Horse & Style Magazine March/April 2016

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The Stars of the Show


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Zazou Hoffman exudes style. Her beautiful riding style took her to the top of the ASPCA Maclay Finals in 2009, her academic style earned her a Cum Laude degree from UCLA, and her gratitude and appreciation for the opportunities presented to her is perpetually stylish.


We know that jackets worn by English-disciplined equestrians evolved from coats created in the early 1700s, and initially worn by foxhunters. Fashion-forward riders have pushed the envelope, and now can choose from a variety of jackets made with movement and comfort in mind.





Dudley’s, a Lexington icon dubbed ‘the horseman’s restaurant,’ is wellknown for it’s award-winning creative American cuisine, arguably the best wine cellar in Kentucky, its impeccably trained staff, and the muchloved face of Dudley’s, active horsewoman Debbie Long.


Remember those show days when you felt trapped in your heavy show jacket, sweat dripping, and wondering who thought that riding horses and wearing wool in the hot sun was a good idea? For riders who have discovered Charles Ancona, that problem is solved in style.


The stage for our equestrian athletes is created by the producers, the director, the cast, and many others whose work seamlessly comes together.With a focus on the new North American Jumping League, we look at Wellington Masters,Valle de Bravo, and Live Oak International.


Since the inception of the NARG Top 25 initiative in 2010, and through six years of ranking North American shows, Spruce Meadows has set the bar for excellence. We applaud Spruce and several other top Canadian events that ‘make the list.’.


Within an hour’s drive of Argentina’s bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires, a seamless combination of culinary perfection and authentic sport is available nearly every day at Argentina Polo Day at La Carona Polo Club, a unique way to experience the best of Argentinian culture.


Founded in 1992, The WIHS Equitation Finals calls one of the most historically rich horse shows in the country home. Held at the iconic Washington International Horse Show, the Finals that test the top 40 equitation riders in the U.S. has become a who’s who of young rider talent.Take a peek at the superstars who have taken the victory gallop in this prestigious event.

13 | FROM



A Spark that Ignites

16 | 10




Katie Dinan

18 | OUT

Sarah Appel


Winter Equestrian Festival




Jackie McFarland



Appaloosa Summer

24 | NEW

Danielle Demers


i Rock n Ride


Erinn Lew

mar / apr

28 | OUT & ABOUT Longines Masters Hong Kong



Katie Appel & Vilia Lerner

The Real Deal

40 | RIDER SPOTLIGHT Ellicia Edgar

46 | TREND



Pam Maley

Innovative Irons

48 | LIFE


If You Wouldn’t Treat Your Horse That Way

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Town & Country


“Harry & Snowman” EAF Film Screening

68 | HORSE Ohlala


70 | OUT


76 | ASK


WCHR Hunter Spectacular

78 | OUT & ABOUT

USET Foundation Fundraiser

90 | OUT


HITS Thermal


Hunt Ltd.


96 | BEHIND Sive Doyle




99 | OUT


100 | CAN



Alexis Meadows, Ashley Neuhof, Pam Maley, Duncan McFarland, Laurie Berglie, Terri Roberson, Psy.D., Erin Brown, Carrie Wicks, Ph.D., Jana Cohen Barbe, Callie Seaman, Lindsay Brock, Kathryn Selinga P H OTO G R A P H E R S

Ashley Neuhof, Rachel Peterson, Atalya Boytner, Sive Doyle, Callie Seaman, ESI Photography, Lindsay Brock/ Jump Media, Power Sport Images for MSGI, Phelps Media Group, Kenneth Kraus/, Rebecca Walton/, EqSol, Anwar Esquivel, SportFot, Sara Jorgensen, Carolyn Hampton, Jilluann Martin Valliere, Ben Radvani, Shawn McMillen, Al Cook ON THE COVER: Veteran superstar Richard Spooner and the super talented Big Red were third at the Wellington Masters qualifier. Spooner needs no introduction. Big Red jumped on to the scene when Nicolaj Hein Ruus rode him to an impressive 2nd place in $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties last September. Horse & Style Magazine is an equestrian lifestyle publication that is published bi-monthly and available at participating tack shops nationwide for $10, and while supplies last at large training centers and hunter jumper horse shows. The written and visual contents of this magazine are protected by copyright. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is legally prohibited. Copyright © 2016 Horse & Style Magazine LLC. TM






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Jackie & Duncan McFarland

Danielle Demers

Pam Maley

Erinn Lew

A lifelong equestrian, Danielle Demers has always been inspired by horses. After graduating with a BFA in Painting, she worked to find a way to combine her passions for art, design, and the equestrian lifestyle. As a member of the EqSol Creative team since 2013, her interests have been melded together more perfectly than she could have imagined.

An avid former foxhunter, Pam knows well that special bond between horse and rider. With her husband she was co-owner of Dunford Farm, a Thoroughbred farm in Lexington, Kentucky, where she was involved in every aspect of the horses’ lives. Her journey with horses continues as a member of the EqSol Team.

Erinn is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she completed her degrees in journalism and sociology, and rode in the IHSA. Although a Bay Area native, she got her start riding on the East Coast and competed as a junior on the Los Angeles circuit in the jumpers and equitation. She brings her experience in journalism, fashion, and online media to Horse & Style as an assistant publisher.

Ashley Neuhof

Alexis Meadows

Jana Barbe

Terri Roberson, Psy.D.

A former three-day event rider, Ashley’s love of horses runs deep. Her photography has taken her around the world and her images have been exhibited in New York City galleries and major magazines. When she is not behind the lens, Ashley can be found riding her Thoroughbred mare and enjoying the outdoors.

Alexis Meadows is a graduate of Pepperdine University and native of Southern California. WIth a passion for horses and for writing, Alexis successfully competes as an amateur with Derby Final goals. She has been a proud team member of EqSol since 2014.

Jana is a Partner and Global Vice Chair of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. A foremost authority in real estate law and business management, Jana is a frequent author and speaker on leadership, crisis management, the role of women in business and professional advancement. An avid equestrian who owns a working farm in Kentucky, Jana examines the interplay between business and riding.

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.

Carrie Wicks, Ph.D.

Erin Brown

Laurie Berglie

Lindsay Brock

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.

A newcomer to the Big Apple, Erin Brown is a Southern California native working for Sirota Public Relations in Manhattan, NY. A graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Erin helps Sirota represent various non-profits and professionals within the equine community.

Laurie Berglie was born, raised, and currently resides in Maryland. She enjoys renovating her fixer-upper farm, reading horse books, and training and competing her two OTTBs, Misty, her wild mare, and Bailey, her easygoing gelding. Laurie began her blog, “Maryland Equestrian,” an Equestrian Lifestyle Guide, in 2011. She has a BA in English from Stevenson University and an MA in Humanities from Towson University.

Lindsay Brock is a writer, photographer, and social media guru from Saugerties, NY. A Houghton College graduate, Lindsay studied Writing and Communications, while riding on the hunter/jumper and eventing teams. Lindsay is a full-time staffer at Jump Media, LLC. When not at a horse show, behind a camera lens or fervently Instagramming, you can find her astride her Zangersheide gelding, Justice Z.

Jackie and Duncan McFarland own EqSol, a marketing solutions company. After spending a decade in Southern California, they moved to Lexington, Kentucky five years ago and are amazed how time flies. The EqSol Team has grown, now reaching from CA to the UK, with new exciting projects knocking at the door.



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Grand Prix Village: Rar e oppor tunity to own almost 7-acres with direct access to WEF. This amazing farm includes 35 stalls, 2 sand arenas with top-of-the-line footing and a large grass grand prix field. Living quarters include a generous owners lounge with kitchen and bedroom, two (2) bedroom grooms quarters and a deluxe managers apartment. Offered at $19,000,000

Grand Prix Village: Ther e’s a gorgeous brand new 18 stall barn with two tack rooms, feed room, and lots of storage. There is a oversized 2-car garage, and a lovely one bedroom owners’ lounge with an office, kitchen and living room. The property has a grass Grand Prix field and an all-weather ring already in place. Offered at $12,750,000

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Grand Prix Village: Last chance to pur chase land in the second phase of Grand Prix Village, located just a short hack from WEF. Fresh water, sewer, and electric have all been completed and brought to the property line. There will be dedicated bridle and golf cart paths connecting to the show grounds, and the Village of Wellington bridle paths. Offered at $5,420,250

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A Spark that Ignites It starts with a spark. Before a brand is a brand, it’s someone’s “aha” moment. While the original ‘spark’ of vision might come from one person, it takes a team to make that spark go from ignition to fruition. The team that came together for this issue, working remotely from California, Kentucky, London, Wellington and Virginia was nothing short of fantastic. While a feature might have the byline of one writer or photographer, the strength of the publication comes from behind the scenes. At Horse & Style we bring our collective passion to the page, and I see that ignited spark expressed visually each issue. Our cover story, The Stars of the Show (pg 50) is a window into three uniquely wonderful horse shows. In order for our equestrian stars to shine, a spark leads to a plan and then the chosen team creates the stage to showcase top sport. Charlie, Lou and Katie Jacobs did that for the Wellington Masters, and Franciso Pasquel for Valle de Bravo, as did Chester Weber and Juliet Weber Reid for Live Oak. Bringing together all the elements for an optimal experience for both the competitor and the spectator takes a village, as echoed in North American Excellence (pg 72). We welcome Horse & Style contributor Ashley Neuhof who spent time in Argentina at the La Carona Polo Club, where owner Ruben Jabib and his family along with their staff create Argentina Polo Day and showcase the best of Argentine culture (pg 80). While we applaud the sparks that ignite the best in sport, we also take a peek at the history of the hunt coat (pg 62) and a Behind the Seams look at the sleek new line of show coats by Charles Ancona (pg 43). We meet successful business owners Debbie Long of Dudley’s (Dining Out pg 31) and Gretchen Hunt of Hunt Ltd (Vendor Spotlight pg 93) who both proudly wear their hunt colors when on a horse.

Horse & Style Publisher Sarah Appel and her mother Terri Roberson, also a member of the H&S team, at Cavalia in San Francisco

The iconic history of the Washington Equitation Finals (pg 88) and the recent NARG Rider’s Grant winner Zazou Hoffman (Style Rider, pg 22) are both shining examples of how the equitation spark can ignite so much more in our sport. We all share the equestrian spark. We invite you to enjoy our collective vision for March-April 2016.

ED I T O R S N O T E: There was an error in the January-February issue that meant the graphic in the Blenheim EquiSports did not print. Please see the ad as it was meant to be seen on pg. 47 of this issue. march/april ·




by Jackie McFarland & Alexis Meadows

…you might not know about…


For college students, the holiday season is usually filled with a steady stream of schoolwork, seasonal celebrations, and…sport horses? At least that was the case for Harvard University senior Katie Dinan, who juggled degree courses in conjunction with the arrival of a new teammate to Staysail Farm, 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse Dougie Douglas in December. Fast-forward to 2016 and we find the 22-year-old spending as much time as she can in the saddle, competing in Wellington with veteran partner Nougat Du Vallet, Amaretto d’Arco, and new mount Dougie Douglas, while she keeps up her studies during her senior spring semester at Harvard. A three-time FEI World Cup™ Finals competitor, Dinan knows exactly what it takes to balance a life in the saddle with one outside the ring.


Her favorite color is blue.Years ago she had blue highlights put in her hair and keeps the color in. Something we might not notice in a helmet…


Home is where her horses and classes are including New York, Florida, Boston or where the horse show is.


Dinan is a senior in college. She loves science and is studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. After she graduates in May, she will ride full time and see where her life takes her.

4. The art of time

management means Dinan makes the most of every moment – and location. She’s been known to live stream important grand prix events while studying at school to ensure she stays at the top of both playing fields.


Old Salem.The venue holds special memories, as it is where Katie showed in her first walk-trot class and also where she won her first Grand Prix!


Yet her international experience is sparkled with sentiment as well. Dinan treasures her experience in Dublin where she had the opportunity to be on the Nations Cup Team twice and, in 2014, to be part of the team that won the Aga Khan. She loved the crowd’s enthusiasm.


