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Mariano and Nina Alario’s shared passion for horses has a fitting home at their Estancia Farms in Northern California. With two very different backgrounds, it was horses that eventually brought them together, and this dynamic couple is now enjoying every step together in business, and in family life.


From the equitation ring to the jumpers, Karrie Rufer’s style is one to be emanated.

| TREND REPORT 42 As temperatures drop, riders start reaching for stylish pieces to keep the chill away.


FEATURE Catching up with Helen

McNaught & Duncan McFarlane after their very successful trip East.

| NORCAL CORNER 17 Riders from the NorCal Hunter/Jumper Association were successful all around the country this season.

| PRO POP QUIZ 14 How do trainers prepare for medal finals?




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Alario photo © Ryan Anne Polli; Karrie Rufer Photo © Gail Morey; McFarlane Photo © Erin Gilmore



Outfits provided by The Equestrian’s Concierge and Ariat On the cover: Mariano and Nina Alario pause with Marco at the Sonoma Horse Park. On Nina: Ariat breeches, Pessoa by Horseware Sweater, Ariat Monoco tall boots. On Mariano: Ariat breeches, Pessoa by Horseware Polo, belts and custom tall boots from Argentina. Photo © Ryan Anne Polli


PUBLISHER | Sarah Appel




7 | 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT... Patrick Seaton

9 | OUT & ABOUT - Sonoma Horse Park 10 | OUT & ABOUT - Pebble Beach 11 | OUT & ABOUT - Petaluma Art Festival 18 | CLINIC REPORT - Rodrigo Pessoa Comes to NorCal

21 | TEN WEEKS TO REMEMBER For Sonoma Valley Stables


From Jumpers to Reining




PHOTOGRAPHERS | Catherine Cammitt,

Deb Dawson, Woodside Images, Dappled Gray, Gail Morey, Tonya Johnston, ProEquest CONTRIBUTORS

Elise DeVoe

Elise grew up in central New Jersey, riding hunters and jumpers with Callan Solem and Carol Thompson at Quiet Winter Farm. After her junior years, she took a break from riding to attend Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., where she graduated with a B.A. in Journalism. Since 2008, she’s worked at The New England Journal of Medicine while growing her freelance writing and copy editing business. She has written for PhelpsSports and Jennifer Wood Media, among others.

Katie Foster

Accompanied by her Chihuahua, Daphne, Katie Foster lives and writes in San Francisco, CA. She is an aspiring children’s book writer/illustrator and was recently recognized by The San Francisco Book Festival as winner of Best Unpublished Picture Book for 2011. Most often, Katie can be found at the Portola Valley Training Center riding her horse, Chip. Katie has been involved in horses her entire life and plans to keep it that way.

What to wear for medal finals?


Molly Knott

What’s a Mental Practice?


Molly Knott is a passionate lifelong rider, currently bringing along her six year old Warmblood, Fitch. A former policy researcher and writer, she is now the author of a curated equestrian style guide called DappledGrey.

OF TAL-Y-TARA San Francisco’s Equestrian Gem


Erin Gilmore

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59 | OUT & ABOUT

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Erin Gilmore is a freelance writer and equestrian journalist based in Wellington, Florida. She has worked in equestrian media since 2002, and is a frequent contributor to regional and national equestrian magazines. A lifelong horseperson, she trained hunter/jumpers, spent time on the international show jumping circuit, and worked in a variety of disciplines, from polo to dressage.

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Anne Polli Horse & Style Magazine is a Hunter Jumper publication published bi-monthly and distributed FREE by Horse & Style Magazine LLC at Northern California hunter jumper horse shows, large training centers and participating tack shops. 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 © 2011 Horse & Style Magazine LLC. TM



“When I write, I want the reader to feel something for the subject of the piece, not just the who, what, and when aspects,”says Polli, a freelance writer from Wilton, CA. Polli, who has also written for such publications as the USEF’s Equestrian magazine and ShowBiz, has always been amazed by the power of the written word to engage, entertain, terrify, delight, teach, inspire and create thought, is pleased to be a contributor to Horse and Style.

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FROM THE EDITOR It all started with a trail ride at Jack London State Park and a horse named Peso.

Shortly after, I began taking riding lessons at a local barn, and from then on I was hooked. I would like to say that I was quite the young athlete with all sorts of natural ability, but that would be a lie. In fact, I was a horrible beginner. I was scared, uncoordinated and fell off on a weekly basis. I was so bad that it took me 3 years to learn how to canter. Knowing what I know now about riding, I often wonder what made me go back week after week, one frightening lesson after another. The answer is simple and it’s the same reason I show up to ride today. Even though riding scared me to pieces at first, what I loved more then anything in the world was spending time with the horses. Then and now, no matter what sort of day I am having, there is something special about the emotional bond with a horse that can solve all my problems, big and small.

Sarah Appel - Publisher/Editor in Chief

Because of the connection I discovered with horses at a young age, I continued to ride and compete through high school and college. With my horse Perlano, I was able to compete up to the 1.45 meter jumpers and complete several grand prix classes. One of my most memorable experiences was riding on the IHSA equestrian team at Pace University in New York. I only showed one horse during my junior career, thus having the opportunity to ride and compete on all different types of horses while in college was truly an invaluable experience.

There was something that always brought me back home: my love of horses and

the equestrian sport.

After graduating from Pace University, I moved home to California to attend The Academy of Art University, where I received my MFA in fashion merchandising. While in graduate school I continued to ride and compete on the A-circuit and also pursued another passion, fashion show production. Traveling back and forth to New York producing fashion shows on both coasts, was a dream come true. And while I often dreamed of a glamorous life in the high-end fashion world, there was something that always brought me back home: my love of horses and the equestrian sport. Over the past 29 years, horses have continued to play an important role in my life. My riding career began at a small schooling barn and may have been clouded by fear at the beginning but I have become a confident and successful rider thanks to countless lessons, patient trainers, a supportive family, and of course, the horses: Honey, Biscuit, Jane, Happy, Soldier, Mr. Big, Slater, Toto and Perlano (just to name a few). I am thrilled to have the opportunity to finally combine my two passions by creating Horse & Style Magazine. The Northern California hunter jumper world has provided me with so much support through the years, in so many aspects of my life, and Horse & Style Magazine is my way of returning the favor. This exciting new magazine will focus on NorCal horse shows, trainers, riders, vendors and equestrian fashion and lifestyle. Enjoy!

Photos, from top to bottom Sarah and her dog Gracie First time on a horse, age 7. At Thermal 2008 on Emerald City, aka “Toto.” Competing in the grand prix at Woodside in 2010 with Perlano.



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10 THINGS 1.

Enjoys teaching little kids.


Loves to eat brussel sprouts.


Loves to play tennis and cook... if he wasn’t a horse trainer he would love to have his own cooking show, “Let Me See Your Pantry.”


Names everything. Helmet Buttercup; Truck - Chuck the Truck; Mini Cooper - Super Duper Maximus Cooper.


Obsessed with Mariah Carey. “Her voice is an instrument from the Lord, even though I don’t believe in the Lord.”

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Loves cheese fondue, can eat a whole pot himself.


Is madly in love and is getting


Loves HBO’s True Blood,

married soon.

possibly was a vampire in a previous life. But Desperate Housewives is his guilty pleasure.


Has often thought about starting his own riding apparel line. His favorite

current equestrian brands: Eurostar and Pikeur.

