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44 30 RIDER SPOTLIGHT: KENT FARRINGTON Kent Farrington, riding a wave as world #1 in the show jumping rankings, added three major wins this fall to his long and impressive list. He spoke with Horse & Style about his history as a rider, his journey to the top, his equine partners, and his recent acts of humanitarianism. Read about this unpretentious superstar whose generosity of spirit and his compassion, combined with his immense talent and hard work, make him a role model for young equestrians everywhere.
56 EQUESTRIAN TASTEMAKER: A COLLECTION OF WHAT’S NOW...
Our Alli Addison launches a regular column devoted to everything equestrians love, want, obsess over, and employ. Share her enthusiasm as she guides us through some not-to-be-missed art, culture, social events, products, places to visit, to stay and to eat. Read about the equestrian world is reaching out to hurricane victims, and how you can help; the best in sporting art; personal health and beauty products; and the latest in tack room decor.
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No one does it better than Spruce Meadows, and once again, the world’s top show jumpers traveled to Calgary in September to compete in the Masters CSIO 5*. See the story in photos as Team USA hoists the trophy in the BMO Nations Cup, and Philipp Weishaupt of Germany celebrates his victory in the $1,000,000 CP International 1.70m presented by Rolex.
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H&S Publisher, Sarah Appel, shares the highlights from her recent trip to Wilmington, OH, for the World Equestrian Center Invitational. In this piece, she explains why traveling to WEC always feels like a homecoming, and details how with all that WEC has to offer its guests (church, spa and yoga, anyone?), the weekend is much more than a just a horse show. Additionally, H&S contributor, Pam Maley, tells the story behind Alex Granato, who won big in the week’s WEC Grand Prix classes.
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Suffer serious barn envy as our Editor, Emily Pollard, follows up her Montage Palmetto Bluff story from the last issue of H&S, by showcasing the equestrian facility. Definitely worthy of inclusion in the list of amazing amenities that the resort offers, the barn is so historically representative of the locale, that the Savannah College of Art and Design comes annually to tour and study the stable’s design elements.
THE BRAZILIAN COURT Discover a serene and luxurious getaway that offers stunning accommodations and unmatched service in an atmosphere of intimate ambience. Just blocks from the glamour of Worth Avenue, two blocks from the beach, and in close proximity to Palm Beach and Wellington, this boutique hotel snuggles discreetly into its own lush landscapes. Listed among the Historic Hotels of America, it is the only hotel on Florida’s East Coast that ranks in the Top 25 of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best.
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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.
Kelsey competed in her first horse show while attending UC Davis for Political Science. After completing her degree, she turned her back on politics and headed to the barn. She has worked as an assistant for Dressage and H/J trainers in CA. This fall, she started an internship with Horse & Style Magazine and has enjoyed blending her love of horses and writing, and experiencing the best in international show jumping.
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.
Ashley Neuhof 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 new Thoroughbred gelding and enjoying the outdoors.
F R O M the
Every year around this time, I reflect on the previous year of Horse & Style. Every day, I feel grateful that the magazine has made it this far. In a world where print is a dying industry, the fact that horse shows, tack shops, and subscribers still want this magazine that they can touch and feel says something about the H&S brand. I love social media, and it has been a game changer for many equestrian businesses. However, I still believe that there is value in print content. It is great to be able to watch a live feed of a World Cup™ qualifier, or look at pictures from a horse show thousands of miles away. But just like an Instagram story, those images are quickly forgotten 24 hours later. Being able to take a quiet moment at a show, in my home, or on a plane, to read a print magazine still means something to me. I often go back and re-read old issues and find I learn something new every time. Over the past two years I’ve been lucky enough to visit the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio several times. Each time I set foot on the property I am impressed with the new developments. During this recent visit I was able to experience The Sanctuary, an amazing part indoor arena, part event venue, that really embodies the vision of the Roberts family and their dedicated team. Read more about my visit and the future of the World Equestrian Center on page 44. Man on fire Kent Farrington continues to be World No. 1. His seven month reign in the number one spot has offered him well deserved recognition for his hard work, horsemanship and dedication to the sport. Read more about Farrington, and how he’s using his popularity and voice to give back to the equestrian community on page 30.
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I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Divino tall boot from Ariat. In this New Product Alert feature, Alli Addison reviewed the new luxury tall boot from one of my favorite brands. Made in Italy, the Divino tall boot will be hitting the market just in time for the winter circuits. Read more on page 27, then place your order.You’re welcome. Equestrian Tastemaker makes its debut this issue, and it is amazing! This column features a handful of not-to-be-missed items that are new and exciting on the equestrian market. From art, to skin care, to new clothing lines, we are thrilled to share these products with you (page 56). Look forward to this regular column throughout 2018. As we close out 2017, and thus the 6th year of Horse & Style, I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported the magazine. I have a wonderful team who works hard to make sure each issue is better than the last – so thank you H&S team. I also have wonderful family and friends who support me in following my H&S dream – so I send a big thank you out to them. And ultimately, the continued support from advertisers, horse show partners, and subscribers keeps this magazine going – so I thank all of you, too. Happy Holidays!
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the Riders Masters Cup at the Longines Masters
This December, EEM will introduce the first annual Riders Masters Cup, and the format is an exhilarating one. The Riders Masters Cup is a transatlantic equestrian duel in which Team USA will face off against Team Europe. The event will pit these two equestrian powerhouses against each other for an international battle of epic proportion. The event will bridge the first and final legs of the Grand Slam of Indoor Show Jumping: the Longines Masters in Paris on Saturday, December 2, 2017, and the Longines Masters of New York on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Here is how it works: Each team consists of a mix of five top equestrian athletes, male or female, from the two competing continents, Europe and the USA, led by a Chef d’Equipe. There will be two rounds per event, with five head-to-head duels in each one, Round One will be a classic 1.50m Table A Class with a starting order that is drawn at random and the winner of each duel earns one point for their team. The excitement increases in Round Two as the important role of Chef comes to fruition. Each duel will be worth two points each, escalating the importance I D E R S Mfrom Round One has the of each head-to-head matchup, and the winning RChef ASTERS CUP advantage of picking the duel matchups for Round Two. Add the thrills of a 1.45m speed format, with three seconds added to the rider’s time for each rail down, which channels the heart-pounding action of the Longines Speed Challenge. The fastest time wins! Horse & Style caught up with EEM to get even more fun tidbits about the new competition format, which only makes the count down to the Longines Masters of Paris that much more suspenseful.
The Riders Masters Cup was envisioned by EEM Founder and CEO Christophe Ameeuw.
All of the riders on Team USA are in the top 15 of the Rolex/USEF Show Jumping Ranking List.
2016 Olympic Silver medalist Robert Ridland and 2016 Olympic Gold medalist Philippe Guerdat will bring their in-ring rivalry to the Riders Masters Cup as Chef d’Equipe of Team USA and Team Europe, respectively.
Horses can be changed for speed between rounds one and two, adding another layer of strategy to the competition.
The total purse is €250,000 in Paris and $250,000 in the US. The winning teams’ riders will split $175,000, while their Chef d’Equipe will receive $17,500.
The second place team and Chef d’Equipe will walk away with a combined $57,500 – not a bad guaranteed purse for a night of fun!
Fans around the world can receive competition updates by following facebook.com/ ridersmasterscup.
The official Riders Masters Cup hashtag is #waveyourflag. Go post pictures of your favorite riders and hashtag to show love for your team!
Tickets for the first faceoff of the inaugural Riders Masters Cup in Paris are now available at ridersmasterscup. com/en/ticketing.
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Crazy Like a Fox
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She’s baaack! Author Rita Mae Brown has just completed the tenth installment of her wellknown “Sister Jane” foxhunting series. Crazy Like a Fox was published on October 31st, and it is filled with the horses, hounds, murder, and mystery typical of our beloved Jefferson Hunt characters. Huntsman and playboy Wesley “Weevil” Carruthers disappeared in 1954. While it has long been thought that he was murdered by a husband of one of Weevil’s many conquests, the case remained unsolved and his body has never been found. That is – until Weevil returns to present day life! When an antique hunting horn is stolen, the only clue left behind is a cellphone video showing the thief as the one and only Weevil himself – still as young, handsome, and as vibrant as ever. But how could that be when he’s been gone for more than sixty years? “There in front of them, taking a selfie video, was Weevil, smiling, holding up his horn. He wore a black turtleneck.
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Why did you choose to do PR and marketing in the equestrian world?
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“About 8 years ago I decided to put my experience gained during my nearly 20 years of tech and consumer PR and marketing to work in the equestrian industry. I wanted to approach it from a strategic perspective so that I could work directly with company owners and my work could really affect the bottom line.”
What makes it special? Why is it important for equestrian businesses to have an experienced, knowledgeable marketing person?
My clients. This is a special industry where we are all united by a passion for horses. I love my work, and my clients are amazing – I look forward to what each day brings. I really enjoy seeing that my contribution makes a difference.”
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Equestrians are resourceful, ‘do it yourself ’ type people. Many times they are running a business – or two – and they end up managing marketing and PR themselves.
