THE HOR S E S H O W B U C KE T LIST: R O YA L DU BL I N H O R S E S HOW
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100 56 A WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY ~
For one weekend in Chicago at Annali Farm, you’ll find hunters galloping over solid, natural obstacles, ladies in their Sunday best, impeccable turnout and George Morris presiding over the field. Now this is a hunter derby.
88 THE 2013 H&S ASSISTANT YEAR OF THE
For the second year in a row, H&S presents the Assistant of the Year contest. Find out who took the title this year, and learn more about the top five finishers!
30 TRAINER SPOTLIGHT
International show jumper and Team USA member Christine McCrea opens up about her current horses, how she’s so focused that she can forget a holiday, and what works between herself and her Irish showjumping husband.
69 BETWEEN THE SEAMS
Italian leather has never looked so good. Discover the story of bootmaker Franco Tucci and learn how he’s turned his tall boots into a global brand.
100 HORSE CORNER
During her heyday, legendary hunter Rox Dene caught the attention of the entire equestrian world, circling the arena for the final time at Madison Square Garden. H&S looks back on this fabulous mare’s career and retirement.
80 THE HORSE SHOW BUCKET LIST
Visiting the Discover Ireland Royal Dublin Horse Show is an absolute must for any horse person. Flip to page 80 for nine reasons why the RDS rules in Ireland each August.
74 LIFE OF PESSOA
He may be one of the world’s most decorated international show jumpers, and she may be one of its most recognizable amateurs, but as Alexa Pessoa describes in her latest column, embracing the gypsy life has enabled her small and famous family to enjoy life together a little bit more.
52 STYLE PROFILES
Are you edgy enough to add a tartan touch to your wardrobe? Our fall closet was inspired by touches of this pattern that’s rich in history and sharp enough to fill out any equestrian’s look.
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29 | OUT & ABOUT
HITS Championship Weekend
34 | NEW PRODUCT ALERT Katharine Page
38 | QUEST FOR SUCCESS Looking Back
46 | THE AMERICAN GOLD CUP Superior in Every Way
65 | TREND REPORT
Orange is the New Black
86 | TRAINER SPOTLIGHT Jennifer Taylor
96 | RUNNING WASHINGTON
Behind the Scenes at WIHS
102 | VENDOR SPOTLIGHT
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Kathy Cline Photography, Dr. Piper Klemm, Ryan Anne Polli, Drew Altizer Photography, Hannah Elizabeth Neil, WJM Photography, Maria Hudson, McCool Photography, Cheval Photos, Shawn McMillan Photography, PMG/Carrie Wirth, Tricia Booker, Erin Gilmore CONTRIBUTORS
Katie Shoultz, Dr. Piper Klemm, Esther Hahn, Winter Hoffman, Erin Gilmore, Sarah Appel, Terri Roberson, Alexa Pessoa, Saer Coulter, Dr. Carrie Wicks, Kerry Cavanaugh INTERN
Kerry Cavanaugh ON THE COVER: Russell Frey’s Ferrari is picture perfect during the $50,000 Chicago Hunter Derby on September 9th at Rush and Carl Weeden’s Annali Farm, Antioch, IL. Photo ©Aullym Photography
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CONTRIBUTORS Erin Gilmore
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.
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 www.mousemakesthree.wordpress.com.
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.
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.
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.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Terri Roberson of Sonoma, California combines her passion for horses with her clinical work in equine-assisted psychotherapy. She currently sits on the board of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, where she works with an amazing group of horses and riders. Spending over 25 years on the horse show circuit has given her an eye for equestrian style and provides constant inspiration for her frequent contributions to H&S.
Dr. Piper Klemm
Piper Klemm is a freelance writer and photographer. She is the CEO of Piper Klemm Ph.D. LLC based in Canton, New York, which owns six hunter ponies that compete all over the United States. She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
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.
Raised in Los Angeles, California, Esther Hahn trained in the hunter/jumper discipline while juggling a full-time surfing career. After graduating from Yale University, Esther traveled the world, writing as a surf journalist. She now resides in San Francisco, freelance writing and blogging at Le Surf SF. She continues to surf and to ride horses.
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This issue of Horse & Style not only marks our two-year anniversary, it is also our 13th issue. Which, indeed makes it lucky number 13! While I always had high hopes and expectations for the magazine, there was something I didn’t expect, which was how big our reach would be. Every day, our subscription list grows, and we are constantly in awe of where we are sending the magazines. Every time I personally put a shipping label on a new subscription, I wonder about the reader. Did they see us at a horse show or a tack shop? Did they find us on one of our social media outlets? Or did they simply google “equestrian style” and find our magazine? Regardless, it warms me to know that we have enthusiastic readers all across North America, waiting for the latest H&S to hit their mailboxes. While we plan each issue well in advance, the pages often take on a life of their own. As this issue went to print, we found ourselves with a more-than-usual number of pieces covering the most fashionable equestrian events across the nation and beyond. Contributor Katie Shoultz visited the Chicago Hunter Derby in early September and discovered an event that truly pays homage to the pure challenge and sport of what George Morris envisioned for hunter derbies when he created the discipline. Find Katie’s lovely cover story on page 56. In August I got glammed-up for Gucci at Sonoma Horse Park’s Giant Steps Gala (page 20). Our Editor Erin Gilmore checked one more show off the Horse Show Bucket List when she traveled to Ireland to cover the Royal Dublin Horse Show (page 80). And new contributor Dr. Piper Klemm shares the highlights of the American Gold Cup in Old Salem, New York, a top of the line event that was wildly successful this year (pages 46 and 108). Of course, it’s not all horse shows and glamorous locations; meet Katharine Page on (no pun intended) page 34 to discover her new sandal collection that was inspired by the stitching on leather bridles, and are named after some of the best horse show locations in the country. And you can count on us to be on trend with our Style Profiles in Revenge of the Tartan (page 52).
Left to right: Sarah Appel, Matt Appel and Terri Roberson at the Giant Steps Gala at Sonoma Horse Park. Sarah is wearing a custom top of her horse Perlano by Equuleus Designs. Photo ©Drew Altizer Photography
As always, everyone here on team H&S thanks you for your continuous support! Our readers are such an asset, constantly providing ideas and feedback that help make each issue better. So, we raise our glass and toast the Horse & Style family: our staff, subscribers, advertisers and readers! Thank you for an amazing first two years and cheers to many more of being the world’s best guide to the show jumping world and equestrian style! Cheers,
10things Eric Lamaze hardly needs an introduction, as anyone who’s been paying attention to show jumping over the last 15 years knows the highs and lows of his career inside and out. The 45-year-old rider grew up in Toronto, Canada, emerging from a troubled childhood to single-mindedly focus on his dream of becoming a top, international show jumping rider. With zero financial backing he built his career from the ground up, on the merit of hard work and his own undeniable natural talent in the saddle. After overcoming struggles with substance abuse early on in his career, Lamaze memorably won 2008
Individual Olympic Gold with the legendary stallion Hickstead, earning the first equestrian gold medal in Canada’s history. He then went on to earn individual bronze at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, where Hickstead was named Best Horse in an unforgettable Show Jumping Final. Lamaze made a repeat Olympic appearance in 2012, but without Hickstead, who suddenly passed away at the end of 2011. Since then his career has been focused on rebuilding his string of horses, and with the support of longtime owners, he’s making his way steadily back into the top show jumping rankings in the world.
10 things you might not know about...
1. He is an avid golfer and hopes one day to play on a Senior Tour.
2. He is passionate about home renovations, and always has at least one project on the go.
3. He goes to the gym every day to keep in top shape. 4. He loves Chinese food . . . at the mall. 5. His favorite Broadway musical is Momma Mia.
He has seen it more times than he can count.
6. His drink of choice is vodka and tonic. 7. His favorite place to vacation is Courchevel, France.
8. He never goes anywhere without his Rolex Daytona watch.
9. His charity of choice is the
Children’s Wish Foundation,
and he has presented numerous ponies to terminally ill children.
10. He loves live entertainment, and once owned a piano bar and restaurant in Toronto.
THE ROYAL DUBLIN HORSE SHOW - DUBLIN, IRELAND
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1. Ulrich Kirchhoff of The Ukraine finished 2nd in the Longines Grand Prix of Dublin 2. Cian O’Connor’s long time groom, Clement “Frenchy” Waras 3. Marie Hecart of France looking tré serious 4. Annual Ladies Day attendees taking part in the hat contest 5. California’s Lynda Twomey with trainers Colin and Toni McIntosh 6. The jump crew takes a friendly break 7. Henri Prudent 8. Great Britain’s Ben Maher 9. U.S. Show Jumping Team chef d’equipe Robert Ridland and Alex Warriner of Kent Farrington, LLC 10. John Madden earns his keep with an early-morning lunge Photos ©Erin Gilmore
ONfilm The Whinnies! Best of Equine Film is an annual traveling festival of films that advocate, illustrate, celebrate and inform the horse/human partnership. Films range from short to T h e Wh i n n i e s feature-length, narrative to documentary. Each are made with innovation, creativity, integrity and ingenuity from courage, commitment, passion and soul. In addition to showcasing the message and talent of filmmakers who love horses, the festival also funds future films that tell equine stories. Proceeds also benefit The Flag Foundation, which stewards a network of sanctuary ranches that foster horse/human partnership. For more information visit thewhinnies.org The Best of Equine Film
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AMERICAN MUSTANG In a unique and artful blend of a nature documentary and characterdriven narrative, the drama unfolds for our majestic wild horses on hundreds of millions of acres of public land in the American West. As the subtle choreography that has evolved over thousands of years begins, the intricate dance between a man and a wild horse presents lessons for us all, even the battle-hardened special interest groups fighting for the place of the American Mustang.
HERD IN ICELAND For over 1,000 years Icelandic law has prohibited the importation of horses across its oceanic borders. During the summer months, the country’s horses live a wild existence, grazing in the highlands and raising their young. Each fall, they are rounded up by local farmers and directed across the stunning landscape in a tradition valued as a social and cultural touchstone for both the farmers who own the horses and the city dwellers who travel to the countryside to participate.
THROUGH THEIR EYES With their incredible energy and sensitivity, horses can restore a person to balance. And through their non-judgmental, non-verbal communication, they can enable a person to speak from truth. This film will tell the story of how these magnificent creatures — who have faithfully served us for thousands of years — are now helping to heal the invisible wounds of our nation’s veterans.
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PROpopquiz THIS MONTH’S QUESTION:
During a medal final, what work off or built-in test do you think is the best test of a rider’s skill? Every issue, a new question will be answered by hunter/ jumper professionals. Have a question you want answered? Send it to email@example.com
“I would have to say it depends on the specific situation of the final. But, in my opinion, switching horses is the most demanding test asked of a rider. My riders have had great success with this test! George Morris frequently has the top four riders in a final switch horses for the last phase. At home, we also practice tests incorporating trot jumps of various sizes and counter cantering different lines. Michael Hughes just won the Zone 2 Maclay Regional by being the only one to land and hold the counter canter after a jump off of a short turn!” Missy Clark, North Run, Warren, VT “In my opinion, changing horses best tests a rider’s skill. It clearly shows if a rider can adapt to new horses quickly and ride multiple horses well.” Mickie Sage, Mickie Sage Incorporated, Parker, CO “I like tests that make the rider think - think about the way to perform it well and think while riding it. That said, I have two answers for this: The changing of horses is one of the best tests of a rider. To hop on another horse and ride it well like in the Washington and USET Talent Search. But we spend a lot of time with the kids teaching them how to develop a relationship with their horse, knowing what the horse does well - so it is nice when they are able to execute a solid test on their own horse. When it comes to that I love a hand-gallop jump to an individual jump (not one in a line) and then a counter canter in a turn to a jump. And to include a jump in the opposite direction from the course. Again, making the rider think.” Karen Healey, Karen Healey Stables, Thousand Oaks, CA
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2013 MENLO CHARITY HORSE SHOW – ATHERTON, CA
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Caroline Lynn During high school, Caroline Lynn thought nothing of commuting to a different state to ride; growing up in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the passionate equestrian moved her horses to Rancho Santa Fe, California to train with Judy Martin while still a junior rider. She traveled back and forth every week between the two states in order to compete and practice, and when it came time to start college, moving full-time to Los Angeles was a no-brainer.
