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& ABOUT Hermès West Coast Flagship Opening
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Danielle Demers lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and son. A lifelong equestrian, she 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. Through her work with EqSol, and as H&S’s Editor & Art Director, her interests have been melded together more perfectly than she could have imagined.
An avid former foxhunter, Pam knows well that special bond between horse and rider. With her husband she was co-owner of Dunford Farm, a Thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she was involved in every aspect of the horses’ lives. Her journey with horses continues as a member of the EqSol Team.
Laurie Berglie lives in the Maryland countryside where she enjoys renovating her fixer-upper farm, reading horse books, and competing in the hunters. Laurie is also an author of equestrian fiction and maintains her lifestyle blog and Instagram, “Maryland Equestrian.” She has a BA in English from Stevenson University and an MA in Humanities from Towson University.
Jeannette owns and operates Jaz Creek, Inc. in Petaluma, CA. Offering rehabilitation, retirement and breeding services, Jeanette is intimately familiar with the 24/7 equine lifestyle, but wouldn’t change it. The Jaz Creek breeding program has now been in operation for over 10 years and Jeanette is proudly competing and selling her young future stars.
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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.
Taryn Young is an Advertising Account Director by day and an avid dressage rider by nights and weekends. She is the founder of the equestrian lifestyle account @WarmbloodsandWine and resides in St. Charles, IL with her husband. She’s a USDF Bronze medalist and shows her 17.3h gelding Rayne Dance regularly. Taryn enjoys family, fitness, a good cab and her corgi, Derby.
Julie Unger has been writing and editing for various publications for the last decade, including covering show jumping and polo events. She has lived in South Florida, New England and many places in between. She uses her MA in Mass Communication from the University of Florida to continue editing, writing and utilizing her communication skills at Sirota Public Relations. Her work can be found at julieunger.com.
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.
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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.
Ashley Neuhof has rapidly become one of the most sought-after photographers on the worldwide equestrian circuit, known for her uncanny ability to capture exquisite moments both in the arena and behind the scenes. Her images have been commissioned by top brands and are published frequently in luxury lifestyle magazines worldwide.
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At the start of each New Year, we embrace the tradition of celebrating the year just past, while also making goals for the year ahead. My personal goals typically stay the same, oriented around family, health and balance. At Horse & Style our goal, as always, is to produce beautiful, meaningful content that resonates with the equestrian community. We wouldn’t be able to share these stories without the support provided by wonderful partnerships with individuals and organizations who believe in Horse & Style. These partners celebrate the power of the written word and place a great deal of value in the wonderful, tactile experience of picking up and reading a magazine in print. We cherish these partnerships and are tremendously grateful for their support. The World Equestrian Center, one of our most valued partners and an organization that is doing huge things in our sport, graces this issue’s cover. Last fall, I took my annual trip to WEC. Read about my time there, the many ways in which WEC has recently expanded its Ohio facility, and the future of WEC Ocala – the most anticipated facility and show series launch on the horizon (page 54). In this issue, we caught up with Adrienne Sternlicht. Coming off back-to-back Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Qualifier wins, this young rider is one to watch as we move into this new decade. And while she is no stranger to big success, Sternlicht couldn’t be more humble and grateful to be where she is today (page 28).
Left to Right: Amanda Teal, Horse & Style Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Sarah Appel and Charlotte Hart at the Hermès San Francisco re-opening, photo © Drew Altizer
Going back to one of my favorite international travel destinations, the Morocco Royal Tour, I touched down in Tétouan, Morocco, the location of the first stop on the three-week Tour. While falling even more in love with the country, I was also able to interview Moroccan legend Abdelkebir Ouaddar (page 76). Spending my time working either from home or out at Sonoma Horse Park, my wardrobe often consists of yoga pants or breeches, so having the opportunity to get glammed up once in a while is a fun treat. In November, I attended the re-opening of the Hermès West Coast flagship store in San Francisco. The store itself is stunning, but the opening celebrations really pulled out all the stops. See the photos in the Out & About (page 18). As we wrap each issue, I am continuously impressed by what our community is doing (see this issue’s Equestrian Tastemaker (page 34) for some truly inspiring good works equestrians are doing here and on a global scale), and how the sport just keeps getting better. I can’t wait to see what the next travel adventure might be, and I look forward to creating new partnerships with like-minded equestrians who infuse so much life into our sport. Best,
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6. 1. Young show jumping fans enjoy the Omy Wall at the kids’ corner in the Longines Masters of Paris Prestige Village 2. 16-yearold John McEntree of Ireland and Carrickaduff Pet win the inaugural Lami-Cell Pony Masters 3. The gorgeous Longines Carousel is the perfect Prestige Village centerpiece 4. The Bluebell Girls walk the course prior to the Masters Power Lido de Paris Six Bars competition 5. Young jockeys from Haras de Jardy (France) guide their Shetland ponies in an exciting race around the arena ahead of the Longines Grand Prix 6. An aerial view of the Prestige Village
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7. Team Europe wins the Riders Masters Cup! Left–right: Coach Henrik Ankarcrona, Darragh Kenney, Henrik Von Eckermann, Martin Fuchs, Kevin Staut and Jos Verlooy 8. Street artist Kalouf paints live in Prestige Village 9. Suzane, a young French singer, captivates the Riders Masters Cup after-party crowd 10. Ringmaster Pedro Cebulka sends Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) off on his Longines Speed Challenge victory lap 11. Brazil’s Marlon Modolo Zanotelli and Sweet Tricia are the only pair to manage a clear round in under 30 seconds in the Masters One Hubside 1.45m 12. Spectators in the ringside VIP are paid a visit by a large giraffe ahead of the evening’s competition 13. It’s a true hometown victory as three French riders top the podium after the Longines Masters of Paris Grand Prix: Simon Delestre (1st), Kevin Staut (2nd) and Roger Yves Bost (3rd)
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The Horse Girl Co. Emmie Strommen Divulges Everything You’d Ever Want to Know About HGCo.
We could all use a space that celebrates horse girls, right?! A space that highlights our shared passions, our differences, our accomplishments and struggles, the good days and the bad, and of course the all-around awesomeness that makes each of us a genuine horse girl. Emmie Strommen, founder of The Horse Girl Co. has created this exact space, and we are all here for it. But while we are loving getting to know her and her horse girl mission through her Instagram platform @thehorsegirlco, we wanted to know more about the darling girl behind the name. So we caught up with Emmie and asked her to reveal 10 things and more that we should all know about her and The Horse Girl Co.
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1. I’m from Minnesota, which I take an
redefine its narrow definition of being just a crazy girl who loves horses. Which we are, but we’re also so much more. I wanted to remind people that a “horse girl” is synonymous with a very strong woman who is capable of incredible things.
exorbitant amount of pride in.
I grew up riding hunter-jumpers and then went to college in Rhode Island for equestrian studies. I rode on the IHSA team for two years and then switched my major to Creative Advertising solely for the reason it said “Creative.” I had no idea what advertising entailed. Turned out I loved advertising, so I moved to NYC to work as a copywriter. And then, almost two years ago, I moved to Los Angeles to be the creative director at a company founded by Mike Tyson. Which is not AT ALL where I thought I would be, but I’m so grateful for the experience I’m having. I can never finish a whole coffee, but getting coffee is one of my favorite parts of the day. My order is a cold brew with a dash of almond milk no matter what the weather is. When I was naming the company, I knew that the phrase “horse girl” had to be in it, because I wanted to
Horse Girls stay hydrated water bottles
6. My first horse was a grey thoroughbred gelding named “Bernie.” He made me the horse girl I am today. My second horse was a Holsteiner stallion named “Rerun.” He brought me into the jumper ring and I never looked back.
I am obsessed with school supplies. New pens, planners, notebooks...all of it brings me immense joy.
8. Initially, the brand was formed as an
assignment I was doing for a website course. Our task was to create a personal website for fun. I thought, “if I could put everything I love into one place, what would that look like?” So, I made a website called “Horse Girl” which had two buttons, “Horse” and “Girl.” It was a curation of vintage and new apparel for your horse and yourself. We’ve evolved, but I still don’t hate that idea.
It wasn’t until a few months back into riding that I saw a need for something bigger, and The Horse Girl Co. began. I noticed my age group was missing from the barn and from the conversation. I found that, like me, many women had given up riding to hustle elsewhere until they could get back in the saddle. I wanted to create a space that celebrates these women and all the horse-loving ladies no matter what stage of “horse girl” they are in. In 2020 The Horse Girl Co. will be creating new ways for horse girls far and wide to get involved in the company. Subscribe at thehorsegirlco.com to stay updated! I may or may not be patiently waiting for a video game company to make a high-definition horse game. I like every HGCo. product to benefit horse girls in some way. So far it’s been: “Horse Girls stay hydrated” (water bottle) and “Horse Girls stay warm” (beanies). thehorsegirlco.com @thehorsegirlco
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B E T W E E N the
by Laurie Berglie
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
LOVE YOUR HORSE? LOVE YOUR SADDLE!
C H A R L I E M AC K E SY 128 pages amazon.com Hardcover: $22.99 Kindle: $11.99 Charlie Mackesy is an artist who is doing well with his work while also doing good for humanity. I first came across Charlie on, where else but Instagram, where so many new things appear on the horizon. I immediately loved Charlie’s drawings, his subjects, (I confess it was the horse who caught my eye), and the simplicity of each piece. But what really drew me in was the small script accompanying each work – dialogue from his characters which spreads the kindness and positivity this world is craving. It was clear that I wasn’t the only one looking for this pick-meup every day, as Charlie gained thousands of followers, and his work was shared around the socials like wildfire. The illustration titled, “Help,” where the horse answers the boy’s question about the bravest thing he’s ever said, has been shared more than one million times! I don’t think we realized how much we all needed the boy, the mole, the fox, and the horse. Through this quartet, readers are invited to explore the value of friendship and to embrace the importance of the life lessons they learn together. Some of my personal favorites are: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Kind,” said the boy. “I think everyone is just trying to get home,” said the mole. “What is the bravest thing you’ve ever said?” asked the boy. “Help,” said the horse. “The greatest illusion,” said the mole, “is that life should be perfect.” “The fox never really speaks,” whispered the boy. “No. And it’s lovely he is with us,” said the horse. “To be honest, I often feel I have nothing interesting to say,” said the fox. “Being honest is always interesting,” said the horse. Do you have a favorite saying?” asked the boy. “Yes,” said the mole. “What is it?” “If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake.” “I see, does it work?” “Every time.” Charlie’s talent is immense, and his sincerity and raw honesty is so refreshing. His book can be purchased on Amazon and prints are currently for sale via his website: charliemackesy.com
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6. 1. Across town from the newly-reopened Hermès San Francisco store, 500 invited guests are treated to a one-of-a-kind after party at the Skylight at The Armoury. Here the West Grand Brass Band performs 2. Yurie Pascarella and Urannia Ristow 3. The California Gold Rush is re-interpreted as a gilded modern dance at the after party 4. Philanthropist Vanessa Getty 5. Lauren Goodman, Charles Delisle, Ali Pincus and Yves Behar 6. Author Danielle Steel 7. A dance performance choreographed by New York’s Ryan McNamara
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12. 8. Lindsay Bolton, Kathryn Lasater and Sobia Shaikh 9. Industrial designer Jonathan Ive 10. Judity Zagury’s liberty performance alongside a white Lusitano gives a nod to Hermès’ first client: the horse 11. Socialite Denise Hale 12. Robert Chavez, U.S. President of Hermès 13. Luxury fashion influencer Jaime Xie
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5. After the festive season comes to an end, Winter’s short days and long evenings seem to stretch indefinitely before us. To get you through this lengthy season, H&S has curated a collection of lovely things sure to lift the spirits.