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1. The beautiful 20th anniversary themed jump is a part of the Richard Jeffery-designed course 2. Fans line up to meet and get autographs from their favorite riders 3. Kent Farrington and Voyeur are the winners of the 2017 New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix CSI2* 4. It is standing room only for Nick Jonas as he plays to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Classic 5. Event founder and host extraordinaire Abigail Wexner with Beezie Madden, John Madden and Margie Engle 6. The legendary Andretti racing family meets with fans and signs autographs 7. A high ropes course and other rides and activities keep kids of all ages entertained throughout the day 8. Ali Wolff finishes 4th among a strong field of competitors in her hometown of New Albany, OH Photos © Jeff Krugh (1,7), Josh Winslow Photography (2,3), Nick Falzerano (4), Lorn Spolter Photography (5,6), Lisa Hinson (8)
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onstructed of sumptuous premium Italian calf leathers, it is the first Italian-made boot from the Ariat tall riding family, and classical design and unparalleled fit were paramount in its creation. Full-length elasticized panels offer exquisite fit and comfort, while an oiled leather inner calf adds durability and enhanced grip. A Spanish topline with an elegant cuff design and engraved
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by Pam Maley & Jackie McFarland
World #1 in the show jumping rankings, Kent Farrington maintained his position by adding three major wins this fall to his long and impressive list that includes Team Silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics. On September 22nd, he won the $216,000 U.S. Open Grand Prix at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show, and followed it two days later with a win in the New Albany Classic in Ohio. And in Tryon on October 21st he took the victory lap in the $380,000 Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*.
Farrington showing Samantha the pony; photo © Mart
Farrington age 11, feeding a carrot to USPC pony Buster
is accomplishments alone make Farrington worthy of the adulation of show jumping fans young and old, but his generosity of spirit, and his compassion, combined with his immense talent and hard work, make him a role model for young equestrians everywhere. We saw his kindness long ago; when he won his first Rolex watch, he gifted it to his sister. And this year, now a Rolex Testimonee, his win in the 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show will long be remembered for his announcement that his share of the winnings ($71,000) would be donated to Direct Relief, a humanitarian non-profit working to relieve the suffering caused by the recent hurricanes. In an outreach to Pony Club members (and alumni), Farrington organized a competition on Instagram for a chance to win a trip to
Farrington & Dublin; photo © Ashley Neuhof
the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, and free tickets to the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Leg of the North American League in Lexington, Kentucky. Horse & Style: How did you get your start in riding? Kent Farrington: When I was eight years old, I saw a picture of my mother on a horse, and I wanted to try it. We lived in Chicago, so I began taking lessons at a carriage barn downtown, and soon graduated from riding carriage horses in the city, to racing ponies and retraining OTTBs (off-the-track thoroughbreds) in the suburbs. H&S: Tell us a little about your years riding as a Junior and Young Rider. Who were some of the people that influenced you? KF: Most of my junior career was spent catch-riding for various industry professionals.
Farrington; photo © Ashley Neuhof (for Rolex)
It was good training, and I eventually won the USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals (1998) and the Washington International Equitation Medal (1999). Winning a gold medal at the 1999 North American Young Riders International Competition when I was eighteen was huge for me, and that same year, I turned professional. H&S: Tell us a little about people who influenced you in the past and now. Any idols? KF: I would say the people that I’ve worked with over the years were all influential. Nancy Whitehead outside of Chicago where I rode as a kid and Andre Dignelli who helped me in the equitation finals. George Morris was responsible for getting me down to Wellington, and that had a big impact on my exposure to higher level riding. My first two jobs were with Tim Grubb and then Leslie Burr Howard – they were an influence for the first three years of my professional career. But the
overall biggest influence in my career is not just one person. I continuously watch the industry professionals to see what to do and what not to do. And even though I am one of them, I still do it today.
set a goal, he would say it has to be bigger, look farther. That resonates with me. I try to remember his advice and to believe the biggest limitation, and by far the worst one, is going to be the one you impose on yourself.
My idols are the people who can sustain the test of time. I had a video of Nick Skelton and watched it repeatedly when I was a kid. I didn’t have access to high level horse shows so the video tapes were my window to that world. I watched those tapes until they burned out.
H&S: What was the most memorable win so far in your amazing career?
My father had a big influence on my career, especially in the beginning. He didn’t think it was a good avenue for me to pursue. He wanted me to use my brain and go into a career in business. So I was motivated to prove him wrong. We ended up establishing a closer relationship based on his sound business advice, and that had tremendous value to me. He would never let me settle; it could always be done better. Whenever I
KF: My most memorable win will always be my first 5* Grand Prix win with Madison in 2006. I realized that day that I had a chance to make a career out of being a top show jumper. H&S: Can you tell us a bit about the team you have assembled? KF: A huge part of my success is that I’m surrounded by amazing people that allow me to focus on what I am good at. From running the business to managing the horses, Team KPF is about 20 people. Those people make up for my flaws, they pick up the slack.
Farrington celebrates his 2017 Royal Windsor Horse Show Rolex Grand Prix victory aboard Sherkan Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Amaury; photo ÂŠ Christopher Demers
That has also been a big lesson for me – knowing my shortcomings and finding the best people that fill those holes. I’m proud of where my team is today. I’m excited to see where we can take it from here. H&S: What horses are in your current string? KF: Voyeur, Gazelle, Sherkan D’Amaury, Dublin, Uceko, and Creedance are all a part of my current show string, and Baltic Star 2 got a 5* start this year as well. But beyond the horses that are proven, I’m constantly looking towards the future. I invest a lot of my time and my own money on the young horses. My owners and supporters see that I’m invested, that I’ll do everything in my power to see that those horses have their best chance to succeed. I have eight young horses now, ranging from five to eight years old. H&S: Can you tell us about some of your memorable moments on a horse? KF: Of course the one thing that comes to mind is riding at the Olympics – that stands out as a memorable moment – that is what you dream about as a kid. But working with horses will always be a series of highs and lows. Even before I knew what the sport was really about, it wasn’t so much about winning a medal at the Olympics as it was just that I
wanted to ride. I told my family that I had to find a real pony because the plastic toy one I had wouldn’t help me get there. I will never forget riding the scrappy ponies and ex-racehorses that I had in Chicago. They weren’t fancy. I dealt with frustration, and days when I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere. Those struggles are great lessons. I remember after watching my videos I would set some jumps up and I would say, “Now I’m going to ride like Jos Lansink. Now I’m going to ride like Pessoa, then Whitaker, then Skelton.” Reality was I don’t think I really could ride like any of them but I was trying. I remember one day my horse was just so wild that I couldn’t do the little course I had built. I was so discouraged but there was nothing to do but try again the next day. This is a sport of resilience.
check. We were lucky to get away without much damage, but a lot of people weren’t as fortunate. I just felt like it was the right thing to do. I feel very lucky to be living my dream, traveling the world and competing for big money, and this event is all about showcasing our sport, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to do something for people who could use it. H&S: In a wonderful outreach to Pony Club members, you have initiated a competition for tickets to the CP National Horse Show. Can you elaborate on that a little?
H&S: In late September, you generously donated your share of the winnings to Direct Relief to help the victims of the recent horrific hurricanes, particularly those in your home state of Florida. Can you tell us a little about that?
KF: Young riders are the future of our sport, and it’s important that they perceive it as accessible, as something that’s open to them. So we put information on Team KPF’s Instagram about how they could receive free tickets to the Longines FEI World Cup™ class at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, and also be entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize, which is a trip to the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.
KF: I’m a resident of Florida. A lot of us actually have houses and stables there, and my mom lives there. She had to relocate to New York to stay with my sister to avoid the hurricane, and we were lucky. We dodged a bullet, and it went to the other side of the state, but it was a reality
I want to continue to provide opportunities for kids that were like me. Kids that don’t have the opportunity to get tons of exposure and are passionate about horses. That is one way I can give back. It is an inspiration for me to see their enthusiasm and pure passion for the horse and the sport.
Farrington and Voyeur at the Spruce Masters; photo © Ashley Neuhof
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4. 6. 7. 1. Philipp Weishaupt (GER) pilots LB Convall to victory in front of a packed International Ring Stadium in the CP International 2. Edwin Smits (SUI) jogs Pikelot Von Hof during Tuesday’s FEI Inspection 3. Kent Farrington (USA), Mark Laskin (CAN) and Ian Millar (CAN) share insights during Wednesday evening’s Master Piece Art Event 4. Nearly 3 tons of imported Dutch flowers are arranged prior to the start of the tournament 5. Spruce Meadows Sr. VP Ian Allison, President and CEO Linda Southern-Heathcott and ATCO President and CEO Nancy Southern pose with CBC Sports Host Scott Russell prior to the live nationwide broadcast of the CP ‘International’ 6. VIPs experience the spot-lit ATCO 6 Bar from the center of the International Ring 7. Chef d'Equipe Robert Ridland and Team USA (L–R: Lauren Hough, Lillie Keenan, Beezie Madden and Charlie Jacobs) hoist the champions hardware after winning the BMO Nations’ Cup
8. Team USA enjoys the traditional Spruce Meadows victory gallop as victors in the BMO Nations’ Cup 9. Millionaire Philipp Weishaupt (GER) hoists his champions check with Keith Creel, President and CEO, Canadian Pacific Rail 10. Spruce Meadows Founder Marg Southern enjoys launching the 2017 ‘Masters’ Tournament during the Media day luncheon 11. Beezie Madden (USA) rides Darry Lou to victory in the thrilling jump-off in the BMO Nations’ Cup 12. Lillie Keenan (USA) helps to launch the ‘Masters’ Tournament at the Media Day Luncheon 13. Spruce Meadows celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary with a stunning spot-lit performance of the RCMP Musical Ride
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by Kelsey Langsdale photos by Sarah Appel
he transition from riding as a junior to riding as an amateur can be a difficult one to navigate. However, newly minted amateur Taegan Long is taking the transition in stride, and is using the time as a way to re-envision her riding goals – which are big ones! This winter Long plans to do all 12 weeks of WEF, and she has her sights set on riding in the FEI ring for the first time. To support her new amateur status, Long recently switched trainers. She is now working with Chris and Molly Cawley, who she says have been exceptionally supportive as she transitioned into the highs. Long is loving the newness and excitement that this break-out year is bringing her. While being an amateur competitor is new to Long, being in the competition ring is not. As a Junior she had a number of big wins, her favorite being when she was named WIHS Children’s Jumper Champion on Pocahontas in 2014. From there she went on to win top places at the Hampton Classic three years in a row, and impressively won every class she entered during the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Finals in 2016. In her final year as a junior, Long definitely went out with a bang. She finished 8th in the Jr/AO Derby at the Hampton Classic, qualified for the Prix de States, and had top placings at Lake Placid, Gold Cup, and Old Salem.