10. His first pony was named “Half Pint” and he has always loved grey horses.







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1. Avery Glynn and friend with front row Grand Prix seating 2. Kendall Cannon 3. Judge Extraordinaire Richard Wilkinson 4. Cian O’Neill and Haley Webster 5. Joey Pedroni having a little fun 6. Barbara Ellison of Wild Turkey Farm and the boys celebrate a win in the Battle of the Sexes 7. Peggy Munkdale 8. Matt Archer of Shady Lane Farms walks the course 9. Buddy Brown 10. A little fun at the ‘Horseless Horseshow’ 11. Rachel and Jeff Fields of Sandhaven Farm and Todd Gregory enjoy lunch on a beautiful Saturday 12. Show manager Ashley Herman serving wine at lunch

photos © Ryan Anne Polli and Sarah Appel






1. Paul Bennett and Lisa Laurie learn the course 2. Walk Trot at Pebble 3. Shawn from CWD 4. Missy Froley in the Hunter Derby 5. Connie Buckley 6. Whats a horse show without a dog friend? 7. Priscilla Trees and Jan Pierce 8. Jake Gray of Jake’s Place shows off our flyers 9. Benson Carroll 10. Waiting for ribbons! 11. Toni McIntosh glaming for the camera

photos © Sarah Appel








Art and horse lovers came together to indulge both passions in one afternoon, while enjoying great music, food and wine and beer tasting beside the beautiful Petaluma River. Sunday July 24th, 2011

1. Iron Horse, Artist: Rusty Noodle Studios 2. A musician entertains the festival crowd 3. Getting a lift 4. Face Painting fun 5. Local Artist Linda Donouhue 6. Junk Yard Pony, Artist: Glashoff Sculpture Ranch 7. Allison Ekeroth of ProEquest checks out the local art





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PROFESSIONAL POP QUIZ This month’s question:

How do you prepare your riders and horses for the medal finals season?

Every issue, a new question will be answered from your Northern California professionals. Have a question you want answered? Send it to

We practice similar questions at home that might arise on course. We focus on flat work, and on lightening the aids for better responses while our riders are on course. We jump medal final-type jumps; brush jumps, hedges, bounces, etc. By elevating the level of pressure at home we make sure both horse and rider are prepared for the heightened demand of medal finals.

Basically, we sharpen the pencil! Cindy Brooks Northern Run

When finals season rolls around, it’s time to bring in the hay bales and other special jumps we may see in the finals’ courses. We do more work without stirrups to get increased physical strength, and more work with our Sports Psychologist Tonya Johnston for mental preparedness as well. It’s time for the vets and shoers to look over our horses to make sure they are fit and comfortable. The finals’ schedule is demanding on horse and rider, and we do our homework early so we

can be our best heading into the ring. Beverly Jovais Chestnut Hill


GREY.COM The curated guide to equestrian style.

STYLE RIDER by Sarah Appel

A Horse&Style Rider is someone who represents equestrian style in and out of the show ring. This month’s Style Rider, Karrie Rufer, is a true triple threat on the hunter/jumper scene. Besides having many equitation and medal final wins under her belt, she is lightening fast on her jumper mount, Thor. Lately, Karrie has been giving all the professional riders a run for their money with two back-to-back wins in the hunter derbies on her miracle horse, “My Way” aka Frankie. Horse & Style: Describe your hunter style. Karrie Rufer: Simple with an element of flair. H&S: What is you head-to-toe hunter outfit? KR: My helmet is a GPA, my breeches Pikeur, I have an Allon Clothiers hunt coat and an Essex Coolmax show shirt. My tall boot s are DerDau with black lizard on the toe, and my custom “Roofie” belt from Vintage Belts. H&S: And for the jumpers? KR: Same boots and breeches and either a Lacoste polo shirt or Essex shirt, and of course, hunt coat and white breeches for a classics. H&S: What’s your ‘element of flair’ in the jumpers?

H&S: What were your expectations for Frankie’s recovery?

KR: My jumper bonnets. I LOVE them and I have different ones for Thor. One with a lightening bolt, another with tomatoes on it for my family company, “Morning Star.”

KR: We weren’t sure. It was a miracle he was able to jump again so we started him slowly in the baby greens, moved up to the A/A hunters, then to the modifieds and eventually to the A/O hunters. Now we’ve been doing all the hunter derbies.

H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? KR: I love Devocoux saddles and Equisport for boots and tack. My favorite non-showing brands are Kingsland and Gersemi. H&S: Do you wear any “good luck” pieces of clothing or jewelry when you show? KR: I always wear my grandmother’s wedding rings on my right hand and my Adina Reyter’s bow necklace. H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? KR: Casual, t-shirt and jeans, usually paired with boots or heels, a scarf and my leather jacket. Today I’m wearing a simple black cotton short jumpsuit, Tory Burch flip-flops and I’ve got my bright red Balenciaga handbag with me.

H&S: What were the two back to back hunter derbies you won this year? KR: We won the $5,000 Van Vleck Sport Horse Hunter Derby at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Classic I in July, and the $5,000 Royal Riders Custom Blankets Handy Hunter at the Menlo Charity Horse Show in August. H&S: What are your goals for Frankie for 2012? KR: To keep him healthy and sound and try to qualify for the 2012 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals in Lexington, Kentucky next summer.

H&S: Your hunter “My Way” aka Frankie has quite a story. Tell us a little about him. KR: I bought Frankie when he was 3 years old and two months after we purchased, him he broke his shoulder. UC Davis said we had two choices: put him down or give him a year of stall rest. They said he would probably never jump again. So we gave him a full year of stall rest, fused his shoulder and slowly brought him back. H&S: Did you rehab him yourself or send him to a rehab center? KR: Both, during his stall rest period he was at our home barn and then we sent him to Sue Lightner’s rehab barn when he was ready to start working again. Jumping photo ©Gail Morey



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NorCal Hunter/Jumper Assoc. Riders Excel from East to West

by Cindy Perez

The deep pool of talented riders, horses and trainers in Northern California are making individuals across North America sit up and take note. The NorCal Hunter Jumper Association is proud of the accomplishments of their members as they represent hunter/jumper sport locally, at horse shows across the U.S. and even internationally.

In the hunter ranks, NorCal member Hope Glynn of Sonoma Valley Stables traveled east this summer to compete in the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, at the Hampton Classic and the first-ever $500,000 Hunter Prix at HITS Saugerties, both in New York (see page 21 for more.) At the Hampton Classic, Hope rode three of the top 12 finishes in the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, placing 6th overall with Sabrina Hellman’s Woodstock, 11th with Avery Hellman’s Swingtime and 12th with Helen McEvoy’s Chance of Flurries. At the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix, Hope and Woodstock made the cut for the top 25 entries and finished 18th overall (see page 31 for more.) At the 2011 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in August, NorCal member Gail Morey’s stallion Crown Affair, placed 11th overall with John French in the irons. Returning to the west coast, Crown Affair was retired in a touching ceremony after winning the handy round of the $25,000 Franktown Meadows USHJA Hunter Derby in Reno, Nevada and finishing 3rd overall. In the jumper arena, NorCal’s 2011 Spruce Meadows teams arrived in style and did some conquering of their own along the way (see results in sidebar.) The 1.30 meter team, led by Chef D’Equipe Guy Thomas, earned the highest ribbon, placing second. Mother and daughter Sara and Abby Jorgenson were thrilled to travel north together and compete on the same team. Representing Northern California in the Pfizer $1 Million Dollar Grand Prix in Saugerties, NY, Duncan MacFarlane showed the East Coast riders how it’s done. Duncan and Mr. Whoopy, owned by Simone Cox, scored one of only two clear rounds out of 45 competitors. The dynamic duo, favorites at NorCal shows from Woodside to Leone Equestrians, finished second to Aragon Rouet ridden by Andre Thieme. With a payday of $200,000, Duncan and Mr. Whoopy definitely made the trip East worthwhile! (See page 31 for more.)

2011 NorCal Hunter Jumper Association Spruce Meadows Teams and Chefs D’Equipe Left to right: Nicole Bloom, Guy Thomas, Ned Glynn, Gry MacFarlane, Katherine Civian, Jill Humphrey, Donelle Laughlin, Haley Stone, Madison Bradshaw (back row), Jessica Tali, Gregory Parella (back row), Sarah Hansen, Cian O’Neill, Eleanor Hellman (on horseback), Peyton Warren (on horseback), Abby Jorgensen (on horseback), Sara Jorgensen

NorCal Hunter Jumper Association’s 2011 President, Denize Borges, is looking forward to the upcoming NorCal Medal Finals horse show

“The Medal Finals horse show is one of my favorite events of the year,” says Borges. “All of the Medal in October.

