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This August’s Menlo Charity Horse Show was a wonderful week of competition, parties, and philanthropy. In this Cover Story, six individuals who have a special connection to MCHS share their personal accounts about their history with MCHS, what they loved at 2017’s show in particular, and how they hope to be involved in the future. MCHS’s group of sponsors, volunteers and riders define what it is to be a dream team.
DEL CIELO: THE REAGANS’ RANC H IN THE SKY Alli Addison takes readers on a private tour of central California’s Rancho del Cielo, the former home and ranch of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. The incredible images and detailed text come together to paint a vivid picture of the private life of a couple that spent the majority of their lives – from Hollywood to the White House – in the spotlight.
72 THE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW IN PHOTOS
The iconic Washington International Horse Show is scheduled for this October in Washington, D.C., and the equestrian community cannot wait for the excitement to begin. To tide the WIHS enthusiasts over, Lindsay Brock uses esteemed photographer Vivianne Peckham’s images to tell the story of past shows, and to give readers insider tips as to what to expect at this year’s event.
78 Montage Palmetto Bluff, a resort nestled between Hilton Head Island, SC, and Savannah, GA, offers guests and homeowners a chance to experience southern hospitality at its finest. Learn about the property’s Shooting Club, May River Golf Course, luxurious Spa Montage, and water activities in this engaging Destination piece. Between the activities (like paddleboarding with baby dolphins) and the food (think breakfast biscuit bar), there is something for everyone to enjoy.
VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: INSIDE THE BOX
Pam Maley travels to Pony Finals in Lexington, KY to get a look at the World Equestrian Center and Chagrin Saddlery Mobile Boutique, a new mobile vendor that will be making appearances at horse shows throughout the US. Maley describes the details that make the shopping experience in the eighteen-wheel rig enviable, as well as the sweet story behind this joint venture for WEC and Chagrin Saddlery.
A TAS TE OF THE BLUEGRASS! A trip to the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, KY is a must
on any show jumping fan’s horse show bucket list. However, the weekend would not be complete without taking a chance to explore the Lexington area, which is a destination in and of itself. Learn the best places to dine and drink, the best farm tours to book, where to get your art fix, and why the Breeding Stock Sale will have you extending your stay.
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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.
Jackie and Duncan McFarland own EqSol, a marketing solutions company. After spending a decade in Southern California, in 2010, just in time for WEG, they moved to Lexington, Kentucky. Amazed at how time flies, the EqSol Team has grown, now reaching from CA to the UK, with exciting projects knocking at the door.
Danielle Demers grew up in Maine and currently lives in London with her husband. A lifelong equestrian, she has always been inspired by horses. After graduating with a BFA in Painting, she worked to find a way to combine her passions for art, design, and the equestrian lifestyle. As a member of the EqSol Creative team since 2013, her interests have been melded together more perfectly than she could have imagined.
An avid former foxhunter, Pam knows well that special bond between horse and rider. With her husband she was co-owner of Dunford Farm, a Thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she was involved in every aspect of the horses’ lives. Her journey with horses continues as a member of the EqSol Team.
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Alli was born, raised and still lives on a ranch that has been in her family since 1837, located north of Santa Barbara, CA. Alli holds a BS and MS in Business Marketing from California Polytechnic State University. A lifelong equestrian, she has a passion for riding hunter/jumpers, loves art and the equestrian lifestyle. Alli also enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
Laurie Berglie was born, raised, and currently resides in Maryland. She enjoys renovating her fixer-upper farm, reading horse books, and training and competing her two OTTBs, Misty, her wild mare, and Bailey, her easygoing gelding. Laurie began her blog, “Maryland Equestrian,” an Equestrian Lifestyle Guide, in 2011. She has a BA in English from Stevenson University and an MA in Humanities from Towson University.
Jana is a Partner and former Global Vice Chair of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. A foremost authority in real estate law and business management, Jana is a frequent author and speaker on leadership, crisis management, the role of women in business and professional advancement. An avid equestrian who owns a working farm in Kentucky, Jana examines the interplay between business and riding.
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.
A former three-day event rider, Ashley’s love of horses runs deep. Her photography has taken her around the world and her images have been exhibited in New York City galleries and major magazines. When she is not behind the lens, Ashley can be found riding her Thoroughbred mare and enjoying the outdoors.
Lindsay Brock is a writer, photographer, and social media guru from Saugerties, NY. A Houghton College graduate, Lindsay studied Writing and Communications, while riding on the hunter/jumper and eventing teams. Lindsay is a full-time staffer at Jump Media, LLC. When not at a horse show, behind a camera lens or fervently Instagramming, you can find her astride her Zangersheide gelding, Justice Z.
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I often use my “Publisher’s Letter” to write about the amazing travel experiences – from five-star horse shows to equestrian destinations to photo shoots – I have had since starting Horse & Style Magazine. I also often reminisce about how each trip makes me realize that a love of horses and the equestrian sport forges an immediate bond between people. Well, this “Publisher’s Letter” is no different. As I reminisce on having attended two of the most iconic American horse shows this summer, Menlo Charity Horse Show and Hampton Classic Horse Show, I am left with the familiar feelings of amazement and connection. I only had to travel a couple hours from home to experience the Menlo Charity Horse Show (MCHS) in Atherton, CA. As usual, MCHS was wonderful, and I was reminded of why it is one horse show I look forward to each year. While the impeccable grounds, amazing vendors and exciting events are always perfect, one of the things that makes MCHS so special is the rich history and strong team behind the week-long show. Read some great stories about the inspiring MCHS team members on page 50. While setting jumps in the warm-up ring at a Sonoma Horse Park summer show, an email came through to my phone asking if I would be interested in attending the Hampton Classic Horse Show on behalf of the Whispering Angel wine label. As an avid rosé drinker, a past New York resident, and a lover of all things Hampton Classic, I was thrilled to spend three days in New York at one of the country’s most prestigious horse shows. Read about my incredible Labor Day weekend on page 34.
Horse & Style publisher and Editor-in-chief Sarah Appel (right) with (L–R) Katharine Page, Jeanette Gilbert and Elizabeth Welborn at the Whispering Angel VIP Table at the Hampton Classic Horse Show
This issue is full of other American horse show goodness. In “Get a Taste of the Bluegrass,” contributors (and Kentucky residents) Jackie McFarland and Pam Maley give insider tips on how to make your trip to the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, KY a full-on vacation (page 99). In another feature, contributor Lindsay Brock uses Vivianne Peckham’s exceptional photography to offer readers a preview of the upcoming Washington International Horse Show on page 72. Two “Out & Abouts” also celebrate American horse shows that took place this summer – Giant Steps Charity Classic (page 26) and Silver Oak Jumper Tournament (page 91). While I will always love European horse shows, this issue highlights the fact that I don’t always have to fly internationally to see excellent riders and horses. As the summer months come to an end and the fall horse show schedule emerges, I am really looking forward to all the fall horse shows – both in America and abroad. Crisp air, puffy vests and warm winter coolers, I welcome you! Cheers!
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The story behind the Zuccolotto brand is a tale of two sisters, Chiara and Ariana Zuccolotto. The two grew up as best friends, and bonded over a shared love of horses and competing. Their family was wonderfully supportive, but was not willing to buy the sisters expensive, made horses. So Chiara and Ariana made their own horses with the help of several trusted trainers, and enjoyed the training process as much as being in the winner’s circle. This determined, entrepreneurial attitude soon influenced their professional lives. Chiara was just barely out of college when she asked Ariana (who was still in high school at the time) to join her in starting Zuccolotto, a designer brand with an equestrian focus. Ariana agreed, and they spent the summer of 2014 on the floor of their apartment – surrounded by fabric swatches, color palettes, scissors, and the like – crafting their first show coat. The Zuccolotto line started with three hunt coats that were painstakingly and lovingly made. Painstakingly made because they were two young girls working in a cut-throat industry, and lovingly made because the sisters extensively tested these coats so only the best fit, feel and look would make it to their customers. The result is a line of beautiful and well-made hunt coats. And that is just the beginning. To help bring their brand to market, Ariana started an ambassador program that partnered with talented, hardworking riders. Ambassadors get the benefit of representing the brand, and Zuccolotto makes a big effort to promote its riders. Chiara and Ariana have worked diligently to grow Zuccolotto the last three years, and they have big plans for the future. Chiara just returned from Paris, where she was studying couture techniques that she will apply to the next line, and Ariana is getting ready to manage Zuccolotto’s expansion into non-equestrian high-fashion. These sisters are amazing individuals, but together, they are unstoppable.
The sisters are a strong team because they each have a special skill set – Chiara takes the creative role, while Ariana takes the logical, businessoriented role.
The Zuccolotto logo is a combination of both their profiles – an inside joke between them because they have been told their whole lives that they look like twins.
They made their first Zuccolotto prototypes right at home – and their mom ironed each one with an industrial iron.
They specially design most of the finishes, and even created a specific zipper that has a locking mechanism so it stays closed while riding.
In the beginning, if they couldn’t afford to hire a professional, they quickly learned the skill and did the work themselves. This can-do attitude is how Ariana became the main photographer for the brand.
When the sisters need inspiration, they head to the Vogue archives – they love incorporating vintage looks from the ‘20s, ‘40s and ‘50s.
The sisters are big believers in charity work, so Zuccolotto partnered with Agape International Missions (AIM). A portion of the proceeds from a Zuccolotto coat purchased from an ambassador will be donated to AIM.
They both ride and have competed in the 1.20 and 1.25 meter classes.
Both have big riding goals, and want to compete at the World Cup™ one day. But they stress that they only want to go if they can go together, because they are, of course, a “package deal!”
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“The most important thing to know about exclusions is that they can be applied to a policy even though an owner has not submitted a claim. This is because most Equine Mortality and Major Medical policies are term polices, which means they only run for the annual term; a new policy starts every year. Anything that happened in the previous year (illness, injury, etc.) is now considered a pre-existing condition and is excluded, even if no claim was filed. While this may seem unfair, it is industry standard, so it is important to know. The good news is that the duration or extent of an exclusion can vary. For a medical colic or straightforward colic surgery, most insurance companies will review it one year from the date of the episode, and if there are no additional problems, will most likely remove it. However, if the horse had any resection (removal of intestine) or had multiple colic episodes, the exclusion will be permanent. Lameness exclusions operate differently, which is why it is important to be very specific with your insurer. Generally, if the lameness was something that compromised the anatomical structure and there is a likelihood that the horse will re-injure it (for instance, a torn suspensory ligament), the exclusion will remain. But, you should understand that the way the exclusion is listed affects your coverage.Your agent needs to work with you, your veterinarian and the insurance company to get the exclusion limited to the actual injury. This way you can ensure your exclusion lists the actual structure (right front suspensory, for example) as opposed to excluding the entire right front limb – resulting in far less coverage. Exclusions are not the end of the world! However, I recommend finding an agent (as opposed to an online quote) that has experience with both insurance and horses. Always remember to call them anytime your horse is sick or injured, and always read your policy – especially the exclusions!”
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1. The crowd at Aachen cannot be beat – not in size, knowledge, or enthusiasm! 2. McLain Ward gives his biggest fan, daughter Lilly, a big hug to celebrate his victory in the SAP Prize Speed Class 3. Laura Kraut pats Confu after their excellent round. The pair finished fastest out of 44 starters in the Stawag Speed Stake 4. Belgium’s Gregory Wathelet and Coree take a victory gallop after a well-earned win in the prestigious and competitive Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen 5. Proudly representing the USA, Lee McKeever escorts McLain Ward to the in-gate at Aachen 6. In front of a packed house, Brazilian Eduardo Menezes and Quintol clear the signature Rolex jump in the grand prix. In his first time competing at Aachen, Menezes won Tuesday’s opening class on his mare Caruschka
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1. 6. 7. 3. 4. 5. 1. Kent Farrington and Dublin looking majestic against the backdrop of the Château de Chantilly and the beautiful Grand Stables 2. Scott Brash enjoys one of his many victory laps. Brash led the gallop in the CSI5* Global Champions League of Chantilly Final and was 2nd in the first round of the GCL, which helped Team Miami Glory earn 2nd overall. He was also 2nd in the Grand Prix 3. Holding on to his #1 Ranking in the LGCT, Harrie Smolders wins the CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Chantilly with Emerald N.O.P. 4. Josie Eliasson and Jessica Springsteen’s Cynar prepare to jog 5. Lorenzo de Luca and Armitages Boy fly high for the Rome Gladiators 6. Smolders is smokin’ with Emerald N.O.P. 7. Paris Sellon and Cassandra ready to represent Team Miami Glory
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6. 1. Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca and the amazing Oldenburg stallion Armitages Boy clear the signature Longines jump 2. Karen Polle and With Wings piloting the challenges on the LGCT 3. London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea creates a breathtaking and fitting backdrop for Britain’s John Whitaker and Argento clearing the Big Ben jump 4. Also fitting, CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London champion Scott Brash smiles after his victory on home turf 5. Bertram Allen’s Hector van d'Abdijhoeve shows off his signature hind end move 6. Sophie Gracida is all smiles while loving on boyfriend Ben Maher’s Don Vito after he won the London 2017 CSI5* 1.55/1.60m with Maher aboard. Another British victory! 7. Ireland’s Denis Lynch and All Star 5 landed a couple of top 3 ribbons in London – 3rd in the LGCT GP of London and 2nd in the speed class for the Global Champions League of London Final, helping his Team Miami Glory to a victory
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Stephanie Revennaugh The first time equestrian artist Stephanie Revennaugh put her hands in clay, she knew she had found her calling, her home. In 2009, she decided to pursue art full-time, left her job managing a dressage barn, and has since found much success in the world of sculpture. Stephanie was kind enough to answer my questions about her life as an artist and the journey sheâ€™s taken as an equestrian sculptor.
