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I ntro d u c in g t h e H o r s e S h o w B u c k e t L i s t

A Legacy in Action Franktown Meadows ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

Life of Pessoa New columnist Alexa Pessoa

Assistant of the Year

Find out who won!

Trend Report Autumn & Asmar


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What shows must you see before you die? We kick off this new column with one of the best - The Hampton Classic Horse Show!


From a family with a rich equestrian history, the Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby is a dream come true for the hunters

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Historic Folger Stable is an equestrian jewel tucked away in the hills of Woodside

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The journey begins in this exciting new column as Alexa Pessoa gives H&S readers an intimate look at her life from the center of the international show jumping world

64 | STYLE PROFILES Pull on your boots, it’s fall for all!



Recognizing hardworking assistant trainers with the first-ever Assistant of the Year contest! Congratulations to the top five!

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Jeannie Sucre’s focus on life began with babies, and now includes the magic of horses

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Thieves be gone! The Saddle Network aims to create a new style trend with visible tagging for your saddle


Discover the story of the talented horse that carried Kilian McGrath to Young Riders Individual Gold this summer

Find us online at www.horseandstylemag.com 'Like' us on facebook /horseandstylemag 2


On the cover: Lynn Lloyd of the Red Rock Hounds at the 2012 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Photo ©Christine Dallas


5 | From the PUBLISHER 7 | 10 THINGS Anne Polli

8 | OUT & ABOUT Wine Country Classic

14 | OUT & ABOUT

2012 Olympic Games


18 | NORCAL CORNER It’s Medal Season


The Head and Not the Heart

20 | TRAINER SPOTLIGHT Shelley Campf

22 | OUT & ABOUT

© 2012 Horse&Style Magazine

Publisher & EDITOR IN CHIEF | Sarah Appel sarah@horseandstylemag.com

Editor | Erin Gilmore Creative Director | Ryan Anne Polli ADVERTISING & SALES | Shannon Wright advertising@horseandstylemag.com

Photographers | Sarah Appel, Ryan Anne Polli,

Erin Gilmore, Jeannie Sucre, Christine Dallas, Lenny Strucker, Woodside Images, Sportfot, Jennifer Wood Media, Diana DeRosa, Debbie Stone, Abby Jorgensen, Catherine Cammet, Terri Lee Roberson contributors

Deux Chevaux

Erin Gilmore Erin Gilmore is a freelance writer and equestrian journalist based in Wellington, Florida. She has worked in equestrian media since 2002, and is a frequent contributor to regional and national equestrian magazines. A lifelong horseperson, she trained hunter/jumpers, spent time on the international show jumping circuit, and worked in a variety of disciplines, from polo to dressage.

Autumn & Asmar

Tanya Zilinskas Naouri

Menlo Charity Horse Show



68 | OUT & ABOUT

HITS Championship Weekend

72 | Equine assisted therapies Forget Me Not Farms

74 | INDOORS 2012

The Washington International Horse Show


80 | OUT & ABOUT

Tanya has been working in fashion since 2005, when she launched her online womens wear boutique Maneater Threads. Tanya now divides her time between freelance writing, ecommerce consulting, and most importantly, being a mother to her new son Harris. Having grown up showing Quarter Horses at the national level, she is currently enjoying working with her green Irish-bred Thoroughbred, Luke, so that he’s ready for walk/trot classes with Harris in a few years.

Katie Shoultz

Katie Shoultz is a freelance writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. The business savvy writer is also the founder of Isidore Farm, a premier hunter/jumper facility in beautiful Kentucky. Katie is involved with several equine organizations and is active in the industry she most enjoys writing about.

Carrie Wicks, Ph.D. Dr. Carrie Wicks divides her time between her private sport psychology consulting and family therapy practice, traveling with athletes, and writing. She recently completed her doctorate in psychology while researching the mental practices of equestrian athletes. Dr. Carrie’s passions include horses, yoga, mountain biking, skiing, and time in nature with animals.


Molly W. Chappell Horse & Style intern Molly W. Chappell was introduced to horses by her grandfather when she was three, and she has been involved with horses ever since. Molly currently attends Cal State University Sacramento where she is working on a degree in journalism, and a minor in digital media.

Sonoma Horse Park

Dr. Terri Lee Roberson A licensed clinical psychologist, Terri has worked

The Hampton Classic Horse Show


89 | DEAR FASHIONISTA Bored with Beige

91 | BUSINESS LISTINGS 92 | CAN YOU STAND IT? Alluring Adornment

Horse & Style Magazine is a Hunter Jumper publication published bi-monthly and distributed FREE by Horse & Style Magazine LLC at Northern California hunter jumper horse shows, large training centers and participating tack shops. 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 © 2012 Horse & Style Magazine LLC. TM

with a variety of populations including adolescents, adults, couples and families over the last twenty years. Combining her passion for horses and her clinical work, she is currently program director for Equine Mirrors, an Equine-Assisted Therapy program in Sonoma Valley. When not in the arena, she has a private practice in Sonoma.

Alexa Pessoa

Alexa is an American rider from Connecticut who married Olympic Gold Medalist and Three Time FEI Rolex World Cup Finals Champion Rodrigo Pessoa in 2009. This column will chart her life as a mother to their daughter Sophia, as a rider on her way back to top competition, and as a wife to one of the world’s most high profile show jumpers. For more stories on Alexa’s travels, follow her blog www. mousemakesthree.wordpress.com




Happy Birthday

Horse & Style Like most entrepreneurs, I begin the journey of this magazine with an idea, some inspiration and a dream. After staying up all night jotting down my thoughts for my new magazine, I realized I had to figure out how to turn my ideas into a reality. My first call was to Ryan Polli, now H&S’s creative director. I believe it went something like this; “Hey Ryan it’s Sarah, I know you have a four week old baby, and I’m four months pregnant, but I’m thinking about starting a magazine and I need your help.” Without hesitation Ryan was in. So we made a flyer and off I went to some horse shows, where I pitched to my long time friends, trainers and finally strangers that they should advertise in a new magazine I was creating, and no I had never published a magazine before, but yes I promised it would be great! Rachel and Jeff Fields of Sandhaven Farms were the first to not only say, “that’s a great idea,” but “we’ll do a two page spread!” And so it began. While Ryan and I are blessed with creativity and portraying those ideas, neither of us can spell or edit to save our lives. In came Erin Gilmore, who single handedly edits, organizes and keeps this magazine moving along. If it wasn’t for her we might still be working on our 3rd issue and not celebrating our one-year anniversary! Seven issues later, here we are! Horse & Style continues to grow and inspire us to be different, try new things and constantly strive to better our magazine. And we have picked up some amazing talent along the way. This issue sees the first column from Alexa Pessoa (yes, that Pessoa.) You’ll love her insight on life as a rider, mother, and wife to one of the most decorated show jumpers in the world (page 59).

This issue we are thrilled to include moments from so many amazing horse shows around the world. With that in mind, this issue also marks a new semi-regular series, “The Horse Show Bucket List.” We know that every rider has a list in her head of fabulous horse shows she’s got to see at least once in her lifetime, and we aim to cover a portion of that list in the coming months by visiting the most spectacular horse shows in the world. We kick things off with none other than The Hampton Classic Horse Show (page 32!) Between the birth of this magazine, the birth of my first child, and so many other amazing opportunities that keep coming our way, this past year has been nothing short of a whirlwind. Our readership both in print and online continues to grow, and while we of course love to grow with our magazine we still have not forgotten our roots. Northern California has and always will be where Horse & Style calls home, and it showed in our first annual Assistant of the Year contest. Congratulations to the winner, a Northern California girl who wins some amazing swag for being named the H&S Assistant of the Year. Our mission to help promote this sport we all love led us to beg, borrow and beg again for the prizes donated by our advertisers (thank you advertisers!) to award to these hardworking trainers (page 46). Thank you to everyone for their continued support, and a special thank you to Ryan, Erin and all the fabulous writers and riders on the Horse & Style team who make this magazine better and better with each new and exciting issue. Love,

photo ©Deb Dawson OCTOBER | NOVEMBER


1. She stood a Thoroughbred breeding stallion and produced PCHA and Zone 10 Hunter Breeding Year End award winners

2. Is obsessed with the Official SAT Question of the Day website, and checks it daily

3. One of her first jobs was in the parts department at a Ford dealership

4. Has won awards for her baking, including two Best of Class and one Best of Division at the California State Fair

10 things you might not know about...

Anne Polli

5. Hates vacations – after 25+ years

of traveling to horse shows, it’s a

vacation to be home


Her favorite appetizer/New Year’s Day breakfast is Bagna Caulda: fresh French bread and celery dipped in a hot mixture of garlic, olive oil, butter and anchovies

7. She was a barn manager for Project

R.I.D.E, a therapeutic riding program in Elk Grove, CA

8. She was adopted as an infant and 50 years later found

her birth mother

9. Her favorite store is Staples! 10. Every year since she was 15 she has

baked 1200+ Christmas cookies in December to give to family and friends

Anne Polli knew that she would be involved in horses when, as a young girl watching Bonanza, she discovered that she liked Little Joe’s horse more than she liked Little Joe. The Sacramento, California native competed in hunters in her early 20s and into her 30s, but somewhere along the way discovered that as much as she loved to ride, she didn’t love to compete. Since then she has worked every job at a horse show, from ring crew to judge to back gate to management, which gives her a unique perspective on horse shows in Northern California.




1. Marisa Metzger on a ‘stand in’ victory gallop horse after the Classic 2. Grace Matthias and friends cool off 3. A first time happy leadliner 4. Madison Orlando 5. It’s not the Wine Country Classic without a grape stomping contest! 6. Ready and waiting at the Diamond Mountain Stables barn 7. Noelle Lenhard returns to the gate after a many year hiatus 8. Shawn Skillman and Gabe Griffin 9. Janna Morbitz grabbing her ribbon after the $5,000 WCC Jumper Stake 10. Post horse show fun 11. Kim Butts stomps her heart out 12. Emma Townsend prepares for the Derby 13. Facility Assistant Manager Cheryl Martin 14. Patrice Corbridge of Cottonwood Farm

Photos ©Ryan Anne Polli



Tonya Johnston & Kendjira

Reserve Champion 2012 PCHA Adult Medal Finals Thank you to Hope, Ned, Heather, Tracy, and the entire SVS team! Special thanks to Kelly Van Vleck and Archie Cox for a terrific weekend. Tonya

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers

Hope’s Cell (707) 249-1518 Ned’s Cell (707) 249-1637

Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades - Assistants

1075 Jacobsen Lane - Petaluma, CA 94954

photo by Captured Moment Photography |

created by applehead design

Barn Phone (707) 769-0180 www.sonomavalleystables.com

Laura Owens & L. Alta Vida

Champion 2012 EMO Horsemanship Finals Reserve Champion Carousel Medal Finals Winner Equestrian Concierge Equitation Classic HMI Challenge

Champion NorCal Eq Classic 18-35 Strides and Tides

Champion or Reserve in the Adult Equitation at every show in 2012 Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers

Hope’s Cell (707) 249-1518 Ned’s Cell (707) 249-1637

Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades - Assistants

1075 Jacobsen Lane - Petaluma, CA 94954 photo by Deb Dawson


created by Applehead Design

Barn Phone (707) 769-0180 www.sonomavalleystables.com


Emma Waldfogel & Constantin Emma Waldfogel & Unfinished Business

Champion - Jr Modified Hunters Giant Steps Champion - $1,500 Jr/Am Mod. Hunter Classic Res Champion - Equitation 15-17 Giant Steps & HMI August Classic

Emma Waldfogel & Maximilian Top 25 HITS Saugerties $250,000 Child/AA Hunter Prix Finals Champion - Jr Hunters - August Classic Res. Champion - Jr Hunters - HMI Classic Res. Champion Jr Hunter Classic HMI August Classic & Giant Steps Winner Jr Hunters - Menlo Charity

Champion Equestrian Concierge Eq Challenge Champion NorCal Equitation Classic 15-17 Res. Champion 2012 EMO Horsemanship Finals 4th $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Menlo Charity Horse

6th $25,000 USHJA International Derby Franktown Meadows

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers

Hope’s Cell (707) 249-1518 Ned’s Cell (707) 249-1637

Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades - Assistants

1075 Jacobsen Lane - Petaluma, CA 94954

Constantin photo by Alden Corrigan


created by Applehead Design

Barn Phone (707) 769-0180 www.sonomavalleystables.com

Congratulations Team SVS!