Horse & Style: Describe your riding style: Caroline Lynn: My riding style is clean-cut and simple, but above all,
These days, the 23-year-old rider is planning to begin law school in the fall at Pepperdine University School of Law, having completed her undergraduate at Scripps College last year. When she started college in 2008, she moved to Los Angeles and was able to ride six days per week. During that time she topped the high amateur ranks, while working on improving her consistency at the grand prix level with her horse Kalvinretto. She trains with Enrique Gonzalez and Eduardo Menezes, who are guiding her towards her goal of becoming an established grand prix rider, and she’s a regular face on the West Coast show circuit. Find out what this determined rider never goes to the ring without, her favorite equestrian brands, and whom she counts as her most influential mentors.
Cavalliera Toscana blouse, Ariat Olympia breeches, and Allesandro Albanese tall boots. I never wear a belt because I wear a back brace every time I ride.
Above: Caroline Lynn and Kalvinretto in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Showpark World Cup Qualifier, September 2012. Photo ©McCool Photography Opposite page: Caroline and Kalvinretto enjoy some down time at HITS Thermal in early 2013. Photo ©Cheval Photos
comfortable and practical. I favor simple color schemes and form-fitting cuts. I always seem to incorporate things like sweaters from my non-riding wardrobe into my riding outfits.
H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? CL: I wear a GPA First Lady Helmet, a custom Allesandro Albanese hunt coat, a
H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? CL: I always wear the charm bracelet my mom gave me for my 16th birthday. It has a charm to represent every horse I have owned and campaigned in the jumpers.
H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? CL: I really love Cavalliera Toscana. Their products have amazing detail and are extremely high quality. I also wear a lot of Allesandro Albanese because the fit of the clothes is very good. Recently I have started wearing the new Ariat Olympia breeches because of their great fabric and modern cut.
H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? CL: It is very similar to my horse show style. I like to keep my attire simple and comfortable. I wear a lot of Seven for All Man Kind jeans, Kimberly Taylor tops, and Yosi Samara flats.
H&S: What have been your biggest accomplishments as a rider? CL: I would say my most significant accomplishment has been to balance a fulltime school schedule, work, and law school preparation while being competitive
at the grand prix level. In 2009 I won the Style of Riding Award at the North American Young Rider Championships which was an important milestone in my jumper career. I also earned top grand prix finishes all over California and in the FEI divisions at Spruce Meadows on multiple horses.
H&S: What are your riding goals for the future? CL: I would love to keep being competitive at the Grand Prix level and expand my horizons by showing in Europe next summer, which I have never done.
H&S: If you werenâ€™t a rider, what would your dream profession be? CL: Because I am attending law school next fall, I have kept my amateur status. I am excited to become a lawyer, but honestly I would love to do anything that would allow me to still own horses and compete.
H&S: Who has been the most influential in your riding career? CL: There have been many people who have greatly impacted my riding career, but I would have to say the most influential is good family friend, and top amateur rider Ken Dickey. He helped me move my horses to California years ago, and to this day he always reminds me that the most important thing in riding is to trust yourself and to trust your horse.
H&S: What is the one thing you never go in the ring without? CL: I never go in the ring without my back brace. I injured my back a few years ago, and now I never risk riding without the brace. I want my back to stay strong for as many years as I can so I can keep riding!
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2013 HITS CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND – SAUGERTIES, NEW YORK
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1. John Pearce 2. Adrienne Iverson and Hudson 3. Nayel Nassar receives his check from a Zoetis representative after winning the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix 4. All eyes on the iPhone: Darragh Kenny and McLain Ward are engrossed 5. Duncan McFarlane 6. Sunny Maxwell, Catherine Cruger, Chloe Green, and Jenny Green 7. Anna Pavlov and Shane Powell 8. Top riders after Day 2 of the HITS Hunter Prix Final: Hope Glynn, Jenny Karazississ, Tracy Fenney with Tom Struzzieri of HITS 9. Nick Haness placed 3rd in Round 1 of the HITS Hunter Prix Final Photos ©Dr. Piper Klemm
TRAINERspotlight by Katie Shoultz
McCrea Thirty-five-year-old seasoned, show jumping mainstay Christine McCrea made her debut onto the international scene in 1999 as part of the USEF Developing Rider Tour. Fourteen years later, McCrea still gets-up every morning prepared to put in the hard work and effort required to stay at the top. A member of the USET Super League Tour in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011, McCrea has had multiple successes both on home soil and across the globe. In 2011, McCrea bested the best by winning Individual and Team Gold at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. Currently ranked as one of the USA’s top 10 show jumpers, McCrea operates and is based out of Windsor Show Stables in East Windsor, Connecticut. A native to the area, it’s a place McCrea will always call home. And with her Irish show jumping husband Jonathan, McCrea has the best pair of eyes on the ground she could ask for. H&S caught up with McCrea as she was in the midst of another busy season, competing at the top level of the sport.
Horse & Style: You’ve had a great season; what has the highlight of the year been? Christine McCrea: Well there’s been a few, but one of my favorites was when Zerly was in the Challenge Cup class this past March in Wellington, Florida. Thirty-one riders made it to the jump off, and she won it and she’s only 9-years-old. I was pretty excited about that. Spruce Meadows was also amazing, and the success we had there made it fun, too. H&S: I laughed when I read that the 4th of July had escaped you after winning the Progress Energy Cup at Spruce. But that focus is probably necessary to keep everything going? CM: I hadn’t even thought about it that day. I was so into it. Competition was so intense! But, yes, I really do focus on the task at hand.
H&S: When was Windsor Show Stables established? Do you have a large clientele base?
CM: Windsor Show Stables is just over 20-years-old. We are a family-run business. My mom, Candy Tribble, is hugely involved with the day-to-day and making sure our bills are paid on time and our entries are in. My dad, Larry Tribble, is always around as his business is just around the corner. My sister and her daughter (who just started with ponies, which is so fun) are also active with
the farm. I have one amateur client, and we recently had the good fortune of a new owner. Between my husband, Jonathan, and I, if someone comes to us that has the passion and drive like we do – we will try and make it work. We are open to taking more clients, but they have to be riding close to our level and want to compete on our type of schedule.
H&S: What is the working dynamic between you and Jonathan? How did you meet? CM: We met in Wellington; he had come over from Ireland on vacation. I don’t know if he planned to stay or not, but he ended up working with Donald Cheska. After a while, we were flying across the country to see each other and the rest is history! There is no one in the world I trust more than Jon. He tells me exactly what he sees as he sees it. We’re always looking out for each other’s best interest. H&S: So have you taken on any Irish traditions? CM: I have learned how to make lots of different kinds of potatoes! And, he likes his beer. Jon is almost more American than I am now, I think.
H&S: Can you tell me a little about your current string? CM: I’ve been riding Romantovich Take One for over five years and we have been extremely competitive this year. Wannick WH is 10, and we’ve had him since he was five. He’s really starting to peak at the grand prix level and has become incredibly reliable. He’s grown into his scope. And, of course, Zerly. I’m extremely excited about her! She’s so smart and willing to please. Also, there is my great eight-year-old Ronaldo de la Pomme; I can’t count how many classes he’s won. He’s a little machine. Also, I have a super 7 year old by Winningmood. This one is extremely well-bred and has shown some real improvement.
H&S: What was your biggest learning curve when you made the leap to the international scene? CM: To compete internationally, you have to be prepared to take what you know and elevate it to the next level. I found that you have to get comfortable doing your job within the European rules and framework. Add in the uneasiness of not even understanding the language being spoken around you to complicate it further. As far as the horses, it’s another level of
fitness for them as well. Just about everything increases in intensity. That being said, it is such a rush when you do well and the American anthem is being played.
H&S: You have been part of several Nations Cups and have represented the US numerous times – do you feel the added pressure in a team setting? CM: I definitely feel added pressure to perform well when I am representing my country, but I like getting a little nervous. It makes me ride better! There is no greater honor than representing your country.
H&S: Can you describe your riding nirvana? CM: I really like being home and riding around in my field. It’s so nice to do that since I’m not home that often. That, to me, is heaven.
H&S: What do you think is the difference between a good and great rider? CM: I think you have to have the stamina and determination in the sport because it’s such a long road from beginner, to middle, to professional to international. You have to be determined to get there, take your losses along the way, and learn from it and fix it – to remain competitive. After that, there is a need for a really, really nice horse. You have to have the whole package. H&S: Who are the biggest influencers in your career? CM: Leslie Howard, for sure. She taught me for 11 years, and then Kim Prince helped me. George Morris has been in and out of my career for probably 15 or 20 years. There are a lot of special people who helped me along the way.
H&S: Any memorable George Morris sayings? CM: All I hear in my head when I am coming to a practice fence is George saying, “deeper, Chrissy, deeper!” That and the occasional, “Chrissy, WHAT are you doing?” That one makes me laugh!
H&S: What is your one bad habit in the saddle? CM: I’m constantly working on sitting up and leaning back. I use the forward style of riding, but sometimes my shoulders can tilt a little too much. I’m always reminding myself to keep back, especially off the ground.
H&S: And finally, what is something a lot of people may not know about you?
CM: I have to DVR ‘Days of Our Lives.’ It’s kind of embarrassing.
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Katharine Page Call it fate or call it serendipity. It was certainly one or the other when Katharine Page examined the leatherwork and fancy stitching on her horse’s hand-sewn bridle, something she has done for decades as an equestrian, and realized she wanted to make sandals. In fairness, sandals were already on her mind. It was 2010, and she had collected a large shoe collection over the years, yet she remained trapped in a circuitous search for the perfect pair of chic yet comfortable sandals. Page wondered if it could be possible to have delicate straps and an elegant outline without sacrificing stability and comfort. She went to great lengths to find the answer, even stapling insoles onto flip-flops, to no avail. Then cue the barn - and the moment she envisioned the browband as the t-strap between the toes. Page rushed home to draw the design, only to remember that she can’t draw, an acknowledgment she admits with great laughter. Nonetheless, the “Devon” model was outlined, and two years later, Page launched her eponymous brand.