Speaking of Ireland, Dinan had an Irish agent buy Dougie Douglas from an auction sight unseen. Her first ride on him was at the farm last Thanksgiving and her first win was the $50,000 Grand Prix at WEF 6 on the derby field.


S he admires how extraordinary horses are in that they can be both a powerful athlete and your best friend.

She loves farm-fresh food. Even though she spends time in Manhattan and Boston, her favorite restaurant is Purdy’s Farmer and The Fish in North Salem, NY.

6. Her favorite food is blueberries. 7.


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Photo © Ashley Neuhof





W I N T E R E Q U E S T R I A N F E S T I VA L – W E L L I N G T O N , F L






5. 1. It’s hopping before, during and after Saturday Night Lights at WEF 2. Meredith Darst and Quester de Virton 3. Ignacio Maurin and Unico win on the derby field at the Stadium at PBIEC 4. A day in the life of a stylish horse show dog 5. Bretling LS 6. Harrie Smolders and Aiyetoro in great form

Photos © Ashley Neuhof & Atalya Boytner


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10. 7. Darragh Kenny and Red Star D’Argent win the $130,000 CSI3* Grand Prix in the International Arena at the Stadium at PBIEC 8. Chloe Reid and TNT Explsoive 9. Katie Dinan and new mount Dougie Douglas are a winning pair 10. Darragh Kenny and Red Star D’Argent going for the win 11. Wilton Porter and Patriot jump the natural liverpool oxer with ease

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P R O pop



If you weren’t a professional rider and trainer, what would you be?

“A professional fly fishing guide. And I’m terrible at fly fishing but the most important thing about a guide is keeping people entertained when the fish aren’t biting and I could do that. Plus I love being outdoors, fishing, and there’s probably not much stress behind it...the fishing part I’d figure out (he said with a big smile).” — Hardin Towell

Hardin Towell, LLC, Camden, South Carolina “When I was young I played soccer. I didn’t think I was that good but my trainer at the time always told me I could make money with that. So if I wasn’t a rider I would have tried that. I also went to university and studied economics, but after I tried a few months with the horses full time I decided that was the best fit for me.” — Harrie Smolders

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“Horses have always been a part of my life, so if I weren’t a professional rider and trainer, I might have gotten into the movie industry as a stunt person like my father. He was a stunt rider for John Wayne in multiple movies and inspired me to work with horses. I even have my SAG card!” — Joie Gatlin

Joie Gatlin-Morley Abey Show Jumping, San Juan Capistrano, California “If I weren’t a professional rider I’d be a chef – I love to cook and I love to eat! Not any particular cuisine, I like to take what’s fresh and in season and try new things.” — Sayre Happy

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B E T W E E N the by Danielle Demers


Appaloosa Summer TUDOR ROBINS 248 pages | South Shore Publications $9.99,

Meg Traherne and her young off-the-track Thoroughbred, Major, are at the first show of what promises to be a successful season. Meg spent the previous two years patiently gaining Major’s trust and molding him into an accomplished and careful jumper. Their future ends in the middle of that first class when Major dies instantly on course. At sixteen, Meg has never experienced real loss. She struggles to cope with the grief that washes over her each time she thinks of her beautiful bay gelding. Feeling hollow and empty, she has lost all motivation and confidence to re-enter the sport she once poured all of her energy into. Unsure of what else to do, Meg accepts a job at a bed and breakfast near her family’s cottage on an island in the St. Lawrence River. Although her days are soon filled with hard work, the sublime natural beauty and sense of calm that surround her on the island begin to lift her spirits. Shortly after arriving, Meg meets sweet, thoughtful – and handsome – Jared Strickland. He pushes her to open herself up to new experiences and challenges, the first of which is a local farmer’s Appaloosa mare. Appaloosa Summer is truly a feel-good story.Yes, it begins in heartbreak, but the plot quickly morphs into a light read. Each day on the island is filled with heart and beauty, reminding readers that the simplest pleasures and gestures can do wonders to transform our mood and perception. Curling up in a comfy chair and reading Appaloosa Summer cover-to-cover is the perfect weekend indulgence!





by Alexis Meadows


Zazou Hoffman exudes style. Her beautiful riding style, developed and honed by a lifetime of hard work, took her to the top of the 2009 ASPCA Maclay Finals and sealed her prowess as a top junior rider. Her academic style, sharpened by years of self-driven initiative, earned her a Cum Laude degree from UCLA. And her perspective on life, where she illustrates gratitude and appreciation for the opportunities presented to her at every turn, is perpetually stylish. All of these internal facets are evident in the sartorial statements Hoffman prefers in and out of the ring. Her fashion style is traditionally modern, with a respect for the timeless clothing customs of the past. She has a keen sense for the newest trends in equestrian fashion and loves to toss on a vintage piece when not on a horse or in the barn. Currently working at Meadow Grove Farm, Hoffman is passing on her years of experience to aspiring riders and exemplifies the lessons she teaches as she continues her ascent to the top of the sport.

HORSE & STYLE: Describe your riding (apparel) style: ZAZOU HOFFMAN: I would say my riding style is very classic, but I am a huge fan of all the modern fabrics and technologies! I like my clothes to be well fitted and for everything to look very put together and tidy while I’m riding, but I appreciate some of the new stretch and light weight fabrics. It’s great to see equestrian attire moving in a sportier direction like other high profile sports such as tennis. H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? ZH: Head to toe, on non-show days, I always wear my Samshield helmet with a sun visor, a well-fitted shirt, breeches, and my tall boots or my paddock boots and half chaps. I had to completely update my wardrobe when I started back to showing again after college; it was out with the wool show coats and in with the new lightweight stretch coats.


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H&S: Do you wear anything for good luck? ZH: I don’t wear anything for good luck but I used to always show in a belt that my mom inscribed with the proverbial Latin saying, “Fortune favors the brave,” which basically is to say that succeeding or being a winner is not just a matter of random luck. So rather than wearing something for good luck, I’m a believer that taking action and working hard are what will bring me success!

a long time ago and I was really just a kid, it led to some of the most important connections that have really carried me through my riding career to date. By helping me cover expenses to get back east and ride with Missy Clark, the scholarship opened doors that otherwise would not have been possible for me. What I’ve realized over time is that aside from talent and hard work, making connections can really get you a long way in this sport.

H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? ZH: I wear a number of different brands. While it’s always a battle picking what to wear each day, because I really love my pieces from each brand, I have to say one of my new favorites is a brand called Callidae. The line is designed by a California rider named Harriet Posner. Not only are the clothes beautifully made, but they can easily transition from the show ring to street wear. Additionally, I love Cavalleria Toscana, Equiline, and Winston for breeches, show shirts, and coats.

H&S: What’s the one thing you never go in the ring without? ZH: A hairnet! I am a bit of a fanatic about my hair and I will re-do it five times until it is right if I have to. Not only do I think it looks much more put together to ride in a hairnet, it makes my helmet feel very secure which gives me confidence as well.

H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? ZH: Although it is a rare occasion when I make it out of my riding clothes, I would say that my style is mostly casual-chic. My mom is very into fashion, so I have to thank her for all my amazing vintage pieces that I think can really pull together even the most casual outfit of a t-shirt and jeans. I usually go with nice basics in black or white paired with a great pair of shoes or a fun and unique coat. H&S: How do you handle high-pressure situations, for example right before you enter a big class? ZH: I handle it by having a routine that I go through whether it be for a 1.0m jumper class or a Grand Prix. Before I start any course I try to take a deep breath in and then a big breath out. By doing this the same every time no matter how important the class is, it gives me a feeling of comfort before I start, even when I’m nervous. When I went to watch the World Cup Finals last year, I noticed some of the top riders would take a huge breath in and let it all out before starting. I think it’s important to let all that nervous energy go and get yourself completely focused before you head to the first jump. H&S: What are your riding goals? ZH: My immediate goals are to continue in the Grand Prix classes and hopefully use my recently awarded North American Riders Group Riders Grant to get more experience jumping up in the bigger classes this year. My long term plan is to continue towards the top of the sport and hopefully represent the United States in international competition. H&S: What are your career goals? ZH: Career wise I plan to stay in the horses. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Geography and Urban Planning which I really enjoyed studying, but I think that the horse world is really where I’m happiest and I plan to continue dedicating myself to the sport. I see myself primarily as a rider in my equestrian career, but I also do really enjoy teaching and I find it very gratifying to work with students. H&S: What has been the most influential moment in your riding career? ZH: Probably my most influential moment was winning the Ronnie Mutch Working Student Scholarship in 2006. While it was

Opposite: Zazou Hoffman and Woodpecker des Villars, owned by Woodacres Stables/Saree Kayne, at the HITS Thermal 2016, photo © Sara Jorgensen; Above: Zazou with her mother Winter Hoffman at Sullivan Canyon, photo © Carolyn Hampton

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by Erinn Lew


FOR THE LOVE OF SMARTPHONES… Let’s face it. These days, it seems like our eyes and ears are all but super-glued to our phones, even when we’re in the saddle. Whether it’s a busy day of phone calls, scheduling, or that one friend texting yet again, sometimes it’s hard to leave our phones behind, even though we know the risks of riding one-handed or with our eyes distracted. And what about using technology to relax? In order to listen to warm up music alone, or cool-out tunes with friends, we either have to plug headphones in – isolating us from other riders and hazards, or perch our phones precariously out of our pockets. Leah Lane, creator of the i Rock N Ride, is changing all of this. The hardworking California native used her knowledge from a sales career in the horse products industry, inspiration from a trail ride with a friend, and some bulky desktop speakers (strapped to the saddle) to create the i Rock N Ride, the world’s first bluetooth iOS integrated horseback riding speaker. SAFET Y FIRST The patent pending i Rock N Ride allows riders to listen to music, take phone calls, send and receive messages, listen to their instructors, and utilize all voice-activated features on their iPhones or Androids – all with their hands free and cell phone safely stowed away. With five multi-use buttons and directional sound, the i Rock N Ride is designed to eliminate the need for headphones and to reduce the risks to you and your phone’s safety that occur when handling your device while in the saddle. The result is a rider who is more alert and able to focus on the ride, while remaining connected if desired. THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS Ergonomic and durable, the i Rock N Ride straps neatly onto or in front of the pommel of an English saddle, or the horn or sides of a Western saddle. Perfect for use as a warm-up timer, to set reminders, or to conference call via trail ride, the speaker is dust and moisture resistant, so all equestrian activities are fair game. For those who prefer the privacy, or who would rather not share their secret pump-up music with their fellow competitors, the option to plug in headphones is also available. Thanks to the integrated calls feature on the i Rock N Ride, instructors can also use the speakers to communicate clearly and audibly with students, no matter how far away or how noisy the environment – no screaming necessary! During the i Rock N Ride pre-launch over the past two months, Lane sold out all 500 units to seven different countries. The product’s Kickstarter campaign launches in early March 2016, aiming to fill pre-orders in three different colors: pink, blue, and brown, and to support the launch of customizable colors, perfect for every barn. i Rock N Rides will be available via and at specific vendors throughout the U.S. More than just a mere speaker, the i Rock N Ride aims to combine horses and technology safely and stylishly, keeping with the current times, but most importantly, keeping us on our horses.