Finals – Junior, Senior, Three Foot and Pony – are contested over two days and are great tests of rider skill. We try to make the entire horse show truly memorable with dinners and special awards.” This year’s NorCal Medal Finals horse show will be held at Leone Equestrians in Elk Grove, Sacramento from October 12 through the 16th. The Association’s high point awards banquet is held annually in January. A great event and the opportunity to dress up with fellow riders, owners and trainers is always a social highlight. Horses, owners and horses compete all year to accrue points in hunter and jumper divisions. With many horse shows on the schedule between now and December 1, it’s not too late to be among the top ten finishers in your division. In addition, the Hunter Bonus program awards cash to the top owners and trainers and counts a horse’s top five horse shows through the year. To check points or join the Hunter Bonus program, please go to

NorCal results at Spruce Meadows 1.30m Team - 2nd Place Chef D’Equipe, Guy Thomas E-Star & Sara Jorgensen Toyster Gold & Abby Jorgensen Desperado 166 & Eleanor Hellman Katina 12 & Madison Bradshaw 1.10m Team - 7th Place Chef D’Equipe, Nicole Bloom Socrates & Cian O’Neill Andora & Jessica Tali Sherry Lady & Peyton Warren Orchidee & Donelle Laughlin 1.20m Team - 9th Place Chef D’Equipe, Gry McFarlane Ramiz & Sarah Hansen Camp VII & Gregory Parella Seattle & Haley Stone Molina & Katherine Civian


We would also like to congratulate Corralino and Madison Bradshaw on their 5th place finish in the 1.40m jumpers.


CLINIC SPOTLIGHT You can’t just sit on the horse with your foot in the stirrup holding on to the rein. You

have to be ‘together’ with the horse. You have to DO something.


Pessoa Olympic gold medalist and internationally acclaimed grand prix rider Rodrigo Pessoa taught his first-ever clinic at the Sonoma Horse Park, August 1-2, 2011, sponsored by Taylor Harris Insurance Services.

Rodrigo demonstrates schooling for lateral exercises.

Three groups of five participated n the clinic.

At the end of the day, it is you and your horse in the ring. No more teacher, no more parents, no more support group. Before

you do something, really think about it. It’s important that you realize what you do wrong so you don’t do it again. Don’t make the same mistake. Make a different mistake. Really, most of the time, there is something you could have done a little different, a little better, and you have no one to blame but yourself.



All clinic participants were outfitted in stylish THIS polos.

My philosophy of riding is to keep it as simple as possible. Enjoy it as much as you can. Even if it is your job, you should enjoy it. We

are lucky to do this and should enjoy our time in the saddle. Keep it simple and keep your mind fresh.

Team Burgundy Farms watches from the Antares VIP berm

Rodrigo takes a moment to fix trainer and clinic participant Chelsea Jones’ bridle.

Rodrigo raises the jump

Good riding is about doing it in a nice, peaceful way. If you are stressed about

riding, it is not worth it. You pass it to the horse and it’s not good for anybody. Rudy Leone and Susan Nelson

Rodrigo teaches from the water jump.


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Clinic particpant Joey Pedroni on course.


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by Erin Gilmore

Ten Weeks to Remember Sonoma Valley Stables Journeys East

For equestrian sport, geography can be one challenging adversary. For West Coasters

in particular, competing in the east requires a logistical undertaking that is not for the faint of heart; as equipment, riders, support staff, and horses must all be transported safely and in top condition to competitions that lie thousands of miles away from home. But this year, Hope and Ned Glynn made the commitment to bring part of their Northern California-based Sonoma Valley Stables east not for one show, but for five. Once you’ve made it that far, you might as well stay awhile! With the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, The Hampton Classic, the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final, the Middleburg Classic Horse Show, and the Capitol Challenge in their crosshairs, they set out in mid-August on an ambitious journey. Hope attests that the initial catalyst for Sonoma Valley Stables’ extended trip east was the lure of the biggest purse ever offered for a hunter class: the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final. After a successful winter season at HITS Thermal, Hope and three of her students had qualified for the Final, which was held September 10 and 11th at HITS On the Hudson in Saugerties, New York. With a purse like that, and Hope’s yearlong goal to qualify for the Hunter Derby Final also met, the time was right for SVS to set out for an extended tour of east coast shows.

Top: Hope and student Avery Hellman with Roccoco at the Hampton Classic. Right: Hope Glynn gives Woodstock a pat after the Hunter Prix Final. Photos © Erin Bland

We are so fortunate to have a great group of students and horses at our barn,” Glynn states. “So many of them traveled east with us who weren’t even riding; they just wanted to come watch and cheer us on! It was very special.

A Strong Start

Eleven SVS horses arrived to the east coast with assistant Heather Roades and two grooms on August 10th. After a layover at River’s Edge Farm in New Jersey, the barn was off and running to the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY on August 19th and 20th. By excelling in California hunter derbies throughout the spring and summer season, Hope had qualified for the Finals with 3 mounts; Avery Hellman’s Rococco, Emma Townsend’s CR Haribo and Olivia Hellman’s Woodstock.

In the competition week leading up to Derby Finals, Hope rode CR Haribo to the championship and Chance of Flurries to the reserve in the 3’6” – 3’9” Performance Hunters, and was reserve in the second year green with Rococco. Stepping up, and beating, big-name east coast hunter riders was no small achievement, and Hope was thrilled with such a strong start to her east coast tour. The three-round Derby Finals, which included qualifying, classic hunter and handy hunter rounds, pitted Hope against the very best hunter riders in the country. Riding in the main stadium at the Kentucky Horse Park was an experience unto itself, as was competing over the biggest derby course that Hope had ever seen. After the first two rounds CR Haribo made the cut to the top 25 and the handy round, where he finished 22nd overall.

Top: Ned Glynn giving some last minute pointers at Saugerties. Below: The top 25 riders of the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix line up during the awards presentation. Photos ©Tonya Johnston

Mother Nature’s Plan

If all had gone according to plan, the barn would have been ready to arrive at their next stop, the venerable Hampton Classic, in Bridgehampton, New York, on Saturday, August 28th. But Mother Nature had other ideas. On August 26th, as Hurricane Irene bore north with Bridgehampton squarely in its crosshairs, show organizers made the historic decision to cancel the first three days of the show. Meanwhile, Hope had flown home to Sonoma for what was supposed to be a quick 3 day trip to stop in at the Sonoma Horse Park’s HMI August Classic show, where Ned was competing with SVS horses and students, and spend time with their daughter, 6-year-old Avery. But as flights were canceled across the eastern seaboard and travel plans for thousands become snarled across the nation, Hope found her quick stop at home extended to a full week.

Making Lemonade

“It actually turned out really well,” explains Glynn. “I was just planning on riding the open days at Sonoma Horse Park before I went back to the East Coast, but when I got to stay at home, I showed all week, I got to go to Avery’s soccer game that I would have missed, I watched her show her pony over the weekend, and I even made it to a party at a hockey rink for one of her friends!” But with her original flight canceled, Hope had to scramble to find a new flight back east that would get her to New York in time for the show. The best she could do was fly into Baltimore, Maryland and drive five hours to the just-reopened Hampton Classic.



Meanwhile, Heather had directed a move of the SVS horses in anticipation of Irene’s rains. At River’s Edge Farm, the river did literally crest its edge, severely flooding the farm. Fortunately, SVS’ preemptive move of the horses kept them out of danger, and they passed the week at a second layover facility on higher ground. Once Irene left the region and the clouds broke over Bridgehampton, The Hampton Classic went off without a hitch. In the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on September 1st, Hope placed three horses in the top 12, and Avery Hellman rode Rococco to 13th place. In addition, Helen McEvoy won the Amateur Owner Hunters, and Rococco did one better than his placing at Kentucky by being named champion in the 2nd year greens with Hope. “The derby course at the Hamptons rode really well,” she says. “There were a few jump options in the handy that really boosted your points if you took them. There were two jumps at the end of the ring made of plain wood planks with blocks stacked on top of them and no standards, and two coops up the outside of the ring that were filled in with grass. It was a great course to jump.”

On to Saugerties

With its celebrity sightings, outrageous shopping, and gorgeous setting, Hope fully enjoyed her first trip to The Hampton Classic and vowed to return again one day. On September 5th, the barn left Long Island and traveled along the Hudson River to Saugerties, New York for the Hunter Prix.