HORSE-CRAZY GIRL TURNED FASHION-SAVVY ENTREPRENEUR Page grew up with a huge dose of the horse bug in Washington D.C., religiously reading The Chronicle of the Horse and taking lessons at a local barn. But with ten siblings, a horse of her own wasn’t in the cards. And when she left home for Villanova University to study the Classics, she also left riding lessons behind. Following college, Page entered the family business in automotive sales. Dressing professionally for work encouraged her to study fashion and she cultivated her knowledge and appreciation by voraciously absorbing magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. This page, clockwise: Page at her vendor booth, the sandals on display, The Devon in bridle leather, the Devon in white, The Palm Beach, The Saratoga Opposite page from left to right: The Keswick, The Fairfield Photos ©Ryan Anne Polli
When she entered into a co-ownership of a Honda dealership in Richmond, Virginia, she not only gathered invaluable business knowledge, she was also able to return to riding. Leasing turned into showing and culminated in purchasing her very first horse.
THE JOURNEY WITH HORSES After two years as one of the first, female car dealership owners in the automotive industry, Page sold the business and moved to San Francisco, CA. Although her amateur riding career was not the reason behind the move, it was the ultimate beneficiary. She trained with John French at Waldenbrook Farm and rode aggressively on the hunter circuit for six years. She remembers wearing the Patey hunt caps and the Grand Prix navy jackets (with “just a little color”). It was then that she began to truly value the equestrian network. “There’s a camaraderie in the barn that leads to lasting friendships amongst like-minded, goal-oriented, fashionable women,” she explains. Family in Florida triggered a move back to the East Coast, first to Del Ray Beach then later to New Jersey. Geoff Teall, Page’s trainer in Florida, introduced her to up-and-coming trainer Amanda Steege when she settled in the Northeast. That was over a decade ago and today, Page is still happily in training with Steege.
And it was von Holstein’s research that resulted in using poron in the soles, a thin material that exceptionally retains bounce and support.
Communicating a shade of leather had never been easier than with the shared language of equestrian tack.
Manufactured in Portugal with locally sourced leather, the sandals are eco-conscious and made without chemicals. When Page visited the leather-tanning factory, she felt anxious over her ability to accurately parlay the perfect, Oak Bark Tanned color into words (Portuguese, nonetheless). But in yet another happy twist of fates, the family that owned the leather factory also owned a premier Lusitano farm. Communicating a shade of leather had never been easier than with the shared language of equestrian tack.
Another lasting relationship that dates as nearly as far back, is the one with her husband Mark von Holstein. Von Holstein, not previously an equestrian enthusiast, was an easy addition to the riding circuit crowd and a quick study in horse show appreciation. He has happily accompanied Page throughout the years as she rides on the New England circuit at such fabled showgrounds as Devon and Fairfield.
Horses and sandals are not a natural fit. But Page’s approach to connecting the two is through the show circuit, which follows nice weather year-round. “Most full-time show barns ride and show at home during the summers and show on winter circuits in warmer climates,” explains Page. A common practice for Page’s riding customers is to keep a pair or two of sandals in tack trunks to wear with jeans or dresses out to the barn dinners that follow a full-day of showing.
Page’s current horse Surreal, a 10-year-old, gray Hungarian Warmblood gelding that she purchased four years ago is her muse. Her voice fills with lightness when she speaks about his accomplishments (prizes at Devon and Capital Challenge in the First Year division). His likeness is used throughout the brand’s website and it was his bridle that triggered Page’s design moment.
There are no immediate plans to expand the business beyond the current model of an e-commerce website and participating as a vendor at various A-circuit shows where Page juggles showing in the low A/O division with selling at her booth. When she’s on her horse, von Holstein mans the sales.
Steege, the trainer and cheerleader, Von Holstein, the partner, and Surreal, the muse, form the backbone for Page’s business endeavor. And Page’s equestrian network from California to Florida to New England has rallied to support her first foray into fashion design.
To expand her scope, Page explains, “Women who show horses tend to also like fashion and they run in fashionable circles outside the circuit.” Therefore, through word of mouth, positive reception of the sandals is spreading beyond the equestrian bubble, which Page welcomes and enjoys.
A CONSCIENTIOUSLY PLANNED BRAND Following the momentous conception of the “Devon” design, six more designs followed, including a Swarovski crystal-accented “Palm Beach” style inspired by a flashy browband on a jumper’s bridle. With her classic seven models in mind, Page worked with the detail-oriented von Holstein to find suppliers and manufacturers.
But for now, the Katharine Page brand remains inextricably intertwined with Page’s equestrian passion as a creative outlet and as an inspirational source of support for her endeavors in an expensive sport. Classic and elegant, useful and necessary, Katharine Page sandals, like beautifully made tack, are a subtle nod to the timeless nature of the equestrian lifestyle.
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QUESTforsuccess by Saer Coulter
Looking Back on My First Trip to Europe Nowadays, packing-up and heading to Europe to show for the summer has become the norm, but the first time I did it I had no idea what to expect, and it became a truly eye-opening experience. I first went to Europe to ride in 2009 with my trainer at the time, Mary Manfredi. I was 18-years-old and had just spent the spring jumping in my first grand prix classes in California. We decided to go to Holland for the summer, with three horses: my first grand prix horse Cats Are Grey, Chalan, who ended up being my first 1.60 horse, and After Dark, my junior jumper. Traveling around Holland that summer to different two-star shows opened my eyes to an entirely new world of show jumping. There were a few things about it that caught me off-guard.
I wasn’t just going in the ring to get around anymore, I was working on jumping clear rounds and jumping better. One of the first things that caught me by surprise was the warm up rings. I grew up in California, where we had pretty large warm up rings and each person had their own jump to set in order to prepare for the ring. I arrived at my first show in Europe and got on for my first class, the usual ten out. I quickly realized this was a mistake. There were only two jumps in the ring, a vertical and an oxer that everyone had to share. I was too timid getting to the jump and barely had time to jump three jumps before I headed into the ring. In the ring, I was completely unprepared and a little rattled from my schooling area experience, and I quickly realized I had to become accustomed to a whole new type of warming up. I needed to get on about 15 to 20 out, depending on if it was a jumpoff or a speed class, and I had to be much more aggressive about making sure I got to my jump. The change in warm-up environment affected my performance in the ring at
first, but eventually it forced me to become much more effective and stay more alert while warming up. This alertness only helped me once I was in the ring but I always wished I had been better prepared for my first experience in a European warm up area. As I continued to travel through Holland, rain became a constant aspect of the day. Every European would tell that it was just a bad summer and that it never rains in Holland but after a few more summers in Europe I can tell you that you better bring a rain coat and rain boots every day just in case. The show continued whether it poured rain or the sun was out and you had to be prepared for either weather. What I learned from that first summer in terms of the weather is do not listen to the other Europeans, they tend to lie about the weather, and make sure to pack for rain or shine. While the practical aspects like the warm-up ring and the weather taught me to always be alert and to always be prepared, overall that summer was an inspiration for how much more there was for me to learn. Riding in America throughout the year got me to the point of being able to jump the grand prix. I used each show at “home” to move up through the ranks and gain experience jumping bigger jumps. Riding in Europe was difficult at first with the new, slightly lonely settings and not quite the summer weather I was hoping for. But it pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me understand how much more there was to learn. I wasn’t just going in the ring to get around anymore, I was working on jumping clear rounds and jumping better. By blending what I learned in America and what I learned in Europe, I felt capable of moving up in the ring and being more mentally prepared to do so from the second I got on my horse.
Writer SAER COULTER, an aspiring professional and Stanford University student, is profiled on page 8. Left: Jumping with Chalan in 2009.
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Superior in Every Way The American Gold Cup Leads by Example by Dr. Piper Klemm
Whenever there is a picture of a show jumping event in Europe, inevitably someone asks why it seems like we in the United States are not able to attract crowds and interest like that. The short answer probably is that it is a lot of hard work. Organizing the venue to handle the crowd, entertainment, parking, sponsors, shopping, and everything else, must be taken care of and organized long before the event starts. The American Gold Cup FEI CSI4*-W, held at Old Salem Farm in Old Salem, NY from September 10th – 14th put in that work this year and was rewarded with a hugely attended, packed attraction that benefitted the sport and all those associated with it immensely. That incredible job will keep people coming back to watch the Gold Cup, and hopefully other show jumping events in years to come. Half of the Rolex Rankings Top 10 Riders in the United States came to play, with McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, and Kent Farrington claiming big wins in the international classes, and Brianne Goutal taking the big win with Nice De Prissey in the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W. Showing in the American Gold Cup was limited to one rider per horse and riders earned their spot in the competition by qualifying in a $100,000 Invitational Grand Prix on Friday. Competition was fierce all week with imposing tracks, hill and bank options in certain classes, and large, fast and exciting jump-offs.
WELCOMING FROM EVERY ASPECT But what made it so different from an average horse show? The most obvious thing was
that it was welcoming from every aspect. Beautiful sunshine, temperate fall days, and lush green grass on the Grand Prix Field and all over the grounds were a great start. Driving into the show grounds, there were people directing where to park, where the rings were, and offering to locate any attraction. While this might be a small gesture, horse shows are often unclear for outsiders on where to park, where to go, and where to ask for help or direction. To encourage attendance from a broader audience, we need to make it easy for people from the general public. Once at the Grand Prix Field, the structure was set-up beautifully for optimal viewing and shopping. The shops were right all around the ring- during the height of action in the ring, it was easy to also check out the boots at Parlanti or sit in a new saddle at Hermes. Style and shopping extended beyond horse show regulars. Taylor Ivey of Ellsworth & Ivey was a first-timer, as a spectator and as a vendor with her alpaca hair capes and belts. “As a designer, I have always been inspired by the classic equestrian look so you can imagine my excitement to spend five days at an event overflowing with such style!” she said. “It was a wonderful experience to showcase my designs in an industry I so admire and I look forward to becoming more of a regular at shows like the American Gold Cup.”
MEET AND GREET The winners and top riders were gracious with their time and represented the sport selflessly. There were autograph signings and photo ops before the grand prix classes on the weekend and also after the Gold Cup on Sunday. Beezie Madden was at the Ariat tent signing autographs for fans of all ages, many of whom wanted to hear about her recent World Cup victory.
All of this fabulousness around the show grounds was for everyone, and the experience got even more dramatic when you entered the Hermés VIP. The Hermés two story VIP tent offered perfect viewing of every jumping round, fantastic food and parties every evening (and several during the day as well.) While some VIP areas at horse shows have as many tables jammed into them as possible, the Hermés VIP was spacious, with room to walk around, mingle, and meet new people. Instead of uncomfortable wristbands that you are stuck showering in for a week, ribbons with the Hermès logo were tied onto wrists each day. There was so much more that made this show special and unique. Right next to the show ring, riders and show jumping celebrities mingled in and out all day long. On Friday night during the Taylor Harris Insurance Services party in the Hermès VIP area, Porsche debuted their new four-door executive car, the Panamera and Hermés had samples of their new perfume all over the tent. Every meal was absolutely exquisite and over the top, with a full bar of craft alcohol, steaks, lobster rolls, vegetables, and the most delicious cupcakes. It was a true feast and contributed to the celebratory and luxurious feeling of the tent. It is possible to host a fabulous horse show that the public and insiders alike attend and appreciate. The new American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm can be a model for that to horse shows all over the country. Opposite page: Brianne Goutal lifts the American Gold Cup; top: the two-story Hermés VIP. This page: A large crowd watches Margie Engle and Royce in the American Gold Cup, the classy Hermés VIP interior. Photos ©PMG/Carrie Wirth and Dr. Piper Klemm
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Chicago Style The $50,000 Chicago Hunter Derby Brings Out the Brilliance of the Hunters Under a white awning, tables are set and await their guests. Champagne bottles are unwrapped. And just beyond, lies a grass field dotted with riders walking a course that is straight out of a countryside scene. It’s derby time. On September 7th and 8th, known for its fashion, food and architecture, the Chicago Hunter Derby showcased the ultimate trifecta of the Windy City along with the pinnacle of hunter sport. Marking its five-year anniversary, the 2013 Derby treated spectators with the best of the best as riders competed for a $50,000 prize and brought their style and skill to the field.