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Long has established herself as a talented rider in the equestrian world, but she is also known for being a social media influencer. Long has over 20,000 followers on Instagram, and has her own blog where she talks about her two passions: horses and fashion. Between her love for all things style and her talent in the ring, Long is a perfect Horse & Style “Style Rider” candidate.
Horse & Style: Describe your riding (apparel) style:
Taegan Long: I feel as though I have
a very classic, yet unusual look. I tend to wear classic colors, with nothing too bright or “out there,” but I still enjoy being ahead of the riding styles and flashy with my own twist. For instance, my custom show coat from Carma USA is a very light gray with black velvet cuff and baby pink piping. Most would consider
it “bobo” (slang for the Bourgeoisie Bohemian look), but as long as it’s subtle, I’ll be able to handle the comments from my trainers!
H&S: How do you handle high-pressure
H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit?
show; I normally do better under pressure. If I ever do get nervous I always remind myself that nerves are just thoughts in my head. I know what I’m doing and just need to do the best that I can. It helps that right before I go into the ring, both of my trainers remind me to have fun.
TL: When I’m showing, I will generally
have an Equiline show shirt, a belt that matches, my Carma USA breeches and jackets, and my Der Dau show boots. If I’m flatting, it depends on where I am and what the weather is like. Normally my hacking outfits include B Vertigo or Carma USA breeches, any belt, and a t-shirt or sun shirt from Lululemon.
H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? TL: I can’t really say I have one specific
item of clothing that is good luck. I try not to think about things as being lucky, because I feel it could affect my riding if I’m more focused on that superstition than I am on my horse. Instead, I like switching up my favorite riding item. For instance, this year during Prix de States, I had a rough first round on team night. So for my second round, I switched my riding coat to the one that I had been wearing when I won WIHS. However, I must admit that I do always carry my Angel Stone that my mother gave me after my horse Yoyo (my nickname for Pocahontas) died.
situations, for example, right before you enter a big class?
TL: I normally don’t get nervous before I
H&S: What are your riding goals? TL: I want to stay an amateur and keep
riding as my escape from school and “real life.” I hope to be successful in the U25’s and move up to 2* and 3* grand prix. I also hope to travel and make a name for myself internationally.
H&S: What are your career goals? TL: Currently, I’m studying Fashion
Merchandising at The Academy of Art
University in San Francisco. Eventually I want to work in the world of equestrian style and fashion, and also as a social media manager for major fashion brands.
H&S: What has been the most influential moment in your riding career?
TL: The most influential moment in my
riding career would definitely be my first win at the Washington International Horse Show in 2014 on my mare Pocahontas in the Children’s Jumper division. It showed me what I was capable of, and made me realize how much I loved winning and the jumper ring.
H&S: What’s the one thing you never go in the ring without?
TL: I never go in the ring without my
Angel Stone that I mentioned earlier. It just gives me an extra ounce of confidence to feel like I have Yoyo (Pocahontas) watching over me and riding with me every step of the way.
H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? TL: Carma USA and Der Dau are my
favorites, without a doubt. I swear by my Der Daus; I’ve only had two pairs of boots since I started riding horses, and they have both been Der Daus. My first pair lasted me about five years before I got my second pair – however, I still use my first pair! As a “welcome to the ammy life” I just got a pair of gray boots from Joseph at Der Dau, and I never thought I could be so excited about a pair of boots. Carma USA is also a favorite of mine, as they make the most stunning custom coats and their pants feel like you’re wearing leggings.
H&S: How would you describe your nonhorse show style?
TL: Definitely depends on my mood. I
can go from a skater, street girl to Serena Vanderwoodsen in a matter of hours. However, a typical outfit of the day for me would consist of black jeans, a t-shirt, a jacket or sweater, and flats or sneakers with my Stick&Ball Co. bag!
Long is wearing a Stick&Ball Co. Knit Collar Poncho
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by Laurie Berglie photos by Cezary Muzyka and Michael Zacharski
E QU E S T R I A N meets M O D E R N COUNTRY “Contemporary, refined, abstract, worldly.” That’s how designer Bre Avery describes her equestrian style. We recently featured Bre and her textiles and accessories company in our Sept/Oct issue, so it will come as no surprise that she has incorporated the same timeless yet versatile style of her designs into her own home in Quaker Hill, New York.
A NEW YORK COUNTRY ESTATE While Bre and her fiancé, Michael, just celebrated their one year anniversary of living in this beautiful home, Bre is no stranger to the area. “Our house is actually across the street from my mom’s horse farm, which was how we found it, and we love being so close to her,” says Bre. “We have such great neighbors, like Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, and we are thrilled to be surrounded by their beautiful farm. We also love that our home has become a destination for friends and family who just want to relax and be in the country.” The home was previously owned and expanded upon by Jim Lebanthal, which adds a special significance since he, like Bre, was an entrepreneur and fellow creative spirit. Like any equestrian on the hunt for the perfect home, Bre was more concerned about the house’s property and its suitability for her two horses. “We have quite a bit of land and when we were looking to buy our house, to the surprise of our brokers, we spent most of our time in the woods and on the grounds trying to determine how it would work for building a barn, paddocks, and indoor
ring!” Bre plans to turn this farm into her dream equestrian facility, although she estimates the project will take a few years to complete. In the meantime, she’ll continue to focus on the interior of the home, which she describes as equestrian meets modern country. “We have a lot of marble, chandeliers in most rooms, and glass everywhere – very modern aspects – but we also have recaptured barn wood, fieldstone, and many worldly touches and decorations. Some of our rooms feel very contemporary, and some feel extremely country; the Dutch door in the oldest part of the house lets you know you are near a barn!” Neutral colors are used throughout the house and in the recently-added second master bedroom and bathroom addition. With 30 foot ceilings and an abundance of glass, the new wing is the definition of open concept. While most rooms follow the grey/black/white color scheme, pops of color explode here and there. “Michael’s office is referred to as the ‘Red Room,’ as the walls are red and it’s finished with warm woods. My studio/showroom is known as the ‘Yellow Room,’ and is decorated with white accents, panels, and a chandelier.”
The home’s bathrooms boast a lavish contemporary flair with their marble, white paint color, all-glass shower doors, and polished chrome fixtures. Additionally, touches from Bre’s company, a luxury lifestyle label, can be seen in the form of throw pillows and dog beds, (on which her adorable dog, Pippa, rests comfortably). A WELL-APPOINTED INTERIOR The décor, artwork, and other pieces throughout Bre’s home definitely fall into the “contemporary, refined, abstract, and worldly,” categories, and she cherishes the rich stories of each. “I have a gorgeous pair of hunt scene prints from my grandmother, and those are certainly focal points. It means a lot to me to have pieces of hers hanging in my house. And we have added and built upon that collection with other hunt scene prints and equestrian gear.” The pictures offer a classic, traditional feel which creates a simple, yet striking, balance between the house’s contemporary lines and features.
More foxhunting décor abounds with Bre’s English-made ceramic and wood bookends of a hunting horse and hounds. “The man who owned my barn growing up, the late ‘Doc Carpenter,’ (a beloved pediatrician in the hamlet of Greenlawn, NY), was a very special person in my life, and his son-inlaw gave these to me after he passed.” They effortlessly lend themselves to Bre’s refined, stately style. It’s easy to find the “abstract” in Bre’s home, and it comes in the form of one of her favorite pieces of art – a painting by the retired racehorse Metro Meteor. “I love having something that a horse made hanging in our house, and I really love that a percentage of the proceeds from his art is donated to helping other retired racehorses.” Retired racehorse placement and adoption is a cause that is near and dear to Bre’s heart, and a percentage of every purchase from her own company is donated to the nearby Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue.
The vintage iron horse that sits on Bre’s kitchen table, a gift from her mother-inlaw, anchors the room through its neutral simplicity, matching seamlessly with the wall color and accenting the cabinetry. Bre would love to find others to add to her collection, and is also on the look-out for unique bits she can use for a gallery wall. Bre knows that it will take years to create the perfect equestrian home, but she looks forward to each new project and renovation. She is also especially grateful that her home is located in this particular part of the world. “The area where we live is known as Quaker Hill, home to many Americans in both style and history. Right on the border of New York and Connecticut, Dutchess and Putnam counties, it’s home to many celebrities, professional equestrians, artists, and people looking for a modern slice of country living. The rolling hills sit peacefullybalanced between pasture and woods, and people are friendly and welcoming.” Sounds like an equestrian’s paradise.
