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SPORTING LIFE: THE SPORTING ART AUCTION
Alli Addison knows and loves equestrian art; her great uncle was equine painter and portraitist Milton Menasco. So when she gets excited about an art gallery and auction, you take notice. Here she shares details about Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington, KY, curator Greg Ladd and the details behind this November’s entirely equine focused Sporting Art Auction.
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Salamander Resort and Spa is a destination designed to please any equestrian and lover of the finer things in life. H&S Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Appel, shares her recent visit to the resort and highlights the best they have to offer from the gourmet cuisine, to the luxurious spa, to the on-site stable and Equispective program.
50 COVER: FIELDING DREAMS
This past September’s EEM World’s Longines Masters of Los Angeles was an incredible event that brought the world’s best riders and horses to the West Coast. Christophe Ameeuw is the visionary behind EEM World, and in this piece he offers insight into his dream for the future of the Longines Masters of Los Angeles and how the event contributes to the sport at large.
PORTRAIT OF A RIDER: NICOL A & OLIVIER PHILIPPAERTS To the outside observer, international show jumping twins, Olivier and Nicola Philippaerts, appear to have everything on their side: talent, means, and time. However, a private glimpse into their world, made possible by the amazing photography and writing of Hobert&Krupa, shows that the pressures they face and the sacrifices they make are enough to give anyone pause, let alone two 23-year-olds.
CHANGING PEOPLE'S LIVES
Roby Roberts and his family have been engaged in the equestrian world for decades, and their contributions to the people involved are numerous and heart warming. With their creation of World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, OH and a second location in Golden Ocala, FL coming in 2017, there is no doubt everyone will soon get to experience the WEC charm.
& ABOUT: “ WILD NIGHT”
This Wild Night O&A shares the benefit that aided the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign, a cause that works to defend America’s wild horses and burros and protect their habitat.The Bently Foundation and San Francisco Bently Reserve partnered to bring an event with a beautiful location, delicious food and exquisite equine décor.
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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, they moved to Lexington, Kentucky five years ago and are amazed how time flies. The EqSol Team has grown, now reaching from CA to the UK, with new exciting projects knocking at the door.
A lifelong equestrian, Danielle Demers has always been inspired by horses. After graduating with a BFA in Painting, she worked to find a way to combine her passions for art, design, and the equestrian lifestyle. As 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.
Terri Roberson, Psy.D.
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.
A former three-day event rider, Ashley’s love of horses runs deep. Her photography has taken her around the world and her images have been exhibited in New York City galleries and major magazines. When she is not behind the lens, Ashley can be found riding her Thoroughbred mare and enjoying the outdoors.
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.
Jana Cohen Barbe
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.
Taylor is a graduate of the University of Georgia and a junior account exec. at Phelps Media Group, Inc. International. Originally from Georgia, she’s ridden and shown in the hunter/ jumper and equitation disciplines for 13 years and is an avid photographer and writing enthusiast. Taylor joined PMG in 2015, combining her love of horses and public relations/ journalism into a lifelong career within the equine media industry.
Jana is a Partner and Global Vice Chair of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. A foremost authority in real estate law and business management, Jana is a frequent author and speaker on leadership, crisis management, the role of women in business and professional advancement. An avid equestrian who owns a working farm in Kentucky, Jana examines the interplay between business and riding.
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squadgoals This year at the 2016 Longines Masters of Los Angeles, the H&S team was fortunate to have the majority of our globally located staff on site. For the most part, we usually only correspond by email and conference calls, so it was amazing to spend face-to-face time together. We worked hard, had a little fun, but most importantly, spent valuable time bonding with our team. Or, for the millennials out there, our squad! This spring, at the Chi Al Shaqab horse show in Doha, one of my favorite experiences was sharing a thirty-minute cab ride from the hotel to the horse show with German rider, and now Olympian, Daniel Deusser. Although he has long been one of my favorite riders, I had not yet had the opportunity to meet him in person.The cab ride confirmed that my sentiments were well placed; Deusser is talented, kind and a pleasure to be around. Needless to say, I became an even bigger fan. This September at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, H&S was lucky enough to interview Deusser the Sunday morning before he won the Longines Masters of Los Angeles Grand Prix. Our H&S squad was in full force that morning, and after the interview, Deusser was gracious enough to endure our fan club and take a selfie and a group shot with us. Read more about his win and the overall vision of the incredible Longines Masters series from Christophe Ameeuw in our cover story, “Fielding Dreams” (page 50). Hobert&Krupa amaze with another addition to their “Portrait of a Rider” series, this time featuring the Philippaert brothers. I especially love this piece because I can remember seeing the twins running around as young children when I was at the Philippaert’s farm ten years ago buying my now retired Grand Prix horse, Perlano. It
L–R: Terri Roberson, Ashley Neuhof (front), Jackie McFarland (back), Daniel Deusser, Sarah Appel, Danielle Demers, Emily Pollard
amazes me that in what seems such a short time, they are now top international riders, competing at the highest level (page 64). Although the Longines Masters of Los Angeles left me wishing the H&S squad could be at the same place at the same time all the time, for this issue’s “New Product Alert,” it was great that our London based Art Director, Danielle Demers, was on location and able to attend the impressive preview of new equestrian line Miasuki (page 30). Photographer Ashley Neuhof earned her frequent flier miles this issue, traveling from coast to coast to bring the best for our “Out & About” candid pages. She shares her favorite show shots from The Hampton Classic (page 18), American Gold Cup (page 24), the Longines Masters of Los Angeles (page 60) and many more. Most of the time being on the H&S squad means late nights, hard work and endless deadlines. But once in a while, being on the squad also means flying to an incredible horse show in LA, getting your hair blown out, having drinks with top international riders and ending your night with a team walk off before being driven back to your hotel in a Ferrari. As we come to the end of 2016, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone on the Horse & Style squad! I feel lucky to work with such an amazing team of talented, hard working and most importantly, kind, people. Cheers,
by Emily Pollard
…you might not know about…
Simmonds This past year, Northern California based hunter/jumper trainer Stephanie Simmonds of StillWater Equestrian has been traveling to and from the U.S. base of SHALANNO Farms in Wellington, FL to act as a consultant to international competitor, Andrew Ramsay and his team, which is led by technical advisor George Morris. From 1996–2003 she worked as a private trainer to the Ramsay family, and and having the opportunity to work with Andrew again has been like slipping on an old hat. Working with Morris is certainly an inspiration, and Simmonds is sharing this benefit with clients at her own training business, StillWater, which she operates out of Walnut Creek, CA. Although she is an accomplished rider, she truly enjoys teaching, and her students have been successful in all arenas, with accolades including Overall Grand Junior Hunter at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and Devon; top 10 finishes in the USET Talent Search, WIHS, USEF, and Maclay National Medal Finals; and wins in the PCHA and Onondarka Finals. As a trainer she has been awarded the Leading Trainer Award at the Pennsylvania National, and has been selected to act as the Junior rider Chef d’ Equip at NAYRJC and Prix De Nations. In addition to working as a consultant for Ramsay and running her business, Simmonds dedicates her time to her son Logan, who is a 5th grader and loves to ride when he has time after school.
Simmonds bought her first horse, Tony the Pony, when she was 11 years old with money she earned babysitting. She owned him for 30 years and still considers him her “heart horse.” Coaching is in her genes. Her grandfather and father were both coaches, and Simmonds now helps coach a middle and high school Interscholastic Equestrian Association team. She participated in gymnastics as a kid, but got kicked off the team because she couldn’t stand still when it was time to line up and wait. She has cross-discipline experience – along with hunters and jumpers, Simmonds has competed in team roping, saddle seat and western pleasure shows, and has ridden in countless Fourth of July parades. · november/december
Simmonds is a certified personal trainer with national accreditation.
Linda Hough was Simmonds’ mentor for eight years, and to this day if a difficult issue arises, she still asks herself, “what would Linda do?”
She competes in triathlons of all distances, including Sprints, Olympics and Half-Ironmans.
Her first professional equine job was working for Debbie & Bob McDonald at River Grove Farm in Hailey, Idaho.
StillWater’s blue barn color was inspired by the hue of Logan’s blue eyes.
She is a huge San Francisco Giants fan, and her favorite is manager Bruce Bochy. Photo © Sarah Appel
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by Beth Porter, Giant Steps Executive Director
THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:
Why is it important to the sport at large for riders, sponsors and equestrian companies to publicly support philanthropic causes, like Giant Steps? How do you ensure a successful relationship with your partners?
Guy Thomas and Jonkheer Z, winners of the $40,000 Circle Oak Equine Grand Prix at the Sonoma Horse Park 2016 Giant Steps Charity Classic Horse Show
“While it is horse racing specifically that is referred to as the sport of kings, our sport certainly carries with it the perception that all involved are extraordinarily rich. And yes, horses are expensive. But, what isn’t always communicated to the public is that underlying all equestrian competition there is an incredible bond between rider and horse. There is heart. There is trust. There is kindness. So when riders, sponsors, and equestrian companies publicly support philanthropic causes, they are demonstrating to the world that they are a community that cares. Giant Steps has experienced extraordinary support from the equestrian community, and we feel tremendously blessed. Just over 10% of our revenue is drawn from fees, meaning that we raise nearly 90% of our budget through a variety of efforts including our Giant Steps Charity Horse Show. Without our supporters – the individual riders who support us, the sponsors of our show, Sonoma Horse Park and the Herman family who house us, the fabulous companies who donate to our auction – we would not exist, and could not fulfill our mission of enriching and changing the lives of children and adults with disabilities through the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and related equine-assisted therapy. Motivations for supporting nonprofits vary, and understanding what prompts a gift is important. We have individual supporters who donate in honor of a friend who is involved, so ensuring that a proper notification is sent is key. Others seek opportunities
to have a greater impact outside the horse show world, and want meaningful volunteer experiences. Still others want anonymity regarding the source of the gift, but treasure a personal tour. Business supporters have many of the same motivations as individuals, but typically also seek branding and marketing opportunities in the way of naming rights, signage, social media mentions, and the like. It is, after all, an established fact that consumers have a better outlook on businesses that give to a cause close to their heart, so public recognition is key, and we do our best to promote that. At the core, every gift to Giant Steps honors the connection between human and horse. By investing in our program, our supporters are changing the lives of individuals living with disabilities, making them ever more independent, and providing them some of the happiest hours of their week.”
Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center is a non-profit therapeutic equestrian program creating a supportive and dynamic environment to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities living in the San Francisco Bay area.
For every one of the past issues, we asked professionals a new question to ponder. This issue we wanted to illustrate the importance charities play in our sport. Photo © Deb Dawson
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Finding Daylight MARA DABRISHUS Kindle: $3.99 | Paperback: $14.99 | Amazon.com 350 pages “Slowing the filly to a halt, Georgie turned her in toward the grandstand and ran her hand over Bell’s pitch black mane. She could hear the track from here, a moving, living thing staring back at them. Bell bobbed her head, and Georgie felt her breath underneath her knees. It was sure, steady, a soft welcome home.” For any horse lover, Mara Dabrishus’ racing novel, Finding Daylight, is indeed a “soft welcome home.” Young jockey, Georgiana “Georgie” Quinn, and fierce filly, Sweet Bells, are unstoppable. The public sees them as the golden pair, and their victory in the Breeder’s Cup Classic is just further proof of their top level status. What the public doesn’t see is Georgie’s disastrous home life. Her family’s Thoroughbred farm in Ocala, Florida, is falling down
around them. Her father is an alcoholic whose glass of whiskey is his ever-present companion, and her mother seems oblivious to everything and everyone. But at least Georgie has Sweet Bells – until that changes, too. After one poorly-ridden race, Georgie loses the mount and, for the first time ever, her professional life takes a turn for the worse. But Georgie is a naturally gifted rider, and she’s determined to reclaim her throne and her title as Sweet Bells’ jockey! While Finding Daylight is classified as Young Adult Fiction, this wellwritten novel will delight readers of all ages. “Eleven horses walked the Donn Handicap post parade, their burnished coats shining under a perfect Florida sky. People pushed against the outside rail, hanging their arms over the partition, hands occupied with programs and half-filled plastic cups of beer. It was a common sight at the track, men puffing silently on cigars and circling picks in cheap ballpoint pens before going to the windows with their bets. Losing tickets littered the grandstand like forgotten white confetti.” If you love horse racing, a little romance, and a lot of drama, you will love Finding Daylight. And Mara’s world of Thoroughbreds and trackside adventures doesn’t end there. Check out All Heart (Stay the Distance Book 2), her latest novel, published this past September.
