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6. 1. Former Olympic Eventer Peder Fredricson (SWE) earns the Individual Silver in Show Jumping riding All In. Peder competed as an Eventer in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and as a Show Jumper in the 2008 Athens Olympic Games. 2. Four years after winning Team Gold in London, Nick Skelton (GBR), at age 58, is the first Brit to bring home Individual Gold in Show Jumping. He did so after two perfect rounds and a six horse jump-off on the superb stallion Big Star. 3. After four decades of not standing at the top of the podium, Team France – Roger Yves-Bost, Penelope Leprevost, Kevin Staut, Philippe Rozier – gallantly earned Gold. Starting the second day in 5th place with 1 time fault, in three rounds they added only 2 additional time faults, taking the lead with no fourth round needed. France also won Team Gold in Eventing. 4. Lucy Davis (USA) and Barron brought home a Silver Medal in their Olympic debut. 5. Eric Lamaze (CAN) is all smiles after piloting Fine Lady 5 to Individual Bronze. Deciding she would be his Olympic mount last December, Lamaze carefully brought the mare along, and it paid off. 6. McLain Ward (USA) aboard the phenomenal mare HH Azur. A dynamic duo that is just beginning a winning relationship. This page and opposite: All Photos © Diana De Rosa
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Always a wonderful week of competition, shopping and social events, the Menlo Charity Horse Show in Atherton, CA is a must on many competitors’ calendars. Read all about this year’s highlights including Vendor Row, the “Road to Rio” gala, and big wins for Hope Glynn and Guy Thomas.
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Daniele Parlanti revolutionized the riding boot industry with the brilliant idea to add a zipper. He and two friends, Gianluca Caron and Francesco Iannelli, worked passionately to take the idea and turn it into a brand with international success. Show jumper Nick Dello Joio models his Parlantis for H&S’s photo shoot and shares a bit about where those boots have taken him, and what is next for his career.
50 COVER: THE MECCA OF HORSE SPORT Photographer Ashley Neuhof received the assignment of a lifetime when she was asked to cover back-to-back Nations Cup competitions in Aachen and Dublin this summer. She shares details about both phenomenal shows, describing the venues, fans, shopping and show highlights, including Lorenzo De Luca’s five title win at Dublin.
36 PORTRAIT OF A RIDER: TINA LUND In the next article of this incredible series, Hobert&Krupa spend a day with Danish international show jumper Tina Lund, who gives them insights into her very full life of horses, fame and family. Lund shares her new passion for teaching, how being a woman affects her work, and how she stays excited about life.
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Emily Pollard uses her BA in English from Saint Mary’s College of California to teach, write, and edit. She has worked in the equestrian industry for the majority of her life, as a groom, assistant trainer, barn manager, and everything in between. She trained and competed her horse, Skyler Ace, to the FEI level. She now enjoys sharing her passion for horses with her husband and two young daughters.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Alli was born, raised and still lives on a ranch that has been in her family since 1837, located north of Santa Barbara, CA. Alli holds a BS and MS in Business Marketing from California Polytechnic State University. A lifelong equestrian, she has a passion for riding hunter/jumpers, loves art and the equestrian lifestyle. Alli also enjoys spending time with her husband and children.
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.
Katie Shoultz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky and is also the founder of The Curated Modern, an online magazine with a bent towards the uncommon. Katie is involved with several equine organizations and is active in the industry she most enjoys writing about.
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.
Jennifer Wood is a lifelong horseperson. She worked for Olympic show jumpers Anne Kursinski and Margie Engle before entering the public relations field in 2004. She has since covered World Cup Finals, World Equestrian Games, and Olympic Games. Wood promotes some of the best equestrian events and companies in North America through Jennifer Wood Media and Jump Media.
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It is unbelievable that this issue marks the 5th anniversary of the inaugural Horse & Style Magazine issue. What started as a Northern California Hunter/Jumper lifestyle publication, incredibly, and somewhat unexpectedly, has grown into an international show jumping and equestrian lifestyle magazine. What a journey… I think the expression “the days are long, but the years are short” holds true for both raising children and publishing a magazine. The years have flown by and I’m in awe of the amazing experiences, friendships and opportunities that the magazine has given me. Just as with children, those joys are matched with many late nights, followed by early mornings, and plenty of long hours in between. One aspect that makes it all worthwhile is the unwavering support of the H&S advertisers, subscribers, media partners, and most importantly, my friends and family. That support makes each issue better than the next and everyone involved is an important part of the H&S family. For our cover story, Ashley Neuhof traveled to Aachen and Dublin to experience the excellence these two iconic shows, with back-toback Nations Cup competitions, had to offer. Through her imagery, competition highlights, and venue details, you will be convinced to put these two shows on your bucket list (page 50). This issue also tells the story of Neil Jones, owner of Neil Jones Equestrian, his expansion into the US, and his amazing partner
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rider, Mavis Spencer. Jones is known for his excellent matchmaking, including matching me with my horse Perlano. NJE-America is an exciting venture both for his business, and for the American riders who will benefit from his expertise (page 78). Fitting that the last article of Laurie Berglie’s History of Style series is in this issue, as not only does it trace the story of the riding boot (page 82); but it is an ideal segway into our Behind the Brand article on Parlanti (page 40). H&S will be present at some of the best fall shows on the east and west coasts, including the American Gold Cup, LA Masters, Central Park Horse Show and more, so be certain to pick up a copy. I can’t predict what the next five years will bring for H&S, but I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to every person who has been a part of this journey. If you have been following my Publisher’s Letters (32 of them now, to be exact), you’ve read about the birth of my two children, witnessed the comeback and final retirement of Perlano, heard my amazing travel stories, experienced horse shows from all over the world, traveled to exquisite equestrian destinations and pondered my thoughts on fashion and all things equestrian lifestyle.You are a part of my H&S family. Enjoy our 5th Anniversary issue and cheers to five great years of Horse & Style,
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American Gold Cup
The prize money from the first AGC in 1970 was $15,000.
Conrad Homfeld is the youngest winning rider of the AGC; he won the event when he was 18 years old.
Rider Rodney Jenkins has won the most AGC titles; he has taken home the prize five times (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1985).
4. There is a tie for smallest horse ever to win the AGC. Winners Threes and Sevens (1988) and Coral Reef Via Volo (2012) both stand at 15.2 hands high.
The legendary American Gold Cup (AGC), one of America’s oldest and most prestigious show jumping events, celebrates its 46th year this September 14th–18th at Old Salem Farm, in North Salem, NY. This year marks the AGC’s 5th year at Old Salem Farm. The facility, located in New York’s Westchester County, is a premier equestrian venue offering state-ofthe-art facilities, surrounded by 120 gorgeous acres. The owners at Old Salem have worked diligently over the past few years to bring this venue on par with other international show facilities. The stunning grounds and intense competition has continually drawn top riders from around the United States. From the early days of Rodney Jenkins in the 70s, to some of the most recent winners, including Beezie Madden and rising stars Brianne Goutal and Jessica Springsteen, the American Gold Cup has always served as a show for America’s champions. This year, the AGC will play host to a number of important Longines FEI Rankings events, culminating on Sunday, September 18th with the prestigious $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York, where the top riders will compete for the prestigious American Gold Cup. The AGC welcomes visitors to come and enjoy the stunning venue, amazing competition, and shopping on Boutique Row. Wednesday through Friday admission is free to the public, and tickets for the weekend days can be purchased online. The AGC definitely deserves to be on everyone’s horse show bucket list!
In addition to Old Salem Farm, the AGC has been held in Tampa at the original Tampa Stadium, in Philadelphia at the JFK Stadium downtown, in Philadelphia at the Devon Horse Show Grounds, and in Cleveland at MetroParks Field.
Richie Moloney is the only Irishman (and non-North American) to have won the AGC. He took home the prize in 2015 after his ride on Carrabis Z.
The 1985 AGC winner, The Natural, was reportedly the first horse to sell for $1 million.
Idle Dice has won the most AGC titles of any horse (1973, 1974 and 1975).
Threes and Sevens is the only Appendix Quarter Horse to have ever won the AGC (1988 with Peter Leone).
McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, Kent Farrington and alternate Laura Kraut, all members of the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team that earned Silver in Rio, will be competing at this year’s American Gold Cup. Photo © The Book LLC
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6. 1. John French and Center Court, winners of the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman 2. Groomed to perfection 3. The Atherton Police Department presents leadline winners Stylish the unicorn and his rider Maron Leslie with their award, sponsored by Don DeFranco 4. Guy Thomas and Jonkheer Z, winners of the $40,000 Bentley of Los Gatos and Bentley of San Francisco Grand Prix 5. Hannah Loly and Zafira (left) and Tara Ardalan and Zario (right) 6. Adorable leadline competitor, two-year-old Sterling Sennhenn 7. Lindsay Maxwell and Widget at Widget’s retirement ceremony
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What qualities in a horse show are necessary to ensure it is a success for both riders and fans? “There are three main components to having a successful horse show: a management team that listens to the exhibitors, solid sponsorship, and promotion within the industry and in the local area. To make sure the competitors are pleased, management must listen, take feedback, and make changes to things like footing, stabling, prize money, schedule, and more. Effective promotion attracts the best competitors, provides a benefit to sponsors, and exposes the sport to a new audience, all of which help make a show successful.”
— Jennifer Wood, Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. & Jump Media “To ensure a horse show’s success for both riders and spectators, the competition must have a good atmosphere, which means ensuring the grounds are clean and easy to navigate and an effective announcer is directing the flow of the show. To please the riders at a competition, a horse show must offer good prize money, have excellent footing in all arenas, and hire a management team that is efficient, understanding and friendly. Riders also appreciate additional benefits such as VIP access and hospitality events that extend to their staff. Fans want an exciting competition, a fun selection of side entertainment, a variety of vendors for excellent shopping, and great food and drinks.”
— Matt Morrissey, Director, Morrissey Management Group “First and foremost, the facility is key to ensuring a horse show is successful. If the footing is subpar, or if the facility doesn’t meet the logistical requirements for drawing good competitors and spectators, it undermines every other aspect of the show. The other fundamental factor is hiring a staff who is organized, professional and courteous. The shows that stand out make the experience special: evening entertainment, a VIP section, great shopping and food vendors. It is worth the effort because ultimately the most successful shows are those with the most satisfied clients.”
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Natalie Keller Reinert gives us more of feisty, fearless event rider, Jules Thornton, in Pride, Book 2 of her Eventing Series. We first met Jules in Ambition, along with her boyfriend, Pete Morrison, and her two horses, Dynamo and Danger Mouse, aka Mickey. We also, sadly, got up close and personal with a hurricane that destroyed Jules’ small farm near Ocala, Florida.
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In Pride, Jules’ story picks up almost immediately where it left off. Now living and training at Pete’s grandmother’s farm in Ocala, Jules is still working with Dynamo and Mickey, hoping that each can make the jump to the next level in their eventing careers. But, as with most trainers trying to go pro, money is becoming scarce for both Jules and Pete, and they begin to worry about losing their hold on the farm. Enter Grace Carter, our heroine from Reinert’s show jumping novel, Show Barn Blues. In order for both to snag lucrative sponsorship deals, Pete must go to England to work on his cross country skills; Jules, unfortunately for her, must go to Grace’s barn in Orlando to work on her dressage. Jules is disgusted with this idea, but she knows she must go if it means saving the farm and elevating her career. But her time with Grace is anything but easy, and sparks fly when these two worlds collide! Pride is an entertaining and thrilling read from the very first chapter. While you don’t need to read Show Barn Blues in order to follow along with the Eventing Series, reading it before Pride would definitely help.
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Can’t get enough of Jules and Pete? Courage, Book 3 of the series, is slated to be released this fall!
