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52 THE NEW INDEPENDENTS
50 TREND REPORT : LIFE’S A BEACH
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42 LILLIE KEENAN:
Introducing five young, ambitious and standout brands that are interpreting equestrian style in bold new ways
RIDING AND WINING IN HEALDSBURG, CA
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47 WHIPJET ME AWAY
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24 ABDELKEBIR OUADDAR: THE MOROCCAN WAY
Get to know this exciting rider from Morocco who has been steadily working his way up world ranking lists
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GREAT(ER) EXPECTATIONS For all that young rider Lillie Keenan has accomplished, the best is yet to come – if she can keep shrugging off the expectations heaped upon her shoulders
60 LIFE OF PESSOA: THE BEST LAID PLANS
Contributor Alexa Pessoa reflects on the intense focus, detail, and demands her husband Rodrigo Pessoa faces during a championship year
64 STYLE PROFILES: PRETTY IN PRINT As evidenced by this issue’s cover, prints are ruling the rack this season! Flip to Style Profiles for some great prints-piration
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Erin Gilmore is a freelance writer and equestrian journalist based in Wellington, Florida. She has worked in equestrian media since 2002, and is a frequent contributor to regional and national equestrian magazines. A lifelong horseperson, she worked in a variety of disciplines, from hunter/jumpers to polo.
Esther Hahn is a writer living in San Francisco, California. She graduated from Yale University and traveled the world as a surf journalist before landing in Northern California. But long before surfing came her interest in horses. She is currently an associate editor at Racked SF and blogs about her personal journey with surfing, style, and horses at Sea Dog Ranch.
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 3 charts her life as a mother to their daughter Sophia, as a rider, and as a wife to one of the world’s most high profile show jumpers.
Terri Roberson, Psy.D.
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.
Arden Cone, a South Carolinabased artist and writer, grew up riding on the hunter/jumper circuit for her parents’ Windbrook Farm. While pursuing her studies at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, she rode as a member of her school’s intercollegiate team. She graduated in 2012 with degrees in Studio Art and Spanish, as well as a strong passion for the aesthetics of written language.
Katie Shoultz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. The business savvy writer is also the founder of Isidore Farm, in beautiful Kentucky. Katie is involved with several equine organizations and is active in the industry she most enjoys writing about.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Terri Roberson combines her passion for horses with her clinical work in equine-assisted psychotherapy. She currently sits on the board of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. 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.
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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.
Kerry Cavanaugh is an equestrian professional from Northern California who most recently returned to the West Coast after working for one of the top US riders in Wellington, FL. A graduate of San Francisco State University, Kerry enjoys working for all aspects of H&S, including contributing, editing, and everything in between.
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A New Day There were a few quiet months, or maybe it was just weeks, between the winter and summer circuits. a deep breath, form and test new partnerships, start counting those points, and spend some time in the barn at home. For me, this spring was a time to add to my family; I gave birth to my second child this May. I’m hoping that my newborn daughter Piper will grow up to love horses as much as I do.
The smallness of the horse world can have its ups and downs. We tend to see the same group of faces, week in and week out, as we move from one familiar horse show stop to another. If you’re not careful, a sense of weariness can take over, until you’re not only seeing the same faces, but the same brands, logos and even styles everywhere you turn. While H&S can’t do much for you if you just can’t help but feel blasé watching McLain Ward win another grand prix (kidding, kidding), we can help to reinspire your sense of style. This spring, we looked beyond the big brands, and found a refreshing group of talented young women who are injecting new passion into equestrian-inspired apparel and design.
Piper Rae Appel, shown here with big sister Ella, was born on May 18, 2014.
We call them The New Independents. They are small, specialty brands dreamt up by designers, who are equestrians too, who found a way to blend their two passions. Enjoy getting to know each of them in this issue’s cover story (page 52). Spring always flies by too fast, especially for equestrians. There were a few quiet months, or maybe it was just weeks, between the winter and summer circuits. If you were lucky, it was a time to take
If you’ve got some downtime in between that packed schedule of yours, grab your wine glass and cowboy boots and head to page 85 to discover a unique experience in the wine country of Northern California. After nine months of no riding and no drinking, you can bet I’ll be making my way to this winery very soon.
From the high flying notion behind WhipJet, to a horse that inspired a familiar website, compelling interviews with the world’s most interesting riders, and of course, an abundance of style, this issue of H&S is packed with plenty of reading material to keep you entertained between rounds at the show, or during those long hours on the road as you trek from one destination to the next. Stay inspired, and stay stylish! We’ll see you out there. Happy Showing!
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A winter of accumulating solid results paid off big for 29-year-old professional Sarah Segal in May, when she was asked to join Team USA for its second Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup appearance of the year, at the CSIO4* in Coapexan, Mexico. Segal, who works with Chris Kappler in Pittstown, NJ, flew to Mexico with her 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Ramses, and proceeded to jump two clear rounds for her country (Team USA finished in 2nd place behind Canada). “It was a great team to be part of,” Segal said. “And it was very, very exciting and rewarding for me to be able to have my horse ready for it.” Segal, who grew up in New York City and rode with George Morris before going to work with John and Beezie Madden, and finally circling back to Kappler, is the kind of hardworking, emerging professional who hadn’t gotten much time in the limelight – until now. Find out 10 Things that you might not know about Sarah Segal, and keep your eye out for her in the grand prix ring.
graduated from University – with honors!
house in Manhattan where she grew up is zoned so that it’s legal for a horse to live there
favorite restaurant is Nobu in Miami, FL
4. She’s put over 100,000 miles on her car in the last four years, but she cannot drive a stick shift!
favorite athlete outside show jumping is Derek Jeter because of his playing style, professionalism and loyalty to his team
6. Before she became seriously involved
with horses, the sport she played most was soccer
has an uncanny ability to sleep anytime, and anywhere
8. She hates shopping for clothes, even though she loves shopping for horses
9. She loves NBC’s “The West Wing” 10. It is only because of the wonderful
people she works with that she can keep track of anything – she is constantly misplacing everything from her keys to her sweater! Sarah Segal pictured at Old Salem Farm, Old Salem, NY . Photo ©Jennifer Wood Media
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She may be just nine-years-old, but Augusta Iwasaki already has a firm grasp on two qualities that all riders strive to master: bravery and a natural ability to get her mount down the lines. This pint-sized pony rider from Thousand Oaks, California is one of the most familiar faces in pony rings from the West Coast to the East. During a busy winter season, she hopscotched between the winter circuits at HITS Thermal and FTI WEF, picking-up multiple wins and championships from the small to medium hunter ponies. Iwasaki got an early start in riding at the age of four; her mother is trainer Liz Reilly of Makato Farms in Agoura Hills, CA. Iwasaki has since worked with Karen Perlow, Marla Amormino, and John French, not only riding her own ponies, but successfully catchriding many others. Her fearlessness in the saddle is notable; she can shake-off a bad round or even a fall with an uncanny professionalism well beyond her years. She’s known for leaving the last round -good or bad- behind her, stepping right back into the ring on her next pony, and galloping around without hesitation. Find out more about this fourth-grader who is well on her way to becoming the best pony jock that the West Coast has ever produced.
Horse & Style: Can you describe your riding style?
Iwasaki: I always wear my Charles Owen helmet, Tailored Sportsman breeches, my Ariat paddock boots, and my bows for my hair!
H&S: Who has been the most influential in your riding career? AI: Liz Reilly, she is my mom and she is my trainer, she helps me with everything.
H&S: What is your favorite horse show to go to? AI: My favorite show is the Oaks. But I also like Thermal and WEF.
H&S: You ride a lot of ponies. Do you ever get nervous?
H&S: What do you like to do when you’re not at a horse show? AI: I like to ride my ponies bareback, and I like to paint my grey pony Way Cool. H&S: What are your goals for the future? AI: To do the jumpers. Maybe not the very big jumps, I don’t know yet. But I definitely want to do the pony jumpers.
H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck?
AI: No I don’t wear anything for good luck. I am lucky!
H&S: What is the one thing that you never go in the ring without?
AI: I never go in the ring without a helmet!
AI: No, I never get nervous. I just have fun! I’m competitive, and I always want to win, every time I go into the ring. From top: Augusta Iwasaki competing in the Pony Hunter Derby Classic at FTI WEF in March; Augusta Iwasaki loves wearing her shadbelly during pony hunter derbies. Photos ©Erin Gilmore
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Main character Jules Thorton spends an inordinate amount of time in the first quarter of the novel not quite complaining, but merely stating the depths of her day-to-day toils. In fact, that’s the only bone I have to pick with the author. Must the life of a trainer be painted as such an endless drag? Following Jules in her early morning and late night tasks felt like reliving a life I knew too well and was happy to leave behind. Fortunately, things start to pick-up for Jules right about the time a hurricane blows through her small Florida barn. Out of destruction comes a change of fortune, spurred along by the presence of an attractive love interest who swoops in for a well-timed rescue. The horses in Jules’ days are brought to life with as much importance and character development as the people, and the second half of Ambition flew right by like a…horse galloping through the finish timers. But not like a list of chores. Because there was quite enough of that.
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Don’t let the “D” word scare you, even if you are an unabashed, non-fan of dressage (guilty), Karen McGoldrick’s The Dressage Chronicles: A Matter of Feel will suck you in and keep you reading until the final salute at X. This is the second book in McGoldrick’s series, which follows a young, working student named Lizzy as she goes to work for a big name dressage rider. McGoldrick deftly brings her characters to life and keeps the action moving between dressage queen drama and Lizzy’s ups and downs as she works toward that grand prix goal with her mare, Winsome. In Book I, the barn was wintering in Wellington, FL, and in Book II, the operation follows that familiar path north to a summer base, where all involved are concerned about working their way to high profile shows. McGoldrick, who is an active rider and trainer at her own Prospect Hill Farm in Alpharetta, Georgia, holds USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, and contributes to national dressage magazines. That’s right, she knows her stuff, and it shows in the pages of her books. Added perk for non-dressage readers: you’ll learn something by the time you get to the final page of A Matter of Feel. McGoldrick’s writing and teaching talent combines and really shines through in her descriptions of upper level movement and concepts of training. And like every great instructor, she makes sure that you enjoy yourself during the entire ride.
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If there’s only one thing you can know about Natalie Keller Reinert’s newest book, it’s this: things pick-up after the hurricane. Reinert, who has stayed within the land of racehorses with her previous two novels, The Head and Not the Heart and Other People’s Horses, writes her way deep into the psyche of an overworked and underpaid eventing trainer in Ambition. Spoiler alert: young trainers are overworked and at wits-end no matter their discipline of choice.
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Veterinarians are professionals too! This issue we switch things up and quiz a group of DVMs.
THIS MONTH’S QUESTION: Which cases do you remember more, the successes or the failures, and why?
