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Danielle Demers

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Laurie Berglie

Lauren Allen

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 artwork, 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 as Copyeditor and Contributing Writer for H&S. She has a BA in English and History from Vanderbilt University.

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.

Lauren Allen is a graphic designer and a lifelong equestrian who lives on a small ranch in Oklahoma with her husband and daughter. Her passion for horses and painting began at an early age and inspired her to create a company where she could combine both. She specializes in helping clients find unique and creative ways to grow their businesses. Learn more at seehorsedesign.com.

Natalie Keller Reinert

Annie Alden

Emily Pollard

Terri Roberson, Psy.D.

Based in Central Florida, Natalie is a novelist and writer specializing in the equestrian lifestyle. Her books have a popular following around the world, and sport several award nominations and wins, including the 2020 American Horse Publications’ fiction award for The Hidden Horses of New York. With an eclectic background spanning many disciplines, Natalie is always looking for her next adventure on horseback. Website: nataliekreinert.com

Annie Alden is an actor, a lifelong equestrian, and now a design consultant and entrepreneur. With television and film roles to her credit, she also added founder and CEO to her resume with the launch of Two Bits Equestrian in April 2018 and, most recently, with the 2022 launch of Annie Alden Design which offers interior, art, fashion and branding design consulting. Learn more at anniealdendesign.com.

Emily Pollard uses her BA in English from Saint Mary’s College of California to teach, write, and edit. She has worked in the equestrian industry for the majority of her life, as a groom, assistant trainer, barn manager, and everything in between. She trained and competed her horse, Skyler Ace, to the FEI level. She now enjoys sharing her passion for horses with her husband and two young daughters.

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.

Erin Gouveia

Helen Abrams

Jeanette Gilbert

Amanda Mactas

Erin Gouveia of Silver Oaks Farm is an accomplished equestrian, award winning photographer, and an artist. She was born and raised in San Diego, CA, graduated from Colorado State University, and now resides in Park City, UT on a small horse farm with her husband. Erin has had careers in Medical Research, Zookeeping, and most currently as a Photographer. She has an Etsy shop filled with her fine art photographs and handmade goods.

Helen Abrams lives in Los Angeles where she works as a marketing executive in the television industry. In her spare time, she competes as an amateur at California's A-Circuit shows. Helen is also the founder and CEO of Life Equestrian, a marketing company for riders and equestrian enthusiasts. With Life Equestrian, Helen brings together her business expertise with her lifelong passion for equine trends, products and safety.

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.

Amanda Mactas is a freelance writer based in New York City, who covers all things food, travel and lifestyle. In addition to Horse & Style, her work has appeared in Forbes, PureWow, Wine4Food, Greatist, and BELLA Magazine, where she currently serves as the Food, Travel and Accessories Editor. Keep up with her work @ManhattanTwist.

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Lindsay Brock

Lila Gendal

Meredith Ekstedt

Jennifer Wood

Lindsay, owner of Lindsay Brock LLC, 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. When not at a horse show, behind a camera lens or fervently Instagramming, you can find her astride her Zangersheide gelding, Justice Z.

Lila Gendal is a 3* event rider based in New England and Ocala, FL. She trains and competes her own Irish conn x TB gelding, Rollo who only stands at 15.3 and has taken her to some of the biggest competitions of her life. Lila rides and trains event horses for a living and if she’s not on a horse she’s either by the ocean or writing! Lila graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a degree in political science.

Meredith Ekstedt is the Director of Brand Marketing & Strategic Partnerships at The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association. She has over 20 years of experience in PR, Marketing, and Creative. Before USHJA, she worked for Lands' End, BITTEN by Sarah Jessica Parker and Donna Karan. She started her career at Hearst Magazines and Conde Nast. Meredith is a lifelong equestrian and creator of (IG) @HeartHorseStories.

Jennifer Wood is a lifelong horse person. She worked for Olympic show jumpers Anne Kursinski and Margie Engle before entering the public relations field in 2004. She has since covered World Cup Finals, World Equestrian Games, and Olympic Games. Wood promotes some of the best equestrian events and companies in North America through Jennifer Wood Media and Jump Media.

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Dr. Carrie Wicks

Catie Staszak

Jacquelyn is a lifelong showjumping junkie and after a failed attempt at an office job, has managed to make a career out of it. As the Operations Manager at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, CA, she spends her days helping to create and run horse shows and showing her own horse. Jacquelyn started riding at age 4, and with the exception of a small break to get a degree in Political Science and Communication, hasn’t stopped.

Laura Mormann and Antoinette Watson turned their love of entertaining and hospitality into an art form when they founded Claiborne & Lime. Catering to both lifestyle brands and private clients, they specialize in designing intimate, thoughtful gatherings and celebrations. C&L provides peace of mind, allowing clients to be fully present and enjoy their precious downtime with loved ones.

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.

Catie Staszak is the CEO of Catie Staszak Media, Inc. and the color commentator and journalist for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ NAL. Catie has announced at showjumping events across the globe and represented some of the sport's top athletes and operations. When she's not working, she's enjoying time with her superhero horse Zantos, whom she shows in the jumpers, and her dog/sidekick, Omaha.

Ashley Neuhof 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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Horse & Style Turns 10! immediately bought new ones; after nine years the style and technical fabrics have Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Sarah Appel competes at the Split Rock Jumping Tour at Sonoma Horse Park last changed dramatically. fall aboard Galileo; photo © Winslow Photography Galileo and I competed at the Split Rock Jumping Tour show at his is quite possibly the most Sonoma Horse Park. I was both nervous and challenging publisher’s letter I’ve excited because as the technical fabrics of written. I would think that after riding clothing have advanced dramatically, 10 years of writing them, it would become so has the technology present at the shows; easier each time. In actuality, trying to live streaming and smartphones meant that convey what Horse & Style has meant to me there was no way to quietly jump around over these past 10 years is almost impossible. unnoticed. Luckily, Galileo, a seasoned When I think of how many people helped grand prix horse, was up for the challenge curate our 58 issues, I am floored. There are regardless of my hesitations. As soon as the so many individuals who have contributed to timer chimed, we were off and running… the success of each one. While the core H&S well, cantering. I may have added a stride team is always evolving, every person who here and there, but my return to the show has believed in H&S is the reason we are ring was nothing less than exhilarating. celebrating our 10 year anniversary. There has been so much good in our sport These past 10 years have been a journey over these past 10 years, and this positivity for me as well. Since launching H&S, I is mainly what we cover at H&S. I have have had two children, built my forever intentionally stayed away from gossip and home, retired my horse, took a nine year controversy because I felt that as a lifestyle break from competing and just re-entered magazine, we wanted to focus on what was the competition arena the first time last great about our sport. However, as many September. After a long break, I wasn’t sure things came to light with SafeSport in the how it would feel to be back. I have attended equestrian world, it became apparent that horse shows, covered them and even now more than ever we need to put aside continued to ride at home. However, getting lifestyle for a moment and help to give a back in the show ring wasn’t something I voice to the victims of sexual assault. Our had planned, until a special former grand cover story, Our Sport Has a Problem by prix horse from Meredith Herman came Lindsay Brock, narrates the personal story of into the barn at Burgundy Farms. young equestrian Maggie Kehring standing up against sexual assault and how her mother After a few lessons at home on Galileo, Carrie Kehring decided enough was enough. I pulled out my old show clothes and Not only did she, Maggie, come out with

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her own story, the Kehring’s have created We Ride Together, a non-profit that creates a safe space for victims to get support and guidance. It’s a very brave step towards solving a massive problem in our industry. Read Maggie’s courageous story on page 60. With this being our 10th anniversary issue, we reached out to past and present H&S contributors and asked what their favorite H&S moment was. With so many to choose from, it was almost an impossible task, however our talented group of contributors were able to narrow it down and write about their favorite memories and articles of the past 10 years (page 70). To close this publisher’s letter 10 years in the making, I want to say thank you to my parents who have always pushed me to believe in myself and my dreams. Thank you to my husband Matt and my daughters Ella and Piper who have supported this wild ride which is Horse & Style. Thank you to Gundi and Peter Younger, who have invested financially and emotionally into allowing H&S to grow into what it is today. And finally, thank you to every crazy horse girl like me, who grew up with a passion for horses and a drive to stay in the equestrian industry. Without other crazy horse girls, H&S wouldn’t be possible. Thank you to every advertiser, contributor and subscriber for keeping this dream alive. Now, as we send this issue to print, I can’t wait to see what is in store for the next decade. Love,


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1. Samantha Schaefer and In The Know in their victory gallop after earning their third $20,000 WEC – Ocala 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby win 2. Leadline takes center stage under the lights in the WEC Grand Arena 3. Brian Shook and Cinna HP on their way to winning the $30,000 WEC – Wilmington Grand Prix 4. Santiago Lambre and Comtess 202 are uncatchable in the $75,000 Coors Light Grand Prix 5. Elusive showing off his ribbon after securing the win in the $75,000 Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club Grand Prix with Aaron Vale in the irons

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6. Morgan Ward and Comissario over their victory jump after earning the top prize in the $20,000 WEC – Ocala 3’6”-3’9” Hunter Derby 7. David and Paige Beisel have a congratulatory fist bump after a successful round 8. David Beisel and Essince W in their victory gallop after winning the $30,000 WEC – Wilmington Grand Prix 9. Riders of all shapes, sizes, and breeds are welcome at WEC 10. Skylar Wireman giving Charisma a hug after winning the Premier Equitation Cup Championship 11. Peter Petschenig and EnnebelVanHetPosthuijsflyingtovictoryinthe$75,000AlltechGrandPrix

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H&S is women-founded and owned.

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Originally, the magazine was intended to be a West Coast publication, but after its inaugural issue it was already being shipped across the country, and by the end of its first year in publication, H&S was sent to Mexico, Europe and Canada.

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H&S has truly traveled the world. We have covered horse shows in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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In 10 years we have produced 49 regular issues and nine supplemental issues, including: two Pony & Style issues, two Horse & Style Weddings issues,and five Holiday Guide to Equestrian Style issues.

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Daniel Deusser, Beezie Madden and Karl Cook are the only athletes to have made the cover twice.

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Columns have come and gone as Horse & Style has evolved over the years, but Ask Dr. Carrie and Style Profiles have appeared in every issue.

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Our love for horses ties us together. Part of what makes this publication so special is that H&S contributors, from our Publisher to Art Director, Editors to Copyeditor, writers to photographers, are all horse people.

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The total page count when adding up all H&S publications – including regular and special issues – is 5,432!

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H&S was started by founder/ publisher Sarah Appel walking around the Pebble Beach Horse Show with a flyer, telling people about the magazine idea. The first person to jump onboard as H&S’s first advertiser was Rachel Fields of Sandhaven Farms. Before Sarah had even finished the pitch, Rachel said, “Sounds great, we’ll buy two pages.”

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You might not know that H&S has highlighted, supported and applauded the generosity of the equestrian community as they work to give back. H&S has dedicated 34 pages to Giving Back articles featuring important causes and their benefactors.

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Horse & Style Magazine In the issue that marked Horse & Style’s first anniversary, our Publisher and Editor-inChief Sarah Appel opened the Publisher’s Letter: “Like most entrepreneurs, I began the journey of this magazine with an idea, some inspiration and a dream. After staying up all night jotting down my thoughts for my new magazine, I realized I had to figure out how to turn my ideas into a reality.” Over 40 issues later, and as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, here are 10 facts and figures that summarize just an overview of all that has happened since that first flash of inspiration took hold.

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1. The winning team of Caroline Mawhinney, Jessica Mendoza, and Mia Albelo with charity representatives from Wellington PTO/PTA/ PTSA and sponsors Sexton Engineering and Triple M Farms at the Great Charity Challenge, sponsored by Fidelity Investments® at WEF 4 2. Caroline Mawhinney and Stella Levista win the $25,000 Hermès Under 25 Grand Prix Series Semi-Final at WEF 8 3. Tiffany Morrissey and Copernicus K are victorious in the $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby Pro section during WEF 7 4. The team from Ireland – Andrew Bourns, Eoin McMahon, Chef d'Equipe Michael Blake, Max Wachman, and Cian O'Connor – lift the Denis Quinlan Trophy for their win in the $150,000 Nations Cup, presented by Premier Equestrian at WEF 8 5. Relaxing at WEF before showing

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Catch riding a horse for the first time and heading straight into the show ring can be the ultimate test for many riders. The ability to get on a new horse and figure them out well enough to have a successful round in the ring is a challenging task and requires certain skills.

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them to perform at their best, which is why watching videos can be beneficial. I also think that it is helpful to have a relationship with, or knowledge of, the trainer or professional that you are riding for. It’s useful to know their training style and what types of horses they generally get. Additionally, I think when it comes to changing equipment, you can offer suggestions for bits or back boots for a jumper; but if you are catch riding for another professional, you need the ability to work with that person and their training techniques. When I first get on, I immediately try to get a feel for what the horse likes or needs. I put my leg on and see if they listen to my leg. I pull the reins a little to see how they listen to my hands. I like to test all my gears and then I go from there. Overall, you really want to focus on working with the horse. That’s why you’re riding it.You’re going to have a better result and be more successful than if you try to change it too much, especially in that short period of time. At first, it may seem foreign to get on a horse you don’t know and understand it right away, but the more catch rides you do the more natural it becomes. After you catch ride for a while, I think it almost becomes easier than riding a horse you know because there is less emotion attached. When I ride a horse for the first time, I don’t know what it does or how it

feels, and sometimes that is easier because I’m not trying to fix anything. I’m just going out there to ride the horse to the best of my ability. The last and one of the most important things you should always do as a catch rider is to say thank you. The owner and trainer have given you the opportunity to ride their horse. They have paid all of the show fees, including the entries, the training fees, the braiding; and they have taken the time to prepare the horse. No matter what the experience or outcome is, always say thank you.

— ERYNN BALL ARD Canadian Show Jumping Team veteran Erynn Ballard opened the 2022 season as the topranked female show jumping athlete in the world. Her career began with great success in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings as a junior rider, including becoming only the second Canadian ever to win the ASPCA Maclay National Championships in 1998. One year later, Ballard won the individual gold medal at the 1999 North American Young Riders’ Championship. In 2006, Ballard made her Nations’ Cup debut at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament and helped Canada win for the first time in the event’s history. That same year, she was named ‘Equestrian of the Year’ by her National Federation. Since then, she has accumulated numerous wins at the five-star level. Renowned for her impressive catch-riding abilities, Ballard currently rides for Ilan Ferder Stables, an internationally-respected training and sales operation.

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The Ride of Her Life ELIZABETH LETTS 336pages penguinrandomhouse.com Hardcover: $28.00 also available in e-book format Elizabeth Letts, bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion and The Perfect Horse, brings us the true story of sixtythree-year-old Maine farmer, Annie Wilkins. 1954 finds Annie in a tough spot – she has no money, the bank is about to foreclose on her farm, and after an extended illness, her doctor gives her two years to live. With no family left to hold her back, she decides to fulfill a lifelong dream – to see the Pacific Ocean. In November of that same year aboard her horse, Tarzan, Annie and her dog, Depeche Toi, embark on the ride of her life. The three companions journey south with nothing but the clothes on Annie’s back, a few food items, and the hope that kind people throughout this nation will lend a hand along the way. Without even so much as a map, Annie heads out into a world being transformed by the rapid construction of modern highways.