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1. Germany’s Marco Kutscher won the Longines Grand Prix, becoming the first rider to win the €250,000 “Grand Slam Indoor Super Bonus” presented by EEM 2. Masters Classes with Maikel Van Der Vleuten 3. Current FEI World #2 Simon Delestre finished third in the “Massimo Dutti Trophy” class aboard Stardust Quinhon 4. The Hong Kong public were invited to walk the course before the “Longines Speed Challenge” 5. Kevin Staut and For Joy van’t Zorgvliet HDC, 1st runners-up in the Longines Grand Prix 6. Hong Kong’s top jockeys were paired with top show jumpers in The Hong Kong Jockey Club “Race of the Riders” Photos © Power Sport Images for MGSI


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7. Italy’s Emanuele Gaudiano and Caspar 232, 2nd runners-up in the Longines Grand Prix 8. Last year’s Hong Kong Longines Grand Prix winners, John Whittaker and Argento, once again experienced victory after winning the “Airbus Trophy” class 9. Jockey, Joao ‘The Magic’ Moreira and Daniel Deusser claimed first place in The HKJC Race of the Riders 10. Marco Kutscher looking ecstatic as he wins the Longines Grand Prix aboard Van Gogh 11. Bertram Allen and Quiet Easy 4, winners of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy 12. Ringside dining tables at the VIP Masters Club by 2 Michelin-starred Chef Yves Mattagne march/april ·



shared passion

shared dreams

shared goals

shared style

DINING by Pam Maley





ince it opened in the old Dudley School building in 1981, on a wing and a prayer, Dudley’s has been known as “the horsemans’ restaurant.” Owner Debbie Long, the much-loved face of Dudley’s, is herself a horsewoman – an active foxhunter and avid racing fan. At any given time during the Thoroughbred sales at Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton, or the twice-yearly race meets, Dudley’s is alive with horse owners, trainers, buyers, sellers, and fans; and conversation is peppered with ‘horse talk.’

difficult decision and a huge leap of faith, she put together four investors, bought the building, and began renovating in August of 2009. Nearly a year later, in March 2010, Dudley’s on Short opened the doors to an exquisitely decorated two-story restaurant with a stateof-the-art kitchen and an intimate rooftop garden, developed by world-renowned landscape designer Jon Carloftis to take advantage of the beautifully lit buildings in Lexington’s night sky.

More than that, though, Dudley’s is well-known for it’s award-winning creative American cuisine, arguably the best wine cellar in Kentucky, and an impeccably trained staff, not to mention Debbie’s big smile. It offers a warm welcome, not just to horse people, but to everyone who walks through the door.

Debbie recruited her neighbor, interior designer Matt Carter, to guide the work, and together they decided to use local artists and craftsmen as much as possible. They found a fledgling Lexington business that was reclaiming old barns and selling the lumber. Debbie and Matt purchased the planks from a once-grand historic horse farm, and used them for all of the floors.

Dudley’s anchored the group of shops that resided in the old Dudley School until 2009. But the center of downtown Lexington was experiencing a revitalization, thrumming with a new vibe, and a new generation. The historic Northern Bank Building, right in the heart of it all, came up for sale, and Debbie was inspired. Making a

Matt later got a call from the same purveyor, saying that in reclaiming another barn, on Hamburg Place, one of the earliest horse farms in Lexington, they had found stacks of memorabilia. Not wanting to throw it away, they had put it in large plastic boxes, thinking Debbie and Matt might want to use it in the restaurant. “We loved march/april ·



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going through it,” Debbie told us. “It was a treasure trove of cool thoroughbred memorabilia from the 1920s and ’30s that deserved to be saved.” They picked out some special pieces, like a 1919 foal registration actually signed by August Belmont, had them framed, and hung them in the bar. With the bar given over to a racing theme, the intimate dining room next to it, called the Elkhorn Room for its chandelier, has a hunt theme, with scenes of local hunts. For the upstairs rooms, the Secretariat Room and the Ruffian Room, used for private parties and overflow crowds, they contacted local artist Kim Comstock to ask if she would like to paint wall murals. She accepted with enthusiasm, and set right to work. “I’d walk upstairs,” said Debbie, “and there she would be, in the midst of all the noise and confusion of construction. Kim just plugged her ears and painted on!” The result is walls covered with soft and lovely rural scenes of Central Kentucky farms, some horse farms and some not. Debbie asked local artist Ellen Skidmore if she would like to do some paintings to hang in the main dining room, and once again her suggestion was met with great enthusiasm. She gave Ellen the colors of the room, and Ellen did two large paintings, one of a girl with a horse, and the other of a couple in celebration. “They were perfect – very special to me,” Debbie remembers. “Two weeks later, someone made a nice offer on them, and I was so excited for Ellen. I called her: ‘Ellen! Guess what?!’ Then I called again the next morning: ‘Ellen! I can’t part with them! I want to buy them!’ And

Dudley’s owner Debbie Long. See Debbie and her horses on page 80, in our article “History of Style: The Hunt Coat.”

they haven’t moved since.” The other paintings are hung by Lexington’s Cross Gate Gallery, one of the only sporting art galleries in the world, and rotated regularly. To see Debbie Long in the dining room at Dudley’s on Short, is to see a consummate hostess in her natural surroundings. While greeting guests by name, she seems to know at any given moment, what’s going on at every table. “This has been my life,” she explains. Now, in addition to her broad-based loyal clientele, a new generation is also calling Dudley’s home. When her executive chef left in February 2015, Debbie decided it was time for another change. The Lexington food scene was exploding, and it seemed to be time to look outward, to bring in someone new and fresh, who had gained experience in some of the great food capitals. The search was long, but worth the wait. In the fall of 2015, just ahead of the Breeders’ Cup, chef Mark Richardson came on board, straight from The Carlyle in New York. The menu, always a mix of customer favorites and new creations, offers a range of exciting choices. “In one of our interviews about the menu, Mark said, ‘Debbie, why would I change the things that made you who you are?’ I liked that.” So the menu is filled with creative new things, but Debbie’s long-time clients can still find the familiar signature dishes that they love.

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t’s a story familiar to many – a horse crazy young girl with a fierce tenacity about her, spends her childhood dreaming of one day becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Liz Maloney was one of those young girls. She graduated from Tufts University’s vet school in 1992, but that is where the familiarity of the story ends. After graduating, Liz acquired unrivaled experience, becoming one of two female veterinarians out of 24 at a racetrack – further developing her skills, confidence, and rapport with owners. Fast forward to 2016, and that tenacious young girl has become one of the most widely known equine sports medicine specialists in New England. With an energetic personality as big as her heart, and equipped with an arsenal of veterinary tools, it is no surprise that Liz has a three-month waiting list to see her, drawing clients that include members of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the Massachusetts State Police.

What sets Liz apart is her uncanny dedication to both riding and her profession – traveling to Wellington each weekend during the Winter Equestrian Festival and competing side by side with her clients – all while seeing patients between classes. “[Being a competitor], it certainly gives me an appreciation for this sport, how much investment it takes to do it well; and I think it gives me a lot of credence with my clients,” she says. Beyond her perpetually positive attitude and openness with clients, Liz’s vast veterinary skills further enhance her allure. Chiropractic care and acupuncture play a large part in her practice, as does her distinctive ability to get on her clients’ horses to feel what they feel. “Issues can look very different on the ground versus when you’re riding,” Liz says. “I was lucky to ride with Leslie Howard, and one of the great things I learned from her was how to listen to the horse’s body.”

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Then there is her close bond with animal communicator Wendy Derby, whom Liz calls upon in many frustrating cases. “She’s brilliant, and we collaborate on a lot of cases,” says Liz. “She has really helped me to understand my patients better.” It was this fascinating combination of elite, yet uncommon veterinary skills, a zest for life, and competitive spirit that led Hollywood straight to Liz. “People who’ve met Liz have often said she should have her own show,” says Mary Beth Pemberton, who has known Liz since they met one summer on Cape Cod in their postgraduate pursuits. Mary Beth, a Hollywood scriptwriter, and producer Kim Swann approached Liz after conceptualizing a show based around her – a woman they refer to as “lightning in a bottle.” After days of filming nothing but her reality, Liz, Mary Beth, and Kim are in the process of pitching the series. “Liz is the type of person who sets her sights on something, and then she accomplishes it,” says Mary Beth, so we should all expect to be seeing more of her soon. Dr. Liz Maloney and Calikot Hero competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival, photo © SportFot

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Edgar There are a lot of factors that determine success in the show ring. It often starts with a childhood dream, but the transition to bringing that dream to life most always involves infinite dedication, commitment, and gratitude. And when it’s all topped with a sunny smile and a positive attitude, the end result is a rider who understands the daunting odds but keeps the flame of that childhood dream burning. One such rider is Ellicia Edgar. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, the tall, cheerful Edgar discovered horses early on and never looked back, spending every available moment at the local stables down the street from her family’s Valleyfield Farm. Now a premier private training and breeding facility for Edgar’s string of jumpers and promising young horses, Valleyfield Farm stands two stallions at stud, Hitchcock Van Overis and Messenger VS. With a host of well-bred broodmares, the boutique breeding farm gives Edgar the opportunity to grow her future – literally.

If there’s one thing that the 34-year-old Edgar has learned along the way, it’s to seize an opportunity, all the while knowing that such a chance might get her through the start timers, but only hard work and a drive to succeed will determine how quickly she will gallop through the finish. “I find the harder I work, the luckier I seem to get,” Edgar said after a week of top ribbons at HITS Thermal. As the saying goes, ‘luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity’ – and there’s no question that that type of hard-won luck is painting a bright future for Edgar.

HORSE & STYLE: Have you always loved horses? ELLICIA EDGAR: Yes, I always have as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid, my older sister’s friend had a real love for horses, and she had all these My Little Ponies she would bring over and give to my little sister and me while teaching us how to draw horses. So I’d say it was always in me. But before I had anything close to real horses, my mum volunteered at Fort Edmonton, a pioneer camp where we lived on the farm homestead. As children, we got to dress up as pioneers and live on the farm and hang out with the farm animals. That’s where I had my first pony ride. H&S: How did you get into the sport of riding? EE: We moved when I was nine years old to another part of Edmonton, very close to the city’s riding facility. My little sister rode for while, so she and I would walk down the ravine and hang out at the riding stables. For Christmas that year my parents gave us each a 12-week session of group riding lessons. I don’t think they really knew what they were getting into!

H&S: Did you grow up in an equestrian family? EE: No, not at all. My mum always loved horses, and when we were little she rode and did a tiny little bit of hunters on our first horse, a thoroughbred we bought off the racetrack that we shared. Other than my mother having the interest, I am the only one in my family who rides, and that’s really taken to it. But the support has been phenomenal; my parents have been incredibly supportive in every way that they can be. My siblings have also been wonderful; they come out to the shows whenever they can to cheer me on. They think it’s incredibly exciting. They all enjoy the farm and can all get on a horse and ride a bit as well. H&S: As a Canadian, how do you compare competing in the US to competing in Canada? EE: We mostly come to the US in the winter season, which for us as Canadians is fantastic because it gives us the chance to get our horses outdoors before we would be able to at home. I think that the competition is quite good down here. It’s nice to get rolling in the season, to be able to take the time to train and develop your horses during the week, and give them a chance to peak on the weekend in the bigger money classes. H&S: Canada is home to some of the world’s greatest shows and venues; which are your favorites and why? EE: My favorites are Spruce Meadows and Thunderbird. Spruce Meadows is the greatest venue, the grass fields are incredible. The level of sport is immense.You’re surrounded by and riding with the best in the sport every day. Thunderbird I think of as a boutique Spruce Meadows; it’s a little more personal and more intimate, but also has a great level of sport and footing, and the stabling is great. The whole facility is run so well, very much with the horse and rider in mind. H&S: What is your most memorable win or class to date? EE: I’d say there are a few. One was when I jumped a clear round in the $100,000 Grand Prix of Del Mar with Chip, at the Del Mar National. The other is back in Edmonton; we used to have quite a big horse show that all the top pros would come to; when I was a kid I would go there and ask for everyone’s autograph. I won the Atco Cup Grand Prix there two years in a row. That was nice to do on home turf. H&S: Tell us about who you train with now, and your farm. EE: Currently, I’m training with Jill Henselwood and Juniper Farms, but I’ve been very lucky to have incredible influences throughout my career. It’s been fantastic. Jill has definitely been pushing me and my horses to up our game. I’m enjoying it, and seeing results already. My home base,Valleyfield Farm, is a private training facility; I have an indoor and an outdoor ring and 21 stalls. We also have beautiful trails and big pastures for the horses and they’re all generally very happy when they get to be at home. I have a lot of young horses that are growing up there, that will hopefully join my show string. H&S: Can you tell us about the horses you currently compete, and any young ones you’re excited about? EE: I currently have three main horses on the road. I have Cippolini VD Gasthoeve, whom I call Chip, and he is a 14-year-old gelding by Darko who’s been a super horse for me. He’s a bit tricky to ride, not as conventional as some others I’ve ridden, but he’s been an unbelievable learning horse for me. I feel I could step up into any Grand Prix I want, and know that he will always cross the finish timers. I actually have his half-brother as well, a nine-year-old

