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Presenting a complete riding wardrobe for everyday riding, as well as for the serious hunter, Harriet Posner’s Callidae apparel tells the lifestyle story of the modern-day English equestrian, with sophisticated, modern pieces for the rider.

The expert team at Circle Oak has developed a totally comprehensive, state of the art, equine sports medicine facility to serve the needs of the equine athlete, from sickness back to health and from injury back to full performance.


Sharon Klepper partnered with her ten-year-old pony-loving daughter to produce a line of riding clothes that is fun, durable, functional, and affordable – clothes that would fashionably appeal to children and financially appeal to adults.


Los Angeles may be the place for film and television stars, but for one action-packed weekend in October, EEM rolled out the red carpet for the world’s show jumping celebrities – those with four legs and those with two.

For a week in August every horse lover makes the trip to Dublin for a show steeped in tradition – the RDS Dublin Horse Show. Truly ‘the people’s show,’ it combines the delights of Irish horsemanship and Irish hospitality.


With an American foundation, Alice Debany Clero is now a presence in the international world of show jumping. She possesses charm and an admirable understanding of world politics. And transitions from drinking mint tea in a souk to champagne in the VIP at Chantilly as effortlessly as a career diplomat.


At the American Gold Cup in Old Salem, New York, Horse & Style caught up with Nick Dello Joio, Hermès Partner Rider. We talked about fashion and function from his attire to his tack, and in the process learned some unexpected Old Salem news.


The HITS Championship weekend at Saugerties in early September created a million-dollar story in which an international melting pot came together in a magical way to capture 2nd place in the CP $1 Million Grand Prix.



Love What You Do

16 | 10 THINGS Kirsten Coe


18 | OUT & ABOUT


Sarah Appel

Giant Steps Gala



Catch Rider

Jackie McFarland

24 | STYLE RIDER Ned Glynn


Danielle Demers

26 | OUT & ABOUT

The Menlo Charity Horse Show ADVERTISING & SALES



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50 | TREND REPORT Flat Out Fantastic

52 | HORSE SHOW BUCKET LIST The Menlo Charity Horse Show


Business, Leadership & Eating Dirt


Captial Challenge Continues to Capture Hearts

68 | STYLE PROFILES A Need for Tweed


Show Hunters in Central Park

86 | OUT & ABOUT

Rolex Central Park Horse Show


The New Albany Horse Show

100 | STYLE OF RIDING 2015 Award Winners


Alexis Meadows, Duncan McFarland, Celeste Wilkins, Carly Weilminster, Pam Maley, Jana Cohen Barbe, Terri Roberson, Psy.D., Carrie Wicks, Ph.D., Celeste Wilkins, Winter Hoffman, Laurie Berglie, Dana Foremsky, Anna Sochocky, Allison Heidmann, Robin Schwartz, Lena Tito PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Equestrian Revival in the Land of Enchantment

104 | OUT & ABOUT

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110 | BEHIND THE LENS Carina Mac Laughlan

ON THE COVER: Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh, winners of the prestigious Longines Masters of Los Angeles 2015 Longines Grand Prix Horse & Style Magazine is an equestrian lifestyle publication that is published bi-monthly and available at participating tack shops nationwide for $10, and while supplies last at large training centers and hunter jumper horse shows. The written and visual contents of this magazine are protected by copyright. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is legally prohibited. Copyright © 2015 Horse & Style Magazine LLC. TM


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CONGRATULATIONS To Ransome Rombauer Winner of the 2015 Platinum Performance/ USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West

To Lalonde owned by Alexis Graves Awarded The Gulliver Trophy as Best Horse

WITH GRATITUDE Thank you from the Rombauer Family Karen Healey and the entire KHS Team Daniel Ighani and Ighani Sporthorses, Co-Trainer Alexis Graves, Owner of Lalonde


USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals - West 2015 Results

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Danielle Demers

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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.

Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Celeste Wilkins now calls Dublin, Ireland home. Living in Europe has its perks, and with many beautiful horse shows close by, Celeste hung up her stirrups and picked up a camera to tell the story of the horses and riders at these wonderful venues.

Robin Schwartz

Winter Hoffman

Jana Barbe

Terri Roberson, Psy.D.

Robin competed nationally for over two decades. Now, married with children, she has put her riding boots aside to raise her family and focus on her business, Equestrian Payment Solutions. By blending her knowledge of payment solutions with her understanding of the equestrian community, she remains close to the sport she loves.

With a background in filmmaking, fashion and contemporary art, Winter Hoffman brings a unique perspective to the equestrian world. A lifelong horsewoman, she helped her daughter, Zazou Hoffman, navigate her way to a successful Junior career that included 2009 ASPCA Maclay Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show.

Jana Barbe is a Dentons Partner and Global Board member. A foremost authority in real estate law and business management, Jana is a frequent author and speaker on leadership, crisis management, the role of women in business and professional advancement. An avid equestrian who owns a working farm in Kentucky, Jana examines the interplay between business and riding.

A licensed clinical psychologist, Terri Roberson combines her passion for horses with her clinical work in equine-assisted psychotherapy. She currently sits on the board of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Over 25 years on the show circuit has given her an eye for equestrian style and provides constant inspiration for her frequent contributions to H&S.

Allison Heidmann

Anna Sochocky

Laurie Berglie

Dana Foremsky

Allison Heidmann is an accomplished equestrian currently working as a freelance trainer in Bozeman, Montana. Allison worked as a professional rider in Germany, Holland and Belgium for a decade before her New York roots called her back to the United States. Her desire to travel and see the world brought her to the spectacular views of Montana, a place she now calls home.

Anna Sochocky is a writer, photographer, and communications consultant based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After receiving her graduate degree in creative writing and a 25 year career in politics, Anna rediscovered her love of horses and riding. Aside from professional writing and consulting, Anna spends most of her time with her horse learning dressage movements and exploring the high desert.

Laurie Berglie was born, raised, and currently resides in Maryland. She enjoys her fixer-upper farm, reading horse books, and training and competing her two OTTB’s, as well as pampering her first pony, now 34. Her blog, “Maryland Equestrian,” began in 2011, and has evolved into an Equestrian Lifestyle Guide. She lives happily with her horses, two cats, dog, and husband James, who supports her addiction to all things equestrian.

A newcomer into the Bay Area, Dana Foremsky is a freelance writer and the Assistant at Harley Brown Equestrian in Menlo Park, CA. She brings a background in Journalism and Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. Dana has competed successfully in hunter and jumper divisions since a young age.

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.


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What You Do There is no question the world of show jumping has upped the ante. After spending the last few months at some of the most spectacular horse shows in America, I believe it is safe to say, the future looks bright. Having taken a step back from my own riding, I have a new appreciation for being a spectator. I feel quite lucky to have a career that allows me to be at horse shows as much, if not more, than when I was competing. However, that ‘more’ has it’s challenges, as now I own and run a small business (and have two small children!). From the outside it might look like VIP parties, photo shoots and equestrian style, and yes that is a part of it, but the day to day operation of running a business and dealing with deadlines, fiscal operation and such can be overwhelming. There is no better way to take those challenges head-on, than to be immersed in the sport I love, which in turn truly helps me love what I do. We recently returned from a week at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles. What a spectacular blending of couture with the highest caliber of our sport! There is nothing more exhilarating than watching the best riders in the world jump 1.60 meters just a few feet in front of you. Our cover story illustrates how phenomenal an experience the Longines Masters of Los Angeles was for all who entered. See why in “A 5* Experience: Lights, Camera, Longines” (page 58).

Sarah Appel presents the Horse & Style, Style of Riding award to Alexandra Crown at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles

did she win a class but she rode with confidence and accuracy, indicating true style (page 100). Speaking of style, we spent a day with Hermès Partner Rider Nick Dello Joio (page 88). This issue is jam-packed with pieces from all over the nation, from California’s Menlo Park and Sonoma to New York’s Central Park and Saugerties. Not to mention Old Salem, Santa Fe, Upper Marlboro and more. Our destination piece features Dublin, a tremendous tradition (page 70). Each time we send an issue to print, I am grateful for our amazing team. The countless hours spent on the road, at the back gate and behind a computer by the devoted individuals involved with this publication are not only impressive but appreciated. I believe, like me, they have a passion for horses and style. As we welcome fall, we wish good luck to all. Enjoy the journey and remember to love what you do!

We were honored once again, to present the Horse & Style, Style of Riding Award on both the East and West Coasts. At the American Gold Cup it was Laura Kraut who caught the eye of our editor, Jackie McFarland. Although there were several potential winners, Laura exudes sportsmanship as well as horsemanship, while stylish and competitive in the saddle. On the West Coast, young rising star Alexandra Crown was without question our winner. After a fall which broke her wrist in Chantilly, the Longines Masters was her first show back in the tack. Not only

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10 things you might not know about...

Kirsten Coe Yes it's true, “know” and “Coe” rhyme, which makes Kirsten the ideal fit for this column. The California native’s extensive international travel schedule certainly crowns her a global citizen. Fresh off a trip to Europe, where she was a member of the winning team of the 100th Nations Cup of Germany at CSIO5* Mannheim aboard the chestnut powerhouse Baronez, Coe recently competed at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles. She will continue to show on the West Coast through November, with stops at Del Mar, Thermal and Las Vegas. As the daughter of trainer and USEF Show Jumping Young Rider Chef D'Equipe DiAnn Langer, Coe grew up on the back of a horse and was a consistent winner in all three disciplines – hunters, jumpers and equitation – before becoming an assistant trainer at Andre Dignelli’s Heritage Farm until 2010. The experience and knowledge she garnered throughout her riding career is apparent, as she has been successful at the top levels on several different mounts. In 2011 she was named Rolex One To Watch after she jumped up 137 places in the World Rankings. Working with her husband and partner Ilan Ferder at Ilan Ferder Stables, Coe has a string of talented horses: Baronez, Czardas 30, Warrant and California 62 that she is piloting to top finishes as she continues her ascent in the show jumping world.

1. Her favorite foods are vegetables, and she prides herself

6. She appreciates a nice pair of shoes and has an

2. Black is her go-to color, a startling contrast to her

7. Favorite clothing brand: Ariat

on being a healthy eater.

cheerful personality. “It’s a joke among all my friends. Whenever I’m not riding I’m always in black.”

extensive collection.

8. Alternate reality career: “I probably would have done something in the arts and gone to art school.”

3. The California roots come to play when she’s on vacation – she prefers anywhere with a beach.

9. She's great in an impromptu interview. At Longines

Masters in LA, blogger Susan Irby turned the video camera on and asked her about healthy diets for horses. Coe was articulate and charming.

4. However, her dream trip includes a very warm jacket. “I would like to go to Nepal. I’ve never climbed any kind of mountain in my life but I have this obsession with Mount Everest and mountain climbing.”

5. She’s a morning person, preferring to get to the barn


She’s an avid reader on a variety of subjects. Give her a good book and she is ready to dive in.

early to ride.


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1. Colin Cowie transformed the VIP berm into another dimension of utter chic-ness 2. Katherine Dash, Shawna Dash, Stacy Siebel, Hunter Siebel 3. A violinist accompanied the DJ 4. Jill Humphrey sizes up the 6 Bar 5. Elizabeth Goodwin Welborn (Stick & Ball Co.), H&S Publisher Sarah Appel and Amber Hill 6. Pre 6 Bar entertainment floored the crowd 7. Members of the EqSol Team: Sara Fernandez, Jackie McFarland and Lena Tito Photos 漏 Alden Corrigan Media & Rachel Peterson


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8. Sonoma Valley Stables ladies looking glamourous 9. The Colin Cowie 6 Bar ribbons were just like his event, absolutely fabulous! 10. The lovely Ashley Herman, manger of Sonoma Horse Park 11. Gabby Cirelli (2014 winner of 6 Bar) pats her horse 12. Colin Cowie and Sloan Barnett 13. The custom Colin Cowie jumps for the 6 Bar 14. Gwen McCaw

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PROpopquiz THIS MONTH’S QUESTION: How do you prepare yourself mentally before you go in the ring to compete?

“I go over the course, over and over in my head, and just think about each step, what I’m going to do. I think about how I’m going to prepare for the next jump, how I’m going to recover from the last jump, how I’m going to ride each piece. Going over that, over and over, until it’s time to go in!” Callie Schott, River Mountain Farm, Versailles, Kentucky

“When I have the chance, especially for a night class, I always make myself go home, start over, shower and change clothes, and in my head, just keep calm. I’m actually better in those high-pressure moments. If I don’t take it seriously enough, then sometimes I can be a bit too casual about it.” Molly Ashe Cawley, Norfield Stables, Newton, CT & Wellington, FL

“Honestly, I try to stay relaxed. I make jokes and try not to take myself too seriously. I definitely go over the course in my head, but try not to put too much pressure on myself, so I can try to keep it light and fun. If it’s not fun, what are we doing it for?” Denise Wilson, Blue Gate Farm, Dousman, WI & Ocala, FL Every issue, a new question will be answered by hunter/ jumper professionals. Have a question you want answered? Send it to

“I have a pretty set routine. When I walk the course I try to visualize the track as I walk the actual track that I plan on taking with my horse. And then when I get on in the warm-up I trot the course as I warm-up. Then I replay it a bunch of times in my mind’s eye and visualize how I want the course to be ridden.” Schuyler Riley, Wolfstone Stables, Wellington, FL

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BETWEENthelines Catch Rider Jennifer H. Lyne Clarion Books | 288 pages – $16.99

Fourteen-year-old Sidney “Sid” Criser is growing up in the sort of small town where everyone seems to be destined to work at the local mills after graduating from high school. Additionally, Sid struggles with a troubled home life, but somehow despite it all, she has remained fiercely ambitious. Sid may have a hard life, but that doesn’t make her any less determined to become a famous catch rider. Sid knows that she can ride any horse; she has ridden every sort except for a “made horse.” She just has to figure out how to prove her skill to the right people. How will she make herself known in the ‘A’ Circuit as a catch rider – a rider who can get on any horse and make it look good – without the wealth the other ‘A’ Circuit competitors enjoy? Author Jennifer H. Lyne’s ability to develop the believable and consistent personalities of the characters that fill the pages of her first novel, Catch Rider, is impressive. Catch Rider is an action-packed story that readers will zoom through in one weekend. Additionally, Lyne's own experience as a horsewoman shines through and adds richness to the plot. Equestrians will appreciate her accurate descriptions of the horse industry.


