends at my favorite events, experiencing the life and style of the horse show.

We also travel to England and Ireland in this issue. Experience yet another horse show with an incredible history, Hickstead; author Celeste Wilkins truly captures the tradition in her article (pg. 46).

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Eduardo

Menezes Brazilian Eduardo Menezes could write the word 'cavalo' (horse in Portuguese) before he could write his own name. In love with the sport after his first jump, by the age of fourteen he told his parents he was going to be a rider, but didn't know much about having a career with horses. After finishing high school, Eduardo's parents decided to send him to Belgium to try riding full time. “They told me to try it for two years and if I loved it to keep pursuing it. If not, then I could come home.” Now an international grand prix competitor – at press time he was preparing to represent his country at the Pan American Games, Eduardo made the decision to turn professional after six months in Belgium. Early in his career, he spent years working and riding in Belgium, France and Mexico. Over a decade ago, he met his business partner Enrique Gonzalez, and now together they buy, sell, train and compete show jumpers as E2 Stables. After relocating from Mexico to Southern California in 2010, Eduardo and his wife Leticia had a son, Lucas, in July of 2013.

1. He is 6'3" (almost 1.95m) tall. 2. He's a night owl, not an early bird.

7. He loves living in the U.S., but what he likes most is the respect people have towards one another.

8. Before he enters the ring, he finds time alone, clears his

mind, and focuses. “When I'm in the ring, I try to imagine that it is just me and my horse enjoying what we love to do.”

3. Some of Eduardo's favorites: color – white (not blue!), band – Guns 'N Roses, song – "Faithfully", actor – Tom Hanks and actress – Meryl Streep.

9. He loves being a dad. “It is difficult to put into words, it

is by far the most wonderful experience and when you have the right partner, being a father gives a whole new meaning to life!”

4. If not a show jumper he would have gone to Law School and been a Judge (like his father).

5. Brazilian specialties, Dad's barbecue and mom's 'Pavê de

sonho de valsa ' (dessert), are his favorite foods but he also savors the flavor of a great ol' American burger.

6. Eduardo finds it difficult to point out just one thing he loves

about horses, but he feels that the trust a horse can have with the rider is truly amazing.

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Recommendations for those heading to Rio de Janiero in 2016, which has been a riding goal of Eduardo's since he knew the Games would be hosted there: "Don't miss Antiquarios, Porcão, and Oasis restaurants, the bars of Lapa and the Cristo Redentor!"

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“I have had many people who have helped me in this sport and influenced my career. Certainly my family and my wife have been big factors. But one person­– Kent Farrington – has probably been the most influential. Over the years he has been a good friend, a super coach, and a mentor to me. We first met as young kids. He had long hair, a quiet smirk and the unique character he still maintains – constantly making jokes and winning classes. Today Kent is one of the best riders in the world, an extremely smart business person and an honest advisor with experience and knowledge beyond his years. I tap into his encyclopedia all the time. He has gone above and beyond to help me on all levels – without obligation – which really sticks out to me. I’m grateful to have a person like Kent in my corner.” Brian Walker, Woodside Farm, Inc., Wellington, FL & Lexington, KY

[With a smile] “Well, who else would it be aside from George Morris? In 1984, he ‘discovered’ me in the Medal Finals. In 1985, I went to ride with him full time. In 1993, I went to work for Hunterdon full time, and in 2005, I started Chris Kappler, Inc. Four important things that stick with me from my years with George are: 1) Always make sure you’re thinking of the big picture, beyond the horse show ribbon, with both riders and horses, 2) Impeccable horse care is imperative, 3) It’s essential to maintain your own discipline, and 4) You must continuously learn how to deal with a multitude of situations with clients, associates, and horses. These are the principles and standards I strive to live up to every day.” Chris Kappler, Chris Kappler, Inc., Flemington, NJ

Every issue, a new question will be answered by hunter/ jumper professionals. Have a question you want answered? Send it to sarah@horseandstylemag.com

“I'd say Leslie Burr Howard; she was my base when I was a junior. I was fortunate enough to catch ride a lot as a junior, and that was also an influence, but I rode with Leslie from age 13 -18. And now I have to say my kids, Sophie and Ty, influence me in my career. They inspire me to impart everything I know, to make them the best they can be, not just in a career in horses but in life. They constantly teach and influence me.” Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, Simpson Show Jumping, Wellington, FL & Lexington, KY

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Riding Barranca begins as a quest to chronicle one year of trail rides but soon becomes a form of healing for author Laura Chester, who reconciles old memories that surface while out on her equine adventures. Throughout the story, the shifts between Laura’s painful family memories and the accounts of the time spent with her horses create an engaging story that immediately draws the reader in. I felt as if I was traveling with Laura as she described her rides through a variety of picturesque and sublime landscapes. What an escape! These accounts left me inspired and hungry for the next opportunity to travel. While Laura does a superb job of staging the scenes for her readers, the accompanying photographs of Laura and her horses by acclaimed photographer Donna Demari add another level of richness to the plot. Horse people are aware of the healing aspect of spending time with a beloved horse. It therefore comes as no surprise to many of us equestrian readers that Laura’s trail rides became a form of therapy by helping her to reconcile the difficult relationship she shared with her mother. I felt for her and applauded her brave decision to include the memories that cropped up alongside her journal entries. These emotionally charged accounts play so perfectly off the stories of Laura’s trail rides. Without them, Riding Barranca would be a one-dimensional and forgettable narrative recounting a seemingly perfect life in the saddle. Together, the sweet and the sour combine to create a relatable story that leaves the reader rooting for the author while reflecting on his/her own life.

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Newlands Wesley Newlands has been referred to as ‘Canada’s Best Kept Secret’. While the engaging 27-year-old hails from Toronto, many assume that she is American as she is based south of the border, training yearround with show jumping icons John and Beezie Madden. To help solve the national identity crisis, Wesley’s mother gave her a Toronto Blue Jays baseball hat to affiliate her with her hometown; Wesley often trades her helmet for the ball cap when she’s at a show or around the barn. Having studied fashion marketing at The Art Institute of Toronto, Wesley worked briefly in the fashion industry as a buyer until her demanding competition schedule forced her to choose one or the other. She still acts as a personal shopper for her family and friends, and her mother eagerly awaits Wesley’s visits home, as it means the closets get reorganized! Her visits to Toronto are becoming few and far between, however, as Wesley pursues an international show jumping career with her top grand prix mounts Lapacco, Wieminka B, and the most recent addition to her string, Evita van de Veldbalie. Horse & Style: Describe your riding (apparel) style: Wesley Newlands: I would describe my style as very classic. I prefer a crisp, clean-cut look favoring darker jackets, black or navy blue, with a white shirt.

H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? WN: I wear a Samshield helmet, SSG ‘Digital’ riding gloves, and Equiline breeches and show shirts. For jackets, I wear brands such as Gucci, Marigold and Equiline. The boots I wear are Parlanti.

H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? WN: I wear a necklace that my grandmother gave to me

which has my father’s name on one side and my name on the other. I never take it off! I am also very superstitious, so if I do well in a class, I will wear the same show jacket on the following days.

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漏 The Book LLC H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? WN: My favorite brand is Equiline. I find their clothing to be very

comfortable and breathable. Their apparel is form-fitting without being too tight, and it is very stylish and feminine. And as I have to be in a saddle all day, I love Devoucoux.

H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? WN: I love fashion and am a bit of a shopaholic, so I prefer a look that is fashionable and feminine. I would describe my style as boho chic, and I tend to favor dresses and skirts.

H&S: How do you handle high-pressure situations, for example right before you enter a big class? WN: I try to stay focused on the task at hand and stick to the plan that

business as a buyer with the hope that, in time, I will have my own store.

H&S: Who has been the most influential in your riding career? WN: I have been very fortunate to train with many talented trainers,

but John and Beezie Madden have really helped me to take my riding to the next level. For that reason, they have been the most influential in my riding career. It is not only incredible, but also a privilege to be able to train and learn from the best in the sport. I am inspired by how Beezie is always focused and determined when she enters the ring. There are many ups and downs in this sport, and Beezie and John have taught me that you must always keep fighting to persevere.

I have created with my trainers, John and Beezie Madden.

Also my family, especially my mother, Barb, has always encouraged and supported me both inside and outside the ring.

