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A Model Equestrian ALSO IN THIS ISSUE


Behind the Brand

Quest for Success

Together We’re One

Style Rider

Quentin Judge

Tucci, Italian Style, Fashion and Elegance

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Mackenzie Drazan is not your ordinary teenage rider. The Woodside, California native is currently taking the fashion world by storm, but amid rising fame, her horses keep her grounded

All Calling ntries! pg. 9 E



Asmar Equestrian has experienced a meteoric rise since its launch in 2010. H&S goes behind the scenes to discover the story behind this Ăźber chic equestrian apparel brand

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A gem amid the arid Texan landscape, Oakhaven Farm was thoughtfully designed to blend in with the environment, making for an ideal Warmblood breeding, training and boarding facility

| TAKE COVER! | QUEST FOR SUCCESS 38 52 Long hours at the horse show or the barn mean extra Saer Coulter experiences team spirit, USA Show exposure to potentially harmful UV rays. H&S sources the best in stylish sun protection to keep you covered from head to toe

42 Summer styles take inspiration from polo field fashions | STYLE PROFILES



in these posh looks for all the members of your barn

Jumping Team style, as a reserve member of the Nations Cup team at CSIO5* Rotterdam in Germany

| WHAT TO EXPECT 100 Jeanette Gilbert-Gnazida looks outside her comfort zone for a fresh perspective on training young horses in this, the third in a three part series exploring the many components of equine breeding

| TRAINER SPOTLIGHT 34 | FIRST LOOK 80 Catching-up with young Canadian trainer Brian Dyer Equestrian designs a custom show shirt to benefit Morton, six months after he was awarded the North American Rider’s Group Rider Grant

JustWorld International, set to premiere at the American Gold Cup this fall


11 | FROM THE PUBLISHER 14 | 10 THINGS Jenn Serek

17 | OUT & ABOUT

Blenheim Spring

18 | OUT & ABOUT

Huntington Beach



Sarah Appel EDITOR

Erin Gilmore

19 | OUT & ABOUT


20 | OUT & ABOUT


Lake Placid

Spruce Meadows



68 | LIFE OF PESSOA Back in the Game

84 | TREND REPORT If the Tee Fits


The Seeing Eye Horse

98 | VENDOR SPOTLIGHT Charleigh’s Cookies


Stacie Yellin & Josh Tobin

105 | ASK CARRIE 106 | BEHIND THE LENS Amy Dragoo

108 | OUT & ABOUT

GUCCI Luncheon


113 | DEAR FASHIONISTA Show Scene Problems


Ryan Anne Polli

Alesandra Leckie Elizabeth Davoll



Shannon Brinkman, Jennifer Wood Media, Monica Adams Photography, Deb Dawson, Piper Klemm, McCool Photos, Amy Dragoo, Vicci Valenti, Munoz Photography, Kathy Cline, Alesandra Leckie, Laura Morton for Drew Altizer Photography, Wendy Wooley Peeps & Paws Pet Photography, Mandy Su, Pixel Events, Jenny Harris Photography, Jessica Schneider, Woodside Images, Totem Photography, Patricia Kelley CONTRIBUTORS

Erin Gilmore, Katie Shoultz, Jeannette Gilbert-Gnazida, Winter Hoffman, Kerry Cavanaugh, Saer Coulter, Sarah Appel, Alexa Pessoa, Dr. Carrie Wicks, Arden Cone, Ashley Cline, Terri Roberson INTERNS

Kerry Cavanaugh, Deborah Lyn Rod

ON THE COVER: Mackenzie Drazan and her horse, Long Island Iced Tea, were photographed by Jenny Harris at their home in Woodside, California. Hair and makeup by Tracy Chen. Dress by Equuleus Designs.

Horse & Style Magazine is a Hunter Jumper publication published bi-monthly and distributed FREE by Horse & Style Magazine LLC from coast to coast at 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 © 2013 Horse & Style Magazine LLC. TM

Sophisticated Snaffle




Erin Gilmore

Saer Coulter

Carrie Wicks, Ph.D.

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.

San Francisco, CA native Saer Coulter chronicles her quest to be competitive as an international show jumper and balance her life in academia at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. With the support of her family’s Copernicus Stables and the invaluable guidance of German training team Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Markus Beerbaum, Coulter is poised to make a name for herself at the top of the sport.

Dr. Carrie Wicks divides her time between her private sport psychology consulting and family therapy practice, traveling with athletes, and writing. She recently completed her doctorate in psychology while researching the mental practices of equestrian athletes. Dr. Carrie’s passions include horses, yoga, mountain biking, skiing, and time in nature with animals.

Ashley Cline

Jeanette Gilbert-Gnazida

Alexa Pessoa

Ashley grew up riding and competing on the East Coast A circuit with Jennifer Bieling. While attending Florida State University for her B.S. degree in Fashion Merchandising, she competed on the Intercollegiate riding team. Ashley then completed her M.B.A. at Nova Southeastern University and in 2011, founded to accomplish her goals in promoting equestrian style and the horse industry.

Jeanette owns and operates Jaz Creek Farm in Petaluma, California. With breeding, rehabilitation and retirement services, Jeanette is intimately familiar with working through late nights and early mornings. In the first of a threepart installment, she shares her perspective of life during those hours, when brand new foals choose to come into the world.

Alexa is an American rider from Connecticut who married Olympic Gold Medalist and Three Time FEI Rolex World Cup Finals Champion Rodrigo Pessoa in 2009. Her monthly column for H&S charts her life as a mother to their daughter Sophia, as a rider on her way back to top competition, and as a wife to one of the world’s most high profile show jumpers. For more stories on Alexa’s travels, follow her blog

Katie Shoultz

Arden Cone

Winter Hoffman

Katie Shoultz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. The business savvy writer is also the founder of Isidore Farm, a premier hunter/jumper facility in beautiful Kentucky. Katie is involved with several equine organizations and is active in the industry she most enjoys writing about.

Arden Cone, a South Carolina-based artist and writer, grew up riding on the hunter/jumper circuit for her parents’ Windbrook Farm. While pursuing her studies at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, she rode as a member of her school’s intercollegiate team. She graduated in 2012 with degrees in Studio Art and Spanish, as well as a strong passion for the aesthetics of written language.

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, including the 2009 ASPCA Maclay Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show and second in the USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final with East Coast trainers Missy Clark and John Brennan.

presents the 2nd Annual

t n a t s i Ass OF THE Year

l l A g n i l l Ca ! s e i r t n E Time to nominate the 2013 H&S Assistant of the Year We used to call them apprentices. Ambitious, eager to learn members of the next generation who have all the aspiration to gain the skills and talent needed to become a professional in our highly specialized industry. If you’ve got more than ten full stalls, or are a paying client with a horse in said stall, you know how valuable they are. In the hunter/jumper world assistant trainers tack the horses, schedule the lessons, stand in the center of the arena, help the kids, talk to the grooms, feed the supplements... and yes, the list does go on.

Teal Orlin

2012 Assistant Trainer of the Year Assistant to Stephanie Simmonds, StillWater Equestrian, Walnut Creek, CA

Horse & Style Magazine wants to recognize hardworking assistant trainers, who work so tirelessly behind the scenes to help equestrian businesses succeed. Do you employ an assistant trainer? Has your horse benefitted from the attentive care of an assistant? Write in and tell H&S all about why your assistant trainer is absolutely priceless! We’ll publish the top five responses in our winter issue. One of those lucky assistants will be named the 2013 H&S Assistant of the Year, and receive an H&S prize pack full of equestrian goodies. Submit 300 words or less and a photo to

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Asmar and Dyer and Gucci,

Oh My!

Behind the scenes with (l to r) Mackenzie Drazan, Larissa McCalla, Tracy Chen, myself and Kerry Kavanaugh at our exclusive photo shoot for this issue’s cover. Photo ©Jenny Harris

As a child, most of my barn mates wanted to become a horse trainer when they grew up, myself included. And while for some, becoming a professional did become their reality, many others pursued different passions. For me it was fashion. I discovered that there are few things more exciting then being back stage at New York’s Fashion Week moments before the first model hits the runway. Unless of course it’s sitting at the back gate, about to walk into a grand prix. . . Like so many of the talented entrepreneurs we feature in this fashion-packed issue, being able to combine horses and fashion became my reality. For this issue’s cover story, Horse & Style spent the day with Mackenzie Drazan, a 17-year-old rider and modeling phenom who hails from Woodside, CA. Drazan has walked every major runway, including Valentino, Elie Saab, Marc Jacobs and has even graced the cover of such magazines as Vogue Italia. With just a day to spend at home in between flights to and from Europe, Drazan graciously welcomed us to her home barn and donned custom dresses from brand new line Equuleuus Designs for our exclusive shoot (page 56).

for her extremely successful equestrian apparel line that we’ve all been loving since its launch in 2010 (page 70). Fashion gives back to a just cause as Dyer Equestrian launches a brand new show shirt in partnership with JustWorld International. Ahead of the big reveal at September’s American Gold Cup in Old Salem, NY, Dyer Equestrian designers Erin Krasner and LeeAnne Colamarino give us a sneak peek (page 34). And I cannot forget Gucci! I was honored to be on the guest list to an intimate luncheon at Gucci San Francisco in July, where attendees were granted an exclusive first look at Gucci’s Equestrian line, debuting in the United States this summer (page 108). There are so many more fashion features and other great articles in this issue, so find a quiet corner in your barn or home, and enjoy the read from cover to cover! Cheers to a fabulous and fashionable end of summer and start of fall!

We so enjoyed taking a close look at the incredible Asmar Equestrian for our annual Behind the Brand feature. Canada’s standout designer Noelle Asmar reveals the unlikely background that laid the foundation

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10 THINGS Rider Jenn Serek, of Calgary, Canada was always sure that she’d be a horse trainer. At a very young age she convinced her non-horsey family to allow her to take riding lessons, and there was no turning back. From her mentor Jill Henselwood, who gave Serek her first opportunities in the grand prix ring when she was 21, Serek has developed a strong work ethic and solid skill in the saddle, and runs a thriving training business from Diamond Willow Stables in Calgary.

Serek, now 30-years-old, runs a thriving business from Diamond Willow Stables in Calgary. She is a regular face on the Canadian and West Coast circuits, and represented Canada last year at the FEI Nations Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is ranked among the top 15 of the Canadian Show Jumping Team Short List, and proved her merit last year by winning the CSI2* World Cup Qualifier at Thunderbird Show Park. Despite the fact that she admits to regularly misplacing her keys and being a terrible driver, she’s on the fast track of a successful career in the horse industry.

10 things you might not know about...

Jenn Serek 1. No one in her family is horsey. No one has ridden a horse ever.

2. She studied art history in University.

3. She didn’t ride a jumper until she was 20.... until then it was hunters and equitation only.

4. She can’t cook - at all. 5. If she didn’t ride, she would be

doing something in the fashion industry.


She loses her car keys and sunglasses on a daily basis.

7. She is a huge reader, freely admits

that belonging to a book club is nerdy and she loves it, and she

reads at least one book per week.

8. She is a huge hockey fan. 9. She’s a horrible driver. If there were an award for Canada’s Worst Driver, she would win it.

