Horse & Style Magazine 2023 Vol. 1

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Helen Abrams of Life Equestrian
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Sarah Appel


Helen Abrams (Pollock)




Jeanette Gilbert


Pam Maley


Laurie Berglie, Pam Maley, Lindsay Brock, Emily Pollard, Natalie Keller Reinert, Meredith Ekstedt, Lila Gendal, Jeanette Gilbert, Erin Gouveia, Annie Heise, Jump Media, Jennifer Wood, Whitney Sharp, Allison Troyan, Amanda Mactas, Catie Staszak, Jacquelyn Kuba, Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian, Terri Roberson, Psy. D., Carrie Wicks, Ph. D., Claiborne & Lime, Jackie McFarland


Leah Lewis, Lindsay Brock, Ford Yates, Kristin Lee, Georgina Preston, Alden Corrigan Media, Andrew Ryback, James Berglie, Alan Chan, ESI Photography, Cassidy Brooke Photography, Winslow Photography, Sarah Appel,Taylor Rea, Christopher Demers, Lindsay Brown, SportFot, RB Presse, Ashley Neuhof, Erin Kate Photo, Jenna R. Dana, Sarah Farnsworth, Sam Scales, Georgie Hammond/Phelps Media Group, Jump Media, Starting Gate Communications, Linday Mack, Michael and Laura Photography, Barbarah Perttula, Grand Pix Photography, Anasofia Vasquez, KYA Equestrian Photography, Kyle Weeks for Tommy Hilfiger, Catie Staszak, FEI/Quinn Saunders

Horse & Style Magazine TM is an equestrian lifestyle publication that is published three times per year and available at participating tack shops nationwide for $10, and while supplies last at large training centers and hunter jumper horse shows. The written and visual contents of this magazine are protected by copyright. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is legally prohibited. Copyright © 2023 Horse & Style Magazine LLC. ON THE COVER: Under the Influence(r)
Helen Pollock); photo © Kristin Lee Photography 8 | FROM THE PUBLISHER New Magazine, Who Dis? 10 | OUT & ABOUT Desert International Horse Park 12 | 5 THINGS With Amanda Steege 14 | OUT & ABOUT World Equestrian Center 16 | PRO POP QUIZ Alberto J. Rullan VMD 19 | BETWEEN THE LINES Foaling Season 20 | OUT & ABOUT Royal Windsor Horse Show 22 | GRAZE & SIP Drink Pink This Summer 24 | EQUESTRIAN TASTEMAKER Neutrals for Summer 28 | OUT & ABOUT Longines Jumping FEI World Cup™ Fort Worth 24 | GIVING BACK All Seated in a Barn 28 | OUT & ABOUT Menlo Charity Horse Show 30 | RIDER SPOTLIGHT Emma Marlowe 34 | BEHIND THE BRAND Milton Menasco 40 | SUMMER SHADE Janessa Leoné hats 42 | FEATURE Dapplebay 46 | ON THE COVER Under the Influence(r) 55 | WHAT'S IN YOUR PURSE? Helen of Life Equestrian 56 | STYLE RIDER Ally Worthington 62 | FEATURE Canada's Northern Lights 68 | BIT OF BLISS Kevin Winkle and Karrie Rufer's Wedding 76 | NEW PRODUCT ALERT Rider’s Gene & Euphoric Equestrian 80 | FEATURE Julie Young Photography 88 | FEATURE Add Some Sparkle to Your Ride 90 | OUT & ABOUT GPL Tournament 92 | WORKING ON WELLNESS Mind, Body, Soul, Sip 94 | CATIE’S COMMENTARY Go Together 96 | OUT & ABOUT Otomí Nations Cup 99 | ASK DR. CARRIE 100 | BEHIND THE LENS Georgina Preston 104 | OUT & ABOUT Split Rock Jumping Tour 106 | BUSINESS LISTINGS 108 | CAN YOU STAND IT? The Gemini Hat contents 2023 volume 1 AHPAWARD2013WINNER © 2023 HORSE & STYLE MAGAZINE
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Helen Abrams (Pollock)

Helen Pollock lives in Los Angeles where she works as a marketing executive in the television industry. In her spare time, she competes as an amateur at California's A-Circuit shows. Helen is also the founder and CEO of Life Equestrian, a marketing company for riders and equestrian enthusiasts. With Life Equestrian, Helen brings together her business expertise with her lifelong passion for equine trends, products and safety.

Lauren Allen is a graphic designer and a lifelong equestrian who lives on a small ranch in Oklahoma with her husband and daughter. Her passion for horses and painting began at an early age and inspired her to create a company where she could combine both. She specializes in helping clients find unique and creative ways to grow their businesses. Learn more at

Pam Maley

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 Copyeditor and Contributing Writer for H&S. She has a BA in English and History from Vanderbilt University.

Laurie Berglie

Laurie Berglie lives in the Maryland countryside where she enjoys renovating her fixer-upper farm, reading horse books, and competing in the hunters. Laurie is also an author of equestrian fiction and maintains her lifestyle blog and Instagram, “Maryland Equestrian.” She has a BA in English from Stevenson University and an MA in Humanities from Towson University.

Terri Roberson, Psy.D.

Based in Central Florida, Natalie is a novelist and writer specializing in the equestrian lifestyle. Her books have a popular following around the world, and sport several award nominations and wins, including the 2020 American Horse Publications’ fiction award for The Hidden Horses of New York. With an eclectic background spanning many disciplines, Natalie is always looking for her next adventure on horseback. Website:

Annie Alden is an actor, a lifelong equestrian, and now a design consultant and entrepreneur. With television and film roles to her credit, she also added founder and CEO to her resume with the launch of Two Bits Equestrian in April 2018 and, most recently, with the 2022 launch of Annie Alden Design which offers interior, art, fashion and branding design consulting. Learn more at

Emily Pollard uses her BA in English from Saint Mary’s College of California to teach, write, and edit. She has worked in the equestrian industry for the majority of her life, 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 enjoys sharing her passion for horses with her husband and two young daughters.

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.

Lindsay Brock

Erin Gouveia of Silver Oaks Farm is an accomplished equestrian, award winning photographer, and an artist. She was born and raised in San Diego, CA, graduated from Colorado State University, and now resides in Park City, UT on a small horse farm with her husband. Erin has had careers in Medical Research, Zookeeping, and most currently as a Photographer. She has an Etsy shop filled with her fine art photographs and handmade goods.

Ashley Neuhof has rapidly become one of the most sought-after photographers on the worldwide equestrian circuit, known for her uncanny ability to capture exquisite moments both in the arena and behind the scenes. Her images have been commissioned by top brands and are published frequently in luxury lifestyle magazines worldwide.

Lindsay, owner of Lindsay Brock LLC, 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. When not at a horse show, behind a camera lens or fervently Instagramming, you can find her astride her Zangersheide gelding, Justice Z.

Amanda Mactas is a freelance writer based in New York City, who covers all things food, travel and lifestyle. In addition to Horse & Style, her work has appeared in Forbes, PureWow, Wine4Food, Greatist, and BELLA Magazine, where she currently serves as the Food, Travel and Accessories Editor. Keep up with her work @ManhattanTwist.

Erin Gouveia Amanda Mactas Natalie Keller Reinert Annie Alden Lauren Allen
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Ashley Neuhof

Lila Gendal

Lila Gendal is a 3* event rider based in New England and Ocala, FL. She trains and competes her own Irish conn x TB gelding, Rollo who only stands at 15.3 and has taken her to some of the biggest competitions of her life. Lila rides and trains event horses for a living and if she’s not on a horse she’s either by the ocean or writing! Lila graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a degree in political science.

Meredith Ekstedt

Meredith Ekstedt is the Director of Brand Marketing & Strategic Partnerships at The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association. She has over 20 years of experience in PR, Marketing, and Creative. Before USHJA, she worked for Lands' End, BITTEN by Sarah Jessica Parker and Donna Karan. She started her career at Hearst Magazines and Conde Nast. Meredith is a lifelong equestrian and creator of (IG) @HeartHorseStories.

Dr. Carrie Wicks Claiborne & Lime

Laura Mormann and Antoinette Watson turned their love of entertaining and hospitality into an art form when they founded Claiborne & Lime. Catering to both lifestyle brands and private clients, they specialize in designing intimate, thoughtful gatherings and celebrations. C&L provides peace of mind, allowing clients to be fully present and enjoy their precious downtime with loved ones.

Dr. Carrie Wicks divides her time between her private sport psychology consulting and family therapy practice, traveling with athletes, and writing. She completed her doctorate in psychology while researching the mental practices of equestrian athletes. Her passions include horses, yoga, mountain biking, skiing, and time in nature with animals.

Jennifer Wood

Jennifer Wood is a lifelong horse person. She worked for Olympic show jumpers Anne Kursinski and Margie Engle before entering the public relations field in 2004. She has since covered World Cup Finals, World Equestrian Games, and Olympic Games. Wood promotes some of the best equestrian events and companies in North America through Jennifer Wood Media and Jump Media.

Catie Staszak

Catie Staszak is the CEO of Catie Staszak Media, Inc. and the color commentator and journalist for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ NAL. Catie has announced at showjumping events across the globe and represented some of the sport's top athletes and operations. When she's not working, she's enjoying time with her superhero horse Zantos, whom she shows in the jumpers, and her dog/sidekick, Omaha.

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FROM the publisher

New Magazine, Who Dis?

Just kidding, it’s the same Horse & Style you’ve grown to love over the last 11 years. While H&S is still thriving, there is a change of guard on the masthead. I would like to take this opportunity to first thank our outgoing Art Director, Danielle Demers and outgoing Editor, Emily Pollard. Danielle & Emily were an integral part of the H&S team for the past 8 years. Publishing a print magazine is never easy and the past few years have been challenging to say the least. Through it all Danielle & Emily were pillars in the success of H&S.

Daneille, the artist extraordinaire is continuing to wow us with her original designs, custom art pieces, prints, wall paper, and more. We have featured Danielle’s work in H&S before, but do yourself a favor and check out She is an icon in the making. Emily has taken the reins (pun intended) in a new venture and is thriving in her new role. I am personally grateful for their contribution to this publication and glad to call each of them my dear friends.

Drum roll please…I am thrilled to introduce you to some of our new team members.

Our new editor is Helen Pollock, known for her successful social media platform Life Equestrian, Helen has been a contributor to H&S for several years and has continued to have her finger on the pulse of all things equestrian style. She dove into this issue with new ideas, a positive attitude and was the breath of fresh air H&S needed! Helen’s rise in the influencer space has been something incredible to watch. We learn more about her and what it takes to truly embrace living the Life Equestrian in our cover story: Under the influence(r) with Helen Pollock, on page 46.