H&S: What are your riding goals? WN: My goals are to be the best rider that I can be and to get to the

H&S: What's the one thing you never go in the ring without? WN: I never go in the ring without my mentality that I am there

highest level of the sport, which will hopefully earn me a red jacket one day. I have two young horses, and to be able to develop and bring them along to be jumping at the highest level one day, will be a huge accomplishment for me as well.

H&S: What are your career goals? WN: Fashion being my other love, I hope to work in the fashion

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Opposite: Wesley Newlands with her veteran grand prix mount, Lapacco, and her Pomeranian, Kanye. Above: Wesley Newlands is contesting the FEI ranks with her newest grand prix partner, Evita van de Veldbalie.

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Gold in 2009, as well as Team and Individual Bronze in 2010. As college graduates, both women, having transitioned to show jumping, have been on winning U.S. Nations’ Cup teams, Goutal in Buenos Aires in 2006, and Springsteen in Dublin in 2012. Also in 2012, Goutal was on the long list, and Springsteen was an alternate, for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Only two years apart in age, these rising stars have taken an amazingly parallel upward trajectory. Goutal was born in 1988, and Springsteen in 1990. Both graduated from high-powered academic institutions, striking the difficult balance between their studies, and riding and showing. Goutal graduated Brown University in 2012, and Springsteen graduated Duke University in 2014.

The USET Maxine Beard award is presented each year to a developing show jumper that has achieved an excellent competitive record, and who shows great potential to represent the United States in international competition. Goutal was the recipient in 2007, and Springsteen in 2014.

Throughout their junior years they concentrated on equitation, both achieving notable success. In 2004, Goutal became the first rider ever to win all four major equitation finals: the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East, the Washington International Equitation Classic Finals, the USEF/Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Finals, and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship. In her early equitation years, Springsteen won the Washington International Pony Equitation Classic Finals. As a junior, she won the 2008 ASPCA Maclay National Championship and in 2009 she won the George H. Morris Excellence in Equitation Championship. Both power females made a successful transition to show jumping. Goutal won Team Gold at NAJYRC in 2005 and 2006, as well as Individual Gold in 2005. Springsteen earned a Team

And then there’s the Gold Cup. With increased prize money and more FEI classes, in 2015 this jewel in the American Show Jumping crown will take its place as the second of the seven East Coast events on the new North American League. One thing is certain: it will be hotly contested among an entire cast of world-class competitors, as the men and women all vie for top prize money, FEI World Ranking points and valuable points towards an invitation to the 2016 FEI Longines World Cup Final in Goteburg, Sweden. Truly, the American Gold Cup 2015 and Old Salem Farm will showcase this sport, unsurpassed in its beauty and one of the few in which men and women compete equally, with style and elegance. And the Show Jumping world will be watching closely to see who, in the close-knit community of international equestrians, raises the Cup.

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cademia and horse shows do not always coexist harmoniously. Being on the show circuit can often mean days, or even weeks, out of the classroom. Whether you are a parent who works in this industry and has school age children, or a high school student trying to balance your last junior rider year with college applications, the struggle is real. Our family is currently experiencing a particularly complex situation, as we divide our year between two different continents. We spend the first part of the year in Florida for the Winter Equestrian Festival, and then the remainder in Brussels, Belgium. Our daughter currently divides her school year between one Montessori pre-school in Florida and another in Belgium. But as she gets older and approaches elementary school, we are trying to decide where we will make her home base for the school year. As much as we love living in the States for the time that we are there, the truth is that for the horses and what we do, living in Europe offers more opportunities. The quality and even quantity

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of European horse shows truly is tremendous. Of course, I miss certain conveniences of being in the U.S., but the benefits of being here in the middle of such magnificent horse country are hard to give up. We have looked into several international schools for Sophia to attend when the time comes, but the truth is that we don’t want her to have to divide her school year as she gets older, and begins to develop more friends and school connections. She shouldn’t have to suffer because of our life choices or profession. This seems to be less of an issue for West Coast professionals, where shows are fairly close together and don’t seem to require as much time away from home. Even the winter circuit in Thermal is only a few hours’ drive for many California trainers. The East Coast already presents more obstacles. There’s a growing trend of putting down roots in South Florida in order to keep kids in school during the winter months. But that can still mean that parents need to travel throughout the rest of the year in order to keep their businesses prosperous.


Lately, I have seen more and more stunning examples of student riders successfully balancing school and sport. There are so many ways that students can stay in touch with their schools and teachers nowadays that the gap seems to be closing. With the help of tutoring services that travel with the students to various shows, staying on top of the workload is feasible. Just recently, Los Angeles native Lucy Davis graduated from Stanford and won the Grand Prix of Rotterdam the very next week. What an incredible example of being able to make it all work!

Being on the show circuit can often mean days, or even weeks, out of the classroom. Whether you are a parent who works in this industry and has school age children, or a high school student trying to balance

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Talla Native Californian Molly Warmington Talla is the definition of a devoted equestrian. She has never taken more than a six month break from riding since age five, and she is now a mother of three. Plus Talla has been working with the same trainer, Ginnie Bryant, since her very first up-down lesson. Riding is definitely a family affair. Talla grew up on horses with her sisters; her oldest sister Julie still rides, her mother rides dressage, her son and niece also compete. Over the years, Talla has balanced her time and talent between two disciplines – show jumping and eventing. In 1999 she won Gold in eventing at the North American Young Rider Championships. In 2002 she was chosen as the recipient of the USET Foundation's Maxine Beard Award. Plus she has placed and won several grand prix classes throughout California, as far back as 2001 when, as a senior in college, she won the Bakersfield Grand Prix with Mr. Pacific; and as recently as 2015 when, as a mother of three, she led the victory gallop for the $40,000 Blenheim Spring I Classic Grand Prix aboard Java Keltic Courage. Balance is a keyword in Talla's life. She finds time to ride and compete but first and foremost is mom to Declan, Russell and Victoria. Horse & Style caught up with Talla earlier this summer. She was on her way to an event at Galway Downs with her son Declan, and her young horse, Complete Luck.

Horse & Style: Where did you grow up and where do you live now? Molly Tala: I grew up in Newport Beach, went to college at UCSD and now live in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

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H&S: When did you first get on a horse? MT: When I was five, my parents bought a small four acre farm in

Rancho Santa Fe that had horses. My older sister started to ride, but I was the littlest, the youngest of four. I kept asking when it was my turn until finally I got to get on!

H&S: When did you start taking riding lessons with Eventer Ginnie Bryant? MT: My parents were introduced to Ginnie in 1983 when my older

sister started riding. I was allowed to start a couple of years later. And I've ridden with Ginnie ever since, both for eventing and show jumping. Over thirty years!

H&S: And once you started you never stopped? MT: That's true! I've kept riding through my entire existence. In

college at UCSD, I would come up to ride a couple of times per week. During my pregnancies I rode up until the end. The longest break I've taken was with my last child, I took six months off.

H&S: You have been successful many times over the years, what is your most memorable win? MT: In 1999, I won a Gold at Young Riders in Eventing, which

was quite fun. I went on my sister’s horses, we worked hard and the competition was tough. That was very memorable. In 2006, I won the big grand prix class at Del Mar on Cameron Hills Shanroe, and I was pregnant at the time. I had never won anything that big before, that was cool.

H&S: You've been competing for many years. What's your favorite horse show? MT: It's switched over the years. I love going to Thunderbird. They put on a beautiful horse show and are very family-oriented. They have a park area that is great for the kids. Every year they improve, and they are happy you are there. They make it fun. Spruce is also wonderful but it is harder for me to get there.

We do have great shows close to home, and that is really nice for me because I can keep up with ‘regular life’ and still show. I love Blenheim, especially in San Juan Capistrano. I can be a mom and compete in a grand prix. It is super convenient for me, and is also a beautiful facility.

H&S: Can you tell us about offering Richard Spooner the ride on Cameron Hills Shanroe at the 2006 FEI World Cup Finals in Kuala Lumpur? MT: Yes, I was pregnant with my oldest, Declan, that year. Early on

in my pregnancy, I won two grand prix classes. ‘Cash’ was going so well but in April I would’ve been four months pregnant, and we didn’t think it was a good idea for me to go and compete at that level in Malaysia. Richard didn’t have a horse, so the horse's owner, Tim Calandra, thought we could try putting Richard on Cash. Richard rode him in one qualifier and it all went from there. Tim, Ginnie, Richard and Cash all went off to Malaysia. He did well riding a horse in an international event that he’d only ridden a handful of times, finishing in the top 20. Everyone was happy.