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Mention Ned Glynn’s name, and a host of remarkable associations come to mind. Business owner, Ned operates Sonoma Valley Stables (SVS) with his wife Hope. Industry leader, he co-chairs the Zone 10 Jumper Committee and has been chef d’equipe for the 1.40m NorCal team at Spruce Meadows. Formidable competitor, with numerous wins in the Grand Prix and hunter rings, Ned has his share of accolades. And devoted family man, raising his daughter Avery with Hope while juggling riding, training, traveling and quality time at home in Petaluma, CA. At SVS, Ned wears many hats – teacher, rider, teammate, coach, and sponsor representative – and regardless of the role, he is consistently confident and collected, traits reflected in his aesthetic style. A crisp white button-down and jeans marks his civilian fashion, capable of carrying him from the warm-up ring with his students to the billiard table, where he is currently teaching Avery to become an expert pool player. Tall and athletic, he outfits himself in clean, classic lines that lend to his unmistakable presence in and out of the show ring. Horse & Style: Describe your riding (apparel) style: Ned Glynn: I would describe my style as

athletic. I like the new tech fabrics because they stretch and breathe easier.

H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? NG: I usually hack in Ariat breeches and their Ac

Tek Polo. I show in an Equiline jacket with custom piping, and either Equiline or Sarm Hippique breeches because they have a lot of options for men, which is great. I wear an Antares helmet and Bex sunglasses, and my boots are by Ariat.


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H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? NG: Not unless my daughter Avery has given me something for a class.

H&S: What are your career goals? NG: I'm living my career goals. I'm competing, my family has

H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? NG: Ariat, Sarm Hippique, and Equiline.

built a fabulous ranch, I work with incredible students, I get to be the grounds person for one of the best riders in the country (my wife Hope) and my daughter is growing up in a great environment with her family and her animals.

H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? NG: I am usually in workout clothes, riding clothes or jeans.

H&S: Who has been the most influential in your riding career? NG: There are a lot of people who have influenced me. Gry and

H&S: How do you handle high-pressure situations, for example right before you enter a big class? NG: I need to make sure I give myself enough time to walk the

course and be able to think about the track. I usually have other students showing in other rings or in the same class so I just have to make sure I get five minutes to think about my own horse and plan my track.

H&S: What are your riding goals? NG: To improve and connect with horses and allow them to

achieve all they can. I feel like the more horses I work with, the better I get. I would love to bring another young horse along to the Grand Prix level. I am looking for one now!

Duncan McFarlane, I rode with them years ago, Candice King and Linda Allen are all high on the list. I think the person I absorbed the most from was Betty Kilham. She was very tough but compassionate with the horses. She knew when to put pressure on and when to take it off. If all else failed, she had trained a couple of Jack Russels to do whatever it took to get a horse to the other side of a jump!

H&S: What's the one thing you never go in the ring without? NG: Desire, and appreciation for what I am getting to do!

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1. #derbystyle 2. Every detail from the MCHS team is exquisite 3. Blue ribbons + blue Tiffany's boxes makes for happy riders 4. Nic Hanes​s​and Banderas 5. The Pony Hunters at Menlo is serious ​competition and serious cuteness 6. Winner Mandy Porter took a stylish victory ride in a ​Bentley​, the presenting sponsor​for the $40,000 Grand Prix​ 7. Mandy Porter give Eminent some much deserved love after their w ​ in 8. Lillie Archer led by Buddy Brown in the most important class of the week 9. Every Lead Line​should have a Unicorn!


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10. Ella Appel received her 1st place prize from local police, the honorable presenters of​the lead line​awards 11. The VIP centerpieces were once again fabulous 12. Matt Archer gives his horse a well deserved pat after his hunter round 13. Emma Hansen and Easy Time​14. Guy Thomas and Peterbilt jump the Menlo oxer i​n the grand prix​15. Kaitlyn Van Konynenburg and Homestead 16. Landon Young gets a leg up for the leadline 17. One of the many stylish vendors

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by Dana Foremsky

Callidae, founded in 2014 by equestrian Harriet Posner, displays the timeless sophistication inherent in English riding. Inspired by the vintage ratcatcher fashion worn by Hollywood’s golden-era stars like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn, Posner prides herself on developing an American-based brand that tells a story. In this case, Callidae tells the lifestyle story of the modern-day English equestrian. With the clothing manufactured in Los Angeles, where the company is based, Posner has the opportunity to work closely with other lifestyle brands, such as that of former client and friend James Perse. After competing for nearly a decade in hunters and equitation, Posner, a Harvard-educated former lawyer, noticed the distinct lack of sophisticated, modern pieces for the English rider. The new line includes a complete riding wardrobe for everyday riding, as well as competition attire for the serious hunter, jumper, and equitation rider. Posner’s mission is to develop a brand using cutting edge technology that is comfortable, practical, and sophisticated. Quickly evolving, the line will introduce new seasonal pieces this winter; plans are in the works for a timeless sweater, a stylish and cutting edge belt buckle to anchor a leather belt, and a fresh, tailored traditional English breech. Callidae aspires to be the next generation of riding apparel that tells the story of the American English riding tradition. Posner’s insistence on production quality and unbridled excellence, is sure to provide riders with a modern-day Grace Kelly experience.

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circle signifies something complete. Comprehensive. Inclusive. Imagine a place designed to bring your performance horse full circle by providing complete care, from diagnosis through treatment, rehabilitation, and a return to fitness. The expert team at Circle Oak Equine, through hard work and dedication, has developed a totally comprehensive, state of the art, equine sports medicine facility to serve the needs of the equine athlete. Owners Ron and Sara Malone, purchased the land that would become Circle Oak Equine in the early 1990s, creating a sanctuary in the picturesque hills above Petaluma, CA. Here, in quiet, soothing surroundings, a horse could rest and recover. With an underwater treadmill, a cold saltwater spa, a horse walker, and multiple exercise arenas, Circle Oak and its staff were prepared to meet any rehabilitation need. Veterinarian Carrie Schlachter, with her special expertise in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation, joined Circle Oak to oversee patient care. But it wasn’t until 2011 that Dr. Schlachter began to envision a more expansive mission. She had served

as a member of the team responsible for horses requiring hospitalization at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Working closely with the exceptional Hospital De Equinos Eqcovet, she and her colleagues, Dr. Jack Snyder and Dr. Sarah Puchalski, were inspired to add a full-service equine hospital and an imaging and surgical center to the long-established rehabilitation facilities at Circle Oak. They realized that Circle Oak could build on its reputation for excellence by offering a fully integrated range of specialty services for the performance horse. The Circle Oak team would be equipped to provide complete and comprehensive care for all sports medicine cases. Upon her return from Mexico, Dr. Schlachter outlined her vision to Ron and Sara, and so began a four-year journey of designing and building. The dream became reality on June 12th, 2015; a beautiful ribbon cutting ceremony and party marked the grand opening of the hospital, and soon after, the hospital’s first patients were admitted. Now the hospital director, Dr. Schlachter manages an outstanding team of specialists, interns, technicians, and support staff. october/november ·



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The world-class imaging and surgery center features the Bay Area’s only standing MRI. The surgical suite was carefully engineered to safeguard patients during and after surgery. The hospital center stays true to the Circle Oak mission of putting the horses’ well-being first – from a calm and tranquil visual aesthetic, to the implementation of cutting edge technology and the inclusion of highly qualified experts.

in equine diagnostic imaging, reads all radiographic and MRI images. Dr. Carrie Schlachter continues to provide her expertise in the sports medicine and rehabilitation therapies. And Dr. Rebecca Riley provides acupuncture services, community outreach, and sports medicine expertise. The talented Circle Oak team prides themselves on being able to offer a full array of specialty services to their equine patients.

Circle Oak is now functioning as an elite center for the treatment of the performance horse. A renowned expert in equine surgery and lameness, Dr. Jack Snyder performs surgeries at Circle Oak, and sees patients on a regular basis. Dr. Sarah Puchalski, expert

Simply put, Circle Oak Equine was created to provide the best sports medicine available for the performance horse. The Circle Oak team can bring their patients – your equine athletes – full circle from sickness back to health, from injury back to full performance.


indulge by Laurie Berglie


Polo Bar



f you stroll along Fifth Avenue and East 55th Street in vibrant Midtown Manhattan, you will be greeted by a large window depicting three colorful polo players in the midst of a rousing match. It is here that you have found Ralph Lauren’s first restaurant in New York City, The Polo Bar, located next door to his new Polo Ralph Lauren flagship store. My husband, James, and I had the pleasure of dining at The Polo Bar recently while on vacation in New York. I read that reservations were an absolute must, so I called earlier in the year to schedule a time. I was told to call back the month prior to our visit, to the exact day, to secure a slot.

is located. We took our time descending the stairs as the stairwell was lined with more artwork; horses of every breed, color, and size welcomed us in. Finally, at the foot of the steps we met one last hostess who showed us to our seats. We had a corner booth with a round table; a plush plaid pillow to lean against sat in between. To say that the room was splendid would be a gigantic understatement. We were surrounded by more equestrian décor and accoutrements; each English discipline was featured, along with a variety of horse portraits, photographs, as well as polo helmets, mallets, and additional equestrian trappings. It was breathtaking. Even my husband, who is not particularly horsey, was awestruck.

At the entrance to the restaurant, two employees were stationed on the sidewalk, checking names and reservations and greeting their guests. (I don’t believe you can even go inside to the bar without a reservation). Through that main door is the bar area, dimly lit and ensconced in equestrian art and accessories from floor to ceiling.

The room was also dimly lit, but it was not dark as most pictures received their own light, illuminating them from above, regardless of their size. The walls were dark cherry wood, matching the ceiling above which was dotted with its own pin lighting.

At the back of the bar, we were greeted by yet another hostess who told us to continue down the stairs where the main dining room

Our waiter was charming and witty, making me laugh throughout the meal. The meal! Even though I was technically there for the

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atmosphere, we were looking forward to the food. Not surprisingly, it was probably the best meal James and I have ever enjoyed. Popovers were presented at the start, and while they looked delicious, (and James confirmed), I could not indulge as I have a gluten allergy. No worries – our waiter immediately brought me some gluten-free breadsticks, toasted and buttered to perfection. As for our entrees, James ordered the 12 oz. filet, and I choose the salmon – both were wonderful. The sides were large enough to share, so we split mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. Dessert was Ralph’s coffee-flavored ice cream for me (unbelievable!), and a berry cobbler completed James’s meal. Everything was absolutely perfect, even though we did get a few funny looks when James’ knee knocked into the table, causing his water glass to go flying onto the floor. I could not stop laughing because of course we’d do something to embarrass ourselves! However, we did fit seamlessly into the New York crowd thanks to our attire: James wore a suit, (jackets for men are not required, but are recommended), and I wore my favorite little black dress. I was sad when it was finally time to leave, but I know for sure that I’ll be back! The atmosphere, the décor, the food, the whole experience from beginning to end could only be described as magical. A visit to The Polo Bar, for equestrians and non-equestrians alike, should be on everyone’s bucket list. All photos courtesy of Ralph Lauren.

RIDERspotlight by Jackie McFarland


Walker When both your parents and grandparents have a passion for horses, you either run to or run away from the chance to get involved. Brian Walker's mother fox-hunted and competed on hunters. His German grandparents sponsored decorated dressage rider Dr. Reiner Klimke and had an interest in thoroughbred racehorses. So Brian Walker walked the line for a while. With dual citizenship, his father is American and his mother Canadian, he lived in both countries. Raised in horsey Aiken until age eight, Walker then moved to Montreal where he continued riding but also played baseball, hockey, soccer and rugby. He didn't commit to the horses fully until he was a teenager. As he got the competition bug, Walker gave up his cold Montreal winters on the hockey ice for warm Wellington winters riding hunters, jumpers and e​ xcelling in the equitation arena. He quickly became known for his catch-riding skills, and was asked to show a variety of mounts for prominent professionals, including

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I love the game, the challenge, in this sport we are always looking to learn and improve. To figure out what works, and it always changes._

“ Brian Walker and Chico's Bandita

Laura Kraut, Anne Kursinski, Peter Wylde, Margie Engle and Tommy Serio. After significant success in his junior years, including winning the coveted ASPCA Maclay Finals in 2001 and a list of other equitation honors, Walker turned professional. With about 20 horses in the barn, including sale horses for all disciplines and a dozen outside clients who meet him at shows, Walker and his wife Sophie own Woodside Farm, and live in Lexington, Kentucky and Wellington, Florida. Horse & Style sat down with Walker in Lexington at the inaugural Split Rock Jumping Tour. After almost fifteen years as a professional, Walker shared his perspective on his past, present and future in the horse world.

Horse & Style: Tell us more about your early years on and off horses. Brian Walker: My parents put me on ponies at a young age. I

didn't commit for a long time, when I would fall off I'd quit for bit. I played other sports and my mom never pushed the horses. As a teenager I started riding and competing more. After spending the winter in Florida, I thought how nice it was to be there in the sun and not in bitter cold Canada.

H&S: As a junior you worked with some of the best, their influence? BW: In Canada I had a jumper and a hunter, that I also showed in

the Eq. I rode with Paul Valliere and Darren Dlin, who opened my eyes up to equitation. Towards the end of my junior years I trained with Missy Clark, and had a lot of success.


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H&S: And your equitation years? BW: I excelled at the end of my junior years, after committing

to riding as my only sport by age 15. I won ​the ​CET & CEF Finals​(both in Canada)​, Maclay Finals, the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship, was Reserve Champion in the USEF​ Talent Search and ​was also reserve in​the WIHS Equitation Championships ​two years in a row.