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The Chicago Derby excels at bringing a European spectator flair to the event as everyone watches with rapt attention, keeping score and cheering on their favorites.
The event, presented by Chicago Equestrians for a Cause, was held at Rush and Carl Weeden’s Annali Farm in Antioch, Ill. It is a place and a style of riding that harkens back to the good old days – a time when crowds mingled and gathered to watch horse and rider over a brilliant track. Overcast skies (another Chicago trademark) didn’t dampen this year’s crowd one bit. As one of the only standalone events of its kind in the country, this year’s top honors in the National Hunter Derby went to Alliy Moyer of Carmel, In., aboard Carlson while Kelley Farmer and Mythical took the title of International Hunter Derby champions. The task of deciding that fate went to a distinguished panel of judges. In celebration of the Derby’s five years, three of the original judges were brought back: George Morris, Scott Williamson and Geoff Teall. Rounding out the panel was newcomer Steve Wall.
A GOOD TIME HAD BY ALL With an all-star cast, the media buzz in the Chicago area and beyond stirred up excitement as behindthe-scenes local news footage gave an insider’s glimpse at the equestrian world, and fashion trends were modeled for a morning segment. A highly-anticipated grand affair, the Chicago Derby continues to impress even the toughest of critics. Sponsored by Abba Vet Supply and Canadian Pacific, the Derby is also a charitable event that benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the USHJA Foundation and the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation. A good time for a good cause, this year saw a lineup of 26 riders on Saturday afternoon’s classic course with the top 20 riders called back to compete in Sunday’s handy round. On the dawn of Sunday’s second round, flags unfurled and banners were hung. The Mill Creek Hunt Club kicked off the opening ceremonies with a parade of the hounds and the sounding of the horn. A new tradition with special significance for the farm owner was also unveiled: the ringing of a railroad bell that had been passed down from Rush Weeden’s grandfather, who worked in the industry. Cheers and claps echoed and mingled with the bell’s sonorous tones as the first horse galloped past.
Opposite page from left: Alliy Moyer and Carlson took top honors in the National Hunter Derby; a foxhunting demonstration took place on Sunday This page: No detail was overlooked in the VIP tent Photos 漏Aullmyn Photography
This page: Mythical, winner of the International Hunter Derby Opposite page: Lacey Gilbert and Condanas tackle one of the natural obstacles on course; from left, Julie Bernstein, Chicago Hunter Derby Co- founder Lynn Jayne and Susie Sherman Photos ©Aullmyn Photography and ©Marcin Cymmer
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Part of the charm of the event (and hard efforts) is drawing a crowd that may not even know what a “hunter” is. The Chicago Derby excels at bringing a European spectator flair to the event as everyone watches with rapt attention, keeping score and cheering on their favorites. With an emphasis on spectator fun, Sunday morning’s brunch and bubbly served up style and flavor. Reminiscent of a derby of a different kind, hats were the must-have accessory. Imagine feathers, velvet, hot pink and sparkle. Non-equestrians and diehards alike mingled over the latest collections from top brands, including Le Fash, O’Shaughnessey and Tucci.
THE THRILL OF THE CHALLENGE A tucked away property on a manicured gravel drive, Annali Farm offers the perfect venue with a field that has undulating hills and wide-open space. With a backdrop of corn fields and pastures, the sounds of the city life are replaced with the sound of swaying branches on century old trees and the scent of freshly mowed fields of grass. It’s a place where George Morris’ originally conceived idea of hunter derbies have taken shape and grown throughout the years. Consider it his ultimate playground. With coops, logs, an Italian oxer and plenty of room to show off a hand gallop – ears were pricked and coat tails flapped as riders hunted around. The architecture may not have been skyscrapers and neo-classical style, but the carefully laid out plans and construction of the course was done with a true jumping contest in mind, one that focused on brilliance and test of ability. The course design came together with the reminiscing of Morris’ days competing in the hunters and on the field. Co-designer Bobby Murphy of Lexington, Ky., had received a phone call from Morris a few months earlier. “It all started when he called and said ‘Bobby, I want a variety of fences. I want minimal ground lines’,” Murphy said in his best George Morris impression. “We really tried to capture the feel of a weekend in the country. The challenge was to modernize for appeal to corporate sponsors but fulfill George’s vision.
There’s not another venue like it. We have four of the top judges in the country. It’s ok to take your medicine from them. ~ Russell Frey
Everyone had a vision of what these classes are supposed to be, and this is it, itâ€™s right here. ~ Kelley Farmer
Ride Right... “I spent a couple of days just staring at the field,” Murphy said from the sidelines, as he watched one rider take their best shot at the transformed landscape. The 30-year-old course designer even drew inspiration from the 1700s with a post-and-rail stone wall fence he had read about on farmers’ land centuries ago. The stone wall sat on the outskirts of a tree cluster. Casting shadows (and also the first fence in the handy round), the wooded area proved tricky for some to navigate. Others found the area could be a little more forgiving away from the judge’s eye. Either way, it proved a thrilling sight as horse and rider emerged from the thicket and took on the 1700s reinvented stone wall – the ultimate test of grace under pressure. Nineteen-year-old Stephen Foran, winner of the 2012 USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Finals and 10th overall in the International Derby, received high handy bonus scores of a 6 and 7. “The classic course was a really great course. There were a lot of singles and you really had to find them off your eye,” he noted. “In the handy, there were more related distances, but you had to be prepared and tactful. It also provided opportunity to show off a good hand gallop in places.” For trainer and rider Russel Frey, a newly-minted Chicago resident from his New York homestead, this year marked his first time at the event and was only his fourth derby with mount Ferarri.
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“There’s not another venue like it. We have four of the top judges in the country. It’s ok to take your medicine from them,” he said with a laugh. Frey’s beautiful classic round the day prior almost came to a literal halt at the last obstacle – a three-plank paddock fence. “He didn’t back off, he was just saying to me ‘but I’m not supposed to go out of the ring,’” Frey told. But, the handy round proved that Ferrari had learned his lesson as he came down the hill the second time around and popped over the fence like a seasoned pro. Even the most experienced come away knowing just a little bit more. “From the stabling to the schooling ring to the show, everything is a class act. I just hope to have a horse to do it with next year,” he said.
A STORIED SUCCESS With plenty of action to watch on the field, in the tent excitement buzzed as hats were tried on, boots were measured for and the latest fashion was ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ over. For those who like their horsepower a little more ramped up, the newest models of luxury vehicles were parked, ready to be peaked into. Riders also took part in the fashion and donned their most stylish of looks – a subtle paisley on the shadbelly points or a bit of sparkle on a single braid. Jennifer Alfano brought two rides for the event; Jersey Boy and her newer addition Rose Hill. Alfano, who is a three-time winner of the Chicago Hunter Derby, looks forward to the weekend every year. As Jersey Boy sniffed and nibbled the grass after yet another solid performance, Alfano was swarmed with enthusiastic fans and well-wishers. “I always love coming here. It’s my favorite derby. Win, lose or draw it’s always so fun to come here and be a part of it,” she said. Farmer echoed her sentiments. “Everyone had a vision of what these [derby] classes are supposed to be, and this is it, it’s right here,” she emphasized. As the years come and go, the mainstay of the Chicago Hunter Derby remains – keeping tradition alive while bringing fresh faces into the mix. The resounding success of the event speaks to the indelible mark it has made already in the fledgling history of derbies and in the time-honored social scene of a bustling city. Opposite page: The atmosphere at Annali Farm was unbeatable. Photo ©Marcin Cymmer
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The ode to the riding boot. It’s graced the pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair. It has sat dapperly in the window displays of Bergdorf Goodman and Saks. It’s the forever classic. But, there’s nothing like an original. Meet Franco Tucci, determined to signify the timeless artistry of his craft. Founder of Tucci riding boots, this master craftsman and designer prefers his opera d’arte to be in the stirrups, but with their avant-garde flair the idea of finding them on the runway isn’t entirely absurd. Tucci is the Italian equestrian version of Christian Louboutin.
In a sport that is in constant motion, Tucci isn’t afraid to evolve. Since its inception in 2007, the Tucci brand already has established its signature around the world. With deep burgundy and caramel colors (just to name a few), buckles, crystals and fine
hand stitching, it can be considered the more expensive, grown-up candy shop for equestrians.
A RICH HERITAGE Tucci’s penchant for leather runs in the family. Indeed, it’s how he got his start. After attending school for pattern making and technical design, along with 30 years in the family business of shoemaking, Franco Tucci decided to branch out on his own, and the brand carrying the family name was created. “It was always my dream to continue my family’s long tradition of boot making,” he said. The boots have since been spotted at major horse shows and on top riders throughout the world. A rider himself, Tucci always rides in his latest fashions, making sure firsthand that the boots live up to his standards. Left: The Sofia Tall Boot in black leather with top band in metallic patent leather and crystals. Above: Franco Tucci, surrounded by his boots.
Headquartered just outside the cobblestone streets and canals of Venice, Italy, measurements and paper sketches find life in carefully selected leather and through the talents of the designers. It’s an area where fashion, craftsmanship and discerning taste come second nature to the locals. And it’s the place where the cutting, sewing, molding – and perhaps most importantly, the imagining, happens. The cutting-edge trends that Italians are so famously known for constantly inspire Tucci.
DARING TO BE DIFFERENT As part of his desire to create the best, Tucci first researched the components of boot making with an exacting eye. Incorporating new techniques and technologies with the age-old methods provided a fresh approach. “We are able to create a highly technical product and, at the same time, maintain total craftsmanship,” Tucci explained. In a sport that is in constant motion, Tucci isn’t afraid to evolve.
It is not by coincidence that Italians are the top designers. It is an art that has been passed down from generation to generation. Two lines are currently on the market: their custom-made collection (what Tucci describes as the “haute couture” of boots) and their ready-to-wear collection line called Tucci Time. One of their best-selling ready-to-wear models is the Harley. Soft, yet durable leather with a focus on comfort has made it a rider favorite. The features include padding at high stress points of the foot to ensure it’s as comfortable standing for lessons as it is over a triple bar. Part of Tucci’s innovative style includes the Perfect Fit System, that uses exclusive anatomic wooden forms to ensure the boots fit, well, perfectly while also keeping the leather in top condition by holding shape and absorbing moisture. In
We are able to create a highly technical product and, at the same time, maintain total craftsmanship. several models, Tucci’s patented T-grip system is also available, using a specialty material to help create that extra contact between the leg and saddle – perfect for riding the greenies or if you’ve been out of the tack for a bit and need just a little extra grip. Innovation and creation doesn’t come without a few failed experiments along the way though. One experiment Tucci will never forget during the fledgling days of the business was using dye to create just the right color for a design. “After completely ruining four pairs of boots that I used to test my experiment with, my dad came over and said ‘do you intend to ruin another 20 pairs before you do it right?’” As luck would have it, the fifth pair came out perfect. Much to Tucci’s delight, it was also the most popular pair that season. For Tucci, each pair of boots is a testament of his devotion and personal quest for perfection.