H&S: Can you tell us about the horses you have now? MT: Complete Luck is a seven-year-old Irish gelding. I've had him about a year and a half, he’s athletic, with a lovely mind and is wiling to do anything. He is showing at 1.35m and eventing.

Gobi Van De Roshoeve is an eight-year-old Belgian mare. I show her in the Low Amateurs, she is a little but fierce competitor, fun and always ready to go. Java Keltic Courage is a twelve-year-old Irish horse that I've had since 2008. He’s a good ol' Irish boy. He does whatever works at the time. I can get on him and ride around with my daughter Victoria. And then we just won a grand prix in the Spring. It's been a long time since I've won a grand prix! When I have all my ducks in a row he’s available to go do something like that.

H&S: Can you tell us a bit about your husband and kids? Do any of them ride? MT: My husband Mark used to event and did some show jumping.

After we had our second child, he was ready to take on something new. Now he's gotten into motorsports, off-road racing. He liked riding and competed in some advanced level events, but he rarely rides now. Our oldest son is Declan, he's going to be nine this year. He events and competes in the Beginner Novice division on his pony Moonlight Dancer. He’s done about six events and also shows in the .70m jumper classes at some horse shows.

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Our middle son Russell is seven. He doesn’t want any part of horses, he does karate. He started nine months ago and is already an orange belt. He is very serious about it and and wants to be a black belt by the time he’s 13. I don’t know if that is possible but he thinks so! Our youngest is Victoria. She is two and loves the horses. She is not scared and wants to be on all the time. She likes to ride Declan's pony Dancer, and doesn't want to get off once she's on! She’s an animal person, but it's too soon to know if she'll be a rider.

H&S: How are you able to juggle the kids, riding and competing? MT: I love riding but the kids come first. I try to ride

four or five times per week. First, I drop my kids off at school, I finish riding by lunch and then I’m a mom for the rest of the day. Some days I can only give 50% to my ride. That is the way it will be for the next 15 years. I love competing and fit it in the best I can. My three horses are very good and happy to do whatever – they go with my flow which isn’t always consistent. I’ve competed a lot over the years, so when it works and everything comes together that can happen. We went to Colorado for two weeks to show this summer, that was fun. I take it as it comes right now. I'll do more grand prix classes when the time is right. I keep my goals fluid. I am happy to have three great horses and three great kids!

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The expansive showgrounds are a veritable showjumping dream. Four large jumping rings sit behind the International Arena, with several other schooling areas and warm-up rings adjacent. There’s a shopping village with everything from artisan food to equestrian essentials. Add bouncy slides plus children’s games, and entertainment is available for the whole family. The International Arena is flanked by grandstands and a glamorous Member’s Enclosure, complete with Champagne bar. Spectators come dressed in their finest, to sit beside the rings and watch the action. The big grass International Arena is famous for its natural features, including the massive 3m (9.8 feet) tall Derby Bank and the Devil’s Dyke, a sunken combination of three rather fragile looking verticals set at a one stride distance, with a water tray under the middle obstacle. Poles are wide and heavy, but don’t be deceived – planks and gates are set on flat cups and tumble with the slightest touch. Still a traditional showground, many of the jumps are exactly the same as they were decades ago.

Public course walk for the Equestrian.com Derby.

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Derby winners Trevor Breen and Loughnatousa WB lead the victory gallop. Second place finishers Harriet Nuttall and A Touch Imperious (right). Clockwise from top: 1. The facility offers plenty of places to ride. 2. Linda Starkman and her corgi Buddy. 3. Entrance to the park. 4. Park Manager Chet Voss (center) and sons Warren and Ben Voss (lt to rt). august/september 路

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This page, clockwise from left: Harriet Nuttall and A Touch Imperious scale down the Derby Bank; Dermott Lennon and Vampire; Rebecca Lock and Brickell Mr Pickwick took top honors in the Coloured Horse Ridden Championship; Celebrity Scurry For many, riding in the International Arena at Hickstead is an earned privilege – riders must qualify by placing in classes held in smaller outside arenas. And when there are over 200 riders in some of these qualifying classes, placing within the top 10 is no easy feat. HICKSTEAD LEGENDS This is a showground where legends are made. Days are long: classes start at 8:30 in the morning to get through the massive number of entries, and keep going, sometimes until after 5pm. After the jumping is done, the horses hosed down and put away, riders and grooms mingle in the Polo Bar overlooking the warm-up arena or the classy Champagne bar overlooking the International Arena. Food and conversation abound over a few pints and as the night goes on, the party progresses to the infamous Castle Pub across the lane from the show. It’s a traditional English pub with a Chinese restaurant in the back. Spectacular photos of riders grace the wood-panelled walls and autographs from famous riders are scrawled above the bar. The party spills out into the beer garden most nights and there’s always a friendly face to be found. Riders discuss the latest gossip, grooms whine about their high-maintenance horses and breeders boast about the success of their progeny.

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Due to its rural nature, most riders and grooms opt to stay in their horsebox on the showgrounds. There are a few quaint hotels scattered around the area, but they are booked well in advance. In Europe, most horseboxes have spacious living quarters with everything needed for a week at the show. If not, the balmy lateJune weather is perfect for camping. As most riders stay onsite, it gives the showgrounds a special buzz – it’s a horsey festival where riders of all levels mix and mingle. Some Hickstead stories have stood the test of time. Older riders will recall the time that one well-known horse dealer jumped his horse into the crowded bar area one night, or when Harvey Smith famously held up two fingers as a sign of defiance after victory in the 1971 Hickstead Derby. Smith was so confident of a repeat victory with Mattie Brown that he didn’t bother bringing the trophy back, much to the chagrin of Hickstead owner, Douglas Bunn, who doubted he could pull off a double. When he succeeded, he lifted two fingers to Bunn and the judges – a sign he claimed meant ‘victory’ but was controversially interpreted to mean otherwise. And for every story of mischief, there’s a heartwarming story of a horse and rider combination defying the odds and finding success.


This page, clockwise from left: Derek McCoppin and Rolo Tomasi navigate the Devil's Dyke; Ellen Whitaker and her mount, Le Beau, parting ways on the Irish Bank; Lillie Keenan and Super Sox; Hickstead Derby Trophy S A T U R D AY A T H I C K S T E A D Weekends at Hickstead are a special time, and many families make it a tradition. The English weather can be temperamental at the best of times, but this year the sun shined for the duration of the show, making the experience that much more enjoyable. Saturday’s feature class is the British Speed Derby, a class against the clock with four seconds added for each fault. It’s a typical Derby class with a mix of traditional verticals and oxers, with some of the permanent fixtures in the International Arena. Riders start over the stone wall and face the challenges of the road jump, a table-top style jump with hedges on either side so horses have only one option but to jump, the less-steep side of the Derby bank, hedges and the formidable Irish Bank. Standing at over four feet tall, the Irish Bank is too big to be jumped, rather, horses scramble over the top. Some horses take it in their stride, gracefully hopping up onto the top and over, while others claw their way over, leaving deep tracks in the grass. This year’s Speed Derby saw two riders come unstuck at the Irish Bank – Ellen Whitaker, of the Whitaker showjumping dynasty, and Dutch rider Johnny Pals. Both horses and riders walked off unscathed, though undoubtably sore.