H&S: A Canadian male successful in the equitation, why that discipline? BW: I liked the equitation a lot, I have to say that The American

System of Forward Riding helped build a solid foundation in my riding. It's a good base and teaches solid fundamentals. With Missy's attention to detail I learned about position, riding a track, sticking to a plan – all key aspects of achieving success in show jumping. Riding and winning in that competitive company put me on the map. I also started in the grand prix classes with Missy.

H&S: After winning the Maclay Finals in 2001 you turned professional. Your first job was with another talented show jumper, Todd Minikus. And then? BW: I always looked up to Todd when I was a junior. He taught me a

lot. From mucking to grooming to going to the ring. He taught me how to work for it; how to work hard. You can't teach what Todd knows innately on a horse, but he did teach me to listen to horses, to figure out why they are doing what they are doing. I rode a lot of the young horses. I learned a new awareness through his methods. I also worked with Peter Leone, teaching and riding. Then I spent two years with Jan Tops, riding and showing in Europe.

I gained a lot of knowledge through watching. I stress that to my clients, to watch and learn. It may be time consuming but it is worth the effort.

H&S: Sticking with the 'great' factor, tell us about your working relationship with one of the world’s best riders Kent Farrington... BW: Kent has been a good friend for years, since we were

teenagers. He travels so much and needs to be focused on his own riding to stay on top, so we help each other. We have a joint venture. We have some clientele that we work with together, plus some buying and selling. I also have a couple of jumpers through Kent and my sponsors. He is a good mentor, it's a great arrangement.

H&S: After your years as a junior, working for others and now with your own business, what inspires you? BW: I love teaching and I love training horses, it involves a lot

of strategic thinking. No horse or rider are the same. I love the game, the challenge, in this sport we are always looking to learn and improve. To figure out what works, and it always changes. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and I can't wait to try it with a horse or teach it to a rider. Of course I am always looking to go as far as I can go in the sport. What inspires me is my love of showing and competing. I'm always working on developing the horsepower to compete at the international level, and when I'm there I'd like to represent Canada.

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Annie’s Equestrienne Apparel


What happens when a ten-year-old, pony-loving girl becomes your business partner? Just ask Shannon Klepper, co-founder of Annie’s Equestrienne Apparel. “The simple philosophy behind our brand is fun, functional, durable and affordable riding apparel,” she says of the line, which was created in January 2014 after fruitlessly searching for riding clothes that would fashionably appeal to children and financially appeal to adults.

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A S W E E T S TA R T With the roots of the riding world steeped in solid, classical traditions, it comes as no surprise to any rider to see an equally solid and mostly neutral palette of colors available for equestrian apparel. When Annie was just eight years old, she posed a simple yet thoughtful question to her mother: “Why do all the breeches have to be so boring?” As an aspiring dressage rider living on a sprawling farm with her family in Ohio, Annie grew up spending countless hours in the barn, with riding clothes being her daily uniform. When it became clear that the fun and colorful apparel of her dreams, combined with Shannon’s desire for sturdy, quality fabrics, was yet to be created, Annie took to her sketchbook and laid out the groundwork for what was to become Annie’s Equestrienne Apparel. The entire collection was originally inspired by Annie’s four loves: horses, fashion, dolls, and candy. Initially, it launched as a children’s brand, with the “Sticky Buns” breeches coming in Yellow, Razberry, and Tiff-Annie Blue, a vibrant azure hue that quickly became the iconic cornerstone of the line. A fleece pullover and three schooling shirts, complete with matching doll-sized options, rounded out the first release. The clothing was received with overwhelming approval. “I was quite satisfied with Annie’s being solely a kids’ brand, but we just couldn’t ignore all of the requests to make our schooling breeches and tops into adult sizes,” Shannon said. “Our little brand had to grow up quickly!” I T ’ S A FA M I LY A F FA I R Altough they have been thrilled with the continuous demand for the brand, the Kleppers take pride in maintaining a boutique size and feel to the line. Shannon’s husband helps set up the vendor tents at horse shows, while Annie’s teenage brothers assist in the distribution and shipping of the products. Her grandmother has even jumped on board, managing inventory and administrative tasks. Annie and Shannon share the title of designer. “Annie is responsible for selecting the new colors for breeches.


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Sometimes I’ll rein her in a bit, but for the most part, she’s spot on. She doesn’t overthink it…she just picks what she feels is fresh and speaks to her!” “There is definitely a need for fashionforward equestrian athletic wear, but that doesn’t mean it has to be drab,” she continues. “Our infusion of color into the equestrian world in no way disrespects its classic foundation. We’re simply offering equestrians a fun alternative by adding a bit of flair to their schooling wardrobe.” T H E I M P O R TA N C E O F C U S TO M E R S E R V I C E Plans for 2016 include further outreach into competition apparel. The brand offers beige and white breeches for the show ring, and due to high demand, Shannon and Annie have been working on a design for their first competition jacket. While their goal is to remain true to their roots with fun and fashion-forward schooling attire, they understand the importance of recognizing and honoring consumer requests. “If you’re not willing to evolve and truly listen to your customers…your business will inevitably fail. It is crucial we take amazing care of our customers. We are a happy, lighthearted brand and we love it when our customers are extremely pleased with our products and service.” DESIGNING THE PERFECT FUTURE A business partnership with a tenyear-old may not be for everyone, but Shannon sees it as a twofold opportunity: to not only continue growing Annie’s Equestrienne Apparel through the sparkling innovation of her daughter’s creativity, but most importantly, to make the most of their entrepreneurial exploration together.


“Working together by spending time doing what we love is such a blessing. I love that we’ve taken a young child’s idea and turned it into our family business and a recognizable name in the equestrian world. We’re truly living the American dream!”


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TRENDreport by Sarah Appel & Terri Roberson

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trends, and once again flats reign as a wardrobe staple. Step into luxury


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Converse Chuck Taylors. 1. 'Hodgeson' Espadrille Flat in check canvas, Burberry, $295; 2. Brandie Suede Flat, Ralph Lauren, $75; 3. 'Capriole' Flat in chestnut, Katharine Page, $340; 4. 'Faith' Ankle-Fringe Leather D'Orsay Flat, Rebecca Minkoff, $250; 5. Suede Fringed Moccasin in dust, Tomas Maier, $550; 6. 'Olive' Leather Seamed Flat, Frye, $178; 7. Calf-Hair Espadrille Flat, Gucci, $425; 8. Boston Ballet Flat in charcoal, Patricia Green, $210; 9. Saba Suede Ganici Driver, Salvatore Ferragamo, $450; 10. Ballet Lace Slip-on, Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star®, $100


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The New ‘Amal’ Women’s Show Coat

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Horse Show

Bucket List THE MENLO CHARITY HORSE SHOW August is that auspicious time of year at the elegant Menlo Circus Club – it marks the month of the exquisite Menlo Charity Horse Show, one of the oldest and most traditional philanthropic equestrian events in Northern California. The grounds are always meticulously groomed in preparation for each entrant, whether a competitor, owner, trainer, sponsor or spectator. Forty-five years ago the event known as Menlo began with a goal that holds true today. Link local charities with the upscale equestrian community to create an ideal fundraising opportunity. That goal has generated millions of dollars to local charities such as Planned Parenthood, Amigos de Las Americas, and Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, all the while offering elite competition.

DESERVED PRESTIGE Originally a one-day show, Menlo has grown to six days and attracts riders from near and far. Designated as a United States Equestrian Federation Heritage Competition, Menlo is a World Champion Hunter Rider event, and proudly hosts the South West Regional Awards Presentation Ceremony. Dedicated volunteers work long hours, often times year-round, to maintain the legacy of this cherished affair.

PHILANTHROPY FIRST Over the years, Menlo has never lost sight of its philanthropic purpose, helping those in need. Throughout its long history, the proceeds have provided significant funding to numerous local charities, focusing on one deserving entity annually. Menlo’s distinct attention to detail, making each day special from the awards to the galas, serves not only the equestrian set but ultimately the community, truly an extraordinary event for all involved.


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Above: Carleton Brooks and Pandora; This Photo: Leslie Wright and Adamus

Suzanne Rischman, the host of Pony Palooza

SPECTATORS MAKE THE SHOW Enthusiastic spectators create a truly special experience for horse show participants. Riders frequently comment that one of the aspects they enjoy most about Menlo is the fans of all ages who line the competition ring, with a genuine desire to watch the horses and riders perform. Menlo has been referred to as the ‘Devon’ of the West Coast, and one distinct reason is the families that makes the event a tradition, similar to those who don’t miss their day at the legendary Devon Horse Show’s Dixon Oval. (Devon is also on the H&S Horse Show Bucket List!)

Comissario & Kaitlyn Van Konynenburg

DIVINE LOCATION Recognized as a distinguished Emerald Club of the World, The Menlo Circus Club is a state of the art facility that offers a fabulous atmosphere for horses and humans. The Circus Club invites competitors to give their tall boots a rest, and relax at the pool after a long day of showing. Boasting top-notch amenities, they also present polo matches, swimming events, tennis tournaments, and gala parties. Located in Atherton, the Circus Club is close to Menlo Park and Palo Alto, premier cities in the Silicon Valley.

Stacey Siebel's table in the Mountain Home Sponsor Tent

LUXURIOUS SOCIAL CALENDAR Another exclusive quality of this August equestrian event is the Gala Dinner Dance and Auction, known as “Sapphires and Ice.” Hosted by Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry, it too benefits the Vista Center. Dressed in evening finery, guests are encouraged to wear sapphire or blue jewelry. The Oriental Carpet Ryman Memorial Speed – Take Your Own Line Jumper class opens the evening on the Grand Prix field, where attendees mingle on the grass. Moving to the Circus Club Dining Room, guests enjoy an elegant dinner and a wine tasting, and are invited to peruse the silent auction.


Bentley San Francisco and Bentley Los Gatos were top sponsors All photos © Alden Corrigan Media

Generous and loyal sponsors ranging from the world’s finest luxury brands to locally owned businesses help to make Menlo a success year after year. Each night offers a welcoming reason to gather at the horse show. On Thursday night it was the popular $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Daryl K. Hoffman, M.D., where gorgeous hunters gallop on the green grass, showing off their finesse and style. And on Saturday evening all gathered for the $40,000 Bentley San Francisco and Bentley Los Gatos Grand Prix. This year Mandy Porter and Eminent emerged victorious after a six-horse jump-off, And once again like Devon, the crowd-pleasing and competitive Menlo Charity Horse Show Leadline Class is also a tradition. H&S commends The Menlo Charity Horse Show for all they do. A unique boutique experience, for a good cause, awaits anyone who places this worthy event on their Horse Show Bucket List.

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LIFEof barbe by Jana Cohen Barbe

Business, Leadership and Eating Dirt



have been a business lawyer for 28 years. I have ridden horses for 42 years. It is only recently, however, that I was struck by how the lessons I have learned in the saddle apply not just in the riding arena but in the highly competitive business arena as well: 1 ) B E A PA R T N E R First and foremost, horseback riding is a partnership, and your partner weighs 1,200 pounds. In a fight, he wins. That means you have to learn to work with your partner to achieve your goals. It isn’t all about you. It is about the team. Great riders and great leaders in business understand that.


3 ) B U I L D Y O U R R E S O LV E A N D S T AY C O M M I T T E D Riding also requires resiliency and perseverance. In our sport, we have a saying: “you go to the hospital or you get back on.” Such is the life of a rider. Riders also regularly face months of struggles until a breakthrough in the horse and rider partnership is achieved. Riding requires patience, determination and mental toughness. Business too values the leaders who are resilient, who persevere, who pick themselves up, dust themselves off and get back on the horse. Business leaders must be able to recover from set-backs quickly and not be dissuaded from achieving their goals.

2 ) FA C E Y O U R F E A R S

4 ) FA I L I N G D O E S N O T H AV E T O B E FA I L U R E ; A T T U N E Y O U R P E R S P E C T I V E

Great riders, much like great leaders, must also possess true courage. There is no rider who has not experienced fear – real fear – the fear of serious physical harm and the mental challenges that then follow. Facing and then overcoming that fear, for many, is the hardest aspect of the sport. Business also requires courage: the courage to implement widespread change; the courage to make unpopular but principled choices; the courage to take risks; the courage to deliver the tough messages. The absence of courage can end a career in business just as quickly as it can end a rider’s career. There are no achievable aspirations without the courage to implement them.

Falling off a horse isn’t failure unless you fail to learn. Falling off a horse is is part of the sport. In a group lesson or on a show day, falling can involve a face-plant and a mouthful of dirt in front of a crowd. “Eating dirt” is humbling but the lesson is almost always valuable. “Did I miscommunicate with my horse?” “Did I put him in a position where he could not succeed?” “Did my focus lapse, did I follow the plan?” “Did I not prepare well for this goal?” We should ask these questions whenever we fail in business, just as we do when we fall in the ring. Riding is a process of constantly learning, growing and gaining experience, just as business should be. And it is good for everyone to be humbled now and again – to eat dirt. It is a healthy counterpoint to arrogance or egoism.

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5 ) H AV E A V I S I O N A N D A P L A N Riders must have a plan. Show jumpers walk the course in advance, and assess how many strides it will take to reach a jump, where turns are possible and where the horse might get distracted. They visualize the course and how they will ride the course, and then ideally, when they enter the ring, they execute on their plan. Leaders in business must also have a plan and the ability to visualize how the plan will be implemented. It is all about preparation and execution in riding and in business. 6) ADAPT At the same time, both riding and business require adaptability. No leader or rider can be so rigid that he/she is unable to adapt and to adjust to circumstances presented. How you ride a jumper course in the pouring rain and mud may and should be very different from how it would be ridden in ideal conditions. How you manage a business in a challenged economy may and should be very different from how you manage a business in a thriving economy. Leaders and riders must be able to recognize change and adapt accordingly. 7) KEEP YOUR MESSAGE CLEAR Horseback riding teaches the importance of consistent and effective communication. You can’t pull to stop forward motion and kick to increase forward motion at the same time – that creates mixed signals, ultimately poor communication. Leaders in business must also be effective and clear communicators. Whether setting out a vision or conveying direction, leaders must be plain spoken, forthright and unambiguous to achieve forward progress.