little luxuries to brighten dark evenings: 1. Reflect: 6 Month Gratitude & Reflection Journal, Marco & Co., $35 at marcoandco.com; 2. Illuminate: Horse Sense 9 oz Candle “with gentle notes of saddle leather, horse and wild mint,” Pour l'air, $65 at pourlair.com; 3. Nourish: Show Face Facial Oil, Equestrian Wellness, $32 at equestrianwellness.com; 4. Inspire: The Equestrian Academy of Versailles by Koto Bolofo, $55 at artbook.com; 5. Hydrate: Would Pick Horses Over You - Rose Geranium, Soap for Dirty Equestrians by Heelsdown Media, $10.99 at shop.heelsdownmag.com
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5. 1. Laura Kraut and Fleurette, winners of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington, presented by Events DC 2. Aaron Vale and Finou 4 clearing 6'9" (!!) in the Land Rover Puissance 3. Alex Granato, Adrienne Sternlicht and Addison Gierkink show support for the Washington Nationals during their World Series run that ended in victory 4. Catherine Tyree and Catungee, inspired by The Wizard of Oz, dressed as Dorothy and The Cowardly Lion for the Barn Night Accumulator Costume Class 5. Alex Granato and Carlchen W battling for standings points in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington 6. Charlotte Powers and Escot 6 celebrate their $10,000 WIHS Adult Jumper Championship win
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7. Owner Ellie Sadrian and rider Samantha Takacs celebrate after Brighton is named Grand Pony Hunter Champion 8. Washington, D.C. locals meet special equine guests and the horses of the U.S. Park Police Mounted Unit at Kimpton Hotel Monaco D.C. to kick off the show 9. Shetland Ponies impress the Barn Night crowd during the WIHS Shetland Pony Steeplechase Championship Series, sponsored by Charles Owen 10. Game faces on: Kent Farrington and Creedance in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington 11. Sam Walker celebrates with owner and trainer Missy Clark after claiming victory in the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Finals 12. Horses arriving in D.C. thanks to Johnson Horse Transportation 13. Brianne Goutal and Viva Colombia landing after a jump in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington
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SPLIT ROCK JUMPING TOUR
Ante Up Grand Prix
he start of a new decade, the year 2020 naturally calls for big things to happen. One very exciting – and totally new – event coming our way in 2020 is the $1,500,000 “Ante Up” Grand Prix, the brainchild of Derek Braun, founder of the Split Rock Jumping Tour, and hosted at international show jumper Karl Cook’s beautiful Pomponio Ranch. “The main purpose of the ‘Ante Up’ Grand Prix is to introduce a completely new dynamic to show jumping that currently does not exist at the highest level,” Braun said of his new event. Set to take place on April 7th, this 1.50–1.60m winning round class will be held in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Fifteen invited riders are set to compete and the event will be broadcast live on NBC for the world to see. HIGH-S TAKES SHOW JUMPING The odds of winning are high, but so are the stakes. Each rider will need to “ante up” the $125,000 entry fee for a chance to win the massive payouts awarded to first through third place finishers. If riders pay the fee themselves, they receive 100% of their earnings: $1,000,000 for first (the highest payout in the world, rivaling the CP International Grand Prix which pays out $1,000,000 CAD to the leading rider), $350,000 for second and $150,000 for third. If riders choose to let a sponsor pay they will then get 25% of the purse, with 75% going to the sponsor. Riders and sponsors outside of the top three get nothing aside from the sting of a major loss.
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To be one of the lucky fifteen, riders must submit their names for consideration. From there, invitations will be extended to the top five American riders on the Longines World Ranking List, the top five foreign riders on the Longines World Ranking List and five “wild card” riders to be chosen by the Organizing Committee.This list should be impressive and we cannot wait to see which riders will take the gamble! The format, a “winning round” class, where the top five will come back for the second round regardless of their score from the first round, is made for television. The top five riders will return in reverse order based on their score and time from the first round. “This format lends itself perfectly to a television broadcast,” said Braun, “it will fit nicely into a one-and-a-half hour time slot, which will be nationally televised live. This will build excitement, raise awareness for the sport, and draw a new, expanded viewership base beyond anything we’ve ever had before in American show jumping.” We expect the showjumping world – and hopefully several new fans of the sport – to focus on Rancho Santa Fe on April 7th, watching as riders “go big or go home” at this exciting new event, the first ever show jumping Grand Prix to be live broadcast in the U.S. To learn more, visit splitrockjumpingtour.com.
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ADRIENNE STERNLICHT big success & bigger goals
fter rounding off 2019 with consecutive Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier wins in Thermal, CA and Las Vegas, NV aboard her new superstar mount Benny’s Legacy, and with her wildly talented – and undoubtedly world-famous – mare Cristalline’s return to competition, 2020 holds a great deal of promise for 27-year-old international show jumper and Greenwich, CT native Adrienne Sternlicht. Though these are still early days in her international riding career, Sternlicht is no stranger to notable success; 2018 also marked a standout year. Competing on the NetJets® U.S. Jumping Team at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) in Tryon, NC alongside her mentor McLain Ward, and longtime idols Laura Kraut and Devin Ryan, Sternlicht’s scores helped the U.S. secure the show jumping team gold medal for the first time in 32 years. Horse & Style had the pleasure of catching up with Sternlicht during the few quiet holiday weeks before the start of the winter
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season to learn more about how she got her start in riding, her current string of horses, and her next big goals – both within and outside the equestrian world. Horse & Style: How old were you when you began riding and how did you get your start? Were horses always in your family? Adrienne Sternlicht: I began riding at age six. I was at my best friend’s house for a playdate, sat on a horse in her backyard and refused to get off! After that, I started taking lessons at a local barn. My family was, and still is, entirely uninvolved in horses! My parents are very supportive but neither of them ride or have a personal investment in the sport outside of my own career. H&S: Who were some of the people who influenced you as a young rider? Any idols? AS: As a young rider, I was most influenced by Patricia Griffith and Linda Langmeier. I rode at Heritage Farm when I was just beginning to compete, and they gave me an incredible foundation. Linda has been a very important person in both my life and my riding career,
as I started training with her when I went to boarding school. Growing up, I knew nearly nothing about international showjumping so I idolized the few American riders I did know of: McLain Ward, Kent Farrington, Beezie Madden and Laura Kraut! H&S: What do you love and enjoy most about the show jumping sport? AS: The horses! There’s nothing quite like the connection between horse and rider, and I think I’ve come to realize that, especially having spent little time in the saddle as a junior. H&S: 2016 seems to have been a particularly formative year in your career as you began your partnership with Cristalline and started working with McLain Ward. Could you tell us more about that time? AS: In 2016, I graduated from Brown University, so that is when I began riding full-time! McLain had begun helping me in the winter of 2016, but was very clear upfront that he couldn’t commit to me as a full-time student until after the Rio
Adrienne Sternlicht and Pembroke
Sternlicht and Cristalline at the 2018 WEG
Olympics. I was very inexperienced at the 4-5* level when I started with him, so the addition of Cristalline and Toulago to my group of horses was absolutely invaluable. I went through a lot of quick growth that year – but I’d say I’ve learned even more in the years since! H&S: Could you tell us about the horses you are currently competing on? AS: I am very fortunate to have the best group of horses I have ever had, so I am very much looking forward to 2020! Cristalline is my top horse, and she will be slowly rebuilding this winter. Benny’s Legacy is a new mount for me. I started riding him this past fall, and he has been an unbelievable addition to my string. Just A Gamble I have had for about a year, and it has taken me a while to figure her out, but I think we are finally headed in the right direction! Pembroke has been a part of my group of horses for a few years, and I’m hoping she will step up to jump some bigger Grand Prix classes at WEF (Winter Equestrian Festival). Toulago has been my go-to Grand Prix horse for years, but with the addition of Benny’s Legacy and Just A Gamble I am hoping he won’t have to do all the heavy lifting on his own! Lastly, I have a very promising 7-year-old stallion whom I will keep developing this year.
H&S: What have been some of your most memorable achievements as a rider? AS: By and large, my most memorable achievement was our team, and my individual, finish at the World Equestrian Games in 2018. The experience was so surreal to me – it is hard to articulate! More recently, this past fall, I won three Grand Prix classes in a row with two different horses. It felt like a huge achievement because it demonstrated a mental equilibrium that doesn’t come easily to me. I have been working very hard at honing those skills, so to be that consistent after a long year was incredibly rewarding. H&S: What are your personal goals, both within and outside the equestrian world? AS: This winter my goal is to win a 5* Grand Prix! I think at this point I am safely qualified for the [Longines FEI Jumping] World Cup™ Finals, so a top ten finish there is my ultimate goal for the coming months. In terms of my career with a longertime view, I would love to jump another championship and win an individual medal! Outside the equestrian world, two very unrelated goals are to run a full marathon and to get more involved in social justice work. This past fall I ran my first half marathon and it motivated me to want to
run a full! I have always been passionate about criminal justice reform, and more recently I have become very interested in issues of food equity. H&S: What is one piece of advice you feel is most valuable to share with young equestrians? AS: I think it is incredibly important to align yourself with people you trust and to believe in the program that you are in. I have been very lucky to have many wonderful trainers who really fostered my love of riding and encouraged me to stick with the sport. There are a thousand ways to get from A to B when working with horses, so it’s important to take time to understand and learn the program you are in as best you can. My philosophy on working with horses is the amalgamation of bits and pieces of others’ programs that I’ve learned over the years (and it’s continually evolving!). H&S: What are your plans for 2020? AS: I’ll be starting out the year at the Winter Equestrian Festival, aiming to get my horses going after a bit of a break; then I’ll be spending the latter half of the winter preparing for World Cup™ Finals. The Olympics is my dream, of course, so I am focused on bringing Cristalline back slowly so she is ready for what is hopefully a big year of jumping!
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1. Adrienne Sternlicht and Benny’s Legacy soar to a victorious finish in the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Thermal 2. Newly-designed Desert International Horse Park ribbons and coolers 3. Calm, cool and curious! 4. Zone 9 takes the gold and tops the podium in the Zone 9 & 10 USHJA Children’s and Adult Hunter Championships, presented by SmartPak 5. Food truck fun: Tha Grub Plug serves delicious chef-driven meals to competitors and spectators 6. Jenny Karazissis and Really score a 185 and 197 to become the $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Champions
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Photos © Cathrin Cammett (2,5,7,8,9,11,12), ESI Photography (1,3,6,10,13), USHJA (4)
11. 7. Camaraderie 8. #twohearts: a rider gives her horse a well-deserved pat during one of the USHJA Zones 9 & 10 Platinum Jumper Championships award ceremonies 9. Top-placing finishers celebrate at the podium during the $40,000 Desert Welcome Stake awards ceremony 10. Nick Haness and Heavenâ€™s Dream 11. Stars and smiles 12. DIHP VIP 13. Pony Division prizes: Shiloh Roseboom and Heavenly Patch of Blue are named 2019 West Coast Pony Finals Champions
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E Q U E S T R I A N tastemaker by Alli Addison
The new year always brings about new goals, challenges and experiences, and we thrive on the opportunity to reset, reprioritize and march into this time ahead with confidence. But with this new year and decade upon us, our team has found ourselves focusing on the art of generosity. There is no better, and more giving, community than the equestrian community, and we are proud to be among this group that is changing the world, even in the smallest of ways. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite charitable organizations, equestrians, artists and creators doing amazing things to help give back to our communities and planet, and the brands and individuals that work tirelessly to shed light on crises from around the world. We hope you enjoy and are inspired by those featured in this issue’s collection. Even the smallest change can make the biggest impact.