Eleanor Hellman & Alley Oop

Champion .70 And .85 Jumpers HMI August Classic

Champion Low AO Classic Giant Steps Res. Champion AO Hunters HMI Classic

Annavija Hoy & Legacys Lucky Pennie Helen McEvoy & Chance of Flurries Res. Ch - Large Pony Hunters HMI August Classic Res. Ch - Child’s Pony Hunters - Menlo Charity

Champion - Low AO Hunters - Menlo Charity 6th place - HITS Saugerties $500,000 Hunter Prix Finals

Sarah Ryan & Mapleside Dolcetto Champion - Large Child’s Pony Hunter Menlo Charity, HMI August Classic Champion - Pony Eq. - HMI August Classic Champion - Zone 10 Childs Pony Menlo Charity

Rebecca Birdsall & Solis

Blaire Kingsley & Leopold

1st - $2,500 Wright Open Jumper Classic 3rd - Sonoma Horse Park Grand Prix


Erin Bland & Weatherly

owner Sabrina Hellman

Top 30 - $100,000 USHJA International - Derby Finals Champion - $5,000 Giant Steps Hunter Derby Champion - Perf. Hunters - HMI August Classic Champion - Zone 10 Perf. Hunter - Menlo Charity 2nd - $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby

Avery Glynn & Luke

Vivaldi, owner Elena Townsend Champion - 1.10 Jumpers - HMI Classic Champion - 1.15 Jumpers - August Classic Res. Ch - Children’s Jumpers - Sarah Draxton, rider

Winner $15,000 USHJA Consolation Derby Derby Finals Kentucky 2012 5th $25,000 Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby Champion AO Hunters - Giant Steps Charity Champion Jr/AO Classic - HMI Classic

Avery Glynn & All That

Champion - Walk Trot Cross Rail Hunters HMI August Classic

Champion - Cross Rail Hunters HMI August Classic

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers

Hope’s Cell (707) 249-1518 Ned’s Cell (707) 249-1637

Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades - Assistants

1075 Jacobsen Lane - Petaluma, CA 94954 created by Applehead Design

Barn Phone (707) 769-0180 www.sonomavalleystables.com

Congratulations Team SVS!

Jackie Faust & Telstars Anastacia

Champion - Pre-Adult Jumpers - HMI August

Paige Pastorino & Crusader Champion - 1st Year Green Hunters HMI Classic and August Classic Champion - Jr Hunters - Giant Steps

Jordan Matteri & Autobahn

Champion - High Jr/Am Mod. Jumpers HMI August Classic

Ned Glynn & Akimba

Steve Lang & Murphy

Champion 1.15Jumpers - HMI August

Champion - .90 Jumpers - Giant Steps


Sarah Ryan & Gabriel

Owner Helen McEvoy

Champion - Pre-Green Hunters Champion - Children’s Hunters 13 & U HMI August Classic Champion - Jr Eq 12-14 - HMI August

Champion - Training Hunters - August Classic Champion - Training Hunters - HMI Classic Champion - Low Hunters - Giant Steps

Julia Bachteal & Very Best

Emma Townsend & CR Haribo Winners of the $ 2,500 Kristen Kendall Low AO Hunter Classic - Menlo Charity

Champion Small Hunters HMI August Classic Res. Champion - Children’s Hunters 13 & U HMI August Classic and Giant Steps

Eleanor Hellman & Argiste

Sarah Frushell & Stonetown

Ch - Zone 10 Perf. Hunter - Menlo Charity Res.Champion - Performance Hunters

Champion - Pre-Green Hunters HMI Equestrian Classic Champion - Amateur Modified Hunters HMI August Classic Winner - Low AO Hunters Menlo Charity

Menlo Charity, HMI August Classic

Avery Hellman & Roccoco

Champion - $2,500 USHJA Nat’l Hunter Derby Ch - 3’6” Perf. Hunters - HMI August Classic 3rd - $25,000 Franktown Meadows Derby

Ned & Hope Glynn, Trainers

Hope’s Cell (707) 249-1518 Ned’s Cell (707) 249-1637

Tracy Mirabelli & Heather Roades - Assistants

1075 Jacobsen Lane - Petaluma, CA 94954 created by Applehead Design

Barn Phone (707) 769-0180 www.sonomavalleystables.com

OUT AND ABOUT the 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES - London, england

1. Galloping under the Olympic rings while on course during the cross country eventing competition 2. McLain Ward and Antares enter the ring 3. Luciana Diaz of Portugal receives instruction from her coach 4. Patriotic British equestrian fans 5. Abdullah Al Sharbatly of Saudi Arabia celebrates his team bronze 6. Beezie Madden 7. Rich Fellers and Flexible at the 2nd Horse Inspection 8. The mood was jubilant among the Canadian team before the competition began 9. Individual Bronze medal winner Cian O’Connor enjoyed posing for the Irish press 10. Athina Onassis course walks with her husband, Álvaro Alfonso de Miranda Neto of Brazil 11. Jessica Phoenix and Exponential of Canada clear the iconic crescent moon jump during the cross country competition 12. Incoming chef d’equipe Robert Ridland 13. Outgoing chef d’equipe George Morris 14. British gold medalists Ben Maher and Tripple X Photos ©Erin Gilmore



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PROFESSIONAL POP QUIZ This month’s question: “How long should

an aspiring professional work as an assistant trainer before setting off on their own, and why?”

“I feel this really depends on the individual, their background and knowledge. This individual should have hands on experience in the hunters, jumpers and equitation. They should know the ins and outs of competent teaching and be forever open to learning themselves. All of the above with a strong set of morals and compassion and you are on your way!”

Denize Borges, Crystal Image Farms

“Just answering from my own experience, about five years. I was an assistant for Jimmy Williams and Susie Hutchison for one year and then worked for Sandi Nisson for four years before she started a breeding facility and I bought her business. The experiences and knowledge I gained in those five years was vast. And I’m still learning 30 years later!”

Sue Ellen Wright, Wright Horse Sales Every issue, a new question will be answered from your Northern California professionals. Have a question you want answered? Send it to sarah@horseandstylemag.com

“It depends on the person and the experiences they have that help them to find their niche. I took over nine years before I found mine.”

Robin Waugaman

STYLE RIDER by Sarah Appel

Emma Mann-Meginniss If anything, a full time career as a lawyer in San Francisco, CA makes time at the barn that much more sweet for amateur rider Emma MannMeginnis, who rides with Lindsay and Matt Archer at Shady Lane Farm in nearby Alamo. The 26 year old is a passionate rider who is originally from New York City, but now enjoys West Coast living and its thriving equestrian scene. When she’s not showing in the Adult Amateur Jumpers with her five year old gelding Cotillion, she can be found in the adult equitation ring, and is even known to place well in the medals. Emma’s style is classic and professional, unsurprising given her life’s work. Along with that style, her dedication to horses is refreshing and makes her one to watch, both in the courtroom and the ring!

Horse & Style: Describe your riding style. Emma Mann-Meginniss: I’m probably still a little East Coast conservative; it’s left over from my equitation days and from growing up in New York City! Now that I mostly show in the jumpers, I just wear a polo or long-sleeved collared shirt with tan breeches. On classic days, I always wear a white shirt and either a navy or black coat. My coats are more “jumper” coats these days, but they are still pretty traditional. A different colored collar is out there enough for me! H&S: What is your head-to-toe riding outfit? EM: My GPA Speed Air helmet, Polo or Essex collared shirt, Pikeur breeches, and either my Vogel boots or La Mundials that I usually wear at home. I always top it off with a fun belt--either a color or a big buckle. My favorites are a black Furla belt with a big silver buckle that my mom got me a few years ago, and a brown textured belt with a vintage gold and silver buckle that I found at a thrift store in Saugerties, NY. H&S: Do you wear any pieces of jewelry or clothing for good luck? EM: I have a pair of earrings that my grandfather gave me when I was 14 that I’ve worn to almost every big horse show and finals I’ve ever been to. I’m not sure if they’re really lucky but I don’t want to test it! H&S: What are your favorite equestrian brands? EM: Pikeur for breeches, Grand Prix for coats (I’ve been wearing them since I was a little kid and they’ve always fit me the best!), Kingsland, and Romph makes great schooling breeches. H&S: How would you describe your non-horse show style? EM: Classic, a little traditional. I usually wear skinny jeans with a white t-shirt or a silky blouse. I generally top it off with a fun scarf

or jewelry and a leather jacket. I’m tall so I wear mostly ballet flats, or just Toms or Sperrys if I’m doing something casual.

H&S: What has been your biggest accomplishment as a rider? EM: During my first amateur year, I was 2nd in the Ariat Medal Finals at Capital Challenge. My horse got hurt a couple of weeks before the show and I had to borrow a horse I’d never ridden before. I had just started college and wasn’t really riding, so it made it extra difficult...and extra special when I did so well! H&S: What are your riding goals for the future? EM: Since moving to California three years ago, I’ve really been focusing on the jumper ring. I bought a young horse last year and I really just want to keep moving up with her. I would love to get comfortable with her in the Low Amateur Owners and hopefully move up to the Highs at some point. H&S: How do you balance riding and your career? EM: For me, riding is as much a priority as getting a good night’s sleep. I’m much happier, and much more productive, when I can get to the barn a couple of times a week. Sometimes that’s not possible, of course, and work or life takes over. But I feel like if I just make riding part of my routine, it doesn’t feel so hard to fit it into my schedule. H&S: What is the best life lesson riding has taught you? EM: Be humble. For all the highs, there is inevitably a low. I’ve had days when I felt like I could ride in the Olympics, only to crash at a 2-foot high vertical the next time I ride! Riding always reminds me to be thankful for what I have and to never take it for granted, even from one round to the next. H&S: And who would you call your equestrian style icon? EM: I get my style from all over... No one person in particular! Above: competing in the jumper ring Left: Classic and stylish outside the ring



NORCAL CORNER by Cindi “Shorty” Pérez

Summer Success

Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix. Following up on their second place finish in 2011, McFarlane and Mr. Whoopy placed 12th, over a huge course that produced just three clean in the first round. At the USHJA Hunter Derby Finals in Lexington, Kentucky, the Sonoma Valley Stables team was well represented. Erin Bland and Weatherly topped the $15,000 USHJA Consolation Hunter Derby.

Medal Season is Upon Us

With the onset of autumn many riders and trainers are looking forward to finals season, and NorCal Medal Finals, to be held October 10 – 14th at Leone Equestrians in Sacramento, promise to be a highlight. For 2012, NorCal Hunter Jumper Association has teamed with Langer Equestrian Group and Leone Equestrians to add more prize money, more classes and more division championships. Association President Denize Borges said, “I am very excited about the new schedule and class format at the NorCal Medal Finals horse show. The extensive class list will allow our Northern California trainers to cater to all of their clients’ show needs, not just the medal finalists in their barns.” With additional prize money in the jumper arena, show organizers are hoping to attract jumper riders who are attending the Sacramento International Horse Show during the previous week.

It’s been a terrific summer show season for NorCal Hunter Jumper Association members showing far and wide. At Blenheim Equisports in Southern California, NorCal member Matt Archer of Shady Lane Farms rode away with the West Coast Five Year Old Young Jumper Championship Finals aboard Cotillion, owned by Emma Mann-Meginniss. Hope Glynn of Sonoma Valley Stables swept the top three places in the $5,000 Open Hunter classic with Bel Canto, Perfect Pleasure and Woodstock, respectively. NorCal trainer Sue Lightner also brought home the blues from Southern California with her own Rendezvous, placing first in the IHF Under Saddle with NorCal member Diane Yeager in the irons and winning the IHF Hunter Breeding Three-Year Old, with Lightner handling. Rendezvous was Reserve Champion in the Sallie B. Wheeler Hunter Breeding Best Young Horse at the West Coast finals. Lightner was also awarded the Ted Fieger Memorial Trophy for Best Handler Sallie B. Wheeler National Championships - West Coast for the 4th year in a row. A little farther afield, NorCal members Duncan McFarlane and Helen McNaught went east to Saugerties, New York to contest the



The Medal Finals have always been the major draw for the horse show. Riders worked all year to qualify for 3’6” Junior and Senior Medal Finals, Pony Medal Finals and 3’ Medal Finals that showcase both juniors and amateurs. Borges said, “The entire NorCal Board, and especially the Medal Finals Committee, has put endless hours into this year’s Finals to make them the best that they can be.” Committee chair Connie Buckley and committee members Lucie Wharton, Sarah Appel, Kelly Maddox and Sami Milo have worked tirelessly to make this show a great way to end the show season. Long time Finals sponsors Taylor Harris Insurance Services and Hey & Hey Attorneys at Law LLC have stepped up to the plate once again this year. Connie Buckley said, “We are so thankful to have strong support from these two organizations year after year. Having commitments from them early in the year gives us the ability to offer beautiful awards including tack trunks for the winners.” Judges Andrea Wells, Mike Rosser, Janet Stratton-George, Richard Wilkinson and Max Von Zimmerman will be joined by legendary rider and trainer Hap Hansen. “Having grown up idolizing Hap Hansen, I am thrilled that he will be one of the judges for our 2012 finals,” added Borges. “All of us are looking forward to great tests by course designers Peter Holmes and Chris Collman.” Spectators are welcomed and VIP services will be available at the show. Good luck to all finalists! Caption: Duncan McFarlane and Mr. Whoopy at the 2012 Pfizer Million. Photo ©Erin Gilmore

BETWEEN THE LINES The Head and Not the Heart by Natalie Keller Reinert


Reviewed by Erin Gilmore Scrawl Publishing, 2011. 209 pp.$2.99 (Kindle for Amazon) The normal that we horse people live every day is everything but to those from the outside looking in. Natalie Keller Reinert explores the exhausting, heartbreaking, sometimes bone breaking normal of running a Thoroughbred breeding and racing barn in Ocala, Florida through the eyes of Alex, a horse crazy girl wavering between burnt out and passionate about the days she spends with horses. There are several interesting themes running through The Head and Not the Heart. There are those we’re familiar with, such as laying all your hopes on the back of a talented horse, just to watch him break down. And there are those that many of us may not know firsthand, such as Alex’s complicated relationship with her boyfriend, who is also her much older trainer and boss. This novel, a first time effort by former exercise rider Reinert, floats along at a sun drenched, dusty pace that paints the pictures horse people know in their sleep: early mornings with fresh horses, hairy rides on spooky young prospects, silly mistakes that end in injuries both horse and human, and late night phone calls to the local vet. Alex struggles with the inevitable question of what her future will be made of, and when she takes a scouting trip to Aqueduct Racetrack, that detours in a very un-horsey New York City bar, she realizes she’s trying to find the answer to whether she’s really living her dream, or not.