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Riding is a Team Sport

Todd Minikus, riding Two Star Farms’ Babalou 41, knows that Dr. Jack Snyder, and his colleagues at Circle Oak, are on his team!

ONthecover by Jackie McFarland


Los Angeles may be the place for film and television stars, but for one action-packed weekend in October, EEM rolled out the red carpet for the world's show jumping celebrities – those with four legs as well as those with two.


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The first impression when you walk in the door is a ‘show’ stopping experience. Not a horse show but a true production. Everything – from the warm-up ring, where it is staged, to the couture – it is all part of the show which makes it really quite special.

— L I N D S AY A R C H E R , S H A D Y L A N E F A R M S of exclusive couture, intriguing art and an exquisite lounge, so the competitors mingle and socialize as well as prepare to compete amid the attending audience. Through gallant efforts such as this event, equestrian sports can gradually make their way into the limelight. The Longines Masters had a larger than life banner sweeping across the outer perimeter of the Los Angeles Convention Center as well as a promotional video playing at the retail and dining courtyard in the center of LA Live. “The Masters takes an equestrian show and converts it to incredible entertainment in a venue that encourages people to meet one another and socialize, rather than just watch great sport,” commented Rob Meadows, horse owner. “It brings unprecedented media and attention to the sport that you just don’t find at other shows.”


he second annual Longines Masters of Los Angeles, one of three prestigious events now known as the Longines Masters Grand Slam series, invited the top-ranked international show jumpers and their equine partners to participate in 5* level competition with significant prize money; and offered a 2* level open to professional, amateur and junior riders. With the hundreds of horse shows we attend throughout the nation, there are none quite like this. We applaud this CSI 5* level of competition in the United States, especially on the West Coast, and strongly encourage anyone who fancies a 5* experience to add this to the must-attend list. Whether you stroll through on foot or sitting in the saddle, the opportunity to be in an intimate setting such as The Longines Masters, with the world’s best warming-up and competing while you peruse the Opera Gallery or sip a drink in the Sky Box, is unparalleled. Set within the sweeping white beams and cavernous hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, the show’s unique indoor setting compares to only two other events in the world – those found at the Longines Masters of Paris and Longines Masters of Hong Kong. Through the innovative vision of Christophe Ameeuw, founder and CEO of EEM, each of the Masters Grand Slam’s three locations encompasses the same layout, a memorable and branded 5* image that exudes equestrian excellence. All who enter experience the intimate 5* level of sport and leisure. The warm-up ring is at the center of an impressive arrangement

“Nowhere else on the West Coast can you compete at the same horse show with these top horses and riders,“said Marc Grock, 2* competitor and owner of Highland Farms. “It is a 5* setting, yet it is spectator friendly. It's an amazing opportunity.” SHOW JUMPING SURROUNDED IN STYLE Elite partnerships between top riders and commercial fashion powerhouses such as Gucci are becoming increasingly instrumental in forging a greater commercial and 5* appeal for the horse industry. As one of the show’s premier sponsors and presenter of the Masters 5* Gucci Gold Cup, the Italian luxury brand was also represented by accomplished equestrian ambassadors Edwina

This Page: Winner of the Longines Grand Prix International Jumping Competition with jump-off (1.60m) Marco Kutscher (GER) and Van Gogh; Irresistible Gucci handbags

Having all the top riders there – the top 30 in the world – it's rare to get the opportunity to show at the same venue – you can feel that. It raises the standard.

— HANNAH SELLECK Tops-Alexander and Jessica Springsteen, both of whom rode to top ribbons in custom-designed Gucci sportswear. Gucci’s new collection was available for purchase in their vendor booth, alongside a host of other fashionable brands, located on the perimeter of the warm-up arena. Competition apparel line Animo displayed a new crystal-studded collection of jackets that sparkled next to lifestyle brand Maui Jim and Longines Master's own Opera Gallery filled with original paintings and sculptures. Olga Cartaya, the art curator, welcomes visitors and knows the details of the monumental equestrian installations as well as the other artwork on site. Magnificent and luminous sculptures accented the setting, with eye-catching photographic images interspersed on the surrounding walls, all accented by plush red carpets, a lounge of white leather and red-and-white poles suspended from the ceiling. “The first impression when you walk in the door is a ‘show’ stopping experience. Not a horse show but a true production. Everything – from the warm-up ring, where it is staged, to the couture – it is all part of the show which makes it really quite special,” said Lindsay Archer of Shady Lane Farms, who flew in from Northern California for one day just to be at this event.


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The red carpet flows beyond the main floor. The stables down below are carpeted throughout. STAR QUALITY RINGSIDE Facilitating a 5* experience in the heart of downtown Los Angeles calls for a sense of change in every facet of a show’s day-to-day operations. VIP tables paralleled the entire east length of the arena on elevated tiers, allowing guests an unobstructed view while sipping Barons de Rothschild champagne and dining on exquisitely prepared cuisine by Michelin 2* chef Yves Mattagne of Belgium. The royal treatment didn’t end at the velvet ropes. Another distinct feature of the show was the podium thrones, in which the top three riders during the duration of the class sat and observed the competition play out in the arena. With the whirlwind change that can occur throughout the course of 5* competition, the shifting and rotation of riders within the thrones had a musical chairs aspect, where one rider could switch from the #1 chair, to #2, #3 and then be ousted within a few rides.

Opposite: Kent Farrington (USA) and Voyeur; Animo crystal studded pockets. This page (clockwise from top-left): Betram Allen and Quiet Easy take a victory lap after narrowly beating #1 in the world Scott Brash; McLain Ward (USA), Patrice Delaveau (FRA) and Christian Ahlmann (GER) on the podium thrones; Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani (QAT) and First Devision; Ringmaster Extraordinaire Pedro Cebulka

Early in one of the 5* classes, Qatar’s Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Than had a super ride and took his turn in a cushy podium chair. But when asked about his position in a podium interview, he humbly stated “I won't be here long.” Correct in his prediction, with the competitive 5* riders that followed, the Sheikh was dethroned. “For the Sheikh to state he wouldn't be there long...that was funny,” Archer added. “You see someone go quite fast and think that’s the surefire winner, and then another rider comes in and beats the time. It was incredible to watch that level of competition.” 5* INSPIRATION The Longines Masters experience is inspirational to any aspiring equestrian, whether competing or in the audience. “Having all the top riders there – the top 30 in the world – it's rare to get the opportunity to show at the same venue – you can feel that. It raises the standard. It's the top of the sport – if you want to play you have to be ready,” said Hannah Selleck, winner of the 2* Canadian october/november ·


Watching the best riders in the world motivates me to work harder and get better. They all make it look effortless and their horses are unbelievable.


This page: Chandler Meadows receiving her award Longines Masters style; Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) in full Gucci

Pacific Grand Prix on Sunday. “And it is in Los Angeles, on the West Coast.” “I have always felt that the bigger shows make you step up your game. Watching those top riders – that is amazing,” commented Grock. “We see them in the distance at some shows, or on TV, but here it is very intimate and the interaction happens in real time right in front of you.” Chandler Meadows, 2* amateur rider, competed in the 1.30m throughout the week with Petit Prince de Laume and reflected on the 5* experience, saying, “Watching the best riders in the world motivates me to work harder and get better. They all make it look effortless and their horses are unbelievable.” The same riders who sparked such inspiration shared her sentiments. “With some of the best riders in the world, it’s truly top sport and I think it’s really exciting that they brought that level of


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competition to our country,” said Kent Farrington, who earned third in the Longines Grand Prix and currently sits 6th in the Longines World Rankings. Winner of the Longines Speed Challenge and ranked just below Farrington as 7th in the world, Ireland’s twenty-year-old riding phenom Bertram Allen added, “You learn by watching everyone you see.” With this visit to the Longines Masters of Los Angeles only his second time in the United States (his first was last April at the Longines FEI World Cup Finals), Allen will be certain to return for more American-style action. BREAKING BREAD AND DRESSING UP WITH THE WORLD'S BEST When the sport’s top-ranked riders are nearby breakfast companions at the featured hotel or dinner guests at the next VIP table over, the sense of friendly familiarity is unique and comforting.

This page: Eve, Hannah, Georgina and Jessica all dressed up, photo © Shutterstock Rex for EEM; Hannah Sellek is Alice in Wonderland; Marco Kutcher takes a well-deserved victory gallop after winning the Longines Grand Prix aboard Van Gogh The Prestige Village that surrounded the warm-up arena hosted a horse show by day, and easily transitioned to a gala setting the first evening. All in attendance dressed in their evening best, with cameras flashing to capture the elegance. Steffen Peters demonstrated dressage in the warm-up arena while guests mingled, nibbled on hors d'oeuvres and drank champagne. And when riders are costumed as a range of characters such as Gummy Bears (with underwear), the Big Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood, the Scarecrow and Dorothy, Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts, just to name a few well-suited pairs; and featured in the Charity Pro-Am Competition, then all in attendance have fun for a good cause. “The gala and costume class makes for an intense week of showing; you are scheduling early morning flat times, competing during the day, then a few hours later are the evening festivities,” said Selleck, participating as Alice in Wonderland,

benefiting Just World International. “It is all encompassing, exciting, and different. It's a nice change.” WE'LL BE BACK German rider Marco Kutscher, winner of the prestigious 2015 Longines Grand Prix, summed it up. “The atmosphere was great and it’s fun to ride here. I would like to come back next year.” The experience is truly second to none. See you in Los Angeles in 2016.

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feature by Carly Weilminster

Capital Challenge Continues to Capture Hearts of Competitors from Around the Country

Ringmaster Ed Nowak sounds the horn for the start of competition


he 2015 Capital Challenge Horse Show concluded at Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, on Sunday, October 4, boasting some of the best hunter and equitation talent currently spotlighted on the national stage. With the likes of Scott Stewart and Liza Boyd riding alongside young rising stars such as Emma Kurtz and Vivian Yowan, each year the intimate show creates a week-long haven for equestrians and offers a telling preview of what is to come on the approaching indoor circuit. Scott Stewart reigned, capturing both the WCHR Pro Challenge and WCHR Professional Finals, two major highlights of the week, as fans of the sport waved homemade signs cheering the sport’s best in The Show Place Arena. Stewart, asserting his dominance in the hunter ring, showcased a number of beautiful young mounts in the Future Hunter division, each sure to rise to the top of the sport in due time. Piloting David Gochman’s stunning dapple-grey gelding Catch Me, Stewart added Overall Grand Hunter Champion honors to his long and continuously growing list of accolades, as the duo’s consistent performances throughout the First Year Working Green Hunter division earned them the coveted title.

Jennifer Alfano gives a kiss to The Exchange after they were champions in the Future Hunter 6 & Over division

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Alexis Taylor Silvernale and Citation won the WCHR Developing Professional Challenge

sure to find a cluster of young girls sporting double braids and colorful bows galloping through the stabling, or racing through the large concourse of the indoor arena. It seems, from an observational view, that Capital Challenge brings out the youthfulness in everyone, as stable hands and teams celebrate individual victories while riders beam smiles towards the stands in the extravagant presentation ceremonies, creating an atmosphere that continues to drive equestrians from around the country to return each year. Scott Stewart and Catch Me won the WCHR Professional Challenge and were named Grand Hunter Champions

Mimi Gochman congratulates Storyteller after their Large Pony Hunter championship

In one of the biggest events to date in the storied show’s 22-year history, 2015 seemed to reflect all that is good in horse sports, as veteran riders guided young talent to tricolor ribbons and a slew of entries braved damp conditions for a chance to compete in what many say is the most competitive show of year. It is clear that equestrianism is alive and thriving, in many ways thanks to the well-organized and enjoyable environment that can be found each week at the end of September in a small town just outside of the nation’s capitol. Carrying on a sense of longstanding tradition, the show management continues to host an event that is not just a show, but an opportunity to bring together thousands of the world’s best, and to showcase the quality of equestrian talent in the United States. Continuously setting the bar high across the numerous divisions offered through the week, the competition provides an incredible platform to introduce new riders to their first indoor competition or for a professional to showcase a brilliant hunter talent in front of a respected judging panel. As Capital Challenge looks to 2016, one thing is certain: talented riders will once again make the trek from all over the country to be a part of one of the most unique and iconic competitions on the horse show calendar.

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destination by Celeste Wilkins

DUBLIN: The People’s Horse Show Celeste Wilkins discovers the delights of Irish horsemanship and hospitality at the historic horse show. It’s hard not to think of Ireland as an inextricably horsey country. From racing to showjumping, Ireland has some of the best trainers, breeders and riders – and some of the biggest characters on the horse scene, too. For a week in August, anyone with anything to do with horses makes the trip to Dublin for a show steeped in tradition – the RDS Dublin Horse Show. You’d be forgiven if you were sitting in the adjacent Herbert Park and had no idea a busy horse show was going on across the road. The walls of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) disguise the action, but strains of victory gallop music occasionally waft throughout the posh Ballsbridge neighborhood – minutes from the downtown


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core. The main arena of the show is usually a rugby pitch for Leinster Rugby – the provincial team – but during the horse show, the goalposts come down, giving way to a small bank, water feature, ditch and other natural obstacles. For hopeful riders, gaining entry into the main arena is a grand feat. “Sure, it’s a long way to Dublin,” says my Irish friend – and he isn’t just talking about the distance from his home in Tipperary. As a relatively small country, the drive to the capital isn’t more than a few hours from any direction, but qualifying for the show can mean many early mornings, traipsing around the country to compete in qualifiers at various shows. Then, the best of the best qualify for the main arena, to jump in front of the crowds that pack the stands daily. “Only the best of the best come here, and they all bring their best horses. To do well at Dublin is a career highlight for many,” he says. They start young at the Dublin Horse Show – children as young as 10 race around seemingly massive courses of fences in the Simmonscourt Arena by the shopping concourse. The crowds pack

Opposite: Youth Nation Champions victory gallop; Ladies Day attendees wear their finest in hopes of being crowned "Best Dressed Lady." This Page (clockwise from top left): Captain Michael Kelly and Ringwood Glen; The fashionable Ladies Day crowd; One of the prizes awarded on Ladies Day goes to "Most Creative Hat."

in to watch the young stars and ride every stride with them. The Irish crowds are not shy about showing their support – the polite clapping that may be seen at other, more conservative shows is replaced by loud hollering and whistling, urging the riders on over every fence. And when these children earn coveted qualifying spots for the main arena, they’re tenacious. A stop or a rail doesn’t deter the young riders from finishing the round in style – even with thousands of eyes looking on. Teamed up with International show jumpers for the 128cm/International Riders Pairs Relay, the youngsters hold their own in the main arena and are every bit as determined as the seasoned pros to ride to victory. It’s a sight to be seen. D R E S S TO I M P R E S S Ladies Day is a tradition of high fashion, towering heels and flamboyant hats on the Thursday of the Dublin Horse Show week. Posh ladies from all over the country strut their stuff on the bandstand stage, describing their outfits to the judging panel, in hopes of being crowned Best Dressed Lady. Other awards include Most Creative Hat, Most Colourful Outfit, Longines Elegance is an Attitude and Best Dressed Man for the gentlemen.