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by Sarah Appel
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If You Build It … They Will Show This past October marked my fourth trip to Wilmington, OH, to visit the World Equestrian Center (WEC). Each time I go, I am pleasantly surprised and impressed by the continuous work that goes into making WEC one of the finest showgrounds in the country. I have witnessed first hand that the vision of Roby Roberts – and the exciting plans of the dedicated WEC team – will continue to exceed the equestrian community’s expectations. With the addition of The Sanctuary, an exciting Grand Prix, and an amazing atmosphere, WEC certainly exceeded my expectations, once again, this trip. november/december ·
BAC K HOME IN WILMINGTON I was raised in Sonoma, CA, a small town north of San Francisco. It was great knowing my neighbors, supporting local businesses owned by people I knew, and going to the tight-knit community events. For those reasons and more, I will always love small towns. While Wilmington itself might be small (with all the smalltown attributes I love), the impact of WEC on the town is huge. After four visits to WEC, I’m practically a local. Now whenever I am in town, I have to visit my favorite spot - and a favorite spot of all the WEC horse show attendees – the General Denver Hotel in downtown Wilmington. It was built in 1928 as a first class hotel for travelers going from Columbus to Cincinnati. Now it is a historic hotel and restaurant, and the great ambiance and food make it a favorite spot for locals and visitors. Places like the General Denver Hotel, the friendly people, and the small-town
nature of Wilmington make visiting WEC feel like coming home. T H E PA D D O C K C LU B While it’s lovely to venture out away from the showgrounds and into the Wilmington area, there is nothing better than walking less than 100 feet from the show arena to the best postshow hang out, the Paddock Club. The scene is definitely equestrian; the restaurant’s decor is accented with an antique sleigh bench, horse statues, and equestrian art. The relaxed atmosphere encourages people to finally put their feet up by lounging in one of the overstuffed leather sofas or saddle leather club chairs. For a more traditional bar experience, patrons can play games, watch “the game” on flat screen TVs, and enjoy the full service bar. The Paddock Club has everything you could want or need to to celebrate your riding victories (or learning experiences) of the day. Oh, and I have to mention, with both complimentary
WiFi and coffee in the morning, it is also the perfect place to get some work done before the show day begins. S TAY I N G S P I R I T UA L This trip I got to see WEC’s newly constructed indoor arena, aptly named The Sanctuary. The 210' x 350' climate controlled indoor space features LED lighting, premium footing, heated walkways between arenas, and seating for 1,100 spectators. The Sanctuary also features a Sunday morning worship service, so WEC residents and guests don’t have to skip church – even on a horse-show-Sunday. There were other ways to stay spiritual during the WEC show. On Wednesday evenings, WEC offered yoga sessions, which proved to be a great way to set the intention for a centered and balanced week of showing. WEC also understands the importance of art in connecting people to their bliss. They chose exceptional horse lithographs created by artist, Sarah Lockwood-Taylor, of Cincinnati, OH, to decorate The Paddock Club. A former rider, LockwoodTaylor distinctly captures the strength and beauty of the horse in her work – which makes her art inspirational for equestrians and non-equestrians alike. Or, for those
who preferred the type of bliss that comes from having experienced an incredible massage or pedicure, WEC’s on-site Aveda Spa was ready with available appointments. However you choose to embody your spirituality, it is offered in many forms at the World Equestrian Center. COAS T TO COAS T RIDER LINEUP Two top West Coast riders made the long trip to Ohio to compete at WEC. Twenty-two-year-old up and coming show jumper Uma O’Neill, trained by Ray Texel, travelled all the way from Northern California. The two had a great week and report that they plan to make WEC a regular stop on their annual circuit. Tommi Clark, who has Chosenbrook Show Stables in Southern California, brought two hunters, Extraordinaire and Blackjack, to compete in the $40,000 USHJA Hunter Derby. Happy with her choice, Clark had wonderful things to say about WEC. “We decided to come to WEC because they offer amazing prize money, the arenas are beautiful, my clients love the elaborate ribbons, and the WEC staff is friendly and organized. After a great 2017 show, we will definitely be back in 2018!”
The notoriously challenging course designer, Steve Stevens, set a fair but demanding course in the $50,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix. After an incredible jump off, it was Granato Granato and Beorn that were victorious. Granato is a WEC crowd favorite and he has experienced multiple WEC Grand Prix wins while in Wilmington. For this cover story, H&S contributor, Pam Maley, interviewed Granato to learn more about his horses and why he loves WEC. WEC GOODBYES Each time I board my flight home from Columbus, I am always a little sad to leave behind my friends in Ohio. However, I also leave with excitement and curiosity about what new and industry-leading changes will be there when I return. The World Equestrian Center continues to impress and all who come want to return. Whether in Wilmington, Ohio, and soon to be Ocala, Florida – the locations not only offer top quality horse show venues, but are also places to bring your family, enjoy the sport, and remember why we equestrians do all this. Like the Roberts family, if we are involved with this sport, we are following our dreams. And thanks to the vision of everyone at WEC, they have built a place to fulfill our dreams … and so we will show!
Taylor Kain and AF Karatino winning the $5,000 Welcome Stake
Photos courtesy of World Equestrian Center
Patricia Stovel and Panscape winning the USHJA $2,500 National Hunter Derby
“We decided to come to WEC because they offer amazing prize money, the arenas are beautiful, my clients love the elaborate ribbons, and the WEC staff is friendly and organized. After a great 2017 show, we will definitely be back in 2018!” — TOMMI CL ARK of Agoura Hills, CA
Photo © Sarah Appel
Photo Â© Sarah Appel
IF YOU BUILD IT ... THEY WILL SHOW CONTINUED by Pam Maley
Meet Alex Granato Alex Granato knew from an early age that he wanted horses to be his life’s work. His first encounter with riding came when he was five years old, and took Western riding lessons with his siblings in their home town of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he was nine, after four years filled with Breyer horses and Disney horse movies, his parents gave him English riding lessons for his birthday. He soon began showing locally, and at age thirteen, became the youngest rider to win the Utah Hunter Jumper Association Medal Finals – and then went on to win it three years in a row. When he was nearly seventeen, he learned that the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships were to be held in Colorado for the first time. Now with a tangible goal, but still in high school, he moved his horses to Colorado, and finished his senior year through a tutorial service. With his parents’ blessing, he decided to forego college, and turned professional at age eighteen. Now, more than a decade later, and with years of major competitions under his belt, he and his partner Josh Dolan have a thriving business called Mad Season, LLC, with a farm in Wellington, Florida, and one in Lexington, Kentucky. Dolan is also a professional rider, and both he and Granato have a training clientele. They have a small group of horses that they own and develop for sale, and a small group of horses that they develop, show, and sell for clients.
and he was young and quirky – and super talented. His quirkiness was a blessing for me; because of it, I was able to buy him.” Granato had been helping school horses for a training barn in New York, and the barn’s owners, as a joke, put him on a difficult horse (Mad Season) that they were having trouble selling. The chemistry was instant, and Granato bought him for $6,500. This was the horse that fueled his career for the next twelve years, as together they won over twenty Grand Prix events, and over $500,000 in prize money. Soon to be 25, Mad Season is retired at the farm in Lexington that bears his name, having won his last Grand Prix at age 19. In a totally serendipitous development, Mad Season, LLC has also become the home of the Peeps Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 rescue operation for miniature horses. “It just accidentally progressed from our very first Lexington summer in 2014, about a year and a half before we moved up to the big FEI shows.” Granato and Dolan were at a schooling show, and passing a field of minis near the show, they noted that the little horses seemed in poor condition. There was no apparent source of proper feed, no grass or clean water, and the minis were emaciated, with bad feet and worm bellies.
When Horse & Style asked Granato about his proudest career achievement, he told us that it was winning his first Nations Cup in Portugal in 2014. But, he qualified it with this explanation.
There was a phone number on the locked gate, and Granato called it, to no avail; so they contacted the ASPCA and the local sheriff. Still unable to get anyone to help, he and Dolan went back and climbed the fence. By this time, two more babies had died, and they found conditions in the barn deplorable. There were dangerously thin pregnant mares, still with a yearling and a two-year-old nursing them.
“My proudest achievement was starting with Mad Season when he was seven and I was seventeen, and taking him through preliminary jumpers to World Cup™ qualifiers. We were both young,
In desperation, Granato left his phone number with a note on the gate, and to his surprise, received a phone call that evening. He and Dolan met the owner, and bought 20 of the ones in worst shape, just to get
them out of the situation; four days later, they bought 10 more. They bought stallions to geld, pregnant mares, and mares with foals – and Peeps, a dwarf mini that they had initially spotted. She was nursed back to health, and “since then she’s taken over operations at Mad Season and has weekly meetings to remind everyone who’s in charge,” says her website. She now travels with the Mad Season team to horse shows, “and you can’t get more than five feet without someone stopping her for a hug, or a pat, or a photo,” exclaimed Granato. Now a fully accredited 501c3, they get calls from everywhere for adoptions, and as the minis are adopted, Granato and Dolan bring in more rescues. To date they have re-homed and adopted out 160–170 minis. “It all came about in such a funny way. It’s impressive to me that so many people want a mini for their show stable. And it has been rewarding for us to be able to provide them.” Asked about long-term goals for Mad Season, he told us that for their clientele, of course, the priority is to keep them on track in their training. For himself, he will focus on Carlchen W, a horse that he owns with Page Tredennick, and Beorn, a client horse that he’s developing for sale. “Carl’ is having a great year, and I expect to keep working on the bigger FEI classes with him, and focusing on the Nations Cup classes.” He’ll continue developing and showing Beorn, especially after his impressive outing at WEC. They didn’t bring Peeps to WEC this time, but keep your eyes open. There were so many questions about her, she’ll definitely be along on the next trip! Find out more about Granato, Mad Season, Josh, and Peeps at: Granatogranato.com thepeepsfoundation.com
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4. 1. Big jumps, beautiful horses, and a bright, white backdrop in The Sanctuary 2. The dog halloween costume prize is one of the most coveted honors of the week 3. Winner of the $40,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix, Granato Granato, enjoys the awards ceremony 4. Happy horse, happy life!