The first two rounds were held in the main hunter ring at Saugerties, and both Hope and Erin made it into the top 25 to return for Round 3. Held in the grand prix ring on the same day as the Pfizer Million Grand Prix, show organizers set the last two rounds of the Hunter Prix Final alongside the grand prix course in the main ring, a rarity for any hunter class. To the chagrin of the riders, the skies opened up just as the class began, and Hope, who was sitting in the 25th ranking spot, began the day as the first rider on course. Despite the weather, I thought it was an inviting course, and the jumps had a good fill so the horses jumped well,” she states. “It was

a very interesting change of pace to have the hunter jumps intermingled with the grand prix fences. I thought that part of it was great.

Erin Bland, who lives in San Diego and trains with Liza Applebaum locally, rode three strong rounds to finish in 12th place overall. Hope’s rides earned her 18th place, and Helen and Avery both finished in the top 30. Erin is now setting her sights on the 2012 Hunter Derby Finals. “I was very pleased with the result,” adds Glynn. “We are very excited for Erin; she’s a very confident, talented rider, and for her to go back East and ride as well as she did was wonderful.”

The Journey Continues

At press time Sonoma Valley Stables was still continuing their east coast tour, and Hope was midway through her crisscross track across the country. After showing at the final competition of the Sonoma Horse Park’s season, she was to meet Heather and the horses at the historic Middleburg Classic Horse Show, September 21 – 25. Nestled outside of Washington D.C. in the tony countryside of Virginia, the show is steeped in East Coast tradition and is a popular destination for the region’s top riders. Last, but certainly not least, The Capitol Challenge Horse Show was on the SVS agenda during the first week of October. The Capitol Challenge is the first show of the East Coast fall indoor circuit and is a highly competitive end of season competition. But this group of West Coasters welcomes tough competition. The logistics may be a challenge, but Sonoma Valley Stables relished the opportunity to show against fresh faces, experience new venues, and excel at the top of the hunters. Hope and Sonoma Valley Stables can consider their eastward journey of 2011 a success. Hope and student Erin Bland at the $500,000 Diamond Mills Hunter Prix Final in Saugerties, New York. Photo © Tonya Johnston.

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Set at the 3’3” height, the Hunter Prix Final allowed each rider just one mount, and was open to amateurs, juniors and professionals alike. Hope piloted Woodstock while coaching her three students through the finals; Helen McEvoy rode Chance of Flurries, Avery Hellman rode Rococco and Erin Bland rode Weatherly.

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CHANGING REINS by Katie Foster

For twenty f ive-years I have been riding hunter jumpers. It was all I knew, until recently when I hung up my tall boots and traded them in for a pair of cowboy boots. It was a hard decision, but a conscious one that I made over a few years. Although my interest in the hunter jumper world was gone, my love for the sport never left. There is no substitute for the bond a person forms with the horse and there was no way I could let that go. My name is Katie Foster and this is my story about changing reins.

It started at California Riding Academy, at the Portola Valley Training Center in Portola Valley, where I went to take my first reining lesson with Joanne Morrison. Not knowing what to expect or what challenges may lay ahead, I mounted up. It was time for the fun to begin, and so it did. First I must point out that I was well mounted and rode the phenomenal Dunitinthe Nicotime also known as, Nic. I started off riding at the trot and it was pleasant and refreshingly low key. All the basics were still there: my balance, my eyes, the ease of being on the horse, and some of the common cues came as second nature. As I became accustomed to the Western saddle and as Joanne tested me more, things got challenging and

The spins and sliding stops were comparable to riding your first jumper after years in the hunter ring. It the horse became exceedingly powerful.

was thrilling and I was hooked.

These reining horses are extremely smart and very well trained. Trainers start them young and have a simple, but effective way of schooling. The horses are taught to anticipate their next move so that the ride appears effortless. That being said, I found, Nic slyly searching and waiting for my next command. If I wasn’t careful than I would get a surprise spin or a lead change which, ultimately hurts your score in the show ring. Reining takes the saying “sit chilly” to the next level. Overall I have found the small things to be the biggest difference in the two sports. For starters, just putting the saddle on was a feat in itself to accomplish. If you’ve ever tried to swing a Western saddle onto a horse’s back with one arm, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And once I was in the saddle, riding with a more open hip angle and sitting up ramrod straight (at all times) was a big adjustment. The long spur shanks clanging against the ground as I walk is still an unfamiliar sound, and riding with one hand is difficult to get used to. But these little variations are also what makes reining fun. It’s a nice change of pace and exciting to go to the barn knowing I will accomplish a new challenge.

To other people thinking of exploring a new avenue, I say go for it! I believe if the passion for the horse is there, then the transition between disciplines will be natural as you change reins. As for me, who knows what the future holds and where my riding career will go. No matter what happens, my love for horses will never fade and I will always be at home in a saddle. My journey to becoming a Reiner has been fun filled and revitalizing. With my Quarter Horse in tow, a Bob’s Custom Saddle, and my Ariat boots I am proud to say that I am officially a cowgirl.


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Best known for their unique segmented leather-panel

design, FITS (Fun in the Saddle) is an Oregon-based company whose innovative riding apparel caught the attention of top show jumping, eventing, and dressage professionals alike. Founded in 2005 by equestrian Sheryl Rudolph, FITS breeches are a product of her dissatisfaction with conventional options. After riding hunters as a junior, Rudolph focused on college and a career in technical apparel design and fabrication. “In my 30s, I took up riding again at a three-day event barn. When I went to buy my first pair of breeches as an adult, I was shocked that the breeches I wore as a kid were almost identical to what was still being offered,” says Rudolph. Frustrated with design elements — such as seam placement and bulky, unflattering material ­— she began to document aspects of breeches that didn’t work for the rider. The list covered everything from basic design and fabric modifications to the fundamental idea that breeches should increase a rider’s stability in the saddle. The result of Rudolph’s list? FITS PerforMAX™ All Season full-seat breeches. “FITS full-seats are articulated where the human body is articulated, so the rider can have complete freedom of motion,” explains Rudolph. The perforated deerskin panels provide better grip, and increased stretch and breathability compared to non-perforated leather. Rudolph also removed the universally uncomfortable Velcro ankle and incorporated a leather and seam-free crotch. Riders also benefit from the FITS Powernet™ 4-way stretch “ab” panel, which provides core support and flattering lines. FITS Powernet™ fabric is made of 90% nylon and 10% spandex and is also used to reduces bulk and heat build-up inside a rider’s boots. “We are getting rave reviews from some of our show jumping riders who have worn the FITS PerforMAX™ original full-seat breeches in their schooling rides,” Rudolph adds. The production process for FITS breeches involves a lot of “shipping and handling,” Rudolph explains. Deerskin hide is sent to a tannery for dyeing, shipped to a perforating company, and then sent back to the tannery for a final colorfast process. In total, the leather process takes about 12 weeks and assembling the breeches takes another four to six weeks. A pre-production sketch of FITS All Season Original Full Seat breeches.


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“I think about problems that I want to solve in riding apparel and equipment all the time. I am very selective with which [elements] I proceed with,” says Rudolph. Last year, FITS debuted their BEKA knee-patch breeches, which incorporate much of the technology that has made their full-seat breeches so successful, including the seam-free crotch and hidden panel. Available in tan, brown, and denim, their upcoming spring line offers five colors, including white. BEKA breeches are made from Trio-Tech™ fabric and feature FITSuede™ knee patches. Trio-Tech™ fabric is made from 53% cotton, 40% nylon and 7% spandex. The breeches’ nylon outer repels dirt and increases durability while a cotton inner provides comfort. The spandex component provides a significant amount of stretch to accommodate a variety of body shapes. In addition to breeches, FITS also produces show shirts. FITS SILK TOUCH™ shirts are light, stretchy, and offer UV protection. “It’s a fitted shirt,” Rudolph explains. “No more looking like you’re wearing [a man’s] shirt. It offers a very feminine, flattering silhouette.” FITS has been a household name in the eventing world for quite some time and now, with their new BEKA and SILK TOUCH™ products, they’re poised to take over the hunter/jumper scene as well.