STAYING ON TOP Tucci faces tough competition from the surge of European fashion going global. But, this reality is only further incentive for the business. “It is not by coincidence that Italians are the top designers,” he insists. “It is an art that has been passed down from generation to generation.” Tucci takes this to heart, as the brand’s foundation is timehonored traditional craftsmanship with an open mind. In a market filled with buttery soft leather and the constant desire to blend form and function, what makes Tucci truly stand out? It’s their reluctance to say no. If you dream up an idea – Tucci tries its hardest to deliver. After all, this visionary force can appreciate a creative mind.
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Embracing the Gypsy Life Over the past few months Rodrigo and I have been contemplating ways to help balance our family time with our busy show schedule. A motor home seemed like the perfect solution. This way Sophia can always come with us and have a safe, clean place to play and nap. It is a big investment, but one that we hope will save on hotel and flight costs in the future. Motor homes and campers are common in the States, but here in Europe they are still quite rare. The grooms stay in the living sections of the horse lorries and the riders typically stay in the hotels. Our new motor home has transformed the way that we go to horse shows. Long gone are the days of shuttling back and forth from the show to the hotel for nap time, or even worse having to push a stroller for two hours straight to try to settle Sophia to sleep. Our home on wheels has all of our favorite things tucked inside for the best sleep, meals and quality time possible. The fact is that we are gypsies, so rather than pretend we are not, we’re going to embrace it. The maiden voyage of the “mouse-mobile,” as it is being called, took us from Brussels, Belgium to Arezzo, Italy. It was slightly ambitious to start our life on the road with a 1,300-kilometer voyage, but we took it in stride. Being able to see the French countryside,
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the Swiss Alps and then the rolling hills of Tuscany made the drive that much sweeter. Driving through those different countries reminded me how lucky we are to be able to live in such a special part of the world. Travel was becoming an obstacle in our lives, but now I feel grateful to have that time alone together as a family. The first week in the bus exceeded my expectations. Waking-up at the show grounds provides me with that extra bit of sleep that is sometimes very necessary! We had a great show in Arezzo. Rodrigo led Team Brazil to a win in the CSIO 3* Nation’s Cup and then later in the week we each won our respective grand prix events. All in all a fantastic first week for the motor home! As the fall indoor season gets going, there will be plenty of stops on our tour for the “mouse-mobile.” Last year, Sophia stayed home quite a bit during the indoor shows because there just isn’t anywhere nice for kids to play like there is at the outdoor shows. This year I hope to have her with us at every show. I am sure that it comes as no surprise that I really want to be able to spend as much time with her as possible. I never want Sophia to feel that our jobs are constantly taking us away from her. This lifestyle change will mean that she always has a place to spend a rainy afternoon or a hot summer day, and that coming to the horse show will be something that she can look forward to. Having a home away from home seemed like the only way to make this happen. Our next few months will take us through Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland…on the road, as a family. Writer ALEXA PESSOA, an amateur rider and business owner, is profiled on page 8. Left: Shiny new toy: the Pessoa family chariot at rest in Belgium.
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For the last 140 years, nearly everyone in Ireland has known where they’ll be during the first week in August. You don’t have to be a rider, a horse owner, or even a particularly dedicated equestrian fan to know that the horse show is the country’s top attraction that week. For five glorious days, the elegant Royal Dublin Society Grounds, tucked neatly into the cityscape of Dublin, becomes home for riders and non-riders alike. Flanked by simple, raised viewing areas, massive grandstands with guarded VIP tables, and no shortage of pubs (this is Ireland, after all), the main arena buzzes with the roar of 20,000 screaming fans as a spectacle of on-going equestrian activity unfolds with a variety of competitions. Dublin is not only an important stop on the international show jumping calendar, it’s an annual goal for thousands of national riders who bring their ponies, foals, hunters and even donkeys to compete at the RDS. For that first week in August, the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is a gathering place for all of Ireland.
Every single week of the year, a horse show is put on somewhere in the world. Large or small, glamorous or not so much, it sometimes seems there are so many that they all blend together. Not so. For all the endless options out there, a select few horse shows rise above the rest in quality, class and location. It’s those competitions that are coveted, anticipated
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When you win the Nations Cup at Dublin, you don’t just win another show jumping competition. Nations Cup Day always falls on the Friday of show week, and is the kind of halt-all-work, crowd into a bar or find a space in the grandstand, type of holiday that attracts the focus of the entire country. The Aga Khan trophy, donated in 1926 by Aga Khan III, a Pakistani Sultan and the first president of the All-India Muslim League, is a symbol of Dublin’s Nations Cup competition, and the day is equally referred to as Nations Cup and Aga Khan. Aga Khan himself was a devoted rider and donated the trophy to honor his Irish riding coach. In 2012, Ireland won the Aga Khan and were looking for a repeat victory this year, but the strong riders on team Great Britain (pictured below) couldn’t be outridden, and the Irish had to settle for equal third with the United States.
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THE PRESIDENT WAS THERE
No less than three additional show arenas flank the main arena at Dublin, and are active all day long, hosting a slew of national classes that reflect the deep tradition of horsemanship in Ireland. From Irish Draught Mares & Foals, to a side-saddle demonstration, to Combined Training, and Race Horses to Riding Horse, the busy schedule puts Ireland’s past and present equestrian traditions on display. Entrants in the Middle Weight Hunters wore traditional hunt caps and tweed coats, and their horses sported flat leather brow and nosebands. The men who proudly led their homebred stock around the arena wore bowler hats and full suits. And as the home of Ireland’s National Championships for Juniors and Young Horses, the best of the best always gather in Dublin.
That Nations Cup day is an unofficial national holiday was no better exemplified than with the presence of Ireland’s president, Michael D. Higgins. With wife Sabina Coyne at his side, he observed both rounds of the Nations Cup from the presidential box, and made his way onto the field to present the Aga Khan Trophy to the winning team of Great Britain. Whether or not he or she is a passionate equestrian, the president of Ireland nearly always attends Nations Cup Day at Dublin. Some years back a former president chose to skip the event in favor of going on vacation, but the decision attracted such fierce criticism and a general, nationwide shaming that no sitting president has missed the show since.
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Nowhere is Ireland’s tradition of horsemanship more evident than in the popular Working Hunter classes. Take everything you know about the Working Hunters in North America, turn it on its head and you’ll have the Irish version. With up bank, down bank, solid table, steeplechase brush, triple combination and flat plank vertical, the course is a proper nod to the natural obstacles one would encounter on a hunt through the countryside of Ireland. Divisions are based upon horse size and fences were raised appropriately. While the
hunters that we’re familiar with in America like to credit the roots of the genre to an open field of natural obstacles, the Irish Working Hunters actually represent that history with a competition that is ridden at speed in a thorough test of bravery and skill. Judged subjectively, after its round, each horse was untacked in the ring, stood up for confirmation inspection, and trotted for soundness. And a crowd encircled the arena along the rail, standing three deep to watch it all!
THE IRISH SPORT HORSE
Strike up a conversation with any given person who was leaning on an arena fence and taking in the show, and you were very likely to make a new friend. People come into Dublin from all over the country during the week of the show, and more often than not they’ve got a field full of well-bred future stars in a field at home. And when horse people get to talking, more often than not an invitation to come out and see the horses is offered. This photo was taken an hour outside Dublin, at the farm of Dermot and Carmel Ryan, who bred H&S columnist Saer Coulter’s grand prix mount Carmena Z. Meeting new foals in the same fields where great horses begin their lives is a visceral experience that brings the significance of the show full circle.
It should come as no surprise that much of the Dublin Horse Show acts as a living demonstration of all that is the Irish Sport Horse. Irish Sport Horses that were competing in the Nations Cup were proudly singled out by the announcer when they entered the ring, as was every Irish horse that jumped in the main arena. The Irish Sport Horse is an institution in Ireland, and breeders take their horses’ lineage and competition results very seriously. There is, quite simply, no greater accomplishment than a rider or owner qualifying one of their homebreds for Dublin. With Horse Sport Ireland, the governing body for equestrian sport in Ireland, leading the effort to publicize and promote the Irish Sport Horse, the breed’s reach continues to grow. And at Dublin, it was easy to see why this breed is popular not only in its home country, but the world over.
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If you think that one rider doesn’t make a show, you’ve never seen Cian O’Connor at the Royal Dublin Horse Show. From the vendor booths where young fans line-up for his autograph, to the annex ring where he put on a riding demonstration, to the grand prix arena where he received a hero’s welcome upon cantering into the ring, O’Connor could be found everywhere, and we do mean everywhere, at the RDS. Well-spoken and never too good to chat with an admiring fan, it’s clear he enjoys his status as Ireland’s most high-profile, and for many,
most beloved rider in the nation. Although he suffered through a low point in his career back in 2008, all was forgiven when he earned Olympic individual bronze last year in London aboard the magnificent Blue Lloyd. On the final day of the RDS, he thrilled fans that were still disappointed by Ireland’s third place finish in the Aga Khan by winning the prestigious Longines Grand Prix of Dublin. It was the first time in five years that an Irish rider had won the grand prix on their home turf, and the first time O’Connor won this particular class.
Photo courtesy Maria Hudson
THERE’S SO MUCH MORE TO IRELAND At the risk of sounding like a travel brochure, a truly dedicated Horse Show Bucket List aficionado can’t come to Dublin and only visit the horse show. Luckily, horses to ride are easy to find, and fellow equestrians are everywhere. Travel an hour (or less) outside the city in any direction and you can find countless riding stables, farms and opportunities to ride. The Association of Irish Riding Establishments has a searchable directory (www.aire.ie) of certified riding centers. You’d be remiss in fully experiencing an equestrian’s Ireland without making the effort to plan some saddle time. Horse & Style recommends Shrule Equestrian Centre, a lovely stable with wonderful Irish Cobs that lies within riding distance to the Irish Sea and horse-friendly Cahore Beach in Wexford. Galloping on a beach in Ireland? If that’s not on your bucket list, we don’t know what is!
TRAINERspotlight by Winter Hoffman
Take one glance at Jennifer Taylor’s meticulously designed Challenger Farms in the green hills of Charlotte, North Carolina and it’s clear that the petite, stylish rider in her discreetly wild, leopard-trimmed Tailored Sportsman breeches is no lightweight! Diminutive enough to ride small ponies, Taylor has made a niche for herself training “kid safe ponies” that are fancy enough for the show ring. Her career as a junior under noteworthy equitation trainer Susie Schoellkopf gave Taylor a strong foundation, as well as a thoughtful approach to training horses, ponies and riders. Taylor is also resilient and has learned to roll with some big changes; due to family reasons she’s currently based in Southern California with Traci and Carleton Brooks. With her farm temporarily leased to friends and her young son with her and her husband in California, Taylor is managing to enjoy her bicoastal lifestyle, while continuing to train a bevy of ponies on the West Coast. H&S caught up with this pony trainer to compare notes on the two coasts, and find out how someone who (surprisingly) never showed in the pony hunters ended up making them the focus of her career.