stallion named Hitchcock Van Overis who is one of the stallions we also have standing at stud. He’s the rising star for me right now. He’s not terribly big, but really careful, beautiful to ride, and he’s stepped up super well so far this year, with great placings in the 1.45m. Hopefully that will continue into the Grand Prix classes. I also have a young mare, a nine-year-old named Caprice. She’s brand-new to me, she just flew over here in January and I have high hopes for her as a great partner for Hitchcock in the future. We’re just starting to figure each other out, we’ve had some good success so far in the 1.35m and 1.40m. H&S: What are your goals for 2016 and the upcoming years? EE: This year is mostly a year of developing my horses and myself, especially in this new program. Both of my horses for the future are just nine, so it’s a big learning year for them in terms of stepping into the Grand Prix and getting confident there. I would love to continue with that for the year, add a few more results to the board, and hopefully start to get noticed a bit as somebody our national team might look at in the future. Like most riders, I want to ride on the team for my country and get on the radar for all the big championship events in the next four or five years. Canada does a Developing Riders tour in Europe after Spruce Meadows, and if I have a good Spruce Meadows, my horses are jumping well, and everything’s going on track, I’ll definitely put my name in for that and hopefully be considered. It would get me some great experience on a team, and put me in a situation where I can get the miles and the feeling of pressure that comes with the Olympics or the Pan American Games. That’s a whole different level, too; you can be as good as you want in the sport, but the mindset of being on a team and having people counting on your scores is a high pressure situation that you have to get used to and comfortable with. H&S: When not showing, what do you like to do? EE: I like to spend some nice quiet time at home on the farm. I have a great family life; I live there with my boyfriend and his daughters, so it’s nice for us to spend time together and teach the kids on the ponies. And sleep! H&S: What are the hardest and most valuable lessons the sport has taught you? EE: This sport has definitely taught me to work really hard and stay humble. I feel like you don’t always have to be the most talented rider in the group. The hardest working rider will usually be the one who has the most success. I think that’s a rule for life as well. If you’re willing to put in the long hours, on and off the horses, you’ll have a much better chance for success. As quickly as you can be winning one week, you can be falling off the next week. So you can’t take your achievements for granted. I think you have to be humble in your success and always keep working. That’s my motto!

Opposite Page: Ellicia Edgar taking in the springtime beauty of Valleyfield Farm with former partner Whisper and current ride Chip; Edgar and Caprice, photo © ESI Photography

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Remember those days under the hot sun when you literally felt trapped in your overweight show jacket, sweat dripping and wondering who in the world thought that riding horses and wearing wool in 90 degrees was a good idea? Well, for riders who have joined the cult-like following of stretch fabric guru Charles Ancona, that problem is a thing of the past.



e caught up with Charles to understand what makes his stretch fabric coats the hottest ticket in the show ring and how he has melded tradition with function in a way never seen before in the equestrian world.

be. The advice he received from many people when he started on this journey was to partner with trainers first in hopes that they would pass the word on to clients. For Ancona, the process worked in exactly the opposite way. Instead, amateurs were telling their trainers about the brand, and it continued to grow.

Charles Ancona began his work as a high performance stretch fabric specialist in the ski industry where athletes were looking to stay warm or cool depending on the climate and most importantly, dry. Charles worked with many top performance brands such as The North Face and was always developing clothing that was geared for skilled athletes competing in high-risk sports. Having this background is what has enabled him to transition to the equestrian world, where riders partake in similarly technical endeavors and need clothing that moves with them, keeps them cool and dry, and looks stylish enough to adhere to tradition.

One of Charles’ inspirations for his brand was Ferrari and the way that it tailors each car to customers’ specifications. When a customer comes to Charles Ancona Equestrian, they are custom measured, a pattern is created and retained for future use, and colors can be chosen in a variety of combinations. Each jacket is made uniquely and by hand in the Garment District of New York City.

At first, Ancona felt that he might not be able to break into a market that was so steeped in tradition. After all, who would have pictured bright blue or an array of custom color choices in the form of show jackets? The concept did not really exist and the market was pretty much content not to upset the age-old black coat trend. But Charles Ancona saw a window of opportunity to bring his stretch fabric into the equestrian world in a bold and daring way. Part of his success was the fact that he was not directly involved in the horse industry to begin with, so he had no bias or preconceived notion of how things ought to


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The key component to Charles’ success is his knowledge of the way stretch fabric works. It is an unstable fabric and thus, the stretch can vary. This can make it very difficult to work with. Jackets are sewn to completion, only passing through one set of hands, unlike many volume-geared products on the market. The company checks every single roll of fabric that comes in and they hand dye it to customers’ specifications. Charles mentioned that the learning curve with this type of fabric is very tricky and it is his experience from years in the ski wear industry that has contributed to the success. When Charles broke into the equestrian industry, he believes the most helpful element was the fact that it was an industry that refused to break tradition for such a long time and was in need of a fresh perspective. When he began, show jackets in different

colors were not popular, but over time he was able to create a custom look that people love. His method: stay fresh, listen to customers and above all, maintain exceptional service. Charles goes above and beyond to make sure his clients are cool, comfortable, and happy with their purchases. His method? “We just fix it if something isn’t right.” This doesn’t happen often though. Many riders can be overheard saying they just got their jacket and they are in love with it. A common observation is that it feels like they are not wearing a jacket at all with a sense of freedom and true movement that comes from the jacket stretching outward, not clinging to the body. Charles does not rely on advertising. His business is based on word-of-mouth and the desire to have something all one’s own. Recent product developments include a line of training apparel designed for layering, similar to the ski industry. Before Charles Ancona Equestrian, riders often shopped at major outdoor companies for clothing to train in. Charles’ layering system includes moisture-wicking stretch fabric, angled sleeves, and a repellent outer layer without an interior laminate. The model is to combine tradition and function with a pop of color and individual style. For Charles Ancona Equestrian, the gap between form and function has been seamlessly bridged.

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If You Wouldn’t Treat Your Horse That Way

When we purchased our farm three years ago, it was the culmination of a life-long dream to live with and care for our horses. Unfortunately, I had not considered how little I really knew about horse and barn management. As I am prone to do, I simply assumed I would “figure it out.” Well since then, I have figured out that I excel at mucking-out stalls (every lawyer has a natural aptitude for shoveling…); I survived taking the temperature of every horse in the barn every few hours (ew); and I learned what it feels like to be the first person to get on the horse after he’s been off 6 months (it doesn’t feel good). I also learned innumerable lessons applicable to “real life.” 1. S TA R T TA K I N G A S G O O D C A R E O F YO U R S E L F A N D O T H E R S A S YO U D O O F YO U R H O R S E .

How many times at work or at home have you “been ridden hard and put away wet?” How many times have you thought that if you managed your diet the way you manage your horse’s or focused on your preventative healthcare the way you focus on your horse’s you would feel and look so much better? Well it’s time. If we can understand that our horses require rest, warm-ups and cool-downs, appropriate nutrition, the best healthcare, and positive reinforcement, why don’t we offer that to ourselves, our families, our friends, our colleagues and our employees? It is time to treat ourselves and those around us as well as we treat our horses. Eat right, exercise, make the most of teaching opportunities, take time off to rest and recover, and find some time to play. Put differently, if you wouldn’t tolerate it for your horse, don’t subject yourself or others to it.You (and they) deserve better. 2. ORGANIZATION AND TIDINESS MATTER.

The barn runs more smoothly when everything is in its place. Do you know where to find the grooming supplies, the feed, the first aid kit, the polo wraps, the pony halter, your good luck saddle pad? Of course you do, but do you know where all of your expense receipts are for your business or for your personal tax preparation? Start applying your barn organizational skills to the rest of your life. Tidy up your desk before you go home at night, just as you sweep the aisle. Get rid of the cobwebs, literally and figuratively. Make “to-do lists” just as you post riding schedules. Life will run more smoothly if you are well organized, just like at the barn. 3. END ON A GOOD N OTE.

Most of us in this sport have been taught to end our rides “on a good note.” When the horse accomplishes a particular task well, we stop there. We do not push the horse beyond its limits. We want the horse to feel good about the ride, the lesson, the trip, the class, the show… but how many times do we push ourselves and others past our own breaking points, and we allow what might have otherwise been a constructive experience to devolve into negativity or chaos? If you are supervising


or managing others in business, why not resolve to conclude each interaction positively? And why not show yourself the same grace? Walk away when you need to. Making an experience more painful does not necessarily make the experience more powerful. 4. HORSES NEED TO BE HORSES.

Horses in the paddocks do stupid things. They roll right after we groom them; they gallop and buck, and hurt themselves; or if they are mine, they bust-out of one paddock through the fence and then bust-backin to another paddock taking out more fencing and two posts in the process. How do we handle it when our horses act like horses? We take care of them. We treat their wounds. We forgive them. We still love them. But how do we treat ourselves and others when stupid, unintentional mistakes are made? Are we angry and punitive? Are we harsh – harsher than necessary? Maybe, but I have come to learn that mistakes happen and what matters in life is how we respond to the mistakes. Consider showing others the patience you show your horse. Be accountable for your own mistakes but forgive yourself too. We do not have to be our own toughest critic. We can be just as gentle with ourselves and others, as we are with the horses we love.

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Ours is a sport of trust. We still own our 19 year old daughter’s small pony because we trusted him with her life and he never let us down. He took care of her, and now it is our turn to take care of him. He is 25. He is part of our family. And he is not the only one. There are days when I look back on our family’s time in the show ring and I think it is a miracle that our horses let us live, but they did, and so now they live with us and we care for them in their old age. They trust us to do right by them now, after all of those years that we trusted them. I wonder, sometimes, if we treated our colleagues, our employees and our friends similarly – if we trusted them and believed in them – would they reciprocate with greater loyalty? Are we just as open to the mutuality of trust with people, as we are with horses? Is that another lesson we can learn in the barn? 6. THE HORSE COMES FIRS T.

Tired? Sick? Miserable? Do you still get up to feed your horses and clean their stalls? You bet. If you worked all year to qualify for a particular horse show and your horse came up lame that morning, would you scratch? Any real horseman would, because the horse always comes first. Horses teach us a degree of selflessness that maybe only parenting can match and exceed. But horses also teach us to set and to abide by priorities consistent with our values. If we manage our barn to achieve both the well-being of our horses and their optimal performance – two entirely compatible goals – why not manage our businesses similarly and acknowledge that the well-being of our colleagues may also drive their optimal performance? Why not make decisions with both in mind, not just the latter, and remember that a little selflessness in the work place, can go a long way. This is all a process – barn management, horse management, life management. It is a messy, imperfect, two steps forward one step back sort of process but we are fortunate to be a part of a sport that enables us to learn and grow over the course of a life time, and the lessons are sometimes found in the least obvious places. Jana is a Partner and Global Vice Chair of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world. She also owns Henley Farms, an 80-acre working farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

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For this reason, we felt compelled to expose the behind-the-stage stars of the horse show. Without their magnanimous efforts there would be no stage to showcase our equestrian stars. Thankfully there continues to be those select few who step up, way up, for the sport. With a focus on the first year of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, we took an exclusive look at the inaugural Wellington Masters, plus a peek at Valle de Bravo and Live Oak International, three of the 2016 events.

Horse & Style features this type of talent from around the world, in print and online. In doing so, we are reminded that, similar to movie stars, the stage for our equestrian athletes is created by the producers, the director, the cast and a host of other important roles that seamlessly come together at the horse show.