“The definition of success can vary, but generally focuses on measurable outcomes of a process. Against our ‘medical measuring stick’, any case where all care and effort are provided and every inch of professional skill and ability are deployed must be viewed as success, regardless of the outcome. By this definition, success is expected. Our clients expect it of us and we, as veterinarians, expect it of ourselves. Measured in this way success comes in different forms; it may be a long-term rehabilitation of an injury, a simple, clear communication with a client, or even the alleviation of end-of-life suffering. As veterinarians, we are looked upon to have an answer, to find a solution; even when we do not have an answer or cannot find a solution, it is difficult and the memory lingers. This is especially true when the stakes are high and the outcome is loss of life. With this result the owner’s emotion is for the loss of a beloved companion, a loss that every veterinarian feels just as keenly. It is inevitable that in veterinary medicine we will not always achieve the desired result. Mostly this lies beyond our control, but when we do not succeed we are left with questions: ‘Is there something I could have done differently?; Did I miss something?; Did I give everything in my ability?’ By questioning ourselves - by engaging in this retrospective evaluation- we improve as professionals and as human beings. Every bit of experience that we gain takes us forward, and becomes skill that we can apply to the next difficult challenge.” Dr. Isaiah Robinson, Miller & Associates, Brewster, NY “I try not to look at any poor case outcome as a failure. Instead I reflect on the experience and figure out how to be better the next time. You don’t become a grand prix rider by jumping cross rails all day or a great veterinarian by staying in your comfort zone all the time. Besides, even the best of riders miss a distance every now and then!” Kelly Zeytoonian, DVM, Starwood Equine Veterinary Services, Inc., Redwood City, CA “My initial and immediate response was ‘the failures’ but, after significant thought, it is ‘the successes.’
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I am truly an animal lover and it devastates me whenever there is a failure. I take my oath of practice seriously and lose countless hours of sleep anytime cases do not have the desired outcome but, day to day, ‘the successes’ are what make me love my career and enable me to know I can really make a difference in the health, comfort, success and quality of life of these amazing animals.” Steve Latimer, DVM, Northwest Equine Veterinary Associates Inc.P.S., Maple Valley, WA
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Smiles were few and far between during round one of the Longines FEI World Cup Final in Lyon, France in April. Riders entered the arena with serious, sometimes grim expressions on their faces, hyper-aware that every rail and every second would count heavily. But one man rode through the ingate with a grin across his face. As Abdelkebir Ouaddar of Morroco completed the course, his stallion kicked his hind legs straight up to the ceiling into a position that would have unseated most mere mortals. Spectators gasped as they watched a gymnastic move worthy of the X Games, but Ouaddar remained nonplussed and just kept smiling as he contained his horse’s exuberance. It was clear that he was having the time of his life. As well he should. Fifty-one-year-old Ouaddar made his World Cup Final debut this past spring in France, which he considers his second home. He worked hard to earn his place, competing in six of the 13 Central European qualifying legs. With the nine-year-old stallion Quickly de Kreisker, Ouaddar finished the first round of the World Cup Final with the fastest time (albeit a single rail down) and ended up overall 12th at the end of the three days of competition. That impressive finish has set him up well for an Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games appearance this September. As Morocco’s most visible international-level rider, Ouaddar has helped to bring attention to show jumping in parts of the world where it is still an emerging sport. While he competes often in the growing Arab League, Ouaddar is based in France, where he is coached by 1976 Olympic Champion Marcel Rozier.
THE LAND OF MEDINAS SOUKS AND EXOTIC PALMS Ouaddar loves being in France, but is often homesick for the sumptuous mosaic courtyards and lush jasmine scented gardens of Morocco. The ancient fountains and picturesque, stork-topped ruins of Chellah in the city of Rabat serve as the backdrop to his favorite stop on the Morocco Royal Show Jumping Tour, an annual CSI3*-W circuit. Riding is considered an affordable, rather than elite sport in Morocco, yet Ouaddar’s horses are owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, and from an early age, Ouaddar has had ties with the Morrocan royal family. Ouaddar and Quickly de Kreskier compete in CSI5* competition at Saut Hermès Paris in March. Photo ©Erin Gilmore
at the WEG in Normandy. As the summer progresses, they will spend more time focusing on coming together as a team, in the hopes that qualifying a team for the 2016 Olympics will become a reality. At Rozier’s training facility outside Paris, Ouaddar's days are typical for any professional rider; "I wake up very early, I do my sport every morning, then I’ll ride my horses and during the afternoon I take care of my young horses, the ones that are still in training, my back up horses,” he says. “By the end of the day, I am pretty tired so I just go home and take some rest." Ouaddar credits Rozier for his own success and thinks of him as a second father. In addition to being a great champion, he has taught Ouaddar the importance of technique and rigor. Ego certainly doesn't have a place in Abdelkébir’s list of character traits, as he is always smiling and remains modest and humble in spite of his accomplishments.
MOROCCAN POSTER BOY Ouaddar has four competition horses, each one totally different and each with a different style, which is how Ouaddar wants it to be. He doesn’t have a favorite and respects each of them for their individual talent. There is Porche du Fruitier, the one that garnered him a head-turning 3rd place in the 2012 Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix de Prince de Monaco. There is Cordano, his 1.45m speed horse, and his most recent addition, Quebec Tame. And of course, his World Cup horse, Quickly de Kreskier.
As a child, he was introduced to riding by Moulay Abdellah Alaoui, President of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports, and his aunt, Princess Lalla Amina. In Morocco, the entire Royal family is involved with equestrian sport and it took only a short time for Ouaddar to come to the attention of high-ranking Moroccan equestrian enthusiasts.
He is known for his big heart and for generously helping up-and-coming riders who dream of one day competing at the international level. Those riders include his young daughter Soukaina, who shares his passion for horses. She competes Ouaddar’s semi-retired mount Silvio Z and is coached by his close friend Farid Amanzar at home in Morocco. Ouaddar’s wife Noelle rides as well, in fact the couple met when Noelle came to Ouaddar’s stable for riding lessons. They quickly began dating and it was the beginning of a beautiful love story that has endured. In French it is called a ‘coup de foudre,’ or love at first sight.
Princess Amina influenced Ouaddar While Noelle and Soukaina both live greatly, and she also played an important He is always smiling and in Morocco, at every opportunity, they part in making equestrianism more come to visit Ouaddar, and the family remains modest and humble in common in Moroccan society. In 1985, supports each other from afar. Noelle she created a breeding center for horses spite of his accomplishments. owns and manages a local riding in Sidi Berni, near Rabat. She was the facility called Club Oued Ykem about Head of the Moroccan Royal Federation 15 kilometers from Rabat, and is also the course designer for several for Equestrian Sports, and she helped create many equestrian events, local shows. including the Morocco Royal Tour. Ouaddar is quick to carry on the legacy by taking every chance he gets to delve into conversation on the equestrian history of Morocco. As for basing himself out of France, “It is only because it is easier transportation wise,” he explains. “The horses don’t need to be quarantined all the time (from travel). Morocco is a country with a great potential. Its team is really good already, on the Sunshine Tour, and it looks like our very talented young jumpers are going to take over really soon.” Amongst the riders Ouadddar competes with his countryman Abdeslam Bennani Smires, who will likely be representing Morocco
For Moroccan show jumping fans, Abdelkébir has become the undisputed poster boy. He was the first Moroccan equestrian to qualify for and compete at an FEI World Cup Final, a great achievement. Naturally, he considers it an honor and a privilege to ride for Morocco and wants to make his compatriots proud of him. Being the face of his nation in his chosen sport isn’t the easiest position to be in, but instead of bending to the pressure, Ouaddar looks outward and seeks others whom he can support. He has no interest in remaining the sole representative of Morocco on the international show jumping circuit. Instead, he looks forward to the day when others will join him.
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9. Frank Madden and Taylor Kain share a laugh 10. Leslie Howard grins after a clear round with Wintu 11. Think you know Sarah Segal? Turn to page 13 and think again 12. “No, like this,” says Brianne Goutal to Renato De Vita and Sydney Shulman 13. McLain Ward placed 1st and 2nd in the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix with HH Cannavaro and HH Carlos Z (pictured) 14. Irish riders Paul O’Shea and Kevin Babington 14. Beezie and John Madden talk strategy with Wesley Newlands
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Take a familiar idea, rotate it, and suddenly, everything changes. Martin D. Cohen has held many roles in the equestrian industry; including trainer, course designer, judge, steward, and show manager. But it’s through the role of inventor that he found his true calling. Eighteen years ago, he saw a small, classified ad in the back of Practical Horseman, advertising a roughly hewn device that attached to the bottom of a stirrup leather and the top of a stirrup, to make the stirrup face forward. “I said to myself, this is an interesting idea, but you can’t run up your stirrups, it’s non traditional, and it’s ugly,” Cohen recounts. Nonetheless, he cut out that small ad and pinned it to his bulletin board, where it stayed for the next five years.
MDC got to the bottom of the problem by fixing the top. F A C E F O R WA R D Cohen had watched many a rider lose their stirrup and have trouble regaining it, at all levels of equestrian sports. A stirrup that naturally faced forward seemed such a simple solution, and one night over dinner, Cohen approached his friend Ron Myler, of Myler Bits fame, about making him a prototype. Enter, the MDC Intelligent Stirrup. A small joint at the top where the leather passes through allows the stirrup to rotate 40, or 90 degrees from the traditional position. “If you watch people walk towards you on the street, or ride towards you on a horse, you’ll find that very few people put their feet, or their stirrups, in the same position,” Cohen says.
With the degrees of rotation, calf pressure against the stirrup leather is alleviated, and a flyaway stirrup is easy to regain. It took Cohen a year of design and prototypes to get a model that he was happy with, but from there, the MDC Stirrup steadily gained a legion of supporters. At the most recent Olympic Games, Cohen proudly points out that the most popular, single brand of stirrups, used by 15 riders including alternates, across all three Olympic disciplines, was the MDC Stirrup. MDC’s patented angulation technology has literally been around the world.
THE NEXT EVOLUTION After a decade in business, Cohen evolved the MDC design once more. He found that most people prefer the 40 degree rotation, and that a streamlined design would be well received. The hinge at the top of the stirrup, while essential and useful, was visually arresting to some. Cohen went back to the drawing board and worked out a new evolution of the trademark MDC angulation in a sleek, ultra-low profile design. The MDC ‘S’ Stirrup was born. Especially popular among hunter riders, the MDC ‘S’ Stirrup keeps the classic lines of traditional stirrups, with the advantage of improved position, joint pain relief, and enhanced safety. “I knew one thing – my customers are 90 percent women, and women want things that are beautiful,” Cohen attests. “MDC got to the bottom of the problem by fixing the top.” The difference is apparent as soon as one’s foot is placed in the stirrup. The natural fall of the iron only makes one thing harder – losing your stirrup. The security afforded by the ‘S’ Stirrup keeps feet in irons, no matter the discipline. Form goes a long way, but it’s the function that Cohen is most proud of.
The angulation of the MDC ‘S’ Stirrup (Flex model shown) is illustrated in the photos below, and opposite. The ‘S’ hangs naturally at a 40 degree angle. Photos ©Erin Gilmore
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Susanne Reich owned-up to a simple truth: “All designers are designing for themselves in some way. I designed something I was looking for.” If you’re thinking selfishness, read on and think again. Think creativity. Thankfully there are people for whom the status quo isn’t good enough. These people are creators, and because of them ideas that change the world come into existence. Reich had been looking to find a brand of clothing that would express her style and embrace her active life. Twenty years of working in the apparel industry hadn’t put an end to that search. It had, however, shown her what she did and didn’t want in a clothing company. With this insight and her refreshing take on style as her building blocks, Reich set out to start a business. She named it Alp-N-Rock for the Swiss Alps where she spent her childhood and the Rocky Mountains of the Western United States. She dreamt-up ideas for a fresh, new look, named herself head designer, and reflected on her experiences in the apparel industry. She had seen businesses that helped the world, and she had seen businesses that took advantage of it. With conviction, she knew that her business was to be one based on ethics.
