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In September 2015, Alexandra Paillot made a mark on history. The petite French rider, hailing from the legendary Paillot equestrian family, became the first female rider to win France’s Pro Elite Championship. Savvy and chic, she gave us a glimpse into her style in and out of the show ring.
OUT: THE RUNNING HORSE & THE WHIP Travel to Mayfair, one of London’s most exclusive neighborhoods, where H&S found two hot spots The Running Horse, a true pub experience, and The Whip, a posh cocktail bar. Located just off Oxford Street, the buzzing crowd is a sure sign that great adventures in food and drink await.
41 BEHIND THE SEAMS: HATS OFF TO JENNY!
Walk into Formé Millinery in Louisville, Kentucky and meet Jenny Pfanenstiel, and you’ll know you’ve met a force to be reckoned with. Young, attractive, and prodigiously talented, Jenny is making a name for herself in the world of millinery. Using the ancient art of blocking to create custom hats from scratch, each hat is made to fit and to delight the wearer.
COVER: NORTH AMERICA GOES GLOBAL
After more than a decade, the Longines Global Champions Tour is in a league of its own. World-ranked athletes and their horses compete in five-star events, including the new Global Champions League, in 15 glamorous locations around the world. For the first time, two legs were in North America as Miami Beach and Mexico City kicked off the 2016 tour.
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H&S eagerly accepted the invitation to cover the Chi Al Shaqab horse show in Doha, and from arrival to closing ceremonies, the trip was exceptional: the facility, the horses, and the people. Al Shaqab provides a luxury experience for both competitors and spectators, and a once in a lifetime experience that transcends the arena.
HORSE CORNER: CRUISING’S CLONES
There’s one Irish Sport Horse stallion that has made a significant impact on the quality and performance of show jumpers and eventers worldwide, Cruising. Father of the famous Flexible, Cruising has left his mark as a top-class competitor and prolific sire and lives on through his clones. Meet Cruising Arish and Cruising Encore.
Like all pieces of the riding habit, the history of the ratcatcher, or show shirt, is one laced in mystery and intrigue. No one knows for sure how the name ‘ratcatcher’ came into being, but we discovered multiple theories that help solve the mystery. Today’s stylish ratcatchers portray tradition with flair in and out of the show ring – no rodents necessary.
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A true test of skill, athleticism, strategy, speed and endurance, this year’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final top ranking horse and rider combinations earned their placements. When reading through the final rankings, the names listed among the top five finishers are not entirely unexpected. However, upon taking a closer look, three of those five horses share the same sire.
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A lifelong equestrian, Danielle Demers has always been inspired by horses. After graduating with a BFA in Painting, she worked to find a way to combine her passions for art, design, and the equestrian lifestyle. As a member of the EqSol Creative team since 2013, her interests have been melded together more perfectly than she could have imagined.
An avid former foxhunter, Pam knows well that special bond between horse and rider. With her husband she was co-owner of Dunford Farm, a Thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she was involved in every aspect of the horses’ lives. Her journey with horses continues as a member of the EqSol Team.
Erinn is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she completed her degree in journalism and sociology, and rode in the IHSA. Although a Bay Area native, she got her start riding on the East Coast and competed as a junior on the Los Angeles circuit in the jumpers and equitation. She brings her experience in journalism, fashion, and online media to Horse & Style as an assistant publisher.
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A former three-day event rider, Ashley’s love of horses runs deep. Her photography has taken her around the world and her images have been exhibited in New York City galleries and major magazines. When she is not behind the lens, Ashley can be found riding her Thoroughbred mare and enjoying the outdoors.
Alexis Meadows is a graduate of Pepperdine University and native of Southern California. With a passion for horses and for writing, Alexis successfully competes as an amateur with Derby Final goals. She has been a proud team member of EqSol since 2014.
An equine enthusiast, entrepreneur, and attorney, Larissa has a passion for all things equestrian. As owner of Equuleus Designs, she combines her love of horses, design, and photography to provide a personalized experience that delivers custom-made fashion, accessories, and décor that reflect a customer’s individual style and passion. Equuleus Designs also offers curated collections from partner photographers and artists.
A licensed clinical psychologist, Terri Roberson combines her passion for horses with her clinical work in equine-assisted psychotherapy. She currently sits on the board of Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Over 25 years on the show circuit has given her an eye for equestrian style and provides constant inspiration for her frequent contributions to H&S.
Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Celeste Wilkins now calls Dublin, Ireland home. Living in Europe has its perks, and with many beautiful horse shows close by, Celeste hung up her stirrups and picked up a camera to tell the story of the horses and riders at these wonderful venues.
A newcomer to the Big Apple, Erin Brown is a Southern California native working for Sirota Public Relations in Manhattan, NY. A graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Erin helps Sirota represent various non-profits and professionals within the equine community.
Laurie Berglie was born, raised, and currently resides in Maryland. She enjoys renovating her fixer-upper farm, reading horse books, and training and competing her two OTTBs, Misty, her wild mare, and Bailey, her easygoing gelding. Laurie began her blog, “Maryland Equestrian,” an Equestrian Lifestyle Guide, in 2011. She has a BA in English from Stevenson University and an MA in Humanities from Towson University.
Lindsay Brock is a writer, photographer, and social media guru from Saugerties, NY. A Houghton College graduate, Lindsay studied Writing and Communications, while riding on the hunter/jumper and eventing teams. Lindsay is a full-time staffer at Jump Media, LLC. When not at a horse show, behind a camera lens or fervently Instagramming, you can find her astride her Zangersheide gelding, Justice Z.
Jackie and Duncan McFarland own EqSol, a marketing solutions company. After spending a decade in Southern California, they moved to Lexington, Kentucky five years ago and are amazed how time flies. The EqSol Team has grown, now reaching from CA to the UK, with new exciting projects knocking at the door.
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Say YES! Thanks to my youngest daughter, Piper, I’m awake and getting my first cup of coffee by about 6am each morning. Cup of java in hand, I head into the playroom with Piper, where she plays with her toys and I get a first look at the 100+ emails I received while I was sleeping. In early February I woke up to an email inviting Horse & Style to attend the Chi Al Shaqab Horse Show in Doha, Qatar. Thrilled at the opportunity for H&S, my first reaction was, I couldn’t possibly travel to the Middle East... could I? I wondered if I could handle being that far from my husband and children while traveling to a part of the world I never imagined I would visit... After research, discussion and careful consideration, I decided to say YES! I am so thankful I did because going to Doha and experiencing Chi Al Shaqab was one of the richest experiences in my career as Publisher/Owner of H&S (page 66). After a decade of producing CSI5* events, the Longines Global Champions Tour is an established leader in the field. Held at fifteen of the world’s most prominent and unique destinations, including Paris, Miami Beach, Shanghai and now Mexico City, H&S was fortunate to be on the ground for the first two legs of the 2016 Tour plus the kick-off of the Global Champions League. Impressive from beginning to end, H&S says YES to the LGCT and GCL (page 54). We’ve all had a trainer tell us, “shoulders back!” In 2001, after several years of development, Alexandra Cherubini created the ultimate wearable aid, Shoulders Back. This innovative product made its way to an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is worn today by top riders such as Lillie Keenan (page 78). Manhattan Saddlery is one of the most iconic tack shops in the country. Read more about this unique must-see store in the Big Apple (page 98).
Sarah Appel & her sister-in-law, Katie Appel shopping at the Souq Waqif, Doha’s most famous and ancient traditional market
From a Formidable Father to a French adventure, H&S traveled to Gothenburg for the FEI Longines World Cup Finals and watched history in the making as three of the top five horses had the same sire (page 88). And we sent best friends Taylor Harris and Rachel Thurman on an unforgettable trip to the Saut Hermès (page 40). In life we never know which choice will be a pivotal game changer or offer an incredible experience. So my advice, after enjoying another issue we’ve poured our hearts into, is to take the chance and just say YES!
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...you might not know about
Armand Leone is the oldest brother on “Team Leone,” made up of fellow international talents Peter and Mark.While Armand still rides and trains at his family’s Ri-Arm Farm in Oakland, NJ, he also unveiled Leone Equestrian Law in 2014. It was a venture founded on expertise, passion, and necessity. An attorney by trade with a long family history in horse sport, Leone realized that he had an opportunity to use his talents in the courtroom and law library alongside his dedication to the advancement of show jumping, in order to help create a stronger industry. With a show jumping background, Armand was a contender for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. Selected as an alternate for the show jumping team, he unfortunately did not attend as that was the year the Games were boycotted by the U.S. Professionally, Armand’s office wall represents the crème de la crème of respected American colleges. He is a graduate of the Columbia Business School and the Columbia University School of Law, but he also has his M.D. from New York Medical College and BA from the University of Virginia. Equal parts lawyer and equestrian, Armand balances a full-time career with his commitment to improving the health of a sport he loves. And, according to him, a lawyer who knows horses is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Big fences don’t scare Armand. In 1980, he cleared a staggering 2.10 meters (6'9") to win the Godfrey Davis Puissance at CSI Wembley.
Along with a practice in equestrian law, he also serves as a healthcare and personal injury attorney.
His guilty food pleasure is homemade pasta.
4. He has been married to his wife Alison for twenty-three years (and counting).
The highlight of Armand’s show jumping career is being the lead rider for the U.S. in the 1980 Nations’ Cup at Dublin CSIO. He was also on the roster at CSIO Nation’s Cup events in Paris, Dublin, Hickstead, New York, Rome, Aachen, and Dinard.
6. Leone Equestrian Law all happened because of one horse. In
2012, Armand leased a horse that suffered an injury, leading him into an expensive arbitration with an attorney who knew nothing about horses or the equine industry. It was then that he saw a problem and took it upon himself to solve it.
Armand competed three times at the FEI World Cup Finals in Gothenburg, Berlin, and Dortmund in 1982, 1985, and 1990!
He is passionate about horse welfare. Armand feels that horse abuse – whether through training or medication – is the most important legal issue facing the industry.
When he turns on his television, it’s always to watch live sports. He roots for Knicks basketball, Mets baseball and Devils hockey. Riding has always been his sport, but he also played football and lacrosse in high school.
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5. 1. Steve Guerdat (SUI) successfully defended his 2015 WCF Champion title, winning the 2016 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final with 0 penalty points aboard new horse Corbinian 2. Laura Renwick (GBR) and Ulievka de Breve fly around the Gothenburg Trophy Grand Prix course 3. Third place rider Daniel Deusser (GER) was very happy with how his horse Cornet d’Amour performed throughout the final 4. Beautiful Dala horses – a symbol for Sweden – decorated jump standards 5. Callan Solem (USA) had a wonderful first WCF experience, placing 7th overall 6. Max Kühner celebrates a clear round on Chardonnay 79 in Jumping Final III
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12. 7. Second place pair Harrie Smolders (NED) and the gorgeous Emerald N.O.P. 8. The entrance to Gothenburg’s Scandinavium, home of many World Cup™ Finals over the years 9. A talented trio of singers driven by a team of four horses performed during the WCF Opening Ceremony 10. A standing ovation for 2016 WCF Champions Steve Guerdat and Corbinian 11. Simon Delestre (FRA) and Qlassic Bois Margot 12. Chris Chugg (AUS) and his amazing 8 year old mare Cristalline were definite crowd favorites 13. John Madden, Chair of the FEI Jumping Committee, talks with Rich Fellers (USA) during the course walk for Jumping Final I
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by Lindsay Brock THE 4-1-1 KASK riding helmets utilize the same technology that made its original helmets such a success among cyclists. Called the Fit System, KASK’s patented self-adapting adjusting system, a first on the equestrian market, allows every helmet to perfectly and automatically fit the rider by gently cradling the back of the head. With real riders who battle rain, heat, and all elements in between as their number-one concern, KASK also unveiled inner padding that can be removed and washed, as well as a chin strap made of eco-friendly and hypoallergenic leather clasping with the use of magnets. While boasting technology that creates a safe, user-friendly, and comfortable helmet, KASK didn’t ignore quality and appearance. With bling, bright colors, and non-traditional clothing choices beginning to rule the show ring, KASK aimed to lead the charge with helmets. As a result, their Swarovski carpet model, Dogma line color options, and patriotic flag customization were top sellers during the winter show season.
KASK Fashion and Safety Unite NEW KID ON THE BLOC K In 2004, an Italian company called KASK broke into the sports industry with the introduction of a new choice in safety helmets for a range of outdoor activities. After quickly becoming one of the go-to helmet brands for athletes ranging from cyclists to climbers, General Manager Diego Zambon took the KASK vision even further. He took it to horse sport. Like many European-based brands, KASK quickly recognized the buying power of the horse sport industry in North America. With that in mind, they vowed to expand their presence at tack shops and shows, and to grow an exclusive group of sponsored riders on American soil. Enter North American Brand Manager Gianluca Caron. No stranger to introducing equine brands to a new market, Caron, himself a rider, added KASK to the list of clients, including Parlanti and Kingsland, that he had brought to our shores. Anticipating the same excitement that met their previous launch, KASK took a leap and landed in the hands of equestrian customers yearning for a product that stressed both safety and appearance. Over the past several months, creatively inspired helmets, some in navy and brown and others with head-turning Swarovski embellishment, started popping up at horse shows in Florida, California, and beyond.
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— Laura Hite, CMO of PMC Global Inc, Sun Valley, CA “I work at our family company and commute to California to ride and train almost every week. I cram all my work in from Monday to Thursday so I can head to California for shows on the weekend. I don’t get as much training time in because of my schedule but my kind amateur-minded and well prepared horses make riding in a tight schedule so much easier! The horses are a big part of keeping me sane and my life balanced, and as long as I keep my heels down it’s a great ride!”