“I am honored to be part of the Horse & Style family, a publication with a decade of excellence behind it. I look forward to working with Sarah Appel who has a focused and strategic vision for the years ahead.”

H&S has always been praised for the layout and design aspects of the magazine. So when replacing our art director, Lauren Allen was a natural fit! Having previously worked on H&S with outgoing art director Danielle Demers, Lauren already had a shared aesthetic. While each designer is unique, the comparable sense of style and taste has made the transition quite easy.

“Working on H&S has been such a fabulous experience. I feel so lucky to work with such a talented group of women, designing articles about my very favorite subject.”

As always, this issue is packed with amazing features about horses, riders, fashion & more. Thank you for being a loyal reader and for helping make our team at H&S successful!


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OUT & about


2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Photos © Tori Bilas and Megan Giese 1. Chelsea Brittner and Berry De Maillet victory gallop following their win in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
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2. Kent Farrington and Orafina took the win in the first of two CSI4* Grand Prixs during Desert Circuit 3. Nick Haness and McQueen took multiple hunter derby wins and hunter division championships 4. Matt Archer and Zibaloubet Z competing in the FEI division 5. Nick Haness and Skylar Wireman high-five aboard their first- and second-place mounts 6. Leadline rider
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7. Celebrating a win 8,9. Daniel Coyle and Jeffrey Jardin won the CSI2* Grand Prix during Desert Holiday 10. Kent Farrington and Orafina 11. Mark Kinsella and Quality H topped the $75,000 National Grand Prix during Desert Holiday 12. All the pretty horses

World Equestrian Center


Everything about this facility is state of the art and has horses and exhibitors in mind. Starting with the barns…no more tents! They have huge, permanent stalls that are matted and have individual fans as well as Big Ass Fans in the each of the aisles. Each barn has 8 beautiful, indoor wash stalls with hot and cold water and two men's and two women's bathrooms…no more porta-potty!

They also use a system for manure removal where you fill large garbage cans that are on wheels….you wheel them right into the stall and muck out….then you wheel them to the end of the aisle and WEC staff come and empty them into a huge dump truck that takes them away…no more manure piles=no flies!


There are hundreds of people that are employed by WEC. You have all the people working at the show, such as office staff, ingate men and women, jump crew, etc…. Then you have all of the employees in the hotel working at various restaurants, the spa, the hotel lobby, cleaning staff. You have a huge crew of people that work there doing landscaping and cleaning and many more jobs. Every single one of them is happy and helpful and greets you with a smile. Its like being at Disney World! Every one of them seems to take tremendous pride in their work.

…Amanda Steege loves about …
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Having grown up at horse shows, I am amazed at all of the choices and quality of food we have at WEC! In the hotel there are two restaurants, Stirrups which is fine dining and The Yellow Pony which is pub style. They are both great. The hotel also has Emma’s Patisserie which is an amazing bakery and coffee shop.

Then outside the hotel there are three more casual eateries where you can grab meals more quickly. They have Ralph’s which is great for sandwiches, burgers, and milkshakes. Filos which is Mexican and has great burritos, tacos, and salads, and Violas which is Italian and has pasta, pizza, and salads.

Then to finish off your meal you can head to Miss Tilly’s candy and ice

cream shop. Word on the street is there will be a few more restaurants headed our way next year when the second hotel is finished..


WEC has a large number of permanent stores as well as many seasonal vendors that come in for circuit. Whenever we have downtime at the show my clients and I love to walk around and do some shopping.

There are way too many stores to list them all but some of my favorites are Mr Pickles & Sailor Bear Toy Shoppe in The Equestrian Hotel, Exceptional Equestrian in Arena 3 and 4, A Sudden Impulse in Arena 4, and of course Andrew Ryback Photography in the courtyard.


On the second floor of The Equestrian Hotel is Calluna Spa. This is my happy place. I go there as many Mondays as possible during circuit for massages, hair, facials, manis and pedis. The staff at the spa is so knowledgeable and friendly and it-s such a peaceful place.

My other go to place is Farmhouse Chiropractic in Arena 2. They do chiropractic on humans, canines, and equines. They have a laser, a shockwave machine, cupping, and countless other therapies to keep us all feeling and performing our best. They also offer IV hydration therapy. I go every Tuesday during circuit and It makes a huge difference for me. Learn more at

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OUT & about 1.
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1. Dally (Jack Russell) and Spanky (rescue mini) 2. Daniel Geitner 3. Geronimo Marcello Viana Ciavaglia and HST Cartouche 4. Amira Lola Bacardi Marino 5. Augusta Iwasaki and Small Love 6. Ansgar Holtgers and Chanyon
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7. Erin Haas and Larkin 8. Lizzy Traband and Robusto BC 9. Rachel Schnurr and Dicoblue PS 10. Audrey Frigerio and Halloodan 11. Kate Conover and Small Story 12 . Augusta Iwasaki - Small Love 1 3. Dorothy Douglas and MTM Pablo

From The Puerto Rican Mountains To Ocala

Professional Pop Quiz with Alberto

Growing up in the lush Puerto Rican mountains surrounded by coffee farms and agriculture for as far as the eye could see, Alberto Rullan seemed destined to have an equine concentrated life. Horses were used for pleasure, work, transportation and while riding horses on the roadside was not an uncommon practice, the injuries that coincided with such traveling routines were in fact inevitable.

As an eight-year-old boy, Rullan had a stallion sustain serious injuries to both hind legs and by the time they were able to track down a vet, the stallion would ultimately be put down. This devastating event marked the exact moment when Rullan would decide to dedicate the rest of his life to horses, with an emphasis on leg injuries, or lameness. How did this single moment in Puerto Rico transform and evolve into one of the most successful Equine Performance Veterinary Clinics in the country?

Horse & Style: Where did you attend school?

Rullan : In 2002 I received my bachelor of science degree from Pennsylvania State University and I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. I had a one year internship at Louisiana State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Clinic where I received advanced training in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in equine medicine and surgery.

H&S: How long have you had your practice in Ocala?

Rullan: I began Performance Equine Veterinary Services in 2009 and I started this rehab center in 2017. I was a lameness vet prior to opening this center in Ocala FL. My practice focuses on treating and preventing performance-related injuries in horses. I am continuously studying and

PRO pop quiz
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researching equine rehabilitation, lameness diagnostics and treatment therapies, particularly the use of stem cell and regenerative therapies for equine injury treatment and recovery.

H&S: What therapies do you offer at your practice and which seem to be the most popular?

Rullan: We offer a wide range of therapies and treatments, from surgery, to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, to an equine swimming pool, to electromagnetic pulse therapy, to laser therapy and so much more.

H&S: What types of horses, or disciplines do you work with most frequently?

Rullan: We see a ton of event horses, though an even spread between thoroughbreds and performance horses. We see plenty of Quarter Horses, Warmbloods, Sport Horses, and Thoroughbreds.

H&S: How often are you doing PRP, stem cell and injections and what are the benefits of both?

Rullan: We deal with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), stem cell, and injections

daily except for on Sundays. PRP is a regenerative medicine treatment that delivers a high concentrate of platelets of blood plasma to a lesion, increasing the amount of growth factors in the site to heal the area. PRP has definitely become more popular and we have had great results from this treatment.

H&S: How does the hyperbaric chamber work and what sort of benefits come from using this machine?

Rullan: This chamber increases stem cell production by 100%. If I have a horse with a bad fracture or injured tendon, we would use the chamber and we would see tremendous results. The length of time and how frequently a horse might need to go in the hyperbaric chamber varies case to case.

Typically most horses will start daily for the first five sessions and some will go inside 40-50 times or as much or as little as needed.

H&S: What are the most common injuries you come across?

Rullan: We see a ton of arthritis, tendon and ligament injuries. We have horses that come to our center anywhere from one day all the way to retirement. We offer boarding and retirement board as well.

H&S: What are some preventative care treatments horse owners can do even without any known injuries just to maintain their horses everyday quality of life?

Rullan: First and foremost, detecting

subtle lameness or any subtle abnormalities in your horses gaits would be crucial. Secondly, some easy and sometimes overlooked preventive care would be good stretching and core exercises for your horse, followed by a proper warm-up and cool down routine. I would add a follow-up with water therapies. These preventative care routines will go a long way.

Think about an NFL player and their warm up routines, stretching, therapies, etc. When you’re dealing with a high performance equine athlete, the rehab therapies should be on similar playing field.

H&S: What’s the ratio of horses that come to you with injuries, vs horses without injuries just looking for preventative care and treatments?

Rullan: A greater percentage of horses we see are here for conditioning. The pool is always packed. The water treadmill is always packed. We see a fair amount of injured horses, but we see more noninjured than injured.

H&S: What’s your biggest piece of advice to someone who owns a top equine athlete in any discipline?

Rullan: You must treat your horse as a top athlete. Get routine lameness exams done to stay ahead of any subtle abnormalities. Get chiropractic work done on your horse. Consider alternative therapies, lasers, water, etc. And lastly, never neglect your warmup/stretching and conditioning routine. Proper warm-up and stretching can help your horse in more ways than you could ever imagine.

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“Proper warm-up and stretching can help your horse in more ways than you could ever imagine”

BETWEEN the lines

A new follow-up to the popular Eventing Series

Ladies and gentlemen, our beloved Jules Thornton-Morrison is back. That’s right. The main character in Natalie Keller Reinert’s bestselling Eventing Series has returned in Foaling Season, and she has her hands full. In this new series, Briar Hill Farm, Jules has a new farm (that she owns with husband Pete), a new baby (Jack), and a new equine interest (broodmares). With all this happening, it’s no surprise that Jules isn’t the same fierce young spitfire we remember. She’s changed.

And rightly so. She is at the beginning of so many new chapters that she’s bound to be a little out of sorts. And, well, she’s tired. But fear not, she has Pete, her horses, and her friends to help her through. And, thankfully for her and for us, the gang’s all here!

For starters we have Alex (from the Alex and Alexander Series), Gigi Whitehall-

Wallace (Alex’s cousin-in-law we previously met in Runaway Alex), and Kit, Lindsay, Lacey, Maddox, and the rest of the Alachua Eventing Co-op crew.

The chapters rotate the points of view between Jules, Alex, Gigi, and Kit, and each is struggling. Jules is having a difficult time adjusting to being both a mom and an eventer, and for the first time ever, Jules isn’t aching to be in the saddle. She’s aching to be at home with her son. Alex is looking for something that’s just hers – something that her successful husband hasn’t handed her. She decides to move her horse, Tiger, to the Co-op in hopes of getting their eventing career back on track.

