Horse & Style Magazine February/March 2014

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Jan Humphrey She may have seen the best of Europe from the back of a horse, but 25-year-old California girl, professional rider and beauty pageant star Jan Humphrey is happiest to have landed back home on the West Coast to launch her own business and work alongside a Team USA gold medalist. After spending the latter half of her junior years riding with her sister, World Cup Finals veteran Jill Humphrey and trainer Rudy Leone in Sacramento, CA, Jan turned professional and traveled to Europe. The

Horse & Style: Describe your riding style: Jan Humphrey: My riding style is the classic show look,

with a contemporary influence of tighter fitting styles and a little bling when I can get away with it!

H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? JH: I wear a Samshield Matte Black helmet, Grand Prix

Jacket, ROMFH shirts to stay cool, Ariat “Olympia” breeches, Freejump Boots and half chaps, and complete it with my MDC stirrups!

H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? JH: I always wear a necklace when riding. But last year

in the Netherlands I was wearing a beautiful diamond necklace while riding a young horse, and it got caught in a piece of tack. It broke and fell into the footing. After searching for quite some time with many people, and having no luck finding it, I decided to be a bit wiser with my necklace selection!

H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? JH: Freejump Boots and chaps are my absolute favorite

when it comes to footwear! They are functional and stylish, yet they are so comfortable you feel as though you are walking in tennis shoes all day. I love Grand Prix show jackets because the fabric is not only stretchy and light, so they fit each body type perfectly and keep you cool while showing in the sun, but they are also machine washable! Bruno Delgrange and MDC are by far my favorites for providing quality saddles and stirrups!

H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? JH: Non-horse style? The only time I’m not in riding clothes is when I’m sleeping!! However, having competed in beauty pageants for a number of years, when I’m not in riding attire, I enjoy attending events for which I can dress up for an evening of glitz and glamour. H&S: What have been your biggest accomplishments as a rider?

JH: This last year has been an incredible accomplishment

for me not only as a rider, but as an overall horsewoman.


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University of California, Davis grad spent a year working in Germany for Katharina Offel and Jochen Scherer, and later rode for Alan Waldman in The Netherlands. It was at Stal Waldman that she got the itch to begin buying and selling horses, and in 2013 she developed her own sales business: JH Sporthorses. Now working alongside Olympian Will Simpson as the private trainers for Monarch International and the Heidegger Family, Humphrey is looking forward to life at Monarch International’s new Malibu facility, as well as importing a small number of quality horses from Europe.