Horse & Style: Tell us a little about yourself as an artist. How long have you been sculpting? Where is your studio? Stephanie Revennaugh: I have been drawing, primarily horses, since I was a child. It seems as if art and horses chose me. The fascination for both has always been there. My parents were encouraging, but I didn’t meet a working artist, aside from art teachers at school, until I was an adult. That artist was Megan Lightell. Fresh out of art school, I watched as she nearly sold out a solo show on opening night. She sparked my interest in painting and my belief in life as an artist, but it still took years for me to be committed to art. In 2009, while managing a dressage barn in Colorado, I made the decision to leave and pursue art as a career. I studied oil painting with a local painter, Don Sahli, and then had the opportunity to study abroad at the Marchutz School in Aix-en-Provence, France, for 6 months. Upon returning from France, I found an interesting sculpture workshop with Rod Zullo at the Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona. As soon as my hands were on clay, I knew it was my medium. Sculpture felt native, intuitive to me. In 2011, I went to
Montana to take a three day workshop with Zullo again and ended up relocating there. I currently have a home/studio in Livingston, MT, although I spend the winter in Arizona, where I work and show at a 10-week art show in Scottsdale, called Celebration of Fine Art. I can also be found at various horse shows in California and Florida from time to time.
horses. He is making me a better rider and a better person. H&S: What made you want to become an equestrian artist?
H&S: Tell us a little about yourself as an equestrian. SR: On my 7th birthday we moved to a country home where the neighbors had horses. As the oldest kid of the bunch, I was regularly handed the most unruly mount. I learned to stay on while bounding through the wooded hills where we were turned loose. During high school, my family moved to South America, where I got a taste of show jumping. I’ve worked at hunter/jumper and dressage barns in Colorado where I would catch random rides and lessons, and audit clinics. It is the success of my art, however, that has allowed me to finally have a horse of my own. The growing partnership with my horse, Smokey Dehere aka Mochi aka Mo, has opened my mind and heart to a whole new respect and admiration for
SR: When I decided to pursue art I specifically did not paint or draw horses. I was determined to first understand what makes good art. My work had to transcend the subject. Horses did not come back to me until I began sculpting. At that time, I read an interview with Deborah Butterfield that gave me permission in my mind to use the horse as a motif. H&S: Who is your favorite artist and/or equestrian artist? Is there a particular artist who has influenced your work? SR: It is difficult to choose one artist as a favorite. I am crazy about Christian Hook’s work. He is a painter out of Gibraltar. His blend of traditional, contemporary, poetic, and mysterious energy is breathtaking. Harry Ally’s abstract figurative paintings also excite me. His handling of material is intriguing. In sculpture, Javier Marin’s figures are sometimes unsettling, but powerfully evocative. His use of scale and texture
Portrait of Stephanie Revennaugh, artist; photo © Audrey Hall
Stephanie Revennaugh and Smokey Dehere
The first bits of creating are clunky and awkward, but soon I melt into that flow zone, and the muse comes to dance. It is a state of mind where time does not exist and senses are sharp and focused.
is fascinating. Dylan Lewis has influenced me to push expressive texture within elegant form. I never tire of seeing Nic Fiddian-Green’s uncomplicated yet potent equine sculpture. Catherine Thiry’s work is gorgeous. Deborah Butterfield is my artist hero. This woman has built a career solely on the equine motif. Her lyrical sculpture in various media is the essence of art with the soul of a horse. H&S: What is your state of mind while you are working? SR: I work best in week-long chunks of concentrated time. It usually begins with cleaning and organizing my space. The first bits of creating are clunky and awkward, but soon I melt into that flow zone, and the muse comes to dance. It is a state of mind where time does not exist and senses are sharp and focused. It can feel like breathing underwater. I dive in before my first cup of coffee in the morning
and don’t come up for days. When I finally take a break, I notice the backlog of emails and laundry, phone calls and empty fridge. But it is bliss to ignore all of that and create. H&S: Do you sculpt from memory, or do you use photographs as reference? SR: I will use any reference I can. A live model is best, photos and video, anatomy references if I need them. But at this point I can sculpt a horse from memory. Except the stifle…it trips me up every time! H&S: How long does it take to complete one sculpture? SR: In a couple of days to a couple of weeks I can get a piece 80% rendered, but it is generally a year or more before it is finished. The last decisions before it goes to the foundry are the most painful. I am usually mixed with anxiety and relief when it is delivered to the mold maker. It is possible to make
Bronze Sculptures (Left to Right): Reach Recklessly, 18"x12"x5"; Search, 18"x12"x5"; Focus, 12"x18"x5"
adjustments in the wax and bronze, but for the most part, it is the way it is going to be for the next 5,000 years…no pressure! H&S: What do you hope an audience will perceive when looking at your work? SR: I have my thoughts and ideas about each piece, but what is most interesting are the memories and feelings the work evokes in the viewer. That is something they bring to the work that I cannot anticipate. These stories are moving. The most frequent comment I hear regarding my work is an attraction to the raw quality, dynamic movement, and soulful expression. Texture fascinates me as much as the subject of the work does. I want to honor the gorgeous form of the horse with accurate anatomy while revealing the history of its creation. H&S: Did you ever doubt if you were on the right career path? SR: It took me through my 20s and most of my 30s to come to a place where I was ready
to commit to art. I always knew it was what I should do, but I didn’t have the confidence in my abilities or the belief that I could make it happen. Once I decided to jump in, I have never doubted I was on the right path. That is not to say it was easy or smooth. Quite the opposite. There were years of uncertainty and even depression. But I have never given myself another option.
hold our breath in awe and wonder, just watching. That inspires.
The artist’s life is not for the faint of heart. It demands courage, perseverance, looking within yourself, and hard work. But the returns are incredible. I think this is true of any path when you follows you heart. As you go along, you gain experience, which encourages boldness and pushes you on to the next level.
H&S: What’s next on the horizon for you as an artist?
H&S: What inspires you? SR: I am inspired by anyone executing their abilities in a way that seems effortless. A dancer, photographer, athlete, rider, singer, poet. When someone has practiced their craft for untold hours, days, or years to achieve that moment when time stops, everything flows harmoniously, and we
H&S: Where are you when you’re not in your studio? SR: I’m probably on my horse, hiking with my whippets, Chloe and Bijou, or at the gym. But mostly with my horse.
SR: I will continue working in bronze, but I’d like to do more encaustic paintings. I also have a sculpture project in the works that I am very excited about. It’s a collaboration with another artist that I have been dreaming up for a few years.You will have to follow me online to watch it unfold. I also send out quarterly e-news with behind-the-scenes bits and photos.You can subscribe on my website. stephanierevennaughfineart.com
FEATURE by Sarah Appel photos by Alden Corrigan Media
HOW TO HAMPTONS
Labor Day in the Hamptons is known for attracting a mix of the NY elite and young millennials, both looking to celebrate one last stretch of summer before the crisp fall air returns to the East Coast. However, the equestrian community knows that on Labor Day weekend in the Hamptons, the only place to be is the Hampton Classic Horse Show. ‘Rosé All Day’ hand embroidered napkins at the Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rosé VIP Table september/october ·
A trip to the Hamptons in the BLADE sea plane courtesy of Luxury Equestrian Travel; photo courtesy of Luxury Equestrian Travel
WHY DRIVE, WHEN YO U C A N F LY ? Traveling to the Hamptons has its downfalls, especially on Labor Day weekend. By car or train, traffic is inevitable. However, with companies like Luxury Equestrian Travel, you can be there in 40 minutes via plane. I was lucky enough to experience this ultimate luxury myself. After drinking a quick glass of rosé in the BLADE Aqua Lounge, and taking the obligatory selfie in front of the sea plane that was patiently waiting for us on the Hudson River, we took off into the sky. The bird’s-eye view alone is worth the fairly reasonable plane ticket price, and it seemed that before I could pick the right filter and think of clever hashtags, we were landing at the East Hampton airport, just a few miles away from the Hampton Classic Horse Show. R O S É A L L DAY The Hampton Classic is known for its VIP, thanks to the excellent celebrity sightings, the who’s who of the east coast equestrian scene, and of course, the
Sophie Goch man and Dominik, win ne rs of both Small Junior 15&U O:F cl asses
beautiful tables. As if the exquisite caliber of horses showing on the grand prix field weren’t enough, the VIP tables were in a category of their own. I was appropriately invited to sit at the Whispering Angel table. Gorgeous linens that read “Rosé All Day” in pink embroidery topped our plates.Vases full of pink roses and other flowers topped the table and rose gold flatware was set next to the china plates. But it was the pink wine glasses and the magnum of Whispering Angel Rosé that made our table one of the most photographed VIP tables of the year. Table envy aside, spending the day drinking Whispering Angel rosé was spectacular. The floral notes of hibiscus, and fruit notes of strawberry and watermelon, made it the perfect drink to cap off a summer of show jumping. VENDOR ROW Don’t go to the Hampton Classic if you are on a budget, because you will have to take out a small mortgage to satisfy your shopping cravings. An abnormally crisp weekend in the Hamptons made it easy to make my first purchase a Stick & Ball Poncho. I have been coveting the Knit Collar Poncho all season
and it was not only stylish, but the perfect choice for staying warm and chic. A C L A S S I C S U N DAY Winning a big class at the Hamptons is a dream for many riders, and for Daniel Bluman it was triple dream come true. Bluman and Ladriano Z won the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI-4* presented by SOVARO®. Bluman was not only fast but precise; his track in the jump off was bold and technical and exciting to watch. Bluman also won two other FEI classes – the $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier CSI4* presented by Longines, and the $40,000 SOVARO® Speed Stake. Both of these wins were with his mount Bacara d’Archonfosse. SUMMER SEND-OFF More than packing away my white pants, the Hampton Classic Horse Show was the perfect way to spend Labor Day weekend saying hello to fall. My seaplane ride, my glass of Whispering Angel rosé, and spending time at a horse show full of top riders and incredible horses, definitely took the sting out of saying goodbye to summer this year.
Boutique Garden neighbors (L-R): Stick & Ball Founder ine Elizabeth Welborn, Kathar n nsto Joh ndy We and Page
Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z, winners of the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI-4* presented by SOVARO®
Wolfer Estate, winner of the Hampton Classic Best Table Decor competition Michael Bloomberg with daughter Georgina and her son Jasper
Un Pueblo on Vendor Row
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7. 1. Nobody does decor like the Hampton Classic does 2. Bokai flies with Catherine Tyree along for the ride 3. Spur of the moment 4. Stunning set up: Callan Solem Show Stables VIP table 5. Braided beauty 6. Shane Sweetnam and Indra Van De Oude Heihoef 7. Mimi Gochman and Lilly are looking good and clean
8. Talk about intensely focused. Daniel Bluman and Ladriano Z get their gameface on to win the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI-4* presented by SOVARO® 9. Hampton Classic celebrity sighting: Jimmy Fallon 10. M.Gemi mobile shoe store + Gelateria 11. Raising the bar in the FEI schooling arena 12. SOVARO® Coolers VIP table looking stylish in black and white 13. The bag ladies 14. Hamptons style á la Joey Wolffer, of Wolffer Estate Vineyards and Joey Wolffer Styliner
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S GIANT STEPS JUNIOR RELAY TEAMS! The 17 Junior Relay teams collectively raised over $40,000 for the Giant Steps scholarship and SUSIE funds. We send special appreciation to the three teams that raised over $8,000 each. The teams’ efforts will be supplemented with grants from the Wasserman Foundation and the Wells Fargo Foundation. Together, we are ensuring that no Giant Steps rider will ever be turned away for lack of means.
Thank you to the many donors who supported the teams’ efforts.
Lauren Aubert and Avery Schoen, with Dudley Christina and Danielle Callahan
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Violet Barnett and Zoe Jacquin
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by Laurie Berglie photos courtesy of Bre Avery
BRE AVERY A Luxury Lifestyle Label
Based in Midtown Manhattan, Bre Avery is a lifestyle label that was born two years ago after its founder, Bre, realized there was a need in the market for luxury equestrian accessories. Inspired by her world travels and also by her horses, Bre decided to create modern pieces that are as timeless as they are versatile.