Gigi has escaped to Ocala from cold, snowy Lexington, Kentucky, and is considering leaving her husband. She distracts herself by moving in with Alex and retraining a retired racehorse. And

then there’s Kit. Poor Kit doesn’t know if she’s coming or going. Between running her own farm, riding her top horse, Big Dan, teaching at the Co-op, and working with a new client’s horses, she’s spread awfully thin.

But if there’s one thing these Florida horse girls know how to do, it’s come together to find solutions that work for everyone –horse and human. Each character’s voice is distinct, relatable, and, at times, laugh out loud funny – and they use their voices to make their dreams come to life.

Book 2 in this new series, Friends With Horses, came out in December of 2022, and Book 3, Outside Rein, was live in February of 2023.

Learn more about Natalie and her upcoming books at or on Instagram @nataliekreinert.

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OUT & about


5. 4. Photos © Ashley Neuhof Photography 1. Charlotte Dujardin wins the Defender CDI4* aboard Imhotep 2. Quiet moments before an in-hand championship 3. The Shetland Pony Grand National finale 4. Ben Maher and Explosion W in the Rolex Grand Prix 5. Sidesaddle class 1.
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2. 3. 6. 10. 9. 6. The Kings Troop exit the main arena. Shot on Leica Monochrome 7. The Defender Puissance 3rd place Nici Wilson and Guaranteed Quality 8. Nici Wilson and Guaranteed Quality 9. Ben Maher and Explosion W 10. Martin Fuchs and Rolex Grand Prix Winner Connor JEI say hello to a small fan 11. The household Cavalry display 7. 8.
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drink pink this summer

If the past five years have been any indication, we can expect rosé to continue climbing the ranks in the wine world, warming its way into becoming the unofficial drink of choice of the summer. Rosé sales are soaring, and thanks to its affordability, it shows no sign of slowing down. While rosé is exceptionally versatile and can certainly be enjoyed yearround (in fact, we encourage it), summer seems to be peak rosé season thanks to its refreshing and multifaceted nature. Here are some quality bottles to help you kick off the season.


Named for the wildflowers often found in Southern France, this light rosé is the result of fermentation in 100% stainless steel tanks. Made by the family-owned Les Grands Chais de France estate, this bottle contains a majority of grenache noir and syrah grapes, along with carignan, cinsault, and mourvèdre. Gentle notes of red fruit and lemon mingle with subtle tropical fruits, making it the perfect pairing for fresh summer fruits and veggies.


Brought to you by the dynamic duo of Katherine Power and Cameron Diaz, Avaline’s natural, organic rosé is a blend of grenache, cinsault, caladoc, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon grapes. Light, refreshing, and with subtle notes of zest and melon, this summer sipper is the ideal accompaniment to your over-the-top cheese and charcuterie platter.


Rumor has it that this blend of grenache, cinsault, syrah, mourvèdre, and tibouren grapes makes for a delightful sip during the dog days of summer. The completely organic bottle of rosé boasts a winning combination of citrus and white flowers, giving way to a smooth, crisp finish. This expression pairs beautifully with light Mediterranean dishes, as well as light pastas.


An exclusive partnership between two outstanding Italian brands, the rosé wine from Donnafugata and Dolce&Gabbana also features a powerful pair – nerello

mascalese and nocera grapes. It’s the combination of these two varietals that give this wine its delicate minerality and amalgamation of fruits and florals.You’ll experience notes of jasmine and rose petals, along with currant and bergamot, which will go swimmingly with sushi and vegetarian dishes.


Citrus, minerality, and sweet red berries are all abundant inside this bottle of Argentinian rosé. Created by the country’s first female winemaker, along with her children, this rosé is juicy with flavors of currants and strawberries, and pairs wonderfully with an array of meats, including lamb, chicken, and duck. With only two grape varieties – malbec and pinot noir – comprising the blend, it’s a real winner.

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Warm nights, live music, cold drinks and flowing dresses call for the perfect bootie! Finding the ideal ankle boot can be challenging. We’ve sourced our favorite ones that are perfect for adding some glam, edge or polish to your outfit. Want to dance all night? Unlike heels the bootie will make your outfit look posh and still allow for all the two-stepping, stomping and cha, cha, cha of your dreams. And unlike Shania, we won’t be asking whose bed have your boots been under.

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1. Loyalty Open Toe Bootie, 42 Gold, $160; 2. Étoile The Dicker, Isabel Marant, $690; 3. Vegas Ankle Boot, Hermès, $1725; 4. Dixon Studs Western Boot, Ariat, $147; 5. Crush, Durango, $125; 6. Sallie Bootie, SÖFFT, $160; 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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EQUESTRIAN tastemaker

Longer days and abundant sunshine have arrived! The natural world is flourishing around us so let’s throw open the windows and embrace creams, golds, and caramel browns. Feel like shopping? Same. So here is the rundown: from minimalistic smart tailoring to clean fragrances, Summer 2023 is here!

Chic Staple

Cavalleria Toscana

Cotton riding tops are a great choice for a stylish and comfortable look in the saddle. Soft and breathable, these sweatshirts are ideal for riding in any season, $215:

Leather Update

Clare V.

One of my favorite leather brands. Whimsical, with a splash of French flairClare V does it best. From totes to fanny packs to small leather goods:

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For the Summer Soirées

Stylish Equestrian

Cork your favorite crisp summer wines with this beauty, $32:

Liven up the Living Room

Salt & Stone

Grapefruit & Hinoki. Elevate your space with a cleaner candle. Comprised of coconut and soybased wax, this home fragrance burns up to 55 hours, filling any space. Formulated with vegan friendly ingredients, $49:

Must Have Breech

Dada Sport

These stretchy high-waisted breeches offer great freedom of movement. Italian technical fabric, shaping, breathable, water-repellent microfibre for optimal comfort, $374:

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Smart and Sensible


Easy way to elevate your key chain? And also be able to find your keys at the bottom of your big barn bags, $12.95:

Clean Fresh Hands


Made with jojoba esters, avocado and rosehip oils, this is a new staple in my household. Hand wash moisturizes and exfoliates leaving your skin buttery soft… and no one would know you just cleaned tack. Dean Street Scent, 16 oz each, $64:

Protection for the Face


Spring and summer are here. Get the sun protection you need, but keep it chic!, $98:

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OUT & about


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1. Katrina Karazissis and Newton 2. Butet and Ariat 3. Olivia Brown and Lysander 4. Casey Macdonald and Fiona, Patrick Seaton and James 5. Pony Palooza 6. Lisa Wall and Tangled Up In Blue, Winner of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman
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7. A/O Hunter US lineup 8. Blaire Barry 9. Menlo Charity Horse Show 50th Anniversary sign 10. Ashley Kaplan and Givenchy 11. Eddie Dylan Russo

RIDER spotlight

photos by Boss Mare Media

Emma Marlowe

Chasing dreams with an up-and-coming U25 Rider

The elite world of show jumping might seem daunting and perhaps difficult to break into if you were not born into such a lifestyle. When combining the cost of competing at the higher levels in the sport with that of purchasing a purpose bred athlete capable of jumping Grand Prix tracks, the numbers increase exponentially. There are custom saddles, custom riding apparel, trainers, grooms and the list goes on. Where exactly are there opportunities for someone with a name that doesn’t yet hold tremendous value, and how does an aspiring young rider with lofty goals get their foot into an International Arena? The answer is grit, drive and dedication, which are all attributes that an up and coming U25 rider, Emma Marlowe possesses.

Marlowe grew up on the West Coast in California where she began riding before she could walk. Her mother, an avid equestrian, ran a lesson barn which gave her daughter ample opportunities to ride. Marlowe proved to be quite selfsufficient from a young age and eagerly rode anything and everything that came her way. “Honestly it was the best way to grow up because I fell in love with the

horses for horses. I did everything myself so I didn’t know any different, and I think that’s where the love of riding has just always been there. I owe my junior career and my start as a working student to Leslie Steele and David Bustillos. I would not be where I am today without everything they did for me and I am forever grateful.”

While in California, Marlowe strictly showed in hunters and equitation and hadn’t done any real show jumping until she moved to the east coast as an eighteen year old when she began working at Trelawny Farm, owned and operated by Cara Raether.

The transition from Hunters and Equitation was the biggest challenge Marlowe had faced so far as a rider, she explained. “I think growing up doing the hunters and equitation was a great foundation but it’s very different from the jumpers, especially at the high levels. That transition was difficult, but I’ve been lucky to have such fantastic support and training by Cara and Paul O’shea.”

Marlowe knew she wanted to move to the East Coast after her junior career. At only eighteen years old, she knew she had

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to be in the show jumping world and was determined to get there. “There was never a doubt in my mind this is what I would do for the rest of my life. Growing up in CA I mainly showed on the West Coast. I was always extremely curious and followed the sport of show jumping worldwide. My heart has always been in the jumpers so I knew I needed to leave CA to pursue my dreams. My mom and sister were very supportive of my move, and I’m so grateful for that. My sister also works and lives on the east coast now so it’s really cool to be able to be in the same industry together. I’ve been living on the east coast for about seven years now and it definitely is home.

When asked which horse has taught her the most in her riding career, Marlowe definitively said, “well that’s an easy one, Cherokee, a 15 year old KWPN (Cardento

933 x Creool) owned by Trelawny Farm LLC. I have been riding him for the past couple of years and he’s an incredible horse. From the moment I sat on him I was absolutely in love. I have never clicked with a horse so well. I won my first 1.40m on him, jumped my first 3* grand prix, 5* classes, team classes, and he’s really taught me everything I know.”

Marlowe has been coming to Wellington since she began working for Trelawny Farm. This year marks her seventh year showing at WEF and she’s enjoyed every second of it. Cara Raether also has a farm in Bedford NY, so their team travels back and forth between NY and FL for the summer and winter seasons.

The Under 25 year old division at WEF, or U25, has become a very popular class for this younger age group. Marlowe has been

a proud U25 rider now for two years. This particular division offers under 25 year old riders a chance to show at a high level without competing against everyone that would be in a big FEI class. “I think WEF is one of the most competitive places in the world, with the best riders and the best horses, which ups our game, making us all ride better, but it’s nice that they have this very popular division here. In my opinion, U25 is one of the hardest divisions here at WEF because you have some of the best horses in the world and some really talented riders. The U25 has gotten me great experience and exposure and I think it’s a fantastic division.”