Ronn Winner of the 2012 Carousel Medal Finals on her own Anton

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100 Electioneer Rd, Stanford CA 94305 (561) 758-3148


Equestrian sport has been described as a grand passion, and Shelley Campf’s career shines with a palpable dedication to the industry. Shelley, a wellestablished figure in the hunter/jumper world, has invested her time and talents in promoting the sport while embracing the challenges and adventures along the way. Shelley and her husband, Jeff own and operate Oz. Inc., a full service equestrian center, based in Canby, Oregon. Together with their children, Chad (14) and Blake (8), they embody the spirit of the Pacific Northwest while forging their own unique path. Insightful and entertaining, Shelley’s distinctive outlook reflects her engaging personal and professional life.

Horse & Style: Your involvement in the sport is expansive – is there a particular facet you enjoy most? Shelley Campf: I have trouble pinpointing one facet. I really enjoy teaching teenagers and adults. Many riders will come to me and tell me how poorly they ride. When they are taught system and process, they can do it. It is just like math - anyone can learn it if they try hard enough. I really enjoy working on trying to have the sport available to more people. I enjoy governance in hopes of the ultimate goal of great programs available to everyone. I think the different facets that I am involved with help me - it keeps me interested, as I do not suffer from monotony in my job! H&S: What was the inspiration behind your farm name, Oz Inc.? SC: When we first were in business, we wanted a name that wasn’t tied to a specific location. We threw out crazy idea after crazy idea. We were in the video store one day and this little boy was pulling on his mom’s leg and wanted to watch The Wizard of Oz. We both took notice of this and joked later that we should call our business Oz. The joke became earnest, and that’s when it came to be. H&S: If you’re not riding or teaching where can you be found? SC: Like most Americans, during the day, I spend an inordinate amount of time in front of my computer answering emails and generally keeping up with the business of Oz Inc. Although, I have to add that I do not do Facebook. I’m allergic to Facebook! H&S: How do you enjoy the Pacific Northwest? SC: The Northwest is a great place to live on so many levels. We waterski in the summer, snowski in the winter, and have perfect weather for both. The climate is mild, and I love having seasons. Portland has a great vibe with fantastic restaurants and a great culture. People live really healthy in Oregon and are very eco-friendly.



H&S: If your horses could talk what would they say about you? SC: I have no idea! I really love the horses and their varying personalities. I have a few horses that I ride that have more personality than most people. My horses probably feel like my kids. I expect a lot; I am firm about boundaries but also try to nurture them to their fullest potential. H&S: Any special talents or hobbies of yours that most people wouldn’t know? SC: Well I can’t say I have any talents but I like to waterski, play the piano, and cook. If it looks like a complicated recipe, I want to see if I can make it, say Beef Wellington or Chinese Dumplings. It’s a kooky thing – I’ll eat anything so it’s really all about the challenge. H&S: How do you and your husband, Jeff, maintain such a great working relationship? SC: While we obviously have a lot of overlap, we have the mindset that I run the business, and he makes sure all of the horses do what they’re supposed to do. We both teach a lot, and the mix of that is great for a rider’s development. We teach the same system of forward riding, but sometimes we say things differently. He predominately rides the jumpers but shows a hunter beautifully, and does so from time to time. I predominately ride the hunters and am the slowest jumper rider in America! I really enjoy riding the jumpers, but I am a hunter rider at heart. My biggest problem in the jumper ring is not the jumps; it’s the time faults. We are often asked how we work together and still get along. It is no challenge for us - it just works. H&S: Do you have a favorite family activity? SC: Travel - hands down. We love to all be together to witness new things. We like to go to exotic places and observe different cultures. Our kids are very adaptable and will try anything including some of the crazy foods you can encounter. When we are at home, we love to go boating on the Willamette and enjoy water sports; in the winter, we go to Mt. Hood to go skiing and snowboarding.


MASSAGE AT EQ LETE H&S: Who would you want to trade jobs with for a day? SC: Without the skill set it seems crazy, however, I am good under pressure and have always had ‘Emergency Room Doctor’ envy. H&S: What is a pet peeve of yours in the ring today? SC: It’s not really ‘in the ring’ but rather ‘out of the ring.’ My pet peeve is when trainers and riders complain about the judging. Why do we criticize the very people that are hired to do the job? The perspective of the judges on any given day and event is their perspective, and their opinions should be respected. H&S: How do you define “stylish?” SC: My concept of stylish is a personal understated elegance that emanates from an inner sense of confidence. For example, I believe Neil Armstrong, the recently departed former astronaut, embodied this mindset. He was an amazing man of great achievements who retained a quiet sense of humility and dignity. So, stylish is the ability to accomplish anything you want without becoming arrogant about it. As far as stylish riding, I tend to describe it as invisible riding - the ability to combine the various elements of riding in synchronization to produce a seamless presentation. I tell my clients if you’re doing all those magical things, and I can’t see you doing them – perfect.

H&S: Favorite personal memento? SC: In my home life I treasure things that remind me of family and strength as a family unit. My father was an engineer, and I inherited a wonderful geometry set of his that I made into a shadowbox. As far as horsey things – I have lucky socks. I say there’s no such thing as luck except for lucky socks. I won’t wear the ‘lucky socks’ on a warm-up day or just out riding. I wear them when it really counts. When I am competing, I also carry a pink felt heart that a little girl in my community gave me. It’s a gentle reminder to me that we have the power to touch the hearts of others.

1. You are hanging on to your horses mouth, maybe your shoulders are tight? 2. You are bracing in the saddle, afraid of an impact that will cause your back to hurt more 3. You can’t turn your head to the right or left to watch the round in the ring behind you, and that horse is really cute! 4. You fell in the Liverpool 5. Your trainer gives you a “time out” 6. Your client gives you a “time out” 7. Your husband doesn’t like to “hurry up and wait”, maybe he needs a shoulder rub? 8. Your heels are lifting... tight lower back = tight hamstrings 9. Your trainer keeps telling you to “sit back!”... maybe your lower back is tight making it impossible to roll your pelvis under you and sit deep 10. You keep “tipping” at the base of the jumps, let me “open your chest” by lengthening the pectoral muscles so you can stay tall to the base of your fences

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1. Blake Gardiner strikes a pose 2. The tempting goods of vendor row 3. Polly Hey of Hey & Hey Attorneys introduces her daughter, Ellie Panos, to the leadline class 4. Pewter handcast napkin rings at Pomegranate Seeds in vendor row 5. Waiting for the jog 6. Variety of olive oils at Be A Gourmet 7. Winners of the $40,000 Menlo Charity Grand Prix Guy Thomas takes Peterbilt out to stretch his legs in the afternoon 8. Artist Sam Price 9. The always popular Parw Belt Buckles 10. Jeff Fields sports a Tory Burch bag 11. Don De Franco and Suzanne Rischman of the Menlo Show Committee 12. A rider from Diane Yeager’s barn gets some last minute attention before the leadline.

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13. Vintage Belts from Loren Buclaw 14. Carly Bechtel in the Windy Hill Larry Mayfield Ride and Drive 15. Menlo Ribbons 16. John Bragg during the jog 17. Kiley Haberkorn, Alexandra Sinclair, Sophia Siegel 18. LesAnn LeClaire with her daughter Lydia and just-retired hunter star Houston 19. A very happy Reserve Champion in the ponies 20. Trina Turk 21. Karrie Rufer with her mother in the VIP after a clear round in the Grand Prix 22. A stylish rider in a contemporary Burberry blouse

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NEW PRODUCT ALERT by Katie Shoultz

Stopping Saddle Thieves The relationship between a rider and his saddle can be a rarefied, enduring union, outlasting horses and sometimes even trainers. As such, a rider will go to great lengths to protect this valuable asset. Unfortunately, there has been an upward surge in saddle thefts as of late. Enter Hugh and Mary Braly. Energetic innovators and the owners of Braly Woodworking and Trunks Unlimited, the Bralys have created Saddle Network, a low-cost theft deterrent system utilizing current technology.

Tag – You’re It

This type of tagging isn’t reminiscent of a childhood pastime, but instead, a smart use of technology to protect important tack investments. Once a level of membership is purchased (ranging from basic to lifetime,) Saddle Network provides a tag that is affixed with rivets in a designated exterior location on the saddle. Unlike microchipping or GPS, the tag is designed as a visible deterrent. “Saddle Network is the first proactive approach to preventing saddle theft,” explains Mary. Even if the tag is removed, the rivet holes are a secondary visual alert. The tag, although visible, doesn’t ostensibly detract from the overall picture of the hunter style. If a tagged saddle is stolen, the owner has the ability to quickly alert the Saddle Network community by changing the saddle’s status. Members will be alerted of the status change via text, email, Facebook, and Twitter. The tag also contains a QR code that can be scanned with a smartphone, or alternatively, the tag number can be directly entered at the Saddle Network’s website should the saddle be presented for resale. At its core, Saddle Network is a website platform that brings the industry members from across the country together, making it possible for them to communicate in a direct and purposeful fashion.

Strength in Numbers

The equine industry is a small world that has always relied upon word of mouth. The Bralys recognized this unique aspect of the industry as being key to addressing the problem. “Equestrians are a close knit community, regardless of breed or discipline; we are tied together by one common passion, the horse, and with that, we are able to protect each other through community watch, using social networking as our foundation,” says Mary.

The Industry Buzz

Mary’s feedback from the equestrian community regarding the innovation has been quite positive. “They are well aware that there is little or no recourse to recovering a stolen saddle and that equipment theft is on the rise,” Hope Glynn of Sonoma Valley Stables, an official endorser of the product, states. “Anything that can keep my most valuable piece of equipment from possibly being stolen is a great



invention. There have been more thefts of saddles this year than any other year I can remember.” Beyond preventative security, Saddle Network offers the ability to archive detailed equipment records on a secure database. There is also Saddle Network’s “TackBay” dubbed by Mary as the “safer marketplace” since only members can sell, but it’s available for the community at-large to shop. As an extra incentive, the Saddle Network created a revenue-referral program. As Hope expresses,

we have insurance for our trailers, trucks, and horses; we do that to help protect our investments. The Saddle Network helps you protect your investment. I think it will continue to evolve to help people buy and sell saddles and connect more people in the industry as well.

Going Global

After establishing themselves in the U.S., the company has future plans of presenting Saddle Network on a global level. “Saddle Network’s primary goal is to unite the equestrian industry on a national level. Once that is attained, we will enable the rest of the world to join – starting with Canada, South America, and Europe - ultimately creating full global communication and protection,” explains Mary. In 2013, the company is slated to release smaller tags better suited for bridles, breastplates, and halters. “Saddle Network enables everyone from the backyard horse owner to the professional Olympian to be protected easily and economically with no special gadgets or equipment.” Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson and Simpson Show Jumping proudly became one of the first to join the Saddle Network.






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BEHIND THE SEAMS by Tanya Zilinskas Naouri

Deux Chevaux The story of equestrian lifestyle brand Deux Chevaux is one of taking a step back from modern distractions, finding the joy and beauty of the past, and rediscovering one’s true passion in the process. Founded in 2010 by Cara Walinsky, Deux Chevaux celebrates a rich life full of simple pleasures. Walinsky was born in Washington, DC, where her father was a speech writer for Robert F. Kennedy. When Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, Walinsky’s family moved to Scarsdale in New York’s Westchester County. Walinsky took up riding at age six at a local barn, turning up at the occasional schooling show in jodhpurs and a blazer passed down from her brother. After wearing down her parents with daily pleading, a 13 year old Walinsky finally got her first horse “borrowed” from a family friend: a Thoroughbred named Jaggers. Walinsky would later train with a young Karen Healey, who found her next horse, Ivy League. Or as Walinsky calls him, “a saint in chestnut clothing.” Walinsky showed “Bob” in equitation and junior hunters, and when Healey moved her operations to the West Coast, Walinsky finished her junior career by qualifying for the 1983 Maclay Finals with Olympic medalist Leslie Burr-Howard as her coach. When it was time for Walinsky to start her college career at Brown University, horses were put on hold indefinitely. After graduating from Brown, Walinsky continued on to earn her MBA at Yale.



Having completed business school, she went to work at what is now called the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC. For the majority of her 10 years working at CEB in marketing, Walinsky traveled extensively, leaving little time for either a social life or to unwind on her own. The sales cycle was constant and post 9/11 travel had become that much more difficult. However, the company’s initial public offering in 1998 on NASDAQ presented an opportunity for Walinsky to re-evaluate both her career and her life. Walinsky left CEB with the intention of starting her own business, but the question was, in what? While she had many interests, it was difficult for her to conceive of something that she was passionate enough about to pour the same time and energy into that she had at CEB. On a lark Walinsky started riding again, and immediately realized that she had found her passion.