I N H E R E N T LY E Q U E S T R I A N , YET STYLISH Like all entrepreneurs of equestrian businesses, Bre has a background rooted deep in all things horse. “It was important to my mom to impart her love of horses to me and my sisters, and she made sure we grew up training our horses,” says Bre. “Nothing will teach you patience faster in life than starting out with a sassy blonde Shetland! Looking back, I can’t thank my mom enough for making horses a priority, as I absorbed a wealth of life lessons. I learned perseverance, bravery, humility, responsibility, compassion, respect. I learned how to save and manage my own money to fund my equestrian endeavors. I learned that some days you win, but some days you lose and that’s ok.” Today Bre and her fiancé, Michael, have two jumpers: Bentley, a 12 year old Hanoverian and Zosia, a five year old Belgian Warmblood. Bre obtained her degree in Textile Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and has since designed for Victoria’s Secret, Henri Bendel, and Pessoa. With years of industry experience and the encouragement from her colleagues and family behind her, she decided take the leap and founded Bre Avery. “I am lucky in the sense that I come from an entrepreneurial family, so I understood the value of owning what you do and building something. I vividly remember my mom sitting down with me as a child and helping me figure out my costs on building a dog cookie business. I guess Bre Avery was not my first rodeo!” When Bre couldn’t find equestrian accessories with a luxury feel, she decided to create them. Going into business for herself meant that she could bring together the two things she loved most: horses and design. “It was important to me to create pieces that were inherently equestrian, yet stylish enough to be worn out to dinner or in the city.” Now her iconic, hand-drawn prints are a must-have, whether you’re looking to lend a bit of character to your home or interest to your outfit. A SENTIMENTAL BEGINNING Bre’s grandmother, who had a significant influence on her life, had an affinity for silk scarves and a fierce love of horses. So that’s where the company began, with equestrianthemed silk scarves, and while the brand has grown, the scarves are still Bre’s personal favorites. “You can wear them when you
CHOOSING TO SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ENCOURAGE AND INSPIRE YOU WILL MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
Bre, Bre Avery Founder
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ride, as a cover up, tie them into a bandeau or bracelet, or accessorize your handbag, and customers appreciate the quality of the fabric at our price point.” The label has evolved to include wallpaper, pillows, and a myriad of accessories, and everything still revolves around vibrant textiles and a desire to create pieces the equestrian community covets. Bre Avery utilizes a digital printing process which differentiates her company from other businesses. “Every piece in my line is digitally printed with ecofriendly inks to ensure virtually no waste of materials, water, or electricity. Everything is handmade in North America at an affordable price point while still maintaining a high-end look and feel. A percentage of every purchase is donated to animal rescues, and one of my favorite organizations that we support is Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue. It’s important to me to positively impact lives outside of my own while having a minimal environmental impact, and it would be exciting to see more businesses make this a priority, too.” With its environmentally-friendly production process and Bre’s generous nature, it’s no wonder she’s seen success in such a short time. “My biggest accomplishment to date was seeing one of the first installations of my wallpaper in a lovely North Carolina country home. I strive to create products people want to live with and enjoy, so it was humbling to see my work chosen to be a part of someone’s living space.”
“ I F YO U D O N ’ T A S K , T H E ANSWER WILL ALWAYS BE NO” Big plans are in store for Bre Avery including the launch of a new collection every six months. Additionally, she also plans on expanding beyond strictly equestrian designs as she’d like to widen her market. “I just started my brand ambassador program, and I’m excited about all of the talented equestrians that will be a part of the team. In five years, I would like to be known for my designs in addition to my roots as an equestrian, as what I have learned from horses and riding have really seen me through the toughest parts of my life and shaped me into who I am today.” While starting her own business has been an incredible amount of hard work, Bre wouldn’t change a thing, and she encourages others to follow their dreams. “My mom always said, “If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no.” Starting your own company takes a lot of risk, and
being able to put yourself out there and ask, or try, is really crucial. Don’t be afraid to try, and always strive to trust in yourself. I know that can be challenging at times, so choosing to surround yourself with people who encourage and inspire you will make all the difference.” Bre Avery’s future is as bright as its colorful textiles and designs. And no matter how the company grows or where the market takes her, it will always be rooted in her equestrian background. “The one thing I constantly hear from my customers is that they are excited my designs allow them to share their love of the equestrian life in all parts of their lives.” And as we all know, horses aren’t just a hobby – they’re a lifestyle. breavery.com @bre.nyc @breaverydotcom
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Assorted scarves Photo © Canter Lane Interiors and Crow’s Toes Photography
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by Jana Cohen Barbe
When T hi ngs Don’t Go According to Plan
am a planner and a list writer. On a daily basis, I write a to-do list. Annually, I write a personal business plan. I also write a personal strategic plan laying out my goals for the ensuing five years. And I write plans for my horses and for my development as a rider. I believe deeply in the proverbial “putting pen to paper” and writing down your objectives and aspirations. By doing so, I believe there is greater personal accountability for the outcome and greater success. But, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan. Let me rephrase that – things almost never go according to plan, not personally, not professionally and most assuredly not with horses. Life is filled with unexpected challenges. On our farm, the only surprise is when we make it through a day with no surprises. So how does a compulsive list writer and planner (and an admitted control freak) adapt? Not very gracefully, but I have learned a lot in the process:
1. Just because things don’t go according to plan, doesn’t mean planning isn’t worthwhile. I view planning as a way to be more deliberate in virtually all things I do. My time is valuable; I write plans and lists as almost an exercise in self-respect, to make sure my time is used wisely. Plans also introduce a measure of discipline when the unexpected occurs. When it feels like my life is spiraling out of control, reverting to my plan helps me focus on my priorities. Because I have a plan, I am less reactive to events and more strategic in my response. For instance, if a stated goal for my riding program is to improve my fitness level, an injury to my horse means it’s time to hit the gym. My plan will not be derailed by a temporary change in circumstances.
If I measured my self-worth by how many items I cross off my to-do list each day, I would be in a very sad and insecure state. For me, it is a mistake to measure the outcome of my efforts on a daily basis. That does not mean I don’t value daily to-do lists. I do. It just means that I understand the to-do list is reflective of longer term goals best measured over time. To illustrate, a goal of my business plan may be to provide better service to my clients. My daily to-do list is a tool I use to achieve that goal. If an emergency completely derails my day, that does not mean I have failed at providing the best possible service to my clients. It just means that I had a rough day and my to-do list becomes the basis for how I spend my time the next day. In the long run, sticking to my tasks helps me realize my goal.
2. Outcomes are best measured from a long term perspective.
3. There are things out of your control. Get over it. If owning a horse farm has taught me anything, it has taught me that I have little or no control over pretty much everything on the farm, so I plan for my lack of control: I have no control over the weather so my riding arena has a sprinkler system; I have no control over the horses (except when I am on them, in theory) and if they want to run into a fence they will, so I have high quality safe fencing; medical emergencies happen so the barn is stocked with Banamine, Bute and bandages and there are first aid kits (for people) and emergency phone numbers posted everywhere. I don’t fight my lack of control; I plan for it.
4. Be nimble and adapt. My plans, even my long term plans, are not carved in stone. They evolve and change with my aspirations and my circumstances. I don’t write them and put them in a drawer somewhere never to look at them again. I reread them all the time and consider whether they are working for me. I had a plan for one of our horses to be my next hunter. It turned out he didn’t like to jump. Dressage suited him better, so the plan for him changed. Plans I have written for me have also changed over time. My aspirations of five years ago are not my aspirations of today, so my plan has evolved. It is also important to recognize opportunities when they present themselves, even if they were not in your “original plan,” and to give yourself the freedom to abandon the plan and pursue the opportunity. Plans are not constraints. They are tools to help us fulfill our ambitions and live our dreams. I recognize that my penchant for list writing and planning can be annoying. (Another life lesson: don’t write to-do lists for other people. They hate that.) I have been known to schedule out my “fun” which makes me sound like the least fun person ever, but it works for me. Planning forces me to think about how I want to spend my time or what I hope to achieve with my time, and ultimately, that improves my chances of success in a world where very little goes according to plan.
Jana Cohen Barbe is a Partner and the former Global Vice Chair of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. Recognized for her transformative and pioneering leadership, Jana is a frequent author and speaker on women in business, globalization, entrepreneurship and authenticity. Photos © Tortoon/Shutterstock & Jeff Rogers
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by Emily Pollard photos by Alden Corrigan Media
Menlo Charity Horse Show SIX STORIES, O N E H O R S E S H OW, U N L I M I T E D I N S P I R AT I O N
The 2017 Menlo Charity Horse Show (MCHS) enhances the Northern California equestrian scene each August at its iconic location, the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California. MCHS is one of the oldest charity horse shows in the United States, earning the distinct recognition as a USEF Heritage Competition in 2012. Offering an incredible week of great competition, superb social events, and serving as an important fundraiser for the local nonprofit Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the event was once again a resounding success. There are legions of talented, committed, inspiring people that make MCHS possible; every competitor, sponsor, volunteer, board member, vendor and spectator contributes to the lively and philanthropic atmosphere at the show. While it is certain that everyone connected to the show has a wonderful story to tell, for this MCHS feature, Horse & Style has collected six particularly important personal accounts. Each of these stories represent one of the pillars that support MCHS, whether it be a part of the show’s past, present or future.
Betsy Glikbarg, photo © Judy Soden
Menlo Charity Horse Show Co-Chair The Founder & Sponsorship Manager Betsy Glikbarg is the backbone of MCHS. She is the show’s original founder, and hosted the first, one-day show 47 years ago when the Menlo Circus Club needed to raise money for a new barn roof. After several successful years of raising money for the barn, she and the MCHS team found themselves wondering, “What else can we do? How big can we really grow this?” As it turned out – pretty big! They partnered with a local charity, took on more sponsors, and added more days to the show schedule. Through the years, Glikbarg has played the most essential, and arguably most difficult, role in any non-profit: that of sponsorship manager. This is the role that continues to make her the backbone of MCHS every year. Glikbarg’s personal philosophy, when it comes to her sponsorship pitch, is a simple one. “People give to people,” she says matter-of-factly before continuing, “I approach people who believe in my cause, and I approach them as they are. I approach a professional in a professional manner, and a friend in a friendly manner. You have to know your audience!” She also explains that during a pitch it is important to sell the value of a sponsorship, which is why MCHS makes such an effort to honor its sponsors and give them great exposure. “But in the end,” she says of soliciting sponsors, “you can’t have a fear of rejection; you can’t take the ‘no’s’ personally.” Glikbarg’s winning ideology has supported MCHS for over 47 years, and Vista Center for over 27. While making the MCHS sponsors feel welcomed and valued is Glikbarg’s first priority during show week, making everyone else feel the same – from volunteers, to competitors, to spectators – is a close second. Her goal for the week is to ensure that “everyone feels special.” At this year’s MCHS, the team worked with a new Chief of Police, a new Circus Club Manager, and a new Horse Show Manager. “It could have been a disaster!” Glikbarg exclaimed. But staying true to her goal, she nurtured each new relationship by hand delivering gifts and lending a listening ear, ensuring each felt valued by MCHS. Ultimately, everyone worked well as a team and the 2017 show was a great success. Despite being involved with MCHS for nearly a half century, Glikbarg still has big dreams for the show. “I would love to see the show raise more money, increase the benefits for our sponsors, and perhaps attract some riders from the east coast,” she details before adding, “but I realize organizing a successful horse show is somewhat of a balancing act, and MCHS is in a great place!” Glikbarg is the ideal combination of dreamer and realist, making her the perfect backbone to MCHS. There is no rest for the weary (or sponsorship managers!) and she is already working on securing sponsorships for MCHS 2018, thus guaranteeing another extraordinary year.
Kristin Hardin & Firestone, winners of the $40,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix
John French & Skyhawk, winners of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby sponsored by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman
What else can we do? How big can we really grow this?
PA M B R A N D I N
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired The Charity Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Vista Center) and MCHS represent the perfect symbiotic union between a non-profit horse show and its charity. Vista Center plays a large role in the horse show, with three official Vista Center members on the MCHS committee. Pam Brandin is one of the three, and represents Vista Center as its Executive Director. She is as dedicated to MCHS as she is to Vista Center, and attends the monthly MCHS committee meetings throughout the year. Vista Center also contributes to the show by helping to produce the program, helping underwrite the printing, participating in the Friday Night Gala, and filling a whopping 60+ volunteer spots during the show. Brandin’s team looks forward to the week of MCHS all year, and she says, “All of us at Vista Center consider it a privilege to be a part of making the show happen.” After explaining all that Vista Center does for MCHS, she is quick to turn the conversation to what MCHS does for Vista Center – which she says is a lot! In 1987 Betsy Glikbarg first connected MCHS with Vista Center, and that year MCHS donated $20,000. That, Brandin points out, was just the beginning of a very important relationship. “Since 1987 MCHS has raised over $6,000,000 for Vista Center. Looking at it annually, the donations from the show represent about 10% of our operating budget.” This
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, photo courtesy of Vista Center Staff
operating budget allows Vista Center to maintain a headquarters in Palo Alto and directly serve its visually impaired community. “Vista Center’s program,” Brandin says, “evaluates, educates and supports individuals who are blind or visually impaired, and helps each person to discover new opportunities and continue to lead a productive life.” Finances aside, Brandin also points out another crucial part of the MCHS partnership: exposure for Vista Center. She explains, “The visibility the show provides for our organization is invaluable.Vista Center’s name and logo appear alongside that of MCHS, which helps raise awareness of the availability of our services. I like to say that Vista Center will be here for you when you need us. Partnering with the show allows more people to hear that message.” This message is an important one, especially as the Baby Boomers age, and the population in the Bay Area increases. Brandin and the Vista Center team are already working with MCHS on next year’s show. She admits the 2017 show will be hard to top; it was an incredible week, filled with memorable moments. But her favorite was when Diane Shur, a blind entertainer, performed at Friday evening’s gala. Each year presents a new opportunity for Vista Center to innovate and grow with MCHS, and she looks forward to many more years of a perfect union between the two.