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When we meet eighteen year old runaway, Jed Carver, we are only given a small glimpse into his past, and it isn’t pretty. With the death of both parents and bruises and scars at the hand of an unloving uncle, Jed has already seen more than his fair share of pain and suffering. He escapes and hitchhikes across Canada where he lands a job at a barn in Ontario. There it comes to light that Jed is an experienced rider with an exceptional talent few others possess. At this barn, an A Circuit Show Jumping barn, Jed meets people from all walks of life. He falls in and out of love, gets promoted, rescues an abandoned horse, and excels on the jumper circuit. However, for every step forward he takes in life, two ugly secrets from his past are revealed, and your heart can’t help but ache for Jed and root for him to succeed. Fortunately, Jed is a fighter, so he keeps pushing on even when things seem to be at the point of no return. When I read the synopsis for Ride Every Stride and learned that the main character was a male, I was intrigued. Most of the leads in horse books are females, so it was nice to have the other perspective for once. I also enjoyed the setting of this book – Canada! This novel, Amy Maltman’s first, is fast-paced and action-packed. I couldn’t help but fall in love with tough-as-nails Jed and admire his ability to keep striding forward in life.
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ALEXANDRA PAILLOT Alexandra Paillot knows how it feels to make a mark on history. The French rider, hailing from the legendary Paillot equestrian family, added one of her most significant accolades to her blazing career in September 2015 by becoming the first female rider to win France’s Pro Elite Championship. Riding Polias De Blondel, a Selle Français gelding that she co-owns with Paillot Equine Consulting, the petite Paillot’s momentous victory was a culmination of talent passed on through generations of riders and years of hard work in both Europe and the US. Paillot trains out of Chamant, France, and Wellington, FL and has been representing France in Nations Cup competitions and international platforms since 2012. With a master’s degree in International Business, the savvy and chic equestrian successfully runs her own sales and breeding barn while proudly representing Hermès as a partner rider. There is no question of her global success in the show ring as she continues to jump to historic new heights.
HORSE & STYLE: Describe your riding (apparel) style: ALEXANDRA PAILLOT: I tend to go for elegant, classic and timeless pieces which have small details and rich materials. H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? AP: Hermès from socks to helmet! I always wear white breeches for the shows, with beige or black breeches for training days. The rest of my show outfit consists of a white cotton shirt, black socks, my black or brown Hermès thick belt, and my show jacket in my favorite color, “Bleu de Prusse,” which is a lighter blue than navy and absolutely gorgeous. And I love my Italian Filli Fabbri leather boots. H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? AP: Yes, I am a little superstitious with my jewelry. There are two necklaces that I always wear for bigger competitions, each with a clover leaf. I’ll take all the luck I can get! H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? AP: Hermès, no doubt. Their collection is able to function
by serving both the technical needs of a rider and providing timelessly sophisticated style. I’ll always be a Hermès girl at heart. H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? AP: I would have to say “Parisian Chic” – our uniform usually consists of a great cashmere sweater, cool jeans (black is always best), an oversized scarf and some sneakers. H&S: How do you handle high-pressure situations, for example right before you enter a big class? AP: I usually like to take a moment by myself to run the course a few times in my head, repeating the perfect plan. Then I take a deep breath and go for it. H&S: What are your riding goals? AP: To keep building and developing strong relationships with my horses. Attaining harmony with them is my number one goal as a horseman. My idea of success is growing and improving everyday. H&S: What are your career goals? AP: I have my eyes set on continuing to compete in and trying to
win a Grand Prix with my best horse, Polias, this season. In the long term, I hope to continue to represent France at team events, and dream of winning championships on a bigger stage. H&S: What has been the most influential moment in your riding career? AP: The biggest moment for me thus far was being the first female to win the French Championship in September 2015. The win meant even more because I was able to share it with my family and friends in France. H&S: What’s the one thing you never go in the ring without? AP: An attitude.
Opposite: Alexandra Paillot and Polias de Blondel competing at WEF; Below (Clockwise): Paillot sharing a special moment with her top horse Polais before a competition, Paillot and Polais, Paillot in the family farm’s elegantly decorated, wood-paneled tack room; All photos © RBpresse/Jessica Rodrigues
SAUT HERMÈS AU GRAND PAL AIS – PARIS, FRANCE
6. 1. Bertram Allen (IRE) and Romanov galloping victoriously 2. A stylish and driving Saut Hermès performance 3. Bright colors make an outfit 4. Romain Duguet (SUI) and Twentytwo Des Biches 5. ‘La Nature au Galop,’ Bartabas choreography for the Versailles Academy of Equestrian Arts 6. Discussing the ride while giving a well-deserved treat Photos courtesy of Hermès
7. Kevin Staut (FRA) and Ayade de Septon in stylish action 8. Focused adjustment 9. Laura Renwick (GBR) and MHS Washington 10. Demonstrating award-winning style in the saddle 11. Demonstrating a gorgeous trot while impressively performing 12. Alexander Potthoff (GER) and Quinara 27’s incredible jump
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THE WHIP Mayfair, London
ocated in Mayfair, one of London’s most exclusive neighborhoods, are two hot spots, The Running Horse and The Whip. Ideally located just off Oxford Street – the city’s ultimate shopping destination – and only a few blocks from the famous Selfridge’s department store, the buzzing crowd was a sure sign of the tasty food and drinks that awaited us. This lively atmosphere is exactly what co-founders James Chase, of Chase Distillery, and Dominic Jacobs, former Sketch and Harvey Nichols bar director, sought to achieve when they re-invented and re-opened the historic 1738 pub in the Autumn of 2013. “On a Thursday evening I want it full to the brim with people catching up over a few jars and have it bustling. We will never apologize for that,” Jacobs stated in our interview. “We try to accommodate as much as possible for guests who want a quieter affair upstairs [in
The Whip]. The best pub experience is on race days. Eating great food, drinking great beer and watching the greatest heart pounding sport is hard to beat!” The combination of seated and standing spaces, the decor – a mix of antiques, dark woods, rich leather and equestrian artwork – as well as the general atmosphere, all play into the co-founders’ all-encompassing vision for both establishments. And those of us who appreciate, if not have an intense passion for, the horse immediately notice the thoroughbred racing themed photos and artwork that adorn the dark, richly painted wood-paneled walls of The Running Horse. Although the pub was quite busy, we enjoyed the party-like vibe, and were promptly seated at our reserved table.
N OT YO U R O R D I N A RY P U B FA R E The menu features traditional British pub classics such as fish and chips, ham, egg and chips, and burgers. However, there is nothing ordinary about the food, as owners Chase and Jacobs as well as the pub’s chef Stephane Huc-Hepher place a great deal of importance on quality, local and responsibly-farmed British food. “I wanted to create a pub with no compromise,” says Jacobs. “I would spend my spare time with friends in the pub and have such fond memories of all my locals, however they always came with compromise; great ale but rubbish wine; good whiskeys, but terrible food. We wanted a place where you know regardless of what you order, there are a set of values and principles behind it’s creation. We work direct with as many farmers as possible and this gives us the edge over our competitors. There is a story behind each dish.” For a starter, we ordered a Buford Brown Scotch Egg with Apple Ketchup – a true British classic – from the pub’s “Bar Bites” menu [a ‘Scotch Egg’ at it’s most basic is a soft-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in bread crumbs, and deep-fried]. Decidedly going for the most authentic British experience, I ordered the fish, chips and peas. My husband chose the barbecue pulled pork on a brioche bun, fennel slaw and the cleverly named “Jockey’s Whips” (fries). Everything was done to perfection. The fish was fresh and flaky, the fries were expertly seasoned, and “melt-in-your-mouth” is the phrase most suited to describing the barbecue pulled pork. T H E I N S P I R AT I O N It all started with the name. The Running Horse was actually originally called “The Galloping Horses of Hanover” in 1738 when the pub first opened it’s doors. Jacobs explained, “A lot of pubs would use royal names to ensure they were protected should the monarchy announce a crackdown on drinking. They wouldn’t close a pub with their name on the door!” The pub eventually did close in 1853 and was rebuilt. It may have been around this time that the name was changed to The Running Horse. When Jacobs and Chase purchased the pub in 2013, the centuries-old name played a big part in the re-build. “The horse racing theme was something that came naturally with the name. Both James and I love the races, and there was nowhere in London championing them as a venue to watch it.” “We spent a lot of time at antique fairs and junk shops finding all the little gems. When you start a place like The Running Horse, you develop a sixth sense for finding horse-related memorabilia anywhere you go! Most of the bits we have are antiques. We have a wonderful horse sculpture made with wood veneer by an artist called Dmitri Galitzine. Its one of our favorite bits – we call him Patrick.” Building on the racing theme, in 2014 the co-founders opened The Whip, a Kentucky Derby themed cocktail bar, one floor above The Running Horse. The two spaces interact brilliantly.
“Where The Running Horse is down on the trackside, The Whip is more like a box,” Jacobs said. “We wanted to create a cocktail bar which would represent a day at the races. The most prominent cocktail that comes to mind is the Mint Julep – over 180,000 are drunk over the two days at Churchill Downs.We thought it would be great to use this as inspiration.The Whip is a real homage to horse racing.” Wanting the full experience, my husband and I headed upstairs to enjoy after-dinner cocktails at The Whip. Greeted by walls paneled with vibrant racing silks, we sensed the shift from pub to posh in this space that is truly like stepping into a private box at the races. An ideal atmosphere for savoring a cocktail and enjoying good company, the Mint Julep inspired cocktails are part of the charm. The well-spaced seating is conducive to quiet conversation, quite different from the lively vibe down the stairs. We thoroughly enjoyed an equestrian-themed evening in the center of one of the world’s biggest cities. Offering so much more than a typical restaurant experience, The Running Horse and The Whip are a must-have authentic experience in London.
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Hats Off to Jenny!
alk into Formé Millinery and meet Jenny Pfanenstiel, and you’ll know you’ve met a force to be reckoned with. Young, attractive, and prodigiously talented, Jenny is making a name for herself in the world of millinery, and doing it with abundant energy and contagious enthusiasm. This new mother of a six-month-old runs her own business; makes her hats totally by hand according to a technique that dates back more than a hundred years; has published a book, with another in the works; designs hat patterns for McCalls; teaches workshops around the world; and greets everyone who walks into her shop with her infectious smile. When asked where she grew up, she will tell you that she was an “Air Force brat,” moving from place to place throughout her childhood. After earning her fashion degree with Honors from the Art Institute in Colorado, she moved to Chicago to pursue her career, where she worked on feature films, stage performances, TV commercials, and celebrity clients that included Cirque de Soleil, the Colorado Ballet, Amistad, and a Grammy dress for Margaret Cho. In 2007, she decided to pursue her love for millinery, and opened her own business in Chicago. While she was there, a friend visited to do a presentation on hatmaking, and she asked if Jenny would like to learn ‘blocking.’ Blocking is the ancient art of making the hat by hand from beginning to end. Since the heyday of millinery in the U.S. in the early 1900s, many purveyors of hats had abandoned this method, and were ordering unadorned hats mass-produced in China, and individualizing them with decorations. Jenny, on the other hand, was eager to learn, and is now on a mission to bring this art – truly the art of millinery – Formé Millinery founder Jenny Pfanenstiel
back to the United States. Producing all of her own creations using these old methods, she has collected crown blocks in all shapes and sizes. While many are antiques, there are still master blockmakers overseas who have been creating beautiful wooden blocks for decades (from The Making of a Milliner by Jenny Pfanenstiel). In creating a custom-made hat, a block is chosen according to the measurements of the head, and then the material, specially made for millinery and available from millinery supply houses, is chosen. From there, the material is dyed, moistened and steamed, molded onto the crown and brim blocks, and sizing is added to hold the shape. (Believe me, that is a very abbreviated explanation that in no way conveys the skill and artistry that goes into this process.) The crown and brim are then cut to size, the brim is hand-sewn onto the crown, and a wire and sweat-band are added. After that, Jenny’s sheer artistic talent takes over, as the hat is embellished.
Formé Millinery Suite 111 store front
Seeing the materials Jenny uses is an education in itself. Hats are made from parasisal, a tight-weave straw; sinamay, a looser-weave straw; liquid glass that can be painted, heated, and sculpted; wool and velour for winter; an amazing material called jinsin; and more. Jinsin is a form of bamboo from Australia, woven in a basket weave. The tiny bamboo fibers (the size of a thread) have to be kept saturated as it’s woven, to keep from breaking, and the cross-fibers can be silk or polyester. It takes dye well, and can be sculpted into beautiful bows, turbans, circles, and loops. To my untrained hand and eye, it is amazingly soft, with a bit of sheen. Inside Suite 111
There are also hats made entirely from long skeins of braided material about a quarter-inch wide (though widths vary). For this, Jenny uses a small 1800s vintage braid machine that looks much like a sewing machine. By the way she moves her hand as she feeds the braid in (looking almost like an orchestra conductor or a ballerina), she can mold and sculpt the material as the hat takes shape. A little over two years ago, after coming to Louisville for several years to do custom work for Derby Hats, Jenny decided to settle there. She had fallen in love with the city and its people, and was impressed with Louisville’s support for small businesses. She found a perfect location in the Mellwood Arts Center, an old meat-packing complex that has been renovated with shops and studios for artisans. Also housed in the complex are her master dyers, Justin and Nathan of BAZ and BEA Boutique, who can custom make the colors for Jenny’s print designs.