Town by town, state by state, Annie is amazed, time and again, at the kindness of strangers who willingly open their homes (and their barns) to the three weary travelers. As word gets out about Annie’s adventure and those in the next town ahead are made aware of her upcoming arrival, she is usually met with a friendly face who directs her to a place of respite, complete with a hot meal and a warm bed. In Tennessee, Annie picks up a second horse, Rex, who joins the herd and happily shares the load with Tarzan. For two years, Annie and her four-legged family climbed mountains, crossed rivers, and pushed through the freezing cold and the sweltering heat. They rode for more than four thousand miles and made countless new friends along the way. “More than anything, Annie had trust. When she set off, she was sure she was going to find the same America she’d grown up believing in: a country made up of one giant set of neighbors. People who’d be happy to give you a helping hand. People spread out far and wide, from sea to shining sea…people who were fundamentally decent and, deep down, the same.” The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America, is a feel-good story about one woman’s will to make a dream come true, and the good-hearted and generous people of this country. This is a ride you won’t want to miss!

HUSHCHA HORSES When the heavy wind sprays the moonlight unto the bent branches and they dance while changing shape, I see the horses. I love horses.

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Strip back the frills and get on board with one of 2022’s hottest trends: fresh white kicks. Minimalism and clean lines are trending in the shoe world. Here are eight white sneakers with a clean look to “add to cart” right now.

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1. Sleek: Howell Lace Up Sneaker, Tory Burch, $198; 2. Perfectly Preppy: Pure Star, Golden Goose, $495; 3. Trending: Air Force 1 '07, Nike, $100; 4. High Top: Clean Leather Platform Chuck Taylor All Star, Converse, $75; 5. Minimal: Esplar Sneaker, Veja,120; $ 6. Splurge: Simplerui LeatherTrimmed Canvas Sneakers, Christian Louboutin, 595; $ 7. Eco-Friendly: The Sneaker, Rothy's, $125; 8. Classic: Slip-On, Vans, $55

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Platterful

No need to keep making return trips to the grocery store just to find that they don’t stock some of your favorites. Thanks to subscription boxes, enjoying delicious food and drinks right from the comfort of your own homehasneverbeeneasier.Whetheryou’relookingtodiscoversomething new,orkeepyourpantrystockedwithtriedandtruefavorites,there’sa box out there for you. Here are some ideas to help get you started.

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All-In-One Charcuterie Kit ($65+)

Discover new products every month in the form of Platterful’s all-in-one charcuterie kit.Your box includes everything you need to create a tantalizing spread complete with artisan meats, cheeses and accompaniments.You will also receive written instructions and a how-to video to make assembling your board as seamless as possible.You can make a one time purchase or subscribe for monthly shipments. Plus, Platterful donates a portion of the proceeds to No Kid Hungry. It’s a win-win. TryPlatterful.com TEARUNNERS

Original Box ($25+)

Tearunners is a company that sources loose leaf tea from around the world, carefully curating the best small batch teas for you to try. Sourced from the best farms and comprised of many awardwinning teas, their original subscription box contains four different types of teas for you to explore, and each month you’ll receive something different. Tearunners.com BOX ON THE ROC KS Cocktail Kit ($46.50+)

Cratejoy, the marketplace for specialty subscription boxes, has many purveyors to choose from, including this boozy cocktail kit. The retro-inspired box revolves around life’s many drinking occasions, and each kit includes quality products and innovations not easily found in your local store. Three recipes are included in each box, along with a bar tool, garnishing, and more. While the booze is not included, everything you need to make your

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favorite tried and true or brand new cocktails is, with enough ingredients to make more than 10 drinks! CrateJoy.com/ subscription-box/box-on-the-rocks

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Gift Box ($55-$306)

Those who like to get creative in the kitchen will love getting the gift of a CrateChef box or two. Choose between a one time gift or a three- or sixmonth subscription. Each box features a collaboration with a different chef, recipe developer, or food blogger, and contains five to seven specifically curated items for the pantry that you can experiment with. From kitchen tools and gadgets to cookbooks and pantry staples, each box has its own unique flavor. Along with all of your goodies, you will also receive a product card full of descriptions, as well as exclusive recipes that incorporate each product. CrateChef.com

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Goldbelly is one of the best ways to get your hands on some of the most famous foods from around the country without paying for a plane ticket. Their three month subscription is curated each month to deliver some of the most sought-after handcrafted foods, both sweet and savory.You might discover Memphis smoked bbq ribs from The Legendary Central BBQ one month and San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe Artisan Ice Cream Box the next. Each box will have enough food to serve at least four people, and sometimes even more. Goldbelly.com

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GIVING

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by Helen Abrams photos by Kristin Lee

All Seated In a Barn S AV I N G A N I M A L S O N E AU C T I O N AT A T I M E

Talia Fisher, ASIAB founder


This article is brought to you by Kevin the donkey, whose survival story, thanks to Tahlia, inspired me to write about this terrific organization dedicated exclusively to saving animals from slaughter and housing them in safe surroundings. Who knew that one donkey could change so many human lives, and save so many animal lives?

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ahlia Fisher started All Seated In a Barn (ASIAB) from a lifelong passion for saving animals. She has always seen herself as a protector for the most vulnerable and is helping to restore these animals’ faith in humans. Tahlia’s inspiration, which turned out to be a lifeline for hundreds of saved animals, began in 2018 when she was sent a link to an Instagram post. Tahlia remembers first seeing Kevin in an Instagram post. “He was nervous, he was confused, and he was adorable. My sister was the one who found him. She happened to follow a model who had reposted in her Instagram story about a donkey needing help, a donkey that was being shipped to slaughter in the morning if no one stepped in and helped him. I knew nothing about donkeys, and I expressed this to my sister over a glass of wine. What would I do with a donkey?” When Kevin first arrived, Tahlia’s heart melted, and she knew she wanted to put more energy into establishing a foundation to create more lifesaving matches for other animal lovers. Three years later, Tahlia has saved over 700 animals and has homed over 120 animals in her facility. She has been so successful in saving animals from the slaughterhouse that she recently had to move her operations to a larger facility. Tahlia explains that “ASIAB is not just a rescue. We are a family of misfits, brought together by a donkey named Kevin, put together to make a difference, joined together as a team to fight for them, and tied together, through our hearts and

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tears; a family that wants to help to save the ones who need it most, both human and animal. We make mistakes, we are not perfect, we all struggle and fight our own personal demons and battles, but at the center of all of that, we all just want to help make a difference.” Located in Bakersfield, California, the organization hosts numerous fundraising events with one mission: saving as many animal lives from the slaughterhouse as possible. With their headquarters nestled next to pistachio orchards, the venue at ASIAB is a one-of-a-kind destination for outdoor ceremonies. The grounds boast a beautiful open-concept wooden barn, bridal and groom suites, flowering branches, and fairy lights. If you’re looking for something fun and outdoors to do with your family, check out one of their many hosted activities, such as painting or corn hole tournaments. Or, for photography enthusiasts, you can organize a photo session with many of their amazing rescued animals. All these events are brought to you by the blood, sweat and tears of Tahlia and her volunteers.

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SPREAD THE WORD Knowledge is power, and the more we can spread the word about this incredible non-profit, the more lives they can save. GIVE THE GIFT OF GIVING There are so many ways to get involved. You can volunteer, donate, or sponsor your own rescue at ASIAB. You can also gift a sponsorship for an animal in your friends’ or family’s name. ASIAB makes it easy to become a monthly sponsor: you can choose a specific animal to dedicate your sponsorship towards and you’ll immediately be helping with their medical and equipment needs. Looking to do some shopping for ASIAB? That’s easy. Check out the ASIAB Amazon wish list or click to donate via Venmo, PayPal and more at allseatedinabarn.com. TREAT YO’HORSE WITH P R O P E R PA S T U R E S This winter, Proper Pastures is supporting ASIAB and helping them raise funds to support the horses in their care. You can support ASIAB by purchasing a bag of treats and entering ‘ASIAB’ at checkout.

Proper Pastures’ new treats have four ingredients or less, zero added sugar, and are a great way to give your horse an apple or a banana without preparing or carrying extra food in your bag. They are 100% plant-based, packaged in eco-friendly, biodegradable bags, and manufactured right here in the USA. Visit properpastures.com. All Seated In a Barn is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a focus on rescuing horses, donkeys, draft horses, mini horses, mules, and even zebras (ALL equines), from the kill pens that ship to slaughter. It is illegal to slaughter horses in the United States, BUT, it is not illegal to ship for slaughter. Scan the QR code below to watch a short docu video featuring ASIAB founder Talia Fischer:



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RIDER

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by Lila Gendal

Patrick Seaton How many children in this world grow up with horse posters plastered to their bedroom walls, or images of famous equestrians and their equine partners ingrained in their daily thoughts? How many aspiring and dedicated kids grow up to become professional equestrians? Does one have to be born into the “ correct” family, or with the advantage of a fi nancial upbringing that would help guarantee such a future in the horse showing, or training, or sales world? Or perhaps, some good luck, a great work ethic, natural talent, and a well-rounded equestrian background could lead an aspiring equestrian towards a lifetime of success. In Patrick Seaton’ s case, the last sentence holds tremendous truth.

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oday, Patrick Seaton has an extensive list of accomplishments, and has made a highly recognizable name for himself as a professional equestrian on the California show circuit. First, let’s back up a few steps in order to understand Seaton’s unique pathway to success and how Patrick Seaton Stables came to fruition. “I grew up in England and my mother rode as a kid exercising racehorses. I remember one day when I was quite young, my mother sat me in front of her on a horse and naturally the horse took off. We all survived.” This story stood out

Seaton and Ascot Du Temple; photo © Grand Pix Photography

as I chatted with Seaton on the phone a couple of weeks ago. He made it clear he wanted to add this anecdote to the interview, and after talking to him, I completely understood why. Horses are a part of Seaton’s soul; they are like air to him. One reckless moment on the back of a Thoroughbred didn’t make him slow down, or scare him away from horses. In fact, that one moment was simply the beginning of an exciting equestrian future. At the age of four, Seaton was having weekly lessons in England. He was at the barn all day and soaked in every moment. He got his first pony at the age of nine and he actually enjoyed

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Seaton and Crunch K; photo © Grand Pix Photography

USHJA International Hunter Derby Champion; photo © Grand Pix Photography


tremendous success on ponies for a while. He became a professional at the impressively young age of 14. He landed his first job at the age of 16. Shortly after, Seaton acquired a private sponsor, moved to Switzerland, and traveled all over Europe to compete. Seaton came to the United States in 2001, and a year later started his own business (Patrick Seaton Stables) in California. Patrick Seaton Stables currently has 28–30 horses competing. “I do it all…I compete, I train horses, I teach lessons, and I have horses for sale.” Seaton is one of a few professional equestrians to win both a Grand Prix in show jumping, as well as an international hunter Derby, which is quite an accomplishment. I asked Seaton what has made him so successful, and I truly loved his response: “Honestly, I’m extremely passionate about what I do. You really have to love what you’re doing. I treat each horse as an individual. We have to listen and adapt.” He went on to say that he really takes the time to appreciate each horse and their particular needs. He never tries to force a horse into a certain job. Instead, that horse tells him what they want to do and he goes from there. Seaton told me that he has a great group of clients that he really enjoys working with. Of course, I had to ask about his plans for the future and what he has going on currently. Seaton responded, “We have four Grand Prix horses; my main horse is eighteen years old, so we use him sparingly. The other three Grand Prix horses are all doing well.” Seaton also wanted to recognize his amazing group of assistants and grooms, who have all been loyal and dedicated members of the team. Chatting with Patrick Seaton was a total pleasure. As a professional equestrian myself, it was refreshing to hear about his journey, and to know there wasn’t some magical recipe for creating a business overnight. Instead, his hard work, natural abilities and innate horsemanship led to Patrick Seaton Stables, along with his supportive team of employees, clients, friends and family. You can learn more about Patrick Seaton and Patrick Seaton Stables at patrickseatonstables.com.

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FEATURE by Meredith Ekstedt photos by Cassidy Brooke Photography

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FREE RIDE EQUESTRIAN The U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Blazes a New Trail with Free Ride Equestrian on a Limited Edition Co-Branded Collection This limited-edition collection features co-branded sun shirts with SPF 50 protection, breeches with four-way stretch, uni-sex vintage style tees and more.

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on December 17, 2019, and we have been in business together ever since.

Horse & Style: How did you meet, and

H&S: How excited were you when the

Raina King: We met at a clinic in Ocala, Florida, in 2014. Soon after, Katie invited me to visit the farm where she boarded her horse. We discovered that we were both expecting our first child, which created our instant bond. I became her closest horse friend, and the rest is history.

RK: We were like, “Is this real?”

when did you decide to start your company?

Katie Rosenfels: Yes! Raina presented me with the idea to start an equestrian clothing business, and I had just left my job and was looking for my next big thing. Together we sold our first pair of breeches

USHJA reached out regarding this collaboration?

KR: We both read the email together ten times! We were super excited and surprised.

H&S: What made you decide to do it? RK: We couldn’t miss a great opportunity with a great organization. KR: The USHJA is an organization we have always looked up to, so we were excited about the opportunity. USHJA




Free Ride Equestrian CoOwnersKatieRosenfels(left) andRainaKing(right)

built their organization by serving their members; we built our business by serving our customers. It was the ideal match!

H&S: How do you feel about being part of this flagship collaboration?

RK: Excited nervous. We want to do our best and make it unforgettable for everyone. We are 100% up for the challenge. KR: We were honored to be chosen to be part of this partnership. We hope that everyone loves the products.

H&S: What can people expect from this collection? RK: We worked closely with the USHJA team to get it just right. We made sure to incorporate their colors, and we designed products that appeal to both Hunter and Jumper riders. We also ensured all the items were cohesive and worked seamlessly together, just like the combined logo! We also wanted to give back and show our support by donating 12% of the gross sales from this flagship collection to USHJA programs.

KR: The pieces we created are show quality and are perfect for schooling at home and riding for fun. We want to offer products that make you comfortable and confident in the show ring or at home, at a fair price point for everyone. All of our items are priced from $12 – $90. It was important to us that nothing was priced over $100.

H&S: Can you tell us about some of your favorite items?

KR: Yes, it’s so hard to pick just one item! We made sure to pay attention to the details. We have breeches made from opaque performance fabric, with silicone grips patterned from our co-branded logo, ventilated calves, and an accessible cell phone pocket. We have performance tops with ventilation and moisture-wicking features that provide UPF 50 protection in quick-dry fabrics. We also offer accessories and uni-sex ringer logo tees to wear at the barn and out and about.

RK: That’s like asking someone who is their favorite child!

H&S: One last question, what is your hope

We wanted the items to be unique yet have all the hallmarks of technical wear. For example, for our show shirt, we made sure that it was SPF 50 to keep you protected when you were walking around the show grounds, yet we did not sacrifice style.