Experience ultimately paid dividends for Guy Williams and Casper De Muze, previous winners of the class in 2014. Going second to last, the pair made the tricky course look easy, posting a recordbreaking clear round – the fastest time in the history of the class – just edging young British rider Harriet Nuttall out of the top spot. Luck may have been on his side – in 2010, Guy won the Derby on Skip Two Ramiro, a feat he said was partly in thanks to his wife, who celebrating her birthday that day, wished that ‘Skippy’ would pull off the win. This year, as luck would have it, his wife’s birthday fell on the same day as the Speed Derby once again. D E R B Y D AY The sun dawned on another gorgeous day on Sunday for the Equestrian.com Derby. The feature class is the focus of the day – riders walk the course at 10:15 in the morning, and the public join in at 10:30. While the public and riders mingle on the course, striding out distances and taking photos next to the massive jumps, the Romford Band of the Royal British Legion march, playing familiar band tunes. Once the course is cleared, there’s the Hickstead Under 25 Masters, a 1.5m class for young riders. This year it was won by Britain’s Emma Stoker and Townhead Tallulah

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V, with American rider Lillie Keenan and Mercury finishing in seventh place. Championships for showing classes enter the arena next. Showing is a popular discipline, which involves judged classes for different types of horses and ponies. Piebalds and other ‘coloured’ horses are judged on their conformation and style in the Coloured Horse Ridden Championship. The gorgeous Brickell Mr Pickwick, ridden by Rebecca Lock took top honors, feathers and mane flowing on their lap of honor. Retired racehorses had their chance to shine in the International Arena, having qualified through classes in the smaller outside rings earlier on. Sidesaddle riders canter around the arena, bringing a certain flair to the afternoon’s proceedings. Some showing classes involve a ride judge, who will sit on each horse, putting them through their paces, to decide the winner. Conformation is examined with tack stripped off while horses are lined up in the middle of the arena. Coats are buffed and quarter marks are painstakingly applied to highlight the horse at their best. And if it all goes well, there’s a chance to join the lap of honor in the International Arena. After the excitement of the Celebrity Scurry class, where top showjumping riders climb onto the back of a two-horse scurry carriage throwing their weight around to go fast and clear, the Derby commences. It takes precision, skill and experience to notch a win in the Derby, and there’s a bit of luck involved, too. Clear rounds in the Derby are so rare, that there’s a list of honor for horses who achieve the almost impossible. Even more rare is a repeat win. Showjumping legends Eddie Macken, Michael and John Whitaker and Harvey Smith are the only riders to win the Derby four times. The Derby Bank can be the undoing for some horses and riders, and the precarious white rails two strides later can fall easily. Irish rider Trevor Breen won in 2014 with the one-eyed Adventure de Kannan, but this year with eight faults, ‘Addy’ fell out of contention. It was an early clear by Trevor and 2012’s winning horse, Loughnatousa WB, that clinched the win. The Irish-bred gelding was ridden by fellow Irishman Paul Beecher when he won in 2012, and it was a proud moment for owner Patricia Brown to see the horse gain the only clear round for a second win. Admittedly, after all of the excitement of the Derby weekend, it’s a bit sad to leave Hickstead. But the Derby Meeting is just the start of an exciting summer of international jumping. And with the addition of live streaming for the shows this season, and hopefully into next, the world can experience the magic of this gorgeous horse show. However, the thrill of seeing Hickstead live should be on any show jumping fan's bucket list.

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Frivolity for a Good Cause LA MASTERS CHARITY PRO-AM

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here can you see a lively, funny, and playful Charity Pro-Am event one night, and the heart-stopping thrill of a CSI5* show jumping competition the next? These two events will come together once again at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, October 1st - 4th. The only American stop on the Longines Masters Series, the 2014 LA Masters had a resoundingly successful launch.

last year they raised $35,000 per team, underscoring the ‘Charity’ part in the class title. As to the ‘Competition’ part, the obstacles are 1.10m (3'6") for the amateurs, 1.30m (4'3") for the professionals; and the teams are judged according to rules of show jumping. The ‘Style’ component of the event is judged by a jury of international personalities on the quality of the costumes, the music and the choreography.

The Charity Pro-Am competition was one of the most talked-about events of the week, and doubtless will be again this year. Some of the world’s best riders are teamed with an amateur rider (last year there were eleven teams). Notably, many of these amateurs are celebrities from the worlds of show business, movies, television, and business.

2014 saw Batman villians Laura Kraut (Catwoman) and Hannah Selleck (Poison Ivy) riding for JustWorld. Surfer dudes Will Simpson and Hannah Von Heidegger entered the ring carrying their boards, and Will balanced his on an oxer and climbed aboard for Compton Junior Posse. Jessica Springsteen and Hilary McNerny ‘peaced out’ for Amade Mondiale; Alex Crown and Kent Farrington were Ninja Turtles for Autism Speaks; and Jane Richards Phillips and Tiffany Sullivan got in touch with their inner Las Vegas showgirls, to name just a few.

All the riders swap their riding gear for creative and far-fetched costumes, turning their sporting performance into an entertaining show. Longines, synonymous with elegance, provides a glamorous atmosphere, as the stars are welcomed on the famous Red Carpet, one of the trademarks of the Longines Masters. Each team competes to raise money for a charity of their choice, and

At press time, this year’s Charity partners were still being finalized. Nonetheless we are certain to see another evening of creative frivolity in Los Angeles in early October, for the benefit of worthy causes and the delight of show jumping fans. Above: Hannah Selleck | All Photos © Longines Masters

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KINGSLAND Lin Kingsrød sat on the sideline of the International Arena in Wellington this past March and watched as her once modest line of equestrian-inspired clothing continued to grow on a global scale. Notably it was eighteen years ago when a preliminary business plan among friends grew into what is now Kingsland Equestrian.

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est known for stylish logo patches on classic sweaters and breeches, iconic bomber jackets and even the occasional bikini, Kingsrød’s clothing sensation sprang from a simple effort to improve her own comfort while in the tack. A rider since the age of seven, Kingsrød grew up in a small town outside Oslo, Norway. She and her twin sister got their first pony at age 12, which they shared for a year before each having one of their own. From that first pony, Kingsrød went on to compete throughout Norway, Belgium, Poland and Switzerland before making an appearance at the European Championships as a 15-year-old pony rider.

Hong Kong about what she wanted, they told her that she had to make a minimum 600 of each model – 1,200 in total. A big shift from the cardboard box era, “That jacket was my dream, but I didn't know how we were going to sell all that merchandise,” she said. Even today, she isn't sure how she sold that initial run of 1,200 jackets. A credit to her foresight, Kingsrød wisely chose to develop a line that the market embraced. A strong symbol of Kingsland quality, the bomber jacket, still available today, exploded on the market fifteen years ago, escalating the brand to a new level. WEARS WELL AND LOOKS GREAT

One thing remains steadfast with the Kingsland line; this is workwear. A lawyer by trade, she met her Whether it's white, pink, classic husband, Norwegian rider Dag or fashion-forward, it's worn by Ove Kingsrød, at age 22. Once she Kingsland founder, Lin Kingsrød (middle), and Gianluca Caron (left), the equestrians that encounter dirt, completed her studies, the couple brand's Manager for North and South America. Photo © Lindsay Brock wind, rain and sun on a daily basis. moved to Germany to follow her Holding true to this motto, seventy percent of each collection husband’s riding schedule. While starting a family, Kingsrød helped consists of the classical Kingsland look, while thirty percent is in the stables, but she stayed on the ground while pregnant with her geared towards fashion trends. first of three children. The Kingsland seed was planted at this time. “I was approached by a Norwegian friend who was living in Hong Kong with close ties to the textile industry; she asked if I wanted to start something up with her,” explained Kingsrod. “It was then that I had the idea to start doing something with clothing.” THE CARDBOARD BOX ERA Inspired by fashion and function, Kingsland's humble beginnings included a storage facility in Kingsrød's home and cardboard boxes of merchandise in her trunk, as she embarked on a line with a few pieces focused on fit, comfort and quality. “I went to a fair in Germany, rented a space and built a stand,” said Kingsrød. “Then I met a tack shop owner in Spain and asked if he would look at the boxes I had. The next day he sold out, so I gave him more boxes and we went from there.” Traveling from horse show to trade show, Kingsrød began to make a name for herself in equine fashion. “I sold out of those boxes one item at the time,” she said. “I designed, packed, talked, hauled, travelled, pushed and prayed. Soon, some of the big riding names discovered that I actually carried something new and better.” After three years the cardboard box era led to something bigger. T H E E X P LO S I V E B O M B E R J A C K E T While Kingsrød started successfully with a few styles of breeches, shirts and tall socks, the game changer was her leap of faith with the Kingsland bomber jacket. Kingsrød admits that she didn't have a clue how much work went into making a jacket. When she approached her manufacturer in

Kingsrød submits each garment to heavy testing before manufacturing to ensure it can live up to both the Kingsland standard and the equestrian lifestyle. “We test everything. We get some samples, test them, make changes and send them back,” she said. “The clothes we make are for work and it's important to remember that when creating competition wear.” EMBRACING NORTH AMERICA Kingsland has a strong grip on European buyers with sponsored riders, including the likes of show jumpers Marcus Ehning, Beat Mändli, as well as dressage royalty Charlotte Dujardin, flying the Kingsland flag. So expansion into North America was a natural progression for Kingsrød’s plan. Signing U.S. Olympian Reed Kessler at the end of 2013 was a start. The young phenom wears Kingsland while competing all over the world. The next step was establishing a North American headquarters in Wellington, FL. Partnering with retailers, and taking on the title sponsorship of the CSIO Wellington FEI Nations Cup this past winter, Kingsland began advancing their U.S. presence and sponsorships. The strategy included recognizing up-and-coming riders who would take Kingsland along as they continued to rise to the pinnacle of their sport. Choosing Canadian cover model Julia Tops, and upand-coming show jumpers Sophie Simpson and Spencer Smith, as well as break-out dressage rider Laura Graves, illustrates the rise of both the brand and the athletes. “We always wanted to experience this market, and to partner with young riders who can increase our awareness is a good thing,” said Kingsrød. “It's not that different [from Europe]. These riders like classic clothes. It would be nice to come back in a few years and see everyone at all levels wearing the clothing.”