SUZANNE RISCHMAN Menlo Charity Horse Show Co-Chair The Volunteer
Suzanne Rischman has been a fan and supporter of MCHS for over twenty years. She started as a day volunteer, filling the jobs that best fit her skill set and that needed immediate attention. But ten years ago, when Betsy Glikbarg made it clear she needed more help chairing the event, Rischman was more than happy to accept a co-chair position. She explains, “Originally, I got involved because I wanted to volunteer for a charity that was serving my immediate community, and of course, the fact that MCHS did so via a horse show made working with them a no-brainer. Over the years, I was happy to take on more and more responsibility because the MCHS team is so strong. It’s a pleasure to work with such a wonderful committee and amazing group of volunteers.” Rischman contends that MCHS owes its success to its volunteers, and that they are the heart of this well run organization.
Suzanne Rischman MCHS Championship director’s chairs
Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar in the Mountain Home Stables Sponsor Tent Hope Glynn & Galactic
On Thursday afternoon, Rischman could be found relaxing and chatting with competitors and sponsors in the VIP tent – a real testament to how well the 2017 MCHS was organized. Though the show was in full swing, and the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby was that evening, when asked how the show was going and how she was doing, Rischman could earnestly answer, “Great, and easy! Everything is just flowing along perfectly.” Those who have been involved with volunteer organizations, and especially volunteer organizations attempting to produce an enormous event like MCHS, know that a reaction like this from a co-chair on event day is not the norm. But it speaks volumes about the volunteer spirit of the MCHS team. They believe many hands make light work, and everyone eagerly pitches in. The team is already making connections with sponsors and lining up vendors for the 2018 MCHS, and Rischman is hard at work on the PR and special events. When asked what keeps her motivated year after year, her answer comes quickly and easily: “I love supporting charity horse shows, and MCHS in particular, because it partners with Vista Center. Can you imagine not being able to rely on your sight, or not having the tools necessary to do the simple things in life that others take for granted? The horse show part of MCHS is lovely, but helping those in need…that is the real reason I support this show wholeheartedly.” Want to join this amazing team? Rischman says they are always looking for new volunteers with fresh ideas, and that there is space for anyone inspired by MCHS to get involved.
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Carol Wright and Risk It, winners of the $10,000 Rhys Vineyards Ryman Memorial Speed Class
Lindsay Maxwell and Catalyst, winners of the USHJA Zone 10 3'3" AO Handy 18â€“35 HOTY
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Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund The Amateur Competitor and Annual Donor
Lindsay Maxwell and Archie Cox
Lindsay Maxwell embodies the MCHS spirit – she truly understands that the show is as much about philanthropy as it is about the ribbons. Each year, MCHS is an important stop on her summer circuit, and she is certainly always in the ribbons. This year at MCHS her horse Catalyst was honored as the USHJA Zone 10 Champion, and her gelding Belgravia as the USHJA Zone 10 Reserve Classic. Her talented gelding Baranus, honored as the USHJA Zone 10 Champion, was champion in the 3'6" Amateur Owner division, and finished third in the MCHS USHJA International Hunter Derby with Jamie Taylor in the irons. Maxwell also participated in the jumper ring, where she and Straviaty won the High Adult Amateur Jumper Classic. She believes that MCHS should be on every amateur’s schedule. “At Menlo, the hunters show on a gorgeous grass field with beautiful jumps. The setting is exquisite, and the show brims with quality. It is a truly first-rate operation! Some of the best pictures of the year are taken at Menlo!” While Maxwell has a first-hand understanding of the exhilarating competitive atmosphere at MCHS, the charitable giving aspect of the show is even more important to her. She comes from a family that values philanthropy, and was taught the importance of giving by her parents and grandparents. She recently founded the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund (LCMF), which supports charity horse shows throughout the United States, in an effort to ensure that they continue to prosper. “It is important to acknowledge,” she explains, “how charity horse shows transcend the sport and serve the greater community. These horse shows are not just equestrian events, but are a celebration of civic spirit that demonstrates the connected fabric of a community.” MCHS, one of the oldest and most recognized charity horse shows in the United States, ranks high on her list, because it does an excellent job of fostering community engagement by partnering with a nonprofit that serves the community and improves the lives of children, both of which are priorities for LMCF. While Maxwell had an incredible show in the saddle, her favorite moment from this year’s MCHS was awarding The Widget Perpetual Trophy to Hunter Siebel and her mount Boss. The Widget Perpetual Trophy honors Maxwell’s retired horse, Widget, and is awarded to the highest scoring single round in the Junior Hunter or Amateur Owner Hunter divisions. Maxwell explains, “It was so wonderful to celebrate Hunter, an incredibly talented rider and wonderful young woman. It’s always nice when you can share an award with someone whom you know and respect.” Each year Maxwell awards this honor, linking the accomplishments and memories of Widget with a new, talented horse and rider pair.
These horse shows are not just equestrian events, but are a celebration of civic spirit that demonstrates the connected fabric of a community. Widget Perpetual Trophy
Whether Maxwell is competing, sponsoring a class, or awarding a perpetual trophy, her aim is to support charity horse shows so future equestrians can enjoy what they have to offer. “There is no doubt that competing at charity horse shows helped inform the person that I am today, and I hope that all riders will continue to have equal access to these same defining experiences.” Thanks to Maxwell’s involvement, and the involvement of the other competitors and sponsors, MCHS continues to be wonderful – and possible – year after year.
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Guy Thomas & Peterbilt
Willow Tree Farm The Professional Competitor For Guy Thomas, MCHS is a family affair, and in way, he was raised at the show. While growing up, his parents, trainers Butch and Lu Thomas, would make sure MCHS was a stop on their show circuit each year. Being based in the California Bay Area, it was important to them to support a local show, and especially a local charity show. Thomas says each MCHS was like homecoming week. He explains, “My family and I got the chance to see old clients, or other trainers in the area, that we only saw once a year at MCHS. It really was always a community event for our family and our barn.” Grown now, Thomas works with his parents as a trainer for Willow Tree Farm. And though he boasts an extensive international show career that includes riding in the 2004 Olympics, FEI World Cup™ Finals, and World Equestrian Games, he still makes sure his training barn makes it to MCHS. Thomas loves to show at MCHS himself, but his clients are the biggest driving force in keeping the show on their schedule. “All the clients love Menlo,” Thomas explains. “The whole barn spends over a month gearing up for Menlo, to ensure
the horses peak for it. And once we get there, the clients love the social events that center around a charitable cause. It is a feel-good party for everyone involved.” This year’s MCHS was especially important to Thomas because he brought out his retired Grand Prix mount, Peterbilt, for his official retirement ceremony. Peterbilt had been retired and living in a pasture for 18 months before the big ceremony, and Thomas admits he was not sure the stallion was going to be on his best behavior for the show. But even with the crowds, the retirement gallop, and the flapping ribbons, Peterbilt was a perfect gentleman. Thomas said MCHS was a wonderful venue for the ceremony as the pair had many great rides together at MCHS, including three grand prix wins. He also had a lot of successful rounds on Peterbilt’s mother at MCHS, proving that even for Thomas’s horses, MCHS is a family affair! Though it won’t be with Peterbilt, Thomas and Willow Tree Farm will certainly be back for the 2018 MCHS. “Menlo is our home show,” Thomas concludes, “we wouldn’t miss it.”
Charity gives a greater purpose to our hard work and way of life, and in turn makes MCHS both a lovely event and a beautiful gift. Stick & Ball’s vendor booth
ELIZABETH WELBORN Stick & Ball The Vendor
The story of Elizabeth Welborn’s first year as a vendor at MCHS highlights the wonderful familial essence of the show. At the time, Stick & Ball, an equestrian, country polo-inspired brand that Welborn founded and owns, was new. Welborn laughs as she admits that she was her only employee at that point, and her only experience with selling products at equestrian events was doing it from a small table that sat field-side at a polo tournament. So when she arrived at MCHS the first year, and saw an enormous empty booth instead of a small table with white linens, she was at a loss as to how she would pull her vendor space together. But not to worry; the other vendors at MCHS mirrored the charitable spirit of the show, and pitched in to help her build a booth and present her product in a beautiful way. Welborn reminisces, “As I have grown my brand over the past six years, I often think back to that first MCHS. I had just a few products, and I was pretty unprepared, but there was so much camaraderie and support. More than any other event, I feel like Stick & Ball has grown up with MCHS. The vendors and staff are like my family!” At this year’s MCHS Welborn was back, of course, and her booth was beautiful and elaborate, with a wide assortment of products – from handbags to throws to clothing. Welborn particularly enjoyed the new location of her booth. Though the MCHS Vendor Row is always right next to the Hunter Ring, Stick & Ball’s booth was near the judge’s booth – with a perfect view of the ring. Welborn enjoyed the show, but particularly enjoyed connecting with her regular customer base. She sums up the atmosphere perfectly: “At MCHS I know my customers by name, and big hugs and warm greetings are as commonplace and as expected as the jumping going on in the rings.” While Welborn loves her customers, she is also dedicated to MCHS because supporting charity horse shows is important to her. She explains, “Enjoying a beautiful day outside with horses and friends, while giving back to our community, is ingrained in what Stick & Ball does and stands for as a brand. Charity gives a greater purpose to our hard work and way of life, and in turn makes MCHS both a lovely event and a beautiful gift.” Welborn promises that Stick & Ball will be back for MCHS 2018, so plan to stop by her booth for exceptional shopping – and a big hug.
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5. 1. Hugh Mutch on the 2015 Menlo Grand Prix winner Eminent 2. Guy Thomas and Peterbilt at the stallion’s official retirement ceremony 3. Kristin Hardin and Firestone, winners of the $40,000 Stephen Silver Grand Prix 4. The Pony Palooza is the best – spectators get their pony AND cupcake fix! 5. Jamie Taylor, on Lindsay Maxwell’s Technicolor, wins the USHJA Zone 10 3'9" Green Hunter HOTY Finals 6. John French’s mounts Inkwell and Royal Court stand by for the jog
Photos © Rachel Peterson (1,2,3,11) & Alden Corrigan Media (4–10, 12)
12. 7. McKenna Norris and Epic have a great round in the Hunter Ring 8. Teamwork makes the dream work 9. Leadliners Alexandra Ahumada and Nickle In My Pocket 10. Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont and Brave, winners of the $5,000 China Blue Farm 3'6" AO Classic 11. Jill Prieto-Gaffney and Ben’s Beauty, of Freestyling Farms, compete in the Grand Prix 12. A mother’s love is the best kind of love! Owner Laura Wasserman gives Skyhawk kiss on the cheek
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Rancho del Cielo The Reagans’ Ranch in the Sky
On the serene coastline of California, just north of Santa Barbara, lie 688 acres of land with abundant stories, history, passion, and the essence of its past inhabitants. This land is a grand sight, perched high in the mountains overlooking the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the rolling hills and oaks of the Santa Ynez Valley to the east. Nestled within the heart of this haven is a humble-yet-historic adobe ranch home which served as a place of privacy, seclusion, and peace for its owners, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. “From the first day we saw it, Rancho del Cielo cast a spell over us,” said President Ronald Reagan.
ut the stories and wonderment of this beloved ranch property began long before it took on the role as the Western White House. And the unparalleled love President Reagan had for this simple country life began long before he took on the role of President of the United States. It was in 1872 that California rancher Jose Jesus Pico settled on this same plot of land, building a small adobe home for his family and cultivating a life by way of farming and raising livestock. And nearly 30 years after settling on the ranch, Jose Jesus Pico acquired the title to the land through the Homestead Act of 1862, which granted applicants ownership of U.S. surveyed land at no cost. For President Reagan, his love for the countryside and the lifestyle it provided was fostered after he left his state of birth, Illinois, and made his way west to California. Throughout his time from humble beginnings in Illinois, to the glitz of Hollywood in 1937, to a turn into the political arena, to a two-term governorship of the state of California, and culminating in a two-term presidency, President Ronald Reagan’s passion for ranching life was steadfast.
A Slice of Heaven
Prior to acquiring Rancho del Cielo, Ronald Reagan had always owned a ranch
somewhere in California. None of them were expansive, or necessarily impressive, but these ranches fulfilled Reagan in a way that was hard to describe. His first ranch was a small eight-acre ranchette in the San Fernando Valley, which he purchased just after he met Mrs. Reagan. It was a weekend escape, a chance to get away from Hollywood, and a place to ride the few horses he kept there. Later, the Reagans purchased 290 acres in Malibu, California, which they called “Yearling Row.” Here they raised Thoroughbreds and hunter jumpers. It was a property that the Reagans held onto for nearly 20 years. Yet Ronald and Nancy Reagan still searched for something more, something private, and something that was nothing short of magical – a place where they could ride, relax, and repeat. They found that slice of heaven 29 miles north of Santa Barbara and 2,250 feet above the Pacific Ocean. The Reagans purchased Rancho del Cielo in 1974, as his second term as Governor of the State of California was coming to a close. “We relax at the Ranch,” said Reagan. “Which if not heaven itself, probably has the same ZIP code.” After purchasing the property, the Reagans immediately went to work. The first order of business was a change in name. The rancho had previously been known as Tip Top Ranch, a name that Reagan felt did not do the property justice. So they
christened their Ranch in the sky “Rancho del Cielo.” At the time of purchase, there was no pond, no trees surrounding the small adobe house, and no fencing. This simply would not do. President Reagan believed strongly in several things when it came to the state and repair of his prized ranch: first, if it wasn’t broken – keep it and utilize it. Second, if something needed to be done to the ranch, he was going to do it himself. The sandstone patio that lies in front of the house was laid alone, by the hand of President Reagan. He added on to the 1,500 square foot home and erected all the fencing surrounding the residence, using telephone poles discarded by Pacific Gas and Electric, and did so mainly by himself and with the help of his good friend Dennis Le Blanc. The main residence, painted a California classic shade of white with red tile roofing and dark stained exterior beam and fascia work, consists of 1,500 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small kitchen, bar, dining area and several seating areas.