The glitz and glamour adds to the excitement of the horse show, with the gorgeous ladies lining the stands to watch the Speed Derby in the afternoon. Top international horses compete against the clock, galloping over a small bank and through a splash pond on one side of the arena. It’s always a treat to watch showjumpers tackle natural obstacles – there are always a few horses that are a bit wary of the water, and it makes for entertaining viewing. This year’s winner, veteran Irish rider Dermott Lennon and Vampire, cruised to victory to the delight of the home crowd. A F R I D AY T O R E M E M B E R Thursday’s Ladies Day is a warm-up for the highlight of the Dublin social calendar – Friday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup – known colloquially to the Irish as the ‘Aga Khan’ after the magnificent trophy donated by the Aga Khan in 1926 as a sign of his appreciation of the horse show and gratitude to his Irish tutor, Mr Kenny. At the cup’s inception, if a nation could win the class three times, they would take the trophy home. This later changed to three consecutive times and in 1937, Ireland took home the trophy. Irish teams have

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This Page: Greg Broderick proudly holds the coveted Aga Khan trophy. Opposite: Bertram Allen and Romanov.

hoisted the trophy on 23 occasions in the cup’s 89-year history – with this year’s team adding their names to the coveted trophy. One of Ireland’s equestrian heroes, Eddie Macken helped his nation win the cup in 1979 with his iconic Boomerang. Since that time the courses have changed, becoming more technical, jumps lighter and horses careful but speedy. And while there’s no doubt that Boomerang could’ve succeeded in modern competition, Macken’s eyes are on the next generation, notably Bertram Allen. The 20-year-old rose to fame in the last few years, notching up major Grand Prix wins and ascending to fifth on the Longines Rankings. “Bertram has limitless potential – he could be world number one by this time next year,” says Macken. Allen’s rise to fame came through the pony ranks, with numerous successes in the main arena at the Dublin Horse Show – all documented in adorable video clips, thanks to social media. This rise through the ranks has inspired younger riders, and they too packed the grandstands to watch Allen and Romanov lead the Irish off on the Nations Cup course. And while they tipped a pole in the first round,


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teammates Cian O’Connor on Good Luck, Greg Broderick on MHS Going Global and Darragh Kenny and Sans Soucis Z all produced clear rounds in Round A to the delight of the home crowd. The atmosphere in the RDS was buzzing at half time, with the crowd fairly confident that they could be onto a winner. Last year’s victors, the United States produced two clear rounds with Georgina Bloomberg and Lilli, and Barron and Lucy Davis; but Charlie Jayne and Valeska, and Todd Minikus and Babalou 41 couldn’t produce the much-needed clear rounds to hoist them to the top of the leaderboard. It could’ve been the atmosphere of the crowd that negatively influenced some top horses. Everyone present held their breath as the Irish riders navigated the course, letting it out with delight when the desired result was obtained. Round B produced clear round after clear round, with a delightful double clear from Greg Broderick and the Irish-bred MHS Going Global taking the pressure off Cian O’Connor. Good Luck, a usually quite careful stallion knocked a pole, but the difference between the Irish team and the second-place team from the Netherlands meant that even with four faults, Ireland was

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Opposite: Kent Farrington and Uceko thunder through the finish line timers. Above: Andres Rodriguez reveals his Irish rugby shirt to the delight of the crowd.

victorious and Darragh Kenny didn’t have to jump Sans Soucis Z. Kenny said, “My horse jumped fantastic in the first round and these guys left me with nothing to do. Maybe it was just as well, because I could have spoiled everything if I did jump and messed it up!” The cheers of the crowd could probably be heard all the way to the Millenium Spire in downtown Dublin. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the Aga Khan was lifted with the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins present. Of course, celebrations carried on long into the night, at the horse show bars and throughout the city. A PA C K E D W E E K E N D The Nations Cup win and resulting media coverage did well to boost ticket sales at the horse show. Crowds flooded the grounds on Saturday and Sunday to catch a glimpse of the top riders. Fans weren’t disappointed. Saturday’s puissance wall rose to a whopping 7’3” before victory went to Sameh El Dahan from Egypt on a borrowed horse, Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier. Runner-up Andres Rodriguez entertained the crowd by stripping off his jacket in the arena to reveal an Irish rugby shirt – something that definitely endeared him to the crowd.

Around the main arena, demonstrations, working hunter, and breed classes captivated audiences. Fantastic food and plentiful shopping areas offered something for everyone, making Dublin one of the friendliest horse shows with so much to do – the true people’s horse show. While the Americans may have left the arena slightly disappointed after the Nations Cup, they were redeemed on Sunday, with a glorious win in the Longines International Grand Prix of Ireland, the final International class of the show. In a tight jump-off, Kent Farrington on Uceko crossed the timers with a winning time of 81.66 seconds, to best Irish riders Kevin Babington on Shorapur and Conor Swail on Grand Cru V. Vijf Eiken. After the Star-Spangled Banner rang out across the arena and the victory gallop concluded, the show slowly drew to a close. Memories of a historic Dublin Horse Show were etched in the proud hearts of the Irish public, who were treated to a fantastic display of homegrown horsepower. And memories were all that was left of the show a few days later, as the hoofprints were rolled out of the grass and the goalposts reinstated, ready for rugby – until next year!

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The Adventures of Alice Debany Clero I met U.S. born Alice Debany Clero on the Morocco Royal Tour in Rabat. Her gamine looks and age-defying natural elegance make her an unforgettable presence in the international world of show jumping. She possesses charm and an admirable understanding of world politics. And transitions from drinking mint tea in a souk to champagne in the VIP at Chantilly as effortlessly as a career diplomat.

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T H E WA R D A N D G R E E N W O O D Y E A R S As a child she rode with Barney Ward (McLain's father) and in the mid 1980s, when Alice was finishing her junior years, he offered her a job. Passionate about the sport without financial backing, she knew she would not progress without training, support and sponsorship. The job was physically and mentally difficult, but it opened her eyes. Barney was tough, but a great mentor. Alice credits it with equipping her to “withstand all the pressures there are in the life of a professional show jumper.” Her time with Barney served as a springboard to her next job, working for Paul and Robin Greenwood at the legendary Old Salem Farm in New York, where she sharpened her skills even further. Teaching a variety of ages and levels daily, she developed a keen instructor’s eye as well as improved her own riding. During this time Alice realized that she “truly enjoyed the experience of transmitting a thought or feeling to a rider and seeing them communicate this to their horse.” She was embracing all the aspects of being a professional. G O I N G I N T E R N AT I O N A L W I T H ' T H E N AT U R A L ' In the late 1980s, Katherine Burdsall (now Heller), Old Salem Farm’s acclaimed professional rider, had decided to leave the sport, and the Greenwoods made Alice an offer that would truly put her life on a different course. They asked her to take the reins of the show jumping wonder horse of the day, ‘The Natural,’ who had recently undergone splint surgery and was on a year’s rest. Michael Matz, Conrad Homfeld, or Joe Fargis would have been the obvious choices – so obvious that Alice recalls being called into a meeting and thinking she was going to be asked to help the Greenwoods choose among them.

“You can only imagine my surprise and delight when Paul said, ‘The Natural is yours if he comes back from his injury.’ He did come back, and I had three great years with this unbelievable horse. He put me on the map internationally, and gave me poise and confidence in the ring at the highest level of competition.” Alice and The Natural jumped in several Nations Cup team competitions and won the coveted Queen’s Cup at Spruce Meadows, her first brush with Royalty. The competitive pair qualified for the 1990 World Cup Final in Sweden but unfortunately a minor injury just before the flight to Sweden prevented them from attending. Generous beyond show jumping, the Greenwoods also paid for her full tuition at New York University. For five years she studied mostly at night and all day on Mondays and is forever grateful to the Greenwoods for all their support during those incredible years she was at Old Salem. F R O M C E O I N N E W Y O R K TO H E R R O YA L H I G H N E S S I N F R A N C E After their three-year run, The Natural was retired at age seventeen. The time was right for Alice to go on her own, working out of her home in Bedford, New York. When her mother decided to try to breed a Grand Prix horse for her, Alice’s inner teenager rolled her eyes a bit and said, “Mom, you would need to breed many, many horses, and maybe you might get a decent one.” Undeterred, her mother bought a thoroughbred mare for $3,000 and bred her to VIP, Debbie Dolan’s lovely stallion. Eleven months later CEO was born, with two white eyes and a cantankerous disposition. But her mother absolutely loved him, spending huge amounts of time doing the groundwork with him before he was broken.

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A great horse woman, Alice’s mother worked through all of CEO’s vices so he was ready for Alice to break at age three. Initially a very spooky, flat and quick jumper, he was extremely careful and seemed to have some power. With patience and Katie and Henri Prudent’s help, he made a big breakthrough as an eight year old. At age nine, CEO jumped a clear round at the Nations Cup Final in Madrid as well as in the World Cup Grand Prix in Paris. A nice home-bred success story, CEO also competed in Aachen with Alice. It was during the year 2000, on the Sunshine Tour in Spain, that Alice met HRH Princess Haya. They became friends during the circuit and at the end of it, the Princess asked Katie Prudent and Alice to take her on as a student. She moved to Paris to work with Alice and went to Katie’s farm to train. When the Princess qualified for the Sydney Olympics, the team had achieved a remarkable goal: training the first Arab woman ever to compete at the Olympic Games in show jumping. The following year, the Princess decided to stay on with just Alice as her trainer. After her marriage to Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai in 2004, Princess Haya and Alice remained friends, and in 2005 she asked Alice to take on a team in Dubai comprised of five local boys. Alice agreed, and began spending two weeks of every month from September to April in Dubai. B A L A N C I N G A F R E N C H FA M I LY AND A TEAM IN DUBAI As her international life blossomed, Alice met her husband, French businessman Remi Clero. Not previously a horseman, Remi has taken an interest in the sport and is now the President of the Longines Jumping International La Baule, CSIO5* of France. Although it was difficult to keep a balance after starting a family, she credits her understanding and dedicated husband and his hands-on approach to parenting for keeping their family life on track when she is away. The


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family joins her on trips to Dubai when school and career schedules will allow, and over the years and more than thirty visits, they have come to understand the culture there. “We have many great friends there, and it has been an exceptional education for my family and me to have the opportunity to know the Arab culture so intimately,” she explains. Amongst the outstanding riders on her team, Abdulla Al Marri has had the most success, winning the Arab World Cup League in 2008 and becoming the first United Arab Emirates rider to compete in the FEI World Cup Final. Three of her riders compete regularly at the Grand Prix level, and they have started to produce their own young horses. Alice is emphatic that “so much progress has been made in the Middle East since I started there ten years ago – it’s staggering.” Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum has broken barriers, as did Princess Haya, for women in show jumping in this region. Every facet of the sport has improved, including gender equality and levels of competition. The footing, the course design, the shoeing, vet care, training, and overall good horsemanship has risen exponentially in the last decade, catapulting riders from the Middle East into the top of the sport in record time.” Alice is sanguine when it comes to her good fortune. “I don’t know if Princess Haya chose me to take on this position specifically because I would be the first woman coach of a Grand Prix level team in the Middle East,” she said. “Obviously she didn’t reject the idea of my doing this because I was a woman. I think she knew I was strong enough and confident enough to be a woman in a unique role over there; that I would get the job done, and do it well.” Educated, sophisticated and talented, Alice Debany Clero defines a modern day renaissance woman. Above: Alice with her children and Alanis W, photo by Remi Clero

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Just this past month, my husband and I spent a beautiful September weekend in New York City, attending a Broadway show, eating great food and strolling the bustling streets. But the real reason for our Big Apple excursion was not for the plays, pretzels, or pedestrian sights, but rather to witness the much-anticipated Rolex Central Park Horse Show. Transforming Trump Rink in the heart of Central Park and celebrating the final weeks of summer sun, the event had returned for its second year to educate the citizens of New York about equestrian sport, and to invite top equestrians from around the world to participate in multiple disciplines. This was our second year at the event and we were extremely excited not only to watch the $212,000 U.S. Open CSI 3* Grand Prix, but also to seize the rare opportunity to watch pony, amateur, and professional riders on their hunters, competing in the elegantly decorated arena. As a lifelong horsewoman with eternal pony dreams, the infusion of the magic of horses with the glamour of the city sparked the flame of a new dream, fueled by my equestrian past and built upon my hopes for our daughter in the future. THE GARDEN DREAM When I was growing up riding and showing horses in Maryland my dream was to one day qualify and ride at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden. As the years went by and I continued to work towards my goal, I began to dream it would truly become a reality. I sacrificed opportunities to visit New York with my family throughout my childhood, saying my first time in the city would be when I rode at The Garden. As a young amateur my dream came true and I qualified, competing in the iconic Garden during the last year The National Horse Show was held in the city. It was an amazing experience with memories that stay with me to this day; I remember 2 a.m. walks down the dark, quiet avenues just to get to the into the ring to school my horse. It was everything I had dreamed of, and our weekend at the Central Park Horse Show brought all of those wonderful recollections to the front of my mind. A FA M I LY A F FA I R Now a little background about just how vivid my dream of showing in New York City was. In truth, it was a fantasy and my whole family was involved in the adventure. We named our farm, which only existed on paper, Fantasy Farms. Many of our horses were also suitably named for NYC. We had Chase Manhattan, Central Park, Herald Square, Staten Island, Broadway Joe, Riverdale and Madison Avenue.