Many, but One Laura Crane Creative Australian-based equine and landscape artist Laura Crane has translated some of the most iconic photos from the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires into stunning, deep, moving and truly generous pieces of art in support of the bushfire victims. “These moments signify the shared fragility of man and beast in such times of crisis. A reminder that we are many, but we are one. And that we are one, but we are many,” says Crane. All profits from sales of these fundraising art prints go to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, BirdLife Australia, and the families of the Volunteer Fire Fighters who lost their lives fighting these fires. Every little bit makes a difference. $30.00 each: lauracranecreative.com
Equestrians Unite Equine Warriors Society Amy Summer Ellison, founder and creative powerhouse behind @huntseatpaperco, has made a name for herself creating some of the best equestrian-minded paper goods and accessories on the scene. “We strive to make our sport better by encouraging gratitude, creating friendships, and offering a leg up to riders and horse enthusiasts of all ages and disciplines,” says Ellison. So it comes as no surprise that Ellison is also the think tank behind the ever-growing Equine Warriors Society which aims to unite equestrians in times of crisis. We witnessed wonderful things from the Equine Warriors Society during California’s Wild Fire Relief efforts several years ago. And when Australia’s devastating bushfires raged on throughout the second half of 2019 and into this new year, we saw the equestrian community come together like never before to raise funds and spread awareness. Working together with like-minded equestrian businesses such as Dreamers & Schemers, Huntsmen & Hounds, Botori Life, Dapplebay Clothing Co., and many more, Ellison raised nearly $16,000 for WIRES, Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization. “Thanks to our wonderful equestrian community, with their generosity and teamwork, we proved that in times of crisis, equestrians unite. Alone we are small, but together we have the power to make a difference. We were so proud to send our combined raised funds to wires.org.au to support the Australian wildlife affected by the wildfires. It was a powerful message of love and community,” said Ellison. When asked what the future holds for the Equine Warriors Society, Ellison says there is much to look forward to, including efforts to transition to a 501(c)(3). For more information on the Equine Warriors Society, please visit: huntseatpaperco.com
Charity by Design EAGALA x Alex and Ani With their symbol of luck and protection, these horseshoe bangles from the Alex and Ani Charity by Design collection are the perfect addition to every equestrian’s jewelry box. But there is so much more to this bangle, which comes in both silver and gold, than meets the eye.The pieces are a collaborative design between Alex and Ani and EAGALA, the global leader for equine-assisted psycho-therapy and personal development. EAGALA is based on professional experiential therapy, embracing the science that says we humans learn best while “doing,” and works with the natural healing power horses provide to drive change for patients. Proceeds from sales of the EAGALA x Alex and Ani Horseshoe Charm Bracelet support EAGALA’s continued work in assisting professionals in the healing process for their patients. Learn more about EAGALA by visiting eagala.org. Bangles, $32.00 each: alexandani.com
Art Has a Voice Kimerlee Curyl Fine Art Fine art photographer Kimerlee Curyl has established an incredible career capturing America’s remaining wild horses. For nearly twenty years, Kimerlee has traveled the country (and the world) photographing the essence and free spirit of the horse. “To witness them flying across the barren landscapes, hearing the pounding of hooves and the tremble in the ground beneath your feet is the most raw and real I have ever felt in my life,” she explains. “They are iconic, resilient, survivors. When I first heard what was happening to them, in the name of special interest, I fell apart. I then decided to jump in and do what I could, and I’ve never looked back,” says Curyl. Recently Curyl created a series of open edition, plantbased, archival, museum-quality pigment prints for the American Wild Horse Campaign, with 20% of proceeds going directly to the work to keep wild horses wild. “Beauty and authenticity inspire people, and it is my greatest desire to do just that; to inspire change and support the protection of one of the most remarkable creatures on the planet – the American wild horse,” Curyl continues. “All images are captured on their terms, in their home territory. Absolutely nothing is contrived. These are a few glimpses into their day-to-day lives, living unrestrained and wild on our vast Western public lands.” Learn more about Kimerlee Curyl and her work at: kimerleecuryl.com and @kimerleecurylphotography
Freedom, Protection and Preservation American Wild Horse Campaign We’ve continued to be mesmerized by the work of the American Wild Horse Campaign, an organization that was first introduced to us by Horse & Style alum Saddle Club. The AWHC works to protect America’s wild horses and burros by stopping the federal government’s systematic elimination of these national icons from the public lands through legislation, litigation and advocacy. “Our vision is eternal freedom, protection and preservation for America’s wild horses and burros,” says the AWHC. Through the defending and restoration of that freedom, the organization works to promote humane management and raise the standard of their welfare. Learn more, get involved and aid in keeping the wild wild by visiting: americanwildhorsecampaign.org and @freewildhorses
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4. 6. 7. 1. Adrienne Sternlicht and Benny’s Legacy, winners of the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas 2. Fans line up to collect autographs from their favorite riders 3. Moments like these are the most special! 4. Brittni Raflowitz gives Hilton Van De Breepoel a hug and a pat after their round 5. Karrie Rufer and Charlie Jayne walking the course 6. We can spot so many pieces we would love to buy from WC Equestrian’s vendor booth at the LVN 7. LVN Opening Ceremony tradition, The Parade of Nations before the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas
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Photos © Alden Corrigan Media, Andrew Ryback Photography (6,8,11)
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13. 8. Ring steward John Franzreb III 9. Karl Cook and E'Special P.S. 10. Glittering equine accessories seen at Joie Gatlin and Morley Abey Show Jumping perfectly suit the Vegas vibe 11. Andrew Ramsay and Stranger fly to a second-place finish in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas 12. Uma O'Neill and Clockwise of Greenhill Z, the third-place pair in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas 13. Robert Ridland, U.S. Show Jumping Coach/Technical Advisor and Blenheim EquiSports President, congratulates McLain Ward (Adrienne Sternlicht’s trainer and mentor) after Sternlicht’s Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas victory 14. Rich Fellers and Steelbi, winners of the Markel Insurance 1.45m Jumper Series Final
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by Taryn Young photos courtesy of Our Day Farm
OUR DAY FARM This page: Our Day Farm North
Elgin, Illinois Wellington, Florida
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Our Day Farm South
ithin the hunterjumper world, most are certain to be familiar with the Jayne family and Our Day Farm, their multi-generational family business. With over 30 years of success in developing international riders, breeding, and horse sales, the Jayne family’s equestrian roots run deep. Founded in 1980 by Alex and Linda Jayne, the operation has grown into a family enterprise, with all three of their nowadult children working as professional riders and trainers under the brand. With farms located in Elgin, Illinois and winter equestrian hot-spot Wellington, Florida, the Jayne family and their clients have year-round access to the highest levels of “AA” rated competition in comfortable environments for both horse and rider. Although the success of Our Day Farm is widely known, the story of how the farm got its start has largely been left untold. It’s a story of family ties, American history and love for the horse; and Horse & Style was eager to interview the Jayne family to learn more.
F R A N K J AY N E In the mid-1930s, as the United States was rebounding from the Great Depression and just before the outbreak of World War II, with horses still a major mode of transportation, Alex’s father Frank Jayne saw an opportunity. Frank was a jack of all trades when it came to horses, and so his equestrian ventures began. Frank owned and operated multiple livery stables, where travelers could keep their horse(s) and wagon or carriage for the night while making the journey through the city of Chicago. Soon Frank began bringing herds of horses from the “Wild West” to Chicago via train. When the horses would arrive in Chicago, he’d unload them from the train, set them loose, and herd them from the city to his suburban farm located in Barrington, Illinois. There, he would break and train the horses to sell locally at market. It was then that Frank decided to purchase a farm in Elgin, IL for agricultural purposes.
In the 1940s, Frank started running rodeos around Chicago. In the 50s and 60s, he emerged on the horse racing scene and soon
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rose to become the lead trainer at Arlington Park. Later in life, Frank established a polo club on the Elgin, IL property, which was once the agricultural farm and now stands as Our Day Farm’s North location.
and all over the neighboring properties. He soon became involved in 4-H, fox hunting, eventing and horse showing. Later, as a teenager, Alex joined Pony Club and it was there he met his future wife Linda.
A L E X J AY N E Alex Jayne and his two brothers grew up at the polo club Frank founded. They worked on the farm, feeding and turning the horses out to pasture. After school, Alex would bring in the horses and ride his ponies everywhere; to school, around the farm
Alex started training students at only 13 years of age. He graduated high school at 16 and then quickly took out a loan and bought his portion (15 acres) of the farm. When Alex married Linda, he decided to focus exclusively on show jumping, where he knew he could make a better living to support his family. Alex’s career highlights include Individual and Team Gold Medals in the 1987 Olympic Festival. He was long-listed for the Pan American Games in 1980 for Show Jumping, all while training and producing rising stars Chris Kappler, Thomas Cerra and Steve Schaefer.
Above (L–R): Linda, Alex, Gloria, and Frank Sr. at an eventing championship in Kentucky, photo courtesy of Our Day Farm; This photo (L–R): Charlie, Haylie and Maggie, photo © Elizabeth Lang
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T H E N E X T G E N E R AT I O N Like Frank and Alex, the three children – Maggie, Charlie and Haylie – fell in love with horses at a young age. Alex began breeding elite ponies, and in 1988 the Jayne family started what has become a long-standing tradition of spending their winters showing in Wellington, Florida. Alex purchased their Wellington farm in 1999, and soon both his farm and training program filled with clients’ – and his children’s – horses. Our Day Farm was quickly gaining notoriety. Maggie, Charlie and Haylie each went on to have illustrious junior careers, all earning Champion or Reserve Champion at major equitation finals. As professionals, all three have won many Grand Prix classes and National Championships and now run the training, riding and sales side of the business. A favorite family highlight came when Charlie was selected as the traveling alternate for the London Olympics in 2012, with now-famous mount Chill R Z. As Alex has stepped away from training, his
This page: Our Day Farm South
Alex Jayne; photo Â© Emma Miller/Phelps Media Group
tradition of developing Grand Prix riders has been carried on by his children. Our Day Farm clients regularly step into the Grand Prix arena and win Junior and Amateur classes all over the country. O U R DAY FA R M NORTH & SOUTH Our Day Farm delivers the gold standard when it comes to its staff and facilities. The team has a full-time staff of 12 grooms, each of whom is individually focused on only three to four horses. The staff travels with the Jayne family during their winter and summer transitions, and all staff live on the grounds, maintaining 24 hours of horse supervision each day. Many of their grooms are seen as part of the family, having been employed by them for over ten years. Surrounded by forest preserve, Our Day Farm’s North location in Elgin, IL offers
luxurious amenities and is comprised of three barns, for a total of 50 stalls. The barns, situated amongst a picturesque backdrop of rolling hills, crisp white fencing with hunter green accents, and mature trees, have a true old-world equestrian feel. The property is just 40 minutes from Chicago O’Hare Airport and 15 minutes from numerous “A” and “AA” shows hosted at Lamplight Equestrian Center. This farm is considered home base, and with its close proximity to horse transportation and plenty of staff, no horse show in the world is out of reach! Sixteen spacious, mowed grass paddocks; three miles of forest preserve trails; an indoor arena; and a summer outdoor kitchen, where lunch is served each day; make this farm the stuff of dreams. Other amenities include a Grand Prix field, equine treadmill and a large watered outdoor ring.