At any given moment Marlowe could be riding any and all horses being thrown at her, which she loves. She has been fortunate enough to be training with

“Emma has a fantastic attitude, work ethic and feel for the horses.”
Paul O’Shea

Cara and Paul O’Shea who have both been amazing as mentors and trainers. “I have been showing Cherokee the 15 yo, and I’ve been showing Marcus, an 11 yo stallion, also a fantastic horse that I’m excited to continue to develop. I’m always eager to show more horses and always looking for any opportunity to get in the ring.”

Every rider has their favorite pieces of tack, and Marlowe not only rides in Renaissance saddles, but she has been a longtime fan of this particular company and what it has to offer. “I’ve been riding in Renaissance saddles since the end of December when I was in Thermal for the Major League and right away I fell in love.”

She continued, “Saddle fit is extremely important for myself and the horses. We are asking them to jump massive jumps at a very fast speed and if they aren’t 100% comfortable or able to move their bodies and use their back over the jumps then it’s only going to hinder their performance. So to have a correct fitting saddle for you and the horse is instrumental.

A great feature about the Prestige saddles, particularly the Renaissance, is that the tree can be adjusted, and they come custom fit to each horse, so most of the horses in our barn have their own custom saddles. Some can share a saddle if their backs are alike, but for the most part each saddle is fitted to each horse.”

Lastly, Marlowe offered some sage advice for any up and coming aspiring young rider: “Go be a working student, that’s how I got my start. I made a list of people I’d want to work for and reached out to them. You have to be willing to work hard. I remember I would do anything just to get a lesson, and I still would and I still have that attitude. If you love it and have the attitude of just never giving up then you’ll figure it out, but you have to put yourself out there.”

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“If you love it and have the attitude of just never giving up then you’ll figure it out, but you have to put yourself out there.”

We’ll Bring the Horses

The name’s Alli, but you can call her Milton. Seriously, she doesn’t mind. Fashionable, horse-obsessed, Californianative Alli Addison has been behind @miltonmenasco, the wildly popular Instagram account, for almost a decade. What started as a way to visually compile the works of art created by her late great Uncle Milton Menasco has now blossomed into a luxury lifestyle brand that’s been embraced by both horse lovers and nonhorse people alike. A sprinkle of English equestrian, a dash of Western cowpoke, and a whole lot of horse girl energy were poured into the making of the Milton Menasco brand, and we have a feeling that with Alli at the helm, absolutely anything is possible.

Horse & Style: Milton Menasco originally started as an Instagram account. When did you create it, and what was its purpose at the time?

Alli Addison: This all seems so long ago now, but it was shortly after we welcomed our second baby into the world. I was finding my own self through art and family history and had begun accumulating pieces

painted and sketched by my late great Uncle Milton Menasco. To visually curate his entire career into one easily accessible digital location, I started an Instagram account and selected a handle in homage to him. It really was intended for personal use for myself, a place where I could go anytime and anywhere to lay eyes on the very art that was shaping my own home, aesthetic, and future direction. Then I got one follower, and another after that. And then it simply snowballed from there.

H&S: When did you decide to turn MM the IG account into a full-fledged brand with a variety of products to sell? What was your inspiration for starting the company?

AA: I laugh at this question because we sold our very first product ever right before covid hit, which is nearly three years ago now. Wild, to say the least. I started to see the visual world I had created for my own pleasure turn into something that was appealing to a range of people – horse lovers and non-horse lovers alike. So I began to think of Milton Menasco as not just a person, (myself, the curator of the account), not just a storied artist from times past, (my great uncle), but as a lifestyle for

the modern horse set. And as a way to carry on the legacy of my heritage in an elegant but modern way.

H&S: What’s your vision for MM now? I imagine this is ever-changing.

AA: It has evolved, but the roots remain the same. The vision is a luxury lifestyle brand rooted in equestrianism with a dash of western spirit, that carries through from home to wardrobe to stable, community, and beyond.

H&S: Talk to us about your business model. We’ve noticed that you collaborate with other brands. Is this something you will continue to do?

AA: We have been fortunate enough to collaborate since day one and absolutely will continue to do so. We have some BIG collaborations coming in the years to come.Yes years, as in we are working on collections and projects now that the general public will not see for several years, and that is both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Collaborations have been such a unique addition to our main business. We are a creative company,

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a marketing company to the core you can say, and having the ability to collaborate and elevate with other brands opens our creative universe further than we thought possible. This does mean that something might pop into our head at 1AM that results in a late-night email titled, “I have an idea for SS24.” But we love this energy, and we think our collaboration partners do too. We call it horse girl energy, and it’s infectious.

H&S: Speaking of Horse Girl Energy, I believe you were the first in our community to coin the phrase. How did you come up with it?

AA: Hahaha okay. This isn’t exactly PG rated but it was during the ‘big dick energy’ phase, which was a term being tossed around way too much. Around the same time, I came across some video a guy had taken of a girl working out at a gym. He was being a bully and said something about her having, ‘horse girl energy.’ With a negative connotation. And I thought, no. Not allowed. I had also chatted with Katelyn from Street and Saddle about it, and I said this stigma has got to change. So, I ran with it.

H&S: How would you describe MM to someone new to your account/community? What’s your mission?

AA: I would probably begin by saying, “take your all-time favorite style icon, and make it horse girl. There, that’s our vibe.” But I would follow up with a typical longwinded addendum about Milton Menasco being akin to the love child of Johnny Cash and Coco Chanel. Our mission has always been to develop a world that transcends disciplines, that appeals to ALL horse lovers, no matter where and how they live.

H&S: As you just mentioned, your products resonate with both the English and Western communities – has uniting these two been your goal all along?

AA: It may not have started as THE goal, but it has certainly blossomed into THE result. This brand is no more than an extension of my authentic self, and the person I am exists in both worlds. It was only natural that Milton Menasco the brand would as well. So today we put the same amount of energy into the goods we create for our east coast equestrian to our west coast cowpoke to the person who has never

had the chance to spend even a minute with a horse but dreams of the opportunity.

H&S: You’ve sold a variety of products from apparel to bumper stickers – what have been some of your favorites?

AA: I get asked this often and my witty response is always, “that’s like asking me to name my favorite child. It cannot be done.” I worked with a gal for many years who was a creator and used to answer in the same manner, and I loved it. But if I had to lean a certain direction, I’ve always loved our woven bracelets, our coffee table books, and our ball caps.

H&S: Tell us a little about your education and background as a business owner.

AA: My undergrad and graduate degrees are in business marketing. It explains a lot. I got my adult career rolling, (while still

completing my undergrad), in consumer luxury goods, working, of course, in the marketing department. And I went out on my own in a marketing consulting capacity in 2010.

H&S: Tell us about yourself as an equestrian.

AA: Hunter/jumper by day, cowgirl by night. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Regardless, I grew up in a ranching family in California and then made the disciplinary switch when I was eight years old. Then I switched again as a teenager, (I blame the cowboys), and then stopped riding while I focused on school and marriage. I came back in BOTH capacities as an adult.

Our son is deep into junior rodeo at this point, and I so love gathering cattle with him on the ranch, roping with him, galloping around doing all the cowboy

things together, and holding hands on our trail rides. He’s 10 years old and is still very much into ‘mom,’ so I’m going to take it while I can get it. My daughter rides hunter/jumpers, and nothing brings a bigger smile to my face than watching her march around on THE Thelwell pony incarnate. I’m convinced Norman Thelwell sent us this pony from the heavens above himself. There is no child I know with more grit than our little horse girl. But I’m a believer that every child deserves a naughty pony to absolutely adore.

So today, me as an equestrian is much like this brand – a multitude of things.

H&S: What has been MM’s biggest accomplishment to date? Biggest challenge?

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every department from creative to finance to sticking tape on the boxes. With each question I answered, “that’s me.” And as the questions continued, the answers remained the same, and a smile started to grow across my face, (it was a zoom meeting). They seemed surprised, and it suddenly clicked that while I am so deep into this and often picking myself apart for not doing it as well as I want to and not having the time to do it better, that what I had accomplished all on my own was quite impressive really.

I’ve been working hard on my POV of what I actually do in a day and asking myself, “would you be impressed by you?” Absolutely. With age I’m learning to sink into the comfort of being proud of myself.

But the biggest challenge for me will always be time. I’m so beyond the tipping point of needing to let things go, focus my energy into what I do best, (and what’s important to me), and delegate what I fall short on. My list is 100 miles long, and

time is my arch nemesis. I wouldn’t say I have a problem with time management; I have an issue with control and delegation management. But I’m working on that part of myself.

H&S: Where do you see MM in five years? Any plans on taking MM into the mainstream market?

AA: Mainstream. One hundred percent and beyond. That’s where I want to be; that’s where I want to exist. I was also recently asked to share some brands I look up to and aspire to be like. All of them came back as female-founded contemporary lifestyle brands: Anine Bing,Veronica Beard, Jenni Kayne, (the horse girl who made it), and the list goes on and on.

I want to take our energy to the next level and bring the Milton Menasco experience to everyone. I believe in this brand and what we’ve created thus far. And I believe there is room for us on the bigger stage. We’ll bring the horses.

H&S: Do you have any advice for someone who would like to start his/her own equestrian business?

AA: Stay authentic to yourself. Create what you LOVE and would use on the daily. Passion and grit will drive your success in the long run.

H&S: What do you like to do in your (very little) spare time?

AA: Sleep. And dream of horses. And love on my little family. Above all else, they are my why.

Obviously, Alli Addison is going to be one to watch.You can follow along with her as she develops the Milton Menasco brand on Instagram at @miltonmenasco or @youcancallmemilton, which is the “personal but public profile of the horse girl brain” behind the MM brand. Visit for the latest in horses, style, and everything in between.

This brand is no more than an extension of my authentic self, and the person I am exists in both worlds.
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SUMMER shade Janessa Leoné

Horse & Style is excited to share a hot brand which our team is obsessing over. Janessa Leoné hats are so chic! We absolutely love their packable hats to wear pre- and post-ride. Made from the highest quality materials, these pieces are sophisticated and timeless just like their founder, SoCal’s born and bred Janessa Leoné. With a flagship boutique in LA, the brand, which launched in 2013, was focused solely in the wool hat space but has since grown into an internationally recognized label. Marrying fashion and function, these hats can be donned while driving to the barn in your workout gear to walking about town in a cute dress and heels. Leoné’s commitment to sustainable production and her sharp attention to detail is immediately felt when putting your hands on one of these hand crafted hats.

“With a commitment to sustainable practices and attention to detail, I aim to go beyond just developing beautiful products - every Janessa Leoné creation prioritizes thoughtful functionality, high-quality materials, and hand-crafted construction.”


an artistic flair

Every so often you find a person that is lucky enough to have their childhood dreams come true. That rare individual has the privilege of making their joy and passion into a career.