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Paris Sellon Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Paris Sellon has always had an eye for fashion. A rising star in the show jumping scene, with successes on the Global Champions Tour Circuit and other prominent 5* shows, she has brought her impeccable style to the international showjumping stage. Residing in England since 2014, the 24-year-old is a part of the GCL team Vienna Eagles along with her trainer and fellow American, Lauren Hough, and competes with her four talented horses, Belle, Canasta, Adare, and Cassandra. For Sellon, riding started close to home. Her mom used to barrel race, and switched saddles to begin competing in hunter/jumpers. So from the beginning, Sellon was spending every day at the barn and weekends at the shows. Twenty years later, riding is not only a career but a passion. Her weekend shows often include incredible destinations such as Cannes, Paris, and Hickstead. Sellon is certainly one to watch not just for her riding skills in the field, but for her personal style, on and off the course. HORSE & STYLE: Describe your riding (apparel) style: PARIS SELLON: My riding apparel style is pretty simple. I don’t like a lot of distractions on the clothes, like rhinestones and glitter. I tend to go for more neutral colors, and a more traditional look. Small details, like a design on the belt loop or nice buttons, go a long way. Sometimes when I'm not showing, I'll wear dark green or dark blue breeches, to change it up a bit. I think it's important for riding apparel to be comfortable, elegant, and respectable. H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? PS: I ride in a GPA First Lady helmet, it’s a gorgeous fit, and it’s comfortable on my head. I always wear a white shirt, usually short sleeved, underneath my dark blue or dark brown hunt coat. I love coats that have a fancy pocket or a neutral colored collar, it makes for a subtle pop that isn’t too distracting. I usually wear white or tan pants at the show, and a black belt to compliment my black riding boots. H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? PS: I’m not a huge believer in superstition. I don’t wear anything for good luck, but there are a few shirts in my closet that I avoid because they seem to have brought me some bad luck over the years. But it’s probably just coincidental! H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? PS: My favorite equestrian brands are Sarm Hippique and Equiline. Their clothes fit perfectly, they look good, and they’re comfortable. My favorite boot brand is Filli Fabbri.
H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? PS: My non-horse show style is very laid-back. Coming from California, I feel like we have a different style than most. I love any type of boot, whether it’s heeled or a combat boot. High-waisted jeans flatter my body type, and I own a lot of t-shirts. Maxi dresses are always a good go-to. I also love to wear jewelry, maybe too much! I seem to have a knack for finding something that suits me in almost every store, no matter the brand. I wear anything that reflects my style. H&S: How do you handle high-pressure situations, for example right before you enter a big class? PS: I actually used to have a problem of “being in my head” too much when I would show. I would get nervous, negative thoughts would enter my head, and I would become so anxious that it would completely mess up my riding. Thankfully, I overcame that obstacle. My advice would be to only focus on yourself and your horse. You put in 100% in each practice, do everything you can that is in your control. Don’t worry about the outcome, or the result, or what other competitors are doing. Even if the class has a fancy name and a large purse, that doesn’t matter. Stay in the present, don’t think about past mistakes or future “what-if ’s”. I also found that taking a deep breath before I go in the ring really helps me. Focus on the present and trust your ability to ride! H&S: What are your riding goals? PS: My future goals would be to compete at World Cup Finals, jump at Aachen, go to the Pan Am games, and continue to jump on senior Nations Cup teams. Of course the Olympics are a goal,
but there are many other goals that I need to reach first before I start getting ahead of myself! H&S: What are your career goals? PS: Right now I am focusing on my showjumping career. In the future, I would like to do something in the fashion industry, or anything involving animal rescue. H&S: What has been the most influential moment in your riding career? PS: I would have to say the most influential moment in my riding career was when I was 15 and jumped my first Grand Prix. I was so nervous and excited, I can still remember the moment like it was yesterday. I also finished second, so after that, I realized that I was actually pretty good at something and that I was capable of doing great things when I put my mind to it! H&S: What is the one thing you never go in the ring without? PS: I never go to the ring without my backpack. It’s almost like a safety blanket for me. It holds my hat, all my spurs, gloves, sunscreen, crop, hairbrush, and anything else I need to feel prepared before I show.
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by Emily Pollard
SAKARI WATCH The Sakari watch is everything a fine time piece should be – attractive, comfortable, and durable – but this watch comes with something special beyond just those important qualities; it comes with a message about hope.
A H E A R T F E LT M I S S I O N Sakari Watch founder, owner and designer, Richard DeBarba is a twenty-three year old dynamo entrepreneur with a keen knowledge of the watch business world. This past February he founded his company with the mission to offer consumers a watch with qualities comparable to other major watch manufacturers, and to help rescue slaughter-bound horses. DeBarba explains, “Through college I worked at a farm that was very proactive in rescuing horses. In fact, many of the horses I used for my lessons were either from an auction, meat buyer, or straight from the kill pen. Many of the ones that were rescued were extremely reliable, safe, loving… they just needed the opportunity for a second chance at life.” In support of this mission, from the beginning, DeBarba pledged to donate 10% of sales from each watch to fund a rescue. Perhaps the most impressive part about this pledge is that the connection between each watch, and the horse it helped to rescue, is an incredibly intimate one. When a watch is purchased, the serial number of that watch corresponds, in alphanumeric code, to the name of the horse that was rescued. For example, serial number “3, 1, 13, 1, 18, 20, 9, 19, 20” rescued the slaughter bound horse,
Camartist, that now lives happily in a pasture at the rescue. DeBarba’s inspiration for choosing the name Sakari comes from his first rescue horse by the same name, a horse that taught him a lot about life, love and second chances. AN AMAZING TIME PIECE Clearly this is a watch destined to fund scores of rescues; its qualities make it a good addition to any watch collection, or the perfect pick for the consumer that prefers to own just one. It is powered by high grade Swiss Valjoux 7750 movement, so the more it is worn, the better it functions. It features a dive style case, quick set date function and stainless steel deployment buckle. Created by a horseman, the Sakari watch is meant to be worn at the barn. To ensure it was “barn-proof,” DeBarba designed it with a high quality case made from stainless steel, crowns that screw down to become water and dust resistant, an inside reinforced to make it shock resistant, a three-millimeter-thick sapphire glass crystal, and a strap made from hard-wearing silicone rubber. The result is a watch that is both comfortable and extremely durable.
DeBarba wanted to make sure that the aesthetics of the watch were attractive, and gender-neutral. This is because at the moment, Sakari Watch has just one model. He explains, “I did not want to invest the entirety of my business capital into making many different watch models. Instead, I wanted to pursue creating one really high quality watch and build from there.” The watch’s size and weight are substantial enough to work well for a man, but will also please a woman wishing to wear it at the barn with breeches or downtown with boyfriend jeans. A FUTURE TO BELIEVE IN DeBarba has big plans for the future of his company, but they will not come at a cost to the quality and craftsmanship of the product, or to his mission. As he looks at introducing more models and expanding the line, he wants to make sure he maintains ownership of the company as well as staying in control of manufacturing, which impressively, he does himself. DeBarba explains, “I want to make sure I continue to help horses that are in need, and to oversee the manufacturing process. In other words, I want to continue treating Sakari Watch like my baby.” At the moment, Sakari watches can only be purchased online, but DeBarba soon hopes to present them in a retail setting. Regardless of where a Sakari is bought, one thing is for certain, it is both a stylish and heart-felt purchase.
www.sakariwatch.com Photos courtesy of Sakari Watch
Sakari, the first horse rescued by Sakari Watch founder Richard DeBarba, photo ©Jamie Baldanza
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B E H I N D the
Ode to the hat. It is the simple accessory that leaves messy hair proclaiming that it â€˜simply does not care,â€™ it is the sartorial topper that finishes a final look with ease, it is the entirely functional piece that is worth its dutiful weight in gold by shielding our precious skin from harmful rays come summer and keeping us warm come winter. One could easily argue there was never a more useful and stylish fashion piece than the hat. While some fashion forecasters state that the hat is back, we are left wondering, did it ever really leave? No, the hat has always been here and is here to stay.
photography by Eliot Lee Hazel & Gaszton Gal styling by Petecia Le Fawnhawk & Amy Soderlind
Each hat name represents, in some fashion, a horse that has impacted Ellzeyâ€™s life.
questrian world, it is time for you to become acquainted with the next must-have accessory making its way to a closet near you. The California-based, South American-crafted, and equestrian-inspired Vanner Hats. Courtney Ellzey is the force behind this blossoming millinery brand, and like every brand,Vanner Hats has a story and it is a good one. CO U N T RY AT H E A RT Long before there was Vanner Hats, there was a little girl who grew up spending time on the family ranch and riding horses in the heart of Texas. “Country is in my blood, my DNA,” says Courtney Ellzey, owner of Vanner Hats. With additional titles including (but not limited to) mother/designer/photographer/pioneer/horse lover/ stylist/creative beacon, the self-described country girl is also equal parts gypsy. Ellzey is every bit a small-town Texas girl, born and raised in the Texas panhandle surrounded by a tight-knit community of 7,000 cowboys, farmers, and country folk. She grew up in the land of the cowboy hat. Her mother dressed Ellzey in bandanas, hats, and bonnets from the moment she was born. “As a teen, I think I spent too much time on my hair and makeup, so when I went off to college I was really looking for a way to make the hair situation… well, low maintenance. I really started getting into hats then.” Ellzey adds that she has been wearing them ever since. Fast forward to 2013 where Ellzey is living in the Southern California beach community of Ventura, going through a divorce with two children. “I wanted to set an example for my children that through trauma, adversity and pain, you may begin to build a new a life… a life you have always dreamt for yourself,” explains Ellzey. An opportunity to throw her hat into the millinery business presented itself around this same time, and she leapt at it, grabbed on tight, and has not looked back. It was inevitable that she would combine her love for horses, and the horse community, with her passion for hats. W H AT ’ S I N A N A M E ? When a dear friend introduced Ellzey to the Gypsy Vanner breed of horses, she became enamored. There was no question in Ellzey’s mind that Vanner should become the name of her business; it encompassed her brand so thoroughly. And so … Vanner Hats was born, named for the gypsy horse. Her Texas-meets-California bohemian aesthetic is very apparent in the lifestyle Courtney Ellzey leads and in the brand she is creating. With a degree of rugged chic, the Vanner line is part cowboy, part California cool, and entirely timeless.
Hat styles top to bottom: The Mary Frances, Savannah & The Garrison
The felt and leather hats are crafted and imported from Quito, Ecuador through another female entrepreneur that shares Ellzey’s passion for using sustainable materials and empowering women through business. The initial collection consists of seven different hat styles in a range of colors, from the classic and structured ‘Abaco,’ the bohemian and relaxed ‘Savannah,’ to the strong and bold,
leather-crafted ‘Garrison.’ Each hat name represents, in some fashion, a horse that has impacted Ellzey’s life. “I want to maintain a connection to the horses through the hats, always,” she says. A PERFECT FIT FOR EVERY S T YLE The Vanner Hat brand continues to resonate with the horse community, from all different disciplines and walks of life. No matter your personal taste, no matter your equestrian lifestyle, there is a hat for you. It boils down to simply finding the style and size that fits you best. For dressier, more substantial hats, Ellzey recommends storing them in a box. But for the Vanner Hat you plan to wear to the barn? She says to throw caution to the wind and not fret about it. Wear it, love it, but don’t let it own you. It has been said donning a hat takes confidence. But does it really? True, the derby and fascinators of the world take a certain amount of “look at me” conviction, but a classic, neutral-toned felt fedora or panama? That is a style men or women, young or old, should be able to tip their hats to. And a style that works particular well for the horsey set. There is a classic elegance to wearing a hat while spending your time around horses. Perhaps a good hat beckons to a different era. An era where a bespoke riding habit reigned supreme. A time where the rider and horse turned out to the best of their abilities, even for a simple hack. AN ABUNDANT FUTURE When asked what the future holds for Vanner Hats, Courtney Ellzey chuckles, “I’m riding the wave right now. I see more hats, more fashion, more travel, more horses, more creative, beautiful collaborations. I see in-house production at some point, continuing to tell people’s stories with their Vanner companions, building the Vanner lifestyle, and above all… more fun.” As you move from stable to street, be it to work or to school, there is no better way to make the equestrian style transition than with a Vanner hat. For those on the circuit, the Vanner Hat might just be your show week BFF. Because, let’s face it, the show lifestyle is a luxury lifestyle and turnout should be just as on point outside the ring as it is in the ring. And for general equestrian spectating at a show, at a polo match or for a day at the races? A hat can pull together just about any outfit. And the Vanner collection of hats blends with seamless ease into an equestrian closet. Redefining the rules and breathing new life into your on and off-duty equestrian style – the hat. The Vanner Hat. The prerequisite for any stylish equestrian.