Perfectly positioned in Wellington’s horse country, Our Day Farm South stands directly adjacent to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC), providing all clients and horses easy access to each of the pre-circuit, Winter Equestrian Festival, and post-circuit shows. The short five-minute walk to the show grounds allows horses to compete and still be pampered at home preand post-class. Similar to the North location, all amenities are offered, including an equine treadmill, a watered outdoor ring with allweather footing, a state-of-the-art equine ice-spa and grass paddocks for grazing. Our Day Farm is truly a labor of love built by generations of a family who have dedicated their lives to horses and the sport. For more information regarding Our Day Farm’s training programs or sale horses, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ourdayfarm.com.
This page: Our Day Farm North in Winter, photos © Blue Rider Studio
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Equestrian Inspired Tailored Athleisure
WO RKING on by Lindsay Brock & Georgina Bloomberg
Mind, Body, Soul … Sip, Snack, Squat 1. M I N D I don’t meditate by definition, but I believe strongly in having a few minutes every day when I can check out and be alone with my thoughts. Sometimes I just sit down with my dogs and give them some love, or go for a walk with them without my phone there to distract me. I also do a lot of thinking in the gym, and again, try to keep my phone in my bag so that I can focus on me, my thoughts, and working out. In the evenings when I just need a few minutes to myself, my favorite thing to do is turn on some music and shoot a few games of pool by myself. I have been playing since I was young and feel like I can just zone out and relax when I am in the middle of a game. photo © Geoffrey Tischman
Georgina Bloomberg is a mother, athlete, and philanthropist on the go. Whether she’s trying to keep up with her six-year-old son on their morning scooter commutes to his school in Manhattan, speaking up for voiceless rescue dogs in need, or traveling around the world to compete, she has her health, fitness, and wellness routine down to a science. Here are a few ways she stays healthy and grounded for mind, body, and soul.
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2. BODY The horse show circuit follows the best weather in the country and the world, so Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer sunblock is my “must” every morning. It’s the only sunblock I have tried that never runs into my eyes while I am riding and sweating, and doesn’t leave me shiny. 3. SOUL My son, Jasper, is my therapy. He is growing up so fast and at least once a day I try to put him on my lap, give him a big hug, and tell him how proud I am of him and how much I love him. Usually, he squirms away after a minute or two, but even those few moments make me happy and help cure anything bad that has happened that day. 4. SIP I am a huge juice and smoothie drinker, so I love going to my local Juice Press or Juice Generation, and I always have bottled green or beet-based juices
in my fridge to grab as I head out. I never drink alcohol the night before I compete, but on my days off I love to have Tito’s vodka because they donate a portion of their proceeds to rescue dog organizations. Or, some South Beach Brewing Company beers, of course! I am a part-owner of the company, founded by one of my best friends Lorenzo Borghese, and it’s a really great up-and-coming brewery with some very tasty beers. 5. SNAC K I cook a lot at home at the farm in North Salem. I’m a healthy eater who genuinely likes vegetables and fish, so that’s usually my go-to when I’m in front of the stove. My son and I don’t eat meat, so we do a lot of lentil or chickpeabased pastas and meat substitutes for protein. When I go out, I like to try different restaurants in my neighborhood in New York City, and love finding new places that I never knew about, since NYC has so much to offer. 6 . S Q UAT I work out every single day when time allows. In Florida, I box, work out with a personal trainer, do Pilates, and try to get to the gym on my own any days that I have time. Back in New York, I do the gym as many days a week as I can and also do laps in the pool a few days a week. I love being in the gym and I’m one of those annoying people who genuinely loves working out. I do a good mix of cardio and strength training, and try to find exercises that will strengthen my core as much as possible. I struggled with back problems when I was younger, and I know how important it is to have a strong core when you are riding!
Georgina and son Jasper
Georgina getting in a boxing workout with friend Heather Hays at Fight Fit Wellington
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CURATED by an by Pam Maley
Sharon Matisoff How many of us know our life’s passion even before we are old enough to formulate such a thought? As a preschooler with a chubby piece of pastel in her hand, Sharon Matisoff was already on her path. “Pastel was my first language,” she tells us. “My mom painted for pleasure, and pastels were her medium. I thought it was magic that she could translate a face.” She was Matisoff’s first art teacher, and faces were her first subject.
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Sharon Mat isoff,
’ve always been a people-watcher,” she says with a smile. “I find people fascinating; I love watching their faces and gestures.” When she finds a face that interests her, she paints it. “When I was a kid,” she says with just a touch of shyness, “I felt like I was creating a friend.” Raised in Los Angeles, she learned to draw in school, and though she knew she would paint for the rest of her life, she was convinced that it couldn’t be a career. “So,” she says, “I graduated California State University, Northridge as a psychology major, and found it to be a degree that prepares you for nothing.” Post-graduation, she prepared herself to work as a word processor, which she did most of her adult life, while painting at night. At one point, she decided to take an art class (“I wanted to see what I was missing.”) It was an evening class at Pierce Junior College (Woodland Hills, CA), and the instructor opened with one of those goofy “get-toknow-each-other” games that put the students in a circle looking at each other and feeling foolish. The instructor then rearranged the circle, telling everyone where to stand. A young man named Marty was placed next to Matisoff, and they recently celebrated their 37th anniversary. Both dropped the class – too silly – but it was certainly not a waste of time! Matisoff did go back and take other art classes to hone her skills, and then was confident enough to apply for a head painting class at night at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Thrilled to have been accepted, she immersed herself in life drawing. These classes, with models posed in the center of the classroom, challenged the students to capture the likeness within a short time limit. For Matisoff, it was important to capture more than just the likeness; she wanted to capture the gesture imbedded in the pose. “No matter where you are in the circle of easels around the model, it’s important to get down what you see, which also requires a knowledge of foreshortening (the angle where the weight is balanced) and the ability to use it.” H&S wondered what brought her to Kentucky. Marty’s job was ending and Matisoff ’s company was sending word processing jobs out of the country, so they decided they were ready for something
new. A love of all animals had always been part of who she is, so the two became interested in raising alpacas. Kentucky seemed a good place to do that, so they moved from Orange County, California to Brandenburg, Kentucky, challenging themselves with more of a culture shock than they could have imagined. Realizing they were not farm people, they ended up in Louisville, and then Frankfort, Kentucky, where Marty went to work at Kentucky State University. Sharon retired and, for the first time in her life, was free to just paint. Many of the equine artists that have been featured in our “Curated by an Equestrian” articles began as horse girls (or boys), having always had horses as a part of their lives. Not so with Matisoff. Though she always loved animals and appreciated the beauty of the horse, her introduction to living, breathing horses came later. An associate of Marty’s at KSU, Dr. Marion Simon, raises halter horses, western performance horses, racing quarter horses, “Bill Evans”
and barrel racers; and she invited them to come out to her farm.“It was the first time I had ever touched a horse, smelled a horse!” she says, wonder in her voice. She was hooked; it was an awakening that changed her life. It was 2015, and she knew that this would be her work and her passion for the rest of her days. Dr. Simon taught her about the physiology and behavior of horses, whetting her appetite to learn more. She immersed herself in finding out everything she could about horses, their anatomy, their movements, their energy, their faces, their personalities. “I knew I had good painting skills, but learning to paint horses is a whole new world,” she says with palpable excitement. “There were technical aspects to learn; legs are the hardest things to do.” Equine artist Xochtil Barnes, from American Academy of Equine Arts, helped her learn, via phone and email, to see horses from an artist’s perspective. “She saw my first attempts at painting horses and offered
“Blue Jean Barreling Down”
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wonderful suggestions that immediately improved my work, all the while remaining supportive and encouraging.” Matisoff struggled for two years to get things right. “A painting is a likeness, of course; but painting is also interpretation. I had to make my horses come alive, so I painted them in motion.” Finally came the painting that was the apex, the one she felt she could look at and say “Damn, that’s good!” Before the Race was her first professional-quality painting. It was indeed alive and in motion. She was an equine artist. She refers to her style as Impressionist/ Realist, a term she coined herself. “A true Impressionist doesn’t use black,” she says, “nor am I exactly a realist, because I exaggerate colors and motion. I find myself heading more into the Impressionist realm as my work gets looser and more colorful. I want the viewers to feel the horse coming at them; I want my paintings to breathe.” She prefers to work from her own photographs of horses, which she takes when she goes
“Before the Race”
to places like Keeneland or the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. “I want, in everything I do, to be doing something I’ve never done before. I want to keep learning and pushing.” And nowhere is that more apparent than in her ongoing, enthusiastic hunger to learn all she can about horses.
hat artists have influenced her? “I respect equine artists so much. I didn’t just do this without help from all the great artists out there. Sir Alfred Munnings was the first one whose work really showed me how to interpret a photograph, how to make the scene come alive. He has such an eloquent brush stroke, including his rendering of the background. His every stroke has a reason for being there.” Among contemporary artists that inspire her, she lists Andre Pater, Jill Soukup, and Jean-Bernard Lalanne, among others. “The first time I saw an Andre Pater, it just knocked me flat. His colors and compositions are breathtaking.” Western artist Jill Soukup paints buffalo, horses, and
people. “Her horses breathe. Studying her work, I learned how to use a brushstroke or a smear with a palette knife to show motion.” Jean-Bernard Lalanne is another huge inspiration. “He paints every subject, and his horses and people are some of the best I’ve ever seen.” There were many others, as well as portrait artists – sadly, too many to include in this story. Sharon Matisoff is contemplating 2020 with great excitement. “People started buying my work in 2019,” she says, and journalists began to discover her. She was featured in two Kentucky magazines. “All the best things I’ve done as an artist are tied in with horses. I finally started feeling that this is really meant to be; this is what I’m supposed to be doing,” she said, eyes shining. “I’ve never been so happy; I feel so fulfilled. I wake up in the morning excited about painting.” Once again, horses have worked their magic in someone’s life. Learn more at sharonmatisoff.com
by Sarah Appel & Terri Roberson
Trendy Trainer The Signature Ponte Riding Pant, Free x Rein, $235 Crystal Jacket, Equiline, $358 Tatersale Etriers Tatou Pendant, Hermès, $460 Miami Field Boot, Parlanti, $1,050 Print Belt, C4, $35
Quality Quilt As the growing equestrian fashion market expands in both technology and style, we still treasure our traditional roots – and what is more classic and traditional than a quilted jacket? Maybe it reminds us of quiet time spent wrapping our horses’ legs in the barn aisle, or maybe, we just love any fabric or style that reminds us of our beloved horses. While some of us may be wearing lighter silks and linens on the winter circuits, plenty of us are still braving snowcovered arenas. What looks great with a quilted jacket? Literally everything. So, get cozy; wrap yourself in one of these quilted numbers!
Ambient Amateur The Equestrian Hip Bag, Free x Rein, $280 Refined Slim-Fit Quilted Gloss Chelsea Boots, Hunter, $155 Cypress Convertible Jacket, Asmar Equestrian, $288 Olivia High-Rise SlimLeg Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, $240 Horsebit Leather Gloves, Gucci, $630
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Jovial Junior Equus Canvas Leather Backpack, Rebecca Ray Designs, $295 Volt Jacket, Ariat, $130 The Hustler Cropped Frayed High-Rise Flared Jeans, Mother, $240 Classic Snaffle Horse Bit Beanie, The Painting Pony, $33 Burgundy UltraBoost X 3.D. Sneakers, Adidas by Stella McCartney, $229
Pony Mom Equestrian Sliding Lariat, Tahitian Pearl, Vincent Peach, $934 Appliquéd Quilted GlossedShell Cape, Burberry, $910 Ruth Super High-Rise Straight Jeans, Rag & Bone, $255 Tony Small Bucket Bag, See By Chloé, $350 Aged Calfskin Ballerinas, Chanel, $795
Gorgeous Gent L'Homme Slim-Fit StretchDenim Jeans, Frame, $210 Lemal Quilted Jacket, Barbour, $280 Reversible Leather-Trimmed, Quilted, Fringed, Checked Cashmere Scarf, Burberry, $760 Craftsman Leather Chelsea Boots, R.M. Williams, $495 40MM Watch, The Longines Master Collection, $2,600
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by Sarah Appel photos by Andrew Ryback
WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER:
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his past fall I once again traveled to World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio. The trip from California to Ohio is an annual excursion that I cherish, and the people at WEC have truly become like family. I am continuously amazed by the ongoing improvements to the facility and new, innovative ideas that enhance the experience for both horse and rider. And, with the highly anticipated WEC Ocala location coming in 2021, I’m certain the same high level of thought and expertise are currently being poured into WEC’s newest venue.