Straw braid used to make hats 1800s straw braid machine
In 2011, before her move to Kentucky, she received a call one day from Oprah’s studio in Chicago, asking her to design fifteen hats. The royal wedding (Kate and William) was coming, and Oprah planned to stream it live from London. During the broadcast, she and her staff would serve tea and crumpets to the studio audience while wearing Jenny’s hats. The deadline for ordering custom Derby hats has passed, but you can be sure they will be in evidence at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May! Asked about her guiding philosophy, she explained that, “As a Couture Milliner, my goal is to make a person feel sensational in my hats and to provide an ‘experience’ when having a handmade hat created just for her or him. I want them to look into the
I live my life as an adventure. So many people are afraid of the unknown, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try new things. Sometimes you have to take those leaps and make it happen.
mirror and feel transformed, almost as if they are one with the creation of the hat.” It is this philosophy, in combination with her deep respect for the art of millinery and her desire to revive it, that inspires Jenny to build each hat from scratch and not simply decorate a pre-made hat. Each custom-made hat is created to fit and to delight the individual who wears it. And her life’s philosophy? “In general, I live my life as an adventure. So many people are afraid of the unknown, and don’t try new things. Sometimes you have to take those leaps and make it happen. New people, new cultures can inspire you. You have to believe that you are worthy of success. With a mindset of ‘yes, you can,’ you can make it happen. I’m always thinking about what’s next.” As you might expect, Jenny has big dreams for the future. “I love teaching, walking people through how something is done, giving them insight into something new. Millinery used to be very prominent in this country, but now all the millinery schools have disappeared. I’d like to see Kentucky become the hat capitol of the United States. I envision a school – a regular semester school – where students can learn the basics of the different genres, pattern-making, couture hat design, and millinery history. But along with that, they will learn marketing and promotional skills, how to be a entrepreneur. After all, in the hat business, as in most businesses, 80% is the marketing, and 20% is the art itself. I want the graduates to be able to make a living in millinery, if they so choose.” Jenny envisions a pretty piece of land with a school that will include a pattern-making room, a sewing room, a blocking room, and more. She wants it to be part of the tourism in Kentucky. Tourists will be able to come and walk through, to see how the ancient techniques are utilized and how designs are created. And at the end of the tour will be a shop where visitors can purchase a hat handmade by one of the students. Her plans for assembling investors, procuring grants, finding instructors, etc., are temporarily on hold while she is taking time to be a mom, but you can be sure she will be back at work making it a reality. Says Jenny, “It’s already happened; I just have to get there! When you love doing what you do, it all falls into place.”
You can visit Jenny online at www.formemillinery.com O R V I S I T H E R S H O P AT:
Mellwood Arts Center 1860 Mellwood Avenue, Suite 111 Louisville, Kentucky 40206
Or by phone at 773-719-7307 to set up an appointment for a custom hat. Jenny’s book, The Making of a Milliner, can be purchased online at doverpublications.com or amazon.com Photos courtesy of Jenny Pfanenstiel and Steve Squall
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Taylor Harris and Rachel Thurman at Saut Herm猫s
Horse & Style and Best Friends in Paris For seven years, the Giant Steps Charity Classic Horse Show’s live auction and Gala has provided critical funding for the nonprofit Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center and its therapeutic riding and equine-assisted therapy programs. For the 2015 Gala, Horse & Style put together a luxurious lot offering a trip for two to Paris for the Saut Hermès horse show. The winning bidder, Taylor Harris, a Southern Californian and life-long equestrienne, invited her best friend and barn mate Rachel Thurman, to join her on this European equine experience.
he adventure began soon after Taylor and Rachel settled in at the luxury five-star hotel Le Bristol Paris on Rue du Fauborg Saint-Honoré. A lovely drive brought them to the Palace of Versailles at the Saint Anthony Gate (Grille Saint Antoine) to meet Baptiste Auclair from Horse in the City, who was waiting with his lorry full of enthusiastic horses ready to take them on a morning of exploring and galloping on the Palace grounds on a perfect, sunny Spring day. Framing the ride with a perfectly French breakfast and luncheon, the guests were greeted with coffee, tea, and pastries, including delectable chouquettes (sugardusted pastry puffs); and post gallop enjoyed baguettes, cheese, charcuterie, and pate, accompanied by rosé, white, and red wines. Exploring the many hectares of the perfectly manicured, storied, historic grounds on horseback; and viewing the agriculture, livestock, and the Grand Canal between the ears of a horse, is a sight few tourists ever see. Meanwhile taking it all in while galloping on grass through the artistically and geometrically planted trees, with the Palace in view, was idyllic; a very fine beginning to a fabulous French adventure. Taylor described the “exhilarating experience of galloping at full speed through Versailles” as having exceeded her expectations, as she “honestly had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into – how massive the grounds were and how fast the horses galloped, as if they had another gear.” Not too far into the ride, Taylor
nicknamed her gelding Habañero, and Rachel’s mare became Sriracha. Sharing her favorite memory, Rachel mused, “If I had to pick just one, which believe me is hard, It would have to be riding through Versailles. I was stunned to see it with my own eyes; I had no idea that it was even possible [to ride] there. While we were galloping, I remember laughing hysterically – crying really – because it was the purest form of joy. The scenery was splendid, and our tour guides were so wonderful. It felt like a newfound freedom, running in the wind through the vast fields and greenery that seemed to go on forever. And, mind you, this was not a horse show ‘hand gallop,’ these horses really went for it! It was breathtaking, and a memory I will always hold close to my heart.” Next up was a walk across the palace grounds, this time on foot, to the Palace and the Grandes Écuries, or Grand Stables, for a private, behind-the-scenes, insider tour of the Académie Équestre Nationale du Domaine de Versailles. Bartabas, a horseman, actor, and troop leader, and his unique corps de ballet comprised of both human and equine performers, have been in residence at the National Equestrian Academy of Versailles since 2003. Their performances include various artistic disciplines such as dancing, singing, fencing, or Kyudo, a form of traditional Japanese archery. Taylor and Rachel met several of the horses at the stables, which still exist as they have since they were originally completed in 1683
Rachel Thurman riding at Versailles
to house 600 horses for King Louis XIV, who had a passion for equestrian art performances. Many of the resident horses were temporarily stabled in the heart of Paris because Friday and Saturday evenings Bartabas and his troupe performed the show Nature au Galop, or Nature at Full Gallop, at Saut Hermès. Each show day this artistic spectacle mesmerized the audience for an engaging half hour of both choreographed movements and free-form horses at liberty, loose in the arena, freely sharing their special beauty and unique personalities with the crowd.
Bertram Allen and Romanov
For each of the last seven years, the luxury house of Hermès has presented the three-day-long Saut Hermès horse show at the Grand Palais in Paris. Charles Baudelaire’s description of the dream world he creates in Invitation to the Voyage, also aptly describes the ubiquitous scene under the roof of the Grand Palais, where “all is order and beauty, luxury, peace, and pleasure.” The sublime setting, the finely executed details, and the supremely talented horses and riders make spectators’ dreams come true. From their front-row seats, Taylor and Rachel had an incomparable view of the world’s top riders, select amateurs, and talented Under 25 competitors, all participating by invitation, as they dazzled the incredibly appreciative, informed, and passionate crowd with world-class sport in the most elegant setting imaginable. Supplementing the competition, shopping and dining reigned supreme. Special edition Hermès commemorative scarves featuring Hermès partner rider Lillie Keenan and her horse Pumped Up Kicks, and special edition show Twillys and necklaces were hot sellers. In the true spirit of its sellier tradition, saddle-making displays took a prominent position in the Grand Palais, as did Hermès’ new saddle designs, the Allegro and the Argpège. In addition, Hermès curated a rich equestrian bookstore appealing to a wide range of tastes and needs, and engaged many of the authors to sign the books that fans purchased. Special photo opportunities allowed the spectators to immerse themselves in the entire experience.
Victory gallop Shetland pony races, a goose-herding dog, pony rides, and a petting zoo entertained kids of all ages midday. The elegant Minipalais restaurant and bar provided exceptional food and wine mere steps away from the horse show action. Plus the distinctive French tearooms, Laduree and Angelina, were there to indulge the sweet tooth of every spectator. As for the main Friday horse show events, twenty-year-old Irish speedster Bertram Allen and the eighteen-year-old stallion Romanov (Heartbreaker x Fedor) owned by Billy Twomey, repeated his 2015 win in the Hermès Sellier 1.50 meter speed class. The pair bested the class by over two seconds. Jeroen Dubbeldaum of the Netherlands aboard Carusso LS La Silla (Montebello La Silla x Joost) owned by Club Hipico La Silla A.C. and Stal de Sjiem, placed second. Frenchman Kevin Staut on his ten-year-old mare Ayade de Septon *HDC (Wandor van de Mispraele x Naiade de Thieusies) owned by Haras des Coudrettes, won the 1.50 meter Prix GL Events Grand Prix by three seconds on Saturday. Hardin Towell and New York (Verdi x Watzmann) owned by Jennifer Gates, LLC, placed second.
The Saturday evening event, Le Saut Hermès, brought back Friday’s ten best-placed female/male rider pairs to challenge each other over two rounds for the win. Anna-Julia Kontio of Finland and Romain Duguet of Switzerland bested Jessica Mendoza and Roger-Yves Bost by having faster secondround times, after both duos posted two double-clear rounds each. The Franco-American duo Lucy Davis and Kevin Staut placed second. It was a magical Moroccan Sunday at Saut Hermès, as the €400,000 Hermès Grand Prix CSI5* treated the capacity crowd to a jump off to remember. Quickly de Kreisker, a spirited twelve-year-old stallion (Diamant de Semilly x Laudanum XX) owned by the King of Morocco, gave his dynamic partner, Abdelkebir Ouaddar, everything he asked for, and more, with a spectacular rollback and a fearless, flat-out run to the final oxer, causing the capacity crowd to explode with appreciation for the utterly incredible, true-trust effort. Last in the order of go, Ouaddar beat the previous time to beat set by Scott Brash and ten-year-old Hello Forever (For Pleasure x Nimmerdor) owned by Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, by more than two seconds. The engaged and jubilant crowd had no need to look at the timers; the difference was palpably commanding. After watching the final oxer’s rails stay up, the crowd rose nearly in unison, in a standing ovation, with wild applause and hearty jubilation for Quickly and Ouaddar. Once again, Hermès treated Paris to equestrian sport at its finest, while giving all participants yet another reason to love the luxury house and the City of Light. “After observing the way the Grand Prix riders walked the courses, warmed up their horses, and executed their strategies in the ring,” Taylor noted, “I walked away from the horse show even more inspired to put in the hard work and practice in hopes of one day competing at the top level like this.” Rachel summarized these experiences in a way that should inspire all best friends to take a special trip together: “Paris is such a magical city, and Taylor and I shared so many laughs and priceless memories. We hit the city by foot, getting our daily steps in for sure, and really got to see almost everything that Paris has to offer. Not to mention, after a long day, coming home to the most gorgeous hotel palace every night was yet another stunning element! I am still unsure if this was all real; as I reflect on it, it was one thing after another – how could this trip keep getting better and better? The best and most special part to me are the life moments that I get to forever share with my best friend – we got to bond in such a special way.” Taylor shared that Paris taught her “the Parisian way of taking uninterrupted time to enjoy each other’s company and of always being classic, poised, and stylish. The great thing horses provide is the ability to connect you to different places and people, as well as across generations and history. This trip gave us the opportunity to experience Europe with truly special people, and to make memories that we’ll cherish forever.”
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THE AMERICAN THOROUGHBRED
he glitz and glamour of the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby, defines in the public mind, the world of Thoroughbred racing. Though all Thoroughbreds don’t race in such glamorous conditions, they do the job for which they have been bred, and they do it well. Some start their careers at age two, and others as three-year-olds. The working life of a racehorse can extend five or six years, but what then? What happens when the applause dies, the crowds go home, and a horse has raced the last race? The best of the best colts go to stud at lovely breeding farms and live a charmed life. The fillies, if they have won enough races, become broodmares, producing the next generation of racehorses. But the also-rans, those who were great, but maybe not quite great enough, and facing a lifespan of upwards of twenty years – what happens to them? Over the years, a lot of attention has been given to this conundrum, producing a variety of solutions. Adoption agencies,
Thoroughbred rescues, re-purposing groups, and permanent retirement farms have been developed for these horses, by many charitable umbrella organizations, and also by many of the farms that bred them, in the United States, Ireland and England. One of the best of these, a hidden treasure, lies nestled within the Kentucky Horse Park, a premier non-profit reschooling facility that highlights the athleticism of the Thoroughbred. Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC) teaches new skills to horses that will allow them to emerge as ambassadors for racehorses in their new careers. Those familiar with this process understand that it takes a lot of time and patience to re-educate a horse whose life has been focused on speed and forward momentum, but given the heart, the athleticism, the intelligence, and the sheer beauty of the Thoroughbred, it is well worth the effort. After all, in the early days of show jumping and hunter competition, the great legends of the sport rode Thoroughbreds Melissa Murphy and Patrick Henry, photo © Shawn McMillen
almost exclusively; and even today, the grace and speed of the Thoroughbred are still preferred by many eventers and foxhunters. MMSC began as a visionary project in conjunction with the Kentucky Horse Park and the racing industry to showcase the athletic ability and talent of the American Thoroughbred. Through generous donations and grants from Maker’s Mark, Castleton Lyons Farm, Eaton Sales, and Keeneland, the MMSC opened its doors in October of 2004. The facility features twenty acres of paddocks, a ten-stall barn, an outdoor arena, a round pen, a free-jumping pen, and a small cross-country course. At any time, it is home to 10-20 Thoroughbreds, all in different phases of the Horse Centered Re-Schooling ProgramSM. Its location facilitates interaction with the public, and the center offers educational opportunities to promote the breed. Focusing on quality and depth of training, and dedicated to matching their horses with the ideal owner, MMSC has become the gold standard in Thoroughbred re-schooling. Their focus is horse-centric, addressing each individual animal’s needs. The mission is not to “flip” horses fast, but to educate them. MMSC provides them with skill sets for new careers, and finds them good homes in which they will thrive. The Horse Centered Re-schooling ProgramSM, developed by MMSC director Susanna Thomas, is a three-pronged system focusing on the mind, body, and spirit of the horse. Upon arrival at the MMSC, the horse is reviewed by a team of experts: dentist, farrier, veterinarian, nutrition specialist, chiropractor, Right: Susanna Thomas and Nowhere to Hide; Below: The Makers Mark Secretariat Center
Above: Bawana Jake being long-lined by MMSC trainer Catherine Flowers; Right: A bombproofing exercise with foam pool noodles
acupuncturist, and various practitioners of alternative therapies. From there the horse is assessed for temperament and learning style in a round pen, using natural horsemanship and at-liberty techniques to observe the horse’s personality. The initial goal is to establish mutual trust, understanding, and respect, to form the basis for a successful relationship. All MMSC candidates follow a foundational course, learning new aids and new ways of carrying themselves. The relationship to the bit and to the rider’s seat and legs is very different on the racetrack from most other careers, and the horse needs time to learn. Training involves groundwork and in-hand work, as well as riding in the ring, over fences, and in a field. Ultimately, the horse is introduced to a variety of disciplines, including dressage, jumping, trail riding, cross-country work, and when possible, horse shows, to determine the career for which it is best suited. “The goal of all the work and care is to discover what second career is appropriate for each horse,” said Susanna Thomas, Director of MMSC. “MMSC is known for high caliber horses that leave the center and successfully compete in their new professions.” One of the star graduates, Patrick Henry, proudly competes as the MMSC’s ambassador to the show hunter world. A regally bred, handsome ebony bay gelding, nine-year-old Patrick Henry has demonstrated a passion and natural ability for jumping. Bred by My Meadowview Farm in Water Mill, NY by Leonard and Louise Riggio, longtime supporters of the Thoroughbred may/june ·
and the MMSC, Patrick was unnerved by life at the track. To give him the chance to settle, the Riggio family turned him out for a year before sending him to MMSC. Patrick went through the usual expert review, and received relaxation exercises to improve his mental engagement. But it was not long before Thomas knew that Patrick was headed for the hunter/jumper world. Thomas felt that Patrick, a smart horse with a quirky personality and prodigious talent, belonged in the hands of a professional trainer. She invited several trainers to come and try him. “There was no doubt about it,” said Thomas. “Patrick picked Melissa Murphy as the partner he wanted, to embark on his new journey in life.” “Like many, I have a barn full of warmbloods, but I grew up on Thoroughbreds,” said Murphy, owner and trainer at Murphy Manor. “There are horses that you dream to work with in the future and for me that is Patrick Henry. He is in a league all of his own.” Murphy and Patrick have proven to be a dynamic duo in the show ring, picking up various awards n the two years that they have worked together. In 2015, Patrick was Champion in the Thoroughbred Hunter Division at both the Robert Murphy Show and the Kentucky Summer Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park. Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is all about quality, excellence, and transparency in the showcasing of the Thoroughbred as an all around equine athlete. Thoroughbred aftercare is an issue that affects everyone in the equestrian community, not just those in the sport of racing. MMSC helps to provide a solution to the problem. They are one part of a larger movement to take care of these animals that have given so much and captured our hearts.
