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2075 Sandy Ridge

5200 Dove Creek

This remodeled 4 bed/4 ba ranch features over 2900 finished sq. ft. and is situated on 46.67 acres. The master suite is vaulted and has a retreat. The beautiful bath has a steam shower and the entire master has heated tile floors. All the baths have been remodeled. The kitchen features stainless steel appliances and hardwood floor. There is a new 3 car garage. There are two barns plus a large loafing shed—one barn is a 3 stall and the other is open for hay or more stalls. There are great fenced pastures.

This great horse property is in the trees and features 3 bed/3 ba on 6.38 acres. It has a 4 stall barn with tack room, hay storage and turnouts, and flat pastures. The home is newer and has a great floor plan. It features a master bedroom with a fireplace and 5 piece bath. The kitchen has a breakfast bar, plenty of cabinet and counter space, butler’s pantry and hardwood floor. The family room has a two story ceiling and also has a fireplace.


WOW! GORGEOUS HORSE PROPERTY ON 20 ACRES 6790 Sunflower This wonderful property features 20 acres, 3 stall barn, outdoor arena that is 250’ x 120’, round pen, and nice pastures. The home is a 4 bed/4 ba ranch with finished walkout featuring over 4200 finished sq. ft. The home is absolutely gorgeous and features a gourmet kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floor. The finished walkout has a large rec room with media area, 3 bedrooms and a full bath. $675,000

Super Price Only $485,000

THE QUEST IS OVER Outstanding Horse Facility 5 Minutes from Colorado Horse Park It features indoor and outdoor dressage arenas, 26 indoor stalls with windows, 10 outdoor pens with shelter, heated lounge, indoor grooming stalls and wash rack, riding trails, amazing mountain views and 3 bed/2 ba home for trainer.

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FOR SALE As Good As It Gets In Denver, Colorado Banbury Cross

Minutes to Light Rail Yet a Million Miles Away From Busy

An incredible historic paradise nestled between the grassland rolling hills and the water lands. Create the country lifestyle of your dreams. 14 to 21 acre custom home building sites. Prices range from the mid $300’s to the high $500’s. Gated community. Fantastic grassland horse property. Only 5 remain. http://www.spotlighthometours.com/tours/tour. php?&tourid=22703&reloaded=true www.banburycross-farm.com

The Klein Ranch

Own A Piece of Colorado History

95 Acre 1800’s Historic Estate overlooking the Plum Creek Valley 3450 Big Bear Drive Fantasic 6391 sq. ft home. 5 Bedrooms, 6 baths. 4 pastures, 2 stocked ponds, 8 stall barn, Workshop/storage building $3,500,000 A one-of-a-kind offering. Virtual tour: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=pC4VFshhido

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Fashion Forward Hermès “Flymask” SPECIAL FASHION EDITION 2013


PHOTO CONTEST WINNER—MONICA STEVENSON This photograph is of Monica’s Dutch Warmblood dressage horse, Optimist. No horses were harmed in the taking of this photograph! As much as Monica would love to say that this event truly occurred, the photograph is actually a composite of a portrait of Optimist, and a still-life of an Hermès scarf draped over a plaster model of Optimist’s head. Image One of a series—More to come. Monica Stevenson 212.645.0660 Studio: 601 West 26th Suite 1455, New York, NY 10001 Email: monica@monicastevenson.com www.monicastevenson.com or www.monicastevensonphotography.com

Correction: In last month’s HC, the article on Harmony Sporthorses’ Champion pony Markus, incorrectly stated that he is a German Riding Pony. Markus is an American Sportpony who was bred and born in the USA. We apologize for the error. Sorry, Markus! 8 | FALL 2013 | HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE



e are so thrilled with the response and the submissions to our Win the Front Cover Contest. Talented photographers and elite equestrian companies offered up beautiful photos and ad layouts that made the job of our celebrity judge, Wayne Scot Lukas, difficult. Judged on a point system with a possible 50 points to be awarded, photographer Monica Stevenson’s stunning photo of a horse’s head wrapped in a Hermes scarf wowed us and impressed judge Lukas who awarded Monica the maximum point total of 50! Congratulations to Monica Stevenson for gracing the cover of HC’s Fall Fashion Issue. Go to page 38 for more of Monica’s work as well as learning about her artistic vision and photography. Our second place winner, ASMAR Equestrian, is showcased on the back cover of this issue. ASMAR Equestrian by Noel Asmar is a collection of stunning and stylish riding apparel. Noel Asmar says about his collection—“You fall in love with a tall dark handsome horse. And your life becomes about a horse. What you wear, your hair, his hair, the grooming, your passion to show, to ride to get to barn. That is the inspiration behind my collection.” Congratulations to ASMAR Equestrian for gracing HC’s back cover with your beautiful clothing collection. Our third place winner, Schleese, won the inside back cover of this special issue. Schleese is known as “The Female Saddle Specialist,” because they have developed saddles that cater to the differences in the female body. Jochen and Sabine Schleese have devoted their lives to the proper custom fitting of saddles. With a worldwide reputation for excellence, we couldn’t be happier to award Schleese third place and our inside back cover. It was a tough job to evaluate all of the outstanding entries in this contest—of which you can see, starting on page 42. And as far as we’re concerned, there was only one person for the job. Wayne Scot Lukas is known as the first “Celebrity Fashion Stylist,” later coined as The Stylist to the Stars. Wayne’s reputation for fashion styling has brought him a who’s who of celebrity clients Wayne Scot Lukas and his horse Patricio including Janet Jackson, Christie Brinkley, Halle Berry and Meryl Streep to name a few. Wayne’s expertise in spotting a trend, fit, color, “Our winner has the sensitivity to hear balance, design and body shape issues have put a horse whisper and has been able to him in great demand and HC is honored that share that magic with us.” Wayne took the time to judge our contest entries. —Wayne Scot Lukas Wayne’s hugely successful clothing line called LUKASTYLE, featured on the Home Shopping Network and ShopNBC, along with his brand LUKAS lifestyle, have catapulted him into the limelight once again. Wayne is launching his new line, thREDline.com to teach women about body love and positivity in fashion. Follow Wayne on Twitter @thredlinestyle or check him out on Facebook—facebook.com/lukastylellc. All of us at HC are grateful for the help and expertise of Wayne Scot Lukas in judging all of these wonderful entries and a big thank you to all who participated in this contest. It was a huge success and we look forward to doing it again next year.