Vanner Hats founder Courtney Ellzey
FEATURE by Emily Pollard
A Day at the Show MENLO C HARIT Y HORSE SHOW
his year’s Menlo Charity Horse Show (MCHS) was as wonderful as the regular volunteers, competitors, trainers and spectators have come to expect since its first show in 1970. The beautiful location, friendly atmosphere, ease of shopping and philanthropic energy make MCHS the West Coast show that feels like a vacation. This year also hosted some of the best competitors on the west coast, Guy Thomas, Tara Metzner and Hugh Mutch to name a few, reminding the spectators that MCHS is as incredible a horse show as it is a long weekend away. A N I DY L L I C LO C AT I O N The Silicon Valley has recently exploded with new businesses and families that chose to make the area their home. So as we drove to the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, CA, which is located right in the heart of the valley, we were surrounded by big buildings, tons of traffic and crowds of people. When we finally turned into the Menlo Circus Club driveway, it felt like we had reached a barn version of an island oasis amidst the chaos of the surrounding cities. The white fences that surround the property and follow the road up to the club and show grounds are sparkling white and without a hint of wear. The large grass field that operates as two show rings takes up most of the real estate in the front of the property, and looks amazing set against the white fences. For someone from California, it is a remarkable sight to see that much grass, that well maintained. The initial impression is that of a picturesque
Middleburg,VA horse facility, and that sets the tone for the inviting and welcoming nature of the show. GREETED WITH A SMILE The friendly attitude of everyone at MCHS starts with the young girl at the front gate, who gives us parking advice with a big smile and takes a minute just to chat with us about how our day is going. The ring closest to the entry gate is the warm up, giving visitors a nice preview as to what to expect from the show, and my first glimpse did not disappoint. John French, who took home 1st place in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, rode by on one of his amazing horses, walking with a big, loose, clear gait, and impeccably turned out. The other horses being worked were equally as impressive. Without even getting out of the car, it was immediately clear that the horses you find at Menlo are high-caliber ones. T H E V I P T R E AT M E N T H&S publisher, Sarah Appel, and I headed in the direction of the VIP tent in need of lunch. The five minute walk to the tent took us about half-an-hour because we were met with so many friendly faces that wanted to chat. The people at Menlo – competitors, trainers, vendors, volunteers – are all so happy to be there and in such a great mood, that it adds a great energy to the beautiful location. Once we arrived in the VIP tent, we found the same jovial attitude from the Menlo staff and VIP patrons as we were treated to an incredible spread, from fresh fruit to salads to lasagna and much more.
Opposite Page (L–R): John French and Center Court lead the victory gallop in the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman; Menlo’s amazing Vendor Row; Pony Palooza sponsor and dedicated Menlo volunteer, Suzanne Reichmann; This page: Guy Thomas and Jonkheer Z, winners of the $40,000 Bentley of San Francisco Grand Prix
Clockwise from top-right: Hannah Loly and Zarfira, winners of the $10,000 Oriental Carpet Ryman Memorial; Hope Glynn and Lake of Stars, 1st Year Green Working Hunter champions; Avery Glynn had a clean sweep of the medium pony division and won best pony rider and high score pony; Leslie Wright and Guy Thomas
The VIP tent is situated perfectly between the main Hunter ring and the Grand Prix ring, so you can have the perfect view of both with just the turn of your head. As we ate, we watched the hunters go, and marveled over the new jumps that had been designed for this year’s event. It was obvious the show manager and the course designers worked diligently to create both a challenging and beautiful course. The outside line was just a stone’s throw from our table, so the horse show was truly front and center. In this ring the day before, West Coast hunter sensation, Hope Glynn, and her mount, Lake of Stars, took champion in the 1st Year Green Working Hunters before they headed to Kentucky for Hunter Derby Finals. N E W T O 2 0 16 One of MCHS’s main volunteer coordinators came to sit with us and chat about how the show had been going. She said this year MCHS had 24 media partners and over 70 sponsors, making it one of their most successful years ever. She clued us in to a few new and exciting things in 2016, one being drone footage of several of the course walks, allowing for a unique perspective of the event. The hunter class ended so we turned to the Grand Prix ring just in time to see New Zealand team rider, Guy Thomas, go with his incredible mount Jonkheer Z. The Grand Prix ring’s grass was as impeccable as the main Hunter’s, and the course and jumps just as challenging and attractive.
A VIP table next to us burst into laughter as they exchanged gifts and chatted joyfully about things business related and not. This was not unusual; the VIP tent served as the perfect place for many groups – businesses, families and friends – to meet and enjoy a day of horses, food and drinks. Luckily for my jeans and blouse, there was no official dress code, but ladies and gentlemen alike were dressed in more than just California casual. Dresses, heels, loafers and blazers dominated the style in the VIP tent. And this was only lunch! When everyone attended the charity gala on Friday evening, ball gowns, tuxes and big jewelry set the style bar high. A C HARITABLE SPIRIT The “Road to Rio” gala and auction offers a reminder about what MCHS is really all about: giving back.The proceeds of the gala go to benefit Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, an organization very close to the heart of one of the MCHS founders, Betsy Glikbarg. Since the beginning of the partnership between the Vista Center and MCHS in 1973, MCHS has donated over $6 million to the organization.The gala evening began on the Grand Prix field with the Oriental Carpet Ryman Memorial Speed - Take Your Own Line Jumper Class. Spectators sipped wine and watched Hannah Loly navigate through the course on Zafira to take home the winning prize.Then, for the main event, the $40,000 Bentley Grand Prix, Guy Thomas and Jonkheer Z continued their success with a first place win. After the classes, a wine reception was held during the silent auction,
and soon after that everyone moved inside the Menlo Circus Club’s dining hall and sat down to an elegant chef ’s dinner with California wine pairings and enjoyed the live portion of the auction. A STYLISH AFTERNOON After finishing lunch, we headed to Vendor Row to report on what could be considered the most important part of any horse show: the shopping! Stick & Ball had some incredible bags, the Wellington Weekender and Palermo Soho Tote being my favorites, and neither Sarah nor I could leave the Menlo show grounds without a new pair of Katharine Page sandals. The Ella boutique had a big setup up by the Grand Prix ring, and Barnstyle had an amazing setup by the Hunter ring, so you could easily shop and keep an eye on the show. It was also exciting to see E.C. Stylebar’s reclaimed Airstream trailer, and know that a Brazilian Blow Out and pedicure were but a short walk away. Bags in hand, we headed to the Menlo Circus Clubhouse, which was open for a more formal lunch, coffee and drinks. The aesthetic of the beautiful clubhouse is a wonderful mix of old-world charm and modern touches that creates a welcoming environment with clean lines and intricate design elements. The fresh cut flowers at all the tables, and the entry way, served as a reminder that at Menlo, even the small details matter. The wait staff were as welcoming and kind as the rest of the Menlo employees and it became readily apparent that
during this horse show week, the Menlo Circus Club considers all the MCHS riders, trainers and spectators, as their guests. T H E B E S T E N D I N G T O A N Y DAY No trip to Menlo is complete without a stop at the third arena to watch the pony classes. The ring is set next to the recent barn addition at Menlo, and boasts new sand and fiber footing. The kids jumped around the course with smiles on their faces, each pony seemingly cuter than the last. While each rider seemed to have a great round, it was Shiloh Roseboom who took home first and second prize in the $1,000 Round Meadow Farm Pony Hunter Classic on Buzzworthy and Heavenly Patch of Blue, respectively. Avery Glynn also had a great show, winning her Medium/Large Pony Hunter class and the Best Pony Rider Award. It always seems true that a fun show is always made better when the kids have a great time! As the day came to a close, and we meandered back to our car, it was hard to leave the beautiful facility, friendly faces and amazing horses. It’s hard to let go of that magical feeling of being on a minivacation. However, it is comforting to know, that after a very short breather, the hardworking MCHS team of about 130 volunteers will soon be back at it, making sure that MCHS 2017 will be just as fabulous as MCHS 2016 was. All photos © Alden Corrigan Media
John French and Pacific Heights
FEATURE by Lindsay Brock / Jump Media
Behind the Brand
No one could argue that Parlanti has taken the equestrian world by storm. But CEO Gianluca Caron would tell you that it didn’t happen overnight. It has been a 35-year journey – an ascent to the top that is the realization of a dream shared by three good friends.
“Parlanti has absolutely become bigger than we ever expected,” Caron observed. “Of course you always hope, but it actually surprised me. I think it’s because we’re always changing, always introducing new products. From the tall boot, to the paddock boot, to the half chap, we’re always moving forward and improving.” IT S TARTED WITH A HORSE SHOW AND A ZIPPER At the beginning, Caron and his friend Francesco Iannelli were riding professionally and traveling the European show circuits. He recalls the time that they were joined by another close friend, Daniele Parlanti, at a horse show in Italy. Parlanti, the company’s namesake, never set out to make riding boots; but he did have a rich family history in horse sport, and in Italian shoemaking. Caron remembers Parlanti at the horse show, watching another friend struggling to pull on his riding boots. The scene sparked an idea in Daniele that today might seem obvious: a zipper. He added a zipper to the boots, and they went on with ease and fit perfectly. Parlanti’s innovation would go on to revolutionize the riding boot industry worldwide. “From that point,” declared Caron, “The rest is history!” Parlanti began producing the boots, and Caron and Iannelli sold them wherever they were competing. “We were all friends,” said Caron. “That, and because we were involved in the same work, is how everything started. It’s just something that happened. We worked to spread the word about the brand because it was a project that was special to us.”
But Caron was a rider first and foremost. He never imagined that producing and selling boots would become his career. Born to parents outside the horse industry, he worked his way into the tack. He first sat on the back of a horse as a small child, and soon after began working at local barns to earn riding time. He worked and rode his way to opportunities that soon led him to horse shows throughout Europe. In the midst of climbing his way to the top, Caron’s dream of spending his days in the saddle came to an unexpected halt. An injury sidelined him and eventually caused him to stop riding altogether. W E S T WA R D E X PA N S I O N A few months after his injury, Caron was in Rome with Parlanti, who asked what he was going to do now that continuing his riding career seemed in doubt. “I remember telling him I had no idea,” recalls Caron. “He looked at me and asked, ‘Why don’t we expand Parlanti to the U.S.?’ I liked the idea, so we sat down and began to work out a plan.” While Iannelli was successfully expanding the Parlanti brand in Europe and Asia, in 2008, Caron and Parlanti unveiled the North American division. “The existing market in the U.S. was small,” says Caron. “We started out selling maybe 100 pairs a year, but the potential market was huge, and was calling out to us.” Bolstered by his firm belief in the superiority of his product, he guided the North American expansion with a ‘build it and they will come’ approach – and come they did! “It didn’t take long for people to realize that Parlanti boots are often copied, but never duplicated,” stated Caron. “I have yet to find another pair of boots that you can slip on for the first time and in 20 minutes jump a grand prix.”