It was like someone had relit my pilot light,” Walinsky explains. “Within a week, I had been to Florida, signed on Walinsky was with a new trainer and bought a horse. back to her equestrian roots, only this time there was no borrowed horse or blazer. Walinsky fast became a fixture at the barn, and one horse almost as quickly became four. Wanting to stay close to her horses, and having found what she was passionate about, Walinsky launched Deux Chevaux in 2010 from the kitchen of her farm in Wellington, Florida. The “Deux” of the Chevaux refers to the inherent partnership of horseback riding, although two sets of horses could also be considered the inspiration. William and Sincerely were Walinsky’s first hunters upon her return to the saddle, and Sophie and Elphaba were her two adult jumpers (both by the famous sire Darco).

Despite her impressive business background, launching Deux Chevaux was no small feat. She had no connections in the particular industry that she was launching, and as Walinsky points out, “studying and talking about best management practices is a far different endeavor from actually implementing them on a daily basis.” Walinsky essentially had to start from scratch, researching the market, finding manufacturers and sourcing materials. The result has been an equestrian lifestyle line that is modern yet has a distinct touch of Anglophilia. “I have always loved that traditional, lush, stately, elegant style of an English country manor,” notes Walinsky. “The contrasts of colors and materials and aromas: beautiful gardens, sweeping pastures, book-filled libraries, stone walls, fine woolens, supple leather, the smells of fresh cut grass and the hay loft.” Walinsky pays an exquisite attention to detail when it comes to creating Deux Chevaux’s items, which are made in the United States, primarily in New York City. All products are made in small production runs, and Walinsky personally selects each material and finding that goes into making Deux Chevaux’s handbags, belts, bracelets and home accessories. One particularly unique item is Deux Chevaux’s Feedbag in Vintage Linen, which is made from antique European grain sack. While the Feedbag offers a classic tote shape, the unique vintage material sourced from newly discovered caches in barns across Europe makes each handbag utterly one-of-a-kind. Deux Chevaux has also partnered with acclaimed equine artist Judy Goldthwait to produce a limited number of hand painted leather bracelets, offering classic scenes of fox hunting, polo and show jumping. Still, Walinsky considers belts to be Deux Chevaux’s

signature item, and looks forward to seeing them become more prevalent at horse shows. With their rich leathers and eye-catching buckles, Deux Chevaux’s belts are certainly an effortless accompaniment to breeches and a hunt coat. “They embody the brand,” Walinsky explains. “The quality of the leather, the finish of the buckle, the wit and originality of the design.” In addition to Deux Chevaux’s current line of products, Walinsky plans to add cashmere riding scarves, new candles, new handbags and a “top secret necklace design” to future collections. While largely based in Wellington, Walinsky still spends summers in her old stomping grounds of New York. She is currently taking time away from riding to focus on further growing the Deux Chevaux brand, but hopes to show Sincerely in Florida over the winter. While Deux Chevaux is not yet in any West Coast stores, products can be found online at deuxchevauxproducts.com. Ironically, the barn where Walinsky first started taking lessons has since become a housing development, a casualty of south Westchester County’s shifting landscape. However, Walinsky’s re-envisioning of the past brings with it its own benefits: Chevaux’s limited production and handmade items make one imagine a bygone era when horses and fields outnumbered buildings. Opposite page: Deux Chevaux’s Feedbag in Vintage Linen This page, top: Hand painted cuff with classic fox hunting scene Bottom: Snaffle bit and stirrup leather bangle bracelets hand painted by Judy Goldthwait


The Horse Show Bucket List

by Erin Gilmore

Every single week of the year, a horse show is put on somewhere in the world. Large or small, glamorous or not so much, it sometimes seems there are so many that they all blend together. Not so. For all the endless options of horse shows out there, a select few rise above the rest in quality, class, and location. It’s those competitions that are coveted, anticipated for months in advance, and have a spot on every self-respecting equestrian’s horse show bucket list. What is a Horse Show Bucket List, you ask? Why, it’s an equestrian destination that fits all the criteria above, and then some. It’s a string of idyllic days that contain the best of the horse world and must be experienced in person, at least once, before you die! Thus, the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, New York, is a very fitting competition to kick off Horse & Style’s first edition of the Horse Show Bucket List!



It’s Worth the Trip Whether you’re flying in from the other side of the country, driving up from the city, or heck, traveling from across the Atlantic, The Hampton Classic Horse Show is most definitely worth the distance traveled. Traditionally held at the end of summer over the Labor Day holiday weekend, it’s the perfect combination of equestrian shopping galore, prestigious competition, and the late summer sun grazing your shoulders like a warm caress.

The Flossy Factor If there is one show where style is a requirement, this is it. New Yorkers on hiatus from city life pull out their designer threads, high wedge sandals and floaty silk tops for one last jaunt before fall begins. Sunday brings out stylishly over-the-top hats that adorn nearly every female head, both inside the VIP tent and out. Some memorable hats included a group of butterflies as a dramatic flair; a purple sheath the extended from its owner’s head all the way to hips, and a super size black and tan hat with precisely the right dip.

High Roller Shopping Vendor row takes on a whole new meaning at the Hampton Classic, in fact it’s often referred to as the 5th Ave of horse shows. And for good reason! The most expensive item on display for sale in the famed “Boutique Garden”? Why, a full size speedboat, of course. Interested buyers could drop $310,000 to be the proud new owner of this blue Cobalt 302 recreational speedboat. In addition to a new boat, one could pick up antique furniture, designer handbags, and even lingerie!



The Kids Are Happy This year’s Kid’s Day on Saturday, September 2nd attracted hundreds of gleeful children who made a beeline for the Hampton Classic’s extravagant petting zoo, which in addition to the usual bovine suspects, included a great horned owl on display from the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons. Facepainting, jugglers and pony rides abounded as well, making for some exhausted, but happy faces at the end of the day.

Important Classes Important Riders


Let’s start with the biggest and work our way down. The $250,000 FTI Consulting CSI-W4* is the East Coast’s first World Cup Qualifier of the season. Kent Farrington had been trying to win this particular class for ten years, and this year he finally succeeded on Voyeur. McLain Ward won the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier with Rothchild, and the $30,000 Pilatus Cup with Vocas. The $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby was held the week before, and Molly Ashe Cawley took home that top prize with Kennzo. Of course there was much more action, from the special Young Jumper Championships that are the crowning achievement for talented 5, 6, 7 and 8 year old horses, to the ultra-competitive, ultra popular Hamptons leadline section, which always warrants at least three class splits.

Riders are VIPs, Too Prizes at the Hampton Classic run the gamut, from a Henri Lloyd backpack and Beval baseball cap gifted to the champions of major classes, to the gift bag from Der Dau that every competitor received when they arrived. Champions also went home with a prestigious Hampton Classic cooler from Triple Crown Custom, and a bag of LifeForce feed from Alltech. And of course, if they were very lucky, they walked away with a very big check. Kent Farrington’s take home pay for winning the $250,000 FTI Consulting World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix was a mere $82,500.00!



The VIP touch This writer experienced her first celebrity press briefing before being allowed to enter the ultra-exclusive VIP tent on grand prix Sunday. For a full two hours before the grand prix began, Very Important People (and those who like to act Very Important) flooded the opulently decorated tent. VIP table owners hire an army of party planners to come in on Sunday morning and decorate the tables in different and increasingly complex themes. The rows of tables, each with a white-coated waiter standing at attention at one end, is a lesson in dining finery.

Celeb Sightings New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, his daughter, rider Georgina Bloomberg (pictured), Alec Baldwin, Julianne Moore, Jerry Seinfeld, and Lorne Michaels were just some of the celebrities who were spotted throughout the weekend. The Hampton Classic is a favorite destination for the New York celebrity crowd, and each year attendees try to outdo themselves with extravagant gatherings in the VIP tent. Photo ŠLenny Stucker

It’s All

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Good Cause

Title sponsor FTI Consulting committed to donating a dollar amount to the ASPCA each time their jump was successfully jumped, all week long. They gave $5 for all classes during the week, and then $100 for the first round of the grand prix, and $1,000 for each time it was cleared in the jumpoff. Luckily for the ASPCA, the jump, which was a solid wall set as the first fence on course during the grand prix, was cleared successfully by all riders, as well as all three who rode in the jump off for the blue ribbon in the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix. All told, clean-jumping riders earned $13,000 for the ASPCA.



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A Legacy in Action

Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby by Katie Shoultz photos by Christine Dallas The Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby brings together a stunning location with people dedicated to the sport to achieve one of the most unique equestrian events in the nation. This past Labor Day weekend saw the third annual $25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Franktown Meadows, held on a green grass field against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Carson City, Nevada. For the second year in a row, Wyoming-based rider Jessie Lang traveled to Reno and took home the blue ribbon with C. Quito, Margot Snowden’s stunning 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood stallion. Although getting to shows involves a little more effort due to her location, Lang makes sure to mark the derby on her annual calendar. And



winning for the second year in a row with C. Quito made the trip that much sweeter.

It’s definitely a special event,” she “When you’re riding around, it feels like you’re on an outside course as opposed to an arena.


All About the Hunters

It’s that feel that Aimee Lafayette, manager of Franktown Meadows Equestrian facility and founder of the derby event, was aiming for when the idea for a standalone derby came about three years ago. In 2010, the MacLean family unveiled their inaugural $25,000 USHJA Hunter Derby as

the crowning class to a weekend that is all about the hunters. It is now a young tradition that has been quickly welcomed to the area. As one of only two standalone hunter derbies in the nation, the event is orchestrated with all the style and panache of an occasion worthy of the red carpet. The event works in collaboration with Water and Rails, Inc. in supporting the ALS of Nevada that assists people and families coping with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In addition to the international derby, the weekend also includes a $2,500 National Hunter Derby and select hunter sale. The MacLeans have certainly brought good times, good company, and good will with plenty of equestrian enthusiasm to the West Coast. After all, what’s not to cheer for when the horse community and locals join together to rally behind the exhibitors while supporting charity?

A Family Affair

With a sublime backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Franktown is a little piece of horse heaven tucked away in an unlikely West Coast location. But as LaFayette makes note of, Franktown Meadows is really a family affair. “My grandparents moved to Lake Tahoe full-time in 1969 from the Los Angeles area,” she recounts. “My grandfather had property there since 1947 that they vacationed on all the time - winter and summer. In the summers, they brought their horses with them. My grandmother Janice didn’t train in any particular discipline, but would trail ride with family and friends all over the Sierra Nevadas.” Aimee and her sister, Sarah, grew up riding and cherishing time with their grandparents along with their mom, Lynne, an avid horsewoman as well. Indeed, it’s been a mutual love of the sport that is shared by three generations. Janice’s creation of a mini equestrian mecca in Carson City was born out of a deep love for the horse. “My grandmother’s favorite part of Franktown Meadows was twofold: one, developing it into her dreams - laying out arenas, planting trees, and seeing the property emerge as she had envisioned it,” Aimee describes. “And two, seeing it be used as she intended it to be used - horse shows, clinics, that sort of thing, For these two reasons, we know the derby would have been exactly something she wanted.” No doubt, it’s an event that would be worthy of praise from the matriarch and visionary of Franktown Meadows. Although Aimee isn’t so sure Janice would gush too much. “Funny thing, Grandma was an overly practical person who probably wouldn’t actually have had a lot to say about the derby,” she admits. “She would see it as an obvious event to host while still acknowledging that it is a lot of work.”

The Devil’s in the Details

Creating an event that is inviting while bringing riders out to an area not heavily populated with horse shows is no small feat. Undaunted, in 2010 Aimee rolled up her sleeves and set to work.

Opposite page: Jessie Lang, C. Quito and their connections proudly pose after their victory in the 2012 USHJA International Derby This page, from top: Lang and C. Quito wrapped up a Round 2 total score of 103 to win the derby. Lynn Lloyd of the Red Rock Hounds relishes her moment in the spotlight at Franktown Hope Glynn placed 2nd and 3rd in the Derby with Woodstock (pictured) and Rococco, respectively



“For us to a have successful event, we have to draw on professionals that are in SoCal, the Bay Area, NorCal, and Oregon,” Aimee explains. “It’s a huge geographic area. We are a destination – not a few minutes from a horse show. Hunter derbies are very popular on the West Coast but not as well attended as the derbies in the Midwest and East Coast. We wanted to create something that people don’t want to miss.” By making the event greater than a regular show, more akin to a grand affair, Franktown Meadows has been able to involve their local community on a much larger scale. Small, thoughtful touches are also present throughout the various facets of the event. As one small token of appreciation, at the VIP reception that opens the weekend every exhibitor receives a rider’s bag. “We can’t just have a run-of-the mill horse show prize list because it gets bogged down with all the others that people have to choose from on the horse show front,” Aimee says. Far from ordinary, the MacLeans have been able to embrace and manifest a visionary purpose.