The flooring in the house was re-laid by Ronald Reagan with adhesive tiles meant to resemble terra-cotta pavers. Reagan Ranch curator Marilyn Fisher laughs about Reagan’s charming DIY attempt, “I don’t think you could even find replacement tiles on the market now-a-day.” The entrance to the home is flagged by simple mementos and collections the Reagans acquired through the years: an equestrian weathervane address plaque titled 1600 Penna. Ave., a cow bell ringer used as a call for meals, two fireplaces with simple reading chairs and a bevy of books to read in the evenings. There is a six-person dining table standing near a small pool table, which was converted to an extended dining space by the addition of a plywood board when family and friends would come to visit, especially for Thanksgiving festivities. The master bedroom, painted a lively, energetic shade of yellow is simple and quaint. Two twin beds are zip-tied together to create a “king size” place to lay one’s head; however, the length of the two twins was not enough to accommodate the President’s six foot plus frame. So a footstool was used at the end of
his side. Rustic rural charm fills the home and the simplicity and practicality of the treasures within its walls echo the lives led by President Reagan and Mrs. Reagan. A short distance from the main residence along a gravel path are the stables, tack room, workshop, and feed barn: a simple white metal and brick structure with a classic gas pump on the exterior, a long tie rack for the horses, and embellished with vibrant red horse bust ties. The interior of the tack room is small, but still capable of housing all the saddles and tack used by the President and the First Lady. In here are saddles purchased or given to the Reagans over the years; and each of the main horses has its assigned section with a bridle and a portrait overhead. Also hanging along the walls of the tack room are photographs of Ronald and Nancy Reagan along with various artwork. To the left of the tack room one can find the western tack – Mrs. Reagan only rode in a western saddle. And to the right, the English tack – President Reagan only rode in an English saddle – an Italian-made Pariani
forward seat jumping saddle to be exact. He had bought this saddle as a young man, and by the time he became President, the saddle was nearly 30 years old. While many changes to the ranch and home were brought on by the physical labor of the President, it wasn’t until after Ronald Reagan was elected the 40th President of the United States in 1981 that major changes were put into place and the ranch was transformed into the Western White House. A Secret Service Command post was erected nearby the main home, and the property itself became an extension of the White House. The ranch transitioned from a private residence to a place that could house and operate all White House daily activities. While staying at Rancho del Cielo, President Reagan needed to be fully-functioning. Following his election, the Secret Service created the Western Protection Division, with the sole purpose of protecting the Rancho even when the First Couple was not there.
A President’s Passion
A visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, offers visitors a glimpse into what President
Reagan stood for, but a visit to the secluded Rancho del Cielo allows visitors to see who President Reagan was. Every President, like every human, has a passion of some sort – a hobby, perhaps. For President Carter, it was fly fishing. President Obama, golf. President Theodore Roosevelt, hunting. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, stamp collecting. President Kennedy, sailing. But for President Reagan, it was horses. It always had been, and continued to be, long after his two terms in office. Widely recognized as the most equine-adept President of the modern era, President Reagan began riding horses as a young man. And he found a niche acting in Hollywood for the popular Western movies of his generation. An expression often quoted through the years was one regularly used by President Ronald Reagan, “There is nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of the horse.” President Reagan was blessed with many horses throughout his lifetime, yet some held a higher place and a deeper spot in his heart. And while carrying out his presidential duties around the world, he would often comment that “it sure would be nice to be on a horse soon.” He had an eye for the tall, athletic type
Over the next eight years, the ranch was a sanctuary for us like none other: every time we lifted away from Andrews Air Force Base aboard Air Force One and headed westward, it began casting a spell over us. I always took some work with me, but at Rancho del Cielo, Nancy and I could put on our boots and old clothes, recharge our batteries and be reminded of where we had come from.” —President Ronald Reagan, from his autobiography An American Life
and an appreciation for the sometimes ‘hot’ and challenging animals. A favorite was the 16h Anglo-Arab grey gelding gifted to President Reagan by President Portillo of Mexico in 1980, named El Alamein. “He was a powerful and difficult horse to ride,” recalls Ret. Secret Service Agent John Barletta. “A lesser rider could never have handled El Alamein, but the President liked riding him because it was a challenge. It was almost as if this strong man and this strong horse really understood each other.” President Reagan was equally blessed in his opportunity to ride so many horses in so many special locations around the globe. From Camp David to Windsor Castle, he was able to entertain his equestrian passion. But nothing seemed to compare to the rides spent at the ranch. With 688 acres to explore at Rancho del Cielo, the Reagans and their staff were presented with many opportunities to trail ride. “Riding on one of the tree-lined trails, or gazing up at the western skies, well, there’s no better way I know of to sort out a problem,” explained President Reagan. On the days that the Reagans would ride, he would begin promptly at 9 a.m., scouting out the route to be taken with members of the secret
service. The Reagans would return from their ride around noon, have a bite to eat, and if President Reagan was feeling up to it, they would venture out for a second ride.
Ensuring The History
Rancho del Cielo is filled with history, both literally and figuratively. After the Reagan Ranch was sold to the Young America’s Foundation in 1998, Reagan Ranch Curator Marilyn Fisher was brought on board to ensure the true interpretation of the ranch was maintained. A large majority of the items that had been removed from the Rancho prior to its being listed on the market were returned to the Rancho property upon the sale to the Young America’s Foundation. While several items were retained by the family, Marilyn Fisher goes on to state how well intact the property actually was, so that it could be interpreted as a presidential home site. “Upon visiting the home, it really is as if President Reagan has not left the property, but is simply out riding his horses and will return at any moment. This is part of the magic of the home and surrounding vistas,” she says.
There are many historical items of note that can be found throughout the property. But several stand apart from the rest. The Red 1961 Willys CJ6 Jeep, made famous in the Barbara Walters 20/20 interview with newly-elected President Ronald Reagan, now resides in the barn/shop area. The interview was conducted in the Jeep itself as Reagan drove through the ranch, with Barbara Walters seated in the passenger seat, and a camera mounted to the hood. “I don’t want to hurt your feelings but this is the scroungiest Jeep…” she joked with the President about his favorite workhorse vehicle. For President Reagan, the jeep served its purpose as a true ranch chore vehicle. Today it serves its purpose as a reminder of the Reagan’s work ethic. “The whole ranch is for work,” said Barbara Walters in the 20/20 special. “It’s truly a labor of love. For Ronald Reagan loves this ranch. He loves the land, and in a larger sense, all that it represents.” The red Jeep, which happens to be Mrs. Reagan’s favorite color, is registered with the Historic Vehicle Association and the Library of Congress, ranking as one of the most important vehicles in our American heritage. In an unassuming corner of the main fireplace room, sits a cotton patchwork
easy chair, telephone table and a 1980s trimline telephone. The pieces themselves are not stately, nor well-appointed, yet these simple pieces define the space, serving as a reminder of the continuous duties of the President, no matter where in the world that President may be. The expression “the presidency travels with the President” rings true with each presidency, and very much so in this humble little corner, where calls were made to heads of state, members of congress and general citizens. The home is filled with artwork, collectibles, and treasures encompassing all that President Reagan and Mrs. Reagan held dear. As you walk from room to room, in what is a relatively small home, with every turn you stumble upon equine art. Pieces from various artists, in various mediums, and in all different colors and sizes. But with each piece, you find significance and emotional attachment. Many of these subjects were actual horses owned and loved by the Reagans throughout their lives. ‘Little Man,’ the black Thoroughbred gelding painted by Nancy Van Court; ‘Nancy D,’ the dappled grey Thoroughbred mare painted by Theo Heep; and ‘Gwalian Ko’ the grey Arabian gelding painted by Orren Mixer all proudly
hang in the bar area amid a large collection of western and equestrian artwork. In the front patio room adjacent to a welcoming and warming fireplace sits an oversized red and white southwestern printed easy chair, embellished with a quaint embroidered pillow that reads ‘Welcome to Rancho del Cielo.’ “This chair holds a special, bittersweet place in President Reagan’s personal history,” explains Marilyn Fisher. “This is where secret service agent John Barletta delivered the difficult news to President Reagan that due to concerns for his health and welfare, Reagan could no longer ride his beloved horses,” she recounts. At this point the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease had begun to descend on President Reagan, and it was impacting his ability to ride and work around horses safely. In 1994, President Reagan announced to the people of the United States that he had Alzheimer’s disease, and would be moving into “the sunset years of his life.” Also in the front patio room, opposite the fireplace and along the wall, stands Reagan’s personal library of both fiction and nonfiction books; titles by authors, economists and historians that the President
studied throughout his years in government and beyond. Books by Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Allen Drury, and even Teddy Roosevelt, hold a place on Reagan’s shelves, as well as subjects on political issues and books relating to the American founding and the past Presidents who influenced Reagan, from Washington to Lincoln. President Reagan was an avid reader, and following a long day on the ranch and with the horses, one could often find him winding down in his oversized easy chair next to a roaring fire reading a book. With so many historic pieces, one more stands out: the President’s favorite navy blue ball cap with gold embroidery that reads “United States Mounted Secret Service.” The hat is well worn now, the vibrancy of the gold braided bill muted, but the hat still beams with pride and adoration. The ball cap is a classic, 1980s style snapback that oozes vintage cool. Left behind in the bright yellow master bedroom sits the hat, with a pair of classic jodhpurs and a pair of three-buckled riding boots placed nearby, as if waiting for President Reagan to come in, get dressed and go out for a ride. It serves as a piece of history, not only because it was worn by the President on so many occasions, but because it is the same style of hat worn by each member of the United States Mounted Secret Service, which was established in 1981 to protect the President while on horseback.
Hosting at the Rancho
During his presidency, trips made to the Western White House included a large
number of people, and during their stays at the Rancho, the Reagans would host guests, offering them a chance to discover the serenity of the beloved presidential retreat. Cabinet members, heads of state, major media players all paid a visit to this humble space. In the spring of 1983, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip made the trip along the coastline of Santa Barbara and ascended up the winding road to Rancho del Cielo. After the Reagans had been hosted by the Queen and Prince at Windsor Castle a year prior, President Reagan couldn’t think of a better way to thank his hosts than invite them to visit his own “home.” The day of the royal visit was a rainy, dreary day. Upon the royal arrival, President Reagan and the First Lady apologized profusely for the weather, but the Queen graciously responded with elation in her voice, “That’s okay, my dear, it makes me feel at home. It’s exciting. This is an adventure.” Other notable visitors to the ranch included the Gorbachevs in 1992, following Mikhail Gorbachev’s resignation as the leader of the USSR. On this spring day, for the first time, the two former superpower leaders enjoyed a leisurely day at the Rancho, not as adversaries, but as friends. The following year, Lady Margaret Thatcher, the 71st Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, made a visit to Rancho del Cielo. Much like the Queen and Prince’s visit years before, the British Prime Minister brought the British weather along for the trip, and through the apologies of the Reagans for the less-thandesirable-weather, she responded with “I love the fog.”
The Steward’s Final Years and the Future of the Rancho
Rancho del Cielo was known by many names and by many classifications. During Reagan’s presidency, it served as the White House of the west. For nearly 25 years, the Rancho also acted as a retreat for the Reagans, a private escape from the obligations of public service and pressures of life. But even more so, it was a “home.” A home away from home, perhaps, but a place that spoke to the soul of President Reagan. In 1995, Ronald Reagan made his final trip to Rancho del Cielo. His days of tending to the ranch, riding horses and exploring its vast 688 acres had come to an end. But the historic memories remain. And the stories found within the walls of the adobe, along the trails of the ranch and the fence lines of the property can still be told. Thanks to the Young America’s Foundation, who purchased the Ranch in 1998 from Mrs. Reagan, the character of the home and surrounding property has been preserved, and Rancho del Cielo lives on as an inspiring monument to the life and ideas of the man who acted as its steward for a quarter of a century, President Ronald Reagan. “There’s something about the wild scenery and serenity of the ranch and the easy gait of the horse beneath me that I find particularly relaxing. And while I loved living in the White House, I must confess that nothing in this great wide world of ours quite compares to having a home on the ranch.” Learn more about Rancho del Cielo by visiting www.reaganranch.yaf.org.
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T H E WA S H I N G T O N I N T E R N AT I O N A L H O R S E S H OW IN PHOTOS An equestrian tradition since 1958, the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is the leading metropolitan indoor show in the U.S. and has stolen the hearts of competitors and horse sport fans alike. Combining the fanfare of the world’s top riders with the attraction of seeing internationally known horses in the heart of the nation’s capital, WIHS is a rare and cherished horse show experience. Whether it is for the riveting competition, the atmosphere, or even the shopping, a visit to WIHS is a must on anyone’s 2017 horse show bucket list. What better way to experience all there is to love about the Washington International Horse Show running October 24 through 29, 2017, than through the lens of esteemed photographer, Vivianne Peckham. Enjoy these images, and get an insider’s notes, on what to see at WIHS through these captivating photos.