THE MEANING OF THE LEAGUE Longines President, Mr. Walter Von Känel explained the global reach and intent of the leagues. “The association between Longines and the FEI reinforces the traditional and long-lasting commitment of the brand to Equestrian sports. Longines is a major supporter of show jumping around the world, and as such, it is also the title partner of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping China League, as well as the Longines FEI World

ompetitive equestrian sport is truly high level performance. Those of us with a passion for this sport appreciate the stars of the show, who impress us with their style and skill in less than ninety seconds. As each horse and rider pair enters the arena in an attempt to illustrate perfection, whether that be a faultless round, a fabulous flow meeting each distance or a flawless execution of a difficult course, we are filled with emotion that ranges from fear of failure to the pure joy of a job well done. And whether it is ourselves, our family, our friends or our idols out there ‘on stage,’ we relish the opportunity to be a part of this unique relationship between equine and equestrian.

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We have taken notes of some of the best events in the world and we hope we have blended it all together for our own event.


Opposite: “Captain Canada” Ian Miller and Dixon compete at the Wellington Masters; This page: Wellington Masters VIP Tent; Kent Farrington and veteran partner Uceko win the $200,000 FEI World Cup™ Jumping at the Inaugural CP Wellington Masters.CSI3* Wellington Masters photos: Ashley Neuhof

Cup™ Jumping North American League which culminates its first 14 event season in February.” Charlie Jacobs emphasized the importance of the new league when he said this in an exclusive Horse & Style interview from the Wellington Masters: “I’m really happy to see that the league has reshaped and made their events unique. Knowing that there are seven in the east and seven in the west and making those 14 classes very special has placed the importance on the class, as it deserves. They all have nice unique flair and they are all very special classes, because they are about the World Cup™ and the World Cup™ Qualifiers for North America.” Produced by the Jacobs family, the Wellington Masters offered an intimate experience for elite show jumpers. As a competitor himself and a businessman, Charlie sees the event from every angle and has a healthy perspective on the goals. “So when we’re talking about going to Gothenburg this year or Omaha next year, it’s important to have some gravity, if you will, to these events that they are not just another grand prix. I believe that together the FEI and Longines aspire to do this and they’re on a great track. Hopefully we add something to it. When I say we, not only ourselves but all the organizers.” MASTERING WELLINGTON When the winter equestrian capital of the world faced the prospect of losing an FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifier, the Jacobs family of Deeridge Farms knew something had to be done. So after signing a three-year agreement with the FEI to host a Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping event, the family forged ahead on

transforming their private equestrian estate into a world-class host of the first North American League event in the area. No stone was left unturned (or could be found in any footing) assuring that competitors, owners, spectators, media, and guests experienced the absolute crème de la crème of equestrian sport during the inaugural Wellington Masters held on February 4–7, 2016. Lou Jacobs explained how the collaborative effort brought everything together. “We sat down first with a master plan and we worked with Phelps Media and the village and many changes were made along the way. Planning began over a year ago, and was very collaborative within the local community. Grounds crew Dan Carr of Westwind Surfaces was a key player in helping maintain the grounds throughout the process, and in meeting the challenge with all the rain. Steve Stephens built all of the jumps, and our long history of about forty years of collaboration with Stadium Jumping Inc. all played a huge role in putting together this event. And our sponsors were all fantastic.” Katie Jacobs Robinson noted that the family’s involvement in all aspects of the sport, as riders, parents, competitors, and owners, meant that “the most important concern was for everyone’s experience to be complete.” For Charlie, who also competed at the Wellington Masters, creating this event gave him the chance to bring what he’s learned ‘home.’ “We have taken notes of some of the best events in the world and we hope we have blended it all together for our own event. I would hope that if you were to speak with all parties involved, that the reviews would be positive.” march/april ·


This Page: A star of the show in more ways than one, Charlie Jacobs walks off the grass field after completing his round; Colorful macaroons were only one of the decadent deserts served in the Wellington Masters VIP; View overlooking the gorgeous Valle de Bravo grass field; Opposite: Nicolaj Hein Ruus and Cayetana go double clear for 4th place in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Valle de Bravo CSI4* Valle de Bravo photos: Anwar Esquivel & EqSol

From riders to owners, spectators to crew, the Wellington Masters definitely delivered on all levels. With a daily lobster delight, delectable desserts and more mouth watering treats in the VIP tent, to bouncy houses on the Grand Prix field, to buffet spreads for the media, everyone at the Masters was an honored guest. With meticulous attention to detail, the pristine property looked perfect. Despite the rainy weather (more than six inches during the week), which the Jacobs noted as their greatest challenge, the event carried on seamlessly. When the rain was too much for the grass ring, they had the all-weather footing ring ready and the surface was flawless. The VIP and general admission seating was designed to face both arenas, so a change in the location of the competition action was not an issue. Lou Jacobs summed it up. “We obviously wanted to have it be smaller, not thousands of horses but hundreds of horses. And we wanted to do it where it’s a featured ring, not dozens of rings. So whoever is showing at that moment is the star of the show.” At the end of the weekend, all the talk around town was about the Wellington Masters ‘experience.’ From the spectacular grounds, to the large arena atmosphere, to the informative and enthusiastic commentary, it was an exclusive event where everyone could enjoy show jumping in its most impressive form. For Longines President,Von Känel, Deeridge Farms provided “a beautiful and elegant backdrop for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. I enjoyed fantastic performances by the world’s best riders and we are pleased that


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Wellington was home to the sixth FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League Qualifier. With the Jacobs’ farm serving as the sixth event in the series, riders now have another stage on which they can showcase their talent.” F E AT U R I N G S H O W S S O U T H O F T H E B O R D E R In the spirit of hosting special shows for the sake of top equestrian sport, we felt it was important to note more standouts south of the border. On January 20-24, 2016,Valle de Bravo opened the new year as the eleventh event of fourteen in the North American League season. The Pasquel family, who seek to bring world class show jumping to Mexico, are promoting the possibilities in their magnificent country. Having produced the first Valle de Bravo in 2002, Francisco Pasquel knows how to take an empty grass field and make a beautiful horse show. Raising the bar by adding the Longines FEI element, Francisco and his small but mighty staff did a fantastic job of making all feel welcome in an intimate setting. Like Charlie, Francisco also competes and seeks to create the ultimate experience for both horse and rider. “As an organizer my priority is to provide an environment where horses, riders and owners are happy. I want them to have a great experience and I will be certain it is just right for them.” In a country where there wasn’t a single FEI-sanctioned event three years ago, the Valle de Bravo CSI4* is not alone in a list of distinguished events in the southern part of this continent. Also

As I was walking my horses from the stable today, I could actually hear the crowd. It was a fantastic turnout.


Opposite: Marilyn Little and Corona 93 win the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping at the Live Oak International CSI3*; This page: Adam Prudent congratulates his horse Vasco, for their win in the CSI3* $35,000 Sovaro 1.50m Jumper event; the iconic and beloved Budweiser Clydesdales and their trusty Dalmatian Live Oak International photos: Ashley Neuhof

coming this year are a CSI3* and CSI4* in Balvanera in March, the first CSI5* Global Champions Tour Mexico City, and a CSIO4* in Xalapa, both in April. There is a loyal group of organizers who put sport first in Mexico, just as the Jacobs did in Wellington. The Coapexpan Equestrian Club in Xalapa, owned by the Chedraui family, is touted to have one of the best grass fields in the world and will host a Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ for the third year in a row. This is the beginning of new horizons in Mexico, as Francisco Pasquel is in the planning stages of building a brand new permanent equestrian facility in Valle de Bravo. Francisco also notes, as did the Jacobs, that sponsors are an integral part in achieving success. Since the sport is predominantly male in Mexico, the title sponsor is an upscale mens store. “Scappino created a concept with me, and they’ve been sponsors for 13 years. They love horses and they have created a brand that suits the equestrian style. We are very loyal to one another and are both happy with the relationship.” AND IT’S A WRAP IN OCALA Also with a goal of being part of a prestigious show jumping league on this continent, Chester Weber and Juliet Weber Reid present the Live Oak International. They also stepped up in 2016 to produce the final Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping qualifying event this season. Among the ancient oak trees and green grass fields, the setting was superb in Ocala at the Live Oak International on February 25-28, 2016.

Taking the opportunity to speak with the man behind the scene, Horse & Style sat down with Chester Weber about his perspective. Chester, also a competitor but in the discipline of Driving, mentioned that not only did Longines come on board as a sponsor, but that the community plays a big role in this event. “This year is the first of a three year contract with Longines for the NAL and we are very excited about the partnership. They have also come on to help sponsor the driving portion of the event,” he said. “There are over 200 volunteers helping put on the event and it is a huge community effort. As I was walking my horses from the stable today, I could actually hear the crowd. It was a fantastic turnout.” The event is truly designed for everyone to come and witness great equestrian sport, and the volunteers play a strong supporting role in bringing the Live Oak International to life. An essential part of creating this stage for the stars to shine is the audience, and the enthusiasm of the crowd among both horse and non-horse people at this event was electric. IN THE END IS TOP SPORT All of the aforementioned event organizers created, planned, invested, developed and produced a unique and sought after stage for equestrian stars. Bringing together all the elements for optimal high performance takes a village. Those who take on the myriad responsibilities certainly deserve a round of applause, a standing ovation actually. We extend our gratitude to the Jacobs, Pasquels and the Webers, even if they prefer the applause be for the human and equine stars of the show. march/april ·


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HUNT COAT While the origin of the very first hunt coat is unknown, we do know that jackets currently worn by English-disciplined equestrians evolved from the coats initially worn by foxhunters. It is widely thought that these jackets were created in England sometime in the early 1700s. By the early 1800s, traditional riding jackets were made by tailors, (not seamstresses), so the jackets were fit to, and more fashionable on, men. A multitude of sleeve options were seen, including cuffs and flared ends, and pockets could be both functional and false.The fabrics typically used were thick wool or a wool/silk combination. Jackets meant for everyday outdoor use usually came in neutral colors, such as brown, blue, and beige. If the jacket was made specifically for riding, however, it was often a tad more vibrant, like green or red.

And speaking of red, “pink” is a term used to describe the red or scarlet hunt coat.While the origin of this term is still unknown, many say it was named after the tailor who, supposedly, made the first red hunt coat, Mr. Thomas Pinque, (pronounced, “Pink”), of London. He reportedly chose deep red Melton (a wool fabric) for the jacket because if the hunter got blood on it, the stains would not show. The traditional scarlet coats are worn by huntsmen, masters, former masters, whippers-in, staff members, and those who have been ‘awarded their colors.’ Each hunt’s color is represented on the collar of the black or scarlet coat. Those, and the buttons, usually brass and bearing the insignia of the hunt, are awarded for recognition of service. Masters may also invite men who have received their colors to wear the scarlet coat, even if they are not staff or current or former ranked officials. A woman wears scarlet only if she is a master. It is a great honor to be asked to wear the buttons and colors of the hunt. Ladies who rode sidesaddle wore wool twill jackets, which consisted of the jacket, apron, and false vest. Depending on the size of the

1. 1. “Elizabeth Bridgman, Sister of the Artist,” Henry Walton, between 1771 and 1775, courtesy of the Yale Center for British Art; 2. “Fox Hunt,” Harris & Ewing, 1924, courtesy of the Library of Congress, reproduction #: LC-DIG-hec-44638; 3. “Portrait of Thomas Cholmondeley, first Lord Delamere, on His Hunter (study for ‘The Cheshire Hunt at Tatton Park’),” Henry Calvert, 1839, courtesy of the Yale Center for British Art







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4. “Winners of the ‘Alpine Inn Horse Show’ held at the ‘Alpine Inn’ in Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson in the Laurentians,” August 29, 1942, Conrad Poirier, courtesy of the National Library and Archives of Québec; 5. Anthony d’ Ambrosio and Sweet ‘n’ Low competing at the Washington International Horse Show, 1983, photo © Pennington, courtesy of the Washington International Horse Show; 6. Robert Kennedy at the Washington International Horse Show, courtesy of the Washington International Horse Show; 7. “Horse show,” 1921, Harris & Ewing, courtesy of the Library of Congress, reproduction #: LC-DIG-hec-41853 · march/april


budget, these jackets could be custom-designed and very ornate with numerous buttons, bow ties, ruffles, and embroidery. Twill jackets were form-fitting, tucked tightly at the waist, but then flared out comfortably over the hips, making it easier to move while in the saddle. As the hunt seat discipline is based on the tradition of foxhunting, it would make sense that the hunt jacket evolved from the ones worn by those riding to hounds. The hunter/jumper maintains a classic and conservative dress. The typical habit consisted of a black, navy, hunter green, or gray jacket, a white or light-colored shirt, with beige or tan breeches completing the look. In recent years, fashion-forward riders have pushed the envelope, so to speak, and now competitors have a much wider variety of jackets to choose from. Patterned jackets, such as pinstripes, herringbone, and plaids, have appeared in the show ring. Additionally, solid-colored jackets with a different colored shade of piping accent today’s coats, adding a bit of pop to the outline. Overall fit has improved as well. Decades ago, hunt coats were made by men for men, so women wore plain, larger-fitting, boxier coats. Today’s jackets are very flattering, form-fitting, and trimmed with movement and comfort in mind. While polyester seems to be the material of choice, some jackets have a breathable mesh backing that wicks away moisture, making them both durable and waterproof. Some popular brands have even added decorative buttons and embroidered logos, which add sleek style to any ensemble.