10. Halloween is her favorite holiday. On Jenn: show jacket by Animo, breeches by Pikeur, shirt by Cheval. Photo courtesy of Equi-Products



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1. Julie and Finn Froley 2. Mark Watring, looking as good as ever 3. Bianca Jenkins with her cute medium pony Fine Art 4. Shelley Roberts, Ali Nilforushan and Francie Nilforushan 5. The medium pony model lineup 6. No time to be idle for Carlton Brooks 7. John Clement hanging out with Double Play 8. Mimi Kelly and Carly Bechtel 9. Alexandra Sinclair, Bryan Sinclair, Wendy Carter, Alyssa Rapp 10. Allegra Weterrings gives Zoey a ride 11. Bailey Rose and Wind Valley Wyndsor 12. Coco and her dad at the Lemon Bar

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1. The beautiful Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center 2. Kristy Miller, Laura Wasserman, and trainer Archie Cox 3. Spectators watch from the VIP during the grand prix 4. A proud moment 5. Mandy Porter, winner of the $25,000 GGT Footing Grand Prix of Huntington Beach 6. In the mood for shopping, anyone?

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1. Sophia Calamari rocks the brown Charles Owen with matching gloves 2. The legendary Anne Kursinski, on the job as always 3. Ringmaster Alan Keeley and Philip Richter 4. Morgan Ward and Elizabeth Foster wait to go into the ring 5. Robin Greenwood and small pony hunter champion rider Caroline Passarelli 6. Tori Colvin with her game-face on for hunter derby domination 7. Alexandra Smith’s priceless look of cool concentration as she listens to trainer directions 8. The one, the only, Frank Madden 9. The ever-cheerful Molly Ashe-Cawley 10. Candice King is flanked by students on her coursewalk 11. Anna Cardelfe is all smiles as she picks up her awards 12. Grand prix rider Paul O’Shea walks the course before his big win in the $100,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix 13. Adrienne Iverson gets a little stock-tie help. Photos ©Dr. Piper Klemm

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1. Susan Artes 2. Conor Swail, Shane Sweetnam and Richie Moloney of Ireland 3. Francois Mathy is accompanied by his daughters for the coursewalk 4. McLain Ward’s right hand man, Lee McKeever with Cadence 5. Wizards of the course: Leopoldo Palacios and Anthony D’Ambrosio 6. Wilton Porter and Radio City 7. Christine and Jonathan McCrea and Brianne Goutal are bundled up 8. Lauren Crooks, her horse Navare D’Oriolles and groom Anneli Ekstrom after Crooks’ first FEI win (in Canada red is first place!) 9. Sandro, Katie Dinan and Elizabeth Pedley 10. Beezie Madden and Ian Millar share a laugh 11. Daniel Bluman 12. Kent Farrington is in the money 13. Frances Land and Vieanne leave the ring after awards 14. Cameron Hanley 15. Pablo Barrios

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PROFESSIONAL POP QUIZ This month’s question: “What is your go-to piece of tack? Is it a classic staple or a new innovation?”

Every issue, a new question will be answered by hunter/jumper professionals. Have a question you want answered? Send it to

“I have to say that I really don’t believe in big fancy bits, crazy tack or tools that force a horse into a certain position. I believe in great flatwork and simple equipment. In the case that I have a horse that moves in with a strong and unhappy mouth, I have had great luck using a Mullen Happy Mouth 2-Ring Bit. But, my favorite piece of tack is my Voltaire saddle (I love it!) It’s lighter than any saddle I have ever ridden in and a lighter saddle creates a lighter horse!” Kelly Maddox, Kelly Maddox Training, Inc. “I would have to say that the staples in my barn are mostly EquiFit products. Their D-Teq boots are great and I’ve always loved the T-Sport wraps. I’ve recently begun using the back pad under my saddle, and the horses seem very comfortable in it. We also use a lot of the anti-bacterial silver products that EquiFit produces. As long as the horses are comfortable, I’m happy!” Callan Solem, Callan Solem Show Stables “I would have to say I don’t have a go-to piece of tack. I pretty much start every horse in a loose ring snaffle. If I discover a new bit or piece of tack, I will try it on all of my horses for a few days and see if it works for me. But every horse is different and requires something different.” Louise Serio, Derbydown, Inc.




BETWEEN THE LINES The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls By Anton DiSclafani Riverhead Books, 400 pp First time author Anton DiSclafani received many accolades for this novel, a coming of age tale that ambles between the heavy heat of northern Florida and a prim Virginia boarding school. DiSclafani is in no hurry to reveal why protagonist Thea Atwell has been sent away from home to attend The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. Instead she lets the reader get lost in life through Thea’s eyes, from flashbacks to days spent with her twin brother and horse on her Florida homestead, to a colder, jarring new reality at Yonahlosseee, a boarding school thinly disguised as a highbrow “camp” under the veil of horses and daily riding time. As mysterious as the mixed up feelings within a teenager’s heart and head, it’s easy to keep the pages turning in this engrossing story.

And Then Came Hera By Dana G. DiRicco Author-House Publishing, 286 pp In this true story, Hera, a two-year-old, Percheron filly and Premarin byproduct, was rescued by the author and her husband to complete a matched-pair with their gelding Hercules in a draft hitch. DiRicco chronicles Hera’s rise to national and international show success in halter, driving, and even as a working girl, pulling a plough through a California vineyard. And Then Came Hera has the universal elements that bond equine enthusiasts and DiRicco’s statement in the book’s dedication ‘Some names have been changed to protect the guilty’ reminds readers that these magnificent animals do need us as their guardians and voice.

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Quentin Judge Quentin Judge is hard to miss, and we’re not just talking about his good looks. The hardworking trainer and rider for Double H Farm is a regular competitor on the top show jumping circuits in North America with a string of talented horses. Twenty-seven-year-old Judge grew up in Chicago, IL, and was the only member of his family with a passion for horses. He took the smart route into the professional ranks, finding jobs with top riders, and spending two years working for Jan Tops in Europe. In 2008 he went to work for the influential Double H Farm, in Ridgefield, CT and Wellington, FL, and his life changed. He met and married Cayce Harrison, whose family owns Double H, and by 2010 had entered the grand prix ranks aboard Double H horses. With the support of a top-class program and a star-studded list of mentors, Judge has slowly but surely worked his way up to become more competitive in the ring, and over the summer he recorded his first international win, at Spruce Meadows in June.

Horse & Style: Describe your riding style. Quentin Judge: I would describe my

riding style as classic American, but keeping functionality in mind. I prefer to stick with traditional riding attire and find pieces that have contemporary fabrics and details.

H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? QJ: I wear a Samshield Premium in blue alcantara, to match my

Allesandro Albanese hunt coat. I have my riding shirts custom made from a great store called Giorgenti, so I can customize the fit and details. I wear Pikeur “Rodrigo” style britches. For boots, I wear Tucci custom tall boots.

H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? QJ: I wear a woven belt whenever I show that I bought when I

was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last year for the Nation’s Cup. I wore it for the first time the day we won the Nation’s Cup, so I figure it must be lucky!

H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? QJ: I really love my boots from Franco Tucci. They are amazingly

comfortable, durable and beautiful boots. I also favor my Pikeur britches because they are classically tailored, but made with contemporary fabric that stretches and breathes well. I am fortunate enough to be able to work with Malvern Saddlery in Pennsylvania, who always keep me looking my best in these top brands.

H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? QJ: I would describe my non-horse show style as clean and

understated. I seem to always be dressing for the barn, the horse show or for traveling, so I appreciate designers like Rag & Bone and Bruno Cucinelli for easy, casual style.

H&S: What have been your biggest accomplishments as a rider? QJ: I am most proud of being part of the winning Nation’s Cup team last year in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Being part of a Nation’s Cup team was a big goal of mine and winning made it even more special. I also won the Husky Energy Cup this summer

at Spruce Meadows with HH Dark de la Hart, which was my biggest victory to date. It was thrilling to win at such a historic venue.

H&S: What are your riding goals for the future? QJ: My short-term goals are to keep moving up the ranks and gain consistency at the top levels. If I keep going that way, then I hope to reach my long-term goals of being a consistent member of Nation’s Cup teams and to compete and win at the best competitions in the world. H&S: If you weren’t a rider, what would your dream profession be?

QJ: I am very interested in

wildlife and habitat conservation, and would love to be involved in that field.

H&S: Who has been the most influential in your riding career?

QJ: I have been lucky enough to

get instruction from some of the biggest names in our sport, but to name a few: Joe Fargis, Norman Dello Joio and the Millar family of Ian, Amy and Jonathon have been the most influential for me.

H&S: What is one thing you never go to the ring without? QJ: My wife, Cayce Harrison. She is my eyes and ears on the ground and knows my horses’ strengths and weaknesses as well as I do. She is my most valued opinion when it comes down to making the right decisions for my horses.

Above left: Photo ©Vicci Valenti Below left: Quentin Judge and HH Dark de la Hart. Photo ©Cansport


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With her cheerful and positive personality, Joey Pedroni’s lifelong love for horses and teaching led her to start Joey Pedroni Stables in 2007. Her goal remains the same today: to create a competitive, yet friendly environment for the horse and rider. “My goals are my client’s goals, and when they achieve their’s, I’m happy!” she says. Pedroni, of Petaluma, CA, started riding at age three and initially competed in three-day eventing, and then later dressage. Pedroni has successfully competed at horse shows across the West Coast and has won numerous championships in equitation and jumper classes. Her broad-based experience in all disciplines of riding has created a clear foundation for matching horses and riders of all levels. Since 2010 Pedroni has worked in partnership with trainer Debbi Sereni, and together, they operate a highly individualized program aimed at teaching, competing and encouraging each and every rider to achieve their equestrian goals.

Horse & Style: How did you get into riding? Joey Pedroni: I started riding in our back yard. My grandpa was a

cowboy, and I started riding around bareback at the age of three. I slowly got into three-day eventing, and from there I got into dressage. My mom wanted me to do dressage so that I would have a solid foundation in flatwork. I didn’t get started in the hunter/jumper world until I was 19. I rode with Ned and Hope Glynn at Sonoma Valley Stables and started doing jumpers with them, and then switched to equitation - I did it all!

H&S: Have you always lived in California? JP: I was born in San Francisco, and lived in Petaluma my whole

childhood. When I was in college I lived across from the racetrack. So, yes I’ve always been in California and I’ve always been surrounded by horses.

H&S: Tell us about your farm. JP: It’s just 40 minutes north of San Francisco in Petaluma. It includes

an indoor arena, three barns, each with 16 identical stalls including paddocks and grass-pasture turnouts. We’ve built it from the ground up. We’ve done all the landscaping, customizing to the stalls, lots of modifications. It’s really an amazing place now. We even have a little vineyard on our farm growing pinot noir grapes, you can’t get better than that!


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H&S: What is your favorite horse show? JP: I love Sonoma Horse Park shows.

It’s right in our back yard and the staff is amazing. Sonoma is also special for its Giant Steps Charity Classic, which is held in the beginning of August, and benefits the Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Programs like Giant Steps are close to my heart; my brother has Down Syndrome, and my mom put on a therapeutic riding program called the Joy Riders when I was younger. Kids would come out every Saturday and we would give them pony rides and lessons. During the Giants Steps show, they have a fantastic auction, lots of events, and a therapeutic riding demonstration.

H&S: When did you start your business? JP: In 2007, I decided to open my own

business with a family owned and operated farm. It just happened since my mother is in real estate and we had the property listed. At the time, I just thought, let’s go for it!

H&S: What is your most

memorable career win? JP: My students’ wins are the most memorable. One of my students was really focused on the Onondarka, a medal final for junior riders 12 and under. She had a young horse at the time, and not only did she compete in the Onondarka Medal Finals, she ended up in the top eight! It’s a really competitive medal finals, and I was so proud of her. My best wins are when my clients succeed and I get to watch their partnerships with their horses along the way. Each year we have goal meetings, and when my students accomplish their goals, it’s the best feeling!