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Behind the Barn By Butte Dawson


here has been much debate over the new health care law, known as the Affordable Health Care Act. It will assist uninsured folks in getting health insurance and allow those with a preexisting condition to get coverage as well. However, if your pre-existing condition is that you are a horse person, you might want to check out a new health care plan called ButteCare! You see, many horse people don’t have health insurance. After all, how can you afford to buy insurance for yourself if you’re forking out to insure all of your horses for everything and anything that can happen to them? Horse people take care of everyone and every animal before they take care of themselves. And that is why I have developed a health care plan that every horse person can afford because it’s free! That’s right, you already have everything you need at the farm to take care of any health concern. ButteCare has a solution for any injury or medical disorder afflicting a horse person. Follow these instructions so you can get the most out of your affordable health care plan. Broken bones are no problem under ButteCare. You say your horse stepped on your foot and broke all of your toes? Immediately head into the house and grab some ice out of the freezer. Next, head over to the liquor cabinet, add ice to a rocks glass and pour yourself four fingers of your best scotch or whiskey. Repeat procedure until pain is gone and you are able to walk or stagger back out to the barn. Cuts and lacerations are covered under ButteCare as well. You’ve slashed open


your hand with a hoof pick, cut your forehead after being slammed into the half-open stall door, or punctured your thigh trying to ride through a narrow gate. I’ve got two words for you my bleeding friend—super glue and vet wrap. Okay,

that’s five words but you’re not paying attention because you are hurt. Lay on some super glue, pinch the wound together and wrap it tight. It’s worked for your horse and it will work for you. In fact vet wrap can get you through most emergencies alone. Sprains, ligament tears, even broken bones can be patched up if you have enough vet wrap…and booze. Mental health is also covered under ButteCare. Now, I know what you’re saying. “How can you cover mental health when we all know that EVERY horse person is CRAZY.” Yes, this is true

but it doesn’t make it any less of a health problem. That’s why we have a program for this affliction. If you are suffering from depression (and who isn’t, have you seen the hay prices?), there is an easy treatment that I have perfected—it’s worked for me for years. Head down to the paddock, preferably during a rainstorm, and grab a hold of the electric tape that lines the top rail of the paddock. Hold on until you hear your teeth chatter then let go. If you don’t feel better, go stand in the water of the stock tank and repeat procedure until you’ve convinced yourself that life could indeed be worse. Then head up to get a drink with a smile on your face. Treatment for infections, intestinal ulcers, and chronic pain are easily handled under ButteCare. Head to the tack room and take advantage of our “do-it-yourself” pharmacy. We’ve got worm paste and ulcergard for those intestinal problems, various antibiotics for the infection, and for chronic pain we have what I like to call supplemental ButeCare. Bute doesn’t know if the pain is in a horse or in you so have at it. It works and who cares if it is carcinogenic, you’ll probably die riding cross-country on a foxhunt at the age of eighty anyway. So there you have it—a health care plan that all horse people have probably already been using for years and not even known it. I do have to tell you that there is one health condition that is not covered under ButteCare and that is obsessivecompulsive disorder. This is not just a pre-existing condition but also a lifelong affliction that starts the minute you see a horse for the first time. And as long as you are around horses, it never ends.

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quetech Foxxie tweed jacket is a classic tweed jacket with a hint of country glamour! The Foxxie tweed jacket can be worn with jeans casually for leisure activities or out riding! Made from the finest 400 gram tweed in a gorgeous mocha/green herringbone with gold over check. A timeless jacket to flatter all figures. Sizing runs small so order next size up. Equetech Foxxie Tweed Jacket: • pink lining • curved lapel in moleskin • moleskin pocket flaps with colorful brocade flowers jacquard lining • half belt with chunky buttons • double back vents with a flash of brocade detailing • buttons to cuffs MSRP: $366.25

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ce-Vibe are rechargeable vibrating boots that help to boost circulation in horses’ legs. Combining the effects of cooling and massage therapy, they effectively treat strains, ligament and tendon damage by stimulating the lymph system to remove soreness and swelling as well as improving circulation. Everyday wear and tear on joints can be managed with daily use of the boots, and rehabilitation through injury can be achieved more effectively. Even while they are cooling the limbs, Ice-Vibe boots maintain a slow level of blood flow via massage, which encourages healing. The cold packs help to cool tissue and slow down inflammation. Ice-Vibe boots also help to reduce existing inflammation by stimulating the movement of the lymph system. They allow you to stimulate blood flow and movement through massage while the cold packs control inflammation. Massage creates a similar effect to that of a horse moving about while grazing, making Ice-Vibe perfect for horses on box rest. Standard boot: $265 Extra-full boot: $285 For more information visit www.icevibe.com 16 | FALL 2013 | HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE





sing the most advanced performance technology available, our proprietary fabric offers you the highest level of skin protection. Our EIS COOL SHIRT® is proudly made in the USA. Our special fabric technology provides you with many outstanding performance features: Health A+: Offering superior sun protection with the equivalent of SPF 50 IceFil: A cooling factor that is embedded in the fabric reduces body temperature by 5 degrees will provide maximum comfort in humid, hot weather. Movement generates air flow creating a cooling effect. Nanoplex: Microscopic nano particle attached to fabric fibers make these performance features long lasting. Not a fabric finish. Easy Care: Normal wash, quick drying, and no shrinkage. Odor Control: Our special wicking fabric helps control body odor. • Lots Of New Exciting Colors • Reduces Body Temperature by 5 Degrees • Highest Level of Skin Protection— equivalent to SPF 50 UV protection • Light Weight - Breathable • Moisture Wicking—Quick Drying

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ayward Sportswear also makes the EuroZip jacket in the same fabric but with a ½ collar velvet and metallic silver piping. The pockets are available with silver zippers. Or, they can do the same without the zippers and put real pockets with no trim. Here are some of the EuroRibbon jacket features: • Techno stretch fabric with European Flair • Light weight • Moves with you • Available in assorted solid colored materials • Lining: Black Mesh • Ribbon Trim: on collar and top of pockets • Ribbon available in over 100 color options • Collar also available in black or navy velvet with metallic silver piping Back of jacket: • Detailed with small waistband • Double vented Buttons: • Either 3 or 4 buttons on front of jacket • Available in silver crested, gold crested or covered to match jacket material Sizes: 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 ( regular and tall ) Retails for $600.00

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he Bella is hand made in the USA by master craftsmen. A classic soft pebble leather slouch bag in a traditional hobo shape. White body, with rich chestnut bridle leather details and trim. Wide shoulder strap with decorative, hand-made raised braid detail. Dropped zipper at the top. White lining with interior pocket. Available in Black or White. Dimensions: 12.5” x 12.5” x 8” MSRP: $545.00