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY With the arrival of fall, show jumping competition moves indoors and welcomes top hunter and jumper riders and their horses to some innovative locations. Injecting horses into the middle of one of North America’s most bustling cities is no easy task. But, at the hands of professional horse shippers at Johnson Horse Transportation, dedicated grooms and handlers, and enthusiastic horse show staff, horses hit the big city like a well-oiled machine. Staged at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, all horses destined for WIHS wait for their turns and are shuttled into D.C. in shifts based on when they compete. Like a cavalry charge, tractor trailers loaded with the future stars of WIHS parade down 6th St. NW and deliver hundreds of horses at a time. For the next six days, the ground level of Capital One Arena and the streets of Washington, D.C., are home to the horses of WIHS. If you go: Take a stroll down 6th St. NW and F St. NW and experience what it’s like to stable horses in the heart of a major city.
TOP COMPETITION A ribbon earned at WIHS is undoubtedly a cherished one with championships, recognitions, and special awards being bestowed upon some of the nation’s top hunter horses and ponies from coast to coast. In addition, the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Final proudly serves as one of the most prestigious year-end equitation finals and takes place on Saturday, October 28, before the level of horse sport climbs even higher later that evening. Also taking up the spotlight on Saturday, the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, for the President’s Cup, is part of the Longines FEI World Cup™ North American League as a coveted qualifier for the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Paris, France, next April. If you go: Purchase a ticket, which starts as low as $15, and catch a glimpse of the world’s best horses and riders. We recommend the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington, presented by Events DC, for the President’s Cup, on the evening of Saturday, October 28.
A C E L E B R AT I O N OF THE HORSE WIHS has always been more than just a horse show. A celebration of many disciplines, WIHS embraces horse sport as a whole and strives to bring together spectators from all avenues of the equestrian world. From the fan-favorite Barn Night on Thursday, October 26, to Kids’ Day, presented by Discovery Communications and EQUUS Foundation, on Saturday, October 28, you don’t have to be a world-class rider to experience and enjoy WIHS. Bringing some unique interpretations of equine entertainment, 2017 exhibitions will include Australian horse master and entertainer, Guy McLean, and the return of the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, presented by Charles Owen. If you go: Don’t miss Barn Night! Featured this year is the $35,000 International Jumping Accumulator Costume Class, the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase, presented by Charles Owen, and much more. IN THE HEART OF D.C. A fixture in the Washington, D.C. community, WIHS is not just a visiting event to the city and its residents. WIHS is dedicated to bringing horse sport to the masses and being a contributing member of D.C.’s special event calendar. As horse fans, and D.C. locals looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, converge, WIHS thrives on introducing equestrian sport to those who may have never seen a horse, touched a horse, or watched a horse perform. WIHS’s commitment to the D.C. community is matched by its recognition and embrace of D.C. culture. While taking place in the heart of the U.S. capital, WIHS makes a special effort to honor members of the U.S. military. Friday, October 27, marks Military Night and welcomes the U.S. Mounted Color Guard to present the American Flag during the National Anthem, and hosts the Armed Forces Reception to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). In the ring during Military Night, the $25,000 International Jumper Puissance, presented by The Boeing Company, takes the stage. WIHS is still home to the North American indoor Puissance record of 7' 7-1/2", which was set in 1983 by Anthony D’Ambrosio aboard Sweet N’ Low. If you go: Have breakfast with the Mounted Police of Washington, D.C., and meet their horses in front of Hotel Monaco at 700 F Street NW on Wednesday, October 25, starting at 8 a.m.
M O D E R N DAY T R A D I T I O N WIHS is recognized as an Official USEF Heritage Competition and is a longstanding reminder of the journey of horse sport in the U.S. While some of the world’s most celebrated riders have competed at WIHS, the show is also an historic social event. Many notable guests have made their way to WIHS over the years, including Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Gerald R. Ford. Today, WIHS is continuing to set standards of sport and entertainment within the equine industry. With a rich history and bright future, WIHS has cemented itself as a coveted competition, unmatched experience, and a horse show never to be missed. If you go: Experience WIHS like a true fan on the Capital One Arena concourse with shopping, rider autograph signings, and the opportunity to bid on WIHS Silent Auction items. And, join the conversation by using tags #WIHS2017, #HorsesintheCity, #RidetoParis and #FEIWorldCup. The Washington International Horse Show returns to the heart of Washington, D.C. on October 24–29, 2017. The event attracts more than 26,000 spectators annually as riders compete for prize money totaling more than half a million dollars. The Washington International Horse Show is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization based in Washington, D.C. For a complete schedule of events and more information, please visit wihs.org.
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DESTINATION by Emily Pollard
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y trip to Montage Palmetto Bluff, a property nestled along the May River in the Lowcountry between Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, felt like a homecoming in a way. My dad grew up in the south, and though he tells wonderful stories about the food, culture, and hospitality of the southern states, we never visited any of them. However, I always suspected that his southern roots were the reason why he has exceptional manners and is always concerned that guests in his home are happy; and why people always remark to me, “your dad is just such a gentleman.” My trip to Montage Palmetto Bluff confirmed that suspicion. Each person I met had the same warm southern charm as my dad. Each was kind, generous, friendly, and a gracious host – and each played a part in making for an incredible vacation.
PERKS OF THE PROPERT Y The winding, four-mile drive into Montage Palmetto Bluff was the perfect way to begin my time at the resort. With every mature Live Oak that I passed and every bird that swooped by, I began to leave my fast paced city life behind and embrace a slower way of life. Once in awhile, as the woods passed by, I would see the corner of a well hidden house, or a natural wood sign indicating the way to the golf course or the pool. Otherwise, I felt like I was taking a leisurely drive through the forest, which is why I was surprised when we popped out at the circular driveway of the stately Montage Palmetto Bluff. From the moment they opened my car door and took my luggage, the staff of the facility was incredibly attentive, and I quickly realized this was not just a resort in name, this was resort living. I was shown to my room which was as luxurious as they come, from the bathroom to the bed. The other 200 guest rooms – in the resort, nearby cottages, and guest houses – all had the same design, feel, and accommodations. The property also had parcels of land for sale to build private homes, or private homes already
built for sale. Within the community, Montage Residences Palmetto Bluff, are tasteful new constructions with charming southern design elements. The benefits to being a Montage Palmetto Bluff Resident homeowner are undeniable. Besides 24/7 security (great for vacation homeowners), residents have access to all the perks offered at the resort: concierge service, housekeeping service and in-room dining. But the best perks were those offered outside the rooms and residences – golf, guns, May River trips, the spa, and so much more. (Palmetto Bluff also has an unbelievable equestrian facility, but that story will have to wait for its own “Barn Envy” story in the next issue). After a perfect night’s sleep, I joined the group to experience the perks myself. A HIDDEN GREEN GEM The first morning, we got the chance to meet Greg, the Head Professional of the May River Golf Course. Greg was warm, inviting, and so enthusiastic about golf it was contagious. He proudly explained that in designing the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, the most important value to the team was to keep
it environmentally friendly and to respect the wildlife. During the tour, Greg pointed out that to do this, the course had been constructed with respect to the land’s features. Upon a second glance, I could see the design in action. The course is curved to accommodate a wondrously large tree, incorporates the nearby May River bank, is devoid of concrete pathways, and has no plastic signage. As with so much at Montage Palmetto Bluff, the golf course was a gem hidden amidst the natural beauty of the South Carolina landscape. As Greg gave us a putting lesson, he explained a bit about how the Montage Palmetto Bluff Conservancy was responsible for the course’s environmentally friendly design. From the beginning, the onsite Conservancy has played a role in all planning and construction efforts at Montage Palmetto Bluff. The Conservancy helped to establish over half of the property’s 20,000 acres as protected area, never to be developed. Of those developed areas, the most scenic and beautiful views are saved for public areas so they can be enjoyed by everyone. The Conservancy has an archaeologist on staff so any artifacts that
are found can be accurately researched. A wildlife expert monitors all the wild animals on the property, ensuring they are happy and healthy. I am eager to report that I can attest to that truth – Greg pointed out all the giant alligators happily living in each of the course’s ponds. Balls lost to those ponds are balls I would NOT be chasing! SHOTS FIRED I now know that I am a full fledged city slicker, thanks to my exciting trip to the Montage Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club. I had never fired a gun; only held one a handful of times, and was admittedly and embarrassingly quite unknowledgeable about them. But the team at the Club was happy to change all that! After winding through the forest a short distance (as with everything at Montage Palmetto Bluff, the Shooting Club is well blended into the natural beauty of the land), we popped out at the 40-acre site, complete with 15 shooting stations. There we found three smiling staff members, waiting for our arrival, each with a shotgun in hand. The expert marksmen greeted us warmly, and gave us a thorough but easy to understand safety talk and gun tutorial. Their easy way with the guns and respect for the
sport made me feel right at home. After the introduction, we walked up to the elevated and covered five-stand station. We each took turns working with one of the experts, and I worked with Sarah. She was wonderful! I was in the first group of three to go, and Sarah and I were face to face when someone in a stall behind me fired the first shot of the day. I jumped about a foot, scrambled forward, and practically climbed into her arms. She sweetly wrapped her hands around my shoulders, gave a sly smile, and said, “Yes honey, you ARE at a shooting club. There will be shots fired.” I laughed at that, finally relaxed, and let Sarah guide me through the shooting. We progressed from her standing behind me doing pretty much everything, to her helping with my trigger finger, to me shooting all by myself. After everyone in our group had had a chance to shoot, the three experts showed us how it was really done. They shot upside down, sideways, from above the shoulder, and lying down. I even think they shot backwards at some point…any trick you could imagine, they performed! The experience was wild, and really made me realize that any member of the Montage Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club – from
newbie to seasoned competitor – could learn something from this team. While shooting was for me up until that day at least, a once in a lifetime experience, I know it could not have been any more enjoyable thanks to Sarah. The Montage Palmetto Bluff staff certainly knows how to craft an outing into an experience! A TRIP TO BLUFFTON A trip to Montage Palmetto Bluff would not be complete without an evening spent in Bluffton, the nearby town that is just a short boat ride across the May River. As we waited at Wilson’s Landing for our boat captain to arrive, we got the chance to see the other fun natural water sports available at the resort – fishing, shrimping, crabbing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Even better, all necessary equipment was included in our stay. Just as we started making plans for sunrise kayaking the next morning, our captain arrived and we boarded our boat. As we enjoyed the beautiful sunset and amazing water breeze, our captain stopped to point out some of the waterlife. Trout, yes. Redfish, flounder, even turtles – yes, those too. But I wanted to jump into the water – dress, heels, makeup, and all – when a baby dolphin and its mom swam up to our boat. And there
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were more pairs everywhere! It was my inner-six year old’s dream come true. After the baby dolphins finally swam away and we had all composed ourselves, the boat continued on to Bluffton’s shore. From there, we met the friendliest bike taxi “drivers” who took us on a guided journey of the quaint town. We saw historical landmarks like the Heyward House, enjoyed an oyster shooter from the Bluffton Oyster Company, and perused the downtown area shops that feature art, wine, and artisan foods. The sweetest part of the trip was talking with our “driver” who explained how he and his family moved to Bluffton about two years ago from the Washington, D.C. area. They were looking for a slower and cheaper way of life, one focused on community and friendships, and found it in Bluffton. It was a believable story – all the people in Bluffton were so friendly, I felt right at home too. NEVER WENT HUNGRY The entire trip, I did not feel a single hunger pang. The food was wonderful, filling, plentiful, and so…southern, that I hardly had time to recover from one meal before we were sitting down to the next.
After our oyster shooter in downtown Bluffton, we stopped at FARM, a farmto-table style restaurant dedicated to responsibly sourced meat and produce for all of its fabulous dishes. Back at the Montage Palmetto Bluff, there were so many delectable meals it is hard to choose just a few to highlight. But as I must for the sake of my journalistic duty, here it goes… The biscuit bar at Buffalo’s blew my west coast mind. I had no idea you could put things other than jam or gravy on a biscuit, but Buffalo’s showed me the way. To top your biscuit, they offered perfectly cooked sausage, ham, cheese, caramelized onions, homemade apple butter, and the list went on. Buffalo’s also deserves a mention for its great lunch and cocktail menu. Another restaurant, Cole’s, wowed me with southern favorites such as spicy fried dill pickles, patty melts, signature fried chicken, and the Smokehouse BBQ Platter. The relaxed lounge atmosphere and full service bar gave this amazing dining experience a very relaxed feel. Another bonus was that it was attached to a bowling alley, so after dinner we grabbed our drinks and enjoyed a few rounds. Such a fun way to end the night!
Hands down, my favorite meal experience was our exceptional private dinner at Jessamine. Our group was shown to a beautifully decorated private room that overlooked the resort’s grounds, and as soon as we sat down, the friendly staff ensured there was never an empty plate or wine glass at our table. Our family style meal started with cheesy grits, grilled shrimp, and ahi tuna poke with watercress. The main course was grilled steak, chicken, and whitefish, with sides of grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes, and bread rolls. It was all deliciously well prepared with a southern twist, and paired with the perfect wine, thanks to resident sommelier, Jesse Rodriguez. Jesse found incredible and unusual wines from around the world for us to taste, and he always gave the tale behind the wine he was pouring. He was incredibly approachable and happy to answer any question we may have had. I also love a somm who asks if I want to “revisit” my tastes, which Jesse did with each bottle. He made it so easy to say “yes, please!” each and every time. WO R KO U T T H E N WIND DOWN Considering all the eating I was doing, it was wonderful that Montage Palmetto Bluff
had so much to offer in the way of activities. At the resort, bicycles are available and there are miles and miles of scenic trails to explore. The River House Pool is a great place to swim laps and a state-of-the-art Fitness Center makes working out alone or in one of their spinning, yoga, or Pilates classes, a pleasure. The Wilson Lawn and Racquet Club includes eight Har-Tru tennis courts, two bocce courts, four courtside shelters, and a full pro-shop and pavilion. During our visit, we were scheduled to play Bocce. What started out as an easy, pass-the-time-beforedinner activity, quickly turned into a serious tournament, thanks to our Bocce instructor, Carol. With her instruction, we quickly learned the strategy behind the game, how to perfect our form, and how to solve disputes. By the end, we were making bets, cheering on teammates, and yelling for Carol to help referee. It was great fun, and built a real sense of camaraderie within our group â€“ just another example of the staff at Montage Palmetto Bluff turning an ordinary experience into an exceptional one.