Taylor Horse & Style: How did you get interested in riding? Jennifer Taylor: Well I blame that entirely on my friend Ali! We lived in Waite Hill, Ohio and a family moved in across the street. Their youngest daughter, Ali, came to visit on her Shetland pony. Bareback. In a halter. That was it for me, I was hooked! We did some crazy things – winding trails, helmets with an elastic chinstrap if we were lucky. I never had a Breyer horse and never wanted a pony for Christmas. At the Andrews School in Willoughby Ohio, I did drill team, dressage, and was eventually introduced to the “A” circuit. Believe it or not I never showed in the pony hunters!
H&S: Do you have a preference for hunters, equitation, or jumpers and why? JT: That is tough – to chose over the hunters and the Eq. I love to teach the Eq., and I love the precise ride of a great hunter trip. To teach, you have to understand both and know what the ultimate goal is. H&S: Your pony breeding and training program is successful. Is there a difference between East and West Coast pony divisions? JT: The East Coast has many more popular breeding stallions and the weather and the land factor in. Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina have green pastures for miles and miles, so it doesn’t cost a fortune to put a foal on the ground. To put a large pony on the ground is even harder in that it usually requires the upkeep of a ‘horse’ mare. This is why we see so few nice large ponies. I was
shocked the first time I went to HITS Thermal and the larges barely filled and the winner added. There is just more ‘pony mania’ on the East Coast. Especially since the traditional USEF Pony Hunter Finals are within driving distance for more people there. The West Coast seems to prefer to have kids show a small or medium pony hunter, then a children’s hunter, then a junior hunter. The kids that do the large ponies spend very little time in the children’s hunter ring. The large pony division is, in essence, their 3’ division. The children’s hunters are plenty big enough on the East Coast to entice the kids to skip that division if they can.
H&S: Is there a correlation between the issues that plague the junior hunter division and the pony hunters for example, divisions not filling, or having to be combined? JT: That seems to correlate with the show size at times. When they made it that the junior hunters had to have six to split them into sections I remember thinking, if they did that to the pony hunters they would have one big division at a lot of shows! H&S: What qualities do you look for when you choose young stock? JT: A pretty face – and that must include a beautiful eye. They must be brave even as youngsters. Then conformation and/or movement. You can have both together, but that is hard to find. I like them to jump well but they don’t have to jump a 10. How many little kids can really stay on the pony that jumps a 10? Photo ©WJM Photography
H&S: Do you have any thoughts on Pony Finals? Now and in the past? JT: I can take or leave Pony Finals, honestly. I wish it still traveled year after year. The ‘unknown’ seemed to keep everyone on a more equal playing field. Now kids show at the same place year after year, and to me, it has just become another show. The last year that I went I had a small green of Lindsey Ayres win the model and was fourth over fences, and her medium Woodland’s Pick Pocket was second in the medium pony model. She was high point/champion owner rider.
case his dad has to fly. Living on the farm and doing a lot of the work was definitely more difficult.
To put a large pony on the ground is even harder in that it usually requires the upkeep of a ‘horse’ mare. This is why we see so few nice large ponies.
H&S: Ideally, how should a parent introduce their child to riding? JT: At a place that believes in safety first. Then, when they truly want to ride and are begging to ride.
H&S: You have a four-year-old son and a husband who travels a lot in his job as a corporate pilot. What kind of problems does this present and how do you balance the responsibilities with riding? JT: It is difficult no doubt, but I have to be organized and have a great support group. Scheduling to horse show is by far the most difficult. My son loves the ponies, and constantly asks to go to ‘his barn’ in NC and see ‘his pony Firecracker.’ However, he is not a horse show kind of child. We have been very lucky that I know what weekends I am horse showing way in advance (especially if I am going back East) that our sitter will keep the time open I am scheduled to be away, for a small retainer, in
H&S: Have you picked out a pony for your son yet?
JT: Of course! Luckily, before I even
had thoughts of having a child, the pony I have always said I would love to have for my child, is already at our barn. I may have had a farm in North Carolina, live and work in California, and the pony is from Kansas, but everything happens for a reason! He does love them and sits in the saddle well, but he just wants to jump jump jump!!
H&S: Do you have any future plans to expand your business in California? JT: Heck no! Right now I ride in a little piece of heaven. I am currently with trainers Traci and Carleton Brooks in Southern California. I know they have future plans for me. I want to be available for my son whenever he needs me, and they respect that. I have known Traci for almost 25 years. Whether I am riding, horse showing, filing papers, cleaning tack (ok not really...) I am happy. I love using my accounting and financial background as well. I believe working in public accounting for a few years was a great start for me. I learned what customer service is (because, whether we want to admit it or not, that truly is our job as professionals/trainers/barn owners) that really, communication is of the essence, and that we all need to want to learn something new every day.
2013 presents the 2nd Annual
t n a t s i s As OF THE
There’s no doubt about it – assistant trainers are some of the hardest working professionals in the horse industry. Most aspiring trainers look for a mentor to work under for a number of years while they learn the ropes of the horse industry. Their experiences, good and bad, will shape the rest of their career. How many assistant trainers have been told that “there are ten more like you” just waiting to take their job? How many struggling professionals have stayed behind in the barn to do the grunt work, while their boss tours the grand prix circuit? Too many. For all the hours of unpaid overtime, for all the long days and tough lessons from grizzled veterans, for all the sick horses on Sunday afternoons, for all the children that they’ve picked up off the ground and put back on their pony, H&S recognizes that the job of assistant trainer is one of the toughest in the industry. So we asked our readers to tell us whom they’d nominate as the 2013 H&S Assistant of the Year, and the response was overwhelming. So many of you wrote us long letters gushing about the assistant in your barn. What made them rise above others, why you loved their coaching, why you trusted them with your horse. Ranked by nomination and then chosen via a blind panel of judges, we bring you the top five H&S Assistants of the Year! Our H&S family of advertisers stepped up with a bevy of prizes for the winner, Heather Rhoades of Sonoma Valley Stables in Petaluma, CA. See the sidebar for the bounty that Heather will be taking home. And the top four runners-up didn’t make out too badly, either. Thanks for appreciating your assistant trainers. And next time you see the one who works in your barn, give them an extra pat on the back. Lord knows they’ve earned it.
Winner! Heather Rhoades Many thanks to the generous vendors who donated amazing prizes to the H&S Assistant of the Year Winner and Runner-Ups!
ASSISTANT TO HOPE AND NED GLYNN, SONOMA VALLEY STABLES, PETALUMA, CA
Heather has worked with my daughter and our horses for many years. She is the complete trainer. She explains things clearly, never loses her temper and can organize a horse show schedule for a very large barn without breaking a sweat. She has a total commitment to the riders and their horses. She is awesome and deserves this award.
Winner Heather Rhoades Receives: A HackSack Backpack Ariat Quantum Crowne Pro Tall Boots Ariat Team polo shirt The Alexa Breech by SmartPak The Lara Show Shirt by Winston from LA Saddlery MDC Stirrups of their model choice $100 Gift Certificat from Cross Creek Tack Custom iPhone Case from Equuleus Design Custom Embroidered H&S jacket
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“Heather is easily the hardest working person I know. She works tirelessly riding, organizing, training, and managing. She wears many different hats at shows but always ensures the show goes smoothly for the large operation that is SVS! She is kind, sweet, and not to mention hilarious. She and her dog Jersey always bring a smile to people’s faces at the show. I appreciate Heather’s talent for teaching, her amazing prep on my horse early in the week, and her good sense of humor at the end of a long day. She has been an ally to me as I navigate the stressful world of the 3’6” medals - offering me a place to stay on early mornings, giving me a pep talk, and always offering the right advice so I can make sure I ride my best. Clearly I could go on and on about Heather - she is without a doubt the best assistant out there, and I am so sad to be leaving her this fall as I head off to college. I hope she receives the recognition that she deserves!” -Lucy Sogard (and my horse, Frankie, who adores Heather)
“I believe that Heather is the absolute best assistant trainer a barn could ever ask for. Heather has such a caring heart; I know that she will always have something gracious and kind to say. She is a beautiful rider who can not only get the job done when riding, but also looks great while doing so (a task many of us wish to conquer.) Heather teaches wonderful lessons, she is smoothly able to differentiate the lesson in order to accommodate all levels of riders and I applaud her for that. Heather has such a fun and energetic personality that definitely lights up the Sonoma Valley Stables community. Of course we can’t mention Heather without Jersey! Heather and Jersey are definitely a pair, each loving the other unconditionally. The horseshows would not be the same without the perky yellow dog and her affectionate owner. Without Heather at the barn and at shows, Sonoma Valley Stables wouldn’t be able to function as efficiently as it does. I commend Heather for all of the heartfelt work that she has done for our barn and our community. Barn life certainly wouldn’t be the same without her passion and hard work!” -Sarah Ryan
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Each Assistant of the Year Runner Up Receives: The Alexa Breech by SmartPak Ariat Team polo shirt MDC Stirrups of their model choice $100 Gift Certificate from Cross Creek Tack Custom iPhone Case from Equuleus Design H&S embroidered saddle pad Horse Cookies from Charleigh’s Cookies
Amber Levine ASSISTANT TO ANDREA PFEIFFER CHOCOLATE HORSE FARM, PETALUMA, CA “My background is hunter/jumper and my horse now resides at an eventing barn. The training I receive from my trainers far exceeds just one discipline, and I find each lesson challenging and fun. I brought my 3-year-old filly, Teagan, to Chocolate Horse Farm because I heard they do a beautiful job bringing along young horses. I wanted a willing, confident jumper and that’s what I got, which in turn builds my confidence. Amber shows such skill, dedication and enthusiasm in her training of both horses and riders. Teagan is in training with Amber because I want the best amateur’s horse possible. I’m so happy that Amber started my mare, and I am looking forward to my future competitions and lessons and the pure enjoyment of it all.” ~ Janine Higgins
“I am not a horse rider, but my wife is. She is a ‘senior citizen’ and insists that she will ride well into her 80s. With that in mind, I am very grateful for Amber. My wife has a rather spirited Thoroughbred that she would like to use for dressage, but when that is no longer possible, she wants a “packer” and will continue to ride trails, etc. For this, she needs a reliable, well trained horse, and Amber has been instrumental in riding Jasper when he needs reminders and a tune up. She has definitely helped make Jasper a good horse!” ~ Pieter Everard
“Since I hired Caitlyn in April we have had nothing but good things happen. The horses are going great and winning everywhere from Lamplight to Traverse City to Kentucky. All of my riders have benefited from her great teaching skills and have improved so much. She is fun to be around as well. We are having a great time at Canterbury Farm with Caitlyn as part of our team.” ~ Gregory M Franklin “Caitlyn is goal oriented, motivated and she genuinely loves what she does. From riding to teaching to showing, it is clear to see that every element of her job brings her joy. Canterbury has greatly benefitted from Caitlyn’s presence. With the combination of Caitlyn and head trainer Greg Franklin, we have had a pretty spectacular summer, and have enjoyed success at numerous horse shows! We are looking forward to the fall and what Indoors could bring! As an amateur who has been in this sport since the age of 9, I can tell you that Caitlyn’s ability and attitude is beyond compare. I absolutely adore her, and I respect her as well. She has a knack for understanding the horses she rides and bringing out the best in them, and she does the exact same thing with the people she teaches. She gets such satisfaction out of seeing her students excel that it is both motivating and really confidence building. She has great dedication and can also be great fun to learn from. She and Greg dedicate themselves to creating training programs that develop a confident horse and rider combination, and I absolutely love it. We have students ranging in age from four to their 60s and she and Greg custom tailor each lesson to each rider, from beginner to advanced. She is well liked on the circuit and has many contacts and friends - her personality is bubbly and she is a bright, expressive and lovely young woman who is only at the beginning of her career.” ~ Michelle Durpetti
“Amber joined CHF about a year ago and had big shoes to fill. Kelly Prather was moving upward and onward and was revered as the eventing goddess. Nevertheless, Amber stepped in and quickly made friends with her easygoing, no fuss style, and helped riders at all levels with individual lessons, beach rides, conditioning, and most of all, rode their horses and got to know them well. She’s not only a very accomplished rider but has become the ‘glue’ at CHF. She manages all the students, riders and stable helpers, and calls horse owners with updates and suggestions to get over their current riding or horse care issues. She does so much more - can’t list it all here. Short story: We Love Her!” ~ Mark Brennan
Caitlyn Shiels ASSISTANT TO GREGORY M. FRANKLIN CANTERBURY FARM, HAMPSHIRE, IL
Susan Tuccindardi ASSISTANT TO ALAN KOROTKIN CASTLEWOOD FARM, WELLINGTON, FL “Susan is a barn manager, trainer, and friend all wrapped in one. Whether it’s 5 below or 100 degrees, rain or shine, there’s Susan’s smile and bubbly personality. I have always been hard on myself, as most riders are, but Susan always has a way to make you feel better, even after the worst trip or the stupidest mistakes. She truly is one of a kind. She somehow can make everything run smoothly, even with 10 rings and 20 horses. She makes sure you are comfortable before you go in the ring, doesn’t allow you to feel any pressure of time or the chaos that comes along with the big shows. She will school 10-20 horses before the show even starts, and back at the farm she gets to know you and your needs and makes you the best rider you can be.” ~ Leah Aronow
“Susan Tuccinardi is the embodiment of passion for and devotion to one’s profession. Her background in the equestrian world is impressive, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone who is involved in the Florida circuit (and even beyond!) who has not heard of Susan, Alan, or Castlewood Farm. Susan’s skill as a trainer has taken clients from the beginning days of walk/trot and learning the basics to Grand Prix levels time and time again. Yes, she is tough and she can really kick my butt in the
Her success is not only measurable through her experience and accomplishments, but also by how much her clients (horses included!) adore her. The horses all gravitate toward her because she is always prepared with treats for a job well done! Susan is an incredible trainer, a powerful mentor, an efficient manager, and, most importantly, a good friend. She instills confidence in her riders and her horses through her encouragement and expertise, and her tutelage has been invaluable.”