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Sloan and Violet Barnett are a mother-daughter pair based in San Francisco, CA that are well known riders on the hunter-jumper circuit. And while each is an accomplished rider in her own right, they are also known for their close relationship, and for exemplifying what it means to support one another in the sport. Their style, whether they are on or off their horses, is always on point, though mother and daughter each put their own spin on what it means to be stylish.
iolet is incredibly passionate about her equestrian pursuits, and has several impressive mounts that she shows in Large Pony Hunters, Children’s Hunters and Equitation. She has had an incredible 2016 show season, and especially enjoyed competing at Pony Finals this summer. She loves to ride, but also enjoys being involved in their care. Her favorite job? Feeding them cookies! When violet is not riding, she is studying at University High School in San Fancisco where she is a freshman, practicing piano which she recently started doing again after a few year’s hiatus, or learning a new language in addition to those she already speaks: Spanish and French. Sloan enjoys competing in the Amateur Owner Hunters, and has several talented horses she shows on the West Coast with the help of Hugh “Bert” Mutch and Christine Fullin. In addition to riding, Sloan has had a full career as a lawyer and journalist, and is the author of the NY Times bestselling book: Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet, which outlines how the next wave of “green” is all about the health of our families as well as the planet. When she is not dedicating her time to horses or her work, Sloan spends time with her husband Roger, who is the CEO of Shaklee Corporation, and her two other children. Sloan and Violet lend style to whatever they direct their energy to, be that their outfits, their riding, their work or their strong mother-daughter bond.
HORSE & STYLE: Describe your riding (apparel) styles: VIOLET: My Mom dresses old world with “real” show shirts (that have chokers!) and wool coats. She wears patterned shirts and field boots. I wear a navy tech fabric coat and a white washable shirt. I show in the equitation so I don’t have a lot of choices as to what I get to wear. I’m just happy if I can stay clean! H&S: What is important to you about the riding clothes you compete in? SLOAN: I have been competing in this sport for a long time, so I have the privilege of getting to play with fashion when it comes to my show clothes. I have fun picking jackets and shirts that I love and that I am excited to wear. Violet, however, is in the beginning of her equestrian career, so her focus is on her riding. She chooses a practical show outfit that works for any class so all her energy can be directed toward keeping calm, listening to her trainer and applying the techniques she practices at home to her riding in the show ring. H&S: Do either of you wear anything for good luck? SLOAN: We wear purple in any and every shade for good luck! I have been wearing purple forever and then I named my daughter Violet! The superstition continues… H&S: What is your favorite equestrian item to wear? VIOLET: I always like to wear my Giant Steps hat and bracelets around the horse show. I have been volunteering with this nonprofit that supports riding programs for veterans and children with special needs for many years. H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? SLOAN: Violet has a more casual style while with my work and social obligations, I have many more reasons to dress up. She just recently started stealing from my closet, which is a lot of fun for both of us! And of course my clothes always look better on her than on me! H&S: How do you handle high-pressure situations, for example right before you enter a big class? SLOAN: We are each other’s biggest fans and supporters. We try to watch each other ride whenever possible, cheer each other on, grab water for the other when necessary and even walk the courses together. Violet is learning to deal with the pressure that comes with competing at a high level, while I have experienced it for a long time and feel more
comfortable with it. I try to focus on my own riding as opposed to my competitors. And Violet is getting more and more Derbies and Finals under her belt, so she is getting great experience and lots of practice in the ring. I always tell her that the only way to learn to deal with stress is to expose yourself to it and turn it into positive energy and focus. VIOLET: I try to breathe and listen to my trainer. Sometimes my Mom makes me nervous but I still love having her around! H&S: What are your riding goals? Sloan, what would you love to see Violet do in the equestrian world? SLOAN: Mostly, I want to see Violet have fun and learn. The horses are our most special time together – we travel together, share a hotel room, eat dinner together and are now setting goals together. We both hope to go to Devon someday and maybe even compete in the same Hunter Derbies. H&S: Outside of horses, what are each of you passionate about? VIOLET: I am an avid reader and I love to learn new things. I also like to hang out with my friends, play with my dogs and spend time with my brothers. SLOAN: I have a husband and two sons who don’t ride.When I am not at a horse show, you can find me playing golf with them, supporting their love of music, or just hanging out with the family. I am also the co-chair of the California Pacific Medical Center board and spend a lot of time working at the hospital. H&S: What has been the most influential moment in each of your riding careers? SLOAN: Winning as a young girl at the National Horse Show with Bill Cooney and Frank Madden as my trainers on my beloved Master Dan is a day in my life that I will remember forever. VIOLET: Ribboning and competing at Pony Finals was a dream come true.This summer, as I began to move out of the ponies, I competed in my first Equitation Finals and Hunter Derby! I am always experiencing new influential moments and I am incredibly grateful for all the wonderful animals that I have had the privilege of riding. Each one has taught me so much and brought me so much joy. H&S: What's the one thing each of you never go in the ring without? SLOAN: Something purple of course!
Opposite: Sloan & Violet with Miss January at the Sonoma Horse Park, photo © Alden Corrigan; Above: Violet & Eddie competing in Kentucky over the summer, photo © Shawn McMillen; Sloan & Bill, photo © Alden Corrigan
ROLEX CENTRAL PARK HORSE SHOW – NEW YORK, NEW YORK
1. McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z opened the Rolex Central Park Horse Show weekend with a bang, winning the Canadian Pacific Speed Class 2. Valegro meets his adoring fans after his freestyle dressage demo 3. The hunters took to the arena on Saturday afternoon 4. Andy Kocher’s faces were the best during his Puissance ride where he and McLain Ward tied for the win 5. Hunters looked striking against the New York City skyline 6. ... as did the jumpers 7. Jimmy Torano gets a proper champagne shower for his Rolex Central Park Grand Prix win Photos © Ashley Neuhof
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MIASUKI Regardless of professional or amateur status, each rider holds a clear vision of what he or she would ultimately like to achieve in the sport. For Miasuki founder and CEO Mia Lei, launching the first luxury riding apparel collection designed exclusively for women represented her pinnacle of the sport, and the realization of her equestrian goals.
FEMALE FIRST PHILOSOPHY Although approximately 80% of all riders are women, it is rare to find an equestrian performance wear collection that tailors every aspect of each piece in the line – from fabric selection, to cut, to aesthetic – to the female form. Miasuki champions a ‘female first’ philosophy, wanting women to feel elegant, yet completely comfortable while riding. The brand’s performance wear is designed to support freedom of movement in the saddle, never hindering or constricting an aid, or interrupting the harmony between horse and rider. Miasuki has already received interest in a men’s collection, yet Lei believes in keeping the brand exclusive to women’s wear. As a female rider, Lei innately understands the female equestrian and her specific needs. The Miasuki collection is based on her firsthand knowledge, which does not encompass the experience of the male equestrian. EXQUISITE QUALIT Y Before producing and launching Miasuki, Lei ensured that there were indeed justifications for the existence of the brand and that each piece in the collection would have several outstanding qualities. Not a single aspect could be anything short of perfection; mediocrity was not an option.
Both the ‘Competition’ and ‘Modern Heritage’ collections were designed with comfort and functionality as top priorities. Miasuki also highly values sustainability, durability, design elegance and quality. Over 90% of the fabrics used in the collection are Italian sourced, coming from the best fabric manufacturers in the country. All other textiles are sourced in Switzerland, known for producing eco-friendly, highly technical fabrics. The design of Miasuki's performance wear is based on extensive research into sports biomechanics. Jackets, breeches and bodysuits alike are constructed from light-weight, durable materials featuring high impact four-way stretch and shape retention technology. Each piece is finished by hand, ensuring that no detail is overlooked, and supporting the entire collection’s luxurious aesthetic. PIÈCE DE RÉSIS TAN CE The stunning Moonlight bodysuit is unquestionably Miasuki’s most talked about piece and has received a great deal of interest from riders and press alike since the official brand launch at the 2015 Longines Masters of Paris. Distinctly futuristic, the bodysuit is constructed from several fabric panels cut, arranged and seamed to sculpt and support the female form. The technical fabrics range
Above: Miasuki's Moonlight bodysuit; Right: Miasuki Rider Helmet, Pandora jacket, Faye shirt, Nadia breeches
in type, from strategically placed mesh along the torso and lower leg for added breathability, to thicker microfiber that offers comfort and stability. And while this bodysuit certainly makes a statement, it is a hardwearing investment piece. Few garments that make such a hot runway debut can boast fabrics that maintain their shape wash after wash – in a machine washer! The streamlined design and breathable fabrics also make this piece ideal for riding in hot climates. Plus, Lei assures us that the ‘sport-chic’ Moonlight bodysuit was made to flatter, with all body shapes and sizes in mind. Horse & Style congratulates Miasuki on the launch of this elegant, thoughtful collection. Miasuki will officially launch in the US in early 2017, but the entire collection currently is available to purchase online.
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THE SPORTING LIFE
The Sporting Art Auction
In an unmistakable pink, twostory Greek Revival in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky sits a treasure trove of visual wonderment. An 11,000 square foot gallery that leaves you questioning your own personal art collection, lusting after the vast range of artists and art it contains, and craving to acquire more. For the equine enthusiast, this Lexington icon, Cross Gate Gallery, could very well be the mecca of sporting art.
ross Gate Gallery opened its doors in 1974 and has been fueled, for the past four decades, by the carefully-curated eye of gallery owner Greg Ladd. Searching the world over for beautifully executed sporting art and bringing it to Lexington, Ladd has built quite the name for himself and his gallery. “I believe our specializing in sporting art was originally dictated by our physical location. We are in the Horse Capitol of the World,” says Ladd. It was only natural that he feature the great equestrian artists of both past and present. Since its inception, Cross Gate Gallery has risen to become the leading source of the world’s finest sporting art, and has amassed an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century classic works to contemporary pieces. Fast forward to 2013, Cross Gate Gallery entered into a partnership with Keeneland, the international leader in Thoroughbred racing and sales, to offer the first Sporting Art Auction in the Keeneland Sales Pavillion, also located in Lexington, Kentucky. Sporting art finding its way into major auctions across the country is nothing new. There is a comfort and classicism about sporting art that allows it to be ‘at home’ in a range of space styles. But an art auction that focuses november/december ·
Above: George Mure of Herringswell, Harry Hall; Below: Newmarket Before a Start, Sir Alfred J. Munnings; The Sporting Art Auction catalogue â€“ cover art featuring Sir William Orpenâ€™s Sergeant Murphy & Things
almost entirely on equine subjects? That is one of the things that sets The Sporting Art Auction apart. Now in its fourth year, the 2016 Sporting Art Auction is scheduled to take place on November 21st, featuring an array of stunning art, 175 lots to be exact, ranging from the classical works of acclaimed artists Edward Troye and Henry Stull, to contemporary pieces by LeRoy Neiman and Quang Ho. Last year’s auction grossed over $2.8 million with Sir Alfred J. Munnings’ Mon Talisman, Chantilly 1928 taking home the top prize and Lord Astor’s Broodmare and Foal exceeding expectations. As for standouts this year? “We have a great painting by Orpen,” says Greg Ladd. Considered to be one of the best portrait painters of the 20th century, Irish painter Sir William Orpen’s Sergeant Murphy and Things is an oil on canvas depicting the winner of the 1923 Grand National. However, the emphasis on this “best of title” is the keyword: portrait. This is because it is widely accepted that the title of greatest sporting art painter of the 20th century belongs to Sir Alfred James Munnings – who happens to have five lots in this year’s auction. The story of Orpen, Munnings, and Sergeant Murphy and Things is possibly what makes this painting such a standout for the 2016 Sporting Art Auction.