RK: That we did a good job representing the USHJA. I also hope that people will love the collection.

We ensured that we included details like a white bib and cuffs that work seamlessly under a show coat with a touch of interest from feminine pearlized snap buttons that match the silver logo on the sleeve.

for this collection?

KR: That when people wear the collection, they will feel happy, confident, and comfortable. To learn more about this collaboration and the products available, go to shopUSHJA.org/FRE. Twelve percent of all sales from this collection will benefit USHJA programs.

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Stirrups

Elegant southern steakhouse in Ocala, Florida

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While I did take two of my horses, (and my dogs, of course), and planned on riding as much as possible, my main reason for heading south for three months was simply to enjoy the warm weather – and that I did. The sun shone, the temperatures soared into the

Although I had planned on beautiful weather, what I hadn’t planned on was falling head over heels in love with the World Equestrian Center (WEC). I could write a book about my time at WEC, as it is, without a doubt, an equestrian’s paradise. But this is the Dining Out column, so I will instead focus on one of my favorite parts of WEC: their upscale steakhouse called Stirrups.

his winter, I did something I’ve been wanting to do for years – I ditched my cold, snowy home state of Maryland in favor of Ocala’s horse country – and it did not disappoint. I quickly learned that Florida is called the Sunshine State for a reason!

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DINNER WITH A VIEW Centrally located in their five-star Equestrian Hotel, Stirrups offers fine dining for guests wanting a view as fantastic as their food. Prime steaks and chops, sustainable Florida seafood, and seasonal specialties are served in a refined dining room and terrace overlooking the Grand Outdoor Arena. As you walk into the well-appointed space, you will be greeted by a wall of windows on the far side showcasing the outdoor arena where high level competitions, like


the Grand Prix, are held. Given the busy show schedule, you may find yourself seated front and center watching talented horses and riders compete while feasting on a variety of delectable dishes. If you can tear your eyes away from the Grand Arena and the entertainment happening outside, you will find the interior design and décor just as appealing.The high, coffered ceilings provide ample room for numerous oil paintings, all pet portraits, stacked one on top of the other, leaving no unused wall space. Most of the paintings are classic in nature, but there are a few cheeky portraits depicting dogs wearing dresses or tuxedos! The walls are warm white in color, creating a relaxing atmosphere for an evening meal with friends. A dark mahogany wall accents dining tables of the same color, which are flanked with neutral beige, cushioned chairs. The décor is chic and modern but with that classic, timeless style the English equestrian look is known for. And while the portraits are large and eye-catching, the overall room’s design is minimalistic so as not to take away from the beautiful scene out of doors. THE PL ACE TO BE Since I was in town for three months, I was fortunate enough to dine at Stirrups three times – twice for dinner and once for breakfast. They boast extensive breakfast, brunch, and dinner menus featuring a little something for everyone, including those, like myself, with food allergies. Our first dinner was a late-night affair, beginning at 9:00 pm as that was the earliest my husband and I could get reservations. My sister and her husband were in town visiting and staying at The Equestrian, so we were all eager to try Stirrups and chose a table inside. Even at the late hour, the restaurant was packed, and with a large, boisterous party at the table next to us, it was clear that Stirrups was the place to be. But even though every table was taken, the atmosphere felt cozy and intimate. Appetizers were ordered all around, (pimento cheese with sliced cucumbers for me), and we settled into our comfy chairs for a night of catching up and easy conversation. The appetizers were large enough to share with the table, and each one was delicious. My sister particularly enjoyed her butternut squash ravioli with sage cream, pine nuts, and pomegranate. For my entrée, I chose the Ora King Salmon, which was juicy and tender. It


came with green beans, but I selected the twice baked potato as an additional side. All of the a la carte sides are tremendous in size, so keep that in mind when ordering! We also ordered the truffle herb fries and macaroni and cheese; all were placed in the center of the table for everyone to try. Unfortunately, we were too full to partake in dessert, but had we not been, (and had it been gluten free), I would have chosen the Hummingbird, which was a cinnamon and banana cake with cream cheese, bourbon pineapple, and candied pecans. B R E A K FA S T ON THE T E R R AC E We decided to make the most out of my sister and brother-in-law’s trip to Ocala by joining them for breakfast a few days later. This time we sat outside on the covered terrace to watch the 1.35m show jumpers try their hand at a challenging course. At 9:00 am, the air was already warm and comfortable, and within minutes the table was laden with coffee, tea, grapefruit juice, and a seasonal fruit platter. With a long, busy day of sightseeing ahead with our out-of-town guests, we decided to order a hearty breakfast to get us off to a good start. After devouring the fruit platter,

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the Eggs Benedict (two poached eggs, hollandaise, country ham, biscuits, asparagus, tomato, avocado); Huevos Rancheros (two eggs, fried tortilla, spicy ranchero sauce, black beans, guacamole, Cotija); Biscuits & Gravy (two eggs, country sausage gravy, buttermilk biscuits); and a Three Egg Omelet (smoked bacon, Gruyère, and mushrooms, peppers, onions) hit the spot! OUR LAST SUPPER With only a few days left of our threemonth stay, we decided one last dinner at Stirrups was in order. I knew I couldn’t make the long trek back up north to Maryland without one last twice baked potato! For this meal, my trainer and his wife joined us, and he started the dinner off with a Smoked Old Fashioned, (Four Roses small batch bourbon, fresh orange, maple, and black walnut bitters). It arrived in a smoking cloche, so when the server removed the glass dome, smoke curled around the cocktail, releasing an alluring aroma. The ice cube inside was imprinted with the WEC horse head logo – presentation is everything, and Stirrups gets it right! I would love to tell you that I tried something different for dinner, but alas my friends, I am a creature of habit. I began

my meal with the same pimento cheese, and it was just as lovely as before with its creamy texture and spicy kick. Crab cakes and deviled eggs arrived at the same time, and both were delicious. (As Marylanders, we are always skeptical of crab cakes out of state, but I’m happy to report these were excellent, even by our high standards)! As expected, the salmon was delightful, as was my favorite item on the menu, the twice baked potato. We added some country grits with cheddar cheese into the mix of shareable sides this time, and they did not disappoint. ELEGANT SOUTHERN STEAKHOUSE I would be remiss if I closed out this column without mentioning the superior service we received at each visit. Our servers were extremely friendly and attentive, and our dinner service included the addition of one or two assistant servers. Each was very knowledgeable about food allergies and made me look forward to returning! Stirrups Restaurant is where refined comfort food meets elevated service. Learn more about Ocala’s premier, elegant southern steakhouse at stirrupsocala. com or on Instagram @stirrups.restaurant.


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Sun Shirt: Riviera Equisports


feature by Whitney Sharp photos by Alan Chan

riding into spring in style WITH

AS M A R EQ U ES TRIA N

Karl Lagerfeld once said, “Energy should always be new. There is no old energy.” For Asmar Equestrian, it’s the transformative energy of the spring season that’s inspired their newest collection.

“Flowers begin to bloom, the air smells different, there are foals in the fields. Spring gives us so much hope and there are so many special moments that the season brings,” says Asmar Equestrian president and CEO, Noel Asmar. “This collection is dedicated to that.” The process of creating a new collection starts well before it’s available for purchase – 12 to 18 months before, as a matter of fact. For Asmar, it all begins with a vision and a drive to identify the moments being shared through their designs. “The first time a rider wears a tailcoat, the moment you succeed in jumping higher and higher, the quiet moments when you braid your horse’s mane – that’s why we do what we do,” says Asmar. From there, the team starts building a color palette, sourcing fabrics, drawing the

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collection, and sampling, with an emphasis on how the garments fit. “Good enough is never good enough for us. We’re a female-owned brand and the majority of our staff are women. We know how important it is that everything fits just right. We spend a lot of time tweaking our designs, making those adjustments, and adding design details that empower anyone who wears our pieces. We’re always taking in feedback. Our clients and customers are growing as athletes, as competitors, as passionate equestrians. And we’re growing as a brand to support them from show to stable to every moment they share and connect with their horses.” With pieces named after delicate, elegant flora, and a color palette full of soft, chic feminine pinks, indigos, and greens, the Spring/Summer ’22 Collection from Asmar Equestrian fully embodies what it means to



“Asmar Equestrian fully embodies what it means to bloom and continue to grow as equestrians at all levels, in all disciplines.” bloom and continue to grow as equestrians at all levels, in all disciplines. “My daughter had her first season of showing hunter classes in 2021, and finding her show apparel pieces that kept her cool enough as the temperature climbed was not easy,” notes Asmar, “but it certainly inspired a wider selection of youth pieces in our new collection to better support the next generation of riders on their journey.” The Spring/Summer ’22 Collection includes youth clinic tops, sweaters, and breeches, with many pieces available in adult sizes as well, creating the opportunity for matching mommy-and-me ensembles. Beyond apparel, Asmar Equestrian also includes Asmar at Home – a growing line of equestrian-inspired home goods – including candles, candle accessories, and napkin rings – as well as timeless hand-crafted Italian leather accessories like belts and bags; must-haves to carry your essentials and stay hands-free. “Not only is this collection full of new styles, but it’s also full of new products, like our breeches. We’re building the absolutely essential equestrian spring wardrobe and we’re doing it with pieces that are going to make you feel incredible and last beyond one season. It’s elevated. It’s fashion. It’s athletics. It’s everything equestrian and it all truly comes from the heart.” Shop the complete Spring/Summer ’22 collection and latest styles Made For the Way you Move™, available exclusively online at asmarequestrian.com.

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The making of Prestige saddles; photo courtesy of Prestige Italia


The Quality and Prestige of Italian Craftsmanship

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ourteen billion espressos are consumed in Italy each year. It’s no surprise that the highly caffeinated and highly productive Italian people have produced some of the most iconic brands. Italy is also home to many of our most useful inventions, such as the first battery, corrective reading glasses (whose first users were 13th century monks) and the world’s first bank which opened in Genoa in 1149. Innovation and fine craftsmanship are part of the country’s DNA and it’s seen today, all these centuries later, in the high functioning and beautiful equestrian products that continue to dominate the market. Cavalleria Toscana, Kask, Parlanti and Prestige Italia have found a

great footing (horse pun intended) with equestrians all over the world. The most historic brand, Prestige Italia, was founded in 1974. Prestige was the first workshop to open in the now-famous saddlery district near Vicenza. Currently headquartered in Trissino with a U.S. location in Wellington, Florida, this saddle maker is known for Made-in-Italy quality and excellence. Prestige offers a large variety of saddle designs, each with a high functioning core and handcrafted soul. Their materials combine modern technology with a focus on three components: tree, leather, and panels. Prestige Italia was the first company to create a tree with synthetic materials that offers more stability, lightens the saddle for closer contact, and provides the flexibility to adapt the tree opening to each horse’s shape

for a perfect fit. Their designers have also studied the needs of female riders to create a unisex tree that takes into consideration the anatomical differences between men and women. Prestige Italia takes great pride in creating the most comfortable and stable ride bespoke to every gender and size. Prestige Italia is the saddle of choice for two top show jumpers in the Longines rankings: Peder Fredricson and Martin Fuchs. Both riders are outfitted with Renaissance Saddles. Prestige and Renaissance have also been the favorite brands of showjumping legends such as Michel Robert, Ludger and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, and Mark McAuley. “I was trying a horse who had a Renaissance saddle, and I felt my position got so much better. I asked to try one for a couple of weeks on my own horses and I really liked it. Since then there have

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been only Renaissance saddles in our stable. The horses move very well and their back muscles are good. The saddle weighs less than a primal jumping saddle and that’s really important for me,” says Peder Fredricson. “The saddle has to be well balanced on the back of my horse to guarantee the best freedom of movement; that’s what matters to me. I have been working in partnership with Prestige Italia for years and I am very lucky to have found a company that puts the well-being of the horse first,” adds Ludger Beerbaum, winner of the gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. The Prestige Italia house offers a variety of saddles which spans multiple English disciplines including jumping, dressage, cross country, endurance, leisure, junior, Icelandic, as well as equine-assisted therapy and law enforcement. Prestige Italia also sells an array of accessories meant to enhance your riding experience. They have created a full line of leather tack including bridles, reins, breastplates, martingales, girths and saddle packs for endurance riding. With over 70 products available on their website, the brand offers a vast amount of gorgeous Italian leather products to choose from. If you are looking to purchase or try a saddle, please contact Prestige Italia usa@ prestigeitaly.com to be connected with your local Prestige saddle fitter. WORKS OF ART There is something extraordinary about Italian leather products, from their smell to the fine details that emerge from the handmade craftsmanship passed down for centuries. Italian leather products are truly works of art. It’s no surprise, then, that the country with a deep equestrian tradition is responsible for creating some of the most elite leather products in the equine industry; products that include saddles, tack, boots, safety gear and of course, apparel. My favorite boot brand, without question, is Italy’s own Parlanti Boots. It’s easy to say that Parlanti boots have been a favorite amongst all levels of equestrians for over three decades. Founded in Rome in 1987, these high fashion and high function boots have quickly become the leading boot brand preferred by riders. They offer a custom-made riding boot curated with All photos on this page: the making of Prestige saddles; photos courtesy of Prestige Italia


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meticulous artistry and the highest level of Italian leather craftsmanship. Parlanti presents a variety of styles in both tall boots and paddock boots that are sure to become your go-to boots in the saddle. One of my favorite features of the new Pro Boot is the back zipper which has a new lock snap at the top to ensure the boots don’t come unzipped while riding; just another example of great Italian innovation. The Parlanti Dallas Pro™ Riding Boot is another technologically superior boot. Buffalo leather has been added to the interior of the boot to increase both comfort and durability. The sole of the boot has also been improved by adding an advanced mixture of rubber and modified latex to ensure the perfect amount of flexibility. Finally, the Parlanti Dallas Pro™ comes with the latest shockabsorbing technology built into the heel to help stabilize your ride and provide more overall cushion. S I M P LY S U P E R B In addition to Italy’s centuries long tradition of leather making and design,

we must acknowledge a few more of the country’s inventions and innovations that have benefitted the equestrian world. Italian companies like Kask are still breaking the mold, with helmets that are redefining safety. Kask helmets have been on the market since 2004 and offer a variety of head protection in multiple sports, including cycling, skiing, mountaineering and horseback riding. They were the first company to introduce the FIT System, which allows each helmet to instantly fit to every rider’s specific head size, while also gently cradling the back of the head for extra support. Kask has been my go-to helmet for the past few years and I have them to thank for my being able to walk away from a few gnarly tumbles. I also enjoy the multitude of customizations that they offer, from fancy Swarovski® crystals, to a more subtle yet beautiful matte helmet that is perfect for the hunter ring. I love brand collaborations, especially when it’s between two of my favorite companies: Kask and Cavalleria Toscana. The iconic CT symbol is placed meticulously on the

top of the Kask helmet and surrounded by a matte finish. Launched in 2008, Cavalleria Toscana is the definition of elegance in the equestrian world. The iconic CT logo that is so well positioned on the right leg of breeches is sure to be noticed from across the ring. And, even without the logo detail, the combination of style and functionality sets the brand apart from its competitors. Their flawlessly designed breeches, show shirts, jackets and horse accessories are here to impress. I remember seeing the CT show jacket from across the ring at The Desert Horse Park and thinking I had to get my own. Their use of technical fabric offers a fourway stretch, following your movement while riding. The sleek design and seam lines on the back flatter your figure, creating a beautiful contour. Cavalleria Toscana products are simply superb. The equestrian industry is lucky to have such an incredible collection of Italian brands, each of which is creating innovative products for modern equestrians.