H&S: What does a goal meeting entail? JP: At the beginning of the year, we sit down

with each student, or the student and their family. We talk about what they felt like they achieved last year, how they advanced, and what their goals are moving forward, what they want to achieve in the show ring, and what they think they need to work on.

H&S: What are your own current goals? JP: My goals are to help my clients achieve

their goals, whether it’s medal final victories, zone awards, or developing their young horse. I have a jumper named Peerfekt that I show in the grand prix classes, and my goal is always to do well! My other goals include bringing up the young horses; I have a wonderful four-year-old jumper named WT Bliss, and a couple of other young hunter/ equitation horses that I would like to bring up to compete in the derbies… so, that’s always fun!

H&S: What are some of your greatest challenges?

JP: Debbi Sereni and I have a great

partnership at Joey Pedroni Stables, and we find that one of the greatest challenges, yet most rewarding, is to match both horse and rider effectively. Our program is extremely tailored to the horse and rider, and coming up with the best program on a team basis is key. It’s very individualized, and making it work to fit both the horse and rider is a challenge, yet very satisfying to watch the team grow and develop together.

H&S: What do you do for fun outside of the barn? Any hobbies?

JP: Well, as you know, California has

wonderful beaches! I love spending time there, and also being outdoors. Oh, and I’m engaged! My fiancé is my high school sweetheart, Ryan Whitmore and we love spending time with our dogs. We also love going hiking and enjoying California’s scenery!

Left: Pedroni competing in the hunters with Freddie. Photo ©Deb Dawson

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FIRST LOOK by Ashley Cline

Dyer Equestrian for JustWorld International When is a show shirt so much more than just a piece of attire? The founders of Dyer Equestrian can point to their newest creation as a timely and heartfelt example that goes beyond an item of clothing. With a popular line of riding attire for women, children and even toddlers, Dyer was approached by JustWorld International this year to create a special edition piece that would exemplify the classic style of top riders who themselves represent the values of JustWorld. Founded a decade ago by former rider Jessica Newman, JustWorld International works through the international equestrian community to fund and sustain programs that provide basic needs to children who have little opportunity to receive support from other sources. JustWorld riders give back to the organization by pledging a portion of their winnings, and volunteering on projects that support education and growth in developing countries around the world. To benefit JustWorld International, Dyer’s custom-designed show shirt will feature signature blue JustWorld accents on the inside collar and cuffs, as well as pops of blue thread on the button details. The JustWorld and Dyer logos will appear on the center back of the shirt to accent Dyer’s signature back button detail. The JustWorld shirt will reflect the design of Dyer’s signature Heritage show shirt (left). Fifteen percent of all sales from the JustWorld shirt will go directly back to the organization. At press time, only sketches of the shirt were available (above), in order to heighten anticipation for the big reveal, planned during the American Gold Cup in Old Salem, NY in midSeptember.

Common Interests

Dyer Equestrian was itself built out of a longtime


friendship between two horsewomen with a shared love for fashion. Erin Krasner and LeeAnne Colamarino grew-up riding on the A-circuit. Krasner is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, while Colamarino attended law school and is licensed to practice law. In creating their very own fashion label, they combined their fashion knowledge and business background in cultivating functional and stylish riding apparel. Both Colamarino and Krasner are still avid equestrians, but limit their time at the horse shows to dedicate themselves to Dyer Equestrian. “We both know that we will get back in the ring when the time is right but for now, the priority is Dyer and while we still ride often, we miss competing and the bond you have with a horse inside the show ring,” says Krasner.

Urban Inspiration

Both designers live and work in New York City, an environment that highly influences their design process. “The general inspiration of our designs comes from living and walking in the city, especially since equestrian style is such a mainstream fashion trend nowadays,” explains Colamarino. “Everywhere you look someone is wearing something you would see at a horse show.” With that in mind, Dyer Equestrian combines fashion and function. Its show shirts are designed to fit in around the town and the show ring. Details are everything in their design; all shirts are designed with a semi-custom fit, updated snap top collar, and a signature ‘back button’ detail that adds a touch of elegance to the silhouette. With cropped pants or shorts, the Dyer Equestrian Heritage show shirt makes for a crossover look that’s wearable away from the barn. “We are so excited to launch this special edition Dyer show shirt at the 2013 American Gold Cup,” says Newman, whose single-minded dedication to her organization is an inspiration within itself. “I look forward to seeing JustWorld ambassadors and supporters wearing the new Dyer Equestrian for JustWorld show shirt at horse shows around the globe.”

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Everyone knows when a special horse come into their lives. They challenge you, reward you, and become a friend. Together your lives become one with an incredible bond. Thank you Guin Guin for allowing me to celebrate so many magical moments with you :)

Good Guinness Special thanks to Team GG.

Jose Pacheco: His best friend and groom. Jose is the best caregiver a horse could ask for. After a good round or bad, I never had to worry that Jose was there to condole him or congratulate him. RT Goodrich: His farrier. With RT’s amazing expertise, Guinness went through his whole career without ever having a foot problem. Dr. Don Smith: After what we were told was a career ending injury, Don’s help and determination brought Guinness back into the grand prix ring where he was rewarded with much success. Julie Wright: Trail rides through beautiful West Marin with Julie are the highlight of Guinness’s week. Marcy Lawwill: The lovely and loyal hard working assistant who Guinness adores. Helen McNaught: Who gave me the bit that started our winning streak. Kristin Hardin: Who constantly told me he was worth fighting for.

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Take Cover! by Arden Cone

The heat is on, and you know what that means: cool down and…cover up? That’s right, cover up. While most of the world strips down to shorts and swimsuits in the hotter months of the year, riders who are serious about outdoor activities have to think about protecting their skin, not exposing it. Harmful UVA and UVB rays are known to be the primary cause of all non-melanoma skin cancers. Everyone who steps outside risks exposure to these rays, but certain factors heighten the risk for riders. On show days, we bounce back and fourth from schooling area to show ring, tagging along on the sidelines even when we aren’t the one on center stage. The bright sand of most allweather footing reflects the sun’s rays, casting them back up towards our skin. Whether we know it or not, we work and

play on a mirror to the sun. This puts riders at a higher risk for developing such deadly diseases as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, and as far as options go, hiding out in the shade isn’t generally one of them. Fortunately, the summer’s newest fashions give riders stylish options for armoring-up against the sun’s harmful rays. Summer lines from Equi In Style, Ariat, and San Soleil offer apparel with fabric specifically designed for summer. The tight fabric construction and the treatment of these sun-protective garments impede UV rays from penetrating through to the skin. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) is the system by which apparel is rated for its UV deflecting properties. Look for a high UPF number as you shop around for the best summer clothing.

tyle Sun and S Stay stylish and protected from the elements with the EIS COOL SHIRT. Their new Dressed Line, made with pride in the USA, offers tasteful color combinations and a UPF of 50. Its advanced IceFil Fabric even cools the body by five degrees! EIS Cool Shirt, $98

Ariat’s Sunstopper Zip is equipped with breathable underarm mesh for ventilation on those hot days of summer. The fabric of this shirt not only protects riders from the sun, but it wicks moisture away from the skin. This shirt is an affordable option from a trusted brand name. Ariat Sunstopper Zip Mock Shirt, $50

Word on the street is that this sun technology isn’t just a trend for the summer. A new line of clothing from Charlotte Jorst, set to be released in September, will offer the very latest in UV protection. Pictured is Charlotte Jorst herself wearing the Kastel Denmark shirt in white with pink accents. Charlotte Jorst Kastel Denmark, price n/a


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The UVAs and Bs of Sun Protection

The Sol Tek Performance Sun Shirt from San Soleil offers fabric that protects, cools, and stretches. Designed for outdoor athletes, this sun-blocking shirt has a UPF of 30+ and catches 99 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. Go for the Solid Zip Polo, or choose one of San Soleil’s exclusive print patterns. San Soleil Sol Tek Performance Sun Shirt, $84 (solid), $92 (print)

face off When it comes to sun protection, hightech apparel is only half the battle. The more sensitive areas of the body, the face and eyes, are often the most difficult for riders to shield. The Shiseido’s Sun Protection importance of doing Liquid Foundation, $35 so, however, cannot be overstated. In addition to being the culprits behind non-melanoma skin cancers, UV rays are responsible for photo aging. Though UVA damage has only recently been linked to skin cancer, it has long been known to rob skin of its youthful look.

Finding a sunblock with a high SPF is crucial, but it is not the only factor to look for in choosing a sunscreen. SPF measures a product’s effectiveness at shielding UVB rays, but it says nothing about protection against UVA rays. Be sure to choose only a sunscreen with broad-spectrum coverage. Riders, like any athletes, should also wear sunblock that is sweatproof and waterproof. When purchasing any sun lotion product, look for the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Active Seal of Approval. Women may also seek sun protection in their make-up foundations, but the low SPF’s of most make them inadequate for outdoor lovers. Shiseido’s Sun Protection Liquid Foundation, however, carries the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Active Seal of Approval and an SPF rating of 42.

Riders, being an at-risk group for sun damage, should think about going beyond sunscreens in protecting themselves when they ride. Sun damage to the eyes can come in the form of cataracts, degeneration of the retina and skin cancer surrounding the eyes. For most, sunglasses are an easy way to shade themselves, but if you’ve ever tried to ride in them, you know the problems: they don’t fit beneath the helmet, they pinch, they fog and they bounce. Fortunately, PeakVision has created a line of sunglasses designed with riders in mind. The GS4 model fits securely beneath the helmet and sits close to the eyes for a stay-put comfort and full coverage of the visual field. PeakVision glasses offer a Dual-Zone/ Zero-Distortion lens that increases the contrast of footing and does away with any troublesome lens distortions. Many riders hide in the shade behind the EquiVisor, the only sun visor designed to fit securely over a riding helmet. Its four-inch brim safely provides shade to the face, eyes and ears without flopping around or blocking the rider’s peripheral vision. This summer, get stylish and get serious about keeping your skin healthy and young. With so many product options available, it’s easy to take measures against the sun. Trainers, riders and spectators: are you listening? You have no excuses. Equivisor: $36.95 (brushed cotton), $44.95 (jute) PeakVision’s Equestrian Sunglasses (GS4 model), $99

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STYLE PROFILES by Sarah Appel & Terri Roberson

Trendy Trainer Winner’s Circle Leather Bracelet, Studio Manhattan Vintage, $42 Tack Bag, Dressage Collection, $1,995 Single Bit Necklace, Kendra Phillip, $55 Blue Bit Sandals, Rinaldi Designs, $25 Equestrian Print Satin Dress, Ralph Lauren, $698

Polo in the Park Polo is an attitude, and whether you’re galloping across a grass field with mallet in hand, or cheering on your favorite player from the sidelines, your polo-posh look cannot be anything but top-notch. Dress the part to arrive in style this summer. From Greenwich to Santa Barbara, polo-posh is in!