Leah Kaufmann, designer, and owner of Dapplebay, is one of these people.

“I’ve been in love with horses as long as I can remember and drawing them since I could hold a pencil,” said Ms. Kaufmann. “Horses have a way of calming me, grounding me unlike anything else, and I discovered this at a young age. They’ve been my passion and solace ever since. I built

Dapplebay with the hope of combining my two passions.”

Founded in 2011, Dapplebay has provided horse-crazy women with fun, whimsical clothing and accessories for over a decade. Additionally, Leah has created a like-minded online community called Barn Aisle for Dapplebay clients and fans to connect and support one another. In the spring of 2022, she launched the company’s first collection of homewares.

“I felt like there were not a lot of options for equestrian-specific lifestyle pieces that

combined classic equestrian style with artistic flair,” explained Leah. “It seems like you can find classic hunt club or very bold and artsy, but I wanted something in the middle: classic styles melded with subtle equestrian flair.”

Leah has always loved classic patterns, especially those designed by British textile designer William Morris in the 1800s. She appreciates the rhythm, color, and detail in his designs. “I loved beautiful patterns even before I ever went to design school.” She wanted to create something in the same vein using horses.

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“Encouraging creativity in others is a big part of my heart and my brand.“

When Ms. Kaufmann began her design career, she focused on branding and website design, and went on to a position at a marketing agency. As an artist and designer her entire life, she had never attempted surface pattern design until recently. It is a new design form for Leah, who fell in love with the challenge of pattern design. The homeware collection, like most, relies entirely on repeating patterns.

During COVID, Ms. Kaufmann struggled with creativity due to isolation. The solitude and separation from society imposed by quarantine wreaked havoc on many people’s imaginations. One of her attempts to find inspiration was to break out her paintbrushes and pencils to sketch regularly. She utilized this passion to help her navigate a challenging time.

The first pattern she created was the galloping horses design, which is layered from dozens of different watercolor sketches of horses. This pattern would become the inaugural design in the Dapplebay homeware collection. The pattern is available in a multi-colored pattern, shades of blue, black and white, grey, and abstract neutral.

She has several more patterns currently in all phases of the design process. She plans to release several homeware designs each year with varying themes, palettes, and subjects.

“I get so excited whenever someone buys a roll of wallpaper or a yard of fabric with my design. I just want to see what everyone is creating!” exclaimed Leah. “Encouraging creativity in others is a big part of my heart and my brand.”

Dapplebay’s wallpaper is designed to be either a statement wall in a room or to bring one’s love of equines to all four walls. Ms. Kaufmann considers herself a mixed media artist. Her work combines hand drawing or painting and digital design using her computer. She utilizes Photoshop and Illustrator to assist in bringing her design concept to life.

“I’m a hasty artist- meaning I’m fast! My best work is gestural and energetic. When I agonize over details, my work loses its charm.”

When she gets to the digital portion of her creative process, she works a bit differently. She works quickly but is constantly

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refining. “I probably design at least twenty variations and never finish a design in one sitting. I always need to leave and return to it; it’s incredible what a fresh perspective will help me see.”

Leah draws from all around her “from nature, from art, from beautiful interior design” to find inspiration. She is a highly visual person, her brain full of snapshots. She keeps random screenshots all over her desktop. “I visualize things before creating them- it’s hard to describe- but I see it in my head before it ever makes it to paper. My artistic process is about trying to make my visions into something tangible.”

The inaugural Dapplebay homeware line currently consists of two patterns, the “Equestrian Toile” and the “Galloping Watercolor.” Both lines are available in bedding, pillows, and wallpaper to add a beautiful equestrian accent to any room.

Ms. Kaufmann loves that her homeware line can work people’s love of horses into their homes or offices “I love the fabric and wallpaper because it will go forth and take on its own life in a powder room, a quilt, a dress…the possibilities are endless!”

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under the influence(r)

ON the cover
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I’ve never liked the term “influencer”. The word always sounded scammy to me and not a reflection of my purpose with my site and Instagram page, Life Equestrian, which I founded in 2016. I started the platform as a resource for riders, which I thought was absent from the equestrian space online. I’ve spent almost my entire life on and around horses. Riding is my passion, marketing is my career and as a horse girl, riding products and apparel are always on my mind (and my credit card statement). I never wanted to try to push people to any product but I do enjoy introducing new brands to friends and now followers. I love learning about new equestrian companies and hearing from their founders on their companies’ goals and where they hope to fit in the larger horse

marketplace. I initially started working solely with equestrian clothing, boots and helmet brands but more recently have ventured into the technology and safety space industry with companies such as Novafon and Horse Pilot Safety Vest.

I grew up riding in Calgary, Canada, at Spruce Meadows and am now based outside of Los Angeles at Schroeder Sporthorses. My biggest struggle as an amateur rider now in my (cough) early (cough) 40’s is creating balance between my lifelong equestrian passion; maintaining an active presence at my full time marketing position as an executive at a major Hollywood television network; and along with my husband caring for my smaller animals, two Bernedoodles and a 17 year old Dachshund Pomeranian.

The key to my balanced life is compartmentalizing every week. Monday through Friday is packed almost entirely with my day job, though on occasion I can get an early morning ride on the schedule. I usually spend an hour or so in the evening working on Life Equestrian and emailing with brands with whom I could work for posts, videos or instagram stories.

A new addition to my life has been a daily meditation practice which helps ground me in the morning and evening before bed. Usually each session is around 10 minutes but it’s been amazing to see how much energy I feel afterwards. I also try to find a half day on a weekend to literally do nothing. My definition of nothing could be taking the dogs for a walk; watching mindless

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reality TV in my sweats; or taking a stroll to explore LA’s many neighborhoods with no plan at all.

In addition to meditation I have also recently started learning more about the power of hypnosis and the many layers within our subconscious. It’s been fascinating to learn about the control our subconscious has over our daily routines. Have you ever pulled into your garage after a long day and not remembered anything about your route home? Well, this is your subconscious mind taking over. We are hard wired by our subconscious thoughts starting around age five so that later in life our brain works over time to continue to support truths and behaviors that were defined in these early years. Because our brains are wired to think and respond one way, hypnosis allows us to rewire our brains and eliminate some of our negative thoughts or experiences which have been hard wired for far too long. Through hypnosis work I have come to feel an incredible amount of new power, an easing of anxiety and a new ability to focus and open my creative thinking.

Hypnosis work is a commitment and takes time through practice and working with a professional. If your schedule doesn’t allow for this practice I would suggest starting with some simple breath work to allow your brain to relax, even if it’s just for five to ten minutes each day. Om and the Equestrian has some terrific breathing exercises that I frequently add into my daily routine. [] I also love to be inspired by the work from Dr. Pernilla Nathan. She is an advocate for you to reach your goals and has completely transformed my life by making me realize the power of each of our journeys and the learnings within each road.

I started focusing more on my health and cardio levels only a few years ago - yes, in my late 30’s - and it was clear to me that I was missing out on an entire world of activity which helps me in my daily life and also in my riding. I am grateful for connecting with a fantastic trainer named Shelby O’Leary, Train With Shelby, who has provided wonderful equestrian-specific routines to enhance my riding performance, as well as a healthier meal plan. Shelby works with many elite riders, from Olympic show jumping levels to young riders, and of course amateur horse girls like myself.

In the process of researching and ultimately reevaluating my eating habits, I found a very simple and easy way to get your daily

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“I love learning about new equestrian companies and hearing from their founders on their companies' goals and where they hope to fit in the larger horse marketplace. ”
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greens through a company called TrueLean Ageless Greens. I take this powder with a glass of ice cold water in the morning along with my coffee. My energy has been truly transformed.

Through my Life Equestrian brand relationships I was recently introduced to the Horse Pilot Airbag Riding Vest. In high school I was diagnosed with scoliosis and had a major surgery during which two Harrington rods were inserted in my back. As a result I have very little movement in my back to this day, which is why an airbag vest to protect my spine is crucial. Horse

Pilot is a brand I have been working with for years, and their commitment to safety and technological innovation is at the top of the industry. I have been wearing my vest for over three years and for both of my falls during this time it immediately deployed, allowing me to dust myself off and get back in the saddle. I am forever grateful for this product as each fall could have easily resulted in a broken collarbone, broken ribs, or worse. Horse Pilot now offers their vest in both black and navy blue. Both looks are chic and stunning for the hunter ring. I love pairing my vest with their “Monica” riding shirt, named after Monica Ward from Equ Lifestyle

Boutique. Monica passed away a few years ago but she lives on in the DNA of the Horse Pilot brand, one of her favorites.

Although I grew up riding indoors and outdoors I’ve spent the last decade riding exclusively outdoors and I’ve learned to keep my skin protected from hours in the hot SoCal sun. I’m a devotee of LaserAway for facial treatments. There are over 150 locations across the US and they recently launched their skin care line which is the perfect way to balance the best treatment on the market, The Clear + Brilliant laser treatment that stimulates collagen growth

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ON the cover

with very little downtime. Riding in the 100+ degree heat of Thermal, California, I have developed some sun damage that needed some TLC. The LaserAway product line and treatments have dramatically removed many years of sun spots on my face and upper arms.

I am beyond grateful to have two incredible women role models in my life, my mom and my mother-in-law. Both women guide me in my daily goal of connecting mind, body and soul. The words Body & Soul are actually the title of my mother-in-law’s PBS series and the companion book which was centered on holistic health, spirituality and the integration of mind, body and soul into daily life. While I have only had the privilege to have Gail in my life for the past four years I have worked hard to soak up her wisdom.

My lifelong North Star is my mother Bonnie, who has been by my side through everything in life: the good, the bad and the in-between. She is the healer of all healers, the guide to all guides and she has the ability to help virtually any animal. To this day my mom rides one of her two horses almost every day. She spends half her time in Arizona, where she dedicates her time as a local hospital board member, and fervent supporter of riding events at Boyd Ranch, a local non-profit that organizes and supports riding groups and kids activities around horses.

My mom never ceases to amaze me with her ability to lead and find ways to keep her endless Horse Girl energy going. During the summer months she lives in Montana where she volunteers for the Park Forest Ranger community. In this capacity she often takes three-to-four-day trips packing her horse with supplies for the rangers who are in the backcountry for months keeping the park systems up and running. My mom and my mother-in law have played such a prominent role in my life and have continued to support my love for horses, maintaining balance in my life and the Mind-Body connection between my horse, family, friends, health and job.