The A Circuit

by Georgina Bloomberg & Catherine Hapka Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 288 pages; $16.99 A melodramatic but honest look at the horse show world.

From the perspective of a competitive horseback rider, Ms. Bloomberg’s debut into young adult fiction is spot-on. Set at a competitive East Coast hunter-jumper show barn, The A Circuit revolves around three very different teenage girls who all have one thing in common: horses that they show at top venues all over the country. There’s Zara, the barn party animal who’s sick of living under her famous father’s shadow; Kate, the working student; and Tommi, a Wall Street heiress who wants to prove that she is more than her father’s money. Ms. Bloomberg’s account of the elite level of horseback riding is accurate (although a bit melodramatic), and the level of detail and honesty regarding the horse business will appeal to readers who are riders themselves. She doesn’t attempt to gloss over the less-glamorous aspects of the sport, and presents relatable characters with their own real-life problems. While The A Circuit contained juicy drama and an atmosphere of privilege, it was more of an honest sneak peek into the world of dedicated competitive equestrian athletes and less of the typical “mean-girl” book that has become a staple in teen fiction. courtesy of Dappled Grey

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By Erin Gilmore

Duncan McFarlane admits that he is very superstitious when it comes to the jump off in a big class. So as he walked the course of the Pfizer Million Grand Prix on September 11th at HITS On the Hudson, Saugerties, NY, he didn’t dare to make a plan for the jump off track.

But with Mr. Whoopy, Simone Coxe’s 9-year-old Hanoverian stallion, Duncan brought the house down when, halfway through the 46-rider class, he notched the very first, and one of only two, clear rounds in what is becoming known as the most difficult American grand prix of the year. His superstition did catch up with him a bit; he blamed himself for pulling two unlucky rails in the jump off, which opened the door for eventual winner Andre Thieme of Germany to take first prize. But at the Million, 2nd place is a dream come true.

In the Black

Duncan McFarlane & Helen McNaught’s eastward journey was well worth the effort

With partner Helen McNaught, who also competed in the Million and placed 28th with her own Caballo, the two Northern Californiabased trainers made the 3,080 trek to New York for the second year in a row. In 2010 both riders competed in the inaugural Million with their respective grand prix mounts, where Whoopy finished 8th and Caballo 13th. This year they brought a larger group of horses and clients, and spent two weeks competing at HITS On the Hudson with their stable of jumpers. Alison Heafy’s Laricello, who was already coming off a great summer jumping in the grand prixs, had strong placings with Helen in two grand prix classes. Mr. Whoopy jumped double clean all week in the lead up to

Outwoods group of riders represented California well themselves, with good ribbons in the AA jumpers and modified divisions his big class. And the

that were much larger and more competitive than what they were used to jumping at home. Business was brisk at Saugerties; Helen sold two of their sale horses during their time there, and was instrumental in the sale of two grand prix horses owned by Barney and McLain Ward, to new owners in California. Both Helen and Duncan ride for foreign countries (she for Great Britain, he for New Zealand) and have copious international experience. But with the exception of this trip, they show close to home on the West Coast circuit in order to maintain Outwoods Farm, their busy business of sale horses and clients. However, their close-knit group of clients and supporters have also allowed them both to rise to the top of the grand prix show jumping scene.

Duncan and Mr. Whoopy easily clear Fence 3 of the Pfizer Million, a 1.45m oxer set by itself at the end of the ring.


“Last year, we had no expectations for Mr. Whoopy,” says Coxe. “He was so young and we just wanted to

see what was possible. This year, the possibility, the hope and the dream that he could do better, were there. But I told Duncan before the class, no pressure, no pressure!”

On the journey there, Duncan certainly had time to think about pressure. With Helen first staying behind to run the business and then flying ahead to meet him in Saugerties, Duncan and Outwoods groom Alex del Toro personally drove the Outwoods horses across the country. And before they even set foot on the horse show grounds, the surprises began coming their way. First, at a layover point in Ohio, Duncan discovered that an extra passenger had climbed on board somewhere along the way. The grey, mangy little kitten with sharp eyes was discovered inside the trailer next to a feed bag. After being properly deposited outside the horse trailer, she refused to shoo, and after repeatedly following the horses back on board, Duncan gave up and closed the trailer door after him. Appropriately named “Lucky”, the kitten charmed everyone at Saugerties, and at press time, was on board for the return journey to California. But anyone would take the unexpected arrival of a kitten over that of Mother Nature. As Duncan arrived on the East Coast, the remnants of two hurricanes were sweeping across the region. When the horses walked off the trailer they were greeted by days of rain and a very soggy showgrounds. Helen and Duncan entertained themselves by watching the rivers around Saugerties rise, but luckily for everyone, the weather cleared just in time for the big class. “We will absolutely return again next year if we have the horses for it,” says McNaught. “But as it was obviously no normal track we were jumping. The last fence in the jump off was a 1.70 meter oxer! You needed a very special horse to get around.”

There’s no doubt that Helen and Duncan are blessed with a group of very special horses, and the entire West celebrated with them when

they showed the nation just how exceptional a West Coast rider can be. Top: From her perch aboard Caballo at the ingate, Helen anxiously watches Duncan clear Fence 4, a 1.50m wall. Helen and Duncan went just two rounds apart in the first round of the class. Middle: Duncan lifts his helmet in triumph after completing the first clear round in the Pfizer Million. Bottom: Helen gives Caballo a pat on the way out of the arena after their round. Photos © Erin Gilmore and ProEquest



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It is often said that life has

a way of coming full circle, that the themes in our lives return to give depth and breadth to our existence and to remind us what is important. This is certainly true of

husband and wife team Mariano Alario and Nina Herrera-Alario, owners and operators of Estancia Farms. Located at Willowbrook Stables in Petaluma, a focus on family, community, hard work, and a love of all aspects of the equine world has filled the lives of the Northern California pair and returned to them again and again, both personally and in their careers.


Nina, a native Californian, grew up in Southern California, first in Pasadena, and later on a ranch in Santa Ynez. Her first brush with the horse world came as a toddler, when she would sit in a parked stroller and watch her mother ride the family’s horses. As soon as she was old enough, she began lessons of her own with trainers Siri Larssen and Karen Zack. Nina remembers this time as “lessons and Pony Club and fun!” By the time Nina and her family moved to Santa Ynez, Nina was a dedicated Pony Club participant and relished learning everything about a horse’s care, management and upkeep. Her

On Nina: Ariat breeches, Ariat Monoco tall boots, Pessoa sweater On Mariano: Ariat Breeches, pessoa polo shirt, boots and belt from Argentina



parents insisted she care for her own horses and so she cleaned their stalls before school every morning and did a night check every evening before bed.

Riders Championship, held that year in Parker, Colorado, she returned home to California with a Young Riders team Silver Medal in hand.

Though she learned about dressage, eventing and show jumping, she found herself gravitating towards hunters and jumpers. By age 12, Nina was taking weekly lessons with Susie Hutchinson in Temecula, and competing successfully in the children’s and modified junior jumpers. Soon, her parents purchased an equitation horse for Nina, and it was within that specialty that she discovered a true passion that would be her constant companion for the next six years.

Fresh off her Young Rider success, trainer and grand prix rider Dick Carvin offered Nina a job as a professional, and for seven years she worked and rode for Dick, Susie Schroer, and Francie Steinwedell at Meadow Grove Farm in Sylmer. In that time she was fortunate to experience everything from ponies at Devon, to the FEI World Cup Finals, to Indoors. Nina credits her time at Meadow Grove in shaping much of what she brings to her business today.