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his beautiful high quality cotton stretch is so stretchy, silky and light (but not see-through-y)... it feels like you have nothing on. And because it’s cotton it breathes naturally and doesn’t attract sweat. The NEW “Polo” Show Shirt features a polo-style front opening so the body is super sleek. • Very cute fitted cut, extra long in the body. • Roll-up sleeve tab (of course!) • Great for many disciplines. This Shirt: White cotton stretch Fuchsia Plaid Pink snaps • NEW Cheval Fashions show shirts • Beautifully handmade in Canada from high quality cotton/cotton based materials. • True Fashion Show Shirt… close-to-custom-fit, flattering and extra long with fabulous details like the unique roll-up sleeve tab, and pearly snaps at the cuff. • Classic in the ring… fabulous out! • Available in whites, cream and colors, all with gorgeous accent materials • Sizes 4–18 MSRP: $179

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ne K® helmets boast the perfect synergy between advanced technology and aesthetically pleasing design. With enough features to appeal to those seeking everything a helmet could possibly offer wrapped in a package that traditionalists can appreciate. The One K® Defender Pro Series features polycarbonate and Advanced ABS Composite outer shell, injection molded shell design, comfort padded harness with synthetic suede lining, removable and washable liner (always have a fresh and clean helmet ready!), hook and loop adjustment and Fastex buckle, two side, two front and two center vents for added ventilation and a shatterproof polycarbonate retractable sunshield. The sunshield provide the ultimate in rider comfort by keeping dust and grit out of your eyes, as well as protecting them from wind gusts and sun rays. One K® Defender Pro Suede Helmet Colors: Black, Black Matte and Navy Sizes: Small thru XXLarge MSRP: $299.95

One K® Pro Sunshield Colors: Gold, Rainbow, Gold and Smoke (All Defender Pro helmets come with Smoke sunshield) One Size MSRP: $24.95 One K® Defender Pro Liners Liners can be used to change the size of your helmet. By simply replacing the liner you can change your helmet size for a perfect fit. Our liners also provide ultimate flexibility for growing children, shared helmets or women who wear hair differently for schooling or show. Instantly refresh your helmet with the One K removable and washable liner. Sizes: XSmall thru XXLarge MSRP: $21.95

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When did you start? I became a trial attorney 24 years ago which was fairly rare in those days; most litigators were still men. Made for some interesting interactions. I still practice as a trial attorney, but would really like to focus on the equine side of things. My equine law practice naturally flowed from my passion for horses and the law.

Other businesses? In 2011, I became trained and was certified as an Equine Appraiser.

Tell us about you. I came from an Air Force family which meant we moved every 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 years. This made it very hard to have close relationships with human beings knowing that you would be leaving and never see them again. So instead I became passionate about my animals. My interest of horses started very young and my father would bring horse statues to me from all over the world every time he went on a business trip. I had hundreds of statues adorning my bedroom walls. When I was about 10, however, those statues were no longer enough for me and I begged my mother for English riding lessons. Much to my parents surprise and consternation, I was found to have a natural talent for it.

Besides your business, what is your involvement or connection with horses? I have been riding and showing hunters/jumpers since the age of 10. My junior years were spent in California showing in equitation and the junior hunter division. As I grew 20 | FALL 2013 | HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE

up and began my career, there was always at least one horse in my life. I have had some wonderful horses, all of them thoroughbreds, my breed of choice. When everyone around me was buying a warmblood, I refused to be converted. My current ride and love is Dubhgan (gaelic for dark lad). We currently show in the low A/O division. I have to say I am very pleased to see a resurgence of thoroughbreds appearing in the hunter rings.

What do you consider your toughest challenge? Practicing

What encouraged you to create an equestrian business? Frankly, it was a no

law is very stressful and time consuming. My challenge is finding adequate time to ride and practice with my horse so that I feel balanced and happy at the end of the day.

brainer—my passion for horses naturally led to a business that dealt with them.

What movie title best describes your life?

What is the most fulfilling part of your business? Getting to work with horse people and their horses. What is better than that?

What is the least fulfilling? The stress and brain damage caused by my very adversarial profession. Is there anything that horses have taught you that translates into your business model? To look my clients straight in the eye and be totally honest whether it is something they want to hear or not.

Who inspires you? Even though she is no longer physically on this planet, Keiri Kaneps was a true inspiration to me. I rode better and my horse performed better while under her tutelage. She is one person who really understood the creature; she was also a very nice person.

There hasn’t been a movie made yet which describes my life.

What is your favorite charity? I have several and as you might have guessed they all deal with animals. What is your favorite country that you have visited? England, but I’m thinking Ireland is going to top that.

Favorite book? Of Women and Horses. Favorite shoes? Flip flops definitely! I have 20 pair in various colors and designs which often times brings smiles and comments from my horse show peeps because I color coordinate them with my show shirt.

Who is your favorite stud? I have never paid much attention to breeding. A good horse is a good horse no matter who his/her daddy was. Favorite saddle? My Butet! What is your guilty pleasure? A glass of a buttery chardonnay and jewelry.

Were you a wild or mild child growing up? Alas, very mild. My mother convinced my father that buying me a horse would keep me out of trouble and it did.

Where do you live in your dreams? In a house, among Colorado pine trees with

lots of room for all the horses and dogs I can manage.

Your partner “must love horses.” What else must they love besides you? Dogs, laughter and good wine.

Dogs or children? Dogs, little dogs, big dogs, happy dogs, sad dogs. Dogs.

Greatest regret? That I have not found a partner who could love me and my horses. Greatest fear? Dying and my horses and dogs not understanding why I am no longer in their life. You see—I put a lot of energy into letting my animals know that they are loved and will always be safe with me. Oh jeez, I’m going to start crying. Number one on your bucket list? Go to Ireland and experience the country and culture where my grandparents were born.

Who would you most like to have dinner with? A horse whisperer—yeah, like maybe Robert Redford—do you think he reads HC?