Above: Dell Carroll, Polo, LeRoy Neiman; Below: The Cool Out, T. Allen Lawson
A rivalry between Munnings and Orpen, over a set of sable paint brushes, began while the two were stationed in France as war artists during World War I. The rivalry reached its conclusion in this painting, an impressive first attempt at a horse portrait by Sir William Orpen. It is rumored that Orpen set out to paint an equine portrait that could “rival those of Munnings,” says The Sporting Art Auction. While Munnings ruled the scene with his equestrian portraiture of horses and men, Orpen was the society portrait painter who had taken London by storm. And although it was Munnings who was commissioned to paint the winning chestnut gelding, Orpen chose to take a stab at it, painted the horse, and later had the painting exhibited alongside the works of Munnings at the Royal Academy in 1924. Moving from the classics to the contemporary, The Sporting Art Auction features a variety of modern day artists, some of whom did not get their start in the sporting art world. Greg Ladd spends a great deal of time finding and cultivating artists who he believes possess a hidden talent for sporting art. “It’s really about finding a good painter and getting them in front of the people,” says Ladd. “It’s an interesting relationship between an artist and a dealer. When you start working with a new artist, they already have a style you like or you wouldn’t otherwise be working with them. So you try to coax them to paint subjects that you think your clients would like, being sure not to kill their enthusiasm.” With contemporary artists in this year’s auction including the likes of T. Allen Lawson, David Grossman, Thomas Coates and Jean Bernard Lalanne, art
enthusiasts can see the talent Greg Ladd had spotted, and will agree that the artists perform wonderfully in the realm of sporting art. A great example of this knack for discovering the x-factor sporting art artist is Vietnamese/American artist Quang Ho. Quang Ho’s interest and talent in the arts was apparent at a young age. He went on to graduate from the Colorado Institute of Art in 1985 with the Best Portfolio Award and continues his education today as a teacher at the Denver Art Students League. His figure, still life, land, sea and sky works are all equally stunning – but Quang Ho’s sporting pieces are very expressive and fluid. Works in this year’s collection include the serene Morning at Keeneland, a 36" x 36" oil on panel, and the actionpacked Warm Up Run, a 36" x 48" oil on panel. Another celebrated work this year is that of Andy Warhol, known for his immortalization of iconic figures into pop culture which included celebrities, musicians and politicians. In 1977, Warhol was commissioned to do a series of athletes for Richard Wiseman, a wellknown collector and sports enthusiast at the time. A total of ten athletes were to be painted and the first of the ten was Hall of Fame jockey Willie Shoemaker. His Willie Shoemaker 1978 is a 40" x 40" silkscreen portrait of the “Elvis of the turf.” During his career, “The Shoe” won an impressive 8,833 races, including eleven Triple Crown races. He was inducted into the National Museum Racing Hall of Fame in 1958. The artwork of the 2016 Sporting Art Auction was exhibited this year in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, beginning at the opening of the notable Keeneland September Yearling Sale on September 12th, and continuing through the close of the November Breeding Stock Sale on November 20th. The catalog features curated lots from across the globe. “We spend a lot of time on the road looking for inventory,” says Greg Ladd. Acquiring special pieces and making them available to collectors is one of the reasons why the Sporting Art Auction has grown into such an anticipated event. The professional presentation of the works in the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction house, and the grand finale with its gala reception and auction in the sales pavilion, is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. “The collaboration between Keeneland and Cross Gate Gallery is a natural fit,” says Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason. “Many of our clients and guests are avid sporting art collectors, and they enjoy browsing the artwork during the September and November sales and fall race meet.” The sporting life of today is different than that of times past, but the fundamentals remain. It is a life filled with style, leisure, excitement, luxury, appreciation, culture, old and new, classic and modern. The equestrian sporting life has taken hold of a new generation of enthusiasts, who have a strong interest in, and appreciation for art. For good quality sporting art is forever timeless and essential. thesportingartauction.com | Photos by Jenna R. Dana
Above: Warm Up Run, Quang Ho; Below: Waiting for the Starter, Sir Alfred J. Munnings
Lauren Aubert & Hallelujah ON A GREAT YEAR IN THE LARGE PONY DIVISION
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Salamander Resort and Spa: EQUESTRIAN MECCA
ince the launch of Salamander Resort and Spa four years ago, visiting the all-equestrian inspired resort and hotel had been high on my bucket list. After all, Salamander is located in Middleburg, VA, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of wine and horse country – which are two of my favorite kinds of “countries”. Right off the main drag in downtown Middleburg, Salamander is nestled in lush rolling green pastures and is truly akin to an equestrian’s paradise. Over the course of my three nights on the 340 acre estate, Salamander struck that incredible balance of enthralling me with its opulence and class but also making sure I felt cozy and right at home.
HOME IS WHERE THE HORSE IS As a life-long horse enthusiast, I have an innate love for all things equestrian in style. As a result, my home reflects this love with the art, home goods and decor that I choose. For me, horses and home are intrinsically linked. So as I walked through the door of Salamander and saw the equestrian touches in all aspects of the design, I instantly felt like I was at home and among my people. Everything, from my key card with a gorgeous picture of a hunt, to my room number with three gold numbers on a black hunt cap, to the equestrian art and photography precisely placed throughout the entire resort, was done impeccably with equestrian style. The library was one of my favorite places (besides the barn of course) on the whole property. Inside, plush leather couches and quilted ottomans provide boutique meeting places for conversation and drinks. The subtle touches like the equestrian trophies on top of the coffee table and the gold horse shoe inspired chandelier that hangs from the center
of the library, are what make the space so magical. EQUI-EXPERIENCE At the core of Salamander Resort and Spa’s focus is a shared love for horses. Like the resort itself, the on-site barn is exquisite. Happy horses and an even happier staff kept busy in the halls of the twenty-two stall stable. As we toured the barn – which included a classroom and dining room, a beautiful outdoor arena and the cutest ponies I have ever seen – I saw an eager young guest learning to tack up a horse for her very first riding lesson ever, and I had to smile at her nervous, but very excited, energy. Salamander offers horses on-site for lessons and trail rides, but they also have open stalls if a guest prefers to bring one of their own horses for a vacation. After all, don’t the horses deserve the same exceptional treatment in the barn that their owner’s receive at the resort? We were also invited to experience their groundbreaking program Equispective, which Salamander describes as a “unique self-discovery program [that] unites horse and human with the ultimate goal of developing extensive leadership expertise, regardless of one’s [horse] experience.” This amazing program allows participants to connect with horses using an innovative hands-on approach, all the while exploring their own personal relationship awareness, communication style and leadership techniques. Equestrian Director Sheryl Jordan has devoted over forty years to better understanding the relationships between horses, humans and nature, and the Equispective program is the result of her findings. The premise of this program is to use the horses as a transparent mechanism for evaluating the many ways one can relate to others in a group setting. For instance, what type of energy is best served when trying to coax a horse to walk with you without a halter? High energy and quick movements, or calm and confident energy? Participants then use their observations to consciously build a leadership philosophy for use in their personal and business lives. By the end, participants also gain a humble understanding respect for these powerful horses. There were two journalists in the group, myself included, who had experience with horses, but the rest had not spent
much time with horses at all. Even for me, it was impressive how the horses responded to the power of my body language, voice and movements. I was able to connect with the horse I was working with, ask her to follow me, trot on a circle, canter, reverse and come back to standing, all with my body movements and voice. Sounds easy, right? It pretty much was for me and the other horsewoman of the group, but it illuminated certain challenges several other people in our group were experiencing. As Jordan likes to explain, horses can be mirrors and are always authentic, so when you aren’t being true to yourself, our “equine therapists” can instantly tell. The facilitator of the group was excellent and everyone who participated in Equispective walked away from the program empowered and moved by the experience. W I N E , D I N E A N D S PA The true test of any resort can be told in the feeling that guests take away with them after their stay. The Salamander didn’t disappoint on any level, and meals were an event all on their own. Each dining experience, whether it was a four-course dinner locally sourced from the Piedmont area, at Harriman’s Grill, or after-dinner drinks and s’mores by the many large outdoor fire pits, was more than just a meal; it cultivated an occasion to remember. Another scenic and serene memory of my trip was spending half a day in the 23,000 square foot spa. Every spa service you can imagine is available. My favorite experience was drifting off to sleep on the warm tile beds after having the best massage of my life. The spa leads out to a private pool area where you can relax while looking out at the beauty of the Middleburg countryside. Speaking from personal experience, be careful not to get too lost in the tranquil timelessness of the spa or you will wind up late for dinner! HORSE COUNTRY For years, I have heard Middleburg, VA referred to synonymously with “horse country,” but it wasn’t until I walked the brick paved sidewalks of Washington Street, the main strip in downtown Middleburg, that I truly understood what that meant. Every shop is designed around an equestrian inspiration – even the town ice cream store has vintage tall boots displayed in the window. I never knew what it meant to “go antiquing”
until I shopped antique store after antique store laden with hunt prints, mid-century equestrian china and unique finds that have incredibly rich histories. We spent our last night at Great Meadows, a nearby equestrian venue, for Twilight Polo. We sat in one of the private boxes, sipped wonderful local wines and watched several polo matches, starting with the intermediate riders and ending with the professionals riding just at twilight. The grass berm along one side of the arena was packed with spectators who were relaxing on plaid blankets next to full picnic baskets and wine bottles, ready to watch the nightâ€™s events. It was the perfect way to end an epic Salamander Resort and Spa experience. Truly divine, as wine and horses are two of my most favorite things. salamanderresort.com
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by Jana Cohen Barbe
Hard Work Earns Winning Results
I love the Olympics. I love the ideals of sportsmanship the Olympics represent. I love getting to know athletes from all over the world and hearing their stories. I think it brings the world closer together. I especially love the moments when athletes seem to break through all preconceived limitations to run or to swim faster than ever thought possible; to leap, jump or dive in ways that seem to defy gravity; and to overcome personal challenges and tragedies to succeed against all odds. I cheer. I cry. I am utterly enthralled. I also wonder, how do they do it? What is it about these athletes that differentiates them from the rest of us and enables them to rise to the top of their respective sports? Is it solely talent? No, not solely. The Olympic athletes certainly have incredible ability, enough to make it to the ultimate level in sport, but so do many, many talented people who do not compete at the Games. Is it access to the best trainers, facilities and equipment? I don’t think so. While such access enables many to refine and hone their skills, there always seem to be captivating stories of athletes who are selftaught with only limited resources. I think the answer lies in attributes that are entirely intangible and immeasurable but, in my view, determinative: drive, discipline and work ethic.Those who want it the most and are willing to work the hardest for it find the greatest success. Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles put 150% into their training. Kent Farrington’s commitment to physical training for both himself and his horses is legendary. Mclain Ward’s
work ethic is unmatched. These competitors are not only driven to win, they are willing to work harder and push themselves further. He or she who works hardest wins. That is true in sports and it is true in business. But what does that mean and how can that be applied in our daily, non-Olympian lives?