With a bright future, Patrick Henry is an MMSC ambassador to the hunter world.
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Veniss With the 2016 Olympics on the horizon in Rio de Janiero this summer, Horse & Style caught up with stellar international talent Pedro Veniss, a Brazilian Hermès partner rider and veteran Olympian, at the Saut Hermès show in Paris. Based in Belgium, Pedro’s international calendar spans the globe, and he and his talented string of horses are preparing to take on the world. Having represented Brazil at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Veniss is focused on the 2016 Games. As many riders at this level do, he has carefully crafted a plan for his star horse Quabri De L Isle to peak at that time. He looks forward to representing his country, especially with the home crowd cheering, as well as to succeed individually.
HORSE & STYLE: Congratulations on becoming an Hermès partner rider, and on your sensational performance at Spruce Meadows this fall. How did it feel to be one of only two horse and rider combinations to navigate a double clear round, and secure Brazil’s team win in the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows Nation’s Cup at the ‘Masters’ Tournament? PEDRO VENISS: It was my first time at Spruce Meadows, really nice. [Said with the most genuine, heartfelt smile imaginable]. It was a dream come true to compete there; I’ve watched Rodrigo Pessoa and the famous personalities compete there, and I was really proud to be there and be on the team, and to win the Nation’s Cup.
round – maybe I started a little bit slow, but I’m very happy with the overall results: the team win in the Nation’s Cup, and third in the Grand Prix.
H&S: What is your favorite horse show venue? PV: Spruce Meadows. I feel my horse [Quabri] loved it. He felt amazing there. He was very happy to be there; he felt really good. I hope to be there again next year!
H&S: Are you excited about the Olympics being in your country? PV: Yes, definitely very excited!
H&S: What else can you share with us about your Spruce Meadows experiences? PV: We won the Nation’s Cup on Saturday [9/12/15], and Sunday morning, I guess I was still thinking about the win. Rodrigo said to me, “Hey – wake up! We have the [$1.5 million CP International] Grand Prix today. You don’t have a day off – you have another double clear to do!” Walking the course, the first round was nice, but the second course was tough; a really tough combination with water and a difficult distance, but Rodrigo helped me with it. I had a time fault in the second
H&S: Who are your current main competition horses? PV: My stallion, Quabri De L Isle, is a 12-year-old Selle Français by Kannan, a lovely horse. For Felicila is an 11-year-old Selle Français mare by For Pleasure. A new mare, Shou D Quilly, is a 10-year-old Selle Français; and another stallion, Rissoa D’AG Bois Margot, an 11-year-old Selle Français, was with me and very successful at the Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO5*. And I compete on AD Argos, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.
H&S: What do you think about your new opportunity to work with George Morris, who has been hired as team trainer for the Brazilian show jumping team? PV: I am very excited to work with him – very excited. I went to Palm Beach for a few days and spoke with him. He’s such a great horseman, and I’m really lucky to have an opportunity to work with him. H&S: What are your next shows in preparation for the Olympics? PV: Global Champions Tour Miami, Mexico, Antwerp in Europe, and then Shanghai. Then back home, and for Quabri I will do the
Opposite Page: Brazilian rider Pedro Veniss, recently honored with a position as an Hermès Partner Rider, photo courtesy of Hermès; This Page: Pedro Veniss and For Felicia competing at the Mexico City leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, photo © Stefano Grasso
Longines Jumping International CSIO5* at La Baule, France, a few shows near home, and then try to keep him fresh. H&S: When did you first become an Hermès partner rider and what does it mean to you? PV: In February of this year. I have always had Hermès as a reference with Necco [Nelson Pessoa] and Rodrigo, as they have been with them for many years, so I am very proud to be part of the team; I’m very, very happy to be with them. H&S: Hermès partnered with Brazilian show jumper Nelson Pessoa in the 1960s, and in conjunction with the Pessoas, developed the Brasilia Saddle in 2004. Now that you are engaged as a partner rider, what saddle do you ride in? PV: I ride in a Cavale; I really like the Cavale. H&S: What parts of the design do you like the best? PV: The Cavale is a nice blend between the American style and the European style. It’s very good for forward position, but when I really sit, it’s very comfortable. Cavale’s seat is medium deep. H&S: How does Hermès support you as a rider? PV: Very well . . . everything is top quality, that’s the most important thing.
H&S: Are there any favorite Hermès products you like for your horse? PV: All the leather tack, and everything from the bonnet to the wraps; actually everything for horse and rider. H&S: Did you grow up in an equestrian family? PV: My father started in horses many years ago in Brazil, so all the family is in the club [Sociedade Hípica Paulista] at Sao Paulo where Doda [Miranda] did the show for a few years. Since three years old I have been riding horses. H&S: What else do you like to do besides riding? PV: I really like to surf. I started really young in Brazil. When I am in Spain at the Sunshine Tour, I have 25 horses there; it has many great grass arenas, and the surf is also very good. I really like surfing in Biarritz, France when I have a week off, if possible. And, like all Brazilians, I also like football [soccer]. H&S: What do you think about the show here at the Grand Palais? PV: Amazing, amazing, it’s wonderful, beautiful.
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by Jackie McFarland
After more than a decade, the Longines Global Champions Tour is in a league of its own. There is no other offering in the sport of show jumping produced in this manner; up to 50 world-ranked athletes and their horses compete in five-star events in 15 beautiful locations around the world, for significant purses totaling approximately €9 million ($10 million) annually, including a year-end Champion of Champions bonus.
he Champion of Champions of the LGCT rewards the rider who, in that particular year (and in the case of Edwina Tops-Alexander and Scott Brash two years), had their ‘game on,’ proving at the end of a season they were truly the most consistent prize winner on the Tour. As expansive as the LCGT is, it actually brings the world of show jumping closer to the fans. Many of the riders unite in up to fifteen competitions, in locations that transform for the sake of show jumping, in twelve countries around the globe. And now for the first time, two of the fifteen weekends were in North America. Miami Beach and Mexico City hosted the inaugural events of the 2016 LCGT season, and impressively so. Miami Beach sparkled for
Edwina Tops-Alexander and Linea Tequila compete at the LGCT Miami Beach, photo © Ashley Neuhof
Securing the ideal stage is only the beginning in producing an event of this magnitude.
the second year in a row. Intimate and on the beach, one side of the small show arena is lined with beach-clad spectators. The grandstands and VIP areas are also filled with Floridians who love the sport, love the shore, or both. As can be expected when top athletes gather to compete, the Grand Prix of Miami Beach finished with a nail-biting jump-off, where last-to-go Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS) beat McLain Ward (USA) by a fraction of a second. “[It was an] amazing start... I think all the circumstances are great. We present a unique sport that’s totally different than it is in our classical arenas, which is what makes it so unique for this show. This is what the Tour is about. We are very diverse,” explained Jan Tops, Longines Global Champions Tour Founder and President, while in Miami at the tour’s first leg. “This week we have a small arena but you also see big horses, like the ones McLain or Christian have, perform well in these arenas. Next week we have a big grass arena. We are jumping during the day and during the night – we have all these different elements and that is why I think the Tour is so special.” McLain Ward (USA), silver medallist at the LGCT Grand Prix of Miami Beach stated, “I’d like to first say thank you to Jan and GCT – it’s great to have these events in North America; to bring up our sport to the level of Europe. For the top riders in our country it’s very exciting, so thank you… I’m proud of my horse, and my team – now on to the next.” Staying in North America, the tour headed to Mexico City for the first time in its history. A bold move for all involved that took years of planning and months of preparation, the inaugural event unfolded in the center of a bustling metropolis of almost 9 million residents. In Mexico City the ideal site, the one used for the individual dressage and show jumping events for the 1968 Olympic Games, and for the 2008 World Polo Championship, is Campo Marte. With Los Pinos, the home and office of the President, only a half mile away, the field is most often used as a landing pad for helicopters with political leaders on board. It has been eight years since the prime location was made available for a major event, but the Tour’s partners Promo Mexico and Oxer Sport made it happen. In contrast to the compact sand arena next to the Atlantic Ocean shoreline in Miami Beach, the big, sweeping grass arena at Campo Marte spans 125m x 75m (410’ x 246’). The high octane sport also occurred in high altitude with the venue at 2,250 meters (7,382’ or 1.4 miles) above sea level, which didn’t appear to affect the equine or equestrian athletes at all. Securing the ideal stage is only the beginning in producing an event of this magnitude. Along with making certain every need for the horses and riders was handled properly, preparing the grass for heavy use, and then dressing up the otherwise ‘empty space’ with a four-tier catered VIP for 200 tables, sponsor seating, shopping, media center, and more, the end goal was to bring the world’s best show jumpers to Mexico City and to draw a large audience who would appreciate this magnificent sport.
This Page: A pristine grass field in the center of Mexico City set the stage for the second leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, photo © EqSol; Opposite: McLain Ward and HH Azur compete at the LGCT Miami Beach, photo © Ashley Neuhof
With a two-round grand prix format and a jump-off of four on Saturday, the talent did not disappoint. Thousands of cheering spectators, eager for autographs when the opportunity arose, filled the VIP, the grandstands, and packed the fence line of the large arena. French veteran Roger-Yves Bost (better known as Bosty) set a standard that could not be topped by current Tour
Leader Christian Ahlmann (GER), nor young hotshots Bertram Allen (IRL) and Jos Verlooy (BEL) to lead the victory gallop for this historic event. In attendance at the press conference after the inaugural LGCT Grand Prix of Mexico City, Álvaro Arrieta Konyay, Oxer Sport CEO, was ecstatic. “This is like a dream! Here there are four of the best riders in the world, and here we are in Mexico. We started working two years ago – thanks to the confidence and the trust of my friend Jan. The team of my company, of Oxer Sport, the Pasquel family, all of us have done our best to get this amazing event. We have great pride in the excellent, excellent assistance of the public this Saturday – today we’ve seen fantastic sport here, thanks to the course designer (Uliano Vezzani) who is part of this magic moment. Thank you to Mexico, to the Secretary of Tourism, as well as the Director of Longines. In Mexico they have supported this fantastic Grand Prix. Thank you.” Tops concurred. “If you’d wanted to write the perfect script a week ago, you would end up with what you are seeing here in the last couple of days. Not only was it perfect organization and with great riders, the public here were unique – they are very warm, they know about the sport, and they really appreciate the riders and the performance. This makes it a special place. I would like to thank Oxer and the Pasquel family, it was a great partnership. Also thanks to the Mexican Government who are behind us. Without these people we couldn’t have had a weekend like this. The winner was the sport – it was a great finish thanks to the course builder again, and I’d like to thank all the stakeholders who made this happen.” B R A N D N E W I N 2 0 16 : S U N D A Y G C L Knowing that creating a magnificent setting in a worldly location isn’t quite enough to generate the fanbase this sport deserves, Jan Tops and Frank McCourt have introduced a brand new concept to up the ante for all involved. The Global Champions League (GCL) kicked off this season, and North America had the honor of hosting the first two GCL events in history. Dressed in team-colored polo shirts or jackets, two riders are picked to compete in Sunday’s GCL event each week. They compete in a rotation of two rounds against the clock with a maximum obstacle height of 1.50–1.55m. Riders must use the same horse in both rounds. A horse participating in the GCL competition is not allowed to participate in another competition on the same day. Each GCL team enters into a franchise agreement for the full season – March through November – and is named for a location on the tour, with five athletes, including two top-thirty ranked riders and one U25 (under age 25) rider, plus a manager per team. Likely, none of these unique groupings has competed as teammates, only against one another, and that adds a unique aspect never seen before. Kicking off the first-ever event in Miami, Team Valkenswaard United earned the best score, with world-ranked U25 rider Bertram Allen and world-ranked veteran John Whitaker competing as teammates. They scored a total of 4 faults in four rounds, each riding twice, in a total time of 113.15, and were followed closely by the Antwerp Diamonds, represented by Audrey Coulter and Jos Verlooy, also with a total of 4 faults, in a time of 118.59. Coulter and Verlooy are barn mates, but in the GCL they ride as teammates.