What is your motto? Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing… Harriet Braiker

What’s on the horizon for Candace? Hmmmm. I hope to return to Colorado to live and continue to build my equine law practice. I have some great friends there and I would like to see them on a more regular basis.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Candace J. Cavanaugh c.cavanaugh2@comcast.net 303 974 8326 HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE | FALL 2013 | 21

    H i g h Te c h & H i g h F a s h i o n

2013 is the year of exciting new developments in Equestrian Apparel design and function, with innovation and technology becoming the main focus. The industry has responded to the increasing demand for textile products that are environmentally friendly, pose no health hazards, and conserve resources to the greatest possible extent while providing the wearer with UV Protection, full range of motion, moisture management and be machine washable! Products that have the Bluesign label fall into the environmentally friendly category. Garments with Coolmax®, Icefil®, Durabreathe® or Dri-Lex® labels will offer optimal breathability and lightweight coverage for searing summer rides while Polartec, Thermal Pro®, Windpro®, or Windsport® keeps riders protected from winter’s chilly blasts. Ariat has introduced Coldblack® technology, a sun and heat reflector for dark textiles that also reduces UV-ray penetration. Garments from Show Coats to barn wear now offer riders comfort, durability, flattering fit, and style with the added bonus of easy care machine washing! Clever tailoring details such as stretch shoulder panels, mesh lining, concealed zipper pockets or contrast piping and collars enhance performance and style. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, choices are unlimited for appropriate apparel for whatever the season or wherever your ride! Tall boots are styled to be suitable for casual or riding wear. Tall boots now have a more contoured silhouette as zippers allow the boot to follow the natural shape of the ankle. Features such as side zips, contrast stitching, tasseled zipper pulls, accent buckles and waterproof materials combine to give you boots that go from the stall to the mall in a hoof beat! Horse clothing continues to keep up with all the trends as well. Turnout blankets and sheets provide ultimate freedom and high tech protection for your equine partner by offering breathability and waterproofing in fashionably friendly fabrics and materials with designs from conservative solids, sharp plaids and pretty polka dots to the latest retro or Navajo prints! Nylon “designer” halters and English saddle pads are available in every color from soft pastels to rainbow brights and patterns that include snazzy plaids, trendy retro patterns and ever popular animal prints. 22 | FALL 2013 | HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE

English show clothing, while remaining conservative, has seen exciting developments in fabric content and garment engineering. Leaders in equestrian design are combining premium fabrics with advanced technologies to create the most advanced performance apparel worn by riders at every level. The shape and silhouette of show coats is changing, leaning more towards a combination Jumper and Dressage style. The new technical show coats have four button singlebreasted fronts and a double vent in back. The length is shorter than a traditional Dressage Coat, so it works well for Show Jumpers. Companies offering the latest in Show Coat designs include Pikeur’s Skarlett Coat, the Grand Prix TechLite, Romfh’s Jumper Jacket, and the Ovation Performance Coat. Show Shirts are made of technically advanced fabrics as well, blocking harmful UV rays, wicking perspiration and creating

Polartec® fabric reduces the burden on landfills and natural resources by utilizing a minimum of 50% recycled content.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers. It defines high-level environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and requires compliance with social criteria as well.

two-way air circulation in order to keep riders ever fresh and comfortable. Soft shades of pink or blue, especially for children, are always a hit in the Hunter Ring while classic white is still the most popular color choice particularly for adults. Wrap collars are seen more than traditional chokers in the show ring, spiced up with a colorful contrasting solid or print lining. Riders still love the wonderful high tech fabrics offered in many styles of Breeches. The recent introduction of leg bottoms that fit any length or shape of calf or lower leg have been received very well by riders in all disciplines. Hunter/Jumper riders still prefer the low rise knee patch style in shades of light beige and are still showing more interest in side zips rather than front zips. Dressage riders will always opt for the full seat Breech in assorted colors for schooling, and always white for showing. Technological advancements have impacted every aspect of our lives and our equestrian sport is no exception. Both horse and rider will benefit from the advances made in fabric, resulting in a more comfortable and pleasant experience in the show ring or out on the trails.

Ariat Crown Pro Show Jacket with V3 Stretch Mesh Technology and a Coldblack® finish. Coldblack® is a unique finish that helps dark-colored garments stay cooler, even in warm sunshine by reflecting up to 80% of rays.

The independent Bluesign® standard is the response to increasing demands for textile products that are environmentally friendly, pose no health hazards, and conserve resources.

CoolMax® Performance Fabric combines wicking properties with air circulation to provide cool, dry comfort in warm, active situations.

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Washington International Horse Show Salutes the United States Armed Forces on Third Annual Military Night By Lauren Fisher

The Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) returns to Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C on Oct. 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;27, 2013, for its 55th year of worldclass equestrian competition. For the third year running, Friday night will honor the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s armed forces during Military Night presented by The Boeing Company on Oct. 25. WIHS has enjoyed a close relationship with the United States military since the earliest days of the horse show when former U.S. Army horses and riders represented the United States in national and international competition. Equestrian competition on that evening will feature The Boeing Company $25,000 Puissance (high jump) class and a new $50,000 1.50m Table C Faults Converted Speed Final presented by Sleepy P Ranch for open and international jumpers. As Sgt. Diaz, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Klinger,â&#x20AC;? and Specialist Poarch. Klinger has touched the lives of many people in his life of the sponsor of the Puissance, The Boeing service with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon. EQUUS Foundation and Company will present the winner with the United States Equestrian Federation, in recognition for his service, have inducted Klinger into the

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the Presidential Inauguration Parade. He has worked with wounded veterans and been a comfort to the children of TAPS, bringing hope and healing to the families of our nation’s fallen heroes. Klinger has been inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame by EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation for his service. WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan noted, “Klinger has been a guest of honor at the Washington International Horse Show Kids’ Day for the past three years, where he educates and informs people about the work that Army horses do. The Washington International Horse Show looks forward to honoring Klinger along with the many military representatives in attendance this year on this wonderful night at Verizon Center. The horse show’s partnership with the armed forces has become a fantastic tradition that everyone hopes to continue.” Since its debut, WIHS has been a Washington, D.C. institution attended by presidents, first ladies, celebrities, business

The 1976 Irish Team at the WIHS. Photo courtesy of WIHS

and military leaders, as well as countless horse enthusiasts of all ages. In addition to the exceptional competition, WIHS features exciting events, exhibitions, and community activities such as Kids’ Day,

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International America Edges Brazil to Win Eighth Leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Europe Division Team USA claimed the top step of the podium in Bratislava, Slovakia, winning the eighth leg of the Furusiyya FEI Nations