saddle, but I have never once finished a lesson with Susan without
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Lauren Shepherd ASSISTANT TO PETER BREAKWELL, BREAKWELL STABLES, MENLO PARK, CA
“People outside the horse world say riding a horse is easy; the horse does the work. Although this statement is typically wrong, in my case it was all too right. I entered the world of show jumping head on. I moved from the 1.00m jumpers to my first local grand prix in less than a year and a half. I liked to think the rapid progression was due to skill rather than the fact that my horse competed at the World Cup level and is so eager to please that he would attempt to jump any fence anywhere. Lauren was the fresh pair of eyes that saw past my success to recognize and address the huge holes in my riding. She thoroughly explained my errors and customized exercises to directly address the issues. Her detailed explanations make difficult exercises easy to visualize and understand. Lauren is transforming me from a passenger to a rider.” ~ Rachel Dow “I gave up riding nine years ago after a scary fall. Fast forward to eighteen months ago when I found myself sitting on my daughter’s 17-hand, former grand prix horse. I was seduced again and within three weeks was the proud owner of the cutest chestnut gelding. Truth is, I had never truly learned to ride but was determined to fake it. Enter Lauren. Lauren possesses a quiet confidence and intelligence that is magnetic. She knew I had no idea what I was doing, but waited for me to have the courage to come to her. Nothing in her body language or instruction has ever caused me to feel intimidated or unsuccessful. She deciphers and then describes what my horse is doing and how I can ride differently to improve our dynamic. Where others might have looked at a 53 year old as a burden to teach, Lauren has embraced my desire to learn and thoroughly enhanced my life.Her cute freckles and shy demeanor shroud an extremely talented teacher. It’s not everyday you meet a young woman who has the aptitude for riding at the highest level, and instructing riders from ponies to grand prix to NARP members. Although it will thoroughly embarrass her, her skills command a standing ovation.” ~ Peggy Dow
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Behind the Scenes at the Washington International Horse Show by Erin Gilmore How do you find out what makes a horse show tick? In the case of the Washington International Horse Show, slated for October 22nd- 27th at The Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C., you examine the personalities behind the curtain. A trio of women hold the reins of this prestigious show, now in its 55th year, and they came together with a shared passion for seeing “WIHS” uphold its reputation as one of the best Indoor shows in the United States. WIHS Board Chairman Juliet Reid will be the first to tell you that she was not born with the “horse gene,” even though her family has horses in their blood. All of her siblings, including her brother, internationally decorated four in hand driver Chester Weber, are involved with horses. But she managed to steer clear until her daughter Chloe began riding as a child, whereupon she was pulled into the horse world, and her involvement with WIHS is a perfect fit, in large part because she thrives on a good challenge.
THE BIG PICTURE AND GRAND IDEAS “I remember thinking, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ (Running the show) was a complicated problem and I have always liked complicated,” Reid explains. “I was a Public Policy major at Brown University, and I enjoy the problem-solving part of a project. I like the big picture and grand ideas.” As far as complicated problems go, limited space and a large number of horses is a good one to start with. Five days of competition ranging from the pony hunters to international grand prix show jumping will attract 587 horses to this year’s show, notes Show Manager David Distler. But, the Verizon Center can only accommodate 250 horses at a time, so the horses leave and arrive in shifts from a transition facility 20 miles away, depending on the days they are showing. Johnson Horse Transportation wears a path between transition facility Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD, and downtown Washington D.C. during that week. City dwellers stop and stare as horses are loaded and unloaded from the big trucks and led to the show stalls, 168 of which are set up right there on the street outside the arena, and another 65 inside, under the main arena. With a small, 50’ x 100’ warm-up arena and the main ring the only available places for horses to exercise, both spaces hum with activity 24 hours a day, with a packed showing, warm-up and longing schedule.
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City dwellers stop and stare as horses are loaded and unloaded from the big trucks and led to the show stalls, 168 of which are set up right there on the street outside the arena, and another 65 inside, under the main arena. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan, an East-Coaster who has ridden off and on since completing college and later a graduate degree, volunteered for WIHS before joining its staff several years later. She mobilizes the staff in the WIHS executive office, running day-to-day operations and making sure all ducks are in a row prior to show week. “The sky is the limit, but it has to be managed, and in that is my challenge!” she exclaims. “Our team is really amazing. It is full of big personalities, and yes it is mostly women, but that is part of what makes it great. It is a real testament to what makes our show so special.” Opposite page, top: Internationally ranked grand prix riders such as Paulo Santana of Brazil flock to WIHS each year, and this year’s show is expected to attract a star-studded field. Photo ©Shawn McMillan
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Bottom: The Washington International Horse Show brings horses to the city streets, and limited space necessitates handwalking on otherwise busy thoroughfares. Photo ©Erin Gilmore
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Photos: Giving people who would otherwise not have the opportunity for handson moments with horses, or even the chance to see one close up, is one of WIHS’ many charms. Photos ©Erin Gilmore
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Rox Dene In the fall of 1996, the National Horse Show returned to Madison Square Garden, its century-old home for the illustrious event. Among the hustle and bustle, the glitz and the glamour, a mare that had shown the world freakish talent and heart was making her last appearance in the ring. However, there was to be no fanfare, no grand send-off. After six years of sweeping every major show in the country, hunter superstar Rox Dene made a final curtain call on the stage that had been hers ever since she had stepped onto it. Today, Rox Dene is living out her retirement under the care of Ed and Parker Minchin at their Pine Meadows Farm in North Carolina. For the past 15 years, they’ve treated and cared for the 27-year-old mare as if she was their own. Her name may no longer be splashed over the pages of The Chronicle of The Horse, but Rox Dene’s formidable presence remains in the hearts of all those who have ever appreciated a living legend.
WARMBLOOD IN THOROUGHBRED COUNTRY Behind the tricolors and trophies, Dene’s past and rise to fame is a story of luck, a good eye for a horse and a knack for near perfection in spite of the quirks. Foaled in 1986 (Aristos B x Ninety Nine) by Susan Hice of Virginia, Rox Dene’s life as a hunter wasn’t a carefully laid plan; her training on the small breeding farm actually began as a dressage prospect. “Dene” was also a bit of an anomaly, she was by a Dutch Warmblood stallion that wasn’t too well known, as at the time, warmbloods had yet to make their rise to domination. “It sounds amazing now, but Susan had difficulty getting people to come look at her as a young horse,” remarked Chanda Boylen, trainer at Brookhill Farm in Charlottesville, Va. “It was a warmblood, which, at the time wasn’t a particularly attractive selling point, especially in Virginia.” Unable to garner enough interest, Hice sent Dene to a trainer in Texas to be sold. Meanwhile, Boylen’s mother Elaine was in the market for a young prospect. Known for having an impeccable string of top show hunters, she had her sights on one owned by legendary trainer Rodney Bross, but a deal couldn’t be struck. “Rodney did something that he probably kicked himself for weeks afterwards,” Chanda recalled. “He told her he wouldn’t sell her this particular horse. He said she was known for having the best horses, and this one wasn’t going to turn out to be what she wanted.”
Buying sight unseen, all the Boylens knew was that a question mark of a horse was now theirs. Rox Dene’s team treaded smartly with the mare’s progress, never making demands of the horse. A mare who knew her mind, Dene could be stubborn. But, instead of letting frustration get the best of them, Dene’s owners and trainers worked with and embraced her quirkiness. “I liked the fact that everything was on her terms. If she hadn’t wanted to be a superstar, no one could have made her into one,” Boylen said. “She set her routine, and she never put one foot where she didn’t want it to go. If she didn’t want to go by something, you got off and led her.”
Rox Dene’s past and rise to fame is a story of luck, a good eye for a horse and a knack for near perfection in spite of the quirks.
A few weeks later, though, she would answer a phone call from Bross; he had found her horse and it was a green-broke grey mare. His request? Send money quickly before the horse was gone. “Understandably, my mother was a bit concerned, but she really wanted a horse, so she asked him to put his rider on the phone,” remembers Boylen. “Laura Kraut got on the line and said ‘he’s right; this is the horse’.”
Their hard work and patience paid off in spades. Rox Dene reigned supreme as USEF Horse of the Year from 1991-1994. Her champion accolades included wins at the Washington International Horse Show, the National Horse Show as well at the coveted title of Grand Hunter Champion at Devon and Upperville multiple times.
Even in retirement, Dene is particular. Spending her mornings in private turnout, Dene walks a path when she’s ready to come in and always is on the look-out for her peppermints. With her mane pulled and an elbow grease shine, the show hunter in her is still evident from the love and attention of the Minchins.