Opposite: John Whitaker and Bertram Allen, members of the winning Team Valkenswaard United in Miami, photo © Ashley Neuhof; This Page: Kent Farrington and Gazelle compete at the LGCT Mexico City, photos © Anwar Esquivel; GCL teams pose with traditional Mexican dancers, photo © Stefano Grasso
With team tactics and the potential to trade team members, this is truly only the beginning of a bigger vision developed by GCL Co-Founders Jan Tops and Frank McCourt.
Two tough yet graceful Shanghai Swans stepped up for the win over a challenging track in Mexico. Teammates Edwina Tops-Alexander and Janne Friederike-Meyer scored 10 faults with the next best score at 15 faults. Vincent Caumartin, Shanghai Swans Team Manager, took the time to talk a bit about the new league. “Jan Tops understands what showjumping needs. He has a vision of this sport. He really knows horses and riders and how to put show jumping ‘under the lights.’ I think this sport has beautiful years ahead.” He went on to explain the energy of the Sunday event. “It’s a new concept. People want entertainment and to understand the rules. There is music and excitement in a short format,” Caumartin said. “In Mexico the public was fantastic. It was crowded with an incredible atmosphere. They were behind the riders, supporting them on the League. You have to live for moments like that!” Team Ranking points are awarded and posted after each GCL competition. First place winners earn 30 points, second earn 27 points and third receives 25 points, and so on through 12th place. Prize money is €7.5 million ($8.6 million) forthe 2016 season, with €200,000 ($225,000) per event of which €60,000 ($68,000) is awarded to the winners, and money is paid through 12th place. At the end of the season a €4.5 million ($5.2 million) overall championship bonus will be divided between all the teams, along with the distinction of being the first GCL Champions. With team tactics and the potential to trade team members, this is truly only the beginning of a bigger vision developed by GCL Co-Founders Jan Tops and Frank McCourt. They predict the new team competitions will transform show jumping and evolve the sport for the modern era, benefiting fans, sponsors, media and team owners. Breaking the barrier in a traditional sport is bound to raise some questions and a touch of controversy, nothing new to Tops and McCourt.They plan to stay the course and see their vision become the fanbase solution the sport so sorely needs.
This Page: Georgina Bloomberg, member of Team Miami Glory competes in Miami, photo © Ashley Neuhof; Opposite: The victorious Team Shanghai Swans – Edwina Tops-Alexander and Janne Friederike-Meyer – in Mexico, photo © Stefano Grasso
Still significantly European, with a few other continents sprinkled in, the Longines Global Champions Tour and the Global Champions League now bring the best in show jumping to North America. With this comes the amazing LGCT and GCL behind-the-scenes, and in front of the camera, teams who bring the sport to the fans in-house and beyond. From social media to web to TV, they work tirelessly to bring show jumping to the audience in every medium. At press time, the Tour had been to Antwerp, Belgium, and is now settling into Shanghai, China. There is no reason not to ‘go global’ – top sport presented by true global champions is at your fingertips.
For more global action: globalchampionstour.com & globalchampionsleague.com
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by Jana Cohen Barbe
IMPULSION When all Else Fails, Forward Motion
ife presents hurdles to be overcome. Businesses face obstacles that impede progress. Some days we leap over them with grace and style, and on other days, we “stop-out” and fall head-first into the mud. How do we address the challenges that feel insurmountable in or outside of the riding ring? How do we leap over problems and gallop past them? We do so by driving ourselves forward with commitment and our own personal power. We do so with impulsion. Impulsion is the basis for all effective riding. It means forward motion, energy and muscle; but it is also contained and channeled power. I think of it as driving a race car at a controlled speed. The power is there, but it is managed and directed by the driver. The car is not out of control, but the finely tuned engine is ready to be deployed as desired. Acceleration is easy, and driving is fun. Conversely, the absence of impulsion feels like driving a car that has no power – no pick-up. It is the rental car that may not make it up the hill. It feels like you are towing more than your capacity and acceleration is slow and undependable. The car is no fun to drive. Great riders create impulsion. Riders who are not so great, like me, may struggle to create it. My horse ignores my leg if I use it
too much. If I don’t use it, he stops, and if I am sloppy with my aids, he will completely disregard me (or worse). So precision, for me, is also part of the impulsion equation. There is nothing untidy about impulsion. I also believe there is a mental component to impulsion. Energy is physical but it is also an attitude. Is the horse eager, ready to go, “game?” My daughter used to show a small pony who slept at the in-gate. We would look up and he would be napping while one trip out, but when he crossed the line into the ring he was ready. It was “show-time.” We joked that he became aerodynamic. He would lower his body a notch and open his stride. You could tell by his ears when he had locked on to a jump. His eye was bright. He knew his job, he liked it, and it showed; and when the courtesy circle was complete and they exited the ring, he went back to sleep. For me, his attitude and his athleticism combined perfectly to achieve impulsion, his napping notwithstanding. I actually viewed his napping as an indication that he had achieved “work-life balance.” What is unequivocal is that we cannot accomplish what we need or want in the ring, in life or in business without impulsion. We must commit to forward progress. Every rider knows the feeling of “not having enough horse,” a lack of impulsion. As a rider
I was taught early on that if you’re going to make a mistake, make it while going forward. I realize it’s sometimes easier said than done, but when in doubt, leg-on. In riding, power is derived from the horses hind-end. Properly utilized, the muscle and strength of the hind end deliver the power. But to properly deliver, the hind-end, the power source, must be kept fit and properly conditioned. In business, power is derived from the owner and the staff, and their collective expertise, skill, enthusiasm and commitment. This is the foundation for a strong and productive business. Just as with horses, this requires training, education and experience but a well honed business, just like a fit horse, can be unbeatable. If the business has the muscle and the fitness, the next question is whether the business understands how to deploy the muscle to achieve the desired objective. Is there a strategic plan that is clearly understood at every level of the company? Precision, deliberateness, crisp and clear communication – each is a building block of impulsion for riding and for business. In life and in business, forward motion is also a choice and most often the right choice – not impulsive, out of control forward motion but deliberate, well considered and well directed forward motion. Great progress and great accomplishments begin with an initial step. It does not matter how big the initial step is; the key is movement. Take a step. Take a chance. Businesses that stagnate, don’t survive. They lose their market share. They lose their best employees – the ones that want to be challenged and inspired. And life also demands vigor. Personal growth begins by putting one foot in front of the other. When in doubt, forward motion. Each of us in business (and in life) has moments at the in-gate. Whether it is public speaking, or a client pitch, or any anxietyridden challenge, we need impulsion to achieve our goals. We need to bring our power to bear to achieve results. And for me, when I stand on a precipice or face a test of my abilities in business, I say to myself exactly what I always said to myself at the in-gate, “eye up, leg on.” And it works.
Jana is a Partner and Global Vice Chair of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. A foremost authority in real estate law and business management, Jana is a frequent author and speaker on leadership, crisis management, the role of women in business and professional advancement. An avid equestrian who owns a working farm in Kentucky, Jana examines the interplay between business and riding.
Opposite page: Kent Farrington and Willow, photo © Ashley Neuhof
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Being publisher of Horse & Style often affords me unique opportunities in the horse world, and the offer I received this past February certainly proved to be one of them. H&S was invited to cover the Chi Al Shaqab horse show in Doha, Qatar. Having never traveled to the Middle East, I seized the opportunity with great anticipation and booked my 16-hour flight to Qatar, an island off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf. I also easily convinced my sister-in-law and H&S account manager, Katie Appel, to join me for this middle eastern adventure. When we arrived, the Chi Al Shaqab courtesy vehicle picked us up at the Doha airport and whisked us off to the elegant Doha St. Regis Hotel. From the moment we arrived, everything about the trip was exceptional: the facility, the horses and the people.
Clockwise (from top-left): Al Shaqab’s stadium arena has an open ceiling providing a breathtaking view of the sky above the competitors; Capturing a memorable moment at Al Shaqab; The airy Al Shaqab press center; Opposite: Al Shaqab’s stadium arena is absolutely stunning under the lights
WINDOW TO THE SKY The next morning we arrived at the Al Shaqab facility, home to the Chi Al Shaqab 5* horse show. As we walked onto the grounds and neared the competition arena, it felt like a window to the sky literally opened above us. The arena sits in the middle of an incredible stadium structure with curving walls that afford the spectator stands ample shade but allow the arena to remain open to the sun and air. The excellent weather that we enjoyed made the stadium’s spectacular open ceiling all the more astonishing. Along one side of the stadium there was an extraordinary two story VIP lounge with ceiling to floor windows that looked down on the competition. Other areas around the facility had accommodations for the press, vendors, and a spectator plaza, where one could find gourmet coffee, snacks and a wide range of Arabic and international dishes. Al Shaqab is certainly one of the most impressive equine facilities in the world, and provides a luxury experience for both competitors and spectators.
IMPRESS THE PRESS I have had the opportunity to experience 5* level competitions as a spectator and as a member of the press. Working in media is a lot like working in the fashion industry; it often seems more glamorous than it really is. In reality, maintaining a strong social media means pleasing followers who are looking for instant coverage, leaving little to no time to edit photos or write copy. Often journalists on location are assigned to work in a crowded room, with spotty WiFi, and if they are lucky, a mediocre boxed sandwich lunch. However, being a media partner at Chi Al Shaqab was like nothing I have experienced. The press room was on the 3rd floor of the stadium with a ceiling to floor glass wall looking out over the main arena. Each day we were treated to an incredible lunch and dinner, catered by the Doha Four Seasons. Most importantly, a wonderful horse show staff supported the press by providing journalists with images, press releases and start lists on demand. Chi Al Shaqab made being a media partner feel glamourous.
Opposite: Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Codex One; This Page (left to right): German riders were victorious in the €500,000 CSI 5* Grand Prix; The historic stables at Al Shaqab house the facility’s prized Arabian horses. Al Shaqab is famous for its Arabian horse breeding program
A GERMAN SWEEP No matter how many 5* classes I have watched in person, sitting ringside and hearing a horse’s hooves as it gallops down to a 1.60 vertical never grows old. One of the things I loved about Chi Al Shaqab was the easy access the spectators had to the ring side. Viewers could stand and watch at the rail three feet from a jump, and the stands offered an incredible bird’s eye view of all the competition arenas. The competition drew a substantial crowd throughout the week and a full crowd by the final day on Sunday. The course designer, Frank Rothenburger, set a challenging track resulting in an exciting €500,000 CSI 5* Grand Prix. After a dramatic jump off, Ludger Beerbaum and Chiara were victorious with Daniel Deusser and First Class van Eeckelghem (2nd) and Christian Ahlmann and Codex One (3rd), giving the Germans a sweep on the podium.
HIS TORY OF HORSEMANSHIP While the Chi Al Shaqab was a typical show in that warmbloods were the mount of choice, the history and importance of the Arabian horse to Qatar is obvious when you tour the facility. Before petroleum and natural gas became the main pillar of Qatar’s economy, Qatar was known for breeding prized Arabian horses, who were very much a part of everyday life in the desert. Today, Al Shaqab maintains an expansive Arabian halter horse breeding program that represents an integral part of the purpose of Al Shaqab. Founder Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir of Qatar, established the facility in part to “enjoy his passion for Arab horses, to honor courageous horses ridden by victorious Qatari knights of the past, and to ensure this noble breed would continue to play a leading role in the cultural heritage of the Qatari people.” As we toured the historical Otuman Stable it was amazing to see how the older, traditional barn contrasted with the new, modern facilities that hosted the competition. It was also amazing to realize may/june ·
Clockwise (from left): Maryam A. A Al Ali, a prominent equestrian in Qatar; Spectators were treated to horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the show; Young riders from Al Shaqab’s riding school
that as important as warmblood breeding is to the jumping world, so is Arabian breeding to the country of Qatar. A LOC AL S TAR The rider list for the 5* classes featured a notable roster of top international riders, including the current top three Longines FEI ranked riders in the world. But equally impressive was the long list of local 3* riders. One in particular, Maryam Mubarak A. A Al Ali, shows incredible ambition and dedication to the sport. Having been a professional for only three years, she has quickly risen among the male dominated ranks, and is now the most prominent Qatari equestrian woman. She works extremely hard to continue developing as a rider, training twice a day and spending summers training in Europe. She also receives special encouragement from the Qatar Equestrian Federation. Maryam explains, “This season the federation is really promoting female involvement in the sport. However, because of the culture and the time required to train properly, it’s difficult to find someone who can fully commit to the sport; in this field, you really have to give it your all.” From watching her ride, it
was obvious that Maryam is doing just that, and taking pride in her sport. But most importantly, she is proud to be leading the way for women in Qatari show jumping. SOMETHIN G FOR EVERYONE One of the most surprising things about the event was that it was carefully planned to include all ages and levels of experience. Even those with limited horse skills had fun taking rides in the horse drawn carriage, shopping the vendor area, eating the incredible food, and visiting the cultural tent. At the riding school I had the chance to meet some of the Al Shaqab students, and watch as they laughed while parading around the arena proudly waving their Al Shaqab flags. One of my favorite memories was watching the parents at the gate, tucking in polos, adjusting helmets and snapping photos of their children on their iPhones. It was a great reminder that pony moms are pony moms, anywhere in the world. While the competition itself remained the main attraction for the week, Chi Al Shaqab definitely provided a once in a lifetime experience that transcended the arena. All photos courtesy of Chi Al SHAQAB
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SEACREST (RID) CRUISING ARISH (ISH) CRUISING ENCORE (ISH) MULL ACREW (ISH)
KNOCKBOY (RID) SEA SPRAY (RID) NORDLYS (TB) BIG IDEA (ISH)
CRUISING TO NEW HEIGHTS
Meet Cruising Arish and Cruising Encore, the clones of champion Irish Sport Horse showjumper, Cruising.