Cosmetics used for cover photo: Katherine Girl (Katherine Cosmetics)

Siena’s highlight Love Compact $25

Kindness Eyeshadow Palette $28

The Eyeliner Solution in Bonanza-Black and Cessna-Brown $28 each

A+ Friend Lipstick-Tara and Denim $28 each

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“My lifelong North Star is my mother Bonnie who has been by my side through everything in life: the good, the bad and the in-between. ”
“Riding is my passion, marketing is my career and as a horse girl riding products and apparel are always on my mind...”
photo by Kristin Lee Photography

What’s in your purse?

Show me you’re a rider without telling me you’re a rider…

We’ve got the inside scoop on what Life Equestrian carries in her purse. From her iPhone to her favorite lip balm, see how she manages to stay organized and productive while juggling multiple roles as an influencer, athlete and television executive.


“Who doesn’t need a good hairnet? I can’t tell you how many pockets and drawers I open up and find my hairnet yet I always seem to be missing them at the barn when I actually need them. My new system is to always carry a spare in my purse. One Knot Hairnet $7.99


“I usually go from my office to an evening out so carrying a few pieces of jewelry to help me transition from office professional to nighttime chic is a must. Cindy with Atelier makes

stunning equestrian inspired pieces in my favorite color tones. My go-to are their black & gold pieces.” Atelier, Valegro No.7 necklace | black & gold $179


“I keep a simple peppermint candy in my tote at all times. It’s the perfect remedy for instant fresh breath for me and a treat for my horse Blondie. My mom always said ‘never show up to the barn empty handed’”.


“I carry my helmet spray that offers a fresh spritz to remind me of the barn. I routinely spritz my helmet after every ride. The scent always brings a smile to my face and leaves a lasting citrus smell through the day.” Equestrian Wellness, Essential Helmet Spray $18, Stable to City Wipes $14


If there is one thing I couldn’t live without it would be my iPhone. From organizing my life, capturing daily moments and tracking my health, I simply don’t leave home without it.


Purse: Rebecca Ray Blair

Crossbody Bag in Tangerine $398

Sunglasses: American Bonfire, Robin Aviators in Cactus $69.95

Gloves: Roeckl® Lisboa Bling

Gloves $85.95

Horse Treats: Omega Fields, Nibblers - Peppermint $31.95

Make-up: Siena’s highlight

Love Compact $25

Make-up: Kindness Eyeshadow

Palette $28

Lip Hydrator: A+ Friend

Lipstick-Tara $28

Hair Clip: France Luxe Medium

Gallery Jaw $32

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Trendy Trainer

Constellation Bracelet, Vincent Peach, $412

Gate Belted Leather Mule, Loewe, $690

Molly Bag in Natural Linen, Rebecca Ray Designs, $269

Good Legs Cropped High-Rise StraightLeg Jeans, Good American $145

Dani Blouse, L’Agence, $380

Prints Charming

While quiet luxury is the tone for the season, adding a pop of a print can lend even the quietest color palette a little bit of sophistication. Pair it with a neutral leather bag or piece of jewelry for a style moment that even the most charming prince or princess couldn’t resist.

Ambient Amateur

Penelope Soft Shoulder Bag, Chloé, $2850

Dolly Satin Blouse, Raquel Allegra, $495

Oasis Sandal, Hermès, $750

Cropped High-Waist Straight-Leg Jeans, Frame, $280

Cleopatra Gold and Silver Crystal Bracelet, Pearl Octopussy, $405

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Ride or Die Beaded Bracelet, Roxanne Assoulin, $60

June Suede Ankle Boots, Stand, $450 New to Town Mini Shirtdress, Mother, $245

Charles Straw Sunhat, Maison Michel, $800

Joan Box Bag, See by Chloé, $490

Gorgeous Gent

Kentucky Derby Riverbank Hat, 47 Brand, $32

Slim-Fit Jeans, Boglioli, $445

Buckley Leather Belt Bag, Tom Ford, $2590

V-12 Leather Sneakers, Veja, $185

Kentucky Printed Button-Down, Fanatics, $100

Pony Mom

’70’s Square Loafer, Tory Burch, $378

Bradner Print Silk Shirt, Equipment, $295

Panier Raffia Tote, Saint Laurent, $1850

Le Super High-Rise Jeans, Frame, $245

Zaf Raffia Belt, Isabel Marant, $435

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Ally Worthington

Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Alexandra began her riding career on the West Coast under the guidance of superstar trainers Annette Spinetti and Archie Cox. Her professional Equitation career took off with Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables where she received numerous top placings at equitation finals, including Reserve Champion in the 2018 USEF Dover Medal Finals riding a borrowed horse.

After she aged out of the junior ranks, Alexandra attended Vanderbilt University on a full academic scholarship where she studied Mathematics, Economics, and Computer Science and served as President of Vanderbilt’s “Women in Business” group.

Following her 2022 graduation she was accepted at Harvard Business School. Throughout her college years Alexandra’s focus shifted from the equitation division to the jumper ring, and so did her training. She began riding with Declan McGarry of Cloverhill Show Stables. With multiple 1.35m and 1.45m Amateur wins under her belt, she began to climb the grand prix ranks earning multiple FEI 2* and 4* Class placings and her first national Grand Prix win at HITS last summer in the $40,000 Johnson Horse Transport National Grand Prix.

She capped off her season last fall by taking the top spot in the Longines Global Champions Tour of New York in the FEI 2* 1.40m competition.

Alexandra is still actively competing as an amateur while balancing her position at a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund. In that capacity she’s an active investor, helping to identify opportunities and deploy the firm’s capital into pre-seed and seed stage technology startups as well as supporting tech founders in the fund’s portfolio.

Horse & Style: Describe your riding (apparel) style.

Ally Worthington : My style is clean, simple, and functional. I only wear light, technical fabrics and prioritize sun protection when riding at home.

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technical brands which I know will always align with my riding needs.

H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit?

AW: I wear a Samshield Miss Shield helmet, Parlanti boots, and Roeckl gloves (the breathable kind!). At home, I always ride in Callidae long sleeve shirts and either Yagya or Equiline breeches. For competition, I wear an Equiline show shirt (typically short sleeve — it’s hot in Florida!) and breeches. My favorite show jackets are Equiline and Hermés. Every time I jump, even ground rails, I wear a FreeJump airbag vest.

H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck?

AW: I don’t wear anything for good luck! For “good vibes,” I always make sure I arrive to the ring early and prepared with everything I need (and extras) in my backpack so that I can focus on the task at hand.

H&S: Where do you like to buy your riding attire?

AW: Kaval carries all of my favorite clothing brands. Their selection is curated to be stylish, yet practical, and their customer service is impeccable. I’ve tried out and tried out and fallen in love with some newer

brands, like Yagya, though Kaval is my go-to place, because I know that everything on the site is elegant, comfortable, and will last! I’m proud to represent the brand as a Kaval Girl.

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

AW: My non-horse show style is effortless and casual, but chic. I spend a lot of time in jeans with a blouse, and a blazer thrown over my shoulders. It’s rare to find me in any shoes other than sneakers!

H&S: How do you handle high-pressure situations, for example right before you enter a big class?

AW: As a working amateur, I don’t get in the show ring as much as my peers competing at the FEI level. As a result, most of my mental preparation for big classes is reminding myself to trust our system. After walking the course for a grand prix, I’ll typically only watch one or two riders jump, then go to a quiet place and watch videos of myself jumping a similar class to help me visualize and relax.

H&S: What are your riding goals?

AW: My short term focus is to build more consistency at the FEI 2*/3* level. Long term, it’s my dream to represent the United States in CSIO 3* Nations Cup competitions and jump at the highest level

internationally. But as an amateur with a full-time job, I have to recognize that I’m on a different path than a lot of the professional riders I compete against — I’m just enjoying the journey!

H&S: What are your career goals?

AW: I find my career as an early-stage venture capital investor to be extremely rewarding and impactful. One day, I hope to raise my own venture fund. Technology startups are a huge driver for innovation, job creation, and progress in our society, and I love supporting them.

H&S: Who has been most influential in your riding career?

AW: I’m lucky enough to have received training and mentorship from some of the best riders and horse people in the business. Declan McGarry, John Roche, Stacia Madden, Bernie Traurig, Archie Cox, and Annette Spinetti have been among the most influential to me, both as a person and as an athlete.

H&S: What’s the one thing you never go in the ring without?

AW: My FreeJump airbag vest! Show jumping is a dangerous sport, and I’m a fan of any tool that can reduce risk — letting me focus on giving my horse the best ride possible.

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Canada’s Northern Lights Are In It To Win It… In A Major Way

The ShowPlus Northern Lights, powered by Canadian talent, take aim at the 2023 season of Major League Show Jumping

The first thought that often enters an inventive mind after committing to what sounds like a good idea is pure panic. It’s the sensation that Jacqueline Patmore experienced when she signed the dotted line on a Major League Show Jumping (MLSJ) team at the start of the 2022 season.

Patmore, a Calgary native, amateur rider and former horse show and farm manager sat ringside for the $230,000 CSI5* Grand Prix, the final event of the 2021 MLSJ season, at her winter base in Thermal, CA. She was blown away. It sparked an idea fueled by something no Canadian has too little of – national pride.

“I stood there with a couple of fellow Canadians and couldn’t help but think it would be great to have a team solely from

Canada,” said Patmore, whose sentiment was quickly echoed by the riders by her side. “They told me it was a great idea, and I should do it.”

A couple months later, Patmore – in what she describes as an “insane moment” –signed a contract that added a new team to the 2022 MLSJ Season. The Northern Lights were poised to shine bright during their debut as part of the MLSJ series.

After she put the pen down, the panic set in. Patmore noted that the reality of raising the money to finance a whole team quickly plagued her. But, in true Canadian fashion, they rallied together in support. The first roster was born from comradery, talent seeking and a few cold calls. It consisted of Sean Jobin,Vanessa Mannix, Sam Walker, Darrin Dlin, Taylor St. Jacques and one

guest nation with Juan Ortiz of Venezuela making a guest appearance.

“Juan told him he loved Tim Hortons and that should be enough,” joked Patmore.

It was enough and Ortiz was ceremoniously on the roster. The second half of the 2022 season brought trades Tiffany Foster, Jim Ifko and Rachel Cornacchia to the team. After a sponsorship deal was inked with ShowPlus, who pledged their support to the Northern Lights during its rookie year, the ShowPlus Northern Lights officially joined the MLSJ ranks.


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a closer look at the actual results showed a team that is knocking on the door of a breakout year.

“We couldn’t get that one win that would’ve pushed us over,” she said of the 2022 season which boasted their best result as a third-place podium finish in Traverse City, MI, after Ifko and un Diamant des Forets posted the fastest time of the entire day. “We were a new team last year and still understanding the dynamic and strategy. Individually, however, people really shined. As a team we never had major mistakes, but the competition was tough. During the first season, four faults always got you into the second round but that was not the case last year.”