It all began in junior high school when we moved to a new home that was around the corner from a small farm owned by a great horseman named Johnny Jackson. One day my parents surprised us by purchasing a foal... what they were thinking, I’ll never know! Well, that foal went on to win the yearling filly class at The Devon Horse Show. Worthy of Somethin' was her name at the time – we later changed it to Central Park. The Devon Horse Show came to represent so much more for my family. My younger sister and I competed for many years, qualifying for that very show, and for Indoors. Our weekend shows were cherished family events, with my older sister keeping all of us organized, my mom keeping us dry and fed, and my dad...well, let's just say he was our biggest fan and the best horse show dad ever! We lived our fantasy. After qualifying for the National Horse Show a second time, its first year at the Meadowlands, it was time for me to focus on my career and leave the sport. Many years later my dad was diagnosed with ALS. We were fortunate he survived it for seven years and along the way I got back into riding. Once again, horses became a wonderful vehicle to bring our family together, the chance to focus on something we all loved and a way for my father to live outside of his illness. The last time I saw my dad, I was sitting at the end of his bed watching videos of my rounds at Harrisburg just days before I was to ride at Washington. It wasn't long afterwards that he passed and I made the difficult decision to again leave the sport I loved. It had provided exactly what it was supposed to and truly brought our family together at a difficult time. Today, through my work as well as my everlasting appreciation for everything the equestrian world represents to me, I've kept my toe in the sport and now have had the chance to attend the Central Park Horse Show, twice. As I sat with my husband watching the Pony Classic Exhibition, admiring the gutsy young pony riders tackle the course, I could not help but dream that one day our daughter Devon, whose name represents all the love my family felt when we were together at the Devon Horse Show, could set a goal of competing in Central Park, and learn to create everlasting memories on the back of a horse as I did.

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1. Lucy Deslauriers and Hester beneath the New York City skyline in the $25,000 U25 Grand Prix 2. The view from the Rolex Central Park Horse Show VIP Chalet 3. A pony waits for his turn to show off in the middle of Central Park 4. An equine-inspired VIP entrance 5. Ponies in the park 6. Annabel Revers and MTM Hands Down conquer Bobby Murphy's creative course design 7. Daniel Bluman and Conconcreto Believe fly to victory in the U.S. Open CSI 3* Rolex Grand Prix 8. Daniel Bluman with his inaugural U.S. Open trophy 9. Nicole Bellissimo and Harley David jump to a win in $25,000 U25 Grand Prix under city lights


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Top to bottom: The Hermès lounge at the American Gold Cup; Nick Dello Joio; Hermès Groom Bag


orse & Style spent a magical weekend in North Salem, New York at the American Gold Cup with a view from the stellar second story Hermès lounge. This picturesque setting with lush emerald green grass, artistically painted obstacles and stylishly-dressed equestrians mingling amidst Hermès special guests on a gorgeously sunny Saturday was dreamy. On the morning of the Hermès Speed Derby we sat and chatted with Hermès Partner Rider Nick Dello Joio. Young, vivacious and full of visions for the future, Nick represents the up-and-coming generation of great horsemen.


Of course, we also had to ask about about fashion and function from his attire to his tack, and what is next for Nick Dello Joio, and in the process learned some unexpected Old Salem news. Horse & Style: How do you feel fashion has evolved in recent years in the sport of show jumping? Nick Dello Joio: When I first started riding the shirts, the jackets, everything was more bulky and heavy. But in the last five years show clothes have become a lot more technical. The fabric is much thinner, lighter, more stretchy and more sweat absorbent. For me I think that has been the biggest change in the industry. Now there's a lot more flash when it used to be more classic. Honestly that’s why I like Hermès best. They are becoming more technical in the construction, which is great, but they still keep their super classy good look, which is so important. I think that out of all the companies they really do it best.


H&S: Is Hermès a part of your show and non-show wardrobe? Your favorite items? NDJ: I love my Hermès watch; I’ve had it forever. They do a great job with their breeches, I can ride ten horses a day in them and they don’t change, they don’t fade. And their hunt coats are the best in the sport. Lightweight and comfortable, they are the classiest jacket out there. I even think you can throw them in the washing machine and hang dry and they still come out the same way. But I never do, I send mine to the dry cleaner, so don’t quote me on that! H&S: Tell us about your Hermès saddle(s). Each one is custom to the horse? NDJ: Over the years I’ve had a few different Hermès saddles. Yes, they come and measure your horse’s back with a special tool. After the measurements, it takes a few months to make the saddle and it just fits perfectly. First and foremost the saddle is for the horse more than it is for the rider. I know a lot of saddle companies make a saddle that you get in and it feels like you’re sitting in a couch but these saddles are made to last a long time and they’re made to suit your horse’s needs.


Typically the horses that get measured are more seasoned and you know they will really benefit from a custom-made saddle. My top two horses will be wearing the newest Cavale soon. Also notable is the durability, the Hermès saddles last. Especially for me, someone that rides a lot of horses a day, some of these really soft leather saddles after you ride in them for a few years you start to see quite a bit of wear and tear on them. I had a few demo Hermès saddles that I think were from the 80s and they’re still going strong. I haven’t seen that in any other saddle company. H&S: How did you become an Hermès Partner Rider NDJ: Several years ago, I think Hermès decided to reinvent their equestrian image. When it came to tack they always had quality items but had not kept up with the changes, or been in touch with the new technology. I signed on as a Partner Rider in 2013, and I think they’ve really come on full force with great products to wear, horse and rider, and are on the forefront with saddles. The Partner Rider Program reflects their vision as well as their ‘timeless’ image. I was lucky enough that they thought of me. Since then, they have also brought on Daniel (Bluman) and Lillie (Keenan). And one of my best friends Ben Asselin just signed on as well. This group represents riders that are young, active and will be in this sport for a long time. It’s a long-term relationship! H&S: Old Salem has been around for a long time, but in recent years the owners have invested a lot into the facility. NARG has ranked it high for a few years now. Your thoughts? NDJ: This is one of the premier facilities in the country. We come here for the May shows every year and now that the Gold Cup relocated here, we come here every year in September. The footing here is amazing, the grass field footing stayed good all week. We had a big storm two days ago, after the show day was over. It was pouring and it kept coming down. All the sand rings and the schooling areas were

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Clockwise from top left: Hermès "Clous de Selle"; Roberto Teran and Farina; Nick Dello Joio leads a group course-walk


fine, couldn’t tell there had been a downpour the day before. H&S: You mentioned you had some news to share? What’s next for Nick? NDJ: I do have some big news. I’m really excited because we are moving our business here to Old Salem on Monday! (The day after the American Gold Cup was over, September 14th.) We are going to be here with Frank Madden, who as you know is already based here. We’re bringing 16 or 17 of our own horses. So it’s going to be a nice ‘partnership,’ a combining of skill sets, if you will. To have both Dad’s and Frank’s experience in one place, it’s going to bring a real unique opportunity. One of nice things about us working together is if the clients want to show in different places we can split up and make it work for everyone. Any goal that a client may want to achieve, like a little stint in Europe or a few weeks at Spruce or staying at nice shows closer to home like Lake Placid, we’ll have someone there to coach at each location. It expands both of our businesses having solid experience in all the dimensions from hunters to equitation to jumpers, up to the Olympic level. We can focus on goals at all levels. We’re also redoing our farm in Florida, which is like any remodeling project, taking longer than we want, but it looks beautiful. I’m going to Florida to finalize some things and we will be there for winter, but for now will enjoy a gorgeous fall season at Old Salem.


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H&S: And for you as a rider? Wondering if you also teach, especially now that you will be at Old Salem. NDJ: As a rider I want to be competitive at the highest level and all the major championships in our sport and have a really strong business. I’m looking forward to having Frank, an award winning equitation trainer as well as very successful in the jumpers and then somebody like Dad who has been around the world coaching, those two minds together is great for me on horses. I think it’s a fun team. The family will like having Dad around more because he’s been traveling a lot the last couple of years. A lot of people don’t think I do much teaching. I actually love to teach and now will be doing more. AND ACTION... After our conversation, Nick took a group out to walk the course for the Speed Derby, presented by Hermès. With the field looking fabulous the fast-paced class was conquered by Irishman Richie Moloney on Equinimity LLC’s Alsvid. Richie’s Irish luck (and talent) continued to shine on Sunday, when he also captured the American Gold Cup winning the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York on Equinimity LLC’s Carrabis Z. From two stories up at the Hermès Lounge, the company and the views were superb.


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I am a parent of a child in the cross rail division. She hopes to move up to the next level as soon as possible and compares herself to some of her barn mates constantly, which often results in her feeling unaccomplished and badly about herself. How can I best support her? This is a universal challenge for all athletes. Compare equals despair no matter what! A useful tool for working with this pattern is to look back at one’s personal journey of learning/training, successes, and challenges. This is an actual cycle that is repeated in all aspects of life in a variety of ways. Reflecting on one’s patterns of learning to talk, walk, and read can be helpful models for understanding learning to ride and show. After a brief reflection on your daughter’s learning processes, shift the focus to learning how to compete with herself. There will always be someone who is better at an endeavor and we need to learn to see them as inspiration, rather than trigger self-judgment. Having just re-entered the show ring, I am very aware of this challenge. Some of my same age friends/

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competitors are beating me in the ring over and over again! I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I want to win too! But when I tell myself the real story of what’s happening, I realize that I am doing incredibly well, actually winning, given my personal circumstances! So the upshot is, have empathy for your daughter while supporting her to focus on a personal narrative that includes only the details of her journey. Factor in the environmental factors like how much sleep she got the night/week before, how well she ate, lessons leading up to the show, her actual level, and reasonable expectations. When you honestly assess your own situation, the successes are easy to spot and the challenges become focus for improvement. As I said, this is a lifelong practice and we can never start too young!

What do I do when I have tons of down time after the course walk or between rounds at big events like medal finals? I get so tired just hanging around! Single-focus events require a different approach to developing a heightened focus at the appropriate time than typical show days. On a typical show day, I encourage athletes to have awareness of their attention in terms of a spiral. The center of the spiral is the goal each time you enter the show ring. The outer edges of the spiral are the goals for rest and transportation times. Being aware of where you are on the spiral throughout the the day helps you to be purposeful about how you are spending your energy and where you are allowing your thoughts to travel. On a single event day, consider the spiral with two parts. Focus and physically warm up for the course walk. Eat regular meals and hydrate to keep mind and body balanced with calories to burn at game time. Watch no more than 10 rounds before taking a walk, purposely disconnecting from the show ring. Visualize the course and your intended plan periodically, but allow your mind to focus on other things too so it doesn’t become dull. Stay off your phone and social media as these are mental energy drains and have the potential of triggering negative self-talk. Socializing too much burns a lot of energy. Reading, studying, and writing are excellent

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ways to keep the mind engaged without emptying the focus tank. Take time to stretch. Rest with feet higher than your heart to restore energy. Meanwhile, visualize your intended round from your perspective, from your horse’s perspective, and from the judge’s perspective. When it is time to get dressed to ride, do some breathing exercises to center and channel your mounting adrenaline. At this point you are on one of the inner circles of the spiral. If your heart races a bit too fast for your comfort, inhale slowly through your nose for up to six counts and exhale slowly through your mouth for as long as it takes to completely empty your lungs. Repeat three times. Take one last glimpse of the course before warm-up so it is sharp in your mind. As you approach the back gate, recognize your heart rate as a signal to sharpen your mind-body connection. Review the plan once more. Trust that your analytic mind will tell you what to do when. Enter the ring with awareness that you are now at the center of the spiral. The next 1-2 minutes are all about the connection between mind-body-horse. Be present for each moment. Be clear with the cues you give your horse. Enjoy the ride, you have arrived!


Dr. Carrie founded The (W)inner’s Circle for Equestrians, a membership-based program that supports riders to develop a mental practice for peak performance. She regularly consults with riders and trainers. She is also a parenting guru who guides teens and parents through challenges while deepening their bonds and navigating adolescence. Dr. Carrie was a top Junior/Amateur competitor, a young professional rider, and mother of an elite gymnast and an equestrian. She has worn all the hats! Her doctoral dissertation, “Adolescent Equestrienne Athletes’ Experiences of Mindfulness in Competition” is in the Library of Congress and is currently being revised as a book for the public. 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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1. A chainsaw carver from the Appalachian Arts Studio creates a beautiful equine sculpture 2. Candice King and Andre Mershad, who, at age 16, made his grand prix debut in his hometown of New Albany 3. Karen Days, president of The Center for Family Safety and Healing, celebrates the $1.7 million raised through the 2015 event thanks to sponsors and event attendees 4. New Albany’s own Ali Wolff flashes a smile 5. Veteran partners Margie Engle and Indigo soar to to a third-place finish in the $125,000 New Albany Invitational Classic Invitational Grand Prix CSI2* 6. Abigail Wexner, Tania Bordas, Conor Swail and mount Simba De La Roque all sporting shades of victorious blue 7. Schuyler Riley, Margie Engle and Candice King sharing a laugh 8. Chewbacca's visit to The Classic made for out-of-this-world photographs 9. Young show jumping fans waiting for the grand prix to begin


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10. 2015 New Albany Classic Authentic Cup winner Conor Swail aboard Simba de la Roque 11. Talented dancers from the BalletMet perform on the Dance, Sing, and Roar! stage at The New Albany Classic


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HUNTERS JUMPED FOR $500,000 The hunters in the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix galloping around the expansive arena with a bank and more, were lovely to watch. Aaron Vale rode Dress Balou to the win just like the year before, which is a feat even for a seasoned professional such as Vale. And to see Don Stewart beaming from ear to ear is always a pleasure. Another ‘winning’ story from that particular class was Jenny Karazissis riding Christa Endicott’s bay hunter Justified. Karazissis was qualified without a horse and so the two trainers got together and decided to go for it, shipping the horse that Karazissis had never ridden back to Saugerties. The pair finished sixth overall, heading back to the West Coast with a $20,000 check that hopefully covered expenses and then some. J U N I O R A N D A M AT E U R J U M P E R S COMPETED FOR $250,000 With parents, Chuck and Dana, ensconced in the horseworld, Haley Waters is no stranger to the saddle or the horse show. She was nonetheless emotional when she won the $250,000 Jr/AO Jumper Prix on Qurint Sunday of the HITS Saugerties Championship weekend. Not an easy victory, both the competition and the courses were tough. And she literally won by a fraction, besting Catherine Tyree on Enjoy Louis by .0133 when they were both clean in the jump-off.