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5. Show manager Brandon Saxton’s daughter, Makayla, dresses up for the costume class 6. Talk about ribbon envy – WEC ribbons never disappoint! 7. The horses, the riders, the jumps... both hunter derbies were spectacular at WEC 8. Grand prix riders from all over came to ride at World Equestrian Center 9. Blazes for days – hanging out between classes in the climate controlled Sanctuary
E Q U E S T R I A N tastemaker by Alli Addison
A Collection At Horse & Style, it’s all about the horses (duh) and the style (double duh). We obsess over the fashions of today and the fashions of yesterday; art, culture, social events that cannot be missed; beauty and health routines, products, places to visit, places to stay, places to eat; ways to improve ourselves, our horses, and our lifestyle. We pride ourselves on the discovery of something new, the rediscovery of something old and relish the opportunity to share it with our Horse & Style community. This is our Tastemaker series. It is a recurring culmination of everything we love, want, obsess over and employ. And it is all inherently equestrian.
A Helping Hand
Equestrian Disaster Relief
The Sporting Art Auction Returns
From coast to coast, the equestrian community was undoubtedly rocked this year. But even during times of turmoil and grief, despite the loss and destruction brought on by hurricanes, fires and everything in between, the community remained strong and reminded us all that together we are capable of so much good. The assistance, donations and hardworking individuals who helped with evacuations, board, veterinary care and fundraising assembled by the thousands. And their efforts have not gone unnoticed. But as the water subsides and the smoke clears, the destruction from the multitude of disasters remains and relief is still needed. So in this time of need, what is the best way to give back? The United States Equestrian Foundation created the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, to ensure the safety and well-being of horses during trying times. Through the disaster relief fund, individuals can make donations that will be dispersed across the country to equines in need. Learn how you can be of help: usef.org/donate
Fancy yourself some equestrian art? Then you’re in luck. The 2017 Sporting Art Auction, a collaboration between Keeneland Association and Cross Gate Gallery of Lexington, will be held Sunday, Nov. 19th, in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. This year marks the fifth Sporting Art Auction, which will feature 175 high-quality lots representing a mix of fine sporting art, American paintings, and sculpture from renowned masters as well as talented new artists. Among the notable pieces cataloged this year are: Heading Home, a signed oil on canvas by Andre Pater; A Morning’s Work, Newmarket Heath, by Sir Alfred Munnings; and Jocks Room Colors, by LeRoy Neiman. The auction also will feature works by such acclaimed artists as Henry Stull and John Frederick Herring Jr., and contemporaries Larry Wheeler, Peter Howell, Richard Stone Reeves and Quang Ho. Auction catalogue and bidding information: sportingartauction.com
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of What’s Now, What’s Happening and What’s Worth Obsessing Over Coming Up Roses Post-Barn TLC A barn day well spent brings a week of contentment, and more often than not a bit too much sun, dry cracked hands, a few bumps, bruises and scrapes, and dirty grime in places dirty grime should not exist. After those long barn days, treat yourself to some TLC and scrub away that horsey grime. Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish will do just the trick. The highly moisturizing and gently exfoliating blend of Virgin Coconut Oil and Moroccan Rose leaves your skin soft, hydrated, lightly scented, and ready to face yet another barn day. But this time, with an extra pampered glow.Your horse may not thank you, but your skin will. Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish, 8oz, $36.00: herbivorebotanicals.com Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish
Come One, Come All The Ultimate Horse Show
Cavalia Odysseo horses with trainer Elise
The Fit Equestrian Getting Your Fitness Back on Track At Horse & Style, we’ve learned a few important lessons in our many combined years of riding. Sometimes, riding alone is not exercise enough. To excel in the saddle, we need to be stronger. More balanced. More centered. But between juggling our equestrian passion with school, careers, family and more, getting in that additional exercise needed can be a daunting task. So we are loving the quick app-based workouts now available, such as Kayla Itsines’ Sweat. Through the app we are able to complete a 28-minute targeted work-out or yoga session, plug in our time in the saddle and track our physical performance and progress. The result? A stronger, more balanced and centered ride. And a healthier, stronger and happier rider. Sweat by Kayla Itsines, $19.99/month, available through the App Store: sweat.com
The critically-acclaimed, worldrenowned Cavalia Odysseo is ending its 2017 season with a final stop in Camarillo, California. Running November 11th through December 10th, the best of equestrian sport, theatrical arts, and high-tech effects come together in never-seen-before levels for a true celebration of the spirit of the horse. “The creators made the decision to indulge their wildest artistic ambitions. And the gamble paid off: Odysseo pushes the limits of live entertainment by creating a larger-than-life show that sends hearts racing.” Tickets and VIP packages now available for purchase: cavalia.com
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Snow Day Mark Your Calendars for St. Regis Snow Polo
SEREN founders, Amelia Fleetwood & Tara Owens
Horses, winter fashion, hot toddies, breathtaking sights and the best winter polo spectating around. It’s a winter polo wonderland as the annual St. Regis Snow Polo event returns to majestic Aspen, Colorado this December 14-17th. A multi-day program “designed to enliven the senses and bring to life the very best of St. Regis.” Tickets, hotel and event information: stregispolo.com
Bag It! Why Gilkey Co. is Your New Horse Show Essential
Horse Scents Equestrian-Crafted Luxury Fragrances Drawn to the celestial origin of SEREN (which means star in Welsh), equestrians Amelia Fleetwood and Tara Owens created this luxury brand of high end fragrances. “We are both avid riders with an enduring passion for the outdoor life, travel, adventure and our horses,” says Fleetwood. And these scents reflect that passion. Inspired by their world wide travels, with special attention paid to the English countryside where they both grew up on horseback, they cultivated four extravagant essences. Willow, the first scent available from SEREN, allows the wearer and those near them to be transported to wonderful faraway places. The fragrance transcends the seasons, with refreshing top notes of lemon, hints of gardenia and jasmine reminiscent of a warm, late summer evening. Base notes of tea and bergamot add a seductive warmth to the scent, making it equally suitable come fall. Willow’s enticing fragrance is composed around Osmanthus blossoms. Willow Eau de Parfum, 50ml, $92.00: serenapothecary.com
Part Farmer’s Daughter, part Bag Lady, part Lady Boss and entirely It-Girl Taylor Gilkey has recently launched her latest cult bag collection, which happens to also include some new accessories and classic tees. The end result? Downright awesome and perfectly created for the equestrian set. Her California-designed and -made brand Gilkey Co. has been turning out expertly-crafted leather and hide goods for several years now. “It is truly a labor of love,” explains Gilkey. “When deciding what kind of line I wanted to create I knew I wanted to develop something that was timeless. There’s absolutely nothing trendy about our bags, and I love that. Choose to be timeless and unique. After all, you are one-of-a-kind. Be comfortable in your own hide.” The new supple leather tote is ideal for carrying horse show essentials, snacks and wine.Yes, every horse show experience requires lots of wine. The backpack? Well, every adventure needs storage. And this little number is a chic upgrade to your ringside backpack needs. Gilkey Co. truly embodies standing the test of time: gilkeyco.com
Gilkey Co. tote & clutch
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All the Rage The White Tack Room Beautiful? Yes. Practical? That’s still up for debate. Regardless of the equestrian sports’ inherent ability to dirty all things white, we still can’t get over the fresh, simplistic and modern design of a white tack room. Particularly this beauty from professional photographer, design enthusiast and avid equestrian Erin Kate, owner of Silver Oaks Farm in Park City, UT. “Three years ago we built our modern farmhouse and barn. The interior of our home is bright and light, and I wanted our barn to be an extension of that,” says Erin. Having come across an editorial feature of Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Santa Monica ranch property years ago, Erin was inspired by the character and inviting feel of their barn. “I loved how they incorporated beautiful furniture and art into their horse barn, and I loved the white and black interior,” she says. “I painted our tack room the same color as our home and included black details to keep it modern. White in a barn sounds crazy, right?! I used Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray in semi-gloss which is very easy to clean if needed.” Check out Erin’s Instagram dedicated almost entirely to her home and barn for more inspirational images that will send you running to your local paint shop: @silveroaksfarm Erin Kate’s white tack room
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Sakkara Equestrian show shirt
Sakkara Equestrian Launches A new brand has entered the equestrian-sphere. A brand that is contemporary yet classic, distinctive yet approachable, comfortable yet performance-driven. Introducing Sakkara, the brainchild of avid equestrian Zeina Hosni. A love of horses and equestrian sport combined with a passion for versatile, athletic performance wear is the philosophy behind Sakkara. Made in Italy, Sakkara offers riders of all levels and disciplines the comfort and confidence to excel in any arena. “Sakkara is a picturesque countryside province on the outskirts of Cairo, bordering the Egyptian desert,” explains Hosni. “It is where I spent my formative equestrian years at the stables, riding under sun and palm trees. In short, Sakkara is the origin of my story with horses,” explains Hosni.The brand is as much inspired by the place as it is by Hosni’s quest to create performance wear that encourages riders to excel and enjoy their time in the saddle. The Sakkara line recently launched with a collection of show shirts and breeches for both men and women.The fabrics are technical, but the design is entirely classic and geared towards performance at the highest level: sakkaraequestrian.com
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Classicism is alive and well in the skillful hand and talented eye of celebrated British artist Charles Church. Known around the globe for his coveted paintings of horses, rural life and landscapes, Church is described as a remarkable artist. The Prince of Wales noted that Church possessed a “unique sensitivity and profound understanding of the subject matter.” And Henry Wyndham, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, wrote that Church’s talent “carries many of the hallmarks of some of the most renowned British painters of the early 20th century.” His range of work echoes this sentiment – an undeniable tradition, an old world formality that leaves the impression of a true masterpiece. In today’s modern, fast-paced society, the classical artistry of Charles Church is a breath of fresh bucolic air. november/december ·
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Study of Epsom Derby Winner Camelot
Horse & Style: Let’s talk about your background, first with painting and art. At what point did you take up an interest in painting and what appealed to you about being an artist? Charles Church: When I was around 8 years old I found I was enjoying art lessons far more than any other subject and found it came naturally to me. My mother is an amateur artist too so I was exposed to that as a child. I knew early on I wasn’t cut out for life in an office and wanted to do something different as a career that would mean I was outdoors for much of the time. As time progressed, a future as an artist became less a choice and more a vocation I felt I had to follow no matter how successful I might be. H&S: Your work is a mix of equine, rural and landscapes. Do you have a background with horses? Or perhaps a passion for them? CC: I grew up deep in the countryside in Northumberland so always had a great love of rural life and animals though didn’t actually ride much as a child. I became interested in horses through a passion for horse racing which started when I was 15. I remember being struck by the tension of it all and the beauty of the horses and riders’ silks. It was quite an eye opener at the time and sparked my interest in racing and horses. This coincided with my taking art (and a future in it) more seriously. I quickly found that I preferred painting horses to anything else – they have a unique beauty and spirit.