Cup™ Europe Division 2 series. Drawn eighth to go of the 13 competing nations, the American riders shared a zero score with Brazil at the halfway stage. But when both pathfinder Catherine Pasmore and third-line rider Megan Nusz produced double-clear performances, anchor rider Kirsten Coe didn’t have to jump a second round because the fourfault result returned by Quentin Judge was all they had to count and would be good enough for the win. U.S. Chef d’Equipe, Kent Farrington, was pleased with the win. “It was really exciting for us to bring a team of developing riders,” he said. “It was Megan’s first time competing in the Nations Cup and she jumped a double clear which is absolutely fantastic. These are four very qualified riders, so there is no weak link in the team. Kirsten Coe is the most experienced, which is why she had the anchor position today. Catherine Pasmore has a lot of experience, even as young junior and rider, so I knew she would be very comfortable with being the first rider in our team. Quentin and Megan both have very capable horses and are very competitive riders so they could have gone in either order: it was a toss-up. We did really well and, in the end, Kirsten got to save her horse which is great,” he pointed out. Megan Nusz riding Dynamo for the winning USA team. Photo: Milina ImrichovaStrihovska/FEI

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New York Nayel Nassar and Lordan Take Big Money Glory in Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix Nayel Nassar of Stanford, California proved that a 3,000-mile trip across the U.S. was well worth the effort when he rode Lordan to a hard-fought victory in the fourth-annual Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties. With the post-competition tunes of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell playing in the background, Nassar prepared to make the trip home to Stanford, California $350,000 richer. Nassar, who rides for Egypt, and the nine-year-old Hanoverian gelding he piloted to the coveted victory were one of only three riders to crack Olaf Petersen Jr.’s course. “I can’t believe this—it’s very surreal, but this horse has been on a roll lately,” said Nassar who is a senior at Stanford University in California and will soon graduate with a degree in Economics. Upon graduation he plans to ride professionally for Egypt in the U.S. “Lordan jumped incredibly and was very careful,” said Nassar, who bought the gelding as a six-year-old and admittedly took it slow with his progression. A spooky ride at the start, Lordan matured nicely over the past couple of years, according to Nassar, and has kicked off elite competition on a high note with this weekend’s win. Nassar’s clear jump-off round in 45.63 seconds was enough to keep Todd Minikus and Quality Girl in second place. After a thrown right front shoe early in the first round, Quality Girl attacked the jump-off course under less than perfect conditions. “I hate to make excuses, but she wasn’t quite herself as we warmed up for the jump-off,” said Minikus. When a rail came down, the pair was still guaranteed second and Minikus elected to pull up, airing on the side of his horse’s well being. “It speaks volumes for the footing that my horse was able to jump the majority of that course without a shoe,” he added. Shane Wordley and Derly Chin De Muze finished third while Margie Engle of Wellington, Florida rode Royce to the fastest fourfault effort in the first round for fourth. Capping the top five and still cashing a $75,000 prize money check, Hugh Graham piloted Distant Star 3E to four faults just three tenths of a second behind Engle. Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS Horse Shows announced that this year marked the first of a two-year contract with Zoetis as the presenting sponsor of HITS Shows grand prix nationwide. With the promise of a 2014 Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix, the health of show jumping in North America continues to improve. “It’s very unique to have a sponsor as dedicated to the sport and committed to advancing it as Zoetis is,” said Struzzieri. Stuart Meikle of Zoetis agreed that with more classes like this, coupled with increased interest from competitors and spectators alike, this country is on its way to having horse sport become a part of everyday American life. Minikus, the only American rider represented in the top three, revealed that when he used to dream of becoming a grand prix rider he never thought the sport would reach the level that it has in this country. “Where prize money is concerned, we are pushing the sport to equal events like golf and tennis,” he said. With sponsors like Zoetis willing to invest in the sport and organizations like HRTV dedicated to shining a spotlight on the

Nayel Nassar and Lordan win the $1Million Grand Prix. ©ESI Photography.

athletes, there is a promise that show jumping will continue to gain traction in North America and beyond. As the sun set on the 2013 HITS Saugerties season, attention has already turned to 2014 and the three $1 million events that will take place as part of the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping in Thermal, California; Ocala, Florida and Saugerties, New York.



Jimmy Torano Jumps Five-Year-Old La Bonita to the Top of the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final Jimmy Torano of SW Ranches, Florida admits that he and Kathryn Haefner, who owns La Bonita, gambled on the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, entering the five-year-old German-bred Warmblood mare in the highest stakes hunter class in the world. Lady Luck, however, was on their side at HITS Saugerties. Or, perhaps, La Bonita is just that good. “She’s a very special horse and what she did in the Final is unheard of,” said Torano. “This is only her second show, and for her to walk into the Outside Course this week and then the Grand Prix Stadium and perform the way she did shows just how unbelievable this horse really is.” Haefner could not contain her excitement when the announcer spoke her mare’s name over the sound system and accepted the $150,000 winner’s check with tears streaming down her face. “I have no words,” said Haefner. “Jimmy is a great rider and she is a special horse. I am still speechless that this has happened.” “She was the horse to watch in this class,”

said Patricia Griffith of New York, New York. Griffith won the Diamond Mills Hunter Prix last year with Lexi Maounis’ Sienna. “Everyone noticed her on the first day on the Outside Course and she had us all wondering who this horse was.” Also impressive in the Hunter Prix was fourteenyear-old rider Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kansas who piloted Lyons Creek Bellini, owned by Hays Investment Corp to a fourth place finish. For Torano, who also rode in the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix, the Hunter Prix, set by Rian Beals of Saugerties, New Jimmy Torano & La Bonita take the blue in the $500,000 Hunter York was, in some ways, Prix Final. ©ESI Photography. harder. “I didn’t even think that we would make it through the two of money against these caliber horses and qualifying rounds, so to ride for this kind riders was nerve racking!” he said.