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FORTY SHOW JUMPERS ATTEMPTED THE CHALLENGE OF THE $1 MILLION GRAND PRIX Kudos to amazing equestrian Beezie Madden who was the only rider to master Steve Stephens challenging 1.60m course on a hot day in Saugerties. Going towards the end of the order, Madden walked in the arena on Abigail Wexner's Simon knowing that not one entry had mastered the track without fault, and that several top horses and riders followed her, including McLain Ward aboard the fearless Rothchild, Conor Swail and the talented Viva Colombia, Todd Minikus on the dynamic Quality Girl and Margie Engle on the incredibly scopey Royce. Each question asked on course the pair answered with skill, clearly not their first time over a technical track. She summed it up in the press conference, “Well my day was great. It was a difficult course. Even when we walked it I thought this is as hard as it gets other than Olympics or World Championships. My horse had one of his best days; together we had one of our best days. I

Clockwise from top-left: Aaron Vale and Dress Balou; Beezie Madden and Simon; Haley Waters tears of joy; McLain Ward and Rothchild thought he went beautifully; the round went pretty much exactly how I wanted it to. He tried his heart out. I couldn’t be happier with him. I’ve had him for three years now and that was one of our best rounds ever.” Ward, Minikus and Swail had one rail each. Three other competitors who had ridden before Madden also only had four faults – Beisel, Polle and Babington – all within the time allowed. That group picked up third through eighth place ribbons and reasonably large checks. Madden was able to share the top prize of $330,000 with her outstanding owners the Wexners. “We’ve done a lot of support with the Nations Cups and it’s nice

for the horse, and honestly my owners and my team that has done so much, to have a big payday like this. I’m happy that everything worked out for all of us. T H E M I L L I O N D O L L A R S TO R Y I S A B O U T B I G R E D, T H E PA S Q U E L S , RICHARD SPOONER AND A MAN N A M E D N I KO L A J H E I N R U U S The one color of ribbon not mentioned above was red, the color that represents second place in the United States. That well-earned ribbon went to a virtually unknown pair entering seventh in the ring, Gerardo Pasquel’s Big Red ridden by Danishman Nikolaj Hein Ruus. They were simply fabulous, jumping

each element in style, and finishing with just two time faults. At that point in the class, thirty plus riders were thinking about going clean and jumping off for the big prize, so although their ride was outstanding, where they might finish was unknown. Several of the upcoming entrants were 100% capable of going clean within the time, including the aforementioned names of Ward, Minikus, Swail, as well as other international riders, such as previous winner Andre Theime of Germany, Colombian Daniel Bluman and more. However that was not the case. The Steve Stephens’ course challenged each rider in one spot or another, with the exception of october/november ·


Nikolaij Hein Ruus celebrates his (almost) clean round with a fist pump; Nikolaij Hein Ruus at the press conference two that day, Madden and Ruus. The fact that Ruus ended with only time faults was nothing short of phenomenal considering the course, the competition and the level of experience the pair had in a 1.60m field, which was minimal. Note that Ruus and Big Red competed together for the first time just four months prior. An interesting mix of countries were involved in this victory – from Denmark to Mexico, Germany to France and California, USA. Ruus is Danish, Pasquel is from Mexico, Big Red is a German-bred purchased in France and Californian Richard Spooner is the coach. Truly an international melting pot came together in a magical way. DOWN SOUTH Let’s back up a bit to see how this did come together. From Mexico City, the Pasquel brothers, Patricio, Francisco and Gerardo, have a passion for the sport, from owning horses to producing horse shows. They are heavily involved in show jumping in Mexico, and have played a significant role in raising the bar with shows like Xalapa,


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Valle de Bravo and more. A key aspect to how this story unfolds is the Pasquel’s knowledge and keen eye for talent. A few years ago they met Nicolaij Hein Ruus through their good friend Eduardo Menezes. Recognizing his abilities, the Pasquels asked Ruus if he would come to Mexico to train them as well as work with their horses. A BIT OF RUUS BACKGROUND Ruus grew up with a father who trained Olympic level Dressage riders. He started riding at age five and was showing by age seven. When he turned ten his father asked him that all important question – ‘What do want to do when you grow up?’ Without hesitation Ruus said ‘I would like to be a show jumper.’ His father replied, ‘Ok, now things are going to change. I am going to be a little bit hard on you.’ And for the next seven years Ruus learned to work hard and be very disciplined. Ruus explained that time in his life like this: “He actually called me an experiment

because it wasn’t until I was a bit older that he taught me dressage. First thing he focused on was my balance on the horse – to be able to sit light and not move and just feel the horse. To learn that less is more.” His father knew what he wanted Ruus to feel. “His philosophy was that if I didn’t have a feel for the rhythm, that if I didn’t find a distance, my instinct would be to pull back. But he wanted my instinct to be rhythm, and keep the flow, and let the fence come to me. So far, after all these years, it is still working,” he said with a well-deserved second-place sparkle in his eyes. He went to Germany at age 17 and worked with Ludger Beerbaum, a pivotal experience even though it was only for a short time. After returning to Denmark for school, Ruus had a bad accident where he shattered the lower part of his leg. With good doctors and a lot of physical therapy, he slowly recovered to the point they told him he could ride again. Ruus returned to Germany and worked hard for several years. His last job was with Paul Schockemohle,

until he made the journey to Mexico, where he has been for almost three years. A BIT OF BIG RED BACKGROUND Big Red, sired by Ludwig von Beyern, was born in Wesphalia, Germany. As a foal he went to France, and when Gerardo Pasquel purchased him in April of 2014 as a nine-year-old, the horse was competing at 1.35-1.40m. They were told he would make a nice 1.45m horse. Ruus revealed how the story unfolded from there. “The horse was not so educated, he was energetic and all over the place. He was a handful so it took a while to teach him how to relax. Horses with this much power if you can’t teach them to relax you’ll have a bit of a problem having all that energy working against the horse and against you. So that took quite awhile but then he learned how to handle himself. He was always able to jump but now he’s jumping even more powerfully and more round than he did before. I’m proud of him, he’s come a long way and showed that he’s a 1.60 horse.” But Ruus only rode Big Red at home. He jumped him over single jumps to school him, and had never done a course. He was training the horse for Gerardo, who was competing the horse. In April of this year, the week before they were leaving to show at the CSI4* in Xalapa, Gerardo was coming out to ride. But instead he asked Ruus to jump a course on Big Red. After watching, he said: ‘That looked really good I would love to watch you jump the Grand Prix at Xalapa.’ Ruus might have been hesitant if he didn't believe in the horse. But he had no hesitation. “The horse has always been a team player; he just didn’t know how to handle himself. He wants to do everything right, but sometimes he’s just a little energetic. I really enjoy working with him. But if you press the wrong buttons you’ve got your hands full,” he explained. “He loves to jump. He doesn’t get careless when it’s small. He just wants to jump. He’s one of a kind. I've seen a lot of horses in my life but never really met any like him.” And that was the beginning of a new chapter for Big Red and Ruus. The horse had never competed at 1.50m but all the work Ruus put into him paid off in ways no one had anticipated. At Xalapa, their first show together, with a total of four rounds in FEI classes at 1.50m and 1.60m they had one rail. They were one of only six clean in the qualifier. A couple of weeks later Gerardo told Ruus that he would like him

to compete in the Saugerties $1 Million in early September. With less than 90 days to prepare, it was time to focus on a plan. SPOONER BECOMES A PA R T O F T H E T E A M Together with Richard Spooner, they developed a detailed plan from every angle, from diet to training to competitions with the goal to peak on that weekend in Saugerties. Spooner worked with Ruus and Big Red monthly, while Ruus made certain to follow the plan. Watching Ruus and Big Red on course, the natural talent they each possess and then how it comes together is quite a sight. Ruus is certain that the plan and Spooner's expertise played an important role in taking that to a new level. “Richard’s influence has helped me a lot. He never really tried to change anything but it's the fine adjustments. He's very good at reading me and then giving me the right advice. Our communication is very good. For him to achieve that fine polishing and have me ready for the competition, I haven’t really met many people that are capable of doing it the way he's done. And the way we work together is seamless,” Ruus said. T H E M I L L I O N D O L L A R D AY IN SAUGERTIES It all came down to one day, one class, one ride, 16 obstacles and 90 seconds. As Madden said, the course was as difficult as any she had walked, aside from Olympics and the like, and she rode Simon, her champion partner for the 2013 FEI World Cup Finals, whom she’s been riding for three years. Ruus explained the key moments. “Richard and I walked it together twice. First we walked it and then he listened to what I thought and I listened to what he thought and then we walked it again. From 1-2 was pretty obvious but then there was the triple bar (fence 3), where I needed to have the horse in front of me. Then from the triple bar a lot of people went very direct to that line of 4 to the double oxer combination. There I knew I had to be very patient and go out to the wall before I turned in. It actually looked like the line was along the wall but it was actually turned away from the wall. So we determined the track down to small details. For that line, I jumped the first vertical and did like Richard said ‘Sit tall and keep your leg on. Whatever you do, don’t move.’ And it worked. You had to be very precise in that class, there was no room for error. It was huge.” And so the magic of this million dollar day

unfolds, from where it began in Germany to France to Mexico to Saugerties, New York. The Pasquel brothers, Ruus, Spooner and Big Red collectively created the magic that riders around the world dream of. HAPPY ENDINGS LEAD TO N E W B E G I N N I N G S “I had to pinch my arm when I was at the press conference because I was sitting next to two of my idols [McLain Ward and Beezie Madden], which was quite amazing. And then after signing autographs sitting next to McLain I said to him ‘This is weird, the other day I was watching you on TV and now I'm sitting here signing autographs with you.’ He said ‘if you keep riding like that you might as well get used to it.’ It was quite funny; he has a very good sense of humor. That was an unforgettable experience,” said Ruus with a smile. As we sat down a few days after to talk about his big red ribbon win on Big Red, Ruus was looking ahead, after some giddy reflection. “I'm trying to let it sink in. On Monday I was sitting in there with my mouth open. I was thinking ‘What the hell happened yesterday?’ But now I think I got it and now I want to try it again. Gerardo said this won’t be the last time that I get to do something like that. And when he says that, it’s enough.” Speaking of his job, he not only made Big Red what he is today, but both Gerardo and Francisco are competing successfully in the High Amateur-Owner division from Mexico to California to New York. Francisco had one rail in the final round of the challenging $250,000 Jr/AO Jumper Prix in Saugerties. Three years ago, Gerardo was jumping 1.20m, and they day we spoke he was clean on two horses in the Highs (1.40m) at the Gold Cup. At press time it appears the next chapter of the story is underway. Ruus and Big Red won in early October at Xalapa's CSIO4*, and they are on their way to the Del Mar International to compete. As Ruus aptly said, “I just take it day by day and make sure I keep doing my job. We're getting there, we're working on it, it’s a work in progress. With horses it always is, you learn everyday.” Although the blue ribbon winner that day was Madden, Ruus had a million dollar day winning red on Big Red.

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Style of Riding Award Horse & Style is thrilled to recognize standout, classic horsemanship and riding style from coast to coast by presenting the Horse & Style, Style of Riding Award – West at the 2015 Longines Masters of Los Angeles, and East at the 2015 American Gold Cup. The Award is given to a rider from each coast who stands out as a respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike sportsman. The rider who displays an impeccable American style of equitation in the ring, and sportsmanship outside of the ring, is deserving of the Style of Riding Award.





A G E : 20

A G E : 49

H O R S E S : Von Cim “Cimi” (10y/o mare), Verona,

H O R S E S : Deaaxville (9y/o gelding), Constable II (8y/o

W H E R E Y O U L I V E : New York City is my home,

W H E R E Y O U L I V E : Home is in Wellington, but I

(10y/o mare), Zafira (11y/o mare), Rahmannshof’s Zwitser “Twizzler” (11y/o gelding), Charley (8y/o gelding), Basic (9y/o mare), Aron S “Aron” (10y/o gelding) but I’m currently in my freshman year at the University of Miami, located in Coral Gables, Florida.

R I D E : I train with Kent Farrington, based out of his barn in Wellington during the winter, then some of the horses go to Europe for a month or so. Between June and mid-July, all of them go to Calgary for Spruce Meadows before going back to Europe for the rest of the summer.


It is a huge honor to receive the Style of Riding Award. I broke my wrist this past July at the Global Champions Tour of Chantilly in a bad fall, and couldn’t ride for two months. I started riding two weeks before LA, but only got to jump the weekend before. Leading up to the show, I worked hard to remain in good shape for riding by continuing a weekly workout routine which I believe is an important part of developing my style. I have always looked up to riders such as Kent, Beezie and McLain and greatly admire their style of riding and professionalism. To be chosen for an award that applauds one’s equitation and style in the saddle is a huge compliment!


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gelding), Cedric (17y/o gelding), Andretti (10y/o gelding), Nouvelle (11y/o mare), Zeremonie (8y/o mare); Cavalia (8y/o mare) would also say home is in England too; I spend about half my time in Florida and half my time in England. England is also a touch-base place for me as I’m always flying off somewhere new.

R I D E : I’m currently training American students, Emma

Helse and Emily Moffitt. We show up to 40 weeks a year, with anywhere between 25-45 horses, including students horses and young horses. Sometimes we split up – Mary Elizabeth (Laura’s sister) takes some students to shows, and Nick (Skelton) does too. Since winning this award, Laura helped the United States earn 4th in the Nations Cup Final in Barcelona. At press time she is back in North America for Washington, National Horse Show and Toronto before heading to Europe to wrap up 2015 in Paris and Madrid.