The perfect cozy spot to both catch up on a bit of work and sneak in some cuddles
The Chapel in the WEC vendor village
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VENDOR WONDERL AND The heart of World Equestrian Center lies in their indoor vendor village, where every detail is executed to perfection. Lush leather couches and thoughtfully located seating areas are surrounded by tack stores, a salon and spa, an apothecary, a dog grooming studio and a chapel. Each morning while I was there, the executive chef put out donuts and cider, and even amongst the hustle and bustle, everyone stopped for a moment to grab a donut and a cup of cider, and to say a quick hello to their fellow competitors. The atmosphere of the vendor village is warm and welcoming, and I would often
The WEC vendor village is the perfect place to gather and catch up with friends
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Winners of the new WEC Premier Cup receive a car!
find myself settling into one of the cozy couches to catch up on work and connect with people, or perhaps taking a break to do a bit of vendor shopping myself!
Full of focus, Paige Cade and Leena M compete at a WEC winter show
YOU GET A C AR, YOU GET A C AR! One of the most exciting things that emerged at WEC in 2019 was the addition of the WEC Premier Cup, where the winners are each awarded a car (yes, this is true) â€“ not just a lease, but their actual own car. Horse show managements have certainly upped their prize game over the last decade, but WEC truly outdid themselves with this class. Yet, somehow the stories of the winners were even more engaging than the classes themselves; like one rider who impressively catch rode a horse and went on to win the Premier Equitation Championship Class! This new series further proves how dedicated WEC is to elevating the sport.
THE CADETS ARE SET Each week during the show seasons, young riders meet at 7:00am on Saturdays to partake in the Cadets Horsemanship Program. Riders are introduced to industry professionals, learn valuable hands-on horsemanship skills and have the opportunity to subsidize the cost of competing at World Equestrian Center through participation in the program. The Program provides a community where young riders can learn, connect and further develop their horsemanship skills from a multitude of seasoned professionals, from vets, to photographers, to stewards, who are eager to give back and support the next generation. In the past few years since the Cadets Program was started, WEC has donated enthusiastically to young riders who participate in the Cadets Program. In the spirit of community, WEC knows how valuable the future of our sport is and takes the extra steps to ensure the success of these young equestrians.
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P E R F E C T PA D D O C K C LU B In the evenings, horse show competitors, trainers, spectators and their families migrate to the Paddock Club. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long horse show day and to connect with friends. The menu at the Paddock Club continues to be enhanced as does the wine list. For me, raised in Sonoma, CA wine country, I love a horse show with a good wine list! While leaving WEC is always bitter-sweet, I know that upon my return there will be new amenities, often new buildings and new surprises. I am always grateful for my time in Ohio and for the relationship I have developed with the people at WEC! For more information, visit World Equestrian Center’s website at worldequestriancenter.com or follow along on Facebook and Instagram @worldequestriancenter.
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the future is ocala The much anticipated opening of World Equestrian Center Ocala is just a little under a year away. When the doors open in 2021, WEC Ocala will be the largest equestrian complex in the U.S. The inaugural schedule, which includes twelve weeks of World Equestrian Center hunter and jumper horse shows, begins in January and runs through March 2021. Prize money for the weekly events is proposed to top $400,000 per week with overall circuit money and prizes projected to reach nearly $5 million – and that’s just the beginning. WEC Ocala will have its own hotel on grounds with 18,000 square feet of attached retail space, a 3-acre outdoor stadium arena, climate-controlled stabling, climate-controlled arenas, a variety of restaurants including fine-dining options, and much, much more. WEC Ocala looks to be the Disneyland of show jumping in the U.S., and I will be waiting with bated breath to catch my first glimpse inside the gates of the future of equestrian sport at WEC Ocala.
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Summer Hill aboard Lasco 29
WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER FALL & WINTER CL ASSICS – WILMINGTON , OH
1. You are never too young to become completely enamored with horses 2. Brianna Nackes and Under the Radar 3. Summer Hill and Jeff Gogul, our Fall ’19 “Rider Spotlight” featured rider 4. A celebratory family dab (horses totally unimpressed): (L–R) Paige Beisel and The Boy Friend, Izzy Beisel and MTM Knight Moves and David Beisel on MTM Bentley 5. Lillian Stoughton aboard the adorable Sugarbrook Burnside 6. Izzy Beisel and Weebiscuit hanging out in the arena 7. Keara Olson and Gentleman looking festive 8. Lorrie Canady (L), Molly McAdow (R) and Karin Martin’s Etiquette leave the arena after McAdow and the mare, just five years old, earned an impressive third place finish in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
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Winter Wedding Destinations We’ve been getting a lot of destination wedding inquiries lately, and have realized that while spring and summer used to dominate wedding season, fall and winter are the new heavyweights. So if you’re looking for the perfect blend of winter white and après ski elegance, read on for some of our favorite picks for a winter wedding:
Suvretta House St. Moritz, Switzerland
ocated in the picturesque alpine setting of the Upper Engadine, Suvretta House is as close as you can get to your fairytale beginning. The lake studded landscape is gorgeous year-round, but even more magical in the winter, when everything freezes over into a true winter wonderland. When it gets too chilly outside, guests can head in to the spacious indoor pool for some laps, or relax in the array of saunas and steam rooms available to all hotel guests.
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The Little Nell Aspen, Colorado
hile some of your guests may opt to relax in the hotel’s spa and luxuriate in one of the plush, newly renovated suites, more adventurous wedding-goers can head straight to the property’s Ski Concierge team and gain access to unique experiences like skiing on the mountain prior to its opening or learning to drive a snowcat. If that’s not enough to trigger guests’ adrenaline, The Little Nell also offers the complimentary opportunity of luxury driving in the heart of the Colorado Rockies with the Audi test drive experience.
Brush Creek Ranch Saratoga, Wyoming
30,000-acre working ranch, this all-inclusive property features the perfect juxtaposition of rugged landscape paired with luxurious accommodations. When your guests aren’t preoccupied with pre-wedding celebrations, they can hit the slopes on Green Mountain, which offers options for all abilities and preferences – from glades and greens to double diamonds and powder chutes. If skiing isn’t your first choice, the property also boasts six private ponds for ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, and of course – horseback riding.
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The Ranch at Rock Creek Philipsburg, Montana
his luxury dude ranch is nestled in one of Montana’s most pristine valleys, and is an all-inclusive wonderland that your guests won’t soon forget. Guests can cozy up in the great room with hot cocoa or hot toddies and enjoy an evening by the fire. The property offers romantic sleigh rides through the wintry landscape, which is guaranteed to set the mood for love. A champagne and caviar social hour is simply the icing on the cake.
Coworth Park Ascot, England
favorite of equestrians (ourselves included), Coworth Park offers limitless opportunities for the horse lover – whether it be a relaxing trail ride through the countryside, a hack in the arena, or a fast-paced polo match, they’ve got it all. If guests need to recharge after a day of festivities, look no further – each room features a copper soaking tub, and in the stable suites you and your beau can relax side by side in twin tubs… talk about romantic!
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B E H I N D the
by Laurie Berglie photos by James Berglie and courtesy of Redingote Equestrian
Redingote A F U N C T I O N A L & F A S H I O N A B L E WAY TO BEAT THE WINTER WEATHER
equestrians, we are often outdoors year-round in all kinds of weather. The co-founders of Redingote, Connie DeMaio and Allison Malenfant, wanted to make it simple to stay warm and dry in the winter. Together they created a one-piece suit, using technical fabrics and thoughtful details inspired by riders like us. For the first time, riders have access to a single coverall-style piece of outerwear that is both fashionable and feminine and keeps us warm from head to toe. Waterproof, breathable, and insulated from top to bottom, Redingote is designed to layer over any standard riding or show outfit. The double storm flap over the zipper not only blocks wind and water but is secured by magnets instead of velcro. There are endless places to stash your essentials. Secure your phone, keys, cash, cards, gloves, and anything else you need to hold onto in a variety of interior and exterior pockets. And maybe best of all is the fact that you can hop off your horse and into your suit without ever removing your boots! The leg zippers open up to the thigh, allowing you to pull it on and off anywhere, anytime. Horse & Style recently had a chance to chat with co-founders Connie and Allison about their product that is, quite simply, making life a lot easier for equestrians who live in colder climates.
Horse & Style: Tell us about Redingote’s history. When was the company founded? What was your inspiration for starting the company? Connie DeMaio: Redingote was born after a very long day of teaching in a very cold indoor. Every winter I broke out my old vintage men’s coveralls, (that I picked up at a yard sale), to keep me warm. It was great because I could wear only my breeches and a long sleeve underneath, and it would keep me warm without having to deal with the heaviness of multiple layers. But it wasn’t very flattering or professional looking, nor did it have any essentials needed for us as riders. I would hear clients and riders say, “Wow, where did you get that – that’s smart,” while others would say, “You look like you are going to change the oil under the tractor!” After one of these comments it struck me: horsewomen need this, but better. I went home, told my husband the idea, and went to work. Allison and I met through our husbands and we became friends. I told her my idea, and we went to dinner and Redingote was born! Allison has a fashion background, so she took my old bulky coverall and helped design something that looks good on women of all shapes and sizes. Combined with my horse knowledge, we make a great team. Allison Malenfant: Redingote was founded in 2017. The ultimate winter
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one-piece was Connie’s brainchild. As a trainer, she spent so many Northeast winters bundling up in so many layers that she was constantly adjusting as she went from riding to teaching to barn work. She wanted one thing that could just slip on over her outfit and keep her warm, dry, and clean. While coveralls were already on the market, they mainly catered to men and were certainly not making any fashion statements. She knew she could make something more functional, better looking, and more specific to a rider’s needs. I thought her idea was genius, and I had a background in activewear merchandising and product development. She knew the horse world, and I knew how to get clothes made. It was a match made in heaven! We spent our first year cycling through prototypes, making improvements, and perfecting our final product. We picked apart our needs as riders and what our days entailed, and tried to come up with an answer for everything. Then 2018 was all about getting the word out as we awaited our first delivery that fall. We’ve been on the ground running ever since and if all goes as planned, we are hoping to launch some exciting new things in 2020! H&S: Tell us a little about your education and background as business owners. CD: Having horses taught me responsibility, and my mother instilled an incredible work
ethic in me at a young age. If I wanted something, I had to work to get it. At 12 years old, my sister and I would teach lessons and break horses for money. After high school, my sister and I moved from Pennsylvania to Long Island, New York. I picked up a phone book, (yes, a phone book), looked for the closest barn and booked a lesson for myself. I rode there and then they asked me if I wanted a job. This is where I learned that my experience could help me make a living. I was hired right away doing the same thing I did at home: taking care of horses, teaching lessons, and training. I get my entrepreneurial spirit from my mom, who always told me I could do anything I wanted, and taught me to become a self-starter. I never went to college but worked very hard to become successful at a young age. AM: I worked for a high-profile fitness brand for about eight years. It was my first real job at the age of 22. I held numerous roles in the retail/fashion arm of the company in that timespan, ranging from concepting and design, to merchandising, to production and manufacturing. I didn’t study any of this in school. I studied interior design, but there are many parallels between the two industries. Entrepreneurship wasn’t necessarily a goal of mine, but when the right idea came along, it made total sense and really felt like things came full circle. I had always wanted to be involved with horses, and
Allison Malenfant and Connie DeMaio, Redingote founders
We reinvented the coverall, and women love it! It’s exciting to see not only horsewomen wear it but non-equestrians too. We have crossed over into skiing and snowboarding, women who hike and fish, and moms who want something to keep them warm while playing in the snow with their kids.
this was a way I could do that using the skills I had already developed. There’s a lot we know and a lot we don’t know, but I think we are problem solvers who play to each other’s strengths. H&S: Tell us about you two as equestrians. AM: I’ll let Connie tell more about herself, but she’s the real deal – a real pro! She can do anything. She’s such a beautiful rider and horsewoman, and I am constantly amazed at her natural skill.