have influenced you or made an astounding impression? CC: There are so many it would be hard to pinpoint one, and my tastes change and evolve all the time. One picture which always makes my jaw drop when I see it is the George Stubbs painting of Whistlejacket at the National Gallery in London. H&S: Is the majority of your equestrian work commission-based? CC: Yes, I probably spend 3/4 of my time working to commission these days. I’m a little unusual for an artist in that I like painting commissions as I enjoy the process of meeting and working with clients and of course they take me to fascinating places. I’m very privileged to meet many of the horses I’ve painted over the years. H&S: Any memorable equestrian projects? CC: My favorite would probably be a commission for HH The Aga Khan to
paint Zarkava who had just won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. She was notoriously temperamental and they kept a rubber mat outside her box as she had a tendency to gallop out of her box. When they posed her for me at the yard in Chantilly they had several grooms stationed at all the exit points in case she got loose, and I shall never forget the vision of her coming out to pose with eyes on stalks, snorting loudly. H&S: What is the process like for painting a commission piece and how long does it typically take you? CC: Commissions vary a lot, but on average take 3–4 months to complete. I start by meeting with the client and discussing what they have in mind. Depending on what the commission is for, it might then mean a walk/drive around their land to look for suitable backgrounds. I then make some small thumbnail sketches to develop the composition. After this, I organise a suitable day to have the horse/riders pose for me.
H&S: Your equestrian work is very exact and classical, there is something timeless about it. Who are the artists that have influenced you throughout your career? CC: I had two years training in classical portraiture in Florence under Charles H. Cecil and that very much broadened my horizons in terms of renaissance painters such as Velasquez and Caravaggio as well as giving me a technical grounding. I have also always been drawn to plein air painters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries such as Alfred Munnings, Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorrolla and John Singer Sargent. H&S: In addition to the artists that have influenced you, are there any specific art pieces that
I always paint a landscape study from life. I like to paint a study of horse and rider from life also when I can, although with racehorses this is generally harder to organize as trainers don’t tend to want horses posing for more than 15–20 minutes at a time. Once I have all the elements together I then paint a small composition study on board which gives the client and myself a clear idea of how the finished painting will look. I will often restart paintings if I feel they are overworked; sometimes this can be when they are almost complete. It sounds like a disaster but I find reworking a picture a second time is much quicker and produces a fresher, more confident result. H&S: Tell us more about the landscapes you paint. CC: I’ve always taken the view that in an equestrian portrait the background is as important as the horse, and therefore from an early age worked hard on developing my landscape painting. Initially I never used to sell them and treated it as my hobby, though latterly as I became busier with commissions they have become an essential contrast to studio work and they also offer me a vital chance to experiment before nature. It’s a genre that increasingly
fascinates me. I discovered the white beaches and aquamarine seas on the north coast of Iona in Scotland a few years ago and travel there every year; it has become a favorite place to paint. I’ve never seen anywhere that has such drama and raw beauty. I’m also spoilt by the very romantic coast here in Dorset, a short drive away.
my favorite places in the British Isles, like Dorset, the Scottish islands of Iona and Mull, and Ireland, where I have recently returned from a trip to Connemara – the light was so special there.
H&S: This fall marked your third solo exhibition at Gallery 8 in London’s West End, centered around studies and landscapes. What does a show of this nature represent for you as an artist?
CC: I have a studio in the garden at home which I rebuilt earlier this year. It’s my third studio and I feel I’ve finally come up with a design where the windows and blinds provide perfect north light all year round. I prefer working outdoors however; I find with the subject in front of me I paint a lot better, more confidently and make fewer mistakes.
CC: I have always wanted to do an exhibition like this. It represents a chance to get away from the larger scripted studio pieces that I am recognized for. In that sense, it is a more personal show… The works are of a smaller scale and more intimate by nature. Studies are an integral part of the painting process; what I like about them is their spontaneity – you can see the artist at work. They are uncomplicated, direct observations, representing immediate thought and as such are unfettered by the detail that would otherwise follow. I love the beauty in their simplicity, which gives them a unique special quality all of their own. Landscapes, on the other hand, take me to some of
H&S: What type of work environment do you prefer – a studio or plein air?
H&S: What is next for you as an artist, and what does the future hold? CC: I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had some very prestigious commissions, and I hope that continues, but my main focus is to improve as a painter; I’m always striving to improve. Further ahead, I don’t see myself ever retiring; I’m not sure artists ever do! charleschurch.net @cchurchartist @cchurchartist
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Trendy Trainer Blue Horse Print Boyfriend Jeans, Stella McCartney, $565 Pleasure Quilted Jacket, Jott, $240 Phipps Leather Strap Watch, Tory Burch, $250 Regan Suede Whipstitch Satchel Bag, Rebecca Minkoff, $345 Florine Suede Zip Ankle Boot, Aquatalia, $450
Get down with down This winter, “puffy” is hip in way it hasn’t been since P Diddy changed his name, and these down jackets and vests are better than ever. Sleeker silhouettes, colorful prints and shorter cuts for your time in the saddle make this season’s down-insulated outerwear toasty and cool at the same time. So layer up by getting down with down this season.
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Jovial Junior Dahlia Madras Leather Shoulder Bag, Miu Miu, $3,260 Burela Boot, Ariat, $495 Padded Jacket, Herno, $595 Looker Distressed High-Rise Skinny Jeans, Mother, $240 Dipper-Fringed Checked Wool and Cashmere Blend Scarf, Holzweiler, $150
Pony Mom Le Skinny de Jeanne Mid-Rise Jeans, Frame, $230 Lowland Stretch Suede Over-The-Knee Boot, Stuart Weitzman, $798 Cap Sleeve Padded Jacket, Herno, $440 Equestrian Triple Wrap Bracelet, Marc Bernstein, $175 Paddock Suede Leather Drawstring Bag, Rebecca Ray, $500
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f you’re looking for true horse heaven on earth, drive on over to 60 Granatoandria Pike in Warrenton,Virginia. That is the site of Horse Country Saddlery, the tack shop that has it all: saddles, bridles, clothing, foxhunting apparel, jewelry, home décor, books, and antiques. Every time I venture into this equestrian’s paradise, I allow at least two to three hours to browse their book selection, try on some gorgeous tweeds, and bask in the glory of all things equine. Also? Make sure your pocketbook is full as it’s impossible to leave without purchasing a variety of their stylish duds and one-ofa-kind finds! This summer, I journeyed south from Maryland to interview the owner, Marion Maggiolo, who has been at the Horse Country helm for almost fifty years. As my husband (a photographer) went to work capturing the essence of this wonderful store, I chatted with Marion and learned that this business has been one adventurous ride!
Horse & Style: When did you open the store?
H&S: What does Horse Country specialize in?
Marion Maggiolo: It began back in 1970. In the summer, I helped my mother open the store and then went off to finish my last year at college. When I returned to Virginia, the country was in a recession, and I couldn’t find a job. My dad suggested I work with my mother at the store until a job appeared. One morning, mom said she wasn’t going in and handed me the keys to open. She never asked for them back.
MM: Our inventory reflects Horse Country. We specialize in the well-made, up to the task, good value, and long lasting. Most importantly, we have developed a classic line that doesn’t change much, a value that will last years. So much for fast fashion.We wanted to have stock for everyone from Canada to Florida to California who visits anytime during the year. The staff keeps on top of the inventory and ensures customers are hunt field correct.We want the rider to walk out of the store fitted properly in what he or she desires, from boots to breeches, jackets, stocks and shirts, helmets, and a gift for the spouse, trainer, or stable help at home. Sporting art, sterling pieces for the table, a good equestrian mystery…we are their one stop shop.
H&S: What were your goals for the store back then? What is your vision for the future? MM: Being in the saddlery business is a great ride, and I can’t believe I’m looking at a fifty-year anniversary. My one main goal has always been to have the nicest English saddlery in America. If I were going to spend 60 or 70 hours a week developing a business, I wanted to open the door on Monday morning and say “Wow” as I walked in. In 1985, I realized foxhunters, a small niche in the equestrian market, were underserved. I was selling black jackets that were OK but not great. When the supplier wouldn’t alter the patterns or change cloth to fit my very particular clientele, I started looking for other sources. As one maker led to another, our Horse Country line was born and then just evolved. Starting a catalog was a natural step and wildly popular. We started by illustrating with pencil drawings and then moved to professional photography. The mailing list grew. Our line grew. My vision for the future? A tough question. I’m almost 70 and see so much potential for Horse Country. It’s exciting to imagine the future. I would like someone to follow me who enjoys the thrill of the hunt as much as I do. H&S: I noticed that your logo is actually a zebra and not a horse. Why is that? MM: When my mother opened the store, she chose a woodcut of a horse to print on our letterhead and business checks. Every tack shop in America used the same horse. When it came time to reprint our letterhead, I asked the printer to see the choices available. Only one caught my eye – a bronc-like little zebra. We adopted the woodcut zebra for a while, and over the years friends offered stylized versions of the zebra. The one we use now is trademarked.