Gorgeous Gent Polo Player Plaque Belt, Polo Ralph Lauren, $130 Doppia T Gommini Loafer, Tod’s, $525 Foxrock Fine Cotton LongSleeved Shirt, Dubarry, $99 Silver Plated Polo Mallet and Rawhide Braided Band, Annie’s Polo, $45 Slim Fit Chinos, Incotex, $283 Straw Fedora, US Polo Assn., $13


Jovial Junior Beaded Open Leather Bracelet with Brass Snaps, Caracol, $89 Paloma, Savannah Collection by Lilo Collections, $225 Sandra Calf Chain Riding Boot, Ralph Lauren, $1,250 Horse Print Dress, Topshop, $80 Mixed Horse Collar, Topshop, $30

Ambient Amateur Icon Print Silk Scarf, Gucci, $410 Small Trotter, Dressage Collection, $1,295 Hatched Horses Capped Sleeve Dress, French Connection, $180 Solano Stitched Raffia Hat, Helen Kaminski, $280 Mae Riding Boot, Tory Burch, $525

Polished Pony Mom Farandole Necklace in Silver, Hermès, $1,550 Cashmere-Blend Printed Silk Pullover, Ralph Lauren, $515 Stirrup Maple Brown Leather High Heel Clog, Gucci, $775 Ellie Jodhpur Jean, Tory Burch $195 This1: Shops, Bagstil, $675 Bamboo 35mm Stainless Steel Bangle, Gucci, $1,050

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Emma Waldfogel & Kings Peak

Champion $5,000 Open Hunter Classic Red White and Blue Festival, Oaks

Champion High Performance Hunters Reserve Champion Jr Hunter Classic HMI June Classic, Sonoma Horse Park

Reserve Champion Jr Hunter Classic Top 10 International Hunter Derby Showpark

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades, Assistants

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Emma Waldfogel



Champion Jr Modified Hunters at every show this year. 8 yr old Hanoverian gelding. Hack winner with perfect disposition. Circuit Champion Thermal. Wonderful National Derby horse. Serious inquiries please

Congratulations to Emma Waldfogel and her equitation horses qualified for Maclay, USEF, CPHA, WCE, NorCal and Hudson. Best of luck at regionals

Congrats on competing in EAP!

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades, Assistants

1075 Jacobsen Ln, Petaluma, CA 94954 | Barn (707) 769-0180 | | Hope (707) 249-1518 | Ned (707) 249-1637 photos ŠFlying Horse Photography


Sarah Ryan


Champion Jr Hunters Sonoma June Champion $1,500 Jr/AO Hunter Classic Champion Equitation 12-14 HMI June Classic, Sonoma Horse Park

Champion 1st Year Green

HMI June Classic, Sonoma Horse Park, Red White & Blue - Oaks

Farmore Royal Design

Champion Large Pony Hunter Champion Large Green Pony Hunter

HMI June Classic, Sonoma Horse Park, Red White & Blue - Oaks

Champion $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic HMI June Classic, Sonoma Horse Park

Thank you to Tammy Burgin and Farmore Farms

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades, Assistants

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Eleanor Hellman


Reserve Champion Low AO Hunters Champion Low AO Classic Red, White & Blue Festival, Oaks

Champion Low AO Classic


Del Mar National

Reserve Champion Low A/O Hunter Devon Horse Show & Country Fair

Champion Low AO Hunter Reserve Champion Low AO Classic Red, White & Blue Festival, Oaks

Currently leading the country 3’6” Performance Hunters

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades, Assistants

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Emma Townsend

CR Haribo Champion Low AO Hunters

Golden State Horse Show and HMI June Classic, Sonoma Horse Park

Champion Jr/AO Classic Golden State Horse Show

Top Amateur Sonoma Hunter Derby Currently leading the country - 3’3” Performance Hunters


Champion Amateur Modified

HMI June Classic, Sonoma Horse Park

Offered for sale

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades, Assistants

1075 Jacobsen Ln, Petaluma, CA 94954 | Barn (707) 769-0180 | | Hope (707) 249-1518 | Ned (707) 249-1637 photos ©Deb Dawson Photography, Alden Corrigan


SVS Caramunde Z

Owner Shelley Gambardella Top 10 USHJA International Derby Devon Horse Show & Country Fair and Upperville Champion High Performance Hunters Red, White and Blue Festival

Best of luck at Derby Finals!

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades, Assistants

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Helen McEvoy & Campari

Champion AA Hunters Champion $1,000 AA/Children’s Hunter Classic Champion Performance Hunters 3’6” Reserve Champion $5,000 Open Hunter Derby HMI June Classic, Sonoma Horse Park

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades, Assistants

1075 Jacobsen Ln, Petaluma, CA 94954 | Barn (707) 769-0180 | | Hope (707) 249-1518 | Ned (707) 249-1637 photos ©Deb Dawson Photography, Alden Corrigan


Derby Day at SVS Thank you to everyone who came and participated in our first annual

Derby Day at Sonoma Valley Stables Congratulations to the champions!

Lauren Neuman

on Dressed to Impressed 2’ Rocking Horse Ranch Hunter Derby (out of 21 entries!)

Kylee Arbuckle

on Who Knew Champion $1000 McEvoy 2’9” Hunter Derby (out of 31 entries!) Owned by Barb Ellison

Michael Traurig

on Salvador Champion $2,500 LightStar Horse Transportation 3’3” Hunter Derby (out of 18 entries!)

Thank you to sponsors SmartPak, LightStar Transportation, Rocking Horse Ranch and Spicy Tails

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers | Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades, Assistants

1075 Jacobsen Ln, Petaluma, CA 94954 | Barn (707) 769-0180 | | Hope (707) 249-1518 | Ned (707) 249-1637 photos ©Tammy Burgin

by Saer Coulter


We’re One This summer started off with a bang. In June, I flew straight back to California after showing at the Olympic Park in London, England, in the newest stop of the The Global Champions Tour series. I had to squeeze in studying for my last final and a final paper to do before a week of graduation activities. Although I won’t officially finish at Stanford until September, I decided to walk in graduation this spring so that I could experience it with my friends with whom I have spent the last four years growing up. It was worth it! Graduation was a whirlwind of parties and Stanford traditions that I will never forget. Then, in a last-minute change of plans, right after graduation I learned that I would fly back to Europe to join the U.S. Show Jumping team in Rotterdam, Germany. I had been selected to be on the team for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup at the prestigious CHIO Rotterdam show! That’s not something you can pass-up. So after walking in graduation on Sunday, I packed up my dorm room, packed my bags and took the Monday afternoon flight to Germany. While this was all a bit busy, the opportunity to represent the United States internationally is a truly special experience. I had done it twice before; once in Buenos Aires, Argentina and once in Falsterbo, Sweden. Each time I not only gained valuable experience but also had the ability to really connect with and learn from the other riders on the team. In general, riding tends to be an independent sport. While you have a special bond with your horse and often find good friends in the riding world, when you are in the ring, it is you versus the rest of the class. During the Nations Cup, from the second you arrive on the show grounds you are a part of the team. Every person on the team watches out for one another, roots for one another, and hopes that you all will get to hear the U.S. National Anthem at the end of each class. I went to Rotterdam with Beezie Madden, Laura Kraut, Lauren Hough and Lucy Davis. This was one of U.S. Chef d’Equipe Robert Ridland’s first attempts at his 3-2 formatted team, where he builds a team with three very experienced riders and two younger riders. I went as the reserve rider and enjoyed the experience of getting to learn from the vast experience and talent of Laura, Beezie and Lauren, and having a friend to go through it with in Lucy.


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The week started out well and continued from there. The first American win of the week came on Thursday when Laura won the 1.45m power and speed. I was in third with my horse Graciella and Beezie was fifth.

During the Nations Cup, from the second you arrive on the show grounds you are a part of the team. On Nations Cup day I cheered the U.S. team to a second place finish behind Germany. It was incredible to watch Lucy jump two fantastic rounds to be one of only three, double clear performances. Laura won again on Saturday with Lauren getting a good ribbon as well. Overall, for me, Rotterdam epitomized the experience of being a part of the U.S. team and showed how fantastic Nations Cups are for the sport. Lucy and I were able to spend the week riding with riders we have always looked up to. And Lucy proved that young blood can be a fantastic addition to a Nations Cup team. While I wasn’t in the ring on team day, I was a part of the team the whole time. Writer Saer Coulter, an aspiring professional and Stanford University student, is profiled on page 8. Above: Coulter receives last minute advice from coach Markus Beerbaum (pointing) as she approaches the ingate to compete at Rotterdam. Photo ©Shannon Brinkman


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ON THE COVER by Winter Hoffman


ray fog creates a chilling backdrop for the girl standing quietly on a wooded path, her horse beside her. Despite his gleaming coat, oiled hooves and mane brushed carefully to one side, the large warmbood is blissfully unaware of his current role as model and centerpiece as he stands for this magazine’s photo shoot. Not so for the girl. As soon as she tilts her head towards the camera, her face transforms. Her jaw aligns, her eyes take on a new intensity, and the long, printed white dress she’s wearing comes to life. Mackenzie Drazan is not playing dress up. The 17-year-old professional modeling phenom is her own industry, living a dual life that straddles her barn at home in Woodside, CA and high fashion runways around the world. She was born tall and svelte with stunning blue/green eyes and formidable, minimal features, an expression that is perfect for our times. You don’t have to look hard to find her powerful face over and over in fashion magazines and blogs, the Style section of the New York Times, W Magazine, Woman’s Wear Daily, and many more.


Not your ordinary barn attire‌ Drazan models the Equuleus Ice gown.

She has walked the runway for Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen and Calvin Klein in Paris, Milan, London, and New York. In April of this year she graced the cover of Russian Vogue. Last year, it was Vogue Italia. She has, by all accounts and purposes, “made it” as a model, and she is not yet old enough to vote. A lifelong rider, Drazan grew up outside San Francisco, riding with John Bragg and later, John French. She now trains with Karen Healey, and was well-known in horse circles for her results long before the world at large took notice of her. An equitation rider in her pre-teen days, she’s since moved into the jumpers, and split her winter walking the runway at New York Fashion Week and competing at HITS Thermal under the guidance of Karen Healey Stables.

S LEEP D EPRIVAT ION T RAIN IN G Drazan was first discovered while walking down Bond Street in London with her family when she was 12. She was scouted again at age 14 in Los Angeles, and that same year did her first runway show for Valentino, a significant debut in the modeling industry. By the time she was 15, she’d decided to make a serious foray into full-time modeling, and spent a year learning how to walk, pose and “be” a model. And just like that, she was on the fast track to model stardom. In 2010 she was dubbed a “Valentino Prodigy” after walking the runway for the house’s fall couture collection. Photo shoots in Paris, dinners with the Valentino designers and lunch with Calvin Klein designer Francisco Costa are part of her routine now. She loves chatting with designer Philip Lim about horses. Her travel schedule is something out of, well, a fashion magazine. Of course, much like the horse industry, there’s a lot of hard work below the glamorous surface. Modeling is difficult, tedious, exhausting and rough on your nails. It turns out models are not booked ahead of time, leaving many models with the stress of last-minute bookings. “When you participate in Fashion Weeks, the designers notice that you will be there by seeing you in your agency’s show package,” Drazan explains. “You arrive several days early and start with castings or auditions. Fashion Week is a continuing series of castings, fittings and shows, up to 14 hours a day. I fondly call it sleep deprivation training!’ A show begins four or more hours before show time. During those four hours, you go through hair and make-up and nails, there is a quick rehearsal where they show you the runway. After this they adjust the hair and make-up and then normally there are backstage pictures taken and interviews. Then everyone gets in their ‘first looks’ and the show begins. For me, during that time I also have to squeeze in studying!”

Top: Drazan walking the runway for Marc Jacobs Above: Drazan has twice graced the cover of VOGUE editions

When designers create the collection

they have a specific woman in mind.

This woman has key characteristics and a personality to her, which shows through in the clothes. As a model, you have

to adopt this personality or character while on the runway to help make the clothes believable.