Grand Prix in some of the most famous shows in the world. Out of all the prestigious venues, including Spruce Meadows, Rome and Dublin, Aachen was Cruising’s favorite. “He loved Aachen.” Mary enthuses, “The first year he was there as a nine-year-old and jumped
Ireland has a great tradition of horses. From breeding to riding, methods are handed down from generation to generation, creating an Irish mastery of horsemanship that is world-renowned. It’s no surprise to see Irish riders and Irish-bred horses winning international competitions, week after week.
The chance of getting another Cruising is a million to one. But by using one of his clones, you’ll get a horse with the best Irish Sport Horse genetics and potential to be a good jumper.
CRUISING: A TRUE TALENT AND SUPERB SIRE There’s one Irish Sport Horse stallion that has made a significant impact on the quality and performance of showjumpers and eventers worldwide. Sire of Rich Feller’s Flexible, and countless other toplevel showjumpers and eventers, Cruising has left his mark on the showjumping world as a top-class competitor and prolific sire. Born in 1985 at Mary McCann’s Hartwell Stud in the heart of Ireland’s horse country, Cruising was ridden to success by Trevor Coyle. Mary’s favorite memory of the big, grey stallion is his victory in the five-year-old class at the Dublin Horse Show. He won it having only jumped in about six shows in his entire life – an incredible feat. He went on to jump on Nations Cup teams and in
two clear rounds in the Nations Cup to win it, then in the Grand Prix he jumped two clear rounds and four faults for fifth. He jumped there five years running and was fifth, fourth, third and first in the Grand Prix. In four years, he only had two fences down. That’s how much he loved it.”
Cruising felt at home at the iconic showground, as well. “The second year he went to Aachen, he walked right up to the stable he was in the year before. He knew the grounds and the rings and loved jumping there.” Sadly, Cruising died in 2014, but his legacy and superior genetics live on, with two Cruising clones – Cruising Arish and Cruising Encore. This will be their first full year at stud, and they’re ready to pass on the best Irish showjumping genetics to breeders worldwide. THE IDEAL CANDIDATE In 2010, Mary was offered a free biopsy as part of a cloning package. As the only horse to gain three five star ratings by Horse Sport Ireland for his own performance, and as a sire of showjumpers and eventers, Cruising was the perfect candidate. Mary took up the offer, and Cruising Encore and Cruising Arish were foaled in 2012. The two handsome stallions resemble Cruising in curious ways, says Mary. “You see unbelievable strains of his personality coming through in his clones. Cruising always flapped his lips – which is a thing that not many horses do – and one of them does that. We broke them in for riding last summer and my daughter got the feeling like they had been there before. There’s a sense of déjà vu.”
While genetics account for some of a horse’s performance, its environment and rider play a large part. Mary is realistic – she’s not expecting another Cruising. “The chance of getting another Cruising is a million to one. But by using one of his clones, you’ll get a horse with the best Irish Sport Horse genetics and potential to be a good jumper.” DON’T RUSH A GOOD THING While the clones are showing promise as showjumpers, Mary doesn’t want to rush them. “Cruising didn’t jump until he was five. We let him take his time to mature – Irish horses need that.You see horses jumping around Grand Prix at a young age, but they might retire by 12. Why rush them?” Indeed, Mary might be right. One of Cruising’s most famous sons, Flexible, is still jumping internationally at age 20 with Rich Fellers. “The fact remains that there’s no question about the genetics of the Irish horse producing good bone for longevity, something that can be missed in many of today’s horses.” says Mary, “It’s all to do with the quality of the Irish land – they’re raised on good grazing with limestone soil, which gives them the proper nutrients to grow and develop.” Opposite (L-R): Cruising Encore, Cruising Arish; This Page: Cruising’s Trophy Wall at Hartwell Stud
NORTH AMERICA HAS THE VISION Given the traditional nature of the Irish equine industry, Mary is somewhat of a pathfinder. As the owner-breeder of the first cloned horses in Ireland, she’s come up against some criticism from the stalwarts of the Irish equine scene. She’s used to it. “Once they see nice foals,” Mary enthuses, “hopefully they will change their mind. It may take five years – but once they see Cruising Arish and Cruising Encore progeny performing, they’ll come around.” Perceptions change, and it seems like the North American market will lead it. Mary recently sent out 800 straws of frozen semen to North America, ready for eager breeders to get their fix of the best traditional Irish showjumping and eventing genetics. If Cruising is anything to go by, there are sure to be some talented horses flying the flag for Irish breeding in North America soon. For more information on Cruising Arish and Cruising Encore, visit hartwellstud.com or email email@example.com. Cruising Encore’s stunning conformation photo
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FEATURE by Laurie Berglie & Jackie McFarland
INNOVATIVE INVENTION IN OUR INDUSTRY
eels down. Eyes up. Hands quiet. Shoulders back. As equestrians, we have heard these phrases uttered (or maybe shouted!) at countless riding lessons. For some of us, doing all these things correctly, and at the same time, is challenging. When we try too hard, we often get an unintended reaction from our trusty steeds and, invariably, all involved get frustrated. Alexandra Cherubini, Founder and President of EquiFit, inc., experienced this, and decided to develop an aid to alleviate some of the issues. The answer is ShouldersBack™, a product that helps all who wear it do just as the name claims, which is a bonus both on and off the horse.
Cherubini explained, “Growing up, I was constantly being yelled at to keep my shoulders back. As I was trotting around with a stick behind my back, I always remember thinking, ‘there must be a better and safer way to do this!’”
A BRIGHT IDEA GOES BIG As a young girl learning to ride, Cherubini learned to keep her shoulders back the hard way, as many of us did, by having her instructor place a crop behind her back and between her elbows. While this widely-used practice can be somewhat effective, she knew there had to be a better way to accomplish that goal of improving one’s posture. Shortly after she graduated college with a degree in Anthropology, she decided to find a way to marry her new career with her love for horses and riding, and EquiFit’s first product, ShouldersBack™, was born.
Not long after its release in 2001, equestrians embraced ShouldersBack™ as they enjoyed the benefits that came from better posture: overall comfort in the saddle and success in the show ring. Not surprisingly, word of this product’s abilities spread, and soon non-horse professionals in other fields who lean or sit for long periods of time were clamoring for it.
She worked with a team of orthopedists to develop ShouldersBack™, a lightweight vest with multiple straps intended to place your shoulders and upper body in the correct position. The Velcro straps can be adjusted to suit each rider’s body individually, creating a one-of-a-kind, customized fit. The good news is that this product is comfortable, not stiff like a crop across your back. The vest does not have to be tight or restricting in order to work well.
The revolutionary product was featured in multiple highly-popular women’s magazines such as, Elle, W., Beverly Hills Magazine, Day Spa Magazine, Fashion Manuscript, as well as Golf Fashions & Finds Magazine. It was also featured in an exhibit (“Extreme Beauty: The Body
Transformed”) at the Museum of Modern Art where it was recognized for its superior design and function. At this exhibit, ShouldersBack™ held court alongside some of the world’s most famous fashion designers. “I knew the product worked and hoped riders would see and feel the benefits,” Cherubini said. “But I never imagined it would have such a fabulous response from the fashion world and reach so many other markets. It was inspiring!” STILL EFFECTIVE, STILL STYLISH It has been 15 years since ShouldersBack™ hit the shelves, and since then, the EquiFit product line has continued to expand. Immediately following the first product’s success, Cherubini focused on the comfort of the horse and created a line of equine boots using T-Foam™. This shock-absorbing material conforms to the horse, giving it a customized, individual fit. But she didn’t just stop with boots. The T-Boot™ series and D-Teq™ Boot line, T-Sport™ Wraps, the GelCompression™ Therapy line, as well as saddle pads, girths, jackets, and other accessories for both horse and rider are all a part of EquiFit’s extensive catalog that has evolved since ShouldersBack™. Not needing much modernizing since the first launch, ShouldersBack™ now comes in two forms, the Original and ShouldersBack Lite™, a vest that offers the same support as its predecessor, but comes in an even lighter, sheer fabric designed to be worn in warmer weather. Both forms come in black and white, and ShouldersBack Lite™ also comes in beige. Since both are lightweight, they can easily been worn under all shirts, and are not visible. Cherubini continues to innovate and compete. “I can’t believe that it’s been more than fifteen years since this adventure began,” she said with a smile. But then more seriously, she explained, “The inspiration that kicked off my company continues. All riders should keep their shoulders back, but do so comfortably while building the right muscles. And we are constantly developing boots and other therapeutic products that both function well and look good! It is amazing what the horses do for us, we owe it to them to keep them protected and comfortable as much as we can.”
Above: Lillie Keenan winning the 2013 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show wearing her ShouldersBack™ under her hunt coat, photo © PhelpsSports.com; Below: ShouldersBack™ founder Alexandra Cherubini and her horse CashGirl 5 competing at the 2016 The Winter Equestrian Festival. CashGirl 5 is also sporting EquiFit boots, photo © The Book LLC
By consistently working with new designs and techniques as well as modern materials, EquiFit excels at making life more comfortable for equestrians and horses. Our H&S hats are off to Cherubini for boldly stepping out, with her shoulders back, and creating solutions with style.
ShouldersBack™ is sold online and in various equestrian shops, and can also be found in health and beauty outlets. Note: riders should start by wearing ShouldersBack™ one hour a day or less, gradually increasing the time as the body gets used to its new, correct position. See more at equifit.net.
LONGINES GLOBAL C HAMPIONS TOUR & GLOBAL C HAMPIONS LEAGUE – MIAMI BEAC H, FL
1. Rothchild landing with a rare ears up moment 2. Beezie Madden and Cortes ‘C’ jumping in his trademark cross-style 3. Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani clearly clean with room to spare 4. Yes show jumping on the beach means bikini-clad spectators are expected 5. Kent Farrington riding for Miami Glory 6. Global Champion League Winners John Whitaker and Bertram Allen get doused with champagne by fellow competitors, an LGCT tradition 7. Todd Minikus on Quality Girl warming up by the seashore 8. Victory in black and white 9. The winner watching the waves
9. Photos © Ashley Neuhof
H I S T O R Y of by Laurie Berglie
Like all pieces of the riding habit, the history of the ratcatcher, also and potentially more commonly known as the show shirt, is one laced in mystery and intrigue. No one knows for sure how the name “ratcatcher” came into being, but I discovered multiple theories that help solve the mystery.
WHAT’S IN A N AME? Yes, Shakespeare, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but ‘ratcatcher’ does not portray a particularly pleasing vision. How did a simply-cut, fashionable shirt garner such a name? One source concludes that the style was inspired by the clothes of the actual rat catchers who lived and worked in England during the Victorian era. These catchers would wrap scraps of fabric and other material high around their necks to protect them from being bitten as they hunted the disease-ridden rodents. Another (not so endearing) source claims the term was developed in regard to the class level within the fox hunt. Ratcatcher is informal hunting attire, and it was said that those who hunted informally were no better than those who hunted rats. It was thought that unless one hunted formally, with proper attire, one might as well be member of this lower-class profession. A third source also looks to the foxhunt to make the connection. While out hunting, a rat-catcher or terrier-man, would follow along with the hunt on foot where he would use his little dogs to chase the foxes out of their hiding spots. His duties were similar to the ones performed by the rat-catchers in the cities who would sometimes also use terriers to flush the rats out of their hiding places. Finally, a fourth source claims that the term was developed, again, in the hunt field during off-season. It states that this type of attire was worn during informal hunting periods when foxes were out of season. During this time, riders would hunt anything just for the sport of it, sometimes even rats. The modern equestrian world may never know exactly where the term ratcatcher stemmed from, but one can assume it was a combination of the four theories above. Regardless, it appears that all believe the shirt was created during the Victorian era (approximately the mid to late 1800s) in England. Today’s foxhunter uses the term ratcatcher to denote the informal dress worn before the formal season opens, or on weekday hunts, as determined by the Master of Hounds. The formal black coat is replaced with tweed, brown boots may be worn, and the stock
Opposite: “Mrs. A.K.B. Lyman, wife of Mayor Lyman, won the International course over eight fences at the Warrenton Horse Show, Warrenton, VA,” Harris & Ewing, 1935, courtesy of the Library of Congress, reproduction #: LC-DIG-hec-39570; This Page: “Jack Black, Her Majesty’s Ratcatcher,” Mayhew, H., 1851, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; “Fox hunt,” Harris & Ewing, 1924, courtesy of the Library of Congress, reproduction #: LC-DIG-hec-44651
is made of printed material, as opposed to the formal white. The ratcatcher shirt is the same whether in the show ring or the hunt field, and on formal hunting days, it must be white. Stock ties, or stocks, are an integral part of today’s ratcatcher, but they were worn daily by gentlemen as early as the 1700s. The formal stock tie is white and made of fine cotton, silk, or gauze. They made their way into the equestrian realm by way of the hunt field (as usual) and became more than just a part of the hunt livery. In case of injury to horse, hound, or rider, the tie may be used as a temporary bandage or sling. Typically the stock is a band of white material about five inches wide and five to six feet long, tied like a cravat and secured with a pin that, while decorative, can also be used in applying a bandage. Somewhere along the line, in the equestrian world of horse shows, the term ‘ratcatcher’ began to be used to denote specifically the hunting shirt, likely because of its neckline and the use of the stock tie, which seem to mimic the neck wrappings of Victorian rat-catchers. So now, to further confuse the issue, the term ‘ratcatcher’ has two different meanings, depending upon whether you’re talking to a foxhunter or a horse show competitor. Above: “Miss Harriet T. Wadsworth at a Horse Show,” 1911, courtesy of the Library of Congress, reproduction #: LC-DIG-hec-00110; Below: Jenny Karazissis wears modern hunter derby attire, including a stock tie, in style; photo © McCool
T H E A P PA R E L O F T P RO C L A I M S THE MAN (OR WOMAN). Right again, Shakespeare, the clothes do make the man, or rather, the equestrian. Since the days when men wore these high-necked shirts to fend off vicious rats,
the equestrian world embraced the use of it and wore it happily in the hunt field. While today’s show shirts in the hunter ring come in a wide variety, their basic structure is the same with the following traditional features: tall wrap collar, covered placket, button-down shirt, semi-fitted body, and most often long sleeves. The collar of a ratcatcher is in the mandarin style, and it’s covered by either a separate, matching choker, or a stock tie. This style derives its Western name from the attire worn by Mandarins in Imperial China. A mandarin collar is short, straight, unfolded, and starts at the neckline and rises vertically one to two inches. The edges of the collar either barely touch in the center in front of the neck, or overlap slightly. The overlapping collars are typically a continuation of the shirt’s placket. The term placket refers to the double layers of material that hold the buttons and buttonholes in a shirt. Plackets can be found almost anywhere on a shirt (neckline, cuff of the sleeve), as well as at the waist of a skirt or pants. While the ratcatcher’s style crossed over into the equestrian world via foxhunting, these shirts are still worn today in English riding disciplines. The traditional, classic shirt is white with long sleeves. Recent enhancements, however, include pastel-colored, striped or patterned shirts that complement the jacket as well as shirts with a flash of colorful style inside the collar and the cuffs. Today, equestrians have more options with ratcatchers than we ever could have dreamed. The material is typically cotton or polyester, but some shirts have built-in spandex, or mesh backings for added breathability. Shirts are tailored beautifully, and those for women come with custom, feminine cuts. Both the fabric and the tailoring are designed to give equestrians the mobility they desire. Some have chokers that are built-in, so leaving one behind is a thing of the past. While the ratcatcher may have had a less than glamorous beginning, it has since flourished. Today’s shirts are beautifully constructed with the comfort and fit of the individual in mind. Our stylish ratcatchers or show shirts portray tradition with flair in and out of the show ring – no rodents necessary!