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GREEN

lifestyle

by Erin Gouveia

HERNE wool to wardrobe

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chance read of a 1920s Wilderness Hunting and Wildcraft book while on holiday prompted Ed Magor to create a natural and sustainable clothing line. He named his company, Herne, after the mythological antlered wild huntsman and keeper of the forest. Herne’s vision is to make the finest single source wool products that combine performance and style, a sense of purpose and a deep connection to the land. Herne clothing is now an expertly crafted international brand with pieces that stand the test of time. Horse & Style: Tell us a little about yourself. Ed Magor: Since graduating from the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester (RAC) with a degree in Organic Agriculture I have managed our family’s mixed farm in Wiltshire, England. Through my studies at the RAC, I developed a keen interest in organic, holistic management of land. However, traditional livestock and arable options on the largely north facing, clay soils of our land did not lend themselves to profitable, subsidy free farming. It was the chance read of a 1920s book referring to woolen

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over shirts as ideal wilderness apparel that sparked an interest in wool and the idea for Herne. H&S: Why did you want to create a company like Herne? EM: As an avid countryman, I have always been concerned that the majority of outdoor clothes from the last decades have been made using man made fabrics derived from carbon fossil fuels. Whilst staying with friends in the western US, I discovered and read the aforementioned 1920s book, entitled Wilderness Hunting and Wildcraft. The book described woolen “Stag Shirts” as the most fundamental piece of outdoor clothing, which prompted me to think on how we could make such a garment in Britain and make truly sustainable outdoor clothing. Research established that Merino would be the best wool to use, but they are somewhat rare in Britain, where the sheep industry has been focused on meat rather than fine wool production. However, after searching the length and breadth of the country, I secured a founding

nucleus in 2017 which I have since bred into a healthy flock on our Wiltshire farm. I was very keen to ensure that the wool was processed in Britain, and found an old family-owned mill in Yorkshire. We worked together to create two fabric weights suitable for the outdoors; balancing functionality with performance and comfort. The woven fabric is then cut and sewn into our own designs in North London. I named the business ‘Herne’ with the idea that woolen – rather than synthetic clothing – would allow the wearer to live wild, in tune with Nature like the mythological wild huntsman of Windsor Great Park. H&S: How does your farm and land inspire your work? EM: A farm is always inspiring: the flow of the seasons, hives of activities, livestock, crops and, importantly, nature. Nature has been our inspiration from the start. Nature doesn’t wear plastic, and yet survives in the very harshest environments in the world. The original pioneers, whether it was in the American West, the Himalayas or Arctic Circle, all explored in natural fibers, and wool is the best of them.


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H&S: What breed of sheep do you raise for your wool and what makes it special to your product? EM: Our wool comes from our own Merino sheep. Having our own flock means we carefully manage every part of the production process from raw fiber to finished garment. A complete approach. We can show you the sheep that grow the wool that makes our apparel, the fields they graze and the lambs they rear. It doesn’t get more transparent and traceable than that. It’s this ability to see what’s happening on a daily basis on the farm through social media that has been really engaging for our customers. Other companies may claim sustainable sources for their products, but we are the farmers caring for our flock every day. That counts. It differentiates us from others. H&S: What is special about the wool that you use?

Photo © Sarah Farnsworth Photo © Sam Scales

EM: Wool is nature’s performance fiber. Wool has fantastic thermoregulatory ability (keeping you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s warm), odor resistance, easy care and, in the case of Merino wool, next to skin softness. H&S: How much wool does it take to make one shirt? EM: We work on a rough equation of one shirt/jacket per sheep per shearing, so we are limited by the number of sheep we have. However, our flock is growing, and as a specialist business, our focus is high quality rather than high output. H&S: How do you keep your product manufacturing environmentally friendly? EM: From ‘Wool to Wardrobe,’ Herne’s apparel is designed, grown and made in Britain. Our wool is grown in the rolling countryside of Wiltshire, close to the Savernake forest. Once shorn, our wool travels north to one of the oldest family mills in Yorkshire, a region famed for its wool and fabric production. There it is scoured, spun and woven into our specialized outdoor fabrics. Meanwhile, our sustainable corozo buttons are produced in Gloucestershire and our bespoke woolen trims are made in

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“ From ‘WooltoWardrobe,’ Herne’sapparelisdesigned, grown and made in Britain. Our wool is grown in the rolling countryside of Wiltshire, close to theSavernakeforest.”

Photo © Sarah Farnsworth

Somerset. The finished fabrics are collated and made into products in North London. By keeping the entire production process in the UK, we have a smaller carbon footprint, support other family businesses and have a very unique position of being ‘Designed, Grown and Made In Britain;’ a position that we are very proud of.

together to make a Herne garment are also British family businesses. So indirectly we help to employ hundreds of artisans across the country. H&S: What is your most popular product and why is it so popular?

EM: Herne is a small family business, with just my sister, parents, wife and me working directly in the business.

EM: Our Bison Jacket is a comfortably fitted four-pocket woolen jacket. Made using our warmest and most durable fabric, the Bison is naturally insulating, breathable and resilient. Perfect for days in the field, on the farm, or keeping warm whilst enjoying an outdoor pint at the pub.

All of the other spinners, weavers, manufacturers and suppliers that come

The Bison has proved popular through its easy wearing style and comfortable

H&S: Who makes up the Herne team?

performance. Its design was inspired by the clothes of original pioneers; spirited adventurers who sought rugged simplicity. We combined that sensibility with an infusion of modern style and tailoring under the guidance of Savile Row tailors. Yet, as with all our apparel, the Bison’s popularity has been not just from its design, but also the fabrics we’ve created and used. From the very start, our aim was to make a natural woolen fabric that offered superior thermoregulatory ability and next to skin comfort, a fabric that would not only compete with synthetic fabrics but be superior to them. People are continuously surprised at how soft yet durable and warm our fabrics are. They are a real selling point.

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H&S: Who is your customer? EM: We aim to engage with a young customer, a green, discerning customer who cares not only about what they’re putting in their body, but also what they’re putting on it. The transparency and traceability of the wool from our own flock really engages with this customer group. They can follow on a daily basis what’s happening to the flock and on the farm. H&S: How is wool a benefit to agriculture? EM: The UK sheep industry has been focused on meat production for decades, with wool often seen as a waste product and, in many cases, a cost to the farmer. We want to turn our wool into a high value additional business, engaging directly with customers throughout the world. H&S: What do you envision for the future of Herne? EM: We aim to continue developing our ‘Wool to Wardrobe’ business, educating customers that wool is the ultimate, sustainable performance fibre for outdoor use, and hopefully moving customers away from fast fashion. Our clothes are made to last as long as possible. Not just because our customers demand durable garments, but because it should be possible to use them year after year. In this way, we can reduce consumption and, in the long run, our environmental impact from a resource perspective too. Wool offers a sustainable answer, and it would be great to see the wool trade once more being the backbone of British agriculture that it once was. Fast fashion and cheap throwaway products are such a false economy, and synthetic fabrics have a huge impact on the environment, both through their production and also, importantly, through the micro-fibers they release throughout their life. H&S: What is one thing our readers can do to be more environmentally conscious in regards to their wardrobe? EM: We’d love to see a popular movement away from synthetic fabrics to natural alternatives. To learn more about Herne and to shop their collection, visit herneclothing.com. Photo © Ford Yates


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STYLE

profiles

by Sarah Appel & Terri Roberson

Trendy Trainer Mountain Sky Wool Felt Hat, Stetson, $120 Esmerelda Leather Bag, Plinio Visonà,626 $ Pagosa Springs Yellowstone Hooded Cloak, Lindsey Thornburg,$1,395 Skyla Mid-Rise Jean, Citizens Of Humanity, $200 Tonya 70 Leather Knee Boots, Jimmy Choo, $1,198

YELLOWSTONE — dress like a Dutton ­— The Big Sky is calling. If watching Yellowstone has you yearning for fresh air and cowboys then these looks are tailor-made for you. Channel your inner Beth, wrap yourself up in a Lindsey Thornburg jacket and remember, fringe is a more-than-acceptable embellishment.You can appreciate the Yellowstone brand, but try to avoid getting branded.

Ambient Amateur Virginie Straw Fedora, Maison Michel,920 $ Zenyatta D-Bit Pendant, AtelierCG, $120 Duerto Suede Boot, Isabel Marant,$790 Blossom Shirt-Dress, Rönner Design,$289 Oskaf Fringed LeatherTrimmed Shoulder Bag, Isabel Marant,$1,290

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Jovial Junior Western Small Messenger Bag, Dooney & Bourke, $268 Feeling Lucky Bracelet, Le Fasho, $98 LeatherFringeBenefits Cowboy Boots, Dingo, $160 Tai Suede Leather Jacket, Retrofête, $950 Briony Floral-Print Denim Midi Skirt, Ulla Johnson, $425

Pony Mom Galloping Knee High Fringe Boot, Jeffrey Campbell, $315 High-Rise Skinny Jean, Saint Laurent,790 $ Leather Trim Tassel Alpaca Poncho, Stick & Ball,$495 Wren Glass Cuff, Etkie, $578 Neeson WovenLeather Bag, Anya Hindmarch,1,495 $

Gorgeous Gent George Strait SantaClara6x, Resistol, $200 Cheyenne War Shield Beaded Belt, Tom Taylor,$650 Antique Cowhide Rancher Jacket, Schott, $990 Fit 2 Slim-Fit Jeans, Rag & Bone, $250 Sunset Roper, Lucchese,$495

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by Lindsay Brock

our sport has a problem

It’s prolific sexual misconduct, and a non-profit called #WeRideTogether has set out to help solve it.

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a 2021 piece chronicling the Mali basketball scandal of the same year, the New York Times asserted that “sports organizations are failing to curb the mistreatment of women.” Substitute the word basketball in this scenario with gymnastics, football, diving, or even horse sport, and the statement sadly still rings woefully true. Only, it’s not just women; it’s not the resurfacing of situations that were seemingly accepted during a different era; it’s not an occasional series of unfortunate events. Sexual misconduct in horse sport is everywhere, and it’s happening a lot.

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Following the establishment of The United States Center for SafeSport in 2017, sexual misconduct and rampant abuse within many equestrian disciplines made headlines from coast to coast. The initial reports and subsequent survivor stories that followed cast a dark shadow on horse sport. Reports of sexual misconduct poured in, providing undeniable proof that the industry is failing its youth. When then 17-year-old Maggie Kehring came forward to tell her story – one where former Olympian and FEI World Cup™ champion Rich Fellers groomed

and sexually assaulted her – the industry could no longer hide from the severity and reality of the current problem. For Maggie’s mother, Carrie Kehring, it was a problem that could have easily been the catalyst to her losing her daughter altogether. And she almost did. The apparent existence of widespread misconduct in horse sport was compounded by headlines that gripped the entire world and revealed former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s crippling pattern of abuse against the gymnasts under his care. One of his victims,


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gymnastic phenom Aly Raisman, told a courtroom, and the millions who listened, that “over 100 victims could have been spared the abuse. All we needed was one adult to do the right thing.” Carrie Kehring is that one adult for the equestrian world. “This is a dark, scary issue that nobody wants to discuss and absolutely nobody wants associated with their sport,” said Carrie Kehring. “But it’s one that touched my family, and one that almost caused my daughter to take her own life. Not talking about it isn’t making it go away. So, let’s talk about it because we really need to fix it.”

Not “ Alone” #WeRideTogether video series

As Maggie Kehring began to heal from the inevitable trauma that eventually resulted in the 2021 arrest of Fellers on four counts of second-degree sexual abuse, Carrie Kehring knew their journey was far from over. In fact, it may have only just begun. As countless mothers, daughters, fathers, and sons shared stories of their own experiences of sexual assault within the equestrian industry and beyond, an inspired idea was born. She called it #WeRideTogether. “Let me clarify one important misconception about #WeRideTogether. It has nothing to do with SafeSport, prosecution, or the perceived witch hunt for perpetrators. It’s a movement meant to demand a cultural shift, accountability, and ultimately an end to the levels of sexual abuse that we see in our sport,” said Carrie Kehring. “We want to prevent trainers and coaches from becoming fallen heroes, we want to give survivors a safe platform to share their voices, and we want to diminish the stigma and fear that seem to be so crippling for those who want to come forward.” WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the largest antisexual violence organization in America, a child in the U.S. is sexually abused every nine minutes. That’s one in 10 children suffering abuse before they turn 18. When specifically examining sexual abuse in sports, a 2020 Athlete Culture & Climate Survey conducted by the U.S. Center for SafeSport found that 50% of athletes have experienced mild

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harassment to severe abuse. Considering the 60 million children and teens who participate in organized sports in the U.S. alone, sexual misconduct is an epidemic that cannot be ignored. According to child protection advocate Les Nichols, abuse is more prevalent in sports where participants are predominantly female and working one-on-one with a trainer. This dynamic is commonplace in horse sport, exponentially increasing the risk for an equestrian athlete, compared to those participating in team sports. Inappropriate, damaging, and even abusive relationships between athletes and their trainers have long been a dirty little secret of the equestrian industry. A secret that has been mostly ignored until recently, and one that creates the perfect scenario for grooming. Most sexual assault cases involve seduction and deception, not forcible rape. It’s a ‘grooming, not grabbing’ situation that can go on for days, months, and even years. Athletes can be coerced into compliance because they trust their abusers, which in turn makes the act of abuse seem consensual. According to Nichols, the grooming process involves slowly cultivating an athlete’s trust, then systematically breaking down the interpersonal barriers between them. The athlete is often unaware that the relationship gradually becomes unhealthier until it is too late. It happens all too often, and it happened to Maggie Kehring. “I was 16, had never been in a relationship, and I was a virgin,” she said. “He was 59. He made me this rider, made me grow to really love myself. I had a lot of trust in him and wanted him to be proud of me.” Promises of success from someone proven to be at the top of their sport create an imbalance of power ripe for producing misconduct that exists under the radar of family, friends, and the average bystander. But it’s not an accident. “It’s easy for a skilled predator to seduce a child into cooperating with them,” explains Nichols, who states that the average abuser will have 100 or more victims before they are caught. “That cooperation does not make the person complicit.” Maggie Kehring; photo © Lindsay Brock


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Kendall Bourgeois; photo © ESI Photography

StillfromMaggieKehring’s #WeRideTogether PSA video

WHAT’S STANDING IN A SURVIVOR’S WAY? Criticism and threats have been leveled at those stepping up to tell their stories in recent years, a destructive pattern that in turn challenges a survivor’s motives for recounting the abuse. Just read the vitriolic comments and opinions shared on social media. And those public comments only offer a snapshot of what a victim must be prepared to endure. According to Nichols, hesitation in coming forward is a phenomenon based in fact and psychology, and such hesitation is a common response to trauma. “If we go by national patterns, only about 25% of abuse is disclosed to authorities, about half of those result in charging the alleged abuser,

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and only about 3% are convicted,” he said. The ultimate goal of #WeRideTogether is to remove the survivor stigma, help people feel heard and understood, and significantly reduce if not eliminate sexual misconduct in all sports through educational tools, resources, and a safe platform for survivors to share their stories. It’s a lofty aspiration that Carrie Kehring feels the organization is primed to accomplish. T H E WAY F O R WA R D During the summer of 2021, #WeRideTogether released a series of PSA videos that opened an industry’s eyes to how deep sexual misconduct runs in horse sport. Show jumping rider Kendall Bourgeois joined Maggie Kehring in being the first show jumping

StillfromKendallBourgeois’ #WeRideTogether PSA video

athletes to share their stories publicly at WeRideTogether.today. Bourgeois’ message to survivors and the sport is that the time for silence has long expired. “If [something that happens to you] makes you feel uncomfortable, typically that was its intention,” said Bourgeois, whose PSA is available on WeRideTogether.today. “The only way this industry is going to change is if we stand up and change it and take the steps necessary to make that happen.” The all-consuming question for Carrie Kehring is, “how does that change happen?” Her answer was to give voice to those who have been silenced. She’s proving that those stories have power, and that power can affect desperately needed change.