It is a bit like

the pony hunter model class, in

that a little of the judge’s preference comes through. It depends

on what the fashion industry or a particular designer is looking for at the time. That’s right, high school. Online school is somewhat the norm for competitive riders; for Drazan, it’s a necessity. Drazan is enrolled at the Stanford University Online High School (OHS) program in a curriculum that caters to college-bound students. “You have to be very self-disciplined to succeed in an online learning program,” Drazan says. “All of the classes at OHS are interactive. Each course meets “live” online twice per week. There is so much to be gained by interacting with your instructor and considering the ideas and viewpoints of others.” Especially given that many of the OHS students are international. In Drazan’s Democracy, Freedom and the Rule of Law course, the class was composed of kids from all over the country and world, which made for very different points of view on democracy. Drazan’s interest in continuing her education is apparent, and she emphasizes the importance of finishing school, even if one is a model, a rider, or both. Drazan plans to enroll in university following her senior year of high school. “I am keeping my options open as I am discovering my strengths and interests,” Drazan comments wisely. “Very few have turned modeling into a life long career, so I am pursing my education, modeling and riding to see where it all takes me.” This summer marked the first time that Drazan rented her own apartment (with another model) in New York City, where her agent is based. It was a necessary convenience to have a consistent base in the city that she travels to most often. In a further nod towards adulthood, over the summer Drazan insisted to her parents that she begin to pay all of her own modeling expenses, including the new apartment.


Ultimately, the role of the model is to sell the clothes. Drazan relates it to acting; “when designers create the collection they have a specific woman in mind. This woman has key characteristics and a personality to her, which shows through in the clothes. As a model, you have to adopt this personality or character while on the runway to help make the clothes believable. You have to feel pretty in the clothes and become the character who would love wearing that outfit. What’s wearable is sellable, so as a model, it’s up to you to make it look wearable even if it requires a little acting sometimes.” A photo shoot with her horses at home was almost like a day off for Drazan, but even in a casual setting, she doesn’t lose an ounce of professionalism. Against the backdrop of her family’s stables (Drazan’s sister Shelby and mother, Stacy, are both riders too), Drazan was at ease, yet always aware of what the camera was seeking from her. Perhaps because of her ability to adopt a personality that fits the clothes, rather than the other way around, Drazan has found herself in the uber-elite category of in-demand models.

Above: Drazan and Long Island Iced Tea in the 1.30m jumpers at Thermal 2013

Drazan as styled by Johan Sandberg

A playful touch: the Fancy Foal Day Dress by Equuleus

“I feel like it is a bit like the pony hunter model class, in that a little of the judge’s preference comes through,” Drazan describes. “It depends on what the fashion industry or a particular designer is looking for at the time. Some days it feels like a complete mystery! What I try to do is always be professional and deliver what the photographer or designer is looking for.” With that perspective, she’s found herself in settings that border on the otherworldly. In December 2012, she was chosen to model for a Chanel show in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Mary Queen of Scots Castle. Karl Lagerfeld created a magical setting at night in the courtyard of the castle. It was snowing and there were bonfires and candles everywhere. It was an evening that Drazan will never forget. Apparently fashion and riding intersect in more ways than just the clothes you wear, and Drazan jokes about the hair extensions for models resembling fake tails on the hunters. “I love talking to anyone and everyone about horses!” she says. “When I saw the table full of hair extensions I immediately thought of the fake tails that the hunters wear. Whenever they add extensions to my hair, I always think ‘fake tail!’ This is probably because I knew what fake tails were before I knew what hair extensions were.”


Naturally, Drazan has her finger on the pulse of super chic riding attire. “I love the new French brand, Lavalliere,” she says. “Their fabrics are beautiful and extremely functional. I always save my Lavalliere pants, jacket, and saddle pad for classic day! And I always ride in my Charles Owen vented helmet and Ariat Volants with the red detailing.” Her enthusiasm for the jumper ring lies not only in the speed and big jumps, but the varied options in what’s acceptable to wear. When she’s not working or competing, she favors a casual elegance. “I think it’s important to always be appropriately dressed because it shows respect to others,” she explains. “I also love wearing fun outfits! I never wear make up unless I am on a job and I am the kind of girl who would rather spend the time picking out her outfit and then run out the door with wet hair and sunscreen!” In a perfect world, Drazan would spend every day riding “in a rural setting within close proximity of a big city,” which is an accurate description of her family home. More so than modeling, she sees riding as a certain constant that will always be a part of her life. As often as she can, she meets her horses at West Coast horse shows, where she’s currently focused on moving up from the 1.30m division. But in the meantime, Valentino, Paris, and the runway are calling.

For the Horse & Style Magazine photo shoot with Mackenzie Drazan, Equuleus Designs produced a custom silk gown for Drazan featuring the image of her horse, Long Island Iced Tea, splashed across the front. Drazan also modeled the Silk Fancy Foal Day Dress. Equuleus Designs produces custom fashions, home furnishings and more by leveraging and treating photography from their customers to create truly personal products. Visit for more information. With photos by Jenny Harris Photography and courtesy Society Model Management Hair and Makeup by Tracy Chen

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Back in the Game As summer finally starts to heat up over here in Belgium, I feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be. This time last year I had just retired my lovely mare Madison and was feeling like my days in the grand prix ring were behind me. I have never been the type of rider that can just hop on any horse and go jump a big class. I like to develop a relationship with my horses over time and really build-up trust. At the beginning of this year Rodrigo and I were lucky enough to come across a nine-year-old, German Sport Horse mare named Levade 35. One Saturday morning during the Winter Equestrian Festival, Sophia decided to wake up at 6am, and by 8am I was searching for some way to entertain her. I decided to go over to the showgrounds to have breakfast and watch the High Amateur-Owner Classic. Although Sophia has zero interest in riding horses, she loves watching them jump and claps after every clear effort. So there we were, just two ladies watching the class, when the most adorable little grey mare came into the ring. She put in a very fast, clean round and I knew she was special.

Now a few months down the road from that morning, “Lucy” has brought me back into the grand prix classes. Having her to ride has me more invested in riding than ever. She is a great contrast to my other young mare Penny Lane. Between the two of them, I really feel like I am learning so much. Our summer program in Europe is definitely the highlight of our time spent here (approximately eight months total). Many of the four and five-star events where Rodrigo is competing also host two-star classes for me to compete in. There is certainly still a variation in what you can expect between certain countries and certain events, but in general you can count on the international star system to know what to expect at each show. We are able to make a great plan for all of our horses using this system. I find it oddly comforting how the show invitation system works in Europe. The higher you climb in the rankings the better your show invitations get. It is a daunting climb but once you reach the top, those five-star riders are rewarded with very little show costs and spectacular prize money. Being immersed in this environment only drives me to be better. After Madison, I was never really sure that I would feel brave enough to get back in to the big classes, but this mare has proved Rodrigo’s theory that “there is always another horse.” Sometimes it is really hard to believe that but now it’s proving to be true. In all my years here in Europe, I was never able to win an international class. Madison had some great results, as did Pam Buie’s Cazino; but this June, I marked my first International Grand Prix win at CSI 2* Fontainebleau in France. Hearing your national anthem as you stand in the ring for the victory ceremony really makes a win feel extra special. As summer turns to autumn you can find us in New York at The Hampton Classic Horse Show with the Mouse Makes Three store, and then it is back to Europe for the indoor season!

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admired equestrian apparel brand. With a passion for creating superior clothing that does more than fulfill a basic need, Asmar’s innovative designs quickly took hold in the horse industry.

For Noel Asmar, shucking on that long, bulky coat wasn’t just an annoyance, it was motivation to create something better. In British Columbia, Canada, where Asmar lives and works, protection from the perpetual rain and cold is a must, but Asmar desired more than an outdated garment that served a single function.

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She thrives on recognizing a need and pairing it with the desire to create something better. The raven-haired mother of three and longtime rider is a passionate designer, and with years of background in the textile industry, she knew in the back of her mind that as she toyed with the idea of designing a riding coat just for herself, she was actually making the first step into a whole new foray.

While it’s no surprise that Noel Asmar herself is a longtime equestrian with a riding background, the true roots of Asmar Equestrian lie in an unlikely setting.

It was 2010, and Asmar Equestrian had just been born. In two-and-a-half years, Asmar Equestrian has grown from a casual idea to a full-fledged and widely

The Asmar All Weather Rider jacket would go on to become the flagship garment in the Asmar Equestrian line, which now includes everything from competition coats and breeches, to sun protection shirts and all weather vests.

Asmar’s sister, a successful, career esthetician who worked in elite health spas, found that it was difficult to transition to a comfortable work uniform during the early months of her pregnancy in 2002. At the time, most estheticians wore unappealing and unattractive hospital scrubs to work. So Asmar took it upon herself to create a comfortable and appealing spa uniform for her sister.


The design that Asmar created was an instant success. The sleek, tailored garment, with thoughtful zipper accents, has since gone on to be an industry standard, trademarked and known as the Spa Uniform. It’s now a hallmark of upscale spas around the world, and Asmar’s client list includes the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Rosewood, and a host of other elite hotel and spa groups. Noel Asmar Uniforms now carries apparel lines that outfit everyone from hospitality workers to dental assistants, and a line of high-end pedicure bowls is their latest offering.

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With the confidence of an established garment and design manufacturing company at her back, Asmar had the experience and wherewithal to make a new venture into equestrian apparel work.

“Really, the foundation of our design principles, our marketing and our branding is understanding our function,” Asmar says. “We are really servicing two very niche markets; we’re not a general brand that is master of all trades. We’re doing what we know.” She was intimately familiar with the unique annoyances of breeches that bunched, button clasps that poked and cuffs that rode up when a rider was in motion. And she knew she could address each issue for the better. “I thought ok, let’s do some research and find out what’s going on in this industry,” she says. “So I put the company together and launched it in January 2011.” The debut-line that centered with the All Weather Rider included several variations of that jacket, and vests which focused on protecting the rider from the elements. Asmar launched its original line at the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Convention, and Asmar was thrilled when the All Weather Rider won the 2011 title for Most Innovative Equestrian Apparel. The European coverage and acknowledgment of the line was a significant and effective launching pad. With similar results a month later at the American Equestrian Trade Association (AETA), Asmar Equestrian experienced immediate and thrilling growth. If the first year of business was an emphasis on all-weather apparel, the second year was when Asmar Equestrian honed its skills on technical fabrics and developing a superior fit for the rider that would last under punishing conditions. It wouldn’t seem like the average spa or housekeeping worker would draw comparisons to a jumper rider, but Asmar points out the importance of a garment that can hold up to laundering five days a week (as many service industry uniforms must) without losing their shape. No matter the setting, essential, functional garments need to share important characteristics. Above: Staff at the Thunderbird Horse Park, outfitted in Asmar for their 2013 season Left: The original Spa Uniform by Noel Asmar

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Her flagship business provided the resources for lab testing all fabrics to answer questions of longevity and quality, and as Asmar began developing pieces for the rider, she sent her designs out into the field, for more testing and feedback. With offices in Vancouver and the production warehouses in the USA’s Washington state, Asmar’s team works diligently to produce pieces that stand out in every way. They live by the company slogan, “made for the way you move.”

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“We get lots of feedback, and we constantly adjust our fit,” Asmar says. “We continue to push the envelope while maintaining a consciousness of the conservative nature of the show ring.” One example is Asmar’s machine washable, soft-shell Wellington Hunt Coat. It has a classic, form-flattering cut, but its most popular feature is the bright pop of color that lines the interior panels. That color blast illustrates Asmar’s willingness to take a risk without crossing a line; the color is a subtle touch that is nearly invisible, until a rider lands from a fence and the sides of the coat fly back for a moment. And the fit, with vents designed in very specific places, is designed to be flattering for a rider seated in a saddle.