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reat Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and her 11-year old Olympic partner Valegro have reclaimed the world number one spot in this month’s FEI World Dressage Rankings. The London 2012 double gold medalists, who won three medals—individual gold in the Grand Prix Special and Freestyle along with team bronze in the Grand Prix—at the recent Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championships in Herning, Denmark top the rankings with 2,915 points. They hold a comfortable 67-point lead over Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage winners and European team champions and double silver medalists Helen Langehanenberg and the 13-year-old stallion Damon Hill NRW. Last month’s leaders Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival are in third place with 2,818 points. The combination won team silver, individual Grand Prix Special and Freestyle bronze medals at Herning last month. The biggest move in the latest rankings is that of Dujardin and Valegro’s fellow European bronze-medal winning teammates Carl Hester and Uthopia who have gone from 91st up to 31st place thanks to their Grand Prix Freestyle victory and second place in the Grand Prix on home ground at CDIO3* Hickstead and to their good performances in Herning. Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro competing in last month’s Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championships at Herning, Denmark where the combination won three medals © Kit Houghton/FEI 54 | FALL 2013 | HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE


ermany claimed team gold for the 22nd time at the Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championship in Herning, Denmark. In a tense battle, it fell to

reigning Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Champion, Helen Langehanenberg, to clinch it with her last-to-go ride. And she did so with cool conviction when steering the brilliant Damon Hill to a score of 84.377, which gave her country a narrow advantage over the silver medalists from The Netherlands while the defending champions from Great Britain had to settle for bronze this time around. Just 1.111 points separated the three medal-winning nations in this super-tight battle of the giants. Despite the fact that they didn’t repeat their historic 2011 victory, the British had plenty to celebrate along with their well-earned step on the podium, as Olympic doublegold medalist, Charlotte Dujardin, produced a stunning test from Valegro to break the Grand Prix world record once again. She set the previous record of 84.477 percent at Olympia in London (GBR) last December,  but the 28-year-old rider raised the bar even further when posting a colossal 85.942.

Germany won the Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Team Championship 2013 in Herning, Denmark. Pictured on the medal podium (L to R) are teammembers Fabienne Lutkemeier, Kristina Sprehe, Helen Langehanenberg and Isabell Werth. Photo: FEI/Kit Houghton.






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arker Adventist Hospital Dressage in the Rockies I, II and III, presented by Horseware Ireland and held at the picturesque Colorado Horse Park (CHP) Aug. 5–7, was the ideal opportunity for riders to earn points and qualifying scores for Regional Dressage Championships while enjoying the summer Colorado weather. Julie Burt, the Dressage in the Rockies I High Point Champion in the FEI division, earned a 67.643% in the Intermediaire-1 aboard her own Genuine Gem, a 14-year-old Hanoverian mare by Gold Luck out of Armandy. Burt said she grew up riding donated horses at New Canaan Mounted Troop, a military-style, nonprofit riding school where they competed in hunter/jumpers. “I remember George Morris telling me the pony I rode was ‘sour, stiff, and flat as a pancake,’ ” Burt said. “I loved her, and was heartbroken when the riding school sold her.” About a year and a half ago, Burt decided a schoolmaster could help her achieve her dressage goals. “That is how I ended up getting Gem,” she said. “I knew I was 56 | FALL 2013 | HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE

going to get her from the minute I saw her because she begged for treats the same way my ‘sour, stiff, and flat as a pancake’ pony did as a kid. Great way to make a decision about a horse, right? Anyway, in our first two shows last year we got the scores for my silver medal.” Another High Point Champion, Nicole Glusenkamp and Eeltsje F, (aka Bob) a 12-year-old Friesian stallion owned by Paula Marsh of Wyning Edge Friesians in Boerne, TX, earned a 65.745% in the Grand Prix Open to land the High Point Championship in the FEI division in Dressage in the Rockies II on the second day of the show. Glusenkamp has been riding Bob, a Dutch import, since he was four and this is his first year at the Grand Prix level. “Some of the movements need improvement—piaffe and passage—which is a matter of strength,” she said. “He is really good in all his extensions and lateral movements. I’m very happy that the judges see the talent of this very special Friesian.” High Point Champion for Dressage in the Rockies III was Sara Storch and Pelano.


Dressage Freestyle test event to review the judging of Freestyle competitions in order increase consistency and accuracy was held on the premises of the German Equestrian Federation at Warendorf on 24 September. The event, which was open to the public and media, was held at Grand Prix level and featured 20 Freestyle performances. An internal debriefing session involving the FEI Dressage Committee, the Board members of the FEI Stakeholder Clubs, the members of the FEI Freestyle working group Katrina Wüst (GER), Peter Holler (GER), and Stephen Clarke (GBR), as well as David Stickland (USA), a Senior Research Physicist at Princeton University and FEI consultant on statistical analysis in Dressage judging, took place on the following day. “The idea to hold a test event to help us improve Freestyle judging was presented at this year’s FEI Sports Forum and was welcomed by the participants,” FEI Dressage Committee Chairman Frank Kemperman said. “The Freestyle is characterized by the most subjective judging elements of all FEI Dressage tests and continuous efforts should be made to further increase its objectivity. This will be beneficial to riders, judges, spectators and the entire sport,” he added. “Various new ideas will be explored during five rounds of testing and we are anticipating that the event will be an important step forward towards greater transparency in Freestyle judging.” The FEI Dressage Committee will discuss the conclusions reached as a result of the test event.


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` Richard Powell joined a gonzo riding outfit— Offbeat Safaris—to trek across Kenya’s epic game reserve, camping beneath the stars and hanging onto his horses. Here is his account of this incredible riding adventure.


Masai warriors love to put on a show for the guests, especially the ladies!


t’s like the Garden of Eden,” said our guide, “just beautiful…” and we draw up our reins to marvel in silent reverence at the vast landscape, dotted with every wild animal we could have hoped to see. Across this lush, buzzing vista, buffalo herd around impala, eagles soar above wildebeest and elephants charge fruit trees while lions wait patiently in the tall savannah grass, deciding which to eat for dinner. Getting here is not easy… it takes days of hard riding to earn a seat at this show. Our journey begins in the capital, Nairobi, where we transfer through gridlock traffic to a domestic airport and board a 12-seat Cessna, heading southwest over the Loita Plains, above the Kikuyu Highlands and past the volcanostudded Great Rift Valley. An hour later 60 | FALL 2013 | HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE

we’re bumping down on a dirt-strip that doubles as a gateway to the reserve and a social hotspot for colorfully dressed Masai warriors. With no phone signal and no electricity from here on in, it also represents the eye of a needle through which few First-World foibles may pass. From here, a Land Rover rattles us along remote red dirt roads to a campsite set in a grove of acacia trees. This would be the first of three such sites, and traversing between them for up to six hours a day on horseback will require every inch of riding skill we have. There’s barely time for a cold Kenyan Tusker beer before we’re heading out on our first ride when the sun hangs low enough to bring the wildlife out to feed. Here the guides quietly make their assessments about your riding abilities and how closely they need to stick to you,

and whether you’ve been paired with the right horse. They’re an international bunch; a half-Argentinian, half-Austrian lifer (he started working with Offbeat Safaris at 18, and he’s still there at 33), an Australian polo player from Dubai, a British safari guide from Botswana, and a student volunteer and hunter from England. The guests were from the UK, US, Germany, Italy and Australia. The horses were Abyssinian, thoroughbred and cross-thoroughbreds, reared on the owner’s farm, and brought into the reserve via a seven-hour horsebox slog. Mine was a pristinely turned-out, polo-playing gelding named Blondie, looking decidedly bling with his dash of gold flecks and bright yellow mane. After half an hour of sizing each other up at the beginning, we knew we’d get on fine.