Two examples of beautifully tailored and thoughtfully designed modern show shirts. Both shirts incorporate elements from vintage ratcatchers into a combination of luxury fabrics and flattering silhouettes. Top: Middy N Me “Sweet Jane” Riding Shirt in “Perfect Pink,” $295. Middy N Me shirts are made of crisp premium weight 100% cotton and linens. All shirts are patterned, cut and sewn in their South Carolina factory; Bottom: Le Fash Grey Check Open Placket Show Shirt, $195. Le Fash shirts are the original Magnetic Collar Show Shirt™. The style combines a traditional look with a modern fit and feel.
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1. Under the lights during the 5* class 2. H&M rider Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) walks the course 3. A future rider watches ringside 4. One of the many talented 3* combinations 5. A behind-the-scenes peek at the pristine stabling area 6. Two stylish young riders from the Al Shaqab riding school 7. Hans-Dieter Dreher (GER) accepts his first place prize aboard Colore Photos courtesy of Chi Al SHAQAB (1,4,5,7) and © Sarah Appel (2,3,6)
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FEATURE by Danielle Demers
F O R M I DA B L E FAT H E R
CORNET OBOLENSKY I M P R E S S I V E PA R E N T P RO D U C E S P ROV E N I N T E R N AT I O N A L C H A M P I O N S
CORNET OBOLENSKY 1999 17h Gray Westphalian Stallion
OW NE R : Stal Sjaak van der Lei B.V. CURRENTLY STANDING AT: Zhashkov
Stud, Ukraine PE D I GR E E : Clinton x Stutbuch I (Heartbreaker) S T U DBOO KS : Westphalian, Hanoverian, Oldenburg
COR DE LA BRYERE (SB) CORRADO I
MASETTO (HOLST) URTE
OHRA (HOLST) NIMMERDOR (KWPN)
(KWPN) RABANNA VAN COSTERSVELD (BWP)
BACAROLE (KWPN) RANDEL Z (HANN)
HOLIVEA VAN COSTERSVELD (SBS)
GUDULA O (KWPN)
A true test of skill, athleticism, strategy, speed and endurance, this year’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final top ranking horse and rider combinations earned their placements. The excellent footing in Gothenburg, Sweden combined with Santiago Varela’s (ESP) superbly designed courses resulted in top sport throughout the three rounds. When reading through the final rankings, the names listed among the top five finishers are not entirely unexpected; Steve Guerdat (SWE) the reigning WCF champion and Olympic Gold Medalist; Harrie Smolders (NED) an internationally-ranked aficionado; Daniel Deusser (GER) 2014 WCF champion, Marcus Ehning (GER) world-renowned for his style and international accolades and Denis Lynch (IRE) who has been successful on the international scene for nearly a decade. However, upon taking a closer look at the equine athletes in the top five an interesting pattern emerges: three of the five top placing horses share the same sire.
PRESTIGIOUS PEDIGREE In recent years, Cornet Obolensky has proven to be one of the most prolific modern show jumping sires, with an astounding number of offspring not only possessing the talent and scope to compete at the top levels of show jumping, but to be in the winner’s circle. Cornet is the youngest stallion to be awarded a prestigious second-place ranking amongst the world’s best jumping sires by the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses. His sire Clinton impressively placed 4th in the Individual Jumping ranking at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and 2nd in the 2005 Aachen Grand Prix with Dirk Demeersman. Clinton is approved by six breed organizations and has sired more than ten approved stallions to date. Grand-sire Corrado I descended from the renowned Holstein mare line 6879. In his analysis of Corrado I’s motherline, Holstein Verband breeding director, Dr. Thomas Nissen stated in an article tribute by The Horse Magazine, “This mare line created sport history in the ‘50s of the last century with the success of the outstanding mares Original Holsatia (by Fanal), and Baden (by Fanal) both with Fritz Thiedemann...There are very few performance lines who have produced such extraordinary Sport and Breeding horses.”
C O R N E T D ’A M O U R 2003 Gray Westphalian Gelding
OW NE RS: Stephex Stables & Daniel RI D E R: Daniel Deusser (GER) PE D I G RE E : Cornet Obolensky N OTA BLE AC H I E VE ME NTS:
x Daquiri (Damiani)
• 2016 FEI World Cup™ Final CSI-W Final Gothenburg, Rank: 3 • 2014 FEI World Cup™ Final CSI-W Final Lyon, Rank: 1 • 2014 FEI World Cup™ Final CSI-W Final Lyon, Rank: 1
Ludger Beerbaum, one of Cornet Obolensky’s former riders, paid Deusser the ultimate compliment, saying that Deusser and Cornet d’Amour’s rounds were like perfection.
Great-grand-sire Cor de la Bryere is a legend amongst show jumping sires, producing 85 approved sons and 86 states premium mares. This stallion earned his influence on modern warmblood breeding by passing down his tremendous athletic ability and jumping technique – more specifically his bascule and scope. At their Keurings, Cornet Obolensky, Clinton, and Corrado I were all recognized for their exceptional jumping prowess in particular. Notably, Cornet Obolensky earned the highest grade of 10 points for his free jump. On his dam’s side, Cornet Obolensky’s pedigree is equally prestigious. His great-grand-sire Nimmerdor was proclaimed the “KWPN Stallion of the Century 2000” with over 50 approved sons. The celebrated stallion competed in many FEI World Cup™ and international competitions with rider Albert Vroom and was invited to compete at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. IN COMPETITION After passing his Keuring and subsequent 30-day exam with ease – Cornet Obolensky was awarded Reserve Champion – he was placed into the capable hands of world-class riders Marco Kutscher and Ludger Beerbaum. The well-bred stallion was a formidable competitor by age six, earning top placings in the young horse classes across Europe with Kutscher aboard. A year later, the pair began competing on the international scene. One of their most notable achievements was Team Gold at the 2011
European Championships in Madrid. Cornet retired from competition in 2012, right around the time that his oldest offspring were beginning to compete against him. This elegant gray stallion’s role as a world-class sire is still relatively new. His first crop of horses, which includes the talented Cornet d’Amour and Cornado NRW, are 13 years old this year. Many of his younger offspring are making their way up the pipeline, with over 30 currently competing in 1.60m classes. When these horses are supported by quality training and quality riders, they are formidable competitors.
FORMIDABLE SONS C O R N E T D ’A M O U R With German rider Daniel Deusser in the irons, Cornet d’Amour has developed into one of Cornet Obolensky’s most famous and successful sons. Deusser began working with Cornet d’Amour in 2012 shortly after he was asked to ride for Stephex Stables. Stephex Stables owner Stephan Conter had purchased the horse in 2009 as a six-year-old. “I remember the first time I saw Cornet d’Amour
2003 Gray Westphalian Stallion OW NE R : Nordrhein-Westfälisches RID E R: Marcus Ehning (GER) PE D I GR E E : Cornet Obolensky N OTA BL E AC H I E V E M E N TS :
x Acobata (Acobata 1)
• 2016 FEI World Cup™ Final CSI-W Final Gothenburg, Rank: 4 • 2016 ‘s-Hertogenbosch CSI5* Rolex Grand Prix, Rank: 1 • 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games™ WEG-S Caen, Rank: 4
...a mirror image of his famous sire – [Cornado] is the flagship stallion at the Westphalian National Stud.
very clearly...he exceeded my budget for a six-year-old left, right and center! And the circumstances or the try-out were also far from ideal.Yet I knew after three jumps one thing for certain: this horse I had to have, so a day later, Cornet d’ Amour moved to our stables!” Conter recounted in an article in May of 2014. Together Deusser and Cornet d’Amour are simply amazing to watch, with proven success. In 2013, they were part of the Silver Medal team at the 2013 FEI European Championships in Herning, Denmark. Deusser later earned an FEI Longines World Number One Ranking after the formidable pair were the champions of the 2014 World Cup™ Final in Lyon, France and later placed 4th at the World Equestrian Games™ in Caen, France that same year. At this year’s FEI Longines World Cup Final™, Ludger Beerbaum, one of Cornet Obolensky’s former riders, paid Deusser the ultimate compliment, saying that Deusser and Cornet d’Amour’s rounds were like perfection. In response, Deusser gave all the credit to Cornet d’Amour saying, “My horse was in fantastic form from the first day on. I had a very good feeling over all the rounds.” CORNADO NRW The prestigious “NRW” suffix was added to Cornado’s name in recognition of his talent and suitability for advertising the quality of horses from North Rhine-Westphalia.
German rider Marcus Ehning has piloted Cornado NRW since the end of the stallion’s eight-year-old year, after the horse performed well in the young horse championships as a five- and six-year-old. Cornado made his Grand Prix debut as a nineyear-old, and has since remained competitive at the top level of the sport. The pair have won several CSI5* grand prix classes and World Cup™ qualifiers, notably winning the 2014 Grand Prix Hermès at the Saut Hermès and more recently winning the ‘s-Hertogenbosch CSI5* Rolex Grand Prix in March of 2016. Ehning and Cornado shared a spot with Deusser and Cornet d’Amour on the German team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games™, earning a commendable 4th place. In addition to his show jumping career, Cornado NRW – a mirror image of his famous sire – is the flagship stallion at the Westphalian National Stud (Nordrhein-Westfälisches Landgestüt). Like Cornet Obolensky, Cornado was awarded high marks at his stallion performance test, also scoring a perfect 10 points for his free jump. The thirteen-year-old stallion already has five approved sons. In 2014, his son Hui Buh won the FEI World Breeding Jumping Championship Final with rider Christian Ahlmann (GER). CORBINIAN Corbinian and Swiss rider Steve Guerdat are still relatively new to each other. While Corbinian’s jumping talent is undeniable, the horse is a bit of a tricky ride, and he had not yet had consistently
2006 Bay Westphalian Gelding OW NE R: Steve Guerdat & La RI D E R: Steve Guerdat (SUI)
PE D I G RE E : Cornet Obolensky N OTA BLE AC H I E VE ME NTS:
x Primavera (Pilot)
• 2016 FEI World Cup™ Final CSI-W Final Gothenburg, Rank:1 • 2015 London Olympia CSI5*-W World Cup Table A, Rank: 10 • 2015 Valkenswaard CSI5* GCT Table A, Rank: 5
The 2016 World Cup™ Final was Corbinian’s ultimate transformative moment.
strong days, especially at this type of championship competition. “We used to have some good rounds, but one day good, one day not so good, one day the jump was good, but the rideability was bad and the next day it was completely the other way around.” The pair did well in London at the Olympia Horse Show, so Guerdat decided, just a few months before the late March competition, to take him to the World Cup™ Final. Guerdat wisely decided to bring the horse back to the basics, entering Corbinian in several small 1.30m and 1.40m shows in Spain over the winter months for experience. He also worked with the horse to find a style that suited both of them, trying new bits and riding techniques. A breakthrough occurred in ‘s-Hertogenbosch a few weeks before coming to Gothenburg, “I had a really good feeling over the three days. That was the first time [this had happened],” Guerdat said. “Going in, you have questions but not answers. I know that he is a very talented horse and very powerful. He is actually a kind of championship horse, but [we hadn’t competed at that level], we didn’t know how it was going to be.” The 2016 World Cup™ Final was Corbinian’s ultimate transformative moment. After months of patience and persistence all of the pieces of the puzzle came together. The young Cornet Obolensky son came into his own, showing his formidable, natural talent. With Guerdat’s guidance, the pair jumped their way to a challenging championship win.