The Grass is Always Greener

One of the derby’s most striking attributes is the course and its footing. Truly, the competition field is the stuff equestrians dream about. “We have a field that we’ve just left undeveloped. The only thing we did was laser level it. It’s a cow pasture that’s at least 150 years old,” Aimee describes. “ The root base of the grass is at least a foot and a half to two feet.” After it’s flood irrigated, the field remains in a lush and green condition. “The horses love it; it’s so cushy for them. It’s like a little trampoline,” Aimee adds with a laugh. “George Morris was one of our judges at the inaugural derby, and he said it was one of the best fields he’d ever seen, even from an international perspective.”

His high praise has been echoed by management and exhibitors every year since. Lang loves the field and the challenge of the uniquely constructed course presented to exhibitors in the International Derby. The organizers are out there from dawn to dark for days to try and make it perfect,” she says. “The flow and every angle and every detail at every jump was taken into consideration. The questions that it asked were totally fair. They’re catering to quite a variety of talent, and they really want to have all the exhibitors feel comfortable but challenged. It says a lot when you can set a course that brings out the most in all.”

Quintessential Hostess

The MacLeans’ welcoming approach and creative business ideas make for an inviting weekend. Jessie’s favorite aspect of the venue? “Hands down, it’s the people,” she answers. “It’s just got a great feeling. The background with the mountains is beautiful, of course. The barn is very friendly to use coupled with a laid-back atmosphere, but yet, you really feel a sense of competition. From the family, all the sponsors, the spectators - it really gives you such a family feeling.” Lang’s family feeling is exactly what Aimee had in mind. And the feedback she’s received from spectators and vendors has garnered similar sentiments.

The guests love getting dressed up,” Aimee notes. “It’s a big party under the tent with brunch, wine, champagne, and lots of excitement. We want people to truly feel involved in the competition. As for vendors, Franktown Meadows involves equine industry related vendors as well as others. The MacLean’s have also received great support from Rush and Carl Weeden – organizers of the United States’ only other standalone derby, the Chicago Hunter Derby. Their insight and encouragement have come in the form of jumps, course planning as well as even competing in the class. The opening ceremonies are kicked off by the local hunt club, Red Rock Hounds. Lynn Lloyd, Fieldmaster, has loved being able to bring her hounds out. Her adage is that “when somebody asks you to do something different – say yes.” Knowing that the hunter derbies are designed to promote basic riding principles showcased in the hunt field, Lynn jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the event. “Before the first horseman jumps, we go and gallop around the field with the hounds; then we pass the flask along the rail for anyone who wants to partake. The crowd goes nuts over the hounds!” she enthuses. Another tie to the local community, Aimee encourages any horse lovers to come join the festivities. “I have Miss Reno Rodeo out. It’s pretty great.” Blending and showcasing other riding disciplines offers spectators the opportunity to appreciate the various, diverse elements of horsemanship.



$ 25,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at Franktown Meadows 1. C. Quito & Jessie Lang 2. Woodstock & Hope Glynn 3. Roccoco & Hope Glynn

Sweet Success

Lang, when asked about her win gushes, “Oh my gosh! I thought it was wonderful! “Quito always wants to go into the ring; he’s always ambitious. I don’t know if it’s in the grass. We decided it’s in the water. He’s just so relaxed and soft there. He stands at the gate, peruses all the guests, and looks out over the entire property. You actually have to prevent him from going into the ring too early.” C. Quito’s enjoyment was a highlight for Aimee, too. “When he was going around on the course, he was just perfect. You can tell he was enjoying himself. Seeing horses really love their job and being rewarded by the judges makes it so worthwhile,” she says.

An Artist’s Work is Never Done

Like a work of art, each year the derby event exudes creativity. The course, an integral aspect of the event’s imaginative endeavors, is a steady work in progress. “We are constantly working to build our ‘own’ derby jumps, Aimee explains. “A lot come from the Weedens, and we so appreciate their generosity, but hope that in the near future,

we will have enough content to fill the course. Even though we may have the basics covered, we will always be building to ensure each year is exciting and different.” As for next year’s highlights, “I guess you’ll just have to wait and see!” she declares. While we may be left in suspense, one thing is certain, next year’s event is sure to be another stunner. In producing such a spectacular showcase for horse and rider, Aimee is ever mindful of the integral part her grandmother Janice has played, and she certainly has inspiration to draw upon in the coming years. “She’s the reason why we ride, have the barn. She embodies every aspect of how we do the event – from hospitality to the kind of detail in the jumps.” Janice’s legacy of love for horses has left an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of those who have come after her. Such enduring love is evident for all to behold. Opposite page: Ashlin Bowen and Osiliva placed 4th in the derby

4. Osiliva & Ashlin Bowen 5. Weatherly & Erin Bland 6. Constantin & Hope Glynn 7. Molson & Rush Weeden 8. Seamlesss & Connor Hinckley 9. Bel Canto & Hope Glynn 10. Vyperia & Shelby Rector 11. Pompeia & Jenifer Paris 12. Soldier & John French

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2012 t n a t s i s As of the


There’s no doubt about it - assistant trainers are some of the hardest working professionals in the horse industry. Most aspiring trainers look for a mentor to work under for a number of years, and their experiences, good and bad, will shape the rest of their career. How many assistant trainers have been told that “there are ten more like you” just waiting to take their job? How many struggling professionals have stayed behind in the barn to do the grunt work, while their boss tours the grand prix circuit? Too many. For all the hours of unpaid overtime, for all the long days and tough lessons from grizzled trainers, for all the sick horses on Sunday afternoons, for all the children that they’ve picked up off the ground and put back on their pony, H&S decided it was time to recognize the often thankless job of assistant trainer – by thanking them. So we asked you to tell us whom you’d nominate as your Assistant of the Year, and the response was overwhelming. So many of you wrote us long letters gushing about the assistant in your barn. What made them rise above others, why you loved their coaching, why you trusted them with your horse. Ranked by nomination and then chosen via a blind panel of judges, we bring you the top five Assistants of the Year! The H&S advertisers stepped up with a bevy of prizes for the winner. See the sidebar for the bounty that the H&S Assistant of the Year will be taking home. Our top four runners up didn’t make out too badly, either. Thanks for appreciating your assistant trainers. And next time you see the one who works in your barn, give them an extra pat on the back. Lord knows they’ve earned it.



Winner! Teal Orlin Assistant to Stephanie Simmonds, StillWater Equestrian, Walnut Creek, CA

“Teal has been teaching my daughter how to ride for the last 3 years. Chloe is 8 years old now and has been riding since she was five. Teal is amazing; she knows just what Chloe needs on any given day. Some days it’s all business and other days it’s a nice trail ride that Teal walks beside her on.” - Diane Hendry “Teal checked on my horse Logan at 2 am one night because she was concerned about his illness. No matter what we ask of her she is ready and willing to do whatever needs to be done without regard to her personal time.” - Ann Moeller “Teal Orlin is so much more than my assistant at StillWater Equestrian. She’s all the horses’ biggest fan, and she’s like a sister to my son Logan and a daughter to me (although I’m definitely not THAT old). Teal is always at the barn. It’s where she is happiest. It’s where she is at her best. Thankfully for StillWater she is with us!” - Stephanie Simmonds “I have been a trainer in the horse industry for nearly thirty years. I am currently a dressage trainer at Leap of Faith Farms and work side by side with Teal on an almost daily basis. I can say that in all the years I have been doing this, I have never seen anyone more dedicated. I enjoy Teal’s company immensely and she is always a pleasure to be around. Her cheerful disposition and honest commitment to the horses she rides and cares for is a pleasure to see.” - Laura Dwyer

On Teal:

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Teal is always working, and never stopping. She always puts 110% effort into

whatever she is doing. We actually have to tell her she needs a day off because she doesn’t stop.

All in all, Teal is a person I look up to.

She has

great morals and a great work ethic. I cannot imagine StillWater without her!



Runners Up! “Heather is always on top of it. She knows exactly the program my horse needs from the time he is unloaded off the trailer to the end of the show. She knows how to prepare me when Hope and Ned are busy and is a great instructor. She knows how to explain in a way that helps your confidence before you enter the ring.” - Ami Yagura

Heather tirelessly works behind the scenes, often at the horse shows before dawn, gives up parts of days off to make sure entries are in and everything is organized for smooth showing. Heather is truly a jewel! -Joan Glynn

Heather Roades Assistant to Hope and Ned Glynn Sonoma Valley Stables, Sonoma, CA

“Heather is both gifted in the saddle as well as on the ground. Her charismatic demeanor is felt throughout the barn. She’s incredibly smart and organized which makes the business portion of the job seem effortless to us as clients. If you can’t find something in your trunk, ask Heather, she’ll know exactly where it is, every time! She spends countless hours making sure that everything runs smoothly, everyday.” - Dana & Paige Pastorino

“Most assistants help with a few horses or teach lessons here and there, but Heather is responsible for me; organizing me and my rides, making sure the horses are perfectly prepared at home and at the shows. And on top of that she teaches a great lesson and rides beautifully. She does this all with a barn of 45 or more horses. She is the hardest working and most capable person I have ever had the pleasure of working with.” - Hope Glynn

“Not only is Emma able to train parents’ children to ride, she is able to train parents of those children to be successful at tractor driving. She is the best!” –Darrell Aoki “Emma is a true young professional who has grown up under the tutelage of her mother and now works side-by-side with her every day, running a successful training and show barn. Emma has a great attitude and aptitude for teaching just about any type of rider. On any given day she can be found in the ring instructing her no-nonsense medal kids through detailed exercises to prepare them for the show ring, cajoling our “older ladies group” to trot over one more pole with their trusty mounts, or throwing out helpful hints and tips to riders as they hack their horses on their own.” –Lindsey Ono

What I truly appreciate about Emma is she doesn’t equate a blue ribbon as the only measure of a successful round. She has very specific things for the kids to work on when they enter the ring, and is so proud of them for reaching their goals, regardless of where they pin. She supports both horse and rider, and I always know that my daughter and her horse are in excellent hands. - Kari Lyons “As her mother, trainer, and business partner I’ve had the unique opportunity to train her as a junior rider and watch her become a trainer in her own right, all while being a proud mom in everything that she has accomplished thus far. Emma grew from a five year old who didn’t want help mounting (she would insist on leading her pony into a ditch so it was short enough for her to climb on by herself) to a young professional who has excelled in the jumper ring and is now taking the hunter ring on by storm. Not many people know what they want to do for the rest of their life at the age of two, but Emma did, and I couldn’t be prouder to call her my daughter and business partner.” -Jan Hainze



Emma Hainze Assistant to Jan Hainze Jem Stables, Dixon, CA



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“Mika has the patience to thoroughly explain how to execute a command to my horse, why I am doing so, and what I am to expect from it. Her extreme patience and gentle encouragement has helped me to stay positive in my most frustrating moments. It is Mika’s steady confident voice that I hear as I am cantering down the outside line in the ring. It is Mika’s words of positive reinforcement that provide me with a sense of accomplishment. Her lessons taught in the arena are lessons I take with me in my every day life. Mika explains, demonstrates, and inspires me to be the best person and equestrian I can be, both inside and outside the ring. “ - Eva Gustafsson

There’s a great movie line: “you make me want to be a better man”. Well, our Mika makes us want to be better riders, better horse people and better contributors to the equestrian community. - Anonymous “Mika was earning respect at the ripe old age of 19 when first teaching clients twice her age. A naturally pleasing way about her, she always gives a client her honest point of view and her expert opinion. Most cite her commitment to going above and beyond the call of duty, whether it be a sick horse, or a late night training ride at a show. Also an accomplished rider and competitor, Mika is campaigning a young Pre-Green & Performance Hunter Champion -- as well as client horses in the jumper arena. Mika is a true professional, an outstanding competitor and a mentor to whom all of us can look for as an example on doing things right.” - Ashley Matchett Woods

Mika Gretton Assistant to Marian Nelson

Marian Nelson Equestrian, Petaluma, CA

“Mika Gretton has been training both people and horses at Marian Nelson Equestrian for more than 10 years. From green horses to grey-haired ladies, Mika is unfailingly patient and with grace and good humor she will find a way to help her students “get it”. While she doesn’t shy away from constructive criticism, her emphasis is always on the positive.” - Anonymous

Ruben Arcé Assistant to Peter Breakwell

Breakwell Stables, Menlo Park, CA

Lets be honest. I smell, I am broke, I have little to no time to do or think about anything else... all in thanks to the world of horses. Of course, this being said I could not imagine my life without them. The joy they bring far out weighs the misery and it has introduced me to a world of some of the most amazing people. One such as Ruben truly deserves to be commended. It is no doubt that he is a brilliant rider, which from what I can see is not necessarily a requirement. His ability to work with amateurs like me (who started out with a huge wall of fear) and stay patient and understanding (through some very dark moments) is unmatched. Ruben is not only likable and easygoing, he is hard working and freakishly talented. It’s thanks to him that I now have several show and reserve champions on a horse that I almost gave up on. The show ring is like boxing, at the end of the day when you are worn out and feeling hopeless, it’s your corner that gets you through. He puts 110% into all of the horses and people in his care, even the naughty ones that others would pass up.

I truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to not only know him, but get to ride with him in my corner. - Anonymous “One of Ruben’s most admirable qualities is his candor. I’ll never forget a recent conversation I had with Ruben at the Sonoma Horse Park in July. He had just finished showing my horse George, his last of 15 for the day, when I jokingly asked, “Are you sick of riding yet?” With a smile, Ruben replied, “No, I love this.” In a sport where we often find trainers, assistant trainers, and owners jaded, losing sight of why they started riding in the first place, it is refreshing to be around someone who truly loves what they do. Not only does Ruben love our horses, our horses love him.” –Sonja Petri



2012 nt a t s i s s A of the Year H&S wishes to thank our generous sponsors for stepping up to provide such handsome rewards for the H&S Assistant of the Year and runners up! First Place Winner Teal Orlin receives: Tredstep Ireland tall boots Diamacci bracelet SmartPak Alexus breeches A custom saddle pad and bonnet from DKT Saddlery A half hour massage from Eq Lete Horse cookies from Sundance Kisses $100 gift certificate from The Stirrup Cup

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by Erin Gilmore photos by Woodside Images

Folger Stable The rich history of Folger Stable is apparent as soon as one walks through the aisle way of its centerpiece barn. Built in 1905 by James A. Folger II in Northern California’s Woodside, the barn, its surrounding property and a neighboring mansion were once the getaway destination for James Folger and his family when they wished to escape the constant fog in nearby San Francisco. Today, Folger Stable is one of the last public boarding facilities on public land in San Mateo County. While part of its goal is to provide access to the local community for boarding and riding, it’s also the new home of A circuit trainers Missy Froley and Wendy Carter, of Oak Haven Farm. In August, Oak Haven relocated to Folger from the Portola Valley Training Center, and they are thrilled with their new location.



We jumped at the chance to be here,” says Carter. “The County is a dream to work with, and the horses love it here. They get to be turned out all day and there are trails everywhere. It’s a great place to be. Trainer Caitlin Lighthouse has recently stepped in as well to manage the introductory level English riding and training for Bay Area Equestrian Connection. Her fledgling program provides another option for horse enthusiasts of all ages to become involved in equestrian sports. She has also brought a three day eventing lesson and competition program to add to the variety of lesson options available.

The facility has boarding space for 30 horses, and with one full size arena the property retains its intimate atmosphere. Three trailheads give riders access to 17 miles of all-weather trails in Wunderlich County Park. Trails link to neighboring Huddart Park and parts of the the Woodside Trail System as well. Some famous jumpers have used these trails for fitness training in the past, including mounts of Hap Hansen and Mandy Porter. Originally part of a 10,000 acre land grant from the 1840s, the Folger estate and stables were whittled down to 942 acres, and when James died in 1921, his son Peter Folger took over J.A. Folger & Co., turning it into the major coffee roaster that is still well known today. However, after changing hands several times throughout the 1900s, including a transfer to the Stables’ current ownership by the County of San Mateo, the



original barn had fallen into grave disrepair and was in danger of collapsing. Through the efforts of several community groups (which include direct descendents of James Folger) that worked in conjunction with San Mateo County, funds were raised for a successful renovation of the main stable in 2010. Much of the facility updates, including new and improved turnout areas, new stabling area for lesson horses, a lunging ring/round pen, and arena and drainage improvements were done by the the County selected concessionaire Bay Area Equestrian Connection, LLC, together with the County Department of Parks and Recreation. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Folger Stable is now a thriving jewel in the Woodside hills, complete with several riding programs and educational programs. Rich in equestrian history, school children, hikers, and riders alike visit the Stable every day, ensuring its significance and its bright future. Previous pages, clockwise from left: The main barn holds 10 stalls, offices, and the museum. The top floor was originally constructed for hay storage, but while the hay chutes are still in place to connect the top and ground floors, the space sits empty and hay is stored elsewhere on the property so as not to create a fire hazard. One of the great draws of Folger Stable is its easy access to trails, making it a popular place for recreational riders to board their horses. Signs point the way to any number of destinations for riders to travel to on these mixed-use trails that are especially horse friendly. No dogs or bikes are allowed. Oak Haven jumper Plein Air is all settled into his new home Anytime one thinks of coffee, the name Folger is sure to pass your lips. The longstanding brand was bought by Proctor & Gamble in 1963, and continues to be sold on shelves all over the world. This display in the Stable’s museum pays homage to the original J.A. Folger & Co.

Clockwise from top: The museum, which is located inside what was once the stable’s carriage house, fittingly houses two original 19th century carriages that are permanently on display. Riders must mount up at the barn and descend a short hill to reach Folger’s full size outdoor riding arena. This center aisle way barn originally contained 16 tie stalls, but now houses ten extra large box stalls fit for top performing show horses. Matted floors, brushed iron sliding gates, new windows and redwood side paneling was all lovingly restored to this beautiful interior that shines with care today. Inside the stable’s museum, this timeline display emphasizes the horse’s place in American culture, most notably the equestrian presence in San Mateo county and the Western United States. The fireplace in this shared tackroom hints to a history as grooms’ living quarters, or simply a place to keep warm during the winter months. The renovation tried as much as possible to keep the original features of the building, thus, the fireplace lives on.



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Kara Mia Love

From a varied background that ranges from polo to a long stint coaching riding at a private school, Kara Mia Love has worked her way up to the A circuit by using her experiences to shape her perspective and keep excelling. The 30 year old rider and trainer was offered a job at the end of her junior career, and since then she’s been focused on nothing other than building a successful career as a top trainer. That, and her husband and young daughter, who support her life at the barn and even take part. Since she was a young child, Kara has wanted only to be around horses, and the details of the barn, down to the smell of fly spray in the summer, are enduring memories that bring her back to the sheer joy she gets from horses. These days Kara is based from the Sonoma Horse Park in Northern California, and is enjoying the successes of her clients and horses as they move up to bigger and better divisions all the time.

H&S: Have you ever questioned your career choice? KML: I’ve never questioned my career choice. Horsewomen are born, not made, and I believe it’s a calling, not a choice or decision. H&S: How do you connect with the horses in your care? KML: Every horse is absolutely different – my program isn’t about all the horses it’s about each horse. It’s a holistic approach to horsemanship: Embracing research in modern nutrition, health, and treatment leads to greater physical and emotional well being. There’s a real importance on a horse and rider equal partnership – I look to teach horsemen, not just riders. H&S: And how does your program stand out from others that are similar? KML: My program is tailored by my “team of experts” – the best assistant, Andres Moroy, my working student Celia Maher and my grooms, Rolando and Carlos – who I’ve worked with for more than 10 years. All the horses have individual fitness needs and goals and this yields maximum benefit and maximum success. Every horse and rider goes through cross training from my dedicated dressage trainer. It’s great to work with people I know and trust – I have

long-standing relationships with body workers, vets, and therapists in chiropractic, massage and veterinary care for optimum health, plus we do put emphasis on innovation and advancements in tack and equipment.

H&S: How do you stay motivated as a coach? KML: Staying motivated isn’t a challenge for me – watching the whole process (the ups and downs) and seeing success is terrific – I get high from that. H&S: What about your personal life? With a husband and young daughter, how do you balance barn and home? KML: I was fortunate to be raised by a strong woman. My mother was a mentor and example in being a wife, mother and businesswoman. I learned from her that not having a hard line between the two is the key. My husband Tyler and daughter Ella are involved in the business at the barn and now that Ella is getting older, she’s got the horse bug – so it’s not so hard for me to bring her, she really wants to be here. Having Tyler and Ella here with me is the perfect thing: the two most wonderful things in my life together – my family and my passion for horses. H&S: In a busy industry with many competitors, what would you say is the most unique element of your training style? KML: I call it the passion for spirited competition; we’re fun but we can show with the best of ‘em. I try to focus on personal empowerment and that success can be enjoyed at any level without limit. We’re grounded in tradition, and have appropriate challenges for different skill levels to focus on sportsmanship and achievement. H&S: What do you see as your greatest accomplishment? KML: Coaching my client to winning the 2011 NorCal Medal Final really makes me feel the proudest – and it was somewhat an epiphany of sorts for me. I realized that I’ve truly moved my passion from my own riding to seeing my clients thrive and succeed. H&S: And since this is Horse & Style, we’ve got to ask about your personal style as well! What is your go to, can’t live without it favorite piece of apparel? KML: Well my style is pretty casual – yet, I’m always in breeches (I love my colored Ariat Olympias and Tailoreds) and boots. If I’m riding it’s the Ariat Monacos. I love them and recommend them to all my clients, and when I’m off, it’s the Dubarry topsiders. My most favorite piece though, is our new barn jacket: it’s beautiful (The Equestrian’s Concierge designed it) because we recently switched to the Kingsland bomber with our refined logo and I’ll tell you it’s worth every penny! Above: Celia Maher (mounted) won the $1,500 1.20m Modified Jr/ Am Jumper Classic at the Sonoma Horse Park in August. Standing from left to right: SHP manager Ashley Herman, Kara Mia Love and Andres Monroy. Photo ©Deb Dawson Left: Kara and daughter Ella




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Thank you Neil Jones Meredith Herman for finding such an incredible horse for me

Nina Mariano Alario for training us and making us the best possible team

Vista Verde Ranch for looking after Perlano

in his retirement ~Sarah Appel

Perlano, you are and forever will be my equine soulmate. Thank you for your unconditional love and support, from our first grand prix together to our last trail ride. photos by Jeannie Sucre, Alden Corrigan | ad created by Applehead Design

LIFE OF PESSOA by Alexa Pessoa

The Journey Begins The day I got married on my parents’ Connecticut farm, my father gave a particularly moving speech about how far I had travelled since the days that I was riding at home in their backyard. He went on to say that the very spot where the reception was being held (over the sand ring) was where all of this had started… started my journey that has evolved to where I am now. He was right. If it had not been for all of those lessons and two-horse trailer rides to local “Big Eq” shows, I would never have been brave enough to leave home for Europe in 2006. Even though I felt that I had a pretty good idea of what show jumping was, I quickly realized that there was another horse world outside of the United States.

Everyone is told that “it’s just different over there” or that “it’s another level,” but until you go you have no idea where you really stand.

I have always ridden for fun. That trip to Europe in 2006 was based around the idea that I was approaching my senior year in college and therefore my riding days were coming to an end. I was going to ride for the summer and then study abroad and work in London for the fall. In arrives Rodrigo. Needless to say, as much as I loved London, I was on the train every Friday going to Europe to ride and show. As our relationship progressed, so did my riding. Being surrounded by

the world’s best inspired me to be better. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful horse named Madison to help me do everything I wanted to do. After Rodrigo and I married, and when I became pregnant with our daughter Sophia, Madison waited patiently in the wings until I was ready to show again. She gave me the courage to face showing again after such a long break and a bit of lost confidence. Showing after you have a baby is entirely different than it was before. You have changed; your life has changed. But over time, everything goes back to normal (your old britches zip up again) and it really is like riding a bike. These days I am on the lookout for Madison’s replacement. The majority of my time is spent running behind Sophia and trying to stay one step ahead of her thought process. My life with Rodrigo takes us from continent to continent and back again. It is almost never easy but it is always exciting. In Sophia’s first year of life she visited twenty-five cities. This year it could be even more. September brought us from Belgium to the States for the Hampton Classic on Long Island, and the HITS $1,000,000 Grand Prix in Saugerties, NY. As wonderful as most European shows are, I love being back in the States from time to time. There is truly no place like home. I hope that the readers of Horse & Style enjoy following my journey, and my family’s story, on this neverending wild ride. Alexa Pessoa is an American rider from Connecticut who married Olympic Gold Medalist and Three Time FEI Rolex World Cup Finals Champion Rodrigo Pessoa in 2009. This column will chart her life as a mother to their daughter Sophia, as a rider on her way back to top competition, and as a wife to one of the world’s most high profile show jumpers. For more stories on Alexa’s travels, follow her blog www.mousemakesthree.wordpress.com Top from left to right: Rodrigo, Alexa, Sophia and Cecilia, Rodrigo’s daughter from his first marriage. Bottom: Competing with Madison at Spruce Meadows, 2010.



by Molly W. Chappell Not many trainers would allow their student to travel to Florida to look at horses on their own, but not many students are 2012 North American Young Rider Championship gold medalist Kilian McGrath.


Last year, 18 year old McGrath was in need of a horse that would be talented enough to help her qualify for and compete successfully at the 2012 North American Young Rider/Junior Championships. McGrath’s trainer Karen Healey knew she could find one in Florida, but with her own busy schedule, decided to send McGrath on ahead of her to find a horse that was her type. And in the end McGrath struck figurative and literal gold.

Scouting for Horses

Healey gave McGrath the names and phone numbers of trainers and riders that had horses for sale that met the qualifications McGrath was looking for. Healey knows that to win Young Rider gold takes a special rider, but having a special horse is even more essential. And so, McGrath landed in Florida eager to find her new mount. After several days spent trying multiple horses at barns scattered throughout the posh equestrian town of Wellington, Healey flew out to Florida to meet McGrath and see her ride her top three choices. Salerno, known around the barn as Sal, was imported to the United States from Brazil by Olympic show jumper Laura Kraut. Kraut had seen the talented gelding compete in some of the smaller Brazilian grand prixs and brought him back to the United States with her as a sale prospect. “The first day Karen almost eliminated him,” recalls McGrath. She could barely trot him in a straight line or pick up the left lead canter, but knew after pointing him at the first jump that he was the right horse for her. After insisting Sal was her type, McGrath tried him again under Healey’s watchful eye. This time the trial went better and after a lunchtime discussion, a lease agreement was worked out and trainer and rider were ready to put Sal on a trailer out west. “He is super careful about everything he does and never forgets anything,” says McGrath. “He will see different colored patches

of grass and will place his feet very particularly to step over the patch.” But this intelligence and wariness lent itself to a very introverted personality, at first.