We continue to push the envelope while maintaining a consciousness of the conservative nature of the show ring. “The style and function details are very meaningful when you’re in the saddle,” Asmar adds. “The cuffs of our breeches are tested for abrasion to prevent wear and pilling, and they have a tube sock built in so that they don’t bunch up. Our newest shirt has magnetic closures instead of buttons. I love the details. That’s what makes the difference.” Top: Stephanie Tidball wears the Wellington Hunt Coat in Midnight Navy and the Longsleeve Show Shirt with black and white buffalo check detail. Photo ©Totem Photographics Bottom: The All Weather Rider’s Jacket’s distinctive cut helped make it Asmar’s flagship piece Inset: Bright lining of the Wellington Show Coat


With its focus on fit, details and fabric, Asmar has earned a following of riders from all disciplines. Dressage rider Adrienne Lyle is a fervent supporter of the brand, as is grand prix show jumper Joie Gatlin. The Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, British Columbia is close to Asmar’s home, and she greatly enjoys visiting during the show season, where she now sees her designs on riders in the show ring. “It’s totally exciting and rewarding to see your garments out in the ring. I don’t think you ever get numb to it,” Asmar says with a smile. This year, Asmar’s crossover appeal between uniforms and equestrian apparel was solidified with a polo-shirt contract to outfit the entire Thunderbird staff. UV protective shirts are another exciting frontier for Asmar Equestrian. Applying tried and true methods from Noel Asmar’s years of producing...staff, the design team had an advantage in using the already-established benefit in their equestrian pieces. After 10 years of singlehandedly leading the design process, Asmar sounds somewhat relieved to share that in 2013 she hired full-time senior designer Mena Lucas to assist with the process. While Asmar Equestrian exists as an offshoot of Noel Asmar Uniforms, company operations support a full staff and busy warehouse in Washington state. And both businesses seem to always be expanding. “Once I started designing equestrian apparel for myself, I knew there was still a place in the market for premium quality fitting equestrian apparel,” she says. These days, Asmar has just begun riding again after extended time off. Her two Friesians live at her home, where she can see and work with them every day. She is currently riding with a dressage trainer and confesses that her personal riding goals don’t exceed far beyond riding simply for the pleasure of it. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And as for one particular moment that she surely takes extra pleasure in; if she notices cloudy skies on her way out the door, the garment she grabs is anything but an old, oilskin coat.

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It is one thing to put in the hard work and dedication that it takes to succeed in the horse industry. But to be recognized for it with the resounding endorsement of a top group of riders, well, that’s another thing entirely. At the NARG Annual Meeting on January 30th in Wellington, Florida, Brian Morton’s voice shook a little as he accepted the $15,000 NARG Riders Grant. The 26-year-old Canadian rider had applied for the grant, which was created by the North American Riders Group to give an emerging rider with a solid, ambitious plan, a financial leg up to achieve levels of performance that they might otherwise not attain. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and now training in nearby Langley in partnership with Mark Laskin at Equimark Inc., Morton had two promising jumpers and the desire to step-up into the grand prix classes. A grant would help him put his plan into practice. Humbled by the show of support that his role models had afforded him, Morton pledged to make the most of the opportunity. Horse & Style checks in with him six months after he received the grant to find out how he fulfilled his plans, and what that significant leg up meant to him. Horse & Style: First thing’s first, fill us in on your riding background. Brian Morton: Well, I’m not from a horse family at all. It was my

older brother’s interest when him and I were both quite young. He was four and I was two when he asked about riding lessons, but there were no riding stables in Vancouver that would take kids that young. We were told we had to wait until we were six, but almost from the age of two I had the assumption that I would start riding. I did start riding as a six year old, and pretty quickly it became the big focus of my life. I was passionate about it right away. Things just sort of grew from there. By the time I was ten or 11 years old I was pretty sure that this was what I wanted to do with my life. Becoming a professional and working in the industry really was the only career path I was ever on.

H&S: How did you get your first leg up in the professional ranks? BM: One thing led to another a little bit. For a few reasons my

parents decided to home school my brother and I, and that allowed a lot more time and opportunity to ride as a kid and as a teenager. I never had particularly expensive horses as a teenager, but a few people gave me some very important opportunities to help me get my feet off the ground. Melanie White has been a longtime supporter of mine; she gave me my first teaching opportunity when I was 17. Then a few years


later Mark Laskin, who was my trainer at the time, was looking to start a new venture for himself and offered me a partnership. That’s Equimark Inc.

H&S: When did you first find out about NARG, and why did you apply for the grant?

BM: I had heard bits and pieces about NARG, but what drew my

attention to it was when Thunderbird Show Park got ranked so high in their Top 25 Shows list. Thunderbird is in Langley, and is my home show. I love the facility and it’s one of the more important venues for me. That NARG gave it such recognition made me start to pay attention to the group a little bit and become a member. I really like the work that NARG is doing in North America, and applying for the grant the next year was my way to get involved. It was a really smart application process; I just filled out their questionnaire and sent it directly back to them. Mark Laskin wrote me a very nice letter of recommendation and a few other people, Gail Greenough and Will Simpson, got behind my application.

H&S: Were you surprised when you won it? BM: I was, I mean, I was confident in my application but I figured with

an opportunity like that there would be a lot of applicants. I wasn’t shocked when I won but I was very pleasantly surprised.

H&S: I remember you gave a very impassioned speech when you won.

What were you feeling when you spoke to that room? BM: What I remember talking about was looking at the board members of NARG, among them McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, Kent Farrington, and realizing these had been people who had been inspirational to me throughout the years. And to have those people give me their vote of confidence helped me to have a lot of confidence in myself.

H&S: How did NARG directly affect the path that you were on? BM: At the time that I applied for the grant, I had identified a

challenge for myself in terms of the way the show season works in Canada. It’s very, very seasonal especially on the West Coast. It wasn’t really feasible for me to go to WEF or Thermal for such a long period of time so that I could stay competing through the winter. But I had the goal of getting my horses up to full speed by the time Thunderbird started in May, and Spruce Meadows. With the grant, I was able to go to California for two trips early in the year. I went to the first half of Thermal, and then I did The Oaks (Blenheim Equisports). Having the financial backing from the NARG grant made that plan possible.

how he’s been doing in filling those shoes. He’s very competitive and very fast! He’s also had some very good results coming in. I was 8th in the World Cup Qualifier at Thunderbird Show Park with him in May and then he won the grand prix in June. He is 11 and he’s owned by Melanie White.

H&S: And of your personal life, I understand you were recently married? BM: Yes, I was married in September 2012. The first year of marriage has been wonderful. My wife is Austrian and I met her three years ago, when she was in Canada for the summer working at the farm of Melanie White’s. I was there working with Vaust and we started dating for that summer. I pretty quickly found out that we were pretty serious. We kept the relationship going long distance for a year or so until she moved to Canada. She’s ridden quite a bit, more dressage than jumpers, and since coming to Canada she’s started riding more and more and helping me do some flatwork. But I’ve started to pull her into the jumpers a little bit! She’s really fast and good. I think that pretty soon there’s going to be another Morton in the jumper ring!

Now, with it being more mid-season, I can look back and say that the early part of the year was a lot more successful thanks to the NARG grant.

H&S: What are the lasting effects of the NARG grant?

BM: I’m absolutely a stronger rider right now

because of it. I have two horses that are now competing at the international level. It’s the feeling that I’m not playing catch up. I was running at full speed by the time that what was most important to me (Thunderbird and Spruce) came around. In terms of Spruce Meadows, for me that’s the best forum for competing internationally. That’s the best place to find out how you’re doing with people from pretty much all over North America, and Europe. That’s why I highlighted it as the spot where I wanted to be my best. And I have been. I was third in a 1.45m FEI class out of 77 entries. I won the Roger Sugar Cup at the National Tournament. And I won the grand prix at Thunderbird Show Park in late June.

H&S: What makes your two top horses special to you?

BM: Spitfire is the experienced one, he’s 16 and

he’s owned by Equimark Inc. He’s fantastic, been a grand prix horse for some years now. He has enthusiasm for it and his results are strong. He’s still wild at times; if I jump him when he’s fresh I know he’s going to buck, that’s just the way it’s going to be. He is great. And Vaust is the up-and-coming horse. This is his first year stepping into the shoes of a grand prix horse, and I’ve been very pleased with

Opposite page: Brian Morton and Spitfire at Spruce Meadows. Photo ©Jennifer Wood Media Above: Morton and Vaust on their way to winning the $10,000 Super Save Grand Prix at Thunderbird Horse Park on June 30th. Photo ©Totem Photographics

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uring the dead of summer in Austin, Texas, there’s one thing that’s at the forefront of everyone’s minds, and that’s the weather. Finding comfort despite extreme temperatures is a real challenge that affects horse and human alike. While we can step inside an air-conditioned room for relief, for the horses, natural air conditioning is as good as it is going to get. Enter, Blackburn Architects. Known for their green barn concepts and attention to detail when planning for healthy airflow and light, they were an easy choice to go with when owners Willie and Debbie Graves were looking to expand their Oakhaven Farm. A small barn originally occupied the wooded, 150-acre property, but as the Graves two daughters picked up riding, the family found the need to expand.

Above: A wide skylight runs the length of the 16-stall main barn, and full-mesh, stall doors and wall-fronts provide a friendly, atmosphere for the horses. Rubber brick pavers cover the barn aisle.


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“Our whole purpose in designing not only the barn, but the whole farm, is how do we protect the health and safety of the horse,” explains architect John Blackburn. “That begins in overall design, but it comes into factor with every little detail.” The 16-stall barn that resulted sits atop a small rise within view of the Graves’ front porch. It is precisely oriented to run with the grade of the land and perpendicular to the prevailing breeze. A tall, sloped roof and aerodynamic ventilation work naturally to maximize air flow, and a long skylight that runs the length of the barn provides so much natural light that electric lighting is unnecessary during the day. In fact, the light inside the barn is so all encompassing

This page: The first time that architect John Blackburn drove onto the property, he noticed an old farmhouse with large cedar columns. When the farmhouse was taken down, those same columns were repurposed on the outside of the barn, giving it much of its character.


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that the Graves have never had to put lights on their mares to bring them into season. These days, the Graves’ daughters are grown up, and their focus on the breeding operation has shifted to allow boarders at the farm. The facility has also become a popular location for various trainers to hold

Opposite page, clockwise from top: Trainer Susan Fuller on Zuri OPL in the covered arena; Primaballerina with her foal Penelope OPL; Trainer Senja Stevig on Eowyn OPL outside the main barn. Photos ©Monica Adams Photography This page: Cedar-planked walls and smooth brick floors in the barn’s tackroom are congruent with the exterior materials of the facility.