One of its singular attributes is that the Parlanti fit makes breaking-in boots a thing of the past. Word quickly began to spread throughout the continent. As riders from ponies and juniors to grand prix veterans were becoming believers, the pace of growth was explosive. In 2015, Iannelli made his way west to join his partners, assumed the title of President, and together they established a distribution point in Wellington, Florida. Today, the warehouse in Wellington houses thousands of pieces of Parlanti merchandise. Though
research and design still takes place in Italy, Parlanti is now sold worldwide directly from the U.S. “We’re never afraid to make a change, and I think that’s why the company has been so successful,” says Caron. “Whether it’s a stitching detail, a zipper modification, or realizing the North American market would soon be a missed opportunity, evolution is what sets us apart. Now we are one of the few boot companies that has an inventory of this volume in the U.S.”
I have yet to find another pair of boots that you can slip on for the first time and in 20 minutes jump a grand prix.
BOOTS ON A BUDGET Given the immense popularity of Parlanti boots, a new demand was growing. There was a group of buyers out there who were unable to spend upwards of $1,000 on a pair of boots; they were looking for a more affordable boot, and one that didn’t have to be replaced every year. “We had a large number of these customers calling our office on a daily basis,” Caron tells us. “We did some research and found that there was a gap in the market. To find a boot in the $500 to $600 range that is made of superior leather and properly constructed was difficult.You could find them at the right price, but the quality was lacking.” Once again, opportunity was knocking, and the time was right for a boot that combines affordability, durability, and most of all, the promise of Parlanti’s fit, comfort, and construction. “We knew we couldn’t compromise the quality of the boot just because we needed to drop the price,” said Caron. “It was interesting to see that people who wanted to spend less also wanted the boots to last longer. We changed a few things on the boots, and we trimmed our profit.” Departing from 25 years of custom bootmaking, in 2015 they launched the Essential line. They took bestselling boots like the ‘Miami’ and ‘Denver’ styles, altered the materials, changed the construction a bit, and made them ready-to-wear without sacrificing quality. The result was a high-end boot for half the price. “The feel of the boot is the same; sometimes I think what we did with the ready-to-wear boots makes the fit even better than the customs,” laughs Caron.
DOVER DELIVERS The next challenge in Parlanti’s foray into the world of readyto-wear was to get the boots in front of buyers. At that time, Dover Saddlery was seeking to raise the bar on the quality of the brands they offered. Caron’s team approached Dover with the new product, and once again, their timing was perfect. “We captured them at just the right moment,” Caron explains. “The process of developing the Essential line was definitely not something that happened overnight, but the popularity is like nothing we could have ever imagined.” Parlanti’s history is one of simple beginnings, and its future, thanks to an innovative spirit, is full of bright promise. Caron and the entire Parlanti team never lose sight of the company’s identity. “It started as a family company and no matter how popular the boots get or how much we grow, it’s still and always will be, a family company,” says Caron. Horse sport is an enduring passion to those involved in it, and Parlanti’s passion is to play a role in that. ––They produce every boot and make every sale guided by their motto: “If you have passion for what you do, you’ll never regret a day in your life.”
by Jackie McFarland
Nick Dello Joio
FOLLOWING H I S PA S S I O N I N PA R L A N T I
was the recipient of the 2010 Maxine Beard Show Jumping Developing Rider Award, presented to talented young riders who show great potential to represent this country in Nations Cup competitions and international championships. Proving this to be true, two years later he won the $100,000 World Cup Qualifier at the International Bromont.
Show jumper Nick Dello Joio’s Parlanti boots are made for riding the path to success. Dashing, daring and definitely well-dressed, Dello Joio is one to watch.
arlanti was Nick’s first pick in show boots, years before he had secured any sponsors. Though it’s true he has show jumping in his genes, he didn’t sit in the saddle in a serious way until age fourteen. Just over a decade later he’s on a track to a fabulous future. Born in Bedford, NY, and raised in Wellington, FL, Nick was not drawn to horses, even though his father, Norman, holds two impressive international titles – 1983 FEI World Cup Final Champion, and individual 1992 Olympic bronze medalist, he’s also won nearly every major grand prix in the U.S. in his three-decade career. Nick preferred to excel in school sports and spent his spare time at the beach, not at the barn. The decision to put his heels down and give show jumping a try happened in Valkenswaard on a trip with dad. Norman, who now coaches individuals and teams to international success, encouraged Nick to sit on a horse that Nelson Pessoa had brought for him to ride. Norman lowered the jumps to about .7m (2 feet), and Nick rode the horse around the course. An avid athlete but not a rider at the time, Nick gained a new appreciation for the sport and decided then to add it to his list of athletic endeavors. Within a year and in Parlantis, Nick had ridden to the Florida Children’s Modified Circuit Championship. At age twenty, he
Now past his mid-twenties, Nick is devoted to the sport. Not just in it for the win every trip in the ring, he’s committed to developing a string of horses for the future. His current group varies in age from up and coming young horses to rising stars in the grand prix ranks. When asked about his most memorable win, Nick notes, “They are all memorable.” And then said, “I’m getting organized with horse power. I’ve found some really nice young horses. It takes a lot of time and patience.” As we are reflecting on the results of the 2016 Olympic games, riders who seek that level of status are planning for 2020. Of course he wouldn’t be his father’s son without international goals. “I’d like to see these horses I’ve been developing shine and have 2017 be the year they jump into the bigger classes. I have my mind set on the next rotation of championships as a realistic goal.” Business is all in the family, as Nick explains his coaches are both of his parents and they all work together. “As a combination it works great for me, they both work on different aspects of my riding. It’s very much a family business; we all work together.” Twelve years ago Nick made a decision that changed his life’s path. Only a teenager then and now well into his career, he lives the Parlanti motto. While he loves the fit, the softness and the quality of the product, he is also following his passion and his boots were made for it.
Ashley Neuhof photo shoot with Nick Dello Joio on location at Old Salem Farm. Product photos courtesy of Equis Boutique & Jump Media
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by Jana Cohen Barbe
If You Have Nothing Nice to Say… I have competed as an amateur rider. I have been a horse show mom, and heaven help me, a pony mom. And a fact that I have never understood nor been able to accept is that people are not always kind. Requiring endless hours of practice and hard work, it takes the proverbial “blood, sweat and tears” to find success in the riding arena. Just to make it to the show and to be brave enough to go in the ring, for so many of us, is an accomplishment. Why are we then subjected to pettiness at the precise moment when we should be cheered?
Accomplished Junior Rider to me:
“So how long have you been riding?” Me: “Over forty years,” said with genuine pride. Accomplished Junior Rider: “Really?” said disbelievingly. Me: “Why do you sound so surprised?” said naively. Accomplished Junior Rider: “It’s just I thought you’d be better by now.” Me: *Sigh.
or the appearance of their child should not be made. It is unsportsmanlike. Period.
3. It Does Not Detract From You To Elevate Another.
When we interact with others, at the horse show or in the office, one of the greatest lessons we can learn in life is good sportsmanship, which for me means being both civil and respectful. It is a lesson that applies to all aspects of our lives, not just the horse show. Here are some thoughts to seriously consider:
In the riding arena, how well you ride has absolutely nothing to do with how well the next person rides. Cheering for them and supporting them will not make you ride any worse, any more than criticizing a fellow rider will make you ride any better. It does not detract from you or your accomplishments (nor those of your children) to root for your competitor. Similarly in business the success of a colleague does not diminish your own success. Indeed, a greater number of successful people in the workplace means increased profits – and everyone benefits. The best milieu for a show barn or an office is one filled with successful individuals who take pride in, and enjoy, each other’s victories.
1. If you don’t have anything nice to say…
4. Manners Matter. Too many times I have seen competitors
I have long thought that of all the maxims our parents’ proffered, the most valuable was “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” It is a saying I have often repeated to my daughters. It is also a saying I invoke in the workplace where unkind comments can be both destructive and legally actionable. No one is entitled to be mean or hurtful.
3. There Are Some Places You Should Never Go. Negative comments about another person’s appearance
(children and adults), trainers and parents speak rudely, and even offensively, to individuals at the horse show or at the barn. What happened to “please” and “thank you,” or “pardon me” and “may I?” Our behaviors are a reflection of our values (and my mother would have said, how we were raised). Our title, our pocketbook, where we come from or who our parents are does not entitle any individual to be unkind. Be civil and courteous and insist that your children treat others with respect. “You can be kind, or you can get off the horse.”
5. Breathe. The riding arena is a pressure cooker. The big
classes, like medal finals, can turn the calmest and nicest junior rider into an emotional wreck. What it can do to the parents is equally challenging. I know what it feels like to desperately want to win or to want your child to win. But breathe. Win or lose, life will go on and not one of these events will determine the outcome of your life. Not Medal Finals (not even Pony Finals); not securing a new client or a new account – none of it is wholly determinative of your happiness, and so it does not need to control your behavior. Perspective enables us to display what I like to think of as “grace under fire,” and that is a skill this sport teaches in spades.
6. Think Before You Speak. Yep, another maxim from our
parents, but also a good one. Pause before you offer an unsolicited opinion and ask yourself whether your comment is constructive. Put yourself in the shoes of the recipient, and ask yourself how you would feel if someone made that comment to you. Simply put, treat others as you would like to be treated.
7. Find Perspective. I have come to learn that my behavior
worsens as I lose perspective. Maybe I am exhausted, or maybe I have made a mistake, or maybe I didn’t win the new client I had hoped to secure, but suddenly the stress seems to override my judgment and I become short tempered or curt with others. A bad ride can also ruin my day. When that happens take a step back and remind yourself that it was one instance. It does not mean you are a bad rider nor does it determine the outcome of your career. Learn from the experience and find your perspective. Don’t let the stress of the moment make you say something you will later regret.
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workplace, they recently held a “random act of kindness day.” I thought that was a brilliant idea that I intend to steal. Even if we can’t make every day “a random act of kindness day,” we can resolve to smile at a stranger, to wish someone well, to offer congratulations to a colleague or a competitor for a job well done, to express appreciation to others or to just do something nice for another person. Try it, it feels good. We benefit from being kind, just as much as the recipient benefits from our kindness, and perhaps they will pay it forward themselves. Goodness and gentleness are self-perpetuating. It’s as though they take on their own momentum and they spread. We can effect change for the better; go for it.
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In sports, we are taught to shake hands after the game. What great symbolism! A small act that signals respect and the choice to end even the most competitive game with a tone of congeniality. I encourage each of us to find our own ways to demonstrate our commitment to graciousness in our sport, in our workplaces and in our lives. Let’s resolve to make our small corner of the world, both inside and outside the ring, a little nicer. What can you do, and encourage your children to do, today?
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: Photo © Jeff Rogers
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by Ashley Neuhof
SPORT The atmosphere at both Aachen and Dublin is difficult to describe with just words on a page. If you ask someone who has been to one or both, they invariably say: “Oh you have to go!” And now that I have experienced both of these venues, I have to say the depth and the breadth of equestrian sport is truly like nowhere else in the world. The equestrian energy is vibrant. And with back to back Nations Cup competitions, both venues attract top-ranked riders and spectacular spectators.