THE BRIGHT PROMISE OF A NEW STAR Any lingering skepticism wore off quickly when the young Rox Dene developed an uncanny sixth sense about her job as a hunter. Although Bross was convinced the mare was something after seeing her jump a single crossrail, for Elaine, it was the first time she laid eyes on Dene’s canter. “The rest of us wanted to see a lead change first. That took until the final pre-green show that year at Atlanta in the fall,” Boylen shared of the beginning of the journey. Renowned trainer Elizabeth Solter was in the irons during many of Dene’s trips in both the conformation and working hunter divisions. The same horse at home and at the shows, Solter said the mare “always walked in the ring to win.” But, Solter had to have a calm, methodical approach. “You had to go slow to allow her to look at the jump, and she could be spooky if you rushed.”
ALL THE PARTS After retiring from the show ring in 1996, Rox Dene spent several years as a broodmare. Although offers were made to purchase the regal mare, they were all turned down. In 2005, Rox Dene foaled Rose Hill by Popeye K. Rose Hill is currently competing in the hunter derbies and performance hunter division with Jennifer Alfano. Although the Boylens had wanted to repeat the cross, Mother Nature decided Rose Hill would be the last of her offspring as Dene was too advanced in her years, even for an embryo transfer. But, as any horse person will tell, breeding is only part of the story. “I think the epitome of a hunter is a horse that has all the ‘parts.’ All the parts don’t have to be equally perfect, but they have to be there,” Boylen said. Although Dene didn’t have a heart stopping trot – she regularly placed at the top of her hacks due to an incredible canter. From stall to ring, Dene also never touched a lounge line and needed little maintenance. “We injected one joint, one time. Nothing else. To me, a quiet, iron-sound horse, that wins in every aspect of the disciplines, that’s the epitome of a hunter.” An impeccable jump. A canter with the perfect cadence. Crowned the “Hunter Horse of the Century.” As the grande dame, Rox Dene blazed onto the scene, streaked across our field of vision, and left a glorious trail of memories in her wake. Without a doubt, hunter superstar Rox Dene is a horse of a lifetime. The Boylens only regret? “I wish we had taken more pictures and videos,” sighs Chanda. “We saw her every day and watched her go every week. As it turns out, there is no such thing as too many perfect pictures.” A gamble that turned out to be a sure bet, Rox Dene became the horse of a lifetime for an entire industry.
Opposite page: Rox Dene and Elizabeth Solter winning the green conformation hunter championship at the National Horse Show on Nov. 15, 1991. Photo ©Tricia Booker Left: Rox Dene living happily in retirement at Pine Meadows Farm. Photo courtesy Parker Minchin
VENDORspotlight The roads, barns and horse shows of the United States are as familiar to Terry Konkle as the back of his hand. On the road with Light Star Horse Transportation since 1996, Konkle has developed a busy business moving horses near and far from his home base in Northern California. The former trainer and judge draws on his decades of experience with horses to provide a service that can mean the difference between arriving at a show ready to win, or needing time to recover. From road stories to the reasons why he’s in the high-pressure, nonstop business of horse transportation, Konkle took the time to share his story with H&S from (where else?) a road in Kentucky while he was transporting horses cross-country on one of his many nationwide runs.
Light Star Horse Transportation Horse & Style: When and where did Light Star Transport start? Terry Konkle: Light Star Transport was a spinoff of Light Star Training Stables, back when I was training and showing. My start was with Saddlebreds, and my wife Tina came from the hunter/jumper world. We bought a ranch in 1988 and built our stable there. At one point I took a little break from my own training business to manage a private place, and leased my place out to a Morgan Horse trainer in the meantime. When I came back, she had my barn full of Morgan Horses, and instead of going back into training, I went into transporting horses.
H&S: So while the initial motivation seems to be happenstance, how has the business developed over time? Is it profitable?
TK: Yes, it’s been very successful; it took-off right away and just got busier and busier. I never looked back! I seem to have a strong reputation, both from the people who liked me when I was a trainer, and the people who didn’t like me when I was a trainer. They all call me! When I had my training stable I had a semi that I used for my own horses. Now, I have four semis, two of which are the main crosscountry rigs, and several pickup trucks and trailers that we run locally. We have four drivers and I’m trying to get a few more. But good drivers are hard to find!
H&S: What have you learned, both about the horse industry and the business world, since founding Light Star Transport? TK: After being a trainer for so many years, as well was a judge in four different AHSA divisions, as well as earning more than a dozen national championships before I was 18, I knew what the trainers needed. I knew when they were b.s.-ing me and when they weren’t. It was a pretty easy fit really, and I learned a lot on the upswing. At the beginning, I was teaching different horse trainers and people how to get their commercial drivers license, so I knew all the rules and regulations well. It wasn’t so much something I learned, but a memorable moment when I was just getting started in 1996, was the first time I got a truck with air ride suspension, power steering and AC. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. That made the job a lot easier.
H&S: How have your business objectives developed since you started the company?
TK: The business grew very quickly right in the beginning. And then we hit the economy slowdown in 2008/2009. In 2008 a lot of people were moving horses to different locations to be sold, retired, etc and business was decent. But in 2009 when the economy really tanked, we were off about 50 percent during that time. Fortunately my steady customers helped us make it through, and the business has built back up, this year, we’re back to where we were in 2008. But when we were feeling the effects of the economy or when we’re so busy we’re on the road all the time, the goal is to make every trip as smooth as possible for the horses.
H&S: How do you maintain high safety standards in what has got to be one of the most high-pressure lines of work in the equestrian industry?
TK: A long time ago, I was apprenticing for a trainer who was AHSA Horseman of the Year, very successful. He was also a military veteran, he had earned two purple hearts during World War II, and he ran his stable like he was still in the military. In order to call-in sick you had to have a death certificate. But one of the things I learned from him was that the measure of a professional is the guy who shows up on time, with the right equipment and enough knowledge to use that equipment to make his job look easy.
That stayed with me, and that’s my goal for myself and other drivers. We show up on time, we have the proper equipment and it’s ready to go. The horses are loaded in a very calm demeanor. The result is a much more relaxed, much easier trip. We’ve done it enough times so we know where to stop to find water and where to rest, and we’ve seen everything. We don’t let small problems become big problems. A small problem is a horse not eating or drinking because he’s a little anxious, but a big problem is when a horse is not eating or drinking because he’s got a fever starting.
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There are a lot of things that require experience, and that’s our biggest advantage. Myself and our other drivers are ex-trainers and judges. They are good at what they do. This is not a job where you can get flustered or worried or do anything that’s going to compound a problem.
H&S: What do you enjoy most about your line of work? TK: I like that there are all kinds different people and horses that we have to move, but no matter what people are always excited to see their horses. We have delivered horses for people who have had to move to a new area and leave their horses behind for several months or a year before they can bring their horse with them, and when their horse arrives they are so excited to see them. Right now I’ve got a top-level hunter in the van who’s going back home after winning at a huge national show, and then there’s the 4H horse that’s coming home from a weekend away. Either way the excitement level is consistent, and everyone’s happy to do things with their horses. They’re all family.
Right now I’ve got a top-level hunter in the van who’s going back home after winning at a huge national show, and then there’s the 4H horse that’s coming home from a weekend away. Either way the excitement level is consistent, and everyone’s happy to do things with their horses. They’re all family.
Thank you to both of our assistant trainers for a successful 2013 season.
H&S: Do you have a particularly memorable “on the road” story from something that’s happened while transporting horses? TK: Every trip is different, and something is always happening. One of my favorite stories to tell is from when we were moving horses on an emergency basis for people who were close to a fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Light Star Transport is on emergency call with the local counties around our area for catastrophic events. We got a call to go and help evacuate this one horse rescue place that was in the path of the fire. They had 16 horses and ponies that needed to be moved, and we had a 15-horse van. One of the older, retired rescues was this little black pony that was blind. And he had a little white horse that was his seeing-eye buddy. We had the rig completely full, so we loaded the black pony up right in the aisle way and tied him to the chest bar in front of this buddy. He had to stand in the aisle but we were able to move him out of harms way of that fire. H&S: You’re currently breeding and raising show jumpers, correct? TK: Yes, my wife and I keep about five mares in foal, right now we have a Flexible foal on the way, as well as some mares we bred with well-known Thoroughbred lines. We have a group of young horses coming up; we’re trying to get that one horse that goes on to big success, that we can say we bred and raised. From foaling to raising them up, that’s my wife’s favorite thing to do. I do a lot of the long-lining and starting them that way, and then we send them off to a trainer. We’ve had horses with Susie Hutchison, Robert Blanchette, and Michael Traurig. We’re trying to breed to a very high standard, and one of our six-year-olds did very well this year in the Young Horse Championships. I spend a lot of time on the road, but I really enjoy working with our young horses in the fall and winter.
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My child is in the midst of medal finals and her stress is driving me crazy! Please give me some advice about how to support her without becoming an angry mom all the time!
Stress is typically caused by trying to control elements in life that are beyond one’s control. Since all we really can control are the thoughts in our here and now, start with your own thinking. Moms are often the captains of the family’s emotional ship, which means what you emphasize as important, can become important to everyone in the family. While your daughter’s riding and success therein is important, the experience she has with her struggles and successes are her true opportunities for growth.
The first step is to be careful not to match your daughter’s emotions. When she is expressing strong feelings, notice how pressure may arise in your body, causing you to feel a similar kind of intensity. This is an old pattern that was established when your child was a baby and your attunement to her helped The experience of anger can be you know what she needed. This attunement is only helpful now in a reminder to look into yourself supporting you to have empathy to see what parts of your personal for her emotions. You do not need to engage. Instead, it is time to struggle are being triggered by use your observing mind, which means to observe your physical your child’s emotions. and emotional reactions. Rather than engaging with or expressing these emotions, breathe with them while noticing where they can be felt in your body. This action will offer you space from the thoughts, and information for your daughter’s future emotional breakdowns. It helps you to know which emotions are yours and which are hers. The next step is to resist trying to fix your daughter’s problem or even talk her down. Instead take the role of empathic witness. Give her an allotted amount of time to talk about it (like in the car from the barn to home) and listen with supportive comments like, “That sounds hard…” While listening spaciously, pay attention to slowing your emotional activation
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levels bit by bit. Use your breath in measured amounts and slow it down incrementally. It is likely that the verbal processing combined with your cooling emotions will support her to make sense of her challenge or disappointment too. This is the art of non-response and it is not about ignoring. This is your big opportunity to show up for your child in the midst of suffering and support her to develop tools for being with her negative emotions. Don’t miss this big chance because this hardwiring has the potential to become a habit for life. This is practice, and please see it as a practice. It will not always be easy and you may find yourself engaging with the material of your daughter’s struggle. That’s ok. Just take a few calming breaths and refocus on gentle witnessing with your observing mind focused on your physical experience in the moment. Remember that anger is the surface for many other deeper emotions. The experience of anger can be a reminder to look into yourself to see what parts of your personal struggle are being triggered by your child’s emotions. Awareness of these issues can be put on the side-burner to be addressed later. Be careful not to combine your personal challenges with your child’s. You are likely to find that disengaging from the story of what is causing pain and learning to be with pain as a part of everyday life will open the door to personal growth for everyone involved. Remember, we learn and grow from our challenges. The successes are few and far between, offering just enough confidence to take to risk towards growth again. Note: Dr. Carrie does sessions for parents of athletes regularly. She meets with them on the phone, in her Petaluma, CA office, at shows, and on barn visits. She believes that mindfulness-based parenting strongly supports mindfulness-based sport psychology as well as overall mindful living.
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