1.No job is too small. As a lawyer, I have a pretty haughty
title – Global Vice Chair – but when I am closing a deal, I print documents; I scan documents; I collate signature pages; I correct typographical errors. I will do whatever it takes to get the deal done. No job is too small and no one of us should be so proud as to think we are above any job. In the barn, it would be nice if our only job was to ride the fancy horses but riding fancy horses does not make you a complete horseman nor will it take you to the top of our sport. Those who excel, have cared for their horses day and night, groomed, mucked stalls, ridden the not-so-fancy horses and trained endlessly. They meet with the veterinarians and are intimately involved in their horses’ medical care, diet and training regimen. They are fluent in topics ranging from tack to hay to supplements. Put simply, there is no job they cannot or will not do and their knowledge of the sport is much more expansive than just riding.
2. L earn, Learn, and then Learn Some More.
My husband and I are fortunate to own our own horse farm, but when we began this process we knew nothing about farming and very little about caring for our horses. This dream place for us and our horses is not only our farm – it is our business – and as good horsemen and good businessmen, we set out to learn. We asked, and
continue to ask, hundreds of questions, and we engaged in every aspect of working the farm. Together, we are now able to do every job from dragging the ring to mowing the grass, from cutting the paddocks to fixing the fencing, from body clipping to bringing the horses back after a winter off. (My biggest accomplishment on the farm this past summer was learning to drive the zero-turn mower. It is harder than it looks.) We are fortunate to have invaluable help but we have also learned that if you want to be successful, there are no short cuts.You must learn every aspect of the business, in and out of the saddle, on and off the horse. You will spend the most time on the least glamorous jobs, and that is how you build the foundation for success. It takes determination and inordinate commitment to every task, and the learning never stops – in horses and in business.
3.There is No Such Thing as an Overnight Success.
Even if you have unlimited resources and you buy the nicest string of horses, you are not assured success in our sport.You have to have skills in the saddle as well as experience in the arena to take on the physical and mental challenges. It takes years of refining those skills, and hundreds if not thousands of trips in the show ring, to gain the mileage needed to successfully navigate course after course.You have to sit on hundreds of horses – the great ones, the uncooperative ones, the fiery ones and the green ones, and find a way to work with all of them. And you must take all the mistakes in the ring, your own and your horse’s, as an opportunity to learn and improve. This holds true for getting to the top in business as well. Even a ‘dot com’ success has challenges to overcome, dues to pay, and has plenty of failures along the way. Nick Skelton, the Olympic gold medalist, is 58 years old. He has represented Great Britain for over 40 years. He has endured life threatening and career ending injuries. He has sat on the sidelines and fought his way back. A brilliant rider and a consummate horseman, he is the very opposite of an overnight success and is a model for all of us.
4.Work is work. Working with horses can be a true joy, no doubt.
Except maybe on those days the freezing rain and the wind are making your lips blue and your face numb, or on those days where the heat index is 105 degrees, and you are dripping wet. And on those trips in the show ring when you are not entirely aware of your surroundings, and you take a branch (really a small tree) to the face, (yes that was me) and you are scratched up and hurt. And to add insult to injury your horse bucks halfway around the ring. Even if otherwise it is the “best job ever,” it is a job; and what distinguishes the best among us is the discipline brought to the job. Regardless of the temperature, the surroundings, the accidents and the other countless challenges professional riders and trainers face, the best are not dissuaded or distracted. They know work is work and every day is not filled with victory gallops, but focusing on the goal means you never quit. So, every day you wake up and do it all again. And you bring a grit and an unmatched determination to your work, as a true professional does, and it will make all the difference. So no matter what ‘winning gold’ means to you – realizing what it takes to achieve your goals on horses and in life is truly the only way you will get there. Jana is a Partner and Global Vice Chair of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. A foremost authority in real estate law and business management, Jana is a frequent author and speaker on leadership, crisis management, the role of women in business and professional advancement. An avid equestrian who owns a working farm in Kentucky, Jana examines the interplay between business and riding. Nick Skelton 2016 Olympic photo © Diana DeRosa
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by Jackie McFarland
LO N G I N E S M A S T E R S
LO S A N G E L E S
Christophe Ameeuw has a dream and we are fortunate enough to be a part of it.
s he so aptly stated in our exclusive interview, “My dream was always to put my sport under the spotlight and give it credibility because when we travel everywhere in the world and we speak about show jumping we feel a little alone. Everybody speaks about football, tennis, golf, but nobody speaks about show jumping.” Who is Ameeuw? He is a show jumping visionary. But he doesn’t just dream it, or talk about it, he makes it happen. He has a driving passion to see our sport make headlines, our riders highlighted in the news. He wants the world to appreciate, if not fall in love with, horse sport. And he’s brought this tremendous opportunity to the West Coast on a silver platter. BUILDING IT Aside from developing a successful Belgian stable called Les Ecuries d'Ecaussinnes just shy of two decades ago, where he has a selection of sale horses and offers specialized clinics and lease programs, Ameeuw reinvigorated the Audi Masters in Brussels in 2004, and continued to do so until 2010. He founded EEM World in 2009, and welcomed a partnership with Gucci, whose classic couture brand had not been associated with horse sport in over 20 years. Ameeuw and his growing team brought the prestige of show jumping back to Paris in 2009 with the Gucci Masters (now the Longines Masters of Paris, part of The Grand Slam). Currently each year in December EEM World hosts this event alongside the popular Salon du Cheval. An ideal opportunity to showcase show jumping in a setting filled with passionate horsemen and women, the stands are packed with 50,000 equestrian aficionados annually. “In Paris, when you speak about equestrian sport, and about the Olympic sports, you are talking about two million riders, 15 million people watching on the digital. Unbelievable numbers. Sure, they are a big equestrian population.You make this kind of show, and you reach this population. After one or two editions you are very successful,” Ameeuw noted. With phase one of the dream complete in just a few years, it was time to truly expand the adventure globally, with possibly a hint of a grand slam concept, by adding two more continents. ON TO ASIA AND AMERICA The Gucci Masters was just the beginning. Daring to go beyond where show jumping is embraced with open arms and adoring audiences, Ameeuw entered Asia. After much negotiation and planning, in 2013 The Longines Masters of Hong Kong came to fruition, the first event of its kind in Asia since the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Christophe Ameeuw, founder of EEM World with Selma Blair
He has a driving passion to see our sport make headlines, our riders highlighted in the news.
Simon Delestre (FRA) and Chesall Zimequest
Georgina Bloomberg (USA) and Lilli
…what we are doing is completely different.
“In Hong Kong we have created a new event. We have brought a new experience to the public, something unique. And we are working in association with the best partners, quality partners. The people [spectators] come to the show in Hong Kong because it is the place to be. And today [four years later], when you talk about the Longines Hong Kong Masters, it is like tennis. And this is very interesting.” Investing and believing in the dream, Ameeuw’s phase two is complete. The Longines Masters of Hong Kong continues to enchant the Asian audience. The next and final continent to conquer: North America. Ameeuw felt the West Coast was untapped and prime for a performance event of this nature, and so in 2014 EEM World landed in Los Angeles, unveiling the inaugural Longines Masters of Los Angeles. “For me the West Coast was the best because Los Angeles is one of the six economic capitals in the world.” For those of us who appreciate great equestrian sport, the 5* event was exciting and new, just like in Asia. In the first year, NARG, the North American Riders Group, ranked Longines Masters of Los Angeles fourth in their Top 25 of 2014. With a score of 90%, it was the highest ranking indoor event. Bringing his successful formula to southern California has its challenges. “It’s very interesting because you and me, we are from the equestrian world and we have education of the equestrian world. But we are changing this education, because what we are doing is completely different. We are trying to create a new sport and we are trying to create interest, to create new fans.” A new location for year three of the Longines Masters of Los Angeles illustrated the quest for finding the right fit for a sport and social event in this sprawling metropolis. Long Beach rose to the occasion and within its large Convention Center the magic unfolded. Nearby hotels and restaurants impressed attendees. THE S TAGE IS SET FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM As avid equestrians, most of us share Ameeuw’s dream. From WEG to World Cups, Aachen to Olympics, we’ve watched international competitions, and with luck we’ve seen this amazing connection between horse and rider, an intense match of skill, talent and time, live and in-person. We identify with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat from our seats, often in front of a screen, or at a distance. For those who seek to get close to this level of competition, see the world’s best riders not only compete but prepare for competition, Ameeuw has created an intimate setting that is more up close and personal than most fans, even friends, can access at this
level. Unique to the sport, the warm-up ring is the centerpiece of the Prestige Village, where the panache of Longines, Hermès, the beautiful horses depicted in art forms and the like, surround an oval arena with riders you’ve read about, seen on TV, even seen in the ring, galloping right beside you. Or collecting and lengthening the stride. If you watch closely, you can absorb some riding tips that are well worth the price of admission before you even sit in your seat to watch the class. Attending a day at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles is a masters clinic, five-star performance and exquisite shopping all in one location. Getting that word out is one of Ameeuw’s goals, as California alone has thousands of equestrians who respect and appreciate this opportunity. Making this an annual must-see, an opportunity not to be missed, a dream come true is only just beginning to happen. The potential is promising. This is not simply a horse show, it is truly a special occasion, an unmatched experience not available anywhere else on the West Coast. This is sport and shopping in a chic setting all wrapped up with an intimate bow. “Here in Los Angeles is the third edition. I can feel everybody come to the show and discover something new, discover a new unique experience,” Ameeuw said. “For me it is a challenge to get all of this equestrian world from the West Coast and from the East Coast, from the north, from Mexico, from Canada and from everywhere around, and feel that what we have today is amazing, is a good opportunity for America, for sure for the West Coast. We have the best riders in the world, a fantastic broadcast. We are broadcast everywhere in the world – three continents. More than 500 million. For the first time, your passion is under the spotlight. For your sponsors, for your partners, for your families, for yourself. Please, take this opportunity. Come enjoy the competition, come compete, come watch the best riders in the world. They are my idols, but they are your idols too. This is what is challenging and is the goal I would like to achieve.” Via EEM World, Ameeuw and his partners have built the field for an equestrian dream. And 2016 was potentially the best yet. An exciting sporting event over several days surrounded by star power in southern California. If you missed the opportunity to be a part of the dream, don’t despair, The Longines Masters of Los Angeles returns in 2017.
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Spectators gathered around the warm-up arena in the Prestige Village A beautiful ‘disco ball’ awed the crowds during the Charity Pro-Am competition
French singer-songwriter Jain performed at Thursday night’s Opening Gala celebration
Santi Sera with two of his amazing horses. Sera’s ‘dog and pony show’ was captivating
Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) and Caspar 232
Left to Right: Karl Cook, Iggy Azalea and Kaley Cuoco
Ringmaster Pedro Cebulka adjusts Grand Prix winner Daniel Deusserâ€™s sash before the victory gallop Daniel Deusser (GER) & Equita
Nayel Nassar (EGY) & Lordan
HORSE & STYLE LIVIN’ THE DREAM – AN UNF ORGETTABLE WEEK END
improve and what you can train at home. But, you realize that actually there are other things in the world that are much more important than that ride,” he explained.
aving met many European riders in our travels, one in particular is the type that thousands of fans would choose to sit down and chat with. Not just because he is tall, fair and handsome, with a glowing smile and eyes that sparkle; or that he rides beautifully and is an FEI World Cup™ Finals Champion among other accolades; but because he seems to be a genuinely nice guy that would be a joy to get to know. Ever since publisher Sarah Appel shared a taxi ride with him in Doha, she has looked for an opportunity to have a sit-down interview with this rider. The Longines Masters of Los Angeles set the scene. Seeing him on Saturday, she asked if he would be available for an interview before heading back home to Europe. He agreed to meet us on Sunday morning, since he didn’t have to warm up for the grand prix until mid-day. Although we are press with more access than the general audience, we owe thanks to EEM World and Ameeuw for creating an intimate setting where riders can relax before or after competing, with a class schedule that is manageable, making it much easier to garner great stories such as this one.