In Aachen, the riders are celebrities, the rock stars of the sport.
s the crowd of 45,000 holds its collective breath, waiting for their hometown hero to deliver a winning performance, the only sounds heard are the echo of powerful strides galloping with that split second of silence for takeoff and landing. Don’t speak, or if you must, you better whisper because your fellow sports fans are riding every step, their hearts rising and falling with each hoof beat. And then the last fence. The rail stays in the cups. At that explosive celebratory moment, in these particular venues, you would think you were at a World Cup soccer game or a Rolling Stones concert. But in Europe, you’re in the stands for a competition between countries – The Nations Cup. Here show jumping occupies television’s primetime and the news opens with “Today at the Aachen CHIO” or “In today’s news at The Dublin Horse Show.” It is a different world; a world where the love and culture of equestrian sport merge. At Aachen and Dublin, equestrian sports rule the airwaves and beat with their own powerful pulse – a pulse that echoes the greatest names in the sport as they head down the tunnel into two of the world’s most storied arenas. At many equestrian events, the announcer informs the public what is happening, why it is happening, and what they should expect. In Aachen and Dublin, everyone knows why they’re there and what is happening – right down to the striding between the penultimate and final fence. While there is only one horse and rider combination jumping at that moment, there are thousands of virtual rounds being ridden in the stands, at the rail, and at home in front of the television. In Europe, equestrian sports captivate the hearts and minds of the continent. Two of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events fell within a week of one another this summer, and – wow – what a ride! THE WONDERS OF THE AAC HEN C HIO When you walk onto the grounds of Aachen you can feel that the air is different – it is buzzing. The roar of the crowd can be heard throughout the venue, from multiple arenas simultaneously. For the equestrian sports fan, there is no place in the world like the atmosphere of the Aachen CHIO.
Since its founding in 1898, it is without a doubt, the epicenter of top equestrian sport across the disciplines. With an estimated 350,000 spectators at the Soers Sport Park to witness Nations Cup competitions in Dressage, Vaulting, Driving, Eventing, and Show jumping, Aachen is the ultimate equestrian experience. On that note, if you’re at all inclined to lose track of your horse related credit card transactions, Aachen may not be the place for safe spending, with a vendor village spanning the real estate from the main arena all the way to the cross-country course. One of the elements that makes Aachen so special is the proximity of the riders to the fans. In Aachen, the riders are celebrities, the rock stars of the sport, and admirers from young equestrians to senior fans, are all hoping to get an autograph or a selfie with their favorite athletes. Unlike many international competitions, the experience is not as much about the food and drinks ringside as the competition itself. In Aachen, everyone is sitting in a relatively similar seat with a relatively similar view of the gigantic main arena. The focus is entirely on what is happening during the competition among the highly educated crowd. It is assumed that if you’re at Aachen you appreciate the crème de la crème of equestrianism. It is quite simply the world stage at its finest. SHOW JUMPING EXTRAORDINAIRE WITH FLAIR For most of the newly chosen Olympic teams, Aachen was the last outing before the Rio Olympic Games, so the energy was heightened, and the best of the best took to the eventing, dressage, and showjumping arenas one last time. The Friday night show jumping Mercedes Benz Nations Cup got the ball rolling with sold out seats as the United States and Germany battled it out right down to the wire. Germany edged out the win on their home turf, which of course raised the decibel level of the crowd tenfold. When the Germans canter into the ring, names are chanted, hands and feet start pounding a steady beat, and then there is complete silence during the ride – that is, until the final fence, which if it stays in the cups, as it tended to do for Team Germany all night, garners that eruptive cheer. The final event on Sunday is the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen,
which again drew a completely packed house. Considered one of the toughest Grand Prix classes in the world, there were only three clear rides over the jumps, and all three had time faults.Young Martin Fuchs (SUI) aboard Clooney 51 and Gerco Schröder (NED) on Glock’s Cognac Champblance N.O.P. scored one time fault each. Hometown rider Philipp Weishaupt (GER) aboard the stallion LB Conval were first to go and finished with two time faults in the first round. Returning as the three favorites in round two, only Weishaupt was clean, finishing on a total of two faults. Four faults for Schröder, finishing with a total of five, and Fuchs with an unlucky disobedience in the jump-off, put both of them out of podium contention, confirming that Weishaupt had just won one of the biggest classes of his career, and solidifying his first victory in a new quest for the Rolex Grand Slam. To sweeten the success, Weishaupt’s girlfriend of five years, whom he had met at Aachen, American Bliss Heers, said yes when he popped the proverbial question. An engagement and a grand prix triumph, all at the unforgettable Aachen CHIO. AAC HEN ENTERTAINS From the musical performances to mounted exhibitions, the entertainment and excitement never let up. The nighttime relay under the lights – two showjumpers, one event rider, and one four in hand per team, all flying around the field at top speed in relay style – attracted quite the crowd. As each took their turn to the tune of top 40 rock and pop hits, two show jumping rounds set the pace, followed by the event rider galloping around the derby course and then vaulting off his or her mount in an all out sprint to jump aboard the four-in-hand carriage. Reigning Olympic, European, and World Champion eventer Michael Jung elicited a roar from the crowd for his running speed, which was quite impressive! On the final day of the Aachen CHIO comes the bookend to the spectacle of the Opening Ceremony – the Farewell to the Nations. Over one hundred horses enter the arena, each representing their respective sport and country, and exit to the waving of 45,000 white handkerchiefs flourished by members of the audience. A timeless tradition, the Aachen Farewell to the Nations brings together all of the
bright stars of past, present, and future, to honor their achievements and to pay homage to equestrian sport at its absolute pinnacle. THE MAGIC OF THE DUBLIN HORSE SHOW With a magic of its own, Dublin followed the very next weekend at the historic Royal Dublin Society showgrounds. Held earlier in the summer due to the Rio Olympics, The Dublin Horse Show matched the intensity of Aachen, from the enthusiastic and engaged crowd to the overall celebration of everything equestrian. As in Aachen, the home country turns its focus annually to the horse show that reflects its historic romance with the horse and with top class equestrian sport. Slightly older than Aachen, The Dublin Horse Show began in 1864, produced by the Dublin Agricultural Society. In 1868, The Royal Dublin Society took over the reins and has been the driving force ever since. International competition came to Dublin in 1926, and today, television stations across Ireland devote primetime programming to the country’s most prestigious and anticipated equestrian event: The Aga Khan Trophy, the Dublin Nations Cup. For the Irish, The Dublin Horse Show is the highlight of their summer and they come by the thousands. While some are fixated on top athletes, others would rather stand ringside to cheer on the lightningfast pony club games. BREEDIN G SHOWC ASE The experience is like being at a Major League baseball game in the U.S., while having the opportunity to watch Little League at the same venue. Showcasing not only the world’s best horses and riders but also the up and coming youngsters, Ireland’s long history of highly successful sport horse and pony breeding is evident in the arenas devoted to young horses, futurity classes, and breed divisions. Children practice all year to prepare for their chance to canter around the jump courses. Spectators crowd around the arenas to see the potential stars of the future – both horse and rider. For many, the Dublin Horse Show is the opportunity to showcase their life’s work, producing horses that stand as the
For the Irish, The Dublin Horse Show is the highlight of their summer and they come by the thousands.
blueprint of the Irish breeding programs. There are often just as many spectators at the rail of the stallion showcases as some of the Grand Prix arena classes, a glowing example of why Irish breeders are among the top in the world. A beautiful representation of the importance of the horse in the Irish lifestyle, I watched children take notes, in order to remember which horse and rider had successful performances and which pedigree seems to be dominant. ITALIANS IN IREL AND The most anticipated and prestigious event of The Dublin Horse Show is the Aga Khan Trophy, presented to the team that claims victory in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Qualifier. Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, makes a point of coming to watch the world’s top teams compete, and the stands are sold out. The seats are packed and thousands of additional spectators line the arena. With standing room only, some rush home from afternoon activities to catch it on live television. And just like Aachen, the educated Irish crowd doesn’t make a peep until the final fence, when the cheering eruption explodes. This year, Italy clinched the title after a heartbreaking and surprising refusal for Team Ireland in the jump-off. Refusals plagued the all-women American team, but they rallied to finish tied for third. Impressively, Italy’s 29-year-old phenom, Lorenzo De Luca, swept five titles throughout the week – a feat few can claim. The talented Italian attended press conferences repeatedly, to the point where the journalists began to run out of questions. De Luca dominated from early on, winning on Wednesday aboard an Irish-bred mount, Limestone Grey. On Thursday he garnered two more triumphs, the Serpentine Speed Stakes, once again aboard the ISH gelding, and later the Anglesea Stakes riding the Belgian bred stallion Halifax van het Kluizebo. On Friday, De Luca helped his team win the coveted Aga Khan Trophy. Once again Limestone Grey proved his love of The Dublin Horse Show by winning the JLT Dublin Stakes, once again with De Luca in the irons. De Luca had logged eleven clear rounds in Dublin. But the icing on the victory cake came on Sunday, when De Luca, riding the Belgian Ensor de Litrange LXII, continued his streak with a win in the Longines International Grand Prix on Sunday, over an incredibly challenging
track. His glorious smile said it all. After winning two Longines watches, he added with a grin, “I better not be late!” A FITTING FINISH A fitting end to an Irish week is quite possibly the most exciting and entertaining event at The Dublin Horse Show, the Hunt Chase Relay. Held at the very end of the competition schedule in the main arena, forty foxhunters gallop over the track multiple times, creating a colossal mess of the arena! Teams have to qualify across the country to compete over several brush obstacles that knock down (thank goodness) and a water jump, which proved to be quite the bogey fence. At times it is difficult to tell who is having the most fun: the riders, the crowd, or the announcer. Teams of four compete against each other over a mirrored track on either side of the arena and it is sudden death (not literally although at times it is questionable). The final two teams duel it out as the sun begins to set on the final eve at another of the world’s most incredible equestrian stages. The Hunt Chase Relay sends you off with a smile and an appreciation for the enthusiasm that this small but mighty country has for its most loved pastime and lifestyle: the Irish horse. A THOUSAND CHEERS FOR EQUESTRIAN SPORT As I mentioned, no words can fully capture the atmosphere of such spectacular events.You simply must stand at the rail, in Aachen or Dublin, surrounded by thousands of like-minded equestrians who appreciate great sport, then hold your ears as Meredith Michaels Beerbaum jumps her second clear round for Team Germany in Aachen or Cian O’Connor stands off the last oxer in a spectacular clutch performance in Dublin. So I say make your plans to experience equestrian sport at its best and I’ll see you there, because, yes, I’ll definitely be back.
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6. 1. American Kent Farrington and Gazelle 2. A gallant effortby Michael Whitaker (GBR) and JB Hot Stuff a t the water 3. Calm, cool and collected 4. Tiffany Foster represents Canadaon T ripple XIII 5. Flashy in Rambo attire 6. Qlassic Bois Margot ridden by Simon Delestre(FRA) are dressed up and ready to jump Photos © Ashley Neuhof
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12. 7. Jose Maria Larocca of Argentina turning the corner 8. Scott Brash (GBR) and Ursula XII in stellar style 9. Properly positioned gloved hands ready for action 10. German Marco Kutscher and Van Gogh in charge 11. Four in hand victory gallop 12. Germany’s Marcus Ehning and Pret A Tout in the Rolex Grand Prix
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7. 1. Bruno Chimirri and his mount Tower Mouche celebrate the Italian win 2. The all-important breed class at Dublin 3. Co-winners of the Land Rover Puissance, Jack O’Donahue aboard Acorad 3 and Shane Breen aboard Ciserol 4. Legendary Three-Day Event rider and coach, Denny Emerson judging the Young Event Horse Class 5. Ladies’ Day entries looking lovely 6. Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Tiger Lily finished 2nd in the Anglesea Stakes 7. Lauren Hough and Ohlala representing the U.S. in the Nations Cup
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13. 8. Laura Renwick (GBR) and Rembrandt Blue make an incredible effort 9. After a jump-off with hometown favorites Team Ireland, Team Italy takes the Nations Cup Trophy 10. Fans crowd into the general seating grandstand to cheer for Team Ireland 11. Audrey Coulter (USA) and Capital Cornado finished third in the Longines International Grand Prix of Ireland 12. Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Georgina Bloomberg (USA) discuss the course 13. Ben Maher (GBR) and Sarena sailing through the air
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Lund “I am an adventurous person and I love new opportunities.” Tina Lund says as she drives the three of us in her ice-white, well air-conditioned, and unbelievably nice smelling Mercedes 500. We’ve just gotten out on the road and we’re heading towards the skyscraper silhouettes of the Business Bay in Dubai. As the sun is about to get that deep golden hue of dawn, Lund speeds up another 20 km/hour and begins to whiz past every car and truck in front of us. This is her daily routine; driving from her house in The Lakes, a gated luxury housing community, to her horses at The Sharjah Equestrian & Racing Club, the first equestrian club established in the UAE. It takes her two hours on the road to get there, and she makes the trip two times a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year (except when she is travelling). But the commute is worth the opportunities Lund has been afforded in Dubai. “Right now I’m training seven horses from six different horse owners all around the world.” Lund tells. “I work with owners from Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Denmark and the UAE.”