Whether you are an equestrian who prefers traditional, conservative attire, or one who enjoys flashier garments in the show ring, options abound. Today’s hunt coat styles grant us the freedom of flexibility and comfort while maintaining the glamour of our sport.

11. 8. Debbie Long, owner of Dudley’s Restaurant (see page 31), wearing the colors and hunt buttons of the Woodford Hounds, Lexington, Kentucky, photo © Sive Doyle; 9. Georgina Bloomberg and Caleno 3 at the 2016 Wellington Masters, photo © Ashley Neuhof; 10. Kent Farrington and Uceko at the 2016 Wellington Masters, photo © Ashley Neuhof; 11. Pony rider at Old Salem Farm 2015, photo © Lindsay Brock/Jump Media

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“Harry & Snowman”

Equestrian Aid Foundation Charity Film Screening


e are dedicated to helping all horsemen and equine-related professionals of all ages and from all backgrounds and disciplines, offering funding for medical, rehabilitation, and other essential expenses.” This powerful mission statement recited by Stephanie Riggio Bulger, President of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, echoed throughout the Global Dressage Festival Stadium on Sunday, February 21st for the outdoor charity film screening of “Harry & Snowman.” The Palm Beach community gathered together that Sunday night to celebrate the Equestrian Aid Foundation, a national non-profit that provides grant-based assistance to horsemen and equine-related professionals suffering from illness or catastrophic injury. “Harry & Snowman,” a feature length documentary, centers on the equestrian career of Harry de Leyer, a Dutchman who immigrated to the US after WWII, and his most famous horse, Snowman.

Opposite Page (clockwise from top-left): “Harry & Snowman” director Ron Davis; George Morris, Victoria Colvin and David Franco make an appearance at the premiere in support of the Equestrian Aid Foundation; Harry de Leyer and daughter Harriet; Canadian rider Tiffany Foster attended


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Unlike the finely bred thoroughbreds that populated the show ring in those days, Snowman was an old Amish plow horse that was bound for the glue factory. Less than two years after Harry rescued Snowman for a mere $80, they rose to national prominence, winning Grand Prix classes and national championships against the very horses and riders who once looked down their noses at them. The true heart of the film is not just the remarkable Cinderella story, but also the lasting friendship that develops between Harry,

Snowman and the entire de Leyer family. The film features interviews with Harry, his family and famous horsemen of the day. It is anchored in present-day footage of Harry, now 86, still living and working on the show jumping circuit, as well as footage of him from the 1970s from a previously unreleased documentary about him. Harry takes the viewer back on the journey of his love story with Snowman, through the use of extensive archival footage and more than 1,200 never before seen photos, including lost Life Magazine photo shoots. Snowman appeared on the most popular game show of the 1960s, To Tell the Truth, and on The Tonight Show, where Johnny Carson used a ladder to climb onto his back. He had his own fan club, he was profiled twice in Life Magazine, and is the subject of three best-selling books, including the 2011 New York Times best-seller, The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts. Categorized as ‘docutainment,’ a combination of documentary and entertainment, the film triumphs in that crowded genre as it tells the story of these remarkable partners. Produced and directed by local West Palm Beach resident Ron Davis, the film has played at 18 festivals across the US and won 10 audience awards. The advance screening of the film was hosted by EAF for the Wellington community to enjoy before the film is released later this year. Touched by Harry de Leyer’s positive efforts to enhance and enlighten the equestrian community, the Equestrian Aid Foundation rewarded de Leyer with this year’s 2016 Luminary Award.

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skip that part and go straight to the jumping. Of course to be a top athlete, flatwork is a must, so horse and rider are in sync on course. As is the case with most talented horses, huge amounts of patience were, and are, required to find just the right program for that individual.To help Ohlala acquiesce to doing her flatwork, Hough says “I have learned that you can’t tell her what to do, you have to ask. It might take an hour at the walk for her to accept the aids and get going between the hand and leg without throwing a tantrum, but if so, that’s what we do. She’s not very agreeable if it’s done any other way.” A JUMP UP When Ohlala was a 10-year-old, Hough got an affirmation of what this amazing little horse could do. Walking the course for the 2013 Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Hough knew it was the biggest track this mare would have jumped to date. Unfazed by the giant obstacles in her path, Ohlala took it all in stride and jumped an unbelievable round. Hough claims any rails on course were pilot error, not horse. And Hough has competed the mare at the 5* level ever since.

A strong and willful woman, Ohlala didn’t want to be told what to do, and she didn’t like her dressage work. She preferred to just skip that part and go straight to the jumping. American show jumper Lauren Hough has her sights on the 2016 Olympic Team. Achieving this goal takes years of preparation, and most importantly it takes the right horse. Hough’s top horse is a small Swedish model named Ohlala. In 2011 Henk Nooren, with whom Hough has done business for twenty years, spotted the tiny yet talented 7-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare. Trusting his knowledge, she entered into an agreement to develop and sell the horse. Hough rode Ohlala to the title of 2012 Best Young Horse at both Hamburg CSIYH and Aachen CSIYH. They stepped up into the 1.50m classes, and picked up more wins. Now the little mare, barely 15.2 hands, was beginning to attract attention and buyers were stepping up. But Hough didn’t want to sell. She sensed the mare’s super competitive nature and wanted to keep her in the barn. By the time Ohlala was eight Hough and a group of partners, the Ohlala group, became the full owners. S C H O O LWO R K A strong and willful woman, Ohlala didn’t want to be told what to do, and she didn’t like her dressage work. She preferred to just


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In 2014, Hough and Ohlala were on the short list for the World Equestrian Games, and got called to Aachen at the last minute. Stepping up to the challenge, the pair placed fifth after three very competitive rounds. Hough felt confident at that point that there was nothing this formidable mare couldn’t do. More accolades ensued, including a double bronze win at the Pan American Games last summer and an impressive 5th in the competitive Longines Masters CSI5* in December. Often asked, ‘She’s so small, don’t the jumps look big?’ Hough says that she actually doesn’t feel small and barring rider error, she is confident they always have a chance to be super competitive. There’s no denying that this small Swedish package is a character, feisty and determined, but her huge heart, unfailing courage, and pure talent may take them all the way to Rio in 2016 and beyond.

This Page: Lauren Hough and Ohlala at the Winter Equestrian Festival; Opposite: Ohlala illustrating her superb 5* style. Photos © Kenneth Kraus/









5. 1. Scott Stewart and Catch Me showing off their winning form. A decorated professional, this was Stewart’s first Hunter Spectacular win after numerous attempts 2. A striking pose with a beautiful blaze! 3. Three gorgeous tails 4. Sharing secrets 5. Waiting to perform 6. Winner Catch Me steals a kiss from Mimi Gochman. This talented Holsteiner contracted botulism last year. Fully recovered he is back in action and a shining star 7. The International Arena at WEF Week 6 was dressed up in hunter style 8. Horse and humans studying the course 9. Getting a muzzle rub while waiting patiently


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NORTH AMERICAN EXCELLENCE The mission of the North American Riders Group (NARG) is ‘to unite professional riders and trainers to use their collective strength to make show jumping in North America the best in the world.’ Through the NARG Top 25 initiative, the advocacy group has openly engaged horse show producers in an effort to raise the standards of North American shows, urging them to strive for excellence with encouraging results. In the six years since the North American Riders Group began producing a report on Top 25 Horse Shows in North America, Canadian facilities and events have reigned supreme. In an issue devoted to recognizing excellence, Horse & Style would like to honor these magnificent maestros of top sport, beginning with the #1 event since 2010, Spruce Meadows, but not forgetting Thunderbird Show Park, Royal Winter Fair, Royal West and Bromont.


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Above: In 2015, Spruce Meadows proudly celebrated their 40th anniversary; Left: North American Riders Group ‘Top 25 of 2015’ seal; Right: Spruce Meadows founders Ron and Marg Southern with their 2013 NARG #1 in North America plaque accepted at the 2014 NARG Annual Meeting

THE S TANDARD FOR EXCELLEN CE S TARTS AT SPRUCE Since the inception of the NARG Top 25 initiative in 2010, and through six years of evaluating, scoring, ranking and reporting the Top 25 Horse Shows in North America, Spruce Meadows has set the bar for excellence. In 2014, Ron and Marg Southern, the founders of one of the world’s greatest show jumping venues that we all know as Spruce Meadows, came to the Wanderer’s Club in Wellington, Florida, to accept the first-place award. When accepting the honor on behalf of his number one ranking tournaments, at age 84, Ron Southern addressed the audience with humor and wisdom. As he was concluding his speech, he shared his definition of ‘excellence.’ “Excellence is going far beyond what anyone ever thought you would do. Excellence is having the highest standards and always striving for them. Excellence is paying attention to the smallest detail.”

Excellence is going far beyond what anyone ever thought you would do. Excellence is having the highest standards and always striving for them. Excellence is paying attention to the smallest detail. —RON SOUTHERN outskirts of Calgary, just south of the Alberta Rocky Mountains, in 1971.The sprawling 553 acre property provided a virtually blank canvas for Ron Southern’s ambitious dreams. Guided by their definition of excellence that they carried with them through the project, they built a legacy that continues to lead the world of show jumping. “Spruce Meadows is a totally unlikely venue. It is an unlikely sport in an unlikely place. When we started 40 years ago, I wouldn’t have thought that any of you, from a business standpoint, would have given us [a chance at success],” said Southern in his 2014 NARG Top 25 acceptance speech.

So, what prompted Ron and Marg Southern to dream up this elite show jumping facility in Canada’s wild west? With two young, horse-obsessed daughters developing a passion for riding, the Southerns soon realized the lack of local training and competition facilities for junior riders in Western Canada. At the time, many young riders had to travel to Eastern Canada if they were serious about pursuing show jumping.

Spruce Meadows hosted the show jumping venue for the 1988 Olympics, cementing their position in the international world of show jumping. In 1991, their drive for excellence was rewarded with a royal visit, Marg Southern’s favorite moment in Spruce Meadows’ history. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II came to inaugurate the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, and the famous ‘Family of the Horse’ bronze statues were commissioned to commemorate the visit.