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Above left: A covered round pen is encircled by one of Graves’ favorite features on the farm: the hotwalker. It holds six horses at a time and lets the horses walk and trot freely – a real timesaver! Above: All of the rockwork was sourced straight from the property; the Graves employed a stonemason who dug up all the rock that makes up the low walls surrounding the barn. A stone picnic table and benches made from the same rock provide resting places for riders throughout the property. Left: The prominent vents above the sliding doors at both ends of the barn act as a natural air-conditioning system, and actually help to pull air through the barn. “In the summertime you can go into that barn and feel your hair start to lift from the ventilation,” says Blackburn.


clinics. They still produce at least one foal per year, and have a group of young horses by Contendor, Corland and Couleur Rubin. “Most of our horses have gone on to have careers in the hunter and jumper world,” says Graves. “This is an incredible place to raise young horses, there are trails where we handwalk the mares and babies, the stalls are extra large, and they are able to grow up with so much space around them.” The dry, rocky Texas landscape is incorporated into the barn’s stonework and the cedar columns that support the trellis along the outside of the barn. In every element, Blackburn looked towards the environment for inspiration. In September, Blackburn Architects will release Healthy Stables by Design, a collection of outstanding barns that exemplify sustainable architecture practices in equine spaces. Oakhaven Farm is one of the facilities featured in the book.

HORSE CORNER by Katie Shoultz


The Seeing Eye Horse Sometimes the most unlikely matches are the sweetest when discovered.

For 18-year-old Alex Johnson of Lexington, Kentucky, finding the right match was especially hard. Born with congenital achromatopsia, Johnson is legally blind. She’ll never have a driver’s license and she must read text with an enlarged font. But her deep passion for riding is as indistinguishable as that of the next horse-crazy teenager. With little depth perception and the inability to see color, she needed a horse she could trust to live her dream of riding and being competitive in the hunters. Cue a fresh-off-the-track, chestnut gelding who goes by “Rascal.” Not quite cut out for racing, what the six-year-old did have going for him was a rhythmic canter and a calm demeanor.

From Track to the Children’s Hunters After a pony that became too savvy to Johnson’s situation learned to take full advantage of her in the ring, Johnson and her mom Lynn knew it was time to start looking for a more trustworthy horse. But, after visiting multiple states and losing count of how many horses they had met, tried, and passed on, the family began to think that maybe it wasn’t meant to be.


cantered, and jumped him around and came up to me with the biggest grin and said, ‘this is the one I want’,” Lynn tells. Johnson had to pinch herself to believe it was real. “I kept thinking, are you sure this thing was a racehorse?” she says with a laugh. “He was just so level-headed and made me feel confident.”

The Horse That Could

“I didn’t think we would ever find the right horse,” Johnson recalls. “I was about ready to quit. But, then I found Rascal. He felt like the old school horses I used to ride that would take care of you.” She immediately felt a connection with the quiet gelding.

After taking a few months to get Rascal acclimated to his new life as a hunter (including his introduction to the freedom of having turnout time), Johnson and her partner began clicking. And with a solid program in place, they thrived. A year after Rascal’s retirement from racing, they competed in their first show together in the crossrails, under Rascal’s newly christened show name of “Take Me There.”

The redhead she now calls her best friend had only been in re-training for a few months when she found him, indirectly via an ad posted at a local tack store (a barn outside of Cleveland, Ohio was advertising a horse for sale, and when Johnson went to look at it, Rascal was at the same barn.) At the time, Johnson was 13. “She walked, trotted,

For the past couple of years, the two have been regular faces at local and rated shows in the Midwest and South – having participated at the Kentucky Horse Park, Brownland and Virginia as well as competing in Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) classes. Until recently, the pair was competing in the children’s hunters and, after aging-out,

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has been competing in the low hunter division. When Johnson starts college in the fall, she plans on bringing Rascal with her. Her college scholarship essay was about her special bond with the horse. With almost a sixth sense, Rascal takes care of his rider and has given Johnson the confidence to put in successful rounds – and win. “The most we’re ever off is maybe we add one in the lines. For me, that’s more of a feeling thing. I can just listen to him,” Johnson describes. “I can see the general area where the jump is. So I turn him in that direction and fine-tune the angle as I go. He helps out a lot because he looks at it, and he goes. He’s been able to find a lot of centers for me.” They just get each other. Rarely seen without her red-tinted sunglasses due to her eyes’ particular sensitivity to light, Johnson’s condition is otherwise aptly managed, especially with Rascal acting as her other set of eyes. “He doesn’t freak out like a lot of horses do. He doesn’t have a bad bone in his body. He’s a forgiving horse. What’s amazing about him is that he doesn’t hold a

“I kept thinking, are you sure this thing was a racehorse? ” grudge,” Johnson tells. He does have a warning system, though, that Johnson has learned to pay attention to. “He’s got kind of like a three strike system, except his is three girlie squeals and after those three, he bucks,” she laughs.

meaning for her. After the bad experience with her pony, at first Johnson just wanted a horse that could take her to the other side of the jump. But as she and Rascal developed a bond, she realized that the relationship was a whole other level. “As I got to do more, it became more of take me there to what I want to accomplish, and he does. He does that and then some.” For Johnson’s mom, Rascal is definitely part of the family. “In a nutshell, he is her whole world. He is the only horse that she will get on and have no fear with. She totally 200 percent trusts him. She calls him her seeing eye horse,” Lynn describes. And as with any great friendship, Rascal is Johnson’s go-to partner to just hang out with. Of course, treats are always welcome. His favorite? “Everything is his favorite. He’ll eat pretty much anything,” Johnson shares. If she has a bad day at school or needs to vent, you’ll likely find Johnson in Rascal’s stall. Although Johnson will ride other horses eventually, she certainly prefers her time with Rascal – and is content to just take her riding one day at a time on the horse she trusts with her life. Always up for an adventure, whether it’s riding sidesaddle or taking a lesson from legendary eventer Ralph Hill, this duo certainly doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Just don’t ask Johnson to pick a favorite thing about her horse – she’s too hard pressed. With all the heart in the world, Johnson states simply, “the best thing about my horse is that he’s my horse.”

Take Me There

Opposite page: Alex and Rascal. Photo courtesy Wendy Wooley Peeps & Paws Pet Photography

Named after a song by one of Johnson’s favorite bands, Rascal’s name holds a deeper

This page, above: Alex and Rascal competing at the Kentucky Horse Park. Photo courtesy Mandy Su

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT For Cordelia Wolf, success is sweet, and it tastes like . . . horse cookies. The 32-year-old entrepreneur cooked up the idea for her horse treat business during a 2011 session with her young daughter, and soon thereafter hit the ground running with her line of popular horse treats. Inspired by and named after her young daughter Charleigh, the horse cookie business is a fun adventure for Wolf, whose prior career experience lies in business consulting. Headquartered in Sonoma, California, one of Northern California’s top equestrian havens, finding plenty of willing taste-testers wasn’t a challenge, and as Wolf developed each unique flavor of cookie, she became a popular visitor to her own barn and those of her friends. With playful names such as Essential Swag and XOXO, Charleigh’s Cookies is a tasty favorite of horses on the West Coast and, Wolf hopes, will soon be the sweet reward for horses everywhere.

H&S: What have you learned, both about the horse industry and the business world, since founding Charleigh’s Cookies?

CW: Well, first I’ve learned so much about the process - dare I say

hoops - one goes through to bring an edible product to market. Here’s an example: even with our cookies being treats for horses, they

Charleigh’s Cookies Horse & Style: When and where did Charleigh’s Cookies start? Cordelia Wolf: Charleigh’s Cookies evolved from my desire as a

new mother to teach my daughter, Charleigh, about the power and joy of the horse-human connection. Through my desire to provide nutritious, organic food prepared with ingredients from our own garden for her, I got the idea about my other “baby,” my horse.

H&S: What inspired you to go into the business of making horse cookies? Is it profitable?

CW: When Charleigh was two-years-old, we started making

wholesome, homespun cookies for our horses. We poured, we scooped, we mixed together - and Charleigh’s Cookies was born. They are fresh, organic, with no sugars or preservatives, and our flavors are the natural tastes horses like. This healthful snack is our way to say thank you to these majestic creatures for allowing us to realize our own inner beauty and greatness. Because the business is so young we’re doing a lot of investment - if I’m doing something, I’m doing it right - so we are profitable at the actual product level, but I have a little while before the company will be fully in the black.

H&S: Do you have different varieties of cookies? What is the most popular?

CW: We do have varieties to the cookies - three different flavors and

actually four different offerings: Essential Swag - our original flavor Southern Swag - with organic Georgia peaches Sweetheart Swag - a dash of organic cinnamon XOXOs (Hugs & Kisses) - an original flavor in a mix of full-size and bite size cookies The most popular are actually our XOXOs - the mix is great because the small one fits in your pocket, the palm of your hand or really well in a tiny pony’s mouth Charleigh and Cordelia. Photos ©Woodside Images


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necessitated a lengthy guaranteed analysis cycle (our shelf life will be guaranteed to 12 months this September). Next, I’ve learned that doing something right the first time is by far the best way to go. And, be sure you have the team around you that knows what the right way is! My marketing, for example, was farmed

Ride Right... out in the beginning to some very expensive people and I did a bit of wheel spinning. It was not until I found a true business partner in The Equestrian’s Concierge, that I was really able to see it all come together. Ashley Matchett Woods is involved in all facets of my business and I feel I have someone I trust to bounce ideas off of who is as committed to the company as I am. Even though there is a horse industry I find that most of us in it - and those that we serve - are very emotional about our animals. We love our horse and want the best for them - and want to say thank you for these profound and enduring relationships.

H&S: How has your business objective developed since you started the company? CW: Well, because I started this business from a place of passion, to be honest, I don’t think I was very clear on what I could frame as business objective. I had goals, but they were more about how I wanted my choice to start a business impact my and my daughter’s life.

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Now, with the help of my extended team, I really do have business objectives for the next six, 12 and 18 months. We’ve been fortunate to grow quickly, so I am able to choose opportunities that work for me rather than be desperate and have to go after things that I don’t feel are a great fit.

H&S: How do Charleigh’s Cookies compare to other, comparable horse cookies?

CW: The big differentiator for Charleigh’s Cookies is the organic

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H&S: What would you say to someone who wanted to create their own equestrian business?

CW: Find the team that knows how to do this. If you think you’re getting “a deal” you’re not. There are no shortcuts and there is no fairy godmother. It’s important to love what you’re doing and be open to personal growth and development.

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H&S: What are your goals for Charleigh’s Cookies in the future? CW: I want to see Charleigh’s Cookies be a self-sustaining business

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What do Buck Brannaman and Jimmy Wofford have in common? It certainly isn’t the hunter/jumper world. Or is it? These two horsemen may seem to be from opposite ends of the horse-world spectrum, and I would have imagined that what they offered would not really apply to myself or my horses, until some of the horses I bred started to show me that I had a lot to learn! As a horseman, I always strive to gain more knowledge and learn (good or bad) from everyone I can. As a breeder, I have finally realized why I need all of this information. Every horse is so different (even full siblings) and it is so important to set each horse up for success in their future jobs, whatever that may be. This brings me to why I now know exactly what threeday eventing legend Jimmy Wofford, and horseman Buck Brannaman can bring to the hunter/jumper world. I have been through many different routines in “starting” the horses we produce at Jaz Creek Farm in Petaluma, California. I used to prepare and ride foals as a junior and I started some of mine completely on my own. Then Thomas came along. Pretty much from the day he was born, I knew it would not be wise for me to

be the first person on his back. He came out tough, he had so much self-confidence, paired with anxiety, that he would run me down without hesitation, and strike out if he perceived a threat. I did not understand what a lot of his behavior meant, and would have done things very differently from the beginning if I had. I sent Thomas to a “cowboy,” a guy who was recommended by local hunter/jumper trainers who had already dealt with their own problem horses. What I got back was a nervous horse with natural anxiety, now compounded with man-made blocks and fear. Not an easy horse to ride or sell if you are an amateur rider! That experience led me to want to find a better way. I researched extensively to see if there were young horse starters out there that used gentle methods to bring out the best in a horse.