“Of course, I still go to the shows and I still want to win and be successful, but another example is now I canceled the next two bigger shows after this to just stay three weeks at home at one time. I go to the shows during the week, but I can drive up and down, I can sleep at home, I can stay a little bit more with the family.”
…he is kind, thoughtful and easy to talk to. Along with being one of the top ten ranked riders in the world, he is a great person.
One distinct bond the three of us shared, along with a passion for horses, is that indescribable change of heart that happens when you become a parent. Deusser and his partner Caroline Wauters welcomed a baby girl, Stella, in February 2015. Now a father of a twenty-month-old daughter, he does feel a change. “With riding, you have a lot of good moments and a lot of success, but there are a lot of disappointing moments. That is the way it is. When you come out of the ring for example, and you have two or three down. Of course, you want to do it better, and you think about what is wrong and what you can Cover story photos © EEM World & Ashley Neuhof
As the Longines Grand Prix, the final day’s highlight, began later that afternoon we secretly rooted for our new found friend, fellow horseman and the father of Stella. He hadn’t been a big winner during the week, and he was riding a mare, Equita Van T Zorgvliet (Cassini I x Darco), we didn’t know well, but we held out hope.
Ten of thirty-five horses went clean over the track designed by Uliano Vezzani, the official course designer for the Longines Masters’ Series. Nayel Nassar, who rides for Egypt but calls the West Coast home, was first clean. He, too, is a Horse & Style favorite; not only is his horse Lordan (Lordanos x Landor) a superb talent with spunk, the two of them are a great match. They won the intensely challenging Longines Speed Challenge on Friday, beating some of the fastest in the world. And after holding the trophy high in the awards ceremony, he showed his kind and gentlemanly side later that night when he helped our photographer with her equipment as they crossed the street to the host hotel.
So after an hour of getting to know Daniel Deusser, we confirmed what we had suspected – he is kind, thoughtful and easy to talk to. Along with being one of the top ten ranked riders in the world, he is a great person. Once he put on his Horse & Style baseball cap and posed for an H&S group selfie, we could see that he is not only an international show jumping star and a father but he is also a friend. In getting to know his path to working at Stephex Stables, his journey as a father, his childhood memories, his upcoming goals, we learned how in his life as an international rider Deusser has found a solid balance between work and family. He’s achieving the goals of dreams, and that path is well-paved going forward.
More details on Deusser and Stephex Stables to come. Having the time to learn more about any athlete at this level is time well spent.
Even though he lost a stirrup on course, Nassar set a high standard to beat for the upcoming nine riders. The only one, incredibly, who was able to beat Nassar’s time was eighth to go, Deusser aboard Equita. With two to follow, Cian O’Connor and Scott Brash, we feared Deusser might end up second or third. Neither of those top riders could top Deusser or Nassar. It was clearly Daniel Deusser’s day; an interview with Horse & Style and a Longines Grand Prix win, all wrapped into one. We were ecstatic. In the press conference, he gave credit to the mare, but also admitted that he had realized she had never shown indoors. “I knew I had to try everything to beat Nayel and I took all the risks. She played the game today and she was amazing.” Considering the situation, we would tend to say that the mare was amazing, true, because her rider is amazing as well. On to the Longines Masters of Paris in December. november/december ·
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6. 1. Daniel Deusser celebrates his Longines Masters of LA Grand Prix win 2. Nayel Nassar discusses his stellar weekend at the public press conference 3. Mirroring the Longines Masters of Los Angeles artwork 4. Steve Guerdat waits for his victory lap with ringmaster Pedro Cebulka 5. Lucy Davis and Cassis 6. Simon Delestre and Chesall Zimequest 7. Jessica Springsteen and Tiger Lily
Photos © Ashley Neuhof
13. 8. Rich Fellers and Flexible, always a crowd favorite 9. Scott Brash enjoying the California sun 10. Gorgeous Longines Masters ribbon colors 11. Mavis Spencer adjusts her spurs 12. Tina Yates and Juanita 13. Jane Richard Philipsâ€™ groom gets an extra helping hand
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Nicola & Olivier
Philippaerts Twins Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts grew up in the spotlight of the riding world. As sons of the legendary Ludo Philippaerts, they have always felt an incredible pressure to be successful in the equestrian world.Today, at twenty-three years old, they are among the world’s top riders in show jumping.When we visited their farm in Belgium this summer, we talked about how the two handle that level of pressure and how they make sense of living in the spotlight.
A few days after our trip to Belgium, I wake up to a warm July morning in Malmö. The streets are deserted since the whole town is on vacation. I go down to the only corner shop that’s open this early. As I stand in line, I look at the magazine racks and on one of the covers is a large photograph of my dad. He works as a film director and his fame has somehow managed to follow me through my life. His story is linked with mine, even though I have fought endlessly to make my own way and own name. Then I think about the Philippaerts brothers. And suddenly I understand.
e were six years old when we started riding,” says Olivier. He’s well over six feet tall and has a sharp jaw line like a French fashion model.
“When your father is a famous rider, you learn early on to aim for greatness,” continues Olivier’s brother Nicola, who has unbelievably striking green eyes. They are two magnificent men, these twin brothers, that’s certain. Karolina and I have traveled to Belgium to visit the Phillippaerts brothers in their hometown. An hour-long car ride from Brussels has taken us to the little village of Meeuwen Grutirode, just
outside the town of Bree. Nestled among the dense forest is Philippaerts Stables, where the entire six-member family lives and works. “Would you like some coffee?” Nicola asks politely as he inserts two red capsules into a steaming Nespresso machine. We are gathered in the office, which has a large window with a panoramic view of the indoor arena. Through the window we see little brother Thibault as he rides past us, and the room vibrates. Before we know it we have two white porcelain cups with steaming black coffee in our hands. The décor in the office is simple but pleasant. The wooden floors creak charmingly. The walls are lined with medals hanging from their brightly colored satin ribbons. The brothers lean back in two cognac brown Chesterfield armchairs. “How long do you need us today?” asks Nicola as he blows on his black coffee. He has six horses to ride today and so far he’s only managed two. “All day,” we both answer in unison. There is silence for a moment. The brothers look slightly uncomfortable and shift in their seats, no doubt thinking of the many horses they need to ride and the long list of stable chores that need doing. “No problem,” says Nicola at last. He casts a glance to his twin brother, who nods. “It’s ok,” agrees Olivier. “Take the time you need.” The level of cooperation and accommodation the brothers showed us is their norm. They are polite and humble, uncomplicated and very friendly. At just twenty-three years of age, we can’t help but be amazed at their maturity. Perhaps their wisdom derives from the fact that they have likely met more people, seen more places, and achieved greater objectives than many others with twice their years. “We went to school here in the village,” says Nicola, “but we only had a few friends. It was difficult for the other children to understand why we would be out of class traveling all the time.” Olivier nods. “Now our friends are mostly the riders that we compete with,” he says. “But it’s clear that the friendship has its limits. We are all there to win. We can shake hands and have fun together, but in the end one man’s gain is another man’s loss.” november/december ·
The brothers travel all over the world. Travel is their lifestyle. To pack, unpack, repack and repeat is the normal way of things. They admit, it can take a toll on their personal lives. “Having a romantic relationship is difficult,” says Olivier. “You’re constantly on the move. Always a new city, a new competition, and a new title.” Nicola and Olivier make big sacrifices in order to stay on the move all the time, but the Phillippaerts family makes every effort to stay connected. “Our mom often calls when she knows we’re on our way home and asks what we want for dinner,” says a smiling Olivier.“For the most part, we eat vegetables, but there’s nothing that beats coming home to our mother’s steak tartar with sauce and potatoes,” he continues. Their mother,Veronique Philippaerts, is also a famous rider, in dressage. At some point she comes into the office where we sit. “Come, look here!” She points out to a wall of the indoor arena. “I’d like to have a new picture of the boys there. Maybe one of the pictures that was taken when they were in Iceland for the photo shoot,” she says proudly. Veronique is referring to the photographs that were taken for an H&M campaign the previous year, featuring the twins, Malin Baryard, and Peder Fredricson. “Visiting Iceland and seeing Reykjavik was really cool,” Nicola and Olivier agree. “And we got to go to Sweden right after that,” says Olivier. “We visited Stockholm and did a real photo shoot in a studio for the first time, which was very exciting.” Unfortunately, they only had time for the shoot and didn’t get to explore the city very much. “It was a pity,” says Olivier nodding. “I’ve heard Stockholm is really beautiful and it would have been nice to see more. But we had to get back to the horses.” And that shows how dedicated they are to a profession that demands undivided attention and leaves little room for anything like a social life or an aimless wander around a new city. “Our days are scheduled from early morning to late evening,” says Nicola. “There’s rarely time to experience anything other than our jobs. Of course it’s tough sometimes.” Living at the top of the game is all about sacrifice.
“When we were in Madrid there was a Robbie Williams concert after the competition that we went to,” says Olivier. “It was an awesome experience to hear the music live. We normally just don’t have time for that.”
gather the whole family to eat together. At one o'clock we go at it again for another three horses. Then we deal with all the administrative chores. We do the business related stuff with our father, like buying and selling horses.”
Wow, I think to myself. What was I up to when I was twenty-three years old? I traveled around in a big coat and directed short films featuring beautiful people, got in trouble for speeding in France, and fell deeply in and out of love again and again (normally within 24 hours). How do these brothers stay motivated day in and day out?
And now they also work as models whose faces adorn bus stops, billboards and facades.
“For sure we sometimes feel unmotivated,” says Olivier, nodding seriously. “I think that everyone who rides does. It’s completely normal and only human. The solution for those times is to take a day or two and just get away from it all. Because if you’re not enjoying the ride, then you shouldn’t ride at all.” The two brothers always have to fight through the mental lows and physical setbacks to get to the other side. “We have dedicated our whole lives to riding,” says Olivier. “So of course it feels kind of heavy at times, especially when we’re not performing as well as we would like to. At those points, it’s very hard to stay motivated.” But what about if they could get some vacation time? Let’s say, a month off? “I would probably explore the Australian outback,” says Olivier. “And I would visit Asia,” says Nicola. When they’re at home, the brothers get up around eight o'clock every morning. They take a shower and have breakfast, often bread with cheese and ham and possibly some fruit. “Then, between nine and twelve o'clock, we usually ride three horses,” says Nicola. “At twelve o'clock we break for lunch and
“It is great fun,” says Olivier, shaking his head. “We would never have thought that we would get that opportunity. Our fans are fantastic and it means a lot to us to have such great support. But actually we aren’t fashion people at all. We know nothing about clothes. When we were kids, we never knew what was ‘in.’ We were only interested in our riding.” Just as well, because it’s thanks to their riding that they are where they are today. With their big international wins, they’ve made their names as two of the world's top jumpers. But, as with any kind of fame, a nastier side of the public tends to surface. The internet and social media have become two platforms for people to easily voice their negativity. Growing up in the spotlight meant giving up privacy at an early age. The public knows things, or thinks they know things, and there is nothing anyone can do to control or change it. “There are always people who hate. And who talk trash and spread rumors. It was especially tough as a kid. It’s sad, but now we’ve learned to tune it out and focus on the positive things.” We sit in silence for a while. Our coffee cups are empty. Little brother Thibault has finished his ride. Everyone is tired at the end of the long day of shooting and a somewhat emotional interview. “In the end, we’re just people,” says Olivier. “We’ve got the same feelings that everyone else has. It just seems that many people easily forget that.”