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COMFORT ZONE Since 1999, Kingsland has grown to 40 employees with offices in Norway, Denmark, China and the United States. The company releases 400 new styles in each of its seasonal collections, and is sold through more than 1,000 stores worldwide; however, Kingsrød always looks for ways to improve the product. She admits that she's happy if, at the end of a long day at the barn or show, people don't want to take their riding clothes off. “Riders buy what they like and what they are comfortable in,” she said. “I hope the riders respond to our attention to comfort and quality.”

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The market for both classic riding apparel as well as fashionable barn wear has changed in the the almost two decades since Kingsland hit the scene, but Kingsrød couldn't be happier that she made the leap all those years ago. She still can’t believe how an idea to make more comfortable clothes has evolved from the trunk of her car into the Kingsland empire of today.

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Julia Tops

Gaining Notoriety in Kingsland

Julia Tops loves Netflix. She is a self-proclaimed excellent parallel parker. And the up-and-coming young equestrian also loves rescuing animals – she has eight dogs, two cats, two sheep, two birds and a chinchilla. How could you not love this girl? Tops has strong show jumping lineage. Her father, Jan Tops, is the Founder and President of the Longines Global Champions Tour and an Olympic Team Gold medalist for The Netherlands. Her mother, Tani Ziedler, is an international show jumper and a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team. Born in Lucerne, Switzerland, Tops now lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she rides at her mother’s Ziedler Farm and grew up competing at Spruce Meadows. At just 17 years of age, she has already made a name for herself in the ranks of international show jumping. “My mom used to put me in the little baby björn in front of her and hack around, so I guess I have been riding my whole life,” Tops explained. “It was kind of in my blood to go down this road, but I have also always loved animals and horses. It has been my passion just as much as my family’s.” As a rising young star, Tops has had the benefit of working with many wellknown riders and trainers. Her list of tutors includes Lauren Hough, Missy Clark and John Brennan, Bobbie Reber, Eddie Macken, Susie Schroer, Dick Carvin and Francie Steinwedell-Carvin. “I never really trained with either of my parents; they wanted me to learn from a lot of different people,” Tops noted. “Actually, I think one of the most valuable things in my riding thus far is that I have never really had a consistent trainer. I just keep learning new things from many trainers, which has been really beneficial for me.” Among her greatest achievements, Tops was the youngest-ever winner of the CET Medal Western Regional Final in Vancouver, BC, at 13 years of age. That same year, she also competed in her first grand prix in British Columbia. Tops has represented Canada on the junior team at the North American Junior/ Young Rider Championships and has shown and placed at various locations on the Global Champions Tour.

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Currently competing in the High Junior Jumpers as well as the 1.40m and 1.45m classes, Tops is also looking for a new horse to step up to the grand prix level. A few of her present mounts include Castillio (a 14-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding), India Blue ZF (a homebred nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare), and Lady Margaret ZF (a homebred six-yearold Holsteiner mare).

philanthropic work are not enough, Tops is also the first junior rider in North America to be sponsored by leading equestrian apparel company, Kingsland Equestrian. Having entered into a partnership agreement in 2014, she now competes from head to toe in Kingsland fashion and proudly represents the brand. Tops took matters into her own hands to secure the Kingsland sponsorship. She sent the company her resume and asked if they had room for a new addition. At first the answer was no, but one week later Kingsland’s Founder and Owner, Lin Kingsrød, replied to Tops herself with good news.

As any young rider, Tops has her idols in the sport and tries to learn something from all of the leading competitors. “There are so many great riders,” she admitted. “As a Canadian, I admire Eric Lamaze – his ability to just give his all, every time he steps in the ring, and his sheer passion and commitment to any decision that he makes. He does not look at how anyone else rides. He just has his own plan, and he really commits to that, and that is something I really value. I look up to having that kind of absolute commitment in all decisions.” While excelling in the sport of show jumping, Tops has always stayed focused on her scholastic accomplishments. She recently graduated as a First Class Honors student from Calgary's Strathcona Tweedsmuir School, where she was involved in the Model United Nations program and traveled to conferences around the world. Set to attend the University of Toronto in September, Tops was accepted into a competitive 20-person program to study International Relations with a minor in Political Science. “I want to go to Law School, but then I can always do something with my degree if I decide not to,” Tops detailed. “My dream is to work for the United Nations one day.” She also gives back to the community by volunteering at her local food bank and also by being a Rider Ambassador for JustWorld International. If show jumping talent, impressive scholastic accolades or inspiring

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If show jumping talent, impressive scholastic accolades or inspiring philanthropic work are not enough, Tops is also the first junior rider in North America to be sponsored by leading equestrian apparel company, Kingsland Equestrian. Having entered into a partnership agreement in 2014, she now competes from head to toe in Kingsland fashion and proudly represents the brand.

“I love Kingsland and I knew it was a company that I would be honored to represent,” Tops explained. “When they originally replied to me and said that they did not have a spot for me, I thought, ‘Okay, at least I put myself out there.’ Then Lin emailed me and said they had created a spot for me because I was so passionate about it and took the initiative to email them and seek it out. I was thrilled. I cannot say enough good things about that company and their products.” In her riding, Tops hopes to turn professional and go on to represent Canada in championship competition one day. At the moment, she is still managing school and riding as well as upholding her other obligations. “I think Kingsland has really good family values,” Tops said. “Kingsland itself is such a close, tight-knit family. They value the idea of balance, which is something I feel strongly about as well, with school and riding, and personal life.” For now, Tops is committed to moving up the equestrian ranks and furthering her education. After competing at the Spruce Meadows Summer Series through June and July, she will compete in Europe until she returns for the start of her freshman year in Toronto.

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INTRODUCING DORTE Dorte Tuladhar is a dedicated equestrian lifestyle photographer based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work has appeared in many international brands, as well as in equestrian lifestyle magazines. “I’m really fascinated with the whole lifestyle around horses – fascinated in a visual and aesthetic way. The atmosphere surrounding this niche creates so many things that are photogenic. Every stable, every horse, every event has something different to offer. Whether it’s show jumping, horse racing, polo, dressage, a portrait of a rider, or a luxury equestrian castle hotel, it’s exciting

for me to capture and portray what makes each place or event unique.” For more information see: www.equinephotography.dk LUXURY IN THE KILKENNY COUNTRYSIDE When you step onto the property of Mount Juliet, there is no doubt that you are in luxurious surroundings. As you look over the lush, elegantly maintained fields and the beautiful, hilly countryside, you might see a helicopter landing to bring guests. Bordering the hotel itself are lovely well-kept gardens with small nooks and bridges ideal for romantic hideaways.

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Horse lovers can delight in being close to horses at all times during a stay at the hotel. You can visit them in the fields or at the Stud, or just enjoy them from the terrace windows.