eing confident on your horse could be the most important part of this adventure. Over the next week, we would inch day-by-day ever closer to prides of snarling lions, square up to scrappy elephants and push back short-tempered bison—any of which could outrun us, if they wanted to. Being comfortable riding in English tack is important too, as I noticed the countryside Californians in our group had a hard time adjusting to the bolt-upright British saddles which are at odds with the Western-style “armchairs” they use back Guests come into the reserve on a Cessna 208, offering spectacular views. home. The most accomplished riders tail the lead guide Organizers encourage guests to take out medical as he opts to take the most daring routes, jumping over felled trees left by head-charging pachyderms insurance prior to arrival, but they also have their and playing chicken with lions, which may or may own public liability insurance and membership to the Flying Doctors organization, in case of serious not have eaten that day. Every two to three days, camp packs up and injury requiring evacuation. Nevertheless, there’s a moves by truck; with its canvas dining tent, shower, lot that can go wrong in the middle of nowhere. The sleeping and toilet tents resembling a well-appointed riding sections will undoubtedly push you to your commune when pitched, each of the three camps limits of self-preservation, whether you opt to take the easy option and stay back, or throw caution to the provided a stunning oasis on the Savannah. On every moving day, there is an epic ride to wind and try to keep up with the lead guide. Bullwhips protect guests from animal attacks, reach the next site, which can be up to 50 kilometers away. That’s a lot of riding—at high altitude— with guides normally carrying little else. The Land across challenging terrain, galloping across plains Rover variant of the trip, for non-riders, encourages pockmarked with aardvark holes and rocks, and guests to get out and walk on the reserve, and here, cantering through rivers with vertigo-inducing they are accompanied by a guard carrying a rifle. The banks. Along the way, animal burrows are a constant one occasion we went out armed was to a mountain hazard. But if you’re lucky enough for the person we climbed first by car, then by foot to reach its in front of you to spot one through the rolling dust, spectacular peak. Its nooks host several families of avoid it and shout “HOLE!” in time so that others cheetah and leopard, which we were warned to be on our guard against, although we didn’t see any as we may avoid it. clambered about on its slopes. We did not have to wait much In no time, you are out hacking around longer before we did, though… with the wild animals. On our first night at the third campsite, while drinking beers around the fire on the banks of the Mara River, our lead Masai guard Nati, came over saying he’d spotted a cheetah and asking if we wanted to see it. Several seconds later we were careening around the site in the Land Rover, shining a spotlight until suddenly we caught a flash of markings bolting into a bush.



ati picked out an impala with the light, leading the cheetah out into the open to its quarry. The kill was artistic and eloquent in its execution and despite the graphic scene, we drove over, clutching our beers on the roof of the car, and sat transfixed to watch it feed. Other night-time highlights included Masai warriors demonstrating their mating dance around the fire (a hit with the ladies); driving out to party on the plains after dark with James Brown booming from the stereo, and running semi-clothed out of my tent at four a.m. as an elephant pushed down a nearby tree. The camp’s 15-strong domestic staff of men from various local tribes went above and beyond to give the safari an extravagant feel. Returning to my tent

after dinner each evening, I would, without fail, find my riding boots cleaned and polished to perfection and my laundry scrubbed, pressed and folded as if at a top-notch hotel. The food and drink was impressive too, an array of cuisine cooked up from fresh, imported and locally-produced ingredients. “Would you like your steak rare or well-done? With a nice Malbec or a Bloody Mary?” Riding for hours from the crack of dawn to emerge over a hill and find the camp’s chef cooking breakfast for you, and baking fresh bread in the middle of the plains, also ranks, for me, as a new definition of decadence. And our midday siestas in shady glades after picnic lunches were something to savor as well—like falling asleep on the classroom rug after having your fill of milk and cookies at kindergarten.

Riding out among the wild and beautiful animals of Africa is an unforgettable experience, and this herd of giraffes was no exception.

At the end of the week, it was with some sadness that I watched my fellow guests leave while I moved on to see the company’s guest lodge—another hour’s flight west. The lodge at Sosian, the Samburu word for Wild Date Palm‚ combines the tame with the wild. It’s certainly a stark contrast to Masai camping; with its solid stone guesthouses, swimming pool and main house that harks back to colonial days with a snooker table, grand piano and library, this was wilderness luxury at its finest.


here the riding trip guests were in their 20s and 30s, at the game lodge the guests were mainly parents in their 40s and 50s with young children.

The horses seem to be calm, even in the close proximity to a lion. The rider is not so calm!


is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Maya Angelou

The endless landscape of Africa is awe-inspiring.


immediately missed the unashamedly gonzo set-up of the riding outfit, with its unpredictable, scruffy lead guide riding in flip-flops, and nights spent dancing around the camp fire and rock-hunting by moonlight on the plains, to shore up the Land Rover’s wheels after we’d hit a hole. (Cue the Australian guide: “Let’s have a party, then fix the car!”) For many visitors, Sosian will perhaps be the better-fitting choice; offering a quieter, safer and more luxurious bush experience on its 24,000-acre private working ranch, set on the Laikipia plateau. It’s a beautiful area that offers more than 250 species of birdlife and an abundance of big game with four of the big five species being found there, plus other rarities such as wild dogs, Jackson’s hartebeest and Grevy’s zebra.

You will see plenty of wildlife on your riding excursions.

Right: Sosian offers a luxurious bush experience on its 24,000-acre private working ranch, set on the Laikipia plateau. Far Right: Luxury lodgings at Sosian are in stark contrast to wild Masai camping.

The guide rides out ahead of the group to check out a lion.

Elephants are better viewed from the roof of a Land Rover.


onetheless, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go back on the mad traveling horseback safari circus any dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;well maybe not for at least another few years. Richard Powell is based in London, England. He was a Broadcast Journalist at the BBC, prior to freelancing for The Sunday Times, The Herald and Square Mile magazine. Despite founding the Press Release Distribution and Media Monitoring company, Presswire, and working in Public Relations today, he keeps a toe in journalism by writing about everything from Business to Travel. Cross the Masai Mara with Offbeat Safaris on horseback. Visit: offbeatsafaris.com

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The Everyday Equestrian Look in Steps


he equestrian look is one of the most luxurious styles in the world of fashion. After all, the equestrian lifestyle has long been associated with the rich and famous, so it only makes sense for the clothing to appear just as lavish. You don’t have to be rich to look “horse fabulous” because we’ve put together a guide that will get you the equestrian look—good for a night out at the clubs or a day in the stables.