I am the opposite of that! I picked up the sport as a 27-year-old total beginner. I could only ride once a week due to my work schedule, so the progress has been slow, as you can imagine! Thankfully, my schedule has become more flexible in the last year, allowing me to add some more time in the saddle. The nice thing about being in my position is that there is no pressure. It’s something that I love to do more than anything in the world, and I just get to enjoy it and learn as much as I can as I go. CD: My father was a Standardbred trainer, so some of my earliest memories are of my brother, sister, and me running through the aisles of the barns and jogging on the cart with my dad. He would throw us up on the Standardbreds bareback, and when my mom found out, she started us with lessons at a local barn. My sister and I joined 4-H after that and started horse showing.
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Horses are a part of my everyday life, and I am very lucky to have that. H&S: Why do you think Redingote resonates with the equestrian community? CD: I think it was something that our industry needed. It makes women feel good. When Allison and I go to trade shows, my favorite thing to see is how happy a customer is when they try it on! Redingote is waterproof, yet lightweight and keeps you warm; it’s not bulky so we can move around easily while wearing it, and you can step in and out of it with your boots on. We really worked hard to hit all the marks we would need as horsewomen, and our customers appreciate that. AM: I think Redingote has resonated so well throughout the riding community because it was founded from a real need. The reason we made this is because we need this. We are our market. We knew that if we were wanting it, there were bound to be other women out there looking for the same thing. And because we live the lifestyle, we were able to make it functional in a real way. H&S: What has been Redingote’s biggest accomplishment to date? Biggest challenge? CD: Our biggest accomplishment has been having found our place in the industry and seeing riders from all disciplines wearing Redingote, from professionals to backyard riders. Our biggest challenge was getting these riders to know and accept us! We were a new brand in the horse industry amongst some big names. Being new made
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it hard to be accepted in the beginning, but the need was there, and now we are in many tack shops all over the country! AM: I think our biggest accomplishment is that we have outfitted hundreds of riders and equine professionals, ranging from weekend warriors to veterinarians to farriers to the Grand Prix ring. We created something that has allowed us to help so many women who are trying to do their jobs with efficiency and in style! H&S: What differentiates Redingote from similar businesses? AM: Our product does not exist elsewhere. Our one-piece offers functionality and comfort in the winter season that we do not believe you can get from another brand at this time. It is our goal to continue to offer this kind of individuality and innovation as we grow and expand in the coming years. CD: There is nothing like Redingote! We reinvented the coverall, and women love it! It’s exciting to see not only horsewomen wear it but non-equestrians too. We have crossed over into skiing and snowboarding, women who hike and fish, and moms who want something to keep them warm while playing in the snow with their kids. It’s even great to throw on while walking the dog! H&S: Where do you see Redingote in five years? CD: We see Redingote becoming a household name in the industry. We want to be the go-to for technical gear. Keep your eyes open in 2020; we’re looking to launch our rain gear in the Spring!
AM: We have a big vision, and I see Redingote offering a full line of innovative outerwear, riding apparel, and accessories in five years. I think we will be a wellestablished brand in the United States and working to expand our international presence and recognition. H&S: Do you have any advice for someone who would like to start his/her own equestrian business? CD: Do it! If you have an idea, go for it! If you want something, get it – there’s always a way. Set it, get it. AM: If you have an idea that keeps you up at night, try it. See what happens. My life motto about almost everything is, “Nothing is permanent.” You can always turn around or change course. That being said, just do what you want to do, even if you aren’t sure it’s going to work out.You don’t have to know everything.You don’t have to have all the answers.You don’t have to have a lot of money.You just have to find something you’re deeply excited about and be ready to do a lot of work. Connie and Allison started Redingote because they needed to simplify their lives. “Bottom line is, we’re just like you. We value time spent riding horses, connecting with our friends and communities, and helping train the next generation of riders. We want to own fewer things that make all of that easier to do. We hope Redingote helps you do just that.” For more information, visit Redingote’s website at redingoteequestrian.com and on Instagram @redingote_equestrian.
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5. 1. Table settings at StoneTree Golf Club with centerpieces by Vanda Floral Design 2. Giant Steps staff are on hand to welcome guests and run the event (L–R): Sean Willer, Tucker Ricioli, Katherine Theus and Beth Porter 3. Kathy Kamei Designs 4. Stick & Ball 5. Vendor Annie Heise, founder of Two Bits Equestrian, with a Holiday Boutique shopper 6. Luncheon guests show their support of Giant Steps by bidding on auction items
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11. 7. Shopping for a cause 8. Lâ€“R: Lauren Whitlock, Hope Glynn, Alison Chapleau, Bitsa Freeman and Chelsea Cain at the Vanguard Properties sponsored table 9. Speaker and parent of a Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center student, Laura Chung, with friend and guest Andrea Azar 10. Wild Pear Company 11. Giant Steps staff member Sean Willer helps auctioneer Abra Annes Sills pick a winning raffle ticket
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DESTINATION story and photos by Sarah Appel
Morocc0 Royal Tour PART II If you are an avid Horse & Style reader, you may have read of my 2018 trip to Rabat, Morocco, to attend the wonderful Morocco Royal Tour (MRT) for the first time, in our Spring ‘19 Issue. Last October, I eagerly returned to Morocco – this time to Tétouan – to catch the first stop on the 2019 Tour.
ne of the northernmost cities in Morocco, Tétouan is one of two major ports of Morocco on the Mediterranean Sea and lies along the Martil Valley just a few miles south of the Strait of Gibraltar. Having been to Rabat the previous year, a bustling city and the capital of Morocco, I was excited to visit a different region in the country I have begun to know and love. Bringing along my trusty travel buddy, my mother Terri Roberson, we set out on the 36-hour door-to-door excursion to Tétouan.
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TAKE ME TO TÉTOUAN Waking up to a view of the ocean was the perfect way to start round two of my Moroccan experience. Located quite a bit further north than more frequented cities, such as Casablanca and Marrakech, spending time in Tétouan felt like a real cultural immersion, and each person we met was kind and welcoming. Tétouan does not get many American tourists, and in fact, the entire time I was there, besides my mother and me, we did not come across any other Americans. The food
in Tétouan is incredible! With a bit of Spanish influence melded into the local flavors, every meal was an experience in itself. I learned that on Fridays in Tétouan it is traditional to eat couscous – a custom I definitely decided to start implementing at home in the States.
La Garde Royale de Tétouan
Olivier Perreau and GL Events Veniza d'Aiguilly, winners of the MRT CSI 4*-W Grand Prix Billy Twomey (IRL) and Chat Botte E.D
L A G A R D E R OYA L E DE TÉTOUAN The first stop on the MRT is set on the grounds of the La Garde Royale de Tétouan. As we traveled by shuttle from the airport to the show grounds, winding through the streets of Tétouan, I couldn’t imagine where the 4* horse show facility could possibly be located. Then, just as we rounded a corner, barely making the turn, La Garde Royale de Tétouan appeared almost as if it were a mirage. Two large gates set on each side of the property are the only access in to the facility. The arena has open public grandstands on one long side and a royal building on the other, reserved for the royal family and their guests to sit. On the short side of the arena sits the in-gate as well as a riders’ lounge, where you can find riders socializing, watching the class and enjoying my personal favorite: Moroccan mint tea! MEET ME IN MOROCCO The lineup of riders for the 4* was quite impressive: Canadian rider Tiffany Foster, Irish rider Billy Twomey and local hero and Moroccan legend Abdelkebir Ouaddar, just to name a few. Every day was full of exciting show jumping, and on the final day, it was French rider Olivier Perreau and his mount GL Events Veniza d’Aiguilly who took the win in the CSI4*-W Grand Prix. He jumped for the win with a full house of packed stands and cheering spectators. During the prize giving ceremony, local fans lined the arena to get a better view of the top placing pairs. After Perreau’s win he was whisked away to meet with the royal family and their guests and was asked to cut and eat the first piece of specialty cake made for the occasion. After a day like that, it was fair to say Perreau was having his cake and eating it too! MORE MEDINA It’s no secret, if you’ve read any of my previous travel articles, after show jumping and sightseeing, my favorite thing to do while traveling internationally is shop. I’ve been known to squeeze oversized tea trays from Doha and stuff as many poufs from Rabat as could possibly fit in my luggage. Once again, I embarked
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Ahmed and his gorgeous Moroccan rugs at the Medina
on a mission to the Medina. And this particular Medina is not one to miss. Centuries old and little changed over the years, the Medina of Tétouan is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year while shopping I couldn’t get enough rugs. And why would I buy anything else? As I meandered through the fish, pigs feet and live chickens, I finally found my way to where I was meant to be: with Ahmed, a proud shop owner who sells his rugs all over the world. Of course I believed him, but just in case I needed more proof, he proudly showed me his book full of package slips which indeed were sent all over the world. After tea and some time spent on his roof top, from which we had 360° views of all of Tétouan, we got down
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to business. Ahmed and another gentleman who worked in his shop pulled out rugs and blankets in every color, shape and style. We lined the floor with options and optimistically rolled up what I thought I could carry back in my luggage. It was of course too much, yet at the same time I wish I had bought more, but just another reason to go back to Tétouan. AN MRT HIS TORIC MOMENT As my time in Tétouan came to an end, history was about to be made the following week in Rabat. With the Olympic teams forming for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, suddenly all eyes were on the second stop on the MRT and their Nations Cup™ competition. A fairytale ending secured the Egyptian
team, comprised of Mohamed Taher Zeyada, Nayel Nassar, Abdel Said and Sameh El Dahan, one of two remaining spots for Tokyo. The last time an Egyptian showjumping team competed at an Olympic Games was 60 years ago, in Rome in 1960. I know that, along with me, everyone from the MRT will be cheering on the Egyptian team, knowing history was made on Moroccan soil. Luckily for me, there is still one more stop left on the Morocco Royal Tour that I have yet to visit: El Jadida. I look forward to visiting next year and experiencing a whole new area of Morocco. Until then, I will dream about which treasures may be waiting for me in a medina somewhere in El Jadida.