It feels a bit like fate that I would wake up that morning after the photo shoot and see my dadâ€™s picture on the shop wall. And that I would be sent back in time to the feeling of being seven years old again and the experience of having the whole world watching me live what should have been a singular experience. In that moment I really understood the strength that is required to live the lives of Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts. The pressure on them to perform in the sport is enormous, their lives are lived out publicly and they work harder and longer than any twenty-three-year-old that I know. However, they never lose their focus, instead standing true to what they believe is right and letting the rest fall by the wayside. The universal takeaway from the Philippaerts brothersâ€™ story? Be kind, for everyone is fighting a silent inner battle, no matter how handsome, successful and selfconfident they may appear.
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CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES Families, Facilities and Smiles a t t h e Wo r l d E q u e s t r i a n C e n t e r
hether or not you’ve heard of the World Equestrian Center, in Ohio’s ‘Golden Triangle’, you will. Not just because Roby Roberts and his team have been working around the clock to create a world-class facility in Wilmington, Ohio, including a brand new indoor 170' x 350' arena, to complement the two other indoors, a Rider’s Lounge, a boutique, a masseuse, an Aveda Day Spa, an on-site vet hospital, on-site lodging, vendors… but because the man has a long-term plan. His vision is five years, even ten years ahead and this grand effort in Ohio is just the beginning.
Cute chestnut smiles for the camera in the under saddle line up
The physical embodiment started with Roberts Arena – a facility Roby’s parents started forty years ago. But the inspiration comes from family. He wants to build a place where everyone – every equestrian – feels at home. It’s literally written on the walls. “Welcome HOME Equestrians.” And he recognizes the importance of the animal – the horse – who makes it all possible.
Pro and bows study the course
Gorgeous neck sashes Horse and rider happy to be â€˜homeâ€™ at WEC
A smile looks good on Charlie Jayne Smiles all around in the cool and comfortable WEC Junior Rider Lounge
I N S P I R AT I O N Over the years, Roberts Arena has played host to a variety of disciplines and horse interests. Roby has a litany of memories, one in particular that solidifies the role a horse can play in someone’s life. One day, a man once approached Roby and told him a story that he will never forget. The man’s son was in and out of rehab, not able to stay away from the crowd that drew him back to drugs. The problem was cyclical, and on another ride home from rehab the father agreed on a deal with his son – he would buy him a barrel horse, and the drug use would stop. Seemed far-fetched but the desperate parent was willing to try. The child changed. He found a new crowd, he hung out with horses, spent his time at the barn and at Roberts Arena. In fact he went on to a drugfree life, marriage and children. His father attributes the horse as well as the atmosphere at Roberts Arena to his son’s recovery, and ultimately saved his life.
Grand Prix course walk in The Sanctuary arena
Years later, Roby’s young daughter fell in love with horses, with a passion for jumping. Along came ponies and all the trimmings, and the Roberts family values followed suit. Proud of the enthusiasm his daughter has for these spiritual animals, he wanted not only to see her smile but he was inspired to see smiles on all the equestrians he crossed paths with. How? Build a place they could embrace as their own.
With Roberts Arena as the starting point, Roby had the facility and the property to begin realizing his vision. This meant the addition of The Sanctuary, brand new jumps, a media center, numerous amenities and oodles of offerings for competitors; and in less than a year the facility transformed into the World Equestrian Center. All a part of Roby’s vision, once again written on the wall: “Quality. Class. Distinction.”
A FAC I L I T Y R I S E S Roby has a host of passions – his family, making people smile and building things. The process of planning, creating the structures that embody his beliefs, making spaces where people and horses feel at home, while offering opportunities to compete, relax, be with friends, and enjoy the moments, all play a key role in realizing his vision. This is how Roby Roberts changes lives.
Roby feels like the vision is just beginning to come together. No facility can be perfect overnight; experience will dictate some tweaks as things go along. So now he’s built it, and of course already knows ways he wants to tweak it. He embraces the opportunity. UNIQUE APPROAC H “What makes us unique,” he points out, “Is the feeling of camaraderie. We want to extend that feeling, along with top-level
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Pretty pony blazed in white leads the pack
sport, to everyone, whether they show one time a year, or are regular visitors.” Robert Jordan, COO of eVet, an online medical records program for horses, agreed to sponsor the stabling for the Fall 2016/Winter 2017 season at the World Equestrian Center. He feels that this is a way to introduce eVet, and also to take one of the financial barriers down for riders. Says Jordan, “Isn’t that the best way to encourage people to try and excel and try to be better? Take that financial pressure off them. Nearly every top level grand prix rider is juggling students, other horses, catch riding – just so they can do what they’re great at.That doesn’t happen in many sports at the elite level.” Jordan’s philosophy dovetails right into Roby’s thinking, going along with his belief that the better you treat the pros (and everyone else, as well), the more likely you are to succeed.
“There are two ways to have a horse show,” Roby declares. “You can charge a lot of fees, collect the money, let the show run its course, and then turn the lights off and be done. Or, you can offer simultaneous activities, like a costume contest for the dogs, a ride and drive class, or a concert; so that people like to hang out and not just leave when the show is done.”
Through working with her ponies and feeling responsible for their care, Sofia, he says, has shown a lot of compassion, and a deep love for the animal. Every pony gets a treat before going to bed, and often Roby and Sofia do this ritual together. Now thoroughly ensconced in everything pony, she learned to lose gracefully before she learned to win – equally gracefully.
THE PONIES AND THE PRIX The World Equestrian Center is indeed a place that Roby’s twelve-year-old daughter Sofia and her friends can embrace as their own. With the positive growth and learning that evolves from working with horses, Roby’s inspiration to provide a setting for that to take place is coming to fruition.
Roby shared a recent endearing experience. Sofia actually loves the green ponies, and went to Pony Finals as well as Indoors this year. Of course she was nervous but she told her father about how she overcame the nerves together with her pony. “I took a deep breath, and I felt him take the same breath; I knew we were together, and off we went and jumped a great course.”
Many days, he says, she gets up at 5:00am and is with her ponies until 7:00pm, and at the end of the day, she’s still smiling. “She’s so kind, and I’m proud of her for that.”
A little wistfully, he tells us that she’s starting to move up to horses. She will trade her paddock boots for tall ones. “Each page is a november/december ·
Derek Braun and Lacarolus getting some air! They finished second in the Grand Prix Go VIP at WEC. Indoor VIP seating with a full view of the arena.
Catie Staszak of ShowNet interviews Nicole Simpson after her Grand Prix win.
special page in the book of her growing up. She’s moving from playing and ponies, to horses and wildlife.” H&S was honored to feature Sofia and her “Pony Passion” in our inaugural Pony & Style issue, August 2016. The inaugural $50,000 World Equestrian Center Grand Prix was held on the evening of October 30, and Nicole ShahanianSimpson aboard Akuna Mattata edged out Derek Braun and Lacarolus for the win. The young mare usually goes in a hackamore, but in this class she wore a sponge bit. Clearly the change worked. Happy with how the mare responded to everything, from the new bit to jumping her first indoor grand prix, Nicole said, “This is a great segway into the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. I’m happy we have this experience and this win under our belt.” The veteran rider with experience from around the world had nothing but positive
comments about the World Equestrian Center. “I met with Roby Roberts last week and was very impressed. He couldn’t have been nicer and I like his vision, especially the whole family mentality. It’s very welcoming and unique – the energy and the people behind it. It’s wonderful and I’m hopeful for the future. I think there is endless amounts of possibility you can do here.” GOLDEN OCALA; WORLD EQUES TRIAN CENTER SOUTH Roby is on a roll. Next stop: sunny Florida. In a partnership with Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, the development of the World Equestrian Center South on 1,000 acres at Golden Ocala is underway. Once complete, 1–10 acre residential lots will be available for equestrians to combine the best of equestrian sports and country club living. Adjacent to a golf course, he is creating what he hopes will be the ‘Disneyland of the horse world,’ a magical place that will make people smile. “There’s an amazing opportunity in
Golden Ocala,” he says. As with the World Equestrian Center, he wants to provide a welcoming place for all equestrians. He’s not concerned about show dates and such, he wants to build a place where people want to go, and the rest will follow. “This is a lot of fun,” he says. “The world can be a crazy place, and we want this to be a place where kids can go and feel at home in a wholesome atmosphere. There are giant tortoises on the property, and camels. The other day, I saw a pig. You have to bring things you love around you. My father always said you have to start something and let it tell you the story.” Seems no matter how the vision unfolds, Roby upholds the simple truth: smile and the world smiles with you. “I have Roberts family values,” Roby stated. “When you make someone smile it’s addicting. Sometimes it takes me three hours to get from one end of the property to the other, essentially because I love to take the time to make people smile.”
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THE GOLD S TANDARD Reliving the Allure of the 2016 American Gold Cup, CSI4*-W Signaling the beginning of fall each year, a select group of the world’s top horses and riders gather to compete at the prestigious American Gold Cup. Offering a memorable experience for riders and spectators alike, the iconic scene is set at Old Salem Farm, the pristine facility that stepped up to host this historic horse show five years ago.
A TROPHY WITH HIS TORY Being the 46th edition of this show jumping tradition, the multidecade long history of the American Gold Cup has seen stops in Tampa, Florida; Moreland Hills, Ohio; and Devon, Pennsylvania; but none of the previous facilities have matched the popularity of the beautiful showgrounds at Old Salem Farm in Westchester County, New York. Gaining in popularity year after year, the American Gold Cup has consistently placed as one of the highest ranked events on the North American Rider’s Group’s list of top 25 best horse shows.
THE ALLURE OF A LONGINES FEI E V E N T M I X E D W I T H FA M I LY F U N The American Gold Cup is part of the East Coast division of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. Event Manager Michael Morrissey said, “I am very proud that the FEI and Longines had faith in us to produce one of the seven World Cup qualifiers on the East Coast. It is such a pleasure being at Old Salem Farm. It’s a privilege to be here and to put on a quality horse show in this setting.”
In 2016, the American Gold Cup, CSI4*-W hosted five Longines FEI ranking events, culminating with the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York, where audiences watched as Kent Farrington captured the trophy for the first time aboard the amazing Gazelle, a horse he co-owns with Robin Parsky.
Being part of the North American League is a well-deserved honor for the American Gold Cup, for many reasons. A superb weekend of competition and family entertainment in a country setting draws spectators from around the area to the beautiful Old Salem Farm, just an hour north of New York City.
The prestigious and highly sought-after American Gold Cup trophy displays the names of many United States Olympians, six of them gold medalists, and now at least one of them a silver medalist, along with two Pan American Games gold medalists and six FEI World Cup Final Champions. While always showcasing a list of elite athletes, the American Gold Cup has also proven to be launch pad for many of the sport’s future show jumping stars.
VIP guests enjoyed excellent seating and service, with gourmet spreads available daily, served by a professional wait staff, in the stunning two-level VIP Jockey Club pavilion located ringside with a fabulous view of the Grand Prix Field. Hundreds of attendees filled the grandstand and hillside seating, enjoying a day away from the city with unique and chic equestrian november/december ·
Top Row (from left): Old Salem Farm is a beautiful American Gold Cup host location; Nick Dello Joio and Corlida; The top floor of the double-decker Gold Cup Club; Bottom Row (from left): Pedro Cebulka congratulates Kent Farrington on his hard-earned American Gold Cup Grand Prix win; Der Dau were one of many fabulous vendors in Boutique Row; Audrey Coulter and Alex
vendors and cuisine options throughout the venue. While taking a break from the show jumping action, competitors and visitors wandered in and out of over 30 high-end vendors along Boutique Row. From top-notch equestrian tack and equipment to fashion, jewelry, antiques, art and much more, the outdoor shopping was divine.
a chance to learn about a variety of animals, to the JustWorld International Horseless Horse Show, benefiting children in need around the world. A New Chance Animal Rescue and the Pied Piper Petting Zoo and Pony Rides were on site offering the thrill of petting and riding a pint-sized version of the show horses.