A Reluctant Wallflower

It took Sal a few months to warm up to his new rider. At first, he would act indifferent to her when she would enter the barn, but from day one he was a hard worker who clearly wanted to please his rider. He would enter the arena each day ready to his job. Over time (and with the help of numerous cookies,) Sal began to shed his wallflower persona and slowly opened up to McGrath. “One day he adopted me as his human and became one of the most loving horses,” says McGrath. “He nickers to me every time he hears my voice and gives me so many kisses.”

Their Strong Connection

Sal is a game competitor who also enjoys his time away from the show ring, going on trail rides and being ridden bareback in halter. His relaxed nature and newfound, easygoing personality allows the pair to enjoy competing when it’s their time. At the end of each round Sal is always proud of the effort he puts into his course, evident by his head shake and immediate search for a cookie. She believes their connection is what helped her succeed at Young Riders in Lexington, KY this past July. McGrath rode on the Zone 10 team with her fellow Young Rider stars Charlotte Gadbois, Sage Flynn and Stevie Sorenson, earning a Team Bronze medal as well. In the Individual competition, McGrath jumped a brilliant clear with Sal, but was still completely shocked and burst into tears when she won the Individual Gold. The first thing she did while she was wiping tears from her eyes, was reach down and give Sal a huge bear hug.

He tries so hard to please me with whatever I ask of him, and always gives me 150% in and out of the ring,” McGrath says. “He trusts me and I trust him. The confidence that McGrath has in her horse allowed them to not only move up through the junior jumper ranks to win the greatest honor of a Young Rider’s career, he even help her reach her goal of competing at the grand prix level. Together they placed 4th in McGrath’s first grand prix appearance at the Memorial Day Horse Show in May in Los Angeles. After 11 months together, it goes without saying that McGrath and the 13-year-old KWPN bay gelding Salerno have become a solid team. With Young Riders behind them and a bright future ahead, McGrath’s lease is almost up. But instead of giving up the ride, she is purchasing Sal, making their partnership permanent, and a team we will be able to look forward to seeing again in the grand prix ring soon. McGrath reaches down and hugs Sal after learning she’d won Individual Gold at NAYRJC

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Forget Me Not Farms Nurturing Relationships Between Children, Animals and Gardens

The third in a three part series on equine assisted therapies by Dr. Terri Lee Roberson

On a small, narrow farm in Northern California lives an unlikely herd of animals, all living together. At first glance, one might think this group would not have much in common.

trust, and relationship building through animalassisted and horticultural activities. For the last twenty years she has helped thousands of at-risk children and adolescents break the cycle of abuse.

But they do. They all were rescued and brought to live and work at Forget Me Not Farms in Santa Rosa, California. A Shetland pony named Windsong is in charge of the band of misfits, which includes sheep, llamas, goats, alpacas, a mini donkey, a cow, and a horse named Reno. Rounding out the menagerie are a couple of pigs, a barn cat, ducks and chickens.

Abuse and trauma are tricky things that create obstacles not so easy to overcome. Children who have been abused learn to distrust their environment and the people around them who should love and care for them.

The animals of Forget Me Not Farms may be different, but they all share the same purpose as part of a therapeutic animal-assisted program to help children who have been neglected and abused heal from trauma. Forget Me Not Farms was founded in 1992 by Carol Rathman, who envisioned a place where abused children could come and learn empathy,

Above: Angela and Honey


Animals have a way of bridging that path back to trust by offering genuine relationships and unconditional love. The amazing thing about children is their resiliency; they often stay willing to give others another chance; and the adults in their lives the opportunity to do the right thing. But what about animals that have been mistreated themselves? The ability for a child to recognize and identify with such an animal can be the beginning of a transformational and healing relationship.

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The story of Honey and Angela illustrates how life changing the farm can be for the children and their animal counterparts. In 1999, Honey was a twenty -year old chestnut mare that came to the farm beaten, scared and hungry. She was distrustful of humans as well as other animals. At about the same time, Angela, then a 12-year-old girl in foster care, also arrived with a long history of abuse and neglect. Angela instantly connected with Honey, and from that point forward whenever she came to the farm, she would do so with a determined purpose; to take Honey for a walk and talk. She would share thoughts and feelings with Honey that she didn’t trust to reveal to anyone else.


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Honey gave Angela hope for the future because she saw that an animal that had been abused and forgotten could come to a place like the farm and be loved and healed. Honey transformed and blossomed, and so did Angela. The genuine bond that developed between them made a difference, and Honey lived out her life at the farm, gently nurturing and teaching other children that they were loved and needed. When Angela turned eighteen and “aged out” of the foster care program, she continued to return as a young adult, and she is still a fixture at the farm today, often coming back to reset and ground herself among the animals and the gardens at Forget Me Not Farms. She is also giving back and has become a foster parent to one of the rescued cats at the shelter.

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Children and adolescents such as Angela come through the programs at the farm from a consortium of nine child welfare agencies throughout Sonoma County. Most of these children have experienced or witnessed violence and the goal of the programs are to instill values that include respect for life and to develop a compassionate way of behaving and relating to others. Through the caring and nurturing of animals and learning to grow and cultivate the gardens, the children and adolescents learn important social skills, self-control and increased confidence. For some, it is the first time they have been in such an environment and just being there around the animals and gardens is a welcome respite from a chaotic lifestyle. At the farm, the children and adolescents, the farm staff and volunteers become a part of a shared community as they care for the farm’s animals and grow gardens together. More often than not, these children come away with a sense of pride after feeding or grooming the animals or by participating in sharing the bounty of what they have grown. The magic of the farm is that these shared and individual experiences change lives of everyone in small and in big ways. Forget Me Not Farms is a non-profit organization that relies on federal grants and fundraising for financial support. World-class cyclist Levi Leipheimer holds an annual GranFondo bicycle race and Forget Me Not Farms is its primary benefactor. For more information on this event and others at FMNF or to vounteer, go to www.forgetmenotfarm.org

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Washington International Horse Show Draws West Coast Talent The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) is an event that draws many of the top horses and riders from the around the world to its unique venue and impressive competition. One of the nation’s only remaining metropolitan indoor horse shows, the location in the heart of downtown Washington D.C. makes the show an intriguing stop on the U.S. horse show circuit each year. WIHS will host its 54th annual competition this year at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on October 23-28. The WIHS is the pinnacle of the equestrian year with top riders, including Olympic medalists, and their world-class horses competing. More than 500 horses participate in show jumping, hunter and equitation events during the six-day show, with many riders competing all year just to qualify. In addition to international equestrians, many of the United States’ top West Coast riders and trainers make the trip across the country every fall to compete at the prestigious WIHS competition. Archie Cox, John French, and Karen Healey are WIHS regulars who travel thousands of miles to the nation’s capital each year to showcase their best horses and riders. With limited space, only the very best qualify to compete, which makes it a very special and important event for competitors. French, of San Jose, CA, is one West Coast rider who has had great success at the WIHS. French rode at the show as a junior when it was still held at the Capital Centre in Maryland and has been competing at Verizon Center since 2006. French has had some of his most memorable moments competing at WIHS, and that first year at Verizon Center was one of his best. French was champion in the Second Year Green Hunter division with the famous mare Vida Blue, then owned by Lesley Bulechek, and was also champion in the Regular Working Hunter division riding Laura Wasserman’s Overseas. Those championships led to French winning the award for Leading Hunter Rider. “Being Leading Hunter Rider was probably the best moment,” French says. “It was my first year going there. To be from the West Coast and to win that is a big deal because I don’t think many West Coast riders have won it. We don’t have the opportunity



to bring as many horses because we are traveling all the way across the country to get there, so that was very exciting for me.”

Even though it is a little hard traveling so far, it is worth it,” French acknowledges. “I grew up in Maryland, so to me it is like coming back home. I get to see people that I haven’t seen since my junior years. I love the West Coast, but I also love having the opportunity to come back and show on the East Coast in the fall. “Just the fact that it is in the city makes it special,” French adds. “It is in a place where you can walk from your hotel and enjoy the city. People watch the show at night and get dressed up. It is how it used to be. You get people other than just horse people coming out to watch. A lot of the shows you go to, it is just the people from the show or the owners, but in D.C. a lot of people from the city come because they want to see what it’s all about. It is just a classy horse show and I hope it continues to be there for a long time.” Organizers at WIHS add to the fantastic quality of the classes and unique atmosphere of the show by awarding special trophies and

prizes to the winners. The event hosts impressive and memorable presentations for each and every class and award. Two of the many special honors include the leading hunter and jumper rider awards. For the leading rider titles, competitors are awarded a luxury timepiece, courtesy of Tiny Jewel Box. In addition to the professionals, many young riders that qualify for the WIHS get the experience to travel across the country and compete have gone on to even greater success. A former student of Archie Cox who now trains with German show jumper Markus Beerbaum, 20-year-old Lucy Davis has made California proud at WIHS. Davis has been showing at WIHS since she was on ponies, rode in her first grand prix at the age of 16, and finished third in last year’s $100,000 WIHS President’s Cup Grand Prix, a World Cup Qualifier. Davis now competes internationally at the grand prix level. The $100,000 President’s Cup Grand Prix is a highlight at the WIHS every year on Saturday night with riders from around the world. Other highlights include the $25,000 Puissance (high jump competition) and the WIHS Equitation Classic Finals featuring the country’s top junior riders. Not everyone can make it to the WIHS each year, but for those who cannot attend, the competition has free live streaming video online. Horse lovers from around the world can watch the competition and special events from their computer from any location. The complete show will be streamed on www.wihs.org.

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ASK DR. CARRIE Q: I have just recently recovered from a riding accident that resulted in an injury that kept me out

of the saddle for a prolonged time. Now that I am riding again, I am finding it challenging to get back in the show ring and navigate a course. Can you help me?

A: I have been asked this question five times in the past four weeks! It is important to know that

recovery happens in stages and takes place on an emotional as well as physical level. While you were recovering physically, you were having a mental break from consciously experiencing the stressors that accompany competition. The excitement and adrenaline that are part of the back gate jitters become familiar when you show regularly. But after a break, no matter the reason, these jitters seem more like earthquakes and are really hard to take! When you are re-entering the show ring after an accident, start at a level that is below your comfort zone. Make a plan with your trainer that allows you to have as much time as is necessary to break the ice. If you didn’t already have a mindfulness-based mental practice in place, consider starting one now. Let the adrenaline be a reminder to focus on being present in the moment, allowing all thoughts to pass by without judgment. Keep the plan for the track, pace, rhythm, and counts gently in mind. If any thoughts or “what if’s” come up, label them “thinking” and let them pass. Return to your breath, slowing it to four counts in and out as you center.

Altering your expectations when re-entering the show ring is another helpful tool. Focus on staying present or maintaining connection with your horse rather than on finding all the distances or winning a ribbon. Again, allowing yourself to get back in the game with as little pressure as possible will invite your confidence to return. When assessing your performance, emphasize what worked before analyzing what went wrong or what you want to improve next time. Injuries are a time to pause and take stock of all that you’ve accomplished and re-set goals to match who you (and your horse) are in the present. It is also a chance to get to know yourself even better than before. Understanding your weaknesses illuminates strengths as well. Take the time to process challenges and the possibilities are endless. Allow your beginner’s mind to reemerge because, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” (Shunryu Suzuki in Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind).

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As a sport psychology consultant, I assist equestrian athletes to optimize their performance at all levels of competition. My varied background as an A-circuit Junior and Amateur competitor as well as mother of two daughters - a jumper rider and elite gymnast - has deepened my understanding of what a rider needs to grow and thrive. From medal finals to the grand prix ring, I support athletes to attain their goals while developing a mental practice that is useful both on and off the field. If you would like to meet with me to develop questions and comments for this column, please call or email. I am interested in learning about how riders of all levels prepare themselves for competition as well as how they connect with their horses.