his Danish born international show jumper has also positioned herself in the role of teacher. All kinds of people – young royals to ordinary riders – come to her master classes in show jumping techniques. “I’ve had very good results with all of my clients this year,” Lund tells. “It’s my mission to coach, educate and take part in other people’s development.” It’s in that daily feeling of gratitude that Lund finds her inspiration. “The most important to me is not the results from the competitions I’m in, it is to feel happy with the horses I train and with the people I work with,” she explains. Stepping into Lund’s world, one immediately notices the majority of people around her are men. The farrier, the stable manager, the grooms, and the other trainers in the stable, are men. Lund, clad in crisp white colors with her blond hair and her natural good looks, moves through this environment with impressive elegance and self-assured authority. Lund shows no signs of insecurity, but instead exudes a natural, relaxed and expectant mindset about being equal to her male peers. “Last year I won many of the classes in UAE competitions, against both women and men,” Lund notes. However, even with the great success she has experienced, Lund does not get recognized by the media for her riding. We had to wonder, why? “I don’t know,” Lund says and smiles. “They prefer to write that I participated in Let’s Dance ten years ago. Sometimes it feels that it doesn’t matter how hard you work as a woman, the media will always pay attention to everything but your role within business.” Thinking about Lund’s sentiments a bit, we have to acknowledge the truth behind her comments. If we would have let the publications on the internet build the image of who Lund is, we would think she was famous just because she’s beautiful, since her entrepreneurship, her best show results, and her high position in the UAE aren’t regularly mentioned. It is fascinating how nowadays a Google search can transform another human’s identity into a misconception.
“I understood early on that some people don’t like when my career goes too well.” Lund says. “Nowadays I don’t care. My husband, who is a mental coach, has taught me a lot on how not to take things too personally and how not to let other people’s judgment define who I am.” Lund chooses what defines her, and her role in her family, both as wife to Allan Nielsen and as mother to her son Louis, is one that is most important to her now. The decision of designing her own destiny was one that Lund made early. “I was very devoted to my riding as a kid,” Lund tells. From the beginning it was Lund’s father, a former soccer player, who understood early that his two daughters, Lund and Charlotte, had an inherent talent with horses. “He thought it was a great way for us to spend time together as a family,” Lund explains. “So he would always drive us to shows, competitions and training and he had strict rules for us on how to spend time.” Together with her sister Charlotte, Lund got to know the benefits of working as a team early on. “It was helpful to share my process with my sister,” she says. “Learning how to support someone else and how to be happy for another person is an important quality, both as a rider and as a human.” Lund also learned never to compare herself to others. “It takes too much energy and is a too big of a mental sacrifice, when instead you could focus on who you are, and what you want to be to yourself.” Lund says. “There are too many talented people in this world who miss out on opportunities because they think they’re not good enough,” she explains. Lund focuses her talents on many different things. She is an international show jumper, she has her own jewelry line, and she is a teacher, a mother, a public speaker, and an entrepreneur. “Never stop believing in yourself,” Lund says. “I never get bored and I love all of my commitments.” Lund says. “The reason I moved to Dubai three years ago was because I needed new air, new opportunities and new stories to tell. I have always been willing to take risks for my success.” Lund explains. “I am probably more fearless than most people are. And now when I look at my life, I do have more interesting stories to tell.” After hearing Lund’s story, what comes to our mind is ‘amen, sister.’ We look forward to publishing more of your amazing stories on the internet and influencing your Google search for the better.
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CENTRAL PARK HORSE SHOW
rganizing a horse show is always a big job, one that takes passion, dedication, and many to-do lists. But when you’re putting on an internationally rated event with four different disciplines in one of the biggest cities in the world, it takes a very special team. It took two years to bring the first Rolex Central Park Horse Show (RCPHS) to fruition as planning took place, a venue was found, and city approvals were given. The 2014 event was one to remember as the first horse stepped into the Wollman Rink – now transformed into a riding arena – under the Manhattan skyline. This September 21st–25th marks the show’s 3rd anniversary at Wollman Rink, and the team is determined to deliver the same amazing show experience as the last two years. Left to Right: The RCPHS schooling ring, photo © Meg Banks; RCPHS crowd, photo © Lindsay Brock; Central Park tourists meet hunter, photo © Meg Banks
A TEAM TO BELIEVE IN Brought to life by the International Equestrian Group (IEG) (the same team that produces the annual Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan Global Dressage Festival), and led by CEO Mark Bellissimo, the RCPHS found a great home at Wollman Rink. More than 140 people work for the event during the two weeks of set-up, the five days of competition and exhibitions, and final teardown. It sets a precedent as the first horse show in Central Park, a feat that many organizers had tried to accomplish for decades. “This is a sport you have to bring to the people, and I think you infiltrate large American cities and unique locations in order to elevate the interest,” Bellissimo said. “This show was a dream many years ago, and we brought it to a reality in 2014. Rolex took a very blind bet on us, and it is very rare that they put their brand on anything that is unproven. We’re starting to see a transition from this being an exhibitor-financed sport to a corporate and commercial one. This could be the birthplace of modern, American, commercialized show jumping. It’s going to take a couple of years, but we’re well on our way.” P E R F E C T LY P L A N N E D P R E PA R AT I O N The first year was one of finding how to fit all of the working pieces of a huge event into Wollman Rink and surrounding areas – including a very fast set-up within the rules of Central Park itself. While easier in the second year, it was still a challenge to build an equestrian event in the center of a giant metropolis. “We start the set-up process on Friday morning at 1 a.m.,” said IEG President Michael Stone. “We can only deliver materials and have trucks come to the ring between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night and only work internally in the venue during the day.” That schedule means that all of the general admission stadium seating, the VIP tent along with its tables, chairs, and lights, the additional VIP platforms, the drainage platforms and footing for the show and schooling arenas, and even the horses themselves, can only be delivered to Central Park at night. “We only had five days to transform Wollman Rink into something that I think is one of the most spectacular show jumping destinations in the world,” Bellissimo stated.
would like to use this event “toWecreatereallya world stage for equestrian sport - there is a great opportunity for us to raise the awareness in this country and there is no better place to do that than in New York City.” –
THE BIG JOB OF BUILDING A VENUE Known for investing in footing to provide only the best for the horses and riders at all of his shows, Bellissimo brings in Equestrian Services International to build the arena base at RCPHS. There are 40 truck loads of footing used for the five-day event. In addition to the arena itself, three VIP platforms are built around the arena, including a stunning main platform above the one permanent structure outside the rink, “The Treehouse” set into the hill overlooking the ring, and “The Garden” platform just below it. General admission stadium seating is set up around the other three sides of the ring. Along the paths of Central Park, horses travel among runners training for marathons, wandering tourists, and lounging New York City residents who may have seen it all, but haven’t seen the world’s best horses. One of the quirks of having an event in Central Park is that no horses or structures are allowed on the grass area of the park. It was a challenge to figure out where there was a large and flat enough spot to place a schooling arena and temporary stabling tent. Luckily, a spot near the Heckscher Ballfields and Tavern on the Green restaurant was found. Green fencing is put up along the path that horses must take on the five-minute walk to the main arena.
BRINGING THE SPORT TO THE PUBLIC Bellissimo has said that he wants the RCPHS to be a long-term event and continue to grow equestrian sport in the public eye, in one of the biggest media markets in the world. The Rolex Central Park Horse Show has generated more than 640 billion estimated total media impressions. He noted, “We really would like to use this event to create a world stage for equestrian sport - there is a great opportunity for us to raise the awareness in this country and there is no better place to do that than in New York City. I think this will continue to grow as one of the top events in the sport over time. It costs several million dollars to host this event and it’s a long-term opportunity to make it a success.”
carved and hand-painted, a “Babe Ruth” jump consisting of a ten-foot high baseball bat and autographed baseball, and a surprise “Big Apple” jump. Show jumper Charlie Jayne feels that the setting in Central Park is one that is unmatched in North America. “I want to emphasize how important it is that this is here in New York,” he said. “I compete all over the world. When you think about a country like Ireland you think Dublin, when you think about a country like Italy you think Rome, and when people – even those who haven’t been here, think about the United States, they think New York. I think it is so important that [the horse show] is here in the forefront where everybody knows. I think it is the best exposure we could have.”
Part of the media plan included having primetime television coverage. NBC Sports Network covered the 2014 and 2015 grand prix competition, and the team works to integrate their crew seamlessly into the horse show.
With a location as incredible as New York, and a team as dedicated and hard working as IEG, this year’s RCPHS is sure to impress.
N O BETTER PL ACE THAN NEW YORK In a special sneak peek for 2016, hunter course designer Bobby Murphy noted that he is working with “fresh, new artists” to design bespoke jumps in a “New York Pop Art” theme for the RCPHS. Hunters and spectators will see incredible jumps, including a “Wall Street” jump of a stack of money that is hand-
Opposite: photo © the Rolex Central Park Horse Show; This Page: Entrance to the RCPHS, photo © Meg Banks; A Hunter Ring jump, photo © Meg Banks; Candice King, Georgina Bloomberg and Schuyler Riley, photo © Meg Banks; Todd Minikus on horses’ path, photo © Meg Banks; VIP area at night, photo © Andre Maier
Sept. 21–25, 2016
FEATURE by Jackie McFarland
Expertise on the Global Road N E I L J O N E S E Q U E S T R I A N I S E X PA N D I N G A N D M AV I S S P E N C E R I S A LO N G F O R T H E R I D E
Figuratively or literally, going global is a term often used in this day and age. When pondering what locations suit his horses and his clients best, Neil Jones of Neil Jones Equestrian decided to spread his wings beyond Europe and bring his expertise, his team and a solid group of sale horses to America. Now with a global reach, Jones continues to manage a European base. NJE, Inc. Europe hosts a barn of sale horses in Belgium, and Jones himself takes clients on shopping trips, accommodating their requests with his extensive knowledge and connections. Expertise plays a big role in a business with ever evolving equine talent and an ever growing list of customer demands. After over a
quarter of a century, Jones has this in spades, with horses he has sold competing successfully around the world. Considering his history, we asked if he could remember his first sale to the states. “The Oldenburg stallion Cardinal 846,” he stated. “I sold him to Randy Johnson on the East Coast in the early nineties. He bought him right out of the paddock; it was his dream horse.” The horse went on to win quite a bit with Bert Mutch, as both a hunter and a grand prix mount, and was also a successful sire. That sale kicked off hundreds more purchases by the American market over the years. Names such as George Morris, Chris Kappler and Megan Johnstone trusted Jones to find the right horse. Known for quality and integrity, with an extensive network of contacts, suiting horse to rider became a distinct specialty, A long list of young riders also called on Jones to find them the right match. Among them were Alec Lawler with his mounts Dauphin de Muze (later sold to Sarah Jane Haskins) and Agamemnon; Olympian Lucy Davis with one of her early high
…that sale kicked off hundreds more purchases by the American market over the years. Names such as George Morris, Chris Kappler and Megan Johnstone trusted Jones to find the right horse.