GOING BEYOND STYLE From its beginning in 2009 in a San Diego town known more for its surfers than its riders, Alp-N-Rock’s mission was twofold: to design fashionable, high quality clothes for the outdoor enthusiast, and to make giving back a priority. Ten percent of Alp-N-Rock’s proceeds go towards giving scholarships to girls in developing countries.
Through the course of her career in the apparel industry, Reich had spent time in Asia. It was there she saw firsthand how poverty affected human life outside of the developed world. She saw how people suffered, how they lacked opportunities, and how their inability to access education was the primary cause of this. In response, Alp-NRock began their partnership with Room To Read, an organization devoted to literacy and gender equality in education. “I think girls’ education is something that will end the cycle of poverty for many women,” Reich explains. “The girls bring the education back to the villages, they teach their own children how to read, and they make their own community better by being educated.” So far, Reich’s company has sent 18 girls to school for 12 years.
EXPANDING MARKETS Since its first year on the market, Alp-N-Rock has developed clothes with a clear vision of what it means to be an outdoor lover. The first styles were geared towards the alpine sport of skiing, but soon Reich’s involvement in the equestrian world began to present itself in the fabric of her company. Reich and her two daughters, 14 and 16, are horse enthusiasts. Her oldest daughter rides competitively in the jumper divisions, and they all spend at least five days per week at the barn near their home in Carlsbad, CA, riding, training, and generally living the equestrian lifestyle. Inspired by their passion for horses, Reich took to it to design clothes specifically for equestrian lovers. “A lot of the girls at the barn wore Alp-N-Rock shirts,” says Reich, “but there wasn’t yet anything geared specifically to their sport.” So it happened that in 2010, just
a year after its inception, Alp-N-Rock began its forays into the equestrian market. They launched an edgy, hip product into the much more conservative demographic of the equestrian world, but the results showed that people wanted the Alp-N-Rock style. Their shirts were very well received. “It’s something that’s different, and that has worked in favor of us,” Reich mentions. She describes the look as “luxurious, but not stuffy,” a style that was apparently lacking before Alp-N-Rock hit the stores.
FOLK ROOTS The original look of the Alp-N-Rock shirt comes from the influences of the designer’s past. Reich, a native of Switzerland, has always been inspired by the alpine folk art motifs of her homeland. High in the Alps grows the edelweiss flower, which has become an emblem used on every Alp-N-Rock item. It grows in rocky, mountainous terrain, and thus has become a symbol of ruggedness, freedom and strength. The look comes together as being expressive of a passion for the basic elements of life. The quality and high style of an Alp-N-Rock product sets it apart from other brands. Reich remarks that they always have an eye towards the quality and workmanship of their pieces, using only the finest materials. As a company focused on sound practices, they make sure their products are made in the USA with earthfriendly dyes. For Reich, nothing is more important than the footprint she leaves behind. She trails not only a path of original design, but also a path of good. Whether you’re wearing an Alp-N-Rock shirt out to the barn or out on top of a mountain somewhere, you can know that you’re wearing a product that supports a healthy cycle of change in the world. Opposite page, from left to right: Fall 2014 Longsleeve; Equestrian Polo in Charcol, Fall 2014 Longsleeve This page, from left to right: Born to Ride Henley; Jumper Henley; Fall 2014 Longsleeve june/july ·
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You could say she’s just a girl with a horse, and in so many ways, she is. Sixteen years old, with grayish green eyes and long cornhusk hair, she could, in theory, meld with her peers at any barn in the country. There are millions of girls just like her, spending their teenage years in barn aisles and sandy arenas, mooning over their equine partners and dreaming of what’s to come. However, when we caught-up with this particular girl on a steamy Florida morning in early March, it was apparent that she was anything but everyday. Her barn outfit was punctuated with Hermès, and her horse, his dappled grey coat polished to a shining gleam, circled nearby with a groom at the other end of a leather lead. No, Lillie Keenan is not just a girl with a horse. And when she swings her leg across his back, she becomes the rider that her peers like to emulate. Meeting Keenan for a photoshoot in mid-season during winter circuit in Wellington is something of a science. Timed between the various course-walks and start times of her day, located at an appropriately picturesque barn, and arranged through an out of town representative from her “partner” the fashion house Hermès, (not to be confused with sponsor, as she’s still a junior and therefore amateur rider), there are many details that must align.
At the center of it all, Keenan wasted no time proving that she’s already a professional in many ways. Leaning casually against the side of the multi-million dollar barn, wearing her designer clothes like a second skin, she was the picture of relaxation while chatting with the photographer and keeping one eye on her horse.
THE BIG YEAR Clearly, this was not her first photoshoot. In 2013, Keenan’s star rose as she collected nearly every national title available to a rider her age. A full two years before she ages out of the junior division, she’s already earned the ASPCA Maclay Equitation Championship, Individual and Team Gold in the Adequan/ FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships, the Randolph College/USEF Junior Jumper National Championship, and claimed her first grand prix win, a respectable HITS Saugerties class with prize money that was well into the six figures. To top it off, last winter Keenan was honored as the 2013 United States Equestrian Federation’s Junior Equestrian of the Year. “I had some very nice horses, so there were some high expectations, but I think that the year exceeded them,” Keenan says of her 2013 season. “This time last year, I would say that I probably dreamed about having a year like that, but I definitely didn’t expect it.” True, it’s hard to expect anything when your partner is an unpredictable horse, but Keenan is a talent through and through, blessed with the natural ability to bring the very best out of her horses. While she may not have expected it, by the end of 2013, it was hard not to anticipate seeing her in another winner’s circle.
should take her daughter for training. They both pointed her to Andre Dignelli’s Heritage Farm. In a world where loyalty is surprisingly hard to come by, the 10 years that Keenan has spent under the tutelage of Dignelli, Patricia Griffith, and the team at Heritage Farm are that much more notable. Located an hour north of the city in Katonah, NY, Pam has spent much of the last decade ferrying Lillie back and forth to the farm for after-school lessons and weekend training sessions.
This time last year, I would say that I probably dreamed about having a year like that, but I definitely didn’t expect it.
BOUND AND DETERMINED Keenan grew-up in New York City, the youngest in a trio of athleticallyinclined siblings. Her brother played professional hockey in Sweden, and her sister was a professional ballerina. The baby of the family, Keenan remembers going to so many ballet performances that she had every dance memorized; her mother used to sneak a bag of candy into the theater to keep Keenan occupied during the ballet.
“The first time I rode at Heritage, I was definitely shell shocked,” Keenan remembers. “I was used to riding the donated horses at Claremont that you got to walk around the bridle path. Heritage was very, very different from that.”
At first, ballet was the direction her parents tried to steer her; Keenan danced with the American School of Ballet for several years, and was a ballerina in more than one performance of The Nutcracker. But it was to no avail. When it was clear that Keenan’s fixation of choice was going to be horses, her mother, well-known in the ‘80s as amateur rider Pam Carmichael (neé Keenan), acquiesced and allowed her riding lessons at the now-defunct Claremont Riding Academy in Central Park. In that first lesson, she was led at the walk on a donated pony. She was six.
What is the expected next step on the horizon? Why, grand prix star, of course.
By seven, the instructors at Claremont suggested riding might be something that Lillie should try to take seriously. So Pam called her old friends Joe Fargis and Conrad Homfeld, and asked them where she
Pam knew what the show world was all about, having left it soon after she married, and she allowed Lillie to become immersed in it, stepby-step. The pony star became an equitation star; the equitation star became a junior jumper champion…and so on.
Opposite page: Keenan wears an Hermès polo shirt and belt; the fashion house partnered with her in 2013. This page: Keenan and “Kix” head towards the barn in Wellington, FL. Photos ©equinality.com june/july ·
And it’s true that Keenan already has her sights firmly set on someday representing her country as an international show jumper. To that end, she was a regular face in the international grand prix classes this year at FTI WEF. Among her results was a head-turning double clear fourthplace in the $100,000 Engel & Volkers CSI4* Grand Prix with Pumped Up Kicks, an 11-year-old Warmblood gelding and her companion for this magazine’s photoshoot.
“Kix” and her other top horse, Londinium, were purchased for her last year by her family. She describes the period of transition as she got to know her two new horses as her biggest challenge. However, she and her horses made it through that transition with flying colors, as evidenced by the win in the Junior Jumper National Championship aboard Londinium, and grand prix victory with Kix. Every medal Maclay winner has a professional career all but laid out for them if they play their cards right. Keenan, already more accomplished than many of her peers who share that big junior victory, holds herself with the poise of someone who is confident in the next step. Perhaps her greatest skill is containing the presence of mind to bear the everyday pressures of her fledgling career, without it affecting her performance. “In our house, we were raised to find something we loved, and my parents would do everything possible to make it work and support us,” Keenan describes of her family. “It was always in the back of my mind that I could do this professionally. My parents support me, but there’s no push. I’m going to have to make my own way, and make a name for myself.”
Above: Keenan and Londinium, competing in the $95,000 Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series over the winter at FTI WEF. Photo ©Erin Gilmore
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We appreciate the horse show schedule. We’ve lived the lifestyle forever, and we understand where equestrians need to go. T H E F R I E N D LY S K I E S Morgan Centrella and Stephen Williams have ridden horses - and traveled the show circuits like gypsies - all of their lives. The two friends became business partners when they realized they could pool their respective resources and create a service that would be utilized, and appreciated, by busy equestrians who fly often, and at times need to be in two places at once. For over 60 years, Centrella’s family has operated a private car service that caters to the New York City-based clientele of New Jersey’s Teterboro Private Airport. Centrella trains and competes professionally, and helps run the family business. She knows all too well that winter season trek southward to Florida, and back again. Williams, who has also ridden and showed for over 20 years, works in television and film, and is a talented logistics man. Making the hectic schedules of busy equestrians and flight plans line-up doesn’t faze him. “We appreciate the horse show schedule,” Williams says. “We’ve lived the lifestyle forever, and we understand where equestrians need to go.” WhipJet operates under an FAA charter; in layman’s terms, that means they work with operators who have planes, from jets to dual engine prop planes, available to fly charter.
WHEELS UP Cost wise, no one expects private air travel to be on par with commercial flights. But here’s the hook. WhipJet is finding a middle ground between the astronomical and the full fare ticket by offering shared, private flights. Williams books the “shared private” flights by booking passengers together on private planes, to destinations and on days that align with the ebb and flow of a show week. And with its flights offered between popular horse show destinations (read, New York and Florida in the winter, Vermont and Calgary in the summer), WhipJet tailors its flight plans to follow the show seasons.