Opposite page, clockwise from top left: 1. Race-horses tied to a picket in advance of race day. 2. Traditional Boots and Stirrups. Metal stirrups are sometimes hundred of years old, heirlooms which are passed from generation to generation. 3. Traditional materials are often used to make ad hoc places hitching rails. 4. Some fancy stirrups are worth hundreds of dollars. 4. Sunset on racehorses, tied to Mongolia hitching posts. 5. Jockeys mounted like royalty

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The country estate is an architectural gem, with an impressive entrance hall that pays tribute to its 18th century craftsmanship. Here the original features are complemented by a large mural, which celebrates the equine tradition and heritage of the estate and the surrounding countryside, with views of the River Nore and the paddocks of Ballylinch Stud. A visit to the Stud is definitely a must-do. Horse lovers can delight in being close to horses at all times during a stay at the hotel. You can visit them in the fields or at the Stud, or just enjoy them from the terrace windows. There is always the option of a ride, which is the best way to explore the forest and the beautiful grounds; and there are plenty of challenging fences if you’re so inclined. Or there is always the option of exploring on foot. Home to the WGC American Express Championship in 2002 and again in 2004, Mount Juliet boasts a first-class Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that would appeal to any golfer, in surroundings that provide an extraordinary place to practice! My stay was in the autumn of 2014, at the beginning of October, for three nights. The colors of the leaves were stunning, and the days

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were a mix of sun and a little light rain now and then. You never know when it might rain, but you can be sure that it won’t last long. Mount Juliet has accommodations to suit every type of guest. For couples, the castle is the ideal place to stay, but nearby are the luxury Rose Garden Lodges which are perfect if you’re traveling with children as I was. For my children, the indoor heated pool was a favorite place to be. Whether you are a horse-lover, a golfer, a family looking for a quiet getaway, or a couple seeking a romantic stay, you can find it as the ancient elegance of Mount Juliet transports you to another time and place. F O R M O R E I N F O R M AT I O N O R T O P L A N Y O U R G E T AWAY : MountJuliet.ie/equestrian/equestrian-cross-country.php MountJuliet.ie/equestrian/equestrian-facilities.php MountJuliet.ie/accommodation/mount-juliet-house.php


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dmired as the centerpiece of a prestigious equestrian community, Aleron Training Stables is fulfilling the Pacific Northwest’s need for world-class training and high-quality horse care. Set against tall, lush evergreens and a meticulously manicured landscape, this dreamy facility is home to up-and-coming hunter/jumper rider and trainer Alexis Taylor-Silvernale. Attracted to the aesthetics, solid construction, attention to detail and location, location, location, in the fall of 2014, Silvernale jumped at the chance to purchase the former KGF Equestrian facility and make it home for her new business. Deemed an urban oasis, Aleron’s ideal location makes it one of the most upscale equestrian facilities in the state, if not the region. Surrounded by homes built on one of Seattle’s “Street of Dreams”, the facility is nestled among unique, one-of-a-kind residences with million dollar price tags, and has a private entrance to Bridle Trails State Park, which offers 28 miles of groomed trails over its 518 acres of park land. This heaven for horses is close to the lovely Lake Washington, only 15 minutes from the heart of Seattle and 20 minutes from the airport. Built with distinct details, the facility is equipped for year-round activity. The indoor arena has

gale shields that keep birds, cold wind gusts and dust out; as well as radiant heated benches to help spectators stay warm during the colder, wetter months. Silvernale and her staff are dedicated to offering a superb training program and impeccable care, and it shows. With a full show schedule, Aleron clients also benefit from clinicians coming to the facility. Silvernale’s riding career began at eight years old in the Pacific Northwest. In her early teens, she had the opportunity to travel East and spend her junior years training with Timmy Kees and Leslie Burr Howard, and later trained as an amateur with Hunt Tosh. She learned what it takes in and outside the ring to successfully compete at the highest levels, something she wanted to bring back to the Pacific Northwest. “I love living here and I loved growing up here. I always knew that I would ultimately settle down closer to my family.” Being a recent PNW-returnee myself, I find it an alluring state despite its reputation for gray days. Notably the day I came to visit was sunny and gorgeous. I, too, loved growing up here and found the horse-crazy girl in me grinning from ear to ear while capturing this fabulous private facility on film.

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Clockwise from left: Beautiful white fences enclose pristine paddocks equipped with hoof grid drainage systems; Chic tack trunks line the spotless aisleway; Aleron Training Stables' impressive facade and entryway make a statement; Wide aisleways separate rows of glossy stained wood stalls. Opposite: Alexis and Campari walk through the entrance archway.

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Opposite: Aleron's impressive indoor, sporting top-of-the-line silica footing is envy-inducing. Top: Stone paved driveways and groomed landscaping surround the stables. Second Row from left: Alexis keeping the show running smoothly; Vibrant planters add natural touches of beauty to the property; The barn's beautiful patinaed cupola and weathervane. Third Row: Shaded ringside seating allows spectators to watch riders in the outdoor area in comfort.

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“I was a bit freaked out. Of course I said, 'Okay.' what else could I do?” At this point, Phoebe had not even seen the horse. “So I decided to go see him before the surgery. I spent several hours with him, giving him carrots. We bonded." "I thought that I should check in with my insurance company, Taylor Harris. They were fantastic, as always. Super supportive.” After the surgeons removed a large abscess and sewed him up, Phoebe was relieved. However, during recovery, the poor horse herniated, the stitches popped open and his intestines were heading for the floor. “Luckily someone was there to catch them,” she remarked. “I was beside myself. I already loved the horse and had never ridden him. He was given a 50% chance of survival.” Several days passed and Phoebe went to see her new horse, still without a name. Optimistic, she noted that he had on a belly band but from that point forward he looked fantastic. “He looked like he was ready to go the horse show. He was pawing the ground for his carrots. It was amazing. And I thought, 'Wow. This horse is tough. He's going to make it.'”

“I was a bit freaked out. Of course I said, 'Okay.' what else could I do?” At this point, Phoebe had not even seen the horse. “So I decided to go see him before the surgery.”

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Soon afterwards, Answer Me This (known as Coco in the barn) came home. The strong-willed wonder settled in and was ready to show as a six-year-old in Florida the next winter. When he turned seven, Phoebe and Coco met up with Brady Mitchell, who had been looking for a Derby mount. Peter Pletcher had been showing him, but Peter had hurt his back. Brady took him in his first Derby and was 6th. The rest is hunter history. Coco has a fabulous jump and continues to bring home top prizes in the Amateur classes, with Phoebe in the irons, as well as the Second Years and the Derbies, with Brady Mitchell aboard, from Old Salem to Upperville. “This year I won at Old Salem in the 3'3” Amateurs. Also at Upperville Coco was 4th, in the Paul & Eve Go-As-You-Please Handy Hunter, under the trees, where you choose your own handy track. It was a really fun class,” Phoebe reported. “Brady and Coco are a great team. They love the Handy, Brady is gutsy and Coco is super brave.” He takes supplements to help his stomach but has never had another incident. Phoebe calls him her ox. Currently preparing to compete in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship this August, Answer Me This is going places. “Next year it's me and the 3'3” Amateurs – maybe move up to 3'6”,” Phoebe said. “The moral is never give up on your horse – bond and believe.”


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Twenty-three-year-old Alexa Skonieczny is the founder of Equestri LifeStyle, a fast-growing boutique and mobile shop that stocks many of the hottest equestrian apparel brands, from Asmar to GhoDho.

Equestri LifeStyle started as Alexa’s equestrian fashion blog: a place to share the riding apparel brands she loved, and others she only dreamed of wearing. In January 2014, after Alexa graduated from college, she worked together with her mother to transform the blog into a business. Driven by Alexa’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and her love for fashion, Equestri LifeStyle is now a successful business. The boutique travels to West Coast shows and events, and stocks over a dozen high-end, fashion-forward brands. Horse & Style: Where, when, and how did Equestri LifeStyle start? Alexa Skonieczny: Equestri LifeStyle originally started as a blog back in

my college days when I was studying journalism. It provided a fun platform where I could write about horses and fashion, two things I hold very dear. I brought my horse, Nick, to college with me and would often blog about equestrian fashion between classes and on weekends spent at the barn. After an internship at CBS in Los Angeles one summer, I realized that journalism was not going to be my life path. I also tried acting and received my SAG card, but soon discovered that my career path needed to involve horses. With a little help from my parents, my store was born a year after I graduated, and I never looked back. Above: Equestri LifeStyle Boutique proprietress, Alexa Skonieczny, standing at the entrance of her adorable store. august/september ·

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H&S: What is the inspiration behind the visual merchandising in the boutique? AS: Our boutique is very different than most. We operate out of an old 12' x 12' tack room stall. It has been carpeted, and the walls are all wood paneled, but it’s still very much a stall! My mom, who is – thankfully – an interior designer, decorated the entire store for me. We use an antique armoire as the focal point, to display all of our higher-end shirts and jackets. My office desk was imported from France, and a Union Jack stitched rug covers the floor. There are also some beautiful, unique shelves that hold all of the odds and ends. I didn’t want Equestri LifeStyle boutique to be generic; I wanted the decor to be something you wouldn’t expect to see at a normal tack store.