Opposite: Mavis Spencer and Neil Jones, photo © Herve Bonnaud; This Page: Neil Jones has brought many successful horse and rider partnerships to fruition: (clockwise from top-left) Alec Lawler and Agamemnon, photo © McCool, Randy Johnson and Cardinal, photo © Lili Meik, Patrick Seaton and Caloukie, photo courtesy of Sonoma Horse Park
performance horses, Hannah; and Paris Sellon found one of her early show jumping mounts, Charmeur A CH. Some well known California professionals also picked horses with the help of NJE, Europe. Francie Steinwedell-Carvin and her gentle 17.1h giant Taunus, Patrick Seaton and the versatile Caloukie, Rhys Farm’s big bay grand prix horse Camerone and the talented five-year-old Legolas, both ridden and trained by Lindsay and Matt Archer of Shady Lane Farm. GOING FULL CIRCLE Speaking of California, that West Coast state that consistently produces top riders like Olympic Silver Medalist Lucy Davis, an equestrian of that same generation is an integral part of the Neil Jones team. Beginning in 2000, Mavis Spencer ascended up the equestrian ranks under the guidance of Meadow Grove Farm, Dick Carvin, Susie Schroer, and Francie Steinwedell-Carvin. When she was sixteen, she went to Europe as a working student for Neil Jones, a connection that has evolved to new heights years down the road.
While Jones was developing a solid reputation selling horses, Spencer was honing her show jumping skills. In 2008, after spending the summer at NJE, she earned Junior Jumper team and individual Silver Medal honors at Harrisburg. Stylish in and out of the saddle, Spencer also took home the William C. Steinkraus Style of Riding Award honors in 2008, represented the United States on a team at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in 2009, and was Miss Golden Globe 2010. Passionate about the sport and eager to learn, at age 17 she went to Wellington to be a working student for Kent Farrington. A few years later, she joined Darragh Kenny when he started Oakland Ventures, LLC. Not at all afraid of hard work or long hours, Spencer spent many seasons on the ground grooming for Farrington and Kenny. Not only did she relish that time, she loved it. The circle began to come around as Spencer returned to Belgium in 2014 to once again work with Jones, eight years after her first experience. Both Jones and Spencer had come a long way in eight years, each with unique knowledge, connections and global
Mavis Spencer and Cornetiero were 2nd in the Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, photo © Shawn McMillen
experience of their own. Grooming for Lorenzo De Luca, Spencer, along with Jones, went to the top European shows, and helped De Luca get to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2014. GETTIN G BAC K IN THE S A D D L E S U C C E S S F U L LY After De Luca was injured at the Games, Jones asked Spencer to ride some horses while he recovered. The groom transitioned to a rider. Her previous skills (and muscles) served her well, and soon she was competing in Belgium, and then taking 15 sale horses to Wellington on the circuit in the winter of 2015. One of those mounts was an eleven-year-old Belgian gelding, Zagahorn. After successful rides during the first three weeks of the circuit, including a 4th in the U25 Speed Class and a 6th in the grand prix, the horse sold to Emily Moffitt. The pair went on to win in Europe, including the GCT CSI2* Grand Prix in Paris as well as in Rome. This year the number grew to 18 horses, with Spencer running the operation, riding, and once again loving the work. And the long hours. And being back in the show ring. Together Jones and Spencer decided that it was time to open NJE America. Testing the grounds in this country, for their first
location, they chose to spend the spring and summer in Lexington, Kentucky. A successful choice, they are not only selling horses from young hunters and jumpers to seasoned competitors, but Spencer’s name is appearing on the leaderboard. In her first show with the eight-year-old NJE’s Disco Lady, Spencer won a 1.40m class and the following week was 3rd in the grand prix. The talented duo were one of four pairs to go clean in the first round. Along with that victory, Spencer was 2nd aboard her own Cornetiero. As the summer season winds down into fall, NJE America, with Spencer holding the reins, is going to go full circle, as she returns to California to compete for the fall season. Not having seen the showgrounds she grew up competing on since she left at age 17, Spencer will reunite with friends and have a chance to spend time with her family. The global journey continues as NJE America competes at shows in Del Mar and San Juan Capistrano. NJE Europe continues to shine, welcoming clients who consistently seek Jones’ expertise. As Spencer comes full circle, at only 25 years old, she is truly in the throes of a tremendous new chapter with global horizons.
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H I S T O R Y of by Laurie Berglie
RIDING BOOT This September/October issue marks the end of our ‘History of Equestrian Style’ journey. We started in January/February of this year with the helmet and worked our way down. Our final item, the riding boot, is an incredibly important piece of riding attire that has, arguably, made the biggest impact on the non-equestrian world as well.
he boot, in its somewhat current form, was created centuries ago, and its main function was to provide protection from the elements. They were usually made from leather, but other materials, such as wool, felt, silk, cotton, and even furs, were seen. Interestingly, the earliest known picture of the boot was found in a cave painting in Spain and is dated somewhere between 12,000 and 15,000 B.C. A style similar to today’s riding boot would not appear until the 1600s.
Opposite: 1925 Horse Show, Harris & Ewing, Repro. #LC-DIG-hec-44999; This Page (L–R): 1917 Horse Show, Harris & Ewing, Repro. #LC-DIGhec-07762; Foxhunting Scene, Benjamin Marshall, 1808, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection; 1918 Horse Show, Harris & Ewing, Repro. #LC-DIG-hec-10696; All photographs courtesy of the Library of Congress
BOOTS WITH MILITARY ROOTS The seventeenth century saw the emergence of the first military uniforms, and the high-legged cavalier boot from the previous century was transformed into the highly-polished jackboot we’ve all seen in historical paintings.This particular style, with the high top and firm finish that was essential to protecting legs while on horseback, was seen in the late 1600s and continued to be worn until the 1760s. While the original structure of the boot remained, (distinct heel, firm toe, etc.), this cavalier style boot received yet another makeover as the more gentlemanly pursuit of riding and foxhunting increased in popularity.The boot developed a softer and closer fit, described as the “jockey style,” with the top sometimes folded down under the knee. On the inside of the boot, a cotton or leather lining could be seen. In 1817, it was reported that the Duke of Wellington designed what became known as the “Wellington” boot. The Wellington resembled the Hessian boot, a light, high-tasseled leather boot worn by Hessian troops, but the Wellington was made from lighter calfskin leather and had a straight cut along the top with simpler binding. This boot became more of a sporting boot and was worn by foxhunters and jockeys, as well as grooms and butlers. The original Wellingtons were made from leather; however, in 1852 Hiram Hutchinson and Charles Goodyear, who had just invented rubber, developed the waterproof boot we currently think of when hearing the term Wellington or Wellies.
By 1860, the original leather Wellington faded from popularity in England in favor of the short ankle boot, but the style, however, survived in the United States. It was widely thought that the Wellington contributed to the creation of the first cowboy boot, which is believed to have originated in the state of Kansas. A S T YLE FOR EVERY DISCIPLINE The modern riding boot has not undergone any significant changes, for the most part, since the turn of the century. The timeless practically of its design has only needed minor adjustments. For example, one small change has been lowering the height of the heel; most boots now, with the exception of cowboy boots, have a heel of less than one inch. Leather is the main material that is used today, usually cowhide or pigskin, but synthetic leather and vinyl are seen as well. Patent leather is common for formal wear, especially for paddock boots. Of course, the quality of leather used varies with a softer leather increasing the value and price of the boot. It wouldn’t be a history lesson without learning a bit about the differences between current styles, which often dictate the discipline. We’ll start with the field boot, which is a tall boot with laces. These boots received their name as they were traditionally worn by officers ranked “field grade” or higher, and are now seen mostly in all jumping disciplines. The laces allow for some give
and flexibility at the ankle, providing the rider more comfort while riding in shorter stirrups, which are needed for work over fences. Field boots are mostly black, but do come in brown, and are also worn by mounted police officers. Tall brown boots were fairly popular prior to World War II, but they are now considered casual attire and not often seen at horse shows. Dress boots are also tall boots but do not have laces at the ankle. Due to this, the dress boot is usually stiffer and worn by dressage riders and during formal foxhunts. These boots are customarily black in color. Hunt boots, or Top boots, are very similar to the dress boot, minus the cuff at the top. The main portion of the boot is black, but the top cuff is tan or very light brown. Hunt or Top boots are usually worn by male foxhunters. The short, highly functional and fashionable paddock boots, also known as Jodhpur boots that fit just above the ankle, are typically used for pleasure and everyday riding except in Saddle Seat, where they are mandatory. Children showing in hunt seat disciplines wear paddock boots combined with a garter strap, or Jodphur strap, and graduate to tall boots when they are closer to adulthood. These boots are perfect when worn with Jodphurs as the pants finish at the ankle, unlike breeches which finish mid-calf.
Many boots, tall and paddock, have an extra layer of leather on the toe, which is called a toe cap. Additionally, some styles of each incorporate zippers instead of laces, which eliminates the need for boot hooks. FINAL REFLECTIONS As we’ve all seen, equestrian attire appears frequently in mainstream fashion, but no piece is replicated quite like the boot. From highend designers to your local discount shoe warehouse, all carry numerous variations of the classic riding boot. Color, material, heel type, and height may differ, but their origins are the same. Both practical and fashionable, the riding boot – for equestrians and non-equestrians alike – is here to stay. Well, as they say, “all good things must come to an end,” and we have reached the conclusion of the History of Equestrian Style. I hope you have enjoyed following along and learning about the origins of some of our favorite clothing pieces as much as I have. Looking back, I wonder what the mainstream fashion market would look like without our fellow equestrians paving the way with their classic and timeless sense of style. I have also learned that no matter the time or place, equestrian style has and will continue to evolve. While it’s an absolutely incredible time to be an equestrian, I do look forward to the ever-changing riding fashions to come!
Clockwise: A pony rider wearing modern paddock boots and Jodphur straps, photo © McCool; Nick Dello Joio wearing Parlantis, some of the most luxurious and fashionable boots on the market. Read about Parlanti on page 40, photo © Ashley Neuhof; 1930 photo of Paulina Longworth and her pony. Paulina is wearing paddock boots and half chaps, photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Repro # LC-DIG-hec-35808
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You talk about achieving “flow” in the ring as a goal but I don’t really know what you mean. Can you please explain? The idea of flow is personal for every athlete. Some riders tell me that flow means having a consistent pace, allowing the jumps to come to them. Others say that flow is a state of mind that connects rider to horse seamlessly. However, flow is also a theory presented by Hungarian researcher, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book, Flow:The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Flow comprises the following elements: 1. The challenges in the endeavor align with the individual’s skill level. 2. A feeling of effortlessness. 3. A clear goal. 4. Specific feedback or anticipated result. 5. A distorted sense of time.
6. An experience that removes the individual from bodily needs or urges. 7. A feeling of being transformed or changed upon completion. Not all of the above elements have to occur for flow to be experienced, although some kind of internal enjoyment is the result. My work with athletes has revealed that mindfulness practices often lead to the experience of flow, which is why I help athletes develop a daily brain training routine that supports creating brainwaves similar to those experienced in flow. Some people think that achieving flow or peak performance is a random occurrence but I have learned that each athlete has a specific set of elements that open them to this heightened, easeful form of focus.
I am wondering what your mental practice is and how you implement it under pressure at the shows? On show days I start with a few minutes of quietude and some yoga to connect my mind and body. I use the concept of mentally spiraling in toward the goal of laser sharp focus when I enter the ring. I tend to get quite nervous when I show so my morning spiral is usually already full of jitters. I aim to have a softened focus as I get ready and drive to the show grounds. When I get out of the car I notice my focus increasing and I am careful not to let it accelerate too quickly by using my breath to stay in my body and in the moment. When I walk the course, I allow my focus to increase and purposely access the part of my brain that holds specific information. My focus increases from here until I am on the horse warming up. At this stage I am task oriented and the jitters have somewhere to go.