She went to ride with Karen Healy at age 14, and though she remembers the time as some of the hardest work Mariano she has ever done, under Karen’s Mariano Alario was born 33 years eye she earned top four finishes in ago in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. Enjoying every day together; Nina and Mariano pause in the VIP area during a show every Regional and National Indoor Mariano does not remember a time at the Sonoma Horse Park. Equitation Final in 1999. She was when he did not ride horses. His On Nina: Pikeur breeches, Joules long sleeve shirt & vest, Ariat Monoco boots, helmet KEP Italia named Best Junior Rider at many father, Oscar Alario, was President On Mariano: Pessoa breeches, sweater, and vest. Boots from Argentina. Helmet KEP Italia shows, earned the all-time high and head trainer of the Club Hipico number of points in one year (182) in Mar del Plata and a board member the WCE Medal class, and won the Washington International Equitation of the Federacion Equestre of Argentina, so his early immersion in Finals Jumper Phase in 1999. equestrian sport made total sense. During this time, Nina did not lose sight of the hunter ring. Trainers Carleton Brooks and Sandy Ferrell tagged her to ride their junior hunters and with them she won many championships and qualified many of the hunters for national indoor finals.

Though passionate about show jumping, Mariano’s early education involved many equestrian disciplines including endurance, dressage, eventing, polo, and vaulting. Under his father’s tutelage, at 15 he became one of the youngest and most successful grand prix riders in Argentina.

As her junior years came to a close, Nina felt a pull to the one area she had not wholly experienced: the jumper ring. She moved to Northern California in November of 1999 to ride and train with Bob Walker with the goal of trying to qualify for the North American Young Riders Team. Although at the time she began training with Bob, she had never jumped over four feet, by the following August she had not only qualified for the North American Young

In 2000, Mariano made the decision to leave Argentina to work for a thriving endurance racing barn in Spain. By working with the more than 200 horses that went through the training program, he learnt all he could about breaking and starting young horses. Two years later Mariano moved to the United States, but this time no job was waiting for him. He read an article about an Argentine countryman who was living and working in Rancho Santa Fe, and thought a call to him might produce advice on employment prospects. As luck would have it, the man needed a rider, and thus began Mariano’s three-year stint working for Guillermo and Lynn Obligado at Woodgrove Farms in Carlsbad. With them, he learned about the horse show world in America, as well as Olympic and World Cup show jumping.

Joining Forces

It was at this point Nina and Mariano’s lives joined. They had seen Bottom: Nina, Mariano and Lindsay Ramar watch a round together at the Sonoma Horse Park.



each other at horse shows, but met officially at a barbeque at Guillermo’s house. They dated for two and a half years, which included a long distance period when Nina remained in Southern California while Mariano traveled north to Bend, OR and Kilkenny Crest Farms when he was hired to ride their grand prix and young horses. Nina and Mariano married in 2007, and decided to move to Northern California and start their own business, Estancia Farms. Their son, Nico, was born in 2009. Raising their child and owning and operating a barn is a balancing act. The Alarios say that sometimes they wish they had more time for Nico, but they focus on quality time over quantity, and make every moment count with their son. They credit a wonderful nanny, their camper, and many wonderful clients who are also oriented to family for making it easy for them to have Nico with them no matter where the shows take them. As for Nico, he is taking his place in the new generation of the Alario/Herrera equestrian family as he has a love for horses and is already trotting his pony. Says Nina,

Nico has given me the

perspective to know what is most important, at the end of the day, he comes first. I know there is much I can’t control in my life, but as long as I have my husband and my son that’s all I can ask.

As they look forward in their life and their business, Nina and Mariano are very happy to be at Willowbook. They love the facility and have a great relationship with the facility’s owner. They have made the choice to not have an assistant, preferring to deal with all their clients one on one. They cite wonderful clients for the desire to not necessarily have a larger barn, again focusing on quality over quantity. Nina is finding success once again in the jumper ring with her recent mount, Jet Star, a direct offspring of Nina’s first equitation horse. Jet Star was born on her family’s Santa Ynez ranch and quickly showed he was a super talent. Nina’s family knew they did not have the ability to campaign him as he needed and so sold him hoping for the Grand Prix career he deserved. Jet Star did indeed enjoy great success in the ring and now, thanks in part to Mariano’s best friend, the horse has found his way back to Nina and she is enjoying returning to the grand prix ring with him. Mariano understandably misses his family in Argentina, but has recently begun working with brother, Agustin, on his breeding venture. Agustin is importing European warmblood mares to Argentina to breed outstanding sport horse prospects. Agustin has already sent two to Estancia, and as the program expands, Mariano will have increased opportunities to return to Argentina, something he very much looks forward to. Nina and Mariano love Northern California, they prefer the quality of life here, and feel blessed to be raising Nico here, though they sometimes miss the friendships they both made in Southern California. Nina says, Every day I feel lucky to do what I do, even

though we work hard and spend lots of time on the road, I wouldn’t change it.

Top: Mariano on Must De Louverie in the $15,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix at the Sonoma Horse Park. Photo ©Cathrin Cammett Middle: Nico rides On Star in the leadline. Photo ©Cathrin Cammett Bottom: Nina and Jet Star in the $24,999 EcoVerde Grand Prix at the Sonoma Horse Park. Photo ©Deb Dawson




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The Importance of Intervals By Jeanette Gilbert

Intervals for Injury Recovery

your horses fitness level to prevent future injury. The comparison to a As many athletes know interval training is an integral way to improve paperclip has been made, when you repetitively bend something it will speed and overall fitness if you are training for a race. As tried and true as break but if you train with intervals you are training bones and muscles this method is, how does it translate to your horse? In using short periods to remodel and strengthen. In other words using intervals likely will of work followed by rest, interval training has proven to be a reliable make your horse stronger in the long run, and potentially faster if rehabilitation method of improving fitness overtime without overtaxing that is your goal. If your horse already has a base fitness level and is the still recovering injury. The ability to test the injury through intervals generally sound you can start with longer intervals and use them daily, prevents further problems because fatigue can cause the horse to revert or a few days a week to see results. to using their body incorrectly. With the chance to re-oxygenate muscles and example of a basic interval follows: Why Interval Training is a reliable An rest at specified periods through out a fit horse that is sound and currently method of returning your horse to flatting about 30 minutes per day can the work out a horse will start out again feeling better. work through four sets of five minute work after injury and to improve trot intervals, followed by four minute fitness to prevent an injury It is important for the rider to take note canter intervals with one minute of of what you are feeling at the beginning walking between each interval. If you of each interval and make sure you continue to keep your horse working begin and end with ten minutes of walking you will work for a total of as correctly as possible. With diligence a horse may fully recover from about one hour without ever working hard for more than nine minutes injury and go on to be stronger, with improved anaerobic capacity. at a time. The recovery periods allow you to take stock of your horse Improved anaerobic capacity allows a horse to recover more quickly (and yourself) and go back to work effectively on your next set. Through when working above their aerobic threshold. Additionally the horse out each interval you can work on changing pace forward and back, will be able to process the lactic acid he produces more effectively which lateral work, or anything else you incorporate in your flat work. You will will decrease muscle cramping and fatigue. Of course if your horse is quickly find your that your horse is more fit and capable of successfully recovering from injury any interval plan should be prescribed by your vet completing their job! and supervised by them as you increase workload.

How Can Intervals Be Used to Improve Fitness?

Along with the benefits of allowing your horse to test its recovery without over taxing anything, intervals are a great way to improve

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Save the Dates!