“If you have to stay late at the show, you won’t miss your flight,” Williams emphasizes. “There are no luggage restrictions. You can bring your saddles, your dogs, and up to three passengers at no additional charge.” That’s right, when you book a WhipJet, you really can bring your friends along for the ride. The weekly schlep suddenly becomes something to look forward to. With the somewhat hectic nature of today’s show calendar, certain riders really do need to be in two places at once. Case in point: the $50,000 CSI2*-W Grand Prix at the Live Oak International in Ocala, FL, held on the afternoon of March 22, 2014. Later that same day, the $100,000 Engel & Volkers CSI4* Grand Prix was held at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, some 250 miles to the south. This year, several top riders skipped the four-hour drive between locations, and simply whip-jetted away from one show to the other, competing in both classes on the same day. With the show calendar only becoming more crowded (has anyone realized just how many rated events are on the North American schedule this September?!), this is one service that more and more riders are taking advantage of. Flights to Europe are also available, and speaking of living the dream, this summer, WhipJet is offering a special charter all the way to Normandy, France for its clients attending the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. An onboard, private chef will be included for that flight. Closer to home, a helicopter service from New York City to Southampton will be available during this summer’s Hampton Classic Horse Show. “Shared private air travel makes it possible to do things that would otherwise be impossible,” Williams adds. “We’re watching people enjoy horse sports, and now they are enjoying the lifestyle of it, while getting where they need to go.” WhipJet founders Morgan Centrella and Stephen Williams, pictured opposite page, and above, admit that some of their best business meetings take place on horseback. Photos ©Keziban Barry
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E L E A N O R W A L T O N | K A T H R Y N L I LY | 2 0 X 6 0 ONE HORSE THREADS | GINA JOHNSON As it goes in the world at large, “equestrian style” is interpreted in about as many ways as there are horses. From Ralph Lauren’s faux knee-patch breech, to countless takes on the classic riding boot, you don’t have to look far to find equine inspiration in the fashion world. These days, the line between riding clothes and equine-influenced apparel is becoming ever more blurred - in the best of ways. When you take such a world that holds equestrian style in high regard, combine a healthy dose of independence, and add an industry that welcomes the entrepreneurial spirit, a new environment for creativity is the result. It’s a climate that welcomes the independent designer. The small brand. The young creative. While we love our “big” equestrian brands (a lá the Ariat, Pikeur and Kingslands of the world) there has never been a better time for the young and independent equestrian designer to make their mark. This spring, Horse & Style studied the equestrian style space, and hand-picked five, standout, new, innovative, beautiful and highstyling brands that all share deep equestrian inspiration at their roots. They are the creative leaders in an ever-growing wave of new and exciting brands inspired by the equestrian lifestyle that we live, and the outside world admires, each and every day. So dress yourself from head to toe in Eleanor Walton, Kathryn Lily, 20 x 60, One Horse Threads and Gina Johnson. They’re the young standouts, the ambitious upstarts, the ones who are applying their God-given talents to enhance and improve equestrian style. They represent a sampling of many others like them, all competing to catch your eye and keep you stylish, whether you’re riding, or not. This group of young millennials are defining modern equestrian style, and they’ve got the goods to prove it. Introducing the new independents.
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Eleanor Walton Scarves
Moving from university to a full time job in the textile world was a fast paced transition for Eleanor Walton, of Derby, United Kingdom. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University last June with degree in hand, 23-year-old Walton was determined to apply her freshly earned talents to her great passion: horses, and the sense of nostalgia they so often inspire. Her main inspiration came from the years she spent with her grandfather, and the cob pony she kept at his farm. He taught her mother, who in turn taught her, everything there is to know about horses. After he passed-on, Walton discovered old black and white family photographs of her mother’s horses, and it was some of these photos that inspired the illustrations on her prints.
“My granddad used to say, ‘horses are as strong as houses,’ and that was how I decided to add architectural prints to my prints,” Walton says. She continues to be fascinated by the strong, yet gentle nature of horses. Illustrations of that strength, applied to the silky smooth canvas of her specialty, hand-produced scarves, make for a beautiful representation of the elements that inspire her. Walton aims for her scarves to stand apart from the stereotypes of horses in the fashion/interior design world. She wants them to appeal to a wider audience, not just horse people, while injecting modern and fun prints into the equestrian world itself. Her prints are also available as blankets throws and wallpaper. Several of the pieces pictured on her website are manually produced, one of a kinds, serving as samples of her work and the full line that she hopes to see produced in its entirety one day. “For now, my scarves are my way of sharing my designs with the world,” Walton says. “My dream is to one day have my own company; I can imagine printing my designs in the morning and going to ride my horse in the evening. This would be perfect!” Each print on Walton’s 100 percent silk scarves is personally illustrated and hand finished, giving her line a decisively unique feel. “I feel my scarves can suit anyone for any occasion, from being worn by a judge in the ring, to a casual meeting with friends,” Walton describes. With modern colors and unique illustrations, Walton’s scarves add character and interest to any outfit. The opposite of massproduced, twisting an Eleanor Walton scarf around one’s neck is a unique statement in support of equestrian-influenced style. And, of course, of a young British designer, hoping to make her mark on the world.
SHARON LILIEN-ZWIEBEL AND
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The best ideas come to you when you’re on a trail ride, right? That was the setting for friends Sharon Lilien-Zwiebel and Kate Matteson, who were riding together in 2010 when they started talking about their shared desire to bring something into the equestrian marketplace that was “serious fun.” Lilien-Zwiebel’s background as a brand manager and Matteson’s work as a paralegal, as well as managing a large horse farm, came together well to produce the Kathryn Lily Equestrian line of show shirts and matching pony rider bows and belts. From their first foray of cotton shirts with Velcro collars to their latest iteration of high-tech ProAir long-sleeves, Kathryn Lily has found its niche in the horse show market while evolving through the hurdles and challenges of starting a small business. Kathryn Lily’s simplest feature may also be their most successful. After watching countless kids try to push their sleeves up over their elbows on hot show days, they designed a roll-up snap sleeve. It’s quickly become the Kathryn Lily calling card, along with a size range that goes all the way from adult down to toddler. “We learned that when it comes to style, it always begins with that ‘classic’ look,” Lilien-Zwiebel says. “Then it’s just about figuring out how to add your own twist and create something special for the riders.” That innovative twist helps Kathryn Lily stand out among bigger, established brands, that and a whole lot of brand loyalty. The two twentysomethings have made their customers their biggest advocates. “Support from our customers and the retail stores has been fantastic; their support is what is helping to move us forward,” Lilien-Zwiebel explains. “We have a team of ten, Kathryn Lily Spokes Models who range in age from 6-22. They are at horse shows almost every weekend, constantly talking about our brand, exemplifying sportsmanship, and representing Kathryn Lily.” With customizable cotton belts and polo shirts in ProAir technical fabric, Kathryn Lily continues to expand its line, with more pieces to come. Back in 2010, when Lilien-Zwiebel and Matteson drove their product to their first Pony Finals as a vendor, in a car packed to the gills with show shirts and extra lengths of ribbon, the two friends wouldn’t have believed that three short years later, Kathryn Lily would be proudly worn by so many riders, and carried by over 60 tack shops in the USA and Canada. But today, it’s a reality that they couldn’t be more thrilled with.
20x 60 ALEXANDRIA DEVRIES
If you don’t like the way something is, go out and make it better. That’s exactly what amateur dressage rider Alexandria DeVries set out to do when she designed a new take on the traditional schooling breech. The 23-year-old from Sausalito, CA had never been able to find a breech that she really liked. Most were secondary to a hunter/jumper line, or not made with the dressage rider in mind. As the United States Dressage Federation ramped-up its efforts to develop dressage more in the USA, with programs for developing riders to move up the levels and more attention on the higher levels, DeVrie found it extremely ironic that everyone was still riding around in German brands. So, she went to work. A stickler for detail, DeVries spent nearly two years surveying riders, working with designers, and making sure every detail of her line, named 20x60 for the dimensions of a dressage arena, was perfect. She also took into account the “stable to city” concept, “to be able to wear your breeches to the barn, but also pair them with a blouse or a blazer or a chunky sweater and want to wear them in public,” DeVries explains. With that, the Hannah Breech came to life, and this May, DeVries threw herself headlong into the official launch of 20x60. Constructed with UV and abrasion-resistant, 4-way stretch fabric, that is moisture controlling and low maintenance, it’s the design features that really make 20x60 stand out. DeVries designed a fitted leg opening to allow for a smooth fit under boots that also looks great when worn with ballet flats or booties. A special gusset does away with the dreaded crotch seam, and designer suede used on the full seat was engineered to be especially long lasting. But perhaps the Hannah Breech’s best feature is an outside pocket midway down the upper leg that was designed specifically with the smartphone in mind. “I’m surprised nobody thought of it before!” says DeVries. The outer pocket is sized to fit any smartphone safely and securely, even during a ride. DeVries is working on a knee patch version of the Hannah Breech, and plans to market the line to all disciplines. But, as most things equestrian are rooted in dressage, so will this breech forever have its foundation in the riding style closest to DeVries’ heart. june/july ·
One Horse Threads A catalyst can come at any time. For Jennifer Morse, hers arrived in the form of a snapped leg. She’d been training professionally, riding up to 14 horses per day and teaching lessons at a large, busy barn. But when an unlucky dismount from her own horse resulted in a fractured leg, she was faced with some forced time-off. Thirty-year-old Morse used her free time to apply to Parsons School of Design, and when she got in, there wasn’t any good reason not to go. She’d always nurtured a dual career in graphic design, and had always wanted to get into another type of business. “I love riding, but I knew a couple of years ago that I wasn’t going to go to the Olympics,” Morse says matter-of-factly. While Morse knew that she would never give-up riding and training completely, she decided to take the leap into the world of apparel, and started designing t-shirts in late 2013. Her end product was a line of shirts with a soft feel and fit, combined with classic equestrian prints and cheeky text. From her home in Hilton Head, North Carolina, Morse planned the launch of One Horse Threads to coincide with the Rolex
Kentucky Three Day Event CCI4*, held every April at the Kentucky Horse Park and known for its massive trade fair. After building her vendor racks herself two weeks before Rolex in her living room while it rained outside, Morse took One Threads in front of the public for the first time – and promptly started selling out. “Rolex was the best advertising platform. I learned what was popular, I brought the whole line and sold out of a bunch,” Morse recounts. That first foray inspired Morse to take on more trade fairs, and she hopes to return to The Kentucky Horse Park as a vendor this summer, during the Adequan FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships. Now that she’s had a successful test run, One Thread designs are selling steadily, and Morse is working on expanding her line and keeping more stock available. She’s weathering the expected challenges of buying wholesale and choosing modern, form fitting pieces to print on, but she’s proud to say that her entire line is produced in the United States – her screen printer is just down the road from her in Hilton Head. With her leg fully healed, Morse is happy with her new routine for the foreseeable future: spending her mornings riding, and her afternoons consumed with One Horse.
Gina Johnson Designs
Who hasn’t made a braid of their horse’s hair and wound it around their wrist? Everyone wants to remember a special horse, but flimsy braided bracelets don’t last, and watching them fall apart over time can be like a second heartbreak after losing a special horse. Jeweler Gina Johnson knows what it is to treasure the memory of an unforgettable horse, and she’s using her talents to ensure that at least one precious keepsake doesn’t fade over time. Like so many of her peers, Johnson questioned where her career path would take her as she grew into adulthood. While growing up in Pennsylvania, all of her focus and time were spent on training her horse Cody, and being inseparable from the barn. However, Johnson had also always nurtured a passion for sculpting and ceramics, and when her portfolio was accepted by the Tyler School of Art when she was still in high school, her path began to make sense. “It was almost inevitable that my two passions of horses and art would soon harmoniously combine,” Johnson says.