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What better way to wind down, and enjoy some calming time, than at the spa. Spa Montage, located within the main resort, offers an array of the traditional spa services – nails, facials, hair cuts and treatments, body therapies, and massages. As I entered the spa, I was greeted by two smiling faces and given a quick tour so I could enjoy the amenities while I waited for my appointment. I slipped into a signature soft, fluffy robe and headed to the whirlpool and sauna. Soon I was invited to start my treatment, and I headed back to my private room for the Palmetto Body Bliss massage. First, I was dry brushed, a practice I had read about (and honestly felt skeptical about), but never experienced. It was amazing! My skin felt warm and alive – it was so invigorating. The follow up full body deep tissue massage was the perfect counterpart – it loosened the muscles underneath my tingling skin. As with everything during the weekend, what really made my treatment special was the Montage Palmetto Bluff employee performing the massage. She was so sweet and funny – we talked about our kids, our families, our hopes, our dreams, the future of the world, you name it. It was another Montage Palmetto Bluff experience that left me feeling like I had made a great friend. F E E L AT H O M E , MAKE IT YOUR HOME During our introductory meetup, the team at Montage Palmetto Bluff told us that they sell the majority of houses on the property to people who are on a vacation, somewhat as an impulse purchase. Despite the beauty around me, I was a little taken aback hearing that fact on the first night. But by day four, if I had had my husband with me (and we were in the time of life for a second home), I would have been signing on that dotted line for sure. The scenery, the food, the nearby town, the water, the activities, and of course, above all else, the wonderful people, make Palmetto Bluff a place you want to call home.
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he enthusiasm is palpable! You can hear it in their voices, you can feel it in their shop, and you can see it in the faces of the pony girls and moms that clearly are revisiting a familiar and friendly place. May 2017 saw the opening of the World Equestrian Center and Chagrin Saddlery Mobile Boutique, the result of an exciting collaboration between the two, that made its debut at the Kentucky Horse Park for the Kentucky Spring Horse Shows. Horse & Style caught up with them at Pony Finals to learn more about this bold new venture, and visited with a very busy Ali Troyan, the mobile marketing manager, who was manning the store. Clearly, this boutique is in a league of its own, with an amazing story behind it. Its home is an eighteen-wheel rig that started its life as a NASCAR trailer, and was beautifully re-fitted to perform its new function.
After leaving their corporate jobs, Dana Miller and Kris Kurtz started Chagrin Saddlery, LLC, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and they’ve never looked back. Starting as a small consignment business, it quickly grew into a full-service saddlery carrying a vast selection of top brands in all contemporary styles. But what sets them apart is their deep commitment to their customers. “The most important thing is that we truly love what we do,” says Miller. It is their goal to make every customer comfortable, and to outfit each one with his or her own style, body type, and goals in mind. Both Kurtz and Miller have daughters that ride, Emma and Skylar, respectively, so they were familiar with the show scene. Beginning in 2014, Chagrin Saddlery would travel to various horse shows. “For three years,” recounts Miller, “we would bring elaborate setups that included a chandelier, elaborate landscaping, and really edgy merchandise.” Pony Finals has a special place in the hearts of everyone associated with the
mobile store, because it was there that Kurtz and Miller met the Roberts family: Roby, Jennie, and young Sofia. Emma was fortunate to show some of the Roberts’ green ponies, and had developed an easygoing relationship with Sofia – a friendship shared by the adults as well. The brainchild of the Roberts, the World Equestrian Center opened its doors in 2016, in Wilmington, Ohio. With stateof-the-art indoor arenas that are some of the largest in the United States, and a complex that includes Paddock Club, café, salon, kids’ area, and lodging on the grounds, to name a few of the amenities, it immediately claimed a place among the great horse show venues in the country. But, as with Chagrin Saddlery, the greatest of the amenities to be enjoyed at WEC is the warm, welcoming friendliness, and the dedication of the entire staff to the comfort and safety of their clients. The infectious excitement of the 2016 opening was shared by Chagrin Saddlery, as they had a retail store on the grounds. Throughout the year they held events with
popular manufacturers to the delight of exhibitors – something they also did on the WEC/CS Mobile Boutique during the Summer Tour, as it was affectionately referred to. Early in 2017, the Chagrin Saddlery team saw the eighteen-wheel rig outside the General Store on the show grounds. When they asked about it, they were told it was going to go to horse shows to promote WEC on the road. “Our first thought was, ‘What happens if we go along?’” she remembers. “‘We love you guys and we can promote you.’ So we made a proposal and submitted it to WEC this spring. It all came about in three weeks. The shows were so successful, so busy – it’s incredible what they have accomplished! But they decided to do it, and Chagrin would staff it.” The Chagrin team and the WEC team decided to redo the inside of the trailer. But time was of the essence – the rig was to head out in a week – so the inside had to get done quickly. Jennie Roberts, whom Miller calls a genius at interior design,
oversaw the transformation, and it echoes the rustic decor that is found at the WEC store, Sudden Impulse. When the trailer was ready for loading, they had a mere twelve hours to get it done. “We were flying!” says Miller. “I truly believe you can see people’s personalities when they’re under stress; and everyone pitched in. We worked so well together; we laughed a lot, finished the job, and headed to Kentucky.” On arrival, Troyan put the finishing touches on the boutique, and so began a wildly successful spring in Kentucky.
their stuff,” says Miller. And the mobile unit sells both. Snaks 5th Avenchew, brightly colored goodies for ponies, and pony girl ribbons were definitely selling well, too, as was Sandy Bottoms. The latter is a soft, stuffed, spotted horse made famous at WEC. Anyone who falls off their pony in the ring, can be made to feel better by coming into the store and receiving a free Sandy Bottoms, just by showing their sandy bottom. And he was a definite presence in the mobile unit.
Jennie envisioned the store as a destination, where you can get your phone charged, find a treat and water for your dog, rest in a comfortable chair in the shade, and experience the same level of friendly hospitality that is the trademark of WEC.
“On behalf of Chagrin Saddlery,” Miller says with feeling, “we’re very, very thankful to the Roberts and the WEC team for this opportunity, for their help, and their friendship. It’s a fun story, and we feel so fortunate to be able to tell it. We always try to think outside the box; but in this case we put ourselves into the box – the best box ever!!”
“In addition to the wide selection of popular brands that Chagrin sells, the WEC merchandise is ridiculously popular with show goers and competitors! People love
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The Artistry of Slim Aarons “I believe in fairy tales. For six decades I have concentrated on photographing attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places. Many of these elegant people were princes and princesses and others were just ladies and gentlemen. Some lived in marble palaces and Camelot castles, and others lived in magnificent contemporary estates. I traveled all over the world to photograph them; found them in London and New York, Gstaad and Newport, Palm Beach and St. Tropez, and Lake Forest and Rome.” — SLIM AARONS, ONCE UPON A TIME september/october ·
he world of today is different than the world of Slim Aarons. Aarons’ world was magical, enthralling – a time long gone. It was a time of class and elegance. And it was a world that, prior to Slim Aarons, was largely private and elusive. Slim Aarons, in the simplest form, was a photographer. But to those familiar with his body of work spanning over half a century and still influential beyond compare, Slim Aarons was and is so much more. He coined the mantra of capturing “attractive people, doing attractive things, in attractive places.” With a camera in hand, a WASPrequisite skill set and uncompromising detail, Slim Aarons was granted access to the private homes and lives of the wealthy, privileged and powerful. His story has been told countless times, almost to the point of redundancy. Words used to describe his career and artistry have been creatively synonym-ed to death.Yet, nothing quite compares to being able to tell his story and broaden the horizons of those who are unfamiliar with the icon that
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is Slim Aarons. Therefore, a Slim Aarons primer seems exceedingly necessary. George Allen “Slim” Aarons (1916–2006) began his photography career during World War II, capturing images of war and combat for publications such as Yank and Stars and Stripes. The environment was less than desirable, the tone dark and raw. “During World War II, I was a combat photographer for Yank magazine, and having survived that experience a little battered but all in one piece, I felt I owed myself some easy, luxurious living to make up for the years I had spent sleeping on the ground in the mud, being shot at and bombed. The war was over; I was eager to put all that misery behind me,” explained Slim Aarons in his book titled Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time. Aarons seized the opportunity to focus on the postwar era, but not the era that was besieged by social woes, cold wars and hot wars. He chose the lighter side of the postwar period. “It was a postwar, New York City, Mad Men-esque era,” explained his daughter and only child Mary Aarons. It was a time to cover the who, what, where and when. A distraction, at best, from the pieces left behind of a war-stricken
world. He went to work as a freelance photographer for publications such as Life Magazine, Holiday and Town & Country. The tone of his work transitioned from the dark and raw to the light and magical. In a career that spanned more than five decades, Slim Aarons traveled the world, taking assignments in fairytale locations. The result, every time, was a series of images that were transporting.
attractive people, doing attractive things, in attractive places
Aarons developed an unmistakable style. “He became an adjective,” explains his daughter Mary Aarons. “A Slim Aarons look.” His entire body of work was a mix of both candid and staged. His subjects, a mix of aristocracy, Hollywood greats and ingénues, political characters, high society members and the occasional unknownyet-enthralling stranger, all possessed an inherited ability to dress themselves to perfection. Slim once said “I don’t do fashion. I take photos of people in their own clothes, and that becomes fashion.” And he photographed them in the most glamorous of settings: castles, country estates, tropical destinations, chic city apartments. And Aarons, certainly ahead of his time, did the one thing that the public found most fascinating. He captured these amazing people, in their amazing homes, doing intriguing leisurely things. The lifestyle photographer of the upper-class society set, Slim Aarons was the original Instagram. And the world was his follower. Slim Aarons’ decades of work for major publications took him on fantastical storytelling assignments, photographing scenes from parties in Hollywood and New York, boating in the Bahamas, skiing in Gstaad, pool lounging in Palm Beach, and sailing in Bermuda. Wouldn’t you know it – in the land of pleasure and wonderment, his assignments took him into the world of the equestrian life. “He never rode. Riding horses came with the possibility of getting hurt. And while his work seemed fantasy, it was how he made his living. He could not compromise that by doing something like riding a horse,” said his daughter Mary Aarons. But regardless of his choice not to jump on and take the reins, Slim Aarons excelled in capturing this common leisure activity of the jet set demographic. The horse life is an attractive life, a magical life, and it made for captivating content. It was widely known that Slim Aarons preferred not to photograph animals, or children, due to the inability to control them, yet he did it. “He knew that subjects such as children and animals make the pictures more engaging and approachable, and he ultimately appreciated the message they conveyed in his stories,” says Mary. His body of work involving the equestrian lifestyle is expansive, considering he was not a horseman, nor did he care to use horses as subjects. The decision to involve them in his photography was a mix – sometimes it was part of the assignment, at times it
was what the subject wanted to portray in his or her life story, and sometimes it came as Slim’s own idea. “One of his favorite photographs was the Foxcroft Girls,” explains Mary Aarons. A classic 1960s panorama of the schoolgirls of Foxcroft waiting at the stables for their horses. Foxcroft School, founded in 1914, was long recognized as the elite of America’s private girls’ schools near Middleburg,Virginia. The image he conceptualized and created is both stately and relaxed, and a bit Americana in design. Slim Aarons’ travels and assignments continued to bring further equestrian subjects, and ultimately further intrigue. The Palm Beach social scene was a regular jaunt for Aarons, filled with a variety of subjects and environments to shoot. And the game of polo was always at the forefront in Palm Beach society. A well-known and praised shot was that of Laddie Sanford at the Gulfstream Polo Club, a fixture in Palm Beach equestrian culture. Laddie Sanford was a member of an old moneyed family in the area and as Slim Aarons described, “a great American polo player.” It has been rumored that images such as the leisurely Laddie Sanford shot inspired the Ralph Lauren aesthetic. In fact, Slim recalled that when Ralph Lauren saw this picture he asked him to shoot an ad campaign based on it. Slim went on to state that Ralph Lauren had exclaimed, “Slim, rip yourself off!”