It’s always an honor. I’ve won a style award a few times and I’ve also won the American Style of Equitation. As riders growing up in the U.S. our focus is on a correct position, and I’m a big advocate of that. I think the rest of the world is catching up. Style, to me, brings to mind anybody who looks effortlessly put together and it seems to come naturally to them.

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Top to Bottom: Alexandra Crown presented with the Style of Riding award at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles; Laura Kraut presented with the Style of Riding award at the American Gold Cup; Closeup of the Horse & Style, Style of Riding award cooler awarded to Laura Kraut at the 2015 American Gold Cup. Photos Š McCool, The Book LLC

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Equestrian Revival in the Land of

Enchantment Famed for its art, opera, and homegrown spicy green chilies, equestrian excellence returned to New Mexico with the Santa Fe Summer Series. Located on the southwestern tip of Santa Fe with a clear view of the volcanic formed Jemez Mountains, the 137-acre HIPICO Santa Fe, hosted over five hundred horses and riders for three weeks of premiere hunter-jumper competition. A B I T O F H I S TO R Y New Mexico natives and long-time friends Guy McElvain and Brian Gonzales, had a dream of bringing a Grand Prix back to The City Different. Their passion is reflected in the name they chose for their site: HIPICO, a Spanish word that, loosely translated, refers to a cultural, social, and athletic center revolving around the horse. More than thirty years ago, the McElvain family converted a ranch on the Pecos River to a breeding and training facility, when a trip to Germany introduced them to the Holsteiner. With the purchase of a stallion and two mares, Rancho Corazon, owned and operated today by Guy McElvain, chose to focus on breeding and competing Holsteiner sport horses.


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For Brian Gonzales, an 18th-generation New Mexican, the return to the land on which HIPICO operates today is truly a homecoming. Previously belonging to his great, great, great grandfather, a descendant of the first Spanish settlers, the land his family once owned totaled 26,000 acres before the government parceled off pieces of it for public use. Though the friendship originated through a love of foxhunting, it was during their participation in a fundraiser that the idea of creating the Grand Prix de Santa Fe took shape in 2004. For five years, the event was New Mexico’s only high-level jumper competition until a fruitless search for a permanent home combined with the national recession caused it to be temporarily suspended. Once the dust settled from the recession, and the economy began to rebound, McElvain and Gonzales revisited their dream. Having purchased the HIPICO property in January, they put together a team and then sprinted to July, building additional outdoor rings, planting trees, and fixing on-site facilities. “The bones of the site were here. Now, we just had to figure out how to manage it,” recounted Gonzales. H E R C U L E A N E F F O R T PAY S O F F Despite only a six month lead time before the three-week series, Gonzales and McElvain not only built a show venue that surpassed all expectations, they secured major sponsors and impressively sold out all 584 stalls by the second week. To smooth out any operational wrinkles, The HIPICO team enlisted Southbound Show Management and its experienced manager Patrick Rodes. From adult amateurs to short stirrup to USHJA hunter derby classes to a Grand Prix each weekend, the team created a series of shows that offers something for every level of rider.

The newly refurbished grounds utilized the natural sandy footing of the desert in outlying arenas, along with the meticulously groomed emerald grass footing in the Grand Prix field. The construction team, mindful that a surge of summer monsoon rains might suspend all activities, made certain that seven rings featured all-weather footing. And notably the location is excellent. “One of the greatest values of this property is that we are forty-five minutes from Interstate 40. All those people coming up from places like Florida to Colorado or California have been just driving right by us. Now we have an event that can be a part of their circuit,” Gonzales said. THE SANTE FE SHOW SCENE Show organizers succeeded in bringing Southwest flair and hospitality to the event. Colorful jump standards were festooned with carvings in the shape of sea horses, low-lying dachshunds, a pair of British telephone boxes, and a host of corporate logos highlighting sponsors. The featured obstacle, a replica of a traditional New Mexican ranch-style entrance, marked the $40,000 Grand Prix sponsored by Kathy and Brad Coors. Mini Cooper cars dotted the field to represent the company’s sponsorship of the Sandia BMW/ Mini Cooper National Hunter Derby Challenge. The VIP HIPICO Lounge provided respite from the heat, and an opportunity to mingle. Sumptuous breakfasts welcomed early risers, and spectators enjoyed buffet lunches. Freshly baked pastries and fruit, along with cold drinks and a champagne bar, remained available throughout the day. Table seating and a string of Adirondack chairs with views of the Grand Prix ring and the other primary arenas provided peaceful places to lounge. Those without access to the VIP also found sustenance in the shade at the canopied Blue Corn Café tent. With a clear view of the action on the Grand Prix field, spectators sipped locally brewed beer. The nearby, adobe-styled HIPICO Café tempted taste buds where many grabbed a green chili cheeseburger, a packet of chips, and a cold drink under turquoise blue skies. P I È C E D E R É S I S TA N C E A N D I N D Y R A C E C A R S TA R S The highlight show jumping event is the Grand Prix. Soaring fences, intricate courses and speed, none of which is for the faint of heart, tests the mettle of both horse and rider. Sunday afternoons, Grand Prix days, drew the curious locals and passionate followers of the sport. The first week’s results awed seasoned riders and spectators alike as fourteen-yearold Delaney Flynn and her mount Quite Quick

claimed the top prize in the $25,000 Century Bank/Kastel Denmark Grand Prix at the Welcome Week of the Santa Fe Summer Series. On the second Sunday, a champagne brunch greeted a crowd of thousands during the $25,000 Santa Fe Equestrian Fiesta Grand Prix sponsored by Twisted Tree Farm. Of thirty-nine riders, twelve mastered the Eric Hasbrouck course, and it was seasoned Canadian rider John Pearce and his trusted partner Chianto who emerged victorious. Pearce remarked, “It’s been a long time since I have been to a horse show with such a wonderful ambiance. HIPICO has planted a good seed.” The pair had a successful series, posting a second win in the following week’s $40,000 The Charity Grand Prix de Santa Fe. The exciting $5,000 Unser Ride and Drive Mini Challenge paired professionals, amateurs, and juniors with world-class Indy Drivers. After completing two courses – one 1.20 meter course and another course on foot – riders hopped into a waiting Sandia Mini Cooper with esteemed Indy car drivers Al Unser Jr. or Robby Unser at the wheel. Viewers might have thought the race was over once the drivers crossed the finish line, but it was not. Riders finished on foot by completing the obstacle course set in the Jumper warm-ring one last time before sprinting to the finish line. Before a cheering crowd, Christian Heineking on Vex Cassandra and Syndey Luzicka on St. John tied for the win. A D E S T I N A T I O N A F FA I R Basking in the limelight of success may be well deserved but turning HIPICO into a world-class horse park, making the Santa Fe Summer Series a destination affair for equestrians in the Land of Enchantment, are the true priorities for Gonzales and McElvain. “Our hope is that we go to six weeks next year and maybe even more the following year. I think we need to go to a thousand stalls. We definitely have the momentum,” Gonzales mused. “As long as people feel like they have been treated well, they will go home happy and hopefully bring their friends next year.” Building a successful event and continuing to improve the venue are ongoing goals, but Gonzales and McELvain know that creating a superb Southwest experience for competitors, visitors, and sponsors will keep them coming back. The path is paved and the grass is green at The City Different’s HIPICO.

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1. Hannah Selleck and Barla on their way to a win 2. World # 1 Scott Brash and Hello Annie 3. The coveted Longines trophy 4. Christian Ahlmann and Aragon Z 5. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? John French of course 6. California rider Karrie Rufer and Clapton had a great show 7. Sheik Ali Bin Khalid Althani and First Division Photos © Alden Corrigan Media & McCool


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8. Alex Crown, winner of the Horse & Style Style of Riding Award 9. Popular vendor booth Valencia Saddlery 10. McLain Ward (USA) and HH Carlos Z 11. Edwina Tops-Alexander in Gucci for the Pro-Am class​12. Jennifer Gates made an adorable Dor​othy 13. Eduardo Menezes as the Big Bad Wolf 14. Longines Boutique 15. Lauren Hough (USA) and Cornet 39

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Ten years ago, owner Cindy Lay had left her corporate job and was wondering what was on the horizon, when the seeds of Exceptional Equestrian found her. She was showing at Indio, and a California-based company approached her about selling custom tack trunks and barn accessories. She enthusiastically accepted the opportunity, but soon found that while they made a beautiful product, their customer service was lagging. She moved into sales of her own handmade jewelry, added belts and handbags, and dabbled in clothing. But she found her niche when she developed her own concept: ‘From the Boardroom to the Arena’ styling.

Horse & Style: What is the inspiration behind the visual merchandising in the store? Cindy Lay: I want my customers to walk into the store and

With her sidekicks Zazu, Izzy, and Harley, she travels across the country to horse shows with her mobile store, specializing in ‘absolutely nothing you need, just everything you want,’ with savvy equestrian brands that make for a great look whether worn in the ring or at the office.

H&S: What’s the most exciting part of owning and running Exceptional Equestrian? CL: SHOPPING! And my customers, many of whom have

feel WOW! I tend to carry a lot of inventory, so you need to come in several times to see it all; and I like to carry lines that are hard to find. Though I do carry lines that are mainstream, they are lines that stand on their own. I’m okay with being at shows with large numbers of vendors, as they only bring more people to vendor row. Then it’s up to me to turn on my customer service and merchandising skills to persuade them to shop at EE. I love people and I love to merchandise – I have the perfect job – I’m so lucky!

become friends. I love going to Europe once a year to buy for EE, and I’ve found some amazing lines and trendy new things.

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But most exciting is to look out on the showgrounds and see the people wearing their EE goodies!

heading at any time, but I refuse to get bogged down in ‘the paralysis of analysis.’

H&S: What has surprised you about being a vendor at the horse shows? CL:I’m surprised, honored, and elated when women come in

H&S: Describe some of your favorite brands. CL: Wow! Too many to list! Equiline for its timeless beauty

and say “We stalk your website! We’re so glad to finally get to shop in person with you!”

H&S: Describe your greatest challenge and how you’ve overcome it. CL: Travel. I used to bounce back and forth from Colorado to

Texas to California. I decided to bring an RV to live in, instead of staying in hotels, and I began to rethink my schedule. I now travel in a different region each quarter. Sadly, I had to give up some really great shows; but it has substantially reduced the wear and tear on the trucks, trailers, my boyfriend, and me. And the shows I’ve picked up have more than proven that I made the right decision.

H&S: What do you look for in the products/brands you carry? CL: Of what I buy, eighty percent or more must be able to go

H&S: What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned along the way? CL: It’s easier to succeed when you’re doing what you love. I

H&S: What is your background in horses? CL: I was lucky enough to have had a full ride to play tennis

find passion in what I do, and that generates energy. I’ve also learned to trust my instincts. I haven’t a clue about writing a business or marketing plan, despite my degree in marketing, so I go with what feels right. I can change the compass


and technical fabrics. Fior da Liso for its stylish yet comfortable button-up blouses. Sarm Hippique for unique styles and amazing fabrics. Le Fash for classic style. Samshield helmets for their adjustable and washable liners and the ability to customize your look. And of course Asmar for producing fabulous finds season after season.

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‘From the Boardroom to the Arena.’ My customers buy my hunt coats for blazers and breeches for jeans. You will look good in the saddle or out to dinner in almost everything in the store.

in college. When I graduated, I came across a polo facility that offered a free lesson. I figured with my eye/hand coordination, all I needed was to learn to ride. I took some lessons and was totally hooked. Within four months I had bought my first horse, and I was in the jumper arena two months later.

Unfortunately, with my travels I don’t get to ride as much any more, but I have lovely friends that invite me to ride when I’m in their area, and I cherish every moment.

H&S: What are your favorite shows to attend as a vendor? CL: This year the Hipico Santa Fe had its inaugural season,

and from their hospitality to their fun events, they did it right. I’m also excited about what the Colorado Horse Park will have to offer under the new ownership. And after living in SoCal for fifteen years, I love going to Thermal, where we can stay for nine weeks and visit friends.

H&S: What advice would you give to someone who wants to create their own mobile boutique? CL: Prepare for hard work. It’s an incredibly rewarding

H&S: What are your future plans for Exceptional Equestrian? Do you want to expand? CL: I just put a deposit on a new trailer with all the bells and

whistles. I hope to have it ready for Thermal 2016. I can’t wait! I’m putting together an ambassador program (contact us for more details), and I have a gift registry on my website. The customer can go in, create an account, put items on a wish list, and friends and family can check the list for gift ideas. If you don’t find Exceptional Equestrian’s posh new trailer at your horse show, try Or go to your Apple, Google, or Android store, search Exceptional Equestrian and download the app. It will put new arrivals, special offers, and more, right at every equestrian’s fingertips.

business, but it can be backbreaking. Don’t give up! Also, if you have a product that’s not moving, dump it. You might lose a bit, but you’ll make room for cash flow and reduce clutter in your trailer.

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Carina Mac Laughlan Winner of several international contests, and author of a soon-to-be-published book, equine fine art photographer Carina Mac Laughlan has an uncommon relationship with her subjects. Her distinctive creations feature inspiring close-up photos, sunlight-only pictures taken without zoom or wide angle. Dedicated to the rehabilitation of abused horses, Carina’s subjects are all members of ‘Carina’s Clan,’ a clan not of her name, but of her heart, consisting of eight stallions and a few vagabond horses that she has rescued. Through mutual respect, loyalty, and love, she is able to reveal their natural beauty, and to explore their souls, reminding us that the horse is man’s noblest conquest. Born in London in 1963, Carina studied computer science, and in 1988 she started a computer consulting company in Switzerland. In 2003 she moved to Burgundy, France, and gave herself over entirely to her artwork. “I started riding and taking pictures as a child, and I have never stopped. I thought that to love horses you had to ride them, but after long years I realized my mistake. From sitting on their backs I have come to lie down at their feet.”


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