2012 North American Young Rider/Junior Championships Eighteen-year-old Haley Stone competed in her first North American Young Rider/Junior Championship, held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, in July. Haley, who is from Sacramento, California, trains with Wendy Carter of Oak Haven Farm and is the daughter of trainer Debbie Stone. She competed on the Junior Young Rider team aboard Julie Young’s 12 year old KWPN gelding Tyrone. Read on for her own account of what was an unforgettable team experience. I will never forget that feeling when our plane from California finally landed and all of the East Coast humidity hit me, they weren’t joking when they were talking about how bad the humidity is in Kentucky! The first day that we arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park I couldn’t believe what I saw; the place was absolutely beautiful! It was like Disneyland for horse people, the happiest place on earth. We got the Zone 10 team all together and decorated our team golf cart and the horses’ stalls while everyone got to know each other a little better. Tuesday was the jog day, and it took awhile. I stood there and got a little nervous as I watched all of the other teams pacing back and fourth while their teammates jogged. When the announcer finally called Zone 10 to come up and start jogging I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh, please do not trip over and eat it in front of everyone!” Luckily enough, my team and I made it through our jog with flying colors! The next day, it was finally time for us to compete individually. But sadly, the weather hit us hard, with lots of rain and big thunderstorms



rolling towards the Horse Park. We knew they were probably going to hold the class until the next day, but I was still up to ride before they made the call. I was the third rider to walk in the Rolex Stadium for my round and the announcer looked at me and said, “When you get finished we’ll have to stop the class, the weather is getting worse.” Even so, the feeling of walking into that ring for the first time will never leave me. Having the rain beat down on me, and the sudden sound of thunder and lighting happening behind me, and the huge crowd surrounding us was breathtaking. Amazingly enough, my horse Tyrone and I managed to get through the round with only one rail and two time faults! But the storm was getting worse and the first thing that I was told when I walked out of the ring was to run for cover! I ran under the stadium with the rest of my team and we all just looked out watching the ring become flooded with rain. The weather just kept on getting worse and worse and they had no choice but to postpone the rest of the riders from going until the next day. So we packed up and headed out.

Thursday came and it was time for the rest of the riders, except two others and myself, to try and qualify for individual day. I stood up in the stadium and watched my team compete. I think I was more nervous for them than I was about my rounds! With my nerves hiding under my skin, my team did an amazing job. They all came out and showed all the other teams that Zone 10 was on top of it and ready to ride for medals. On Friday, our team was more than ready for the team competition, but once again the weather was not on our side. It happened to just start downpouring when the first rider was supposed to walk in the ring. Luckily, it wasn’t too bad, we just had a delay of 30 minutes before the class could start. And it didn’t matter, there was a huge confident air around Zone 10 that everyone could just feel. Our Junior Young Rider team finished with a couple of small bobbles but all together great rounds that placed us in 4th, right out of the medals. But

everyone was still on cloud nine with how amazing we all did! I was thrilled for the

Young Rider Girls, who won Team Bronze!

And on Saturday, with the sun finally shining, we were all pumped for Individual day for the riders that made the top 25. All of the girls and I rode great! Everyone stayed to cheer on each other, in fact I would say Zone 10 had the best cheering section, teammates, and parents! It didn’t matter how you did or how they did because everyone was there for each other and cheered each other on! I loved all of my teammates; we became one big family in such a short period of time. I would love to thank Karen Healey for being an amazing chef d’equipe for Zone 10; she had everyone united and gave me some amazing pointers before I went in the ring. My trainer Wendy Carter helped me reach all of my dreams and then some, I couldn’t have asked for a better trainer. I know my future is going to be great if I have Wendy and my mom Debbie by my side! Also a HUGE congrats to the amazing Kilian McGrath on bringing home the Individual Gold Medal for the Zone 10 Young Riders!

Opposite page: Hayley and Tyrone on course. This page top to bottom: Zone 10 at the Opening Ceremony; the girls watching everyone compete; on course and focused. Photos ©Debbie Stone, Abby Jorgensen and SportFot



1. “Is that real?” Young admirers checking out the Hermes horse 2. The grand prix crowd made a fitting backdrop for Rodrigo Pessoa and Winsom 3. The beauty of hunterland 4. New York gossip personality Cognac Wellerlane 5. Tables set to impress on Grand Prix Sunday 6. A shopping success 7. Carolina Mirabel and Alexa Pessoa 8. Ilan Ferder has a word with fiancé Kirsten Coe after her round 9. Enjoying the attention 10. McLain Ward and course designer Guillherme Jorge 11. Very serious competition going down in the leadline division

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12. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg 13. The G&C Farm crew: Luis Larazzabel, Mark Bluman, Gustavo Mirabel, and Carolina Mirabel 14. Georgina Bloomberg with Jill Zarin of Real Housewives of New York 15. Custom chaps at Pinnell Custom Leather 16. 2012 Olympians on parade before the grand prix 17. Winners! Kent Farrington and Voyeur won the big class 18. The most popular spot on the showgrounds was the frozen lemonade stand 19. No show is complete without the Dubarry’s man and his bucket of water 20. Darragh Kenny counts out his coursewalk 21. Kristin Cecchi and friend 22. Nick Dello Joio watches the action with his father, Norman




EqLete &

Anakela Carmassi Horse & Style: When did you open EqLete? Anakela Carmassi: My first show was at the Sonoma Horse Park in May of this year. I had been thinking about offering human massage at horse shows for a few years and last winter I decided to stop thinking about it and just go for it! I’m glad I did. H&S: What inspired you to start EqLete? AC: My love of riding and the passion I have for my work. I have been working in spas for over 10 years now and I wanted to do something else, where I could be more involved with my clients from session to session and really help people with their individual needs. Instead of focusing on the relaxation part of the massage, I wanted to apply my work to the sport I know and love, and really get involved with the body mechanics of riders. H&S: What is your typical day like at a horse show? AC: When I’m doing a show at the Sonoma Horse Park, since it is close to home, my day usually starts out with the two horses back at home that I am responsible for. Then I buzz over to the show grounds. It’s funny, I still get excited every time I arrive at the show. I open up my tent and do some “housekeeping,” check my messages and emails for pre-booked appointments, and check in with my neighbors to see how their morning is going. Then I just wait for my first client. Usually I am busy fairly quickly, and it kind of snowballs from there. Clients start signing up for later in the afternoon and before I know it it’s 5pm and I haven’t left my tent or eaten a thing. So I head to the bleachers to have a break and watch a couple rounds and chat with a friend. Then it’s back to work until everyone is satisfied. My goal is to not only help people feel better physically, but to make them feel taken care of. Everyone needs to feel like that once in a while, like someone has your back. Literally!

H&S: How are your massages different than others? AC: Every massage therapist is different. That’s just the nature of the work. My work reflects my education and my mentors as well as the environment I was in when I was training. All of my formal education was done on the island of Kauai. I started with an in-depth training of anatomy, kinesiology, and body mechanics. Then I did some Reiki training, and Lomi (the Hawaiian modality of massage therapy which includes broad relaxing strokes in a consistent flow.) Over the years I have found and am still finding what works and so it is ever changing, but I think the most accurate description of my work is a “deep relaxing flow.” Just like riding, your teachers are your biggest influences and I am forever grateful for mine.



H&S: What has been the most rewarding thing about starting your business? AC: I absolutely love working with all of the riders, but I especially enjoy working with the pros. From the local assistants to the top grand prix riders, I have so much respect for them and what they do and it is an honor to be able to help them. H&S: How are you planning to expand your brand? What are your future goals? AC: I’d like to add a few more shows next year. Maybe Thermal in the winter, and then possibly Oregon and/or Del Mar in the summer. I want to let the business grow organically and not try and force anything. I have enjoyed doing private hires as well, and I want to continue to offer that as an option, going to barns/homes by request. In the future, I would love to be able to work with trainers with their clients to address specific issues that they are struggling with that could be caused by physical limitations. Take for instance a rider who lifts her heels. Not only can I massage out the hamstring to lengthen it, but I can give her specific stretches and exercises to lengthen the back of the leg and strengthen the front of the leg so that she becomes physically capable of keeping her heel down. Thus the rider and trainer get relief from the frustration that comes from a bad habit that just won’t go away and they can move on to focus on things more substantial than a lifted heel!

H&S: What advice would you give to someone who wants to start her own business? AC: My best advice would be to have confidence in yourself! If you’re going to start a business and put yourself out there you have to be able to say: this is my idea/service/product and I know it’s great! Sometimes I still struggle with that, but at the end of the day I know I’ve helped people. Owning your own business is very hard at times and very rewarding at others. H&S: Anything else about EqLete? AC: Thank you to all of my wonderful clients who have made my first year so rewarding and enjoyable! I really appreciate all of you! Above: Anakela at work at the Sonoma Horse Park Photos ©Catherine Cammet

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Congratulations Team BTH on a great summer in Sonoma! Strides & Tides at Sonoma Horse Park Allison Turner & Castano Reserve Champion Norcal 15-17 Equitation Classic 2nd Hudson & Co. Qualifier

Zoe Dupzyk & Brownlands Almond Joy Reserve Champion Short Stirrup Equitation 1st Short Stirrup Hunter Warm Up 1st Short Stirrup Under Saddle 1st Short Stirrup Flat Equitation

Kathryn Scafidi & Whiskey Creek

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6th Horse & Hound Medal Reserve Champ Pre-Childrens Hunters Reserve Champ Pre-Childrens Equitation

Allison Turner & Castano 3rd Hudson & Co. Medal 6th EMO Champion 14-17 Equitation

Allison Turner & Audrey 1st WCE Medal

Lara Moser & Nola

Reserve Champ Pre-Adult Hunters 1st Silver Hunter Challenge 1st Silver Medal Challenge

Zoe Dupzyk & Brownlands Almond Joy

1. Blue ribbons and bows 2. Deana Bergquist of Equestrian Life hangs with son Jackson 3. Priscilla Trees & Jeanette Gilbert-Gnaizda 4. Future leadline champs: Ella Appel and Lillie Archer 5. Manolos, Choos and Burch, OH MY, at Footcandy Shoes 6. Green is in fashion with the McIntoshes and Patrick Seaton 7. It’s always “wine-thirty” in the Perfect Products VIP 8. Kathy from Cross Creek and Deb of Brown Beauty strike a pose Photos ©Woodside Images, Horse & Style

Good rounds in the Child Pony Hunters and Short Stirrup 3rd Horse & Hound Pony Medal

BTH Equestrians has openings for beginner riding lessons. 4761 Hillcrest Ave . Fair Oaks, CA 95628

916-844-9714 . www.bthequestrians.com


Jeannie Sucre Like so many little girls, Jeannie Sucre grew up in love with horses, but personal experiences with them were limited to trail rides on family vacations. It wasn’t until she was an adult that she sat in an English saddle, began taking lessons, and eventually ended up in the hunter show ring. Outside of the ring, Jeannie spent time developing another passion: the art of photography. In 2004 she started her business, focusing on weddings and maternity portraits. After the birth of her second child, she stopped shooting professionally for a few years, but continued to study the craft and make the transition from film to digital format. Jeannie Sucre Photography was launched two years ago as a newborn/children/family studio, and last year she introduced “The Art of Show” sessions, created specifically for equestrians. The vision behind this new offering was to use her experience from photographing weddings, and follow a rider much the same way she used to follow a bride and groom, capturing the details and moments that define that client’s show experience. The imagery is then designed into custom storybooks, storyboxes, or framed artwork. Through her own firsthand knowledge, she understands the passion and dedication it takes to compete in the sport, as well as the passion and love riders feel for their horses. To find out more about “The Art of Show” sessions please visit www.jeanniesucre.com




4 year old, 16.3h Trakehner gelding


7 year old, 16.3h TB gelding

“Petey” has had much success in the Hunter Breeding divisions Auto lead changes, comfortable, simple & quiet A great Jr/Am horse for any ring Can be seen and tried at Sacramento International Welcome

“Sparky” can do all three rings Has done Hunter Derbies and is eligible 1st year green He is comfortable, simple to ride, very brave and has a great personality. Hunters, jumpers or equitation... Sparky does it all!


5 year old, 16.3h Oldenburg mare by Ragtime

Hack winner, flashy, sweet and honest. Simple to ride, brave and comfortable. In 2012: Numerous tri colors in the 1st Year Green Hunters 1st $1,500 WCC Open Hunter Derby 3rd $3,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby Woodside Summer 3rd $2,500 SVS Hunter Derby Golden State Horse Show Can be seen and tried at Sacramento International Welcome

T RAINER, J ENIFER P ARIS Cell (209) 541-7366


Located at Clay Station Ranch - Wilton, CA

Dear Horse & Style Fashionista, I’d like to wear some fun breeches when I’m riding at home or hacking at a show. Can you recommend some breeches that are fashion forward, yet functional?

~Bored with Beige

Ins & Outs

Breeches! In: Denim styled breeches

Out: Animal prints

Dear Bored with Beige, I understand your frustration, beige gets very boring, very quickly, especially for hunter and equitation riders. But have no fear, the jumper ring riders have been sporting nontraditional breeches for several years now! Here is my favorite pick for a super fun, nonbeige breeches choice:

In: Lower-cut breeches Out: High-waisted breeches In: Patches on back pockets Out: Zippers on back pockets In: Red breeches Bradley Knee Patch Jeans Breeches by SmartPak, $100

Out: Rust breeches

Fashionista warning: not all color breeches are fashionable! Take caution when going crazy with color. Love,


Do you have an equestrian fashion question for the H&S Fashionista? Send your questions to Fashionista@horseandstylemag.com

©Katie Foster




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Private Sonoma Office/ Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

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Alluring Adornment Just when you thought they’ve done it all, Ariat presents a limited edition luxury handbag collection. Lovingly crafted in New York, this latest effort from our favorite source for barn boots will only stoke the flames among equestrian style devotees looking for the next equine-esque accessory to tote from office to horse show. Georgina Lace Zip Convertible, $1,295.00



Time is precious, make it beautiful!

DIMACCI bracelets, calf or snake leather, stainless steel clasp, adjustable, designed in Germany.


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