The only way this industry is going to change is if we stand up and change it and take the steps necessary to make that happen. – Kendall Bourgeois


I was a little kid. He was God. Anne Kursinski; photo © Lindsay Brock


The past doesn’t have to be our future.

Anne Kursinski & Maggie Kehring; photo © Lindsay Brock

“The past doesn’t have to be our future,” she says. “Survivors are increasingly stepping forward to tell their stories bravely. They’ve turned the lights on in this dark tunnel, and they’re illuminating the way to a safer future. It’s time to put an end to the culture of silence. And it has to happen now.” #WeRideTogether has developed a mission to attack sexual misconduct in sport at the source, providing a platform where survivors will be heard, and the bad eggs will be exposed. However, they aren’t stopping at the end of the barn aisle. After partnering with sexual abuse advocacy group The Army of Survivors, #WeRideTogether expanded its reach to other sports through a PSA entitled “Not Alone,” which featured elite athletes from football, diving, gymnastics and equestrian.

As part of that PSA, two-time Olympic silver medalist Anne Kursinski recounts the suffering she endured in the form of sexual abuse from now-deceased Flintridge Riding Club instructor Jimmy A. Williams. Williams’ victims have revealed that he molested multiple girls and young women at the riding club between the mid-1950s and early 1990s. “I was a little kid. And he was God,” she told the L.A. Times after being one of the first equestrian athletes to publicly speak about her abuse in 2018. Kursinski’s example has paved the way for athletes to share their own stories in an effort to heal. “Being a survivor [means having] that strength that comes from the inside,” Kursinski says. “I got lemons, and I made lemonade.”

While organizations like SafeSport helped the Kehring family survive a nightmare, she maintains that when we do a great job with awareness, resources and prevention around sexual misconduct, organizations like SafeSport can focus more on education and less on prosecution. Together with the #WeRidetogeher community, Carrie Kehring and thousands of athletes, parents, and sports organizations are standing up to loudly say, “Enough is enough. We hear you. We stand with you.” #WeRideTogether. To learn more about #WeRideTogether, hear or share survivor stories, find resources to report abuse and get help, and explore information for athletes, coaches, and families, visit WeRideTogether.today. To learn more about getting involved, or how to support #WeRideTogether, visit WeRideTogether. today/donate.

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10 th

anniversary

cheers to 10 years! C O N T R I B U TO R S S H A R E FAVO R I T E HORSE & ST YLE ARTICLES AND MEMORIES A S W E C E L E B R AT E O U R T E N T H A N N I V E R S A R Y. W H O ’ S R E A D Y T O TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY L ANE?

SUMMER 2019 ISSUE

SARAH APPEL, PUBLISHER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:

“2019 Saut Hermès: Where Life Was But a Dream” W R I T T E N B Y : Emily Pollard P H O T O B Y : Sarah Appel

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en years in, there are simply too many wonderful articles to even begin to try pick just one. But if I must choose, I have to say Paris and the Saut Hermès always top the list of my favorite Horse & Style content. I have been fortunate to travel to many different horse shows all over the world, but there is nothing quite like walking into the Grand Palais, just off the Champs-Élysées in the heart of Paris, and seeing the best riders in the world.



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DANIELLE DEMERS, ART DIRECTOR & MANAGING EDITOR:

“Horse Show Bucket List: Olympia, The London International Horse Show” W R I T T E N B Y : Danielle Demers P H O T O B Y : Christopher Demers

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electing a single favorite from 100s of vibrant articles, spanning so many varied facets of equestrian life and culture was, for me, an impossible task. Instead, as we celebrate Horse & Style’s first decade in print, I have chosen an article that showcases an experience I will remember for decades to come. I have had the honor of acting as H&S’s Art Director since 2015; the same year my husband and I sold nearly all of our belongings and moved across the pond to London. A few short months after settling into London life, I applied for media credentials to the iconic London International Horse show at Olympia – an event I had dreamed of attending for years. Our press lanyards arrived in the post, and just days before our flight back to Maine for the holidays, my husband and I started our first Christmas season in London, at the Olympia Horse Show. As the article title suggests, Olympia is a bucket listworthy event. The show, held primarily in the evenings, has a wonderful, glittery and festive atmosphere and provides the perfect balance of world-class competition (show jumping, dressage and driving), entertainment and shopping. Thank you, Sarah Appel, for the opportunity to cover this and several other memorable European events. It made our time in London all the more magical. Congratulations on 10 years of H&S! Household Cavalry Regiment


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y favorite article has to be “Horse & Style Takes Palm Springs” in the Summer 2018 issue. That was an issue that we had great content for, but no specific cover article, which was unusual for H&S. It was also exciting, and a little nerve-wracking as editor, because it meant Sarah and I had total creative control and responsibility for the cover story. For that issue, we had sent Alli Addison on a press trip to Palm Springs, anticipating doing an Out & About photo spread or a small article on her experience. I will never forget the moment when she sent over the images of her trip along with the write-up that would make the article. Sarah and I were on the phone within minutes, both exclaiming to each other, “This IS the cover!“ I think I remember that we had both picked out the same cover shot, too. I loved the article because it was so Palm Springs, and just so Alli – cool, easy, and stylish. Taylor Rea’s photography was much the same, and perfectly captured Alli’s story, while showcasing the best things about Palm Springs. But I really loved the surprise and spontaneity of the article’s evolution, and the ability to get to follow the creative flow of the issue. Good times!

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rom an FEI World Cup™ Finals whirlwind in 2015 to a Palm Beach Getaway in 2017, over the span of a couple years I experienced an astounding amount of equestrian essence, all because of Horse & Style. Reminiscing brings back a host of favorite moments and memories of people I met, interviews I instigated, places I traveled and stories I was able to tell. I truly feel grateful to have had the opportunity. It was not without long hours, tight deadlines, rewrites and edits, and a bit of stress, but nonetheless each time I would see the finished product it was always rewarding. Sarah’s tremendous vision and style, Danielle’s fabulous design and

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direction, Pam’s attention to detail and Emily’s ability to wear many hats, along with articles, edits and meetings were at the core of those couple of years, as well as contributions from a list of excellent writers and photographers. I was honored to welcome in Ashley Neuhof, Jana Barbe, Laurie Berglie and talented young writers Alexis Meadows and Nina Vogel, to name a few, during my tenure with H&S. Picking a favorite piece was not possible! Here’s a handful of top calls, all earning a shout out for different reasons. In the first issue that I came on board I was lucky enough to cover the 2015 FEI World Cup™ Finals, and wrote the feature Formidable Chestnuts, about Rothchild, Flexible, Kiwi Iron Mark and Barron. In the fall of 2015 I wrote The Million Dollar Day about a particularly special story that happened at the 2015 HITS Million in Saugerties. And the story belonged to the runner-up, the horse and rider who placed second.

I loved helping to discover, interview and write H&S’s Most Intriguing Equestrians in 2015 and 2016. Plus getting to know a handful of top riders through 10 Things You Didn’t Know and Rider Spotlights. All amazing individuals that play(ed) a role in our sport, each with interesting stories. I’ll wrap up by shouting out to pieces developed by others during this time that although I may have edited, the gift was in their storytelling. Nina Vogel’s feature on The Evolution of a Partnership with Karl Cook and Eric Navet, Danielle Demer’s Formidable Father: Cornet Obolensky, Ashley Neuhof ’s talent with a camera and a ‘pen’ from Argentinian Polo to Manhattan Saddlery to Mecca in Horse Sport, and finally Laurie Berglie’s History of Style series where she covered the traditions of the clothing we wear in the show ring and beyond. Cheers and congratulations to H&S for a decade of publishing. I am honored to have been a part of that decade.


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“One Week in December: The Gucci Masters” W R I T T E N B Y : Erin Gilmore P H O T O B Y : Christophe Bricot

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ow, it’s amazing how much has changed in the 10 years since Horse & Style was first published! What a ride! I am lucky enough to have known Sarah since the inception of H&S and to have contributed in different ways over the years. I have to say, in looking back over all of the issues that have

been released, a couple of articles stand out to me. One, my first cover article, published in our Fall 2019 issue. It was so fun to see my work come to life! I have to say the most inspiring article, one that impacted my life, was the cover story about the Gucci Masters, released in Issue 3, Feb/Mar of 2012! The article highlights Ashley Herman’s involvement with the Gucci Masters, an amazing 5* FEI show in Paris that later became part of the Longines Masters, a series I worked for and helped move to New York in 2018. The article makes mention of the Masters event being held in New York in the future so it is a neat, full circle story. So much of my life changed when I decided I wanted to be involved in elite show jumping as a career, and the article was a great reminder of the past, and what may be out there in the future!

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“H&S Home: Silver Oaks Farm; Modern Farmhouse in Park City, Utah” W R I T T E N B Y : Alli Addison P H O T O B Y : Erin Kate Photo

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y favorite Horse & Style article was the editorial on Silver Oaks Farm. It was such a lovely surprise when contributor Alli Addison asked to feature our horse farm. She had requested some snowy photographs but we had no snow on the ground. Lucky for me, a snowstorm rolled in two days before the November deadline, so I grabbed my camera, ran outside, and captured some winter scenes with my horses Austin and Anton. Never had I imagined that our quiet mountain home would be published in such a beautiful publication!


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how small a world the show jumping community is, and how connected we all are by our love for horses.

HELEN ABRAMS, CONTRIBUTOR:

I distinctly remember reading this eye-opening article written by Sarah Appel about the Moroccan Royal Tour. I have a passion for traveling, and while living in Germany a few years ago, I was able to get a taste for many countries and cultures.While reading Sarah’s article, I was mesmerized by the travel experience combined with a 4* show jumping event. I was impressed with the dedication from the Moroccan Royal Family to create and host a 4* event but even more so, I was in awe of how much they are doing to help grow the sport by investing in major infrastructure and equine education programs to promote our industry. Articles like this keep me focused on my own personal equestrian dreams, knowing full well that I have the potential to inspire other young riders in their own journeys.

“Destination: Moroccan Royal Tour” W R I T T E N B Y : Sarah Appel P H O T O B Y : RB Presse

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ike a good pony child of the 1980s, I was brought up on the cartoons of Norman Thelwell. There were only so many horse books in publication back then, so Thelwell collections were the lion’s share of kid-oriented reads on tack shop bookshelves or on the book page of State Line Tack. A couple of years ago, I started teaching riding lessons and found out that Kids These Days don’t necessarily know their Angels on Horseback from their A Leg at Each Corner, and when I adoringly called a chubby twelvehander a real “Thelwell Pony” I got some blank stares from parents. That’s why I love this write-up on Thelwell history from Alli Addison. I had no idea Thelwell wasn’t a horseman until I read this piece, and what really stands out to me is that pony culture was so pervasive in his time, he could accurately skewer equestrian life in a real and lasting way without even living it. Thelwell’s cartoons show us the most ridiculous and beloved parts of our equestrian life, but their existence should remind us that our wacky world used to be fairly mainstream. I think we could make horses part of culture at large again, if we all just learned to laugh at ourselves a little more.


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en years already? Time really does fly when you’re having fun! I started writing for Horse & Style in 2015, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’ve written about equestrian artists, new businesses, beautifully decorated homes – but best of all, I’ve met so many wonderful people throughout this journey and I am so grateful for each and every connection. I am approaching my 100th column written for H&S, so choosing a favorite article is tough! There is one, however, that stands out, and that’s my Between the Lines of American Pharoah by Shelley Fraser Mickle. I enjoyed reviewing this book, of course, but I enjoyed the experience behind it even more. On June 6, 2018, I had a private meet and greet with the one and only American Pharoah. I’m such a fan of horseracing, so to be able to meet, in the flesh, a Triple Crown Winner was a moment I will cherish forever. He was such a gentleman and posed happily for my many photos, and the kind people at Ashford Stud even allowed me to give AP a few scratches on his withers. It was an experience I will never forget – it even made my Christmas card that year! Congrats to you, H&S, on 10 fantastic years! Looking forward to many more!

The more I learn about Brooke and Brooke USA, the deeper my respect for them grows. Their global reach, and the positive effects of their work are readily apparent. Where their network reaches, there is an immediate, as well as long-term, improvement in the lives of the equines (horses, donkeys and mules) and people that they touch.

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Their philosophy of training nationals to improve the lives of the animals that patiently toil for their owners daily, under horrific conditions, is a sustainable way of making the advances permanent and ongoing. They are a voice and an advocate for these ‘invisible workers.’ Support Brooke USA in its latest effort to pass The Ejiao Act, which amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and bans the sale or transport of ejiao made using donkey skin. Learn more and support the Act by visiting brookeusa.org/ejiao-act#/

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Erin Lane From life on the ranch to a meeting in town, Erin’s personal style is diverse and chic, just like she is.

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rin Lane was born in Georgia but moved with her family to Oregon when she was in elementary school. It wasn’t long until her parents added some horses into the mix, and Erin has been in the saddle ever since. Her equestrian resume is long for someone so young, and she adds to it every day. Currently, her days are filled with horses from sun up on her ranch until sun down at her training barn – just the way she likes it. Horse & Style: Describe your riding (apparel) style. Erin Lane: My style is rooted in function; I am constantly on the go and feel like I never stop moving. At any given time, I am covered in hay, horse meds, dirt, and spilled matcha. So, stain resistant, easy to clean, comfy, and functional make up the base of anything I wear. That being said, I love fashion. I grew up collecting issues of Vogue alongside Breyer horses. I am a big personality and a creative person, so I want to express myself through what I wear. Style-wise I’d categorize myself as equestrian athlete meets LA street style with a dash of western influence, (I live on a ranch and grew up in a rodeo town), meets modern businesswoman on the go.