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couldn’t travel to Morocco and not set aside some time to talk with Abdelkebir Ouaddar, a Morrocan legend and the heart of the Moroccan show jumping team. He does not speak very much English, nor do I speak enough French to do a proper interview, but with the help of an interpreter we were able to make do. Although, even without the interpreter, Ouaddar’s kind eyes and warm smile communicated what I have always known about him: his love for the horses, passion for the sport, and his grateful and humble appreciation for the King of Morocco, King Mohammed VI, who owns the horses Ouaddar uses for training and competitions, and supports his show jumping career. Horse & Style: How many years have you competed on the Morocco Royal Tour? Abdelkebir Ouaddar: Since the very first one. The MRT has experienced an evolution over the years, especially with the international riders from all around the world now competing. H&S: What is your favorite stop on the Tour? AO: On the Morocco Royal Tour, we don’t get bored. El Jadida is my favorite stop though because there is a lot to see, not only the jumping, but also the horse show. Now, since I have been doing it for 10 years, I love all three. They are all different, but each is very special. H&S: What is it like to show in your own country? Is it different from showing in other countries? AO: Now there is no difference. Before, when I was first going to international events, I was a little bit shy. Today equestrian events in Morocco are much better and there are now Moroccan riders even better than me.
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H&S: Besides the MRT, do you have another favorite horse show? AO: I live life with a lot of passion, whether I am winning or not. I can’t say I have a favorite event. Of course I love the Saut Hermès and Chantilly, but I love to travel around. H&S: Who is your current favorite horse and favorite horse of all time? AO: Of course, Quickly is the horse of my lifetime and is my heart. Now I am very proud of Istanbul. He was initially a very difficult horse to ride and he was very shy around other horses. I believe in Istanbul and trust him. I am very proud of him and now I am riding him in the bigger classes. H&S: How does it feel to be an Hermès partnered rider? AO: I feel very proud, of course, to be with Hermès. Hermès chooses their riders, not only because they are winning, but also because the rider corresponds to their philosophy. I am honored to represent them. H&S: You’ve accomplished so much, but are there goals left that you want to accomplish? AO: I’ve done a lot of things and won a lot of prizes. One of my dreams was to compete in the Olympics and I did it individually. Now my dream is to bring the Moroccan team to the Olympics. It’s nice to do it alone, but it’s better to do it with them. I could not do this without the support of a big man, an amazing man, his Majesty the King (King Mohammed VI). He provides me and the team with everything we need to be successful. For the past seven years, his Majesty has helped me realize my grace.
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5. 1. Master of ceremonies Pedro Cebulka walks Olivier Perreau (FRA) and GL Events Veneiza d'Aiguilly, winners of the Morocco Royal Tour CSI 4*-W Grand Prix, past the crowd 2. The lush entrance to the main arena at La Garde Royal de Tétouan 3. Warm weather is a draw for many European riders 4. There isn’t a bad seat in the entire facility 5. The traditional MRT awards presentation 6. A little light and a little magic
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12. 7. Alison Barton (GBR) and Billy Rembrandt make their way out of the arena 8. Members of the dedicated MRT ring crew 9. Moroccan red and green shine bright on the awards and throughout the grounds 10. Canadian rider Tiffany Foster aboard Figor 11. La Garde Royal de Tétouan’s grand entrance buildings provide a picturesque arena backdrop 12. Everyone – press included – loves Moroccan rider Abdelkebir Ouaddar
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High Society “BLUE” | 2009 OLDENBURG GELDING | GESTÜT LEWITZ
( D I A M A N T D E S E M I L LY )
CHANCE FOR EVER
“My relationship with each of my horses is unique,” said owner Lindsay Maxwell when asked about how her remarkable horse, High Society, came into her life. “He literally turned my head and made my jaw drop not once, but twice, before I had the good sense to buy him! Even now, nearly two years later, I still feel butterflies when I compete and get to feel the athleticism in his jump!”
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axwell’s introduction to High Society, who goes by his barn name “Blue,” was more like a scripted encounter in a romantic movie than the typical tale of a horse trial and acquisition. Maxwell first recalled seeing Blue in California when he was competing in the 7-year-old jumpers, “I just happened to be walking by the main jumper field, and this gorgeous grey with an outstanding jump caught my eye.” At the time, the gelding was showing under the name Diarado Blue, a nod to both sides of his breeding. Then owned by Alyssa Hecht, he was quickly moving through the jumper ranks and it was immediately clear to Maxwell’s keen eye just how much talent this young horse possessed. However, the duo didn’t get together right away for various reasons that summer. Like a romantic movie, their paths diverged before a fated second encounter. Meanwhile, Maxwell “could not stop thinking about what incredible potential he had.” It was a year-and-a-half later, while competing on the East coast during the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF), that their paths crossed again.
Maxwell remembered, “Yet again, while passing a jumper ring, a spectacular grey with a jaw-dropping jump stopped me in my tracks. When I saw that it was the same horse from 18 months earlier, I knew that I had to have him. Lightning isn’t going to strike a third time! I remember calling Don Stewart, my hunter trainer, and telling him that this horse being on the East coast was too serendipitous.” At the time, Blue was showing successfully in the 1.40m jumpers with Olympian Alberto Michán. “Blue was a very good jumper – but Don (Stewart) and I agreed that he would make an exceptional hunter,” said Maxwell. Stewart wasted no time in arranging for Maxwell to ride Blue – and this time she wasn’t going to let this special horse get away from her again. “Riding him for even a few minutes confirmed my every intuition that he would be the perfect horse for me,” said Maxwell. So, in the late spring of 2018, Blue officially joined Maxwell’s outstanding stable, starting his journey to becoming a champion hunter. Looking through Blue’s records and photos it’s easy to understand how he literally
stopped Maxwell twice in her tracks. Foaled in Germany in 2009 by Gestüt Lewitz, the grey Oldenburg is the progeny of Diarado and Chance For Ever. Diarado and his offspring are well-known and prized across multiple equestrian disciplines – most especially as jumpers. Like his sire, Blue has a gift for astonishing jumping form. His strength and the impressiveness of his scope is complemented by his light, floating gait. Like many of Diarado’s offspring, Blue is agile, intelligent, and possesses an inherent aptitude for competition, making him a successful show horse. Blue’s dam, Chance For Ever, also comes from a prestigious line of breeding and is a progeny of the legendary Chaco-Blue. Indeed, his barn name “Blue” intends to honor the DNA and spirit of Chaco-Blue that are abundantly evident in High Society. Similar to Blue’s sire, Chaco-Blue’s progeny are world-renowned show jumpers with a reputation for jumping technique, as well as their ability to rise to the top during tough competitions. As if foretold by his name, “Blue” has become synonymous with his show record, a blue ribbon-worthy excellence in the
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hunter ring. This is exemplified by the numerous championships he earned quickly following his transition to the hunters. Indeed, Blue swept every over fences class and also won the under saddle competition en route to winning the 3'6" Green Hunter and Incentive Championships at one of his first competitions as a newly minted hunter under Maxwell’s ownership. This initial success was a harbinger of many accolades to come, which culminated with champion tri-color honors at the 2019 WEF World Champion Hunter Rider week and the 2019 Devon Horse Show. Obviously, championships earned amidst the intense competition during WCHR week at WEF and the Devon Horse Show often require more than a “jaw-dropping” jump, and it’s Blue’s remarkable range of gifts that make him so special. “Blue is that rare ‘hat trick’ of limitless scope, perfect form, and elegant movement, which is what makes him so special. Few horses who jump the way that he does also regularly win the under saddle at the biggest shows. And, to perform so exceptionally with such grace and composure is even rarer yet. He is a perfect gentleman in every sense of the word,” said Maxwell. Maxwell also noted that “Anyone who has watched him knows his jumping style is special and that he also wins the hack, but what makes Blue one-of-a-kind is his sweet disposition. Blue is the kindest, most willing horse with whom I have the privilege to work. I know with confidence every time we walk in the ring together that he is going to give me his best effort.” The duo’s unmistakable chemistry extends beyond the ring to their time together at the barn, which Maxwell attributes to Blue’s all-around dedication, “He always wants to do everything correctly – I can honestly say in nearly two years that I cannot think of a single time that Blue has ever been ‘naughty.’ He has a pony face that is always hanging over the stall door waiting for treats from anyone who is willing…but never begs!” It comes as no surprise that Blue is beloved by Maxwell and her team. His daily schedule is overseen by Maxwell’s manager, Sarah Gordon, who not only ensures his care, but also that his time in Maxwell’s program is one of balance. Maxwell described how Blue enjoys “trail rides and long, loose hacks on grass. He is such a natural born athlete that we don’t have to work too hard at home in between competitions.”
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the royal winter fair
Catie Staszak and Harlan Zeerip
rowing up, I never dressed up as a princess for Halloween. I didn’t go to my senior prom in high school – or any of the sorority and fraternity formals in college, for that matter. In all honesty, the first time I wore a gown was at a horse show. Toronto’s Royal Winter Agricultural Fair is one of the most unique events on the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League, where each season, I take a trip back in time. Started in 1922, “the Royal” is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international horse show in the world. Nearly 100 years later, the attire in the arena and on the Royal Terrace remains black tie, a nod to the venue’s storied tradition and reverence toward the sport. Making deadlines can be stressful. Going live over the airwaves in 20 countries can
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be stressful. But nothing is more stressful than finding a dress worthy of the Royal. This year, I finally found one – a stunning lace floor-length sequined ball gown by Marina – and I don’t know if I’ve ever felt more beautiful. There’s nothing quite like the Royal. On one side of Exhibition Place, a trade show hosts seemingly endless rows of vendors, selling everything from locally sourced cheeses to fall fashion, jewelry, riding apparel and tack. A turn to one’s left reveals pumpkins weighing in excess of 1,000 lbs and a collection of hand-carved butter sculptures on display for judging. Pass through an entryway, and you might come in contact with a Flemish Giant rabbit if you aren’t too distracted by the sheep, dairy and beef cattle, goats, and poultry occupying the area. The Royal features more than 50 agriculture competitions that showcase nearly 6,000 animals.
There’s also international show jumping, at its finest. Just 24 athletes are accepted to compete at the prestigious event, and this year’s group included five of the top 15 ranked riders in the world at the time: Ben Maher (GBR), Beezie Madden (USA), McLain Ward (USA), Kent Farrington (USA) and Jos Verlooy (BEL). Also among the group was Canada’s own individual Olympic gold medalist Eric Lamaze, who returned to the Royal for the first time since 2011 and added a very emotional component to the 2019 competition. Lamaze has been undergoing a public battle with cancer, but he rode with an unimaginable amount of strength, finishing no worse than sixth in six FEI competitions. A win in the McKee Family International Challenge with Fine Lady, and three other podium placings earned him both the Leading International Rider and Leading Canadian Rider
The Royal achieves what so many events strive to do: put on a state-of-the-art production while also embracing and preserving the allimportant tradition in our sport.” titles. To watch Lamaze ride with such strength, knowing his health was far from 100 percent, was simply awe inspiring. The only feeling to match it was having experienced the response from the crowd on hand when he rode the most skillful of rounds in the World Cup™, only to have a rail at the final fence, a dauntingly wide
oxer. Elation turned to disappointment before finally, pride and respect took over. In a class that saw just four clear rounds, Lamaze still finished sixth as the secondfastest 4-faulter. Canada might be in the midst of a changing of the guard. Lamaze gave a profound speech to honor “Captain Canada” Ian Millar, who announced his retirement from international competition in May after representing Canada in a record 10 Olympic Games. Millar has long been a fixture at the Royal, having won the Canadian Show Jumping Championship 12 times. The 17-year-old Sam Walker, meanwhile, made his Royal debut in the international division. While unable to jump in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto due to his age, he finished sixth in the Canadian Open and was third in the Canadian Show Jumping Championship. The 2018 ASPCA Maclay National Champion, Walker also won the 2018 CET Medal Final at the Royal and added the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund WIHS Equitation Final in October. U.S. rider Brian Moggre, just a year Walker’s elder, also left quite the
impression on the Canadian crowd. He finished fourth in the World Cup™, behind only Maher, Verlooy, and the winner, Ireland’s Bertram Allen. At the time of writing, Moggre leads the East Coast sub league standings of the World Cup™ North American League, with seven more points than two-time World Cup™ Final Champion Beezie Madden. Seeing a completely sold-out crowd full of educated North American show jumping fans, many dressed in tuxedos and gowns, brings the biggest smile to my face; I always take a moment to take it all in. As evidenced by the caliber of the field and the seven nations represented, riders from all over the world want to ride at the Royal, and it’s easy to see why. The Royal achieves what so many events strive to do: put on a state-of-the-art production while also embracing and preserving the all-important tradition in our sport. I’d say that’s a heck of a lot better than any prom.