Tyler was close enough to Johnson’s hometown that she could easily continue riding and taking care of Cody while in school. Eventually, she took on a job managing a farm in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. Horseman Elkins Wetherill, the owner of the farm, coached Johnson in more than just lower level eventing and dressage, teaching her to appreciate and deepen her bond with Cody, who came to live on the farm. It was that bond which spurred the nexus of what would become Gina Johnson Designs. In school, Johnson began her education as a metals craftsman, and honed a new outlet for her talents in sculpture. She started to create equestrian themed jewelry, and experimenting with horsehair. She was consumed with the desire to preserve the bond between a horse and their person, and began to create gems of resin-encased horsehair. With gold encased gem pendants, sterling silver earrings and braided bracelets, Johnson’s creativity is literally wrapped in precious materials. She prides herself on giving everyone the ability to customize a piece of fine jewelry with their own horse’s hair. Far from a flimsy braid of horsehair, Johnson’s pieces take on the elegance and sophistication of fine jewelry. Cody is now 23-years-old, and Johnson treasures the time she has with him. She describes her deep appreciation for all the time she’s spent learning from him and the other horses that have led her in the right direction. Her life as a jeweler is the link between her two passions, and playing a part in the lasting memories of horses that other people hold dear has become her life’s work.
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LIFEofpessoa by Alexa Pessoa
The Best Laid Plans To prove and spare yourself at the same time is no easy task. As Nation’s Cup season comes into full swing here in Europe, the path to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this September in Normandy, France begins to narrow. For some, the preparations for a championship like the WEG began years ago. For others, the prospect of actually being able to compete at such an event may have just come into focus within the past year. The short list that the Americans released is a perfect example of the veteran guard blending with some relatively new, up-and-coming talent. A championship should draw the best team that each country can put forth at that moment. That inevitably means there is possibility for change in that roster as the year ebbs and flows. In order to arrive at the championship in great shape, Rodrigo’s program for his top horse, Status, was traced back about nine months prior to the event, and mapped out from there. Every show he will enter, every class the horse will jump, every vet appointment and so on has been planned in preparation for that week in Normandy. It is a balance of tremendous pressure and patience. To prove and spare yourself at the same time is no easy task.
THE PRESSURES OF PERFORMING I think that most riders (or athletes in general for that matter) would agree the program of a championship year is different, more focused, than others. The priorities shift towards building your horse towards that main event. In our sport, we ask our horses to peak several times a year. In a championship year, often a horse must have a strong showing in the beginning of the year to be noticed, then maintain consistency throughout the year, hopefully peaking just in time for the big week. Depending on which country you are trying out for, the pressures of performing at certain moments are also measured with the varying contenders. For example, a rider who hails from a less competitive national pool may have more control over when and where they decide to jump their horse; whereas an American or German rider may have very specific requirements that need to be filled before even being considered. In January of this year we had two horses that were being aimed at the WEG. The year was laid-out on the calendar
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VICTIMS OF OUR SPOILS These championship year programs may seem extreme, but they are actually more horsemanlike than other years can be. When the focus of the year is to become a top-ranked rider in the world, or win an overall series, the horses can be the victims of our spoils. Prioritizing winning classes week-in and week-out can sometimes mean burning the candle at both ends. The riders who make the right choices for their horses will be the ones that arrive in Normandy to try to make history. As always, our sport is a combination of hard work and luck. The decisions made over the past six months can impact your result as much as those made on your big day. It is a slow and arduous climb with horses, but when it all works out, there is a great view from the top.
Writer ALEXA PESSOA, an amateur rider and business owner, is profiled on page 6. Opposite page: Rodrigo and Cadjanine’s win of the $280,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix at FTI WEF on March 9th hinted at greater victories to come. However, they would part ways just four weeks later. Photo ©Erin Gilmore
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Jovial Junior Sweatshirt Horses, Maison About, $90 Red Leather Bracelet with Horsebit, Gucci, $350 Le Skinny de Jeanne Cropped Jeans, Frame Denim, $375 Kentucky Derby Tote, Rebecca Ray, $70 Meg Espadrille Flat, Michael by Michael Kors, $79 Horse Charm, Fossil, $28
Ambient Amateur Year of the Horse Pandora Perspex Clutch, Charlotte Olympia, $1,195 Horse Saddle II Expandable Wire Bangle, Alex and Ani, $32 Stirrup Cuff Bracelet, Gabriela Artigas, $209 Jeresy Printed T-Shirt, Vionnet, $495 ‘Jolene’ Horse Bit Peep Toe Flat, Gucci, $550 Slim Boyfriend Jeans, Le Garçon, $374
Polished Pony Mom Privileged Single Horsebit Necklace, Max & Chloe, $52 Coup de Fouet, Hermès, $725 Pleated Silk-Chiffon Midi Dress, Victoria, Victoria Beckham, $1,735 The Mini Ricky Cross-Body, Ralph Lauren, $1,750 Horse in Garden Print Scarf, Salvatore Ferragamo, $350 Jumper Sandal, Kate Spade, $258
Palm Beach Polo • Kensington: Wr ought iron gates lead into the courtyard surrounding the elegant entry. Imported materials were used to craft this Mediterranean masterpiece. The living room has soaring ceilings and overlooks the rear patio, spa, fountains and a free form pool. Offered at $3,800,000
Palm Beach Polo • Mizner Estates: This home is ready to move in. Exquisite 4 bedroom 4 bathroom home on cul de sac has been updated above and beyond. Covered patio with heated pool and spa on the water. Offered at $2,150,000
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Palm Beach Polo • Mizner: Stunning r emodeled home sits on the golf course with an extra large lot. Tons of entertainment areas and beautiful pool and spa. Patio with a great sitting area and summer kitchen/grill. 5Br, 5.5Ba, exercise room and 2nd family room. Offered at $2,950,000
Palm Beach Polo • Winding Oaks: Elegant state home has 4Br, 5Br plus office. There is a large pool area with additional screened loggia great for entertaining. Marble floors in all living areas, engineered wood flooring in guest rooms. Offered at $2,295,000
Palm Beach Polo • Winding Oaks: Exceptional custom home has been totally remodeled. There are 3Br, 3.5Ba plus office in the main house and 2Br, 2Ba plus living room, kitchen and laundry room in the guest house. Offered at $3,800,000 Fully Furnished
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Palm Beach Polo • Hunter’s Chase: This brand new Woodcrest Model home has everything that you could want in a dream home. This 4Br, 4Ba home includes a library, a loft, a beautiful pool, and a 2-car garage plus a golf cart garage. Offered at $1,233,333
Aero Club: This lovely home sits on a oneacre corner lot and enjoys great views of the passing planes. With 3Br, and 3.5Ba, this home is open and bright .The home has a 3 car garage and the single car garage has been renovated and now has a private bath and entrance. Offered at $625,000
Equestrian Club: Custom home in gated community. This 5Br plus office, 4.5Ba home has high ceilings, granite counters, stainless steel appliances and ceramic tile in all living areas. The home has a large pool + spa and a 3 car garage. Offered at $795,000
Grand Prix Village: Second phase of Grand Prix Village, the most prestigious subdivision of world class barns in Wellington. Fresh water, sewer and electric is complete and has been brought to each property line.
Polo West: Enjoy panor amic sunsets. Custom kitchen with wood cabinets, granite tops, stainless steel appliances. Wood floors in living, dining, kitchen and family rooms Luxurious master with closets, builtins and whirlpool tub. Offered at $625,000
Palm Beach Polo • Twin Oaks: Lovely 3Br , 3Ba home with 2 garage overlooking a golf course. This property has granite counters in the kitchen and master bathroom. The rear patio and backyard offer nice golf views from the new pool and spa. Offered at $650,000
Palm Beach Polo • Hunter’s Chase: Positioned on a quiet cul-de-sac, this home has tons of upgrades including: impact windows and doors, a custom pool with cabana bath, hardwood floors in the library, a wet bar with granite countertops and wine refrigerator Offered at $819,990
Palm Beach Polo • Twin Oaks: 3 bedr oom, 3 bathroom courtyard home with 2 car garage. This updated property has a beautiful backyard and sits on the golf course. Tons of extras and an amazing pool/spa area. Offered at $625,000
Palm Beach Polo • Hunter’s Chase: This home is top-of-the-line and priced to sell. This St. Andrew’s model house is two-stories with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a loft. Open kitchen has stainless steel appliances and beautiful finishing touches. 3-car garage and tons of upgrades. Offered at $849,990
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Grand Prix Village: Far m has a beautiful and spacious owner’s lounge with covered patio. Grooms’ quarters has 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom with extra storage. Property has 32stalls total between the two barns, each with 16-stalls, 2 wash stalls, feed room, tack room, and laundry room. Offered at $14,950,000
Grand Prix Village: The only 6-acre farm available. Property has a grass Grand Prix field and all-weather ring. 12-stall barn with tack room, feed room, 2-car garage and lots of storage. 2 one-bedroom grooms’ apartments with kitchen and living room. Lovely owner’s lounge with office. Price is right! Offered at $11,250,000
Southfields: Close to the hor se show. This exceptional far m is situated on 5.37 acres of well-maintained grounds. Property includes 2 barns with a total of 38 stalls. There is a large ring with all-weather footing, and a second ring for lunging. The property also has access to an exercise track. There is plenty of living space with two 2- bedroom apartments plus staff quarters. Offered at $4,350,000
Saddle Trail: Gor geous custom estate on 2 acr es hacking distance to the horse show. The home has 5 Br, 5.5 Ba plus a office. Beautiful 4 stall barn with grooms quarters, tack room, large paddocks and water views. Offered at $2,750,000
Grand Prix Village: Br and new r emar kable constr uction. This 20 stall barn is hacking distance to Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. Owner’s lounge with private bath, 2Br grooms quarters. Custom fireplace and outdoor kitchen near the owner’s patio creates a great entertainment area. Offered at $11,500,000
Mallet Hill: Walk to the hor se show. Gr eat valued 4.15 acr es in exclusive manned, gated community touching the horse show. 4Br, 4.5 Ba home with a 16 stall barn, ring, guest house and grooms quarters Offered at $15,000,000
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RIDERspotlight by Katie Shoultz
Erin & Christian
Husband and wife as well as business partners, Christian and Erin Heineking personify the best of two different worlds. And after pulling off-first and second place finishes in the $55,000 International Omaha Grand Prix CSI2* at the International Omaha in Nebraska this past April, they will readily admit their competitive natures are always at play. Born and raised in Texas, Erin spent many years training and riding in Southern California before returning home to the Lone Star State. She joined forces with her sister, Wendy Davis Garrish, at October Hill Farm, on an idyllic 200 acres outside of Fort Worth, where the farm has become a premier training and breeding operation. Originally from Germany, Christian still rides for his country, but has permanent residency in the States. He and Erin met in 2011 and quickly became inseparable. The two were married last May, highlighting a standout year for Christian, who enjoyed over a dozen grand prix wins in 2013 aboard his two top horses, NKH Selena and River of Dreams. Now expecting their first child this September, Christian has taken over Erin’s rides for the remainder of the year. With a full show schedule, this power couple certainly has one busy summer ahead.