Jobin, who returns for the 2023 season earned a podium grand prix finish in the penultimate event at Desert International Horse Park in 2022 with Darius, finishing behind Irish duo Daniel Coyle and Conor Swail. Mannix, who also returns as a mainstay on the starting team lineup, was consistently in the mix at the five-star and two-star level during last year’s series.

With her two anchors firmly in place, Patmore dug a little deeper into the Canadian talent well to round out her roster.

“I didn’t want to go to the people who were already jumping on [Nations Cup] teams frequently. I wanted to create opportunity,” she said. “I truly believe that our team spirit and commitment to supporting Canada is unmatched and will make us ones to watch.”

The coming team consists of (mostly) Canadian talent. Budding international

“We have shone a spotlight on talent that was not consistently being looked at before, but with the proper exposure has now proven that they deserve a spot at the top.”

athletes Nicole Walker, Ali Ramsay and Lexi Ray will join the team in 2023 alongside U.S. rising star Alexis Sokolov. Foster and Ortiz – a Tim Hortons in hand after his recent recovery from knee surgery – will once again return after the second-half trade window closes.


With legs across Canada, the United States and Mexico, MLSJ added 10 five-star events to the North American show jumping calendar. The surge in top-level sport

created a positive biproduct for Canada. The number of five-star events on Canadian soil more than doubled in one year, and they were hungry for the opportunity.

The MLSJ schedule opens at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC, and continues to Angelstone Tournaments in Erin, ON, and Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments in Ottawa, ON.

“In the past few years, we have seen that there’s not a lot of depth in Canada; owners,

horses and sponsorships are hard to come by,” Patmore noted of her inspiration to create more opportunity through MLSJ.

“We struggle as a country to send multiple teams to different venues while relying on the same group of riders over and over.

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stage,” continued Patmore. “MLSJ is the perfect showcase for them.”

Rather than spending his summer in Europe or bouncing back and forth across the border, Jobin proved that the ShowPlus Northern Lights has bolstered his riding resume in a rapid fashion. Patmore calls him her poster child.

When Jobin was selected as the reserve rider for Canada at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ USA at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano, CA, earlier this year, it was a vision turned reality for Patmore.

“Seeing Sean accomplish that and be selected was the whole point,” she mused. “We have shone a spotlight on talent that was not consistently being looked at before, but with the proper exposure has now proven that they deserve a spot at the top.”


The upcoming season of MLSJ is a pivotal one for Patmore as she works to secure a group to purchase the ShowPlus Northern Lights and make their sport in the League a consistent force for Canadian show jumping talent. The best part for Patmore about being involved with the Northern Lights, however, is basking in Canadian pride.

“Our team more than others has a good vibe. We jive with each other, are super supportive and we make it fun,” she said. “The team riders showed up for each other individually and that creates a really special atmosphere.”

With the growing pains of learning the strategy behind being successful in MLSJ team events well in their rear view mirror, Patmore is charging into the 2023 season with confidence. “We have our plan nailed down this year, so I promise we will be a bigger contender than we were last year,” she said. “You’ll see a variety of people jumping for the team; I like to give everyone the opportunity to have that team appearance, so you will see everyone at one point get that spot.”

Patmore’s plan is for the Northern Lights to shine bright with a little help from new team uniforms designed by Struck Apparel. “At the very least, we are going to look amazing.”

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Professional rider Kevin Winkle and Grand Prix rider Karrie Rufer, both passionate equestrians, celebrated their union in a joyous marriage ceremony with their friends and family at the Carneros Inn & Spa in Napa. CA.

As devoted riders, their love for horses and the equestrian world brought them together, forging a unique bond that extends beyond their personal connection. With a shared passion for the sport, Kevin and Karrie spend countless hours in the saddle, training diligently and pushing each other to new heights of achievement. Their commitment to equestrian excellence not only strengthens their relationship but also fuels their shared dreams of success in the competitive arena.

As they embark on this beautiful journey of love and companionship, Kevin and Karrie’s deep-rooted equestrian backgrounds serve as a constant reminder of the values of dedication, resilience, and teamwork that they bring to their marriage and their equestrian pursuits. Together, they create an inspiring union where love, horsemanship, and a shared pursuit of equestrian greatness intertwine harmoniously.

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The Stylish Rider Meets Undeniable Innovation

H&S Presents two hot on the radar brands, Rider’s Gene & Euphoric Equestrian

Apparel trends in Equestrian fashion have been adapting over time to allow equestrians, and their equine athletes, the ability to express their styles and personalities. Oftentimes we wonder if people notice the tall socks and strategically placed knee pads. We catch those individuals assessing the classic and traditional attire dating back to the days of fox hunting.

Just like any athlete, we are proud to wear the ensemble that screams Equestrian class. The latest brands have taken the lead on altering Equestrian fashion and applying newer trends into the rider’s daily lifestyle, forcing the older traditional materials and fit to be more dynamic and technical.

Over time we have found that riding attire doubling from barn to daily life is evermore important. This of course means that we

will have more time to spend at the barn with the ones we love. Let me introduce you to two brands paving the way for trendy equestrians everywhere.


RG Rider’s Gene is an extension of the popular Cavalleria Toscana brand. Today RG renews itself by introducing a dynamic clothing line for both men and women. The RG brand offers top of the line quality materials with technical and aesthetic aspects. RG offers its clientele a customized service from the clothing models to the hand picked fabrics for maximum movement.

The RG line focuses on intricate details to better satisfy both the rider and horses’ needs, and give the utmost amount of

personality to you and your equine athlete’s daily ensemble.

“The RG Rider’s Gene vision is here to help you step outside of the traditional Equestrian apparel box to better express yourself. What you wear does not define you but that doesn’t mean you can not express yourself through what you wear each day.”

RG currently has two look books to offer on their website Take a walk through the brand’s vibrant story starting with the 2022 Fall Winter Main line which is the first clothing collection that RG Rider’s Gene launched.

These products carry over into the second look book for the upcoming brand new 2023 Spring Summer Main line which will be on the market soon!

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The woman-owned brand launched in 2022 by Lost Angeles resident Alexa Skonieczny was a vision that came to life in Euphoric Equestrian.This young talent’s dream became a reality in the Equestrian lifestyle brand targeting the busy young trendy rider, 9-5 Amateur and the alwayson-the-go Professional.

Alexa has ridden her entire life and after taking a break after her college education she was determined to take her love of Equestrian fashion and change the narrative for riders looking for a more subtle transition to everyday life. Focusing

on the importance of modern day fabrics plus changing trends, Euphoric Equestrian offers styles like the bodysuit or leggings covering every rider’s needs. Whether you are spending a day at the stable followed by lunch with friends or walking into the competition ring, Euphoric Equestrian has you covered.

“This clothing line was launched after not being able to find stylish riding clothes that would double from the barn to my daily life. I never felt my best going from the barn to work or to lunch with my girlfriends on the weekend after lessons.”

Insert Alexa’s new brand Euphoric Equestrian. “Every piece is made locally in

Los Angeles and is made of soft and resistant fabrics. These fabrics have been tested many times at the barn and in everyday life.”

Shop the brand online at for items including the Calabasas Crew Neck or the Coul Competition Shirt. Euphoric Equestrian also offers the fitted Splendor Bodysuit along with riding leggings and the popular Ellany ornate belts.

All products are made with love in a clean and ethical factory. Euphoric Equestrian will continue to grow as a popular, Southern California brand so make sure to stop by the website to gather the latest and greatest equestrian lifestyle gear!

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Eq Editorial creates custom one of a kind photo shoots to capture your true equestrian style. It was Co founded by two equestrians with a passion for the equestrian lifestyle, an eye for aesthetics and a commitment to the entire experience in every shoot. From hair, makeup and styling to providing the horses and the shoot locations EQ EDITORIAL will elevate the experience for your private one of a kind equestrian lifestyle photoshoot.

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To Your Ride Add Some Sparkle

Great ideas and great companies sometimes come from adversity. Following a scary horse fall, Cindy G took a step back from riding but never left the barn life. It was there one day, cleaning a bridle, that she noticed the simplistic beauty of the piece, and realized how stunning bridleinspired jewelry pieces could be, especially those wrapped in leather. Her signature piece “The Bandit” (photo above) is a best seller. Many of her pieces bear the slogan “don’t let them tame you” which is mostly a reference to the determination it takes to get back on the horse after a tough fall. Her brand, Atelier, is all made in the US and emphasizes the use of natural color palettes.

Cindy spends every morning on her horse, but not before her first cup of coffee!

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Coady Culha is a collaboration between lifelong rider and jewelry designer Montana Coady and diamond industry entrepreneur Bert Culha. What started as only engagement rings, the brand has expanded into the equestrian space and was recently showcased at Desert International Horse Park. The collection includes a ring, bracelet and earrings. When I asked Montana if there is one piece of jewelry that she always wears when she rides, she told me “There is something so beautiful about a diamond stud in your ear when your hair is pulled back”. We can’t wait to see more pieces in their ever growing Equestrian line.


Catherine Zadeh may not consider herself a traditional “horse girl,” but her equestrian-inspired brand ZADEH has certainly taken the market by storm in recent years. Her exquisite line of rings, necklaces, and bracelets can be found at prestigious horse shows like the Hamptons Classic and in Wellington, exuding a refined and European vibe.

Zadeh’s signature bracelets, which cater to both men and women, boast a timeless elegance with a contemporary edge. Incorporating a vibrant mix of colored string patterns, accented with polished silver and leather straps, these pieces strike a perfect balance between ruggedness and refinement. It’s no wonder they are highly sought-after, especially among the discerning equestrian community.

And now ZADEH is excited to announce the opening of her brand new store on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where her loyal clientele can discover even more of her stunning creations in a chic and casual setting.

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Mind, Body, Soul, Sip

Mind Body Soul

Your mind is the most powerful, magical, and expensive thing you’ll ever own. I am literally obsessed with how we can elevate our minds to their greatness, because in each and every one of us we have magic that is untapped. Clearly so obsessed I created a business out of it. When you look at the results from scientific research, it’s insane how certain behaviors impact not just the physical structure of our brains, which changes how we experience life and our performance. Growing up, I was told that I had to do things/live life a “certain” way to obtain success. And that my “dreams” were childhood dreams. But then I got curious about the mind and success, and everything I learned about our minds gave me the strength to take the risks toward creating my dreams and my business, and completely changed my riding.