H&S: Who would you say is your typical customer? MM: I wouldn’t say we have a typical customer. Even though we are a destination and have a North American following, I consider Horse Country a local saddlery. Locals come in daily because we are a fullservice saddlery serving and supporting the horse community. The Warrenton (Fauquier County) area has a strong equestrian history. As a destination, people arrive from all over the planet, and I have run to the airport many times to meet a plane or private jet. Nothing pleases a travelling horse person more than walking into this store, smelling the good leather, choosing the right tweed jacket, and walking out with something special.We all work hard to meet expectations. In our ads, we say the invitation is open. One night, we were open late for a couple from Florida. Another couple from New York, driving by, saw the lights and the front door open, so they stopped in. As I introduced the two couples, the man from New York shook hands with the man from Florida and said, “I’ve hunted behind you at Genesee Valley.” So, you always meet someone you know at Horse Country, be it a neighbor, well-known rider, trainer, Olympian, Huntsman, or Master. H&S: How does Horse Country remain so popular and successful year after year? MM: A store lasts 50 years with a lot of support. Family and old friends step in as needed, especially my sister, Irene, who travels with me. Over the years, we’ve had a wonderful group of individuals helping here. All are experienced, heavy-lifters, and
devoted to making Horse Country the best. Each brings a particular talent to the premises, be it sales and knowledge, inventory control, bookkeeping, store design and layout, book buying, gift wrapping, e-commerce, and marketing. Seamstresses alter clothes and make buttonholes, apply hunt collars.The level of expertise in all our departments goes a long way to ensuring our customers are properly and considerately served. Keeping in touch regularly is important. Our newspaper, In & Around Horse Country, started in 1990, has its own editor, layout designer, writers, and photographers. My two dogs, Aga and Bunsen, have a column which, I am pleased to say, is well-received and keeps me in touch with folks around the country.The catalog was started in 1985, and we have dedicated graphic designers and photographers keeping our advertising easilyidentifiable and relevant to our community. In 2005, we started a website, and in 2010, e-commerce commenced. I do the Facebook and Instagram postings myself; please forgive the typos and amateur cell phone photos of otherwise very nice products! H&S: What makes Horse Country stand out among its competition? MM: The Horse Country story is about the products we source: the tweeds from
England and Scotland, the fine British shirtings, handmade gloves, belts, and our traditional English-made hunting weight saddlery and appointments. And I love the people in the small factories who have helped and guided me. Our look is different than that of the British riders, so I had to explain to the makers carefully and reasonably what I was after. In the end, it turned out wonderfully with the suppliers, and the Horse Country customers responded positively. With our customers’ support and encouragement, we established the equestrian lifestyle department, the old and rare book department, art, antiques, high-end jewelry, and even designed a few signature products which took off. H&S: Thank you so much for allowing H&S to interview you and feature your gorgeous store! MM: You’re welcome! I hope your readers come by and see us! Horse Country is satisfying on many levels. People love the products and the way we curate the aspects of a sport that influences one’s life. What we wear for sport, for country life and pleasure, how we entertain, how we decorate our homes, and what we read – it’s all in this saddlery.”
Fun Facts: • Horse Country offers 117 different riding breeches and tights for women. • Their tweed hacking jacket selection is the largest in the foxhunting world as is their stock of scarlet coats. • They regularly keep more than 1,000 stock ties on hand. • Higher-quality gloves are made in England, all are hand-cut and stitched. • They usually have, on average, at least 200 pillows and 100 throws in the store. • They have a large selection of late 19th and early 20th century sporting art. • Their antiques range from match holders and desk pieces, to etched goblets and enameled glasses, to silver foxes and sets of early 20th century china and earthenware.
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• BLUFFTON , So. CAROLINA • Ok, here it is, as was promised in the last issue...the Horse & Style “Barn Envy” that will showcase Montage Palmetto Bluff’s incredible equestrian facility: Longfield Stables. As was detailed in the Sept/Oct issue, the amenities of Palmetto Bluff’s 20,000 acre South Carolina resort community are extensive. The property is home to an expansive nature preserve, miles of walking trails, a vibrant village, the luxurious Montage Palmetto Bluff resort, a marina, numerous restaurants, a full spa and a golf course. But, with all that Longfield Stables has to offer its clients – whether they be human or horse – the equestrian facility easily earns its place in that impressive list.
BEAUTIFUL BEGINNINGS Longfield Stables was built in 2008, to provide Palmetto Bluff ’s members and guests with a country club style equestrian experience. The facility was designed to reflect the influence of a Thoroughbred breeding farm by using black, four-rail fencing, patterning the paddock layout in a grid, and by including a receiving barn. Uniquely southern touches on the barn (seen in the style of the gables, cupolas and lights, to give a few examples), add architectural interest and allow the barn to be as historically representative of the locale as it is stunning. In fact, the barn is so well attuned to its time and place that the Savannah College of Art and Design comes each year to tour and study the stable’s design elements. This spring, Michelle Grimes was hired as the Equestrian Center Manager at Longfield Stables, and she expertly manages the facilities’ day-in and dayout activities. She was more than happy to share the elements of Longfield that make it exceptional for its members, as well as the exciting plans that will benefit Montage Palmetto Bluff guests and the surrounding community. IT’S GOOD TO BE A MEMBER In order to be a boarder at Longfield Stables, horse owners must be a property owner in Palmetto Bluff. Despite the exclusivity, the 24 stall main barn usually operates with a waiting list. However, after hearing a little bit about the amenities and services, it is easy to see why. Each horse has a dedicated 14'x13' box stall that is thoroughly cleaned three times a day, amply bedded with locally sourced shavings, and complete with still water buckets that are hand scrubbed daily. The stalls have floor mats for safety, and a ceiling fan and a corner fan to help during the warm weather seasons. The horses are fed beautiful, green Colorado Timothy hay four times per day, given grain or pellets three times per day, and have access to daily or nightly turnout on grass pasture. The day in the life of a Longfield Stable horse is a sweet – and well fed! – day indeed. AN ARENA FOR EVERYONE (ALMOS T) Clearly, Longfield horse owners can rest assured that their horses are well accommodated, freeing them to focus on the fun part: the riding! Longfield is a multi-
discipline facility, and they have H/J, dressage, western and gaited horses. Because there are so many different disciplines, there is no resident trainer at Longfield. Instead, members are welcome to bring in their own trainers whenever they need a lesson or training ride. Luckily, Longfield Stables can easily accommodate the multitude of disciplines (and thus different footing requests), because there are many riding location options. The main indoor arena is 250'x130', with excellent footing consisting of carpet fiber, rubber and sand. It has a complete PA and CB audio system for riding with tunes, and ten Big Ass fans that help keep horses and riders cool during summer. In addition to the indoor arena, Longfield has an outdoor arena with a dedicated FEI-regulation-size dressage court, and a two-acre, fenced turf field with jumps. If owners need an arena-free day, they can use the cross-country course or explore the 12+ miles of trails in the surrounding area. Riders and horses are never bored at Longfield Stables! HAPPY HORSE = WORRY-FREE OWNER Boarding a horse at Longfield is the closest to worry-free horse ownership that an owner can get. The staff to horse ratio is an incredible 1:3, meaning there is always a knowledgeable employee around, looking after the horses and ensuring they are safe, fed and happy. Longfield offers an extensive list of services, so that even if an owner is out of town, their horse can be groomed, ridden, and receive medical care. The Longfield team is dedicated to the horses, whether the owner is in town or not. BE OUR GUEST, BE OUR GUEST! Grimes is very pleased with the level of care her team is able to offer its members. But she is also excited about the chance to share Longfield Stables with the guests
of Montage Palmetto Bluff. Resort guests can enjoy Longfield in several ways: by bringing a horse in for short term boarding (vacation with your horse, anyone?), by taking a trail ride on one of the Club’s horses, or by participating in fun pony activities with Winter the Wonder Pony. All of these activities take place separate from the member’s barn, in Longfield’s lower, 12 stall barn, which maintains the privacy of the members’ horses up above. COMMUNIT Y LOVE Grimes is also excited to expand Longfield’s public events program, which she says will bring all the important elements together: the members, the resort guests, and the public. Planning for 2018 is well underway, and a variety of hunts, events and exhibitions are all in the works. A few of the event ideas include a drag hunt, where people are invited to watch the horses and hounds jump and chase. To attract kids and families, the stable is working with a local 4-H club to potentially host a spring schooling show or clinic. In September, the grounds will host the Lowcountry Hunt, which is a hunter pace. For members and guests, Longfield hosts a Horsin’ Around Day the day after Thanksgiving, complete with hayrides, petting zoo and an equestrian demonstration. There is something fun for everyone at Longfield, and that is just how Grimes wants it to operate. A LITTLE GEM Grimes explains why it is so important to her that Longfield Stables hosts these events: “Longfield Stables is such a little gem; I want people to come use it, and bring even more good energy to it. I want others to love Longfield as much as I do.” With all the stable has to offer – regardless if you are a boarder, resort guest, or a part of the local community – there is no doubt Grimes will get her wish.