Horse & Style: How did you get your start in the industry? Erin Davis-Heineking: I was that backyard kid with ponies. My father had Western horses, and I rode around on them untrained and untaught. Then there were the 3- day eventing lessons with my older sister and Pony Club. As luck would have it, I became the pony hunter rider with the worst stopping ponies. I did get a really nice small children’s hunter, but then had the world’s worst junior hunter who threw me off all the time. But all those difficult rides definitely brought out my determination!
Christian Heineking: I started my internship in Germany at a stallion farm when I was a teenager. I rode as a young kid, but I was not professionally trained. It was definitely just more of a hobby I guess you could say. When I started my internship, the training I received during this period was very professional and really set me on my path. H&S: So how did you two meet? CH: In my mid-twenties, I found myself in the U.S. through a friend. I liked it here, and I saw an avenue of opportunity to pursue. At one
point, I met Erin and when we started dating, it became pretty clear I was staying! We first met at a horse show and became friends and, of course, kept seeing each other on the circuit.
H&S: It has turned out well! And congrats on the upcoming new addition to the family! Has it been a transition on the riding/training front for you, Erin? EH: I am definitely going to have to start over again, but with Christian there, everything is fine. I plan on getting back into the ring as soon as possible. Sometimes, it’s even hard for me to go to the barn, so I am trying to not get so involved. There is some difficulty in accepting the fact that I have to suspend riding when I have two grand prix horses going. Omaha was my last hurrah for now.
H&S: Well, I have to ask…do you have a pony yet? EH: We do! A pony was actually given to us when we got married. The pony is a hand-me-down that has been through several kids and trainers, but saved for Christian and me.
H&S: Young horse development is a passion for both of you. What do you enjoy most about it? CH: Right now I have a couple of younger horses. Most of my horses competing in the grand prixes have been trained by me. I’m training a couple of young horses bred at October Hill. It’s fun putting the training in the young horses to make them what they are today. It’s an experience that I think always makes a better horse in the end.
EH: I’ll go to the shows to be supportive, but I will probably stay close to home as the baby is due in September. Hopefully, I will be able to ride at the World Cup in Vegas a month later! Those are my high hopes, and if I get there, I’ll be ecstatic. If not, I’ll get ready for winter circuit (probably California again).
EH: I’ve been really lucky that I’ve had some nice young horses come along. To put all that time and effort in them can be trying, for sure. But, the rewarding side is that I know these horses so well, and it’s like they were made for me. I’ve been able to build them up from scratch. I have two grand prix horses now that I’ve had since they were babies. I know their bloodlines and parents; it makes it more special to breed instead of buy. H&S: Congratulations are in order for a great winter season and, of course, for Christian’s big win in Omaha on River of Dreams. What’s his story? CH: We had a great winter circuit in Thermal. We always want to do better but overall it was very good. River of Dreams did quite well; he’s getting a little bit older now, but I am still very happy with how he is going. He is 17 this year, and I have had him for the past six. A friend sent him as a sale horse and he just kept progressing in his training so my former boss bought him and I have been able to enjoy riding him. He has had quite a bit of success for sure. H&S: How is the competitive dynamic between you two? EH: I absolutely have no idea how it works because we’re both super competitive and alphas. But I’m not threatened by him, and he’s certainly not threatened by me! He’s definitely blunt like “yeah, you really missed there.” We ride completely different systems and have completely different tastes in horses. As dedicated as he is with horses, he’s as dedicated with me. He beats me all the time, but I actually don’t mind. I love seeing him be successful. We love each other a lot, and we’re each other’s best friend.
CH: I am very competitive, but it’s a very healthy competition between us. I’m very happy if she wins. By training and riding together, I think it makes us even better. It’s great to have a partner whom you can ask for advice. H&S: What is the most unexpected thing you’ve found working in the industry?
EH: There has been so much that has changed since I first started as a little kid. It’s definitely that – an industry – more than a sport. It has always involved money, but now it has become such a money game. And sometimes you’re choosing where your horses go not based on how much they can do, but how much it will cost, which has become an issue. It’s definitely something that can be limiting even though I love the sport and always try to be positive.
H&S: What can you tell us about your upcoming plans for the rest of the year? CH: We are heading to Tyler, and afterwards, we travel to Germantown (Texas). Then, we will spend July in Colorado. We are open for a bit after our time in Colorado. I think the farm is doing quite well. We are very happy. We have a lot of horses in training and we have good base of customers, and we just try to get better.
H&S: Do you ever have any doubts about being in the horse business?
CH: I think anyone would be lying to say there are never any doubts, but for sure it’s what I want to do, it’s always what I’ve wanted to do. Of course, not every day is ‘sunny Sunday.’ I feel as if I am really lucky, and I appreciate all my customers and sponsors. It’s definitely never a one-man show in this business. Opposite page: Erin and Christian share a sweet kiss after placing 1-2 in the Omaha International Grand Prix on April 12th. This page: 2014 was the third year in a row that Christian won the $55,000 International Omaha Grand Prix CSI2* Photos ©Lili Weik
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She doesn’t remember that an actual decision was ever made to keep Casey, it was just that he never left.
Classified If not for a horse aptly named Classified, Amber Aslin may have never been inspired to start her online hunter/ jumper marketing and sales business. Classified, or “Casey,” is a constant reminder of why she works so hard at her job to facilitate that perfect match between horse and rider. Exchangehunterjumper.com is virtual, equine eye candy for any equestrian who scrolls through the ads. Since Aslin started The Exchange in 2005, the website has grown into one of the premier equine marketplaces with partnerships around the globe and repeat customers each year. But, at its humble beginning, the business was created to offer a place to garner exposure for quirky horses much like the one quirky horse that is never far from Aslin’s mind. Like so many in the industry, Aslin is an accomplished, grown-up version of the horse-crazy girl from her youth. In 1994 when Aslin was 15, her family agreed to find her a horse she could compete on as she rose through the ranks. After a year-long search across the country, Aslin found her horse waiting for her, just two hours away in Edmond, Oklahoma, with professional Laurie Lewis. Casey was a six-year-old, off-the-track Thoroughbred bred in Kansas, with only nine starts to his racing name.
T H E S I LV E R L I N I N G “The first time I sat on him I felt like my leg just naturally fell into the perfect position, but other than that, I’m not sure there was a real ‘click’ in the sense that people talk about their ‘heart horses,” Aslin describes. Starting the 1994 season in the first years and Aslin in the irons for the children’s hunters, they quickly
progressed. Moving-up mid-year to the junior hunters, the duo went on to the medals, and that season, Casey earned Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association Horse of the Year honors. As champion in the first years, reserve in the children’s hunter, champion in the 15-17 equitation and 6th in the junior hunters, he had garnered the highest number of points of any OHJA horse that year. He was also third in the AHSA Zone 7 First Years. Those accomplishments were made sweeter by the fact that Casey could be a frustrating ride. He could stop on a dime and at times, needed some extra convincing about Aslin’s true intentions. “Stops were always my fault, like the time I was leading the state medal final work-off and just completely neglected to put my leg on after a rollback to an oxer. He could melt to a standstill in a heartbeat without ever dislodging you from the tack; it was the weirdest thing,” says Aslin. “I have only ever fallen off of him once, and that was at the first fence of a 6:00 am school when he informed me I absolutely was not awake enough to pilot him around.” Later in life, he would also pick-up an irrational fear of solid white fences – a quirk Aslin still doesn’t understand.
that tended to soften-up at inopportune times. Buyer after buyer came and went. After a stint at a sales barn where Casey’s confidence came back shattered, Aslin had to bring her boy back to his former self. She doesn’t remember that an actual decision was ever made to keep Casey, it was just that he never left. After some patient retraining, Aslin was able to loan Casey to a talented student of hers, who wasn’t well-funded, and quickly outgrowing her pony. “She learned a ton from him, and went from not being able to get him over a 2’ vertical to absolutely cleaning-up in the children’s hunters within a year. I decided to retire him on that note,” she explains. Now living life at Las Cruzitas Ranch in the beautiful Santa Ynez Mountains in Southern California, 27-year-old Casey has an entire herd of mares all to himself (after adamantly refusing to leave the fence line). Since Aslin relocated to the Midwest nine years ago, she’s only been able to see Casey a handful of times, but in her daily work his presence is felt and she feels lucky to have found someone with extra room and a generous heart to look after her longtime partner.
IT ISN’T EASY B E I N G B R AV E Casey wasn’t the bravest of horses. “Thinking back to the idea of him in a starting gate just blows my mind, and I’m sure it blew a bit of his. He was not competitive in the sense that he wanted to go out and win, but he sure did want to please,” remembers Aslin. “If you were capable of holding his hand a bit, he’d do anything you asked.” Aslin was more than happy to work through Casey’s “issues” and find out what made him click. For Aslin, there were more than a few highlights with Casey; one standout was their trip to Indio in 1998. After heading to the photographer’s trailer and not finding a single photo that was all that special in the albums, she left, disheartened not to have a memento of her winning rounds. But as she left, she glanced at the bulletin board and spotted a familiar face - it was her horse with perfect form over a huge oxer, on display at one of the largest horse shows in the country. One of photographer Cathrin Cammett’s favorite photos from the show, the print hadn’t been put in the albums but instead pulled, to be used as advertising for the photographer. Casey and his owner were, at times, certainly larger than life. As the two progressed in the show ring, they also progressed in their daringness – trying their hand at team penning and trail riding through the Los Angeles hills that host the famed Hollywood sign.
PICKING UP THE PIECES But when the tough decision was made to put him on the market in 1996, Casey could still be defined as an aging off-the-track Thoroughbred that required a specific type of ride, and had a splint
Aslin, of course, finds special fulfillment in helping that quirky or aging horse find a great home through The Exchange. “The industry has changed, and it’s a little hard to watch the cycle at times. Juniors are moving-up to a new horse each year, and then have the second medal horse and maybe even a third jumper. The horses are less well rounded, and the jobs have become more specific; the 3’ childrens hunter, the fancy 2’6” saint, the first 3’6” horse, etc.,” Aslin says. “The backup plan for what happens if you can’t sell your horse is never discussed with unsuspecting, non-horse families. I’m pretty sure if you’d told my parents we were going to be responsible for 20+ years of horse bills to satisfy my teenage horse habit, this story would have had a different ending.” Although not able to swing two horses in her budget at the moment, she wouldn’t trade her unfulfilled show dreams for time with Casey for anything. “Plenty of times, I wished for something much easier,” Aslin says. “But Casey selflessly gave me everything he had, including the best years of his youth, and I’ve always felt I owed him more than he owed me.” Opposite page: Aslin visits with Casey at Las Cruzitas Ranch, where he’s living out his days in contented retirement Above: The photo of Casey and Aslin competing at Indio that was blown up as a poster outside of Cathrin Cammett’s trailer. Photo ©Cathrin Cammett june/july ·
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Jill Apfelbaum’s Malvern Saddlery is an institution in Chester County, PA. For the last 21 years, Apfelbaum has provided riders with everything they need for a rider’s life, from equipment to apparel, classic home décor to customizable accessories. After a career in the corporate world, Apfelbaum combined her horse experience and business acumen when she founded Malvern Saddlery. Since then she’s built a solid reputation for personalized, client-based service. Her brick and mortar store sits close to the famed Devon Horse Show grounds, and while Apfelbaum doesn’t make a habit of hitting the road with a satellite store, Malvery Saddlery can be counted on to open-up shop at Devon every year. She loves Devon for its history, and for the horse people who come to town every year to compete. Once they’ve circled the Dixon Oval, they always stop by the Malvern tent, emphasizing the reason she’s in this business. It’s all about lasting relationships with the riders who make our industry what it is.