For the upper body, buy a padded Gilet. Equestrian clothing is principally designed to keep the rider nice and warm—especially when taking an autumn ride at full gallop across the countryside. When it comes to heading out around town though, you don’t want to be sweating in thick riding clothing in a hot disco or having to carry a heavy coat around wherever you go. No and no. This is where padded gilets carry the day and night. Just take a look at this body warmer from the Spooks Riding clothing collection. The Spooks Chalet Gilet in Navy has a high insulated collar and zipped pockets that make the vest extremely practical and warm while offering freedom to move, either on the dance floor or in the stable. spooksriding.com


For the legs, buy a pair of Jodhpurs. Riding a horse in a pair of jodhpurs offers unrivalled comfort. This is because they are designed to cling to your body, but also include a stretch element so that you can move with ease while in the saddle. Imagine if you could be just as comfortable when on the dance floor, but without having people scratching their heads and wondering what you’re wearing? These stylish jodhpurs from Rag & Bone will make this dream come true. At first glance, you will be forgiven for thinking that you are looking at a hot pair of designer jeans. Leather inserted paneling and a tight fit are the subtle hints that make you realize that these friendly jodhpurs make you look rocking awesome! Rag-bone.com

For the feet, buy a pair of Hunter Wellies. Why swap between your riding boots and your evening shoes, when you can get the best of both worlds by investing in a trendy pair of Hunter wellies! One of the biggest welly brands in the world, the Hunter Balmoral Equestrian Neoprene Boots will be your best accessory for the winter. In many cool colors, the boot’s riding sole, complete with metal shank, gives you stability when you are out riding, while a neoprene leg is a classy touch that will have you forgetting that you have a pair of wellies on. Then there is the Hunter logo across the shin, which screams of style and sophistication. usa.hunter-boot.com With just these three items of functional, equestrian clothing, you’ll be sporting a hot, trendy equestrian fashion look that will turn heads in the nightclub or the saddle club!




here are many wonderful things to see and do in London, and for animal

lovers, there is one special, solemn place that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear in the tourist guides, but should be on your list of â&#x20AC;&#x153;must seeâ&#x20AC;? places. There is no war memorial in the world more moving than the Animals in War Memorial that stands in the middle of Park Lane in Hyde Park, London. The Animals in War Memorial is a striking tribute to the horses, donkeys, mules and dogs that lost their lives in the wars of the 20th Century.

The memorial is hauntingly beautiful when lit at night.


he memorial, unveiled in November 2004, the 90th anniversary of the start of the first world war, features three principal elements in the design; two different levels and a dominating and powerful wall between them. On the lower level, two heavily laden bronze mules struggle through an arena, enclosed by the dominant wall symbolizing the war experience. The mules approach a flight of steps that leads to a gap through the wall. That gap represents the line

between this life and the next. Beyond the wall, on the upper level, a bronze horse and dog stand facing north into the gardens, bearing witness to the loss of their comrades and representing hope for the future. Images of the many different animals used in 20th Century conflicts are depicted on the inside of the longer section of wall. On the outside of this wall a line of ghostly silhouettes is carved, representing the animals lost in the conflicts.

Images of the many different animals used in 20th century conflicts are depicted on the inside of the longer section of wall.


One of the two bronze mules trudges toward the gap in the wall.

Two heavily laden bronze mules struggle through an arena, enclosed by the dominant wall symbolizing the war experience.

Beyond the wall, a bronze horse and a dog are no longer burdened by suffering and war. The horse looks ahead to the north, representing hope for the future.


he memorial has two inscriptions. The first one simply explains whom the memorial is for. “This monument is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time.”


culptor David Backhouse spoke about his work creating the memorial. “The themes are simple and universal: the interdependence of nature and humanity, and the search for balance and harmony. My sculptures are meditations on the human and animal condition in the modern world, reflecting loss and tragedy, hope and delight, and above all tenacity of spirit.”


Animals in War

he British, Commonwealth and Allied forces enlisted many millions of animals to serve and often die alongside their armies. These animals were chosen for a variety of their natural instincts and vast numbers were killed, often suffering agonizing deaths from wounds, starvation, thirst, exhaustion, disease and exposure. Eight million horses and countless mules and donkeys died in the First World War. They were used to transport ammunition and supplies to the front and many died, not only from the horrors of shellfire but also in terrible weather and appalling conditions. Mules were found 78 | FALL 2013 | HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE

The dog looks back, bearing witness to the loss of his comrades in numerous conflicts of the 20th Century.


The Animals in War Memorial is a striking tribute to the horses, donkeys, mules and dogs that lost their lives in the wars of the 20th Century.

to have tremendous stamina in extreme climates and over the most difficult terrain, serving courageously in the freezing mud on the Western Front and later at Monte Cassino in World War II. They also toiled unflinchingly in the oppressive heat of Burma, Eritrea and Tunisia. There are many inspiring and often tragic stories of the great devotion and loyalty shown between horses, mules and donkeys and their masters during some of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th Century.

200,000 in World War II. They performed heroically and saved thousands of lives by carrying vital messages, sometimes over long distances, when other methods of communication were impossible. Flying at the rate of a mile a minute from the front line, from behind enemy lines or from ships or airplanes, these gallant birds would struggle on through all weathers, even when severely wounded and exhausted, in order to carry their vital messages home.

The dog's innate qualities of intelligence and devotion were valued and used by the forces in conflicts throughout the century and to this day. Among their many duties, these faithful animals ran messages, laid telegraph wires, detected mines, dug out bomb victims and acted as guard or patrol dogs. Many battled on despite horrific wounds and in terrifying circumstances to the limit of their endurance, showing indomitable courage and supreme loyalty to their handlers.

Elephants, camels, oxen, bulls, cats, canaries, even glow wormsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all these creatures, great and small, contributed their strength, their energy and their lives in times of war and conflict during the 20th century. This Memorial is a fitting and lasting tribute to them all.

More than 100,000 pigeons served Britain in the First World War and


he second of the memorialâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two inscriptions is the one that will stay with you long after you have left London. It simply reads: "They had no choice." Those four words will haunt anyone with a conscience. HORSE CONNECTION MAGAZINE | FALL 2013 | 81


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