A variety of interesting culinary options were placed throughout the facility including the Clock Tower Grill, a pop-up restaurant located in the upstairs viewing room of Old Salem Farm’s main barn, and the Gold Cup Club double-decker. Located ringside at the Grand Prix Field next to the grandstand seating, the dining spot was open to the public all week and also included reserved tables with food and beverage services.
Sunday also featured special guests and exclusive events such as Miss New York USA 2016, Serena Bucaj, and an exhibition from the Wells Fargo Stagecoach, an amazing dog act and an autograph signing with 2016 Olympic show jumping individual gold medalist Nick Skelton of Great Britain.
Part of the allure, along with the shopping and dining, were the special events for attendees following some of the week’s feature competitions such as the Beval Saddlery Cocktail Party at the brand new two-story Gold Cup Club on Thursday, a celebration of the extraordinary life of the late Kiki Ulma at the Clock Tower Grill on Thursday and an exhibitor party at the Grand Prix Overlook with live music on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the fun family entertainment for children of all ages ranged from face painting, magic shows, jugglers, and
A R E C A P O F T H E 2 0 16 H I G H L I G H T S Historically, the American Gold Cup has attracted top horses and riders from around the world to compete in prominent show jumping classes, and this year was no exception. With the top 40 horses and athletes from Friday’s $86,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier returning to compete in Sunday’s $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York CSI4*-W, course designer Alan Wade set a technical and challenging first round track. Charlie Jacobs and Cassinja S, owned by CMJ Sporthorse, LLC, were the pathfinders, producing the first clear effort of the day. The crowd watched with bated breath as athlete after athlete followed
Top Row (from left): Liubov Kochetova and Balou du Reventon in the warm-up; The beautifully decorated ground floor of the VIP; Heads down and determined, Kent Farrington and Gazelle race through the course on their way to a win; Bottom Row (from left): The Hermès vendor tent always impresses and entices shoppers; Laura Kraut's gorgeous gray Confu; The VIP dining experience was top-notch
Jacobs’ performance and attempted to finish fault-free over the first round track, but none were able to do so until 2016 U.S. Show Jumping Team silver medalist Kent Farrington entered the Grand Prix Field as 36th in the order. He piloted the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare, Gazelle, to the only other faultless finish of the first round, securing a jump-off between Farrington and Jacobs. Going head-to-head in the tiebreaker, Jacobs returned to the field first to tackle the nine-fence jump-off course. The pair started strong over the shortened track, but the 10-year-old mare just brushed the back rail over the third to last oxer to collect 4 faults in 48.69 seconds. As the second and final to go, all Farrington had to do to win the class was jump clear. The experienced show jumping veteran did just that, clear in 53.18, claiming his first grand prix victory at the American Gold Cup. Taking third place honors was the fastest of the athletes with a single time fault, Lauren Tisbo and Coriandolo Di Ribano, owned by Tequestrian Farms, LLC. “I thought Alan Wade built a difficult course, which was well suited for a class of this prestige and prize money,” said Farrington. “With it also being a World Cup qualifier, I think it brings the best riders we have using top horses. It worked out for me to win today, but regardless of that I thought it was a great competition and I am thrilled to finally win the American Gold Cup. I’ve never done that before and it was on my list of things to do.”
New York native Georgina Bloomberg had a great week, winning two big classes. On Friday, she led the victory gallop on Caleno 3 in the $86,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier, presented by Windsor Show Stables and on Saturday, the $35,000 Hermès Sellier Cup, aboard Manodie II H. In addition to the exciting show jumping competition, the American Gold Cup hosts the all-important ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Regional Championships for Zones 1 and 2 on Saturday. Maya Nayyar, who trains with Stacia Madden at Beacon Hill Show Stables, took home the top honors in Region 2. Katherine Bundy of North Run won the Region 1 championship. Both performances earned the top call and the opportunity to compete at the esteemed ASPCA Maclay Finals at the CP National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in early November. Whether you are a top-level international competitor, equestrian fan or general spectator learning about show jumping for the first time, the American Gold Cup has a one-of-a-kind experience to offer for everyone at the beautiful Old Salem Farm. See another side of New York and plan to attend the 2017 American Gold Cup, CSI4*-W in bucolic Westchester County on Sept. 13–17. theamericangoldcup.com photos by Ashley Neuhof and Phelps Media Group
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I found the small, enclosed rings at Regionals very challenging. The lights and short distances between jumps made me feel blurry and rushed. Every time I think about it, I have a minor panic attack. I am about to compete at the indoor year-end shows back east, and I am worried I will experience this again. What should I do?
Your question has two parts – one is about the mental practice needed for riding indoors and the other is about dealing with anxiety. On the riding in tight spaces under lights front, focus your mental practice on sharpening response time between thinking, feeling, and action. Do a thorough visualization of the plan before you get on so that your intended track and details of the ride are comfortably digested and available for use under pressure.Take the time to visualize yourself executing the ride from the perspective of watching yourself and from the perspective of actually doing it. Anytime a “what if ” comes up, answer the question with your intention and keep going rather than starting over or getting bogged down.When visualizing, imagine the feeling you want to have while on course as well. After you have visualized, break the plan into smaller chunks so that you can easily review it at the back gate. Now that you have embedded the plan into your mind-body connection, focus on your present moment experience.Time slows down when you train your brain to be in the here and now. If you don’t regularly practice some form of quietude or breath focus, now is the time to start! A basic daily morning practice is to set a timer for 3-5 minutes, sit in a quiet place using good posture, and focus on your breathing as your belly rises and falls naturally.When a thought comes in, notice it, let go and refocus on your breath.You may have to refocus on the
breath over and over. Don’t fret.This is normal. Some days the mind is very active and others it is quiet and fluid like the breath.The idea is to practice every single day to train the brain to stay present with the body. Do not judge the session as good or bad, just stay committed and do it! These two practices of visualizing and daily breath awareness will give you the tools to have a sharper ride indoors. As you enter the arena, feel each stride, connect to the rhythm, and trust that you have what it takes to address the course, one stride at a time. On the minor panic attack front, anxiety and panic tend to come from thinking about things that have already happened or that will happen in the future. Both are out of your control.Train your brain to stay in the present moment when thoughts of indoors come up.This too will help you stay present in the ring when the time comes. If the panic is too overwhelming for you to be able to shift the focus, try Heart Practice.This is a simple practice of placing your hand on your chest, slow your breathing a bit, and imagine a place where you feel incredibly safe and calm.Take yourself there in your mind. As you imagine this place, go through your senses to be sure you are experiencing it fully.This may only take a few minutes but you can linger in this internal space for as long as is useful. Heart Practice can be done daily to train the mind-body connection to rely on this process when extreme stress emerges.
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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FEATURE by Kelsey Langsdale
a show to remember in sacramento
he Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA (near Sacramento) is home to a wide variety of horse shows throughout the year, and as a Bay Area native, I end up visiting the property many times over the course of a show season. However, for the weekend of October 8th and 9th, I was headed to to Rancho Murieta for an exceptionally exciting event: the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Sacramento Presented by Lasher's Elk Grove Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram at the Sacramento International Horse Show. Only in its 9th year, Sac International has quickly grown into a highly anticipated and well attended show. And this year, thanks to the World Cup™ Qualifier class on Saturday night, it played host to some of the best riders and horses from the West Coast, East Coast and Europe.
T WO WEEKS OF FUN While the World Cup™ qualifier class is the highlight of Sac International, the show is actually a two week event comprised of two back-to-back shows. The first show, Sacramento International Horse Show Welcome Week, plays host to numerous big classes and international riders. Most notable are the Fleeceworks USHJA National Hunter Derby, won this year by Kelly Van Vleck, and the Welcome Grand Prix *GGT-Footing Grand Prix Series, in which Peter Petschenig had the winning ride. Welcome Week concluded with a lovely Sunday Brunch for exhibitors and spectators. The second show, Sacramento International Horse Show World Cup Week, begins like any great event, with a party. Competitors are treated to food, music and a social atmosphere where they can mingle and relax before the week of showing kicks into high gear. While the most anticipated class is Saturday’s Longines FEI World Cup™ class that serves as a qualifier for Longines World Cup™ Jumping Finals, there are other notable classes that draw fans, such as the Morning Star Sporthorses Grand Prix Qualifier. This class was packed, with over fifty entries, all of which were battling for just thirty open qualifying slots for Saturday’s Longines FEI World Cup™ class. It made for an exciting and very competitive qualifier.
H O R S E S , C A R S A N D F R I DAY N I G H T F U N On Friday night of World Cup Week, the show hosted one of my favorite classes, Lasher's Elk Grove Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Ride & Drive. In this class, riders are given a short course over fences, then must dismount, run to a waiting car, and speed their way around the driving course. It was twenty-year-old Guido Klatte Jr. who rode and drove his way to victory.This event is followed by the Murieta Inn & Spa 1.45m. A fantastic group of riders and horses competed, including the “Master of Faster,” Richard Spooner. However, even he couldn’t beat the Canadian from Spruce Meadows who had come to win. Chris Surbey, the last to go in the class, put in an amazing clear round, winning in under 60 seconds! I was on the edge of my seat and this wasn’t even the main event. If this was just the Friday night class, I knew Saturday’s Longines FEI World Cup™ qualifier would not disappoint. SACRAMENTO S TAR S TRUC K As I entered Murieta for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Sacramento Presented by Lasher’s Elk Grove Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram on Saturday night, it was already filling up with eager spectators.The class boasted a ride list that consisted of notable West Coast favorites: Will Simpson, Richard Spooner and Rich Fellers, to name a few. However, it also had quite a few East Coast and International riders making their Sac International debut: Kent Farrington, Harrie Smolders, Jessica Springsteen, and Georgina Bloomberg.The course designed by Guillerme Jorge, the course designer for the 2016 Rio Olympics, put the small indoor arena to work.The course, which looked simple on paper, proved to be more technical than some riders expected.
As I walked one of the final lines of the course for fun, I looked up with barely enough time to avoid cutting off Jessica Springsteen as she walked her course. Then as I was talking with a friend, I watched Kent Farrington stride into the arena. To be perfectly honest, seeing this many top riders at Murieta left me a bit star struck. HOMETOWN WINNER As the night went on, some greats excelled and others had unexpected rails down. Kent Farrington, current World #3 in the Longines standings, had an unfortunate rail at fence one, finishing 11th in the class. Rich Fellers and Flexible, clear favorites according to the roar of the crowd, cleared the course with ease. The jump off held a total of eight riders, but no one could beat San Francisco native, Audrey Coulter and her horse Captain Colnardo, the champions from the qualifier earlier in the week. They produced one of only two double clear rounds that night, edging out Eduardo Menezes for the win. As the cheers quieted down, the horses finished their victory gallops and the crowds started to leave, Rancho Murrieta seemed too quiet for having just hosted such an incredible event. I, for one, was not ready to leave it all behind. Luckily, the organizers planned for people who felt like I did, and had a live band waiting in the lounge tent. With hits from over the decades playing and fans lining up for autographs from the top riders, the rest of us could enjoy one last hurrah at what had proven to be a Sac International to remember.