H&S: What’s the most exciting part of owning and running Equestri LifeStyle? AS: Gosh, there are so many, it’s hard to choose. I love being able to

interact with my customers, many of whom I now call friends. It’s so much fun to see people post about the store and how happy they are upon receiving packages from us. It’s also crazy to see people all over the world who want to wear our logo while riding. I remember seeing a video my friend sent me from WEF with her high junior horse rocking our logo in the ring – mind blowing!

H&S: Which aspects of owning your own store do you love most? AS: Meeting so many wonderful people who all share a common

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interest is my favorite part. Every person I meet is interesting. It’s exciting to stay connected with each of our customers and to be able to ask about their horses and the shows they attend. There are so many young girls who come into my shop, and I just adore them. They tell me about their latest competition or new horse, and they always stop in to show me their outfits, which usually consist of everything from the shop. Plus, my horse Nick lives right next to the store; not many people can have coffee with their horse and then walk next door to start work!

H&S: Describe your greatest challenge and how you’ve overcome it. AS: My greatest challenge has been dealing with very competitive

and indignant people in the industry. I started my store because of my love for riding and fashion and nothing more. I’m so happy being able to do what I love, so I just have to brush it off and rise above it all. It’s hard to let anyone get you down when you are so passionate, grateful, and happy with your job.

H&S: What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned along the way? AS: Communication and dedication are both key! Owning a store

is basically a customer service job. It took me a while to realize that I have to communicate with customers and update them regularly, whether their orders are late, the post lost a package, or even to just send a quick email asking how they are enjoying everything.


I also always make sure to include a hand written thank you card with every online order. It sometimes takes forever to write them, but I know that it’s often very much appreciated. The personalized note shows customers that their orders are being packed with love and not in some random warehouse. I feel like I know my customer with each order that is packed. Sometimes when new items arrive in the store, I’ll shoot a text to a client that I know would love a certain piece, and let them come see it before it officially becomes available for sale.

H&S: Describe some of your favorite brands. AS: All of them! Each brand I choose is a brand I love! I wouldn’t be

carrying it if I didn’t. My riding wardrobe has grown exponentially since opening the store, but my favorite staple brands are B Vertigo riding pants, EIS Sun Shirts, Asmar Equestrian sweaters and jackets, and my favorite belt, The Spur Belt. Charleigh’s Cookies has become Equestri LifeStyle’s go-to horse treat for its simple ingredients and lack of sugar.

H&S: What do you look for in the products/brands you carry? AS: Style, fit, and comfort are top priorities. For such a high

intensity sport I find nothing worse than wrestling into an itchy pair of breeches or a scratchy shirt. I will not carry anything in my shop that I haven’t tried on. I think it’s so important to sell products you personally stand behind. I not only know how each brand fits but how each different piece in the collection fits. That knowledge comes from doing all of the buying for my store. I’m always wearing a piece from the store, and it’s much easier to sell things that way.

H&S: What is your background in horses? AS: I’ve grown up riding horses my entire life. I was lucky enough to

be able to bring my horse to college with me where I continued to ride as an amateur on the HITS AZ circuit. I was so fortunate at the end of my senior year to win a best amateur rider title. I have mainly competed in the hunters and equitation. After school, I took about a year’s break from riding, but this year I recently dove back into it, and started competing in the jumpers. There is no better form of advertisement than being at a horse show wearing an entire outfit that the boutique carries!

H&S: What are your favorite shows to attend as a vendor? AS: My favorite show circuit to attend is by far the Arizona circuit.

I have so many old friends from school who compete there (I rode when I went to school at the University of Arizona) and we have the best time. Everyone is super laid back, yet also very fashionable. Attending those shows is almost like going on a vacation for me. Kroff Stables and Ashbrook Farm throw the best shopping parties for Equestri LifeStyle when I travel out there each year. I’m very grateful for the friendships and connections I’ve made at those events.

H&S: What advice would you give to someone who wants to create their own mobile boutique? AS: If you are passionate about it, go for it. It may seem like a lot of fun but it’s also a lot of work! When it comes down to staying organized and budgeting, those parts are not so fun. I would have

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to say playing dress-up in the store does outweigh some of the negatives, but you have to be all in. This is a 24-hour, 7-day a week job. I’ll be up on a Saturday night responding to texts and emails and placing orders, and often you’ll find me on the back of a horse responding to emails during the day!

H&S: What are your future plans for Equestri LifeStyle? Do you want to expand? AS: I would love to expand one day, but for now it’s really just a onewoman show. I still do everything myself, from website design, to packing orders, to shipping, to working the shop, cleaning, buying, and customer service. It’s never-ending, but I know my little shop like the back of my hand, and couldn’t imagine it any other way!

EQUESTRI LIFESTYLE IS VERY ACTIVE ONLINE: Want to shop Equestri LifeStyle, but you don't live close enough to stop by Alexa's adorable boutique? Visit the online shop at EquestriLifeStyle.com.  facebook.com/pages/equestri-lifestyle-boutique  twitter.com/equestrilife  instagram.com/equestrilifestyle

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I ride a sensitive horse that responds intensely when I ask him to move up to a distance, often resulting in his landing with way too much stride and some bucks. How do I stay focused on the stride when he lands with all this extra energy and I need to slow him down to stay on the track? I get so unnerved that I tend to lose my focus completely! What should I do?

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Staying inside the stride when the horse is in reaction mode can be challenging as your fight-flight-freeze mechanism may get triggered, causing you to react too strongly or not enough. Typically, a horse gives clues about when they are going to over-react to a cue and it is the rider’s job to shift the language they are using to encourage a different reaction. Start with an honest assessment from your trainer or trusted groundperson about the exact moments leading up to the need for ‘moving up to a distance.’ Are you using the same body language each time? Is your leg cue supported with a balanced body position? Are you pulling on the reins and asking for an expanded stride at the same time, potentially giving your horse mixed messages? Get specific about how and when you are requesting the adjustment. Begin to make small changes to your

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ride, with the communication between horse and rider in mind. Additionally, use your breath and voice to let the horse know that a bit of leg is not a punishment, but rather a connection. Practice the mini-changes you are making on the flat every time you ride so that it becomes a part of the usual language between you and your horse. Mentally rehearse the shifts you are intending when not riding as well as before you attempt to execute them. Remember, you are riding a flight animal that has survived millennia due to its acute ability to read danger signs and respond in a fraction of a second. Present moment attention and connection will support your ability to communicate cues of correction or change without triggering this instinct.

When I walk the course with my trainer, I tend to have one jump or piece of the course that I get really concerned about. I try to visualize the whole course with the same focus and imagine riding it one part at a time, but every time I get to that “hot spot," I freeze! I even find myself worrying about it when I’m on course riding to other jumps. Can you help me figure out how to get over this problem?

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Deciding which thoughts to take seriously and which to ignore is an essential element in mindfulness-based sports psychology. If a jump or combination gives you a charge the first time you see it, rethink that thought! Choose a different way of seeing the challenge. For example, if the triple bar from a long gallop sticks out as the “hot spot” of the course, focus on the type of stride you will need to get there comfortably. Imagine feeling that stride and hold the posture you will need to stay tall and allow your horse to jump comfortably off his hocks. Every time you feel butterflies about that jump, repeat this process.

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Also, use the butterflies or fear to help you focus on specifics for the entire course so as to manifest the same clarity all the way around. Anytime you feel the charge or nervousness, whether walking or riding the course, allow it to fuel your concentration of what you are doing in that moment, heightening your concentration on each individual stride. Rather than trying to get over this problem, use this problem to increase your present-moment focus while holding a plan in mind, and riding the plan intuitively.

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Dr. Carrie founded The (W)inner’s Circle for Equestrians, a membership-based program that supports riders to develop a mental practice for peak performance. She regularly consults with riders and trainers. She is also a parenting guru who guides teens and parents through challenges while deepening their bonds and navigating adolescence. Dr. Carrie was a top Junior/Amateur competitor, a young professional rider, and mother of an elite gymnast and an equestrian. She has worn all the hats! Her doctoral dissertation, “Adolescent Equestrienne Athletes’ Experiences of Mindfulness in Competition” is in the Library of Congress and is currently being revised as a book for the public. If you would like to ask a question for this column or ask about a complimentary Performance Strategy session, please contact Carrie.

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here’s an aura of excitement and enthusiasm that is incredibly infectious when people talk about the Menlo Charity Horse Show (known in the horse show world as ‘Menlo’).