When I start jumping, I notice that the jitters become power and intention. By the time I get to the back gate I am feeling a form of heightened focus. I am dialed into my trainer’s words, the connection between my horse and me, and the track I am about to ride. When I enter the ring I contact the power in my core right behind my belly button with slow, deep breaths; and then off I go, one stride at a time! If I have multiple rides, I spiral out a bit between them to save my energy, being aware of not getting too soft in my mind. I use lots of breathing at this point to keep my energy up. When I am done competing I allow myself to slowly spiral out, riding the adrenaline waves consciously, noticing when my body gets hungry, allowing food to help me ground back into a balanced state.
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.
Carrie Wicks, Ph.D. | Top photo © Ashley Neuhof
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by Katie Shoultz
Taylor Flury Taylor Flury of Minooka, Illinois is one of the lucky ones who found her calling at an early age. But, that doesn’t mean it’s all rainbows and unicorns. For Flury, who has developed a successful young horse program at Aliboo Farm, it often means a hefty dose of delayed gratification and heaps of patience. After turning pro, Flury has continued on an upwards trajectory of campaigning young jumpers – often ones that she has bred and developed herself. After traveling to Belgium to compete in the 2015 FEI World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses, this year Flury’s name has been on the Young Jumper Championships Leading Rider list for most of the season. It’s been an exciting time for Flury, to say the least. HORSE & STYLE: How did you get your start? TAYLOR FLURY: My mom loves horses, so we had a pony in our backyard from the time I was born; I rode before I could walk. It was not until I was around nine that we began showing on a local level, and we didn’t really begin to compete on a national level until I was about thirteen. I’m lucky that my family has always loved and supported the horses. It is truly a family affair here at AliBoo. H&S: With the young horses, and particularly young jumpers, how did you find your niche? TF: When I was younger and wanting to show, my mom would always say to me, “What are you doing to make a difference? How are you contributing to the industry?” I never knew my answer to those questions, and really struggled with the thought, until I found what I feel is my niche. During my convalescence from brain surgeries two years ago, I spent all of my time studying bloodlines and stallions. This is when I learned a lot about breeding. I realized that, for me, the most rewarding part of riding is helping a horse grow and develop to his full potential. In a way, my
Opposite Page: Taylor Flury and Carrasca Z, photo © Mark Feldhaus; This Page (clockwise from top-left): Taylor and Vuvu at WEF 2016, photo © Anne Gittins Photography, AliBoo bred foal, photo © Sport Horse Studios, Taylor and Carrasca Z, photo © SportFot
challenging medical situation gave me time to reflect and helped me grow up. When I started riding again, I knew I wanted quality horses, and the only way to afford such good stock was to purchase weanlings. Luckily, several breeders were supportive and made it possible for us to acquire foals. I found that I loved the process of developing these babies, and they are my greatest teachers. I strongly believe that you never know what a horse will be until it is fully fit and properly developed; each horse deserves a chance to reach its full potential. I have always loved the jumpers, and so for me, it was a logical decision to focus on young jumpers, even though we do occasionally wind up with young hunters. At the end of the day, I want a quality horse that is nice to ride. Then the horse will show us where it can excel. H&S: What is the most difficult aspect of your job? TF: The horses themselves are the easy part of my job most days, and I am so lucky to get to do what I love. However, with some horses it is challenging to figure out what makes them tick, and how to help them reach their full potential. I have had a few horses
over the years that I knew were superior quality, but it was difficult to figure out how to reach that talent. But those are the horses that make you better in the long run. It can also be difficult to manage and push through the highs and lows that happen in the horse world while remaining confident that I’m doing it correctly. Overall though, I would say the business aspect of running our farm is probably one of the more difficult parts of my job. I am an introvert, and that characteristic is probably why I work so well with horses, because they speak my language. Most people wouldn’t guess that I’m super shy, that it can be a struggle for me to interact. H&S: There’s a greater risk working with babies, how do you manage that? TF: Of course, one of the biggest risks in working with young horses is getting hurt, and after having far too many concussions (not just from horses), I have learned that some risks are just not worth it. I have found that one of the biggest areas of risk is not starting the horses myself. Problems quickly escalate when getting on other people’s young horses and not being told the truth about their level of greenness or bad habits. It is easier to start a horse then it is to fix a horse that has problems. I have september/october ·
Taylor and Carrasca Z with her family, photo © Mark Feldhaus
a program for developing my young horses that allows for both their safety and my own. H&S: When do you start a prospect? TF: We start our horses typically at the beginning or spring of their three-year-old year. So many times, I have had people tell me I need to start them when they turn two, or they will be too big and difficult to handle, but I think it all depends on how you start them. I am in no rush to work them too hard when they are young; we have plenty of time, and I think they are only as difficult as you make them. To develop them properly takes time, patience, and confidence. H&S: Do you like the breeding aspect of the business? TF: I love the breeding aspect, and that love is originally how I got into young horses. We study bloodlines carefully to determine the potential of a stallion and mare combination, and then purchase some of our young horses as foals, because we’re able to afford them at that stage. We have always kept our own breeding program small, with only a few foals a year, because we like to be hands-on with each foal. We consider ourselves a boutique breeder. H&S: Do you have a favorite mount, past or present? TF: That’s like asking a parent who their favorite child is! They are all my favorites for different reasons. I must say, though, that Carrasca Z (Hank) or Catania Saflo Z (Minnie) are two very special horses in my life right now because they have made so many of my dreams come true. I see such a bright future with them. They are like my family members, and I just love their personalities.
H&S: How long do you usually work with a young horse? TF: I begin working with young horses when they’re three, and will usually work with them through the fall, before giving them the winter off. During that first year, I only work with them three to four days per week, for about 20 minutes a day, and I think that is plenty. We focus on flatwork, trail riding, and exercises over poles on the ground. I don’t jump three-year-olds because I don’t think they are developed enough to start over fences. At this stage, the focus is on rideability by teaching them the basics. Then they will start back under saddle in the spring of their fouryear-old year and will begin jumping before going to a handful of shows over the summer to “get their feet wet.” People are always a bit surprised when they see one of my four-year-olds at a show, and I tell them the horse has only ever jumped a few times under saddle. These four-year-olds then get a slight break over the fall with just light work and trail riding before they get ready to go into the young jumper program at age five. If they are better suited to be a hunter, they will go that route instead. H&S: What are your goals for the future? TF: I have been thinking about keeping one or two of the horses I start to eventually compete at the top level. I have never been able to ride such high quality horses before, so I never thought it would be possible to jump around the biggest tracks competitively. Maybe, all the pieces are coming together at this point in time. I don’t ever want to stop developing top young jumper prospects though; I just want to find a way to combine it all in a successful manner!
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story by Laurie Berglie, photos by James Berglie
MARYLAND SA D D LERY If you take a drive through Butler in northwestern Baltimore County, Maryland, you will pass one expansive, bucolic horse farm after another. The last thing youâ€™d expect to see out in the middle of this countryside, also known as the Worthington Valley, is a store or shop of any kind, but at the corner of Falls Road lies a local equestrian gem, Maryland Saddlery, which has been a not-sohidden treasure since 1989.
BORN OUT OF NECESSIT Y Store owner, Hope Birsh, initially came to Maryland to teach riding at McDonogh School, a private school that was founded in 1873. During her tenure at the school, Birsh realized there was a massive need in the area for a tack shop that could properly outfit her students, who were junior riders. “Most of the stores catered to adults and horses, and there was little or no attention to children and ponies,” remembered Birsh. And that’s when the idea for Maryland Saddlery was born; that was 27 years ago, and Birsh hasn’t looked back. For Birsh, providing the best, most educated service has always been her top priority. “My core values for my store then and still now are to be knowledgeable and informative, ethical and professional, and to make real human connections with our customers. We love to learn about horse equipment and riding apparel, but we also love to impart this information to our customers. I believe that knowledge is to be shared. Our customers come to us and ask the hard questions because they know that when we give them an answer, we will always have their best interest in mind.” IT TAKES A VILL AGE Maryland Saddlery isn’t your typical tack shop. Because of its location, it has become the center of the already tight-knit equestrian community. Birsh believes that the best part about owning this store is the friendships she’s made over the years. The community has fully supported her shop, so she in turn connects with her customers as often as possible. “Making a human connection can appear in unusual ways. We have bandaged our customers wounds, treated their sick pets, gone to their homes and set up computers, chased their loose horses and dogs, cried with them over their losses, and celebrated their successes. We have september/october ·
literally watched their children grow up before our eyes and then bring in their grandchildren to shop too. I am forever grateful for the loyalty and trust they have placed in us.” This trust and loyalty is the backbone of Maryland Saddlery’s wild success, and the shop’s progress through the years has been astonishing. The original store in Butler boasts a newly renovated main retail store which features beautifully tailored unique horse show attire, as well as a consignment shop located across the parking lot. And two additional Maryland Saddlery Consignment Shops have opened their doors: one in Gambrills, Maryland, and one in Hockessin, Delaware. The consignment shops have everything you could imagine – from tack and riding apparel, to furniture, home goods, antiques, and art. The walls and shelves are full of interesting secondhand treasures waiting to be repurposed in your equestrian home. This wide variety of goods is necessary because Birsh never knows who will walk through the door. “We have no typical customers in Maryland! We live in an unusual location in the Worthington Valley. Our customers ride, show, steeplechase, fox hunt, and event – all on the same horse. Many of our customers keep their animals at their own homes. Even the top-rated horses
in every discipline are in someone’s backyard. Boarding barns in this area are not the norm, but the exception.” A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNIT Y Birsh smiles as she reflects on the evolution of her beloved store. “We have become a community gathering spot, the “Chamber of Commerce of Butler” in a sense. We have an active community board that people come in to read practically every day. Farms and homes for sale and rent, horses for sale, exercise riders wanted...you name it. We love this connection to our neighbors and customers.” Not only are Birsh and Maryland Saddlery significant members of the Butler area, but they are also pillars of the Maryland equestrian community. “Maryland Saddlery has become involved with the Maryland Horse Industry Board (MHIB), and I am on their advisory board,” said Birsh. “The MHIB is tasked with ensuring the well-being of Maryland’s equine population by licensing stables and marketing the industry as a whole to ensure its future. Last summer, Maryland Saddlery sponsored a large exhibit called “Horse Land” at the Maryland State Fair, which hosted more than 14,000 people throughout the week. The interior of the tent was divided into
booths by using horse jump rails and standards, and folks from the Maryland Jockey Club, half a dozen therapeutic riding centers, harness racing, the Maryland Horse Council, and many of the Discovery Centers came and volunteered to meet the public.” Birsh specifically enjoyed the craft center where she personally spoke to and helped 1,500 kids create stick horses they could have to take home. “By working closely with the children and their parents doing a quiet craft, it gave me the opportunity to speak to each and every one about horses. We also had horses and ponies for them to touch and have a mini grooming session with. It was a rousing success.” Maryland Saddlery will be hosting “Horse Land” again at this year’s State Fair. It’s clear that a win for Maryland Saddlery as a business is a win for the Maryland horse industry. Almost three decades ago, Birsh opened the shop to clothe her junior rider students, and today Maryland Saddlery is a beacon that welcomes and meticulously cares for all Maryland equestrians.
Visit Maryland Saddlery:
14924 FALLS RD
BUTLER, MD 21023
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7. 1. Patrick Seaton and Caloukie, winners of the $40,000 Equine Insurance Grand Prix 2. Grace Anne Doyle, National Anthem singer and Giant Steps rider 3. Samba dancers 4. 2nd place finisher Apex with Harley Brown in the irons 5. Parmeson wines 6. A gorgeous Giant Steps Charity Classic award cooler 7. Eve Jobs (left) holding the pitchfork as Blanchette and Haness run off together 8. Ransome Rombauer, recipient of the Horse & Style Style of Riding Award
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Equestrian’s Concierge LLC 7600 Lakeville Highway Petaluma, CA 94954
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