Horse & Style: Where, when, and how did Malvern Saddlery start?
Jill Apfelbaum: I started the business myself in 1982, in downtown Malvern, PA. I have been involved in horses for 45 years. I used to show hunter-jumpers, but I have been a dressage rider since the early 80s. I was an executive director of personal shopping for Bloomingdale’s for a number of years. When I decided I wanted to get out of the corporate scene, I thought that opening a tack store would be a good way to combine my fashion background and horse background.
H&S: What inspired you to go into business, and how have you grown?
JA: When I started the business, there was a void between the horse supplies and equipment end of things, and the lifestyle end. We pride ourselves on having had the products to fill that gap since the beginning, since the 80s. Of course now lifestyle is so popular and there are many other stores out there, but we always have, and still do really know how to put a horse and rider together from head to toe. When we started the business, the Internet was fairly unheard of. I did a national catalog and took mail-in orders, but shortly after that, it became obvious that people were doing the online thing and we started selling online pretty early on. Now we do a great deal of business online. Some products, especially our fashionable apparel and accessories, revolve as we sell out, but certainly our staples, like our TUCCI boots, and saddles are all always for sale online. We ship everything right from the store and do our best to ship the same day.
My clients shop with us exclusively because we take good care of them. We know their needs, their sizes, their children’s sizes, their embroidery logos, everything, and we find that it builds tremendous loyalty. I’m very particular about the vendors I do business with, and I only do business with vendors who produce absolutely top quality and stand behind it. It’s a very close relationship all the way around. I choose to surround myself with excellent people, because that’s what makes you excellent.
I choose to surround myself with excellent people, because that’s what makes you excellent. H&S: Tell us why The Devon Horse Show is the only show where you sell from a mobile storefront. JA: Well it’s really the Devon Hose Show grounds, because we do the Brandywine shows and Dressage at Devon also. I do it because it works for us. Our shop is five miles from the show, I don’t have to get a hotel or put my dogs up somewhere, and it’s just doable. But more than that, it’s an opportunity for us to work with people that we don’t get to one-onone see everyday. But every year at Devon, there is an opportunity for them to come and see us. So we always do Devon.
H&S: Describe some of your favorite brands, and how you’ve sourced them. JA: We do a lot of business in Italy. We do a tremendous business with Franco Tucci; all our custom and ready to wear tall boots are Tucci. There are only a few people in this country who are authorized to work with Equipe saddles in Italy, and I’m proud that we are one of them. I can’t even begin to describe the quality of those saddles, as well as how gifted those people are who make them. Also from Italy, we always stock Equiline and Sarm Hipique apparel.
Sometimes we do product development with our vendors; we have a line of beautiful custom riding crops that are made in Europe and are exclusive to Malvern. I think it’s true, especially of the busiest riders, who are on the circuit all the time, they tend to get blasé about seeing the same thing over and over again. So I try to keep it exciting by having products they don’t see all the time.
H&S: Describe your greatest challenge, and how you’ve overcome it.
JA: Multitasking, really! The store is open seven days per week, and I’ve worked seven days per week for 21 years. When you’re running a small business you literally have to wear every hat. You have to be there for your staff, your vendors, your clients, and have a hand in everything from the window presentation to the advertising! It’s a lot of hats on one head. And then there are the horses. I have five at the moment and if I’m going to ride any of them I have to ride at 6:30am. Riding is the icing on the cake, if it’s not raining and you get-up on time and you don’t have another appointment. I just keep multitasking. Also, like everyone else, we struggled a little when the economy dropped in 2008. It humbles you, because when you’re on a roll you think that people will just keep doing what they’re doing. But everyone felt it and no one was exclusive. Buying habits change so my buying habits had to change. But you still have to be there for your clients, and I’m proud that we were there during the tough times.
H&S: What advice would you give to someone who wanted to create their own equestrian business? JA: There are obviously other very successful tack shops in this country, but the ones that last, each and every one that is successful is run by someone with a business background. So many people think that if they’re a horse person and they know what a bridle is and they have friends who have horses and will buy things that this - running a business like this will work. Truth is a lot of those don’t last very long. You don’t just open the door and think people will buy because you have cute stuff.
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H&S: What have you learned, both about equestrian style and the business world, since founding Malvern? JA: This becomes a big question because there have been a lot of days in the last 20 years in which I’ve learned something. This business is very personal, we’re very intimate with our customers. We really have clients, not customers.
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A horseback ride through California vineyards offers an insider’s look at a wine producing estate, but there aren’t many options in Northern California’s wine country that are open to the public. Enter, veteran polo player Rafael Hernandez and his seasoned polo ponies. Based out of Sonoma County’s Chalk Hill Estate, Hernandez pioneered vineyard riding in 1997 when he began his operation, Wine Country Trail Rides. And every year, he guides thousands of riders of all abilities through 1,200 acres of picturesque, rolling hills, dotted latticed with rows of wine-growing vineyards. A polo player at heart, Hernandez’s first job was at the Santa Barbara Polo Club at the tender age of eight. “When I was playing on the playground at school, I heard the other kids talking about getting an allowance,” Hernandez explains. “So I asked my dad about mine, and he drove me to the Polo Club and said, ‘That’s where you’ll earn an allowance.’” Little did his father know then, that he had sparked a lifelong career path for his son. Hernandez would go on to a professional career, playing polo on sponsored teams around the world. And a few decades later, he continues to stay involved with the sport, serving as manager for the Wine Country Polo Club, organizing tournaments, and playing in games throughout the year.
Previous page: Rafael Hernandez, in the barn, and heading out on the trail This page, counter-clockwise: The stunning indoor arena; The author relaxes with a glass of Chalk Hill red wine after her ride; just one of the classic California views we encountered during our ride
ARCHITECTURAL EYE CANDY When vitner Bill Foley purchased Chalk Hill from attorney/vitner Fred Furth in 2010, there were already world-class equestrian facilities on site. Furth had built an indoor dressage ring and an architecturally stunning barn with matching round pen for a reported $10 million. The buildings are made from Alaskan cedar, salvaged from the Exxon spill of ’91 —the very one that Furth litigated. But once Foley stepped-in and handed over the equestrian operations to Hernandez —brought in from another one of Foley’s winery estates— all dressage activity ceased and polo and trail rides commenced. The grounds, kept in immaculate condition thanks to Hernandez and his team, can’t help but excite the visitor for their immense equestrian sport possibilities. The ring’s excellent footing —both springy and dust-free— will incite a deep desire to feel it from atop a horse. It might well have to be from taking a polo lesson from Hernandez, which he offers to qualified riders. And it will best fit into an outing that includes a relaxing and picturesque trail ride. This equestrian vineyard adventure must be booked well in advance. Rides typically go out three times per day, and a custom tailored ride to a particular level of riding must be booked as a group to ensure that gaits will go beyond a leisurely walk. “If you come out with a group of experienced riders, we could really have some fun,” Hernandez says with a smile and a twinkle in his eyes.
LOOK FOR THE RED PICKUP TRUCK The winery is tucked into Healdsburg, 15 minutes south of the historic town square and an hour-and-a-half from the San Francisco International Airport. Driving through the main gates was an impressive sight, with a rolling hillside of vines and a serene lake that immediately greet the visitor. I parked in the main visitor’s lot and checked-in at the tasting room’s front desk, where the staff called up to Hernandez. I was told to keep an eye out for his red pickup. How fitting, I thought. And once Hernandez appeared in his cowboy hat, I knew he was a man who had spent a lifetime on a horse. I loaded back into my car and followed him through the password-protected gates and up a winding driveway to the arena. Attached to the indoor arena was a gourmet kitchen, overseen by Executive Chef Didier Ageorges. An addition to the trail ride was the option to fuel up on a sumptuous, multicourse meal (mainly sourced from the estate’s gardens) for the ride ahead. The food-andwine pairing was as impressive as the view from the dining deck. With a satiated appetite, I followed Hernandez, springing through the former dressage court, back into the car, and even further up the hill to the stables.
TIME TO UNWIND I found my horse saddled, bridled and ready to hit the trail. I mounted-up and followed Hernandez out to the vineyards. Views to the east included the majestic Mount St. Helena while the Russian River Valley, the coastal range, and the Pacific Ocean were visible to the west. Along the way, Hernandez talked extensively about the varietals of grapes and vines and the history of the grounds. It was also an ideal time to talk about the intricacies of polo and horses. Every horse on the property had a tale that often included past successes on storied fields. I soaked in the horse and grape knowledge along with the picture perfect views. Afterwards, I drove back down the road to the tasting room to sample the wines, made from the fruits of the very vines that decorated the ride. Unwinding with a glass of Chalk Hill’s signature Chardonnay, there was a minerality from the volcanic ash in the soil from the very volcano that formed Mount St. Helena. There was an expert team of sommeliers on hand to explain the nuances, but it was easy to taste the quality and the craftsmanship. A ride under my belt and glass in hand, gone was any desire to be anywhere else. “There’s something really special about this property,” Hernandez said simply. “People feel it once they’re here.”