Determined to provide a space for these aspiring equestrians, Ron and Marg Southern purchased an old cattle feedlot on the southern

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Above: The beauty of the natural jumps in the grass of the International Ring at Spruce Meadows; Thrilling competition and great crowds at Thunderbird; Right: Thunderbird’s pristine grass field

speech to riders at Spruce Meadows, but in his 2014 address to NARG, with characteristic humility, he expressed appreciation for the shared pursuit of excellence. “. . . when we get an award like this, it really – and I speak for myself here, and I have had many awards in my life – but something like this, coming from you, is really so very, very special. Thank you very much!” Ron Southern’s achievements are extraordinary in scale and influence, in the sport of show jumping, the world of business, in his community of Calgary, and on our continent. The world doesn’t often see a person of his conviction, his principle, and his drive for excellence. It is with utmost respect that Horse & Style honors the memory of this larger than life man whose incredible impact on our sport will be felt for years to come. CANADIAN EXCELLENCE CONTINUES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA , ONTARIO, ALBERTA AND QUEBEC Although Spruce Meadows took the #1 spot each year, several other Canadian events illustrated excellence by repeatedly making the list. Notably one such event, first evaluated in year two, has held the #2 position for four years, with one year as #3. In the province of British Columbia, in the town of Langley, sits the wonderful Thunderbird Show Park. Owned by the Tidball family, the facility and its management is known for it’s outstanding customer service, superior footing in all arenas, warm atmosphere and increase in FEI events. This year, like HITS Ocala in the U.S.


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and Xalapa in Mexico, Thunderbird will host a Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™. This CSIO event will be the first of two CSI3* weeks in June, while during the second of two CSI3* weeks in August the facility will present a Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League event. Another highly ranked Canadian tradition takes place in the East in the province of Ontario, in the city of Toronto. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and international equestrian competition in the world. With a loyal following and exuberant audience, the atmosphere is exciting for all involved. Taking place in November, The Royal is a one-time per year, one arena horse show. Earning a top five position on the list for the last three years, the NARG reports have noted gallant efforts to improve in all aspects over the years, especially footing. Also host to a Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League event, the Royal Horse Show is well worth the trip. Back on the western side of Canada in the province of Alberta, in the same city as Spruce Meadows, is a brand new facility in downtown Calgary called the Agrium Western Event Centre Stampede Park. Built to house the Calgary Stampede, the main arena is large and airy, and is not limited spatially which is unusual for an indoor event. A new event located at this magnificent facility, The Royal West, jumped on the scene in the fall of 2014. This burgeoning horse show joined the ranks of NARG Top 25 in its first year, and continues to draw attention. Canadian John Anderson of Rocky Mountain Show Jumping is the driving force behind this new

Clockwise from top-left: Clearing the triple in front of a sold-out crowd at the Royal Winter Fair photo © Ben Radvani; Schuyler Riley and Dobra de Porceyo 4 win at Bromont, photo © Rebecca Walton/; The Royal West VIP Experience; Indoor show jumping in the spacious Agrium Western Event Centre; The iconic NARG Top 25 ribbon

The list of shows has grown increasingly more impressive over the years ... a sincere thank you to those who work tirelessly to present excellence in our sport. event. As an experienced horseman with his own show facility, Anderson has ‘big plans for the future and invites you to come along for the ride!’ Although still developing a brand and recognition by riders and spectators alike, the future is bright for Royal West. Another of the events that are part of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, this Canadian horse show will continue to impress. One final location worth mentioning in this outstanding group of Canadian wonders is in the province of Quebec in the quaint French town of Bromont. Now in its fortieth year, the International Bromont takes place on the grounds of the 1976 Summer Olympics, and is set to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™. The first venue in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, International Bromont has a large arena and an appreciative audience. More importantly, the facility and the surrounding cities are building up to bring the world to Quebec. The organizing committees for the event, as well as for the WEG, are already hard at work creating an incredible experience for all involved. H&S looks forward to what’s to come at this beautiful location.

H&S respects the efforts NARG has made over the last six years to recognize the Top 25 Horse Shows in North America. We note that the list of shows has grown increasingly more impressive over the years, and duly note the excellence brought to our sport from all over Canada. Congratulations to all the named events, and a sincere thank you to those who work tirelessly to present excellence in our sport.

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What is the secret to positive thinking when nerves make you feel so bad that you think something is actually wrong with you? I am an adult hunter and equitation rider with many years of experience yet I often find that my nervousness makes me feel sick and my thoughts get ugly. Please help me get back on track!


Mental and physical stress leads to the release of many hormones that activate physiological systems for selfprotection. It is essential that riders develop a relationship with the changes their body and mind undergo when experiencing pressure or anxiety. These shifts tend to speed up time and heighten negative thoughts. The first step is to get familiar with your mind and body under stress. How you are in a stressful traffic jam may be similar to how you are when stressed in the ring. Discover what parts of your body are activated, sweaty, or tight. Observe the rapid thoughts and how your thinking shifts to defensiveness. Slow your breathing to


reduce the speed of reactive thoughts. Notice what your automatic self-talk is saying. If negativity is coursing through your mind, choose new affirmative words. Take some time to review your self-talk history. Is this negative process an age-old pattern? Is it true? Does it help you Train your brain to focus on the task, not the potential mistake or emotional discomfort. Typically, the process of becoming aware of your brain’s patterns opens the door to shifting them. Try writing down your newly intended self-talk and review it regularly. Since the brain is a muscle, you can train yourself to think the way you want!

I am a goal-oriented person. I like to plan and keep focused on how things are going. After talking to you, I learned that outcome-based thinking doesn’t work so well in the ring. Can you please help me understand this idea again? I mean, how do you ride well without a plan?


Present-moment task orientation is NOT riding without a plan! Equestrians train with goals in mind and ride each course with a plan. The idea is to focus on the task at hand, rather than the desired outcome each time you enter the ring. After you ride, you can reflect on where you are in relation to your short, mid, and long-term goals if you are so inclined. The plan for the round on the other hand needs to be designed in advance and tended to piece by piece as you ride. The brain training necessary to be able to seamlessly shift between feeling and thinking starts with a plan and is executed by the mind-body connection. Once your trainer and you have crafted the plan, and you have reviewed it on your own, trust that the plan will be accessible when you arrive at each stage.You

have been practicing the shift from your intuitive to analytic parts of your brain in lessons as you hear the instruction, execute the task, hear the correction or reinforcement, and make adjustments accordingly. The only difference between the lesson experience and the show ring is that in the show ring it is up to you to remember and execute each step of the plan without prompting. When you are in this intricate dance between your analytic and intuitive brain areas, there is no room to think about how well you are doing or the outcome. Staying present and task-focused allows you to experience peak performance and flow. Practice making a plan for an activity, task-oriented focus on the plan, and intuitive and analytic awareness in daily activities to increase ease with this process.

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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When you think of Argentina, three key elements may top your list: great food, wine, and polo. Within an hour’s drive of Argentina’s bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires, a seamless combination of culinary perfection and authentic sport is available nearly every day at Argentina Polo Day at La Carona Polo Club just outside the small town of Capilla del Señor. A quick search on Trip Advisor will confirm that this excursion is one of Argentina’s top attractions for equine enthusiasts and non-equestrian travelers alike, boasting hundreds of five-star reviews since its inception in 2009. The La Carona Polo Club boasts two regulation-sized polo fields. march/april ·


Ruben Jabib and La Carona’s head groom, Manuel, plan the day over matcha tea.



hile the sport of polo often evokes a sense of elitism and exclusivity, Argentina Polo Day’s mission is to share this beautiful game with people from all walks of life. The brainchild of polo player and restaurateur Ruben Jabib, Argentina Polo Day is a uniquely special experience. Anyone who visits for the popular day excursion, or chooses to spend a few days for the polo clinic, will delight in the chic, yet timelessly rustic estate modeled after the original 1897 La Carona homestead. Recently restored to its original glory, the estate, which boasts two regulation-sized polo fields manicured to perfection, is highly regarded among the polo community. The club features a polo arena with stadium seating and ample accommodations for guests and players to train or vacation. I spent a week with Ruben, his wife Celia, who is instrumental in running the business, and their daughter Valentina, to truly understand how their vision for Argentina Polo Day has grown from four polo ponies and a polo field, to a 200-horse operation, a fully active polo club, and a booming tourist attraction. The key? According to Celia, it is her husband’s tireless energy, and his passion to bring the very best of Argentinian culture to his guests, while continuing to provide a top-notch destination for polo players from around the globe.


The day begins over matcha, which is Argentina’s special tea, at 7am on the veranda of the restaurant. Ruben, with his devoted longtime grooms, carefully plans which horses to use for the four-chukker

Manuel fetches ponies needed for the club’s guests.

exhibition match played daily for Polo Day guests. After the meeting, they set off to fetch the 32 ponies that will be needed. As the grooms head for the lush fields, Ruben hops in his truck and heads to town to purchase fresh chorizo beef and vegetables for the lunchtime barbecue feast. The process is so swift and seamless that each step could easily go unnoticed. It took me a couple of days to actually recognize what was happening, and when. The preparations for Argentina Polo day run like a well-oiled machine, in large part because Ruben and Celia believe in cultivating a strong bond with their staff. La Carona offers year-round positions, as opposed to the more common seasonal employment at other polo clubs. Most polo workers follow the ebb and flow of the polo seasons, sometimes spending only a couple of months at a polo farm. But at La Carona, some have been working for Ruben since the beginning of the business. These long-time employees feel a pride of ownership in the farm, and it shows. The next variable of the day falls to Celia, who organizes the task of making sure each guest, whether it be a honeymooning couple or a flight crew on a layover looking for a day’s tourist activity, is picked up from their respective accommodations in the capital city and its surrounding areas. This process, too, appears totally effortless. Once the wizards behind the curtain have spun their magic, Argentina Polo day begins with the arrival of the guests at noon. All are welcomed with a warm greeting from their bilingual guide, freshly made empanadas straight from the outdoor brick oven,

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and – you guessed it – smooth Argentinian wine. Guests have the chance to take in the spectacular scenery, mingle and meet new friends, and even check their email. The entire estate is equipped with Wi-Fi, with the strongest signal located by the pool overlooking the polo field. If this is not an excuse for a quick instagram shot, I don’t know what is! In concert with the wine comes a full introduction to the sport of polo, as the players take the field. Ruben often leads the charge and members of the club join in to play the exhibition match. During breaks between chukkers, guests are encouraged to put down their wine glasses (just for a moment) and grab mallets to begin learning the game on foot. This is the time when the bonding over a completely unknown activity begins to take place, and most realize that in fact, it’s OK to look kind of ridiculous in the middle of a giant polo field attempting to hit polo balls. At the conclusion of the match comes the classic Argentinian barbecue that everyone raves about. Complete with premium-cut chorizo steak, freshly roasted vegetables – and yes – more wine, it is a true five star feast under the shade of the trees overlooking the polo field. The club offers delicious vegetarian options as well. But for those who are lovers of fine beef, Ruben explained the secret that makes the Argentinian meat so divine. One of many Argentinian discoveries you’ll uncover while at Argentina Polo Day! After lunch it’s time to saddle up and embark upon most guests’ first adventure wielding a polo mallet while astride a roachedmane pony. ​​The club provides everything for a safe and fun


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experience, carefully matching guests with horses appropriate for their riding level. Once the guests take to the polo field, a truly fascinating phenomenon takes place. For the experienced riders, it is making contact with the mallet and ball that is usually the greatest challenge. For the first-timers and the “I rode once on vacation” guests, the trajectory is rapid. Initial timidity visibly begins to vanish when the focus shifts from making the horse move, to concentrating on the game. Unlike conventional riding lessons, where many people struggle to become comfortable with the horse’s movements and reactions, focusing on the mallet and ball seems to take the stress out of the fact that one is actually riding a horse. It was astonishing to see the game become the catalyst for putting otherwise nervous riders at ease. It also helps that the polo ponies are incredibly well behaved and go along with the activity willingly. When guests have had a bit of time to get used to their mounts and their mallets, everyone divides up for a mock polo match on the short side of the field. There is abundant laughter, and a smile on the face of every guest at the end of the riding time. After a rousing game of polo and perhaps a closer bond following such an experience, guests spend the last portion of their Argentina Polo Day poolside with a cold glass of delicious homemade sangria. There is nothing more refreshing than extricating oneself from half chaps and helmets and trading them for a swimsuit on a hot Argentinian summer day. It is without a doubt one of the many highlights of the day’s festivities.