Tentative 2012 Show Schedule Horse & Hound Spring (A) - May 9-13 - $25,000 Grand Prix (1.40m) - $5,000 Open Hunter Derby (3Õ3) - $2,500 Open Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $2,500 Open Jumper Classic (1.20m) - $2,000 JR/AO Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $1,500 JR/AM Modified Jumper Classic - $1,500 Children/AA Jumper Classic - $1,000 JR/AO Hunter Classic - $1,000 JR/AM Modified Hunter Classic - $1,000 Children/AA Hunter Classic - $500 Pony Hunter Classic


HMI Equestrian Challenge (A) - May 16-20 - $25,000 Grand Prix (1.40m) - $5,500 Battle of the Sexes (1.20m) - $5,000 Open Hunter Derby (3Õ3) - $2,500 Open Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $2,500 Open Jumper Classic (1.20m) - $2,000 JR/AO Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $1,500 JR/AM Modified Jumper Classic - $1,500 Children/AA Jumper Classic - $1,000 JR/AO Hunter Classic - $1,000 JR/AM Modified Hunter Classic - $1,000 Children/AA Hunter Classic - $500 Pony Hunter Classic

HMI June Classic (A) - June 13-17 $15,000 Grand Prix (1.35m) - $1,500 Children/AA Jumper Classic $3,500 Open Hunter Derby (3Õ3) - $1,000 JR/AO Hunter Classic $2,500 Open Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $1,000 JR/AM Modified Hunter Classic $2,500 Open Jumper Classic (1.20m) - $1,000 Children/AA Hunter Classic $2,000 JR/AO Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $500 Pony Hunter Classic $1,500 JR/AM Modified Jumper Classic - $500 Friendship Series Classic

HMI Equestrian Classic I (AA) - July 24-29 - $30,000 Grand Prix - $10,000 Open Jumper Derby (1.25m) - $10,000 Open Hunter Derby (3Õ3) - $5,000 ChildrenÕs Jumper Classic - $5,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic - $2,500 JR/AO Jumper Classic - $2,500 JR/AM Modified Jumper Classic - $2,000 JR/AO Hunter Classic - $1,500 Children/AA Hunter Classic - $1,000 JR/AM Modified Hunter Classic - $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic - $500 Friendship Series Classic August Classic (A) - August 22-26 - $15,000 Grand Prix (1.35m) - $3,500 Open Hunter Classic (3Õ3) - $2,500 Open Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $2,000 JR/AO Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $1,500 JR/AM Modified Jumper Classic - $1,500 Children/AA Jumper Classic - $1,500 JR/AO Hunter Classic - $1,000 JR/AM Modified Hunter Classic - $1,000 Children/AA Hunter Classic - $500 Pony Hunter Classic

Giant Steps Charity (C) - August 1-5** - $30,000 Grand Prix, Calcutta & Gala - $15,000 Open Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $10,000 Six Bar Competition - $10,000 Open Jumper Classic (1.20m) - $10,000 Children/AA Jumper Classic - $5,000 Open Hunter Derby (3Õ3) - $2,500 JR/AM Modified Jumper Classic - $1,500 JR/AO Hunter Classic (3Õ6) - $1,000 JR/AM Modified Hunter Classic - $1,000 Children/AA Hunter Classic - $500 Pony Hunter Classic - Ride & Drive Give-Away **Giant Steps is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that receives no state or federal funding. A portion of entries & VIP tables are tax deductible.

Strides & Tides (A) - September 12-16 - Hudson & Company Medal Finals - $25,000 Grand Prix - $10,000 JR/AM Hunter Derby (3Õ3) - $2,500 Open Jumper Classic (1.30m) - $2,000 JR/AO Jumper Classic - $1,500 JR/AM Modified Jumper Classic - $1,500 Children/AA Jumper Classic - $1,500 JR/AO Hunter Classic - $1,000 Children/AA Hunter Classic - $500 Pony Hunter Classic


HEAVY MEDAL by Ashley Matchett Woods

It’s medal finals season. You’ve practiced, qualified, you’re ready! Now, make sure your turnout is as polished as your performance. While USEF Hunt Seat Equitation rules state; “Exhibitors and judges should bear in mind that at all times entries are being judged on ability rather than on personal attire,” they also remind that “Management or Judge may eliminate an exhibitor who is inappropriately attired.”

Technology Meets Tradition

“Technological advancements are being embraced, provided they’re respectful of tradition,” says professional rider and judge Ann Ruffner, who recently participated in a national judges’ clinic. Comfort fabrics, vented helmets and new materials for boots and equipment are encouraged. Be diligent creating that modern look – you don’t want a bold fashion choice detracting from the overall picture. Here’s a guide: Coats: Conservative-wash jackets in season. Recommended: black or navy. In Style: 3 or 4 button cut in wool or technical fabrics. If you want to make a statement, add a colorful lining. Breeches: Neutral colors are permitted. Recommended: beige, khaki, or white. In Style: Euro seat, front zip, micro fibers. Shirts: Long sleeve or short sleeve with choker-type collars or stock ties.” Recommended: pristine white. A toneon-tone pattern adds elegance. In Style: Wrap collars.

Outfitted by the Equestrian’s Concierge, Mika Gretton riding Carpe Diem presents a clean look.

The Big Picture

Your medal final is not the place to push the fashion envelope. Turnout should be elegant – conservative with a nod to tradition – showing you and your horse to best advantage. That doesn’t mean you must look like everyone else! Fit options and style variations allow you to express individual taste. What’s non-negotiable: “… all attire and tack be clean, well fitted and in good repair.” One Northern California trainer/competitor points out, “overall turnout of horse and rider is often overlooked – and yet it’s the first impression the judge has as they walk in the ring… [it] can be an advantage over another rider with a similar round.”

Helmets: Conservative, color-protective headgear with no additional adornments.” Recommended: black helmets with little or no “bling.” Leave out the two-toned, silver-vented and rhinestones. In Style: Black vents. Boots: Tall boots only – USEF rules do not address boot color. Recommended: Black with subtle styling details. In Style: high Spanish top and close fit through the ankle. Tack: Requirements vary depending on the type of medal final. Consult the rules. In Style: padded crowns, no fleece on boots or girths. When in doubt, err on the side of tradition, no judge will fault you for that. Good Luck!

ASK CARRIE Q: What is a mental practice and why do I need one?


(Asked by a 17 year old equitation rider.)

I believe that we only have the power to change that which is within ourselves. This means that we can’t control much in life but we can control our thoughts. When the pressure is on, either in that last chance to qualify for an intended medal or on medal final day, controlling your thoughts is essential. I work with athletes to develop a customized program that addresses personal challenges. Some of the techniques I use are learning to be present in each moment without adding judgmental commentary, connecting with the horse through methods of animal communication and intuition in order to directly engage with your team mate, pretraining and pre-competition rituals that encourage connecting to your power, and lessons in basic meditation to increase focus and calm in times of stress. Also, I am a confidential, nonjudgmental sounding board with whom you can download stress so that you don’t have to ride with distractions in your mind and body! We can deal with those issues later!

Carrie Wicks, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate As a sport psychology consultant, I assist equestrian athletes to optimize their performance at all levels of competition. My varied background as an A-circuit Junior and Amateur competitor as well as mother of two daughters—a jumper rider and elite gymnast—has deepened my understanding of what a rider needs to grow and thrive. From medal finals to the grand prix ring, I support athletes to attain their goals while developing a mental practice that is useful both on and off the field. Contact Carrie for individual and phone sessions. 707-529-8371



Q: What do I do when my trainer thinks I’m not trying

very hard but I am doing my best? Every time I make a mistake on course, my trainer goes over everything I did wrong right when I come out. I am usually so frustrated with myself that I can barely hear my trainer’s words. What should I do? (Asked by a 15 year old jumper rider)

A: Your trainer’s job is to help you and your horse to be the absolute

best that you can be. That means that no matter how fabulous or messed up your round, your trainer will critique your riding and help you to focus on what you can improve. Use your breath to calm yourself and stay present as though you are still on course. Consider the time that you debrief with your trainer after a class as a special learning opportunity. The energy is often very tense at the back gate and can be easily misunderstood. Having a mental practice allows the rider to remain in observation mode in order to receive the information and learn without letting emotions supersede. Emotions take place in a different part of your brain and can prevent learning. The feelings you have about your riding and performance are important but learning to keep that game face attitude until you get off the horse will help you continue to improve. Also, try not to look to your trainer to make you feel better if things don’t go well. Remember that we learn from our mistakes, not our successes.