Photos courtesy of Montage Palmetto Bluff
DESTINATION by Jackie McFarland
Brazilian Court PA L M B E AC H , F LO R I DA
Within a few blocks of glamorous Worth Ave, where chic boutiques, gorgeous cars and trendy dining establishments await, lies The Brazilian Court, a serene and luxurious getaway. While the property boasts the opulent amenities of any world-renowned hotel, there’s a sense of peace and privacy that discreetly welcomes you the minute you walk through the front door. It’s no wonder that the celebrity guest list through the years rivals any resort in L.A. or New York. We felt like celebrities as we were escorted inside the lush tropical courtyard where the patio of the Café Boulud greets guests with the smells of Parisian boulangeries and patisseries. Though there were other groups and couples at the café, the staff appeared just before we realized we needed them, offering recommendations for food and drinks to suit both our vegetarian and burger-craving palates. While relaxing over our several courses of delectables, we realized how much we enjoyed this opportunity to get away and absorb the beauty of our surroundings. The atmosphere felt timeless. Welcoming and wonderful, the history of the establishment mixed with modern luxuries, our room, which included a den, patio and jet-stream bath, felt like home with all the trimmings. WO N D E R F U L LY E L E GA N T YET QUAINT Snuggled amongst its own lush landscapes, but within walking distance of the Everglades Golf Course and the Norton Museum of Art, and just two blocks from the beach, lies this wonderfully elegant yet quaint historic hotel. And the wonders of Worth Avenue, with everything from runway fashions and estate jewelry to fine art and antiques, are just steps away.
Originally opened on New Year’s Day in 1926, the National Trust for Historic Preservation lists The Brazilian Court among the Historic Hotels of America. The elegant Spanish Colonial design, with tinted, rough stucco, classical details, tiled roofs, and gorgeous mahogany ceilings, is built around a courtyard and offers an intimate ambience. Still retaining a Roaring ‘20s charm, the boutique hotel offers stunning accommodations and impeccable service, with a staff that prides itself on attending to the needs of its guests. AWA R D W I N N I N G L U X U RY AWA I T S With a long list of awards, The Brazilian Court is a member of ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ and is the only hotel on Florida’s East Coast that ranks in the Top 25 of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best. Luxe quarters include studios and one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, with air-jacuzzi bathtubs, stylish decor, pillowtop beds, and wet bars. Accommodations that face into the courtyard also feature private terraces or patios. Each studio feels spacious and well-appointed. The onsite restaurant, Café Boulud, is a delight in itself, featuring the unforgettable modern French cuisine of James Beard Award winner, Chef Daniel Boulud. And if a little (or a lot of) pampering is in order, the onsite Frédéric Fekkai Salon has an impressive list of services. The secluded palm-fringed pool, with its plush white lounge chairs, offers a quiet escape. Or, if you fancy a day at the beach, the hotel’s concierge service will arrange a beach setup with chairs, towels, a cooler of beverages, and sunscreen; and will deliver you there in the hotel’s guest cars. N O M AT T E R T H E P L A N , THIS IS THE PL ACE Whether planning a celebratory event, a business gathering, or looking for the ideal spot to sneak away to spend a spa day, a romantic night, or a getaway from it all, The Brazilian Court has the setting to suit. No matter what need you seek to satisfy, the luxury, serenity, privacy and amenities of this ideal location, in close proximity to Palm Beach and Wellington, are waiting to make you feel at home. Photos courtesy of The Brazilian Court
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6. 1. Sponsor Lindsay Maxwell (L) and WIHS President Victoria Lowell (R) congratulate Di Samorano on a victory in the 2017 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals with Taylor St. Jacques in the irons 2. Three-time U.S. Olympic medalist McLain Ward leads the victory gallop for the $50,000 International Jumper Speed Final after announcing the retirement of long-time mount, HH Carlos Z 3. Katie Dinan and Dougie Douglas in the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington 4. Hunter Holloway and her Toto walking the course for the $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class 5. Kama Godek, winner of the Best Costume Award, piloting De Grande in the $35,000 International Jumper Accumulator Costume Class while dressed as a scarecrow 6. Catherine Tyree, 23, wins the $10,000 Leading 25 Years of Age & Under Award, sponsored by Sleepy P Ranch, and the Leading Lady Rider Award, sponsored by Longines 7. WIHS mascot, Mini Cooper, gets an exclusive interview with ABC 7 Washington on the streets of D.C
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11. 8. Leslie Howard is all smiles while competing Donna Speciale in the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington 9. Beat Mändli (SUI) and Dsarie, owned by Grand Road Partners, claim victory in the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington 10. Taylor St. Jacques, 18, thanking Di Samorano after the pair topped the 2017 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals 11. Granatoandra and Andrew Welles share a celebratory kiss after Granatoandra and X M won the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic 12. 2016 U.S. Olympic Team silver medalist Kent Farrington and Creedance competing in the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington
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How do I figure out my learning style in order to improve my riding?
Understanding how you learn best, and what types of instruction support learning, are essential to developing a solid, trusting relationship with your trainer. Consider this list of learning styles in relationship to your last lesson. How did you receive the information? How was it taught? Were you able to receive the teaching easily? Learning styles for athletes can be broken down to the following: • Verbal-linguistic: learns best through verbal explanation, hearing, reading/writing, and discussion. • Mathematical/logical: learns best by working with patterns, abstract ideas, analysis, investigation, and comparison. • Spatial/visual: learns best by working with pictures and maps, visualizing, observing, and drawing. • Bodily/kinesthetic: learns best through physical execution, experience, touch, and feel. • Musical: learns best through rhythm, musical accompaniment, emphasis on pace, cadence, pulse, and singing. • Interpersonal: learns best in a group and by sharing and comparing experiences. • Intrapersonal: learns best working alone and through personal reflection. • Naturalist: learns best when working in nature and through the natural world. *This list is based in Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory (originally published in 1983). When considering learning styles, it will become clear that one or two of the above descriptions fits your typical way of processing information. This initial step of reflecting on your learning style will help you translate instruction into action. It is not unusual to
have two or three dominant/blended learning styles. Take some time to think about how you prefer to receive directions to a new location. Do you like a list, a map, to be told step by step from a navigation device, to be given geographic markers, or to figure it out intuitively? Discerning your learning style in simple life situations will help you figure out your dominant preference on how to take in information. Understanding your learning style will streamline your ability to make sense of information. It will also support you in developing exercises to break through barriers like learning courses or riding a plan under pressure. Remember that riding and training on horses is emotionally activating because your partner is a flight animal. Hence it is important to develop an understanding of your emotional styles as well as your learning styles as they go hand in hand. I strongly encourage athletes to work with a sport consultant to get clear on these personal elements in order to enjoy the journey more fully.
As a horse trainer, how do I figure out the learning styles of my clients?
Understanding the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive abilities of riders is one of the more demanding challenges a trainer faces. I encourage trainers to start by developing an understanding of your own learning style as it also influences how you teach. It is also important to look at the teaching style of some of your most important teachers as we often inadvertently model after them. Once you have done a bit of selfassessment you can consider how students process information and their preferred learning styles so as to streamline teaching. Although the answer to the question above suggests eight possible learning styles, it is often easier to simplify when starting with an athlete. When first working with this concept, consider if the person learns best by visual, kinesthetic, auditory, or analytic instruction.You can give a series of simple assignments using one of each and it will likely become clear to you how to best communicate. For instance, when asking a client to complete a simple pattern, first give the instruction with words only (analytic): “Canter the
two diagonal poles in a figure eight starting with the left lead.” Give the next exercise using visual cues: “Pick up the left lead and canter past the gazebo toward the red pole and continue past the yellow oxer to the white pole doing the opposite pattern as before.” Another way of testing for a visual learner is to suggest that they copy a rider (or yourself) executing the intended exercise. Next give a kinesthetic directive that involves mostly feel: “Repeat the same exercise allowing yourself to feel the stride to expand/contract as you go around each corner.” Lastly, describe the idea of an expanded and contracted stride (auditory) and ask them to repeat the exercise. Experiment with these approaches and have conversations with the rider about which approach is easiest for them to understand. Once you know the rider’s learning styles you can hone the lesson content to fit. Many riders are kinesthetic and visual, causing them to struggle when given too much analysis or instruction that’s too in-depth when they are riding. However, most riders can learn analytically when they are not riding.This means that debriefing analytically about a round after they have dismounted and the adrenaline has subsided is favorable. As I mentioned in the question above, the study of learning styles is best accompanied by exploration of emotional styles as they are directly related. Here’s to improving and deepening the relationships between trainer, rider and of course our equine partners too!
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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Arrowood Tara Arrowood has always been the girl with the camera. Growing up, she documented every childhood trip and adventure. Those adventures often included horses, as she grew up in Pennsylvania surrounded by horses. While she always enjoyed her time in the saddle, she was ultimately most drawn to capturing the nature of the horse from behind her lens. But as often happens, life got in the way of her equine photography as she progressed through school and into her early adulthood career. Luckily, Arrowood was able to build a successful photography business, and she has been shooting weddings and events for over a decade. Soon after starting her business, she began taking portraits of horses for local horse rescues and wild horse sanctuaries. This opened up a whole new photography avenue, and she now takes commissions for equestrian portraits, and teaches workshops on equine portraiture. Her favorite aspect of equine portraiture is the chance to explore the emotional connection between a horse and its human partner. Looking to the future, Tara wants to continue to grow her photography business, and especially hopes that she can shoot more equestrian themed weddings. However, her main goal is to be able to give back to the equestrian community. After her first art show that featured horses, she donated 50% of the profits to horse rescue organizations. She hopes that by focusing her equine photography on the emotion of the horse, it will help bring awareness to issues such as government mandated roundups and horse slaughter. Arrowood explains, “It’s not enough to provide a picture of a beautiful horse. It is about helping people see the powerful nature of the bond between horse and human. That bond, and thus the horse, should be cherished.” arrowoodphotography.com @arrowoodphotography
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