The level of fervor peaks even higher when the conversation turns to the spirit of the volunteers that chair the annual event in northern California. It is obvious that this volunteer team of 100130 members is a close-knit group that cares passionately about horses, philanthropy, and each other. They each have an affinity for “wearing a different hat” in order to help the committee where needed. Working with this team, a trial lawyer by day becomes the MCHS Public Relations representative and website manager by night and weekend. Together, this diverse group of lawyers, doctors, stay at home moms and more, works diligently for a year to host one of the most prestigious and charitable horse shows on the West Coast. Since its beginning forty-five years ago, Menlo has become one of the nation’s boutique one-week equestrian events. Its mark in horse show history is noted by the United States Equestrian Federation’s USEF Heritage Competition designation, in

recognition of Menlo’s longevity and contribution to equestrian sport and to the community. This year Menlo will welcome up to 600 horses competing for over $150,000 in prize money in a wide range of divisions from lead line and ponies to a derby and a grand prix. Decorated equestrians such as Olympians Will Simpson, Guy Thomas, and Peter Breakwell will bring an international quality to the jumper ring, whereas equally decorated hunter riders such as John French, Jenny Karazissis and Hope Glynn will highlight the style and finesse of a hunter. PHILANTHROPIC MISSION True to its roots as a charitable event, each year Menlo raises close to half a million dollars for a local charity. The benefits go to the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a tricounty organization that assists those suffering vision loss. This charity provides support to individuals from all socioeconomic backgrounds in transitioning to home based living environments. While often less recognized than Guide Dogs for the Blind, the

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Vista Center helps people take the incredibly important step on the road to independent living, the one before a dog is paired with a client. One of the original founders of Menlo, Betsy Glikbarg, created a liaison with this charity in 1973. Since that association developed, Menlo has donated over $6 million to the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Hand in hand with the goal of producing an excellent competition, Menlo’s philanthropic mission is equally important. Co-chair Suzanne Rischman and her team stated “Menlo exists for two reasons; first to support our charity, and second to produce a horse show that is worthy of our Heritage recognition.” THE MENLO ATMOSPHERE – A SUPERB SOCIAL SETTING AND SWEET SHOPPING Since the first show in 1970, the Menlo Circus Club grounds have hosted this uniquely equestrian week. An exclusive private club in Atherton, CA, MCC has a rich history focused on polo, family and philanthropy. Every year the Club generously opens its doors to the public for this week-long event that includes a warm up day Monday and a bustling show that runs from Tuesday to Sunday. Laura Gerst, a northern California based trainer who has competed at Menlo for over 20 years, describes the atmosphere. “Clients feel they are welcomed by both the country club and horse show. From the show office, to the back gate, to the volunteers, everyone makes us feel like they are happy to have us there!” Considering the wineries, dinners, and events that make up the Menlo evening itinerary, the social aspect is as amazing as the competition and the philanthropy. With a sponsored dinner following a high stakes class each evening, the schedule includes a $20,000 Hunter Derby followed by Schezwan Noodles on the Field on Thursday evening and the $40,000 Bentley Grand Prix, followed by the Bayhill Equine BBQ, plus the popular fashion show with horse show trainers as models, makes for a fun and fashionable Saturday evening. The jewel social event occurs on Friday night with the Menlo Charity Horse Show Auction and Gala entitled “Sapphires and Ice.” Guests are encouraged to wear sparkling sapphire jewelry and everyone comes dressed to the nines. Getting gussied up while mingling out on the grass is a highlight for all involved. Over 30 businesses participate in the unique Vendor Row at Menlo, offering competitors and spectators alike an incredible on-site shopping experience. Apparel, jewelry, equestrian lifestyle and horse related products often not seen elsewhere make an appearance at Menlo. THOSE WHO MAKE IT POSSIBLE Menlo and all its splendor wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations from over 100 sponsors, including some of the world’s finest luxury brands to small, locally owned businesses. Bentley of San Francisco and Bentley of San Jose is not only sponsoring the $40,000 Grand Prix but will be providing Bentley test drives on the show grounds. Steve and Silver Fine Jewelry are the underwriters for the “Sapphires and Ice” dinner, while Rhys Vineyards sponsors the wine for the Friday night Gala. These sponsors and many more are a driving force behind Menlo’s success and ability to give significant charitable donations.

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Trainer John Charlebois summed it by saying, “My clients feel that contributing, competing and being part of such a worthy charity makes Menlo one of our favorite shows. The show has a positive, sophisticated, and exhibitor friendly energy and atmosphere.” L O O K I N G F O R WA R D T O A N O T H E R 4 5 Y E A R S The Menlo committee maintains three, five and ten year goals for the show, most of which revolve around what they believe are the two most important aspects: the competitors and the philanthropic mission. Their ability to organically weave together solid competition, a must-attend social calendar, gifts for exhibitors, splendid sponsors and an event that is talked about year-round is the reason Menlo continues to be one of the most celebrated horse shows on the West Coast.

Opposite: VIP Tables, photo © Alden Corrigan Media, Table Settings, photo © Drew Altizer; Below: Camera shy? Not a chance!, Red Giant, Inc. floral arrangements, photos © Alden Corrigan Media


OUT&about SPRUCE MEADOWS IN THE SUMMER – CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

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1. Kent Farrington and Voyeur jump to victory in the $400,000 Pan American Grand Prix, presented by Rolex 2. Rich Fellers jumped to great results throughout the summer with his veteran partner, Flexible 3. Feu De Joie 4. All of the nations competing at Spruce Meadows are represented in their beautiful flag park 5. Lord Straths 6. Several not-for-profits throughout Southern Alberta have created life sized fiberglass horses that are displayed throughout Spruce Meadows for the “Horses Jump to Give a Leg Up” charity program 7. Andres Rodriguez (VEN) was on a roll this summer. He won five FEI competitions on four different horses, including two with Fifty Fifty 111 8. To start the Summer Series of Tournaments, Spruce Meadows President Linda Southern-Heathcott unveiled a special commemorative statue of Ron and Marg Southern to mark the creation of Spruce Meadows' new Founders' Plaza

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9. A horse takes a stroll through paddock park 10. It was a hot summer in Calgary! This horse is enjoying a nice bubble bath after competition 11. The Canadian Show Jumping Team of Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze, Elizabeth Gingras, Chef d’Equipe Mark Laskin, Yann Candele and Ian Millar before heading off to win team gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto


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When I was a little girl, my first tool for indulging my love of horses was a disposable camera. By age fourteen, my camera was digital, and by eighteen the DSLR camera came into my hands, allowing me to be more focused on detail. Yet photography isn’t about cameras. It’s about feeling, emotional connection, and a good eye. Today’s cameras – including my iPhone – allow me to shoot horses from limitless perspectives. I became a freelance photographer in 2010, photographing regional horse shows near my home in Normandy, France, exploring all disciplines. In 2011, I founded PegaseBuzz.com, a daily dose of contemporary equestrian culture and fashion. In 2013 I began exploring the equestrian ‘placesto-be,’ which for me were at the seasides: Athina Onassis Horse Show; Ramatuelle, Brittany Polo Club; La Baule and Jumping Le Touquet. But I still dream of covering Knokke Hippique in Belgium, the Global Champions Tour in Vienna, and Snow Polo in St. Moritz! Instead of following a circuit, I prefer to explore new places to feature on the blog, to present a global picture of the equestrian lifestyle. My greatest reward is when followers learn something new through PegaseBuzz. For now, alongside my photography, I will continue to plan exciting projects for PegaseBuzz and its extraordinary community of followers.

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1. Zone 4 Chef d'Equipe Kim Land with with her gold medal winning Junior team, (from left to right) Mackenzie McGehee, Brett Burlington, Louise Graves and Sophie Simpson 2. Juan Pablo Gaspar Albanez and Puertas So What celebrate a great round 3. NAJYRC Zone 2 represents 4. Harley from Area V (eventing) is one of the only dogs at NAJYRC with his own credentials – note the bandana 5. Each year the NAJYRC holds a golf cart parade 6. Katherine Strauss and her Dutch Warmblood "All In" are a photogenic pair! 7. Sophie Simpson and Why Not are keenly focused on the upcoming track in the warmup arena 8. Jacob Pope and his mare Zilvana 9. NAJC Individual Final gold medalist Vivian Yowan and Vornado Van Den Hoendrik Photos © EqSol

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