Style that transitions easily from the barn to work meetings to working out to social life is big for me too. I want to switch up my shoes and jacket and be able to go from being on a horse to grabbing dinner, (with my horse friends, usually, so some dirt and beet pulp residue is fine). Another thing that’s hugely important to me is price point and sustainability. I’m not down for the “equestrian markup.” We already all stretch ourselves so thin financially to be part of this world, so I don’t think we need to be spending an arm and a leg for what we ride in. H&S: What is your favorite head-to-toe riding outfit? EL: I stick to brands that align with my mission to empower all equestrians and promote accessibility, inclusion, and expression. I love PS of Sweden,Yagya, Solid Citizen, Pomme, Aisling, and Kerrits for my everyday wear. My current go-to outfit is the PS of Sweden “Paris” breech, Solid Citizen “Cameron” top, Yagya Stable Jacket, PS of Sweden socks, my dirty, broken in Parlanti boots, and a Samshield Miss Shield helmet. My “uniform” is usually a stretchy high-waisted breech or a thicker riding legging. Typically, I’ll pair the breeches

or leggings with a top or base layer that’s stretchy and sweat resistant, top with a cute but functional mid layer or sweater and add a cool jacket. Always a hat of some sort, usually something slightly cowboy inspired, or a beanie in winter. I like neutrals. When I first met my husband a decade ago, he asked what my favorite color was, and I said, “beige,” like a total weirdo. But that still stands. I love cream, latte, tan…you name it, if it’s in the beige family, I dig it. H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? EL: I don’t have any good luck charms, but I do think my sage green Calverro jacket is lucky! I seem to always do well in that jacket. I love it in any color because it’s comfortable, washable, and affordable, but the green one seems to bring some good luck. H&S: What are some of your favorite equestrian brands? EL: Here is my ultimate go-to list: PS of Sweden for bridles and for sustainably made and fashion forward clothes.Yagya for clothing that feels catered to athletes and is creative and expressive. Solid Citizen for beautifully made clothing pieces that translate from

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riding to all areas of life. Pomme for possibly the grippiest riding leggings I have ever worn. Calverro for the most beautiful, affordable show jackets. Neue Shule has the very best bits. Winderen for half pads and stirrups – I will not ride in any other stirrups – they are life changing. EquiFit for leg protection for our equine friends. A lot of these brands are female owned/operated which is something I love to support. H&S: Tell us a little about your equestrian story. How old were you when you started riding? What are you doing now? EL: I started riding at age seven and have never stopped, but it’s been a winding journey. My mom grew up with horses and has always been horse crazy, but never rode in any sort of structured way. We moved from Atlanta, Georgia, to Oregon when I was in second grade, and the first thing we did was get horses – two very green Arabians and one $700 POA pony. I started taking jumping lessons twice a week on my pony, who threw me on the ground at least once per lesson. I loved him. It was the best way to be introduced to horses. Around the age of ten I realized I wanted to go all-in on jumping. We bought this

Appendix mare and started competing at local and A rated shows. I fell off SO MUCH. I can’t even properly express this. I learned how to ride stoppers very well. When I was fourteen, I became a full-time working student and continued to work for my trainer until I was 21. This built the foundation of who I am today, and I owe everything to this experience, from who I am as a horsewoman to who I am in business. At the same time, I was trying to figure out how to become an Olympiclevel rider on a working student’s budget. I worked off everything that I could. After I ended my long stint as a working student, I moved to California and stopped competing for a long time. I pursued a career in television, hoping that one day I’d be able to afford to chase my goals in the ring again. Eventually, however, I realized that there was a massive gap between what I was giving to my career and what I was truly passionate about – horses. I then took a big risk and quit that career I had spent a decade building and went in pursuit of how I could have a life fully centered around what I love. People will tell you that there are only a few paths to an equestrian career: be a trainer, a professional rider, a vet, or a

farrier. They’ll tell you that to ride or train you need to come from money. I’m going to tell you these are not the only ways. I didn’t take a linear path. I didn’t finish college, I don’t have a degree, I didn’t start riding professionally at 18, and I didn’t have money to fall back on. I fought tooth and nail, took risks, got extremely creative, and was willing to fail many times and try again. I also had a lot of support, and am immensely grateful to my husband, family, and horse community who have been there for me. When I decided to quit my career in entertainment, I started an equestrian magazine for amateur riders with my good friend and then-trainer, Jasmin Stair. Not long after its successful launch, I ended up landing the Managing Editor position at NOËLLE FLOYD. I kept riding when I could, simultaneously chasing my dreams in the saddle and trusting that, eventually, I’d figure out how to make that a bigger part of my life, too. I’m very lucky to have then been given the opportunity to come on as Assistant Trainer at Starnes Equestrian, where I’ve been able to really go after being a professional rider. Eventually, my Instagram profile @erinlaneequestrian – started

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initially as a way to connect with the NF Equestrian Masterclass community – grew into a brand and community of its own. The moral of this story is that you never know where your journey will lead if you lean into your passions. It sounds so cliche, but I could have never imagined that this could be my life. I’m glad that I took the risks and followed my heart. H&S: Tell us about your current horses. EL: My soulmate and life partner is Meatloaf, my ride or die 1.30m horse and the best partner in and out of the ring. He’s a 17-year-old New Zealand bred Thoroughbred who rides like a runaway freight train, spins and bolts, and can barely handle a warm-up ring. He’s extremely hard to ride until you understand him, but I trust him with my life, and he will live with me until he is old and grey.

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Costa V’t Hemeldonk Z is technically part of my sales horse business at Gallop and Go Equine Sales, but I have fallen pretty deeply in love, so I may hang on to him for a while before finding him his next partner. He’s a 7-year-old Zangersheide gelding who is huge at 17.3 hands but is a gentle giant. Chula is my Argentine polo pony mare, and she’s just such a good egg. A lot like Meatloaf, she’s the easiest, kindest horse on the ground but is an animal on the field. Tina Turner and Cheeseburger are the rescue minis, and they are essentially tiny, wild, fuzzy, feral mustangs in Shetland bodies who think they own the ranch. Burger is sweet once you catch him. Tina is basically a small, strawberry roan alligator.

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H&S: Who has been the most influential in your riding career? EL: I credit the foundation of my riding and horsemanship knowledge to Nicole Cobb, who trained me from a little kid on a backyard pony up through my first grand prix. She taught me not only everything I know about riding and caring for horses, but also instilled in me life skills that have gotten me to where I am today. She passed away a few years ago from breast cancer and the equestrian community in Oregon feels her loss immensely. I hear her voice in my head every time I’m on a horse. Jasmin Stair of Jasmin Stair Stables in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, did a lot to get me back into jumping competitively. She never treated me, or my Facebook-purchased OTTB, any

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differently than her A show clients with fancy horses. My mentor in my career now is Simone Starnes. She’s helped me build my sales horse business, has helped me jump at grand prix height again, and has taught me how to be a good coach. H&S: What’s one thing you’d like people to know about you as an equestrian? EL: I want people to know that every rider goes through ups and downs. This sport takes a lot of mental and emotional dedication and energy and can be

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extremely tough even though it’s magical. We’re a community, and I want to be a voice for inspiring more open conversations, more vulnerability, more sharing, and more support. I think there’s this underlying current in equestrian sport that we feel a sense of guilt anytime we let ourselves feel the hard emotions, because we know how privileged we are to just have a life involving horses at all. That doesn’t make those things any less real, though, and the more we keep them close to the vest, the more alone everyone

feels. I want people to know that it’s ok to be a little messy and not to have it together. I sure don’t. H&S: What inspires you? EL: I’m inspired by this community. I get so jazzed up watching my friends succeed. What inspires me most is to see people going for their dreams in a big way in the equestrian world while staying true to themselves, being genuinely good people, supporting those around them, and being good to their horses.


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MORTGAGE HALL

A Secluded Hunt Country Estate

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Location, Location, Location

If you head west from Washington, DC, into Loudon County,Virginia, you find the posh equestrian enclave of Middleburg. A well-heeled foxhunting community, Middleburg is known for its history and luxury; and a drive through the countryside or a stroll down East Washington Street does not disappoint. Sabrina Sutton is lucky enough to call Middleburg home. She is now the owner, manager, and operator of Mortgage Hall where she resided for many years with her two daughters. Her love of the country life started when she relocated to the area from

Florida in 2012. “There is something so pleasing and fulfilling about being in open spaces away from the fast-paced city life.” While Sabrina does not currently live onsite, she still very much considers Mortgage Hall her home. For the past few years, she has opened the estate for others to use and enjoy, and it now serves as a vacation rental and wedding venue. Sabrina loves welcoming guests and sharing her farm with travelers from all around the world. “I love hearing and reading about the wonderful experiences and great times guests have here with friends and family.” What started as a need to possibly

sell the property evolved into a thriving business in a corner of the world where major hotel chains do not exist. “It is truly, without question, a very special place.”

Inside the Manor House

The Mortgage Hall experience actually begins before you even set foot inside the home. The driveway leading to the house is long, tree-lined, and flanked by stone walls on each side. These walls can be found all over the Middleburg and surrounding areas and date back to the early 1800s. The driveway comes to an end in a circle in front of the house, and is accented by

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a variety of landscaping, well-maintained shrubs, and flowering bushes. To the right you will be welcomed by a charming lawn jockey who stands next to a natural mounting block. The same stone used for the walls was configured into steps so riders can mount up comfortably. The manor house is Georgian in style and was built pre-Civil War in the 1850s. Upon entering, guests find themselves in a large, bright foyer filled with mirrors and wellappointed art. Sabrina’s favorite piece in the house, an original winter scene painting of the house itself, hangs on the wall to the right. It was painted by a local artist and the crisp, wintry scene contrasts nicely with the warm, inviting green-colored walls. The grand, cascading staircase is the main focal point of the foyer, and an English saddle rests at the base of the banister, setting the tone of understated equestrian elegance. Before moving up the stairs, however, it’s impossible not to stop and gaze up at the large oil painting of a grey horse.Vintage hunt caps and family horse show photos adorn the narrow hutch beneath. This photo and below © James Berglie

Upstairs are ten bedrooms, five bathrooms, an array of fireplaces, and a well-stocked library filled floor to ceiling with books. Each room has its own neutral color scheme, and equestrian touches – from hunt scene prints to weathervane toppers – abound. “I have specifically chosen period pieces to decorate with that are also somewhat durable. I gravitate to Victorian style and colors, pale pinks, yellows, and greens.” When Sabrina first purchased the house, she was drawn to the grounds, the barns, and the equestrian facilities. “I supported my two daughters who grew up riding from ages five and six. Now teenagers, they have both moved on to other sports and endeavors. It was a fun ride while it lasted.” But even though her children have moved on from the equestrian lifestyle, Sabrina knew that the estate still had many uses. It was then that she decided to open its doors to the general public.

Weddings and Other Events

Now Mortgage Hall hosts weddings and a multitude of smaller gatherings, and it is also available to rent through Airbnb. For weddings, couples who are looking for that classic hunt country feel can have their wedding outside on the lawn in the front of the house with their reception held in a large tent in the backyard. For those looking for something a bit more rustic but still want to maintain that chic equestrian

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feel, a small intimate gathering in one of the stables fits that bill. “I host weddings for up to 150 guests, which take place outside overlooking the countryside. Guests can have a more relaxed wedding experience with exclusive use of the estate for the weekend, accommodating up to 20 of their guests overnight in the house. They also have the option of hosting a rehearsal dinner and Sunday brunch the day after the wedding, all onsite, if they wish.” And maybe if the wedding couple is lucky, some horses and hounds will make guest appearances! Do you want to stay at Mortgage Hall but don’t have an event to host? No problem – the entire house and grounds can be booked through Airbnb. “Experience country seclusion at your own private estate! Inside we have a large eat-in kitchen with sitting area, formal dining room, living room with piano and wood burning fireplace, library, and Wi-Fi

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throughout. Spend time relaxing on the back patio with its breathtaking views of the countryside, pack a picnic lunch, go fishing in the pond, or take a walk on our trails through the woods. The back patio features a fire pit, open chimney, and gas grill for cooking. The estate is gated and private. Guests may explore the 121 acres at their leisure.”

A Place of Rejuvenation

Sabrina has worked diligently to keep the history of her home intact. While it is no longer her primary residence, she will continue to add to its appeal through a variety of upcoming renovations. “There have been many extensive renovations over the years that include a new roof, windows, plumbing, electrical upgrades, and painting throughout. Next year, we will be reconstituting the swimming pool and continuing barn renovations. I also hope to update the kitchen as well.”

Each renovation will be done with precision and care to preserve the authenticity found throughout the original house and grounds. And speaking of originality, it was Sabrina who brought back Mortgage Hall’s name. “The estate was previously owned by a developer but went into foreclosure. Prior to that, the estate was a Thoroughbred operation called Lambholm Farm for more than 20 years. When I bought the farm, I did some research and Mortgage Hall was the earliest and only known name, (other than Lambholm), so I changed the name back. I have never been able to find out who named it that and why. I get asked all the time! It remains one of the many intriguing attributes of our beloved Mortgage Hall Estate.” Mortgage Hall provides solitude and rejuvenation to guests seeking to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives.You can learn more about this historic home at mortgagehallestate.com or on Instagram @mortgagehallmiddleburg.



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EQUESTRIAN Stylish through the season with the new Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian range

Tommy Hilfiger, a globally recognized designer of classic American prep-school fashion and one of the world’s best-known premium designer lifestyle groups, has added an equestrian line, launched in Spring 2021. The Fall/Winter 2021-22 collection combines the Tommy Hilfiger preppy aesthetic with technical comfort and performance fabrics, while honoring his commitment to sustainable production methods, resulting in a stylish collection designed for riders of all disciplines and skill levels.

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inter has arrived, bringing snowflakes and warm fires; long, cold nights and short, chilly days. The Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter collection has everything an equestrian needs to stay fashionably warm and comfortable. The line includes softshell riding breeches, versatile hoodies, soft winter sweaters, and hooded down jackets and vests, for indoor and outdoor training. The collection’s seasonal color palette features the timeless Tommy Hilfiger colors of red, white and blue, as well as modern seasonal hues. The iconic Tommy Hilfiger flag weaves its way through the collection, giving a playful twist to the functional pieces. Whether in the show ring, the barn, or around town, the versatile equestrian collection will fit the occasion. I D E A L C O M PA N I O N S F O R CO O L W E AT H E R In keeping with Tommy Hilfiger’s mission to create fashion that wastes nothing and welcomes all, the current collection features down jackets, gilets and vests filled with Re:Down®, a 100% recycled down, with a water repellent outer fabric, crafted in both matte and shiny finishes. The hooded vests are lined with the revolutionary G-LOFT® ECO POWER LINE insulation, combining high-quality natural fibers with unique recycled fibers, and meeting the requirements of the STANDARD 100 by OEKOTEX®, making them ideal companions for winter temperatures. All products in the collection are certified to the industry’s highest standard: the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). RIDING IS SPORT, L E I S U R E A N D PA S S I O N The collection is produced and distributed by Swiss-based Barney & Baxter Ltd., official Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian License Partner for Europe and the Middle East. Martin Koller, CEO and founder of Barney & Baxter Ltd., himself a passionate rider, explains how Tommy Hilfiger connects with equestrian sport: “Riding is sport, leisure and passion, and working with horses requires a great deal of dedication and commitment. We believe that Tommy Hilfiger embodies


these positive characteristics, and can help to spread them beyond equestrian sport. The widespread global awareness of the brand can certainly help in that endeavor, by bringing a slightly different perspective as to how and by whom customers are influenced, and what is important to them. While we want to increase the awareness of the brand among equestrians, we also want to be a serious partner in this beautiful sport, beginning with offering products that combine state-of-the-art technology with a stylish flair.” COMFORT, PERFORMANCE AND FASHION Like any sport, riding requires a particular type of attire that takes into account the unique history of the sport, the physical demands placed on the rider, and the variations required for each discipline. Equestrian apparel broadly spans the style spectrum.