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you can play project The Royal holds special meaning that extends beyond show jumping. When I go live for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto broadcast, I am on the call from the Toronto Marlies’ American Hockey League broadcast booth, a nod to my hockey roots. My father played for the Detroit Red Wings in the mid-1980s, and the Calder Cup, which he won in 1986, is housed just a few blocks from the venue at the Hockey Hall of Fame. My dad’s former agent, Brian Burke (known to many as “Burkie”), is now a hockey analyst for Toronto’s Sportsnet. This year, Burkie donated a horse to the Toronto mounted police and named him “Moose,” in honor of his late son, Brendan. Moose wears a saddle pad with a rainbow emblem in support of Brendan and the “You Can Play Project,” (youcanplayproject.org) which works to eliminate homophobia in sports. Burkie started this organization with his other son, Patrick. Catie Staszak with Brian Burke and Moose
Burkie paid a special visit to the Royal to introduce me to Moose, and in that moment, my hockey and horse backgrounds converged in the most heartwarming way.
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1. Bertram Allen (IRE) aboard GK Casper celebrates after topping a four-horse jump-off to win the $210,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto 2. The iconic Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride is a highlight of The Royal Horse Show’s opening weekend 3. Brian Moggre (USA), 18, making his final junior year count by placing 3rd in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto riding MTM Vivre le Reve 4. Canadian Olympian Beth Underhill and Count Me In enjoy their victory gallop after topping the $125,000 Henry Equestrian Canadian Show Jumping Championship 5. U.S. Olympian Margie Engle (center) claimed the inaugural Martha Jolicoeur Leading Lady Rider Award from the Wellington, FL-based Realtor and her fiancé, Dr. Stephen Norton 6. Eric Lamaze’s Fine Lady 5, recipient of the Leading Canadian Horse Award, pictured with groom Kaytlyn Brown 7. Artisan Farm’s Carlene Ziegler, owner of Fine Lady 5, with rider Eric Lamaze, recipient of the Leading International Rider and Leading Canadian Rider titles
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12. 8. Course designer for this year’s Royal Horse Show, Michel Vaillancourt (right) has a little fun seeing how fellow Canadian course designer Dave Ballard measures up! 9. Reigning European Championship team gold and individual bronze medalist Jos Verlooy of Belgium finishes runner-up in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto aboard Igor 10. The impressive line-up of finalists in the Royal Championship Six Horse Hitch, won by Ross Honsberger of Jackson Fork Ranch Percherons in Wyoming 11. Eric Lamaze addresses the crowd during a special retirement ceremony for 10-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar prior to the $85,000 Big Ben International Challenge, named for Millar’s most famous mount 12. Georgina Bloomberg of the U.S. competes with Chameur 137 in front of a soldout Coca-Cola Coliseum in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto
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Every month readers and clients ask me for advice about returning to the saddle after an injury. This month my answer comes through reflections on my personal experience of recovering from a broken hand. Twenty weeks ago, I broke my hand while making a silly mistake competing on my horse. It was not a traumatic event and I didnâ€™t even know it happened in that very moment. But it did, and I had to follow my detoured path, until now, as I am about to re-enter the show ring on my beloved and trusty horse, Wonder. I am excited and nervous. As I sit here on a Sunday afternoon in the midst of fire season and high winds, I have to settle my jitters and anticipatory emotions each time I think about the upcoming two weeks of horse showing. Yesterday I had my final lesson before the show. This typically consists of a more challenging than usual course set by my trainer so that he can give me a taste of what I will experience when I get to the show. When it came time to jump, I felt activated but not exactly nervous. My trainer was pushing me to pay attention to what matters and relax with the rest. I am a focused and conscientious student, meaning I put everything I have into my lessons. I had moments of seemingly baseless fear and adrenaline surges, but I continued anyway. No stones were being left unturned! Although I wondered if my fear, inspired by lack of confidence, made me want to stop, I pushed through and had an excellent lesson. My plan is to stay committed to my practice, so I can ride the waves of excitement, nerves, adrenaline, self-doubt, and bravery. I will observe each state and only engage with it with curiosity and question-thinking. If I find myself grabbing onto a state and spinning, I will
remember to return to non-judgmentally observing my process. When the narrative in my mind gets out of hand I will breathe in long, slow rhythm, repeat my barn arrival ritual steps to myself, and close my eyes while imagining the smell of the barn in the morning. And as always, I will keep meditating and practicing yoga so as to honor my mind and body. HORSE SHOW WEEK ONE REFLECTIONS Last week was tough. Getting back in the ring was way more challenging than I expected. I was blindsided by the shift I experienced between the warm-up ring and the show ring. In the warm-up, I felt energized and capable. The first jump or two seemed to dictate a confident energy. In the show ring, I was amazed at the intensity of Wonder’s focus, and at times this made me feel uneasy. He is such a professional, marching around the ring on the proper step from the beginning. But the proper step made me uneasy; it felt too big and out of control, causing me to pull, add strides, and generally micro-manage. Although the first two days felt awkward and out of sync, I thought I was putting it together one round at a time. But I unraveled during the second two days, leaving me wondering if I would ever get it back again. I heard myself saying things like, “I think I am just too old for this sport.” I felt overwhelmed by the challenge ahead and defeated overall.
in the show ring, “Back I truly wondered if this was still the sport for me. I dug pretty deep to enter with a calm enough energy that I could focus, follow the plan, and trust…”
My kind trainer took me aside at the end of that day and placed his hands on my shoulders, looking me in the eye. “Do you trust me?” he asked. “Of course, I do. Why?” I queried. “Then let’s start fresh next week in the back ring. Let’s give you the chance to jump lots of jumps and get used to the show ring again. We will start low and just keep going until you feel your confidence again. Okay?” “Yes,” I said as I let out a sigh of relief. Although I still felt unsure if I could find my way back, I knew this was the right way to find out. I left for a couple days to visit my mom and returned with enough confidence to try again. WEEK T WO REFLECTIONS My expectations were aligned with realistic possibilities. I considered this week to be a series of lessons in the horse show ring. On the first day I did a 0.90m round, and although it felt a bit harried, it was actually much more relaxed; and most importantly, I got down the lines in the correct number of strides. My micro-managing and adrenaline surges were settling. Next, I did a 1.0m round and it actually went quite well, resulting in a second place finish. The competition in the “back ring” was minimal, but the ribbon definitely gave me some much-needed reinforcement from the outside world. The week continued in this way. My trainer asked if I wanted to return to the Grand Prix ring and jump the 1.0m there, but I opted to stay where I was comfortable and build from there. Progress over ego was my mantra! We finished second the next day and first the final two days. On the last day, I felt confident and composed. We did all the inside turns in the jump-off and won again, leaving us with the reserve championship in the open 1.0m division. Again, the ribbons were the support from
the outside world that reinforced the step-by-step learning I experienced. OFF-SEASON THOUGHTS Wow! What a journey this year turned out to be! Wonder and I went from winning a 1.25m amateur classic in the desert out of over 50 horse and rider combinations, to a broken hand, to recovery and re-entry into the show ring, with all of the trials and tribulations in between. Truth be told, I have supported many riders through injury, recovery and return to the show ring. They have ALL hit similar challenges and wondered if they should just quit. But I really thought my experience would be different. Silly me! Now I have come to see that questioning one’s ability to get it back is likely a part of the recovery process. This gives me a new perspective for supporting clients, as well as for my own personal process. Back in the show ring, I truly wondered if this was still the sport for me. I dug pretty deep to enter with a calm enough energy that I could focus, follow the plan, and trust the pace needed to allow Wonder to do his job comfortably. I worked with myself as though I were my own client. I breathed, visualized, monitored self-talk, reminded myself of my deep love for horses, disengaged from ego repeatedly, and generally managed my nervous system. I am very proud of myself for hanging in there and persevering. Here in the quiet of the off-season, I am taking three lessons a week. We are focusing on basics with small jumps and poles. I am getting stronger and my passion fires are burning a bit more brightly each day. I am aware of the fact that I will start next season back in the meters and slowly make my way back to the 1.20m and hopefully 1.30m. All things in due time. I intentionally stay focused on my own path, not the destination. I am getting stronger and the bond with Wonder continues to deepen. My gratitude for the opportunity to be on this journey is boundless.
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. | Photo © Matt Cain
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Matt Cain Being one of only 23 professional pitchers to pitch a no-hitter, also known as a “perfect game” in the history of baseball, is enough notoriety for a lifetime, but Matt Cain, a three-time World Series Champion and retired pitcher for the San Francisco Giants is now getting noticed for something new. After spending most of his adult life playing baseball, Cain traded in his starring role on the pitcher’s mound for the behind the lens view of a photographer. Cain was interested in photography from a young age. His grandfather owned a bridal business and he has memories of watching him take photos. When Cain’s wife Chelsea bought him a digital camera for his birthday one year, he began to explore his love of photography in earnest. With the help of good friend and wedding photographer, Stacey Pentland, and the Giants team photographer Andy Kuno, Cain began dabbling in photography. He started by taking photos of his children and his wife, who rides in the 1.10–1.20m jumpers. Cain enjoys action shots, and shooting show jumping provides plenty of action! He said learning to photograph show jumping came with a steep learning curve; he really had to have patience, listen to what shots worked, and learn how to capture just the right moment over the jumps. Cain and his family are based out of Northern California, and when he is not photographing horse shows, he loves spending time with his family and driving at the Sonoma Raceway. Cain enjoys driving anything with an engine – from the most elite race car, to a horse show tractor – he likes to push them to their limit while testing his own.
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5. 1. Participants attend an equine gastric health lecture with specialist Leah Mitchell 2. Group photo of the 2019 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program participants. The program was created specifically to provide opportunities for young riders to advance their education in their pursuit of becoming knowledgeable horsemen within the hunter/jumper community 3. The EAP Nationals Outstanding Horse, Continue, with rider Rebecca Morris and Caroline Holman from the LMCF 4. Claire Huskey aboard Middleton, provided by University of Findlay 5. When not riding or in an educational seminar, participants audit and act as jump crew for the other sessions 6. The EAP National Champion receives a $3,000 grant to be applied toward the cost of advanced educational training, in addition to a variety of other prizes, including a keeper trophy
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11. 7. Participants watch a saddle-fitting seminar 8. Claire Huskey is presented with the peer-nominated Sportsmanship Award 9. Joelle Hylton riding Emily 10. Julianna Empie, the EAP National Champion, aboard Woody, provided by Henry Pfeiffer. Empie spent the riding and stable management sessions building a strong partnership with the horse 11. According to 2019 Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session Lead Clinician Peter Wylde, there were no doubts that this yearâ€™s champion would be Julianna Empie
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