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect introduction to the rich culture and heritage of Argentina, than one experiences while attending a Polo Day at La Carona. Not only is the day full of top-notch food, hospitality, and sport; it shares a piece of Argentinian authenticity usually inaccessible to travelers. For Ruben and Celia, their greatest passion is providing guests from around the world with a day they will never forget. We often joked around the dinner table that you could spend a week at La Carona and meet someone from every continent. The global vision the owners have for Argentina Polo Day is for it to transcend the one wonderful place in which it currently exists and expand into a cultural experience and brand that can be shared around the world. Even before it moved to La Carona, Argentina Polo Day garnered hundreds of rave reviews. The reason it has seen so much success is simple: Argentina Polo Day operates from a place of passion and true entrepreneurial spirit. For Ruben, Celia,Valentina and their devoted team, Argentina Polo Day has always been about sharing the beautiful sport of polo and the wonderfully rich heritage of Argentina with the world. As the tag line goes on the side of Ruben’s truck: “Polo is not just a sport. It is a way of life.” And as a guest of La Carona and Argentina Polo Day, I was lucky to experience it in its most authentic form. L E A R N M O R E AT:


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Clockwise from top-left: McLain Ward and Polar Bear, 1993; Michael Hughes and Finnick, 2014; Lillie Keenan and Uno, 2010; 2015 Top Three

The Washington Equitation Finals: The WIHS Equitation Finals, taking place at the iconic Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) each year, may be the youngest of the equitation championships that attract the undivided attention of equestrian fans each fall, but it soon became one of the most prestigious. Founded in 1992, The WIHS Equitation Finals calls one of the most historically rich horse shows in the country its home. Host to a cast of visitors including the likes of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Gerald R. Ford, first ladies including Nancy Reagan and Jacqueline Kennedy, and celebrities like Bo Derek and William Shatner, WIHS attracts more than equine royalty. From the place where the first all-female equestrian team represented the U.S., to continuing one of the few remaining Puissance competitions in North America, WIHS takes pride in being a trailblazer in equestrian sport. That spirit reached its pinnacle when The WIHS Equitation Finals qualifiers became one of the most popular equitation classes at horse shows from coast to coast and the Finals joined WIHS junior and child rider awards as a foreshadowing of future success at the top level of equestrian sport. Since 1992, the Finals that test the top 40 equitation riders in U.S. based on qualifying at horse shows nationwide, has become a who’s who of young rider talent. Those riders are pitted against one another in a format unlike any other equitation championship,


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with a hunter phase, jumper phase, and final work-off deciding the winner. Aside from being a new take on equitation finals, WIHS also provides a sneak peek at the next generation of professional riders, Olympians, and horse sport superstars. In 1993, McLain Ward preluded his two Olympic gold medals, countless grand prix wins, and 2015 Pan American Games success with a WIHS Equitation Finals title. Anyone who watches Ward’s impeccable equitation nearly 23 years later can see that his formula is a winning one. “I think the equitation helped me a tremendous amount, and I am very grateful for having the opportunity to do it,” said Ward. “I think every young rider should do equitation at the high levels. I think it helps you in your discipline, it helps you in your riding style, and it helps you in your thought process. All of that is going to eventually apply to the sport if you choose to go on and do this professionally or at a higher level.” While Ward looks back fondly on his experiences in the WIHS Equitation Finals, he has not left it as a memory. A judge for the Finals twice, he is still involved in influencing the riders who may one day join him on an Olympic team.


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Clockwise from top: Kent Farrington and Ginger, 1999; Meredith Darst and Soldier, 2013; Victoria Colvin and Patrick, 2015

An Illustrious History “I am not looking to be a career judge, but I really think highly of the equitation and how it influences riders,” he said. “I think it is important that people like myself get the opportunity to be involved with that because we bring not only a really fresh and fair and neutral sense to the table, but we also bring what we see happening at the highest levels of Olympic show jumping sport.” For some riders like Christine Tribble McCrea, a win in the WIHS Equitation Finals still ranks among their most memorable moments. The 2011 Pan American Games double gold medalist won at WIHS in 1996 and the honor is one that has yet to be trumped at the show.

Coast, and it was really intimidating. That was a big deal for me at the time. So many riders that I looked up to were there.” Farrington returned to Washington in 1999 to clinch the Equitation Finals in his last year as a junior competitor. “I remember Nancy said ‘You do belong at this show, and you are going to go in there and we are going to win stuff anyways,” added Farrington. “So that is what we did.”

WIHS Equitation Finals wins were affirming for Ward and McCrea, but for fellow top-ranked rider Kent Farrington of Chicago, his experiences were humbling ones.

In the years since WIHS Equitation Finals winners have become U.S. medalists at major games, young competitors continue to deliver new, promising, and even undiscovered talent each season. Rising stars like Brianne Goutal, Jack Hardin Towell, Lillie Keenan, Michael Hughes, and most recently,Victoria Colvin, have added their names to the star-studded history of winners. For these riders, perhaps the promise of following in the footsteps of some of the greats in their sport makes a WIHS Equitation Finals win all the sweeter.

“As a junior when I first came to Washington I didn’t come for the equitation, I just came for the junior jumpers. I remember I went in and I turned to my trainer at the time – who was Nancy Whitehead – and I said ‘I don’t belong at this show’,” said Farrington. “I had never been to a bigger show and it was all the kids on the East

The Washington International Horse Show takes place each October in Washington, D.C. with prestigious year-end championships for professional, amateur, child, and adult hunter and jumper riders alike. For more information, visit

“To be honest, there is nothing that surpasses that day for me,” she said. “That is the best thing that has ever happened to me at Washington.”

Photos © Al Cook, Shawn McMillen, Jennifer Wood Media, Lindsay Brock/Jump Media

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7. 1. The desert sun rises at the horse show 2. 2015 USEF Talent Search Finals Champion Ransome Rombauer finds time to compete, keep up her studies at Sonoma Academy and save miniature horses! 3. Egypt’s Nayel Nassar and Lordan take a victory gallop after winning the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal, Week IV 4. Hugs and kisses with your pony are the best! 5. Victory hugs are awesome too! 6. Will Simpson and The Dude clear the Longines oxer with flair 7. Athleticism of horse and rider up close 8. Wild Turkey Farm’s Holsteiner stallion WT Leapfrog showing his tremendous trot Photos © Rachel Peterson


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Hunt Ltd. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk Gretchen Hunt developed a love for horses early in life. Years ago, she switched from a Western saddle to an English one when her daughter Blair began competing on the ‘A’-circuit. She since has become an avid foxhunter, and is currently a whipper-in to the Golden’s Bridge Hounds of North Salem, NY. Whipping-in is an honorary position requiring great skill and advanced problem solving ability, tools that she also utilized to achieve her success in her career. Gretchen Hunt

After twenty-five years in the fashion industry, in the winter of 2003, Gretchen and her sister Sarah, who had a jewelry business in Aspen, decided to join forces, combine their expertise, and open a boutique on the horse show circuit. march/april ·


What began as a fun part-time project soon evolved into a successful full-time venture. Now in its thirteenth year, Hunt Ltd. is a staple on vendor row at the Winter Equestrian Festival and several other top equestrian events. With canine ambassador Nugget in tow, Gretchen brings fashion to horse shows up and down the East Coast. Her mobile boutique is a go-to spot for fashion with an equestrian flair.

HORSE & ST YLE: When and where did Hunt Ltd. come into being? GRETCHEN HUNT: I started Hunt at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington thirteen years ago. I was riding with my daughter, and for some reason I didn’t feel I had enough to do. (Silly me!) My sister Sarah was in the jewelry business in Aspen, and she came to Wellington for the winter. We decided to open a little boutique. We opened with jewelry, and from there it evolved into clothing and lifestyle brands, which is what I’m more used to, with my background. H&S: What is your background in the fashion industry? GH: I worked on 7th Avenue in New York for twenty-five years. I worked for Anne Klein when she was alive, and traveled with her. She was the first designer, along with Calvin Klein, to envision sportswear as we know it today, and she was really on the cusp of the fashion industry. She had a completely different way of looking at dressing, fashion, and the business. I worked for her for twelve years, and then for Calvin Klein. In my history I’ve also worked for Halston and Elie Tahari. H&S: What was your vision for the boutique when you opened it? GH: It’s really more about what it has evolved into. In the beginning, it was just something fun to do. It seemed like there were a lot of people that had time on their hands to shop, and my family background is in retail. I had experience on the manufacturing side, the fashion side, and the retail side. The original concept was to do something for the season, and then I would see about the next step. It ended up being successful enough for me to go forward and bring in other products.

H&S: How would you define Hunt’s style and that of your customers? GH: The customer is anywhere from age 20 to, I would say, 65. She’s a woman who is fashion conscious, who has good taste, who likes quality, who is understated for the most part, and who is trendy, but tastefully trendy. She likes clothes that fit into her equestrian lifestyle. We carry clothes that you can put on after you get out of your riding clothes, or that you can wear during the day when you go to the show to watch your kids ride. Hunt’s style is about the tasteful ease of dressing. H&S: What brands do you carry that embody that style? GH: Right now one of our biggest brands is Vince. They have a multi-layered collection in that they have everything you need, from great cashmere, to denim, to tee shirts, to silk shirting. The way we buy the line takes a very casual approach, and then we layer in lines like Elizabeth and James, Rebecca Taylor, and good denim lines. We carry AG, DL1961, and Current Elliot. I bring in other things as icing, whether it’s accessories, or jewelry, or scarves, so that you can come in and put your own look together. H&S: What are some of the challenges of running a mobile equestrian themed boutique? GH: I would say having an equestrian lifestyle theme is actually to our advantage because most of the people who spend time at horse shows, or who live around the lifestyle, don’t really have the time or desire to go and shop in a department store. They want service. They want people who know what they like, and who will find something for them and put it aside. We are very much a service-oriented business in that way. We are there for our customers in their environment; you don’t have to get in a car, find a parking space, and walk into a mall.You can come and shop at the show after lunch or early in the morning. So we see ourselves as a convenience.

H&S: Besides the convenience of location and customer service, what makes Hunt a unique place to shop? GH: I think it’s a taste level. If people like what we have, then we develop very loyal customers who stick with us. Because we travel, we are there throughout the seasons with them. H&S: What advice would you give those aspiring to start a similar business? GH: You have to have a lot of energy and not be afraid of travel. Having a mobile boutique has great advantages, but it’s not always easy. It’s very tiring. At the same time, if you ride, it can be great fun. Last year I brought my horse to Florida for the winter, and I was able to ride a little. I also went to Lake Placid and the Hamptons with my horse; so it’s possible to ride and still work.You can keep your love of the sport, as well as your relationships with friends who live the equestrian lifestyle. H&S: What are your plans for Hunt in the future? Do you have any desire to expand the business? GH: I’ve been toying for the longest time, with the idea of doing a men’s boutique. It would be very item oriented: denim, cashmere, some great shirting, but not a lot. The brands that we’re already buying also have divisions for men, so it would be very easy to step into that realm. I’ve also thought of opening a little shoe store, and I would love to expand the amount and types of jewelry we carry. It’s something I have to really think through. Our customers love nice accessories!

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Doyle My mother took great pleasure in the beauty of even the smallest, most ordinary things; and she constantly pointed them out to her children (I was the ninth of ten), urging us to look and enjoy. The ability to observe, to really see, is so important in photography. My mother gave me that gift. Our home in Ireland was filled not only with children, but with animals: rabbits, hamsters, chickens – those creatures large and small, gave me lots of opportunity to practice my photography. I learned patience from watching in silence for long periods of time if necessary, in order to catch the right moment with my camera. My love of horses started at age eight, when my parents took us on holiday to county Kerry and rented a gypsy caravan and horse. The horse, Old Faithful, was as kind and gentle as his name and I fell in love. From then on, through my teenage years, I took every opportunity to ‘muck to ride.’ I came to Kentucky to work in the thoroughbred industry. I managed a thoroughbred farm, and as a professional photographer took countless photos of foals for Jockey Club registrations and for farm, stallion, and sales catalogues. I spent any free time I had taking photos of horses, in their element. Finally deciding that “Now’s the time,” two and a half years ago I made the leap to become a full-time photographer. If I have a photographic philosophy, it is never to alter a photograph, but to capture and celebrate the natural beauty of what I see.


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