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Enter Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian, with its functional, comfortable and fashionable riding clothes. “We are aware,” says Koller, “of the high demands that weather, and the sport itself, place on equestrian clothing, along with the need for comfort. We strive for a balance between a fashionable appearance and state-of-the-art technology. Our product development team comes from an equestrian background, and has a lot of experience with functional sportswear and sustainable materials. All our products have a QR code which can be scanned (‘Scan & Trace’) to view the manufacturing process of each garment.” You can learn more and shop the current Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian collection at tommy-equestrian.com and at selected retail partners in the UK and throughout Europe.

More about the Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian range: Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian offers fans of the brand a selection of products in sporty styles, including a range of high-quality premium breeches with knee and full seat grip, jackets and shirts for competitions or daily training, as well as hoodies, polo shirts, t-shirts and caps. The current 2021-22 Fall/Winter collection also includes warm softshell riding breeches, versatile hoodies, soft winter sweaters, bodywarmers and hooded down jackets and vests for indoor and outdoor training. The collection is available in the timeless Tommy Hilfiger colors red, white and blue, as well as in modern seasonal shades. The range also now includes saddle pads, ear bonnets and sweat rugs.


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MADELEINE BUNBURY

Equestrian portrait artist, Madeleine Bunbury, may be small in stature herself, but her paintings are larger than life. And we mean that both figuratively and literally, as she is best known for her life-size paintings that fill an entire wall from floor to ceiling. She is also known for her ability to paint from real life as she brings her equine subjects into her studio to model in person, (or is it ‘in horse’?). And for those hardto-reach places at the top? No need for a ladder! Madeleine just climbs on the back of the horse itself to complete the job!

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FROM THE C ARIBBEAN TO E N G L A N D Madeleine was born on the Caribbean Island of Mustique in St.Vincent and the Grenadines where she learned to ride. She and her siblings enjoyed a laidback childhood where they would take their horses down to the beach and gallop bareback into the sea. When she wasn’t riding, however, Madeleine was creating. “It was my mother who constantly encouraged my siblings and me to draw and paint. At home we still have boxes and boxes of my old drawings, and they are all of horses.”

country air.” This time had a great impact on her life as only a few short years later, Madeleine would turn her passion for horses into her life’s work. Madeleine was sixteen years old when she began art school in Florence, Italy. “I dropped out of high school a year early so I really have no credentials to my name. All I am good at is painting horses, so I suppose I fell into this career, and now I have no choice but to pursue it for the rest of my life.” TRAVE LI N G E QUI NE ARTIS T In Florence, Madeleine attended Charles Cecil Studios where she learned the “sight size” technique and painted from life under natural light. “The technique I learned is a traditional oil painting style, used by the old masters. This technique helps me to achieve a sense of depth and TH E

When Madeleine was eleven, she moved to England where she attended boarding school. “I would spend the weekends staying with my cousins in the countryside. This is when my passion for foxhunting began; I just love the adrenalin rush from galloping and jumping hedges in the cold


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lifelike character of the horse which is unparalleled by photo realism.” From Florence it was back to England where she traded art for room and board. “I would travel between friends’ houses, staying for weeks at a time and would paint their horses in return for their hospitality. It took a long time before I started earning any money!” Little by little, painting after painting, Madeleine began to make a name for herself in the art world as the traveling equine artist. “Nothing quite compares to painting from life. It’s difficult because the horse is constantly moving, but the character, depth, and charm is impossible to achieve when working from a flat photograph. For this reason, I try to always paint from life, which is why I am constantly traveling around the world to meet and paint specific horses for my clients.” When Madeleine is traveling, the length of her stay will depend on the size of the painting. She can complete small head studies in a matter of hours, but the life-size pieces take about two weeks of nonstop work. But she is committed to every portrait and pushes herself to learn and grow with each piece. “I can’t wait to see how much better my paintings will be when I’m in my 80s.” AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 HORSES When Madeleine was at school at Charles Cecil Studios, she spent three years learning to paint human portraits, but that was probably the last time she’s painted anything that wasn’t a horse. Six years later and it’s still equinesonly. She credits the legendary painter, George Stubbs, for influencing her work and overall artistic style. “His portrait of Whistlejacket, the life-size rearing stallion, is my favorite painting of all time. But there are other artists whose work I find totally incredible, such as: John Singer Sargent, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Velazquez, and Van Dyck. I would love to be able to paint horses as beautifully as these old masters paint portraits.” The work of these great artists inspired Madeleine to make her horse paintings come alive, as if they could walk out of their canvases and into the room with their audience. “Horses have such gentle and noble souls; this is what I hope shines out from my portraits.” Earlier in September, Madeleine had her first ever solo exhibit in


London where she hopes that her audience was able to feel the love and connection she’s felt with horses since childhood. Madeleine’s work will make its way to the United States where the PALO Gallery in New York will be exhibiting an enormous painting of a western horse. The show will be in January. And while Madeleine has enjoyed these exhibits and meeting with art and horse lovers across the globe, she has a slightly unusual creative venture on the horizon. “My lifelong ambition is to paint a series called, Around the World in 80 Horses, where I paint 80 life-sized portraits of different breeds of horses from around the world.

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I have started with a few English breeds, but I need to press on and find more rare breeds from foreign lands.”

at home in England where she rides every day. “My latest ambition is to ride in a point-to-point race, and my Thoroughbred, Ernest, is currently in training; so I’m “ H O R S E S , H O R S E S , H O R S E Sexcited ” to see if he will be any good!” Throughout her life, regardless of where her travels have taken her, Madeleine’s But apart from riding, she enjoys a good love and passion for horses have always party or two. “However, the other side of me remained the same. They have been an is a total recluse. I hide away in my country endless source of inspiration and she’s cottage, drink gallons of green tea, write excited to see her style and technique letters, and play the piano. I’m sure I’m not evolve over time. “Horses, horses, horses. the only one who enjoys solitude and lots of Big or small, sleek or shaggy, they are all company, both in moderation!” works of art in themselves, and my aim is to capture their true essence on canvas.” You can find Madeleine online at bunburyart.com and on Instagram @bunbury_equine_art. You When she’s not traveling the world, may also find her traveling to a neighborhood paintbrush in hand, you can find Madeleine near you!



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Kerrits Do you know Kerrits? If you’ve been riding for any span of time over the past thirty years, chances are you’ve run across this fun-loving, innovative equestrian sportswear brand. Kerrits has been making waves in the equine community since its inception in 1986 – but the Kerrits you knew then might not be the brand that exists today. Turns out, there’s more to Kerrits than bold prints and riding tights.

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better understand this forwardthinking brand as they position themselves for the next thirty years, I spoke with Melissa Hubbard, CEO of Kerrits, and Sara Florin, Senior Director of Branding and Marketing. Over an informative hour spent on Zoom, we chatted from three corners of the country about Kerrits of the past, Kerrits of the present, and even some tantalizing glimpses of what’s coming next. And naturally, I started the conversation around the two pieces of the company I associate most with Kerrits: houndstooth and carrot seeds. Luckily, Hubbard has a fantastic sense of humor – and she also can share how the earliest vision of the Kerrits brand continues to inform their decisions today. It turns out both the houndstooth prints that made those early riding tights stand out, and the complimentary carrot seeds that came attached to each pair, are still representations of 21st-century Kerrits – although with a few tweaks. HOUNDSTOOTH TIGHTS A N D I N N OVAT I O N Riding tights are in most equestrian ensembles these days (and can provoke some serious debate on social media) but

did you know Kerrits spearheaded the concept? “Riding tights didn’t really exist in the US before Kerri made them,” Hubbard explains, referring to Kerrits founder Kerri Kent. Kerrits set the stage for a company commitment to innovation in riding clothes with stretchy, technical fabrics that supported riders in the saddle and in the barn. Kerri Kent founded Kerrits with a line of bathing suits for windsurfing – another sport which demands high-performance apparel with confidence-inspiring fit. When she added equestrian clothing to the line-up, she had a hit on her hands, because no one else was doing it. “Kerrits,” Hubbards says, “was the first with technical fabrics.” Those early days of jewel-toned, houndstooth printed tights set the stage, presenting Kerrits as a different kind of equestrian company. “Kerri was the first one to do super bold colors in the equestrian space,” Hubbard continues. “Everyone was out there in black, navy, gray.”

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COLOR FOR EVERY EQUESTRIAN Today, the bold colors and prints still set Kerrits apart. And while there are many imitators, Hubbard maintains that no one does color like Kerrits. “We do a lot of work on what’s trending in color for next year, even two years out,” she says. “We do a lot with what we know about our customers, and trying to mix up what they like in a way that doesn’t feel the same year after year – but it’s comfortable enough that we know they’ll want to buy it.” Some elements are perennial, like the color purple. “Every year we have some element of purple, and sometimes it’s the primary color of the collection, while sometimes it’s supporting.” The colors inform an entire season’s worth of clothing and accessories. The prints and solids work together, Hubbard explains, allowing customers who might not ordinarily consider themselves fashion stylists (or, as I described myself, “completely incapable of clothing myself ”) to wear bold prints while easily matching them with solid colors. Call it a painless way to add some seriously bold looks to a wardrobe. “What’s really awesome about the way the prints and solids work together,” Hubbard says, “is that usually three out of the four color collections might be in one pattern. One print top can match four different colored bottoms.” Hubbard credits their “color genius,” Michele, for the dramatic but user-friendly colors in their signature prints and matching solids: “She sees color in a way that no other human on this earth sees color.” It falls to Michele and primary designer Sue to design their season’s color collection – the selections which will make up the tights, accessories, riding shirts, and other items. They’ll come up with color combinations based on the print, and build the collection from there. “It always starts with what they think is going to be the primary color of the collection. It’s an art, and not a science.” And it brings color into the collections of even the most fiercely traditional equestrians in the barn. “I’m a hunter jumper girl from Massachusetts,” Hubbard confesses. “Before my time at Kerrits, I worked in Merchandising at SmartPak. Kerrits was one of our best selling brands, but I thought it didn’t really fit in my equestrian closet because of the brighter colors and prints. I was really wrong about that! I can absolutely wear my navy, gray and black with a little bit of color. I do it all the time now. Plus we do


prints that are more neutral colors. When I wear those, people are always surprised that it is Kerrits.”

we design our apparel,” Hubbard explains, “but it has changed how we talk about, and show, and market our apparel.”

CLOTHES FOR E V E RYO N E – R E A L LY If Kerrits can bring color and tech into every equestrian’s closet, the company isn’t stopping there. Recognizing the diversity in the sport – and the need to continue opening pathways for potential equestrians everywhere, Kerrits has been making moves to support underrepresented communities as well as shouting a little louder about the inclusive spirit their brand has always embodied.

Sara Florin steps in to talk a little more about the marketing. “We want all women and girls to be able to see themselves riding, and to see themselves in Kerrits.”

Clothing size is one piece of their inclusivity approach. “Kudos to Kerri,” Hubbard says, “because from the very beginning, we’ve always been able to fit a wide range of body sizes. We have ladies in our office in our full size range of clothes, our fit models are often our own employees, and when I tell you the amount of time we spend chalking and pinning and adjusting and working on fit across all those body types, it’s a tremendous component of our apparel, and it takes a tremendous amount of time to get right.” Getting the word out has become important, though. “It hasn’t changed how

While they’ve been striving for years to be an inclusive brand, they’ve stepped up their efforts in the past year with the goal of benefitting the entire sport, as Florin explains: “We listened to what our customers had to say about diversity and inclusivity in equestrian sports, and it spurred us to take action. We’ve had conversations over the past year with diverse groups. One woman said she’d been told that ‘horseback riding is not for Black people.’ That was devastating for me to hear; I suddenly understood how exclusionary the sport could be. We want girls and boys to look at this sport and say, ‘I can picture myself doing that.’ So we’ve made an effort to include more people of color in the marketing, along with more diverse sizes and ages. We now hear customers say, ‘Thank you for showing this; this is the first time I’ve seen myself in equestrian marketing.’ It’s not an investment in selling

more, it’s an investment in the future of equestrian sports.” Florin also stresses the importance of walking the walk, not just talking the talk. Inclusivity is about more than choosing diverse models. “In addition to having our employees and team riders help with wear-testing and fit modeling, we get feedback from as many riders in the community as we can,” Florin continues, sharing that Kerrits has discussed fitting with customers diverse in race, body size, and gender identification. “We’ve talked with non-binary riders to get their perspective on riding apparel, we talked to a lot of plus-size riders to hear what their challenges are, and when certain comments come up again and again, we see an opportunity to improve our offering for the next season. Customer feedback makes the product better.” Another way Kerrits walks the walk with diversity and inclusion: sponsorships and scholarships to build up the next generation. Kerrits is a sponsor of the United States Pony Clubs, an investment in the future of equestrian sport, and a scholarship sponsor for OYES (Optimum Youth Equestrian Scholarship), which

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provides mentorship and support to young riders from marginalized communities who are aging out of junior programs. Kerrits’ lifestyle brand, EQL, focuses on donation to the equestrian community, and one of their partners is Detroit Horse Power, which brings horses and riding to underserved communities in Detroit. “It’s just the right thing to do,” Florin says of their sponsorship efforts. “Having the marketing materials and photography is great, but backing it up and doing the work is ultimately more important. We’re passionate about supporting the future we want to see.” Diversity and inclusion efforts are an ongoing work in progress. “We’re not perfect,” Hubbard says. “We’re trying to do the right things.” The right thing can sometimes look different to different people; Hubbard says when they are told their message strikes the wrong note, they get on the phone and have a conversation to listen and make things right. “We are trying to be better, and every day, we are learning to be more understanding and to see things from other peoples’ perspectives. It’s a continual learning process, and some things will continue to evolve. What is right today may not be right next year.”