In all honesty, I do a lot to take care of it, because I want to be riding horses FOREVER. But seriously, our bodies are epically magical. And I am forever grateful that it allows me to ride and workout and move. When I broke my wrist and had a back injury related to a horse injury, it really made me appreciate all the things I could do and took for granted, like putting on my shoes or walking the dogs. When I had my back injury, I couldn’t walk the dogs and that scared me into taking better care of my body. I ride 5x/week now and mix that in with Pilates, yoga, strength training, and walking. And now that I hit a “certain” age, I am also very diligent about taking my supplements as well as my facial care. I love PROVEN that is formulated based on your lifestyle; and also love Hourglass Cosmetics, a cruelty free beauty brand.

Your soul is this magical essence that needs to be nurtured. I believe it’s also how we connect with our horses. When I am stressed, I soothe my soul by going to the beach for the negative ions and I meditate, use tinctures, and love my essential oils. I also try to make my home my soul’s sanctuary, decorating it with art, crystals, plants, and candles. Sometimes, when life sends me curve balls I will sage and use palo santo to sprinkle new energy around me. I don’t know about you, but riding also definitely feeds my soul. For a very long time, I denied that I needed horses in my life... and then the moment I stopped pretending I could live without them, life just became magical.

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Sip Snack Squat

Coffee. Sazerac. Prosecco. Electrolyte Water. Those are my favorites things. My morning coffee is my little ritual. I love my little concoction: Lavazza coffee with oat milk, a dash of mushroom powder, collagen, and a few drops of stevia... and of course it must be done just right. I live off my electrolyte water, which I carry with me everywhere, from the barn to work, etc., in my Stanley. I don’t drink when I am showing or the night before a big lesson, because alcohol does so much to our minds, and I always want to optimize myself so I can give my best. But when I do celebrate, my favorites are a New Orleans whiskey drink called the Sazerac, or Prosecco in a fancy flute.

I love cooking and creating elaborate meals. Or going out and finding a new restaurant with friends. I do prioritize protein and veggies to keep me fueled throughout my days. There was a time that I didn’t eat enough, and I would get so tired. I worked with a nutritionist who changed my entire perspective about food and how my food choices impact my riding, running my business, my mind, and body. Once I started eating for my lifestyle, my energy has completely done a 180.

I absolutely love Boho Beautiful Yoga (you can find it on YouTube). I’ll turn it on and do it outside on the porch or in my office. There is a spiritual experience to yoga and the poses. I know that sounds “corny,” but some of those poses make you really connect deeply with your body. I also love Pilates. It unassumingly kicks your butt. I love that it makes me strengthen muscles that other workouts just don’t. I’ve also found it’s helped me so much in the saddle with my balance, alignment, and protecting me from new injuries. And I just love the endorphin drop after a good workout! It just makes you feel like you can conquer anything!

Performance Consultant and Equestrian, Pernilla specializes in working with female athletes and entrepreneurs. An expert in the neuropsychology of performance, Pernilla works with Female Adult Amateur Equestrians, Juniors, Trainers, and 5-Star Grand Prix Riders who want to access their biggest dreams. With big dreams for herself, she left the world of psychology to avidly learn all things optimization/ success and the mind, so she could reach her BIG dreams. She is known for her authentic passion to help others know that dreams can come true for all of us.

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Go Together

As both a sole proprietor and an equestrian athlete, there’s a lot of focus on individual results. The success of my business and my scores in the ring both fall on me. Ninety-nine percent of my horses’ rails are mine. If I don’t return a phone call, the only one to blame is myself (Oh, how I could use a secretary).

Sometimes it’s a lot—but what a fortunate problem to have, to own both a business and a show horse.

As my “boutique” media agency has grown beyond my expectations, and I continue to commentate—and try to bring a young horse along—I’ve been repeatedly reminded that I can’t actually do it all, no matter how many years of

experience I have or hours I work or how carefully I schedule.

One of my favorite proverbs reads, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Looking at the number of time faults I’ve had over the course of the last year, it’s pretty obvious that I’m not out to win any races. I’m in it for the long game. So, my team began to grow this winter. I was riding out a series of spins and leaps from my horse for the third consecutive day at home, cringing as the neighboring polo stable sent out its next set to gallop adjacent to the arena, when I looked over at my longtime trainer Alan and said, “I don’t know if I’m good enough to ride this horse.”

I’m the main caretaker for my horses. I do all of my own care, all the riding and all the preparation for the show ring. But in that moment, I clearly hadn’t prepared my horse well enough for our jump school. Large and talented, Petey was showing off his athleticism in all the wrong ways.

Alan turned to me and, as he has for the last 17 years, said exactly what I needed to hear.

“Yes, you are,” he asserted, with the confidence I always wish I had. “But you don’t have do it all.”

So, Alan gave me some extra help in the form of his son: one of the country’s most talented U25 athletes, Tanner Korotkin. I’ve known Tanner since he was three years old. I was 14 when I first started

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training with Alan. Nearly two decades later, Tanner is repaying me for all of the times I accompanied him on terrifying rides at amusement parks during summer horse show travel and helped him trot cross rails on his first horse, Captain. He’s now a magician on a horse. He’s also 6’ tall (at least) and strong. My tiny 5’6” frame is definitely…not as strong.

A few weeks into having Tanner’s consistent help in the saddle, Petey jumped his first 1.30m with confidence, with Tanner in the irons. With me, he was exceptional in the 1.25m, with just one rail down, a pilot error (and no time faults).

Tanner is stuck with me now, if he wasn’t already (in my eyes, he is some sort of cross between a nephew and a little brother). So, too, is Tori Sheehan.

I’ve applied the same strategy—team acquisition—to Catie Staszak Media this year. I took the leap and brought on Tori to help expand what I can offer the athletes, farms and brands with which I work.

Tori and I work seamlessly together, and it’s been a joy to have not only her talent, but also her wonderful company and a fresh perspective at work. Tori now heads up CSM’s video division.

This winter, we made a short documentary for Andre Dignelli and Heritage Farm about developing championship equitation horses; took on the social media and sponsorship for the incredible John French and his hunter division at Team KPF; followed Eclipse Champions at Payson Park; covered the World Equestrian Center – Ocala’s first ever wintertime FEI Grand Prix; and made Dutta Corp’s commercial for the Land Rover Kentucky 3-Day Event’s NBC broadcast, among (many) other projects. I finished my fifth season on the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League and managed to fit in three shows at WEF—two more than last year!

I’ve always been this one-woman band. But I’m ready to go ever farther. I’m not alone, and I’m so grateful.


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Dear Dr. Carrie,

How can I learn to get into the zone more easily? After my horse has a well-deserved off-season break, I will focus on training and basics at home for two months. What can I incorporate into my training that will help me practice getting into the zone when I return to the show ring in 2023?

Signed, Zone Seeker

Dear Zone Seeker,

The elusive ZONE is definitely accessible on a regular basis once you understand what it actually is and how it emerges. Most people have experienced this state of mind while deeply engaged in a challenging task and lost themselves into a sense of effortlessness. In fact, children experience the zone regularly while at play as they experiment with new challenges and goals. Once you have had this experience, it is more easily replicable as the necessary brain frequency called gamma waves becomes a part of your neural network and can be triggered more easily going forward.

Gamma brainwaves are present when you are learning, remembering, processing information or functioning cognitively. All of the above are activated when you are riding. Staying present with the challenges and successes as they emerge allows for gamma brain wave frequency to activate and support your performance. To trigger gamma brainwave activity, bring yourself back to a state of play. In order to access gamma brainwaves, the body has to be in a state of physical awareness just like when you were playing with toys. Take some breaths and become aware of the buzz in your body all the way down to your toes.

Gamma brainwaves also allow you to push your physical limits because when

activated you tend to suspend judgement, freeing yourself from inhibitions. Focus on nonjudgmental observation of your current experience. Essentially, being present, a mental state of play, a sense of physical and nonjudgmental awareness are the elements that produce gamma states.

Studies have also shown that breath and sensory focused meditation practices increase gamma activity. I personally study Vipassana meditation and have found it to be particularly helpful in supporting me to access the zone. A daily meditation practice supports many aspects of health and wellbeing and is particularly useful when exploring your personal version of the zone. See my next answer for more on this and have fun turning the elusive zone into your happy place!

Dear Dr. Carrie,

Every year I put ‘learn to meditate’ on my New Year’s resolution list but for some reason, I never get to it! I really want to learn to meditate to improve performance. Where should I start?

Signed, Meditation Newbie

Dear Meditation Newbie:

Many people like to meditate with an app because it is another way of being served and monitored by technology. I have nothing against this but it doesn’t work for me and it eliminates the elements of self-discipline and self-reflection that are key to meditation. I encourage you to explore Zen (open awareness) or Vipassana (body and sensory awareness) meditation approaches because these are what I have found to be the most aligned with a competitive equestrian’s experiences and partnership with an equine teammate. To be clear, meditation does not always

make you feel better! It is a practice of developing awareness and attention to whatever is going on in your body and mind.

1. Begin by deciding what time of day you plan to sit in quietude and commit to it.

2. Start small. Three to five minutes daily is better than 20 minutes every once in a while.

3. Set an alarm on your phone for the desired amount of time, get comfortable, and close your eyes.

4. Focus on your breath gently going in and out of your nostrils. When thoughts emerge, observe them and come back to your breath. Repeat this refocusing over and over again as it is this nonjudgmental observation of experience that brings you closer to yourself.

Note: resist the urge to judge your meditation sessions. It is not about how well you did but about the fact that you showed up for yourself!

Ultimately meditation teaches you to see the patterns that support or inhibit your life more clearly. It is not about emptying the mind and having no thoughts. Being disciplined about this practice of showing up in quietude with focus on the breath and sensory awareness in order to be more familiar with your personal experiences develops courage, authenticity, and clear thinking. My favorite book for learning to meditate is How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with your Mind , by Pema Chodron (2013). You can also look her up online to listen to some wonderful talks on the subject.

I encourage you to explore the vast fields of meditation and take from each discipline what makes you curious. I am also available for guidance and exploration, so please feel free to contact me to continue the conversation!

Dr. Carrie Wicks divides her time between her private sport psychology consulting and family therapy practice, traveling with athletes, and writing. She completed her doctorate in psychology while researching the mental practices of equestrian athletes. Her passions include horses, yoga, mountain biking, skiing, and time in nature with animals. 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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Georgina Preston

Horses and photography have always been a part of Georgina Preston’s life, so it was only natural that she’d combine her two greatest passions. She grew up in Somerset, England, where she spent her days riding her pony and learning how to use a camera. Both her mother and grandfather enjoyed the craft, and they encouraged Georgina to embrace her creative spirit.

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