Kindergarteners in A College Class

This year I thought I really had done my homework when I took two of my three-year-old fillies to one of these “colt starters.” My experience was awful. My two fillies, both of whom had been handled lightly but correctly up to this point, both shut-down in fear. One tried to climb out of the round pen when her girth was

tightened too fast. It was as if she thought she was being suffocated. She also managed to buck-off this very well known colt starter… and now her bucking is a problem that is taking quite a bit of time to correct, given that she now fears movement on her back. Worst of all, the horses were not given a chance to succeed. They were forced into new surroundings and had everything thrown at them so quickly. It was like going to a college level lecture on your first day of kindergarten. I ended up taking the fillies home after three days; they were both sore, with bloodied mouths, and quite a bit of new fear of people. Once again I had trusted the recommendations of some of the best in the business, but it simply did not work out! But still, I thought that there had to be something better. Horsewoman Tina Cornish, a good friend of Buck Brannaman, invited me to a clinic at the Tehama County Fairgrounds this April to see what his system was all about. I had seen the movie Buck, I was impressed, but I still did not know if Buck’s way of training was for me.

Group Psychology Sessions

As an admitted “hunter/jumper princess” I was very overwhelmed by the close to thirty horses in the ring at the clinic with their owners of varying skill levels, going in every direction possible. But I sat in my auditor’s seat and watched the entirety of the four days. As Buck spoke of horses, people, and life in general, I began to realize that his clinics were more than just horse training, they were a huge group psychology session. He teaches how to read your horse’s emotions, how to channel the emotions and energy, and how to produce a result that is clear to horse and handler. Listening to Buck made me realize how much more I could give my young horses. This is not to say that I will be at the next hunter/jumper shows flagging my horses in rope halters (at least not all the time!) Just from watching and absorbing, I took away some very valuable tools. I am now more able to be a kindergarten teacher when I need to be, and transfer that through the levels. The best part about the clinic was that there were hunter/jumper people participating and they all were able to improve their communication with their horses within our discipline. Ali Cornish was an example of this. She is Tina’s daughter, and has been riding with Buck since she was a kid. Her horse Freddy had been through a few different programs and was stopping. Ali had taken him back to the basic groundwork and had been slowly building him back up, showing in smaller jumper classes through the spring. At the clinic she did the foundation class with him, just to hone her skills and make sure his groundwork was in tip-top shape. The following week Ali and Freddy headed to Peter Wylde’s barn in New York, where she is now working as his assistant. Freddy has been schooling up to 1.30m and looks to be heading back into some bigger classes soon. Without the time spent giving Freddy confidence from the ground and through cross-training that would never have happened. After the Buck clinic I started to feel like I was on a path that made sense, but it was still not a complete picture. I wanted to know how to incorporate more jumping or English specific tools in to my training “toolbox.” Once again Tina invited me to a clinic, and once again I saw

just how useful outside influences can be when working with young hunters or jumpers.

Ah-ha Moments

This time it was a Jimmy Wofford clinic, held at Eventful Acres in Oregon House, California in June. I was able to watch this Olympic veteran from the sport of eventing teach people the importance of not over-facing your horse, especially when asking them to do something that is inherently difficult. He showed us how to build confidence in young horses by introducing them to new concepts slowly and really echoed the themes of Buck. Interestingly, one of the biggest ah-ha moments at the clinic came when Jimmy was taking a break before dinner. Many of the horses had never been through the cross country water obstacle before and were practicing going in and out at the walk, trot, and canter. There was a pony there that decided he was not interested in playing and Tina was asked to come try to help. Through Buck’s methods, a lot of patience, and some serious sweat on the rider’s part (it was about 102 degrees out) the pony wound up practically swimming laps in the water he became so comfortable! Watching pony and rider successfully navigate something difficult and come out the other side better for it cemented in my mind why thinking outside the box is so important when starting young horses. Imagine, a young horse that has been through water obstacles and over crosscountry jumps, in the hunter derbies eventually, that is the horse I want to ride. As my horses get older and I have more to start and ride, it is my job to find what tool fits best with each horse, and lay the foundation for them to be the best they possibly can be at their job, be it a grand prix jumper or short stirrup hunter. Luckily, if you are willing to look, there are so many tools out there that can bring each horse success. Buck put it so succinctly when he said, “To get really good with horses you will mess a few up.” As for Thomas, he’s now turning a corner and is starting to become an agreeable guy who likes his job. Best of all, he has shown me how to listen to my horses and never stop working on becoming the best horseman I can be. Opposite page, from top: The author and Thomas, in June 2013. Thomas is now a well-adjusted five-year-old; Thomas enjoying down time. Above: Ali Cornish works with her jumper Freddy at the Buck Brannaman clinic. Photo ©Patricia Kelley

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BIT OF BLISS Ever since she was a young girl, Stacie Tobin (née Yellin) wanted to ride her horse down the aisle on her wedding day. However, when the big day came on Saturday, June 29th, she was set to tie the knot at the tony Ritz Carlton in West Palm Beach, Florida, where hooves and marble floors wouldn’t exactly make for a dream scenario. No matter. Tobin, who owns and operates Belle and Bow Equestrian, which produces show bows for pony riders, was willing to compromise. Her dream wedding unfolded at the glamorous beachside resort just the way she wanted, with the man of her dreams and subtle equestrian touches to the decor. The flower girls wore wedding-themed show bows in their hair, and each guest was gifted a silver horseshoe that Tobin had sourced from her farrier and painted herself. Those details were sweet reminders of Tobin’s equestrian roots, and several weeks later that she was able to live out the rest of her dream. Tobin arranged for a special wedding photo shoot at Sandy Holbrook’s Sugarbrook Farm in North Central Florida, where Tobin’s first pony now lives as a broodmare. Decked out in their wedding best, Tobin and her husband Josh captured a few more unforgettable memories to go in their wedding album.

Above: Tobin dances with her flower girls, who wore wedding-themed show bows in their hair. Photo ©Munoz Photography Bottom: Tobin wore a floor length Priscilla of Boston Dress on her wedding day, and at the special photoshoot at Sugarbrook Farm. Photo ©Kathy Kline Images; Horseshoes were given to each of the 184 guests as tokens of good luck. Photo ©Munoz Photography

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I am really nervous about medal finals this year. I did so well last year that I am worried I might not do the same or better this year. I am having a decent season so far, but I may not be consistent when it counts. I just really want to do at least as well as I did last year and don’t think I can live with myself if I make mistakes this year! Help!

and fear are the reflection of thoughts oriented to the past or future. If you A: Worry stop and assess yourself in this moment, you will likely discover that you are fine. The trick is to keep your focus on this moment, and this moment, and this moment... Developing a practice that keeps you present is a great place to start. Try this:

1 When the worry thoughts come up, label them “thinking� and return to the here and now. Your body and your breath are only in the present, so focus your thoughts on them. 2 Breathe in and out through your nose slowly for the same amount of time. 3 Take some time to scan your body, beginning with awareness on your breath at the bridge of your nose. Slowly check in with your jaw, shoulders, chest, arms, solar plexus, belly, pelvis, hips, tail, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, and feet. Scan back upward, over the top of your head and back to the bridge of your nose where your breath goes in and out. 4 Repeat this process up to five times when the challenging thoughts emerge, and every time you ride. After this practice is complete, come back to your mind to see the quality of your thoughts. In this moment you can focus on trusting that you have trained consistently, are having a solid season, and that your body knows how to ride. I encourage you to shift your focus on desired results (which are beyond your control) to staying present throughout each round. Focus also on your relationship and connection with your horse. Since the outcome of any ride depends on a wide variety of internal and external variables, focus on what you can influence: your mind. Remember that this way of thinking and practicing takes some time to establish so each time you ride, slow down and connect to the moment. And most importantly, learn from your horse, who is always present in the moment no matter what.

Carrie Wicks,Ph.D. (707) 529-8371 Contact Carrie for individual and phone sessions.

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. If you would like to meet with me to develop questions and comments for this column, please call or email. I am interested in learning about how riders of all levels prepare themselves for competition as well as how they connect with their horses.


Amy Dragoo While growing up in Washington, DC, photographer Amy Dragoo took public transportation to and from school and the barn, bought her first saddle herself, paid for the local showing she did on school ponies and rode everything she could get a leg over. She’s always been a self-made woman. While Dragoo didn’t pick up a camera until her sophomore year of college, once she had there was no looking back. She spent nearly 20 years working for a daily newspaper, and brings that approach to her equine work. Remote camera placements, uncommon angles, anything to make the viewer pause and look. She loves irony, fleeting moments and breaking news. Much of what Dragoo shoots today is stock for editorial and commercial use. She operates her own online database and her images are represented in Europe by Arnd Bronkhorst. In 2010, Dragoo won the Alltech Award for a single, outstanding image from the Alltech World Equestrian Games. Her work is well known and widely respected in high performance circles, especially for 3-day eventing and show jumping.



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Candice King The United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athletes Program conducts ten regional clinics across the nation each year. Created to encourage and provide opportunities for junior riders with aspirations to ride at top levels, the EAP Program pairs top clinicians with groups of up to 24 riders. Held at Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma, CA, July 15th – 17th, this West Coast EAP Clinic was led by international grand prix rider Candice King, with additional horsemanship sessions taught by Anne Thornbury. Based on their performance in the Regional Clinics, leading riders are then selected to compete in the National Training Session in November.

Stephanie Whitworth

It’s what you learn after you think you know it all,

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that’s what really counts.

Lucy Sogard, Rebecca Worblewski, Devon Hinkle and Rachel Fox with Stable Manager Anne Thornbury


Everyone was bundled up during the crisp NorCal mornings!

There’s no instant gratification in riding, it’s not a video game. It takes time and patience.

Clinician Candice King, Christina Murphy of USHJA Zone Jumper Coordinator and Stable Manager Anne Thornbury

Riding doesn’t come easy.

You get what you put into it.

From left to right: Sean Leckie, Jennifer Gates, Erin Bland and Stephanie Whitworth listening to King (standing)

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Every year horse shows on both coasts get more and more fabulous with fun nighttime classes, fundraisers and fashion shows. I am lucky enough to show three horses at most shows, which means that I find myself at the show very early in the morning and staying until the end of the show day. Believe me, I’m not complaining, but the fact remains that my packed schedule makes it difficult to return my hotel in order to change and get back to the show in time for evening activities. Can you recommend some quick-fix looks that will make me look glam and hide my helmet hair?

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Dear Horse & Style Fashionista,

~Show Scene Problems

Dear Show Scene Problems, It’s true, even riders who are blessed with the privilege of showing several horses on the A-circuit run into their own special set of challenges during the week. Smoothly transitioning from horse show to evening looks can be seriously difficult if you’re busy showing in the last class of the day! Believe me, Fashionista has been there. First of all, always keep a small tote in your tack truck with a hairbrush, face wipes, and anything else you might need to freshen up if you’re headed to the VIP tent at the end of the day. For your hair, keep it simple with a low ponytail braid or loose messy bun to hide any rebellious helmet hair. For makeup, after you’ve utilized your handy face wipes to remove all show ring dust and grime, all you need is blush, mascara and lipgloss to freshen up your sun kissed face. Keep your outfit simple but stylish. Most importantly, reflect on a day well spent with your horses, and celebrate with your like-minded equestrian friends. And last but not least, set your alarm clock for that early wake up call before you head to the hot horse show event of the week, lest you miss your first class the following day! Yours,

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