Opposite: Eduardo Menezes (BRA) and Catalina took 2nd in the Longines N.A. Jumping League World Cup™ Qualifier; This Page (left to right): The Lasher Elk Grove Dodge Ride and Drive winner, 20-yearold Guido Klatte Jr. speeds to victory; The sold-out Sac International crowd; Audrey Coulter and Captain Colnardo, winners of Saturday night's World Cup™ Qualifier; Photos © Alden Corrigan Media
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1. The Bently Reserve, one of the most exquisite event spaces San Francisco has to offer, provides the perfect backdrop for this year’s “Wild Night” event 2. LP and Band perform on stage 3. Horses could be found everywhere, even at the VIP bar 4. L-R: Hooman Khalili, Lark Miller, Amy LeRue, Josh Keppel, Amy Berger, David Reposar, Nicole Block and Chris Bently 5. Ellie Price and Tara Arrowood 6. VIP bags 7. H&S publisher, Sarah Appel Photos © Drew Altizer Photography
8. Artist Sam Flores 9. Camille Bently gets the bidding started for the live auction 10. A sample of the beautiful equestrian art offered in the silent auction 11. L-R: Sam Stromberg, Zem Joaquin and James Joaquin 12. Larissa McCulla & Terri Roberson 13. Vau de Vire cirque acts delight the crowd
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Peter Pletcher and Quirino, photo © Diana Hadsall
PETER PLETC HER Full of natural talent and always having fun, threetime World Champion Hunter Rider Peter Pletcher and his clients have earned extensive accolades in the hunter ring. Owner of PJP Farm in Magnolia, Texas, and veteran of over thirty years in the business, Pletcher is often in the winner’s circle, and has been there with a list of horses over the years. In November 2015, he became a member of the Elite $1 Million Dollar Club for total money earned by a professional rider in recognized USEF hunter divisions. That is just one of a list of milestones this Texan has achieved in his career. Well known for his hunter prowess, he did dip his boot into the jumper ring a couple decades (or so) ago. Not one to stop until reaching the top, he won the prestigious President’s Cup at the Washington International Horse Show. We caught him in-between rides this fall, post Harrisburg and pre- Washington, D.C.
HORSE & ST YLE: How did you get your start? PETER PLETCHER: I come from a large family – eight children. I was third to last; the last two are twins a year younger. There were five boys and three girls. My dad promised that I could have a horse when I was twelve, and he and I made a deal. I had a $2,500 budget because I didn’t have to have braces like my brothers and sisters. So we tried several horses, and picked a little three-quarter Arabian named Monzabah. My dad didn’t let me have a saddle for the first year, and my first saddle was a Western one. When I cinched it up, the horse laid down, and I thought, “This is great – I waited all this time, and this is what happens!” During that first year, we moved barns, and I had my first glimpse of hunter/jumpers. I was still riding around bareback. The girls who rode there tried to teach me what they were learning about English riding and I was hooked. We had a house in Galveston, and I made a course in the front yard and spent the summer out there with Monzabah. By the end of the summer, I could jump that little Arabian over both benches and the table, and that was it – he was trained! He didn’t really want to change leads, so I figured out how to make him land on his leads.
He became a hunter, and so I did the Limit hunter division on him and won my way out. I showed in the pre-greens, and even beat some of the pros. H&S: Once you found your niche in hunter/jumpers, how did you progress through your years as a Junior? PP: I trained with Jimmy Kohn, Bill Robertson, and Joanie Waterman. Back then I thought it was all just for fun. I can remember the first time I came to Harrisburg; I qualified for their Medal (AHSA Medal Finals then, now Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Finals) and was on the junior jumper team. Back then our group (Zone 7) did everything on the one horse we had. And we won! Zone 7 won Prix de States. Then I remember telling my trainer that I didn’t really want to do the medal thing, I was just going to skip the medal finals (he laughs out loud after admitting his adversity to the famous Eq challenge). I wasn’t bad in the Eq; I just wasn’t into it. At sixteen, I knew I wasn’t on the right horse, I knew I loved the hunters, and I knew I wanted to do this. I sold my little Arabian to move up to a better horse, and I did another one of my great deals with my dad. All my siblings were attorneys and scholarly types, but I
Pletcher and his first horse Monzabah in 1976
was not a fan of school. So my father said, “I’ll let you go East to ride with whomever you want for four years, and that will be your college.” I chose Bernie Traurig, and then Debbie Stephens and Billy Glass (Michael Matz was riding there, too. I would watch and learn from him). Then I went on my own with my friend Dierdre. We traveled around, two amateurs helping each other. H&S: Tell us about your decision to turn pro. PP: It was somewhere around 1986–1988. I can remember thinking, “Oh my God! I’ve always been a jokester; no one is going to take me seriously enough to ride with me.” I remember having that conversation with other young pros. But Lynn Walsh and Kate Gibson, friends that I had ridden with as kids, were two of my first clients, and they’re still with me more than thirty years later. So I guess it worked out! H&S: How did PJP Farm get its start? PP: Shortly after I decided to turn pro, my dad suggested that I look at some property he owned in Magnolia, TX. He had bought pieces of land all over through the GI Bill. My first reaction was, “Are you kidding me? It’s a thick forest. Not possible!!” But Dad said, “You just have to have an imagination.”
Pletcher and Above All in 1986
My mom handed me a map, and said, “Go and look; it’s within an hour of home.” It seemed to be in the middle of nowhere, but I went ahead and picked a tract. At about that time, I had sold my amateur horse to Ellen Van Dyke, for a great price, and my dad and I made another deal (we had a habit of that): he would double any prize money I won. I used the money to build the barn and paddocks. And now it’s unbelievable what that farm has morphed into. It’s a little paradise. I’ve added acres and added a house to the back of the property overlooking beautiful fields with retired horses living the life. H&S: Tell us about your assistant Diane Douglas (Bean). PP: She’s been with me for three years. She’s been an awesome asset to the business; I definitely could not do it without her. She manages the whole thing, and she manages me – which is the hardest part. She organizes the guys, gets the horses to and from places all over the world, as well as from the barn to the ring. She has come to work for Mr. OCD himself (he lets out another one of his characteristic chuckles at this comment). Little did she know her job would entail everything from climbing on the roof and hanging Christmas lights, to weeding flower beds, to my telling her how to clean out her car! H&S: Have the USHJA hunter programs changed the hunter world? PP: Yes, that was a pretty big change. I love the pre-greens, and I like the incentive and the derbies; those are my favorites. All new programs generated by the USHJA.
Pletcher and assistant Diane Douglas, a.k.a. "Bean"
I’ve had some really good derby horses that I’ve been lucky enough to work with. I love the one I have right now – Quirino. I just got him after Wellington. We’re doing the first-year greens. He’s a super, brave, beautiful, fun horse to ride. He was doing the 1.30m with another pro; she had fox hunted on him. She called me to see if this horse she had would do the hunters or make a derby horse. And she was right – he did. H&S: What’s your source for finding horses? PP: Actually, I find them everywhere. A lot of them come from Desiree Johnson, who lives on the border of Holland and Germany. She’s from Canada and has a good eye for a hunter; I trust her. I buy a lot off videos. H&S: What is your favorite horse show? PP: I like Capital Challenge, because it showcases the hunters, and the Hunter Spectacular in Wellington. H&S: What goes through your mind before you enter the ring? PP: I still usually think, “I hope this goes well.” But the pressure of competing doesn’t bother me. It has always come pretty naturally for me. H&S: What do you like to do when you’re not riding? PP: My entire family comes out to the farm for Thanksgiving – up to 36 people. Almost all of us live within an hour of my parents. It has become a tradition for the last five years. Then this year I’m going to the Cayman Islands the day after Thanksgiving for two weeks. Other than that, I am riding!
WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW – WASHINGTON , D.C.
6. 1. High five from Dally the dog and Spanky the pony 2. Catherine Tyree and Bokai making ‘meter fifty’ look like a hunter round 3. Laura Kraut and Confu fighting for the win 4. Lauren Hough and Ohlala, winners of the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Washington presented by Events DC 5. Spiderwoman Jessica Springsteen and her spider-webbed Davendy S 6. McLain Ward and ZZ Top VH Schaarbroek Z clear the Boeing Puissance wall 7. Kent Farrington and Creedance on a mission Photos © Ashley Neuhof
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5. 1. Shutterbug and Tim Maddox in the 4' Hunter Derby 2. The Halloween-themed dog costume class was a huge success 3. Harvest season touches were everywhere 4. The winner of the $50,000 Golden Ocala Grand Prix also won a signed guitar from Sammy Kershaw 5. Scratches after a good round 6. Exhibitors enjoyed a private concert by the legend Sammy Kershaw
Photos © Sarah Appel & Tracy Emanuel (photo #6)
12. 7. The sun sets on a great two weeks at WEC 8. WEC is more than dog friendly 9. A custom Top Jock tack trunk was presented to the winner of the Welcome Prix 10. Standing by 11. Nicole Shahinian-Simpson and Akuna Mattata were victorious in the $50,000 Golden Ocala Grand Prix 12. Game Face
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Karolina Krupa The two of us met three years ago in MalmĂś, Sweden. It was a gray period of November darkness and we felt emotionally drained from what we were doing for a living. Karolina was a fashion photographer and I was working as a creative director in film. Neither of us felt happy with our lives. All we did was toil away on various projects, yet none of what we did gave meaning to our lives. One day we started playing with the idea of using our disciplines to engage in work that actually mattered: telling true stories, inspiring people, sharing beautiful thoughts and showing the process people go through to find hope and keep faith. That idea has evolved into our mission, and today we create documentary-style portraits of famous people from all over the world while telling their intimate stories. Some of the people are equestrians. But most important of all is that they are all real people.They have thoughts and troubles and dreams and secrets just like we all do. Working with these amazing personalities is an absolute inspiration and our vision is to present the most incredible stories that have not yet been told. See, we believe that inspiration creates courage. We believe that sincerity creates trust. And we believe that all of us, no matter what we do or where we are from, must start looking at each other beyond just Facebook friends and Instagram likes, and instead begin with a single thought in our mindsâ€Śwe are all human. Instagram: @hobertandkrupa
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Absolute Horse Inc. 2221 NE 3rd St., Suite B Bend, OR 97701
Calasbasas Saddlery 23998 Craftsman Rd. Calabasas, CA 91302
Equestrian’s Concierge LLC 7600 Lakeville Highway Petaluma, CA 94954
31441 Avenida De La Vista San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Equi-Products Highway 22X W Calgary, AB, Canada
8956 Cotter St. Lewis Center, OH 43035
17937 SW McEwan Ave. Portland, OR 97224
Olson’s Tack Shop
2105 140th Ave Northeast Bellevue, WA 98005
Tack N Rider
3031 Fortune Way, Suite A9 Wellington, FL 33414
12501 S. Shore Blvd. Wellington, FL 33414
11355 Foothill Blvd. Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
FLAT RING BELTS NEVER SLIP & WON’T SCRATCH YOUR SADDLE at your local tack shop or at mangobaydesign.com
T H E N E W A L BA N Y C L A S S I C I N V I TAT I O N A L G R A N D P R I X A N D F A M I LY D AY â€“ N E W A L B A N Y , O H I O
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3. 1. McLain Ward and Tina La Boheme, winners of the $125,000 New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix CSI2* 2. Rick and Sara Mershad 3. Beezie Madden with inspired young fans 4. Deborah Stephens 5. Kate O'Hara and Calanta 6. Abigail and Leslie Wexner, hosts and founders of the New Albany Classic
Photos courtesy of Lisa Hinson, Jeff Krugh, Kate Morrison, Lorn Spolter, Curtis Wallis, Josh Winslow
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by Emily Pollard
If there were a piece of art curated to sum up the experience of the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, this would be it: jumpers, fashion and extravagance. Patou, a 60"x40" watercolor on paper by Long Beach, CA based Lori LaMont, caught every passing eye this year as it hung on display on Vendor Row. This piece would be the perfect adornment to any modern home or office, lending incredible energy to the space and playfully making a comment about the intimate intersection of horses and styleâ€Śsomething H&S definitely knows a bit about. FB: Lori LaMont Art | IG: @lorilamont1 | lorilamont.com | original painting $15,000 |
Somewhere between work and home
T H E R E ’ S A PL A C E WH E R E Y O U CA N CR E A T E HA P P I N E S S It’s a place where you’re welcome any day of the week, a place you can escape to on the weekend, and a place that simply takes your breath away. That place is the Bay Club. Visit bayclubplay.com for your free 3-day pass and to find a club near you.
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