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STYLING A MORE SUS TAIN ABLE FUTURE Remember the start of our conversation, when I asked about the carrot seeds? An entire sidebar about sustainability sprang from that question. And since it fits squarely into Kerrits’ mission of doing the right thing, along with their foray into responsibly sourced fabrics with their EQL brand, that sidebar was actually on point. It starts with transitioning away from those little packets of carrot seeds which once accompanied most pieces of Kerrits apparel, though. “After a lot of internal discussion, we decided that we are not going to continue putting the carrots seeds packets on all of our apparel. There are lots of reasons for this, but the primary one is the extra packaging required. But the Kerrits carrots dream lives on: “We do still have the seed packets. We will include them in orders and make them available to our retailers. If you would like to have them, they are available,” she laughs. She doesn’t know I once had a Kerrits seed packet in my desk drawer for six years. Losing the extra packaging was inevitable; Kerrits has always tried to put earthfriendly practices at the fore. “Kerri, being

from the Pacific Northwest, has always had sustainability in her mind,” Hubbard says. “She did eco-friendly things for years, but it was never the primary message in any of the marketing. We didn’t talk about it much, but we were always shipping out orders in recycled boxes, being careful about reusing resources. It’s been a part of the Kerrits DNA, but not a loud part.” And so Kerrits has embarked on a journey to become a more responsible brand across the board. Earth-friendly materials when possible; recycled paper, responsible packaging, an end to poly bags wrapping individual clothing items. “The truth is sustainability means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. We’re not perfect but we’re trying every day to be a little bit better.” “We call it making responsible choices,” Florin adds. “We don’t really use the word sustainable, because at the end of the day, there are few things that are truly sustainable.” E X PA N D I N G T H E F O C U S Last year, Kerrits launched their sister brand, EQL, which focuses on life outside the barn. With responsibly sourced fabrics, recycled and organic materials used


whenever possible, and partnerships with manufacturers who provide transparency and respectful working conditions for employees, EQL takes the Kerrits responsibility ethos and makes it the center of the brand. EQL also takes on clothing with the same Kerrits flair for easy style. Pieces are designed with colors that easily mix and match, just like the color/pattern combinations in the equestrian line. Hubbard explains, “It’s a curated collection of pieces that mix and match together – so you can buy a few pieces and get multiple outfits.You buy a couple leggings and a couple shirts and you can get multiple outfits from them. And that goes back to our product development team, who is incredibly brilliant with colors and prints.” When I suggested that the brand was designed for women like me who can’t figure out what to wear besides breeches or jeans, Hubbard laughed – but admitted there’s a kernel of truth in that statement. “We’ve been dressing women for the saddle and the barn for thirty-five years. We knew we could get our Kerrits customers who ride to understand EQL and put it on, but I do also know that there is a big opportunity beyond that, people who just like the equestrian lifestyle. There’s an entire population of women who may not ride horses, but who love horses, and who want to have clothes that express that component of their personality.” EQL designers incorporate equestrian notes into their prints and patterns with varying degrees of subtlety: shoppers can opt for big horse statements with a t-shirt featuring a horse head painted by a contemporary artist, or they can sneak in their pony touches with items like a belt featuring a Dee-ring accent that only a horse person would notice. The colors are subtle and stylish. As Florin points out, “It’s a really nice mix of colors that are neutral, but not just black, white and cream. Khaki, juniper, rosewood: they sound like colors which might have you asking, ‘What am I going to wear this with?’ But you find this soft, tonal green works with so many things in the same way that gray would, and it’s more color.” Once again, Kerrits finds a way to inject color into the most traditional of wardrobes. “The beautiful thing,” Hubbard says, “is that if you’re a Kerrits buyer and an EQL buyer, those color palettes coordinate, so you can wear an EQL

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sweater with your breeches. There are certain styles in the EQL brand that can be worn in the barn: organic cotton tops and sweaters, and we’re starting to merchandise those together.” However, she says, they use caution to avoid causing confusion with Kerrits users who are used to the durable, sportswear fabrics the parent brand is known for. “Kerrits is all about in-saddle performance,” Hubbard says, expanding on the difference in brands. “So the materials are meant to withstand time in the saddle and time in the barn. That takes a level of performance that we don’t need for EQL, because it is for your life outside the barn. We’re not designing EQL leggings to be ridden in so they don’t have to withstand things like friction from contact with a saddle when riding.” KERRITS MEETS FOOT WEAR “Footwear is a natural extension for us,” Hubbard tells me, after I exclaim in surprise about the new line of Kerrits boots. They were part of Kerrits’ spring/summer 2021 collection, so I’m the one who missed the announcement. “It’s basically the only piece of apparel that we weren’t providing, beyond safety, like helmets.” Wanting to put the unique Kerrits stamp on riding boots, but ready to solve some problems that classic paddock boots might

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not be addressing, Kerrits consulted with a footwear development firm located in their wet and stormy Pacific Northwest. “They took inspiration from things happening outside the equestrian industry,” Hubbard says – just as Kerrits has always gone about shaking up the equestrian clothing world. Plus, Florin points out, they retain the trademark Kerrits versatility and functionality: these are boots designed for everything. “A person can wear them in the barn and in the saddle – the styles are stirrup-friendly and safe. Our customer is the kind of person who is mucking out and hopping on a horse, and she doesn’t have time to change her boots, so she needs something for everything. And that’s kind of the DNA of all the Kerrits products – durable, functional, looks good – so the Kerrits customer can focus on getting the barn chores done, then focus on riding.” It’s a lot of weight for a pair of boots to carry, but Kerrits’ new footwear line seems up to the challenge. The classic lines of the Cascadia paddock boot have distinctive V-shaped elastic gussets and zipper pulls, mimicking the Kerrits carrot logo, and the off-center zipper is a stylish departure from the ordinary. The winterready Element boot is reminiscent of a ski jacket, with extra warmth nestled in the

ankle padding. And the Woodstock barn boot is designed for all-day comfort, with a wider toe box and abrasion-resistant pebbled leather, but it’s still heeled enough for safety in the stirrup. And there will be more Kerrits boots to come. “We do have some more playful designs coming for 2022, for spring and for fall. That collection will stay pretty curated and tight,” Hubbard explains, “but we want to provide our customers with footwear options.” The Kerrits of 2021 is looking forward, but they definitely haven’t lost sight of the essentials that made their brand so unique and beloved back in the 1980s. At the roots of Kerrits, loyal customers found a brand dedicated to supporting equestrians with beautiful, inspiring, and high-performing clothing for a sport that demands total dedication. Today, the Kerrits commitment to innovating equestrian sportswear – and making life outside of the barn a little more flattering and simple, too – is more evident than ever. And as for the houndstooth of yesteryear? “It always comes back,” Hubbard assures me. “We give it a break, but it always comes back!” To shop the current Kerrits and EQL collections, please visit kerrits.com.


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Conor Swail and Vital Chance de la Roque won the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver,therst fi World Cup™ qualifying event in North America since March 2020; photo by FEI/Quinn Saunders

It’s Good to Be Home On September 26, 2021, I finally returned to my third home. My first is my actual residence (though I may be here the least). The second, naturally, is the barn. The third is the broadcast booth. It felt great to be home.

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been shortened from 14 legs to just eight competitive qualifiers across the country. There are no more sub-leagues but rather one cohesive league across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Excitingly, we are also making progress toward my lifelong goal of increasing the mainstream exposure of our sport: our broadcasts are now shown in two-hour time slots on CBS Sports Network (!!). We go live on FEI TV/ ClipMyHorse, Eurosport and elsewhere. We even have a Spanish broadcast. I could not have picked a better venue to which to return. As the World Cup™ series has moved toward almost exclusively indoor or indoor-like venues, Thunderbird – who also boasts an FEI Nations Cup™ event each May – initially lost its World Cup™ leg when the League was cut down. However, when Toronto’s Royal Winter Agricultural Fair announced its

early cancellation, Thunderbird stepped up at the eleventh hour to host in their place. I smiled ear to ear at the sight of Thunderbird President Chris Pack and CEO Jane Tidball. I saw my co-host Adam Cromarty, who hails from the UK, for the first time in nearly 19 months; our editor and camera operator, Jeff Ridout, for the first time in 21 months; and when I saw NAL manager, mentor and dear friend Connie Sawyer for the first time since March 2020, I hugged her tightly and didn’t want to let go. There are so many things that are special about the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League series. First and foremost, it’s among the most objective show jumping championships in the world. There is no team selection; you represent your country based on the pure merit points earned in qualifiers.


With careful planning and management, qualification can be done with one horse. And in a world where there are numerous series and seemingly countless five-star and “important” grand prix events – to the point that it is difficult for the casual fan to understand what is more important or “bigger” than another (What is our sport’s Super Bowl, anyway?), the North American League boasts a logical series that is easy to follow, with all legs connecting through the points race and leading to one annual final. Over the course of the last four seasons, I’ve gotten great joy out of seeing some “underdog” stars emerge as great ambassadors of our sport on the world stage – from the inspiring Jamie Barge, who despite having complete loss of hearing in her left ear qualified for both the 2017 and 2018 World Cup™ Finals, to Alex Granato and his “one horse” Carlchen W shining in Wellington, to now-superstar phenom Brian Moggre’s win on debut in Ocala and now-Olympic veteran (and friend) Uma O’Neill and Clockwise of Greenhill Z’s lone clear round in Vancouver. Through just two of this season’s eight legs, Conor Swail and Vital Chance de la Roque have already legitimized themselves as contenders for the 2022 Finals in Leipzig, Germany. These two were the

winners at both the opening Vancouver and Sacramento events – one outdoors, one indoors, one Sunday afternoon, one Saturday night. Swail has only had the ride on the high-flying barefoot bay since the beginning of the year, but the duo has won an eye-opening five international grand prix events since late June.

and this small-but-mighty horse make the trip to Leipzig. Swail wants to make sure his mount is fully prepared for making such a trip, but so far, Vinny is emphatically answering all the questions presented to him. I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do when I see them next in Las Vegas.

We had some fun with Swail at Vancouver, and the Irishman was a great sport as he took off his boots and walked a course for us for a video that highlighted the ongoing trend of barefoot show jumpers ignited by Swedish superstar mounts H&M All In and King Edward this summer at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Every class I watch tells a story – and each combination within it has its own long, rollercoaster tale that shaped them and got them to that particular point in their careers. It’s my job to share those stories, to both educate and to, hopefully, inspire someone out there to saddle up for their own journey, at whatever level that may be.

Vital Chance, or “Vinny,” was barefoot long before Swail got the ride, and Swail has been sure not to make any changes to the way he’s been shod. In fact, a good part of this pair’s success can be attributed to Swail allowing this horse to be himself. Vinny is not shy about letting out some exuberance on course that could cost valuable seconds in a jump-off – but it just might be a turbo charge for this horse. The bay always regains focus before the fence, and more often than not, he keeps the rails up. His rider is completely unaffected.

My own path is still full of surprises, but after a year away, I could not be more grateful to have been brought back to this job, to this series of chairs in broadcast booths around North America for this series of historic competitions.

Swail has never been to the World Cup™ Finals, and it would be nice to see him

With Spanish commentator and international show jumper Lorenza O'Farrill before the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver; photo courtesy Catie Staszak

With co-commentator Adam Cromarty before the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver; photo courtesy Catie Staszak Views from the broadcast booth at Thunderbird Show Park; photo courtesy Catie Staszak

When I sit down, put on my headset and look out at the venue view before me, I am comforted. Put simply, there’s just no place quite like home.    

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Dear Dr. Carrie, I am in the middle of medal finals, and I get so nervous that I’m going to mess up that I cause myself to mess up. How can I have an easier time with the pressure instead of getting all down on myself?

Signed, Nervous about Nerves

end championships. Fostering the mindbody connection, intentional thoughts, regulating stress on and off the horse, and generally engaging with mental health is essential to becoming consistent and staying healthy under pressure. Take time to explore your patterns and practice the changes you seek every day. And, above all, have fun – flow state and peak performance tend to occur when we are having a blast!

Dear Dr. Carrie,

Dear Nervous about Nerves, First, remember that ultimately you are in charge of your thoughts. If you are constantly thinking that your nerves will cause you to make mistakes, then indeed you will likely make mistakes. Shift your narrative. What thought(s) would support you to stay focused while feeling the normal accelerated cortisol and adrenaline surges before important classes? Try reframing into something like, “Nerves help me focus and connect well with my horse.” Add some 4-count breathing to steady your brain and blood as you gently refocus onto the task at hand.

I am an adult amateur dealing with serious fear issues. My young hunter tripped coming into a gymnastic and then sped through it, landing and bucking, rearing, and spinning. I have no idea what happened but I landed on the ground. Now every time I ride him I choke up on the reins and can’t relax, causing us both to stress out. How do I break the cycle?

Signed, Dealing with Fear Dear Dealing with Fear,

Secondly, work on your mental practice tools and engage with your mental health regularly, not just during heightened year

Resist the urge to revisit your difficult experience in that gymnastic and the

ensuing result! Instead, when warming up, take multiple slow, deep breaths in 4-count rhythms and get present with your horse. Ask your trainer to help you focus on actions instead of narrative. Staying present is not just mental. Be strong in your body, feel your core engaged and supporting you to stay with him when he shows his athleticism. Relax your arms so your horse feels ease, not tension, coming from you. Make your breathing audible so that your horse can hear you communicate that you are regulating, and he can too! Exhale through your mouth in the corners and listen for your horse to do the same. This is a sign that you are both on the same page. If images or phrases that bring back the hard day from the past emerge, refocus back into the here and now. Repeat this process every time you get on a horse so that you ride from a mental state of confidence. It is not possible or productive to remove fear from our emotions, so let it be a cue to center yourself and use your tools. Unaddressed fear can cause one to freeze, which is terrifying. Feel fear when it emerges through increased heart rate or “what if ” thoughts and let it remind you to focus on actions. Develop a relationship with the cues your body offers your mind, as they are here to help you grow.

Dr. Carrie Wicks divides her time between her private sport psychology consulting and family therapy practice, traveling with athletes, and writing. She completed her doctorate in psychology while researching the mental practices of equestrian athletes. Her passions include horses, yoga, mountain biking, skiing, and time in nature with animals. If you would like to ask a question for this column or ask about a complimentary Performance Strategy session, please contact Carrie.

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Leah Lewis is a third-generation photographer and a horse girl at heart. Her father worked in advertising in Chicago until he succumbed to lung cancer when Lewis was still a child. Not long after his passing, her mother ‘put her on a horse,’ and she began learning the hunter/jumper discipline. Many, many years later, that path crossed with another. She grew up studying the fundamentals of film and composition, while shooting on her dad’s Canon AE-1 in high school and college. Still, it wasn’t until almost a decade later that Leah decided to follow in his footsteps and pursue a degree in photography. While in school, she began photographing imaginative and offbeat compositions of horses for her portfolio with no plan for it professionally. She eventually ended up in the wedding industry, learning to work in a vast spectrum of challenging conditions while beautifully expressing a couple’s love story. After several years of shooting weddings, families, and portraits, she found her way back to that dormant desire to photograph horses, and began shooting anywhere she could. She started with personal photography projects centering on rescued farm animals and various horse sports in 2017. In 2020, Lewis launched her equine photography into a separate brand. Eternally enchanted by the human/animal bond, she resolved that life is too short not to follow her heart. She will be leaving the wedding industry in 2022 to become a devoted equine artist. Her work tends to encompass swaths of light, honest moments, and dynamic storytelling. Lewis offers unique fine art portraits of horses and equestrians, branding visuals, and private client event coverage.  @equinebyleah  leahlewis.com  leahlewis.com

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