From top: One of the many trusty mounts available to riders who wish to explore the trails; A tasty dish of lobster with leeks, as prepared by Chalk Hill’s talented chef
Mark Miness and Adam Ballard hen Mark Miness and Adam Ballard became engaged, they immediately knew that their perfect wedding venue would be somewhere close to their hearts, somewhere that was unique and personal, somewhere definitively un-cookie cutter. After looking at several traditional venues in and around their home near San Francisco, CA, Miness and Ballard kept coming back to the possibility of using the Sonoma Horse Park, known more for its eight-week season of hunter/ jumper competition than as a wedding venue. Luckily, Sonoma Horse Park manager Ashley Herman is a close friend of the couple. What’s more, she is known for her innovative spirit when it comes to events, and on May 24th, 2014, she was more than happy to lend use of the venue to host its first-ever wedding. Miness, an accomplished amateur rider who grew up competing on the East Coast, trains and rides with Herman’s sister, Meredith Herman, and her Burgundy Farms, which is based at Sonoma Hose Park. While Ballard is not a rider, the Sonoma Horse Park feels like a second home for the couple, and in planning their wedding, they were able to treat the VIP berm and grand prix arena as a blank slate, to truly make it their own for a day. One hundred and fifty guests, including riders Jamie Krauss, Jules Dotoli, Sue Ellen Wright and Shannon Wright, gathered on hay bale
seats and watched the couple exchange vows in the grand prix arena as the sun sank behind the Sonoma hills behind them. The reception took place on the transformed VIP berm adjacent to the arena. Guests were served a locally produced meal and enjoyed a dessert table before dancing the night away to The Rusty String Express band. “At a certain point, we stepped back and looked at it and said we couldn’t believe it turned out as well as it did,” says Miness. “The fact that it was everything we envisioned, and reflected everything we are as people, was so special.” Counterclockwise from top: Miness worked hard to ensure that the carbon footprint from the event was light, all the way down to the flowers. They were designed by Kelly Scott of The Goods in Mill Valley, and were succulents, not cut, that were replanted after the wedding; Miness and Ballard planned every detail of the wedding themselves, and it became the perfect reflection of who they are as a couple; Miness’ longtime Selle Francis jumper Caprice de Cene, now 24-years-old and happily retired, was brought in to stand sentry in the arena during the ceremony. Inset: Friend of the couple Kelly English performed the ceremony, as the couple’s dog Harley observed from the background. Photos ©Martino Mingione
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I have been working on being more present when I ride, but now my trainer is telling me that even though my riding is very connected, something is missing in the show ring. What am I doing wrong? Being present and having presence are both essential to having successful rounds. Being present gives you access to the language of the horse you are riding. It keeps you in the moment so that your analytic mind doesn’t interfere and engage your inner judge. Having presence is what gives you that sense of commanding attention, feeling powerful, and trusting that your mind-body connection is functioning on high. Typically, practicing being in the present moment strengthens a performer’s ability to have stage presence as well. But when competing in the hunters and equitation, the presence needed is beyond that of executing a technically proficient ride with your mind focused on one moment at a time. The riders who receive bonus points, break ties, and win the hearts of judges are performers. They are not just going through the motions of getting the job done, but are adding energy to the equation. The key to increasing your presence in the ring is to let
your pleasure shine through so that the audience can’t seem to peel their eyes away from you. Stage presence is most easily accessed when the performer is completely engrossed in the performance and is aware that they are performing, not just executing a complex series of exercises. Watch riders that tend to capture you as often as possible and then imagine being them when you compete. Practice your breathing and put on a little sparkle next time you go in the ring! Remember that presence and being present are the two sides of a winning ride, and like everything else, they require regular, daily practice.
The key to increasing your presence in the ring is to let your pleasure shine through...
When I make a mistake or have an amazing jump, I get off track and forget where I am in the course, causing me to circle or go off-course. Help!!! Sounds like it is time for a new practice for you! Train your brain to stay focused on exactly what you are doing instead of executing a piece of the plan and then evaluating how it went in the middle of your round. Save the analysis for after. While on course, pay attention to the step you are on, your position in space on the course, the counts when necessary, and directly but subtly communicating with your horse. Just because you are being judged doesn’t mean you have to be judging yourself. Staying with the present moment, while holding a plan in mind is enough for your brain to manage. The truth is that the brain can’t really multi-task. We can combine automatic tasks with intentional ones and it may feel like multitasking. But it just isn’t true. So if you allow your brain to wander from task-oriented to analyzing what you just did, you essentially left the ring for a second or two. Stay present by using your breath so as not to get trapped by a thought. The mind needs to
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stay as present as your breath to accomplish the task at hand. If you rehearse the pending performance a few times before the fact, your mind and body will know what to do next. Ask a professional how they do it and they will likely say “I don’t know, I just ride!” Familiarity breeds ease, so take the amount of time you need to imbed the plan in your mind, then be present. If you need to fill the space in your mind that likes to take over with judging, try silently counting each step as you go like a metronome and each moment will connect you to the next.
Just because you are being judged doesn’t mean you have to be judging yourself.
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Dr. Carrie founded The (W)inner’s Circle for Equestrians, a membership-based program that supports riders to develop a mental practice for peak performance. She regularly consults with riders and trainers. She is also a parenting guru who guides teens and parents through challenges while deepening their bonds and navigating adolescence. Dr. Carrie was a top Junior/Amateur competitor, a young professional rider, and mother of an elite gymnast and an equestrian. She has worn all the hats! Her doctoral dissertation, “Adolescent Equestrienne Athletes’ Experiences of Mindfulness in Competition” is in the Library of Congress and is currently being revised as a book for the public. If you would like to ask a question for this column or ask about a complimentary Performance Strategy session, please contact Carrie.
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Gingras Most recently seen winning the $50,000 Purina Mills CSI2* World Cup Qualifier this February at the HITS Thermal Desert Circuit, Elizabeth Gingras (known as Lizzie to friends and competitors, alike) is an emerging talent. And although she is a relatively new name to American ears, she has turned heads in her native Canada since her junior days. Her first 1.45m grand prix was 13 years ago, when she was just 19-years-old. But shortly after, in September 2001, she was bucked-off a young horse into an arena wall. She broke her L2, L3, and L4 vertebrae and damaged 90 percent of her spinal column. The injury required two major surgeries to heal. “I was in a lot of pain for months and felt very lost,” Gingras explains. “It took me years to stop worrying about falling off and hurting myself but eventually I was able to.” But now, hard work and perseverance have the pieces falling into place. Gingras is first to credit her family for making her career possible. Her mother Patti and her brother Rob were already riding when she and her sister, Kathy, began as young girls. Her father Brian is a long-time enthusiast and supporter of the sport, as evidenced by his Jump Canada Owner of the Year Award in 2012 with George, Jill Henselwood’s mount for the 2012 London Olympics. Now, Gingras has taken over the reins of George’s, under Henselwood’s tutelage, in addition to piloting her two other mounts, Chiara 243 and Floreen SFN, around North American grand prix tracks. And if the beginning of her show season is any indication, this fluid and efficient rider is one to watch at Spruce Meadows this summer.
Horse & Style: At what point in your riding did you realize you could ride as a professional? Elizabeth Gingras: After I recovered from my injury in 2001, my old coach, Heather Archer, convinced me to start riding again. So in 2006, I started riding casually while I was going to school. The more I rode, the more I realized how much I missed the sport and started to get more serious about it. In 2009, I had the opportunity to ride with Jill Henselwood during the HITS Thermal circuit. She believed in me right from start—before anyone else did. It took me a couple years of training with her before I made a major breakthrough when I bought Avensis 4. I loved him very much and trusted him more then anything in the world. I believe that horse is the reason I was able to take a step up to the next level. I jumped my first 1.60m with him in 2012. That’s when I truly believed I could make it as a rider.
H&S: You’ve also worked as a trainer. Do you still teach students? EG: I became a professional when I was 24-years-old. I had a great opportunity to teach at a lovely stable in my hometown of Edmonton and started my business called New Heights Equestrian. But as of last October, fellow trainer Gareth Graves took over the business. It was too difficult to both train and compete at a high level. Actually, the hardest part was training in eastern Canada with Jill while coaching in western Canada. That is why I gave up my business, and now I’m able to devote all of my focus on my own horses.
H&S: Speaking of your horses, do you keep them in Edmonton? EG: My horses live in Oxford Mills, Ontario with Jill at her Juniper Farms. But my official home is in Edmonton with my husband Geoff.
H&S: How do you prepare yourself and your horses for the ring? EG: We don’t have a set routine. We do a lot of flat work and try to fit in dressage lessons when we can. We also do small gymnastic exercises when we are in between shows. At shows, I always try to start the day by making a good plan and always flat my horses in the morning. My groom, Jessica Dooley, will spend time putting the magnetic blanket on them and stretching them. I love taking them for a walk or for a graze and having some quiet time with them, especially before a big grand prix. I
Floreen. What kind of ride does she require from you? EG: Floreen is incredibly athletic, brave, and kind. It took me a little while to learn how to ride her through the turns because she can be a bit fussy with her head. But when people ask me how she is to ride, I always say, ‘dreamy.’
H&S: Spruce Meadows is around the corner. How do you compare that circuit to Thermal? EG: I enjoy riding at both shows. Thermal is great for winter training. It has flexible schedules that allow you to move up and down levels. It is a great way to start the show season without taking too much out of your horses. Spruce Meadows is such a beautiful facility to ride at but it is really tough. The courses are very difficult and there is a lot of top competition. But it is a great feeling when you do well at Spruce.
H&S: Do you have any tack preferences? EG: I ride in Childeric saddles. I use Dyon
H&S: And what are your riding goals? EG: First and foremost, to always improve my
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breastplates and Ogilvy saddle pads. I have a variety of different bridles so that I can fit it to each individual horse. It allows me to be able to change bits and nosebands in accordance with the evolving training and partnership.
riding skills. But my major career goals are to represent Canada in the Nations Cups and ultimately, the Olympics.
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Dear Horse & Style Fashionista, As an avid follower, I’ve seen you create so many solutions for people with a big, wide range of different tastes. Maybe you can help me; I have a certain obsession with a very famous fashion house—Chanel! In fact, I try to copy their signature style everyday. If I could scream ‘Chanel’ from the rooftops of my city, I would! And I want to represent my Chanel-fabulous style while at the barn, but we both know there’s a fine line between Chanel-sharp and Jersey Shore-esque bling. What can you recommend to help me keep it classy in Chanel and still fit in at the barn?
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Dear Crazy for Chanel, Ooh la la! You have refined taste! Of course we have options for you. When Fashionista thinks of Chanel, we think neutral tones, quilted leather and lots of gold! Luckily there are options for you to incorporate into your show style that will have you looking positively polished. While bling in the ring is all the rage nowadays, we suggest you switch it up by adding a hint of gold and pearl instead of sparkle. Use those lovely neutral tones to your advantage, by always remembering to pair your classic tan breeches, or a similarly toned sweater, with your Chanel flash. These days, you can find Chanel inspiration in everything from your riding wear, a là a Samshield helmet with a gold embellishment, to your horse’s tack. A little bling in a browband goes a long way, my friend. Just remember the ‘golden’ rule of Chanel – less is more, as long as the less means a whole lot!
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Kathryn Burke As much a storyteller as a photographer, Kathryn Burke finds magic in the everyday – gathering light, color and texture to create memorable images. Inspiration comes from her lifelong love of horses and a desire to share their spirit, power and grace, as well as the joy they bring to their guardians. “I view my life through the camera,” Burke says. “When I see a subject I love through the lens, it is intimate, so it can be a tremendously emotional moment. My clients often say they’re surprised at how comfortable they feel being photographed by me; I think perhaps they understand how very much I care about them, about preserving their memories, and making them feel as beautiful as they truly are.” Burke has been shooting for over 30 years, becoming a professional equine photographer in 2005. In recent years, she has devoted herself to creating heirloom lifestyle books for equestrian families, building cherished relationships along the way. Burke lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. More of her work can be seen at www.equiessence.ca.
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On the dinner table, you will ﬁnd fresh local food that has been prepared with a passion for natural ingredients. You will eat delicious seafood from Iceland’s lonely fjords that you have explored on horseback, salmon from the rivers you crossed and lamb that has been roaming free in the heath land areas we have been riding through. With all dishes, we serve fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms. A Riding Iceland tour into the Icelandic mountains is a spirit cleaning natural experience, which aims to take you out of your daily routine and put you into intimate touch with nature. You will ﬁnd yourself having left all daily routines and duties far behind and leave this country with memories that will last a lifetime.
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