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Even though I have been having successful lessons and show ring experiences recently, I find myself getting uncomfortably worked up on the way to the barn on lesson days. I am looking for advice on how to change this pattern so I don’t waste all my energy worrying! Worry and anxiety are usually about something that has already happened or something that might possibly happen in the future. And worry can become a habit. When you are preparing to go to the barn – whether it is in the morning or after school or work – take a moment to get focused on how you want to feel and the thoughts you want to be thinking. It is possible that the idea of pushing your mind and body in a lesson releases some stress hormones. This is a natural response, and in fact getting your adrenaline up is often what the mind-body connection needs to engage in athletic endeavors. The key is to feel the surge and balance it with present moment attention. Notice how you are feeling in your body in the here and now, and how your breath is flowing in and out of your body naturally. Allow your awareness to fluctuate between
your intentions, your anticipation of the event, and the present moment. Additionally, allow for a transition time or slower pace as you change clothes, drive, and arrive at the barn. If you take all of the hustle-bustle of your highly active day to the saddle, you may not have access to the task-oriented mindset needed to ride at your best. Remember that adrenaline is useful to hone our mind for task orientation and heightened focus. The surge may not be comfortable at first but becoming familiar with the processes our bodies go through to perform at high levels is part of the improvement process. Slow your mental pace a bit as you prepare, focus your mind on the thoughts you desire, and engage with the changes your mind and body undergo. Let this process improve your ride and empower your mind!
I am a hunter rider and my trainer is trying to get me to change my ride in the corners. He wants me to keep flowing forward no matter what. I find myself pulling for a stride or two at the top of each corner and can’t seem to get myself to change this habit. Are there any mental tricks to help me?
Habits are formed because at one time they worked! Since this habit doesn’t work for you anymore, you will have to engage in brain training of a new habit to take its place. Ask your trainer to help you determine exactly what you want to do with your mind and body, from the stride before you enter the corner all the way to the next jump. Break the intentions down into baby steps and give yourself a month to allow a shift to occur. It tends to take about 21-28 days to wiggle habits lose from the brain’s muscle memory; so your trainer, horse and you
need to see this as a process. Also, riders who tend to micro-manage their horse’s stride are typically overly focused on control. It is ironic but the more you try to control through interrupting mental flow state, the less control you actually have. Mental interruptions take the athlete out of the ‘body and feeling state’ into the analytic mind, disrupting full sensory awareness. As you become aware of the fraction of a second that you took to try to control your ride, you will be able to refocus on staying connected to each stride as you flow through the corner moment by moment.
Dr. Carrie Wicks divides her time between her private sport psychology consulting and family therapy practice, traveling with athletes, and writing. She completed her doctorate in psychology while researching the mental practices of equestrian athletes. Her passions include horses, yoga, mountain biking, skiing, and time in nature with animals. 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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Manhattan Saddlery In the world’s most famous city resides a piece of history, still going strong as a reminder of the bygone era of horsepower. Manhattan Saddlery, formerly known as the world-renowned Miller’s Harness Company, stands proudly between Lexington and Park Avenue, across the street from what used to be the largest horse dealership in the world back in the early 20th Century. During that time, the tack shop was a staple for the likes of Jackie Kennedy, the Rockefellers, the U.S. Olympic Team, and other elite members of New York City society; and stood as the supplier of goods for anyone who had purchased a horse for daily use in riding or driving. While one would be hard pressed to find any equestrian activity left on the legendary island aside from police and Central Park carriage horses, Manhattan Saddlery stands in homage to a once thriving equestrian culture, and to the woman who rescued the tack shop from near collapse in 2002 – Ms. June Tsang.
loyal customer of Miller’s Harness Company, Ms. Tsang walked into the store one day to find the shelves almost bare. When she asked what was going on, the manager handed her a slip of paper, saying, “If you have an interest in buying it, here is the phone number of the bank.” She made the call, and thanks to her entrepreneurial spirit, the store thrives under its new name at the same location amidst honking taxis and skyscrapers. In a city of constant chaos, a step inside Manhattan Saddlery takes one back to the simpler days of horses and carriages, an era now emulated in the fashion industry. One stroll down Fifth Avenue and you will probably spot a Manhattan Saddlery customer clad in Vogel boots or Ariat breeches channeling days past into 21st Century chic. The store carries many staples for the active equestrian, allowing riders who live and work in the city to acquire supplies for their mounts stabled elsewhere. According to store manager Jessie Lochrie, the clientele is about 60% local and 40% international, and the staff includes a fluent Spanish and Portuguese speaker to facilitate communication with the store’s large Latin American customer base. A unique detail can be found in the lighting fixtures throughout the store that were custom made in the shape of bell boots – a detail only a true horse enthusiast would notice. Tucked into light boxes around the store are beautiful polo and foxhunting equipment details, adding a global equestrian flair ranging from Argentina to England. may/june ·
To accompany its international reach, Manhattan Saddlery’s product lines reflect such diversity, with boutique brands such as Ermilio equestrian lifestyle clothing and Bernie Brothers Saddlery highlighted around the store. Bob Ermilio’s clothing line resides in the center with endless color swatches accompanied by an antique sewing machine. In addition to being a master tailor, Ermilio also serves as an historian to The Metropolitan Museum of Art whenever they receive equestrian artifacts or apparel. A truly authentic brand in an equally authentic location, Ermilio embodies tradition and class in the most New York way possible, custom designing and fitting each piece to the individual customer for equestrian and outdoor lifestyles. Across the aisle from Ermilio stands the historically rich saddle company, Bernie Brothers, representing five generations of excellence. The only carrier of this iconic Irish brand in the United States, Manhattan Saddlery hosts Tom Bernie annually to showcase and educate on proper saddle fit and production. A true master of his craft, Mr. Bernie is another shining example of New York tradition: to promote the best and brightest from around the world. In addition to these two masterfully crafted lines, Manhattan Saddlery also stands as the go-to fitting and ordering platform for world renowned Vogel Boots, a New York staple and incredibly popular brand among the discerning population of the city. Vogel’s headquarters are located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard and
many of their customers come to Manhattan Saddlery to be fitted and shop the line. In the age of rising rental prices, overseas real estate investment, and the power of the Internet, the presence of old-world retail is increasingly rare. The once the thriving equestrian block between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue with Miller’s Harness Company and H Kaufman and Sons, is now hardly recognizable save for the slice of tradition that is Manhattan Saddlery. After Ms. Tsang passed away five years ago, her son Nick made the decision to carry on with the company, to keep her dream and vision alive. It is evident that this special tack shop holds memories near and dear to generations of equine enthusiasts; and that, in and of itself, is tribute to June as well as to the Miller’s tradition that began over a century ago. Customers are still heard reminiscing “My grandmother bought me my first pair of riding boots at Miller’s” and “I still own my first saddle that I purchased at Miller’s.” In the fast-paced and ever changing pulse of New York City, one thing remains the same: Manhattan Saddlery’s commitment to the tradition of the equestrian lifestyle. The symbolism it has carried on long after the horse and carriage era passed is a true testament to Ms. Tsang and the longstanding Miller’s tradition. When one steps inside Manhattan Saddlery, the hum of the city fades away and the smell of leather harkens back to a different time – a simpler time; a time when you could buy your horse on one side of the street and outfit it on the other.
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HUNTING TO NEW HEIGHTS The US Junior Hunter National Championship West Coast Joined by USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic
he United States Junior Hunter National Championships and Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic are two of the most anticipated summer competitions. Not only do they offer the opportunity to compete with the best hunters and top junior riders, but their talented equine partners often go on to become some of the most famous hunters. Earning the tri-color in either competition is a well-respected win for both horse and rider.
hunter division has morphed into a fiercely competitive field, an outstanding jumping style and captivating presence are what distinguish the great from the good.
To describe the sport to the non-equestrian community, horsemen often liken hunter-jumpers to another Olympic event, ice skating. If the jumpers, with their raw energy and exuberant scope, are the speed skaters of the field, the smooth, graceful hunter could be likened to the carefully crafted dance of the figure skaters.
Celebrating its fifteenth year, this important championship will see hundreds of competitors and their equine counterparts compete in three phases: a classic, handy hunter, and under saddle round; and the results of each phase will be combined to declare Champions in each of four divisions. Horses are split according to height, into a Large or Small division; and riders are separated by age into the 15 & Under, or the 16-17 division. Of the four division Champions, the ultimate Grand Champion prize is awarded to the West and East Coast pair with the highest overall scores.
A top hunter combines the elegance and athleticism seen on the ice in his own sort of dance around a set of fences crafted to replicate a foxhunting course. The ideal hunter displays a pleasant manner, a smooth and rhythmic way of going, and an even gait. But as the
Every year, these superlative horses, with the nation’s top junior riders in the irons, compete in the Junior Hunter divisions to qualify for the ultimate prize: the US Junior Hunter National Championship, held on both the West Coast and East Coast in July.
Opposite: Victoria Colvin and Ovation: 2013 US Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast Perpetual Trophy Small Champion 15&U and 2015 US Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast Perpetual Trophy Small Champion 16–17; This Page (clockwise from top): Stephanie Danhakl and Galatea: 2005 River Edge Perpetual Trophy Small Champion West Coast 16–17; Lucy Davis and Harmony: 2006 US Junior Hunter Final Grand Champions; A competitive 2012 USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic Champion at the Kentucky Horse Park, photo © Shawn McMillen; Sophia Pilla and CC Cool: 2015 Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast 3'3" Overall Grand Champion The two-day event has witnessed numerous spectacular rides since its inception in 2001. Solely held on the East Coast during the first year, the Grand Champion East pair, Onyx and Courtney McKay, set a high standard for all the future champions to come. Top show jumpers such as Charlie Jayne, Lucy Davis and Jack Hardin Towell, Jr. are all past recipients of the Grand Champion award, while the talented Victoria Colvin and Kaitlyn van Konynenburg each topped the 2015 East and West titles, respectively, in their last junior years. Held on the East Coast at the famous Devon show grounds in Devon, PA and on the West Coast at the beautiful Showpark facility in Del Mar, CA, the Championships’ celebrated locations offer gorgeous hunt courses in places worthy of a competition of this caliber. In 2014, a 3'3" division was added to the Junior Hunter Finals, giving even more young equestrians and their equine partners the chance to experience the thrill of hotly contested competition. “The US Junior Hunter National Championships showcase the best junior hunters, and provide the ability to compete on a
national level, to junior riders at the top of the hunter discipline,” said Kelsey Shanley, USEF Director, National Affiliates. “The addition of the 3'3" Junior Hunter section has quickly gained popularity and offers a stepping-stone for riders working their way up to the 3'6" Championship.” Responding in kind to the favorable reception of new additions to the Championships, the USHJA announced an exciting new highlight for the West Coast: the first annual USHJA Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic West will be held during the 2016 US Junior Hunter National Championship West. Beginning in 2005 and named in honor of equitation legend George Morris, the Hunterdon Cup draws the best young equitation riders by uniting equitation accuracy and handy hunter dexterity over a three-round 3'6" course. Each Hunterdon Cup competitor must have won an ASPCA Maclay, USEF Medal, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, or WIHS Equitation Classic class during the qualifying year. may/june ·
Clockwise from top-left: Stephanie Danhakl and Lifetime: 2003 Escort Me In Perpetual Trophy Large Champion 15&U West; Emma Echlin and Forever: 2015 US Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast 3'3" 16–17 Champion; Annabel Revers and MTM Hands Down: 2015 US National Junior Hunter Championship East Coast Perpetual Trophy Large Champion 15&U; Emily Ryan competing in the 2013 US Junior Hunter National Final Championship West Coast; Ashton Alexander and Café De Columbia: 2014 Large 16–17 Champion West Many junior riders who have added their names to the Hunterdon Cup Perpetual Trophy – most recently including Victoria Colvin, Lillie Keenan, and Genevieve Zock – have clinched wins at the Championships as well, furthering the belief that a top equitation and hunter rider share the same all-encompassing foundation. The new Hunterdon Cup West is sure to be an additional driving force for West Coast junior riders during the final months of qualification. “With Junior Hunter Finals on either coast, adding the Hunterdon Cup to the West Coast Junior Hunter Finals just made sense,” explained USHJA Vice President Mary Babick. “It gives West Coast competitors the same opportunity as their East Coast counterparts, and we’re excited to make this fantastic class available to them.” The inaugural Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic West and the US Junior Hunter National Championship West Coast, will be held on July 25, 2016 in Del Mar, CA; while the Hunterdon Equitation Cup Classic East and the US Junior Hunter National Championship East Coast will be held on July 11, 2016 in Devon, PA.
US JUNIOR HUNTER N ATION AL CHAMPIONSHIP AND HUNTERDON E Q U I TAT I O N C U P C L A S S I C T R I V I A 2 0 01 : 1st Junior Hunter National Championship, East Coast G R A N D C H A M P I O N : Onyx with Courtney McKay O W N E R : Aspen Grove Ranch L O C A T I O N : Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Harrisburg, PA 2 0 0 2 : 1st Junior Hunter National Championship, West Coast G R A N D C H A M P I O N : King O W N E R : Claire Birmbaum L O C A T I O N : Del Mar, CA
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n an age of convenience, where horsemanship often comes second to riding, the World Equestrian Center [formerly Roberts Arena] in Wilmington, Ohio is pioneering the Cadets Horsemanship Program. Designed to develop more knowledgeable young riders, the philosophy is to learn basic horsemanship from the ground up, while offering the opportunity to subsidize the costs of showing at the WEC. The program awards points to junior riders who engage in a number of clinics and activities that emphasize learning, horsemanship, and community service. In the winter and spring, young riders can attend nine clinics hosted by the World Equestrian Center that focus on topics such as basic anatomy and grooming, worming and medicines, tack and bits, first aid, shoeing, and nutrition. Other program approved activities may include contests, essay writing, art, and photography. The nine clinics were held during the Country Heir Horse Show and count toward Cadet points. Points are then redeemable toward the costs of showing at the WEC. With the help of their parents, junior riders may apply for the program. Following the application process, Cadets initially receive
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