This photo & above: Slim Aarons – Women, by Laura Hawk, Abrams Publishing/Getty Images
here were lifestyle shots, conveying the glittering lifestyle of his subjects. And there were portraits – true, classical portraits – compositions that rivaled the best portraiture painters of modern-day history. A combination of skill, patience, and resolve to capture that perfect shot resulted in these iconic images. One cannot overlook the picture of Laure de La Haye-Jousselin sitting atop a gargantuan chestnut horse, poised perfectly in front of the ornate iron gates to her Normandy chateau in 1957. The sky was soft and gloomy, the grand estate a delicate shade of rose framed perfectly behind the dark decadence of the gate. And there, centered in the frame is the elegant woman with a Mona Lisa smile atop her elegant steed, and flanked by two dogs. The combination of soft earthy colors against the deep, gleaming red chestnut coat of the horse and the superbly-attired lady was all the ‘pop’ this picture needed. It is said that Slim Aarons waited four days to get the shot. The horse lifted his right front hoof, tucked his head, while the two
Slim Aarons – Once Upon A Time, Abrams Publishing/Getty Images
dogs gazed in their direction, and click! A ‘real, honest-to-God seventeenth-century portrait’ as longtime friend and editor Frank Zachary observed, was created. It was true art. Magic. And looking back on the photograph, all these years later, names such as Sir Alfred J. Munnings come to mind, as if this could have been the picture for which he would have painted a masterpiece. The photograph itself is a masterpiece. Slim Aarons was a devout professional and detail-oriented man. “He borrowed his framing and sensibilities from the masters of painting,” explains his daughter. Composition was important. And the images were designed to convey the story of the subject’s life. Both their own story, and Aarons’ interpretation of their lives. Each picture we see today was part of an original story, a story that was carefully thought out, edited and published decades ago. Today we see these images, but we lack the text to convey the context in which they were taken and the story they told. So things are left to the imagination. And this is something Mary Aarons believes would drive her father mad. “He was a storyteller. A photojournalist,” she explains. “A history buff who saw himself as a reporter.” The ‘Slim Aarons look’ is harder to describe in writing than it is to visually convey. But consistent elements of his work helped catapult him to the iconic and influential status he holds today. “His work was not dark. It was fun,” explains Mary Aarons. “And he liked to employ
colors that pop, especially red and pink.” This was part of the Slim Aarons look, a trick of the trade perhaps. “These colors helped to break up the scene, they were fun and provided visual interest. He loved to work with geraniums or bougainvillea.” And when the fun florals could not be found in the setting, he turned to wardrobe. He was often quoted telling people to go back and dress down, look as they would in their natural habitat. He wanted no fuss. There is a striking image that exists, and is published as the first photograph in his Once Upon a Time tome, of a young boy and a darling grey pony, seven year old Thomas Alexander FermorHesketh, 3rd Baron and 10th Baron Hesketh, in front of his ancestral home, Easton Neston House in Northhamptonshire in 1957. Standing before this grand sprawling estate with a huge reflection pond and stately green hedges, was a wee little lad, a coordinating wee little pony, and, of course, a pair of red pantaloons.
n 1997, opportunity came knocking, literally, in the form of Mark Getty who had recently launched the Getty Images photo archive. Aarons sold his body of work to Getty Images for an undisclosed amount of what he referred to as f-you money, and today all rights to his expansive collection are owned exclusively by Getty. So how does one go about discovering, immersing, and sparking some sense of inspiration from the man that was Slim Aarons? Certainly an obligatory and
exploratory Google search is in order. Secondly, a thorough combing through the Getty Image archives and an even longer leisurely visual stroll through Instagram will offer a good deal of enlightenment. But lastly, nothing beats the tactile, oldfashioned form of flipping a page to an Abrams-published book filled with realitylacking, dream-inducing, visual-overdosing wonderment. If you are like any of today’s designing, taste-making crowd, you opt for one of the five Abrams-published tomes and you proudly display them for all to see and for all to be inspired. And if you are a true Slim Aarons aficionado, then you search high and low for the original book, the one that started it all, A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life. But be prepared to spend a pretty penny for a copy. And once you have become fully engrossed in the world of Slim Aarons, you pick a favorite (or two, or three) and head back to Getty Images or photos.com to treat yourself to a framed print. Will it be the stately lady posed on her massive chestnut in front of her chateau? Will it be the young English boy with his welsh pony standing in front of his ancestral manor? Or perhaps the young ladies of Foxcroft patiently awaiting their horses? The world has changed. Slim Aarons’ world has changed. But his past and his art remains, and what a privilege it is to see the world through his eyes.Yes, the world has changed. But we still have Slim Aarons, and we still have our horses. And that is fairytale enough.
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T H R E E I D E A L DAY S I N L E X I N G T O N — AT T H E — C P N AT I O N A L H O R S E S H OW While assembling a travel package as an auction lot for a charity, we were once again convinced that if you are a horse lover, especially a show jumping fan, the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. What better destination than the Horse Capital of the World and the Kentucky Horse Park, where you will be surrounded by a city filled with almost endless horse-related things to see and do? Most of Lexington’s population is horsesavvy, and enthusiastic about ‘talking horse’ with their guests. september/october ·
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t the center of your horse-centric three days is the tremendous Alltech Arena. Built for the 2010 World Equestrian Games, there’s not a bad seat in the house, with ample room for vendors and food fare. The stadium seats, VIP tables in the Taylor Harris Club and the private boxes, all have first-class views of the competition. Certainly some of the world’s best come to compete at this historic horse show, vying for the prestige of a National Horse Show title as well as big purses; and the equitation elite gather to vy for the coveted ASPCA Maclay National Championship. Beyond the time you will spend at the show, plenty of adventure can be wrapped into three ideal days in Lexington at the CP National Horse Show. A VA R I E T Y O F G R E AT E AT I N G A N D S H O P P I N G ES TABLISHMENTS With a food explosion happening over the last few years, Lexington is rife with
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excellent restaurants, from formal to casual, edgy to traditional, and with a wide range of cuisines and price points. Known to the locals as the “horseman’s restaurant,” Dudley’s on Short is a Lexington icon. As the CP National Horse Show wraps up, thoroughbreds start to arrive at Keeneland for the November Breeding Stock Sale, and Dudley’s comes alive with horse owners, trainers, buyers, sellers, and fans. Upon entering the restaurant, every guest receives a warm welcome by owner (and horsewoman) Debbie Long, the service of an impeccablytrained staff, award-winning American cuisine, and the benefit of one of the best wine cellars in Kentucky. Along with Dudley’s the quaint downtown Lexington scene offers a number of fine dining choices: the Lockbox, which is housed in the 21c Museum Hotel whose ground floor is filled with a lively display of modern art; steakhouses such as The Blue Heron and Tony’s of Lexington, and one of the newer establishments, Carson’s, with its
innovative menu, to name a few. For those who enjoy an edgy vibe, Lexington’s newly developing Distillery District is filled with restaurants, bars, distilleries, a brewery, a dessert lounge, and live music in some of the city’s most historic buildings. The locally owned Crank & Boom ice cream parlor is well worth a visit. For a sampling of brand new restaurants and boutiques, the Summit at Fritz Farm offers an outdoor mall filled with 22 restaurants and 70 street-level shops. Something for every taste, hot spots include Edley’s BarB-Que, Texas de Brazil, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, Honeywood by Ouita Michel and several more. For the sophisticated shopper, unique boutiques galore await, including Ariat, Free People, Cos Bar, Scout & Molly’s and Arthaus to name a few. THE BEAUT Y OF THE BLUEGRASS, THE COOLNESS OF KEENELAND AND DIS TILLERY DELIGHT With 450 horse farms in the area, a farm tour is a must. The big stud farms
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give guided tours, but they do require a reservation. Many have a storied history, and all are breathtakingly beautiful. Claiborne Farm, the home of Secretariat, who heads a stellar roster of former thoroughbred residents, has a graveyard with some of the most impressive names in racing. Gainesway Farm boasts its own group of famous stallions, and is where current super sire Tapit stands at stud. Lane’s End Farm, where Queen Elizabeth kept her horses when they were in the U.S., is owned by the former ambassador to the Court of St. James, Will Farish; his son, Bill Farish, is the Manager and Director of Sales. A visit to Ashford Stud might offer an opportunity to see American Pharoah, the quiet but lightning-fast gentleman who was the first horse to win the Grand Slam (The Triple Crown and The Breeder’s Cup Classic). And that’s just a start . . . Keeneland is one of the three great boutique racetracks in the country, and it also hosts thoroughbred sales in September, November, and January. Horses come from all across the country to Keeneland for
their moment in the spotlight in the sales pavilion. The November Breeding Stock Sale begins just after the CP National Horse Show ends, so consignors will have their barns set up, ready to lead the horses out for prospective buyers to inspect. Walking through the barn area, seeing the great American thoroughbred industry at work, and catching the Keeneland buzz, is a great way to spend part of an afternoon. The dining room offers a lavish buffet, open to the public. The auction is a sight worth seeing, but one of the best reasons to visit Keeneland in early November, is the fine sporting art adorning the sales pavilion. Cross Gate Gallery, arguably the premier purveyor of fine sporting art in the world, partners with Keeneland every fall to display a collection of stunning original art from early September (the beginning of the September Yearling Sale) to mid-November (the end of the November Breeding Stock Sale). On a date shortly after the close of the November sale, the paintings will take their turn under the spotlight in the pavilion, as the auctioneers
Cross Gate Gallery places gorgeous sporting art up for auction each fall in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion Pictured: André Pater, Horse and Jockey
take bids on the art.Visit the pavilion, pick up one of the gorgeous catalogues, and see some breathtaking canvases. Lexington is home to a list of breweries, wineries and, of course, the worldrenowned Bourbon Trail. If time is limited, downtown Lexington is host to Bluegrass Distillers, Barrel House Distilling, and Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. Each offer tours and tastings. Information and driving directions are available online at Kentucky Bourbon Trail, or at Central Kentucky Tours. CON CIERGE ANYONE? The Organizing Committee of the CP National Horse Show agrees that Lexington is home to a treasure trove of enjoyable options for competitors and spectators alike. Plans are in process to offer a concierge service for this year’s show from October 31–November 5. Watch social media and the website for details. More on CP National Horse Show: nhs.org More on Lexington: visitlex.com
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When I am feeling nervous on my way to the show ring, I tend to get subdued. What can I do to get my game face on and sharpen my focus?
By the time you are walking to the warm-up ring, your mental practice should be in full swing. Determine if you are the type who experiences heightened awareness, or a slight blurriness, when the combination of nerves and adrenaline mount. If you experience a slight fog or reduced energy, reflect on the day and how you may have been able to reserve some energy for your class. Staying off your feet for prolonged periods of time, and even elevating your feet, gives your heart a break and saves energy. After investigating and remedying your physical energy needs, observe your mental energy uses. Do you get nervous the night before, which reduces your sleep quality and quantity? Do you review scenarios about what may go wrong from the moment you wake up? Do you practice any form of intentional thinking and presentmoment attention focus? Rather than judge your natural behaviors, consider engaging with your habits to make changes. Use tools like adding one breath, or visualizing outcomes, to balance the challenge. Remember, you can make energy from energy, or reduce energy, depending on how you manage your intentions and emotions. So for every depleting thought process, add some deep breathing combined with an intention that can be followed by an action. This simple shift can increase the energy level you have when you finally walk to the ring!
What do I do when my trainer misunderstands my facial expression when we are debriefing after a class, and gets mad at me for thinking I am being disrespectful?
Trainer-rider communication can be complex, because the trainer’s job is to push the riding athlete to be their best by using a delicate combination of demand, encouragement, and sensitivity.The rider’s job is to show up with their best energy each day and work hard, regardless of personal or environmental challenge.This relationship needs to be treated with respect from both sides. I like to apply Don Miguel Ruiz’s Four Agreements to important relationships, so as to avoid misunderstandings that come from nuances like facial expressions. Essentially the Four Agreements include: 1. Always speak or know your truth. 2. Make no assumptions. 3. Take nothing personally. 4. Always do your best, given the circumstances. Begin by asking yourself what energy was behind your facial expression when you were debriefing with your trainer. Remember, your job is to hear the instruction – not assume a story. If your trainer is edgy or uses negative language, again, listen to the instruction, not the criticism. Do your best to stay within the bounds of your rider-trainer relationship, knowing that the trainer’s job is not to make you feel better after your round, but to teach you to ride better the next time. Engage only in the material of the relationship that is about teaching and learning; this is how to maintain a respectful relationship in those hard moments.
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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Esquivel Anwar Esquivel was born on the 25th of May in Mexico City, Mexico. His introduction to horses came by chance when he was only eight years old. Thanks to his grandmother’s garden needing some fertilizer, Anwar saw a sign outside a stable offering ‘manure for free.’ This began his adventure with horses and led to his career as a photographer. Esquivel started helping his older brother take pictures, learning all about the craft step by step. He immediately loved the majesty of horses, and his passion for equines and photography continues to grow. A natural talent, he studied photography and law at “UNAM,” a top Latin American University. During his years at the University, Esquivel entered a photography competition, with no expectations of top results. He not only won but he was honored with a trip to Barcelona to continue his studies. With his photographic career in full swing, Esquivel has now traveled to two Olympic Games – Beijing in 2008 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016; three World Equestrian Games – Aachen in 2006, Lexington in 2010 and Normandy in 2014; and three Pan American Games – Brazil in 2007, Guadalajara in 2011 and Toronto in 2015. His client list includes well-known names in the sports, such as Ludger Beerbaum, McLain Ward, Rodrigo Pessoa, Ben Asselin, Eduardo Menezes, Eric Lamaze, Nicolas Pizarro, Patricio Pasquel and many more. Traveling the world via his camera lens, Esquivel is constantly discovering new ways to capture moments. With a growing list of private clients, his images have begun to appear in galleries, and they also don the walls of the stables where it all started decades ago. anwaresquivel.com | @anwaresquivel
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