Pop The Cork

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Strides and Tides

The many charms of by Sarah Appel photos by Lindsey Cahill Photography


On a busy weekday afternoon in the

perennially fog-laden San Francisco Richmond district, I walked past a life-size plastic horse, pushed open a heavy Dutch door and ventured into Tal-y-Tara, a tack shop/tea room hybrid that has a long-standing reputation as a quirky city favorite. Tal-y-Tara (pronounced TAL-ee-TAR-ah) means “by the strength of the King” in Gaelic, and was founded by British expats Hugh and Melba Meakin in 1980. Now operated by the Meakin’s children, Sarah and Phillip, Tal-y-Tara has retained all of its original old school British charm. Upon entering Tal-y-Tara, I felt as though I had been transported to a cozy local tea room in London. I was warmly greeted by Phillip and seated in the old world style living room, complete with vintage polo posters, black and white equestrian prints, richly covered sofas and a crackling fireplace. I was soon treated to a pot of loose-leaf black breakfast tea, served alongside the warm freshly baked scones of the day, with Devonshire cream and jam. Phillip taught me the proper way to pour my tea: milk first, then tea. The first sip cemented the welcoming and familial atmosphere, and I knew I was a guest in the Meakin’s “home,” not just a tea shop patron. The scones were followed by a new selection from the extensive tea menu, as well as an assortment of tea sandwiches served on Tal-y-Tara’s signature “Motorloaf” semi-sweet dark bread, a secret Meakin family recipe. It was, in a word, divine. Admittedly, my only real afternoon tea experience has been at Harrod’s, but I can honestly say that it has nothing on Tal-y-Tara’s Motorloaf. But Tal-y-Tara is not just a tea shop - they are also the only full-line tack store in San Francisco, carrying brands like Ariat, Barbour, Charles Owen and more. The focus is on English and polo items, with a good smattering of equestrian

style clothing and accessories, and my eye was instantly caught by the Catena watches and men’s pageboy hats. While tea and tack may be the Meakins’ specialty, the family’s involvement in the equestrian community runs even deeper. Tal-y-Tara supports the Horses in California, Inc., a non-profit that has been hosting Polo in the Park, a daylong festival of polo and equestrian-inspired activities, since 1984. This year’s event will take place October 8th at the Wine Country Polo Club in Santa Rosa, and will include a six chukkar polo match, luncheon, show jumping exhibition, silent auction, hat promenade and more. Proceeds will benefit The James S. Brady Therapeutic Riding Program and The Churchill Center. Tal-y-Tara is the perfect place for anyone who loves horses, afternoon tea or wants to experience real British hospitality.




While walking across an A-circuit show grounds, it’s hard to believe that there was a time when elaborate show setups were not the norm. But Equitex’s Cynthia Krantz

not only recall those days, she can be credited in part for the evolution in showground style that popularized the elaborate show barn setups in the hunter/jumper world and beyond. Her business has evolved from creating simple drapes to the construction of her high-quality awning frames and accessories, apparel sales, and even brand identification. Now, as Equitex begins a new chapter, Cynthia recalls how it all began.

Equitex &

Horse & Style: When and where did Equitex start? Cynthia Krantz: I started Equitex in 1985, first in San Francisco, then in my garage in San Rafael. Prior to Equitex, I realized that there were very few people on the west coast who had custom barn setups, drapes, tack trucks, and it’s grown from there.

Cynthia Krantz

H&S: What inspired you to create such a unique niche business? CK: When I was in college I was studying art and graphic design. I helped Mark Mullen design his logo, and then it turned into doing more and more for his barn. Out of that, I discovered a passion for designing horse show equipment. H&S: What does Equitex specialize in? CK: We like to consider ourselves experts in luxury event accessories and brand identification. We specialize in drapes and awnings; we manufacture all our drapes in-house, have a full service embroidery department, a machine shop and a welding department. We also carry some equestrian brands such as Phoenix West Trunks, Marigold Hunt Coats, Grand Prix, Essex, and more.

H&S: What do you think has changed about the equine industry since you started your business in 1985? CK: In 1970 when I was competing, you were lucky if your barn took one or two curtains to a horse show. Now barns have equipment trucks to transport everything needed for a stunning setup. The horse world is becoming much more business like and the barns are representing who they are and having a real identity at shows. The trainers, riders, and grooms have a real sense of pride in the setup for their barns.

H&S: You also carry several ready-to-wear lines. Where do you find those and which brands do you carry? CK: A few years ago we started attending apparel shows in San Francisco and have picked up several lines such as BB Dakota, Splendid and 3 Dot. This has been a fun addition to our other lines.

H&S: What is your advice to someone interested in starting their own business? CK: Study your competition and find out if there is really a market for you. I work seven days a week when necessary and most days it never feels like work. Always be proud of the work you put out. Have fun!

H&S: What is the most rewarding part of what you do? CK: Seeing the finished product. I love designing new setups and bringing things together. Equitex was the one that designed the post sets for name banners, changing screens and valet trunks. I really enjoy designing new products!

H&S: What are your goals for Equitex? CK: To continue to develop new products and strive to reach more clients. I am always wondering what I can do next to improve our products and am fascinated by the process in developing something new and introducing it to my clients.

Aisle shot ©Gail Morey. Inset, ©Gary Fox.


H&S: What has changed about your business over the years? CK: Recently we started a new chapter. I merged Equitex with Lixit Corporation in Napa at the start of 2011. Luckily, I was able to take my outstanding staff with me and the merger allows me resources to do things I wasn’t able to do before. I still remain the president of the equine division, and I am actively involved in all day-to-day decisions.


DEAR FASHIONISTA Dear Horse & Style Fashionista,

I have been riding in hunters and equitation for the past 20+ years. The horse I am currently leasing is a jumper and we tried to switch him over to the Eq. ring but it was very clear he belongs back in the jumpers. So next week I am taking my maiden voyage into the jumpers and I have no clue what is appropriate to wear. Please help! ~Clueless Jumper

Jumper Ins/Outs IN

OUT Hair out of the helmet

Spicy Tails ‘Tails Gone Wild’

(what would George Morris say?)

Vintage custom belts Belts with too much bling

Dear Clueless Jumper, FIrst of all congrats on the ring change! As an experienced hunter and equitation rider you will be well prepared for the jumper ring. The most important rule to remember in jumper fashion is that just because you are not being judged on how you or your horse look, doesn’t mean it’s not important to wear appropriate jumper attire.

Jumper style is personal. Each rider and often entire barns establish their own “jump look.” Some who cross over in

multiple divisions on the same day will stay in their standard hunter/eq. show attire. For those such as yourself, who are just doing the jumpers you can get away with being more creative. On warm-up days or in non-classic division classes the most common look is plain beige breeches , some sort of collared shirt (a collar is mandatory in the jumper ring) and of course tall boots and a helmet. For classics or special classes (stakes, grand prixs, etc.) you should wear white breeches, a buttoned collared show shirt, a hunt coat and gloves. Since this is your first time in the jumpers I would recommend the following outfit:

Number on your bridle or breast plate

Number on your back

Gersemi Saga breeches

Donatella Boots by Milo Feline

Jumper braids for classics

Custom polo Shirts

Jumper tails cut above the hocks

Open collar underneath hunt coat

Show Shirt by Cheval Fashions

Equline Cool-X Zip Competition Hunt Coat

KEP Italia Helmet

Another fun change from the hunters to the jumpers is that your horse gets to wear a special ensemble as well. A matching saddle pad and ear bonnet and to the overall jumper chic look you’re going for. Just remember to wait for the buzzer, always walk your course and have fun! ~H&S Fashionista

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In loving memory of

Chloe Congratulations to Duncan McFarlane & Mr. Whoopy for their second place finish in the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties

Helen McNaught & Duncan McFarlane, Trainers 561-758.1438

Big brown eyes and wrinkled brow, A playful ball of funOnce that Pug was in my arms, My heart was quickly won. Running, jumping, chasing toysA dog that loves a game. I found that when that Pug moved inMy life was not the same. Sprawled beside my chair at night, As each day finds its endI’m grateful for the blessing Of my Pug, my loving friend. By Jim Figart


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Python Fabulous Off the runways of Italy comes a helmet and helmet bag that are sure to make a statement from the show grounds to the street.

KEP Italia White Polo Helmet in Python $800 KEP Italia Polo Bag in Python $1,900



Lightacres congratulates our rehab graduate

My Way

ridden and owned by Karrie Rufer

Champion - Royal Riders $5,000 Handy Hunters at the 2011 Menlo Charity Horse Show

Frankie came to Lightacres’ with a potentially career ending injury. Lightacres carefully tailored rehabilition program recovered this fine athlete.

With a reputation for success, let Lightacres rehab your injured athlete.

Raggedy Music International Hunter Futurity West 4 year old Performance Champion Winner of every class

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